South Florida Weekend Guide: July 15 – July 17

Strike A Pose: The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swimwear shows start Friday, July 15 in Miami Beach. Watch the models strike a pose on the runway, see the latest trends in swimwear fashion and attend a few swanky parties around town. Some events are “invite only” but you don’t need to be VIP to attend the events below.

Glam It Up: MAKE UP FOR EVER is hosting a “Lash Lounge” Party at Sephora in South Beach on  Saturday July 17th from 4:00-7:00 PM. Sephora South Beach, (721 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139) Stop by the store to customize your own pair of faux lashes and even have the pros help you apply them.  Call (305) 532-0904 for more details.

Drink More Wine: Enjoy 9 World-Class wines with dinner (or lunch) for an $25 at The Capital Grille. The Generous Pair Event is going on now until September 4th.  For more information click here.

Socialize: New Times Broward-Palm Beach will host a Tweet-Up at Rare Las Olas (401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) on Friday, July 15th. In order to enter you must say the magic words New Times at the door. No magic words, no entry. You will also get free cocktails and appetizers for two hours — from 7 to 9 p.m For more info on Rare Las Olas, call 954-527-3365 or visit rarelasolas.com.

Get Real“Art of the People: 20th Century Social Realism” at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real; Boca Raton FL) every week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from now until September 11. For more details Call 561-392-2500, email info@bocamuseum.org, or visit bocamuseum.org.

Hello Weekend! South FLA Happenings June 24 -26

It’s finally Friday! This weekend is the perfect time:

To Attend: If you have the attention span of a Twitter update, Summer Shorts at the Adrienne Arsht Center is made especially for you.  See seven of the nation’s best plays in one funny, fresh, and fast paced program. For details click here.

To See:The Art of Caring” opens up at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, June 26th and runs through September 25. The blockbuster photography exhibit includes 200 pictures of life’s most pivotal moments. Tickets cost $10 or less. Call 954-262-0241, or visit moafl.org.

To Drink: The Summer Craft Dinner Series at Himmarshee Bar and Grill (210 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale) kicks off Monday, June 27th at 6:30pm. For $35 you will get to sip gulp four of the most popular specialty beers from Widmer Brothers and indulge in tacos, sliders, and pork tenderloin. For more details call 954-524-1818.

To Help: The Macy’s Chef A-Go-Go Food Truck is hitting the streets of Miami on Tuesday, June 28th and features local chef Michelle Bernstein. From 5:30pm to 10pm participants will enjoy tasty treats while helping a good cause. Proceeds donated at the event will help Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. For every $1 donated, Feeding America can help provide seven meals to those in need on behalf of local food banks.

To Pencil In: Miami Spice returns on Monday, August 1 st and lasts until the end of September. The mouth-watering affair allows patrons to enjoy three-course meals at some of Miami’s hottest restaurants for a fraction of the price. To see participating restaurants click here.

This Week’s Coming Attractions :: June 17 – June 22

This Week is the perfect time…..

To Strut: Palm Beach Style Rocks – Jazz on the Palm, Clematis Street will take place Friday, June 17 from 7pm to 10pm. Join Virginia Lang from Wild 95.5 as she emcees the event while models and firefighters strike a pose on the runway.

To Cook: Unleash your inner Julia and take a culinary class on Saturday, June 18 at the gorgeous Biltmore hotel in Miami. Create delicious food in their professional kitchen while learning from the pros.

To Brunch: Spoil Dad on Sunday, June 19th at Big City Tavern, City Oyster & Sushi Bar or City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill.  The restaurants are launching three new weekend brunch menus that include a delicious array of options and $12 unlimited Mimosas (with purchase of entrée).

To Eat: Go meatless on Monday, June 20th at Sustain Restaurant and Bar in Miami. Their food is delicious. Don’t believe us, check out this review.

To Learn: Bring the whole family and participate in the Moonlight, Sea Turtles and you event at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science on Tuesday, June 21. The hand-on adventure begins at 9pm and you will learn interesting facts about nesting, threats and conservation. For additional Sea Turtle walks call 954-713-0930.

To Drink: Texas De Brazil in Miami will be hosting a one-of-a-kind savory summer cocktail class on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30pm. Guests will learn how to make traditional Brazilian cocktails including Texas De Brazil’s signature Caipirinha. Space is limited and you must be 21 or older to register. Call 305-695-7702 for more information.


