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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA Volume 8, Issue 2 Summer 2010 © 2010 BizBash Media Before some 500 women (and a few men) turned out for a private Sex and the City 2 screening at the Regal South Beach Cinema on May 26, they attended a pre-party at the 1111 Lincoln Road Event Space across the street. Coordinated by the Vibe Agency, it was the first of six parties around the country produced independently of Warner Brothers’ official premieres. Mimicking movie scenes in Abu Dhabi, the far end of the event space had an Arabian-style lounge with jewel-toned pillows, lamps, hookah pipes, and elaborate rugs from Moroccan Nights Events. An animal trainer even walked a camel through for photos. More photos are on

On the Cover Located on the seventh floor of a parking garage, the 1111 Lincoln Road Event Space held its grand opening dinner in November 2009. Photographed by Iwan Baan.


FROM THE EDITORS Quick notes for short attention spans


READERS’ FORUM What are your must-haves for outdoor events?

THE SCOUT 11 Colored tape installations 12 Meatless entrées Outdoor-friendly rentals 13 Attention-grabbing invitations 14 How do you attract younger guests? 15 Plant designer Paloma Teppa 16 Corporate gifts with charitable tie-ins 17 An online marketing leader’s ambitious offline event 18 Stylish ways to communicate an organization’s purpose

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EVENT REPORTS Dinner in a concert hall at TD Bank’s awards dinner Cooking with coffee for Nespresso’s store opening From Vancouver: Coca-Cola’s Olympic pavilion Women’s Wear Daily’s C.E.O. conference From Orlando: Travel trade show at Disney debuts new event props From Washington: The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner’s A-list after-parties Heineken’s beer bash From Boston: The Institute of Contemporary Art’s spring benefit From Los Angeles: The Milken Institute Global Conference

32 From Las Vegas: Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List party moves cross country 33 From New York: O, The Oprah Magazine’s 10th anniversary 34 MOCA partners with Web site to promote annual benefit 37 The Miami Venue Report A roundup of South Florida’s newest spots for events, meetings, and entertaining 43 The New Reality Planners’ biggest challenges, according to our reader survey 46 South Beach Wine and Food Festival Four days of foodie events and sponsor parties THE DIRECTORY 55 South Florida venues TED KRUCKEL 72 Tips for beating the heat at summer events

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From the Editors

EDITOR IN CHIEF Chad Kaydo NEWS EDITOR Courtney Thompson STYLE EDITOR Lisa Cericola ASSOCIATE EDITORS Michael O’Connell, Anna Sekula

Not-So-Deep Thinking No time for a long column? How about a few short thoughts?

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Flowers from Vert-De-Gris at Politico’s brunch after the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner





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Our L.A. keynote speaker Mindy Weiss A Confession I’m no expert on the finer financial points of the airline or hospitality industries, and surely executives or PR people from either could explain their various policies. My point is how these experiences make customers feel, which affects buying decisions. Advertising a cheap rate and then piling on additional costs might increase short-term revenue, but it’s not a good long-term branding strategy. More to the Event Industry Point You can have whatever excuses you want for a less-thanstellar guest experience, but the fact is guests don’t care. They remember what they remember, which might be the six-foot floral arrangements, or it might be the 20-minute valet wait. You can’t control what they talk about the next day, but you can influence what they experience. D.C. Status Update Most of the folks I encountered while covering the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend in Washington were focused squarely on the guest lists of the various parties. They looked past the food to the famous faces, which I’ll grant in many cases was the more interesting choice. But some hosts still put out stylish spreads that would stand out in any market. Some highlights are on page 28. Weiss Is Nice Our L.A. keynote speaker, Mindy Weiss, started with photos from her own family gatherings—and self-deprecating asides about her former hairstyles. Moving on to the celebrity nuptials she’s known for, she gave a candid, funny presentation full of sound bites (as Colin Cowie did in Florida in April). “Great entertainment, great bar, great party.” “Every designer is focusing on lighting fixtures.” (She predicts we’ll see more residential fixtures at parties.) “Always end, if it’s in the budget, with fireworks.” Ka-boom. —Chad Kaydo

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Last week I came across three interesting takes on how electronic media is affecting how we think and behave. First The New York Times ran a long front-page piece about the impact of our devotion to information-loaded screens (computers, smartphones, iPads, etc.) and toggling between their apps, emails, videos, texts, games, and RSS feeds. In a nutshell: Our multitasking is actually making it harder for us to move between tasks effectively. Next, on a flight from New York to our annual expo in Los Angeles, in Bloomberg BusinessWeek I read a review of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, a new book by Nicholas Carr. He says all those Facebook status updates and animated banner ads are zapping our ability to recall information and comprehend what we read. Lastly, while stopping for a drink at the Bazaar, the José Andrés restaurant inside the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, I skimmed an op-ed piece by Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker—using a Times app on my iPhone. He suggests everyone chill out about the above. Text messages and CNN screen crawls haven’t exactly slowed the pace of scientific discovery. And our experiences can’t change the brain’s basic capacities. All interesting points—and things to consider when developing event content. It’s also my excuse/inspiration for filling this space with random thoughts instead of a cohesive note. Here goes: Speaking of Flying The experience was filled with the indignities we’ve come to expect from airline travel. Extra fees for checked luggage, food, and Wi-Fi. (I’m half expecting to pay to rent a seat belt next time.) I folded myself into an exit row seat that somehow had less legroom than normal, if you can believe that. But Then… Consider the contrast of checking in at the new Andaz West Hollywood. The concept, as I see it, is modern boutique hotel design with homey service touches. (I’ve also toured the Andaz Wall Street in New York.) There’s no front desk; casually dressed roving staffers armed with tablet computers check you in while sitting on a sofa or standing at a kiosk. The minibar snacks and sodas are free, you pay for booze and beer. There is free Internet access, too, which always wins points from me. (I should note I stayed there because the hotel has a business deal with BizBash.)









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Readers’ Forum

What are your must-haves for outdoor events? “I always make sure the attendees know an event is scheduled outdoors so they can plan accordingly. Spiked heels on the grass? Not such a good idea.” Karen Grunwald, director of sales, Tech Events, Sacramento

“Covers for food, festive citronella torches, and netting to eliminate the annoyance of insects. I also always have Velcro strips on hand to ensure that tablecloths stay in place when the wind picks up.” David Turk, president, Indiana Market & Catering, New York

“Bug repellent. I usually set up a table with both wipes and sprays—nothing like mosquitoes to ruin the most glamorous events. Other must-haves: cold water and plenty of ice, sunscreen, bandages for scrapes and bruises, and baby wipes for dirty feet.” Leila Marie Eid, assistant director of events, Northeastern University, Boston

“Personalized wetnaps. Especially during summer events, finger foods and desserts can get sticky very quickly. Guests are always pleasantly surprised by a small jar of them on the table, and it’s a place to add a monogram, theme, or thank you for their attendance.” Stacey Kallenberg, founder, As You Wish Event Design, New York

“Bathroom facilities, water, and power. In order to appreciate the food, camaraderie, and entertainment, guests need to be comfortable.”


Joan Rothbard, president, Recreation Picnic Services, New Jersey

“Great beverages. Sometimes wine and spirits aren’t in the budget, but you can do a lot with water. Water stations infused with fruits like strawberries, oranges, limes, or mint leaves can make water pretty and exciting to drink. ” Ula Francoise Zucker, events and media coordinator, City of Miami Gardens

“A contingency plan. There is no climate control outside, just climate management.” Nancy Solero, principal, the Event Refinery, Delaware

“Air-conditioned shelter, or at least overhead fans. Sunscreen, well-ventilated potties, caterers who understand what it means to cater outdoors, bug repellent, and handheld battery-operated fans. Also, knowledge of the terrain on which the event is held so you can mark off any areas where tree roots are above ground.” Joan Eisenstodt, meetings and hospitality consultant, Eisenstodt Associates LLC, Washington

“Bright colors to complement what Mother Nature has already provided.” Linette Young, Beyond Expectations Meetings and Events, San Francisco

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MY NEW FAVORITE THING “Contact Keeper ($12.99-$29.99,, a notebook with slots for business cards and space for writing notes. It keeps my contacts in order until I have the time to sit on my computer and input them.” Dianne Velez, vice president, Colorblind Productions, New York

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“It’s time to take the brand to the next level and turn these shows into franchises. For our show Blue Mountain State, we went to college campuses and hosted games. We sponsored supercross, a motorcycle event. We don’t even air supercross, but those are the guys we want to speak to. We had logo presence and people at the tailgates handing out Spike stuff. I want consumers to actually touch and feel the brand.”

WHAT INSPIRES ME “The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Korval is a lovely reminder of how the simplest of thoughtful gestures can determine a successful outcome of a project or event.” Gina Tepavchevich, meeting and event coordinator, board affairs, Radiological Society of North America, Chicago


Niels Schuurmans has been named the executive vice president of brand marketing and creative at Spike. Schuurmans has been senior vice president at the company since 2004. He previously spent 13 years at Nickelodeon.


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CAUGHT ON TAPE Austin, Texas-based artist Rebecca Ward ( uses colored gaffer tape to create vivid, site-specific installations that play off existing architecture. Ward lays evenly spaced lines of tape that crisscross ceilings and staircases, rise up from floors and walls, and form three-dimensional sculptures. Ward has done corporate commissions, including an eyecatching hot pink and yellow work for Kate Spade’s New York flagship store. Her installations can range from tape-only creations to more elaborate designs that incorporate video and projections. More photos of her work are on —Lisa Cericola

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New on the Menu

Meat-Free and Memorable Vegetarians often get short shrift on event menus. Here are three substantial meatless entrees. By LISA CERICOLA

Tofu cabbage rolls in ginger broth with chrysanthemum greens and bok choy, from Daniel et Daniel (416.968.9275, in Toronto

Grilled vegetable napoleon of eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, and phyllo with roasted red pepper sauce and goat cheese, from Phil Stefani Signature Events (312.226.7611, in Chicago

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Solei coffee table, $120, available throughout California from Designer8 Event Furniture Rental (800.709.7007,

IsabellĂŠ linen-burlap sofa, $350, available across the U.S. from Suite 206 (214.749.0400,

These six outdoor-friendly rentals incorporate natural touches such as wood, rattan, burlap, and faux shrubbery. By LISA CERICOLA

Meridian Leaf lounge, $237, available across the U.S. and Canada from Cort Event Furnishings (888.710.2525,

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ButterďŹ&#x201A;y Effect tables, $220 each, available across the U.S. from Fresh Wata (323.951.0617,

Boxwood hedge planter, $535, available throughout Southern California from FormDecor (714.493.9501,

Broadway chair, $250, available across the U.S. from AFR Furniture Rental and Event Furnishings (888.237.7368,


Vegetable paella with saffron-scented rice, tofu, and vegetables, from Contemporary Catering (310.558.8190, in Los Angeles


For its Best New Chefs event in New York in April, Food & Wine created postcards with images of cutlery and wine bottles printed by Corporate Color (800.242.5364,

Priority Mail Paper invites can get lost in the shuffle. Here are seven that grabbed guests’ attention with… By LISA CERICOLA


TEXTURE For the launch of music video Web site Vevo in New York in December, Alpine Creative Group (212.989.4198, alpine created a two-panel rubber invite that peeled apart. On the front was a holographic foil stamp of Vevo’s logo. The inside text was silk screened with a special ink that wouldn’t rub off. For the opening of Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studios, Creative Intelligence (323.936.9009, hand-wrapped each invitation in crushed silk taffeta. Inside, the center panel was engraved in metallic gold and merlot. Each invitation was wrapped in a cashmere paper sleeve with the recipient’s name calligraphed in gold.

John Kneapler Design (212.463.9774, johnkneaplerdesign. com) created a patriotic invite for the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation’s gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York in October.

TOYS In April, Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art held a press preview for an exhibit of work by Eadweard Muybridge, who pioneered stereographs, an early form of 3-D. Westland Enterprises (301.736.0600, westlandenter printed a Muybridge stereograph on natural cardstock. American Paper Optics (800.767.8427, provided 3-D glasses.

TYPE For an April 2009 wedding showcase, Mélangerie Inc. (646.248.7823, created a simple yet striking invitation based on a “naughty and nice” theme illustrated with two fonts in contrasting colors and styles.

Mackenzie Brown Design (312.443.1000, created a text-driven invite for the Chicago-based Adler Planetarium’s 2009 Celestial Ball, which had a “cosmic fusion” theme. To create an explosive look, the firm merged a vibrant stock image with a bold font on iridescent paper. summer 2010 13

How do you attract younger guests? tion line of cosmetics. Held in the parking lots of stores such as Rite Aid and Walgreens, the events offered free makeovers and product education. Because the makeup is geared toward 13- to 21-year-old women, the events’ “marketing, signage, color palette, and even the uniforms and look of the makeup artists, were chosen to appeal to that age range,” Smith says. “We also created a playlist with that age group in mind, [with] artists such as Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.” Smith says the coupon redemption for Clean Foundation products was “through the roof” and estimates that 75 to 90 percent of guests purchased products on site. In the nonprofit realm, planners are using after-parties to target emerging philanthropists. When the Art Institute of Chicago debuted its Matisse exhibition in March, the women’s board hosted an elegant gala with a champagne reception, a string quartet, and a three-course dinner. Geared toward a younger crowd, a separate event—new this year—started at 10 p.m. in the museum’s upper-level restaurant. There, guests found pillowstrewn lounge areas, a dance floor with disco balls, and a buffet of sliders and French fries. Dubbed “Radical

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Night,” the event had a separate host committee comprised of young area United Enterprofessionals. tainment Group, Some 350 guests, Cover Girl’s New most in the 21-to York-based PR 40-year-old age and marketing range, attended. agency, enlisted The party was Koncept Events “certainly a great to stage a fivesuccess,” says city road show director of donor geared toward initiatives Anne women who are Henry. “It raised just starting to a bit of money. use makeup. More importantly, though, it was an opportunity to welcome a new audience. All ticket purchasers who were not already members of the museum received a membership with their ticket.” Jung Lee, co-founder of New York production company Fête, says that clients with particularly dry corporate cultures hire her to produce events that will help retain younger employees. In addition to keeping current staffers, she says, “great corporate events can be selling tools to attract great new talent during the recruiting process.” Lee says that uninteresting

entertainment is a common mistake at corporate gatherings. “Most event entertainment goes on a little too long,” she said. “Young employees have a shorter attention span and will get bored.” Lee recommends hiring entertainers who can deliver short, high-impact performances that incorporate contemporary humor. She has wrangled up-andcoming comedian Aziz Ansari and talent from Second City Entertainment. She’s also hired a professional pickpocket artist to roam cocktail receptions and pluck guests’ watches and wallets. —Jenny Berg

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Ideal for trade show booths, bars and tables, or product displays, Invisiled Tape is an adhesive strip of LED lighting from W.A.C. Lighting (516.515.5000, To use, just cut the product to the desired length and adL I G HTI N G here. The company also offers mounting clips for added security. The lighting is available in amber, blue, green, red, white, and a rotating palette, and lasts about 50,000 hours. The company also recently released an outdoor version of the product that can withstand rain and other conditions. Retail pricing starts at about $75 per foot for the single-color indoor version. —Lisa Cericola

Multiple USigns can be linked to create a tower.

D.I.Y. SIGNAGE Ideal for exhibits or check-in stations, Sentina’s (908.964.8109, USign allows planners to create their own illuminated signs. The lightweight display frames are made of recycled plastic and have built-in LED lighting. To create a custom display, print a sign on TR ADE SHOWS an 8- by 11-inch transparency sheet and slide it into the frame. USigns cost $80 each and can be linked together to create a freestanding tower. —L.C.


By giving events a youthful edge, organizations can draw new customers and donors, and corporations can attract emerging talent or new customers. From carefully curated soundtracks to high-impact entertainment, here are some ways to draw fresh faces. In Chicago, Saks Fifth Avenue director of marketing Julie Selakovich tapped online magazine, which has a core readership of 25- to 40-year-old women, to publicize an in-store fashion show. Saks and Cheeky staffers selected “six influential, fashionable people in Chicago,” including PR reps and members of the media, to serve as hosts and models. The event had a fun, low-key vibe with a shiny pink runway by Kehoe Designs, a DJ, and refreshments from sponsors MGD 64 and VitaminWater Zero. Through email blasts from Cheeky, postings on social networking sites, and word-of-mouth publicity from the host committee, the event drew 150 guests. “More than half were new customers to Saks Fifth Avenue,” Selakovich says. In April, Hillary Smith and Sarah Turk of Miami’s Koncept Events worked on a national road show to promote Cover Girl’s Clean Founda-

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Growing Talent After 12 years as an artist and industrial designer, Paloma Teppa ventured into plant design for corporate offices and events. Growing up in Argentina, being close to nature was always important to plant designer Paloma Teppa. After earning a degree in industrial engineering in her native country, she traveled to Italy to study fine art for four years before landing in Miami in 2001, where she worked as a freelance stylist for MTV Latin America. While there, she assisted a neighbor one day in his orchid shop and her desire to combine her design knowledge and love of nature took hold. After six years working in her home, in January Teppa opened Plant the Future (305.571.7177, plantthe, where she designs custom plant and orchid arrangements for corporate offices and events. Teppa’s centerpieces are housed in clay pots of various sizes and glass bowls and orbs— depending on the design and size

of the arrangement. The plants can last for months, even years, after an event and be used as gifts or raffle items as well. “If you get a plant at an event, you will be thinking about it and seeing the beauty from that event for a long time, and where you got it will stick in your mind,” Teppa says. She often incorporates multiple elements in one arrangement, mixing succulents, bamboo, trees, orchids, and even live butterflies. Their cocoons reside inside the containers for 10 days until they hatch, then the insects stay with the arrangement for a day as they gain strength before flying off.

Paloma Teppa “Sometimes [clients] send me pictures of the space and the colors for design so I can determine what colored plant or orchid to use, the type of material, and which pot would be best,” Teppa says. For instance, she says an orchid bonsai would be a good fit for a dinner table rather than a traditional phalaenopsis orchid, which is much taller and could block conversation. “If you give her the [event] guidelines and discuss your plan,

I’m sure you won’t be disappointed,” says Ava Rado, founding executive director for the Center for Emerging Art. Teppa decorated the main entrance with a two-foot-tall orchid arrangement for its performing arts anniversary concert in 2008. “We communicated our needs, she told us what she could do and came through with flying colors.” In April, a former MTV colleague hired Teppa for an artist showcase event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. “She breaks the mold and is fearless,” says Ilana Sod, senior correspondent for public affairs at MTV Latin America. “She takes risks [with her designs] that I’ve never seen before.” —D. Channing Muller

Soccer Rooftop has two outdoor fields.

BARBECUE ON THE GO A Joy Wallace Catering (305.252.0020, has a new BBQ and picnic production service. Five days a week the firm sets up shop with two 24- by 9-foot smokers filled with ribs and fixings at three locations in South Miami. The barbecue setup can be booked for events with elements like desserts, servers, A Joy Wallace Catering can and decor. Menu also provide decor for picnics. options include

CATE R I NG whole chickens, ribs, potato salad, and kettle corn. Minimum order requirements are at least $200 for delivery and pickup and $1,500 for a catered picnic with food, rentals, and drinks. —D.C.M.

Soccer With a View Got an active, sports-loving group? Soccer Rooftop (305.763.2752, opened in May at the Rivergate Plaza in Brickell. The space has two outdoor soccer fields that are covered by a 21-foot net to prevent balls flying over the edge of the building. Also available: a 400-square-foot indoor ACTI V ITY lounge, men’s and women’s locker rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a high-definition flat-screen TV. Group packages include referees and field rental for a minimum of three hours. After-game events can be held inside the lounge. —D.C.M. summer 2010 15

The Women’s Bean Project (womensbean hires women in poverty to create and package food items like salsa, chili, and bean soup mixes. Gift baskets start at $30.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (646.454.0386, funds pediatric cancer research through the sale of baked goods, $30 per dozen.



Rara coasters, $12.95 for four, from the Hunger Site (888.355.4321, are made by Haitian artisans out of recycled materials and support Partners in Health.

These 10 corporate goodies have built-in charitable tie-ins. By LISA CERICOLA

Cards for Causes (888.832.4153, cards creates personalized stationery, starting at $105 for 100 cards. Twenty percent of proceeds go to any licensed charity.

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Through Bright Endeavors (773.388.2811, brightendeavors. org), homeless and at-risk young women make Dreambeam soy candles in recycled glass containers, $12 to $45.

New Orleans-based What’s Surbag (whatsurbag-usa. com) creates tote bags, $14.95 and up, that support Hope House’s food and shelter assistance, adult learning programs, and other services.

This unisex scarf, $30, from the Yellow Bird Project (yellowbird benefits organizations such as Mercy Corps and Greenpeace.

Chocomize (856.375.2041, offers 90 ingredients to create custom candy bars that start at $4 each. A small percentage goes to one of three charities, including the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Charity: Water’s (646.688.2323, stainless steel Thermos hydration bottle, $42, funds 20 years of clean water for two people in developing nations.


Ten percent of proceeds from Presents for a Purpose’s (212.580.0515, presentsforpurpose. com) oilcloth toiletry bag, $25, go to one of 23 charities, including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Social Life The social media gurus at Mashable drew a sold-out crowd to their most ambitious offline event yet, a daylong conference during New York Internet Week.


By MICHAEL O’CONNELL Like so many technology fests, New York Internet Week is a booze-soaked labyrinth of panels, launches, and networking events. It provides a brief, face-to-face respite for guests whose lives and professions revolve almost entirely around a glowing computer screen, so getting them to commit to one daylong event, in a week crammed with dozens of different initiatives, requires a compelling pitch. That was the dilemma for social media blog Mashable, whose previous Internet Week outing was a mixer with little opportunity for branding or audience education. Since it was founded in 2005, Mashable has become the de facto authority on marketing with social media and is only bested in U.S. blog traffic by the Huffington Post and Gizmodo. Looking to create a signature event that could cater to the varied interests of its readership while providing an attractive opportunity for sponsors, the brand put on the Mashable Media Summit at the Times Center on June 8. Instead of typical conference panels, the summit lined up an entire day of presentations from social and digital media experts in arenas as diverse as hospitality, music, consumer branding, video production, and location technology, all speaking about how Web marketing and promotions worked to their advantage. By casting the widest possible net, Mashable hoped to court an equally diverse group of guests. “We’re known for throwing parties, but that’s not really what we’re about,” says Brett Petersel, who handles Mashable’s business development and events, but had never done anything on the scale of the summit. “I think it was time to see if we could really do something big like this.” After being heavily promoted on the site and appearing on recommended event lists from CNET and the Daily Beast, the summit drew a sold-out crowd of more than 400. Attendees paid $499 for their nearly eight hours of live programming. “We didn’t really target specific people,”

Petersel said. “We just put it out there, what we were doing, for the people who might be somewhat familiar with the terminology but wanted to learn how to do it and wanted to hear it from people who’d done it well.” Mashable looked to speakers who were recognizable, but not familiar speaking circuit faces. Coordinating with business and editorial staffers, Petersel brought in more than 20 experts, including Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley; Starbucks vice president of brand, content, and online Chris Bruzzo; and actor Edward Norton, who made a recent foray into social media with a fund-raising Web site called Brett Petersel Crowdrise. Securing marketing partners ended up being easier. “A lot of sponsors just came to us,” said Petersel. He had worked with many of the brands before, though typically on events that offered less exposure. “As for the others, we approached our sponsors the same way we always do, giving them the opportunity to meet our audience, do some business, and see firsthand how much we’ve grown.” Yahoo, HP, and Motorola— which gave each attendee a new phone—were among the brands that came on board. The biggest partnership of all was with CNN. Mashable chief operations officer Adam Hirsch, who first came up with the idea of the summit, brought on the cable news network as an official co-host in the early stages. All of the day’s content—in addition to being streamed on Mashable—was available online via direct links on CNN’s home page. However, as might have been expected in a group so focused on social media, it was the guests who provided much of the content promotion. From start to finish, the conference offered the very meta sight of most attendees clacking out blog entries on laptops and Blackberries and stealthily tweeting from their new iPads.

Attendees tweeted and blogged from the conference.

Sponsor Motorola set up a photo booth and gave each attendee a phone.

Mashable editor in chief Adam Ostrow interviewed Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley. CNN co-hosted the summit and linked to online content from the day. summer 2010 17

Mission Statements Decor can be more than just a backdrop. These six events show how stylish details can communicate an organization’s message or purpose. By LISA CERICOLA

At its May benefit in New York, the Robin Hood Foundation communicated its mission through six verbs—teaches, heals, feeds, nurtures, trains, and shelters—showcased in streetscapes in the cocktail area created by Peter Crawford, Atomic Design, and PEDG.

In April, Feeding South Florida threw a military-themed event to illustrate the food bank’s mission to win the war on hunger. Guests drank “hand grenade” cocktails, a photo exhibit showed images of people affected by hunger, and tables had camo-patterned linens and wooden folding chairs from Panache, a division of Classic Party Rentals.

At Unicef’s April gala in Chicago, Kehoe Designs used moss to spell out the number of children who reportedly die from preventable causes. Unicef’s mission is to decrease that number to zero, hence the event’s theme, “Believe in zero.”

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At Boys & Girls Club of Boston’s House Party in May, Rafanelli Events celebrated the organization’s athletic program by decorating the space with red and white basketballs, footballs, and pennants branded with the tagline “Invest in a child, inspire a future.”

At the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Butterfly Ball in May, Chicago’s Bukiety Inc. created centerpieces of flowers that were later replanted in the museum’s butterfly garden. The Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative Foundation and Colon Cancer Canada hosted its “Bottoms Up!” fund-raiser in May. Attendees purchased T-shirts that read “Smart Ass,” A La Carte Kitchen served desserts shaped like derrieres, and live auction items included toilet seats painted by notable designers.


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Stage Struck TD Bank started its Wow! Leadership awards dinner with cocktails on the stage of the Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.


Barton G. used tall glass vases filled with clear stones and topped with braided tree branches as centerpieces on the dinner tables.

DWP Inc. covered the house seats of the concert hall with graduated platforms to create the dining area.

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Bank on It The dance floor covering the concert hall’s stage was emblazoned with the “Wow!” logo.

The TD Bank employee awards dinner quadrupled in size and served meals over concert hall seats.

TD Bank hosted its C.E.O. Wow! Leadership Awards dinner, part of the company’s incentive program, on March 15 in the Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Following the merger of TD Banknorth and Commerce Bank, the number of employees honored at the newly named TD Bank awards dinner quadrupled, resulting in more than 425 attendees, compared to 100 in 2009. “Last year [the dinner] was all about decor and the one large amoeba table [which sat all attendees], and this year it was all about how we were going to present the awards,” said TD Bank’s Philadelphia-based vice president of event management, Jennifer Savica, who added that the Barton G.’s 2009 event had 50 honorees and this year had salad course 200. “The challenge was, ‘What do we do to make consisted these people feel how the 50 felt last year?’” of a mini Savica had guests enter through the back of the Caesar salad, concert hall, where posters showed details from the a mozzarella, feeder events honorees attended before reaching tomato, and the awards dinner. The cocktail reception took place basil stack, and on the stage of the concert hall, where large pillars a tiny chopped listed the names of all honorees. Dinner took place salad. at tables on a platform covering the house seats. Between each of the dinner’s three courses, the lighting changed to spotlight award presenters standing at various points around After guests sat the first tier of the balcony. The for dinner, a bank TD Bank’s C.E.O. Wow! segment ended with the company’s representative Leadership Awards C.E.O., Bharat Masranii, standing on welcomed them Catering, Decor, Linens, the stage as the names of all 200 from the balcony Rentals Barton G. honorees flashed on the screens opposite the stage. Entertainment Javi Productions around the venue. Production DWP Inc. The night wrapped up with Transportation USA guests returning to the stage for a Transportation Service dance party before buses transVenue Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing ported them back to their hotel, the Arts of Miami-Dade Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & County Club. —D. Channing Muller



Four columns on each side of the two bars held the names of the 1,200 nominees; the 211 award recipients’ names appeared in bold.

The event took place on the patio of Lincoln Road, outside the Nespresso store.

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Meet global. Quattro restaurant chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro served fingerling potato salad with burrata cheese and cosi-infused olive oil.

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Models dressed to match the coffee blend they were showcasing lined the pink carpeted entrance.

the Grand Cru coffee blends to choose which to use in their dishes. The results included Nespresso and chocolate-braised short ribs from Jonathan Eismann of Pacific Time, Buffalo tenderloin steak with chili Roma Grand Cru rub from Meat Nespresso tapped local chefs to Market’s chef Sean Brasel, and Nespresso bitterincorporate coffee into catering sweet chocolate toffee bread pudding from Hedy at its store opening. Goldsmith of Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink. Thierry’s Catering also provided passed hors On April 21, coffee company Nespresso d’ouervres similar to the café’s menu during the MIAMI celebrated the grand opening of its two-hour party outside the Lincoln Road store. third boutique and café in the United States with Nespresso’s vice president of community afa party for 500 at the new Lincoln Road locafairs and special events, Michelle McFaul, worked tion. To tie itself to the Miami market, the Swiss with Karla Dascal of Karla Conceptual Event Expecompany tapped local chefs to create riences to design the event. Taking Nespresso Lincoln small plates incorporating its Grand inspiration from the store’s bright Road Grand Opening Cru coffee blends. colors, a new element for the chain “We’ve done this in the past and Audiovisual Production, and a nod to its Miami location, Decor, Event it’s a great way to bring the local the team used a pink carpet for Management, Flowers, taste and chefs into our grand openarrivals and as the main flooring Linens, Production, ing event,” said Nespresso marketing on the outdoor promenade. Gold Rentals Karla Conceptual manager Jennifer Lally. Event Experiences tufted couches and stools around DJ DJ Carlos Sarli The company gave five chefs highboys provided seating. Nespresso machines and samples of PR Zakarin Public Relations —D. Channing Muller

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Chef Douglas Rodriguez from D. Rodriguez Cuba prepared coffee tres leches cake genoise.

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Pavilion staffers showed guests new and unique ways to recycle.

Coca-Cola placed a 16-foot bottle covered with interactive images of moving carbonation bubbles at the entrance to the pavilion.

Coca-Cola brand ambassadors popped through a wall dedicated to the sponsor’s Olympic history.

A game in the pavilion required guests to don giant polar bear paw gloves.

Each bottle served at the pavilion was chilled to the corporate standard, four degrees centigrade.

