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If you’re looking for a gift for the stylish environmentalist on your list this season from among our suggestions throughout this special issue, you could earn points – and $7,500 in Federal Tax Credit – tying a Fisker Karma up with a green bow.


Design: Four decorators and a color expert give their suggestions for making your home look fabulous with little effort – PLUS Design Writer Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub’s suggestions for sophisticated design gifts.




A few words about our writers, photographers and stylists.


This & That


In the City

The distinctive Chinese performing arts company Shen Yun returns to the Broward Center Jan. 11-13; behind the wheel of the electrifying Fisker Karma EcoSport; Palm Beach


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COLD COMFORT winter escapes HOLIDAY SPARKLERS cheers to champagne GREEN WITH ENVY the electrifying Fisker Karma


Actress Bailee Madison opens our celebrity gift list December 2012


Bailee Madison, the Bright Star on the Horizon Award winner this year at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, gets her chance to star with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in the Christmas Day release, Parental Guidance. The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea actress is among celebrities we asked for gift-giving ideas this season, beginning on pg. 87. Photo: JSquared Photography 12

82 County resident and rapper Vanilla Ice introduces a collection of (yes) home lighting; and the legendary Castro Convertibles re-launches its brand with an ottoman.




Curb Appeal: The Positano Beach project in Hollywood will bring a taste of the Italian Riviera to the Broadwalk.


On the Shore

Some classic yachts, and Inside Edition host Deborah Norville, highlight the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade festivities coming up Dec. 15; a new Coral Springs candle store broadens horizons for young adults with special needs; the art of pairing wine and food at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, coming up Dec. 7-11; and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum kicks off a national tour Dec. 9 in Boca Raton to pay tribute to the survivors and their liberators.


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The Matzo Ball at Baja Beach Club in Boca Raton; the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale; The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine “Your Medical School” Gala at the Royal Palm Yacht Club; the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival and other upcoming December/January events of note.

Special HOME section

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The holidays are prime time for entertaining, and good hosts should be prepared to fill their guests’ requests – and glasses – at the bar. Here’s a list of short- and long-range plans for transforming your home into the toast of the town.

Holiday dressing is not just for the girls, says Fashion & Style Director Elyse Ranart; here are some pieces that will make him shine, too.


Health & Fitness

Bearing in mind that everyone else is stressed at this time of the year, Health & Fitness writer Nancy McVicar says why not go for things healthful and stress-relieving, such as a madeto-order fruit basket, a basketful of gluten-free goodies or a gift certificate to a local spa.


Wine & Spirits

It’s prime time for champagne, sparkling wine, cava, prosecco. Bob Hosmon explains what to know before popping a cork.


Art and Letters

In a season of celebratory unwrappings, the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables opens an exhibition of artist Christo’s celebrated wrappings.





Searching for fresh gift ideas, Contributing Editor Elizabeth Rahe decided to check the lists of notable personalities who have appeared on the pages of City & Shore. We asked them to focus on things to do, rather than things to open this holiday season. The result is a wish list of thoughtful gifts, laced with a little stardust.


Presents Presence Searching for fresh gift ideas, we decided to check the lists of notable personalities who have appeared on the pages of City & Shore. We asked them to focus on things to do, rather than things to open. The result is a collection of thoughtful gifts, laced with a little stardust. BY ELIZABETH RAHE



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Soon the clock will strike midnight and we’ll turn the calendar to 2013. Regardless of your disposition, you’ll likely be up late, so what better way to ring in the New Year than with a fabulous meal at a great price? Fine Dining Writer Rebecca Cahilly clocks in with a few sparkling New Year’s Eve WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE? ideas offered by some of our “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. favorite restaurants. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”


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Stage of Enlightenment Shen Yun at the Broward Center: Art on a mission BY GREG CARANNANTE The stage backdrop comes to life: Deep in the distance of a luminous Chinese landscape, the side of a mountain breaks open. A tiny god-figure emerges and leaps into the sky. He glides toward us, growing larger and closer until he seemingly flies out from the backdrop and tumbles onto the back of the stage – the same costumed figure transformed in a blink from screen animation into life-sized human dancer, joining the others onstage without missing a step. This seamless synchronization of digital animation with live dance was for me a stunning highlight of the Shen Yun performance at the Broward Center earlier this year. The distinctive Chinese performing arts company is returning to the Center’s Au-Rene Theater Jan. 11-


in the city 13, and though the program is billed as all-new, the backdrops will again open living windows onto China’s landscapes, dynasties and mythology. 
“The animated backdrop is a bridge between the present and the past,” says dancer Jade Zhan. “It caters to modern people’s aesthetic sense, but also takes the audience on a journey to ancient times and distant lands.” The innovative backdrops, however, are not all that make Shen Yun special. It is described as the first company to present classical Chinese dance to the world on a large scale, and its original music is performed by the only orchestra PHOTO: 2011 SHEN YUN PERFORMING ARTS

Shen Yun returns Jan. 11-13 to the Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater.

combining Western and Chinese instruments. Each of the show’s approximately 20 short pieces, which also include arias performed by vocalist and pianist, is explained in Chinese and English by two formally attired emcees. “It’s a very rare kind of arts group,” says emcee Julianne Xu. “Shen Yun presents to audiences all over the world a true culture, something you don’t see even in modern-day China.” Indeed, the show itself cannot even be seen there. Literally translated as “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” Shen Yun was born in New York in 2006, when a small group of overseas Chinese artists came together to resurrect the artistic cultural traditions that are fading away in the wake of Communist rule. “In China there are a lot of extremely talented classical dancers, but the choreographers can’t choreograph any traditional or outstanding pieces for them to perform,” says Yungchia Chen, choreographer and principal dancer. “So what they dance now are these very distorted things. But Shen Yun is different. Shen Yun is making every effort to bring back the traditions, to bring back the most authentic, and the most beautiful part of Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance. That’s our mission.” For tickets and information, go to or


Vanilla Ice’s chandelier from his collection, which also includes two sconces.

