Photographs of Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest by Mr Q 305

The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation hosted the 10th Annual Rotary Club Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest.
The primary beneficiaries included the ARC of South Florida and the Fundacion Manos del Sur. Founded in 1953 by a group of concerned parents, the ARC, South Florida serves the over 60,000 Miami-Dade County citizens with  developmental disabilities. Fundacion Manos del Sur is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to underprivileged children in Latin America in the areas of education, health and nutrition.
This year’s event was again themed after “New World vs. Old World. Wines from some of the top wine producing regions in the world competed to earn coveted awards for “Best Varietal”, “Best in Show-White Wine” and “Best in Show-Red Wine”. Please scroll to the last image to see the winner’s board

Guess also savored delicacies prepared by 14 participating restaurants from the Key Biscayne and general Miami area.
In collaboration with the ARC of South Florida a silent auction took place during the tasting. Auction lots consisted of more than 100 items, which included travel, restaurant, sports memorabilia and other goods and services, with an estimated market value of more than $40,000.

 

Kiwanis Of Little Havana Foundation 38th Annual Christmas Gala 12/6/14

Kiwanis Of Little Havana Foundation 38th Annual Christmas Gala
Saturday, 12/06/2014 – 08:00 pm –
100evite2Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: Individual Ticket – $125; Reserved Table (10 Guests) – $1,500; VIP Lounge (10 Guests) – $2,500

The Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation is set to host its 38th Annual Christmas Gala, with support from BMW, Bacardi and Coca-Cola. Proceeds from the annual fundraising event will benefit various Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation projects, including “A Toy for Every Child” and “Adopt-a-Family” holiday initiatives.

“For more than three decades, our Annual Christmas Gala has afforded the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana the opportunity to touch the lives of those less fortunate by distributing thousands of cherished gifts and warm meals during the holidays,” said Henry Jimenez, chairman of the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation. “With the help of our corporate and community partners, as well as numerous volunteers, we can continue to further our mission to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of thousands of South Florida children and their families.”

Beginning at 8 p.m., guests will dance to the rhythm of live performances by internationally renowned artists Grupo Niche, Hansel Y Raul, and Lime. Attendees will also enjoy an open bar and buffet stations featuring local cuisine. Formal attire will be strictly enforced.

Additional benefiting foundation projects include the annual Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Christmas Fair, Future Leaders through Education Scholarship Fund, and many more community goodwill youth initiatives.

TechBar Key Biscayne Grand Opening 11/13/14

TechBar Key Biscayne Grand Opening
Thursday, 11/13/2014 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
10669114_766652316729789_8258153620931414195_oTechBar Key Biscayne
328 Crandon Blvd,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: Free

Join us for an evening of cocktails, light bites, and fun as we celebrate the grand opening of our second TechBar location in Key Biscayne.

The EDGE Charitable Foundation Presents the 2nd Annual Casino Night 10/18/14

The EDGE Charitable Foundation Presents the 2nd Annual Casino Night
Saturday, 10/18/2014 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
Image: FILE PHOTO: 70 Years Since The Casablanca World Premiere CasablancaFairways on the Key
6700 Crandon Blvd.,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: $75 pre-sale, $100 at the door

The Early Development of Global Education (EDGE) Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, invites the South Florida community to their second annual Casino Night. The Hispanic Police Officers Association of Miami-Dade (HPOA) is the presenting sponsor of “A Night in Casablanca.” The themed event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at The Fairways on the Key – Crandon Park Golf Course (located at 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL. 33149).

As of today, The EDGE Charitable Foundation has helped more than 12,000 children in the United States, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. The organization raises funds to benefit children who are homeless, unaccompanied, and victims of human trafficking, domestic violence or victimized in any other way. Last year’s event raised money to fund various projects locally and globally. Ninety percent of funds raised impacted children on a local level.

“The EDGE set a goal during last year’s Casino Night to double the number of children to be impacted by the 2013 Casino Night event, and they not only achieved their aggressive goal, they surpassed it,” said Mercy Hernandez, founder and president of the EDGE Charitable Foundation.

