Brickell City Centre shoppers certainly will not want for Italian fare with two major destinations dedicated to the crowd-pleasing cuisine. La Centrale (Italian pronunciation) food hall opens in phases from February 16-20 with impressive numbers: 40,000 square feet throughout three floors, 600 seats, 1,000 specialty items, 500 wine labels, and 19 eateries and bars of every type from sit-down dining to pastries and gelato. Easing the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma, the operation offers cooking classes and wine tastings, recipe cards to recreate its signature dishes at home, personal shoppers, and a mobile app to pre-order and pay, and even pipe in a curated playlist to unwind after a long day. Casa Tua Cucina also recently launched its lavish, 18,000-square-foot Italian kitchen and market in Saks Fifth Avenue.
701 South Miami Avenue; lacentralemiami.com. 70 SW 7th Street; 305.755.0320; casatuacucina.com
A local candle collection is emerging for quality ingredients and sophisticated scents. Jeannine Escobar named Buena Vista Candles after the neighborhood where she grew up and serendipitously returned years later. Originally a journalist, she found her true calling after discovering homeopathic tinctures. The curious type took a seminar on floral remedies at the renowned Bach Centre in Oxfordshire, England, never thinking she’d complete every level of certification there and continue her education at the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. Her soy-only products feature five scents in three sizes. Lavnoir combines the finest French lavender with dark sea salt inspired by ocean air, while Figment celebrates an exquisite Greek variety of its eponymous fruit. Find them at Ahana Yoga and a pop up at West Elm Midtown Miami on March 4.
South of Fifth is giving Sunset Harbour some serious dining competition. The Lobster Shack launched a few weeks ago, and it’s already become the spot for fast-casual seafood. The owners, a family whose ties to the hospitality niche stretch back to 1921, imported salvaged wood from Maine for the interior and installed a lobster tank in front. Live Maine lobsters are flown in every other day for traditional lobster dinners and a variety of lobster rolls on locally baked bread. Five kinds include one with only claw meat that’s been warmed and buttered, and the “South Beach” with bacon, avocado and jalapeno slaw. Others are stuffed with king crab and Cajun-spiced shrimp. Shipyard Brewing, whose Export Ale and Monkey Fist IPA are on draft, is creating exclusive beers.
40 South Pointe Drive; 305.763.8230; lobstershackmiami.com
Palm Beach County residents have a new place to see and be seen. A group of them banded together to open 1000 North, a waterfront restaurant with a private club upstairs along Jupiter Inlet. Several partners are boldface names (Michael Jordan, Ernie Els) and the elegant project was developed by some of the team behind the nearby Bear’s Club and Ritz-Carlton Club. Everyone is welcome to use the 350-foot dock, though members have first dibs. Invite-only memberships extend to concierge and catering services, access to the private lounge and patio, complimentary valet, and fun events like wine tastings and dinners by guest chefs. The regular menu lists stone crab lollipops, Peking duck with pancakes, and yellowedge grouper with vierge-style strawberry sauce. A meaty steak section should go over well too.
1000 North U.S. 1; 561.570.1000; 1000north.com
ST. FRANKLY SPEAKING
St. Frank, San Francisco’s chic emporium for fair-trade home décor, gifts and accessories, opened in Palm Beach. Its fourth outpost also focuses on an exquisite assortment of authentic wares sourced from artisans around the world. More than pretty things, each purchase preserves nearly forgotten crafts, from textiles to beadwork, while financially supporting artistic communities through fair trade and sustainable practices. They’re already doing good work here through St. Frank x Etkie cuffs, with 15 percent of proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. Handcrafted by Native Americans in New Mexico, glass bead designs are inspired by Navajo rug patterns. A surfboard collaboration with Big Wave Tour founder Gary Linden is also new and perfect for beach settings. Their St. Frank’s indigo textile pattern will look great in local living rooms.