Lights Lights, Baby Rapper Vanilla Ice introduces a collection of home lighting

We catch up with Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where he’s introducing a lighting collection for Capitol Lighting. Van Winkle, best known for his mega hit song Ice Ice Baby, says he was “hands on” in the design process. He and the Capitol Lighting design team met to brainstorm the concept. Inspiration came from the dots on the tie that Capitol president Eric Lebersfeld’s dad was wearing. He translated the pattern into crystal dots on the drum lampshade. Crystals also hang from the bottom of the fixture. “The crystals are the ‘ice,’ ” says Van Winkle, who has homes in Wellington and on Palm Beach island. A lighting collection from a rapper? He is far more than a rapper. Van Winkle has evolved into a remodeling pro with a show on the DIY Network. His Vanilla Ice Project shows how he renovates homes, including a 7,000-square-foot Palm Beach mansion that has state-of-the-art technology. He’s been busy filming the show’s third season. “It is not like the network took a celebrity and built a show around him,” he says. “This is who I am. I have done real estate and fell in love with the design side.” Remodeling has been his passion for the past 16 years, during which he estimates he built or remodeled 100 homes. His first project was a house Vanilla Ice he owned on Star Island in Miami. He bought it for a couple of million, redecorated in a transitional style and sold it for $6 million. He trained his eye in design through reading magazines and visiting show houses. “I lived in it 11 years,” he says. “It was cool. It had an acrylic staircase with fish swimming in it. The rooms were all different colors, but I wasn’t comfortable. It didn’t feel like a home. I felt like I was living in a nightclub.” The collection, made by Batalion Imports, includes two sconces and 24-inch and 28-inch chandeliers with a choice of a silk drum shade or transparent shade. They are available in two finishes – polished nickel and bronzed ice. Prices range from $250 to $1,400. – Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub The lighting collection is available at the four Capitol Lighting locations in South Florida (see and at

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[gas] engine engages to generate energy for the electric motors, providing an additional 250 miles of range.” That’s not a lot of electric-only range, if you’re driving from Miami to Stuart, but enough to cover many commutes in South Florida. Manrique says there are about 200 Fisker Karmas already on the road here, and some day, Fisker Automotive hopes many more of us will be charging up at electric stations – like Monaco’s – instead of filling up at gas pumps. For now, the EVers are an interim solution – hot wiring an electrical power-train (capable of hurling a 5,300-pound car up to 125 miles per hour) to a conventional engine with a 9.5-gallon gas reserve tank that can take you safely to the next electrical The woman in the red pickup next to us on Las Olas outlet. All in a very comfortable, simple to operate, eco-friendly turns her head – and her neck, shoulders and pretty much interior (reclaimed woods and 100 percent recycled EcoSuede) – with other driving perks unique to an electric car. everything else – to wave at us out the window. “There is no transmission on the vehicle,’’ Manrique says “I don’t think she’s watching where she’s going,” says Robert from the bucket seat beside me. “When you accelerate it feels Manrique, general manager of Fisker Miami, in the passenger like you’re just taking off in a jetliner on a runway.” seat of the Fisker Karma EcoSport, “The World’s First I confirm this – briefly – on Las Olas, on the way Electric High Performance Luxury Vehicle.” down to the beach. There is, indeed, no hesitation “I see her,” I say, swerving the $110,050 as the power goes to the rear wheels, just smooth environmentally friendly sports car – and, acceleration – and, since the Fisker Karma in apparently, babe magnet – to the left and out electric “Stealth’’ mode makes no engine noise, of her way. “People are too busy watching us the wind and wheels are your soundtrack. It’s to watch where they’re going.’’ very soothing – and reassuring that I could, if I “The same thing happened to me coming wanted to, peel out 0-60 in 6.3 seconds – in a up here on I-95,” Manrique laughs. “This car quiet, environmentally sustainable way. turns heads – it really gets attention.’’ Heads start to turn again as I cruise north on It does. A Fisker Karma A1A, and I don’t think it’s because I just averaged The Fisker Karma first turned my head in recharging 409 miles per gallon. Pedestrians gawk at the sexy Europe this September, during the Monaco Yacht exterior of the car, almost stepping into the street in front Show. A shadow gray Fisker EVer (Electric Vehicle extended range) pulled up to a curb, the driver popped what of us. I start to wonder why such paparazzi magnets as Ashton looked like the gas cap in back and plugged an orange electrical Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber would all drive Fisker Karmas. Why would they want to attract more attention? cord from the car to a municipal charging station. “Because when they are seen,” Manrique says, “they want to It was an awesome vision – sleek, powerful, sexy – and full be seen as being environmentally conscious.’’ of the promise of an alternative-energy future. But even more Maybe. Or maybe it’s just way more fun than separating astonishing was seeing a sleek, powerful, sexy car charging up plastics for the recycling bin. like an electric razor. It was the first time I’d seen people stop to

Behind the wheel of the electrifying Fisker Karma EcoSport

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Classic yachts highlight Winterfest Boat Parade festivities BY ELIZABETH RAHE When pressed into service during the War of 1812, the privateer Lynx was one of the fastest clipper schooners around. When a replica Lynx travels along the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade route in Fort Lauderdale, the crew will have to rein her in, keeping her at 3-4 knots – and under power, of course. Four other classic yachts – Honey Fitz (JFK’s beloved boat), Aurora, Stargazer and Innisfail – will add a sense of history and grace to the 41st parade on Dec. 15. In addition, the Lynx will be in Fort Lauderdale for public viewing and cruises through most of December (see story online at


