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Miami New Times Best of Miami Party 9/8/21

Miami New Times Best of Miami Party
Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Riverside Miami, 25 SE 5th ST
Miami, FL 33131
Tickets: Exclusive Pre-Sale now- June 20th @ 11:59pm
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Guests must be 21+, with a valid I.D.

Get ready to place your bets! New Times is going all-in for its Best of Miami® 2021 issue.

Join the Miami New Times on Wednesday, September 8th, from 8 to 11 p.m. to celebrate the issue that celebrates all things Miami — including you! The variety of businesses in and around town are what makes our city one of the best, and at New Times’ Best of Miami Party, everyone’s a winner. Join us as we shine a spotlight on everything the Magic City has to offer in the 34th-annual Best Of issue.

The Best of Miami Party will feature a culinary jackpot of some of the city’s hottest restaurants. We will have past Best Of Miami winners like Lure Fish Bar (Best Seafood), American Social (Best Bar Food),Vicky Bakery (Best Croqueta) PLUS a variety of other crowd favorites like Naiyara, Borti Pasta Bar, Saucy Flamingo and many more!

Whether you’re a spirit drinker or prefer beer, you can bet there will be a drink for you. The winning streak keeps going with beverages from Veza Sur, Tito’s Vodka, Stella Artois, Highlands 41, and more!

Don’t gamble and test your luck! After a year of no events, Miami locals are ready to hit the town. Purchase tickets during our exclusive pre-sale before they go on-sale to the general public.

A portion of the proceeds benefiting the De Moya Foundation

Wynwood to Host Third Annual Wynwood Pride Festival 6/18/21 – 6/19/21

Wynwood To Host Third Annual Wynwood Pride Festival
Friday, June 18, 2021: 5pm – 3am
Saturday, June 19, 2021: Saturday, June 19, 2021:
The Oasis (Mainstage)
2335 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
Friday $50+
Saturday Free
Link to purchase tickets

Confirmed Performances By: Charlie XCX, Kandy Muse, Miss Toto, Athena Dion, Morphine Love, FKA Twink, Kat Wilderness, Juicy Love and more.

Confirmed Performances By: Honey Dijon, Derrick Carter, and more.

Miami’s Wynwood Arts District will celebrate Pride month throughout June and host the third-annual Wynwood Pride Festival. The festival, launched in 2019 and attended by over 50,000 supporters, culminates this year with feature performances from Charli XCX, Honey Dijon, Kandy Muse, Miss Toto, and more. The event kickoff will take place at The Oasis on June 18, 2021, followed by a neighborhood-wide takeover on June 19th. The Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) is partnering with Wynwood Pride to host a wide range of activations at popular neighborhood hot spots like The Oasis, 1-800-Lucky, Coyo Taco, Freehold, R House, Pizza & Beer, Veza Sur, No. 3 Social, and more with live concert series, neighborhood-wide drag shows, all-day dance parties, surprise celebrity appearances, and new Pride mural installations.

“The Wynwood community is proud of its partnership with Wynwood Pride and commemorate National Pride Month in support of our LGBTQ+ residents, visitors and the communities we serve,” said Albert Garcia, chairman and co-founder of the Wynwood BID. “Wynwood is a community that proudly embraces diversity and inclusion. Over the past few years, Wynwood Pride has brought together thousands of people to celebrate Miami’s growing LGBTQ+ community. This year, extra care has been taken to curate one-of-a-kind, outdoor experiences and activations across Wynwood’s beloved cultural, entertainment and culinary venues.”

Wynwood’s newest culinary and entertainment venue, The Oasis, will act as the main stage for major headliner performances, top local & national DJs, RuPaul’s Drag Race Icons, celebrity hosts, and more. 1-800-Lucky, a 10,000-square-foot Asian-fusion market with indoor and outdoor seating, will present a booming soundtrack by both local and international DJs. R House will host Drag Brunches, Miss Wynwood Pageant, and other outstanding performances honoring Miami’s most fabulous drag performers. The Freehold Wynwood will also keep the party going with an All-Day Disco, featuring funk and house music with non-stop DJ sets and a Sunday cool-down, and closing party with DJ Eli Escobar.

“Wynwood Pride is thrilled to return for its third year with an incredibly progressive lineup that speaks to our diversity as a community and celebrates our past while looking towards the future,” said Jose Atencio, organizer of the Wynwood Pride Festival 2021. “Last year, Wynwood Pride pivoted to a digital celebration, but we are ready to safely come together and once again create some Pride magic together after this past year of being apart.”

