The David Grutman Experience

February 26, 2018


For a second year in a row, David Grutman partnered with Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village for The Dave Grutman Experience. Right between the two signature Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents, Grutman curated the ultimate Sunday Funday. Festival goers enjoyed bites from his favorite South Florida spots including OTL and KOMODO as well as sips by N1CE Cocktails.

Moet, Dom Perignon, SOBEWFF

It’s always a party with Grutman present. Those in attendance included his wife, Isabela Rangel Grutman, filmmaker, Michael Bay, Larsa Pippen and Cedric Gervais.

Larsa Pippen & Isabela Rangel Grutman

SOBEWFF Dave Grutman

SOBEWFF Michael Bay, Cedric Gervais

Alesso, David Grutman

Alesso began bumping sounds around 3:30 p.m. He kicked off his set with the hit song “Is that for me” featuring Anitta. The crowd went wild when he began mixing “More Than You Know” by Axwell and Ingrosso. Even Michael Bay took the time to record pieces of Alesso’s set on his phone.




Miami Awaits La Dolce Vita

November 16, 2017


On Tuesday, November 6th La Centrale held a private soiree at the home of co-managing partner, Jacopo Giustiniani. At the entrance of Key Biscayne, guests were greeted at the door by an Italian aroma of prosciutto and the sight of lemons in every corner. It was a night under the stars filled with delicious food, lavish conversation, and authentic Italian hospitality. Granting Miami just but a small taste of what is to come when La Centrale, Miami’s first food hall, unveils its grand opening at Brickell City Center. Miami goes Italian with La Centrale’s very own Executive Chef, Vincenzo Scarmiglia, gave guests an array of tastings and cocktails. From twenty-four month aged Parmigiano to grilled octopus with an Italian twist, there is no doubt the heart that goes into making these tasty combinations. Saving the best for last, the night was topped off with a dessert tasting, where guests could vote for which flavor of Granita served with pan dolce, they felt was best.

The winning flavor would give La Centrale their final pick between the obviously two difficult delicious choices, which will then be served in La Centrale’s grand opening. We didn’t need a plane to enjoy a night in Italy, La Centrale did a wonderful job of bringing the best of Italy to us. We’re anxiously awaiting the opening of Miami’s new Italian locale and all the delightful cuisine that comes with it.

The Italian Food Hall is slated to open in December of this year. You’ll be able to experience the tastes, aromas and sounds of 20 Italian regions. Fourteen eateries will be spread across three floors and 40,000 square feet. The eateries will offer cooking classes and retail shopping. Get ready for la dolce vita!

By: Brittney Valdes


Miami New Times Iron Fork 2017 Aftermath

October 9, 2017


On October 5, 2017, chefs faced off at the New Times’ Iron Fork 2017 for a chance to win the Iron Fork Skillet. This year chef Santiago Gomez of Tacology, was announced winner of the competition. The cooking competition featured farm-to-table plate creations. The participating chefs’ “culinary expertise and passion is unmatched in Miami,” says Chef Allen Susser. Susser scouted the very best competitors to feature at the event.

Guests who attended were able to taste their way around participating restaurants such as 180 Degrees @ the DRB, Sushi Sake, JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Brain Freeze Nitrogen Ice Cream, Grill Argentino, Philly Grub, Meat Market, Dashi, Tacology, Rosa Mexicano, The Rusty Pelican, Beaker & Gray, River Yacht Club and Glass & Vine.

If you didn’t get a chance attend Iron Fork, Miami New Times will be hosting upcoming events such: Tacolandia on November 18, 2017 at Soho Studios and Sips & Sweets on December 14, 2017 at Dezer Auto Museum.


Images// Viviana Lucero


Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day

September 18, 2017


As local Coral Gables residents seek a post-Irma retreat, JohnMartin’s provided that and more during their “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Party” on Saturday, Sept.16.

With live music, a raffle, whiskey tastings, hot food and drinks, this all-day celebration stole the show. It provided people with much needed down time as they prepare themselves for the workweek ahead and for some a place to cool down, charge their phones and connect to JohnMartin’s free wifi.

JohnMartin’s is known for throwing a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17, and this halfway mark celebration is just a glimpse of what’s to come.