Ice Pop Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola launched a sustainable bottle at the Winter Games. Coca-Cola opened the doors to its 2010 Olympic pavilion on February 11 in David Lam Park in Vancouver’s LiveCity. The first of the 275,000 guests the Games’ longest continuous sponsor hosted over nearly three weeks were greeted by acrobatic brand ambassadors, games, photo opportunities, and plenty of free bottles of Coke. And not just any bottles. After announcing plans for the distribution of its fully recyclable PlantBottle—made from renewable, organic material—last year, the company chose Vancouver as the platform to start seeding the new packaging. The focus of much of Coke’s Olympic brand marketing, sustainability messaging ran throughout the 8,600-square-foot space. —Michael O’Connell

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iVillage set up a red and white living room set with facts about the company on the walls.

Pistils and Petals incorporated Anisa International’s cosmetic brushes into the floral centerpieces on the bar.

Cosmetic brush manufacturer Anisa International sponsored Monday’s cocktail party on the green.

Unlike traditional conference schedules that consist of breakout sessions and keynote presentations, the summit staged its meetings with all attendees in the same session all day. “When doing breakout sessions, attendees can pick and choose Women’s Wear Daily hosted its conferwhat they want to hear,” Wayne said. “At this sumence for beauty C.E.O.s in Palm Beach mit we get all the top C.E.O.s in the industry in the with multiple sponsored parties. same room to hear the same information from our speakers who address critical issues facing the Women’s Wear Daily hosted its industry today and talk about solutions.” TORONTO 13th Beauty C.E.O. Summit at the Following Tuesday’s meeting, Fairchild staged Breakers in Palm Beach. The three-day, invite-only an afternoon spa party in the cabanas surroundconference began on Monday, May 10, with 270 ing the hotel pool. Sponsored by Foot Petals, a C.E.O.s and other executives from the top 100 women’s high heel cushion insert company, the beauty companies in attendance. event included pedicure and reflexology stations, “[This is] the only meeting of record for beauty a branded drying lounge in Foot Petals’ logo colors, industry people to get new ideas and hear from and themed drinks and snacks catered by the hotel. the most cutting edge speakers from After the treatments wrapped all over the world,” said Jennifer up, market research company Women’s Wear Daily Wayne, events manager for summits Communispace Corporation Beauty C.E.O. Summit at Fairchild Fashion Group, a division hosted a poolside cocktail party Audiovisual Production of magazine publisher Condé Nast, before dinner in one of the hotel PSAV Presentation Services Catering, Production, who led a team of five event coorballrooms. Boutique fragrance Venue The Breakers dinators. “[Attendees] come for the house Cosmo International sponDJ Artist Related, DJ Bounce coverage [in our publication] and the sored an after-party to the dinner Flowers, Props Pistils & information that’s given that can’t be in the next room, which offered Petals Linens Over the Top Rental given anywhere else.” paparazzi-style photo opportuniParty Linens The summit began with an ties from Lila Photo. Ronen Bar and Photography Harvey Bilt outdoor cocktail party sponsored Furniture Rental created a custom Photography, Lila Photo by cosmetic brush company Anisa photo board to display the pictures Props, Rentals Ronen Rental: Boutique Event International on Monday night, folat Wednesday’s meeting before Furnishings lowed by a private dinner hosted by guests took them home as keepSound T.T.S. Sound iVillage. sakes. —D. Channing Muller


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Oversize playing cards resembling the army from Alice in Wonderland provided information about food stations.

The night ended with an elaborate fireworks display over Cinderella’s Castle.

Wow Factor At Pow Wow’s opening night party, Disney unveiled event props and renovation plans. The park’s catering department set up an expansive candy display and station in Liberty Square.

The design team used stacked chairs a la Alice in Wonderland to decorate the food stations near the story’s ride.

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An oversize cake-shaped table topped with Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast served as a food station in Fantasyland.

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On May 17, Walt Disney World hosted the opening night party for International Pow Wow, the largest travel industry trade show, coordinated by the U.S. Travel Association. Nearly 4,000 people attended the after-hours affair at the Magic Kingdom, where Disney executives showcased plans for an impending park expansion and unveiled new event props for the first time. “The members of Pow Wow are important to our industry, and given we have a major expansion right around the corner, we wanted to showcase our founding park,” said Ann Williams, Disney’s director of catering and convention services and park event operations, in regard to Fantasyland’s current renovations, scheduled to be completed in 2013. Though the event was the first time the Magic Kingdom has hosted Pow Wow, it marked the fourth time a Disney park has welcomed the group, after Epcot in 2001, Animal Kingdom in 2006, and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, in 2007. Williams worked with park events operations director John Stafford and their teams for eight months to coordinate the three-hour party. The


After the fireworks, Disney characters waved goodbye to guests from the park’s SpectroMagic parade floats that lined Main Street U.S.A.

Alice in Wonderlandinspired teacups served as food displays.

In the Haunted Mansion area, crab summer rolls with wakame and Thai chili were served from Ouija boards. team took inspiration from the park’s rides and themed lands in three areas: Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and the Haunted Mansion. With rides like Space Mountain and Monsters, Inc. nearby, Tomorrowland had a futuristic theme with clear acrylic furniture, illuminated serving trays, ice bars, and neon colors throughout the decor to create a futuristic club atmosphere. Fantasyland—with its Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Dumbo attractions—took a more childlike approach with comfort food stations atop teacup decor inspired by the nearby Alice in Wonderland ride and an expansive candy buffet near the carousel. The Haunted Mansion area brought spooky to the street with dark red rose centerpieces wrapped in spider webs on the tables, and tombstone menu displays and Ouija board serving trays. The attractions remained open throughout the night, while characters from the respective rides held meet-and-greets with guests. Bands and performers roamed the park. The party wrapped up with a 15-minute fireworks display over International Pow Cinderella’s Castle Wow 2010’s Opening at the center of the Night Party park. As an added effect, park employCatering, Decor, ees had guests don Entertainment, Event Management, Venue Walt 3-D glasses that Disney World showed the silhouDecor, Ice Sculpture Ice ette of Mickey’s Magic head from every Ice Sculpture So Cool Events burst of light. Ice Sculpture Wizard —D. Channing Connection Muller

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House Race The White House Correspondents’ after-parties competed with A-listers and self-serve s’mores. The competition for guests leaving the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner at the Hilton Washington on May 1—Washington’s biggest annual party night—saw a new contestant. MSNBC challenged the two major players of recent years, the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party and the bash thrown by Niche Media’s Capitol File, with a large, lavish event that offered a big spread of comfort food and the evening’s only musical performance. All three used their distinct charms to lure black-tie guests from the political, media, and entertainment folks in town: intimate exclusivity (Bloomberg/Vanity Fair), raucous fun (Capitol File), and curiosity about the newcomer (MSNBC). Bloomberg’s longtime party presence and Vanity Fair’s star power retained their event’s status as the evening’s toughest ticket. A-list political figures like White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel mingled with Hollywood heavyweights like Morgan Freeman in the sprawling residence of the French ambassador. The Vanity Fair team lit the trees on the grounds in green, blue, and orange, and put out pillows printed with humorous political quotes. Meanwhile, MSNBC made its own big statement with roving Bloomberg/Vanity spotlights and a tented table for 20 Fair White House check-in staffers at the entrance to Correspondents’ the Mellon Auditorium. Four bars Association Dinner flanked a checkerboard dance floor, After-Party while Rachel Maddow manned Catering Design Cuisine another bar named for her. At the Caterers other end of the vast room, KC and MSNBC Party the Sunshine Band took the stage. Producer Phillip Dufour and Eric Catering Occasions Caterers Michaels from Occasions Caterers Decor A Vista Events made sure there was plenty of Flowers Jack H. Lucky Floral homey food circulating the party. Design Capitol File’s fifth annual afterLighting Atmosphere Lighting party doubled as an 85th anniverProduction Dufour & Co sary celebration for the Renaissance Rentals Perfect Settings Mayflower Hotel, which underwrote L.L.C. the festivities and brought in New Security The Bilyeu Group LLC York-based Tony Berger of Relevent to Transportation Carey produce. On the hotel’s first floor, a Limousine tiny lounge allowed guests to check Valet Atlantic Services out R Life, the hotel brand’s blog, and Group Venue Andrew W. Mellon tables were piled high with sweets Auditorium from Edward Marc Chocolatier. But the main action was in the Capitol File Party grand ballroom, where DJ Cassidy Catering, Security, Valet, spun an upbeat mix for an expected Venue Renaissance 1,600 people that had the likes Mayflower Hotel Decor, Production Relevent of Desirée Rogers—the recently Group LLC departed White House social secreDJ DJ Cassidy tary, and a co-host of the party last Lighting AG Light and year—dancing in the V.I.P. area on Sound Inc. the mezzanine. —Chad Kaydo

Rachel Maddow made three specialty cocktails at her own bar at the MSNBC party.

At MSNBC’s after-party, Occasions Caterers served a large array of casual food options, including selfserve s’mores.

Occasions served push-up ice cream pops from glowing trays.

At the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party, guests including Anna Kendrick and Rosario Dawson lounged among political pillows. The Capitol File party took over the grand ballroom at the Renaissance Mayflower.

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Banners promoting MSNBC’s shows and personalities hung between columns inside the Mellon.

Guests could design T-shirts with one of four Heineken images.

The beer company’s logo decorated the railings of the building’s atrium and central sculpture.

The Cold War Kids performed on the second floor, which overlooks the main atrium of the Moore Building.

Beer Hall Heineken staged a two-day activation to kick off its summer tour. Heineken launched its Inspire tour in Miami on May 21 with a two-day experience-based activation at the Moore Building. Produced by New York-based Relevent, the event brought 3,000 Heineken and music lovers to the design district before heading to Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. “Heineken was looking to do something different this summer and develop something that was more for the consumer and captures the essence of the brand,” said brand marketing manager Pattie Falch. “It’s not really a music concert, [but more of] a full experience for consumers.” The invite-only event drew attendees by marketing on Facebook. Consumers over the age of 21 that became fans of Heineken and requested information on the Inspire tour



received tickets to the activation in their city. Relevent created various on-site activities that had consumers interacting with the Heineken brand. In one area, Fender representatives provided 15- and 30-minute guitar lessons. Attendees could also make their own silk-screened T-shirt with one of four Heineken designs. Two bartenders poured samples of the brand’s various Heineken Inspire Tour beers, including its Additional Staffing, PR Heineken Extra MS&L Group Cold draft that Audiovisual Production, serves the beer at Lighting, Staging Everlast 32 degrees. Certified Productions Catering CuisineWorks cicerone (a.k.a. beer sommelier) Steve Ri- Design, Event Management, Production, ley gave tutorials on Rentals Relevent Group LLC pouring the perfect Models Victory Models and Event Staffing beer. PR RL Public Relations & Throughout the Marketing, Team Epiphany weekend eight DJs Rentals Classic Party and acts like the Rentals—New York Sound, Staging ESP New Cold War Kids and York Fabolous performed. Venue Moore Building —D. Channing Muller

New Addition The I.C.A. took its gala to a raw space this year, and introduced an after-party. The Institute of Contemporary Art hosted its annual spring fund-raising event on May 7, this year attracting larger crowds with its first-ever after-party, dubbed “Party on the Harbor.” The evening kicked off with the “A Gala Celebration” cocktail party and dinner in the adjacent One Marina Park building in Fan Pier. “We wanted to liven up the night. Not everyone could come to the dinner, and it was a nice way to let people come and not invest in a major ticket price,” said Susie Allen, the museum’s director of special events. Using green Astroturf, fake hedging, and Bright flowers and driftwood glowing plastic bars, added an organic vibe to the contemporary dinner decor.


Mini screens placed on serving trays displayed work from the museum’s teen programs.

Astroturf and illuminated bars transformed the raw office space for cocktail hour.

Think Tank The Milken Institute’s Global Conference ran April 26 through 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. With 560 speakers on 140 panels, the event brought spirited discussions among top-level decision makers and thinkers on topics like education, energy, the environment, finance, religion, government, health, media, and philanthropy. T. Boone Pickens, Maria Shriver, Eli Broad, and Les Moonves were among the participants in the discussions, which brought more than 3,000 attendees representing 60 countries. Even non-attendees could check out the proceedings through recordings of all public sessions that were available online within hours of their completion. The conference To produce the event, hosted 140 panels. Milken Institute senior


About 3,000 attendees went through registration. The event was filmed for live broadcast.

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The Milken Institute Global Conference drew 3,000 attendees for 140 panels amid 560 top thinkers.

PBD Events transformed the 13th floor of the new Marina Park Building from a raw, concrete-andglass shell. Custom, industrial-looking light bulb chandeliers and mirrored tables contrasted with wooden tabletops and tropical flowers for an organic-meets-contemporary vibe. Inspired by the museum’s Dr. Lakra exhibition, servers donned T-shirts with tattoo designs by the artist. Max Ultimate Food provided a martini juice bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, a two-course meal, and an old-fashioned ice cream truck outside. Large arrows formed from white fluorescent lights guided the 430 dinner guests to walk across the boardwalk to the I.C.A., where they joined 300 additional guests. Packed with entertainment and special activities, the fete included henna tattoo stations and a photo booth that projected the images it took around the building. Local band Endway provided live music for a secondI.C.A. Gala floor dessert lounge Catering Max Ultimate supplied by Wolfgang Food, Wolfgang Puck Puck Catering. Catering Decor, Production, Rentals Downstairs, DJ PBD Events (Party by Ruckus performed Design) and guests were ofDJ DJ Ruckus fered I.C.A. branded Entertainment Endway Flowers Winston Flowers flip-flops for their Rentals Be Our Guest Inc. sore feet at the Venue Institute of end of the evening. Contemporary Art —Erica Corsano

event manager Bryan Quinan and Milken Family Foundation senior vice president of creative services Larry Lesser tapped Vision Matrix, led by Josh Lesser, the former director of video production for Milken Family Foundation. About 150 freelance staffers were on hand for support during the programming. Josh Lesser explained that producing the show was a 24-hour, on-call, live-in situation. “You never know when someone’s going to need that projector—those things come left and right at us. One of the things that makes this thing so successful is that we live on site and we have 115 walkie-talkies.” “One of the challenges every year that we face is, how do you keep the show with the level of people that we have safe and secure? How do we make IDs safe?” said Lesser. “We work with security firm Guardsmark and they bring officers, and there’s an internal security element.” Among the new programming this year (revived from a past incarnation) was the Global Gourmet Games, Milken Institute Global which paired leadConference ers in business and Crew, Equipment Video industry with chefs Applications and sommeliers for Production, Technical a program to benefit Production Vision Matrix Security Guardsmark the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Fast- Tenting Classic Party Rentals erCures. Related proVenue Beverly Hilton Hotel gramming also took Video Equipment Video Equipment Rentals (VER) place at restaurants Walkies BearCom Wireless and private homes. Worldwide —Alesandra Dubin

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Travel signage and imagery decked the space.

Guests got passports stamped at various stations around the party space.

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An LED wall announced the party in dramatic fashion.

Cross Country Conde Nast Traveler took its Hot List party—and its sponsors— from New York to Las Vegas

This year, Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List party provided a road to a destination well traveled: For the first time, the annual event left New York for Las Vegas. With the Aria Resort & Casino featured on the 2010 list, vice president and publisher Chris Mitchell and editor in chief Klara Glowczewska hosted the party at the hotel’s new nightclub, Haze. A crowd of more than 800 people attended the event, among them advertisers, celebrities, and travel industry types. Egypt was represented by A 40-foot LED screen leading up to the venue a tented hookah lounge. and a red carpet populated by Gavin Rossdale (who performed an acoustic set later in the evening) and Gwen Stefani, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Evans, and others set the scene. As they entered Haze, guests received a passport to be stamped at five international stations by models dressed in each country’s garb. There was a prize to be won at each, with the ultimate win a $15,000 trip to Thailand. Inside, guests toasted half a dozen different cocktails offered by Patrón, a sponsor along with AT&T, Dior Watches, Bermuda, and Egypt. DJ Jesse Marco spun as a huge video screen displayed images from the magazine and of Aria. Vignettes of Bermuda and Egypt brought these destinations to life: a wall of real flowers found on the island and a putting green signified the former, while a tented Models promoted hookah lounge represented the latter. sponsor Patrón. “It was a big deal taking the event out of New York,” said Traveler brand development director Alicia Barone. “It required a lot of Conde Nast Traveler planning. We started conversaHot List Party tions around late November and flew out for three site visits. DJ DJ Jesse Marco Decor, Lighting, Models, But thanks to Aria’s excellent PR, Sound, Staging MGM staff and the fact that we were Mirage Events able to use MGM’s production PR, Red Carpet Fingerprint company, there were very few Communications Security Aria Resort & challenges. It was a group effort Casino on all fronts, most of the time by Servers, Venue Haze phone.” —Bobbie Katz



Gavin Rossdale performed.

Saturday afternoon’s Live Your Best Life event took over part of the Javits Center, filling it with seminars, activities, and sponsor activations.

Attendees tacked messages onto the Inspiration Wall at the Javits Center.

Orman, Dr. Mehmet Oz, designer Nate Berkus, and others—and a small trade show of participating sponsors. “We kept our seminar piece intact, but we wanted to dress it up with other events. Slowly Oprah Winfrey’s magazine marked 10 but surely, we layered all of the pieces on it,” Manyears with a sold-out weekend of events. ning said. Those other elements included a separate registration event to welcome the attendees For the 10th Anniversary of O, (from all 50 states and abroad), the live evening NEW YORK The Oprah Magazine, the media program with Winfrey at Radio City Music Hall on queen brought in all of her different properties Saturday, and the public charity walk. for a weekend of events for 5,500 women that After announcing the program, O received included a registration kickoff party, seminars overwhelming interest in the weekend, but decidat the Javits Center, a performance at Radio City, ed early on to cap attendance at 5,500, the capacity and a Mother’s Day charity walk. at Radio City. “We didn’t want to sell Oprah’s Live Your Best “It’s been a little over a year the events individually,” Manning Life Weekend since we started working on this,” said, “so we decided to make it a full said O associate publisher of Party Production Empire weekend event by limiting to the Entertainment Inc. marketing Stefanie Manning. “And capacity of the program venue.” Party Venue Radio City while the magazine put this on, On Sunday, May 9, the regisMusic Hall we worked in tandem with all the trants were joined by an additional PR Susan Magrino Agency Oprah properties, which was a first.” Registration Catering 5,000 members of the public for a Thomas Preti Caterers O marketing art director Jessica Mother’s Day charity walk to Times Registration Lighting Podoshen came up with the design Square, which, after the bomb Bentley Meeker Lighting for the weekend, and the magazine scare the week before, ended up & Staging enlisted Empire Entertainment and Registration Production, being one of the more complicated Seminar Production LeadDog Marketing to produce the elements of the weekend. LeadDog Marketing Group different events. “That was a little frightening, Inc. The magazine holds signature but we worked hand-in-hand with Registration Venue events every year, but this was the Gotham Hall the city,” Manning said. The walk Seminar Lighting PRG first in New York and the first to went off without a hitch, and after Lighting incorporate so many different eleleading more than 10,000 walkers Seminar Venue Jacob K. ments. The Live Your Best Life events from the Intrepid to Times Square, Javits Convention Center have previously been limited to a Walk Staffing Lipari Winfrey took the stage and conProduction Group day of seminars with magazine cluded the weekend’s festivities. Walk Venue Times Square contributors—finance expert Suze —Michael O’Connell

The Big 1-O


At the end of Sunday’s charity walk, Winfrey took to a stage in Times Square to address the crowd and wrap up the weekend.

Local artists designed an upsidedown lounge installation as one of the six art-inspired spaces.

We Take the Cake also provided a variety of tea cakes in the Opp Art room.

Artistically Inclined

The annual fund-raiser is always staged at the museum, though this year organizers moved it inside from the back lawn.

MOCA partnered with to drive early benefit ticket sales. The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami worked with society event Web site to promote its Bohemian-themed art benefit on February 20, resulting in a spike in advance ticket sales. “[SocialMiami] has been a very effective source for getting the word out about our events, so I thought, ‘Why not just have them sponsor?’” said Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator at the museum. The site ran banner ads and multiple stories during the month before the benefit, resulting in advance ticket sales that surpassed last year’s numbers by more than 100. More than 800 people attended overall, roughly the same as last year. “I think [the Web site] did a lot to spread the buzz, as a lot of people told me they saw the event on SocialMiami,” Clearwater said. Clearwater credited the number of attendees to the local connections made by co-chairs BarMuseum of bara Herzberg, a phiContemporary Art’s lanthropist, and Diane Bohemian Bash and Alan Lieberman, Catering Adriana the owners of hotels Restaurant, The Cape including Riviera South Cod Room, Le Basque Productions, Kung Fu Beach and the Catalina Sushi Restaurant, Shiraz FL Hotel and Beach Club. Inc., Soleá As of press time, DJ DJ Faux Real organizers reported Entertainment Aiden Dillard - The Golden the event raised Cowboy, The Gypsy Tea $72,000—$13,000 Shop more than last year— Event Management The from its online silent Design Group of Miami Lighting All Access Audio auction, which was Video Lighting open for two months Venue Museum of preceding the benefit. Contemporary Art —D. Channing Muller

A gold-painted cowboy danced on a platform in a golddraped room just off the upside-down lounge area.

The Design Group of Miami used bright gerbera daisies in grass as centerpieces on the wood tables in the indoor garden.

The main event space had white balloons suspended from the ceiling.

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The Gypsy Tea Shop created a replica of its store on the patio.

Adriana Restaurant served tiradito ceviche.

A burlesque dancer performed a shadow show in a small room adjacent to the upside-down lounge. DJ Faux Real performed from atop a scaffolding platform in the corner of the main event area.



The Forge


The Miami Venue Report This past year South Florida has experienced a venue spike with new and renovated hotels, bars, restaurants, rooftop spaces, and even parking garages opening in the area. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at look at some of the most stand-out and unconventional spaces for your next meeting or event. By D. CHANNING MULLER

RE-FORGING A GOOD THING Landmark Miami Beach restaurant the Forge, which closed last April for renovations, reopened in late March. The main dining room has doubled in size and can seat 130. The Forge Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new location will have 36 seats and provide full dinner service. For private events, the wine cellar can seat 22, a board room seats 16, and the library seats 40. There is also a courtyard for 100. (432 41st St., 305.538.8533)

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Barú Urbano

A Night in Brickell Dinner International restaurant Barú Urbano opened in February in Brickell, serving Latin American staples like fried yucca and guasacaca (Venezuelan relish) along with flavors from Thailand, Colombia, and Italy. The 3,000-square-foot venue’s main dining room, which is decorated with street-art-style murals, seats 200 or can accommodate as many as 400 for receptions. There is also a private covered patio for 50 and two semiprivate outdoor areas for 60 each. (1001 South Miami Ave., 786.991.4570)

JB Kitchen and Bar

Q American Barbecue


OPEN TABLES Miami’s newest restaurants have sprawling, group-friendly layouts.

tional southern dishes like fried chicken, stewed okra and tomato, and barbecue. (1450 South Dixie Hwy., 305.669.8338)

Latin Flavor JB Kitchen and Bar opened in early February in the former Badrutt’s Place restaurant in Brickell. The 2,500-square-foot eatery includes an 80-seat dining room that can hold 300 for receptions and a 20-seat bar area. There’s a 110-inch projection screen at the far end of the dining room with unobstructed views from all areas. JB serves American cuisine mixed with signature Latin dishes like ceviche and churrasco steak. There is also a 2,000-square-foot patio. (1250 South Miami Ave., 305.995.5883)

On the Links Mesazul opened in February inside the former Windows on the Green space at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. The 160-seat restaurant features a wall of windows offering unobstructed views of the resort’s TPC Blue Monster golf course from every seat. The traditional steak house menu is prepared with Latin-inspired ingredients and flavors. For smaller groups, a private dining room seats 48. (4400 NW 87th Ave., 305.591.6616)

Drinks Brix 46 Lounge, which opened in February, is the latest addition to the burgeoning Mary Brickell Village dining and entertainment complex near Miami’s financial district. The 1,250-square-foot lounge has an open layout that can accommodate as many as 200 at dark wood tables and on brown leather couches. The venue has a full menu of American and Mediterranean dishes for late-night dining and entertainment Thursday through Saturday. (50 SW 10th St., Suite 46, 305.415.9596)


Down Home Barbecue Chef Jonathan Eismann, owner of Pacific Time and Pizza Volante, Southern Watering Hole One of the newer opened Q American Barbecue in the design district in late February. The 3,200-square-foot restaurants in South Miami, Smoke’t Southern barbecue restaurant’s main dining room seats 160 Kitchen and Tap opened in January. The 5,000square-foot restaurant can seat 200 in the dining or holds 350 for receptions. For smaller parties, room or accommodate about 250 for a reception. there is a private room for 32. Available next door The lounge area at the entrance has a small stage at Pacific Time is a private room for 60, as well as a garden that can host 70. (4029 North Miami Ave., that can be used for presentations or entertain305.227.2378) ment, and a patio holds 40. Smoke’t serves tradi38 summer 2010

Sleep The 313-room JW Marriott Marquis Miami is set to open in the financial district in July. The hotel will have 80,000 square feet of event space, including a 20,000-square-foot ballroom. Each of the 32 breakout rooms will be equipped with flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet, and video transmission capabilities for meetings. Additionally, there will be two entertainment floors with a Jim McLean Golf School, a 10,000-square-foot NBA-approved basketball court, and a virtual bowling alley for groups. (345 Avenue of the Americas, 305.350.0750)


As the economy improves, so does development in Miami’s financial district.

Tonino Lamborghini’s Caffe Corsa

Prime Hotel


Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel


Hit two birds with one stone at these new restaurants. Tonino Lamborghini’s Caffe Corsa (501 South Federal Hwy., 305.456.4500) opened in early March at the Village of Gulfstream Park dining and entertainment complex in Aventura. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant has unobstructed complex views and can seat 200 in a classroom setup. Five TVs suspended from the ceiling can be used for presentations. For smaller groups, two semiprivate dining areas for eight and 12 each have a TV with laptop adapter capabilities. The entire restaurant is also equipped with Wi-Fi.

Further south, Asian-Mediterranean fusion restaurant Sawa Restaurant and Lounge (360 San Lorenzo, 305.447.6555) opened in late March inside Coral Gables’ Village of Merrick Park shopping center. The intimate 2,500-square-foot restaurant seats 72 and has a 50-inch flatscreen TV over the bar that can connect to a laptop or other media device for presentations. The 1,500-square-foot patio can hold 250 for an after-work reception and doubles as a hookah lounge.

Daddy O Hotel

Rest Your Head Here’s a look at four new and renovated hotels in different neighborhoods of South Florida.

square feet, an 8,000-square-foot RockResorts spa, and Amuse restaurant. At press time, the full opening was scheduled for June. (1100 Biscayne Blvd., 877.857.7625)

Fort Lauderdale The Sheraton Yankee

South Beach In February, Prime One Twelve

Clipper reopened in February as the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, following a $30 million upgrade to its guest rooms, meeting space, restaurants, and public areas. The 492-room beachfront hotel has 7,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, and the pool decks have been expanded to 5,600 square feet. There are also two on-site dining options for groups as large as 128. (1140 Seabreeze Blvd., 954.524.5551)

owner Myles Chefetz opened the 14-room Prime Hotel adjacent to his restaurant in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. The boutique property’s first floor is a lounge extension of the restaurant that can accommodate 12 to 100 guests for events. The rooftop pool and surrounding deck area can host events for 50. (100 Ocean Drive, 305.532.0553)


Downtown Miami The 56-room Tempo Miami opened its guest rooms and lobby bar in January. The 14th-floor pool deck overlooking the city opened this spring. Construction on the rest of the hotel’s amenities is still under way and will add meeting spaces ranging from 340 to 910

In Bal Harbour Daddy O Hotel opened in March. The 46-room boutique property has been renovated since its days as the Bay Harbour Inn & Suites hotel and now boasts Wi-Fi, bamboo floors, and Skype phones in each room. On-site dining spot the Palm Restaurant is available for private events for up to 130. There is also a boardroom for 12. (9660 East Bay Harbor Drive, 305.868.4141) summer 2010 39

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Mercadito Midtown

Barolo Ristorante

Taste Gastropub

No matter where your workday takes you, these five new restaurants are ideal for evening entertaining.

lounge, and sushi bar. A private dining room seats 18 and a terrace seats 68. Just to the east, Barolo Ristorante (444 Ocean Drive, 305.532.5511) reopened last fall in South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. After interior renovations, this 1,500-square-foot Mexican restaurant Mercadito Midtown (3252 NE Italian restaurant can seat 40 inside and 36 on First Ave., 786.369.0430) opened in downtown the patio. There is also a private wine cellar that Miami in March. The 5,600-square-foot restaurant can host 40 for events. can seat 190 in its main dining room and adjacent Further up the beach, Morton’s Steakhouse lounge area with attached patio, or host as many (4041 Collins Ave., 786.454.4022) opened a new as 400 for receptions. There is also a location near the Fontainebleau semi-private room for 35. hotel in Miami Beach in October. This Also downtown, German chef Rainer Becker traditional steak house has four event spaces for opened the first U.S. outpost of his Londongroups. The main dining room can seat 140 and has based restaurant Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, two adjoining boardrooms that can seat 30 and 25 305.577.0277) in late May. The 8,500-square-foot each or hold as many as 100 for a reception. The bar Japanese eatery is on the ground floor of the Epic area can also host receptions for about 70 and has Hotel and seats 198 in the main dining room, bar, a special happy hour small plates menu.


Unconventional Event Spaces When a restaurant or club simply won’t cut it, check out these atypical options. Home Away From Home Private Residence, a home turned event venue, opened above Barton G. restaurant in Miami Beach in November. The 2,000-square-foot space is composed of four separate rooms: a library, the Velvet Underground Lounge, a cocktail bar, and a terrace. Full buyouts are available for groups of 10 to 110. (1427 West Ave., 305.439.1100)

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Nowhere to Go Taking over a former nightclub on Washington Avenue, the Nowhere Lounge and Event Space opened in April exclusively for private events. The 3,000-squarefoot club consists of a small bar at the entrance 1111 Lincoln Road for 75, a main room for 160, and a private room in the back for 50. The space is outfitted with two 50-inch flat screen TVs, five video projectors, a full sound system, multiple stages, a laser system, and LED lighting. (653 Washington Ave., 305.397.8854)

If you’re looking for a quick bite in Fort Lauderdale, D’Angelo Pizza (4215 North Federal Hwy., 954.561.7300) opened in March, serving pizzas, tapas, and salads for both lunch and dinner. The 2,000-square-foot eatery can seat 90 in its dining room, with an additional 40 on the patio. Private receptions for about 50 can also be hosted on the patio. For those further north, head to Taste Gastropub (169 NE 2nd Ave., 561.274.4444) in Delray Beach. This casual restaurant featuring an expansive candy bar opened in April. The 4,500-square-foot eatery, designed by James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser, is divided into three areas: an indoor bar and lounge for 38, a dining room for 18, and a back garden with a waterfall and bar for 33. There is also sidewalk dining for 20. Buyouts are available for groups of 125 for receptions.

