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Recap / June’s Miami Spice Mash-Up

The 13th Annual Miami Spice Restaurant program kicks off in just a few weeks on August 1. This year to celebrate, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) launched a series of special of monthly Miami Spice Mash-Ups, where chefs collaborate for a one-night only dinner and prepare dishes from their upcoming Spice menus.

On Wednesday, June 25, J&G Grill at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort kicked off the series with its Chef de Cusine Brad Kilgore and pastry chef Antonio Bachour creating a six-course menu with visiting Chef Jose Mendin of the Pubbelly family of restaurants.

The intimate dinner showcased the creativity of these chefs with dishes such as Local Poussin, “Saucisson de Lyon,” Five Spice, Chard Walnut Emulsion from Kilgore, Pork Cheeks, Asparagus, Mushroom Dirt, Parmesan Cheese and Pickled Mushrooms from Mendin; and Salted Honey Yogurt, Candied Tomatoes, Greek Yogurt Custard, Strawberries, and Yogurt Sponge Cake from Bachour. Guests also enjoyed cocktails from Botran Rum and beers from Stella Artois.

Check out more highlights from the video above and make sure not to miss the next Miami Spice Mash-Up on Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m., when chef Clayton Miller of 50 Eggs and Todd Erickson of HaVen Gastro-Lounge team up at Swine Southern Table & Bar. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased here

Via Chat Chow

Local Hero: Andrés Ponce



Andrés Ponce is currently the producer of the Elastic Bond Band.

Who has been your most influential mentor?

My parents and two good professors I had: Francisco Domingo and Roy Pritts.

How did you get to where you are today?

By doing what I love, working hard and persevering at it and having a bit of luck too ;)

How did you get to be a community leader?

By working hard on the Miami music scene with Elastic Bond and other musical collaborations. Now we get to promote and represent our local Miami community whenever we travel. I am proud to be also a leader as a stepfather and doing musical workshops with kids whenever there’s an opportunity.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself somewhere nice with proximity to nature, loving my family, making music and enjoying life the best that I can.

What about this city inspires you?

All the immigrants that came here pursuing their dreams and leaving past lives behind.

What is your favorite thing about Miami?

Its winter, the beach and the different cultures that coexist here.

Miami should be…  a great place to live

Miami could be… more unified

Miami wants to be… real and find its own identity, but it’s challenging when corporations want to keep building casinos and Walmarts here.

Miami needs…  more arts and music programs for its people, better public transportation




Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Overtown Music and Art Festival on 7/19/14

Photographs taken by Anthony Jordon  of Overtown Music and Art Festival on Saturday, July 19, 2014. This was the 4th annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival (formerly named Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival), took place in the heart of the Overtown Business District. The event started at 11am and was free and open to the public. This year had a star-studded line up of musical artists which was headlined by Grammy-nominated Raheem Devaughn. Entertainment also included live performances by Keke Wyatt, Case, Jaguar Wright, Teedra Moses, Deep Fried Funk Band, and Larry Dogg.

To see more of  Anthony Jordon‘s  work go to his flickr page or his facebook page.

KCC Productions presents Jazz at MOCA, featuring the Martin Bejerano Quartet 7/25/14

KCC Productions presents Jazz at MOCA, featuring the Martin Bejerano Quartet
Friday, 07/25/2014 – 08:00 pm – 09:15 pm
Martin-Bejerano-pic-1Museum of Contemporary Art
770 NE 125th Street,
North Miami, Florida 33160
More Info Link
Cost: Free

The Martin Bejerano Quartet, wiith Dave Fernandez on sax, Josh Allen on bass, and Ben Falle on drums, will perform at the Museum of Contemporary Art Friday, July 25, from 8 to 9:15 PM.

