Sommelier Slam, Thea's Supper Club, Tito Puente, Jr. and YoungArts paints the town

Sommelier Enchanted Evening

Oenophiles and winos alike will revel in Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant’s (70 Miracle Mile) first ever Sommelier Slam at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, during where their Head “Wine-O,” Heath Porter, will go “pour-to-pour” against Genuine Hospitality Group’s wine director Eric Larkee during a three-course dinner with two pairings selected for each dish. “It’s going to be a killer gig, great eats, crisp juice and lots of giggles,” said Porter. “I guess the only thing we don’t know is how ‘skinny’ Larkee’s jeans will be and how many flavors of Boone’s Farm he’ll be pouring.” See, not all sommeliers are serious snobs sans senses of humor!

The night starts with bubbles, cheeses, and charcuterie and continues with dinner. Bret Pelaggi will execute the first and third “round” of plates while the second dish will be prepared by The Cypress Room’s Chef de Cuisine Roel Alcudia. After each course, participants will vote on whetherthey preferred Porter or Larkee’s pairings. Following the final pairing, votes will be tallied and the crowning ceremony will commence along with a dessert finale for the eve.“Really looking forward to this,” says Larkee. “I know the food will be great and wine will be fantastic…I’m just wondering which Bourbon Heath will pair with his disappointment.” Haw! Next we’d like to see the Paquiao v. Mayweather of boozehounds: mixologists v. sommeliers. Cost per person is $75 with tax and excluding gratuity, which includes the reception, three courses with a total of six wines and dessert. For reservations go to or call 305-448-2400.

Painting the Town
Sure, everyone can be an artist in their own rights, most commonly B.S. artists in Miami, but not everyone can score a cash prize at The City of Miami Arts & Entertainment Council’s Paint Me Miami Juried Competition. In addition to the cash, the select works will be shown from May 21-29 in the YoungArts Gallery on the National YoungArts Foundation Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd. An opening reception takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at which Mayor Tomas Regalado will dole out the awards. For more information, go to


Llegado al Cabaret
Carrying on his father’s legacy, Tito Puente, Jr. infuses the music of his Mambo King dad with modern twists and will do just that when he and his Latin Jazz Ensemble perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 15 at The Cabaret South Beach, 233 12th St. General admission tickets are $45 and there’s a 2 drink minimum. For tickets go to


More sommelier-action taking place this weekend, this time on Friday, May 15 at Thea’s, 1951 NW 7th. Ave., for the restaurant’s swank, swellegant Supper Club featuring a dinner with six American wine pairings chosen by, yep, a master sommelier. Wine tasting is $49 per person. A three course dinner costs $54 per person. Pavel Vitier’s band will be playing trova and son Cubano and for those who dig flattering, flickering lighting, one hundred candles will illuminate the restaurant’s Venetian glass flower garden, taking away all the focus from your facial flaws. Seating is extremely limited to those who are engaging, enlightening, amusing or a combination of all. Just kidding, but the crowd here is pretty cool. For reservations, call 305-777-3777. For the wine tasting and dinner menus, go to