Park It The 1111 Lincoln Road event space began hosting private events and photo shoots in late November. The outdoor venue is on the seventh floor of a parking structure on the corner of Alton and Lincoln Roads. The 23,000-square-foot venue has views of Biscayne Bay and South Beach and accommodates as many as 500. The seventh floor, with its 34-foot ceiling, is the primary event area, but the other floors of the garage can be used as well. (1111 Lincoln Road, 305.538.9320)


Dine Around Town

Klutch Mokai


The Strip


The Ivy at the Grove

The English restaurant has three floors, each of which can be rented for private events. On the main floor, the bar and atrium can seat 200 or host twice as many for receptions. Just up the grand staircase, the semiprivate second floor can South Beach Scenery The Strip, an 8,000seat 150 or hold 300 for receptions and has French square-foot burlesque nightclub, opened in March doors leading to a small terrace. The top floor has on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road in the former O a private bar and terrace and can hold 500. (3159 Asian Grill and Rumi restaurant and nightclub. Commodore Plaza, 305.600.5453) The bilevel club can accommodate 150 on its first floor and hold an additional 275 on the second, South of Fifth Hotspot Formerly home which can be divided into four separate spaces. A to Miami Beach hotspots Privé and Opium 900-square-foot stage over the first floor’s main Garden, Klutch nightclub opened on Collins bar is flush with the second level and presents Avenue in December. The 26,000-square-foot nightly burlesque performances but can also bilevel venue has been completely redesigned be used as a dance floor or DJ space for private with three private rooms, each decorated in events. (330 Lincoln Road, 305.532.2330) a different color. On the second floor, the War and Peace rooms—decorated in red and green, Coconut Grove Revival Housed in the respectively—can each accommodate 261, former home of Christabelle’s Quarter in Coconut and the White room can host 143. A purpleGrove, the Ivy at the Grove opened in November. hued outdoor garden on the first floor can

Here’s an inside look at landmark venues that have been renovated and repurposed in 2010.

host groups as large as 433. (136 Collins Ave., 305.531.4643)

Nightclub Facelift After closing in September for renovations, Mokai reopened in March as the newest addition to nightlife conglomerate the Opium Group’s properties. The 4,000-square-foot club is outfitted with bright red sofas, black walls, red lattice detailing, and custom-designed chandeliers. Buyouts are available for 270. (253 23rd St., 305.538.6337)

More Than Movies Formerly an AMC theater, CocoWalk’s cinema was renovated and reopened in early June with a new name and new ownership. Paragon Grove 13 has 13 theaters that seat 80 to 150. Each is outfitted with Sony Digital 4K projectors that can be used for events or meetings. A new 150-seat restaurant with a full bar, six bowling lanes, and a private theater with lounge seating will open in mid-July. (3015 Grand Ave., 954.557.1612) summer 2010 41

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RESPONDENT PROFILE (In-house planners)


Tenure Less than one year 0.2% More than 20 years 14.6%

Events and Meetings 68.4%

Finance/Procurement 0.5% Human Resources/Training 1% Owner 1%

11-20 years 29.4%

1-5 years 27.5%

Administrative 6.1%

6-10 years 28.2%

Marketing/ PR/Sales 15.6%

Other 7.5%

Events/Meetings Planned Per Year

Annual Budget

More than 200 3.6% $50,000 $100,000 12.6%

51-200 15.3%

21-50 21.4%

Fewer than 6 20.4%

6-20 39.2%

Less than $50,000 8.5%

$100,001 $250,000 15.3%

More than $1,000,000 31.1%

$250,0001 $500,000 16.0% $500,001 $1,000,000 16.5%

Methodology: The survey of BizBash subscribers was conducted online in conjunction with Finch Brands, from March 15 to March 26, 2010. Of the 843 respondents who completed the survey, 48.9 percent were in-house event/meeting planners, 28.1 percent were event/meeting planners at independent firms, and 23 percent were event vendors. summer 2010 43

THE NEW REALITY Budgets Are the Big Challenge Staff layoffs and departmental changes 14.1%

What’s the most difficult part of your job today?

Greater financial scrutiny 13.6%

Shorter lead times 11.4%

Shrinking budgets 36.0%

(In-house planners) Less organizational support 8.5% Greater process complexity 5.1%

Staying on top of the industry 7.3%

Budgets Are Down, Pressure Is Up To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about event planning today as compared to two years ago? (All planners) 5=Strongly agree, 0= Strongly disagree




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THE VENDOR SELECTION PROCESS Planners Re-evaluate Vendors Regularly… 

How often do you re-evaluate the following types of vendors each time you plan an event? (All planners)

68.7% 68.2% 68.1%

63.4% 63.4% 62.5%

59.4% 59.2%




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…But Not Formally 76%-100%

What percentage of the time do you issue R.F.P.s to vendors for events with more than 100 attendees?







(All planners) 26%-50%

Planners Consider Many Factors 

How important are the following factors when selecting vendors for your events and meetings? (In-house planners) 5=Very important, 0= Not important at all










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An aerialist served Perrier-Jouët Champagne while suspended beneath a chandelier in the middle of the tent.

Pennsylvaniabased Sweet Street Desserts’ waiters served cupcakes from a bodywrapping tray at BubbleQ, in a tent on the beach behind the Delano.


Beach Bites The ninth annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival attracted more than 50,000 to Miami Beach February 25 to 28 for four days of food- and drinkladen events and late-night sponsor parties.

Wine Spectator ’s Best of the Best

Barry Maiden from Boston’s Hungry Mother restaurant prepared oxtail and smoked beef tongue terrine with Tennessee truffles, crispy sea island red peas, and micro collard greens.

Chef Paul Liebrant from Corton in New York served chilled shellfish consomme with lobster and kaffir lime chantilly. California restaurant Cyrus prepared Thai-marinated lobster with avocado and mango for Wine Spectator’s annual tasting event held at the Fontainebleau.

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Los Angeles’s Animal Restaurant served head cheese and fried cornbread with bread and butter pickle vinaigrette.


Artists provided free face painting at a table outside the main tent.


Private Stock Band entertained the crowd at Burger Bash, hosted by Amstel Light and Rachael Ray, on the beach behind the RitzCarlton, South Beach.

The Patrón Spirits Company and Miami magazine hosted an afterparty for more than 1,000 people at the W South Beach. An oversize metal cutout of a Patrón tequila bottle adorned the side of the stage at the far end of the hotel’s pool.

Burger Bash Good Stuff Eatery served a farmhouse bacon cheeseburger with a pink cotton candy milk shake at Burger Bash on Thursday night.

Patrón After-Party

Each of the bars was draped with a lime green snakeskin-style fabric emblazoned with the tequila company’s logo.

Hornitos’s Mischieve in the Garden of Agave

The hotel served tuna tartare on a bed of avocado and topped with a crisp at one of the food stations surrounding the pool.

A costumed performer entertained guests inside the bar at the far end of the Sagamore’s pool during the Hornitos Tequilasponsored party.

Hornitos’s Garden of Eden-inspired party had entertainers including mermaids in the pool, costumed performers in the bar, and a living vine posing amidst the garden decor.

ON BIZBASH.COM More photos and ideas from the festival july/august 2010 33


Florida Planners Invigorated and Inspired as BizBash Brings Its Signature Expo to South Florida BizBash’s Florida Expo, held April 28 at the light-filled Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center, teemed with energy and excitement for Florida events with a full day of education, exhibits, entertainment, and networking. More than 1,200 members of Florida’s event industry gathered on the floor of the Floridian Ballroom for Florida’s first-ever BizBash Expo. The anticipation for the show began with the exhibitor move-in and setup the day before, expedited by Expo Convention Contractors. That evening, Fort Lauderdale’s China Grill restaurant

hosted more than 150 attendees for the expo preparty, where they connected over Asian-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, including lamb spare-rib nachos, tuna oshi, and Thai chicken satay. The venue, conveniently located just minutes from the convention center, featured a stylish indoor and outdoor restaurant space overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Out-of-town guests stayed at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina and Holiday Inn Express hotels, two of the event’s hotel sponsors. On the day of the show, attendees arrived at the convention center to

It was standing room only as Colin Cowie, C.E.O. of Colin Cowie Lifestyle Event Design and Production, spoke on “The Importance of Customer Service and Bringing Greater Value to Today’s Events” in the morning keynote presentation sponsored by KARLA Conceptual Event Experiences.



energizing beats from Mix on Wheels’ DJ truck parked outside. Inside, they were welcomed into the registration area with coffee by Café A La Carte, before moving on to a registration lounge in the atrium, luxuriously appointed with modern furnishings from Nuage Designs. There, they planned their activities for the day amidst dramatic geometric prints, sleek leather furniture, and trendy Louis-style chairs. The black, white, and metallic furnishings were accented with pillows in splashes of turquoise and aqua, complementing the contemporary feel of the atrium. Attendees were also treated to an oversize LCD display crafted by AV Rental Depot that displayed the BizBash Expo logo in a flurry of champagne bubbles, with the screen itself tipped to balance atop one delicate crystal champagne flute. The show theme, “BASH the Expected,” encouraged planners to think strategically, and the show provided practical advice on creating events with limited resources. Faced with budget cuts, planners must think more creatively than ever to keep events relevant and on message. BizBash’s staff created buzz before the expo sending elegant printed invitations designed by Alpine Creative and social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Special offers were posted on industry sites, Twitter, and BizBash’s Web site; these media were also used to


The show floor sizzled with showgirls, stilt walkers, and other exciting performers provided by Forte Entertainment.

Inducted into BizBash’s first Florida Hall of Fame were Adrienne Arsht, philanthropist and business leader; Lee Schrager, vice president of corporate communications and national events, Southern Wine & Spirits of America; and Mona Meretsky, C.S.E.P., president of COMCOR Event and Meeting Productions and COMCOR Consulting Services.

Voted “Favorite Booth” by attendees, Pistils and Petals created a stunning table made of white carnations and full mums, and a towering floral centerpiece of dendroblum orchids.

Uplyte created illuminated trees as part of the stylish show floor from Room Service/AFR Furnishings.

announce speakers and updates to the schedule. E-vents Registration’s team sped attendees through the on-site registration process using a bar-code-scanning system with hardware and printers supplied by AV Rental Depot. Attendees received a bag with show materials and literature from Backdrops Beautiful. After enjoying a continental breakfast, nearly 400 planners attended the education sessions that started shortly after 8 a.m. Attendees participated in sessions that addressed top-of-mind topics including catering trends and mastering the art of great proposal writing, as well as strategies for survival and success in sessions featuring top event pros and female executives. AV equipment for the sessions was provided by AV Rental Depot, who also videotaped each session. Attendees gathered for the morning general session at 10:15 a.m., which opened with entertainment by Designs by Sean on the main stage. A performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with

elaborate costumes captivated the audience, may of whom recorded it on their smartphones to remember for their own events. Everlast Productions handled stage production and technology on the main stage and teamed up with video media designers Glow Design Group to create a stunning, all-digital, visually pleasing set. So Cool Events provided the furnishings for the main stage, as well as the V.I.P. greenroom. With the entertainment complete, the official program began with the induction of BizBash Florida’s inaugural Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees were Adrienne Arsht, philanthropist and business leader; Mona Meretsky, CSEP, president of COMCOR Event and Meeting Productions and COMCOR Consulting Services; and Lee Schrager, vice president of corporate communications and national events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America. Each inductee was presented with an inscribed silver charger acknowledging their contributions to the Florida event industry.

Immediately following the induction ceremony, Colin Cowie, C.E.O. of Colin Cowie Lifestyle Event Design and Production, took the stage to speak about “The Importance of Customer Service and Bringing Greater Value to Today’s Events.” In this keynote presentation, sponsored by KARLA Conceptual Event Experiences, Cowie shared with the audience examples of his recent standout events and the core competencies that have helped him grow his business and become an industry star. With an emphasis on teamwork and communication, he also discussed how role reversal could be instrumental in helping planners truly provide the ultimate event experience for their clients. As the general session concluded, attendees exited the main stage and were greeted by a Chinese New Year celebration complete with dragons and performers provided by Forte Entertainment. This exciting welcome marked the opening of the expo floor at 11 a.m., where 100 exhibitors showcased their venues, products, and entertainment ideas.


Booking Tips and Caveats,” with Connie Riley, CSEP, CMP, vice president of event operations at T. Skorman Productions Inc. Attendees also enjoyed entertainment from Florida’s Frank Sinatra and acts provided by Forte Entertainment and M12. As the afternoon continued, the show floor remained crowded and energized as planners and exhibitors connected. Attendees relaxed in a stylish floor lounge designed by Room Service/ AFR Furnishings. The lounge featured an array of contemporary seating designs in luxurious white leather accented with metallic cushions, and stunning illuminated trees provided by Uplyte. Floral creations were seen throughout the lounge and expo floor in a dazzling range of combinations dreamed up by Petal Productions. They also provided the centerpieces for the V.I.P. brunch hosted by Panache, A Classic Party Rentals Company, which dressed the tables in

sea-green linens overlaid with reef prints and complementary glass table settings that brought a taste of the tropics to the midday event. The 2:30 p.m. afternoon general session opened with Rhythm Extreme, a rhythmic performance troupe provided by T. Skorman Productions Orlando, who amazed the crowd with their transformation of garbage cans and everyday items into percussion instruments for the ultimate high-energy entertainment experience. They were followed by Chad Kaydo, editor in chief of BizBash, whose afternoon keynote presentation shared some cool ideas from events covered in BizBash during the past year. Bruce Sutka, president of Bruce Sutka Productions International, joined Chad for a discussion on his view of the latest trends in Florida’s social, charitable, and corporate events. Sutka also took questions from the audience on his inspiration sources and

Sold-out education sessions proved popular as attendees learned from industry experts.

Rhythm Extreme, a performance troupe from T. Skorman Productions, opened the afternoon general session with high-energy entertainment.

Show attendees and exhibitors connected on the show floor, which was filled with ideas from 100 exhibitors.

BizBash editor in chief Chad Kaydo was joined by Bruce Sutka, president of Bruce Sutka Productions International, during the afternoon general session.


Planners marveled over highlights such as a table decorated entirely in carnations and illuminated waterfalls that could be branded for their own events, while sampling tasty treats such as bonbons covered in edible glitter and a selection of crepes that ranged from savory to sweet. Attendees interacted with additional on-floor entertainment provided by M12 Entertainment, including break-dancers and stiltwalkers, while Brightroom captured the energy and excitement as the official show photographer. In the afternoon, the mini stage was a flurry of activity, with several 20minute sessions that both educated and entertained. Among them were “Million Dollar Menus … On a Budget” with Neil Borden, corporate sales for A Joy Wallace Catering Production; “Invitation Trends: Affordable Luxury in 2010,” with Steve Paster, president and C.E.O. of Alpine Creative Group; and “Entertainment


Break-dancers and a DJ/drummer combo from M12 Events energized attendees throughout the show with their high-energy performances.

Victoria DeSilvio of LTSEvents and Mark Grassini of Temporary Tropics chatted with Susan Jaffe of PIeces of Dreams as they represented ISES South Florida | Caribbean at Florida’s first Industry Mash-Up on the show floor.

how planners can do more with less. After the afternoon general session, attendees continued networking on into the late afternoon, both in the registration lounge and expo floor where the Industry Mash-Up took place. This networking hour offered attendees and associations the opportunity to make connections that could help them build their business. Once the show floor began to wind down for the

Nuage Designs created a welcoming and stylish registration lounge that was complemented by a dramatic LCD screen by AVR Depot that displayed the show logo atop a spray of champagne bubbles.

day, the registration lounge became the site of the post-show cocktail reception. Planners enjoyed a diverse and tasty range of food prepared and served by the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center’s in-house catering team, while enjoying beats mixed up by M12’s DJ and reveling in the exciting conclusion of a historic day for Florida’s event industry.

BizBash thanks the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center staff, official transportation sponsor Worldwide Limo, and exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees—all of whom made Florida’s first BizBash Expo an event to remember. Be sure to visit ourevents for announcements and updates when BizBash Florida Expo returns to the convention center in April 12, 2011!

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Save the Date for the 2011 BizBash Florida Expo & Awards!

NACE Southern Florida chapter president and owner of Cafe a la Carte is joined by chapter members Rebecca Viani of Plan Ahead Events, Stephanie Bosco-Luca of, and Renee McKee of Panache, A Classic Party Rentals Company at the Industry Mash-Up.

Kathy Masterson of The Plaza Resort & Spa and Chris Doyle, CMP for Meeting Planning for You greet attendees at the Industry Mash-Up with a smile and the latest information about MPI’s Greater Orlando chapter.

Attendees relaxed in the fashionable trade show floor lounge that showcased furnishings from Room Service/AFR.

Attendees ended the day with a post-show cocktail reception in the winning event space that is the atrium of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center.


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South Florida Venue Directory Activity Venues p. 55 Arcades & Virtual Reality Centers Bowling Alleys Golf Courses & Country Clubs Sports Venues Other Activity Venues Bars, Lounges & Clubs p. 56 Bars & Lounges Clubs




This 6,800-yard 18-hole Hallandale Beach course is surrounded by 3,000 palm trees, as well as banyan trees and lakes. Ten tennis courts are available. The property has more than 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space in four rooms, which can accommodate groups of 150 to 760 depending on the setup. Other amenities include a 30,000-square-foot spa with 17 treatment rooms and a 60-room resort. Outdoor function space is also available. (501 Diplomat Pkwy., Hallandale Beach, 954.883.4000)

This 58,000-square-foot venue has three rooms for private functions: the Midway Room for 100, the showroom for 200, and the executive boardroom for 50. The showroom includes a private bar and restrooms, and each room has audiovisual equipment. Additional function space for as many as 100 is scattered throughout the facility. (3000 Oak Wood Blvd., Hollywood, 954.923.5505) DAVE & BUSTER’S MIAMI

Boats & Yachts p. 57 Conference & Convention Centers p. 58

The location inside Dolphin Mall offers classic arcade games, billiards, and state-of-the-art virtual reality games, as well as two private rooms for events. The Midway Room can accommodate 100 guests, and parties of 200 can take advantage of the showroom, which includes a full-service bar and private bathrooms. (11481 NW 12th St., Suite E622, 305.468.1555) GAMEWORKS

Entertainment & Performance Venues p. 58 Comedy Clubs Music Clubs Screening Room Theaters & Performance Spaces

Hotels p. 59 Independent Event Spaces p. 62 Mansions & Historic Houses p. 64 Museums & Cultural Spaces p. 65 Art Museums Art Spaces & Auction Houses Children’s Museum Historical & Cultural Institutions Science & Natural History Spaces

Outdoor Venues p. 66 Restaurants p. 67 Retail Venues p. 70 Spas p. 70 Stadiums & Arenas p. 70

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This country club was built in 1927 by dredging more than two million cubic yards from Biscayne Bay. It was named after John Oliver La Gorce, a pioneer in the development of Miami Beach. The private club is now home to an 18-hole golf course, a clubhouse with a private dining room, a pool, tennis courts, and a fitness center. (5685 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305.866.4421)

Half high-energy interactive video arcade and entertainment space and half full-service restaurant and bar, Gameworks in Sunrise can accommodate as many as 400 and offers catering. Two private rooms each hold 50, or the entire facility can be bought out. The staff can also coordinate teambuilding packages and offer full audiovisual services. There are additional locations in Miami and Tampa. (2608 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise, 954.845.8740)





A hip bowling alley off Lincoln Road, Lucky Strike has 14 lanes, a 108-seat restaurant and lounge, and outdoor seating in its 20,000 square feet. The lanes can host as many as 400 patrons. A private room with direct access to valet parking is available, or clients can choose to curtain off six bowling lanes for a unique event space for 75. Catering is available from chef Bill Starbuck. (1691 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.0307)

This semiprivate championship golf course at the Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa was recently redesigned by Robert Cupp. The clubhouse includes a game room, exercise facility, library, lounge, veranda, dining area, business office, and meeting space ideal for board retreats or convention groups that incorporate golf outings into their agendas. An 18,000-square-foot expansion was recently completed. (3433 Club Center Blvd., Naples, 239.389.6600)



Opened in 2008 in South Miami’s Sunset Place shopping center, this 26,000-square-foot bowling alley has 13 lanes, billiard tables, a DJ performing four nights a week, dancing areas, and five bars, including a champagne bar that specializes in sparkling sake. Splitsville can accommodate as many as 700 guests and is open every night—though only those 21 and over are allowed after 8 p.m. (5701 Sunset Drive, 305.665.5263)

Kipp Schultes redesigned this 6,786-yard 18-hole championship golf course in 2000, but the property has a rich history. During World War II, it provided temporary housing for U.S. Navy wives, and it’s rumored that Al Capone used the club as a casino and speakeasy in the 1930s. The ballroom accommodates as many as 200 people for special events. A patio is also available. (2601 NW 119th St., 305.685.2411)

This club has primarily outdoor space for events, including the patio for as many as 250 people. Inside the main clubhouse, there is a meeting room for 64. The on-site event staff can arrange for signage in the parking lot, food and beverage service on the course, after-hours receptions, and more for your next golf tournament. Rental clubs, personalized golf towels, putting contests, and golf clinics can also be arranged. (2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305.532.3350)


Strike Miami is a 37,000-square-foot multimedia playground that offers various catering and bar options. It features a sports lounge with seating for 125, a 40-foot bar, a 12-foot projection screen, and 12 plasma TVs. There’s also a private room with a 10-foot projection screen and double-sided bar for intimate gatherings. The in-house event staff can help coordinate corporate or private events. (11401 NW 12th St., 305.594.0200)





This Palm Beach venue’s clubhouse features a pro shop, indoor and outdoor dining space, lounges, lockers, and men’s and women’s card rooms. The upper level of the 50,000-square-foot clubhouse has multiple areas for events. Additionally, the property’s Esplanade Sports & Fitness Center has 17,000 square feet of space, with a fitness facility, pro shop, 15 tennis courts, a pool, and a spa. (11300 Mirasol Blvd., Palm Beach, 800.578.4544)

Gulfstream Park is a 158,000-square-foot entertainment destination with live horse races January through April, year-round off-track betting, poker tables, and more than 850 Vegas-style slots. Restaurants Ten Palms and Christine Lee’s offer buyouts and private dining. In February 2010, the property opened the Villages at Gulfstream Park, a retail complex with 13 additional restaurants. (901 South Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954.454.7000)



This country club has multiple event spaces. The Crystal Room can seat 60 and be used in conjunction with the pool terrace, which seats 120. For smaller groups, the library accommodates 40, and the wine cellar, for 14, is also available. The club features an Arnold Palmer signature golf course and PGA-certified instructors. Use of the club is exclusive to members. (13610 Deering Bay Drive, Coral Gables, 305.254.2111)

This 600-acre motor-sports complex is available year-round and offers more than 10 areas for events, including the 1.5-mile track, pit, and go-karting area. The 10,000-square-foot Champions Club, high above the grandstands on the first turn, seats 450. The club offers buffet areas, full bars, 40 plasma TVs, outdoor seating, an exclusive elevator, and race-themed decor. (1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead, 305.230.5000)


Event space includes a trackside open-air pavilion, which can host 60 people, or a picnic grove with tables and chairs for groups of 40 to 1,500. The rental fee includes area admission, a racing program with the group’s name, lunch, and gratuity. In-house catering is available, as are souvenir photos with the winning jockey. (21001 NW 27th Ave., 305.625.1311) summer 2010 55

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Activity Venues METEGOAL

Miami Event Space unveiled its latest concept, a stateof-the-art indoor soccer arena, in early 2009. The sports facility is available for three-on-three, four-on-four, and five-on-five soccer practices, games, and tournaments, as well as teambuilding events. The arena is equipped with new-generation artificial turf, viewing balconies, and locker rooms. (7520 NE Fourth Court, 305.438.9002) NATIONAL CROQUET CENTER

This West Palm Beach facility has a 19,000-square-foot clubhouse. The center can host groups of 20 to 600 people for events. As many as 192 players at a time can use one of the 12 lawns, and croquet experts provide all the equipment and lessons. Additionally, groups can take advantage of the Croquet Grille or one of three private rooms for as many as 200 people. (700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach, 561.478.2300) UPPER EASTSIDE GARDEN5

Wrapping around a sushi restaurant in Miami’s Biscayne corridor, Upper Eastside Garden has a nine-hole miniature golf course, a tiki hut, vintage furniture, a sound system, and a film projection area, and holds 200 people. Each station of the golf course incorporates a different theme, such as traffic paraphernalia or black-and-white television. The film area is used for weekly movie nights. (7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305.984.3231) NEW SOCCER ROOFTOP5

Opened in May 2009 at the Rivergate Plaza in Brickell, the venue has two outdoor soccer fields, a 400-squarefoot indoor lounge for 35, and a patio for 100. (444 Brickell Ave., 2nd Floor, 786.985.1555)


This 90,000-square-foot indoor racetrack underwent a $2 million renovation in 2007 to add space for corporate meetings and events. The largest space overlooks the track and can accommodate 150. Additionally, two meeting rooms can host 100 and 200, respectively. The venue recently added 18 holes of racing-themed miniature golf. (5300 North Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954.491.6265)


Part of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades, the safari in Clewiston is an unconventional alternative for meetings. The amphitheater, which has bleacher seating, can seat as many as 100. A covered outdoor area holds 80. Chickees, small thatched-roof dwellings, are available for overnight stays for two to 12 people. (30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston, 800.949.6101) LION COUNTRY SAFARI5

This drive-through safari and amusement park has a new 4,000-square-foot private event pavilion with seating for 500. An event at the pavilion includes admission to the park, a one-acre multiuse filed, and free parking. (2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee, 561.793.1084 ext. 280) SAWGRASS RECREATION PARK5

Tour the Everglades on an airboat or have a cookout for groups of 25 to 250—both can be arranged at this 17-acre park in Weston. A reptile and alligator exhibit allows groups to get close to local critters and exotic wildlife like kangaroos and birds of prey or to pet a real Florida panther. (1006 North U.S. Hwy. 27, Weston, 954.389.0202)

Bars, Lounges & Clubs BARS & LOUNGES AMADEUS BAR

Opened in 2000 at the Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, the Italian-library-style Amadeus Bar is available for private parties. It seats 50 or holds 90 for receptions. (3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove, 305.644.4680) BAHIA5

This bar and lounge, named after a city in northeast Brazil, is on the seventh-floor pool deck of the Four Seasons Miami. The 4,275-square-foot space has a twoacre pool terrace for 200 people. A 16-foot water wall adds to the bar’s outdoor living room ambience. Buyouts are available. (1435 Brickell Ave., 305.358.3535) B.E.D.