Winner of third place in the prestigious 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Martin moved to New York City in the summer of 2000 to pursue a career in jazz. In less than a year, he was asked to join the quartet of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes, earning a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. In January 2002, Martin also joined internationally acclaimed guitarist Russell Malone’s quartet, and continues to tour and record with both these groups. Martin has performed most of the major jazz festivals, clubs and venues around the world with such jazz luminaries as the Christian McBride Band, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Adam Nussbaum, Lonnie Plaxico Group, Ignacio Berroa, Mingus Big Band, Arturo Sandoval, and even traded choruses with the legendary Chick Corea. Martin’s career as a solo artist has also begun to blossom with his debut CD as a leader, Evolution/Revolution released in 2007 to high critical praise. Martin has performed with his group at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Arturo Sandoval’s Jazz Club, The Kitano, The Jazz Gallery, and was recently awarded the prestigious New Jazz Works composer/ensemble grant from Chamber Music of America. Currently Martin spends his time between Miami and New York City, and holds teaching positions at the University of Miami and Broward College.

The concert is free for all ages. MOCA is located at 770 NE 125th St in North Miami. Visit for more details.

Trow Knows CEO’s 8/1/14

Trow Knows CEO’s
Friday, 08/01/2014 – 08:30 am – 09:45 am
Trow-Knows-EviteCoral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: Chamber Member Registration $25, Non-Member/Guest Registration $30

President of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will be interviewing president of the Miami Herald Media Co. and newly appointed publisher of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald Alexandra Villoch in the “Trow Knows CEOs” series. The informal discussion will include up-close and personal conversation about Alexandra’s road to her current position at the Herald, some fun facts about her past, and a lighthearted Q+A with the audience.

Fashion X Music Event Series 7/26/14

Fashion X Music Event Series
Saturday, 07/26/2014 – 09:00 pm – 02:00 am
Fashion-X-Invite-vfSLS Hotel Hyde Beach
1701 Collins Ave,
Miami, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: RSVP

Internationally renowned fashion designers Glen Miller for Ann Turk and Johanna Castillo showcase their fall collections Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the SLS Hotel South Beach. Set against the beautiful poolside of Hyde Beach, this interactive event blends the worlds of couture fashion, live music, digital media, and South Beach nightlife in an experience like no other.

The much-anticipated Fashion X Music Event Series will include hot, new looks from both Miller and Castillo along with live music by DJ SANDMAN. The night kicks off at 9PM as Miami’s fashion editors and buyers intermingle with an eclectic group of socialites, stars, and tastemakers. Digital Stars of Miami will also be present at the show, as the reality starlets play host to guests in attendance and bring the night to life for their fans that follow them online.

Fashion X Music Event Series is the brainchild of Stephan Morris of Carpe Collective Holdings and is a refreshingly new take on fashion and Miami nightlife. “We’ve created an experience like no other,” says Morris. “Miami needed a sophisticated, sexy, and interactive approach to showcasing fashion all year long. Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel is the perfect venue and partner for this series.”

Collaborators on the series include Carrie Freedman, South Florida’s go-to stylist and fashionista, Fury Advertising, a boutique digital and events agency, Alloy Cars, a high-end builder of historic race cars, and Dry De Luxe, Florida’s elite blowdry lounge who will be styling the models’ hair for the show.

This VIP event is highly anticipated. There will be an open bar for guests from 9PM to 10PM courtesy of Van Gogh Vodka® and the fashion show will start at 10:30PM. All fashion lovers, press, and South Florida socialites are encouraged to attend. To set up an interview or receive more information regarding this event, contact Chris Payne of Fury Advertising at or 305-394-5626.

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Miami Swim Week Style Diary


Miami Swim Week kicked some serious butt – including ours, which means our current state of affairs involves our bed, lots of tea, and Netflix. That said, our week-long over-exertion was well worth it. One of our favorite parts was joining our fellow Miami-ans in showcasing the local collective style through our own personal lens. Check out how we gave the Miami style our individual twist below! Can you tell that as the days passed we got better at dressing for the heat?

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