| February 1, 2010 | Lifestyle
Director of marketing and special events, The One Group. Female-friendly filets: “We’ve taken the traditional, overly masculine steakhouse model and targeted it toward women,” says Catasso of STK, the new hot-spot restaurant brought to the Gansevoort South hotel care of The One Group, which owns hip bars and eateries coast to coast, including STK and concepts One, Tenjune, Bagatelle and more. Falling in love: Before moving from New York to Miami in 2002 to work with Karu & Y, Catasso, 39, spent a decade in the music business, touring the world with acts ranging from James Brown to disco diva Gloria Gaynor, who—incidentally— changed her life forever. “I was escorting Gloria down the red carpet at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, tripped and fell down in front of the paparazzi. Her European tour manager helped me up and later became my husband!” Mmmmiami: “I’m so happy Miami is becoming a food town,” says Catasso, who counts the sumptuous steaks cut in small, medium and large portions and delicacies such as the foie gras French toast among her STK favorites. “Thanks in part to the influx of Europeans and South Americans, this city is developing more sophisticated tastes and palates. It’s really growing up.” —Suzy Buckley
JUST THE FACTS:
Home page: Huffingtonpost.com
New Year’s resolution: To get more involved in charity work
Favorite splurge food: BBQ chips
TV shows you stay home to watch: Hung and Big Love
Favorite dish on the menu at STK: Shrimp Rice Krispies and the medium-cut filet with the bold dipping sauce. Yum!
CEO, YoungArts. Right-brained is right: “It’s so frustrating when someone points at a painting and says, ‘My three-year-old could do that—why should people give to the arts?’” says DePaul, president and CEO of YoungArts, a national organization (with a regional office on Brickell Avenue) dedicated to nurturing and supporting young artists as they pursue their dreams. She moved to Miami two years ago from Washington, DC, where she worked as senior vice president of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and also served as dean of its College of Art + Design. “If companies hired more artists as opposed to business people, our country would probably be in much better shape.” Young at art: DePaul loves her work with what she calls the “cool, half-built and unfinished” sophomore-and-up-aged kids who are part of the program. “It’s incredible to be a surrogate and a bridge for them, and help them get there.” Ubiquitous talent: “Someone who went to art and design school had something to do with every single thing that you touched from the first moment you opened your eyes this morning,” says the self-professed “serious-arts advocate” and trained sculptor, who counts anodized aluminum among her favorite media. “You got into your car, got dressed, picked up your coffee cup and newspaper, then turned on your computer. It goes on and on: Take all of that away and just imagine your life.” —Suzy Buckley
JUST THE FACTS:
Favorite wine: I’m really more of a Champagne person, but I can’t resist a 1997 Tignanello.
Fragrance: I love the smell of Chanel No. 5 because it reminds me of my mother.
Now playing on your iPod: Radiohead, Chopin nocturnes, Gomez, Roxy Music
If you weren’t in the art business, you’d be: In politics trying to find more funding for arts education
Favorite artist: Currently, Doug Aitken. I’m proud to say he is a YoungArts alumnus. Nobody is doing anything as interesting as he is right now.
Designer, Touche Muah lingerie. The simple things: “Growing up, I made my own clothes and bikinis for my little sister with a Singer sewing machine,” recalls Havana-born Giro, revealing her early interest in design. The former international model has gone on to launch a unique line of organic bamboo lingerie named Touche Muah. Back to basics: “I wanted to create underwear for men that women can wear, too,” she says of her line’s broad appeal. The added value for women is that she modified the thong: “The panties are made very low in the back so it doesn’t show above the pants.” Say goodbye to the fashion faux pas of an unsightly string. The boxer shorts and bras also deliver that same carefree comfort and invisibility. —Tish Johnson Cook
JUST THE FACTS:
Most unforgettable party: My surprise 30thbirthday party at The Forge
A prized possession you’ll never part with: My grandmother’s wedding ring that she gave me the day I left Cuba
Favorite place for cocktails in Miami: The rooftop at Casale. It is beautiful and has a magnificent atmosphere.
photographs by meg pukel (catasso), kate benson (depaul) and paul perdomo (giro)