By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
In case you aren’t completely “wined out” after last weeks South Beach Wine and Food Festival, consider Fenadegas' First Annual Miami Tasting of Portuguese Wines Monday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Smith & Wollensky (1 Washington Avenue). For only $25, you get unlimited wine, approximately 100 whites, reds and roses replete with Ports, White Vinho Verdes and Moscatels. Seven winemakers will be present to personally introduce their offerings, which sure sounds too good to be true! The best part is that all this drinking goes to a good cause, benefitting the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food, a foundation created by the late Robert Mondavi, the late Julia Child, the late Richard Graff and others to provide a forum for the study and enjoyment of gastronomy. Granting culinary scholarships to aspiring students and running a national Days of Taste® program that teaches children about the culinary arts and nutrition.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit: www.localwineevents.com or call: 866.887.WINE.
On Thursday, March 11, InterContinental Miami along with some of the nation’s top chefs will host a fundraising event "Chefs with a Purpose: Haiti" benefiting International Firefighters Assistance in Haiti. From 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. guests will enjoy a variety of signature menu items from participating chefs, including InterContinental Miami's own resident chef and the event's Chef Chair Alex Feher, Gibraltar at Grove Isle's Jeff O'Neil, Pacific Time's Chef Jonathan Eismann, Talula's Andrea Curto-Randazzo and Mandarin Oriental's Clay Conley, among others. Admission is $50 at the door and includes food, cocktails, music by local fave, Joe Dert and valet. RSVP is required by contacting Helpforhaiti@taraink.com.
The Wellness Community will host their annual Heart of Gold Gala on March 20 at the Eden Roc Hotel (4525 Collins Avenue). This year’s theme, Monte Carlo, sets the stage for an extravagant evening which begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and dancing. Live auctioneer CBS-TV's chief weather-caster Lonnie Quinn will be back for his second year as emcee. The event is black-tie optional. Tickets cost $350 per guest. For more information and to buy tickets, contact the Wellness Community at 305.668.5900.
The first annual Hearts and Stars Gala, a philanthropic effort benefiting the Little Lighthouse Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida takes place on March 20, from 7-11 p.m. at Casa Malinka (17 North Hibiscus Island Drive) and promises to be a night to remember, featuring free flowing cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose vodka, a live musical performance by Pras Michel (Grammy Award winner and original member of the Fugees), live and silent auctions including celebrity experiences, fine jewelry, and getaways and dancing under the stars. Casa Malinka has been the location of choice for the many over-the-top affairs. To read about Malinka Max’s outrageous circus-themed New Year’s bash visit: http://miamisocialholic.com/.
Tickets cost $125 in advance / $150 at the door. For more information visit: http://www.rmhcsouthflorida or contact Christin Naab at 305.585.5960; email@example.com.
The American Red Cross presents its annual Red Cross Ball on March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne (455 Grand Bay Drive). In light of recent disasters, the Red Cross needs your support more than ever, so consider joining over 400 influential leaders of Miami’s social and corporate communities for a night of elegance, delicious food, music and dancing. In addition to the auction which features items such as cruises, trips and other fabulous items, Will Earl Spanheimer, a young artist in residence with the San Diego Opera will perform. Tickets cost $500 per person. Tables are also available.
For more information contact Kenia Tedesco at 305.728.2512 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RA Sushi (5829 SW 73rd St.) and Yelp.com invite all levels of competitive eaters to enter its Maki Madness sushi-eating contest on Wednesday, March 31, from 6-9 p.m. to benefit Miami Children’s Hospital’s Radio Lollipop.®. The grand prize winner will receive free sushi for a year, and bragging rights as the RA Sushi MAKI MADNESS champion. Second place gets a $100 gift certificate and third place gets a $50 gift certificate. All participants will receive a RA Sushi sweatband or t-shirt and participants (21 years and older) who do not advance to the final three will receive Penny Drink and/or Appetizer Cards for use during their next visit.
Maki Madness is limited to the first 30 entries. Applications are available at RA Sushi in South Miami. The deadline to register is Monday, March 29 and all eaters must be at least 18 years old to participate. Registration to compete includes a $10 entry fee (cash only), which will be donated to Radio Lollipop® of the Miami Children’s Hospital along with donations from guests at the door. Round 1 starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Championship Maki Madness is at 8:30 p.m. For more information call 305.341.0092.
Executive Chef Frank Jeannetti at Essensia Restaurant and Lounge at the Palms Hotel (3025 Collins Ave) has created a four-course journey aptly named Jeannetti’s Indulgent Journeys: Culinary Creations from Farm to Table, with ten percent of all proceeds benefitting the Common Threads charity in Miami. Known for his use of organic, sustainable, and seasonal components, Jeannetti’s menu embraces his culinary genius with locally grown ingredients; crafting a menu that is sure to please the palate, with everything from signature salads to poached Maine Lobster, pink peppercorn crusted prime beef tenderloin in a sensational Cabernet mushroom compote, and a citrus trio for dessert- all for just $65 per person.
Chef Jeannetti will be creating different “journeys” throughout the year that will be paired with fine biodynamic wines that are not typically available by the glass for an additional $25. Jeannetti’s Journeys are offered Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information go to www.essensiarestaurant.com or call 305.908.5458.