The Casino Night’s lounge-style setting promises to become the EDGE Charitable Foundation’s humanitarian event of the year. CBS4 Miami reporter, MaryAnn Martinez, will be the Master of Ceremonies for this year’s gala which attracts a vibrant group of local business executives, community leaders and local celebrities. The evening will also feature two special celebrity guest hosts, Marysol Patton, President of The Patton Group Public Relations and star of Bravo Network’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Miami,” and Alexia Echevarria, Executive Editor of Venue Magazine and television personality on Bravo Networks’s “Real Housewives of Miami.” During the evening, guests will enjoy classic cars, gaming tables, a VIP champagne bar, a Funclick photo booth, food provided by Sal’s Italian Restaurant, a dessert station courtesy of Azucar Ice Cream and Bindi Italian Desserts, a coffee station courtesy of Starbucks, cigars and cocktails. Attire for the event will be black and white chic.

If purchased in advance, tickets for the second annual Casino Night start at $75 per person and include an open bar, food, cocktails and $30 in chips. Tickets will cost $100 at the door and are limited to the first 500 players (must be 21 years of age). Winnings have no actual cash value but guests will receive prizes and raffle items. To purchase tickets for the event online, visit www.EventBrite.com and search “The EDGE Casino Night.” For more information on the EDGE Charitable Foundation, visit www.TheEdgeEducation.com. For sponsorship opportunities, email Mercy Hernandez at [email protected] or call 305-298-1763.

Dress for Success Miami Gala 20th Anniversary Celebration 10/11/14

Dress for Success Miami Gala 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
dressforsuccessThe Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Purchase tickets online

Dress for Success Miami will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with an over-the-top gala, “Gangstas, Gals and Glam.” Dress for Success Miami has helped 50,000 clients re-enter the workforce and, through the gala, will ensure continued support to the residents in Miami- Dade County.

Dress for Success Miami is excited to welcome Honorary Chairs Maritere and Jon Secada, as well as Honorary Chairwoman Star Jones. Emceeing the evening will be Local 10 news anchors Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes. Our “Honorary Gals” for the evening include CBS 4 entertainment reporter Lisa Petrillo; NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson; actress, TV host and entrepreneur Adriana Cataño; and lifestyle director for Antena305.com, journalist and correspondent for CNN Español Paula Lamas.

Guests will be welcomed by a red carpet, followed by a cocktail reception with exquisite passed hors d’oeuvres, as well as wine and spirits, including signature Dress for Success Miami cocktails provided by Diageo. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on extraordinary items in the silent auction, including “staycations” from Miami’s most luxurious hotels; experiences from the best restaurants in South Florida including a 3-course pasta making class by renowned Miami Chef Nunzio of Bocce Bar; 2015 Grammy Award tickets; rock n’ roll memorabilia; exclusive jewelry and many more exciting items.

Miami based fashion designer Julian Chang has joined Dress for Success Miami in support of its gala. This talented and creative designer is providing a custom, one-of-a-kind gown for the silent auction, as well as designing evenings looks for very special guests: two Dress for Success Miami clients.

Following the cocktail hour, the festivities will officially commence! Attendees will enter the ballroom for a gourmet dinner and dancing. Throughout the ballroom Diageo will be providing a selection of its signature brands. The evening’s entertainment will be extraordinary, and features internationally renowned music group Tártara; maestro singer, pianist and entertainer Bill Campbell; and Alto Reed, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, founding and current member of Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band and recipient of a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After dinner, guests can play their luck at the casino. From blackjack to poker, from slots to roulette, guests will have the opportunity to win magnificent prizes. While at the casino, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a cigar by one of Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 brands, Oliva.

Tickets are $500 per person and sponsorship opportunities begin at $7,500. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://dfsmiami20.eventbrite.com.