This South Beach hotspot was renovated in 2008. Under the creative direction of Ocean Aire Events, the redesign introduced several aesthetic updates, including a new color scheme of light blues, white, silver, and opal, and an extended bar for easier access and event flow. B.E.D. offers more than 3,000 square feet of event space, and the made-over menu now features aphrodisiac-inspired dishes for special events. (929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.9070) NEW BRIX 46 LOUNGE

Upon its opening in February 2010, Brix 46 Lounge became the latest addition to the burgeoning Mary Brickell Village dining and entertainment complex. The 1,250-square-foot lounge has an open layout that can accommodate as many as 200 at dark wood tables and on brown leather couches. The venue has a full menu of American and Mediterranean dishes for late-night dining and entertainment Thursday through Saturday. (50 SW 10th St., Suite 46, 305.415.9596) CABANA ONE5

This 7,000-square-foot lounge on the roof of the fivestory Mayfair Hotel and Spa can accommodate as many as 300 people. The lounge is a separate entity from the hotel, with a 1,100-square-foot pool adjacent to its private cabanas, each of which is equipped with a flat-screen plasma TV and a Nintendo Wii. Catering can be provided through the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Angelo & Maxie’s, and custom menus are available. (3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, 305.448.5088) NEW CAFEINA5

Open since January 2010, Cafeina is comprised of a lounge, art gallery, and garden. The 1,560-square-foot lounge has an eight-seat bar, while an additional 65 can sit on earth-toned leather loungers. A mezzanine seats 35. The 1,000-square-foot art gallery showcases local artists’ works and can be used for events for as many as 200. The 5,000-square-foot garden holds 200 and can be tented. (297 Northwest 23rd St., 305.438.0792) NEW COCO DE VILLE

This 2,000-square-foot lounge opened at the Gansevoort South hotel in Miami Beach in February 2010. Operated

by the One Group, the lounge is located adjacent to STK restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. Private events can be accommodated. (2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.604.6816) GEMMA5

The owners of the Sport Café and Rosinella opened Gemma on Lincoln Road. The 128-seat lounge has wood floors, dark wood columns, artwork, and intimate areas with large ottomans and one-of-a-kind coffee tables, all in subdued candlelight. An additional 48-seat outdoor terrace is also available for events. (529 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.534.3662) LEVEL 25

Inside the Conrad Miami Hotel, Level 25 spans the entire 25th floor with three distinct spaces for events. The Bar features a 30-foot frosted-glass bar with bright yellow and chocolate brown accents, as well as the venue’s signature cocktail program, which allows guests to create their own libations. Level 25’s main space, Atrio, is an 80-seat dining room. Larger groups can book the Room, a 4,000-square-foot space behind the Bar. The Wine Attic can host 15. (1395 Brickell Ave., 305.503.6529) LOUIS

Nightlife conglomerate the Opium Group opened Louis inside the Gansevoort South Hotel in South Beach in November 2008. The 6,500-square-foot French electropunk-inspired lounge features Marie Antoinette-style decor, two bars, and 25 semiprivate tables. (2325 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.4600) LOVE HATE LOUNGE

The first bar and lounge opened by Miami Ink tattoo artists Ami James and Chris Nuñez, Love Hate Lounge can host private events for as many as 110 people. The elongated Lucite bar has tattoo-inspired drawings lit from below, and the walls are covered by traditional tattoo art accented with gold leaf detailing. Catering is available on site though outside companies are allowed. (423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.695.8616) MANGO’S TROPICAL CAFE

This well-known Miami Beach nightspot has multiple spaces for private events and a nightly live cabaret show. The Mojito room features Cuban-style decor and is equipped with a full sound and lighting system, as well as a private DJ booth for use during events. Within the Jungle Room, which seats 100 guests, is the Mermaid Bar. Another private space, the VoDou Room, boasts artwork and collage-covered walls. (900 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.673.4422) NEW MI-VI LOUNGE

This lounge opened in December 2009 in the space formerly occupied by the Sport of Kings Lounge at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino. The lounge’s open layout features a 40-foot stage and six bars and can seat 400 or hold 1,000 for receptions. (901 South Federal Hwy., Hallandale, 954.457.6464)

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Meaning “all lands” in Greek, this lounge has a safariinspired interior that features authentic tribal artifacts as well as an elaborate patio. At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, the 4,000-square-foot space accommodates 304 with all the modular furniture in place and 500 without it. Pangaea’s patio holds as many as 150 people. (5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954.581.5454)



The Webster, a hotel turned high-end boutique, opened this rooftop bar and lounge in December 2009. The 1,100-square-foot space has views of Collins Avenue and can accommodate 75 for private events. (1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.7899)

In the former Pearl nightclub space above Nikki Beach in South Beach, Club Nikki has a similar style to its beachfront counterpart. With room for about 500, the space can be split to create multiple lounges—both inside and on the balcony; there’s also an open dance floor. (1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.538.1111)



This Havana-inspired bar in the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, pours more than 50 rums from 18 countries and can accommodate 50 people. A menu of appetizers and main courses is available. For the cigar lover, RumBar is equipped with fully stocked humidors. V.I.P. rum lockers are also available. Buyouts are allowed. (455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, 305.365.4500)

This 10,000-square-foot eco-friendly nightclub is slated to open at the end of July 2010 with a 65-seat restaurant on the first floor and a nightclub on the second accommodating 500. (801 Silks Run, Hallendale Beach, 212.807.8900)

The 35,000-square-foot nightclub in Miami Beach has indoor and ample outdoor space on the beach. The open-air venue is outfitted with its signature white beds, loungers, and bamboo accents. Indoor nightclub Club Nikki is on the second level of the building. Catering is available. (1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.538.1111)



Open since late June 2010, this 4,000-square foot twolevel nightclub holds 200. The loft-style venue has chandeliers, LED-lit white walls, and white leather furnishings. Two plasma screens are available for video or branding. Outdoor balconies will be added later this year. (200 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.449.1028)

This nightclub from the Opium Group opened in April 2009 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The 6,000-square-foot club resembles a Parisian cabaret with Asian accents. Under the expansive staircase, the 2,000-square-foot French Boudoir Room holds 200 people. The venue can accommodate as many as 1,200 for full buyouts. (5729 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954.327.9094)


Formerly home to Honey Lounge, this South Beach space was completely rebuilt and opened in March 2009. It is now a bar and lounge built with the deconstructed pieces of a retired U.S. jumbo jet, including a bar made from a wing and two giant jet-engine turbine fans behind it. The 3,600-square-foot venue can accommodate 220 with three V.I.P. areas, dubbed First Class 1, 2, and 3. (645 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.0747) NEW SUGARCANE LOUNGE5

The owners of SushiSamba Dromo opened this loungestyle venue in early December 2009. The 4,200-squarefoot space on Midtown Miami’s main thoroughfare offers an 850-square-foot patio with additional seating and food service. (3252 North East First Ave., 212.604.0600) NEW SWITCH

This 1,093-square-foot venue can seat 80 or hold as many as 200 for buyouts. As its name implies, the bar will switch its theme and cuisine every few months; it is currently serving a mix of Spanish and Italian tapas. (3008 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 305.441.1313) NEW THE TAURUS5

First established more than 83 years ago, the Taurus was shut down in 2002 due to residential development plans. The bar reopened in its original location in early July 2009. Restaurateur Tom Billante channeled the old pub’s roots with hardwood floors and the original Taurus sign. The 875-square-foot space has a 10-seat bar and an outdoor space shared with sister restaurant Calamari Italian Seafood. (3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove, 305.441.0219)

This bilevel club in South Beach is a disco lover’s haven and accommodates as many as 1,200 people. The mezzanine has V.I.P seating for as many as 150 and can be used for private events. Full buyouts are available. (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.2667) CLUB NIKKI5


This Cirque du Soleil-inspired club at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood derives its name from the mythological creature. The 6,000-square-foot space includes a sunken European-style dance floor, two distinctive bars, and an elevated V.I.P. area ideal for intimate private functions. Together with the adjoining Pangaea, it can accommodate as many as 1,300 guests. (5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954.581.5454)


This 8,000-square-foot burlesque nightclub opened in March 2010. The bilevel club can accommodate 150 on its first floor with an additional 275 on the second, which can be divided into four separate spaces including a private room for 16. (330 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.532.2330)


One of the many watering holes frequented by Paris Hilton, Mansion was built in 1936 as the French Casino.

Boats & Yachts

This company has a fleet of seven vessels ranging from the 41-foot Recess to the 111-foot Biscayne Lady. The Island Lady, Venetian Lady, and Princess Lady yachts can accommodate 140, the Arena Eagle can carry 50, and the Biscayne Lady holds 380. (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305.379.5119) CARROUSEL YACHT

The 135-foot Carrousel luxury yacht has a 1,200-squarefoot salon that holds 149. Several hundred people can


This 1,450-square-foot Miami Beach nightclub plays music from ’80s rock to hip-hop and house and has a capacity of 150 people. Audiovisual equipment—including projectors, TV displays, and a high-tech lighting and sound system— is available, as is a stage. Buyouts are also available. (1905 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.4397)

This 4,000-square-foot 1920s-style Parisian burlesque club opened in June 2010. The venue is able to accommodate about 220 people and has two areas for groups: the semi-private Betty Page room for 18 people and upstairs V.I.P. room for 30. (912 71st St., Miami Beach, 305.865.5955)


The 4,300-square-foot club on Washington Avenue opened in May 2010 and can accommodate 350. There are also two private mezzanine areas for groups of about 80 each. The owners have said they will donate a portion of its nightly proceeds to breast cancer research. (737 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.7465)



This luxury yacht charter company has a 23-vessel fleet that includes a 41-foot catamaran, a 51-foot fishing yacht, several sailboats, and a 156-foot private yacht with five staterooms. The company can arrange themed dinner charters, water sports like snorkeling and water skiing, and deep sea fishing charters. (305.358.0745)


King Is Dead opened in November 2008. Next door to its sister restaurant, Grass, the club and lounge is outfitted with urban gothic decor and can accommodate 500 people. The 2,600-square-foot space has a semiprivate V.I.P. area for 60 guests as well as an additional private space—complete with bathroom and shower. Catering is available from Grass. (10 NE 40th St., 305.573.3355)

Featuring an elegant mahogany look, high ceilings, and natural colors, this Miami wine bar has more than 200 bottles of vino, mostly from small-production vineyards around the world. The nearly 2,000-square-foot Wine69—named for its 69th Street location—can host 100 people. It comes with catered food and wine, an ongoing art exhibit, wireless Internet equipment, and a full kitchen. (6909 Biscayne Blvd., 305.759.0122)





This company recently added a new 78-foot catamaran to its fleet. The Caribbean Spirit can accommodate 125 people. There is fixed seating for 93, rail seating for 32, and a trampoline net area for additional guests on deck. (6980 NW Fourth Ave., Boca Raton, 305.509.2044)

After closing in 2009 for renovations, Mokai reopened in March 2010 as the newest addition to nightlife conglomerate the Opium Group’s properties. The 4,000-squarefoot club is outfitted with bright red sofas, black walls, red lattice detailing, and custom-designed chandeliers. Buyouts are available for 270. (253 23rd St., 305.538.6337)

This nightclub has 28,000 square feet of space, and three private areas for as many as 3,000 people. The inside space features a stage, two full-service bars, and a V.I.P. room. Outdoor concert hall America’s Backyard holds 2,000 people and has two full-service bars. The V.I.P. mezzanine area for 250 overlooks the stage. (200 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.727.0989)

This 5,000-square-foot space in downtown Miami comprises three distinct areas, including the 3,000-squarefoot open-air courtyard, which accommodates as many as 500 guests, and the 1,500-square-foot main lounge. For a more intimate experience, the 750-square-foot Red Lounge is also available. Outside vendors and buyouts are allowed. (1306 North Miami Ave., 305.995.5050)



This downtown members-only club offers three private rooms that can accommodate 10 to 800 guests. Available for breakfast, lunch, or dinner events, the club features a large humidor room equipped with an air-filtration system. An in-house cigar roller and event staff are available. (200 South Biscayne Blvd., 55th Floor, 305.373.2600)


Formerly home to Miami Beach hotspots Privé and Opium Garden, Klutch nightclub opened in December 2009. The 26,000-square-foot bilevel venue has been completely redesigned with three private rooms, each decorated in a different color. On the second floor, the War and Peace rooms—decorated in red and green, respectively—can each accommodate 261, and the White room can host 143. A purple-hued garden on the first floor can host groups as large as 433. (136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.4643)


The 40,000-square-foot venue has two levels with six bars and a capacity of 2,500. Design highlights include sweeping staircases, fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, and brick walls. Seven projection screens are available. (1235 Washington Ave., 305.531.5535)



This spacious 10,000-square-foot nightclub in Fort Lauderdale can be rented during the day for corporate and social events for as many as 1,200 guests; use of the 2,500-square-foot deck is included. The club also has four private lounges and a stage in the center of the dance floor. (111 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.522.0733) NEW WALL

TheOpiumGroupopenedthis3,500-square-footnightclub in July 2009 inside the W South Beach hotel. It’s outfitted with a copper mesh ceiling, black leather banquettes, and gold and black patterned walls. An oversize gold sofa with room for 32 serves as the club’s centerpiece. (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.938.3131)

tional locations in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and New York. (132 Sussex G, West Palm Beach, 561.242.4753) MASITA SPORT FISHING CHARTERS

also be accommodated dockside for receptions. The yacht departs from the Hyatt on Miami River. (1717 North Bayshore Drive, 305.530.9700)

Masita has a 19-vessel fleet, including a 192-foot yacht with a capacity of 400 people. The company offers hourly, half-day, and full-day fishing excursions. Fishing tournaments on 15- to 51-foot boats can be arranged for groups looking to catch snapper, sailfish, swordfish, dolphin, and marlin. (401 Biscayne Blvd., 954.562.0747)



Charter One’s fleet includes two vessels: the three-deck Summer Wind, which holds 65, and the five-deck Grand Floridian for 400. The 15,000-square-foot Grand Floridian is composed of a main salon, a 240-seat dining salon, and a 2,500-square-foot open-air sky lounge. (4419 West Tradewinds Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.771.0102)

The Reward Fleet, at the South Miami Beach Marina, offers two vessels for deep-sea fishing, private parties, corporate functions, and other special events. The private charters each hold as many as 100 people. (300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305.372.9470)


This party boat has two decks; the lower one seats 85 and the upper deck holds 150. The lower deck has a full galley, three buffet stations, and a private bar. The 3,000-squarefoot upper deck has a separate cabana area with grass flooring, two wooden beds, its own bar, and seating for 50. (4410 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.538.4040)

Holiday of Magic’s fleet is made up of four charter yachts. The Miami Lady, a 75-foot vessel, and the 130-foot Venetian Lady both hold 149 passengers. The 111-foot Biscayne Lady can host as many as 400 on its three decks. The 62-foot Holiday of Magic has space for 49. The company also offers scenic tours like the Mansion Cruise and the Miami River Safari. (1717 North Bayshore Drive, 305.372.8055) LOTS OF YACHTS

With more than 15 vessels ranging from 30 to 167 feet, Lots of Yachts can accommodate groups of various sizes. The vessels are available from Key West to Jupiter, with addi-



With three yachts ranging from 147 to 170 feet, Windridge can accommodate as many as 500. The Lady Windridge is available for daytime or nighttime events and offers sunset and midnight tours. The dining room holds 300 people for seminars. (2950 NE 32nd Ave., 954.525.7724) summer 2010 57

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rooms for business events. (595 South Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561.544.2600)

A part of the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Hotel, this conference center has more than 60,000 square feet of prefunction and flexible meeting space. There are 10 meeting rooms and a 175-seat amphitheater. High-speed Internet access is included, and catering for events is optional. (250 Racquet Club Road, Weston, 954.389.3300)



This conference center provides a professional business setting with 15 conference rooms. Meeting spaces include a satellite office and a conference room. (1031 Ives Dairy Road, Suite 228, 305.651.8406)

With 20,000 square feet of event space on 100 acres, the Turner Center can accommodate small and large meetings. The venue also has cattle barns for agricultural events and a large 20-acre fenced area for outdoor events. (2250 Northeast Roan St., Arcadia, 863.993.4807)



On Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus in Miami, the center has meeting rooms that range from 729 to 1,620 square feet and hold 20 to 95 people each. Events for more than 400 can be hosted in the 5,500-square-foot ballroom, which has views of the bay. The 10,930-square-foot terrace can accommodate 350. Four 1,560-square-foot auditoriums and meeting rooms are available. (3000 NE 151st St., 305.919.5000)

Owned and operated by the City of Fort Lauderdale, the facility is ideal for conferences, trade shows, and performances. The 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall can fit 125 eight- by 10-foot booths or seat as many as 2,110 people. The lawn can accommodate events for 10,000. Catering is exclusive to Professional Concessions. The venue can arrange event staffing. (800 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954.828.5380)

This state-of-the-art conference center has more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space available for events. Ten meeting rooms can seat as many as 2,500 guests. (6101 NW 31 St., 954.977.5863) TURNER AGRI-CIVIC CENTER5


Palmetto Bay Village is a 300,000-square-foot building that offers spaces suitable for 50 to 1,000. A 9,500-squarefoot banquet facility offers views of Biscayne Bay. A terrace that can hold 500 is also available. (18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 307, Palmetto Bay, 305.234.4118) RONALD W. SHANE CENTER5

Overlooking Indian Creek Waterway, the Ronald W. Shane Center offers over 4,000 square feet of rentable space, which can seat 200 guests for events. The room can also be broken into three separate, fully functional meeting rooms. The center is equipped with a large patio. (6500 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, 305.861.8837) ROYAL PALM CENTER

In the center of the Boca Raton Financial District, the Royal Palm Center offers views of the Boca Raton Resort, golf course, and the ocean. With about 6,300 square feet of meeting space, the center offers a variety of conference

Owned by the City of Miami and managed by Global Spectrum, this entertainment, meeting, and convention complex provides a range of event space. A theater seats 4,646, and the 28,000-square-foot Riverfront Hall is also available. The Miami Conference Center has an auditorium, a lecture hall, and 17 meeting rooms. Also on site: a riverwalk and the 612-room Hyatt Regency Miami. (400 SE Second Ave., 305.416.5970) LEE CIVIC CENTER5

The Lee Civic Center in Fort Meyers offers 90,000 square feet of exhibit space as well as a 15,000-square-foot climate-controlled expo hall and a 17,000-square-foot pavilion. (11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Meyers, 239.543.8368) MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER


The center spans more than four city blocks in Miami Beach and has more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space on one level. There is also 100,000 square feet of prefunction space and 70 meeting rooms totaling 127,000 square feet on the second floor. The center can provide a full range of audiovisual services, equipment rentals, marketing, and catering. (1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 305.673.7311)



Composed of two halls, this expo center features an exposed roof structure and space for large events and conventions. Exposition Hall West offers 35,700 square feet of open space, and Exposition Hall East has 49,051 square feet that can be divided into two smaller halls. (9067 Southern Blvd., 561.793.0333)

Home of the Miami-Dade County Fair, this 86-acre site is available for rental and hosts a large variety of indoor and outdoor events. Edwards Hall contains more than 35,000 square feet of unobstructed show space, and the 7,900-square-foot Blue Ribbon Room seats as many as 400 guests. (10901 Coral Way, Miami, 305.223.7060)



This three-story convention center in Fort Lauderdale has 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, 28 meeting rooms totaling 350,000 square feet, 53,000 square feet of prefunction space, and 18 covered loading docks. The 20,000-square-foot ballroom can seat 1,800 guests or hold 126 exhibit booths. Boston Culinary Arts Group is the exclusive caterer and can provide audiovisual services. (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.765.5900)

The bilevel center sits on 19 acres and offers nearly 350,000 square feet of meeting and event space. It has a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall capable of holding 500 booths, 19 meeting rooms, and a 22,000-square-foot ballroom. There is also a 3,077-square-foot outdoor area. The center has built-in viewing screens and telecommunications, data, and audio capabilities. Aramark is the exclusive caterer. (650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561.366.3000)


The Marie Green Forum for Global Missions has 12 meeting rooms, the largest of which holds 400. The forum also offers a separate registration space and professional catering services. Overnight lodging can also be provided. The space is available to churches, nonprofit organizations, schools, hospitals, and other Christian organizations. (600 SW Third St., Pompano Beach, 877.337.8569)



This convention center in the heart of Miami has 150,000 square feet of flexible event space that can be divided into five rooms, the largest of which is 50,000 square feet. With state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and climate control systems, the facility can accommodate as many as 15,000 guests in a theater setup. (2700 South Bayshore Drive, 305.579.3310)

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The Port St. Lucie Civic Center offers 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, including the 5,790-square-foot Ruby Conference Hall and the 13,464-square-foot Emerald Ballroom. The center also has a brick-lined patio overlooking a pond and fountains. (9221 South East Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie, 772.807.4488)

projectors that can be used for events or meetings. A new 150-seat restaurant with a full bar, six bowling lanes, and a private theater with lounge seating will open in midJuly 2010. (3015 Grand Ave., 954.557.1612)



people and is equipped with Wi-Fi and full audiovisual and sound systems. Bill Hansen Catering is the preferred vendor. (1045 5th St., Miami Beach, 305.532.4340)

This performing arts center can accommodate 600. The Plaza for the Arts is a 57,000-square-foot outdoor area designed for concerts and festivals. The Knight Concert Hall and Ziff Ballet Opera House—with intimate lounges and salons throughout—have fully equipped stages and seat 2,200 and 2,400 guests, respectively. (1444 Biscayne Blvd., 786.468.2000)



This dueling piano bar opened in May 2009 in Coconut Grove’s Coco Walk. The multilevel space can accommodate as many as 500 people for receptions and has a raised V.I.P. area for 33. The company also offers off-site entertainment via Crazy Pianos On Tour, a packaged version of the bar’s signature music performances. (3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 305.567.2462)

The new center is scheduled to open in summer 2010. Managed by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the 14,864-square-foot facility will have a 324-seat theater with a 3,420-square-foot stage, full lighting and sound systems, and waterfront views of the Intracoastal Waterway. (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura, 305.466.8002)

Inside the historic McCrory Building in Fort Lauderdale, this 175-seat cabaret dinner theater features gourmet fare. The theater has a private skybox that can accommodate 35 people; full buyouts are also available. Catering is exclusive to the venue. (219 South Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.763.5236)


This 20,000-square-foot entertainment and nightlife space has five individually themed rooms, including a 10,000-square-foot poolside space for 400 and three bars. The Cool Pool, inspired by Paul Newman’s film The Hustler, has six billiard tables and space for 300. (219 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.357.9981)

Part concert venue and part art gallery, this 20,000square-foot property has been open since March 2009. The converted warehouse can hold 500 for art- and musicrelated events. A moveable 300-square-foot stage anchors the ground floor, where 10-foot windows provide views of a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden that can accommodate 1,000 people. (550 NW 29th St., 305.461.0260)





This restaurant and nightclub in Seminole Paradise at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino can be rented for private parties of 14 to 150 and also offers off-premise catering. The venue provides a state-of-the-art semicircular Klipsch sound stage and audiovisual equipment for presentations. (5751 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale, 954.242.5820)


This Fort Lauderdale facility features two theaters that seat 590 and 2,688 guests. Other available spaces include the Einstein Room, which seats 40 or holds 60 for receptions; the New River Room, which holds 200 for banquets or 320 for receptions; and a courtyard with seating for 90 or room for as many as 300 standing. In addition, the Horvitz Grand Lobby seats 160 or holds 400 for receptions. (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.468.2926)



Formerly an AMC theater, CocoWalk’s cinema was renovated and reopened in early June 2010 with a new name and new ownership. Paragon Grove 13 has 13 theaters that seat 80 to 150. Each is outfitted with Sony Digital 4K

This recently renovated 1,471-seat theater has a full-service box office, a 10,000-square-foot museum, on-site catering, and a lakeside terrace with three event spaces, each with room for more than 200 people. The venue has an ample


This popular comedy club in West Palm Beach—with additional locations in Coconut Grove and Hollywood—can host events for 20 to 650 people. Guests may participate in stand-up comedy classes or choose specific comedians for an event’s entertainment. (550 South Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach, 561.833.1812; 3390 Mary St., Suite 182, Coconut Grove, 305.441.8200; 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954.981.5653) LAFFING MATTERZ

This 27,000-square-foot pavilion can host concerts and entertainment events for as many as 2,000 and features backyard-inspired amenities like a pool, the Tool Shed bar, a swing set, a drive-in theater screen, and the upstairs Back Porch Bar. The venue’s all-night menu features backyard barbecue foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato salad. There is a semiprivate space for 80. (100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.449.1030) NEW CLUB PLAY

This 10,000-square-foot entertainment venue opened in October 2009 in the space formerly known as the Fifth. The bilevel nightclub can accommodate as many as 700

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load-in dock and offers audiovisual equipment rental. (2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, 954.344.5999)

theater arrangement, and 900 for receptions. (600 South Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561.835.1408)



This state-of-the-art facility in West Palm Beach is home to two theaters: the Mainstage, which seats 377, and the Second Story Theatre, which seats 45. Both are available for events and are fully equipped with sound and lighting systems. (201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561.835.9226)

Managed by the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, this facility’s theater has 502 seats. The Spotlight Corner Café contains a 128-square-foot theater and has a capacity of 128—90 chairs with tables and 30 without. (1770 Monroe St., Hollywood, 954.921.3439)



Formerly the Jackie Gleason Theater, the Fillmore recently underwent a $4 million upgrade. A tiered floor plan allows seats to be removed to create reception areas for as many as 2,500 guests. Also available are three private rooms that cater to groups of 50 to 200, two corporate lounges for 40 people each, and a rehearsal space for 250. The south lawn holds 400. (1700 Washington Ave., 305.938.2505)

This 18,000-square-foot facility has a 265-seat theater. The Skylight Lounge and front lobby are available for smaller events that do not need the full theater. The facility also houses a set design shop, sound studio, rehearsal studio, dressing room, and video editing suites. Full film and video production services are available through in-house production company Real Productions L.L.C. (2640 Washington St., Hollywood, 954.922.0404)


Part of the University of Miami, the Frost School of Music offers use of its facilities for events. The Gusman Concert Hall accommodates 600, and the Clarke Recital Hall seats 139. (P.O. Box 248165, Coral Gables, 305.284.2438) GUSMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Moorish architecture and simulated night skyline of this 1920s movie palace lend events a vintage flavor. The 1,567-seat theater has 11 dressing rooms with private baths, two large choral rooms, and full audiovisual capabilities. The dramatic double-height lobby accommodates receptions of as many as 500 and can be rented independently of the auditorium. (174 East Flagler St., 305.374.2444) HARD ROCK LIVE

The 5,500-seat indoor arena at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood can host music and comedy acts, as well as sporting events. Morris Architects designed the four-story space, which has a movable 2,400-squarefoot stage with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology and a private room on the upper level for catered events. (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954.797.5531)


This two-story facility (and the headquarters of Florida’s Grand Opera) features a marble lobby leading into the 3,500-square-foot ballroom. A wood-paneled boardroom accommodates as many as 50. The Leiser Center has established relationships with several local caterers. (221 SW Third Ave., For Lauderdale, 954.728.9700) KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Options at this facility include the Rinker Playhouse for 300, Gosman Amphitheatre for 1,400, and Dreyfoos Hall, with space for nearly 2,200. The Cohen Pavilion, a multipurpose facility with meeting and catering resources, has an additional four event and performance spaces, as well as lecture halls, theater labs, a community conference room, a dance studio, a recording studio, and more. (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561.833.8300) MANUEL ARTIME THEATER

This 839-seat theater features a 30-foot by 60-foot stage, one of the longest in town for a theater of its size. It also features a newly painted lobby and two marble staircases. (900 SW 1st St., 305.575.5057)

800-seat theater, two art galleries ideal for prefunction cocktail receptions, a full-service kitchen, and a botanical garden. (2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, 954.602.4500) IN THE WORKS NEW WORLD SYMPHONY CAMPUS

The New World Symphony Campus in Miami Beach is expected to open in January 2011. Designed by Frank Gehry, the 106,350-square-foot campus will have 36,570 square feet of performance space and more than 30 multipurpose function rooms. The new campus is part of the City Center Redevelopment Project, and the city of Miami Beach will build a parking garage and two-acre public park adjacent to the campus. (1672 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.3330) OLD SCHOOL SQUARE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

This four-acre center is composed of the old Delray Beach Elementary and High School buildings, which were converted into event spaces in 1990. Theatrical performances can be held at the 323-seat Crest Theatre. There are also nine classrooms, the largest of which seats 100 theater style. The restored 1926 high school gymnasium measures 3,500 square feet and seats 400 theater style; it has a stage, load-in area, and food preparation space. The 3,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion has a concession building and event restroom facilities. (51 North Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561.243.7922) PARKER PLAYHOUSE

Opened in 1967, this neoclassical venue was built by Dr. Louis Parker and is managed by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Its 1,167-seat theater is available for events. (707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954.468.3313) ROSE & ALFRED MINIACI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

On the campus of Nova Southeastern University, this 498-seat auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics and balcony seating for 99. (3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.262.5480) THEATER OF THE SEA

Formerly the first United Methodist Church of West Palm Beach, this 11,000-square-foot trilevel cultural arts center is in the multiuse CityPlace development. The venue can hold 60 trade show booths, 600 people in a banquet or


In the heart of Miramar Town Center, this center has a banquet hall that can seat 300 or be divided into three separate spaces for smaller events. There is also an

A Keys landmark, this Islamorada theater is known for its sea-animal shows starring dolphins and sea lions. Tours of the marine life exhibits are available for as many as 250 guests. Straws, stirrers, and balloons are prohibited for the safety of the theater’s residents. (84721 Overseas Hwy. at Mile Marker 84.5, Islamorada, 305.664.2431)




This property is composed of 15 Florida-style mansions with 240 suites. The two Cobalt meeting rooms, totaling 1,700 square feet, can accommodate as many as 170 for receptions. There are five distinctive golf courses nearby, including the adjacent CA World Golf Championship course, as well as the Jim McLean Golf School. (5300 NW 87th Ave., Doral, 305.597.8600)

The Clevelander hotel reopened in April 2009 after a 22-month, $40 million renovation that added a tower and four event spaces. The new South Tower has 11 guest rooms as well as the SPF4 Sundeck, which holds 90. In the old tower, 1020 Music Boxx is the hotel’s first indoor nightlife entity; it holds 113 with room for an additional 189 on the terrace. (1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.531.3485)



This resort sprawls across 356 acres in a private village in Florida’s Gold Coast. There are 1,043 guest rooms, including 56 suites, 76 junior suites, and 60 one-bedroom bungalows. The hotel offers approximately 146,000 square feet of space which can accommodate groups of 15 to 2,000 people. (501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, 888.543.1277)

In addition to its 8,000 square feet of indoor space, this 234-room Longboat Key property includes two three-unit beachfront houses with complete kitchens set directly on the sand. The houses and their surrounding beaches can accommodate 100 and 275 guests, respectively. (1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 941.383.6464)



Palm Beach’s Brazilian Court has catered to the elite since 1926. Mahogany millwork and Provençal colors decorate 80 one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites and studios with patio and terrace options. The hotel features 2,750 square feet of meeting space, including a 120-seat ballroom, and 1,100 square feet of outdoor space. There is a Frederic Fekkai Salon and Spa, as well as French-American Café Boulud. (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561.655.7740)

This Palm Beach hotel is an antique boutique property that completed renovations in summer 2008. The 92-room hotel not only updated its common areas, including the lobby and on-site restaurant, but also renovated its theater space. The 1,113-square-foot Royal Room can seat as many as 80. (155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach, 561.655.5430)



This hotel has 54 rooms and 43 suites. Four oceanfront meeting rooms include the Mediterranean Ballroom, which can be divided into three separate areas and holds 130, and the boardroom, which seats 14. Outdoor lawn spaces are also available for events—the largest holds 200. (17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.918.8000) THE ATLANTIC RESORT & SPA5

This property has 124 guest rooms including 58 suites and five spacious penthouses. The hotel also offers two meeting rooms—a total of 1,200 square feet—which open up to the fifth-floor pool deck and hold 80. The 80-seat Trina Restaurant has a private space for 25. (601 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.567.8020) BAHIA MAR BEACH RESORT & YACHTING CENTER5

This beachside resort and mega-yacht marina houses 22,000 square feet of event space, with 17 meeting rooms that accommodate groups of 10 to 600. The Commodore Ballroom can be divided into six sections. The waterfront gardens seat 200 for banquets. (801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 888.802.2442) THE BEACH CLUB5

This Waldorf Astoria property has 212 guest rooms and 146,000 square feet of meeting space. The Beach Club has seven boardrooms, the 4,575-square-foot Dunes Ballroom, and three new pools. Serendipity—a branch of the famous ice cream café in New York City—opened in 2008. The 1,200-square-foot eatery seats 47. (900 South Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, 866.961.5055) BELLASERA5

This Naples property has 100 suites and 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space for groups as large as 200. The spaces include an executive boardroom, a terrace overlooking the pool, and ballrooms ranging from 520 to 1,600 square feet. The Mediterranean-infused restaurant Zizi seats 60. (221 Ninth St. South, Naples, 239.649.7333) BETSY HOTEL5

The Betsy Ross Hotel reopened in April 2009 as the Betsy Hotel. The 63-room property has two spaces for events: a 96-seat BLT Steak restaurant and a 3,500-square-foot rooftop solarium with space for 150. Additional amenities include a three-cabana spa and a 500-square-foot pool deck. (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.531.6100) BILTMORE HOTEL5

The historic Biltmore consists of 275 guest rooms. Among the tropical landscape there is an 18-hole Donald Rossdesigned golf course and 10 tennis courts. Eight meeting rooms, six breakout rooms, a boardroom, two amphitheaters, and a ballroom comprise 40,000 square feet of event space. (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305.445.1926)


