By Betty Alvarez

Betty Alvarez

All photos and articles by Betty Alvarez.
bettyalvarezBorn and raised in Miami and with over 10 years in the Entertainment and Media industry, Betty has become well-known in the events community. In 1998, Betty started her career in the media and entertainment industry being part of a local newspaper. This was the beginning of attending networking events, social parties and affairs representing such newspaper.

In 2002, Betty started her career in the non-profit industry being part of Actors’ Playhouse where she worked in almost every aspect and behind the scenes in the administrative offices. Through the years of socializing and networking she has managed to meet many interesting people both in media and in the business community.

In 2005, Betty became part of two tourist channels where now her networking skills aims at another sector. Due to the many events being held all over Miami, she developed a skill in which today has become a great addition to her career. Betty started taking photographs of her outings with friends on a casual basis and on certain occasions. Not until 2010 and through the advice of a friend who also worked in a well respected Gables Community newspaper website, Betty started taking photographs on a professional basis.

A few months into 2010, James Echols also suggested to put her photographic skills to work being part of Soul of Miami. Betty is happy to be working for Soul of Miami and loves attending events and now with a great purpose.

  • Miami’s Travel Industry Gathers for the Launch of the Level at Melia Caribe Tropical By Betty Alvarez

    South Florida’s top travel agencies and airline representatives celebrated the anticipated launch of the luxury line of accommodations at Meliá Caribe Tropical, called THE LEVEL and THE LEVEL ADULTS ONLY. Close to 100 guests gathered for the cocktail event hosted by Meliá Hotels International, one of the world’s largest hotel brands, and Viva Travel on March 5, at Dolores but You Can Call Me Lolita in Brickell. Guests from the travel industry mingled with City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, and radio personalities, Roxana Garcia and Jose Antonio Alvarez. Also in attendance were representatives from the Dominican Republic Tourism Board, ...

  • Landmark Doral Cosmo chic Event of the year launching its Welcome Home Center by Betty Alvarez

    Lennar’s newest community in Doral, Landmark, recently opened its sophisticated new sales center with a grand opening party that welcomed 700 guests. The “cosmo-chic” community offers contemporary design while delivering modern technology and exclusive amenities. For upscale and affluent homebuyers with a modern flare, Landmark is an ultra modern design setting with a new urban twist that promotes outdoor activity in community, green space while blending lifestyle and convenience in addition to nearby shops and restaurants. A new standard in contemporary-living with an inspiring collection of two and three story townhomes, (some with elevators) each unit is designed with ...

  • It was all about the Margaritas to celebrate National Margarita Day with El Jimador Tequila by Betty Alvarez

    El Jimador Tequila was proud to represent National Margarita Day on February 22 with the final event of a two week long competition that took place at the Wynwood hotspot known as The Social Lubricant Lounge. Five Mixologists from five of South Florida’s most well-known venues battled it out at the Social Lubricant Lounge to find out who made Miami’s best Spicy Margarita! The Five South Florida locations and their head mixologists include: -TWIST represented by Nathan Smith, -Baires Grill represented by Plamen Atanasov, -The Social Lubricant Lounge represented by Ronaldo Shehadeh, -Tarpon Bend represented by Christopher Garcia, -TequiztLan Mexican Restaurant represented by Stephanie Ortiz. The finale ...

  • Winter Beauty in South Florida that only Uni K Wax can provide by Betty Alvarez

    South Florida is known for its more comfortable temperatures during the winter season. That is why the “snow birds” come to our vibrant town during this season. However, one does not realize that even if the temperature does not fall below freezing, it can cause some discomfort to the skin if not taken care properly. That is where Uni K Wax comes in. Uni K Wax is one of the pioneers in waxing, providing the cleanest, greenest and fastest waxing experience on the market. It is where I depend on my waxing needs. It’s safe, reliable, and best of all it ...

  • Luxury Living debuts Maria Pergay for Fendi Casa by Betty Alvarez

    Luxury Living was proud to debut the special works of Maria Pergay for Fendi Casa and a presentation of the Bentley Home Collection at the 12th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Luxury Living Showroom. Maria Pergay, a famed Parisian-based designer with select works exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was commissioned by Fendi and Fendi Casa to create an iconic collection with unforgettable products reinvented and produced in a limited edition, one of a kind pieces. Skillfully combining the fur and steel world, several of Pergays’s works were displayed at Luxury Living Fendi ...

  • Miami Culinary Tours in South Beach-Great experience for tourists as well as locals alike By Betty Alvarez

    I have always heard of Miami Culinary Tours as lovers of food who are new or old to the area walk to different restaurants to taste a piece of Miami’s gastronomic delights. It was not until recently that I got to join this savory tour that really opened my eyes on Miami and its rich culinary history. First stop: 660 at the Angler’s- I arrived late at the first stop. The restaurant served fresh ceviche and tiradito. For my fellow walkers, it was a great start as it refreshed them as we walked in the hot Miami sun. 2nd Stop: Bolivar ...

  • Atrio welcomes Miami Spice and other delectable cuisine By Betty Alvarez

    Ario Restaurant and Wine Room is located in Conrad Miami Hotel’s Lobby Level 25 showcasing panoramic views of the Miami cityscape and bay. It’s a beautiful restaurant served as an appetizing allure to try the latest culinary delights in the Miami Spice and the a al carte menu. For starters, a variety of warm bread was served along with an adequate portion plate of orange butter, mango butter, and a splash of Olive oil. We needed a second serving of the oil because the flavor had the perfect touch of what an olive oil needs to have. It was great complimenting ...

  • Peruvian Independence Day Festival great turnout and lots of fun by Betty Alvarez

    Marking the 192nd Anniversary of the Peruvian Independence, the Peruvian Independence Day Festival took place on July 28 at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC) which delicious Peruvian Food and music took center stage, live bands such as Zona Tropical, Patricio Suarez Vertiz y su banda de Rock and special guest stars Stuka Rock with host Rosa Elvira Cartagena. Share this:

  • Ocean Drive’s Sun-Covered during Mercedes Benz Swim week by Betty Alvarez

    Ocean Drive and Mercedes=Benz Fashion Week Swim joined forces for an fun-filled afternoon where swim fans enjoyed poolside cocktails, bites, and outdoor games with sounds by DJ Ellie all at the famous Raleigh Hotel.The Raleigh Hotel iconic pool was the backdrop for the afternoon’s fashion which featured swim looks from Touche and Penguin. Share this:

  • Cosmopolitan Summer Splash 2013 was a hit by Betty Alvarez

    Cosmopolitan en Español hosted the 7th annual Summer Splash, part of Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach at SLS Hotel South Beach Poolside. Guests enjoyed two-hour cocktail reception sponsored by Ciroc and Peroni, with a runway show to follow. Summer 2014 collections were: Samsara Imports, a rich combination of Asian and Indian handcrafted swimwear by Inca; Samsara ; Eberjey; Zingara; Fitsico; Cuban Rice; Maya Swimwear and Papi which will be featuring Juntos, an Ecuadorian street style shoe line. Photography by Betty Alvarez Share this:

  • Art Basel, another successful year for the art world by Betty Alvarez

    The 2012 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach officially on December 9. Praised by critics, exhibitors and visitors as Art Basel’s most serious presentation in Miami Beach to date, its galleries across the board reported consistent sales throughout the week. The show, whose main sponsor is UBS, again attracted 50,000 visitors, generating an attendance of 70,000 over the five show days. Art Basel in Miami Beach was visited by over 130 museum and institution groups from across the world. Renowned private collectors from the Americas, Europe and emerging markets returned, and were joined by new collectors from around the globe. As ...

  • Art Asia, Scope, Overture and many more under one roof By Betty Alvarez

    As I walked in to the complex, I wanted to see Art Asia specifically because Asian art always amazes me. To my surprise the same complex housed Scope, Overture, Art Asia and other projects that escape my mind at the present. The entrance was free if you had a VIP pass depending on where you enter. ART ASIA Miami is a highly selective showcase for galleries from around the world whose specialty is the best of established and emerging contemporary artists from throughout Asia. For the first time in our five-­year history, ART ASIA Miami will be presenting a special section ...

  • Art Spot Intrepid Gallery showcased many talents with a performance at Red Dot Fair by Betty Alvarez

    On Tuesday, December 4th, Red Dot Art Fair had a VIP Opening Reception benefiting the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to inaugurate another edition of a highly successful satellite art fair which took place concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach: Red Dot Art Fair. (December 5-9, 2012) With more than 80 national and international dealers showcasing photography, painting, sculpture and works on paper, the fair offered for the first time a solo section for individual projects featuring smaller booths for single artists. Also for the first time, Red Dot Art Fair presented an experimental fair within its fair, a project by ...

  • Incan delights, entertainment, and art crafts all enjoyed at Taste of Peru By Betty Alvarez

    Taste of Peru’s 3rd Gastronomic Festival definitely gets better every year and this year is no exception. The festival featured more than 100 exhibitors, restaurants, food and beverage providers, hotel, tourism, fashion, arts & crafts, jewelry and real estate from this Incan country. The food is what really brought to me. Not only that the Peruvian South Florida restaurants were present but also restaurants from Peru itself came to this yearly event. Other than the traditional ceviche, other peruvian delights were Lomo Saltado (chunks of meat, onions, and french fries) served alongside white rice. Aji de Gallina was another favorite consisting ...

  • Peruvian Food invades Miami with the Opening celebration of MPP Brickell By Betty Alvarez

    Downtown Brickell which is no stranger to fine dining establishments and now is about to get a culinary boost Peruvian style as the world renowned Mi Propiedad Privada (A.K.A. MPP) madesits way from Lima to the Magic City in the NEO Vertika Building. MPP celebrated their grand opening of the restaurant that has been awarded accolades for years in Peru. The red carpet event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony with an array of celebrities. Chef Jose “Coco” Mendoza who is the owner and head chef of MPP in Lima, Peru considers himself a chef who specializes in expressing the sights, sounds, ...

  • Season’s 52 hosted and exclusive private preview of their Autumn Menu/Wine list By Betty Alvarez

    I always love to attend the private tastings of a restaurant as it gives me the opportunity to try out their menu varieties such is the case at Season’s 52. They hosted an exclusive wine dinner at the private event space. What is always different than the others is the live-steam introduction of the new menu from Season’s 52′s Director of Culinary Chef Clifford Pleau and Master Sommelier Goerge Milliotes. The highlight of the menu was a sneak peak at the exciting new selections for the “Drink them Before their Famous List” selected personally by Goerge. The cocktail reception included the ...

  • Music for Your Heart Foundation celebrated their 2nd Anniversary and launched a musical interactive book By Betty Alvarez

    “Music for your Heart” Foundation founded in 2010, celebrated an unforgettable night in South Beach and celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of a mission benefitting children through music. It also celebrated the launch of the interactive book “The World of Happy: Music is the Sound of Life” co-written by Camy de Mario and Ruben Campbell. The Red Carpet welcomed more than 250 guests which included celebrities from the spanish entertainment world.The incredible event was the result of many months of hard work made by the organizing team and the support from singers, actors, celebrities, producers sponsors and media…all working for the same ...

  • VIPink 2012 honored Breast Cancer Awareness at the Shelborne South Beach By Betty Alvarez

    VIPink 2012, an annual event hosted in eight cities throughout the U.S. to raise funds and awareness for Bright Pink’s breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection programs for young women, presented its Miami edition poolside at Shelborne South Beach. Menin Hotels and non-profit organization Bright Pink focus on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women during national breast cancer awareness month. Guests were invited to a private evening featuring Chambord cocktails, One Hope Wines and an exclusive taste of Vesper’s new menu by way of passed hors d’oeuvres with cocktail infused cupcakes by Sweet ...

  • Venue Magazine hosted a lavish soiree as the red carpet was rolled out for Spanish Entertainment Celebrities By Betty Alvarez

    I always heard about the Venue magazine parties but never had the privilege to attend one until Sept. 22 when the opportunity came to me. It was humid out but that did not stop me. I have been to Bamboo two times before but forgot how a good club this is. Stars from the Spanish entertainment world lined up the red carpet for this magazine launch cover party. I knew some of them but not all as during the Spanish soap opera hours I am out covering other events. Beautiful actresses and handsome actors from the TV world posed for ...

  • Bird Road Art Walk continues with great clamor of artists and artworks By Betty Alvarez

    Bird Road Art Walk recently named “Miami’s Best Art Walk 2011″ by Miami New Times, celebrated once again their monthly gallery night. This time around many galleries opened their doors to the many art lovers. I was excited as I came from Miami Beach to attend this event and wanted to have a great experience meeting old and new friends in the artworld. My first stop was at Mano’s Art Project Space which was filled with art lovers and supporters of his artwork. The titled exhibition for this month was “Made in the USA” where 15 artists with ties to ...

  • The 17th Annual Ballet Fest of Miami guests enjoyed a pre-VIP cocktail reception for the Etoiles Grand Classical Gala By Betty Alvarez

    The 17th Annual Ballet Fest of Miami held the Etoiles Grand Classical Gala on Sept. 15. Guests enjoyed a VIP cocktail reception with Cuban delicacies and specialty wine. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to world-renowned swiss dancer, choreographer and former artistic director Heinz Spoerti. The performance featured worldwide ballet companies and their greatest stars. Miami Hispanic Ballet is the umbrella company for the annual International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM), founded in 1996 and considered one of the most important Festivals of its kind in the US. Its mission is to introduce the South Florida audience to a stunning array of ...

  • So Cool Events held their Vendor Season Opener for guests to enjoy By Betty Alvarez

    So Cool Events and QuestDrape held their Vendor Season opener Part !! event. Located in the outskirts of Coral Gables. This event was held in a huge event space. Performers, music with DJ playing, lots of food, fun and even an ice bar. One had to put on a jacket and gloves to enter this never before seen ice bar. one it it’s kind. So Cool Events® offers a most exciting line of event décor, all designed to make your next Florida event extraordinary at your venue or in our new 10,000 sq. ft. So Cool eVenue® with its own ...

  • Wine Photo celebrated in style with a Private Dinner catered to its VIP guests By Betty Alvarez

    Winners of the 2012 WinePhoto: An International Photo Contest were announced and exhibited at a private VIP dinner and for gallery clients at Etra Fine Art in Miami’s Design District at on September 7, 2012. Since its first edition in 2004, the contest has issued 43 awards and 11 special mentions to professional photographers representing 65 countries. Invited guests and had an opportunity to meet the WinePhoto sponsor Fabio Balan, co-owner of Balan Wine, Italy and WinePhoto Creative Director, Diego Orlando. Balan wine and Prosecco plus wines distributed by Primosic (Collio, Italy) were served alongside a dinner created by Chef Diego ...

