The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is officially underway. The 16th annual foodie weekend kicked off with Seaside Eats at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Celebrity chef Anne Burrell—who has actually been in South Florida since last weekend—was the host for evening, which marked the first of seven Taste Fort Lauderdale series events that will be held around Broward County over the course of the five-day festival.
If you’re a seafood lover looking to add a new restaurant to your rotation, make it a point to visit Point Royal.
The Cause: JAFCO hosted its inaugural “Open Your Heart to Art” event featuring world-renowned artist Romero Britto. More than 200 guests enjoyed painting and mingling, and taking photos in front of a colorful Britto-inspired cake designed by Lee Mazor of LoveLee Bakeshop. The event raised more than $220,000 for the JAFCO Children’s Ability Center.
The Cause: The sold-out event at Marti’s New River Bistro in the Huizenga Pavilion featured a five-course, wine-pairing dinner with wines from California’s Rodney Strong Vineyards. The money raised benefited education and enrichment programs at the Broward Center
The Cause: Guests gathered on the property’s rooftop pool deck to watch Gipsy Sound Revolution perform and also experienced a live-streamed demolition making way for the upcoming Hyde Beach House, Hyde Resort & Residence’s sister property.
The Cause: More than 300 guests attended the evening, which featured food tastings from local restaurants, specialty cocktails, house tours and live entertainment. Attendees also had the chance to win a special experience and opportunities during the premiere raffle. The event raised more than $13,000.
The Cause: Goodman JFS of Broward held the luncheon at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel where a crowd of 400 gathered to applaud new State Sen. Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids, who received the 2017 Ending Abuse Award. Book spoke on the difficulty child victims face in finding a voice, coming forward and breaking the silence.
The Cause: Attendees dressed for a black- and white-themed cocktail reception held at the NSU Art Museum and enjoyed gourmet tapas, a “FABulous” dessert table, live entertainment from Dillard High School Jazz Ensemble and Drama Group and a private, curated tour of the contemporary multicultural “Belief + Doubt” exhibit.
The Cause: Renowned Puerto Rican shoe retailer Novus celebrated the grand opening of its first store in the United States located at Pembroke Lakes Mall. More than 150 guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by chef Fernando Rosado and danced to musical group Planetarium’s tunes while browsing the new store.
The Cause: A crowd of more than 12,000 fans gathered at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach to watch the highly anticipated Thoroughbred matchup between California Chrome and Arrogate. Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a pop-up beauty boutique offering touch up glam services to guests and fashion installations around the track. Jockey Mike Smith with champion Arrogate took home the $7 million prize.
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