The Education Fund’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Charity Auction: The Art of Found Objects

Last Friday Foodies On The Fly attended The Education Fund’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Charity Auction: The Art of Found Objects at the beautiful Moore Building in the Miami Design District.

The Education Fund’s mission is to design and implement initiatives to improve our schools and bring excellence to public education in Miami-Dade. They operate up to a dozen initiatives at any given time to increase student achievement and have raised over $38 million for public schools. These funds have benefitted over 390 schools, 22,000 teachers, and 340,000 students in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Many of the pieces up for bid at The Art of Found Objects Charity Art Auction were made from materials found in The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials. This warehouse and distribution program collects surplus inventory and supplies from local businesses and makes them available gratis to the teachers and students of Miami-Dade Public Schools. Each item is one-of-a-kind, created and donated by the teachers, students and professional artists in the community. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the student and teacher pieces directly benefit the visual arts programs in our public schools.

There were almost 400 silent auction items, including found art pieces (check out our favorites here) and luxury items such as hotel getaways, restaurant gift certificates, massages, memberships and more. The first and second floor of the Moore building was filled with over 500 revelers who bid up until the last second to win these coveted items. There was a little over 2 hours to compete for items on the second floor and an hour and a half for the bottom floor. In the name of charity some items outbid the valued price while others, who didn’t wish to wait, simply committed to “OWN IT” for a fixed price. (Note: The Foodies on the Fly girls placed our bids on two beautiful pieces by Hiroshima Soto, a Teacher at Edison Park Elementary, but were outbid.) The auction turned out to be a big success and a Golin Harris representative confirmed that the event raised over $100,000. 

The evening also honored The Education Fund’s Public School Alumni Achievement Awards to 25 community leaders who graduated from Miami-Dade public schools, including the President & CEO if The Children’s Trust, Modesto Abety, Santana Moss, Washington Redskins All-Pro Wide Receiver, and Congresswomen, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Frederica Wilson of the United States House of Representatives, among others.

It wouldn’t be a Foodies on the Fly review without a nod to the food at the event, which was outstanding.  As we reported back in April, the menu presented at the Art of Found Objects event was a collaboration between the Robert Morgan Educational Center’s culinary arts students, helmed by Chef Paul Galadza and a handful of Miami’s own top chefs including: Chef Michelle Bernstein of Michy’s, Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, and Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile. Each of the famed chefs spent a day with the students at the Robert Morgan Educational Center and taught them a few of their recipes which were then beautifully translated at the event by the talented culinary arts students. Whole Foods generously sponsored all the edible delights and serving items needed to ensure that the event was only prepared with the finest quality ingredients. The epicurean feast included: Island Curried Crab Cakes, (spicy, bold, and very tasty)  Shrimp Tiradita (perfectly cooked with a creamy garlic infused sauce- recipe by Chef Bernstein here), Bacon Wrapped Dates with Gorgonzola (crispy bacon, paired with savory cheese and a sweet chewy date- these were our favorite!), St. Louis Style BBQ Ribs (sauced and smoked to perfection) and more (over 20 options in total) in addition to petit fours and cake pops at the end. If the evening was any indication these students are going to have a bright future in the culinary world. Who knows what Miami hotspots they might be opening up in their future?

The event was a resounding success, filled with upbeat music, good food and beverages (provided by Bacardi & Schnebly Redland’s Winery), and aisles and aisles of unique pieces of art, perfect for your home or office. We will be sure to mark our calendars for next year, and sharpen our bidding pencils.

This Weekend: Can’t miss events in Palm Beach, Broward & Miami Dade Counties

Friday, May 13th
Sushi & Summer Stroll from 5:30PM – 8:30 PM

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
400 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL   33446
561-495-0233 

Sushi & Summer Stroll  – Walk around the beautiful grounds of the Morikami Museum and Gardens at your own pace and listen to the sounds of the Taiko drums in the background. Prefer to take a seat? For only $2 additional purchase a seat for the Taiko drumming performance by Fushu Daiko. Hungry? Grab a bite in the Cornell Café where they serve a delicious assortment of sushi, noodles, teriyaki, and more. This event reoccurs once a month through September.

Admission Fees:
$7 for adults (ages 18+)
$5 for kids (ages 4-17)
FREE for members & kids 3 & under

Saturday, May 14 
Great American Bake Sale & Fairchild’s Artist in Bloom Exhibition
 from 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden 
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156
Phone: 305.667.1651

Great American Bake Sale & Fairchild’s Artist in Bloom Exhibition -
Head to the beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coral Gables this Saturday for a day of strolling the expansive gardens and viewing of their extensive collections of rare tropical plants (including palms, cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruit trees, vines, and succulents).
This weekend only they are also hosting the Fairchild’s Artist in Bloom exhibition with over 150 original oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and botanical illustrations for viewing and purchase.