“The LGBTQ+ community is an integral part of Miami’s cultural fabric. We’re excited to partner with Wynwood Pride and welcome the community to celebrate at The Oasis, Wynwood’s newest culinary and entertainment venue” said Sven Vogtland, co-owner of The Oasis, Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky.

Wynwood Pride 2021 will also benefit three organizations in the fields of LGBTQ+ Youth, Health, and Justice: YES Institute, Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida, and Equality Florida. Tickets start at $50 for the exclusive June 18th Kick-off event at The Oasis. Events at the Oasis on Saturday, June 19th are FREE and open to the public.


Pictures of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 5/23/21

Thankfully, The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) returned for 2021! It is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Its 20th anniversary will take place May 20-23, 2021.All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.

This year they opened with limited capacity and fewer events due to the pandemic. We stopped by the Grand Tasting on Sunday afternoon. The weather was spectacular and the energy was high. In fact, there was an excited buzz in the that had been dimming the past few years.

Photographs – Dogfish Head Brewery Media Preview on 5/18/21

Finally back out into the night! It felt so good to be covering an event again, finally. The opening of Dogfish Head Brewery, in the beloved Concrete Beach location, was the perfect thing for it. We were delighted to hear that Dogfish Head has the same dedication to localness as Concrete Beach. They have a variety of interesting beer flavors and are even including fruit beers, as befits a south Florida brewery.

Doghead Beach Brewery open to the public on Friday, May, 21, at 3:00pm. They are located at 325 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127 in Wynwood.

Marlins Games Heritage Celebrations Return to loanDepot Park 5/22/21 – 10/2/21

Marlins Games Heritage Celebrations Return to loanDepot Park
During Select Games, 2022
501 Marlins Way
Miami, FL 33125
Ticket packages include a themed Marlins hat or shirt, and donation to a related charity organization.

Heritage Celebrations are back at loanDepot park for the 2021 season, bringing the festive atmosphere to the ballpark for select Marlins games, with musical instruments, flags and more welcomed and encouraged! The Heritage Celebration ticket packages include a themed Marlins hat or shirt as well as a portion of the proceeds from each ticket will benefit a related charity organization. Plan your celebration now, complete with live postgame entertainment presented by Truly Hard Seltzer!

The first Heritage Celebration is Cuban Heritage Celebration on May 22 in recognition of Cuban Independence Day (May 20). The Cuban Heritage ticket package features an exclusive Cuban Heritage Marlins cap, with a live concert postgame on the West Plaza. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will benefit the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA). Musical instruments, flags and more are welcomed and encouraged!

Empire Social Lounge Grand Opening 12/11/20 – 12/12/20

Empire Social Lounge Grand Opening
Thursday & Friday, December 11 – 12, 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Downtown Dadeland
8955 Dadeland Blvd #D-170
Miami, Florida 33156

The much-anticipated Empire Social Lounge is the newest project by the proprietors
of Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar

South Miami welcomes Empire Social Lounge, the second Miami location by the founders of the Prime Cigar brand. Empire Social is bringing a dose of “Sophisticated Relaxation” to South Miami. Proprietors Jason Reznik, Ryan Leeds and Peter Berntsen will proudly unveil Empire Social (which is the evolution of the Prime Cigar brand). Hours of operation Sunday – Saturday, 12:00 Noon until close.

“Sophisticated Relaxation” is a motto created by Empire Social/Prime Cigars founders, Jason Reznik and Ryan Leeds.It was embraced by patrons of their first venture which was Prime Cigar Boca Raton, considered THE cigar & whiskey lounge in all of Florida. The popularity of Prime Cigar Boca Raton carried over to their second venture, the widely acclaimed Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar in Brickell-Miami. The success of these two locations created a demand in the Magic City which will spawn the much-anticipated Empire Social Lounge.

The Empire Social brand is a sophisticated lounge, which features a walk-in humidor, full bar stocked with rare and hard to find whiskeys, member’s lounge, and patio. Custom furniture and design elements (which exude simple elegance) will please the cigar aficionados, or those looking for a unique experience, a rare whiskey, craft cocktails, or a nightcap. Empire Social is perfect anchor location for one of Miami’s most dynamic neighborhoods, Downtown Dadeland.
The owners and management are well known for being customer-centric which led to the commission of a state-of-the-art air control system for Empire Social Lounge. This innovative A/C replaces 100 percent of the air constantly to provide an environment which will curb smoke and create a comfortable environment for patrons.

The Prime Cigar/Empire Social brand was born out of the life experiences between father and son. Ryan Leeds and his father shared a close relationship, as they bonded over the love of premium cigars, fine spirits, traveling, and all things luxury. Ryan was inspired to bring together best elements of his travels under one roof. Today, guests come from all over the world to experience “Sophisticated Relaxation.”