340 Royal Poinciana Way; 561.268.2583; stfrank.com
SUD + SAFFRON
Daniel Boulud transitioned his haute dining spot in downtown Miami into the breezy Boulud Sud. Heavy on seafood and farm produce, its Mediterranean menu is more in line with local palates. The classic French chef is also testing the experiential trend with fun pop-up feasts. While his New York café hosts a Mardi Gras-themed tasting, he invited Miami’s Saffron Supper Club to cook on Sunday, February 11, here. The roving, local dinner party explores North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, so they’ll feel right at home in Boulud Sud executive chef Clark Bowen’s kitchen. Both combine their repertoires for family-style courses like lamb flatbread, chicken tagine and cauliflower tabbouleh. Reserve here. On the same night, Plant Miami at the Sacred Space kicks off its guest-chef series with Niven Patel of Ghee Indian Kitchen.
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way; 305.421.8800; bouludsud.com. 105 NE 24th Street; 305.814.5365; thesacredspacemiami.com
PREMIERE TO PARR
Before South Beach Wine & Food Festival even comes to town later this month, peak season in South Florida packs it in. Miami City Ballet performs the world premiere of One Line Drawn by NY-based choreographer Brian Brooks on Friday, followed by New World Symphony’s 30th anniversary gala on February 10. Sarah Arison chairs the evening’s Leonard Bernstein program with guest vocalists like Tony Yazbeck, a Tony nominee for the Broadway revival of On the Town. Next weekend, the Miami International Boat Show docks at Virginia Key, while the Miami Yacht Show drops anchor along Collins Avenue at 46th Street. The latter’s organizers also will ferry clients to the Miami Design District for Watches & Wonders’ luxury timepieces, vintage cars at Miami Concours and Stuart Parr’s collection of vintage Italian motorbikes.
miamicityballet.org. nws.edu. miamiboatshow.com. miamiyachtshow.com. miamidesigndistrict.net
What’s better than a bottle of bubbly on Valentine’s Day? How about sake blended by a champagne cellar master? With low acidity, no added sugar and devoid of sulphites, preservatives and gluten, the first-ever Franco-Japanese sake sounds like a marriage made in no-hangover heaven, hence its witty name, Heavensake. Piper-Heidsieck winemaker Régis Camus collaborated with venerable sake breweries Dassai and Urakasumi. His exclusive Junmai Daiginjo with Dassai boasts 100 percent Yamadanishiki rice and tastes like summer pears and wild red berries with notes of jasmine and lilies. At half the price, his Junmai Ginjo with Urakasumi features three types of rice including Yamadanishiki grown in the Miyagi prefecture. Honeysuckle and white guava scents accompany each citrus- and apple blossom-tasting sip. Share with your sweetheart at Katsuya, Komodo, Oishi Thai and 1-800-Lucky.
Sushi purists have a new spot South of Fifth. Tribeca’s Michelin-starred Azabu opened a sister restaurant for an authentic Japanese experience (the restaurant group also owns Sushi Kanbe in Kobe). For omakase, head to its hidden, wood-paneled den past the large-scale bonsai tree in the dim speakeasy stocked with rare Japanese whiskeys. Another dining counter faces the open kitchen, where hot and cold izakaya dishes are prepared, and a secluded terrace offers outdoor seating. Heated by Binchotan charcoal, the robata grills yakitori to avocado as a nest for uni (pictured) to scoop together with a spoon. Curry salt accompanies corn tempura, while bayberries break up the buttery richness of leaf-wrapped, miso-glazed black cod. Piled like a volcano, kakigōri (shaved ice with condensed milk and fruit) is light enough to finish.
161 Ocean Drive; 786.276.0520; miami.azabuglobal.com
Honk Kong-based resortwear designer Marie France Van Damme was in town to open her eponymous boutique this week. The Bal Harbour pop up (through May) will hopefully turn into a permanent store, and rumor has it she already plans to expand in South Florida. It’s easy to see why women here would love her pool-ready pieces. Made with exquisite fabrics, such as Lurex rose-patterned jacquard from Lyon, France, this collection isn’t ordinary beach attire. She only works in black, white and metallics for day-to-night dressing for the most efficient holiday packing ever. Her bestselling “boubou” caftans are designed for dinner parties and to slip over one of her sleek minimalist swimsuits, from bandeau bikinis to Eighties-inspired one pieces. Her next beach bridal capsule collection, which sees life beyond the honeymoon, comes out soon.