After spending the day in the garden you’ll surely have worked up an appetite, so stop by the National Blogger Bake Sale, presented by Share our Strength to help End Childhood Hunger and pick up a treat or two from our fellow South Florida Bloggers, Bakeries, and Restaurants including:  Cupcakes Nouveau, 2 Girls and a Cupcake, Freakin’ Flamingo, Dunkin’ Donuts of South Florida and more! Don’t forget to enter to win a gift certificate for WokStar Eleanor Hoh’s wok cooking classes for 2, or dinner for 2 at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Another beautiful day in paradise surrounded by nature, accompanied by baked goods to support ending childhood hunger: sounds like a sweet deal to us.

Admission Fees:
Admission to Fairchild includes all of the garden exhibits and a narrated tram tour (subject to availability).
When available, walking tours and shuttle service are also included in admission.

Adults  $25
Seniors (65 and over)   $18
Children 6-17  $12
Fairchild members and Children 5 and under are Free

Sunday, May 15th
Downtown Open Market from 11AM – 4PM

Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza
308 S. Federal Hwy
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Corner of S. Federal Hwy & S. Mizner Blvd.
(Same location as Saturday’s Boca Raton Green Market)

Head over to Royal Palm Plaza this Sunday to support your local artists, crafters, independent designers, musicians, vintage and antique dealers, specialty food and unique local businesses! It is fun for the whole family, including pets too. With over 50 vendors you are sure to find things like:

  • Vintage clothing and accessories
  • Natural bath and body goodies
  • Handmade indie crafts
  • Specialty pets items
  • Handmade & vintage jewelry
  • Flea market finds
  • Art
  • Baked goods…. and more!
  • Including a visit by Feverish Ice Cream

Admission Fees:
FREE event & parking

Presented by StitchRock (Indie Craft Fair & Bazaar & Family Vintage (Vintage Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry & Home Décor for the Entire Family).

Sunday, May 15
Battle of the Brides from 11AM to 1PM
Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel
1140 Seabreeze Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Grab some popcorn or a Corona and watch 50 blushing brides battle it out to win a dream wedding at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel.  The event starts promptly at 11am and includes a bouquet toss, cupcake eating contest, and a bridal tug-of-war. The last bride standing will win a 75 person dream wedding at the Sheraton and with over 50 competing brides we are sure there will be some hair pulling, name calling, and bridezilla moments you won’t want to miss. Oh and rumor has it one of the Foodies On The Fly contributors might just grab her designer knee pads and most reliable pair of stilettos to battle it out…

Admission fees:
FREE to attend 

A De La Vega in the Park

Become Your Dream (same image as my tee at home)

Several years ago I visited New York with my friends for the very first time over my birthday weekend. While looking for a place to grab brunch, my favorite meal any day, on St. Mark’s Place we came across a few chairs on the sidewalk with spray-painted names and inscriptions, like Chairnobyl, Charonimo, and The Chairminator and stickers with inscriptions like “Become your Dream” adorning them.

Immediately intrigued, I walked over to inspect and found the De La Vega Museum (which sadly, has since closed) in the East Village. Inside, amongst the original and repro drawings, paintings, and other wares was none other than the artist himself, James De La Vega. (In case you don’t want to click the link- DeLa Vega is a street or graffiti artist, depending on whom you ask, whose random chalk drawings and murals pop up all around NYC. )

After thoroughly checking out all the pieces I settled on some stickers, notebooks, and a small poster. Upon hearing it was my birthday and we were visitors from Florida, we were given T-Shirts to wear back home, awesome! (Although the stickers have been stuck and the notebooks written in, I still have and proudly rock my “Become Your Dream” tee.)

Just last month, while in the city (and my first time in Central Park!) I spied a chalk drawing that looked suspiciously like a De La Vega. BF in tow, we raced over to the jogging path, and noticed that it was in fact a De La Vega! We happily spent the next half hour locating, photographing and tweeting the chalk-art in the jogging path, while attempting not to get run over. The fruits of our efforts are here for you to enjoy:

        

Check out our Facebook page for the full gallery.

Keep your eyes open around the city, and maybe you will find a De La Vega too!