Myra’s Celebration of Life 12/13/20

Myra’s Celebration of Life
Sunday, December 13, 12pm – 5pm
Wyn 317
4320 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
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Leave your sadness at the door and join us as we celebrate the life of Myra Wexler.
We’ll be sharing our favorite stories about our beloved, self-appointed “Queen of Wynwood”.
Myra’s extended art collection will be on display at the gallery and this is your chance to acquire a little piece from it.

Part of the proceeds will be given to one of the many associations she was generously supporting.

“Memories… let them fill your mind, warm your heart, and lead you through.”
– Anonymous

Museum Of Graffiti Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary By Presenting Two Simultaneous Shows And A Week Full Of Activations 11/30/20 – 12/5/20

Museum Of Graffiti Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary By Presenting Two Simultaneous Shows And A Week Full Of Activations
November 30 – December 6 | 2020
November 30: Opening of Museum of Graffiti’s Denim Bar inside Curio at Faena Bazaar, 3400 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140
December 1: Opening of Ahol Sniffs Glue’s Biscayne World featuring new work by Miami icon Ahol Sniffs Glue (David Anasagasti) at the Museum of Graffiti, 299 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
December 2: The grand re-opening of Gustavo Oviedo: Symbiosis at the Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
December 3: Pool-side painting with graffiti artist 1DER, with a focus on themes of racial equality and justice, at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
December 4: Opening of Eye Candy featuring new work by New York City graffiti pioneer, LA2 (Angel Ortiz) at the Museum of Graffiti, 299 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
December 5: Outdoor screening of Why the Spray documentary at the Museum of Graffiti, 299 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

With the cancellation of Art Basel, Miami’s annual art fete, Wynwood’s Museum of Graffiti, is proud to announce a list of special events and highlights during Miami Art Week 2020. As Wynwood’s only museum, the Museum is committed to keeping Miami’s arts and culture alive for locals and domestic travelers who have spent much of 2020 sheltered in place. In celebration of Miami Art Week, which coincides with the Museum’s one-year anniversary, the Museum is breaking its own precedents by presenting two simultaneous solo shows within the Museum’s gallery space. In addition, the Museum will make several updates to its permanent Style Masters exhibition, including a comprehensive section that highlights the impact of female graffiti artists on the movement—made possible by Eat Me Guilt Free, a female-founded and operated business.

Monday, November 30 | 6PM
This year’s events will kick off on Monday, November 30 with the opening of the Museum of Graffiti’s Denim Bar inside Curio at Faena Bazaar (3400 Collins Avenue). The show will display original artwork on denim jackets from emerging young talent and world-renowned contemporary graffiti artists, all with ties specifically to South Florida. Guests will be able to purchase denim jackets with one-of-a-kind art, pins, and patches. The Museum of Graffiti Denim Bar at Faena Bazaar will feature the artists most active on the streets of Miami like Atomik, Abstrk, and Ze Florist. Open daily from 11am – 6pm from November 30 – December 30.

Opening Party: Join us for a toast as we celebrate the opening of the Museum of Graffiti Denim Bar at Curio at Faena Bazaar at 6PM. Artist Cyst1 will be on site doing further customization consultations with guests who purchase a jacket or bring their own.

Tuesday, December 1 | 2020
Museum of Graffiti (299 NW 25TH Street) will celebrate the opening of Biscayne World, an exhibition by Miami icon Ahol Sniffs Glue (David Anasagasti), known for his sleepy eyes that he has painted all over the streets of Miami for several decades. The new work is a love letter to Miami and its cast of characters, culled from three years of riding the bus up and down Biscayne Boulevard.
“From rich people to poor people and all the characters in between, Biscayne Boulevard is a petri dish with the perfect cross section of this awesome city. In the same Biscayne that’s typically underappreciated and taken for granted, I saw as a reservoir of untapped shit that served as unlimited inspiration. I listened to the conversations, the coughs, the cries, the many languages of the bus. I breathed in every smell possible, and I took the happiness along with sadness. We were all trying to get somewhere. That’s Biscayne World.” – Ahol Sniffs Glue
Ahol Sniffs Glue’s tenacity, talent, and hard work allowed his personal genre of art to transcend the streets into galleries and mansions where there is now a constant celebration and discussion of his artistry and craft. “The Museum of Graffiti was built to celebrate stories of people like David Anasagasti, one of Miami’s most recognizable public artists whose roots are entirely punk and street and whose pseudonym, Ahol Sniffs Glue, yells out anti-conformity,” said Alan Ket, co-Founder of the Museum of Graffiti.
In his show Biscayne World, and new book titled same, we get to understand Ahol Sniffs Glue. The book presents a close-up into his work ethic, his illustrations, his desire to share the drawings that make up his Miami. In his work we obviously see an artist taking risks, but if you look closely you also see a love for people and for humanity – scabs, bullet holes, dirty clothes and all. “His choice of subjects and illustration style are outrageous but so is Miami and its people,” said Allison Freidin, co-Founder of the Museum of Graffiti.
Published to coincide with the exhibition, the new limited edition book, Biscayne World: The Art of Ahol Sniffs Glue will be for sale exclusively in the Museum gift shop for $50, with only 100 copies made.
Biscayne Brunch: The “First Look” of the new show begins at 10AM by VIP invitation only, and open to the public beginning at 11am with timed ticketing strictly enforced. Tickets available at
Book Release + Signing: The artist will host a celebration and book signing at the Museum from 5pm to 8pm December 1, with timed ticketing strictly enforced. Tickets available at:

