A Rare Brunch at The Forge in Honor of Mother’s Day



It’s the rare person who can get a restaurant to open their doors when they are closed.  Enter Mom.

Iconic Miami restaurant The Forge never offers brunch…except this one time of year.  An annual affair for many regulars, the restaurant has crafted a new, all-inclusive prix-fixe menu, prepared by newly appointed Michelin-starred Executive Chef Christopher Lee.

Event: Mother’s Day Brunch at The Forge Executive Chef Christopher Lee

Location: 432 W. 41st

Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014

Time: 11am until 3pm

Reservations: 305 538 8533

Web address: www.theforge.com

Price: $75 per person / $35 for children under 12

Price does not include service Charge and tax


Cold Buffet

Breakfast Goodies: Croissants, Muffins, Danishes, & Scones

Smoked Salmon With Citrus Fennel Salad

Cured Meats And Artisan Cheeses

Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare With Miso Sake Dressing

Chilled Shrimp With Bloody Mary Sauce

England Style Mini Lobster Rolls

Oysters Shooters With Jalapeno & Pineapple

Greek Yogurt Parfaits With Granola & Mixed Berries

Heirloom Tomatoes With Fresh Mozzarella

Kale Salad With Pine Nuts, Currents, And Parmesan Cheese

Chilled Cucumber Soup With Crab Salad

Beef Carpaccio “Blt’s”


Main Courses { Ordered at the Table}

Surf & Turf Benedict

Filet Mignon, Butter Poached Lobster, Béarnaise Sauce

Banana Bread French Toast

Maple Syrup, Cinnamon Sugar, Fresh Strawberries

Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes

Fennel Sausage, Mint, Whipped Crème

3 Egg Omelet

Green Asparagus, Aged Cheddar, Caramelized Onions

Shrimp & Grits

Okra, Peppers, Honey Butter, Étouffée Sauce

3 Eggs Your Way

Bacon, Sausage, Hash Brown, Choice Of Toast

Steak & Eggs

Petit “Super Steak”, Creamed Spinach, Choice Of Toast

Grilled Scottish Salmon

Marinated Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Yogurt Dill Dressing

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Garlic Croutons, Parmesan Cheese, Spanish White Anchovies

Black Truffle Mac & Cheese Pot Pie

Braised Beef Short Rib

Chicken Milanese

Arugula, Fennel, Parmesan Cheese, Saffron Aioli

“The Forge” Aged Hamburger

Bacon, Grilled Onions, Heirloom Tomato, “Special Sauce”


Mother’s Day Brunch Dessert Table

Mini Key Lime & Lemon Meringue Tarts

Vanilla Bean Chantilly, Burnt Meringue

Coconut Cream Cake

Candied Coquitos, Toasted Coconut

Espresso Dark Chocolate & Mango White Chocolate Truffles

Tropical & Mixed Berry Verrines

Roasted Pineapple Compote, Cocoa Nib Soil

“Black Smith” Push Up Pops

Gianduja Mousse Cups

Hazelnut, Manjari Cremeux

New York Style Cheesecake

White Chocolate, Passion Fruit

Mother’s Day Macaroons

Strawberry Short Cake

Anise Hyssop, Candied Almonds


Heirbas Ibicencas Cocktail Tasting

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The Sprung Beer Festival Returns

A Playful Approach to Some Serious Craft Beer Tastings


Sprung!, the free-spirited, sister festival of Grovetoberfest, will kick Spring into action with their craft beer festival on Saturday, March 8th. The unlimited beer tasting will feature over 150 Spring and Summer ales in the heart of Coconut Grove from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Peacock Park.

New Belgium, Founder’s, SweetWater, Green Flash, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Brewery, Kona, Magic Hat, Shiner, Shipyard, Harpoon, Blue Moon and many others will showcase their spring and summer offerings. Sprung! will also host a complete lineup of Florida beers from Schnebley, Cigar City, Tequesta Brewing and Florida Beer along with local breweries such as Funky Buddha, Wynwood Brewing, M.I.A, and Opus Ales. This lineup will include a complete list of ciders such as Crispin Cider, Magner’s and Woodchuck.