9700 Collins Avenue; 305.987.4087; mariefrancevandamme.com
COOKING FOR CAUSES
Local chefs are cooking for a couple causes on January 26. The hard part is picking which fundraiser to attend. Sean Brasel (Meat Market), Diego Oka (La Mar), Danny Ramirez (Harry’s Pizzeria) and Andres Barrientos (Miami Smokers) are setting up stations for the Creator’s Ball at LMN CTY (295 NE 59th Street). The 10th anniversary gala benefits City Year Miami, a nonprofit to keep kids in school and graduate on time throughout Miami-Dade County, pictured. Part of AmeriCorps, a network of citizens supporting communities, its members will impact 6,500 students this year. Reserve here. Brad Kilgore (Alter) and Dewey LoSasso (formerly the Forge) lend their culinary talents to DASH’s Taste of Design in Paradise Plaza (151 NE 41st Street). The 10th annual bash benefits Design and Architecture Senior High.
GERTRUDE THE GREAT
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney had deeper ties to art than founding her namesake museum of American art in New York. She also was quite an accomplished artist in her own right. The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach curated the first exhibition of her work since her death in 1942. Forty-five sculptures and drawings, several of which have been hidden away in private collections, are on view from January 25-April 29, 2018. Her uncommon sensitivity for the time, from not glorifying war to portraying the working class, is evident. In conjunction with the show, the Norton hosts a symposium on February 10. “Whitney’s Sculpture in Context” brings together scholars on topics like Women in a New Bronze Age, the Great War and the Whitney in relation to her life.
1451 South Olive Avenue; 561.832.5196; norton.org
It’s hard to believe that Lilac and Lilies, Fort Lauderdale’s indie go-to for fashions and gifts across from the Galleria, is about to turn nine. Aside from carrying staples like One Teaspoon, Kendra Scott and L*Space, owner Michelle DiMarco regularly hosts trunk shows. On January 20, from 1-4 p.m., she welcomes Poemä Swim, a Boca Raton-based resortwear brand designed by a mother and daughter. It’s the first time fans can shop their Spring 2018 collection, “True Colors,” which features trending styles such as one pieces with high-cut legs, high-waisted bottoms and crossover suits and other resort pieces that serve double duty as daywear into evenings out. Though fabrics are sourced from Europe, manufacturing occurs right here in South Florida. Pencil in the store’s birthday bash, too, from April 27-29.
2541 East Sunrise Boulevard; 954.530; 3109; lilacandlilies.com
When German skin-care star Dr. Barbara Sturm comes to town, she goes big. The Miami regular (she has friends in high places here) introduced her namesake molecular cosmetics line’s latest wonder product, Glow Drops, only to wow the packed house at Gee Beauty in Sunset Harbour with her even newer Anti-Pollution Drops. As its name implies, the former creates an instant glow through purslane—her signature, fountain-of-youth ingredient—bistort root extract and sweet almond oil, topped off with mineral pigments. The latter not only protects against air pollution but the blue light from those omnipresent screens that have taken over our lives. Through researching microorganisms in French Polynesia, she discovered a natural skin shield whose formula also has purslane, betaine and cocoa seed extract.
1845 Purdy Avenue; 305.868.3533; geebeauty.com; dr-barbara-sturm.com
We’re barely into the new year and already chef Michael Schwartz has another restaurant to his name. Located in the quickly emerging Edgewater neighborhood near his Miami Design District home base, Amara is a “love letter” to the city’s melting pot cultures. The Caribbean and Latin American menu merely looks to the bay in front and the diverse patchwork of ethnicities around it for inspiration. From cassava to fresh fish, he’s finally diving into his backyard. Banana leaf-steamed cobia, which he describes as the quintessential dish here, comes with yuca, coconut chutney and grilled lime. Cocktails follow the food, such as the potent Weathering the Storm’s mix of cachaça, rum, sugarcane and pineapple juice. Soak up the damage with short rib-stuffed empanadas baked in old-fashioned lard crusts.
3101 NE Seventh Avenue; 305.702.5528; amaraatparaiso.com
It sounds like the beginning of the cliché joke, “A man walks into a bar.” Only instead, and lucky for us, an Indian dentist by way of the Midwest who moonlights as a jewelry designer walked into the Biltmore Hotel. She was so bowled over by the historic property’s hand-painted frescoes, ocean-hued ceilings, and jewel-toned finches, not to mention their opulent cages, that she created special earrings and necklaces just for onsite boutique, Peacock & Finch. Each piece goes through an intense process involving several artisans who are skilled in the centuries-old techniques of engraving and enameling. Due to their delicacy, only pure silver and 24K gold will hold the enamel in place. She uses the same tools and practices, such as tiny pliers and looping wire, as her dental practice.
1200 Anastasia Avenue; 305.913.3200; biltmorehotel.com; deenakjewelry.com
PIECE OF PROVENCE
Slipper-centric Palm Beach has another preppy purveyor for the island’s favorite footwear. To celebrate its second U.S. store, St. Tropez-born Cremieux designed an exclusive pair in heather gray sporting surfboards and palm trees (pictured). Collectors, keep circling since the hard-bottomed leather slippers with bright blue piping arrive any day now. Stephane Cremieux, whose father Daniel founded the chic menswear brand in 1976, recognized the similarity between both resort destinations. Their climates and dress codes demand easy pieces like unconstructed blazers, cashmere sweatshirts and chinos, yet with exquisite tailoring and European fabrics sourced from top mills. Loro Piana, Tessitura Monti, Vitale Barberis Canonico and Reda are among tried-and-true sources. Francophiles further appreciate invitations for a glass of rosé and a game of pétanque in the sun-dappled courtyard.
340 Royal Poinciana Way; 561.225.1884; danielcremieux.com
Though Shelley’s predominantly serves seafood, it’s actually named for its historic building in South Miami. Executive chef Cleo Hethington, pictured, has quite an impressive résumé, having cooked at the Optimist, Ford Fry’s ode to seafood in Atlanta, and James Beard semifinalist Brad Kilgore’s Alter here. But his Gulf Coast upbringing and time in the Navy are really behind Southern specialties like fried catfish and grits and a fried chicken sandwich with yuzu pickles. There’s even a fried mushroom—hen of the woods, which rarely appears on Miami menus. To get in the nautical mood, diners are engulfed by Old Florida décor depicting marine critters. He welcomes Miamians with new twists, whether cane butter and sweet chili garlic to jazz up mofongo fritters, or a Knaus Berry Farm-inspired sticky bun.
5845 Sunset Drive; 786.534.7830; shelleysmiami.com
Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful Bonnet House began as a love story, first a father’s love for his child, and then a husband’s love for his wife. Hugh Taylor Birch gifted his daughter Helen the property for her husband, Frederic Clay Bartlett, to build a magnificent estate and gardens in 1920. The museum and event destination is in full swing for season, especially its starlit concert series on Thursdays. The University of Miami Frost Opera Theater performs on January 18, while other regional schools entertain February 15, March 15 and April 5. See the full schedule here. The Bonnet House Alliance hosts a luncheon with guest speaker Lad Akins of marine environment nonprofit REEF on January 15 at 15thStreet Fisheries (1900 SE 15th Street). Register here.
900 North Birch Road; 954.563.5393; bonnethouse.org
KAREN, KIDS & CONES
There’s so much more to do and devour this weekend beyond Miami City Ballet’s Performance II and YoungArts’ Backyard Ball. New York-based performance artist Karen Finley reprises her one-woman show, “Unicorn Gratitude Mystery,” on Friday at 8 p.m. Miami Dade College’s Museum of Arts and Design brings her exploration of citizenship, gender and politics to the stage at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. Nearly 500 supporters of Voices for Children, a nonprofit for Miami youth in foster care, plan to attend its annual Be A Voice Gala on Saturday at Mandarin Oriental Miami. Purchase tickets at 786.469.3856. When it comes to helping Holtz Children’s Hospital, Bal Harbour Shops believes in sweet charity. Gorge on ice cream from 18 artisanal makers throughout the center on January 13 and 14.
mdcmoad.org. beavoice.org. icecreamwelove.com
HORSE ON COURSE
It’s time to get back in the saddle with a slew of equestrian events. Polo fans watch matches on traditional fields but rarely on sand. They’ll have their chance when Beach Polo World Cup returns January 5-7 behind W South Beach. Horse capital Wellington hosts the Winter Equestrian Festival from January 10-April 1. Elite international riders such as U.S.A.’s Kent Farrington and Mclain Ward compete in show jumping and dressage for more than $9 million in prize money at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. At the nearby International Polo Club Palm Beach, matches during famous, decadent Sunday brunches take place through April 22. Can’t wait for the Kentucky Derby? Cheer on thoroughbreds racing for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach on January 27.