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For the main event Dec. 15, hundreds of thousands of lights will adorn these beauties, as well as vessels from paddleboards to showboats, all portraying the theme Musical Memories. Shipboard highlights include musical performances, celebrity guests and, of course, Santa. Inside Edition host Deborah Norville will serve as grand marshal. Norville will host the TV news magazine on location from Fort Lauderdale during her visit. Winterfest’s season of fun includes many other sanctioned festivities. Following are a few December highlights. For more information or to purchase event tickets, call 954-767-0686 or visit Winterfest Family Day – noon-4 p.m. Dec. 2, Riverside Hotel Lawn, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Free family activities such as interactive games, inflatables, photos with Santa and more. Winterfest Black Tie Ball presented by Moët & Chandon – 6 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 8, Hard Rock Live, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood. Entertainment includes a performance from Broadway’s Wicked plus dancing and a 250item auction. Featured items include a 2013 JM Lexus, a wine estate vacation from Southern Wine & Spirits and a shopping spree from Carroll’s Jewelers. Tickets are $225 per person; table of 10 starts at $2,000. Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade - 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. More than one million spectators are expected to line the parade route, from the New River to the Intracoastal Waterway and north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Reserved grandstand viewing, which includes the Chris Evert Hospital Safety and Family Fun Zone, is available at Birch State Park, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The legendary Castro Convertibles re-launches its brand with an ottoman For certain generations, the name Castro Convertibles may still call to mind the old TV commercials featuring a 4-year-old girl opening up a sofa bed. Today, that “little girl” is not only a grandmother, but Bernadette Castro has also accomplished much in the political world. “From 1994 through 2006, I was honored to serve in Gov. George Pataki’s cabinet as the New York State Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation,” she says. “It was a great run and we accomplished a lot. I brought my marketing experience to a phenomenal system of state parks and historic sites. It worked well, as we introduced to New Yorkers what they owned.” Castro Convertibles relaunched their brand with this ottoman that’s sold exclusively online

But her family made its name in retail. Her father, Bernard Castro, opened the company in 1931 with $400 in capital. Four decades later, Bernadette, now its CEO, knew that it was time for Castro to rethink its business model as well. “Over the years, retail has changed. We decided not to return to showing the product in our own showrooms, but rather to use the Internet as our primary point of purchase,” she explains. “My father was innovative using television in 1948, so I knew he would have agreed with this decision.” As the product to re-launch the brand, Castro chose their ottoman that, within seconds, converts to a single bed. “[It’s] comfortable enough for every-night sleeping and an ideal option for overnight guests,” she says. And perfect for Floridians, who make up 15 percent of the company’s customer base. “Florida is interesting because it’s a place everyone wants to come and visit. Grandparents go see children. Grandchildren go to see grandparents. The reasons why you need an extra bed are endless.” – Lori Capullo The ottoman can be purchased on the website at and on HSN, where it’s a network “customer pick.”


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The art of matching wine and food at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival What does it take to pull off a highly exclusive, extremely sophisticated and elegantly tasteful culinary event? And, what does it take to ensure that the wine and the food showcased pair up in unison? It takes vision, determination and persistence; characteristics easily embodied by the team behind the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. Now in its sixth year, the festival has doubled in size. Not only is the event graced by top chefs at every turn, it features over a dozen intimate and sophisticated culinary sub-events that ensure it remains among the highest echelon of culinary gatherings in the country. “This was our second year as the exclusive wine and spirits sponsor for the entire event,” says Katie Leibick, public relations specialist for Premier Beverage Company. “It has been absolutely amazing to be involved with this event and the talent showcased is phenomenal.” Premier Beverage Company has its own Master Sommelier on staff, Andrew McNamara, who worked with organizer David Sabin and Master Sommelier Virginia Philip to select wines and cocktails for each of the 12 festival events. While many of the events at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival are upscale, this year’s Burgers by the Beach bash was a perfect opportunity to roll up the sleeves and dig in to some great eats delivered at the hands of Food Network’s Robert Irvine and Jeff Mauro, Top Chef winners Fabio Viviani and Kevin Sbraga, and other noteworthy culinary talent. Wine was still the star of the show, but McNamara and Premier Beverage Company brought in high-end bourbon distiller Angel’s Envy as well as several specialty cocktail offerings for the perfect complement.


Celebrating the farm-to-table trend sweeping the nation, the Food4Thought event hosted at Swank Farms took guests “back to basics” with the freshest multi-course meal served within the farm’s own garden. For this event, all organic and sustainable wines and spirits were selected to be on offer, with USDA organiccertified Crop Vodka and Farmer’s Botanical Small Batch Organic Gin handling the specialty cocktails. An intimate afternoon charity event at the newly opened Virginia Philip Wine Shop and Academy showcased creative tastings prepared by the “founding father of New World Cuisine,” chef Norman Van Aken, expertly paired with Philip’s selection of wine and champagne. Proceeds directly benefited disabled veterans. Philip, American Sommelier Association’s “Best Sommelier in the US,” is also behind the pairings served at the sparkling tribute dinner held at The Breakers resort. Chefs Mark Murphy, Olivier Reginensi, Daniel Boulud, David Burke, Jeff Simms and Jacques Torres teamed up with Philip and Unwrapped host Marc Summers to present a dinner of dreams that has set the benchmark for the next Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival to surmount. All wines and spirits served during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival are available through the Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy located on Clematis Street in Palm Beach. —Rebecca Cahilly For more information on the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, please visit