  • Fuente’s Havana Nights: A Family Affair at The Guayabera Lady to benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation featuring photographer Manny Iriarte

    This past Aug. 25 brought the biggest events of the year! Fuente’s Havana Nights: A Family Affair at The Guayabera Lady celebrated their 100th Anniversary to Benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation featuring photographer Manny Iriarte. This 300 ticket event was an enchanting night with live music by Jenny Love and DJ Gabe, domino tables by Family Domino Tables, food from Caper Diem and Sushi Sake, Open bar was provided by Bacardi, cigars from Arturo Fuente, smoking lounge by Mystical Memories, and Manny Iriarte’s photography exhibit. All proceeds to benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. For more information on the foundation please ...

  • Swim Week Day 3: Lifestyle Retreat Lounge brought much respite to Miami Swim Week By Betty Alvarez

    The Lifestyle Retreat Lounge (LRL) catered to tastemakers, media, celebrities, buyers and models gave companies the opportunity to showcase their brands in a unique carefree setting. It consisted of designer presentations, a pop-up beauty salon hosted by Blo Midtown, make up applications by Mary Kay and on the go activations. Tasty bites offered by Sweet & Tipsy cupcakes and Tasti d’Lite and wine samplings by Chateau D’Esclans were the toast of the day as the lounge offered all guests in attendance a specious, air-conditioned and vastly decorated lounge to retreat from the heat. Founded in 2010, the Lifestyle Retreat Lounge has ...

  • Swim Week Day 2: Great Fashion at Funkshion, awesome event at W Hotel, breathtaking view at SLS hotel, Kim Kardashian at Delano By Betty Alvarez

    Day 2 of this festive week is like no other. Great looking people and models stroll Collins Avenue heading towards or leaving parties and after-parties. The atmosphere is jolting with excitement. First I wanted to go to W Hotel but my temptations first went to the Funshion Fashion tent where I caught the first glimpse of Ada and Toxic Sadie, Elle & Ella, and Guria. Great models sporting great designer swim suits. The area was packed but I was fortunate enough to have a space for me. The colors and fabrics were all brilliantly made. It made a great night to ...

  • Swim Week Day 1-Mercedes Benz Kick off Party at Raleigh, Villa Azur at Avant Gallery, Peroni Fashion Show for Funkshion and Ocean Drive Magazine Cover Party at Delano by Betty Alvarez

    It’s time once again for our schedule to be crazy as Swim Week is upon us and by now everyone should get loads of invite or peruse websites (such as this one) for the latest great events around Miami Beach. First, I headed to the Raleigh Hotel to the kick off party of Mercedes Benz Fashion week. Haven’t been in a long time and its breathtaking views accompanying the enormous pool area gave a great backdrop to this wonderful event. Fashionistas from all over the world congregated in its enormous patio as they posed alongside the Mercedes on display as ...

  • Dade Heritage Trust’s Preservation Awards Celebration Awarded Outstanding Citizens and organizations in the Community By Betty Alvarez

    Dade Heritage Trust celebrated their Annual Preservation Awards honoring individuals, organizations, and restoration projects that have excelled in preserving Miami’s historic places on April 27. The Preservation Awards was held at Miami City Hall, the former base for Pan American World Airways seaplanes with flights to Havana, the Caribbean and other exotic destinations during the 1930s and 40s and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about Dade Heritage Trust please visit their website www.dadeheritagetrust.org Photography by Betty Alvarez Share this:

  • The Fair’s Opening weekend-A blast for all ages and entertainment galore By Betty Alvarez

    The Miami-Dade County Fair returned to South Florida with its new Extreme Opening Weekend, featuring MMA matches, boxing, wrestling, LIVE! entertainment and more. The exciting weekend ushered in 18 days of thrilling rides, food and fun for the whole family. All concerts and special events are free with Fair admission. The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition is celebrating its 61st year and is ranked as the largest fair in Florida, hosting well over a half a million guests annually. The Fair™ is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the community by promoting education and South Florida agriculture. In cooperation with ...

  • Arteamericas 2012 brought Latin American renowned artists from all over the world By Betty Alvarez

    arteaméricas, the premier fair of art from Latin America, returned for its tenth consecutive year. Arteaméricas showcased the latest trends in paintings, sculpture and multimedia from contemporary artists as well as renowned masters at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Right now, Latin American art is hot. It was the subject of conversation at Art Basel and the satellite fairs. ”We are very excited to continue showcasing Latin American art, and do so with the support of great Latin American artists and galleries,” says Leslie Pantín, President of arteaméricas. “arteaméricas has been the most respected Latin American art fair since it’s inception. ...

  • Miami Film Festival Opening Night Red Carpet sizzled with film stars and celebrities By Betty Alvarez

    The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), began with its Opening Night Gala, the World Premiere of Tom Gustafson’s musical tour-de-force Mariachi Gringo. The drama stars Shawn Ashmore (“Iceman” in X-Men) as a young man from Kansas who falls in love with the mariachi lifestyle, and travels to Guadalajara to prove that anything is possible. Ashmore and co-stars Mexican star Martha Higareda and recording artist singer Lila Downs, performed a song prior to the premiere. Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 29th edition on March 2-11, 2012, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film ...

  • South Beach Wine and Food Festival gets better every year By Betty Alvarez

    Every year I get the priveledge to attend the South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Grand Tasting Village and this year it did not disappoint. The day started out a little rainy but thank goodness that it subsided around 11 a.m. Rain, rain go away! I want to eat and drink today!! For those who are not familiar with my yearly routine on this festival, I am going to explain further. First get there early, somewhere in the midst of 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.since the area outside the tasting tent opens at 11 a.m. It’s a process on where to park, make ...

  • Miami Wine and Spirits Expo-in its second year even better than ever By Betty Alvarez

    South Florida saw a happy return of the annual Miami Wine and Spirits Expo. The spectacular event debuted last year. This year, it as fully loaded with a slew a great brands and on the heels of the success of their first run, the event was more dynamic and more “Miami” with additional elements, events and surprises. The show is the brainchild of the seasoned team that has combined their unique experience in the spirits industry and visits to expos all over the world. Upon noticing an obvious void in the marketplace, the choice was made to launch and create a ...

  • Art Basel Day 7-FIU and Lowe Art Museum-Two great brunches By Betty Alvarez

    FIU Breakfast in the Park Each year, in celebration of Art Basel MIami Beach, The Patrica & Phillip Frost Art Museum hosts an official Art Basel sponsored event, Breakfast in the Park, drawoing hundres of art enthusiast yearly. The 9th annual Breakfast in the Park featured internally renowned artist Joel Perlman. Perlman has been creating complex scultptures out of steel, bronze, copper and aluminum since the early 1970′s. He builds sculptural pieces by welding metal in stacks or perilous joints. Lowe Art Museum Champagne Brunch On Sunday, December 4th the Lowe Art Museum hosted its Annual Art Basel Champagne Brunch sponsored by Philip ...

  • Art Basel Day 6-Brunches, Brunches and more Brunches By Betty Alvarez

    Sagamore Brunch The Sagamore’s annual Art Basel Brunch, one of the most sought-after events of the season, was hosted by hotel owners, Mary and Cricket Taplin in partnership with six local museums: the Bass Museum of Art, Lowe Art Museum, Miami Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Art at FIU and the Wofsonian-FIU. Besides the brunch I took an opportunity to see Will Ryman’s 65 Street Rose Sculpture-a colossal road bed, soaring over 20ft. high, that bloomed on the hotels beachfront. The Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions was also exhibiting at the ...

  • Art Basel Day 5-Miami Beach Art Overload

    Art Basel at the Miami Beach Convention Center Obviously, I have to go see the big event of Art Basel itself at the Miami Beach Convention Center. My friend and I just went to the outer “circle” of the event in order for us not to get lost when leaving the convention center. This year, there was a bit of everything: abstract, contemporary, out of the ordinary. A little bit of everything. Some pieces got me interested but there was nothing in my opinion that totally made me say, “You have to see it” but I was honored to go to ...

  • Art Basel Day 4-Wynwood art Again

    Zadok Gallery As I was heading to UR New York, I strolled into Zadok Gallery on North Miami Avenue. This gallery had it all. Artlike dresses, sculptures, Xray photographic images, you name it. In a nice two story building, most of the artwork was on the first floor and much to see around. UR New York BREAKING AND ENTERING, presented by POP International Galleries, was a demonstration of UR New York’s vast range and ability to continuously produce groundbreaking urban inspired art. The exhibition and LIVE installations took place in the Wynwood District. Artists Michael Baca – aka “2ESAE” and Fernando Romero aka ...

  • Art Basel Day 3-Wynwood area got ready for the big art event By Betty Alvarez

    Gallery 212 Opening Night Gala First I went to Gallery 212 Gala which hosted their Art Basel Opening Night Gala. The Art Basel 2011 Exhibition Opening Night Gala benefitted the students of the Miami Arts Charter School providing higher arts education for kids in Miami.These students did a surprise art installations with musical, vocal and instrumental Performances. Light food and beverages provided by Catch Grill & Bar Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay. Along with resident artists Pop Artist Michael Perez,John Pate,Johnny Pate,Sean Murdock,Jonathan Dvoretz, and Sculptor Henry Souto, the gala features celebrated master painter Jose Yossi from Brazil. Items were raffled to benefit ...

  • Art Basel Day 2-Wynwood and Design District, art all around By Betty Alvarez

    Day 2 of my Art Basel expedition has a lot to cover in Wynwood and Design District. Luckily I did a good number of events: Red Dot Fair was pleased to announce its return to the Wynwood Art District. It is located adjacent to Art Miami and next to Scope and Art Asia. Approximately, 50 international modern and contemporary art galleries features painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper.The opening reception benefitted ARC Broward (Acheivement Rehabilitation Centers). It is a private, non for profit organization providing support and assistance primarily to children and adults who a mentally challenged. A great cause. Art ...

  • Art Basel Day 1: 2 Galleries, 2 Art Perspectives By Betty Alvarez

    On November 28 during Art Basel Week, Nina Torres Fine Art inaugurated the first waterfront gallery in the heart of Midtown, in what it promises to be Miami’s true cultural destination: the Miami Arts & Entertainment District. The brand new 8,000 sq ft gallery space across the street of Margaret Pace Park, is located at 1800 North Bayshore Drive, in a high-rise building adorned with fountains and with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach and the Port of Miami. For the Opening Vernissage and to celebrate such occasion, Nina Torres presented a roster of international progressive contemporary artists which were especially invited ...

  • High Heels and Handshakes’ At Your Service and Giving Thanks at Capital Grille, ladies support a worthwhile cause By Betty Alvarez

    High Heels and Handshakes held their monthly networker at Capital Grille in Brickell. Nameing it “At Your Service and Giving Thanks This Holiday with Champagne Dreams and Our Favorite Things”, it was networking in luxury. Appetizers and Louis Roederer Champagne were passed to guests as they got to peruse at the various displays from our vendors. Although it was Thanksgiving week, attendance was an all time high giving a great experience to get to know about the organizations and meet other business professionals. As an added bonus for members, Saks Fifth Avenue Gift Bags that included a gift from GBS Beauty Supply ...

  • Miami Book Fair International, yearly event brings many book fans By Betty Alvarez

    The 28th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Center at Miami Dade College (MDC), took place November 13 – 20 at the college’s Wolfson Campus. The popular Street Fair with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country sold books in a festive atmosphere. This year, the Fair celebrated the literature and culture of China. This year’s event also included a Fall Writers Institute, fashioned after the Center’s very popular four-day event in May, and an expanded Student Literary Encounters program. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Taste of Peru-Lots of food, fun and culture! By Betty Alvarez

    The Peruvian American Chamber of Commerce of Miami Florida presented 2nd Gastronomic Festival “Taste of Peru 2011”, in the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC).The community was invited to enjoy the exquisite food and to experiment the variety and richness of the Peruvian cuisine. Most impressive was that not only were the restaurant participation in this year’s festival. Not only local South Florida restaurants were there, but also restaurants directly from Peru. One of the main Peruvian dishes, Ceviche was a not to miss dish to try out of the festival. It was so good that one would believe that Peru ...

  • Cibo Wine Bar makes a private preview for Lowe Art Museum’s 60th Anniversary By Betty Alvarez

    In celebration of Lowe Art Museum’s 60th Anniversary, Cibo Wine and Bar opened its door for a private preview exclusively for members and guests of the Lowe Art Museum. While guests enjoyed a variety of appetizers and cocktails, it gave them a chance to experience all the wonders that Cibo Wine and Bar could deliver before its Grand Opening on October 26. Cibo Wine Bar bring authentic rustic Italian Fare blended with a vibrant nightlife that promises to be a new hotspot in Coral Gables. One unique service that the restaurant brings is the glass protected wine cellar in which ...

  • Spectacular Birthday Bash for Ballet Legend Edward Villella By Betty Alvarez

    Miami City Ballet dancers, staff, friends and supporters gathered on October 1 to celebrate and honor America’s most celebrated male ballet dancer, Company Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella, at a special 75th birthday bash at Miami City Ballet studios in Miami Beach. The evening’s festivities featured cocktails, dinner, dancing and a pre-screening of the WNET/ PBS National television special, “Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp.” The festivities began with a cocktail reception sponsored by Bacardi U.S.A. Guests then took to the 225-seat intimate studio theater for a special pre-screening of WNET/PBS program “Great Performances: Miami City Ballet ...

  • Miami International Wine Fair celebrated a whirlwind experience in its 10th Anniversary Edition by Betty Alvarez

    Miami International Wine Fair (“MIWF”) celebrated its 10th anniversary as the leading wine trade expo in the country at the Miami Beach Convention Center. With the United States surpassing France as the largest wine consuming market in the world, America’s love affair with wine is backed by nearly 330 million cases sold nationwide in 2010. This year’s focus on growing the domestic and import industries in the United States results in MIWF opening its doors exclusively to members of the trade. “This year’s edition has been altered to provide exhibitors with the most efficient use of their ...

  • Fashion for Charity, a worthwhile event for a great cause By Betty Alvarez

    Fashion for Charity hosted Its third annual fashion fundraiser featured runway shows from leading designers and a cocktail reception and silent auction benefitting two non-profit organizations fighting against human trafficking,Project Start Off Smart (SOS) and The EDGE Charitable Foundation. The highly-anticipated event took place at the Moore Building located in the heart of Miami’s Design District. The elegant soiree began with a VIP cocktail reception and silent auction as celebrity guests included, Adriana Barraza, Academy Award winning actress, and Adriana De Moura, one of the “Real Housewives of Miami”. A series of fashion shows showcased this season’s hottest fall/winter collections including ...

  • Afro-Peruvian History Premiers for the First Time Ever. A celebration in Coral Gables By Betty Alvarez

    Afro ConTempo Dance Theater (ACDT) presents Alma en Boca, The Afro-Peruvian Story, an elaborated tale of re-invention, social structure and cultural expression that voices itself through the rhythms of the Cajon, live singers and a cast of 20 energetic performers. The performance will take place on October 1, 2011 at The Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139); showtimes are at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Over the decades the African culture in Peru went through a series of critical phases, ranging from the establishment of traditions to ending in near extinction. Today Afro-Peruvian dance is the pride of ...