2201 Collins Avenue; miamipolocup.com. 3400 Equestrian Club Drive; 561.793.5867; pbiec.coth.com. 3667 120thAvenue South; 561.204.5687; ipc.coth.com. 901 South Federal Highway; 954.454.7000; gulfstreampark.com
MASSIMO + MENDIN
One of the world’s biggest culinary talents is coming to South Beach, and he’s cooking. Massimo Bottura, the chef owner of three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is the featured guest for this month’s Mendin & Friends, a collaborative series founded a couple years ago by Miami Beach-based Pubbelly partner José Mendin. Their two-night event at Habitat, Mendin’s new restaurant in South Beach, is going to be a hot ticket. It begins January 24 with a $50 cocktail reception in Habitat’s lounge, where attendees will be able to mingle with Bottura while enjoying specialty drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres. The following evening on January 25, he participates in a spectacular six-course dinner with curated, complementary Italian wines for up to 100 guests at $650 per person. Purchase tickets here.
2395 Collins Avenue; 305.604.6700; habitatmb.com
NEW IN NORTHWOOD
Five minutes from downtown West Palm Beach, Northwood Village caters to boho-chic boutiques and eateries. Several new businesses opened for season. A University of Miami alum launched Row House after working for years at West Elm in New York and Hollywood at Home, a Los Angeles showroom owned by interior and textile designer Peter Dunham. Her new and vintage wares, from furniture to books, favor a rustic aesthetic and nautical themes (pictured). Another local who left for a career in interior decor in Asheville, N.C. also returned to found Cate & Co. She mixes repurposed traditional furniture with new pieces and home accessories. After browsing, head to Hutton for daily happy hour even on weekends. The casual seafood stop serves raw-bar signatures, ahi tuna sliders with wasabi mayo and pan-seared snapper.
419 Northwood Road; 561.833.1888; rowhouseshop.com. 409 23rd Street; 561.891.0579. 407 Northwood Road; 561.847.4085; huttonnorthwood.com
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Calling all culture lovers. Start the new year off right with National YoungArts Week from January 7-14. Nearly 170 young artists from across the U.S. are selected to perform within a variety of disciplines and take master classes with accomplished professionals like Janis Siegel, The Manhattan Transfer’s lead singer who won nine Grammys; Michael Grunwald, a journalist and author who wrote The Swamp and The New New Deal; Doug Blush, an Academy Award-winning director, editor and cinematographer, and visual artists Teresita Fernández and Naomi Fisher. Performances for voice, jazz and theater, film and dance and classical music take place nightly at New World Center (500 17th Street) through January 11. Writers’ readings and visual arts and the annual Backyard Ball performance and gala jump to the YoungArts Campus on January 12-13.
2100 Biscayne Boulevard; 800.970.2787; youngarts.org
Taking a cue from Miami, Palm Beach has organized its own multi-day art extravaganza. Palm Beach Art Weekend, which premieres December 1-3, culminates during a private reception on Saturday when Beth Rudin DeWoody unveils the Bunker, the 20,000-square-foot home for her contemporary art collection in a renovated Art Deco factory in West Palm Beach. Its inaugural installation features artworks by Nicole Eisenman, George Condo and Nick Cave, among dozens of artists. The public is welcome by appointment by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Sarah Gavlak, founder of the namesake gallery in Palm Beach and Los Angeles, who organized the weekend, hosts a reception for “Andrew Brischler: Lonely Planet” on Saturday, from 4-6 p.m. His new works on paper, pictured, are on view through December 30. Click here for the full schedule.