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum kicks of a national tour in Boca Raton to pay tribute to the survivors and their liberators Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb will participate in a panel on propaganda on Dec. 9 as part of a daylong series of events being held in Boca Raton by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The event is the kick-off of a National Tour and Tribute to Holocaust Survivors the Museum is having in recognition of its 20th anniversary in 2013. “Ever since I was a kid, the idea of what had happened to the Jewish people in Europe was on my mind regularly,” says Kalb, Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “I read a great deal about the [Holocaust], talked about it, lectured about it, and when the Museum decided to do a series of programs to commemorate its 20th anniversary, it seemed to me that if I was asked, I’ve got to say yes — and I did with pleasure.” Boca Raton is one of just four cities taking part in the Museum’s 20th Anniversary National Tour; the other stops are Los Angeles (Feb. 17), New York (March 3) and Chicago (June 9). On April 28-29, the Museum will hold a historic gathering of Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans in Washington, D.C. “We are doing this now because we are beginning to pass the torch to new generations,” says Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. “We want younger generations to really appreciate the Marvin Kalb enormous sacrifices of our soldiers in liberating Europe as well as the suffering of the survivors.” Bloomfield said that Boca Raton was chosen as a venue for the tour because of the number of survivors who live here. “We want to honor the Holocaust survivors and veterans, but we recognize that not all of them will be able to travel here in April for our biggest event,” she says. “We wanted to take the Museum to them and to their communities, and the cities with the largest survivor populations are South Florida, the Los Angeles area, Chicago and New York.” Kalb will be moderating two panel discussions: “Technology in the Hands of Haters: Imagine” and “It’s Not My Problem: Why Get Involved?” “Hitler was one of the first to understand that if you use propaganda effectively, you can influence events in a very dramatic way,” Kalb says. “To the degree that these programs encourage people to see dangers on the near horizon, to see the possible use of the new technology in the hands of haters, to see dangers emerging that they could possibly do something to hold off, then they are obliged to act. And to the extent that the Museum program encourages that point of view, so much the better.”

— Robyn A. Friedman United States Holocaust Museum 20th Anniversary Tour begins at 9 a.m. Dec. 9; Tribute Ceremony 4-5 p.m., at Marriott at Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, e-mail, 866-998-7466.


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New candle store broadens horizons for young adults with special needs Walking away from Jessica Schmidt without a smile on your face would be tough. “Hi! How are you? I’m Jessica. You look wonderful,” she says, smiling warmly and reaching out her hand to greet a visitor. Walking away from her new Coral Springs store without a few of her ScentsAbility soy candles would be equally tough. Jessica, 29, and some of her friends – all of whom have intellectual disabilities – hand-pour, custom-label and sell the candles to individuals, businesses and groups holding events, such as wedding receptions and charity fundraisers (they donate 50 percent of the sale back to the charities). Bonnie Schmidt and her husband, John Becker, started the business in 2008, after Jessica aged out of public school services. A grant from the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helped them buy supplies for the micro-enterprise. “We soon realized that there are many other individuals with intellectual disabilities who are out of options and wasting their unique talents,” Schmidt says. The couple, who own Coral Springs Software, developed a system that enabled Jessica and eight of her friends to make the scented candles in their home. They created programs that help the young adults make sales and keep track of inventory. Jessica and her co-workers, aided by dedicated volunteers, have sold the candles by special order and at craft fairs, and now from their own store. The 1,200-square-foot ScentsAbility Candles, featuring a showroom and workshop, was expected to open Thanksgiving week. Plans include setting up a class area to teach their retail curriculum, currently in development, to other young adults with special needs. They are also developing a franchise package, but their higher purpose is to help Jessica and other differently abled adults become active, productive members of society. “The long-term goal – within three years – is to create a village where they can live and work together in a safe, clean environment,” Schmidt says. “We’re lighting the path to independence … one candle at a time.” — Elizabeth Rahe ScentsAbility Candles, 11480 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-234-4405,

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Rick Case Bikes for Kids program, collecting bikes for needy children to be distributed through area Boys & Girls Clubs as well as other charity organizations. Bikes in good condition are being collected at the following locations: Rick Case Honda, 15700 Rick Case Honda Way, Davie; Rick Case Acura, 825 N. State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale; Rick Case Hyundai, 925 N. State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale; Rick Case Hyundai, 3550 Weston Road, Davie; Rick Case Honda Powerhouse, 15700 Rick Case Honda Way, Davie; and Rick Case Fiat, 3500 Weston Road, Davie. More information, 954377-7410,


The Boca Raton Children’s Museum hosts its 19th annual Breakfast with Santa, featuring a pancake breakfast, rides, crafts, musical entertainment and real snow. 8:30 a.m. to noon at 498

survivors and World War II veterans. 8 a.m. at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton. Free. 866-998-7466,

15th Annual Rotary Run for Tomorrow Half Marathon and 5K and Mayor’s Challenge Cup and Get Fit Fest, featuring the half marathon and 5K races as well as a one-mile family health walk. After, there’s a festival with health and lifestyle vendors, new products, games, food, wellness checks and a great day of family fun for all ages. Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St., Weston. Prices for races vary, as do starting times. For information or to register, visit weston-fl/weston-rotary-run-fortomorrow-2012#Summary.



Winterfest Family Fun Day, an afternoon of fun for the entire family, featuring holiday entertainment, live alligator wrestling, kids’ activities, and a visit from Santa. Noon to 4 p.m. on the Riverside Hotel lawn on Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-4681541,


Open House on the Fort Lauderdale campus of Pine Crest. 1:30-3:30 p.m. at 1501 NE 62nd St. Free. 954492-4103, www.pinecrest. edu. (Additional Open Houses scheduled for both the Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton campuses in January).


-11 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, featuring award-winning chefs, culinary personalities, authors, winemakers and mixologists at over a dozen not-to-be-missed culinary events, from specialty cocktail and hors d’oeuvres receptions to five-course dinners with wine pairings. Venues, times and prices vary. 561-389-1222,


the Intracoastal Waterway every year to celebrate the Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade, which starts in Pompano Beach and runs through Lighthouse Point and Hillsboro Beach before ending at Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach. The parade begins at Lake Santa Barbara at 6 p.m. Free for both boats and spectators. 954-941-2940, www.pompanobeachchamber. com/yearly-events/holiday-boatparade.

Dec. 7-11 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton. $10; infants are free. 561-3686875,


Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball, presented by Moet & Chandon, an enchanted evening of dining, dancing, auctions and a special performance by Wicked Broadway performers Glinda and Elphaba. 6 p.m. to midnight at Seminole Hard Rock Live, Hollywood. $225. 954-767-0686, www.