  • Official Poster Unveiling Reception for 2011 Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival By Betty Alvarez

    The official poster unveiling for the 2011 Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival, now in its second year featured a painting, Mujer en Selva, by the last master Cuban artist Mario Carreño. His family has flown in from Chile to participate in this special ceremony. In attendance were community leaders, art lovers, sponsors and event organizers. The event was produced and hosted by the Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation. The poster is sponsored by BBT Bank. Other reception sponsors included Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill and Samuel Adams. For more information call the Festival Hotline at 305-667-0577 or visit www.gableshispanicfestival.com. About the Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation The ...

  • Coral Gables Community Foundation Gala kick off party: a big hit with a marching band By Betty Alvarez

    he buzz was around downtown Coral Gables as the patio at Morton’S the Steakhouse became alive with the high school spirit. Heads turned as the Coral Gables Community Foundation celebrated their 20th Anniversary in a big way. The public was part of the fun as they gathered for wine and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Morton’S. Invitees got to meet the 2011 Honorees, and a big surprise was in store: Coral Gables Senior High School Marching Band stopped traffic along the way to commemorate this special celebration. For information on how to purchase Gala tickets, go to www.gablesfoundation.org, or call us at 305-446-9670. Photographs ...

  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio opens its dance floor in the heart of Coral Gables By Betty Alvarez

    Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Coral Gables opened its doors with a grand opening celebration worthy of the legendary dancer the studio is named after. Event goers had a ball as cocktails, and of course amazing dance acts was part of this festive opening event. The grand opening event took place on September 14 with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce President, Mark Trowbridge. This dance studio is not only a business venture but a passion, a way of life for owners Vera and Vladimir Kosarev. The married couple originally ...

  • Loft’s Grand Opening left guests much to be desired By Betty Alvarez

    The Loft store in Coconut Grove held their office Grand Opening event on August 27. This is a one-of-a-kind event destination for charity benefits, corporate functions and private parties which will feature wine tasting, appetizers and music. Coming soon: The Loft will collaborate with Ayesha’s Kitchen Inc to bring Indian cooking classes. Stay tuned. For more information please call 305-890-9790 or visit www.yrcouture.com Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Members of Coconut Grove Chamber unite with Networking Cocktails By Betty Alvarez

    The New Board of Directors of the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce welcomed fellow members and guests as the chamber began promoting business in exciting ways–one of them is through Networking Cocktails. Located at Miami’s new paisa sensation, El Sitio, everyone made contacts and promoted their business along with partners: Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Miami & Brickell Chamber of Commerce, Coconut Grove Gazette, FabulousMiami.com, and Social Buzz TV.com The evening got a bit more interesting as members and guests brushed up on their singing abilities as the Karaoke began. All in all it was a very fun night had by ...

  • First E &E (Events & Entertainers) Networking Group at Nowhere Lounge By Betty Alvarez

    On Aug. 2, the 1st E&E (event & entertainers) Networking Group Event was held at Nowhere Lounge in South Beach. Many professionals from the events industry gathered together for this first of many events. Guests networked with other event planners, venues, wedding planners, entertainers, florists, photographers, deejays, catering companies and more…plus over 200 guests. Some of the entertainers who made this job posible were Hot Jam Entertainers, Don Bachata, Julian Cordero, Street Productions, DJ Arlette, DJ Lee Landis, DJ Prema and much more… Grazie Italian Restaurant lavished attendees with its extraordinary italian cuisine and Cevichery wowed the guest with the traditional Ceviche ...

  • Hit Magazine launch issue party was nothing more than a hit with readers By Betty Alvarez

    On August 19, invited guests joined together at L.E.D Restaurant and Lounge in Kendall for the release of Hit Magazine’s summer issue–the HOTTEST party of the summer! Featuring a HiTwear Fashion show and designs by Zella Machado Swimwear and OH LA LA Boutique! Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • RodezArt.com Gallery opened its doors for Art MACtown Fundraiser By Betty Alvarez

    In collaboration with International Artist George Rodez, MACtown will be hosting an evening of art to benefit some of South Florida’s most vulnerable citizens . . . The Developmentally and Intellectually Disabled. The evening featured many great silent auction items, with trip packages, spa treatments, great restaurants, and of course creative works of art by George Rodez and MACtown’s very own clients. Guests enjoyed a visual treat, silent/live auction, hors d’oeuvres sponsored by local restaurants in the Coconut Grove area, free cocktails and an opportunity to meet and interact with some of our unique artists. George Rodez, a local artist who ...

  • Thursdays on the Bay Business Networker by Betty Alvarez

    On August 18, a night of networking was brought by the monthly Thursdays on the Bay Business Networker. Guests enjoyed $5 happy hour cocktails and appetizers served by Catch Grill & Bar at the marvelous Marriott Biscayne Bay. An evening of live music on the marina patio featuring top 10 US radio charting & Award winning songwriter & recording artist SJ. was enjoyed by guests. Photographs by Betty Alvarez 2011 Share this:

  • Biz to Biz Networking held another Miami Networking event at Kyma Lounge By Betty Alvarez

    Biz to Biz Networking held their monthly networking event at Kyma Lounge on Aug. 17. Guests enjoyed a selection of Pintxos and tapas appetizers and Happy Hour drink specials featuring SX Liquors with door prizes. Kyma Loung located at the Epic Hotel and Residences in Downtown Miami represents what the outgoing professional deserves and expects in South Florida. For more information to hold an event at Kyma Lounge please visit www.kymalounge.com To learn more and receive information on upcoming Biz to Biz networking events please visit www.biztobiznetworking.com Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • SOBE Work Spaces opened its doors with a kick off party By Betty Alvarez

    On August 5, SOBE Work Spaces held their open house/kick off party to the public as part of their Grand Opening celebration. Located in the heart of South Beach at 1680 Michigan Avenue, just off the famous Lincoln Road Mall, SOBE Work Spaces is South Beach’s first co working location. The lively space, inspired by the offices of tech giants Google and Facebook, is made up of 17,000 sqft of a modern, innovative work environment. Miami’s leading internet marketing company, SpiderBoost has already secured 5,000 sqft of office space. With floor to ceiling windows and a 360 degree view of ...

  • Brazilian Film Festival kicked off their 15th Annual celebration with a Party and Fundraiser By Betty Alvarez

    The 15th Annual Brazilian Film Festival of Miami held their inaugural kick off party sponsored by Inffinito, Centro Cultural Brasil USA and Piola. VIPs and members of the press celebrated the kick off and fundraiser event and also were present for the unveiling Inffinito Festival Circuit — 15 years Celebration photo exhibition and the official presentation of the 2011 Festival program. VIP Member and Festival passes were available for puchase. These types of passes gives one access to the after parties and Colony VIP Lounge. The 15th Annual Brazilian Film Festival takes place Aug. 19-27. For more information, please call (305) ...

  • Chambers Galore fill DB Bistro Moderne at Marriott Marquis By Betty Alvarez

    For the August networking event, a record number of 526 RSVPs were taken when chamber members of Colombia, Costa Rica, Camacol, Coconut Grove, Chile, Downtown Brickell, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama & Peru gathered at db Bistro at the Marriott Marquis. Guests enjoyed delicious canapes and a welcome drink. With their business cards, the attendees were automatically entered a raffle for a lunch for two at db Bistro Moderne and a one hour lesson at Jim McLeeris Golf School. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • The Loft in Coconut Grove celebrated a Wine Tasting with YR Couture By Betty Alvarez

    On July 29, The Loft in Coconut Grove, a Fashion, gift boutique, wine and Tobacco Shop as well as event destination held a wine tasting where the wines came from Europe, South America and included a distinctive selection from special wineries. Some of the wines that was tasted were Chateau De Rontets, Poully-Fuisse from Fuisse, France; Las Nencias, Malbec, Reserve from Mendoza, Argentina; and Auka Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina. The Loft is the fashion house of YR Couture and features a wonderful line of semi precious Jewelry designed by owner/designer Yvonne Rosemeier. Ms. Rosemeier is also the owner of The ...

  • Biz to Biz Networking makes a Miami Return to Chophouse Miami Bistro & Lounge By Betty Alvarez

    On July 28th, Biz to Biz Networking returned to Miami and held their After Work Networking Business Card Exchange at Chophouse Miami Bistro & Lounge. It was a great opportunity to network with other local businesses and professionals on a professional/business level after working hours. Guests were treated to discounted drinks and a variety of appetizers. Biz to Biz was started 24 years ago by Harry Baum, publisher of a local South Florida newspaper to allow local businesses to meet in a relaxed setting after work. The goal is to offer a networking environment to help one build new business ...

  • Artefacto Design House was a celebrated event in Coral Gables By Betty Alvarez

    Invited guest gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Artefacto Design House 2011. Marking the debut of Miami’s first branded design showcase, the Artefacto Design House ’11 opened on July 21. Featuring 11 top international designers, hailing from Brazil to Sweden, Artefacto brought worldwide talent into its Coral Gables showroom for the most stylish and innovative design compositions. To inspire decorator souls for the next 11 months, the 11 designers from nine Miami-based studios created vignettes of living rooms, bedrooms and outdoor living spaces, utilizing pieces from the Artefacto and Passport Collections. The designers were Roger F. Zwickel, R Design ...

  • High Heels and Handshakes celebrated their launch event with huge turnout By Betty Alvarez

    On July 20th High Heels and Handshakes threw their Official Kick-off Party for at the newly renovated roof top pool lounge of the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables. Located on the 10th floor, it overlooks beautiful Miracle Mile. Photographers, press, DJ Papi Love from Sony Pictures, Veev Acai Spirits, Partida Tequila, Hpnotiq Harmonie, Choco Noir Wine, Santos Sangria, Mini-Makeovers by Isabel Amezaga, Stella & Dot, Morton’s the Steakhouse, business women and many more headlined this successful event! With over 300 RSVPs, attendees made business contacts, had a great time, and most importantly made a difference by supporting Women for ...

  • The Grand Opening of Dream South Beach was a Grandiose Affair By Betty Alvarez

    With owners Sant Singh Chatwal and Vikram Chatwal, the grand opening of Dream South Beach Hotel was a spectacular event with many surprises. First, we were surprised as we made way at the red carpet with a fire eater as he did many tricks to the guests of the party and hotel guests. A glass of champagne awaited each guest as they were transported to the rooftop were the party was in full swing. Guests were treated to cocktails and for this hot weather: cocktail popsicles which really gave a kick to the party. Appetizers from mini burgers to tuna ...

  • Funkshion Fashion Week continued with Cosabella pre cocktail hour By Betty Alvarez

    On July 16 a pre and post cocktail reception hosted by Fashion TV was held for Cosabella Swim/Lingerie Fashion show. An afterparty hosted by Front Managemnent and Fashion TV was also held. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Chloe Fashion presents a pre cocktail hour at the Setai By Betty Alvarez

    Chloe presented its exclusive Fall 2011 collection at The Setai with a special cocktail hour. Chloe’s Silhouette’s are both elegant and evoking the style and natural authority of the uniform-wearing women. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Mercedes Fashion Week celebrated with Fashion from Dolores Cortes By Betty Alvarez

    Dolores Cortés is a leading European swimwear company with more than 50 years experience in the swimsuit fashion sector and was one of the first companies created in Spain dedicated to swimsuit fashion. The design team, led by designer Dolores Cortés, uses the latest technology and is permanently in contact with the most diverse fashion tendencies, which allows it to offer to the market strikingly unique collections. Pattern requirements are very exacting and all garments in the collections are fitted to the different sizes individually. The company uses the latest technology in pattern making, automatic cutting and sewing. All this, together with ...

  • Miami Swim Week’s First Annual Pop Up Shop by Betty Alvarez

    South Florida based emerging swimwear lines, got a much deserved spotlight on their 2012 collections during world renowned “Swim Week,” held every year in sunny Miami. The First Annual Miami Swim Lounge Pop-Up Shop event, created by Scene PR Miami, along with The 19th Hole Magazine,hosted a bevy of talented designers from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale. Living in a city known for the sexiest beaches, usually means lounging in teeny tiny bikinis. True fashion mavens, must have a variety of hot swimwear pieces, and this one day event, will allow you to find more than one perfect suit. Free and ...

  • Nikki Beach Lifestyle presents What Women Want By Betty Alvarez

    On this hot summer day, I went over to Nikki Beach to catch the tail end of What Women Want. Even though the fashion show was over, but there were still the likes of the models and beautiful women which I took the opportunity to photograph. On this day, fashion shows by Azucar, Robert Graham, ICandy Swimwear, Adame, Nikki Beach Lifestyle BEDE Watoes and Le Doux strutted the run way. L’Occitane gave out samples and demonstrations of their line while other beauty demonstrations were also given during the event. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Mod Media and Designer Skin present: The Second Annual MOD Swim Week gifting lounge By Betty Alvarez

    MOD Swim Week is back for its second year, and was ready to make a splash hit on the runways of Miami Beach! MOD SWIM 2012 is a weekend event sponsored by Designer Skin Tanning Products during Miami Swim Week, consisting of gifting suites, fashion shows with top designers and high-profile after parties. Taking place at the ever so glamorous Sagamore, The Art Hotel, MOD SWIM took over the Rooftop Penthouse hosting a VIP gifting lounge as well as an array of swim shows on the outside terrace. Guests and fashionistas got a chance to view the hottest swimsuit trends ...

  • The 2nd Annual Lifestyle Retreat Lounge returned for Miami Swim Week By Betty Alvarez

    LRL made its return for it’s second year. Guest relaxed and escaped on July 16 at the Lifestyle Retreat Lounge. It featured a variety of sponsor driving guest activations included a pop-up beauty salon and electronic charging stations, media and music lounge, live ping pong competition and a fitness & wellness demo at the Gansevoort Miami Beach Hotel. Guests enjoyed food parirings courtesy of The One Group and specialty appetizers of the STK Miami menu while they quenched their thirst off the exclusive LRL cocktials from Botram Rum, Veev Acai Spirit & Harmonie Hypnotiq. Hypnotique also showcased their custome candy bar. Displaying ...