By: Sussette Rodriguez


Residence Inn by Marriott Hosts “Dog Days of Summer” Pet Adoption Event Series

August 31, 2017


Residence Inn by Marriott teamed up with North Shore Animal League America to launch the “Dog Days of Summer” pet adoption series. The Residence Inn locations offer plenty of amenities and perks for traveling with your four-legged friends. The amenities you will enjoy when staying at Residence Inn’s pet-friendly properties include: free hot breakfast and Wi-Fi; fitness centers; pools and complimentary grocery delivery service.

The series of events, launched in New York City with host Andy Cohen and continued with stops in Washington, DC and Miami, FL.

“Residence Inn by Marriott is thrilled to work with North Shore Animal League America to help animals find homes across the country,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “Every hotel in our portfolio welcomes all members of the family, and we encourage guests to bring their furry friends along on their travels.”

Residence Inn by Marriott provides lodging in more than 700 locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America. If you’re looking to have a staycation or travel abroad, you can take your pet with you. If you’ve been looking to adopt a pet, visit North Shore Animal League America’s website.

North Shore Animal League is dedicated to promoting shelter pet adoptions. The league also encourages spay/neuter programs and works toward reducing animal cruelty and ending euthanasia.

For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-3313131 or visit




Kiwanis of Little Havana + Willy Chirino Celebrate Miami’s Elderly

June 28, 2017


On Saturday, June 24th The Kiwanis of Little Havana treated the local elderly to a special event at Hoy Como Ayer.  Organizers from the Kiwanis of Little Havana collaborated with CAC-Florida Medical Centers. The guests were treated to a fun filled day with Cuban tapas, refreshments, raffles, live entertainment and appearances by Willy Chirino and TV personality Lucy Pereda. The collaboration served as a series titled Elderly Project 2017. The series brought fun activities to senior community centers in Little Havana. 

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A Night in Rio with Havaianas

May 29, 2017


On May 18th, Havaianas hosted a local getaway to a Night in Rio. Miami’s hispanic influencers were transported to Rio for a night of dancing, eating and mingling. Upon arrival, guests were escorted to a shoe valet where a swap was performed. Guests were gifted a pair of the latest styles in Havaianas to wear for the samba party.

Red and white sangrias were served and samba dancers got the party started. Influencers gathered to watch the Brazilian inspired dance party and quickly formed a conga line. As dancing amped up an appetite, influencers were treated to a buffet dinner. Items served included pan de bono (specialty cheese bread), steak, salad and brigaderos (Brazilian delicacy) covered in sprinkles or shredded coconut for dessert.

Guests took selfies and group pictures at local set up of the world famous ‘Selaron Steps.’ The Selaron Steps are known as the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as “my tribute to the Brazilian people”.

The transport to a Night in Rio was one to remember for those in attendance.


Havanawood Festival

May 29, 2017


On May 20th, Wynwood experienced Havanawood Festival at the Wynwood Mana Garage. Guests experienced cuban culture through musical performances, food, drinks and art. 

Cubavera, lifestyle brand, was onsite providing massages. Natalia Juncadella was present among other artists in a dedicated art bodega of live painting.

10 musical performances took places with local musicians such as Palo!, Oscar G, Pacadillo, Eskeerdo and more. Local food trucks also took part in the event by serving up an array of cuisine.



Tap 42 Joins Midtown

May 26, 2017


The New Tap 42 is ready to serve the midtown community. Tap 42 held a friends and family soft opening on Friday, May 19th. The crowd indulged on menu items such as Spicy Salmon Tostones, Bacon and Sweet Corn Guacamole, Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps and more. The bar was serving up their signature cocktails from a BlackBerry Smash complete with Blackberry Preserves, Zacapa 23 year old rum, Lime, Simple Syrup and Minty to a Blood Orange Cosmojito infused with Grey Goose Vodka, Blood Orange Puree, “Skinny” Mint Simple Syrup, Cranberry and Elderflower. The beverage program has a versatile selection of Cocktails on Tap, Seasonal Cocktails, Craft Beer Cocktails and Handcrafted ones. The price range is between $12 to $13.

Tap 42 Midtown will offer Bottomless Brunch on the weekends. For $20 you can drink up unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Funky Buddha Floridian from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free Valet is included during weekend lunch rush, the hours are from noon to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This location offers spacious outdoor seating, a bar that extends from the inside to the outdoor patio, special event spacing and TV screens throughout the entire place.

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