The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 20th Anniversary National Tribute and Tour, a family-friendly, daylong event featuring a variety of programs to pay tribute to local Holocaust

25th Annual Toys in the Sun Run, which attracts over 30,000 motorcyclists to raise funds for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. Cyclists will line up at 7 a.m., and at 9:45 a.m., the world’s longest motorcycle parade will leave the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach on its way to Markham Park in Sunrise, where live music, a motorcycle show, an international food court, cold beer and soft drinks await. Entry is $10 plus one new unwrapped toy or gift per person ($20 entry fee without a toy). 954-343-8782,



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-16 George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, performed by the Miami City Ballet, a magical treat for young and old complete with beautiful sets, lavish costumes, dazzling special effects and glorious music. Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Times and prices vary. 954-462-0222,


PawCasso Art by Animals, an art show and sale featuring the work of 30 adoptable dogs. Each piece of canine art is for sale, and the funds raised will go straight to the shelter that particular dog is from. The event also features door prizes, a Chinese auction, food and drink. 6 p.m. at New River Fine Art, 914 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. $30. 954-294-6859, www.



Chanukah Under the Stars, a beautiful evening celebrating the holiday and featuring bounce houses, a gourmet food truck expo, face painting, crafts, songs and much more. 5 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Free (food and drink available for purchase). 561-391-8900,


Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, which attracts over 1 million spectators and is televised nationally. The Parade starts on the New River in Fort Lauderdale and travels up the Intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach, featuring everything from private boats to giant showboats and corporate megayachts, all adorned with lights, music, entertainment, decorations and more. 6:30 p.m. Free to view; grandstands available in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (ticket prices vary). 954-767-0686,


26th Annual MatzoBall, an evening of matchmaking for Jewish singles ages 2149. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Il Bacio, 29 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach. $30 (note: cash only at the door). 561-300-4222,


-30 Downtown Delray Beach Arts and Crafts Fair, back for its sixth year and featuring one-of-a-kind crafts and artwork. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach. Free. 561-746-6615,



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-6 25th Annual Las Olas Art Fair, featuring over 150 artists displaying their work. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 561-746-6615,


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home décor Hobnail hit Unless you are pouring red wine, you really don’t need to serve drinks in a clear glass. The Amber Hobnail Wine Glass ($10) is a vintage-style answer to retro service. Unlike most wine glasses that have to be washed by hand, this one is dishwasher safe and perfect to use every day. Available at six Sur La Table stores in South Florida, including the newest one at Mizner Park, 438 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 33432; and at

Beautiful barware Ralph Lauren has an uncanny knack for creating tasteful creations in everything from clothing to home goods. The designer’s barware collection, which contains everything from cocktail shakers to ice buckets, is no exception. Stainless steel items, such as the ice bucket with tongs ($85) and the bar cocktail shaker ($40), are engraved with a watchband motif. The Wentworth decanter ($130), center rear, and the classic decanter with hand-cut detail ($130), right rear, coordinate with cocktail glasses (four for $60). Available at Macy’s. See for locations.

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The holidays are prime time for entertaining, and good hosts should be prepared to fill their guests’ requests – and glasses – at the bar. We have put together a list of shortand long-range plans for transforming your home into the toast of the town. BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB

Party perfect There’s no need to worry anymore about keeping wine chilled during a party. The Cavanova Open-Top FourBottle Wine Chiller cools your wine without ice or mess at an adjustable temperature of 44 to 64 degrees. It is lighted inside so you can read the labels. It sells for $199.95 at

Butler’s bar If you don’t have the room for a full bar, you always can find a space for a graceful accent from the past. The Belvedere Butler’s Tray Table (39 inches wide by 17 1/2 inches deep by 29 1/2 inches high) has a pair of matching trays with cutout handles that lift off for serving drinks or hors d’oeuvres. It is handcrafted of mango wood and engineered wood and stained in Chinese red matte finish. It folds flat for storage and sells for $299 at Crate & Barrel, Town Center Mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 33431, 561-395-1060; Village at Gulfstream Park, 600 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach, 954-458-2222, (if it is not available in the store, it can be shipped there for pickup), 46

home décor Stylish stoppers Wine stoppers have become as fashionable as the rest of today’s barware. These from Aerin Lauder’s Holiday Home Objet Collection include a trio of wine stoppers – shaped like an artichoke, heart and antlers. They were inspired by one of those owned by her grandmother, Estée Lauder, who used them at her home in the south of France. Use them for entertaining or a holiday gift. The brass stoppers sell for $75 each at Saks, Gardens Mall, 3109 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 33410, 561-6949009; Neiman Marcus, at 151 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 33480, 561-8056150; and Village of Merrick Park, 390 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 33146, 786-999-1000.

Contemporary chic Those who seek the sophistication of clean lines may vote for the Avanti, a sleek design constructed with an interesting blend of materials – a stainless steel frame with powder coating in Topaz, Onyx, Pearl White, Bronze Toffee or Pewter; two glass areas for serving and drinking; and an upholstered area available in leather, microfiber, Ultrasuede or a customer’s own material. Inside is a generous storage area for wine, martini and other specialty glasses. As shown, it sells for $2,595 at Sklar Furnishings, 6300 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 33487, 561-862-0800,

Oenophile object The first time I saw a wine aerator used was in a restaurant in Delray Beach. We bought one and I guarantee that it works well, adding air and opening the nose of even modest wines with or without a decanter. The Vinturi Red Wine Aerator increases pressure as you pour to add the right amount of air to bring out the best in the wine. The manufacturer claims it gives the same result as 1 ½ hours of decanting. It sells for $39.95 at Crate & Barrel stores and at

Rim shot Bar stools have become more fashionable than ever. One of the best examples is the Asian-inspired Pacific Rim Counter Stool from Tommy Bahama’s Royal Kahala Collection for Lexington. The stool, designed for outdoor as well as indoor use, is constructed of leather-wrapped rattan with a tortoise-shell finish. Options include a wide assortment of fabrics or the standard Royal Seas fabric. It sells for $1,159 at Baer’s. See for South Florida locations.


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Leonardo da Vinci once said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art is never finished, only abandoned.â&#x20AC;? The same could be said about decorating. No matter how much we spend on a room, it can always evolve. We change it with new art, new experiences or just a desire for a change of pace without a total redo. Four decorators and a color expert give their suggestions for making your home look fabulous with little effort.


Prescription for high ceilings Designer: Bea Pila Photographer: Manuel Buznego Soaring ceilings may seem dramatic, but often after homeowners move into their palatial residences they feel like they are living in a museum. One of the best remedies I have seen is in designer Bea Pila’s Coral Gables home designed by her and her architect/builder husband. When I walked into her living room, I was struck by the feeling of comfort and coziness despite the 20-foot-high ceilings. Pila has shared her ideas on HGTV and DYI network. Her solution was painting one wall black at 12 feet and topping it with a molding that matched the architectural treatment used for the staircase. She hung a gallery wall of varied size framed art pieces over the sofa to add color. “I really wanted to have the artwork stand out and, to me, creating a dark background gave it the pop that was needed,” Pila says. “It is incredible how much of a huge difference it makes. The darker color draws the eye and makes the trim stand out. It is all about reducing the magnitude of that black wall. The little pieces of art become one piece of art because our eyes have the ability to see all the pieces as one.” Homeowners could obtain the same result with other dark colors such as navy blue, hunter green, deep burgundy or chocolate brown, she says, adding these beautiful, rich tones are a little less scary than black. Another way to bring down the scale is to suspend a chandelier or a large ceiling fan down low, such as at the top of a window. A third option is to create horizontal stripes with paint, especially if it is a more contemporary home. “A lot of South Florida houses have high ceilings because many of them are designed by developers who don’t spend the money on hiring an interior designer,” Pila says. “You get the wow factor but end up losing human scale. They often don’t spend the money on detailing such as molding and trims, which I believe are the things that finish a house.”


Painting the wall black at the 12-foot mark gives this room with 20-foothigh ceilings a focal point and reduces the uncomfortable scale.

design Paint plus prints make a difference Designer: Joseph Pubillones Photographer: Daniel Newcomb

A great way to create a gallery wall is to use photos from a book, frame them identically and group them together.

Joseph Pubillones, a Palm Beach designer who has appeared on HGTV and writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers nationwide, has a knack for creating everything from high-end designer show-house rooms to giving suggestions for designing on a budget. One of my favorite examples is a dining room Pubillones designed for a West Palm Beach 1920s cottage. A simple but inexpensive trick – creating a grouping of repetitive botanicals on the back wall – made all the difference. He suggests buying a print book of botanicals, flowers, shells or animals in a thrift or antique store, carefully removing the pages and framing them identically. The trick is to make them look like a single unit. “It should cost you only $25 to $50 for the book,” he says. “Matted and framed they create an incredible art wall that looks like you spent a lot of money. The most important thing to keep in mind is this is an architectural format and the more rows, the better it looks.” Take one of the colors in the prints and paint the walls to match. Pubillones used Benjamin Moore Butter 2023-60. He continued the theme of repetition on the tabletop with three vases and above with the lighting fixtures. Two lighting fixtures were combined and hung at different heights, but he says this also works with a series of pendants hung side by side. The homeowners already had the chairs and table. Pubillones recovered the chairs in vinyl faux leather that cleans easily. “The new faux leathers are uncanny,” he says. “You can’t tell the difference unless you pull them close and smell them. They have perfect texture, shine and feel.” His final touch? Three-inch-wide louvers on plantation shutters stained in a contrasting wood. The goal was to make them look as if they were always there.


Quick, easy color Color Expert: Jackie Jordan Photography: Sherwin Williams

Aloe from the Sherwin Williams Vintage Moxie Collection for 2013 is a perfect paint color for South Florida.


Most of us know that the easiest and least expensive way to update a room is to paint the walls. And each year, paint manufacturers tempt us with their new color palettes. We caught up with Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin Williams, a couple of weeks before she was scheduled to share her knowledge at Allied Kitchen & Bath in Fort Lauderdale. “Our forecast is based on opposites and extremes,” she says. “A lot of it has to do with our lifestyles. A massive amount of information is fed to us. Everything is history within two minutes. We started exploring that concept. What we discovered is part of what we want is an escape from reality in a couple of different ways. One is having an intrigue for mystery and the unknown. Escape from reality may mean going to the theater.” Jordan points out escapist movies such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sherlock Holmes and Dark Shadows. They are the masculine, dark and moody colors of the Midnight Mystery palette – earthy Plum Brown, Bottle Green, the metal gray of Outerspace and rustic red evoking Sherlock Holmes’ cloak. These Midnight Mystery colors could be used here in small doses, but Jordan says the best colors for South Florida come from the Honed Vitality palette and Vintage Moxie palette. Honed Vitality is nature driven. It is all about natural, artisanal, crafts and home baking. Jordan described them as neutrals infused with a little more pigment. They are restful and comforting. The colors are chalky grays and blues and earthy, cider-colored browns. “These are colors that say I want to turn it all off and get away from it all,” she says. “Computers are off. Phones are off. They have more of a tactile interaction with the environment. There is a lot of texture. It’s a different kind of escape.” Vintage Moxie is fun, flirty saturated pastels. It evokes the retro glamour of pearls, florals and classic feminine silhouettes. It can be punctuated with black and white accents. “Vintage Moxie says we are tired of being uptight, tired of being frustrated,” Jordan says. “It is younger, influenced by fashion, the resurgence of Twiggy. It is a little softer than the colors we think of in South Beach. It is a bright, sunny palette.” Despite all the new choices every year, Jordan says top sellers are neutral tones such as whites, off whites, gold colors and taupelike grays. “I think [people] don’t want to make a mistake,” she says. “The biggest fear is ‘What if I don’t like it?’ ” If you are fearful, she suggests painting one wall or a small space such as a powder room. “It gives you the opportunity to try something bold and dark,” she says. “Try it there first and see what happens.”

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A trio of upgrades Designer: Sharon Binkerd Photography: Decorating Den Sharon Binkerd insists you don’t have to obtain a building permit or hire a contractor to make a big difference in the appearance of a room. She suggests a trio of ideas to update your look – adding faux ironwork or stained glass overlay to windows, covering walls with weathered stone and adding an elegant upholstered headboard. “The faux iron is something that adds a lot of architectural interest,” Binkerd says. “From a distance you would never know it wasn’t wrought iron. It is more like open fretwork placed within a window.” It comes in numerous standard finishes, or you can customize a finish. There are also lots of designs. Binkerd has even used them as ceiling medallions. Another idea is to pick up the wrought-iron pattern of a stairway and incorporate it into a window design. (See The stained-glass overlays (www.fldesignerglass. com) appear like a gel. Binkerd rarely uses color except in a shower door or a cabana bath and prefers to use the stained glass above a window treatment. Another product, weathered stone, can go directly over what you are trying to hide, such as unattractive wood paneling or around a fireplace. “The weathered stone looks and feels like wallpaper,” she says. “You can order it in bigger sheets, and when you step back it looks like travertine without the cost. It takes only about one-fourth the installation time.” Upholstered headboards are becoming more popular, and Binkerd says she has done about a dozen of them in the past six to eight months. You don’t have to worry about stains from leaning against the headboard because most of the fabrics today have a coating that has a stain and soil release finish for easy care. Binkerd designed a bedroom for a Fort Lauderdale couple who have been married 50 years and wanted to switch to a king-sized bed. They told her they wanted to incorporate some transitional pieces with their traditional furniture and would consider more contemporary fabrics. The ikat fabric used for the comforter was the inspiration for the color palette of soft grays and ivory with a pop of citron, which matched the couple’s Vaseline glass collection used on a side table. The 67-inch-high tufted headboard adds drama and helps the scale of the room, which has 9-foot-tall ceilings. Binkerd’s design was a hit with her clients and her peers. She recently won the Donayre Award in Decorating Den’s Dream Room Contest.


Top, Sharon Binkerd designed this bedroom in Fort Lauderdale with a 67-inch-high tufted headboard. Faux ironwork, middle, is an easy way to add architectural interest. Weathered stone, bottom, can hide an unsightly fireplace or add interest to a wall.

Circular Theory Designers: Alison Antrobus and Ruby Ramirez Photographer: Charlyne V. Schaub Small spaces cry out for big ideas. One of the best solutions I saw recently was the bedroom designed by Alison Antrobus and Ruby Ramirez for the Artefacto’s second annual Design House at the Coral Gables showroom. The designers used a round theme to give the room a sense of depth and create a warm, womblike feeling. The theme was repeated in the way the drapes were hung, the shape of the rug and the oversized drum chandelier. “We always like to engage the ceiling in the design because often the ceiling is forgotten,” Ramirez says. “We printed an image of a peony on the bottom of the shade to visually lower the ceiling.” Another great idea for a guest room is to put together a group of accessories that can range from stilettos to faux coral and spray paint them the same color to provide unity throughout the room. In this case, they were painted fluorescent pink. “An injection of something like this reflects our personalities,” Antrobus says. “It is unexpected and creates dialogue.” The circular theory is also repeated in the round tables and lamp bases, whose reflective surfaces add an illusion of light to the room. The Design House will be open through June 2, 2013 at Artefacto, 4440 Ponce de Leon Blvd., in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Sources Alison Antrobus and Ruby Ramirez: Antrobus + Ramirez, 169 E. Flagler St., Suite 1701, Miami, 305-4217266,


A circular theme helps bring a designer look to a small room at the Artefacto Design House.

Sharon Binkerd: Decorating Den Interiors, 3415 NE 12th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-7870, Jackie Jordan: Sherwin-Williams,

Bea Pila: B. Pila Design Studio, 2610 SW 28th Lane, Miami, 305-856-7916, Joseph Pubillones: 44 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, 561-655-1717,

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The wish list

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Interior design offers so many options that sometimes it becomes downright confusing. We sifted through several categories and came up with a “Wish List” that will help guide your decorating desires. BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB


1 1. Cook’s kitchen If you love to cook like I do, you crave great appliances like a fashionista craves a closet full of Jimmy Choos and Louboutins. This Thermador Professional Series Collection pushes all the right buttons. The built-in, sideby-side refrigerator is large enough that you won’t need a backup in the garage. The wall ovens are installed with a warming drawer. The 48-inch range comes with dual fuel steam. The built-in microwave is available in traditional or convection. Prices upon request. Available at Coral Springs Appliance Center, 3500 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, 954-752-3880, 2. Comfortable sofa bed Sofa beds have gotten a bad rap. Many weren’t comfortable to sit on and even less comfortable to sleep in because of the metal support bar that you could feel across your back. No more. I fell in love with American Leather’s Comfort Sleeper when it was introduced at the High Point Market several years ago, and improvements have made it better than ever. The 5-inchhigh density foam mattress is designed without the metal bar or sagging springs. For an extra charge it is available with the popular Tempur-Pedic mattress. It provides more mattress in less floor space, which means you can select a smaller sofa that works better in apartments or condos. Prices upon request. Available in several styles and in six sizes from cot to king at Sklar Furnishings, 6300 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-862-0800, 3. Beautiful bath This remodel, designed by Allied Kitchen & Bath, makes me crave a new bathroom. The wow factor comes from the iridescent glass mosaic tile by Trend Glass (about $30 a square foot), the emerald green glass vessel sink from Oceana ($800), the matte-gold Italian faucet by Aquabrass ($1,200) and a custom floating vanity ($2,350). Available at Allied Kitchen & Bath, 616 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33311, 954-564-1611, 4. Stately wall covering Trove’s new August wall covering puts a spin on former royals for those who can’t get enough of the royal way of life. Past female monarchs of Denmark, Japan and Greece are displayed in a collage of posed postures. It sells for $13-$16 per square foot in five colors and can be ordered in silver, a new matte foil. Available to the design trade at Holly Hunt, Miami Design District, 3833 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-571-2012,