  • Funkshion Fashion Week kicked off with two designers By Betty Alvarez

    On July 14, Funkshion Fashion Week kicked off its designer fashion show with a showcase from designers Liliana Montoya and Lila Nikole. Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and tanning samples from Rayito de Sol. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Plum Magazine’s hosts Tops Down Party for Funkshon Swim Week by Betty Alvarez

    Plum Magazine hosted it Tops Down party in the middle of Setai and W hotels on July 14. On this night, Braham Motors exhibited this year’s sexiest convertibles as guests enjoyed delicious cocktails by Leblon Cachaca and L’Chaim Vodka. Appetizers by Vice Lounge were not to be missed. All enclosed in an air conditioned spectacular glass tent where guests cooled down from the heat of the night. It was a enjoyable night! Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Stars line up at the Red Carpet for Cosmopolitan En Espanol Fashion show ‘Summer Splash’ at Setai by Betty Alvarez

    On Thursday July 14th Cosmopolitan en español hosted their 5th Annual ‘Summer Splash’ kicking off Miami Swim Week 2012 at the Setai hotel. Among those who stepped out in style were notable VIPS and celebrities including Rock of Ages star Diego Garcia, supermodel and one of People magazine’s most beautiful people Omyra Mota, legendary singer John Secada, actor Alejandro Chaban, NFL greats such as Chip Vaughn of the Indiana Colts and Ahmed Bradshaw from the New York Giants and fashion moguls including Lisa Pliner, Inca Swimwear founder Stacy Josloff, Nani and Kaki Lopez of N&K Designs, Maya Swimwear designer Carolina ...

  • Mercedes Benz Fashion Week presents Diesel at Cabana Grande By Betty Alvarez

    On July 14, Diesel, a fashion industry legend and a pioneer in the world of denim and casual wear kicked off his line at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week at the Cabana Grande area. This line always remained both outside and ahead of trends. Afterwards, guest enjoyed a special cocktail reception sponsored by Sky Vodka and The Raleigh. Despite Diesel’s extraordinary growth, its philosophy is the same as when Renzo Rosso created it in 1978. He envisaged a brand that would stand for passion, individuality and self-expression. Today, Diesel continues to blaze its own trail. It is on a continuing mission ...

  • Miami Magazine’s Splashion event kicked off Miami Swim Week By Betty Alvarez

    On July 13, Miami Magazine’s annual event at Liv Spashlion did not disappoint. But we are talking about Liv at Fontainbleau Hotel. As the invite stated “The Perfect Summer Blockbuster Returns with a sizzling Runway Show! Guests sipped refreshing cocktails enjoyed tantalizing treats and sampled Luxe spa services all while enjoying the music spinned by Miami’s own DJ Irie. It was an amazing night to remember! Photographs by Betty Alvarez Share this:

  • In Sense Miami culminates their 2nd anniversary celebration with a whopper of a burger By Betty Alvarez

    In Sense Miami Social Media Management celebrated their 2nd year anniversary and also their incorporation at 80z Burger Bar. Other than networking, guests had the opportunity to have a welcome drink with other drink and Happy hour menu specials. However, the big thrill of the night was the gigantic burger that served as the “anniversary cake” Nobody ever seen such a huge burger and it was the talk of the event. 8oz burger bar introduced the burger challenge to guests and even passed out pamphlets indicating the rules of this challenge. This challenge should be on Man vs Food, it ...

  • Joseph C. Grant Jr. presents his artwork with live jazz performance at Artway 66 by Betty Alvarez

    On June 7, Joseph C. Grant Jr. presented a collection of his artwork at Artway 66 in Coconut Grove. Grant’s artwork embodies nostalgia with a figurative style of elongated human forms and vibrant colors. One of my favorite pieces was entitled Tango in Miami where the artwork showed that this city is one fun city to live in. His renderings depict life through the eyes of the black male in America by way of the Caribbean. To accompany this spectacular artwork celebration, New York based Jazz quartet, Innovative Sounds, who played at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC provided the ...

  • Cadillac Ranch celebrated their Grand Opening with success galore by Betty Alvarez

    On July 7, Cadillac Ranch opened the doors to the public with much celebration. A VIP party was held earlier in the afternoon and the restaurant opened its door in the early evening to the public. Cadillac Ranch’s focus is on bringing authentic, All-American cuisine to its customers in a fun, dynamic environment. All patrons enjoyed a Rock N’ Roll-inspired atmosphere, with plenty of room for friends, music, and dancing. The menu at Cadillac Ranch is diverse, with offerings ranging from homemade meatloaf to pasta dishes. With its average size of 10,000 square feet, Cadillac Ranch is perfect for catered ...

  • Wine and Spirits Enthusiasts enjoyed a night of tasting at Global Liquors By Betty Alvarez

    An intimate tasting of the new award winning Choco Noir Chocolate Wine and Santos Sangria was held at Global Liquors on June 30. Guest also enjoyed light bites while networking and sipping on these two delicious creations made for the spirit connoisseur. Bottles were also available for purchase at a discounted price that day. Global Liquors is located at 2947 Coral Way. For more information please call (305) 982-8256. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Many in attendance at the Coconut Grove Chamber’s New Membership Kickoff Happy Hour Networking event By Betty Alvarez

    Central Beer Garden and Sushi Lounge was the place on June 29 for the Coconut Grove Chamber’s new membership networking event drive. This event joined by the Downtown Miami & Brickell Chamber of Commerce, Coconut Grove Gazette, Miami Science Museum, Fabulous Miami, New York Life, SocialBuzzTV.com, Cocowalk and Backlot at Paragon Theatre made new and current members feel welcome and everyone was in the spirit of networking. The new Board of Directors of the Coconut Grove Chamber welcomed guests as they got to know new businesses as well as established ones in Coconut Grove and the neighboring Miami cities. Raffle ...

  • Chophouse celebrated their soft launch and a “facelift” by Betty Alvarez

    The Miami Chophouse Bistro and Lounge received a “facelift” this past June 24 as invited guests were treated to the new designed restaurant. Inside the restaurant, there was a section where guest can easily lounge for a drink in comfortable leather seats. The inside bar was designed from top to bottom of the many liquors that the restaurant served. Samples of the restaurant’s new menu such as Kobe Beef sliders, lobster bisque, Shrimp cocktails and many more delighted the crowds at this opening. Different kinds of White and Red wine was served at different stations. The outside bar also ...

  • Saun Lightbourne’s Annual Birthday/Charity Extravaganza at Set Nightclub to benefit Ayuda a great success! By Betty Alvarez

    A good friend and supporter of the Miami Beach Community, Saun Lightbourne celebrated his birthday charity exravaganza on June 23 with great enthusiasm. The Birthday theme, “Denim & Diamonds” was held at the exclusive and beautiful Set Nightclub to family and friends galore supporting him and the wonderful charity benefiting from his birthday party, Ayuda. In the early part of the festivities, guests enjoyed a VIP champagne reception and later the Open Vodka Bar Live Performances and entertainment from Saun’s friends in the musical entertainment industry gather around to wish him a Happy Birthday! AYUDA Inc. a local Nonprofit Organization in ...

  • Chambers unite for one special evening of great networking By Betty Alvarez

    June 22 marked the date were the Chambers of Camacol, Costa Rica, Coconut Grove, Chile, Downtown Miami & Brickell, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru united themselves for a night of major networking and meeting interesting people. Evelio Medina, President of the Downtown Miami & Brickell Chamber gave his thank you speech on behalf of all the chambers with all its head representatives alongside him. Local professionals met and mingled while promoting their business, shared ideas and expanded their business network and have fun at the same time. One lucky winner took the prizes of lunch for two courtesy of Scalina Ristorante. This ...

  • Miami Celebrity Domino Night benefitting Amigos for Kids, a grand domino effect with supporters by Betty Alvarez

    Amigos for Kids celebrated its 20th anniversary this year at the highly-anticipated annual fundraiser, the ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night on June 18 at Jungle Island. Guests were treated to a buzzing domino club, live entertainment, dinner-by-the-bite by Miami’s most prominent chefs and restaurants, open bar courtesy of Bacardi U.S.A., live entertainment by Albita and a stellar silent auction featuring Cuban art, sports memorabilia and much more. Amigos For Kids® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect by valuing children, strengthening families and educating communities. Proceeds from tickets and domino tables will benefit Amigos For Kids™. ...

  • United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival launches Bacardi’s 60 Second Cocktails, a monthly series By Betty Alvarez

    In April, the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival experienced record-breaking ticket sales and sold out events. To meet popular demand, the festival launched a series of year-round wine and food events – all for a good cause. 60 Second Cocktails with Bacardi is the kick-off event marking the expansion, and all proceeds benefited United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health. On June 16, guests brushed up on their bartending skills and learned how to make delicious cocktails, with help from Bacardi mixologist and Miami-native, Gabe Urrutia who is an expert in the cocktail ...

  • Coconut Grove Gallery Night by Betty Alvarez

    I have always loved Coconut Grove Gallery night and it has been a while since I have been to a gallery night in this section of the city. Therefore, I ventured out to what it was going to be a worthwhile experience. My first stop was at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Galleries 1 & 2. Gallery one featured the exhibition “Master Thesis exhibition–Visual Art Graduates of 2011″ in partnership with Ai Miami International University. Gallery 2 featured “Art-I-tecture” Artist Hans Petersen, presented vibrant, large scale images of aspects of architecture and environments translated into abstract paintings. Next, I ...

  • Family Resource Center’s Toast to Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect By Betty Alvarez

    Guests gathered for an evening of delicious wine tasting paired with appetizers at the beautiful wine bar at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Coral Gables on June 3. Two different varieties of white wines and three different varieties of red wines were the delight of the guests as they tried to wet their palette in this delectable event. All proceeds went towards Family Resource’s Center’s Back to School On-Track campaign to raise funds for backpacks and school supplies for children living in foster care. For more information please visit www.frcflorida.org Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Taste of the Gables launches 4th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week By Betty Alvarez

    On June 2, foodies had the chance to cast their vote for the “Best Taste of the Gables” award after sampling various “tastes” from over 20 restaurants participating in Coral Gables Restaurant Week presented by Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. Taste of the Gables was held in the historic Rotunda of the Westin Colonnade Hotel. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to United Way of Miami-Dade. Now in its fourth year, Coral Gables Restaurant Week will officially launch on June 6 and run through June 19. During these two weeks, participating restaurants will offer special three-course lunch and dinner menus at ...

  • Base Paint The Auction– A contemporary Art Auction and Curated Exhibition By Betty Alvarez

    BASE PAINT | THE AUCTION is a contemporary art auction event and curated exhibitoin to help raise funds to support the secondary school at L’Athletique D’ Haiti where Base Paint tent will be installed. On May 25, Ideobox Artspace, SaludArte Foundation, Fundación Manos del Sur, Step by Step Foundation, and Curators Antuan & Tanya Brillembourg joined forces as they prepared for Base Paint | The Auction event to benefit the Base Paint Project. The tents have arrived in Haiti and will be installed this summer as part of a secondary school on the property of L’Athletique d’Haiti. The funds raised ...

  • Downtown Miami & Brickell Chamber of Commerce launches its Movers and Shakers Biz Happy Hour By Betty Alvarez

    On May 25, Downtown Miami & Brickell Chamber of Commerce launched their first Movers and Shakers Biz Happy Hour at La Barra Brickell. This was an opportunity for many local businesses not only from Downtown Miami but also businesses from nearby cities to experience what this chamber has to offer. Just as the invite stated, “to do business with Downtown Miami & Brickell’s brightest, most affluent, vibrant and desired zip codes. And by the way: Great people too!” This described exactly what this event and the true purpose of the evening was about. It’s President and CEO, Evelio Medina was ...

  • Marriott Biscayne Bay was christened amongst the VIP crowd By Betty Alvarez

    Marriott Biscayne Bay, one of Miami’s long standing landmarks was the place for guests to witness the realization of a $31 million dollar renovation on May 17. Noted as “the bridge to everything Miami,” this hotel is right in the middle of every popular area in Miami: Downtown, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Design District, etc. As one entered the hotel, lovely hostesses greet you and indicated to proceed to the outside area were the celebration was. Upon entering the area overlooking the beautiful blue Miami waters, guests were treated to cocktails and food ranging from Paella, pulled pork sandwiches and ...

  • Gen Art’s celebrated their relaunch and Perriet Jouet’s 200th Anniversary By Betty Alvarez

    The great news of the comeback of GenArt’s relaunch couldn’t make people happier. Even though there will be a limited programming in Miami as the company focuses to relaunch in New York and Los Angeles, Miami will take anything that Gen Art proposes in events. It is expected that Gen Art will have more of events as the year progresses with definitely something during the ever popular international event, Art Basel. In conjunction with Gen Art’s relaunch, it was Perrier Jouet’s 200th anniversary. What better way to celebrate it at Soho House in Miami Beach. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy ...

  • High Heels and Handshakes-a wonderful event for women By Betty Alvarez

    High Heels and Handshakes, a monthly networking event created by Christina Ward from Morton’s the Steakhouse and Bonnie Kilpatrick from Fleming’s steakhouse held their second networker for business women on May 20 at Morton’s the Steakhouse in Coral Gables. This event benefitted Women for Women.org, a non-profit organization helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. Women in the many business fields joined together to eat delicious appetizers by Morton’s, drink Martini cocktails and best of all meet other aspiring women in South Florida. A video explaining Women for Women.org was played for the guests and they were inspired to ...

  • Art Walk in Wynwood, a great experience for art lovers By Betty Alvarez

    I have always enjoyed artwalk in the Design District and that is where I usually go when I am in the area. However, I realized that I have not been to a Wynwood Art Walk for as long as I can remember. Therefore, as the date of the Wynwood Art Walk was approaching and two great events were happening in that area, I just had to try it out. This was the beginning of many firsts for me. To begin, two of the galleries were opening at 5 p.m. instead of the usual 7 p.m., that gave me more time to ...

  • Rik Rak’s Spring into Beauty sprung at the JW Marriott Marquis By Betty Alvarez

    For the first time ever Rik Rak Salon & Spa and Gilt City Miami, the widely acclaimed online destination for luxury services and experiences, are teamed up to host the SPRING INTO BEAUTY event at Rik Rak’s newest location, JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Rik Rak and Gilt City friends relished in an evening of lavish pampering, delicious treats and savory cocktails while toasting to guilty pleasures. Guests experienced Rik Rak’s wide spectrum of miniature luxury services including eyelash applications, manicures and neck & hand massages, while indulging in frosted treats from Buttercream Cupcakes & Coffee. Gilt City Miami has been delivering ...