The evening would not have been possible without our generous sponsors and supporters: Presenting Sponsor: Royal Caribbean International. Platinum Sponsor: Judith & Norman Fields Family Fund. Gold Sponsor: Diageo. Silver Sponsor: Hilton Bentley Miami Beach. Baptist Health South Florida, Walmart, Perry Ellis International, Kimpton Hotels, Suntrust Foundation, Julian Chang, Fantasy Farms, A Blonde Tulip, Oliva Cigars, Showroom by Phillips Frankel, The Crest Team and Comcast.

44th Grand National Dancesport Championships 10/30/14

44th Grand National Dancesport Championships
Saturday, 10/30/2014 – 11/01/2014 07:00 am – 11:30 pm
gn2014cropped-webRitz-Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Dr,,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Cost: 65

Professional and Amateur Ballroom Dancers compete for
World Renowned Title in Key Biscayne.

44th Grand National Dancesport Championships, October 30-November 2, 2014
presents the nation’s top professional competitors:

The Grand National Professional Championships.

Dancing with the Stars glitter & glamour comes to Miami’s Key Biscayne
In spectacular fashion

Key-Biscayne — October 30-November 2, 2014
One of the longest running Ballroom Dance Competitions in the United States, The Grand National Championships, celebrates its 44th year, October 30-November 2, 2014
This prestigious competition began in Miami Beach in 1970.

The 2014 event is sure to be South Florida’s, Miami’s & Key Biscayne’s most gala Ballroom Dance extravaganza ever, kicking off on Thursday, October 30th, with top Pro-Am dancers from across the country, with a glittering parade of 200 or more Pro- AM dancers and Professional Competitions.

In addition to its 44-year tradition of bringing together Amateur and Pro-Am competitors from across the United States to vie for the title of Grand National Champion, this year’s competition will feature The Grand National Professional Championships. The top ranked professional couples In the United States & World Championship events will compete for this Grand National Title.

“We’re very excited to launch the new championship title for professional dancers of American Ballroom, said Cassandra Schneider, co-organizer of the NDCA Sanctioned 44th Grand National Dancesport Championships.”Ours is the only Sanctioned Championship Ballroom Dance competition held in South Florida.”

The popularity of television shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” proves that ballroom dance has captured the passionate attention and the hearts of millions. The Grand National Championships, which hosts many of the top dancers in the U.S., is world famous for its exciting dance shows and hospitality.

Running the Miami event for the twelfth year, Cassandra and Peter Schneider–themselves world-class dancers, judges and promoters–expect more than 200 competitors this year. The Grand National’s judges include World Championship class adjudicators from Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Russia and the USA.

Ballroom dancing is considered both a fine art and a sport. Contestants come from all walks of life, and range from 6 to over 90 years of age. Many older dancers enjoy this discipline for health reasons as well as for the pure joy of dancing. This year’s dancers will compete in one or more events featuring various dances.

Help Us Preserve Hobie Beach 8/23/14

Help Us Preserve Hobie Beach
Saturday, 08/23/2014 – 08/23/2014 08:30 am – 11:30 am
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Hobie Island Beach Park, off the Rickenbacker Causesway near the Rickenbacker restrooms, 2nd and/or 3rd entrances on south side,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
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Cost: Free

Miami is known for its beautiful scenery and beaches. Virginia Key Beach is an oasis of lush tropical landscape, wildlife and home to various marine science explorations. With the support of volunteers, like prominent environmental activist David Doebler, and program partners like ECOMB, the community is rallying and responding to the real need for preservation of our most delicate natural resources.

In an effort to educate, empower and inspire, power publicist Frances Alban and prominent blogger Jesus Rojas Torres are organizing this volunteer beach-clean-up. All Miami residents are encouraged to participate and show their support for keeping Key Biscayne beautiful, healthy and safe for swimming and recreation.

Organizers will provide garbage bags and other materials needed to collect litter. Volunteers will receive a complimentary continental breakfast and beverages courtesy of Winn-Dixie Key Biscayne. It is recommended that volunteers wear a hat, sneakers or “aqua-shoes”, and bring sunscreen and their own refillable water bottle. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours.