Baz visits Michael’s

 

Seen Sunday night at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink — shaping up to be the unofficial green room for celeb chefs during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival — screenw...

By Lesley Abravanel By | lank@aol.com

Seen Sunday night at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink — shaping up to be the unofficial green room for celeb chefs during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival — screenwriter/director Baz Lurhmann, dining with his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin. The couple befriended another couple dining nearby — restaurateurs from Bronxville, N.Y. — and ended up having drinks and staying until the restaurant closed. At the restaurant Tuesday night: former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a slew of security, who some thought may have been for LeBron James, who was also there after his win against Sacramento with fellow teammates Dwyane Wade and Erick Dampier.

Staying under the radar and rarely stepping foot outside the National Hotel’s three-story penthouse suite, R&B crooner Brian McKnight celebrated his girlfriend’s birthday by simply ordering room service and enjoying the suite’s private bar.

Also staying at the National was The Real Housewives of New York City’s Countess Luann de Lesseps and her daughter, who spent the majority of their time lounging by the pool. When not soaking up sun, de Lesseps spent time in her cabana suite sipping red wine and nibbling on mussels and shrimp. The mother/daughter duo occasionally hit the town on the rented bikes from the hotel and had dinner at STK on Saturday night.

Washington Wizards superstar John Wall had dinner at the bar inside Prime One Twelve’s Prime Lounge, where he watched the Heat lose to the Bulls to study his opponent for Friday night. Joining him at the bar: former NBA All Star and Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell, who was overheard talking about the game before he went with his table to dinner.

Turning the tables literally Saturday night as special guest DJ at the Mondrian: Chef Todd English, in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and attempting to prove that chefs aren’t the new rock stars but the new spin doctors.

Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin will be the guest of honor at Winter Party Festival’s VIP Cocktail Reception, 7:30 p.m. March 5 at the Bass Museum of Art. Tickets are $85 in advance and $100 at the door and are available at www.winterparty.com.

After filming here in 1996, MTV’s The Real World isn’t likely coming back anytime soon, though the location of the next season has yet to be announced. And in a city that spits out more ratings disasters ( The Real Housewives of Miami’s ratings weren’t so hot, but remember Miami Social?) than hurricanes, can you blame the creators? MTV is however, coming to tap into the city’s talent pool for the 26th season of the dubiously labeled “longest running reality series on television,” one that will probably outlive Larry King, Cher and cockroaches in postapocalyptic society. There’s an open casting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5 at Fado Irish Pub, 900 S. Miami Ave. in Mary Brickell Village.

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