  • Closing Night Party at Vita-a great end to Romance in a Can film festival by Betty Alvarez

    On May 10, Vita by Baoli hosted the closing night party for Romance in a Can. Guests were treated with appetizers along with champagne and wine by Chamarre Wines. This closing night event served as a toast to another year to Romance in a Can. Several movie clips that were shown during the festival were featured to the guests as they enjoyed one more night of celebration. For more information of Romance in a Can please visit www.romanceinacan.com Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Coconut Grove Food, Wine and Music Festival, the start of something delicious for years to come By Betty Alvarez

    The Coconut Grove Food, Wine and Music Festival transformed Coconut Grove into a food and wine lover’s paradise with specialty food items, culinary events, sophisticated parties and live musical entertainment. The event showcased the delightful flavors of many international wines and spirits along with the sampling for Miami’s most talented chefs. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Coconut Grove Food, Wine and Music Festival kicked off a launch party with Charity casino night By Betty Alvarez

    On May 6 at the Grove Isle Hotel & Spa guests celebrated the kick off party for the Coconut Grove Food, Wine and Music Festival. Invited guests enjoyed wine and appetizers as they tried their luck in a Casino full filled night all to benefit the Epilepsy Society of Florida. Guests also had the chance to meet and greet Carey Chen and have the opportunity to autographed the official Coconut Grove Food, Wine and Music Festival Poster. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • A Taste of South Beach to benefit the Sabina Merlino Memorial Fund By Betty Alvarez

    An evening of culinary delights at South Beach’s Red Steakhouse, hosted by the Breakwater Hotel benefitted a great cause…The Sabina Merlino Memorial Fund. The gathering took place at the restaurant’s Roof Top Lounge which featured great food, music and some of the stunning views of South Beach. A silent auction also took place in which art designs, beauty enhancements, and other items were up for bids. On July 1, 2008, Sabina Merlino lost her brave fight against lung cancer. She was a vibrant individual-a mother, a friend and a businesswoman. She dedicated much of her life to helping and caring for ...

  • Romance in a Can’s Opening Night celebrated at The Angler’s Boutique Resort By Betty Alvarez

    Romance in a Can celebrated another year of romantic films on their Opening Night at The Anglers Boutique Resort in Miami Beach. Guests were treated to cocktails and appetizers as they anticipated for the first film, “The Age or Reason” with Sophie Marceau. A special welcoming presentation with the Executive Director of Romance in a Can, Isabelle Lambert was given. The French film (with English subtitle) dealt with Margaret (Marceau) as a high-powered executive in the construction industry, who manages her career with steely determination. Her hyper-structured life revolves around Blackberry appointments, business dinners and a secret sexual relationship with ...

  • ROCKAZ MVMT’S 2011 MIAMI REGGAE FESTIVAL SURPASSES EXPECTATIONS RAISING OVER 2.6 TONS OF FOOD By Betty Alvarez

    Miami, FL – ROCKAZ MVMT brought together a diverse crowd of over 8,000 music aficionados who packed Peacock Park for the inaugural Miami Reggae Festival on April 30th. The daylong free event was a successful celebration of Peace, Love and Unity. Not only did it draw rave reviews from the thousands of attendants, sponsors and media alike but it successfully launched their national campaign: ROCKAZ MVMT:FEEDS – eradicating food insecurity. This first-rate concert motivated people to help feed the hungry and raised much needed funding for Curley’s House, a local food bank and life-line to those who are experiencing food ...

  • No Rum left behind at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival’s Grand Tasting By Betty Alvarez

    Rums were a plenty at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival held at the Deauville Beach Hotel. Guests sampled the finest rums from each island, from each category and from each notable brand in the tropical setting. Attendees experienced the world’s best rums including 10 Cane, Abuelo, Appleton, Atlantico, Bacardi, Bank Five Island, Barcelo, Barrilito, Botran, Brugal, Cachaca Poesia, Caldas, Cartavio, Cockspur, Cruzan, Denizen and many more. Rum seminars and cocktail competitions were also held for the rum experts. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Vizcayan’s Evening Under the Stars, a celebration that was worthwhile By Betty Alvarez

    The Vizcayans, a non profit group that works to protect, preserve and promote South Florida’s treasure, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens took their annual Spring gala, Evening Under the Stars to new heights on April 29. Guests had the rare opportunity to tour the historic house and gardens by night and enjoy food, cocktails and live entertainment amidst a chic atmosphere. Inside the house, silent auctions items from exclusive jewelry, Romero Britto artwork, autographed sports and music memorabilia were up for bids. Throughout the event, fashion models showing off the latest Spring collection from Hugo Boss were impressive. NBC anchor Pam Giganti ...

  • Rum Renaissance Festival’s celebrated VIP Parties in Tobacco Road and Bacardi USA Headquarters By Betty Alvarez

    The Rum Renaissance Festival presented a series of exclusive VIP parties where guests previewed some samplings before the actual Grand Tasting Event. At Tobacco Road, a Zafra VIP party went underway where guests sampled Zafra-inspired cocktails and sample some varieties of chicken wings hosted by the 100 year old establishment. Attendees also had the chance to play their luck on a simple game of Dominoes while mingling with friends and liquor sponsors. After a good time at Tobacco Road, guests had another VIP party to go. This time was at the Bacardi USA headquarters in Coral Gables. Guest sampled delicious Cuban ...

  • Baru Urbano celebrated Happy Hour with a Cause by Betty Alvarez

    On April 28, Barú Urbano, a Miami based restaurant in Brickell invited the community to be a part of a unique happy hour and networking event with a cause. Sponsored by Engel & Volkers and Barú Urbano, the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, all proceeds from the event went to the Luekemia & Lymphoma society.Guests enjoyed Happy hour specials and cocktails to support this wonderful cause. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s Music Under the Stars: Bon Appetit Miami was a tuneful hit By Betty Alvarez

    The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind hosted an elegant but tuneful evening for their fourth annual “Music Under their Stars: Bon Appetit Miami” on April 27 featuring live jazz and pop by the wonderful Miami Lighthouse musicians. All proceeds to benefit the Heiken Children’s Vision Program. A splendid array of delights awaited invited guests sponsored by Miami local restaurants in this indoor/outdoor event. The restaurant and beverage providers include Gibraltar, Casa Juancho, Perricone’s Marketplace, Starbucks Coffee, El Carajo, Chocolate Fashion, Grazie Italian Cuisine, Seasons 52 Fresh Grill, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, ...

  • After Friday’s Polo tournament, La Martina Fashion Show paraded for the delight of Fans By Betty Alvarez

    Kris Kampsen lit up the scoreboard on Friday afternoon during the opening day of the men’s tournament at the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup on the sands of South Beach, as the defending 2010 championship team, Hublot, handed John Walsh and his AMG-Mercedes team a humbling 10-5 defeat. Kampsen scored nine goals on the day as Hublot got on track after a competitive first chukker that had the team on top 1-0. Hublot scored two more unanswered goals in the second half as the host of ‘America’s Most Wanted’ and company had few answers for the high-powered Hublot play. “That’s tough ...

  • AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup presented by Nespresso returns and Polo Enthusiasts Celebrated at the Kick off Party after the Tournament By Betty Alvarez

    AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup VII Kick Off party featuring the “Blank Silk by Megan Walsh” fashion show at the AMG Miami Beach Polo VIP Tent The Polo Life, LLC announced the seventh annual AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup presented by Nespresso, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo tournament, taking place from to April 24th between 20th and 22nd Streets on the sands of South Beach, featuring South Florida native, veteran Polo player and renowned host of America’s Most Wanted, John Walsh. AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz, returns for the second year as Title ...

  • Paintings dedicated to the Sites and Spirit of Miami were unveiled at the New World Center By Betty Alvarez

    Bernard Markowicz, owner of Markowicz Fine Art and U.S. Agent for French Painter and Sculptor Alain Godon, announced the catalog of premier architectural landmarks of Miami portrayed in a new collection of oil-on-canvas paintings. Godon has painted the sites and revealed the spirit of Paris, New York, Amsterdam and Le Touquet Paris-Plage, and recently added Miami to the prestigious list of international cities in his architecture series. An exclusive preview of Architecture Collection “Miami” the night before the exhibit opened to the public took place on April 20 at the New World Center in Miami Beach. Paintings dedicated to the sites ...

  • West Kendall Baptist Hospital opened its Doors to the Community By Betty Alvarez

    I never knew that living 2 minutes away from a very well known and respectable hospital would be a privilege but on this day that is how I felt. The long awaited sneak peek of the brand new West Kendall Baptist Hospital was welcomed by the West Kendall Community on April 17. It seemed like all of West Kendall attended this event. As one began to enter the premises a Romero Britto inspired West Kendall Baptist Hospital bag was given to everyone. Several tented stations served water with chips and healthy snacks to the public. I never know that West ...

  • Plum Miami Magazine Launch, the best party I have ever attended By Betty Alvarez

    I just want to start off this story by stating that I have been to many events, parties, networkers, social affairs etc., I have to admit I was not prepared for what I was going to experience at the Plum Miami Magazine Launch party held at The Raleigh Hotel on April 15. This celebration hosted by The Plum Network brought the most influential crowd of celebrities and tastemakers. At this exclusive event, guests were the first to page through the new April 2011 issue, which features model and actress Lydia Hearst on the cover, shot by acclaimed photographer Brett Ratner. As ...

  • Youth L.E.A.D. Food Justice Cocktail Benefit a Big Success By Betty Alvarez

    On April 15, Youth L.E.A.D. held a benefit cocktail reception at Cafeina in Wynwood. This non-profit organization empowers underserved youths as activists to increase access to healthy food and clean environments in the school and community through after school programs and service learning projects. Guests who contributed to this cocktail fundraiser helped this cutting edge non profit to bring “food justice” to Miami. Guests also participated in a raffle for prizes worth $100 and up. Youth L.E.A.D. is a fiscal sponsorship fund of the Miami Founation, a 501C3 organization. To learn more about Youth L.E.A.D. please visit www.youthleadmiami.org Photographs by Betty ...

  • United Way’s Miami Wine and Food Festival celebrates 16 years with its Taste and Toast-Fine Wine Tasting By Betty Alvarez

    The 16th annual United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival, Miami’s first and foremost charity wine and food festival, took place on April 14 t. Presented by American Express, all proceeds from the festival will benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in the areas of education, income and health. This annual event brings together food and wine lovers from all over South Florida. It’s Taste & Toast – Fine Wine Tasting presented by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, featured dozens of international wineries and 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants and caterers, including: Acqua at Four Seasons Hotel, ...

  • Caring about the Strays fundraiser By Betty Alvarez

    Caring about the Strays and Tinte Cosmetics held a Martini Party on April 9 at none other than Blue Martini in Brickell. With a $10 donation, guests were glammed to free mini makeovers by Chantal Sauvignon, enjoyed delicious martinis and sumptuous appetizers. They also had a chance to participate in a raffle with all proceeds went to benefit Caring About the Strays. For more information about this organization please go to www.caringaboutthestrays.com Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • 3rd Annual EXPOCOLOMBIA delights locals and tourist alike By Betty Alvarez

    The 3rd Annual EXPOCOLOMBIA International, a showcase of Colombia in Miami took place April 8-10 at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC), this international exhibition had over 200 exhibitors specializing in Tourism, Beauty & Health, Fashion, Luxurious Arts & Crafts, Real Estate, Finance, Entertainment, and Food & Beverage. EXPOCOLOMBIA International reflected the entrepreneurial spirit and vast array of talent in the Colombian business community as well as the beauty and richness of the country and people. Within the three days of exposition a multitude of companies and government entities exhibited from Colombia, which gave international visitors the opportunity to expand, create ...

  • Sake Blue Grand Opening and launch of Sake Blue Fridays By Betty Alvarez

    The fine dining capital of South Florida has added another star to their list, but with a twist. Sake Blue, which hosted its Grand Opening on April 8 is an exclusive restaurant and lounge offering Progressive Global Asian food, an impressive list of sakes and high-energy all around. Upon arriving at 225 Altara Avenue in Coral Gables, guests were first greeted with a feast for the eyes. Eye-catching Asian-inspired murals line the walls for your viewing pleasure and then your eyes are drawn to the 38-foot Sake Bar. This day also kicked off “ Sake Blue Fridays” where ...

  • Dream in Green’s annual fundraiser made lots of green at their anniversary event by Betty Alvarez

    A who’s who of sustainability and environmental finance attended the Dream in Green’s Anniversary fundraiser held on April 1st at the beautiful Palms Hotel & Spa, on Miami Beach. Dream in Green (South Florida’s largest environmental-education non profit) joined Sustainability 2011 with its party-of-the-year, Living the Dream. The eco-fabulous Palms Hotel generously donated 3-hours of complimentary delectables and cocktails. The 2011 Green Innovators and community leaders who were honored that evening were The Heat Group, Miami-Dade County’s Office of Sustainability, DecoBike and Assurant. Roger Bustamante (of Miami Symphony) set the mood with his bossa nova trio while guests bid ...

  • MIYO Home hosts chair-ity event to celebrate the launch of MIYO Home Virtual Boutique By Betty Alvarez

    MIYO Home is pleased to announce the Chair-ity cocktail event on March 30th, with proceeds benefiting the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. To celebrate the launch of the virtual boutique, MIYO Home commissioned eight local artistic visionaries along with a celebrity interior designer to create a customized MIYO Home Chair. Artists were invited to translate their visions onto a classic design piece – a chair – using the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation as a reference of inspiration. The one-of-a-kind chairs will be on display throughout the evening and auctioned off. The auction will begin prior to the event ...

  • The Intercontinental Miami hosts Chef with a Purpose: Haiti event By Betty Alvarez

    The InterContinental Miami was the host for its Chefs With A Purpose: Haiti partnership with Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. and International Firefighters Assistance, Inc. (IFA). The second annual Chefs With A Purpose: Haiti fundraising event was held on March 30 at the InterContinental Miami and benefitted the Haiti rebuilding efforts of these two nationally recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Both organizations have been providing assistance to Haiti well before the 2010 earthquake and were present, ready to assist, in the Port-Au-Prince ‘ground zero’ at the moment tragedy struck. This year, the organizations are joining forces and ...

  • Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival-A great success By Betty Alvarez

    Guests discovered fabulous new restaurants and exciting wines at this incredible event held in a brand new location in the heart of historic Coral Gables. Ponce De Leon Boulevard was opened to foot traffic only for a special evening of celebration and philanthropy. Superb food, exquisite wine, and live music from “People You Know” was offered to raise funds for the American Lung Association and Pulmonary Research at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. New to the festival this year was the DEWAR’S® Momento D Lounge. The lounge brought a unique experience to life via a deejay, red ...

  • Coconut Grove Gallery and Interiors Celebrate 25th Anniversary By Betty Alvarez

    On March 25th Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors says thank you to Miami for 25 years of loyal patronage with their most memorable event yet. Guests enjoyed a spectacular evening in the Grove at their “Dancing in the Streets” party! This gala event was produced by Lasso the Moon featuring music, dancing, great food and gallery treasures! The gallery is located at 2884 Bird Avenue in Coconut Grove and open from 10-6 Monday through Saturday with an extended 7:30 closing on Wednesdays featuring wine & cheese. One of the most unique shops in Miami the gallery features furniture ...