Beer enthusiasts will also be treated to a selection not available in South Florida, and in keeping with tradition, the homebrew section will showcase brews created by locals who are passionate about their beer. Sprung! will also bring back the Orange Pride Games Arena & Bar — a dedicated game section, which includes Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Beer Pong, Mega Twister, Human Bowling and a few other surprises. In addition to Bougainvillea’s Live Music Stage, there will be plenty of vendors offering a wide range of food and the Gold Coast Beverage Distributor Culinary Experience, which will pair beer with the talents of some of South Florida’s favorite chefs.
“Sprung! is a true celebration of the craft beer lifestyle. Last year, we had over 4,700 people who were proud to say They Got Sprung! Much like Grovetoberfest, our staple event, this festival has become synonymous with the season. This pleases me to no end, because all I wanted to do was get South Florida involved in the craft beer revolution,” said Tony Albelo.

General Admission tickets are currently on sale for $40 at IgotSprung.com. The following tickets are also available: $70 Beer Socialite, which gives people access to the event at 3:00 p.m.; and $90 VIP, which is limited to 500 people. VIP ticket holders are given access to the event at 2:30 p.m., a meet and greet with the brewers, early tastings and access to the VIP lounge, which offers specialty beers, complimentary appetizers and air-conditioned bathrooms. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  www.IgotSprung.com, or call (305) 461-2700.

Local Artist Profiles: Tola Osokoya

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Artist Tola Osokoya

By Tatiana Enriquez

Get to know local artist Tola Osokoya and marvel at his shots of the proverbial “Big Apple” with his own Apple: iPhone, that is.

Chase Jervais said “the best camera in the world is the one that’s with you”. Tola Osokoya is certainly making magic with his iPhone camera. The selfie-addict’s dream- machine sits unassumingly in his pocket. However, when Tola takes it into his hands, it becomes a weapon of mass seduction. The right angle, the right lighting,  a burst of flash, and a moment is captured forever. Siri may need a cig after all this excitement!

More about Tola

Tola was born in Lagos, Nigeria on January 9th, 1981 and immigrated with his family to the United States thereafter. Growing up,  Tola didn’t have much interest in photography. He recently started photography as a hobby and discovered his passion for capturing beautiful and interesting imagery through the lens. He decided to use his iPhone to snap shots and Snapseed for editing. Tola’s inspiration comes from his love of architecture. He confesses “I slowly gravitated towards landscape and scenery photography. I see a concept of what’s going on in the moment and I try to capture it as I see fit. I’ve always been fascinated by high rises as well as old cathedrals. Everywhere I go I always keep my eyes peeled looking for something out of the norm. I pay attention to details and this is what often drives me to take the next shot. From how light bounces off an object or building, to rhythm and patterns that the wind creates in the sand, everything all around me inspires me”. Tola’s captivating work has been featured on several sites including miamism.com, artofmiami.com and instagramersgallery.com. He has also garnered many followers and fans on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Tola believes that  “Miami has a great art scene that’s been around for ages. Unfortunately, it’s only in certain areas and it’s overwhelmed by the night life the city offers. Therefore, not a lot of youth are interested in it. If more awareness is pumped into the city via social media, I believe it can make a strong push in the growth of art for today’s youth.”

He also offers these words to new artists on the scene, “In my opinion,  art is subjective but also has to have visual aesthetic. For anyone that’s just starting off, that would be my advice to them. Believe in what you are doing and make sure it’s pleasing to the eye”.

So, what’s next for Tola? He says, “at the current time I’m perfecting my skill. I have a love for monographic photography, I think that’s what I want to get into next. I am also currently in talks with Polaroid about their current project Fotolab”.


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“Camilla” Homestead, Fl Copyright Tola Osokoya


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“Carnival of Venice” Fundraiser Gala

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“Carnival of Venice” Fundraiser Gala to Help Hundreds of Homeless and Abused Children and Teenagers

Highly anticipated “Notte di Carnevale” event will benefit programs and outreach by Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.


The enchantment and mystery of the masquerades and merriment of Venice, Italy will serve as the backdrop for an important fundraiser in support of South Florida’s abused, neglected and abandoned youth.

Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc., Miami-Dade County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for children and teenagers in crisis ages 10 to 17, is proud to announce the countdown to its signature fundraiser, Bridge to the Stars, “Notte di Carnevale,” with special program emcee Lisa Petrillo of CBS Miami.  Chaired by Marlene Quintana, Labor and Employment Shareholder at GrayRobinson, current top-tier sponsors of the event include Coastal Construction, BenTrust Financial and the Always Believing Foundation, spearheaded by Monique Mosley.

