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