444 Bunker Road; 561.582.4574; brdart.com. 249B Worth Avenue; 561.833.0583; gavlakgallery.com
The holidays abound with shopping soirées. Michelle Farmer Collaborate in Palm Beach invites clients to sip champagne while previewing Julianna Bass’s 2018 collection, pictured, on December 1. RSVP for the trunk show at 105 North County Road to email@example.com. Miami knitwear designer Karelle Levy gathered some of her fashionable friends for a pop-up market in front of her atelier in Miami Ironside (7520 NE Fourth Court, Suite 107) on December 2-3. Find her collection, Krelwear, alongside other Miami brands like Julian Chang, the Onikas and Artesano. Local line Alexis hosts its annual sample sale on Saturday in Shops at Sunset Place (5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 150). Have a golfer on your gift list? Trump National Doral introduces Golf Fashion Weekend with Dunning Golf, Greyson Clothiers and more lines from December 8-10.
4400 NW 87th Avenue; 305.592.2000; trumpnationaldoral.com
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale celebrates its 60th anniversary by organizing a 60-year retrospective of American artist Frank Stella. Approximately 300 works including paintings, sculptures and drawings span his incredible career from the late Fifties through the present. “Frank Stella: Experiment and Change” features his exploration of minimalism, such as the black paintings’ geometry, and maximalism of his Moby Dick series. Larger concentric square paintings, 3D printed models and foam-core cut-outs are also displayed through July 8. Hoping to gain more insight into his process, fans further can view ephemera and objects for the first-time; these everyday notes, sketches and maquettes offer a glimpse into his time in the studio and diverse interests. Join museum director and chief curator Bonnie Clearwater for a brunch and tour on December 9.
One East Las Olas Boulevard; 954.525;5500; nsuartmuseum.org
Art Basel provides serious inspiration in the eyewear department. Miamians will have a new spot to pick up some cool shades as well as optical eyewear when Oliver Peoples opens its second location here in the Miami Design District on Monday. The Los Angeles brand tapped Milan-based Dimore Studio not only to design the chic space (note the charming shelves resembling safety deposit boxes) but two versions of signature frames, the Rockmore and the Scheyer. The firm is no newcomer to collaborations. Throughout its 30-year history, it’s worked with everyone from Berluti to Alain Mikli, the famous Parisian eyewear designer. They commemorate their third decade in the business by reissuing classic frames in an exclusive anniversary collection. To top it off, Spring 2018 styles are also in store.
130 NE 40th Street; 305.913.7303; oliverpeoples.com
Gwyneth Paltrow is taking her goop wellness and lifestyle empire on the road. The actress turned entrepreneur is hosting a series of holiday pop ups around the U.S., and Miami happens to be on her list of locations. The brick-and-mortar version of her curated catalog, goop Gift, runs through December 24. (Manhattan and Newport Beach, Calif., also have concurrent pop ups.) Like “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the gift guide is broken down into a dozen categories including the traveler, the health nut and “ridiculous but awesome.” New categories are the guy and the animal lover. In addition to Pizzacraft ovens, Derek Rose men’s robes and Speaqua floating, waterproof speakers, there are satin baby shoes, pictured, from her exclusive capsule collection with Christian Louboutin.
151 NE 41 Street; 844.wtf-goop; goop.com
NWS + EDM
New World Symphony’s Pulse series, which combines classical and electronic music with art videos in a lounge setting, returns with a world premiere on November 17. NWS commissioned Sam Hyken (pictured), a local composer, trumpeter and producer who cofounded Nu Deco Ensemble, for “Sky Walker.” The five-part work involves the orchestra and audio samples from electronic productions by Miami-based DJ duo Dude Skywalker. It touches on the house and techno genres, as well as the minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Hyken, who is regularly commissioned by orchestras throughout the U.S., has written music for a diverse range of talent from Ben Folds to Pitbull. Friday’s program also features music by Ravel, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, among other composers. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the theme, “Neon Nights.”