Taking place Saturday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. on a rooftop terrace of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami hotel in downtown Miami (as well as the hotel’s NBA-approved indoor basketball court), hundreds are expected to attend the special fundraiser, including prominent community activists, civic and judicial  leaders.  With an enchanting theme inspired by the centuries-old Italian Carnival of Venice, the gala, hailed as one of the most unique of the season, will help bolster the outreach of Miami Bridge, which provides critical services to youth in great need (many of whom are homeless or runaways and living on the streets).

“We are anticipating another great edition of this spirited event and appreciate all of the hard work and time that has gone into its production,” said Mary Andrews, Executive Director, Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.  “While it may be an evening of fun, it is even more important to note how significant this event has been and will continue to be, not only for Miami Bridge, but the hundreds of youth in crisis that we serve annually.”

In addition to whimsical “carnival-inspired” entertainment — as well as live music and delectable cuisine — guests will be able to enjoy a silent auction filled with big-ticket items.  A single reservation is $150.  Attire is Miami Chic. For more information on how to attend or sponsor the event — or support the Miami Bridge organization — contact Monique Bain, 305.636.3520mbain@miamibridge.org, 2810 NW South River Drive, Miami, FL, 33125, and visit www.miamibridge.org.

“In times like these, we are reminded of the generosity and spirit of so many that make an event like this one not only extremely special, but possible,” added Andrews.  “We are grateful for the continued support of members of Miami Bridge.  Their dedication is a service to our organization, and, in turn, a great service to the community.”

About Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services

For nearly 30 years, the Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc. not-for-profit organization has been operating out of Miami and Homestead, providing emergency shelter, food, counseling and family counseling for youth in need.  Acting as a catalyst for new beginnings, Miami Bridge works to rescue children and teens from lives of victimization and crime, and provides them with structure in a stable and nurturing environment.  Miami Bridge shelters more than 800 youth and counsels more than 550 families every year, providing them with solutions, alternatives and hope. For more information on Miami Bridge or to get involved, call 305-636-3520 or visitwww.miamibridge.org.

Jo Koy is Coming to Magic City Casino

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Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, will be presenting stand-up comic Jo Koy on Saturday, January 18 at 8pm at the Stage 305 at Magic City Casino – 450 NW 37 Avenue in Miami, FL 33125.

Jo Koy is a stand-up comic originally from Las Vegas who performs both throughout the country and internationally. Koy’s comic style, inspired by family experiences, has propelled him to the top of his field. Koy makes regular appearances on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” VH1’s “I Love” series, as well as “The Joy Behar Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”

Tickets for the show are $40 and are available at www.magiccitycasino.com or by calling 305-460-6579. VIP Tables are available for $300 and include seating for four and a complimentary bottle of champagne. Attendees must be 21 and over.

The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival, a free event, will also take place from 5pm to 10pm this evening, featuring 20 of South Florida’s most popular food trucks serving a range of gourmet specialties.

Magic City Casino offers free parking with Valet parking available as well.

For more information, visit www.magiccitycasino.com

Art Base East: Return to Innocence 12/5/13-12/10/13

Art Base East: Return to Innocence
December 5th (Opening), 9pm-11pm
December 6th – December 10th, 7pm-11pm
Gallery 118 at the Grand Hilton
1717 North Bay Shore Drive
Miami, Florida
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

Hosted by Fabulocity Antiques

As Curator & Art Director of Gallery 118, I extend an invitation for Arts & Cultural enthusiasts alike, to attend ART BASE – EAST: Return to Innocence.
Art Basel is the most celebrated international arts and cultural fair in the world. Each year, people from all over the world flock to Miami to experience the art phenomenon. Before art became commercialized, many artists honored the simplicity and innocence in creating a visual narrative that spoke from the soul. Many still do.

However, with the growing demand and interest in art from novices to seasoned arts and cultural enthusiasts, new challenges have emerged for artists such as securing gallery and exhibition spaces for solo and group exhibits, in addition to securing an agent or representative for the artists work. Economics plays a significant part in an artist movement. Knowing this, I wanted to create a space for artist to be able to present their work without the opportunity to do so, balancing on the hinge of economics and one’s socioeconomic background.

I believe in a world where everyone should be afforded an opportunity to live without constraints that can have impacting affects on the human spirit. As such, I’ve selected a diverse roster of artists to represent Art Base East: Return to Innocence. They represent an international makeup from the continents of Africa, Europe, Asia and South America. More than its title, Return to Innocence allows each artist to share their work without stresses, restrictions, borders, competiveness and no motives. Return to innocence is simply freeing. Welcome to Art Base – East 2013. I hope you will enjoy the film, exhibit, music and meeting the artist, and I look forward to Art Base – East 2014.


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