  • Arteamericas, another year, another great show By Betty Alvarez

    Arteaméricas is the premier fair of art from Latin America. Returning for its ninth installment in 2011, it showcases the latest trends in paintings, sculpture and multimedia. Galleries from all over Latin America will be participating, representing hundreds of emerging artists and renowned masters. The fair takes place in the Miami Beach Convention Center, drawing a diverse and upscale audience to enjoy high-quality art within an intimate setting. arteaméricas is not only the Latin American art fair, but also the art fair of the Americas. “arteaméricas has been the most respected Latin American art fair since it’s inception. We’re proud of ...

  • Caribea, a night to remember By Betty Alvarez

    Caribea, a latin fusion party was the hit of the night at Dolores or you can call me Lolita on March 24. Brugal served as one of the major sponsors hosting the event. At the start of the evening, all guests walked the red carpet like the star that they are. The passed appetizers and Brugal infused cocktails were the talk of the evening. Lastly, inside Dolores, the night exploded as latin music played by a resident DJ. It made the guests dance until the morning. It was truly an unforgettable night. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Long awaited 2 Degrees Networking event-A success By Betty Alvarez

    After a long hiatus, ’2 Degrees’ networking event made its return on March 24 at Level 25 in the Conrad Hotel, Downtown Miami. Young professionals experienced a relaxed and informal networking event. Being a networker myself, it was a great way to get to know people in other lines of business and also being among true networkers made the whole experience worthwhile. There was a high level of professionalism and truly it seems that everyone made every effort to introduce themselves to one another. The networking area where everything took place was in Level 25′s chic bar area which was really ...

  • Richie Rich’s Villionaire Fashion Extravaganza by Betty Alvarez

    On the sands of 8th and Ocean, a big tent marked the signature spot for all the fashion shows that Funkshion Fashion Week would showcase. Other than previous years, guests felt more at ease in going to the fashion shows as there was enough space for everyone whether they sat or remained standing to see the show. Even though there was a two hour delay, guests waited patiently for Richie Rich’s Villionaire as the kick off fashion showcase of the evening. Speaking of the guests, even they looked the part in their fashion style and finesse. A Lady Gaga look-a-like ...

  • Richie Rich’s dinner kick off party for Funkshion Fashion Week By Betty Alvarez

    Famed fashion designer Richie Rich hosted a kick-off dinner party at Eden restaurant on 23rd and Collins. He was in town for Funkshion Fashion week, one of the most popular fashion shows Miami Beach experienced. All fashion shows were held in a big tent along 8th and Ocean Drive. Richie Rich showed up with his entourage and greeted guests who booked a table at the restaurant. Eden Restaurant also hosted a media reception beforehand in which members of the media flashed their cameras as he entered the establishment. Making his signature pose to the photographers, Richie Rich posed alongside his loyal ...

  • West Encounters East at the Lowe Art Museum

    On the evening of Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the Lowe Art Museum, Joel Hollander, Ph.D., full-time faculty member at the University of Miami, delivered an informative speech for the project “West Encounters East,” whose focus is to rethink the significance of cultural exchange and diversity by identifying emerging Latin American artists of Asian heritage. Dr. Hollander focused on reflections of Japanese art and culture in the imagery of contemporary Argentine artists, including Valeria Yamamoto, Ary Kaplan Nakamura, Guillermo Ueno, and Lucila Heinberg, whose work will be highlighted in a special pavilion at arteaméricas art fair, March 25 – 28, ...

  • Magic City Memoirs latest project from Andy Garcia at Miami International Film Festival By Betty Alvarez

    Miami-bred actor, director and producer Andy Garcia returned to the Miami International Film Festival with his latest project, the World Premiere of Magic City Memoirs. This already sold out independent feature-length film directed, produced, written by and starring an ensemble cast and crew of Miami locals. Garcia serves as the film’s executive producer. Magic City Memoirs is the story of three Miami high school friends-Milkey, Eric, and angle-who revel in their world of private school privilege and lax parental oversight while living large in the hip hop lifestyle of parties, fast cars, fast boats and easy sex. Miami director Aaron Salgado ...

  • El Coto de Rioja Paella Parade celebration for MIFF’s Spanish Films by Betty Alvarez

    In celebration of the Spanish films for this year’s Miami International Film Festival, distinguished guests gathered on a paella parade called “El Coto de Rioja” This tasting event took place under the stars at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens following the premiere of Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s Amador. Local celebrity chefs and restaurants united themselves for this 1st annual celebration. This paella tasting showcased their paella-making skills in the spirit of friendly competition. Contenders vied for titles in categories ranging from Prettiest, Most Creative, and Best Use of Ingredients to a Paella Pleaser. A portion of the ticket proceeds went to ...

  • The Miami Institute for Age Management & Intervention Welcomed Dr. Phillip Craft to Miami’s Elite Group of Medical Providers

    The MIAMI Institute for Age Management & Intervention (www.MIAMI-Institute.com) hosted a special evening in honor of acclaimed plastic surgeon, Dr. Phillip Craft. The MIAMI Institute welcomed Dr. Craft to the dynamic surgical team, on Wednesday, February 23rd, with an elegant cocktail soiree. To celebrate the newest addition, guests were greeted with the beautiful melodies of a harp and cello player from the Miami Symphony Orchestra as The MIAMI Institute opened its doors to the luxurious 9,000 square-foot facility for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Gourmand At Home. Guests mingled while enjoying the libations and delicious hors d’oeuvres as ...

  • John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation Contributes $1 Million to United Way of Miami-Dade

    United Way of Miami Dade has been presented with a $1 million donation from the John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation. This gift represents the single largest individual unrestricted gift to the 2010 campaign, which will directly impact United Way’s work to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all Miami-Dade residents. The gift will be recognized at a reception with United Way board members and key supporters. Kanas is chairman, president and CEO of BankUnited, the largest bank headquartered in Florida. In May 2009, he led a group of investors in purchasing the ...

  • Miami International Film Festival’s Red Carpet sizzled on Opening Night and Festivities continued at Freedom Tower By Betty Alvarez

    28th Annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC) launched a new chapter with a new executive director. the official lineup of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) will be repleting with Red Carpet Gusman Galas, Premieres, Competition Categories and Awards, REEL Education Seminars and other special presentations that make up the Festival’s showcase of more than 100 films from 40 countries during the 10-day event, which runs to March 13, 2011. The Festival launched on March 4 with the first Opening Night animated feature in its 28-year history: Chico & Rita by ...

  • Silent Auction to benefit the children of ARC South Florida by Betty Alvarez

    On February 24, a silent auction was held at George Rodez Gallery in Cocowalk. The fundraiser benefitted the children of ARC South Florida. As guests perused the gallery and enjoyed specialty cocktails by Nuvo Vodka, the space next door was the silent auction headquarters where white and red wine were served. Paintings drawn by the children of ARC were also up for bid. Guests also had the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for special prizes given away that evening. As the evening drew to a close special thanks were given to the following people: Commissioner Francis Saurez, Sharie Blanton (CEO ...

  • South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Grand Tasting Village rocks with foodies from around the world by Betty Alvarez

    It was a hot day indeed in Miami Beach but that did not stop many visitors and foodies to experience Saturday’s Grand Tasting Village. Locals and tourists from around the world cleared their calendars to be in this exclusive top notch gastronomical event. Their senses were awaken when they stepped inside the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village. This universe of welcoming canopies, white-sand walkways, calming ocean breezes, and gently lapping Atlantic waves offers an incandescent celebration of the good life. Everyone definitely feasted as they strolled, partook of exquisite morsels and imbibed in some of the finest wines and ...

  • The Miami Wine and Spirits Expo, a great addition to festivities By Betty Alvarez

    South Florida saw lots of excitement with the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Boat Show and the Wine and Food Festival. With all that momentum, event-goers prepared to please their palates and experience the “expo” that took place February 25-27. Known as the Miami Wine & Spirits Expo, this event, presented by Aeromexico, Corona Extra and Republic National Distributing Company was one of the places on the “can’t be missed” list. With many tequila, wine and other spirits it was no wonder that The Miami Food and Wine Expo complimented to the current festivities to foodies around the world. The show ...

  • Coconut Grove Arts Festival celebrated another successful year By Betty Alvarez

    Celebrating its 48th anniversary, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival® is one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine Arts Festivals. The Festival showcased the works of over 360 of the finest artists and craftsmen in the world. A signature event of the South Florida cultural calendar, the Arts Festival offered visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine, enjoy live entertainment and take a walk through history. Poster artist, Guy Harvey, the highly acclaimed conservationist was on hand to discuss his inspirations for the “Treasures of the Bay”. The Culinary Pavilion, one of the highlights of the festival, ...

  • Galleries along Main Highway and St. Stephens Art Show now celebrating 23 years by Betty Alvarez

    As I was heading to the Coconut Grove Festival, I always stroll along Main Highway and see what local vendors and artists have on display. As I started my stroll, I came upon many jewelry vendors and a very colorful car created by artist Marcie Ziv. This car was very popular to the locals and tourist alike. An asian tourist dressed in very colorful attire took pictures with the automobile and it caught the attention of a TV commercial crew who were filming the festivities. Afterwards, I wandered into a small art show which showcased many local artists and vendors. ...

  • Local Gallery celebrated the 48th Annual Coconut Grove Art Festival in Style By Betty Alvarez

    Visiting the Coconut Grove Art Festival can become a bit of a hassle sometimes. Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors offered as a special service to the gallery clients every year. Free VIP transportation to and from the art show as guests parked stress free in the gallery parking lot and were greeted by Bailey, the golden retriever who is also the gallery mascot. While in the gallery, guests were treated by mimosas and appetizers as they wander all over the gallery and admiring in the artwork and art furniture that the gallery had to offer. What better way to ...

  • Kick Off Soiree for 23rd Annual Yacht & Brokerage Show Make a Big Splash by Betty Alvarez

    The Welcome Channel & Sunset Harbour Yacht Club (SHYC) celebrated the launch of the 2011 Yacht & Brokerage Show with an official VIP soiree on Wednesday, February 16th from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. More than 300 guests attended the invite-only soiree featuring an unforgettable night of luxury. Gracing the blue-carpet to pose for pictures were special guests including Princess Thi-nga of Vietnam; John Dane III, president and CEO of Trinity Yachts; artist Stephen Gamson; Jay Hartley, president of Regions Bank; David Meers, chief operating officer of Vision Airlines; Skip Zimbalist, president of Show Management; Steve Sheer, director ...

  • Paragon Theatres at Cocowalk launches Backlot Wine Bar & Lounge & Private Screening Room By Betty Alvarez
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    Paragon Movie Theaters at CocoWalk (Paragon Grove 13), the all- new entertainment complex located in the heart of Coconut Grove finalized “phase two” of their concept– The Backlot Wine Bar & Lounge. With a grand opening on January 14th, The Backlot is “the perfect movie companion”, featuring a variety of international wines and beer as well as small plate food offerings such as cheese boards, flatbreads, and desserts. The Backlot also houses the much-anticipated “Prestige Audi Private Screening Room”. The Screening Room, with its 25’ Jumbo Screen, will host a variety of free public events and live TV broadcasts and ...

  • 2nd Annual “Little Black Dress” Event Benefiting Operation Smile By Betty Alvarez

    On Feb. 5 at Viceroy Miami (Club 50), The 2nd Annual “Little Black Dress” Fundraiser Event & Cocktail was held benefiting Operation Smile, an international charity and organization of mobile medical professionals who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate all over the world. Along with last year’s supporter, former NBA player of the Miami Heat, Tim Hardaway, the event had a mixture of celebrities from different genre’s who have agreed to support Operation Smile this year. Miami native, and now the star of the hit Broadway play “Dream ...

  • La Cofradia celebrates 5th Anniversary by Betty Alvarez

    La Cofradia recently celebrated 5 years of exquisite Peruvian cuisine on Feb. 3. With Special guest Chef Javier Wong, guests enjoyed Peruvian appetizers, exceptional wines and the famous pisco sour. Jaime Dickinson, owner of La Cofradia thanked the packed house for a wonderful evening and fun night. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Marek Hewryk Redefines European Luxury By Betty Alvarez

    Canadian skin care specialist, Marek Hewryk, opened the most elegant and exquisite skin care boutique, HEWRYK with his two brands: Marek Hewryk and 4VOO in the epicenter of the “city beautiful” on Feb. 3 with a fabulous by-invitation-only red carpet event that was attended by city officials, dignitaries, A-listers and celebrities. Miracle Mile was the place to be- to experience the HEWRYK. HEWRYK boutique offers a fresh, modern, and chic venue for both women and men to shop for luxury skin care products containing sophisticated ingredients. Taking a break from typical cosmetic stores that offer products for variety of tastes, ...

  • Miami Beach International Fashion Week Kicks off with the Second Annual Humanitarian Awards

    Miami Beach International Fashion Week kicked off on January 27 with its Second Annual Humanitarian Awards event at Mondrian in South Beach. Ten of South Florida’s most philanthropic members in the community were honored with the nominee of a humanitarian award. Sponsored by Tiffany & Co, the event benefitted the Miami Fashion Week Foundation, Inc. is co-sponsored by Moroccan Oil. Celebrity disc jockey Mr. Sandman, spinned for this memorable event. Television and radio celebrities Brian Andrews and Ileana Garcia hosted the event along with Miami’s top fashion designers and celebrity guests. The Miami Fashion Week Foundation, Inc. is ...

  • United for Bolivia hosts fundraiser at D. Rodriguez Ocean by Betty Alvarez

    United for Bolivia held a fundraiser event at D. Rodriguez Ocean at The Hilton Bently on Jan. 27. This fundraising gala and concert benefited the children with leukemia from the Oncologic Hospital of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. Courtesy drinks by Pisco 100 and appetizers sampling menu by Andes Seafood and renowned Chef Douglas Rodriguez. The red carpet shined with local and international celebrities followed by International Singer Monserrat Franco and DJ Javi. Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011 Share this:

  • Grand Opening of Boulan South Beach Presents Ideal Investment By Betty Alvarez

    Under a full moon and amid many stars, more than 400 of Miami’s most elite gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Boulan South Beach, the newest condominium to grace the shores of South Florida. Held on Boulan South Beach’s swank rooftop pool-deck, guests enjoyed music by the official DJ of the Florida Marlins, DJ Vertiko, while basking in the beauty of mesmerizing city and ocean views. Hors d’oeuvres were provided by Wally Rice of Rice Catering while Premiere Beverage Catering & Heavy Water new Swedish vodka – presented guests with signature Boulan cocktail. The event attracted a great variety ...

  • Miami International Art Fair attracts many art lovers from all over the world By Betty Alvarez

    From Beijing to Buenos Aires to New York, the MIA- Miami International Art Fair shocases prestigious galleries from over 15 countries. A major contribution of the Fair is its support of the Miami art scene. Unlike any other Miami art fair, over 25 local galleries are participating and partnerships have been formed with important Miami museums and emerging art organizations, such as the Miami Art Museum, the Lowe Art Museum, the Robert and Patricia Frost Museum, the Bass Museum, Auguari, The End/Spring Break; the Fair also features special student and alumni exhibitions from Miami-Dade College, FIU- Florida International ...