This hotel offers 540 guest rooms. Three grand ballrooms, 25 meeting rooms, and six boardrooms are part of 45,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 20,000 square feet of outdoor space. Other amenities include 10 restaurants, a spa, two 18-hole championship golf courses, and boutiques such as Ralph Lauren and Burberry. (One South County Road, Palm Beach, 888.273.2537) CANYON RANCH MIAMI BEACH5

This 150-suite hotel has a 70,000-square-foot spa with 54 treatment rooms, 750 feet of beach, and two 14-seat boardrooms. There are four dining options including the Canyon Ranch Grill, which has private dining for 32. The hotel’s two-story indoor rock climbing wall can be used for teambuilding activities. (6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.514.7000) CASA YBEL RESORT5

Casa Ybel resides on Sanibal Island with 114 one- and twobedroom suites. Meeting space includes the Birdcage, a private dining room that holds 30 for banquets; and the Waterfront Room, which overlooks the gardens and holds 100. Tenting is also available; the largest holds as many as 560. (2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibal Island, 239.472.3145) THE CATALINA HOTEL & BEACH CLUB5

This stylish boutique hotel is composed of three separate buildings—the Catalina, Maxine, and Dorset—following the South Beach Group’s acquisition of the latter two hotels. The 192-room property has three pools (including two rooftop pools with private bars), two on-site restaurants, and three bars and lounges. (1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.1160)


This 70-room Comfort Inn is less than two miles from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and 12 miles from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. One 400-square-foot meeting room holds 44. (3551 West Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.315.2900) CONRAD MIAMI HOTEL

This high-rise Hilton offers 203 guest rooms and 103 residence suites. Of the 20,000 square feet of meeting space, the largest venue is the Conrad Ballroom, which holds 400 for receptions. Level 25, the restaurant, is located on the 25th floor. (1395 Brickell Ave., 305.503.6500) CORAL SPRINGS MARRIOTT HOTEL & GOLF CLUB5

The lobby of this 217-room hotel is a tropically landscaped seven-story atrium. The 11,700-square-foot Grand Floridian Ballroom is the largest event space, with a maximum seating capacity of 1,200. There are 12 additional meeting rooms, including a boardroom and the pool deck. (11775 Heron Bay Blvd., Coral Springs, 954.753.5598) COURTYARD FORT LAUDERDALE NORTH/CYPRESS CREEK

This Marriott has 131 rooms and five suites on four floors. Six meeting rooms create 7,000 square feet of space, including a 12-seat boardroom. The grand ballroom is 2,500 square feet and can seat 120 people. The Courtyard Café is also available for breakfast and dinner. (2440 West Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954.772.7770) COURTYARD MIAMI AIRPORT SOUTH

This five-story hotel underwent a renovation in 2009 that redesigned the lobby and 300 guest rooms. There are six meeting rooms in 2,900 square feet of space, including a 2,000-square-foot ballroom and three boardrooms. Cane Fire Grille and Champions Sports Bar are also on-site. (1201 NW Le Jeune Road, 305.642.8200) summer 2010 59

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in 46,000 square feet of meeting space, including two Ocean Tower ballrooms. Four outdoor spaces are available, including the Ocean Garden, which holds 1,500. (4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.0000)



Near Biscayne Bay, this hotel has 196 rooms and 7,000 square feet of meeting space. The 3,072-square-foot Sapphire Ballroom is on the 20th floor, where it offers panoramic views of the bay from floor-to-ceiling windows. (649 South Bayshore Drive, 305.858.2500)

This hotel is only half a mile from the airport and offers complimentary shuttle service. There are 318 guest rooms and more than 12,000 square feet of event space. The 14 meeting areas include three ballrooms and a 14-seat boardroom. (3974 NW South River Drive, 305.634.5000)



This 311-room property boasts 10,000 total square feet of meeting space, including the 3,200-square-foot Waterway Pavilion, which can accommodate 355, and multiple meeting rooms for 20. The property also features a pool, a bar and lounge, and two dining options. (4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954.454.4334)

This 441-room waterfront hotel has more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space, including eight meeting rooms, a 1,734-square-foot foyer, and the 4,187-square-foot Metropolis Ballroom. The 13,752-square-foot wrap-around pool deck and the private marina are available for events. (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305.424.5226)



This 160-room hotel has four levels of tiered decks and can host 250 for open-air functions. On the lobby level is Jack’s Seafood Shack, a casual restaurant that accommodates private groups of as many as 35. The hotel is known for its unique rooftop event space, the Top. This 2,050-squarefoot glass-encased area can accommodate as many as 250 guests. (430 Duval St., Key West, 305.296.2991)

This Mediterranean-style hideaway is situated on 300 acres. A 40,000-square-foot conference center includes a 12,000-square-foot grand ballroom and a 10-seat boardroom. The Magnolia Courtyard holds 250 and overlooks the island green and a 64-foot waterfall installation. (19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, 305.932.6200)


The 1,504-room Fontainebleau boasts 107,000 square feet of meeting space, including three ballrooms totaling 62,000 square feet. Outdoor space is available, including the 21,000-square-foot Ocean Lawn. (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.538.2000)

This 46-room boutique hotel opened in March 2010 just blocks form the Bal Harbour Shops after extensive renovations to the former Bay Harbour Inn & Suites Hotel. There is a boardroom for 12 and on-site dining spot the Palm Restaurant is available for private events of 130. (9660 East Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor Islands, 305.868.4141) THE DEAUVILLE BEACH RESORT

The 17-story Deauville has a history of opulence. There are 484 guest rooms and seven suites, and all oceanfront rooms feature large balconies overlooking the beach. The 75,000 square feet of event space includes three ballrooms, two boardrooms, breakout rooms, and a 200-seat theater. The Napoleon Ballroom holds 1,500 for receptions. (6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.865.8511) DELANO HOTEL5

Philippe Starck designed this South Beach addition to the Morgans Hotel Group, with unique features such as an indoor/outdoor lobby and an international collection of furniture and art. Several unique meeting spaces include the Agua Rooftop Solarium, which holds 125; the pool and beach bar area, which holds 525; and bungalows, which hold 20. A 25-seat boardroom and 40-seat gallery are also available. (1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.2000) DELRAY BEACH MARRIOTT5

This hotel offers more than 14,000 square feet of space including the Seacrest Ballroom, which holds 900, and 12 meeting rooms. Additional amenities include an adultsonly pool, the N Reagan Spa, and three dining options: Seacrest Grill, O’Grady’s Lounge, and Cascades Poolside Grill. (10 North Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 516.274.3200) DORAL GOLF RESORT & SPA5

Five championship golf courses and a spa are located on this 650-acre property. Over 100,000 square feet of meeting space includes the 60,000-square-foot Legends Ballroom, which accommodates up to 2,000. There is also a lodge with 11 meeting rooms that measure 500- to 1,000-square feet. (4400 NW 87th Ave., 305.592.2000) DOUBLETREE GRAND KEY RESORT5



This hotel is accessible only by ferry, boat, or helicopter. Forty-five cottages and villas are scattered over 216 tropical acres. The 2,250-square-foot ballroom in the Vanderbilt Mansion seats 120. The conference center seats 40 classroom-style and can be broken into two sections. (One Fisher Island Drive, Fisher Island, 305.535.6000) FORT LAUDERDALE GRANDE HOTEL AND YACHT CLUB5

This property has 21,000 square feet of function space, including 19 meeting rooms, two divisible ballrooms, three theater-style rooms with seating for 85, and a 3,000-square-foot outdoor space. There are three restaurants, including China Grill Fort Lauderdale with seating for 493 in the main dining room and 64 on the terrace. (1881 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954.463.4000) FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MIAMI5


Meeting space at this 340-room hotel includes a 6,600square-foot ballroom and six rooms with prefunction space. Plunge, the 26,000-square-foot rooftop space with a 110-foot pool, offers views 18 stories above South Beach. (2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.604.1000)


This 40-acre resort features 117 guest rooms, 225 two- and three-bedroom villas, and more than 25,000 square feet of event space. The 10 indoor meeting rooms range from 350 square feet to the 5,544-square-foot grand ballroom for 600. (61 Hawks Cay Blvd., Duck Key, 305.743.7000)

After a $200 million renovation, this oceanfront Marriott has 631 rooms and suites. There are 30 meeting rooms

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Hotel Urbano is one of the latest additions to the expanding Brickell skyline. This 65-room boutique hotel has 1,650 square feet of meeting space among three rooms and holds groups of 20 to 60. A Cuban-inspired restaurant and an outdoor pool with private cabanas are available for events. (2500 South Brickell Ave., 305.854.2070) HOTEL ASTOR

This Art Deco hotel dates back to 1936. The garden holds 85 with a set of stairs leading down to restaurant Maison d’Azur and Layla Lounge. The Moroccan-inspired Layla, separated from Maison d’Azur by a two-story wine cellar that seats six, can accommodate 40. Maison d’Azur can seat 150. (956 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.8081) HOTEL DE SOLEIL SOUTH BEACH

The property boasts 80 rooms, including 27 rooftop suites. Also on-site are a 670-square-foot executive boardroom that can host 40, a 400-square-foot wine room that seats 20, and a glass-bottom pool that looks down into Table 8 restaurant. (1437 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.4554) HOTEL VICTOR

This 88-room hotel is bringing 1930s elegance to the present after a massive redesign by Jacques Garcia. Two thousand square feet of meeting space is available. The Viaggi Room, which at 1,100 square feet accounts for more than half the event space, overlooks Ocean Drive and the Atlantic. (1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.428.1234)

This 454-room Hyatt features 26 acres of tropical greenery. The majority of the 70,000 square feet of function space is outdoors, including 40,000 square feet of courtyard, terrace, and pavilion space. Indoors, the 14,000-squarefoot Calusa Ballroom holds 1,500, and the boardroom seats 12. (5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, 239.444.1234)

This hotel has 618 rooms and 32 suites. Featuring 40,000 square feet of indoor and 60,000 square feet of outdoor event space, this hotel is home to 32 function rooms and can host up to 2,000. The Oceanfront Ballroom seats 800. (3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954.525.4000)


Opened in August 2009, this beachfront hotel boasts 24 rooms. The property also offers an array of teambuilding activities like surfing and volleyball, and has portable barbecue equipment for guests to stage their own dinner on the beach. (334 Arizona St., Hollywood, 954.391.9448)





This four-story hotel houses 219 guest rooms. There are 19,000 square feet of indoor function space, including the 6,000-square-foot Flagler Ballroom, which has 10 breakout spaces; and an executive boardroom, which seats 14. (2800 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561.582.2800)

The Executive Meeting Center at this 279-room hotel contains seven meeting rooms, five of which can be divided into smaller rooms, in 13,700 square feet of space. There is an additional 12,000 square feet of meeting space throughout the hotel, including a ballroom that seats 300. (4431 P.G.A. Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561.622.2260)

Scheduled to open in late 2010, the Dream South Beach transforms historic Art Deco icons the Tudor Hotel and Palmer House into a chic, luxury boutique hotel. The hotel features Moroccan-inspired starlight doors and 108 rooms and suites. There is no meeting space, but the hotel plans to work with nearby meeting centers. (1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.4747)

This 527-room Hilton recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation. Boasting the largest ballroom in downtown Miami, nearly 17,000 square feet, this hotel can host banquets for up to 1,300. A total of 45,000 square feet of function space includes five boardrooms and eight other meeting areas. (1601 Biscayne Blvd., 305.374.0000)



This retro Art Deco hotel sits along 200 feet of oceanfront and consists of 186 guest rooms. The hotel offers two meeting spaces: the Atlantic, located on the pool level, holds 70; and the Collins meeting room, near the lobby, seats 12. (1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.7715)





This resort is situated on a peninsula on Blue Lagoon. The 500-room property has 30,000 square feet of event space, including the 9,600-square-foot International Ballroom. There are also 9,590 square feet of exhibit space. (5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, 305.262.1000)

An 80-foot water wall greets guests as they arrive at this hotel, which offers 297 guest rooms and 24 suites. Most of the 14,900 square feet of meeting space is set on the sixth floor, including the 5,830-square-foot ballroom, which holds 525 and can be divided in half. The Palm Grove space holds 450 for receptions. (1435 Brickell Ave., 305.358.3535)

This resort features 7,000 square feet of space including the 3,400-square-foot Tortuga Ballroom, two 1,000-squarefoot meeting rooms, and two conference rooms that can seat 12. Outside, the 1,700-square-foot Osprey Veranda is located near the Gumbo Limbo Tiki Bar and can host 120. (3990 South Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, 305.293.1818)

This hotel contains 334 guest rooms and suites and offers complimentary shuttle service to the airport. There is 155,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Royal Poinciana Ballroom, which can hold 960 or divide into eight areas. (711 NW 72nd Ave., 305.261.3800)


This 50-room resort is situated on its own 20-acre island. An 8,000-square-foot conference center includes three breakout conference rooms and a 3,600-square-foot ballroom. The Bay Front Ship’s Deck offers outdoor space for 125. (Four Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, 305.858.8300)



This 220-room hotel stands as an unusual pyramid-esque building. There are 13 breakout rooms among 20,000 square feet of space, including the 5,000-square-foot grand ballroom, which has 14-foot ceilings. The boardroom seats 10. (100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 954.427.7700) HILTON FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH RESORT5

This 374-studio-and-suite hotel is a beachfront beacon along the Fort Lauderdale skyline. The Del Sol Ballroom measures 3,410 square feet and holds 300 for receptions. The second floor meeting space hosts six smaller function rooms that seat 30 to 70 guests. (505 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.414.2222) HILTON FORT LAUDERDALE MARINA5

At the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway, this 589-room hotel offers views of the ocean and its 33-slip marina. The property’s 21,000 square feet of meeting space includes 19 function rooms that can accommodate groups of 10 to 1,100. (1881 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 888.554.2131)

This 501-room hotel on 23 acres features a conference center with 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 175-seat amphitheatre. Other amenities include an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Lifestyle Spa and nightclub Bar Zen. (250 Racquet Club Road, Weston, 954.616.1234)


This 14-story Mediterranean-style hotel contains 250 rooms and 18,000 square feet of event space. The Hall of Ambassadors features 20-foot ceilings and holds 420 for receptions. The 2,380-square-foot Venetian Ballroom seats 230 for banquets. Outdoors, a courtyard can hold 420. (50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables, 305.441.1234) HYATT REGENCY MIAMI

This 612-room hotel features striking white towers that overlook Biscayne Bay. Connected to the Convention Center, this Hyatt has 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The James L. Knight International Center, a 16,000-square-foot concert hall and theater, can seat up to 5,000 people. The 11,840-square-foot Regency Ballroom can host 1,000. (400 SE Second Ave., 305.358.1234) HYATT REGENCY PIER SIXTY-SIX5

This 380-room hotel is known for its waterfront and garden views. The 7,500-square-foot Crystal Ballroom, which can be divided into four sections, holds 400. There is also a conference-style boardroom that seats 12. The 3,000-square-foot Pier Top offers 360 degree views of the skyline. (2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954.525.6666) INN AT PELICAN BAY5

This boutique hotel blends Mediterranean charm and Old World hospitality. There are 3,708 square feet of meeting space, including a 20-seat executive boardroom. The poolside patio holds 50. The Lakeside Courtyard can hold 250 guests. (800 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, 239.597.8777) THE INN ON FIFTH5

This Naples hotel has 87 rooms. The property has 8,000 square feet of function space and can accommodate 150 indoors and 250 outside. The 1,876-square-foot Palm ballroom can be divided in two for smaller gatherings. The executive boardroom can host 55 and has a private foyer. (699 Fifth Ave. South, Naples, 888.403.8778) INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL MIAMI5

This 641-room hotel has more than 66,000 square feet of versatile function space, all with natural light and bay vistas. There are 30 meeting rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, which seats 1,400. The Blue Water Restaurant serves fresh seafood in a casual poolside ambiance. (100 Chopin Plaza, 305.577.1000)

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This 22-story Marriott has 296 guest rooms and 22 suites, as well as an 18,000-square-foot conference and meeting facility. The grand ballroom seats 1,026. Fine dining can be found in the Trapiche Room, which features wine-inspired Mediterranean cuisine. (1109 Brickell Ave., 305.329.3500)

This luxury resort has 85 guest rooms and suites and 108 two- and three-bedroom cottages. The clubhouse features 3,150 square feet of space, including a 2,000-square-foot conference room and two smaller breakout facilities. The resort’s private yacht club has additional event space for 30. (1500 Fifth Ave. South, Naples, 239.530.1199)


The 313-room hotel will open in July 2010 with 80,000 square feet of space, including a 20,000-square-foot ballroom. There will be two entertainment floors with a Jim McLean Golf School, a 10,000-square-foot NBA-approved basketball court, and a virtual bowling alley for groups. (345 Avenue of the Americas, 305.350.0750)




This 200-room luxury resort has more than 10,000 square feet of function space in six different meeting areas, including one ballroom with 4,000 square feet. The property also has a 21-slip boat marina and docking facility. (97000 South Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, 305.852.5553)

Naples Grande Beach Resort offers more than 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space. The largest space, the Royal Palm Ballroom, can hold 1,600 guests. Also available are 25 executive meeting rooms. (475 Seagate Drive, Naples, 888.722.1267)



This seven-acre Key West beachside resort has nearly 9,700 square feet of meeting space and two private beaches totaling 2,500 square feet. The 222-room resort has tropical gardens, a heated pool, a helicopter landing pad, a private pier, a tapas bar, and two restaurants. (3841 North Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, 305.296.8100)

This 151-room hotel combines a South Beach locale with classic Hollywood panache. The National features 2,200 square feet of event space. The Oval Ballroom holds 150, and the Martini Room can accommodate 40. A terrace overlooks the infinity pool. (1677 Collins Ave., 305.532.2311)


The New Hotel opened in August 2009. The Beach Market Bistro serves as the hotel’s main event space. On the 800-square-foot tiled pool deck, the eatery can seat 50 or host as many as 100 for a reception. A small six-seat bar, accented with a backdrop of mosaic tile, anchors the pool deck. (7337 Harding Ave., Miami Beach, 305.704.7879)

This boutique-like hotel is in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood. The 12,000-square-foot conference center has four meeting areas that open up to the Fountain View lobby’s 5,000 square feet of prefunction space. The Directors Room, a conference-style area, can seat 30. (1700 South Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale, 954.523.6511) LOEWS MIAMI BEACH HOTEL5

This Art Deco landmark sits in the heart of South Beach. The 790 guest rooms include 50 luxury suites. More than 65,000-square-feet of meeting space can accommodate groups of 14 in the boardroom and 3,000 in the Americana Ballroom. Several lawn spaces are also available, catering to as many as 700. (1601 Collins Ave., 305.604.1601) MANDARIN ORIENTAL MIAMI5

This 326-room hotel is influenced by exotic Asian charm. There are 15 versatile meeting spaces in addition to 20,000 square feet of private beach space. The ballroom holds 835 and has access to a terrace for 180. A 10-seat boardroom is also available. (500 Brickell Key Drive, 305.913.8288) MARCO ISLAND MARRIOTT RESORT GOLF CLUB & SPA5

Surrounded by exotic Balinese details, the Marco Island Marriott Resort offers 225,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space that overlooks white sand beaches and poolside areas. The resort can accommodate up to 2,000. (400 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island, 239.394.2511) MARENAS RESORT5

This all-suite beachfront hotel is midway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Featuring a 925-square-foot Terrace Room and a 16-seat boardroom, the Marenas Resort can host business meetings and gatherings. The resort also offers its own culinary team for events. (18683 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.503.6000)

This 125-acre resort has 319 guest rooms and a pool deck for 200. The resort is also home to a championship golf course, tennis center, four restaurants, and 34,000 square feet of event space. Renovations were completed in November 2009. (851 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples, 239.261.2222)



This hotel offers 18,000 square feet of event space, as well as the Kitchen305 restaurant. The Atlantis Ballroom has 4,800 square feet of space to host 400 for receptions or 350 for banquets. (16701 Collins Ave., 305.949.1300) OCEAN KEY RESORT AND SPA5

This 100-room property has 8,670 square feet of event space. The 870-square-foot Mallory Conference Room is available for 50, while the outdoor ocean terrace and surrounding pool area hold 100. The private Sunset Pier holds 250. (Zero Duval St., Key West, 800.328.9815) OCEAN REEF CLUB

This private community offers more than 30,000 square feet of space. The club has five independent venues, including the 7,500-square-foot Town Hall. The Marina Inn houses four breakout rooms that can hold 140, while the Key Largo Building provides three breakout rooms. The Everglades Conference Complex features 5,040 square feet of space. (35 Ocean Reef Drive, Key Largo, 305.367.2611) NEW THE OMPHOY OCEAN RESORT5

Open since July 2009, this 134-room resort has 5,000 square feet of space for groups as large as 125. Catering is exclusive to Michelle Bernstein’s two on-site restaurants, Michelle Bernstein’s at the Omphoy and Michelle Bernstein Terrace. (2842 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561.540.6440)

feet of meeting space between its three conference rooms and boardroom as well as 1,380 square feet of pre-function space. There are three on-site eateries. (10295 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.455.5400) RITZ-CARLTON, COCONUT GROVE5

This property features 13,439 square feet of meeting space and 4,878 square feet of prefunction space. Event space includes the 5,194-square-foot grand ballroom, an 18-person boardroom, and 5,540 square feet of outdoor space. (3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove, 305.644.4680) RITZ-CARLTON, FORT LAUDERDALE5

This $240 million resort has 192 rooms and provides more than 24,000 square feet of space, including the Grand Ballroom with space for as many as 530 seated guests, and a 29,000-square-foot pool deck. Three meeting rooms each hold 100, and a boardroom seats 16. (1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.465.2300) RITZ-CARLTON, KEY BISCAYNE5

This hotel has more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 10,000-square-foot oceanview ballroom, five breakout rooms, and a boardroom. A gazebo holds 100, and the beach in front of the resort holds 250. (455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, 305.365.4500) RITZ-CARLTON, NAPLES5

This resort offers 42,000 square feet of space, including a 10,194-square-foot ballroom, a 10,125-square-foot conference center, and 20 conference rooms. Also on-site is the Naples Beach House, a 3,000-square-foot venue that seats 150. (280 Vanderbilt Beach Blvd., Naples, 239.598.3300) RITZ-CARLTON, PALM BEACH5

This 310-room Palm Beach hotel reopened in March 2009 following a $100 million revamp. New additions include a second pool that accommodates 200, a 3,000-square-foot oceanfront terrace, two youth facilities, and a business center. (100 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561.533.6000) RITZ-CARLTON, SOUTH BEACH5

A restoration of a 1953 Morris Lapidus-designed hotel, this 375-room property boasts 20,000 square feet of meeting space, a pool with a surrounding deck, and a 16,000-square-foot spa. Event space includes the 10,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton ballroom and 10 meeting rooms. (1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786.276.4000) SAGAMORE HOTEL5

This 93-room hotel features one- and two-bedroom suites, 16 two-floor ocean-side garden bungalows, eight rooftop penthouses, and 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Indoor spaces include the 410-square-foot screening room for 20 and a 670-square-foot modern game room. (1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.535.8088) SANCTUARY SOUTH BEACH5

This 30-room boutique hotel has a Japanese garden with a waterfall and bar. The rooftop pool and lounge can accommodate 250 guests. Sugo, the indoor/outdoor Italian restaurant, can accommodate 144. Also on-site is OLA restaurant with a private rooftop terrace and main dining room that accommodates as many as 120 guests. (1745 James Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.5455) NEW THE SEAGATE HOTEL AND SPA

This resort sits on 500 feet of beach. The hotel has six function areas including the 962-square-foot Everglades Meeting Room. The Oceanfront Rooftop Deck has more than 5,000 square feet of space and a gazebo. (2000 North Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 800.525.6232)

The Seagate Hotel and Spa opened in Delray Beach in November 2009. The 162-room hotel has a 1,912-squarefoot ballroom and a boardroom that holds 12 for events. There is also a 230-seat Atlantic Grill restaurant and 8,000-square-foot Seagate Spa. (401 South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561.266.9910)



This hotel has seven meeting rooms in 6,634 square feet of space. The largest venue, the 4,674-square-foot grand ballroom, seats 350 guests. The Sunset Key Boardroom seats 25 and the Wentworth Boardroom seats 10. (2501 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954.924.2202)

This 339-room resort features 39,000 square feet of event space. This includes 23 meeting rooms, a 50-seat amphitheater, and two ballrooms for as many as 1,000. The 6,000-square-foot outdoor Honda Pavilion overlooks the resort’s 26-acre lake and championship course. (400 Ave. of Champions, West Palm Beach, 800.633.9150)

This $250 million property has 500 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of event space. The 16,000-squarefoot ballroom can be divided into eight separate spaces. Inside, there is a 22,000-square-foot spa, a 140,000-squarefoot casino, and seven restaurants. (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954.327.7625)




This campus opened in 2009. The venture is comprised of three properties, the largest of which is the 366-room Miami Airport Marriott, which has 12,000 square feet of meeting space. The 300-room Courtyard Miami Airport South has six meeting rooms for groups of 48 to 93 people. The Residence Inn Airport South, constructed in June 2009, has 163 rooms and a 15-seat meeting room. The entire campus offers a combined 15,000 square feet of space. (1201 NW LeJeune Road,; Miami Airport Marriott: 305.649.5000; Courtyard Miami Airport South: 305.642.8200; Residence Inn Airport South: 305.642.8570)

This property boasts 2,600 square feet of indoor space. Adjacent to the private beach is a 9,000-square-foot covered area that holds 100. A recent $10 million renovation transformed the resort’s guest suites, adding two twobedroom hospitality suites for groups of 30, and six new one-bedroom suites. (1 Duval St., Key West, 305.296.4600)

Built in the late 1930s, this landmark South Beach hotel has 165 suites. One option for small business meetings is the library, accommodating 60, or the two private dining areas for 10 guests each at the Setai’s restaurant. The 10,000-square-foot penthouse holds 150. For larger events of as many as 250, the property’s courtyard is also available. (2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.520.6000)


This hotel offers 40,000 square-feet of indoor function space and 60,000 square-feet of outdoor terrace space for events. There are 32 function rooms including the Grand Ballroom, which can hold 2,000 for receptions or seat 1,200. (3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954.525.4000) MARRIOTT HOLLYWOOD BEACH


With 8,600 square feet of flexible meeting space, this hotel has plenty to offer for a range of different events. There are seven meeting rooms with versatile floor plans. A rooftop deck features a bar and lounge as well as plasmascreen televisions. (3000 Florida Ave., 305.441.0000) MONDRIAN SOUTH BEACH

Mondrian South Beach offers views of the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Miami. The hotel also features renowned restaurateur Jeffery Chodorow’s Asia de Cuba, which blends Asian and Latin cuisines, and nearly 4,000 squarefeet of space on two levels. (1100 West Ave., 305.514.1500) THE MOORINGS VILLAGE5

This property consists of 18 villas and nearly 1,100 feet of beach. The 18-acre property has two restaurants for events. The former, housed in a two-story plantation-style home, can accommodate 90. The outdoor Beach Café holds 250. (123 Beach Road, Islamorada, 305.664.4708)



In February 2010, Prime One Twelve owner Myles Chefetz opened the 14-room Prime Hotel adjacent to his restaurant. The boutique property’s first floor is a lounge extension of the restaurant that can accommodate 12 to 100 guests for events. The rooftop pool and surrounding deck area can host 50. (100 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.532.0553) THE RALEIGH5

The Raleigh’s penthouse has 6,000 square-feet of meeting space and a 1,850-square-foot terrace. The Esther Williams Suite offers 735 square feet of space and can accommodate 30. The 20,000-square-foot Oasis room can hold 800. (1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.6300) THE REACH RESORT5

Reopened in 2008 after a $40 million-dollar renovation, the beachfront Reach Resort has 4,700 square feet of meeting space. This includes a 2,800-square-foot ballroom that seats 150. The Caribe Ballroom can seat 80. The 1,500-square-foot sundeck offers ocean views. (1435 Simonton St., Key West, 305.296.5000) REGENT BAL HARBOUR5

Located on five acres with 750 feet of beach and 124 studios and executive suites, this hotel has 3,700 square


This property has resided in its Miami locale for more than 60 years, boasting 200 luxury rooms, suites, and town houses. The hotel offers multiple event options for planners, the largest of which is the 3,500-square-foot Starlight Ballroom that seats 290. Other options include the Ocean Room for 160 guests and the Shell and Gold rooms. (1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.1271) NEW SHERATON FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH HOTEL5

The Sheraton Yankee Clipper reopened in February 2010 as the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. The 492-room beachfront hotel has 7,000 square feet of meeting space, and the pool decks have been expanded to 5,600 square feet. There are also two dining options for groups as large as 128. (1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.524.5551) SHERATON SUITES KEY WEST5

The Sheraton Suites Key West completed a multimilliondollar renovation in November 2009. The 180-suite hotel has two 30-seat boardrooms that can be combined. There is also a deck for groups as large as 50 and a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating for 60. (2001 South Roosevelt Blvd., 305.292.9800) summer 2010 61

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rooms and 22,000 square feet of function space. Facilities include the 5,075-square-foot ocean ballroom along with 16 breakout rooms. The property is also home to a pool complex, a spa, retail shops, and Neomi’s restaurant. (18001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.692.5600)

This hotel has 309 guest rooms, seven private bungalows, and a triplex penthouse. The Shore Club boasts 13,300 square feet of meeting facilities. Recently, the property unveiled a 2,900-square-foot oceanfront meeting space that can accommodate as many as 150 people. (1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.695.3100)



Sitting on 330 acres of private beach on Captiva Island, this 465-room resort offers 20,000 square feet of event space, including the 5,000-square-foot Captiva Ballroom and the 8,000-square-foot King’s Crown Lawn. (5400 Plantation Road, Captiva, 866.565.5089)

Open since July 2009, the W South Beach’s event space includes two 2,250-square-foot ballrooms, three meeting rooms that each hold 60, and the hotel lawn, which holds as many as 1,000. The property also houses the first Florida outposts of Mr. Chow and Serafina restaurants. (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.938.3000)



This boutique residence in Miami Beach has nine apartments ideally suited for executives. Each of the apartments has a full-size European kitchen and is decorated with vintage furniture, art, and a 42-inch flat-screen TV. The courtyard garden can also host day or night events. (1611 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.3045)

This property offers 11,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Highlights include the 4,840-square-foot Keys ballroom, the 2,584-square-foot grand ballroom, and the 3,080-square-foot Flagler ballroom. Four outdoor areas can hold 400, while nine meeting rooms can seat 14 to 400. (1500 Reynolds St., Key West, 305.296.3535)