Wednesday, December 2 | 2020 @ 6PM
Due to the overwhelming excitement over the Museum’s most recent exhibition, Gustavo Oviedo: Symbiosis, the show will travel from the Museum to the Shelborne Hotel (1801 Collins Avenue). Join us for light bites and complimentary drinks from 6 – 8 PM to view the exhibit in a completely new space as it is reassembled in the maritime themed hotel. The artist will be on site, outdoors in the Oasis Garden, signing his book and premiering his brand new documentary film featuring his marine explorations and explaining the role of the Biscayne Bay in inspiring his graffiti style artwork. The screening will be followed by an Art Talk and Q&A with the artist. Gustavo Oviedo’s “Symbiosis” includes large paintings of loose sea-like forms, mixed-media collages, and visual representations of otherworldliness devoid of human language or graffiti letters, all starting at $1,000. The event is free with registration at

Thursday, December 3 | 11:30AM – 6PM
In partnership with the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, The Museum of Graffiti presents Live Outdoor, Poolside Painting by Artist 1DER. Sit back and watch as Miami-basedgraffiti artist 1DER live paints a large-scale work featuring themes of equality and justice from 11:30AM – 4PM. Join us for light bites and complimentary wine during a special Social Hour (a signature Kimpton daily tradition) from 5 – 6PM. Social Hour will be open to the public for this special occasion only. A Moderated Art Talk with the artist will take place simultaneously from 5PM – 6PM, where guests will be able to learn more about 1DER, the Miami-based African American artist and illustrator of Bajan and Bahamian decent. 1DER’s time spent studying color theory at Florida International University shines through each of his vibrant works on canvas. With spray paint as his medium of choice, he has produced works for large organizations and institutions such as the Museum of Graffiti, Artists 4 Israel, and University of the West Indies. The event is free of charge for registered guests; to register please visit:

Friday, December 4 | 2020
The Museum of Graffiti turns one year old and reveals new works by Angel Ortiz, known by the tag LA II or LA2—a New York City veteran of graffiti art, best known for providing the lettering style and embellishments used in Keith Haring’s paintings in the 1980s.
LA2 came of age in the 1980s when tags adorned the trains, busses and walls of the City and like many kids of that era, he joined the movement and adopted a pseudonym: LA2. By the age of 14, his name permeated the walls of lower Manhattan garnering street fame that led to a chance encounter with another downtown artist, Keith Haring who was 9 years his senior. The two artists became fast friends and began spending their days painting in Haring’s studio and their nights partying at the downtown clubs. As an impressionable teenager, their friendship changed the artist’s life forever as he became introduced to Haring’s impressive art world and its stars: Warhol, Kostabi, and Basquiat. In exchange, LA2 and his TNS crew gave Haring the street cred he needed to navigate the streets with ease to create public art, even on subways, a surface typically reserved for the most daring graffiti writers.
Together, LA2 and Haring created hundreds of paintings and traveled the world exhibiting their art. While Haring drew cartoon characters like dogs, babies and other figures, LA2 would add in his style – tags, squiggles and bold lines that gave their collaborations extra energy, movement, and a street aesthetic. Tragically, Haring passed away in 1991, devastating LA2 and forcing him to find his own artistic path.
For the past three decades LA2 has applied spray paint and ink to canvas, clothing, and various found objects in his unwavering journey to push his personal graffiti pop style. Fluorescent colors rooted in his Puerto Rican heritage, bold lines and tags learned in the streets, and the cartoons as a tribute to his friend Keith, make each painting a sweet piece of candy for your eyes. The energy of the old dance clubs, of the Avenues filled with cars blaring music, and the children who grew up on this street art culture are channeled onto each canvas that explodes with positive energy and life – a life of art, color and celebration. This is LA2, this is real graffiti art.
Along with several joint exhibitions of his work and Haring’s, LA2’s own mix of contemporary symbols with graffiti lettering has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States, but the Museum of Graffiti will host the artist’s first ever solo exhibition in South Florida.
In celebration of its anniversary and LA2’s Eye Candy, the Museum of Graffiti will host a sketchbook swap, outdoor drawing party for collectors, artists, and VIPs, by invitation only.