  • Educate Tomorrow Hosted Monte Carlo night at its Sixth Annual Gala by Betty Alvarez

    Educate Tomorrow, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create independence for disadvantaged and foster youth through education, mentoring, and life skills training, hosted its 6th Annual Gala and Fundraiser on January 8. The Educate Tomorrow Gala returned with a Monte Carlo Night. The festivities was at the luxurious private bay front estate on Old Cutler Road, whose grand architecture, beautiful courtyard and bay front view will transport guests to the experience of Monte Carlo. Guests enjoyed a variety of casino games and silent auction; exceptional wine, cocktails and food; and the company of Miami’s top executives and ...

  • Art Basel Day 6-Wynwood, a different kind of art with a bit of Design District By Betty Alvarez

    It was my first time after a long time that I was on NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. I have heard from my friends that it is a very cool place for art. I never knew the immense talented artists who displayed their works for that night. The difference from the rest of the areas I have visited was the political artwork that was on display. A lot of artists were not shy in expressing their opinions through art. The many unique mediums on different types of platforms also amazed me. The location of many art installations were equally unique as ...

  • Art Basel Day 5: Pool Art Fair, another great fair in a hotel By Betty Alvarez

    The sixth edition of the Pool Art Fair went underway at the Carlton Hotel. It is the only exhibition to present great, unprecedented artists during Art Basel Miami Beach. The simple, modest approach of the Pool Art Fair offered an exciting alternative to the “Art Fair” experience for dealers and collectors as well as the general public. Pool’s purpose is to create a meeting ground for outstanding artists, primarily those who do not yet have gallery representation. The organization is committed to present to the world talented artists that do not yet have representation. This fair offered artists the opportunity to be part ...

  • Art Basel Day 5: Lincoln Road very revived for Art Basel by Betty Alvarez

    Lincoln Road is known for its tourist attractions, its shops and also for its galleries. I ventured to Miami Beach to see what galleries I can see on this very popular street. As I made my way on Lincoln Road, I noticed that there were a lot of street performers and artists taking advantage that its Art Basel week to show off their artistic qualities for the snow bird tourists as there were more than many this week. One of the street artists that I encountered had two wonderful art works on canvas. Both artworks were zebra-shaped designed but if you ...

  • Art Basel Day 4: Design District kicks up a notch at Art Basel By Betty Alvarez

    I returned to Design District and concentrated my night of gallery hopping to this wonderful artsy area. So many galleries to see in so little time! Miami Magazine hosted a special event at Avant Gallery showcasing many of the current works. Lots of contemporary furniture and designs for one’s room. As I came out of Avant Gallery, I noticed some flashing lights next door so I ventured in. It the flash of the photographers. This gallery’s theme of the night was fashion and photography as models were dressed in lovely evening attire and posed for professional photographers for a shoot. Designated ...

  • Art Basel Day 3: Aqua Art Miami

    This year the fair returns to the Aqua Hotel in Miami Beach, where it was first launched in 2005. The boutique hotel was transformed into a hub for innovative contemporary art programming, represented by the 43 galleries exhibiting there this year. After a break in 2009, during which the fair focused on its Wynwood location, this return to the original hotel venue where the fair first began in 2005 is welcomed by many. Over the years, Aqua’s organizers Jaq Chartier and Dirk Park have made it their mission to promote progressive gelleries with strong emerging artist programs from the West Coast, as ...

  • Art Basel Day 3: Zoom Art Fair-Wonderful Art with powerful messages by Betty Alvarez

    ZOOM Contemporary Art Fair is a platform for exhibitions, curatorial focus, intellectual critique and dialogue. ZOOM has one goal in mind, to bring a fresh voice and perspective into the mainstream art circuit. That fresh voice is what inspired our inaugural exhibit; a comprehensive sample of the multifarious styles, media, and genres permeating the creative artistic practices of the Middle East and its diaspora. ZOOM brings their voice and spirit into the heart of the American contemporary art scene during the 2010 Art Basel Miami Beach. It is not your average art fair. For starters, ZOOM’s selection committee is comprised of ...

  • Art Basel Day 3: Miguel Paredes exhibits his works at the National Hotel by Betty Alvarez

    Pop and multi-media artist, sculptor and urban realist, Miguel Paredes announced his Artist-in-Residency at the National Hotel Miami Beach, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks in the heart of South Beach’s historic Art Deco District. The Miguel Paredes National Gallery is taking place during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 through Sunday, December 5, 2010. The Miguel Paredes National Gallery will be the artist’s largest exhibition to date. Two multi-colored and vibrant 80’ canvasses cascade down the hotel’s outdoor façade and its Oval Room, indoor walls and chic pool garden area have been converted into a full gallery experience. A VIP ...

  • Art Basel Day 3: Masters of Mystery Art Show wows guests by Betty Alvarez

    On my third day celebrating Art Basel, I went to Miami Beach. The Ritz Carlton hosted an exhibition called Masters’ Mystery Art Show. Many fashion designers, international art lovers, socialites and celebrities gathered together in a private, glamorous Art Basel opening night soiree. Cocktails such as Mango and Apple Martinis with scrumptious small bites were passed while previewing more than 1,000 exclusive and original 6X9-inch mini masterpieces and 25 one-of-a-kind celebrity designer tote bags whose name is revealed only after it is sold. This mystery created an artistic “whodunit” as one perused the works of art. One could add a mini masterpiece ...

  • Art Basel Day 2: Coral Gables Country Club Grand Opening and Art Basel exhibition by Betty Alvarez

    On November 29, the Liberty Entertainment Group announced the Grand Opening of the Coral Gables Country Club. A public art exhibit is currently on display at the country club until December 5th. This spectacular event and exhibit introduces the world to the newest jewel in the Liberty Entertainment Group’s crown. To celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Coral Gables Country Club, Liberty Entertainment Group together with University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum and Robin Rile Fine Art are proud to announce the inclusion of an Exclusive Art Exhibit to launch ART BASEL MIAMI. For over two decades, Liberty Group has ...

  • Art Basel Day 1: Sculpt Miami, an art fair you don’t want to miss! By Betty Alvarez

    I almost missed Sculpt Miami but I am glad that I did not. A great event held at Kavachnina Contenporary. A great art gallery held in Wynwood. When I entered the gallery I was amazed of the art work that it brought. Rich in color, on one area of the gallery artworks in red decorated the walls Red is a powerful color but these artworks impacted the area. Other artworks by other artists decorated the gallery. The fair showcases outstanding large scale indoor and outdoor sculptures by prominent modern artists from around the world. It focuses on the newest aesthetic tendencies ...

  • Art Basel Day 1: Ornare Tastemakers Showcase- great ambiance kicking off Art Basel week by Betty Alvarez

    On November 29, Ornare hosted the créme-de-la-créme of designers and architects in its fourth Tastemakers Showcase. Located in the heart of the Design District, Ornare’s showroom displayed projects of 21 distinguished architects, designers and builders. In a savoir-faire party, presenting each participant’s work; Ornare welcomed artists, interior designers, architects, collectors, enthusiasts and international spectators. As soon as I entered the showroom, I knew this was a good party as guest were having a good time sipping on Caipirinhas and tasting the delicious appetizers that was being passed around. Since Leblon Cachaca was one of the sponsors the well known Brazilian drink ...

  • Art Basel Day 1: Art Basel had a great start in Coconut Grove By Betty Alvarez

    It’s the week of Art Basel and what a great start it had in the great neighborhood of Coconut Grove. Many surrounding galleries opened their doors to what it will be the beginning to a great week full of activities, VIP openings and exhibitions for the yearly international event. My walk started in the Coconut Grove Arts Fair Gallery where an exhibition called Natural Science was displayed. Many great works of artists on displayed. One my way to Cocowalk, I walked down Grand Avenue and went in AC Fine Art. A variety of Salvador Dahli works were on displayed. As I ...

  • Songwriter Jamie Jo Harris Launches Belle Coeur at Jackie Abraham Fine and Estate Jewelry with Exclusive Reception

    Hit songwriter Jamie Jo Harris held an exclusive launch event for her rock-inspired jewelry line Belle Coeur at Jackie Abraham Fine & Estate Jewelry on November 18, 2010. Hosted by Harris, collaborator Rosalina Lydster of Jewelry by Rosalina along with Jackie Abraham and wife Johanna, the soiree drew a packed house. Guests included socialite Claudine Smurfit, celebrity wig designer Ruth Regina, Miami luxury real estate giant Rusty Stein, Bay Harbour Islands Vice-Mayor Ileene Wallace, Femme Coiffure Hair Salon & Spa owner Raphael Reboh and wife Alyssa, former banker-turned-professor and Star Jones’ ex-husband Al Reynolds, and the designer’s parents, prominent businessman Mel ...

  • Mercy Hospital Celebrates 60s in Style

    Mercy Hospital turns 60 this December, and to celebrate the milestone, hundreds joined together for the annual Mercy Foundation Gala, paying tribute to both the hospital and the Foundation’s numerous achievements. Fittingly titled “Diamond,” the October 30th fundraiser at the InterContinental Hotel Miami also honored the past presidents of the Mercy medical staff. Recognized for their service, which has spanned, collectively, more than half a century, the former leaders received the prestigious Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh Humanitarian Award, and were singled out for their exemplary dedication to the hospital’s growth and development — both in South Florida and ...

  • Books, Books and more Books at the Miami Book Fair International

    The 27th Annual Miami Book Fair International was a great success with notable authors and celebrities joining in the fun. As soon as I stepped into the grounds of the Book Fair I was astonished at the big crowds. This book fair like every year had it all books from all over the world and in many languages. As I was perusing the kiosks, I was welcomed by a scary looking being, a Minotaur, it was one of the stilt walkers that was entertaining the crowds at the fair. Also a lovely 8 foot geisha in stilts, walked amongst them. As ...

  • South Florida International Auto Show attracts many auto lovers worldwide By Betty Alvarez

    The 40th anniversary South Florida International Auto Show ended its 10-day run on Sunday with attendance up over last year, a positive sign that local dealers believe may reflect a rise in consumer interest in new cars. This is true as I witnessed many car lovers at the auto show this year. “We’ve had a couple of bad years in this economy,” said Rick Baker, president of the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association. “But this year, attendance was up about seven percent over 2009. Both weekends were fairly strong and visitor interest seemed high. We hope that will translate into better ...

  • Grand Opening of the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery in the Design District

    Guests recently celebrated an evening of beauty, art and achievement at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery (MCPS) as Gabriel Salloum, M.D., served as host to a grand opening launch party to showcase his newest plastic surgery office and aesthetic center in Miami’s Design District. Designed by Agustin Fernandez, MCPS features six patient care rooms, a spa-style aesthetics gallery, valet services and exclusive rotating art exhibits throughout its 3300 square feet. More than 250 guests and members of the media were treated to an exclusive tour of both the Plastic Surgery office and the Aesthetic Gallery, located at 2 ...

  • Voices Against Brain Cancer Foundation Hosts a Kick-off Cocktail Celebration

    To celebrate the launch of the Florida Chapter of Voices Against Brain Cancer and the upcoming Sounding Off For A Cure Concert, taking place at the Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater on February 10th, a special cocktail celebration was held at D. Rodriguez Cuba at the historic Hotel Astor. Supporters joined, Voices Against Brain Cancer founder, Mario Lichtenstein as they toasted the organization’s achievements. With the sounds of Conjunto Progreso, who provided the night’s entertainment, guests enjoyed delicious hor d’oeuvres by De Rodriguez Cuba and cocktails by Atlántico Rum. Prominent Miami fixtures and charity ...

  • A Night in Miami Beach with a good surprise By Betty Alvarez

    On my usual roundabouts of events, I decided to concentrate this time in Miami Beach. First on my list was the launch of Money Clip Direct South Beach at Chez Badeaux salon on Alton Road. Money Clip Direct is a beautifully designed coupon book that is delivered to homes all throughout South Florida, filled with exclusive offers designed to save all of us money. Chez Badeaux was honored to open its doors to its neighbors and surrounding businesses as there was music and great food provided by King Kone. It gave all visitors the opportunity to have a glimpse of ...

  • Vanidades presents Magia de La Moda at Bass Museum

    On October 22, Vanidades’ hosted its annual ‘Magia de la Moda’ fashion show at the Bass Museum. Presented by beauty giants CoverGirl and Pantene, the show featured looks by Luca Luca, Trina Turk, Elie Tahari, Ina Soltani, Laundry by Shelly Segal and Trina Turk, to name just a few. Photographs by Betty Alvarez Share this:

  • Peru, Peru Taste of Peru

    The food of the Andes was showcased, for the first time, at the First Annual Taste of Peru on October 23 – 24 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The show organizers, World Trade Center Miami, partnered with the Peruvian American Chamber of Commerce of South Florida (PACCSF) to bring this new element to fruition, which includes cuisine-related activities such as an inauguration cocktail, seminars, dance performances, contests, tastings and cooking demos. In recent years, Peruvian food has become a global cuisine and is the new darling of the culinary world. In Miami, Florida alone, there’s an estimated 135 Peruvian ...

  • Go Red for Women 2010 Red Dress Fashion Show by Betty Alvarez

    It was a spectacular night where art, fashion and a wonderful cause collided and brought you the Go Red For Women 2010 Red Dress Fashion Show in Miami Beach. The art was the Bass Museum where the show was held, while the Fashion was by Perry Ellis International and the cause was the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. The evening started out with a fun Pre-Show Reception as the models got ready in some of Perry Ellis International’s beautiful lines of clothing. The Fashion Show was up next as the models strutted their stuff down the ...

  • Miami International Wine Fairs serves great wines and much more By Betty Alvarez

    The 9th annual Miami International Wine Fair (“MIWF”) presented its largest program to date with more than 1,800 wines from 18 countries and 70,000 exhibitor square-feet featuring the world’s top-rated wines. Organizers extended the traditional two-day event into a comprehensive four-day trade, education and grand tasting program. The first day, October 14, 2010, offered exclusive trade seminars catering to the exhibitors, while tastings and seminars were open to the public on October 15 and 16 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. On Sunday, October 17, closing festivities took place off-site with the hugely successful inaugural “Ceviche Throwdown,” a ...

  • Hotel Intercontinental celebrated 25th Anniversary by Betty Alvarez

    The Intercontinental Hotel is 25 years young. Therfore a worthwhile celebration took place. The party was going to be held at the pool terrace of the hotel. However, due to the dubious weather, the celebration was held inside on the second floor in one of their beautiful grand ballrooms. It was a perfect setting for the event. Renowned artist Stephen Gamson whose artwork can be seen hanging on the side of the hotel, created a one of a kind masterpiece to honor this milestone celebration. The artist himself was available to sign commemorative posters of his artwork. The cocktails and appetizers from ...