The 56-room Tempo Miami fully opened in June 2010. A 14th-floor pool deck overlooks the city, and meeting spaces range from 340 to 910 square feet. Also on site is an 8,000-square-foot RockResorts spa and a restaurant, Amuse. (1100 Biscayne Blvd., 877.857.7625)

This resort boasts more than 32,000 square feet of event space. The 10,000-square-foot Las Olas Ballroom holds 900, while the Atlantic Ballroom’s 7,000 square feet can accommodate 850. The 6,300-square-foot Sunrise Terrace holds 600. (321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.467.1111)


This property has 45 suites, oceanfront private rooms, and a penthouse suite with a rooftop patio that holds 20. The boutique hotel also offers the La Marea restaurant, which can host as many as 100 for an oceanfront reception. (1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.604.5070) TOWNHOUSE HOTEL5

A 69-room Art Deco-infused enclave, this five-story property has a 500-square-foot meeting space. The on-site Bond St. Lounge sushi restaurant offers catering for the rooftop lounge, which accommodates as many as 250. (150 20th St., Miami Beach, 305.534.3800) TRUMP INTERNATIONAL BEACH RESORT5

This 32-story Sunny Isles Beach property has 390 guest

Opened in February 2009, this 162-room hotel has 4,000 square feet of space, notably the Great Room, which holds 120. There is a two-acre deck that boasts an 80-person hot tub and a spa. (485 Brickell Ave., 305.503.4400) NEW W SOUTH BEACH HOTEL & RESIDENCES5


This 998-room oceanfront hotel has convention center and meeting facilities with 209,000 square feet of space, including a 50,000-square-foot great hall and 39 breakout rooms. There are multiple restaurants on the property. (3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954.602.6000) WESTIN KEY WEST RESORT & MARINA5

This hotel has 188 guest rooms. There are nine separate meeting spaces; the largest of these, the 3,850-square-foot Truman Ballroom, can be divided into seven rooms. Two hospitality suites can accommodate 10 each. Outdoor spaces include Sunset deck and a 10,000-square-foot pier. (245 Front St., Key West, 305.294.4000)

Independent Event Spaces ALFRED I. DUPONT BUILDING


Opened in 1939, the Alfred I. Dupont Building is Miami’s only Art Deco skyscraper and representation of Depression Moderne architecture. The interior boasts bas relief doors, marble floors, hand-painted cypress ceilings, and brass scrollwork gates and grates. On the mezzanine, the north ballroom features teller windows and the safe deposit vault, which provides an additional 1,500 square feet of event space. The 6,500-square-foot south ballroom has 30-foot ceilings and holds more than 500 guests. (169 East Flagler Street, 305.374.3677)

This full-service studio in South Beach has more than 4,000 square feet of space for private events, photo shoots, and openings. It features 20-foot ceilings and office amenities, including high-speed wireless Internet, a Bose surround-sound system, and hair, makeup, and wardrobe stations in each studio. (521 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.7525)


An exclusive venue for professionals, the Bankers Club of Miami has 5,000 square feet of meeting space for events. On the 14th floor of One Biscayne Tower, there are eight meeting rooms, the largest of which is 2,400 square feet, as well as state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and high-speed Internet access for business events. (One Biscayne Tower, 14th floor, 305.374.1448) BANK OF AMERICA TOWER AT INTERNATIONAL PLACE5

This downtown office building’s exterior can be lit in a variety of colors and contains numerous event spaces. The Sky Terrace on the 11th floor can accommodate as many as 1,000 guests. The Sky Lobby, which overlooks the terrace, holds 250. An auditorium on the 19th floor can seat 150. An indoor walkway connects to the James L. Knight Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Miami. (100 SE 2nd St., 305.539.7100) THE BATH CLUB

This members-only beach club was established in 1926. The venue features a Mediterranean-style clubhouse, a heated pool, 60 furnished cabanas, clay tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, and private access to the ocean. Only members may host events. (5937 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.867.5938) BIRDSIDE BANQUET HALL

In the heart of South Miami-Dade County, this banquet facility can accommodate parties from 30 to 300. A professional staff is available to plan events. (12851 SW 42nd St., Suite 123, 305.227.9555)


The home of two South Florida artists, Charcoal Studios combines the intimacy of a private residence with the versatility of an open studio or warehouse. The 7,500square-foot space features a 30- by 8- by 6-foot-deep indoor pool and unique decor elements, including an antique motorcycle and miniature cars. The walls, kitchen, furniture, and even houseplants are on wheels and can be rearranged. A 7,500-square-foot lawn accompanies the venue. (2135 NW First Ave., 786.942.2815) THE CORAL GABLES WOMAN’S CLUB

The Coral Gables Woman’s Club offers two halls in its historic building for events. The Flamingo Room, a classic ballroom built in 1935, can accommodate 240 guests. The Coral Room can accommodate 200 guests. The halls can be rented together or individually, and amenities for both include a kitchen and bar area. (1001 East Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.639.4749) DESIGN CENTER OF THE AMERICAS

This Dania Beach venue features interior-design showrooms and three atriums to host events. The open spaces seat 600 or hold 1,500 for receptions and can be left as is or decorated specifically for events. Catering is exclusive to on-site Bistro D. (1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, 954.920.7997) ENEA GARDEN LOUNGE

This 6,407-square-foot space holds 200 and can be used in conjunction with the adjacent Moore Building. The intimate space includes bamboo trees and other greenery, and an on-site kitchen accommodates catering needs. Bridge House Events is the exclusive event coordinator for the property. (175 NE 40th St., 305.573.8116)

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This alternative Miami venue is in the Fire Fighters Memorial Building, just west of Miami International Airport. Inside, the 8,120-square-foot ballroom can accommodate 540 for banquets or as many as 980 with stadium seating. The covered lakeside terrace can also host events for 265. Catering is available. (8000 NW 21st St., Suite 227, 305.599.0905)

The 1111 Lincoln Road event space began hosting private events and photo shoots in late November 2009. The new outdoor venue is on the seventh floor of a parking structure on the corner of Alton and Lincoln Roads. The 23,000-square-foot venue has views of Biscayne Bay and South Beach and accommodates as many as 500. The seventh floor with its 34-foot ceiling is the primary event area, but the other floors of the garage can be used as well. (1111 Lincoln Road, 305.538.9320)


This industrial-looking space is operated by Bridge House Events. The atrium has over 6,000 square feet and lends itself to cocktail parties, fashion shows, and corporate events. The venue can hold as many as 500 people. (4141 NE 2nd Ave., 786.871.4821) GABLES BANQUET HALL

This facility is comprised of two banquet halls; one can accommodate receptions for 80 and the other holds 180. A chocolate fondue fountain, a wine fountain, a fireworks show, and full linen services are available. (7360 SW 23th St., Suite 19, 305.266.1771) ICE PALACE FILM STUDIOS

Extensive renovations have transformed the Ice Palace Film Studios, housed in a 1920s ice plant, into more than 145,000 square feet of soundstages for film and television production, as well as events for as many as 10,000 people. The venue has five stages ranging from 6,000 to 12,000 square feet, 24-foot ceilings, a lobby, and a garden. (1400 North Miami Ave., 305.672.5117) JUNGLE ISLAND5

With more than 500 species of trees and plants, more than 900 animals, and views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, Jungle Island provides a unique backdrop for events. Spaces include the Treetop Ballroom, Flamingo Lake Terrace, the Garden Outpost lawn, and a private beach. (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, 305.400.7230) KARU & Y5

This multiuse indoor/outdoor facility offers 50,000 square feet of event space throughout five rooms, gardens, and a five-star restaurant that seats 126. The property also features a Dale Chihuly chandelier, a Murano glass wall, and eight waterfalls. (71 NW 14th St., 305.588.5012) LAUNCHING PAD

This beach house turned commercial building is an intimate alternative to a hotel conference facility. The Accelerator Center meeting room can host 25 and has an adjacent area for breakout sessions. Groups of 12 or fewer can use the Escape Cottage. Rentals are available for a full or half day and include the use of audiovisual equipment, meeting supplies, and complimentary snacks. Catering can be arranged for an additional fee. (209 NE Fifth Ter., Delray Beach, 561.272.0766) LEISER CENTER5

In Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, this two-story building has 4,000 square feet of available space. Events for as many as 150 guests can be held in the courtyard, lobby, and 3,500-square-foot ballroom. A wood-paneled boardroom seats 50. (221 Southwest 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.728.9700) M & D STUDIO

This 2,300-square-foot studio features high ceilings, open spaces, and a built-in digital audio system for photo or video shoots, commercials, fashion shows, art exhibits, and cocktail receptions for as many as 300 people. There are three bathrooms, wardrobe racks, and movable makeup and vanity stations as well. The studio is available for rent 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Production services are offered at an additional charge. (174 NW 25th St., 305.576.7454) NEW MAPS STUDIOS

Photography production firm Mobile Arts Production Services opened its two studio spaces on South Beach for private events in September 2009. Studio A is two levels and is outfitted with a catering area and furniture for seating. Studio B has large windows, four skylights, and an open layout. Both spaces are 3,500 square feet and can be combined for groups of 200. (212 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.7880) MIAMI EVENT SPACE

This venue spans nearly three blocks and features studios, offices, and raw warehouse space. The main event building, C3, has 7,000 square feet of space across two levels. The facility is also home to Metegoal, an indoor soccer arena with group teambuilding options. (7620 NE Fourth Court, 305.438.9002) MOORE BUILDING

Built in 1920 and completely renovated in 2000, this four-story atrium-style building is managed by Bridge House Events and has 28,600 square feet of event space. With grandiose architecture and art installations throughout, the space can accommodate as many as 2,500 on all four floors, or can be rented out by floor. The adjoining Garden Lounge can also be used. (4040 NE Second Ave., 305.572.0866) OASIS BANQUET HALL

This full-service facility has two ballrooms with packages that accommodate 50 to 300 guests and include chair covers and table linens. The hall also offers full catering and bar services, state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment, and a high-tech indoor fireworks show. (10776 SW 24th St., 305.225.6235)


This four-story building, run by the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, has multiple event areas. There are several conference rooms and workshop spaces on the first level, along with a 4,000-square-foot lobby that holds 300. The second-floor library also has space for 80. An auditorium seats 150 people in a theater setup or 200 for receptions and includes prefunction space for 100. The venue’s biggest space is the 8,000-square-foot partially covered rooftop for as many as 750. Full audiovisual and rental services are available. (5960 SW 57th Ave., 305.455.3333) NEW NOWHERE LOUNGE AND EVENT SPACE

Taking over a former nightclub on Washington Avenue, this venue opened in April 2010 exclusively for private events. The 3,000-square-foot club consists of a small bar at the entrance for 75, a main room for 160, and a private room in the back for 50. The space is outfitted with two 50-inch flat screen TVs, five video projectors, a full sound system, multiple stages, a laser system, and LED lighting. (653 Washington Ave., 305.397.8854) PALMETTO BAY VILLAGE CENTER5

This 9,500-square-foot space in Palmetto Bay has large windows with views of Biscayne Bay. The Palm Room can accommodate 150 for weekday events and receptions for 350 on weekends. A terrace overlooking the bay holds 500. (18001 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay, 305.234.4118) PHILLIPS POINT CLUB BY THE BREAKERS

Owned by the Breakers Palm Beach, this private club is an enclave for business, civic, and community leaders. As many as 120 guests can be accommodated in 1,560 square feet of space. A bar and lounge area holds 50, and the club’s 1,930-square-foot restaurant, Top of the Point, holds 100. (777 South Flagler Drive, Club Level, West Palm Beach, 561.832.2424) POWER PLAY STUDIO

The former photo studio for Ocean Drive magazine, Power Play opened for photo events in 2009. The 4,000-squarefoot studio is a completely open, entirely white space with 10 floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s equipped with a kitchen,

an audiovisual system including eight plasma TVs, and three Duratrans. A 462-square-foot staging lounge is outfitted with retractable curtains that can convert it into a private space. (3250 NE First Ave., Suite 105, 305.938.0333) NEW PRIVATE RESIDENCE5

Private Residence, a home turned event venue, opened above Barton G. restaurant in Miami Beach in November 2009. The 2,000-square-foot space is composed of four separate rooms: a library, the Velvet Underground Lounge, a cocktail bar, and a terrace. Full buyouts are available for groups of 10 to 110. (1427 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305.439.1100) SIGNATURE GARDENS5

The smaller of the two Signature properties, this 70,000square-foot facility in Miami can be divided into five spaces that accommodate as many as 1,800 guests. In addition, a gazebo in the courtyard can seat as many as 200. Although multiple events can occur simultaneously, visual and acoustic privacy are assured. (12725 SW 122nd Ave., 305.251.5000) SIGNATURE GRAND

The grand ballroom at this 100,000-square-foot facility has 40,000 square feet that can be subdivided into 13 private areas. There are also four 495-square-foot suites and a 3,040-square-foot atrium for as many as 2,400 guests. All catering is done in house, and Southern Audio Visual provides exclusive audiovisual support. (6900 State Road 84, Davie, 954.424.4000) IN THE WORKS SOHO BEACH HOUSE MIAMI5

London-based brand Soho House will open its first Florida location, Soho Beach House, in Miami Beach in fall 2010. The private club on the former site of the Sovereign Hotel will have 49 rooms, including six suites, as well as a screening room, Cecconi’s Italian restaurant, two pool areas, and a spa. (4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) SO COOL EVENUE5

The So Cool eVenue offers 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space and features a 25- by 30-foot ice room with an ice bar, indoor and outdoor prefunction space, new bathrooms, catering space, and valet parking. (2585 NW 21st Ter., 305.635.8088) SOHO STUDIOS MIAMI

Managed and owned by Soho L.L.C., this versatile 52,000-square-foot warehouse is in Miami’s Wynwood arts district. The building has high ceilings, Wi-Fi access, and plenty of electrical outlets for audiovisual equipment. A raw space with bare walls, the facility is intended for buyouts for as many as 6,000 guests. (2136 NW First Ave., 305.534.5228)

South Florida Venue Directory 2009. The 2,400-square-foot space is all black, has a separate entrance from the main lobby, and can be used in conjunction with the adjoining 800-square-foot lounge. The expansive front, side, and back lawns can be used for events. (12200 NE 14th Ave., North Miami, 305.891.3350)

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This space serves as the office, production facility, floral laboratory, and event space for production company Karla Conceptual Event Experiences. The 18,000-squarefoot venue can host guests inside and out. The interior has modern industrial architecture and a monochromatic color scheme and can hold 300.The garden has bamboo accents and can host another 300 guests, with space available for a tent as well. (100 NE 25th St., 305.644.3555) SPLASHLIGHT STUDIOS

Splashlight renovated its Wynwood photo studio in 2008 to better accommodate special events. The 20,000-squarefoot raw event space can accommodate 250 guests and has a fully equipped kitchen and ample parking. Outside vendors are allowed. (167 NE 26th St., 305.572.0093) NEW STUDIO INSTRUMENT RENTALS5

Studio Instrument Rentals Inc. opened its North Miami music studio and warehouse for private events in August

This banquet hall for 200 specializes in receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, corporate events, and holiday parties. Amenities include a state-of-the-art sound system, catering, linens, tables, and chairs. (8356 SW 40th St., Suite C, 305.554.8665)


The former home of Gianni Versace, this oceanfront mansion has been transformed into an ultra-luxurious special event and catering venue run by Barton G. The 19,000-square-foot property emerged from a more than $1 million renovation in March 2010. Events can be held poolside, in the courtyard, and on the roof. (1116 Ocean Drive, Beach, 305.576.8003) NEW WHITESPACE

This banquet hall offers two 6,000-square-foot areas that accommodate more than 250 guests. It also features a 120-inch screen projector system, a state-of-the-art sound and laser light system, and parking accommodations. (8300 West Flagler St., 305.554.5454)

Audiovisual company Uplyte opened its office/event space in 2009. The bilevel loft-style space is completely white—and repainted before every event. The main area, Studio A, is a 2,500-square-foot room that holds 100 on the ground floor and 100 on the mezzanine. A private room can be used as a V.I.P. lounge for 50. The 4,000-square-foot Studio B opened in September 2009. (1200 Stirling Road, Units 11 A & B, Dania Beach, 954.926.5840)



This 5,000-square-foot warehouse in Miami’s Wynwood arts district has an outdoor courtyard, 20-foot ceilings, 200 amps of power, a 30-ton air-conditioner, and front and rear loading areas. The venue can accommodate as many as 800 guests, with two adjacent rooms that can be used as dressing areas or administrative office space, as well as a full bar. (2045 NW First Ave., 305.573.7548)

Built in 1959, this building features its original façade and mosaic staircase and is available for film and photo shoots as well as special events. The venue’s 13,000 square feet of space includes a garden, two lounges, three showrooms on two levels, and a large lobby. The garden seats 150 guests. A list of caterers is available upon request. (194 NW 30th St., 305.573.2130)


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The 35-acre Bonnet House Museum and Garden is a former plantation and subtropical estate that can accommodate both indoor and outdoor functions. All services must be out-sourced and a list of preferred vendors is provided. (900 North Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.563.5393)

The historic Stone House and Richmond Cottage comprise this Miami estate’s event space, which can accommodate groups of 250. Outdoor events can be held in the Stone House Courtyard, and the west side of the lawn offers a view of Biscayne Bay. (16701 SW 72nd Ave., 305.235.1668)



Built by one man from 1923 to 1951, Coral Castle is 1,000 tons of coral rock carved secretly and single-handedly using nothing but hand tools. This unusual accomplishment by Edward Leedskalnin features a nine-ton gate that moves with just a touch of the finger, a Polaris telescope, a sculpture garden, and functioning rocking chairs—all made of coral. (28655 South Dixie Highway, 305.248.6345)

Home to Hemingway from 1931 until he died in 1961, this Key West property features the original 1851 furnishings and historical items. Tentable outdoor function spaces for 25 to 300 include a large lawn, a brick courtyard, and a poolside area. Guests must share the grounds with more than 60 six-toed cats descended from Hemingway’s own pet. (907 Whitehead St., Key West, 305.294.1136)

Built in 1890 as naval officers’ quarters, this property has been used as a winter White House by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Clinton. On almost an acre, the home is often used for private dinners, during which guests can tour the house. The dining room can seat 14, and the adjoining porch seats 30. Three shaded lawns can be used individually or together to accommodate as many as 1,500 guests. (111 Front St., Key West, 305.294.9911) KOUBEK MANSION & GARDENS5

This historic mansion is housed within the University of Miami’s Koubek Center. The first floor and the grounds are available for 200 guests. The rooms on the second floor can be used for meetings of six to 12 people. Also available in the center are a 176-seat auditorium, seven classrooms, a microcomputer lab, and a conference room. (2705 SW Third St., 305.284.6001) MAXWELL ROOM

On one of the oldest sites in Fort Lauderdale and built in 1925, this event space is a prime example of classic Mediterranean Revival architecture. The Maxwell Room can accommodate groups of 30 to 180. (10 South New River Drive East, Fort Lauderdale, 954.463.6630) POWEL CROSLEY ESTATE5

This 1920’s era mansion features the graceful styling and architecture of a bygone era. The two-story house includes a great room and library on the first floor. The grounds, which include a terrace and bayside pavilion, are also available for events. (8374 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941.722.3244) STRANAHAN HOUSE5

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Designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architects Herzog and de Meuron • Offering up to 25,000 square feet of event space with panoramic views of Miami’s urban skyline, bay and ocean • Capacity of approximately 500 • Available for corporate and private parties, filming/photo/ location shoots, stage performances, fashion shows, product launches & promotions, pr/marketing events, wedding receptions & rehearsal dinners, non profit and charity events • Space is capable of enclosure and air conditioning. Staffing, catering, production & equipment services can be provided • Parking available for approximately 260 cars • Located at the corner of Lincoln Road & Alton Road

Built in 1901, the house originally served as a post office, community center, and town hall for Fort Lauderdale, and later as a restaurant during the Great Depression. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house and grounds can host outdoor events for as many as 100 guests. A preferred catering and audiovisual list is available. (335 SE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.524.4736) VILLA WOODBINE5

Designed by architect Walter de Garmo in 1930, the historic Villa Woodbine is a private mansion. The Mediterranean Renaissance design features large loggias, Spanish arches, colorful Havana tile, many original fixtures, and handcrafted Cuban furnishings, with a fountain in the coral rock courtyard. Dinners and receptions are held in the lush garden for as many as 225. (2167 South Bayshore Drive, 305.858.6660) NEW VILLA 2215

This restored 1920s house opened for events in December 2009. The venue has 8,500 square feet of indoor space over two floors and nearly 22,000 square feet of gardens. The house can host groups of 50 to 2,500 people. There are two parking lots adjacent to the house. (227 NE 17th St., 786.777.0808) VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS5

Once the winter home of industrialist James Deering, this Coral Gables mansion is styled after a European estate, with 34 rooms decorated with art and antiques that span 2,000 years. The landscaped gardens can accommodate 2,000 people. The main house can host functions for 100 people in its 1,715-square-foot courtyard and also includes a 685-square-foot tea room. The east terrace overlooks Biscayne Bay and can host 300. (3251 South Miami Ave., 305.250.9133)

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Museums & Cultural Spaces ART MUSEUMS BASS MUSEUM OF ART5

postmaster’s office has also been remodeled. (2301 First St., Fort Myers, 239.333.1933)

In Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco district, this museum offers several event spaces for private use during nonpublic hours. A boardroom seats 10, and a gallery can seat 80 in a theater setup. The café and terrace seat 80 or hold 300 for receptions. The museum can provide projectors, screens, podiums, and a grand piano for presentations and performances and also offers complimentary use of the facility to sponsors who donate $10,000 or more to support the museum’s programming. (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.7530)




The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park has several areas for events, including the Outdoor Sculpture Garden, which accommodates 400, and the Great Hall, which holds 400 for receptions and 125 for seated dinners. The Wolgin Auditorium seats 125 theater-style or 75 for a seated dinner, and access is available to special exhibitions and permanent collections during events. The museum can provide a list of preferred vendors. (501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 561.392.2500)



This 7,800-square-foot Delray Beach compound consists of two separate spaces—a photo/video studio and an art bar—as well as an 800-square-foot patio and 4,000 square feet of outdoor space. The studio is 1,200 square feet and features 12-foot ceilings. The 1,000-square-foot art bar has two 50-inch plasma TVs and holds 49 people; it is available separately from the photo studio Sunday through Tuesday, when it is closed to the public. (166 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561.274.0007)

Northern Palm Beach and southern Martin County’s oldest and largest visual art museum can accommodate groups of as many as 130 for events in its 1,948-squarefoot east gallery. Assistance with event coordination is available. (373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, 561.746.3101) LOWE ART MUSEUM

At the University of Miami, the Lowe Art Museum offers elegant gallery spaces to host lectures, corporate functions, private receptions, and other events while surrounded by 5,000 years of world art. The museum can provide chairs, tables, linens, and audiovisual equipment. (1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, 305.284.6981) MIAMI ART MUSEUM5

Open since 1996, the MAM has a 10,000-square-foot outdoor plaza with capacity for 2,000 guests, plus space for live entertainment, DJs, or food stations. Adjacent to the courtyard, a sculpture garden can hold events for 200 behind wrought-iron gates. Inside, 1,770 square feet of space seats 150 for lectures. The 1,467-square-foot lobby doubles as event space for 200 people. All exhibits are available to guests during events, although food and beverages are prohibited in the galleries. Membership is required to host events at the MAM. (101 West Flagler St., 305.375.3000) MUSEUM OF ART, FORT LAUDERDALE5

This facility has two floors of options for events. The Norma and William Horvitz Auditorium seats 256. The 2,800-square-foot Miriam and Bernard Peck Sculpture Terrace on the second floor is an open-air space for 200. For larger groups, Marks Gallery can seat 250, and the lobby in conjunction with the breezeway can hold as many as 500. Audiovisual equipment is provided by the museum, along with a preferred caterers list. (1 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.525.5500) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART5

The 23,000-square-foot MOCA in North Miami features unique architectural details like curved walls met by angular planes. Visitors are greeted by a palm-tree-lined plaza and reflecting pool before entering the 9,000square-foot gallery, home to more than 400 works of art. After-hours events for as many as 500 people can be held in the courtyard. The area can also be tented. Outside vendors are allowed. (770 NE 125th St., North Miami, 305.893.6211) NORTON MUSEUM OF ART5

The Norton Museum of Art is a versatile indoor and outdoor setting for groups of 20 to 400. The museum’s event spaces include a 2,040-square-foot theater, two courtyards and a garden totaling 13,300 square feet, a 1,020-square-foot boardroom, and five other rooms. Lyon + Lyon is the in-house caterer. (1451 South Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561.832.5196)

Just two blocks from Ocean Drive, the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach offers a collection of sexual art, sculpture, tapestries, and artifacts sure to ignite conversation among guests. The museum can host cocktail receptions and sit-down dinners in its 12,000-square-foot reception area and can accommodate as many as 250 on a walk-through basis. Outside vendors are allowed. (1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 866.969.9326)

Fort Lauderdale‘s ArtServe is a multipurpose facility that offers shared offices and a venue to nonprofit cultural organizations and artists in Broward County. The 20,000-square-foot facility houses the Bienes Business Center for the Arts, a dance studio, an auditorium, and two conference rooms. (1350 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.462.8190) KEVRO’S ART BAR5


In the heart of the Wynwood art district, this property is a former dry-cleaning facility turned event venue and art gallery. Three main galleries range from 800 to nearly 2,000 square feet, for as many as 300 guests. A 7,000square-foot courtyard is landscaped with a bamboo garden. There is a small catering area, and outside vendors are allowed. (244 NW 35th St., 305.438.9002) PETER LIK KEY WEST GALLERY

Landscape photographer Peter Lik’s Key West gallery features decor elements that mirror Lik’s work. The 2,000-square-foot venue can accommodate 150 guests and is available for buyout. Catering and audiovisual companies are allowed with prior approval. (519 Duval St., Suite 1, Key West, 305.292.2550) VISUAL ARTS PAVILION

Visual Arts Pavilion opened in Hollywood in 2008. The versatile two-story building houses a glassblowing area, metal workshop, mixed-media painting space, yoga studio, and ballet studio. Run by the nonprofit Greater Hollywood Arts Foundation, the building can accommodate parties for 50 to 300 guests. Outside vendors are allowed, and buyouts are available. (330 North Federal Hwy., Hollywood, 954.921.3500) WHEREHOUSE 2016

This 3,600-square-foot Miami art studio features abstract painting covering the flooring and walls, 20 15- by 7-foot wall graphics, dozens of light sculptures, a trilevel stage, and an illuminated bar. Big-screen TVs, serving dishes, furniture, and a prep kitchen are available for rental. Groups as large as 250 can be accommodated. (2016 NE 155th St., 305.956.9282)


This 56,500-square-foot facility contains a 170-seat auditorium with a stage, theatrical lighting, and audiovisual capabilities—a portable projector and a 100-inch portable screen can be rented for an additional fee. Three classrooms—two that measure 680 square feet each and another that is 540 square feet—are available, along with the 2,808-square-foot Everglades Park for outdoor events. All exhibits remain open during events. (980 MacArthur Cswy., 305.373.5437)


The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, originally built as a post office in 1933 and featuring restored frescos from that time, is undergoing a more than $4.6 million renovation that will expand its current 7,000 square feet of event space to 23,000 across two floors and a bilevel rooftop. When the renovation is complete, the second floor will include three galleries, a black-box theater, a sculpture garden, and a concert room. The two first-floor lobbies, conservatory, and grand atrium—which accommodate 56, 82, and 432 people, respectively—are already finished. For private affairs for 20, the wood-paneled


The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood currently manages three facilities, a total of five spaces. The historic home where the galleries and offices are located has a capacity of 310. The Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center offers the use of its theater for 500 and the café and lobby for 200. And the art school, which has a gated yard and covered patio, can accommodate groups of 50. Free parking is available. (1650 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954.921.3274)

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This Miami exhibition space in a converted 1936 warehouse has a 10,000-square-foot plaza that can host as many as 700 people. It features a multicolored glass facade made from Bisazza tiles that depicts a bamboo jungle. Inside, the 16,000-square-foot space can host events for 1,500 people or be divided into two spaces for smaller functions. Parking is available for 200 cars, and valet companies can work with the staff to coordinate additional room. (1018 North Miami Ave., 305.455.3380) FLAGLER MUSEUM5

Whitehall, the former Lake Worth home of Standard Oil tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler, is now open to the public as the Flagler Museum. Special events at the museum are the privilege of some levels of membership. Relics of the Gilded Age, the museum’s event spaces include the 4,800-square-foot grand hall, a courtyard, the West Room and adjoining Lake Room with terrace, the Flagler Kenan Pavilion, and the boardroom and study. (1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, 561.655.2833) FORT EAST MARTELLO MUSEUM & GARDENS5

Since 1949, this Civil War-era fort has housed a collection of local artifacts, historical records, and military memorabilia. The parade grounds seat 150 or hold 350 for receptions. The courtyard inside the fort’s eight-foot-thick granite walls seats 110 or holds 300 for receptions. The fort’s interior seats 50 people or holds 90 for receptions. (3501 South Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, 305.296.3913) FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORY CENTER5

Home to several historic buildings near the New River, the Fort Lauderdale History Center offers use of the 1905 New River Inn for events. Home to the history museum, the inn’s Lucy Bryan Room seats 50 or holds 125 standing. The veranda, second floor balcony, and front and back lawns each accommodate up to 200 guests. Valet parking is available, and tours of the museum and the other historic buildings can be arranged. (219 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.463.4431) I.G.F.A. FISHING HALL OF FAME5

This 4,680-square-foot attraction can seat 300 guests or accommodate 500 for receptions. Guests can browse displays and engage in the interactive fishing simulators in the Catch Gallery and main hall. Other spaces include the 3,735-square-foot lobby, with a capacity of 300; the 3,285-square-foot event hall; a 2,000-square-foot marina; a 1,536-square-foot art gallery; and a 1,000-square-foot courtyard that can hold 100 people for cocktails. The newly renovated 500-square-foot Gulf Stream Room holds 100. (300 Gulf Stream Way, Fort Lauderdale, 954.922.4212) INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME

This Fort Lauderdale facility is the international showplace for swimming, diving, water polo, and synchro-

nized swimming, with a museum, library, and archives that contain the world’s largest collection of aquatic memorabilia. Occupying more than 7,500 square feet, the wave-shaped building features a 3,192-square-foot auditorium for 200 guests and a 20-person boardroom. The 6,000-square-foot museum is also available for events of as many as 650 people. Outside caterers are allowed, and guests can bring food and beverages into the exhibits. (1 Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954.462.6536) JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA

This event space on Miami Beach is composed of two restored synagogues connected by a narrow bistro. The original 1936 Art Deco building can seat 100 in sanctuary benches, and the synagogue—built in 1929—can accommodate as many as 400 guests. Both venues together make up 15,000 square feet of space. There is a catering kitchen, and outside vendors are allowed. (301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.5044) MORIKAMI MUSEUM AND JAPANESE GARDENS5

The grounds of this Delray Beach museum include six gardens, each modeled after a different historical period and type of Japanese garden. The lobby can accommodate 250 people for cocktail receptions or 150 for sit-down dinners. The terrace will hold 350. The grounds can also be tented to accommodate groups of 600 for receptions or 400 for banquets. In addition, a theater with tiered seating for 224 can be rented. The museum offers catering. (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, 561.495.0233) OLD DAVIE SCHOOL HISTORICAL MUSEUM5

This historic structure, which opened its doors in 1918 to roughly 90 students, was the first permanent school in the Everglades and is now Broward County’s oldest existing school building. All meeting rentals include an overhead projector, screen, tables and chairs. Party rentals also include the use of the Seminole Chickee Hut for outdoor events. (6650 Griffin Road, Davie, 954.797.1044) RAGTOPS MOTORCARS

Originally a 1920s car dealership, this three-story, 16,000-square-foot museum is home to a revolving set of antique automobiles. The Tropical Art Deco building can be used in conjunction with the main building to accommodate as many as 1,500 people. Both buildings were renovated in 2007, though period decor like the antique gas station, soda bar, and drive-in remain. The staff will coordinate all elements of an event upon request. (2119 South Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, 561.655.2836)


can arrange animal presentations, private cruises on Lake Victoria through the Island of Monkeys, or after-hours tours, as well as catering. (1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples, 239.262.5409) MIAMI METROZOO5

With over 100 exhibits, more than 2,000 animals, and 740 acres, the Miami Metrozoo offers several indoor and outdoor event spaces for as many as 6,000 guests. Teambuilding activities are available for corporate events, and hosts can arrange for interactive activities with the animals. On-site catering is available, although outside caterers are allowed for an extra fee. (12400 Southwest 152nd St., 305.251.0400 ext. 84939) MIAMI MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND PLANETARIUM

The planetarium accommodates groups of 10 to 1,000. The galleries, ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet, can hold 800. The grand lobby can be used as prefunction space for 150 people. A 243-seat theater with a stage is ideal for presentations, lectures, or meetings. The Planetarium Dome and Space Gallery can produce star and laser shows and offer a total of 5,870 square feet of space. The dome has 231 seats while the gallery seats 150 or holds 225 standing. (3280 South Miami Ave., 305.646.4200) MIAMI SEAQUARIUM5

With dolphins, whales and alligators as spectators, the aquarium can host everything from a private picnic to an evening gala. The Dolphin Lobby is available for indoor receptions, and the outdoor event area is ideal for company picnics and larger parties. The renovated Sunset Cove waterfront garden opened in December 2008 and offers a view of the Miami skyline. (4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, 305.421.1950) MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE, FORT LAUDERDALE

Spanning 85,000 square feet, this hands-on, interactive facility in Fort Lauderdale can accommodate groups of 25 in one of its many smaller rooms or a complete buyout for 2,500. Highlights include the grand atrium, which can host 550 for receptions, and the New River Balcony, with space for 150. The 294-seat Blockbuster Imax Theater is also available for slide, LCD, or DVD presentations, as well as speaking engagements. (401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954.467.6637) PALM BEACH ZOO

On the shores of Baker Lake in the Tropics of the Americas exhibit, the Tropics Café at the Palm Beach Zoo offers a variety of menu and event options in a unique tropical environment. With an Amazon Basin theme, tiki torches, and animal encounters, the restaurant and catering facilities offer breakfast buffets, hot hors d’oeuvres, four and five star buffets, and a specialty carving station. (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561.547.9453)

Guests can dine and be entertained against the tropical backdrop of this 52-acre botanical garden in Naples. The open-air Rainforest Grove can accommodate a 6,000-square-foot tent and seat 400 for dinner, 600 for receptions, Reports on South or more than 750 in a theater setup. An 1,800-square-foot pavilion can accommoFlorida’s newest date 120 for banquets, 180 for receptions, event spaces or 225 in theater rows. The zoo’s event staff



The South Florida Science Museum offers 22,000 square feet of event space, with the option of adding planetarium shows and demonstrations to events. (4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, 561.832.1988)


This 1.7-acre property is the former residence of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton and features 300 species of tropical palms and more than 100 works by the artist. The gardens accommodate up to 150 guests; gatherings of 50 people or fewer can make arrangements for use of the house. Aaron’s Catering is the exclusive caterer. (253 Barcelona Road,West Palm Beach, 561.832.5328) ARTSPARK AT YOUNG CIRCLE

Ten acres of historic land in downtown Hollywood, ArtsPark offers an array of visual and performing arts activities. Facilities such as the Meadow, the Grove, and rooms in the Visual Arts Pavilion are available for rental. An outdoor stage with seating for 2,500 can also be used for events. (1 Young Circle, Hollywood, 954.921.3500)

ing for more than 3,000 vehicles. Covered pavilions have barbecue grills and picnic-style tables and hold 70 guests each. Hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton are within minutes of the park and offer additional meeting and event space. (4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305.361.5421) FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN

Established in 1938, this 83-acre garden has grounds available for events. The 1,904-square-foot visitor center ballroom holds 225 standing or 150 for a seated dinner. It and the 4,770-sqare-foot Garden House, which seats 250 or holds 400 for receptions, can be rented along with the surrounding lawns. In addition, tents can hold up to 650. (10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305.667.1651) FLAMINGO GARDENS, WRAY BOTANICAL COLLECTION

Next to outdoor dining and shopping destination Bayside Marketplace, Bayfront Park hosts special events on its 32 acres. Bayfront Park Amphitheater holds as many as 10,000 for general admission shows. The Tina Hills Pavilion can host 1,000 guests in fixed seating and on the lawn. (301 North Biscayne Blvd., 305.358.7550)

Groups can tour 60 acres of lush gardens with exotic and native plants or enjoy a 25,000-square-foot free-flight aviary, an Everglades animal sanctuary, and more. Event spaces include a 946-square-foot meeting room, a gallery with room for as many as 75 seated guests, plus the 2,500-square-foot barbecue house. Guests can also take a 25-minute tour through the property’s wetlands and groves. (3750 South Flamingo Road, Davie, 954.473.2955)



This 29-acre open park sits on the shores of Biscayne Bay, just a few blocks north of Bayfront Park, and can host as many as 45,000 for events. Given the wide-open space, everything from a single-stage event to shows with multiple stages and carnival atmospheres have been executed at the park. (1075 Biscayne Blvd., 305.358.7550)

This venue offers an event meadow, a 35-acre green space with a capacity of 10,000; a historic dance floor, a circular concrete surface shaded by palms that can accommodate 100; and a large pavilion. Other facilities within the park include the carousel building, the bath house, and the Biscayne Virginia Rickenbacker Central miniature railroad. (4020 Virginia Beach Drive, 305.960.4618)



This park boasts a beach, a baseball field, sand volleyball courts, picnic areas, a running track, cabanas, and park-

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This 4.5-acre botanical garden offers a variety of event

spaces. The 1,500-square-foot Banyan Room can accommodate 110 for seated dinners, 120 for conferences, or up to 200 for receptions. The Great Lawn, with its vertical landscape of orchids, bromeliads, and cascading greenery, can host tented events for as many as 300. Other options include the Rose Fountain courtyard, the 630-square-foot Butterfly Room for events of 30 to 40, and the Japanese Garden, which holds 60. (2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 305.673.7256) NGALA PRIVATE RESERVE

This 42-acre property can accommodate groups as large as 1,000 for private events in a jungle atmosphere. The three main safari tents and the Masai Mara Boma are decorated with authentic teak and bamboo furniture, cut-crystal chandeliers, and rustic lanterns. The lawn can hold 550 under clear span tent known as Cleopatra’s Conservatory. (2755 Inez Road, Naples, 239.353.3572) PINECREST GARDENS

This municipal park in Pinecrest has several facilities for events. In its 630-square-foot pergola or 13,690-squarefoot meadow, Pinecrest Gardens can accommodate groups of 50 to 500. All events must be held during park hours. (5855 SW 111th St., Pinecrest, 305.284.0900) VENETIAN POOL

This Coral Gables venue was converted in 1923 from a coral rock quarry into an 820,000-gallon spring-fed pool with two waterfalls, coral caves, and grottoes. Venetianstyle architecture surrounds the pool, which can be rented for evening events for as many as 150 people. Glassware is not allowed on the property, and swimming is prohibited if alcoholic beverages are served. (2701 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.460.5306)


The product of Robert De Niro and chef Agostino Sciandri, Ago offers upscale dining in South Beach. With a private dining room for 70 and a large terrace for as many as 170, Ago can host dinners or cocktail parties. Customized group menus are available, as is catering for large groups in the indoor dining room. (1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.695.3226) ALTA COCINA

Opened in September 2008, Alta Cocina in Coral Gables serves a mix of Caribbean and Guatemalan cuisine in an upscale setting. The two head chefs are natives of their respective regions of culinary focus and trained under Michelle Bernstein. With a total capacity of 110, the restaurant can be rented out and will provide custom menus for events. Catering is also offered. (5837 Sunset Drive, Coral Gables, 305.662.7435) ANDU RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

An eclectic Mediterranean menu from executive chef Nate Martin is served at this Brickell eatery. On the ground floor of the hip Neo Vertika building on the Miami River, the 150-seat restaurant features vaulted ceilings, a circular private dining area, hanging multicolored glass bubbles, gray slate floors, ivory walls, and dramatic lighting. A central V.I.P. table is available for groups of 24. (141 SW 7th St., Coconut Grove, 786.871.7005) ANGELO AND MAXIE’S STEAKHOUSE5

This outpost of the Cuban-inspired New York steak house opened in November 2008 inside Coconut Grove’s Mayfair Hotel. The bilevel restaurant can seat 180 people and offers private dining for 12 in its wine-tasting room. The restaurant also features a cigar bar and dining terrace for 25. Buyouts are available on a case-by-case basis. (3000 Florida Ave., 305.445.8177) NEW APPLE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

This 3,000-square-foot venue is easily transitioned from a 120-seat restaurant to a nightclub and lounge for about 200. Additionally, there is a mezzanine-level wine room available for private events of 40. (1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.2600) AREA 315

On the 16th floor of Brickell Avenue’s Epic Hotel in downtown Miami, Area 31 opened in December 2008, offering skyline views and seating for 70 guests. The restaurant has two private dining spaces for groups of six and 12 and poolside dining for 64, including 10 cabanas that hold two to eight people each. The property recently launched Cigar Bar 31, an outdoor lounge that can host 50. (270 Biscayne Blvd., 305.424.5234) NEW BAROLO RISTORANTE5

Barolo Ristorante reopened in 2009 in South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. After interior renovations, this 1,500-square-foot Italian restaurant can seat 40 inside and 36 on the patio. There is also a private wine cellar that can host 40 for events. (444 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.532.5511) NEW BARÚ URBANO5

International restaurant Barú Urbano opened in February 2010 in Brickell, serving Latin American staples like fried yucca and guasacaca (Venezuelan relish) along with flavors from Thailand, Colombia, and Italy. The 3,000-square-foot venue’s main dining room, which is decorated with street-art-style murals, seats 200 or can accommodate as many as 400 for receptions. There is also a private covered patio for 50 and two semiprivate outdoor areas for 60 each. (1001 South Miami Ave., 786.991.4570) NEW BAR ROSSO RESTAURANT & VINOTECA5

Bar Rosso opened in June 2009. The venue combines a menu of Italian-American fare with wine education from a knowledgeable staff. The lounge’s 21-foot mahogany bar seats 16. There are also two 50-seat communal tables. The main dining room seats 125; a semiprivate wine room seats 15; and an open-air pavilion holds 200. (19004 NE 29th Ave., Aventura, 305.933.3418) BARTON G, THE RESTAURANT5

Barton G, the Restaurant is one of Miami Beach’s most popular restaurants. Dishes include popcorn shrimp, served in a popcorn box with—you guessed it—popcorn, as well as the “seafood martini,” a martini glass filled with crab legs, lobster, and shrimp. Spaces include the 110-seat dining room, the 1,681-square-foot orchid garden, and the 480-square-foot terrace. (1427 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.8881) NEW BEACH MARKET BISTRO5

Inside Miami Beach’s The New Hotel, this poolside bistro serves Mediterranean dishes, beer, and wine. The area has an intimate six-seat bar and space for as many as 100 for events. (7337 Harding Ave., Miami Beach, 305.704.7879) BENGAL5

Bengal opened its doors in 2008 in downtown Miami. The bilevel Indian restaurant offers authentic tastes from all over South Asia and can accommodate 100 on the first floor and private events for 60 on the second. Banquettes and linens are wine-red and white, and 40-inch flat-

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screen TVs show Bollywood musicals daily. All of the meat is halal-certified. (2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305.403.1976) BLT STEAK5

Inside the newly renovated Betsy Hotel, this South Beach outpost opened in February 2009. A mix of traditional French bistro and classic American steak house, the dining room is outfitted with a restored pink terrazzo floor, cream suede chairs and banquettes, and dark wood tables. The restaurant can seat 96 guests inside and 84 on the patio. Adjacent to the dining room, the B-Bar can seat 25 in its lounge and 11 at the bar. (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.673.0044) BLUE DOOR5

Billowing white draperies and a hand-etched Venetian glass mirrored bar create an air of dramatic sophistication at the Blue Door at the Delano Hotel on South Beach. Guests can dine in the main room or on the terrace overlooking the spacious hotel gardens and orchard. Blue Door can welcome parties of as many as 200, with room for 90 in the main dining room. (1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.6400) NEW BOTEQUIM CARIOCA BRAZILIAN BAR AND GRILL5

In August 2009, residential building 900 Biscayne welcomed this eatery to its ground level. Serving a variety of authentic Brazilian tapas and drinks, the 1,144-squarefoot sports bar and restaurant can seat 84. For groups there is a communal table for eight or the space can be bought out for as many as 150. Additionally, there is sidewalk dining for 30. (900 Biscayne Blvd., 305.675.1876) BOURBON STEAK

In December 2008, this eatery opened at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura. The 350-seat Michael Mina restaurant offers a diverse menu from award-winning chef Andrew Rothschild. There are two private rooms: a glass-enclosed terrace that faces the pool and seats 14, and the tasting room, which can seat 30 amid mirrors and French terrace doors. (19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, 786.279.6600) NEW BRICKELL IRISH PUB5

Brickell Irish Pub opened in August 2009, offering a forum for live entertainment, casual bar games, and a selection of more than 40 different whiskeys. Spanning more than 7,000 square feet, the venue has a raised 150-square-foot stage, a 35 foot-long bar, and a 1,500-square-foot second floor area. A 550-square-foot sidewalk café is also available. (1451 South Miami Ave., 305.381.6651) BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE5

With six other locations across the state, Brio Tuscan Grille opened in Pembroke Pines in 2008. The restaurant employs Tuscan cooking techniques using wood-fired ovens and grills to make specialty steaks, pastas, and flatbreads. The 8,400-square-foot location, which features an open-air kitchen, seats 260, with room for an additional 140 on its bar-equipped terrace. A private room for 30 is available. (14576 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines, 954.431.1341) BULLDOG BARBECUE

In February 2008, former Top Chef contestant Howie Kleinberg opened this down-home barbecue restaurant in North Miami. The 1,300-square-foot casual dining space seats 50 at wood tables topped with brown butcher paper, rolls of paper towels, and Kleinberg’s signature barbecue sauce. (15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305.940.9655) CAFÉ BOULUD5

In the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, this upscale space has a ballroom and conservatory, as well as a courtyard, available for events. The ballroom can seat 110 guests or hold as many as 150 for receptions, while the adjacent conservatory seats 50 or holds 80 for receptions. (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561.655.6060) CAFÉ BUSTELO

Café Bustelo, on the ground floor of the Gansevoort South Hotel and Residences in South Beach, opened in August 2008 as the first-ever lounge-style retail and dining coffeehouse from Rowland Coffee Roasters. With space for as many as 45, the 1,000-square-foot venue has an intimate café atmosphere with modern Latin and Cuban cuisine. (2319 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.535.9999) CAFE IGUANA PINES

This 25,000-square-foot facility in Pembroke Pines caters to every form of entertainment, with eight bars, two giant-screen TVs—plus 88 HDTVs—an expansive dance floor, and a sports bar with a 25-foot ice bar. The media room is a turnkey meeting space with audiovisual and broadcasting capabilities. The Latin-themed Babalou Room can accommodate as many as 200 guests. (8358 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pikes, 954.433.8787) NEW THE CAPE COD ROOM

Located inside the Bath Club, Miami’s oldest private club, the Cape Cod Room recently became open to the public for the first time. The seafood restaurant is owned by restaurateur Ken Lyon, owner of Fratelli Lyon and director of catering company Lyon + Lyon. The modern 75-seat dining room has blue chairs, sand-colored walls, black-and-white photographs of sailboats, and windows

that open to a swimming pool. (5937 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.864.1262) NEW CASALE PIZZERIA MOZZARELLA BAR5

From the creators of Italian restaurant Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante, Casale Pizzeria Mozzarella Bar opened in July 2009. The 8,000-square-foot dining room seats 130, with a long brick bar for 12 in front of the exhibition kitchen’s wood-burning ovens. The second-floor lounge is outfitted with leather sofas and chairs, a foosball table, and two flat-screen TVs; it accommodates 100 inside and on the patio. (1800 Bay Road, Miami, 305.763.8088) NEW CHAMPIONS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL

This casual restaurant and bar is inside the Courtyard Miami Airport South at the Miami Airport Marriott Campus. The space can seat as many as 125 and is available for semi-private and private events. (1201 NW LeJeune Road, 305.642.8200) CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE

At this Brazilian barbecue restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, as many as 300 guests can enjoy a full salad bar, then return to their table for unlimited helpings of grilled meat cut from large skewers. The restaurant has a semiprivate dining room for 75 people. (2400 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.712.0580) CHINA GRILL MIAMI5

This South Beach outpost of the New York restaurant includes a private dining room for 56 guests, a patio for as many as 150, and a main dining area featuring multilevel platforms that can seat 260. Chefs can create a preselected menu for parties of eight or more, and the entire restaurant can host as many as 395. (404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.2211) CHINA GRILL FORT LAUDERDALE5

The Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club welcomed a China Grill restaurant in 2008. With 14,000 square feet, the restaurant can accommodate 493 in the main dining room and an additional 64 on the terrace, and has a private room and separate dining area for 32 and 104 guests, respectively. The restaurant features a theater kitchen in the center, as well as a sushi bar with seating for 10. (1881 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954.759.9950) CIOPPINO5

Inside the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, this Tuscan restaurant can host indoor and outdoor events. For smaller groups, the wood-paneled wine room has a private entrance and can seat 20. The Ocean View Room can accommodate as many as 40 and has a terrace that can double the capacity. (455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, 305.365.4500) CITA’S ITALIAN CHOP HOUSE5

This eatery opened in Coconut Grove in 2008. The 1,475-square-foot restaurant seats 120, with a dining room that accommodates 50, a courtyard for 30, and a front patio for 30. The decor is reminiscent of Florence, with caramel-colored banquettes, rustic wooden tables, and modern lighting. Private dining and buyouts are available. (3176 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, 305.446.2207) CITY FISH MARKET5

The former home of Pete’s, this 15,000-square-foot restaurant in Boca Raton provides water views and nautical decor. The restaurant has four private dining rooms: Three accommodate 150 guests when used together, and a separate space for 85 opens onto one of two connected terraces, which can host 100 when used together. (7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561.487.1600) D’ANGELO PIZZA5

D’Angelo Pizza opened in March 2010, serving pizzas, tapas, and salads for both lunch and dinner. The 2,000-square-foot eatery can seat 90 in its dining room, with an additional 40 on the patio. Private receptions for about 50 can also be hosted on the patio. (4215 North Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954.561.7300) DEVITO SOUTH BEACH5

This 10,000-square-foot restaurant on South Beach features a full-display theatrical kitchen. In addition to the 9,000-square-foot interior, there are several outdoor cabanas, an outdoor communal dining table, and an Italian-style porch providing an additional 1,000 square feet of event space. For private events, the second floor can accommodate 150 guests. (150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.531.0911) DOLORES, BUT YOU CAN CALL ME LOLITA5

This 12,000-square-foot former Miami firehouse can accommodate as many as 350 guests. In June 2009 the property debuted a new 70-person private dining space. The venue also includes a classic fire pole that connects the floors, the Lolita Lounge, two private rooms, and a rooftop dining space for 90 guests. Audiovisual equipment, off-site catering, and buyout options are available. (1000 South Miami Ave., 305.403.3103) 8 OZ.

On Alton Road in Miami Beach, this 2,200-square-foot restaurant from Table 8 chef Govind Armstrong opened in March 2009. The dining room and bar can seat 95 or hold as many as 150 for receptions. The bar is outfitted with a pool table and jukebox and can be rented separately from the restaurant for semiprivate events for as many as 55 guests. Armstrong uses only local, organic produce in his seasonal menu. (1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305.397.8246) summer 2010 67

South Florida Venue Directory


The Filling Station reopened in August 2009 after being closed for almost a decade. Split between a mezzanine level and a ground-level dining room, the restaurant— decorated with car memorabilia—can seat 50 or host as many as 75 for a reception. Catering options are also available. (95 SE 2nd St., 786.425.1990) FOGO DE CHAO

Brazilian steak house Fogo de Chao opened in Miami in October 2008. The 12,000-square-foot restaurant seats nearly 300 in its 12,000 square feet. There are six private rooms—including a wine cellar—for groups of fewer than 14, as well as two semiprivate areas that holds 20 each and can be combined. Buyouts are available Saturdays, Sundays, and during weekday lunch hours. (836 1st St., 305.672.0011) THE FORGE5

Landmark Miami Beach restaurant the Forge, which closed last year for renovations, reopened in late March 2010. The Forge Bar’s new location will have 36 seats and provide full dinner service. For private events, the wine cellar can seat 22, a board room seats 16, and the library seats 40. There is also a courtyard for 100. (432 41st St., Miami Beach, 305.538.8533)



This 5,000-square-foot Italian restaurant opened in May 2009 and can seat 150 or hold 250 for receptions. The private champagne room can seat 12, and a V.I.P. table is available for six. A 12,000-square-foot courtyard has five eight-seat cabanas and a stage. As many as 1,000 people can be accommodated for buyouts. (29 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561.865.7785)

This French Bistro returned to its original location in October 2009 after a three-year hiatus. The restaurant measures 1,800 square feet and can seat 65 inside and 20 on a covered sidewalk patio. Buyouts are available. (908 71st St., Miami Beach, 305.865.6465)


Housed in the former home of Christabelle’s Quarter in Coconut Grove, the Ivy at the Grove opened in November 2009. The English restaurant has three floors, each of which can be rented for private events. On the main floor, the bar and atrium can seat 200 or host twice as many for receptions. Just up the grand staircase, the semiprivate second floor can seat 150 or hold 300 for receptions and has French doors leading to a small terrace. The top floor has a private bar and terrace and can hold 500. (3159 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, 305.600.5453) NEW JB KITCHEN AND BAR5

JB Kitchen and Bar opened in February 2010 in the former Badrutt’s Place restaurant in Brickell. The 2,500-squarefoot eatery includes an 80-seat dining room that can hold 300 for receptions and a 20-seat bar area. There’s a 110-inch projection screen at the far end of the dining room with unobstructed views from all areas. JB serves American cuisine mixed with signature Latin dishes like ceviche and churrasco steak. There is also a 2,000-squarefoot patio. (1250 South Miami Ave., 305.995.5883)


This 1,850-square-foot restaurant in Hollywood seats 120 guests and features charcoal floor tiles, chocolate-colored banquettes, white curtains, and subtle lighting. At the sandalwood bar, suspended glass shelving at various heights along the back wall creates the illusion of floating bottles. (2032 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954.927.9851) MAISON D’AZUR5

Opened in 2008, this French-inspired seafood brasserie in South Beach’s Hotel Astor seats 150 inside and features a vertical water sculpture in the connecting garden. For private events, two outdoor cabanas can host 15 people combined, and the wine cellar can accommodate parties of six. (956 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.403.1062) NEW MAITARDI5

Owners of Lincoln Road restaurants Spris and Segafredo opened this Italian spot in October 2009 in the former Brosia location in the design district. The predominately outdoor restaurant has an expansive patio accented by the building’s distinctive blue and green mosaic tile walls. (169 NE 39th St., 305.572.1400) MAMAJUANA CAFÉ5

Bearing the name of its creator, acclaimed chef and sommelier Stephen Asprinio, this restaurant features Italian dining amid modern decor. The chef’s table can accommodate six for a 10-course meal with wine pairings for each course. The entire space, including the patio and a 20-seat semiprivate room, can host 150 people. (225 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561.833.3330)


Joey’s Italian Cafe opened in 2008. The 1,600-square-foot restaurant can seat 45 guests inside, with accommodations for an additional 30 on the private terrace. Executive chef Ivo Mazzon’s menu changes seasonally and is complemented by a list of Italian wines selected by owner Joey Goldman. (2506 NW 27th Ave., 305.438.0488)

This 5,500-square-foot restaurant opened in February 2009 in the former Chispa space in Coral Gables. Seating 375 patrons, Mamajuana pays tribute to Spanish culture with its architecture, ambience, and cuisine. Semiprivate dining options include the 10-seat chef’s room overlooking the kitchen and two patios flanking the main entrance for as many as 20 guests. (225 Altara Ave., Coral Gables, 305.443.0505)




Miami’s design district welcomed this restaurant in 2008. From owner Ken Lyon of Lyon + Lyon catering company, the 100-seat eatery features fresh authentic Italian fare. Outdoor seating is available for 14, and semiprivate seating is offered for as many as 25 inside. Custom menus and buyouts are available. (4141 NE Second Ave., 305.572.2901)

Kitchen 305 replaced Michael’s Kitchen at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles. The 3,600square-foot restaurant serves American fusion cuisine in a dark nightclub atmosphere. The space features an open kitchen, a 40-foot bar for 15, a 100-inch flat-screen TV, a 10-person chef’s table, two semiprivate dining rooms, and a live DJ every Wednesday and Saturday. (16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles, 305.749.2110)

This 2,600-square-foot Mediterranean restaurant opened in the design district in December 2009. Taking over a residential property built in the 1940s, the space can seat 20 inside and 30 on its patio. There is also a 30-seat private room. (4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305.576.6066)



George Farge, the owner of Le Bouchon Du Grove for 14 years, opened this self-titled spot in May 2008. The cozy French bistro boasts contemporary decor and a few quirky twists—such as the suspended disco ball—reflective of the owner’s personality. The dining space seats 65 and features an open kitchen. Though buyouts are not available, the staff can accommodate groups of 25 for private events. (3145 Commodore Plaza, 305.444.7878) NEW GIBRALTAR5

This seafood restaurant opened inside the Grove Isle Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove in December 2009. The 60-seat main dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Biscayne Bay. The terrace can seat an additional 80 or hold 150 for receptions. (4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, 305.857.5007) GRASS RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE5

This open-air restaurant seats 80 or holds 250 for receptions and features a 40-person tiki hut, banquettes lining the live fern walls, V.I.P. tables, and an in-house DJ nightly. The seafood menu also includes salads and sliced gradefive Kobe Wagyu beef cooked tableside on hot stones. The attached King Is Dead nightclub—owned by the same development company, Legion of Doom L.L.C.—can also be used for private events. (28 NE 40th St., 305.573.3355) GRILL ON THE ALLEY

Modeled after the original, established in 1984 in Beverly Hills, Grill on the Alley brings a taste of Rodeo Drive to Aventura Mall. Opened in the fall of 2008, this 200-seat restaurant’s classic American cuisine is overseen by chef John Sola. There is a private room for 28, a semiprivate space for 30, and two patios that hold 35 and 20. (19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.466.7195) GRIMPA STEAKHOUSE

This 10,000-square-foot bilevel restaurant is owned by four prominent Brazilian businessmen and has views of Miami’s financial district. There are two meeting spaces on the second floor that can accommodate 40 and 80 guests, respectively. The 45-seat rotunda becomes a private room by closing a set of white floor-to-ceiling curtains. The 40-seat veranda is a more secluded space with a private entrance. (901 South Miami Ave., 305.416.9355) I CORSINI5

Next door to the famed Paris Theater on South Beach, i Corsini can seat 140 people inside and an additional 60 in the garden. For private events, the garden, which holds 100 for receptions, features a separate entrance and access to both of the restaurant’s private rooms, which can seat 80 when used together, or 60 and 20 separately. (560 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.2323) IDEAS RESTAURANT

This restaurant serves a contemporary mix of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. Ideas seats 60 in the main dining room, and a chef’s table in the kitchen seats eight. A private room on the second floor has traditional Spanish decor and space for 60 guests. A private wine room holds 8. (2833 Bird Ave., Coconut Grove, 305.567.9074)

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The Kobe Club seats 52 in the dining room, with space for 18 in the private outdoor area, which comes with cabanas. The space features Japanese decor—around 2,000 samurai swords hang from the ceiling in the main dining area—along with an eight-foot plasma-screen wall of fire, a bar with 200 daggers protruding from its front, and a 2,000-square-foot display of silver-leaf wall designs. (404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.5370) KUNG FU SUSHI5

This Asian fusion restaurant is located in the lobby of the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club in Miami Beach. The 1,500-square-foot space seats 125, including 15 at the sushi bar, and holds 300 for receptions. The patio seats 125. (1732-1756 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.7905) NEW LA BAGUETTE5

La Baguette is a 24-hour alfresco coffee and sandwich shop that opened in September 2009. The restaurant’s open-air seating consists of about 30 barstools and lounge areas for an additional 25. The venue can host receptions for 75. (427 SW 8th St., 305.860.1113)


Open since May 2008, this downtown spot features dark, elegant decor inside and a wraparound patio overlooking Biscayne Bay. The 7,500-square-foot venue, at ground level at the Met One Tower, seats 295 guests, with a semiprivate room for 40. (300 South Biscayne Blvd., 305.938.9000) MEAT MARKET

This restaurant is a joint effort by restaurateur David Tornek and chef Sean Brasel. The 4,400-square-foot contemporary steak house can accommodate 180 and features a unique three-tiered menu format that allows guests to enjoy the cuisine at all price points. A semiprivate area for groups of 24—with seating arranged for six people at four chef’s tables—highlights the floor-toceiling wine cellar behind it. There is also a sushi and raw bar, dubbed Crudo Bar. (915 Lincoln Road, 305.532.0088) NEW MERCADITO MIDTOWN5

In downtown Miami, Mexican restaurant Mercadito Midtown opened in March 2010. The 5,600-square-foot restaurant can seat 190 in its main dining room and adjacent lounge area with attached patio, or host as many as 400 for receptions. There is also a semi-private room for 35. (3252 NE First Ave., 786.369.0430) NEW MESAZUL

This Peruvian restaurant in Coral Gables—formerly just La Cofradia—reopened last year with a new partner, new menu, and longer name. The 1,750-square-foot restaurant seats 95 people or holds 150 for receptions. The bar area holds 30. Although there is no private room, a semiprivate dining area can seat 10 to 15 guests. (160 Andalusia Ave., Coral Gables, 305.914.1300)

Mesazul opened in February 2010 inside the former Windows on the Green space at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. The 160-seat restaurant features a wall of windows offering unobstructed views of the resort’s TPC Blue Monster golf course from every seat. The traditional steak house menu is prepared with Latin-inspired ingredients and flavors. For smaller groups, a private dining room seats 48. (4400 NW 87th Ave., 305.591.6616)



La Marea—meaning “the tide” in Italian and Spanish—is inside the Tides South Beach hotel. The restaurant blends Mediterranean fare with Northern Italian accents. Celebrity designer Kelly Wearstler handled the decor, which blends painted tortoise shells with 50- by 60-foot chandeliers and bishop chairs. The main dining room seats 60, and the front terrace can host 150 for cocktails or seat 52. (1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.604.5070)

Standing two-stories and stretching 14,000 square feet, MIA at Biscayne opened in August 2009. The space has three areas available for private and semiprivate gatherings: an L-shaped patio for 120, a 120-seat restaurant, and a lounge space (with upstairs V.I.P seating) for 200. A 16-foot multitouch iBar and a 24-foot iWall are highlights of the downstairs lounge. (50 Biscayne Blvd., 305.642.0032)


Chef Michael Schwartz’s 2,500-square-foot eatery in the design district can accommodate 50 inside, 60 outside, 14 at the bar, and an additional four at the back food bar. A separate dining area seats 30 for private events. The restaurant has rich wood accents in the bar and 18-foot ceilings in the dining room. (130 NE 40th St., 305.573.5550)


The contemporary, Moroccan-inspired Layla opened inside South Beach’s Hotel Astor in November 2008. Separated from the hotel’s main restaurant, Maison d’Azur, by a two-story wine cellar, this 800-square-foot eatery can accommodate groups of 40 for dinner and offers in-house belly dancers, DJs, sound, and lighting, as well as a projection screen for events. (956 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.403.7618) LE BOUDOIR

Le Boudoir expanded from Coral Gables to a second location in downtown Miami. The 1,000-square-foot restaurant was furnished by Dutch design company Moooi and holds 40. Decor highlights include pink leather banquettes, chocolate-brown porcelain floors, and Italian mosaic bathrooms. Le Boudoir offers off-site catering. (186 SE 12th Ter., 305.372.2333)



With a taste discovered in Delhi and developed in London, Mint Leaf Indian Brasserie offers an immersive Indian experience. The venue offers indoor seating for 56. Off-site catering, special event packages, and buyouts are available. Outside audiovisual companies are allowed for events. (276 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables, 305.443.3739) NEW MORTON’S STEAKHOUSE

Morton’s Steakhouse opened a new location near the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach in October 2009. This traditional steak house has four event spaces for groups.