Saturday, December 5 | 6PM
The Museum of Graffiti presents movie night under the stars featuring the private world premiere of “Why the Spray,” a full-length documentary that tells the stories of five Miami graffiti artist and why they chose this artform. Tickets to see the new film, already named Best Feature Documentary at the American Golden Picture International Film Festival, will be made available via the Events section of the Museum of Graffiti’s website for $25 each. The film will begin promptly at 6PM, with the cast of artists, writers, and directors in house to answer questions following the viewing. Popcorn provided! To view the trailer, visit: Tickets available at

Due to the pandemic’s impact, Art Basel announces the cancellation of its 2020 Miami Beach fair


Due to the pandemic’s impact, Art Basel announces the cancellation of its Miami Beach fair

Given the current situation regarding the pandemic’s impact, which spans from South Florida to other parts of the country and the world; limitations and uncertainty about the staging of large-scale events; international travel restrictions and bans, as well as quarantine regulations within the United States and internationally, alongside other factors, Art Basel has no other option but to cancel the 2020 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach. Art Basel in Miami Beach was scheduled to take place from December 3 to December 6, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel said: ‘It is with great regret and disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our December show in Miami Beach, as we know how crucial our show is for our galleries, as well as for the greater Miami arts community and economy. We thank everyone who shared their perspectives and insights with us over the past months and weeks and look forward to returning to Miami Beach next year to deliver a successful show.’

As the artworld continues to face momentous challenges, Art Basel remains firmly committed to supporting the global gallery community in the best way possible through its digital initiatives and by hosting its upcoming 2021 shows in Hong Kong, Basel, and Miami Beach. Art Basel’s digital initiatives will continue this fall with two individual thematic editions of its Online Viewing Rooms: ‘OVR:2020’, dedicated to artworks produced during 2020 and running from September 23 to 26, and ‘OVR:20c’, presenting works created between 1900 and 1999 from October 28 to 31. These digital events will be followed in December by Online Viewing Rooms that will be open to all galleries accepted to the 2020 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach. Further details on the upcoming Online Viewing Rooms will follow in the coming weeks.

As has been communicated previously, galleries selected for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2020 will not be charged any participation/booth fees for the December show and application fees will be rolled over to 2021 for accepted galleries.

The next edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach will take place from December 2 to December 5, 2021, with preview days on December 1 and December 2, 2021.

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Miami New Times at Home Presents: In the Kitchen with Kent Rathbun 7/22/20

Miami New Times at Home Presents: In the Kitchen with Kent Rathbun
Wed, Jul 22, 2020, 7:00 PM
Tickets are FREE with RSVP at

Miami New Times is excited to feature Kent Rathbun in their at Home Series. Previously, New Times’ sister market, Dallas Observer, took viewers into Rathbun’s home for a backyard grilling lesson that raised over $2,500 for Dishing out Relief, an initiative created by the Texas Restaurant Association Relief Fund. With over 300 attendees participating in the first event and video views rising daily, Rathbun is taking on Miami!

Rathbun a restaurateur, four-time James Beard Award-nominated American chef and 2008 Iron Chef America winner against Bobby Flay, will take viewers back into his home for another unique virtual cooking experience!

Round two of In the Kitchen with Kent Rathbun, will take place on Wednesday, July 22nd at 7pm. This time, he will teach us the tips and tricks behind cooking three delicious dishes each unique to each participating state: Colorado, Florida and Texas. Attendees will be provided with a shopping list to get groceries before the event, which will allow them to get everything they need to follow Kent’s lead to perfect these delicious meals!

Colorado – BBQ Spiced Pecan Crusted Trout with a Grilled Tomato Butter Sauce
Trout is the official state fish of Colorado.
Florida – Habanero, Cilantro & Lime Marinated Snapper with Grilled Pineapple and Black Bean Pico de Gallo
Snapper is one of the most popular fish caught daily in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Texas – Strip Steak with Rosemary Butter and Grilled Onion Petals
What’s more popular in Texas than steak and BBQ?