500 17th Street; 305.673.3330; nws.edu
MICHELIN IN MIAMI
South Florida foodies may recall the name Angel Palacios, a Michelin two-starred chef in Madrid who once helmed Miami’s haute cuisine restaurant La Broche. He’s back as chef de cuisine at Habitat, an entirely different concept with simple fare favoring wood-grilled proteins and vegetables in South Beach. Palacios partners with former colleagues José Mendin and Sergio Navarro, who went on to found Pubbelly Group. The menu upgrades healthy cuisine through high-end ingredients and techniques; nearly half is dedicated to raw preparations like carpaccio and custom salads tossed tableside on carts. Due to his Spanish heritage, there are classic tapas too. The group imported Patricio Larrea, who learned from Spain’s premier pastry chef Oriol Balaguer, for desserts, and kicks off Mendin & Friends, a guest chef series, during Art Basel.
2341 Collins Avenue; 305.604.6700; habitatmb.com
The Colony Hotel’s new owners, hip parents with young children, are revamping Palm Beach’s iconic pink property for the next generation. The changing of the guard also celebrates its 70th anniversary. Their family-friendly amenities add a guest relations department to oversee fitness activities including newly launched, complimentary, poolside yoga classes on mornings and bespoke beach cruisers to tour the island. The Beach Butler program sets up chairs, umbrellas and hampers, not to mention ferries guests to the sand for a hassle-free experience. Kids receive the royal treatment, too, through their own special welcome packages at check in. The goodie bag holds board games, coloring books and a stuffed animal inspired by local architect Addison Mizner’s pet monkey, Johnnie Brown, to take home. A Santa brunch also debuts.
155 Hammon Avenue; 561.655.5430; thecolonypalmbeach.com
GOURMET GOBBLE GOBBLE
Thanksgiving isn’t the only big meal this month. The Regional Kitchen & Public House in West Palm Beach and Duckhorn Vineyards host a dinner on Monday, November 13. Up to 60 diners will be treated to four courses by chef Lindsay Autry, such as stone crab timbale with sorghum tabbouleh in gazpacho vinaigrette and grilled wahoo with celery root remoulade, which are paired with chardonnay and Migration pinot noir, respectively. Learn more about St. Helena, Calif.-based Duckhorn from its director of winemaking and viticulture P.J. Alviso. Swank Farms, Autry’s former stomping ground in nearby Loxahatchee, kicks off season soon. Bring the family for a barn brunch to celebrate the fall harvest on November 26. Tickets ($87 for adults, $45 for children 4-12) include live music, bloody Marys and mimosas.
651 Okeechobee Boulevard; 561.557.6460; eatregional.com. 14311 North Road; 561.202.5648; swankspecialtyproduce.com
RUSSO & BASSO
Get a head start on holiday shopping next week with these style specials. Tod’s tapped Anna dello Russo, Vogue Italia’s former fashion stylist who’s currently the editor-at-large for Vogue Japan, for a circus-themed collection. A pro at fashion collaborations, she designed quirky, colorful handbags, shoes and other accessories. Pieces are available only at Tod’s New York flagship and its Miami Design District store starting mid-November. Dennis Basso, whose furs and cocktail dresses can be seen up and down Park Avenue and around Palm Beach, is bringing his New York atelier to Miami Beach for a Spring 2018 preview and sample sale. After a private VIP shopping event on November 14, the pop up runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and get details here:
143 NE 39th Street; 305.576.8132; tods.com
Ari, a men’s wear boutique from Manhattan that opened in 2001, expanded to 1 Hotel & Homes in South Beach. Israeli founder and designer Moshe Ben-Ari specializes in luxury ready to wear and bespoke fashions in cuts for athletic bodies including broad shoulders and slim waists. The collection, which favors fine silk, cashmere and leather with an artisanal twist like overdyed, ultra-lightweight knits for a vintage look and natural vegetable dyes, is produced at small factories throughout Italy. Because most of his clients live between Miami and New York, he sells as many winter coats, from shearlings and down puffers to a new cotton military jacket with a removable fox fur lining for Art Basel and the holidays, in both locations. A little-known tip: He also offers custom fashions for women.