  • Chris Bosh from the Miami Heat visits Neiman Marcus in Coral Gables By Betty Alvarez

    On October 14, exclusive guests were invited to a one of a kind meet-and greet for Miami Heat All-Star player Chris Bosh, Nick Wooster, Men’s Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus and GQ Magazne hosted this very special event held at Neiman Marcus at the Village of Merrick Park. Chris Bosh was on hand to autograph commemorative basketballs in which proceeds would go to the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Local and national media were on hand to see one of the members of Miami Heat’s Dream Team.Along with Bosh, DJ Irie, ...

  • Three great events in the party city! By Betty Alvarez

    September is the month when the party season begins. And boy did it shows. Since the beginning of September I have not stopped in covering events but for this story, I wanted to concentrate one special night where I went to three great events in the Magic City. I networked, socialize and had a great time in all of them. First of all, my night started with a Meet Your Neighbors event at Grand Central. The purpose of this monthly event is for the people living in the Downtown Miami and surrounding areas to get to know one another by networking ...

  • Business Buddies at the W Hotel by Betty Alvarez

    Business Buddies Miami, the young professional group of Best Buddies joined in for an evening of networking, cocktails and music all for a good cause. The event at the W South Beach Hotel had live entertainment by DJ Irie of the Miami Heat, appetizers from Solea Restaurant and drinks provided by Grey Goose and Red Bull. The evening completed with a silent auction that featured dozens of items including original works from local Miami artists featuring Stephen Gamson. Best Buddises is a 501(c)3 non profit organization devoted to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and ...

  • Mexico’s Bicentennial Celebration at the Bank of America Tower by Betty Alvarez

    The Bank of America Tower lighted up with the green, white and red colors of the Mexican flag announcing the Bicentennial Celebration of the country’s independence. Local and international celebrities along with invited guests were on hand to join the celebration. This exclusive reception could not go unnoticed without its traditional Mexican food, the traditional tequila to toast and the live Mariachi band to entertain the guests. A live broadcast of the official ceremony from Mexico City was transmitted making the guests feel that they never left their country. Photos by Betty Alvarez Share this:

  • Four Chefs for Success for Kids Benefit Night by Betty Alvarez

    Chef Douglas Rodriguez Offered Guests a Preview of His Latest Restaurant, De Rodriguez Ocean, for Benefit Night Last year, South Florida experienced some of the most extreme cases of bullying across the nation including two brutal attacks at Deerfield Beach Middle School. Looking ahead to a new school year and a clean slate, organizations like Success For Kids, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, are rallying to help to empower at-risk children and adolescents to become resilient, productive citizens with the hopes of reducing what has become an epidemic of cruel behavior among today’s youth. While SFK has been able to reach ...

  • Fashion Night Out at Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland By Betty Alvarez

    Once a year, the entire fashion world goes out for a nationwide night of style, fun, makeovers and mor On September 10th, Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland and 34 stores across the country transformed into fashion’s ultimate rock ‘n’ party with a night of style, makeovers, music and more. Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland invited four charities (American Red Cross, Baptist Hospital Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Humane Society of Greater Miami) to participate in a night of shopping that will benefit these charities and give back to the community. As part of the promotion to celebrate fashion, Saks Dadeland gave a Monique ...

  • Fall for the Arts Festival was a great success by Betty Alvarez

    More than 100 cultural and community service organizations participated in The Fall for the Arts Festival held on September 12. Free performances by Bahamas Junkanoo Review, Flip Side Kings, Fushu Daiko, Jahfe, Palo!, Peru Expression, and Rebirth Brass Band Ozomatli. DJ sets by El G (ZZK Records) and Mr. Pauer. Fall for the Arts Festival gave everyone a preview of the 2010/2011 arts season. There were great numbers in attendance and great entertainment for all. Photos by Betty Alvarez Share this:

  • March of Dimes Kick off celebration to the Thirteenth Annual Signature Chefs Wine Extravaganza By Betty Alvarez

    The Palms Hotel and Spa came alive when March of Dimes celebrated the Kick Off party of the Thirteenth Annual Signature Chefs and Wine Extravaganza. Participating chefs were in attendance and VIP guests enjoyed delicious appetizers and champagne served from the hotel’s exquisite menu. Recognition was given to the chefs as well as the committee involved who will spearhead the event on Oct. 14. Signature Chef’s & Wine Extravaganza is a March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction event. More than 30 of Miami’s top chefs and the area’s best wine suppliers will gather alongside the auction lots for an evening ...

  • Segafredo in South Miami celebrates its Grand Opening By Betty Alvarez

    South Miami got a huge boost as the long awaited grand opening of Segafredo came about on Sept 2, 2010 . Located in the heart of the South Miami this Segafredo location plans to compliment the already vibrant atmosphere the area has built up over the last couple of years. What better way to celebrate the opening of this global brand than to tap into its Italian roots in spectacular fashion? Owners Willy and Minerva Quintana are opening Segafredo South Miami in grand style. Willy and Minerva Quintana are not only husband and wife but form an electric duo who realized ...

  • Health Council of South Florida presents Summer Social by Betty Alvarez

    On August 27, Health Council of South Florida (HCSF) and Rodez Art Gallery in Cocowalk joined together for an evening of networking and cocktails to raise funds enabling HSF to carry on its mission in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Proceeds from the events went towards the HCSF Scholarship Fund that has been established to address the healthcare professional shortage in our community. George Rodez’s art entitled “Flowers with Wine and Fruit” was up for bid via silent auction during the event in which HCSF will received 100% of the proceeds. Guests had a wonderful time while enjoying the delicious food and ...

  • Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar in Midtown Miami by Betty Alvarez

    On August 20th, Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar with a tremendous Grand Opening Party. The events featured a live show from South Beach DJ and Drummer, Javier Sansbury as well as an aerial dancer. Food was catered by Mercadito Midtown and stylish signature cocktails. One cocktail that I really must give 5 stars is the pineapple mojito. It was delish. Among friends and family in attendance giving their support, Mayor Tomas Regalado along with State Representative Julio Robaina made their presence to toast a well deserved welcoming into the neighborhood. The Mayor of Miami was part of the ribbon cutting ceremony ...

  • Grand Opening of Dog Bar in Midtown Miami by Betty Alvarez

    Small dogs, big dogs, all dogs of every breed and even mixed breed were all having a yapping time at the Grand Opening of Dog Bar in Midtown Miami on Aug. 19. Food and drinks for the dog owners and great treats for the canines. Rockability musical stylings by Celine and the Hellbillies! Featured guests of the evening were the adoptable dogs of the Humane Society of Miami. Some owners event dressed up the canine companions for an evening of fun with their pooch! The Dog Bar in Midtown Miami is located on 3301 NE 1st Avenue at Midtown 4. For more ...

  • Vino Fino con Sabor Latino By Betty Alvarez

    On August 19, Lexus sponsored a cooking demonstration event featuring renowned chefs Michelle Bernstein and Douglas Rodriguez. The evening started with a cocktail reception featuring wine tasting and appetizers. Since the event was held at the Building 4141 in the Design District, it served a great venue to host a party of this magnitude. As one entered the building, you were greeted by lovely dressed hostess who directed you to the wine tasting bar. After a sip of wine, one could get a glimpse of the Lexus automobiles showcase. The galleries that were house at the 4141 building opened their ...

  • Zen Sushi Lounge Grand Opening Celebration by Betty Alvarez

    Guest walked the red carpet as Zen Sushi Lounge celebrated their Grand Opening on August 19. Sushi, appetizers, and drinks were enjoyed throughout the night. There were many surprises especially the naked sushi demonstrations. Zen Sushi Lounge is located at 1250 South Miami Avenue, #5. For more information please call 305-573-2433 or visit www.zensushilounge.com Photographs by Betty Alvarez Share this:

  • Picnic hosts Miami Beach Resident Appreciation Day By Betty Alvarez

    On August 12th, Picnics hosted a Miami Beach Resident Appreciation Day. It was a way to thank the residents that live on Miami Beach. With the constant change of residents in South Beach, the diner decided to host a special events for all Miami Beach Residents to come mingle, relax, and unwind with their fellow neighbors. Picnic served an open bar and passed appetizers from 7-8 p.m. Picnic Miami is a New York Style diner in the heart of South Beach. It brings an imaginative new concept in dining by offering casual American food in a casual home setting. The popular corner ...

  • Lucky Strikes Lanes & Lounge 5 Year Anniversary By Betty Alvarez

    On August 12 Lucky Strikes and Lanes celebrated their 5 year anniversary in style. Guests were welcomed by a 1950′s theme party in which the staff dressed up in the illustrious era. There were Pin-up makeovers by Miller’s Studio, Temp tatoos by Ocho Flacas among other surprises. Music by DJ DiMarco. Custom made pins were auctioned off to benefit Jo DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. Drinks for the evening were sponsored by The Original Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Red Stag whiskey and Crystal Head vodka. A delectable make your own burger buffet was offered among the passed appetizers sampling the many ...

  • Blue Martini Kendall Celebrated its Grand Opening By Betty Alvarez

    Premiere Martini Lounge Brings Convenience, Entertainment and an Economic Boost to the ‘burbs’. Blue Martini is proud to bring Kendall residents its collection of delicious martinis, tasty dishes and exciting live entertainment. Located at the newly renovated The Palms at Town & Country Shopping Center, Blue Martini is destined to become the Mecca of entertainment and nightlife for suburban Miami. The premiere martini lounge, Blue Martini has locations in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Phoenix, Tampa and West Palm Beach. For their newest venture, Blue Martini chose the suburban area of Kendall for its location, demographic ...

  • The Exclusive Launch Celebration of Ritmus in Brickell at Sci Sci By Betty Alvarez

    The exclusive launch celebration of Ritmus in Brickell was held on August 6th at Sci Sci near Brickell. This event was hosted by Miguel Valenzuela, Bryan Pena from BP Media and Partners and Scott Meszanos. Guests walked the Red Carpet and savored dinner and cocktails which started at 9 p.m. Brugal Signature cocktails and appetizers were also served for guests to enjoy. Lounge Music at the terrace was played by Gustavo Geeh and Latin World Rhythm was played inside the establishment by DJ George Ferrero. Ritmus in Brickell is held every Friday at Sci Sci located at 1053 SE 1st ...

  • Shoot Miami Photography Exhibit at UVA Restaurant and Lounge by Betty Alvarez

    Shoot Miami Photography group had its second photography exhibit on August 6th, 2010 at UVA Restaurant and Lounge in Coral Gables. Many supporters came by to see the exhibits by its members. As the night was continuing more people started to fill the restaurant as well as enjoying Uva Restaurant’s Happy Hour at the bar. Last year they had a full house with over 300 people attending and many members sold their winning photographs. This year the exhibit is being displayed in conjunction with Coral Gables Gallery night. The exhibit will be based on one theme “Human Nature”. For more ...

  • Greater Miami Visitors and Convention’s Bureau 1st Miami Spice Kickoff Event and Fundraiser By Betty Alvarez

    The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) held the 1st Miami Spice Kickoff Event & Fundraiser. Held at the Miami Beach Convention Center on July 31, the event, launched the much-anticipated 9th annual Miami Spice Restaurant Program and will showcased a sampling of delicious culinary specialties from Miami Spice participating restaurants. A VIP reception, hosted by Miami Spice presenting sponsor American Express, and official sponsors Moët Hennessy USA and Stella Artois, included an open bar and complimentary valet service. A portion of the proceeds benefited Share Our Strength and Madison’s Wish. “The GMCVB is grateful ...

  • City of Miami Official 114 Birthday Celebation By Betty Alvarez

    Fellow Miamians gathered together to celebrate Miami’s Birthday in an evening filled with all the sights sounds and tastes of our Magic City. Guests enjoyed the live performances by Suenalo, and DJ Spam, tastings from local restaurants. Cocktails were served compliments of Grey Goose Vodka and more. Rudy Gil from Secret Society took us back to our younger years singing the hit songs that made him famous. Jon Secada made the honors to sing “Happy Birthday” to Miami. Finally, guests enjoyed the coconut rum cake made from the exquisite hands of the pastry chef of the Hotel Intercontinental. Photos by Betty ...

  • Dolores Cortez Fashion Show at the Raleigh Hotel By Betty Alvarez

    Dolores Cortez fashion show was loved by many at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week held at The Raleigh Hotel. Guests were treated by spa demonstrations, make up applications as they watched the many stylish designer swimwear of this exclusive line. Photographs by Betty Alvarez Share this:

  • Inca Collection at Setai part of Miami Swim Week By Betty Alvarez

    On July 16, 2010 Setai on Miami Beach hosted a fashion show for the Inca collection part of Miami Swim week Guests were treated tastings of Hendrick’s cocktails. Although the show started at 11:45 p.m., it was worth the wait. The show started with a spectacular fire dancer followed by Conga dancers and Conga drum beaters. The actual swimsuit fashion show displayed vibrant colors and a vast array of stylish swimwear. Photographs by Betty Alvarez Share this:

  • Men’s Swimsuit Show Ignited Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Runway Swell Suits Miami 2011 Debuts All Male Swimwear Group Show By Betty Alvarez

    The annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM made a big splash this year in Miami with the much-anticipated debut of Swell Suits Miami 2011 – the first all male swimwear group show to hit the runway. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM was a “by invitation only” event featuring worldwide top swimwear designers showcasing their collections in two runway venues, the Cabaña Grande and the Oasis, as well as Raleigh’s pool and penthouse. Swell Suits Miami 2011 features the exclusive Spring/Summer swimwear collections of designers Naila, Olasul and parke & ronen. The show premiered on July 16 at 8 PM at the Oasis in ...

  • Come to Life event at River Lounge at Epic Hotel by Betty Alvarez

    Guests enjoyed a wonderful night at River Lounge in the lovely Epic Hotel with the Event Come to Life. With a $20 donation, all invited guests enjoyed complimentary appetizers and $5 cocktails. Marnie Howard author of Giving is Living: 101 Easy Ways to Practice effortless generosity was on hand and copies of her book were being sold at the event. Also, well-renowned artist George Rodez displayed his works in a silent auction benefitting Take Stock in Children. The wonderful saxophone music by Jon Saxx delighted guests as they enjoyed the wonderful delectable food by Karl Catering. Take Stock in Children is ...

  • Make at Wish Foundation Kick off event at Hotel Intercontinental Miami

    InterContinental Miami hosted its kick-off celebration to commemorate the upcoming 16th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida on Thursday, May 27 at InterContinental Miami. The private cocktail reception, to be attended by more than 200 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists, will honor the highly anticipated annual Ball, which will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010. The Ball’s “Three Amigos” – Norman Wedderburn, President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida; Shareef Malnik, Ball Chairman and proprietor of The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar; and Robert Hill, Gala Host and General Manager of InterContinental Miami ...

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