This event is benefiting the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that funds cardiovascular medical research, educates consumers on healthy living and fosters appropriate cardiac care. Their mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We hope you will consider donating in the ticket section of this event.

News: GMCVB Launches Miami Spice To-Go

GMCVB Expands Commitment To Restaurants With The Launch Of New Miami Spice Options And Expansion Of The Award-Winning Miami Eats Program

New Miami Spice To-Go and expanded Miami Eats program provide the restaurant industry with an opportunity to generate business safely and responsibly while helping keep hospitality industry workers employed.
Miami Spice To Go Website
Miami Spice Website
Miami Eats Website

In response to new emergency orders prohibiting indoor dining in Miami-Dade County restaurants, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) adapted the beloved Miami Spice Restaurant program to promote those participants that are offering to-go as well as outdoor dining for their prix-fix meals which include appetizer, main course and dessert for $25 lunch/brunch and $39 dinner. The new Miami Spice options complement the existing and award-winning Miami Eats program developed by the GMCVB in April when local restaurants experienced their first wave of closures. Miami Eats recently won the “Grass Roots Relief Effort Time In Award” for promoting hundreds of restaurants’ takeout and delivery services throughout Greater Miami and the Beaches. Together, Miami Spice-To Go and Miami Eats provides locals the opportunity to enjoy their favorite foods from local culinary establishments, while helping restaurants generate revenue in a safe and responsible way.

More than 100 restaurants are participating in Miami Spice with an outdoor dining option and more than 60 are now offering Miami Spice To-Go. The Miami Spice webpage offers easy to use filters allowing users to search Miami Spice restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine type as well as those offering to-go menus. A similar approach is used with the Miami Eats webpage which provides a list of more than 1,200 restaurants offering takeout and delivery of their standard menus. Miami Eats calls on residents to “Order Out’ and “Help Out” the local restaurant industry by calling them directly to place their orders to avoid fees whenever possible.

“Miami Spice To-Go and Miami Eats are both examples of GMCVB programs created in record-time to respond to the travel and hospitality industry’s urgent need to stimulate business during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said William D. Talbert, III, CDME, President & CEO of the GMCVB. “Miami-Dade County’s travel and hospitality industry is the top employer in the community and the GMCVB is committed to generating business for the industry in a responsible and safe way during these unprecedented times.”

This year Miami Spice is free to all GMCVB partners. Miami Eats is free and open to all Miami-Dade County restaurants regardless of location, cuisine or price point. All respective participants will be listed on the Miami Spice and/or Miami Eats website, offering consumers a single platform and a one-stop-shop with easy browse and search capabilities.

For Miami-Dade residents aware of any restaurant providing delivery or takeout that is not on the Miami Eats current list, please email

For restaurants that would like to participate in Miami Eats, please click here.

For restaurants that would like to participate in Miami Spice To-Go, please email:

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Miami Children’s Museum Awesome Drive-Thru Food Giveaway Presented by Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation 5/19/20

Miami Children’s Museum Awesome Drive-Thru Food Giveaway Presented by Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation in Partnership with Farm Share and Miami-Dade County
Tuesday, May 19th / 9AM – Noon
Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
Watson Island, Miami, FL 33132

While Miami Children’s Museum’s facility is temporarily closed to the public due to current Covid-19 restrictions, it remains dedicated to serving the community and fulfilling its mission by being a beacon for South Florida families. The Museum has joined with Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation and partnered with Farm Share, a leading statewide food profit, to help the less fortunate and hungry in our community with an Awesome Food Giveaway!

It is a contactless delivery system for a drive through pickup. Cars must enter the drive to the Museum and form a line. When it is their turn, they can pull up to the distribution point with their windows up and their trunks open. There will be food packages for up to 500 families on a first come first served basis. No walk ups will be allowed.

“When our sons were young, their favorite place was the Miami Children’s Museum. Our son Calder visited the Museum on the evening before he unexpectedly passed. The Museum is not only a happy place, but a sacred place for us. The Caleb and Calder Crane Factory in the Port of Miami exhibit dedicated to Mr. Awesome warms our hearts. We’ve long partnered with Deborah Spiegelman and her excellent team at the Miami Children’s Museum on numerous events. When we first heard about the incredible work of Farm Share, we became excited beyond measure to collaborate with them in feeding families and people in need with this Free Food Giveaway.” – Chris and Carla Sloan co-founders of Caleb and Calder’s Awesome Foundation.

“It is an honor for us to work with the wonderful Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation to bring some assistance to those most vulnerable in our community who are experiencing challenging times,” says Deborah Spiegelman, CEO and Executive Director of Miami Children’s Museum. “We are also excited to be working with Farm Share to fight hunger in our community.”