2317 Collins Avenue; 786.773.1152; arisoho.com
Aston Martin made a splash at last week’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with its extremely fast AM37S powerboat (blue version pictured). As flashy as South Florida’s sports cars, the 37-foot day boat was displayed in Diavolo red and cream leather upholstery with red contrast stitching. UK-based Quintessence Yachts marries maritime and automotive prowess in handcrafted vessels, each comprised of 3,500 exclusive parts. Two versions are available. The “gran turismo” leisure craft comes with twin 370 hp Mercury diesels or 430 hp Mercury petrol engines. The AM37S’s twin 520 hp petrol engines by Mercury Racing increase maximum speed to 50 knots. Its technology impresses too. A mobile app remotely operates sliding cockpit panels in carbon fiber, while the dashboard’s 15-inch touchscreen controls navigation to the electric anchor and entertainment system.
Valentino, whose red gowns are often spotted on the red carpet, is showing its sporty side. The Italian fashion house is collaborating with stores like Maxfield in Los Angeles and the Webster in Miami Beach for VLTN pop ups. The experiential strategy celebrates Pierpaolo Piccioli’s athleisure-inspired resort collection for 2018, as well as exclusive, limited-edition VLTN logo merchandise (yoga mats, basketballs, baseball caps, tracksuits, sneakers) just like sports fans wear to support their favorite teams and players. Piccioli researched Valentino’s archives from the logo-obsessed Eighties and Nineties for the perfect interpretation. So clients get in the game, shop in shops transform settings through gymnasium-inspired concrete walls, wood floors and nets. Sales associates sport uniforms, too, albeit chic white shirts from the Valentino Rockstud Untitled collection. The Webster’s activation ends November 10.
1220 Collins Avenue; 305.674.7899; thewebster.us
Tonight, Miami-based artist Dara Friedman’s first career survey and largest exhibition to date opens at PAMM. It also marks the museum’s biggest show ever by a local artist. On view through March 4, 2018, during the coveted Art Basel week, no less, “Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger” presents 16 major film and video works throughout 20 years. She’ll discuss her structural filmmaking techniques and intuitive process with PAMM and exhibit curator René Morales at 7 p.m. Friedman, a native of Germany, studied with Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka. Her works, ranging from 1998’s Government Cut Freestyle to Dichter (Poets, 2017), pictured, often incorporate emotion, everyday sights and sounds, and 20th-century experimental cinema. She’s also had solo shows at MOMA, the Hammer, and the former Miami Art Museum.
1103 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.375.3000; pamm.org
CLOTHES, CARS & KARMA
Shop for fall at Wynwood Fashion Night Out tonight from 6-9. Besides offering specials and a runway show, retailers are collecting clothes, holiday toys and more for Lotus House’s month-long drive. Bal Harbour Shops hosts its Collectors Weekend Car Show with rare models like the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing and ultralight Pagani Huayra BC (pictured). View exotic and luxury cars on Saturday, and vintage and high-performance supercars, a new category, on Sunday. Sample healthy living at Seed Food + Wine Week’s fourth annual plant-based food festival through November 5. Browse 200 vendors, attend cooking demos by 40 chefs and hear from 30 experts at Seed Summit. Catwalk, a Night of Conscious Fashion featuring cruelty-free brands like Stella McCartney debuts among diverse activities from a 5K run to a veggie burger battle.
wynwoodmiami.com. balharbourshops.com. seedfoodandwine.com
YOUNGARTS TO YOUNG’UN FILMS
More culture happenings: YoungArts’ Outside the Box series spotlights director and choreographer Yara Travieso, pictured, on November 4. The YoungArts alum and 2005 Winner in Dance premieres “El Ciclón,” a multidisciplinary psychological thriller and feminist myth, at 8 p.m., on the campus’s plaza. RSVP here. Washington Park Hotel hosts digital photography workshops with star Instagram photographers like Ryan Parrilla and Stephen Vanasco; bring cameras and/or smartphones for lighting on November 3, from 1-3 p.m., and printing on November 4, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Reserve here. Miami New Drama performs Thornton Wilder’s iconic tragedy “Our Town” at the Colony Theatre through November 19. Artistic director Michel Hausmann’s version sets the play in modern-day Miami. Budding cinephiles will love Coral Gables Art Cinema’s fifth annual International Children’s Film Festival from November 3-5.
2100 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.377.1140; youngarts.org. 1050 Washington Avenue; 305.421.6265; wphsouthbeach.com. 1040 Lincoln Road; 800.211.1414; colonymb.org. 260 Aragon Avenue; 786.472.2249; gablescinema.com