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The main dining room can seat 140 and has two adjoining boardrooms that can seat 30 and 25 each or hold as many as 100 for a reception. The bar area can also host receptions for 70 and has a special small plates menu for happy hour daily. (4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.454.4022) NEW MR. CHOW MIAMI5

This famed New York Chinese restaurant opened in the W South Beach in August 2009. The dining room seats 250, and the patio seats an additional 200. There are two private rooms, one indoors and one out, that seat about 50 each. The indoor room has a separate bar and entrance. (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.695.1695) NEW THE 19TH HOLE BAR & GRILL5

Opened in August 2009 at the Doral Park Country Club, this restaurant and bar can accommodate more than 200 for events. The 2,500-square-foot space has a dining room for 110 and a patio for 125. (5001 NW 104th Ave., Doral, 305.591.8800) OPENING SOON NORMAN’S 180

Acclaimed chef Norman Van Aken was planning to open this new restaurant on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables in late June 2010. Unlike his Latin and Caribbean spots, this eatery will focus on traditional American comfort foods. For groups, there will be a communal table for 12. (180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) NOVECENTO5

This 6,000-square-foot Miami restaurant—the third location in the city—can accommodate as many as 300 guests and serves Argentine, European, and pan-Latin cuisine. The classic Argentine decor includes marble floors, wooden blinds, and rich red leather banquettes. For private dining, the restaurant’s Malbec Room seats 45, and larger groups can take advantage of the terrace that holds 100. (1414 Brickell Ave., 305.557.0900) OCEAN PRIME5

This is the second restaurant in the chain from Ohiobased restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. Modeled after the upscale supper clubs of the 1950s, the 8,500-square-foot venue offers a patio for 60 and two private rooms for events—one for 14 and the other for 32. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers custom menus for events. (19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305.931.5400) PACIFIC TIME5

for receptions. For smaller parties, there is a private room for 32. Available next door at Pacific Time are a private room for 60 and a garden that can host 70. (4029 North Miami Ave., 305.227.2378) RA SUSHI5

This 5,800-square-foot restaurant features dark decor and red lighting. The space contains a traditional sushi bar and full cocktail bar and lounge next to the patio. Chef Hui “Kenny” Li serves lunch and dinner. RA Sushi can accommodate 240 guests, as well as requests for off-site catering and custom menus. (5829 SW 73rd St., 305.341.0092) RACKS ITALIAN BISTRO AND MARKET5

The latest venture from restaurateur Gary Rack, this 4,000-square-foot North Miami Beach bistro opened in May 2009. The 204-seat restaurant has a Tuscan-inspired atmosphere with a communal table for 20, a Venetianthemed bar with seating for 14, and additional seating for 12 at the outdoor waterfront marketplace. Racks offers offsite catering and complimentary boat dock valet services. (3933 NE 163rd St., Miami Beach, 305.917.7225) RARE STEAKHOUSE

This 4,000-square-foot steak house can accommodate as many as 165 and has a private second-floor dining room for as many as 25. The venue features earth-tone walls and banquettes accented by black-and-white artwork. The certified kosher menu includes a combination of signature and classic steak dishes, as well as fresh fish, poultry, and salads. (468 41st St., Miami Beach, 305.532.7273) RED, THE STEAKHOUSE5

This Cleveland-based steak house expanded to South Florida in 2008 with the opening of its 7,000-square-foot Miami Beach location. The restaurant has minimalist decor with seating for 180. Three private rooms are available—one outfitted with glass walls and room for 12—and can be combined for groups of as many as 64. The restaurant hosts barbeques on the roof every Sunday during the summer. (119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.3688) RISTORANTE BOVA

This Boca Raton restaurant features white marble tables, pearlescent leather booths, stained concrete and mahogany floors, and sheer drapery. The venue can accommodate 185 seated guests, plus an additional 30 at the bar. (1450 North Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, 561.362.7407)

Previously on Miami Beach, the restaurant moved to its current location in the design district in May 2008. The eatery features an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven and can accommodate 150 guests throughout its 3,200-square-foot interior, 1,600-square-foot patio, and sidewalk café. A private room seats an additional 20. (35 NE 40th St., 305.722.7369)

This 4,400-square-foot Mexican restaurant opened in Boca Raton in November 2009. The dining room can seat 200 or hold 250 for receptions. There’s also a patio that can seat an additional 100. (5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561.416.2131)



Chef Philippe Chow opened another of his namesake restaurants inside the Gansevoort South Hotel on South Beach. The 400-seat spot features a minimalist design in white, black, red, and brown. The venture features a theatrical noodle bar, manned by chef Wai Ming Cheng, as well as a second-floor chef’s table that seats 14 and allows guests to look down into the kitchen. (2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.0250)

Nestled among the treetops overlooking Mallory Square in Key West, the Roof Top Café can host indoor and outdoor events. The main dining room seats 80 but can hold an additional 40 with the doors to the balcony open. The bilevel deck holds 30 people up top and 40 below. The restaurant serves new island cuisine. (308 Front St., Key West, 305.294.2042)


This 8,000-square-foot restaurant in the Mary Brickell Village features authentic upscale Mexican cuisine. Like the others in the franchise, this venue features a signature David Rockwell-designed water wall with little plastic divers. The restaurant can host 150 indoors, 90 in the outside dining and bar areas, and 100 in a private dining room. (900 South Miami Ave., 786.425.1001)

This restaurant opened in late March 2010 in Miami Beach. The 2,000-square-foot venue has an open layout and can seat 95 or accommodate as many as 150 for receptions. (1400 20th St., Miami Beach, 305.673.4755) POR FIN RESTAURANT & LOUNGE5

On popular Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables, this restaurant specializes in Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. The bilevel 5,500-square-foot space is rich in earth tones and features an airy main-level dining room that seats 150. Groups seeking a more intimate atmosphere may retreat to the second floor veranda, which holds 50. (2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.441.0107) NEW PIZZA VOLANTE

Pacific Time’s chef and owner, Jonathan Eismann, opened Pizza Volante in June 2009. The causal Italian eatery spans 900 square feet, features an industrial look, and seats 30. The menu focuses on thin-crust pizzas and a variety of simple Italian classics made into daily specials. (3918 North Miami Avenue, 305.573.5325) NEW PRELUDE BY BARTON G.5

This new restaurant at the Adrienne Arsht Center is the latest venture from event producer and caterer Barton G. Weiss, who’s the exclusive provider for the center. Opened in October 2009, the restaurant has indoor seating for 130 as well as outdoor seating. Prelude serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, with designated reservation times for ticket holders. (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.357.7900) PRIME ITALIAN5

Myles Chefetz of Miami’s Prime One Twelve teamed up with developer Jorge Perez for this 7,500-square-foot Italian restaurant on South Beach. Opened in December 2008, the 180-seat restaurant features an open kitchen with a wood-burning pizza oven, a semiprivate wine room for eight, and outdoor seating for 60. (101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.695.8484) NEW Q AMERICAN BARBEQUE5

Chef Jonathan Eismann, owner of Pacific Time and Pizza Volante, opened Q American Barbecue in the design district in late February 2010. The 3,200-square-foot barbecue restaurant’s main dining room seats 160 or holds 350



pizzas, and pastas as well as a ceviche stand and made-toorder tiraditos. (5861 Sunset Drive, 786.369.1671) OPENING SOON SHAKE SHACK, MIAMI5

This New York-based burger joint was scheduled to open its first South Florida location in late June 2010. The 2,500square-foot restaurant will be able to seat 50 or host an additional 25 for a reception in its main dining room. There will also be seating for 60 on the patio. (1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) 660 MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN5

In the historic South Beach Art Deco district at the Angler’s Boutique Resort, 660 Mediterranean has two semiprivate dining spaces for 55 guests total, a front porch for 40, and two poolside cabanas. As many as 200 can be accommodated for receptions poolside, and a 250-square-foot boardroom can hold 14 guests. (660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 866.729.8800) SMITH & WOLLENSKY5

The renowned steak house has expanded its sprawling waterfront locale on Miami Beach. Formerly accommodating as many as 600, the restaurant has added a covered 90-seat second-floor deck over the existing patio bar, bringing its total capacity to 850. (1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.2800) NEW SMOKE’T SOUTHERN KITCHEN AND TAP5

Smoke’t Southern Kitchen and Tap opened in January 2010. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant can seat 200 in the dining room or accommodate about 250 for a reception. The lounge area at the entrance has a small stage that can be used for presentations or entertainment, and a patio holds 40. Smoke’t serves traditional southern dishes like fried chicken, stewed okra and tomato, and barbecue. (1450 South Dixie Hwy., 305.669.8338) NEW SOLEÁ

Just off the lobby of the W South Beach, this Mediterranean restaurant has hardwood floors, communal tables, and two expansive walls of wine bottles. The space seats 180 and has a V.I.P. area for 12. (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.938.3111) THE SPORTS EXCHANGE

This 7,000-square-foot eatery opened in Coral Gables in April 2009 and blends sports, dining, and New York Stock Exchange updates all in one place. For special events, two nine-person booths in the main room can be covered to create a temporary stage. In addition to the 170-seat dining room, a private dining room can seat 55 or host 100 for receptions. (45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305.774.1222) SRA. MARTINEZ

Chef and restaurateur Michelle Bernstein’s upscale restaurant seats 150 in the main dining room and patio. The mezzanine can be booked for groups of 40. This Latin tapas eatery is located inside an old 1920s Post Office in Miami’s design district. (4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305.573.5474) NEW STK

This bilevel upscale steak house opened inside the Gansevoort South in January 2010 and can seat as many as 600. Four private dining rooms on the second floor can accommodate groups of 10 to 30 people. The rooms can also be combined to hold 100 for receptions. (2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.604.6988) NEW SUGARCANE RAW BAR GRILL5

The owners of SushiSamba Dromo opened this new lounge-style venue in December 2009. The 4,200-squarefoot space off midtown Miami’s main thoroughfare includes an 850-square-foot patio with additional seating and food service. (3252 North East 1st Ave., 212.604.0600)



This country-western nightclub and restaurant features an expansive 2,000-square-foot dance floor, four bars, and several options for semiprivate events for as many as 500. In addition to areas around the dance floor and a semiprivate billiard room, the venue’s stage can seat 50 or hold 150 for a cocktail function. Line dancing lessons can be arranged.(9020 West State Road 84, Davie, 954.423.1990)

The famed eatery from chef Govind Armstrong—who incorporates local ingredients to create his own brand of South Florida cuisine—is inside the Z Ocean Hotel. The main room can seat 160, a private dining room accommodates 40, and a wine room can host 18. The restaurant also has a 70-seat lounge beneath the hotel’s glass-bottom pool. (1458 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.695.4114)



Owned by chef Laurent Tasic, Sage Bistro & Oyster Bar brings French-American cuisine to Hollywood. Opened in December 2008, the 5,000-square-foot restaurant can seat as many as 120 guests, with an additional private room for 50. Buyouts and outside vendors are allowed. (2000 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954.391.9466)

This Miami Beach space is all about environment— incense burns and candles glow. Tantra can seat 180 guests or hold 250 for receptions, and the food is reflective of its highly charged energy. Buyouts are available. (1445 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.4765)


Taste Gastropub in Delray Beach, open since April 2010, features an expansive candy bar. The 4,500-square-foot eatery, designed by James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser, is divided into three areas: an indoor bar and lounge for 38, a dining room for 18, and a back garden with a waterfall and bar for 33. There is also sidewalk dining for 20. Buyouts are available for groups of 125 for receptions. (169 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 561.274.4444)

This Asian-Mediterranean fusion restaurant opened in March 2010 inside Coral Gables’ Village of Merrick Park shopping center. The intimate 2,500-square-foot restaurant seats 72 and has a 50-inch flat-screen TV over the bar that can connect to a laptop or other media device for presentations. The 1,500-square-foot patio can hold 250 for an after-work reception and doubles as a hookah lounge. (360 San Lorenzo, Coral Gables, 305.447.6555) NEW SEA LEVEL RESTAURANT AND OCEAN BAR5

This 160-seat restaurant opened in February 2010 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. The eatery specializes in fresh seafood and has a 105-seat terrace and a communal table for 10. (3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954.525.4000) NEW 72ND BAR AND GRILL

This 1,750-square-foot casual dining restaurant features an open 74-seat dining room and bar. The menu blends American and Latin cuisines with options like burgers,



The 700-seat Hallandale restaurant has two private upper terraces that overlook three tiered sections of the space. The menus offer more than 500 items, full audiovisual setup, and numerous plasma-screen TVs. The Las Vegas-style cabaret show is revamped every six months, and buyouts are available. (1710 Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale, 954.454.1222) TEQUILA RANCH5

Just outside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tequila Ranch conveys the casual elegance of a Mexican summer 2010 69

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Miami New Times calls Miami’s best place for live jazz. (846 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.532.1233) NEW URBANITE BISTRO5

hacienda. The restaurant and bar offers four different rooms, plus an outdoor space, El Lago Patio, to accommodate groups of 50 to 350. Enhancements include a blazing fire pit and a mechanical bull. (5760 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954.556.7430)

This 4,200-square-foot eatery opened in September 2009 and seats 83 in three semiprivate areas, a main dining room, and two lounges—each with a bar for about 15. The space can host as many as 250 for buyouts. A 4,000-square-foot garden is also available. (62 NE 14th St., 305.374.0662)



This chain opened a 30,000-square-foot location in 2008 at the Miami Beach Marina. The main dining room can seat 300, and the patio lounge, with views of the bay, seats 40. The restaurant has six party rooms, including a bar for as many as 200 and the Beijos Lounge for 50. Off-site catering is available. (300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305.695.7702)

This space is a 500-seat upscale restaurant and a 600-person bar and lounge. The venue has 500 feet of space to dock boats, as well as full bar facilities at the pool and sundeck. The wine list features more than 200 varieties, and the menu changes seasonally. (3969 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.944.8411)


Waxy’s on the River opened in August 2009 on the ground floor of residential building Neo Vertika. The 7,000-square-foot Irish pub and restaurant seats 222. A 64-foot chocolate-colored bar seats 40 and serves as the venue’s centerpiece. A covered patio holds 120. (690 SW First Court, 786.871.7660)

Tonino Lamborghini’s Caffe Corsa opened in March 2010 at the Village of Gulfstream Park dining and entertainment complex. The 6,000-square-foot space has unobstructed complex views and can seat 200 in a classroom setup. Five TVs suspended from the ceiling can be used for presentations. For smaller groups, two semiprivate dining areas for eight and 12 each have a TV with laptop adapter capabilities. (501 South Federal Hwy., Aventura, 305.456.4500) NEW TRE ITALIAN BISTRO5

Tre Italian Bistro opened downtown in July 2009. The 40-seat eatery is outfitted with high-backed orange banquettes. A nine-seat bar anchors the 1,900-squarefoot space and has a 42-inch TV that can be used for presentations. A covered patio out front seats an additional 50 guests. (270 East Flagler St., 305.373.3303) NEW TRULUCK’S SEAFOOD, STEAK, AND CRAB HOUSE5

This 7,000-square-foot restaurant serves fresh fish, Florida stone crabs, and antibiotic-free meats. The main dining room can seat 325, and events can also be held in the 1,500-square-foot piano bar, which has live music nightly. There is also a private room for 50 and two outdoor areas for 45. (2584A East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.396.5656) UPSTAIRS AT THE VAN DYKE CAFÉ5

Above the famous Van Dyke Cafe on South Beach’s Lincoln Road, this open-air rooftop venue can seat 45 guests for dinner and hold an additional 65 for receptions. It is only available for buyout during the day, as around 9 p.m. the locals start pouring into what The




This retail, dining, and entertainment complex is on Biscayne Bay. The bilevel open-air marketplace includes 140 stores and 14 restaurants and bars. It can accommodate as many as 1,000 people for outdoor receptions, and features live entertainment nightly at the Marina Stage. (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305.577.3344) DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDENS5

This 350,000-square-foot complex is comprised of 60 acres of restaurants and retail space. The property is bordered by a 20-acre lake area, which provides an outdoor area for tented receptions for as many as 600 people. (11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens, 561.515.1137)

This Miami eatery features light fare during the day and 15 kinds of tapas in the evening. The dining room seats 45 for dinner and holds 70 for receptions. The in-house wine and beer shop can supply beverages as well, including 200 different wines. (3622 NE Second Ave., 305.576.7775)



This retail wine shop opened in mid-October 2009 with an underground wine room. The private room is outfitted with leather sofas and club chairs and has wine racks lining the walls. The space can seat 12 at a long table or accommodating groups of 40 for receptions. (3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove, 305.444.3493)

This restaurant and lounge has multiple indoor and outdoor spaces. The garden patio, with a full bar and fire pit, seats 60, while the main dining can accommodate 202. The restaurant’s private room can host 40 people. O Lounge, within the restaurant, is its own 1,008-square-foot bar and lounge with seating for 45. (333 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.523.1000) NEW ZUMA5

German chef Rainer Becker opened the first U.S. location (the original is in London) of Zuma in May 2010 inside the Epic Hotel. The 8,500-square-foot Japanese restaurant has access via private dock as well as the hotel’s main entrance, and is able to seat 198 throughout its main dining room, bar, lounge, and sushi bar. There are two private rooms for groups of eight or 12. There is a 68-seat terrace. (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305.577.0277)

100 for events. Group fitness and treatment packages are available. (180 NE 39th St., Suite 223, 305.438.3777)

This 23,000-square-foot wine store opened in November 2009. Owner and wine expert Stephen Eisel can host wine tastings and seminars on-site or at other venues for groups of 25. (7235 Biscayne Blvd., 305.754.5142) NEW LA BOTTEGA ENOTECA SOCIALE


With more than 986,000 square feet of space—including over 100 stores, a movie theater, and a Bally Total Fitness Center—the mall can host a variety of events. Colorful window planters and glass panels brighten the mall with natural light. (20505 South Dixie Highway, 305.235.8880) THE WEBSTER5

This 20,000-square-foot multibrand boutique is housed in a historic Art Deco building. On the first floor, Kaspia Restaurant can seat as many as 20 people. The boutique also has a 1,100-square-foot open-air roof, which serves as a lounge. (1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.7899)



This 3,000-square-foot facility offers six massage and skin care rooms, separate salon and nail areas, and a Vichy shower room. (6231 Estero Blvd., 239.765.4772)

This 28,000-square-foot spa opened in 2009 inside the Viceroy Hotel. The spa’s movie theater and party room can be used for private events for groups of 36 and 40, respectively. The spa also has 10 treatment rooms and a 2,500 square-foot gymnasium. (485 Brickell Ave., 305.503.0369)




The 7,300-square-foot Bliss Spa at the W South Beach includes a nail lounge, seven treatment rooms, and a beauty boutique. The spa offers a range of different massages and treatments, as well as a brownie buffet and the company’s own line of products. (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.938.3000)

This bilevel 12,000-square-foot spa opened in January 2010 inside the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. There are 14 treatment rooms, and event packages like customized classes, workshops, and education sessions are available. (270 Biscayne Blvd., 305.423.3900)

This 30,000-square-foot spa offers signature facial and body services that combine Eastern philosophies with Western techniques. In addition to 22 treatment rooms, the venue has private patio courtyards, a full-service salon, a lounge, and a pool. A fitness center is also available. (3555 South Ocean Drive, 954.602.6000)


On the plaza of the InterContinental Miami, this spa has 10 treatment rooms, a hydrofusion pod, and a fitness studio. MySpa offers a variety of personalized body and skin treatments as well as a retail boutique filled with spa products. (100 Chopin Plaza, Plaza Level, 305.372.4444)




In the Howard Johnson Hotel near Miami Beach, this spa has 20,000 square feet of available space for events. Nirvana Spa has steam rooms, a workout facility, and pool and beach access. (8701 Collins Ave., 305.867.4850)

In the Hotel Victor, this spa offers 6,000 square feet of tranquil relaxation. Spa V features South Beach’s first coed steam room. There are also private treatment rooms, an array of European-inspired services, and a fitness center. (1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.428.1234)

In the Biltmore Hotel, this spa features a relaxation lounge, poolside cabanas, an aroma steam room and sauna, and a variety of massages and body treatments. The Coral Gables Spa also offers group sessions and a boutique. (1200 Anastasia Ave., 305.913.3187) ELEMIS SPA

This spa opened its first free-standing location in Coral Gables in 2002. With 7,000 square feet of available event space, Elemis also features a variety of body services, a kid’s spa club, and a hair and nail salon. (330 San Lorenzo Drive, Suite 2345, Coral Gables, 305.774.7171) EMENA SPA

Combining modern and environmentally friendly treatment practices, this 2,500-square-foot spa offers six treatment rooms and can accommodate groups as large as



Available for a variety of different events, this spa is part of the P.G.A. National Resort, which features five championship golf courses and seven restaurants and lounges. The spa offers meals by the resort’s Waters of the World Café. (450 Avenue of the Champions, 561.627.3111)


Measuring 11,000 square feet, Spa Eleven features a courtyard, seven outdoor cabanas, and a tanning pool, as well as a variety of special spa treatments. (1440 North Federal Hwy., Delray Beach, 561.278.1100)


This spa features bright colors and Mediterranean decor. In addition to offering massages and body treatments, the spa is available for events and group fitness classes. (19999 West Country Club Drive, 305.932.6200)

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special events, and can seat as many as 7,000 guests. The Hurricane 100 Room, which offers a sophisticated and traditional atmosphere with state-of-the-art technology, can accommodate as many as 200 guests for receptions. All catering is handled on the premises. (1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, 305.284.8244)




The arena overlooks the bay in downtown Miami and has more than 1.4 million square feet of space. Groups of 130 can watch games or concerts from party suites like the 7,600-square-foot Dewar’s Club, and groups of 24 can book a private mini suite. The 16,000-square-foot arena floor can also be used for large events. Members of the Miami Heat’s entertainment team can make special appearances at any event booked at the arena. (601 Biscayne Blvd., 786.777.1000)

This 20,763-seat venue is home to the Florida Panthers hockey club. The Center has 12 function areas, including three meeting rooms, the largest of which holds 500. There are also several 800-square-foot and 400-squarefoot party suites. Boston Culinary Group is the exclusive caterer. (1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise, 954.835.8359)

Formerly known as Dolphin Stadium and, most recently, Land Shark Stadium, this $115 million complex is home to the Miami Dolphins, the Florida Marlins, and the University of Miami Hurricanes. The stadium seats 75,000. A major renovation in 2007 included an expansion and upgrade of the V.I.P. and club areas and more than doubled the floor area with an additional 360,000 square feet of enclosed space. (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, 305.623.6100)

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This multipurpose arena on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables is ideal for concerts, sports, and

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Hot Stuff Tips for beating the heat at summer events. Last night was the first real scorcher of the summer season in New York, 94 degrees, so of course I had plans to put on a wool tuxedo. I almost didn’t leave the apartment, but the knowledge that the gala was being held at one of the biggest, most famous (and expensive) restaurants in the world, one with a gurgling pool no less, promised me an evening in an ice box. No such luck. I’m always complaining about being hot—one friend told me I’m like a canary in a coal mine when it comes to detecting heat. So I try and keep my mouth shut. That is until I see skinny-as-a-rail ladies in strapless dresses waving the evening programs as makeshift fans. Then I put my fear of male menopause aside and spring into action. Which in this case involved asking the legendary owner to turn up the air. His response: “But we can’t make it too cold, the ladies don’t like it.” Ugh. But I let it go. The truth is, I knew perfectly well there was nothing he could really do. It was too late. It

takes hours to properly cool down a large room. Conversely, once you fill a cold dinner hall with bodies, candles and movement, it takes only a few minutes to warm a space up. I’m not going to pretend to know the science; I just tell you ’cause I know. Invariably, event planners mean well but are done in by the deliveries. Caterers with proofing ovens, florists, lighting and sound guys with their mysterious giant black boxes, all constantly going in and out through the biggest door they can find, which they prop open with a sandbag. You can beg them to close the door until you are blue in the face, but they don’t care. Once the room is all tricked out, they probably all go to some nice air conditioned deli to wait while the $1,000-a-head folks sweat it out in the sauna of a party space they’ve created. But we can fight back. Here’s some of the things I’ve either done or seen that help beat the heat. 1. In Hong Kong, when you get out of the oppressively hot, humid,

and polluted air, they have a person who stands inside the door at the nice hotels and hands you a cool wet towel with some wood tongs. You lift the thing up to your face…heaven. Then you just drop it in a little box and keep moving. 2. Pass cool, low- or no-alcohol drinks. At Southampton Hospital, Robbins Wolfe usually starts with champagne cocktails. It’s always sweltering, but the cold, sugary drink is a real lifter. Ditto Pimm’s Cup with fresh mint at Ascot in London. Where as normally I say that a well-lubricated crowd is a happy one, in the heat, your goal is to pace the lubrication. 3. Those spritzy misting fans in tents are great where they originated, in Las Vegas, where the dry, angry pavement sends heat up in waves. In most climates they just add to the humidity. Seems so obvious. 4. A chilled mug is a thing of joy. Why is it only beer gets this royal treatment? 5. Don’t forget sound and sight perception adds to the mix. If you can’t afford a fountain, which is like an auditory air conditioner, why not some ambient babbling brook noise? On the other hand, just looking at bright lights can add to the temperature. Make sure no bare bulbs are visible and summer candles (outdoor only, right?) are dimmed with colored glass vessels. 6. I believe in tons and tons of

ice. Way more than you need. Fill giant metal or plastic containers—almost anything will do—and get the ice out from behind the bar and into the party. Fill the buckets with exotic beers, champagne splits, and colored sparkling waters and sodas. Helping themselves gets guests touching cold items and cooling off. 7. On a hot, hot night, a pool party can be such a tease. And I think candles floating in a pool is just about the dumbest thing going. They always look so dinky. For my pool, I use my dog, Turbo, for entertainment: He goes in for the ball tirelessly. But my new trick is to buy a few funny battery powered toys at the pool store and throw them in one at a time. Give some kid a little cash and make it their project. Half of them don’t work and are a rip-off, which is part of the fun. 8. The still, warm air of a tent can be deadly, even worse with these stretchy latex numbers. God invented fans for a reason. And you know they work just as well outdoors as in, don’t you? 9. Old-fashioned folks, me included, don’t take off our jackets until the host does the same. Some hosts need to be reminded how this works. 10. Why not something cold and fresh on the way out, like a mini popsicle or a tiny cup of frozen yogurt to make the parking valet experience a little less monotonous?


Ted Kruckel

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Lilly Pulitzer textile designers provided lovely and interesting entertainment at the Museum of Natural History’s Museum Dance. Later their works were auctioned off.

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The Archeological Institute’s servers wore painted masks. Oooooh.

The flock descending the stairs was quite the scene at the Central Park Conservancy’s 28th annual hat luncheon. Let the preening begin!

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