“Farm Share is beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue providing nearly 2 million pounds of fresh produce and nutritious food to thousands of Floridians every week across the state. Today’s event will provide hundreds of local families with 10-15 pounds of food for the week ahead,” said Stephen Shelley, Farm Share CEO.

Reflections of Taste Jamaica at #SoBeWFF on 2/21/20

This year for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we attended the Friday night party at the National Hotel called Taste Jamaica. And, wow, we did! This was easily one of the best events we have been to in a long time. There was a good crowd, but the lines for food were not too long. It was plentiful and quickly served. All of it was so good, we could not pick favorites. Hopefully they will bring it back for next year!

River Of Art Show at Venture Café Miami #ThursdayGathering featuring James Brutus 2/20/20

River Of Art Show at Venture Café Miami #ThursdayGathering featuring James Brutus
Thursday, February 20, 2020
4:00pm – 9:00pm
Venture Cafe Miami
1951 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
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Life Is Art is excited to announce that we have joined with the immensely popular Venture Cafe Miami to expand the audience for local art and artists. Third Thursdays, Life Is Art will host a River Of Art Show at the Venture Cafe Miami #ThursdayGathering.

  • Art Exhibition 4-9
  • Artist Talk 6:30
  • Free Entry
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wine & Beer
  • Tons of great networking and interesting breakout sessions to attend!

Born and raised in Miami, FL. James Brutus earned his BFA Degree at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan. There, his focus geared towards Illustration and Fine Art.

James’ body of work focuses primarily on painting and portraiture where his reputation of powerful figures balance between meticulous brush strokes, dynamic loose energy, and an explosion of tropical colors. These figurative pieces question the social notion of nature and beauty; thus the age-old human longing for perfection.

James’ current work draws from his parent’s proud heritage and cultural influences of the country, Haiti. Now, James’ adopt Moorish style elements from the city of Opa Locka, FL, which were drawn from mosaic tile pieces and architecture facades.
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Reflections of Miami Rum Congress 2020 on 2/8/20

The Miami Rum Congress 2020 hosted more than twenty experts from the rum industry. There were seminars about the latest topics in the fields of distillery, premiumization, and cocktail culture. This is a show for real aficionados. The most exciting part, of course, was the grand tasting, where you could try dozens of different Rums from all over the world. Tastings are one of our favorite activities because it gives you a chance to find new favorites at minimal expense. We had an awesome time and definitely discovered some flavors we will be adding to our list! If you missed it this year, definitely keep an eye on Soul Of Miami for news about next year.

Second Annual Miami Rum Congress 2020 2/7/20 – 2/8/20

Second Annual Miami Rum Congress 2020
February 7 and 8, 2020
Ronald W. Shane Center
6500 Indian Creek
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Tickets are available at

Ian Burrell – Global Rum Ambassador and Founder of Internationally Recognized RumFest – Returns to South Florida for the Second Annual Miami Rum Congress 2020. In collaboration with Federico Hernandez, founder of RumLab, the two-day event brings together connoisseurs, brand representatives, and lovers of the rum industry for a series of conferences, tastings, and educational seminars.

Ian Burrell, internationally known global rum ambassador and founder of UK RumFest in collaboration with The Rum Lab founder Federico Hernandez present the second annual Miami Rum Congress 2020. The Miami Rum Congress aims to educate about the spirit through educational seminars with renowned experts, direct access to brand representatives, and tastings of more than thirty brands of rum.

The Miami Rum Congress 2020 will host more than twenty experts of the rum industry in seminars designed to educate the public and rum connoisseurs about the latest topics in the fields of distillery, premiumization, and cocktail culture. From the Caribbean to the U.S. and beyond, the rum industry has grown exponentially in the past two decades as a major spirit in the world. The two-day event gives an opportunity to industry and rum aficionados alike to meet and learn from world renowned leaders in the field.

The growing lineup of industry guest speakers to present at the Miami Rum Congress includes:
Ian Burrell, global rum ambassador and producer of the UK Rum Fest
Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, author, leading rum expert, and wwner of Latitude 29
Raphaël Grisoni, general manager of Barbados Mount Gay Distillery
Karen Hoskin, owner and founder of craft distillery Montanya Distillers
Ben Jones, Managing Director, SPIRIBAM
Shannon Mustipher, Founder of Women Who Tiki and author of TIKI: Modern Tropical Cocktails
Matt Pietrek, Cocktail & Spirits Writer,
Ben Schaffer, editor and publisher of the Rum Reader
Richard Seale, master distiller and blender at Foursquare Distiller & R. L. Seal in Barbados
Roberto Serrallés, VP of Business Development, Destilería Serrallés

The Miami Rum Congress 2020 will host more than thirty Rum Distilleries, who will participate as part of the industry’s Rum Congress on February 7th and the VIP Grand Tasting on February 8th.

