The Third Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon Hosted by Valentino 2/22/11

The Third Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon At Vizcaya Museum And Gardens
Hosted By The Vizcayans And Valentino, As Presenting Sponsor
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
11:00 a.m. – The Casino Mound: Cocktails and Exclusive Experience of Vizcaya’s Italianate Gardens
12:30 p.m. – The Formal Gardens: Luncheon al Fresco
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

The Third Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon in the classical gardens at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, The Vizcayans, along with Italian fashion house Valentino, will host the Third Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Three years ago, The Vizcayans were faced with the challenge of protecting their beloved estate’s historic viewshed. In an impassioned effort to safeguard the endangered landmark, Norma Quintero founded the Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon, which has now blossomed into a much-anticipated annual event.

Fondly referred to as the “hat luncheon”, this year’s event will emulate the traditional chic daytime events that were customarily held in the formal Italianate gardens during Vizcaya’s early years as a public museum. Women are invited to dress elegantly; seas of glamorous and fanciful hats spotted in years past were almost as striking as the gardens. Gentlemen are welcome to attend in sub-tropical dapper dress including hats.

A Black River Caviar Reception beginning at 11 am will welcome guests as theyembark upon an exclusive experience of Vizcaya’s Italianate gardens. The al-fresco luncheon, beginning at 12:30 pm will include a fashion show featuring Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. Other highlights include the following: A raffle drawing for a one-week stay in a private guest house at La Foce in southeast Tuscany (see A live auction for a $5,000 Shopping Spree and a private luncheon for 10-12 ladies catered by Thierry’s Catering at the Valentino Boutique at the Bal Harbour Shops (see

The Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon introduces guests to the splendor of Vizcaya’s gardens, and invites them to support The Vizcayans’ mission to protect, preserve and promote Vizcaya including its historic gardens.

Special Recognition to the Following Supporters: Don Pepin Cigars, La Foce, USA Bouquet, Karla Conceptual Event Experiences, Thierry’s Catering and Michael’s Designs

The Vizcayans is the private sector support organization for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, in partnership with the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust. Since its inception in 1957, The Vizcayans has provided funding, advocacy and volunteer support for Vizcaya. The Vizcayans is the recipient of the President’s Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ticket prices are $275 for individuals. For more information, please contact The Vizcayans’ office at (305) 856-4866 or

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of Chicago industrialist, James Deering (1859-1925). Vizcaya is one of the most complete remaining examples of classical architectural and landscape design from the American Renaissance inspired by the traditions of the European Renaissance. Today, the 50-acre estate includes a main house, featuring 34 decorated rooms; 10 acres of formal gardens; and a native hardwood hammock and mangroves. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, offers tours in multiple languages and is open to the public 364 days per year. For more information on Vizcaya, please visit