Amy Rosenberg's February Arts Recap
Amy Rosenberg is an attorney and arts and environmental advocate who founded the Arsht Center’s young patrons group and is the co-founder of the environmental non-profit organization Dream in Green. Amy is a member of Art Basel’s Junior Host Committee and sits on the boards of LegalArt, the Funding Arts Network, New World Symphony’s executive committee and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
If grazing on 27 hamburgers, slurping down an apple pie bacon milkshake and spending $200 on all of the above doesn't sound half bad, you may have been at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival's Amstel Light Burger Bash this past weekend. Thousands of burger lovers turned out for Iron Chef Morimoto's "Kakuni" burger topped with tender pork belly and hometown hero Michael Schwartz's tantalizingly cheesy bacon cheeseburger.
Arne Zimmerman, Liza Benkovitch, Jen Elena,
Amalia Mae Marino, Frank Pichardo, Eric Gonzalez at Wall
Nancy Maiello, Eloy Montemayor, Cory Alvarez,
Chae DuPont and friends at MOCA Bash
One of the most swoonworthy dishes of the evening belonged to Gordon Maybury of the Loews Hotel. His perfectly cooked brisket bundled in a slightly sweet crepe reminiscent of a swedish pancake made this writer's knees buckle. Nicest person award of the evening went to Matthieu, General Manager of Pacific Time, who went above and beyond the call of duty when the line at his restaurant's station became too long for this writer and her friend. He kindly made sure we got to try several slices of the restaurant's perfectly seasoned offering.
Sadly, many of the restaurants had run out of food (ahem, John Besh, Todd English and Susan Spicer) by 9:30. Guests settled their stomachs and their broken hearts with (you guessed it) more champagne and the musical renderings of Michael Jackson and Elvis Crespo.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami also had a blowout party in
At MOCA's Bohemian Bash
100 people gathered at ECCO Pizzateca and Lounge to listen to Maurice Ferre speak about current issues facing the arts in Florida. Ferre, a public servant for 25 years, spoke about his past support of Christo's "Surrounded Islands" and Noguchi's sculpture "The Slide" at Bayfront Park during his six terms as Mayor of Miami.
The Arsht Center's Green Room Society threw a party at the W Hotel's lounge, Wall, featuring complimentary Bombay Sapphire gin cocktails and the awesome Big Brooklyn Red. DJ Maneuvers kept the crowd on its feet. In attendance GRS Chairs Max Pierre, Jimmy Vargas, DonnaMarie Baptiste and Aurelia Crews.
Jude Papaloko performed as a benefit concert
to raise money for Papaloko4kids.
Hundreds of non-profit leaders crowded into UM's Storer Auditorium for an eye-opening presentation by the University of Miami's Center for NonProfit Management. The seminar, Branding & Differentiation: Communicate Your Organization's Unique Role was helmed by Bruce Turkel, CEO of the visionary brand management firm, TURKEL, and Barbara Kahn, Dean of the UM School of Business Administration. Turkel's father helped create the Center and paid moving tribute to him in his presentation.
The Tropees, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida's young professionals group met at Bardot for cocktails and schmoozing. The groups's mission is to support the Museum through social events, community projects and volunteer service.
New World Symphony presented Vivace: Great Loves of the Silver Screen. Six hundred guests representing the established as well as emerging leadership gathered for a concert at the Gusman Center followed by a glittering gala at The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building. The night was a romantic homage to such classic films as Doctor Zhivago and Madame Bovary.
New World Symphony's Friends came together for an edgy percussion concert featuring the works of Edgard Varese and John Cage at the Lincoln Theatre followed by a festive party at Maxine's Bistro & Lounge for Grey Goose vodka cocktails, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, light bites and a live show featuring Jude Papaloko and his drumming ensemble. Guests donated to Papaloko 4 Kids, a non-profit organization with the mission of empowering children through the arts.
Until next time...