With over 25 years of combined expertise in the international rum industry, Miami Rum Congress founders Ian Burrell and Federico Hernandez have brought industry experts together for rum festivals and seminars in London, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and San Juan, P.R.

“This exciting annual spirit event continues to be a positive component in shaping the rum landscape as we know it today. After attending and hosting rum events for more than a decade, we decided to combine our experiences and expertise. We are pleased to bring consumers and tradespeople the finest rum event in the Americas the second year in a row,” said Burrell.

The Miami Rum Congress will take place on February 7th and 8th 2020 at the Shane Center, Miami Beach. Ticket prices run from $35 to $130, to purchase visit

Federico Hernandez founded The Rum Lab in 2006 in San Juan, Puerto Rico to teach the essence and history of rum, through a Rum Flight Experience. Today, the creative and production firm focuses on Rum Premiumization & Education. The Rum Lab produces Puerto Rico’s national Rum Fest – Taste of Rum Puerto Rico – as well as California Rum Festival, Chicago Rum Festival and New York Rum Festival.

The UK RumFest was founded by Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell in 2007, who was keen to promote rum as a drink. The UK RumFest has led to the influence of rum festivals and fairs all over the world including the Berlin RumFest, Paris Rhum fest and the first rum festival in Mauritius. Today, the festival is UK’s only trade and consumer drinks experience for the rum industry and world’s largest rum festival. Founder Ian Burrell had worked in the trade as a bartender since 1990. In 1998, he began working with the Jamaican rum distiller, blender and bottler J. Wray and Nephew Ltd. Burrell subsequently worked for other drinks brands on an ad hoc basis and with organizations such as the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association. Being an independent rum expert, Burrell was named International Brand Ambassador at the 2018 Tales of the Cocktail.

The Adventures Of Bibi & Friends Celebrating 20 Years of Comic Book History 1/23/20

The Adventures Of Bibi & Friends Celebrating 20 Years of Comic Book History
Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 7-11 pm
Sagamore Hotel
1671 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida

Brigitte “Bibi” Andrade and “The Adventures of Bibi & Friends,” the iconic Comic Book Series, will celebrate its 20 Year Anniversary with an exclusive event for Bibi & Her Friends.

“The Adventures of Bibi & Friends” Comic Book Series “Where Bibi Goes, The World Follows”, will celebrate the comic book’s platinum 20th Anniversary. We will also preview our newest book featuring the life story of Overtown, Miami native, The Legendary SoulMan™ Sam Moore of the Grammy winning duo Sam & Dave.

The Adventures of Bibi & Friends Comic Book, which is produced & published by Brigitte Andrade and illustrated by Rodney Jackson of Rocko Rocket fame, has turned out to be a living history of Miami Beach, from its renaissance in the 1990’s through today and Brigitte has documented this Miami Beach history with her comic books. The books contain over hundreds of comic illustrations featuring those who built, work and play in Miami Beach, as well as celebrities such as Harrison Ford (Bibi’s first friend), Gloria & Emilio Estefan, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and other entertainers & pioneers from past decades. Bibi the character is our colorful 305 and now 786 area code historian, of the rise and fall of cultural centers, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, Miami Beach citizens, careers and the lives and deaths of some of our favorite personalities. B-roll will be filmed during the event, should the media need background B-roll for Miami Beach stories during Superbowl LIV week. Brigitte Andrade, Publisher, PR Guru, Artist, Writer and Fashionista, graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She launched her professional career as an agent and Managing Director of Beauty Bookings, an agency representing the best of Makeup, Hair and Photography in New York. She later branched out on her own with “Brigitte, Inc.” managing many international and local artists, specifically focused on beauty, photography and art.

Brigitte arrived on the shores of Miami Beach in 1993. In 1999, she created The Adventures of  Bibi & Friends Comic Book, which has been synonymous with everything cool in Miami Beach. The comic book has included some of the great international events including World Cup Soccer, the US Open, the Olympics as well as the annual Art Basel. Brigitte has been awarded countless awards for her colorful creative work including a Key to The City of Miami Beach in 2006, November 14, 2012 was proclaimed “The Adventures of Bibi & Friends Day” by The City of Miami Beach and in 2019, Brigitte received The Champion Medallion from The City of Miami Beach.