3 5 4 5. Hip cover-up Larry Laslo, the New York designer who also has a home on Palm Beach island, puts his distinctive touch on everything he creates. Laslo’s new Artisan Collection for Robert Allen is inspired by his lifelong passion for everything handmade and his favorite works of art. Textures range from a rich pleated velvet to an unstated linen jacquard. Laslo calls it “jewelry for the home.” Pablo’s Passion, pictured, sells for $69.95 a yard to the design trade at Scalamandré Showroom, 2868 Pershing St., Hollywood, 954-929-4900, 6. Modern statement Sometimes what we really want is a wall covering that goes beyond paper or paint. A new product line, Motivo and Supremo, is made from easy-to-clean Caesarstone, a quartz product that is heat resistant, non-porous and stain and scratch resistant. The Motivo Crocodile design, available in white or black slabs, uses a patented manufacturing process to create the embossed 3D effect. Motivo Lace is a more elegant option. Another interesting choice is Supremo Swan Lake, a more classic look that features a shimmering pattern. Prices upon request. Available at Marble of the World, 6001 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954-745-9700,


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veryone needs someone to protect his or her hardearned money — particularly retirees. Data compiled by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) notes that in a three-month period, industry and business-related fraud against the elderly totaled $250.2 million. Over a period of 10 years, elderly Americans lost more than $2.6 billion a year, due to financial abuse — most often perpetrated by trusted individuals.

scams are a real curve ball, and they are targeted toward retirees and soon-to-be retirees. The pitch can be one that is very sophisticated — sometimes even including an offer of a “free lunch” just to listen. “Investors should be very wary of aggressive financial advisors who promise stellar returns on investments, while pushing high-fee financial products where commissions and excessive trading can eventually drain a portfolio,” says the securities fraud attorney

Championing the cause for victims of stockbroker fraud is the Securities Law Firm of Mark. A. Tepper, P.A. An investor advocate, who has practiced law for more than 35 years, the attorney represents investors who have suffered stock losses. As an experienced counsel, he has gone to bat for hundreds of clients, even taking on corporate giants when necessary. Tepper’s experience and knowledge as a securities attorney provides investors with the kind of representation they need. A member of the Florida, New York and California Bars, he is AV®-rated — the highest rating of lawyers in the MartindaleHubbell Law Directory. His experience as a securities fraud prosecutor includes an 11-year tenure as a New York assistant attorney general, and chief trial counsel at the Bureau of Investor Protection and Securities.


After earning his degree from Cornell Law School in 1972, Tepper began his career as a criminal defense attorney before concentrating in securities law. “I enjoy the satisfaction of doing the right thing. I meet people whose lives have been dramatically changed because of broker misconduct, and a successful claim and recovery can give them back their lives. That’s my reason for doing what I do.”

“It is wise to obtain a second opinion to reduce the chances of being ‘burned’ by an investment — and be quick to query any substantial loss with legal advice about your rights,” Tepper says. “If your account is losing money unexpectedly, be skeptical of excuses, and seek the advice of a competent counsel so you can understand your legal rights, and make an informed decision.”


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curb appeal

The estates of South Florida

Riviera on the Broadwalk

Positano Beach Project to Bring a taste of the amalfi coast to hollywood

The Hollywood-based developer of 200 East

in Boca Raton and The Villas of Positano in Hollywood will soon be breaking ground on his latest project: Positano Beach, a 17-unit luxury condominium where prices range from $1.4 million to $1.895 million for units starting at 3,200 square feet. “This is not a vacation home — it’s a residence, a beachfront home,” says Lon Tabatchnick, president of The Lojeta Group, who is building the Italian Riviera-influenced Positano Beach as a joint venture with Livingston, N.J.based Millennium Homes. “And with only 17 units, this boutique building lends itself to a little more privacy and more personalized service.” Situated at 3415 N. Ocean Drive in Hollywood, the seven-story Positano Beach offers amenities such as a pool and cabanas on the Broadwalk, a gym with sauna and massage room, concierge service and a valet. Units feature top-of-the-line appliances, gas cooktops, stone flooring, custom kitchen cabinets with granite countertops, hurricane-impact glass and large patios ranging from 800 to 3,000 square feet. Tabatchnick received final approval for the project from the City of Hollywood in October and plans to break ground during the first quarter of 2013. Construction should take approximately 18 months. “There has been a tremendous amount of absorption in the condominium market, especially in larger-sized units,” Tabatchnick says. “There’s a real need for this size unit on the beach.” Approximately half of the units are already reserved, with buyers coming from the United States, Canada and South America. “It really is someone who wants to spend a majority of their time here and make this their home base,” he adds. Tabatchnick says that Positano Beach offers larger units and a more convenient location than competing projects. “Some places in Sunny Isles and farther south are tough to get to due to lack of bridges,” he says. “But we offer a really great location to plant your roots and to be able to take advantage of everything that South Florida has to offer.” —Robyn A. Friedman

For more information about Positano Beach, call 954-922-6466 or visit


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Models of the Positano Beach project



Blue sapphire and diamond drop earrings in 18kt white gold with a black rhodium treatment. $6650 Bracelet: Blue sapphire and diamond bracelet in 18kt white gold with a black rhodium treatment. $14,200 For all your jewelry and fine timepieces, please visit Levinson Jewelers, located at 888 E Las Olas Blvd. For more information, please call them at 954-462-8880 or go to


Classic French & Continental Under the same owner since 1962, Cuisine Le Café de Paris offers superb French and continental cuisine at affordable prices. Providing a standard of excellence and popularity that has become world famous, Le Café de Paris is one of the oldest and most deliciously authentic French restaurants in South Florida. Open 5-11 p.m. every night. 715 E Las Olas Blvd | 954-467-2900

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, named after chimarrao – a traditional drink of Brazil that symbolized hospitality & friendship - certainly lives up to its name! Chima combines traditional Brazilian rodizio and excellent service with an elegant dining setting. Gauchos (meat chefs) roam the dining room continuously offering over 15 rotisserie meats, the salad bar also offers Brazilian and American favorites from salads, seafood, cheeses, cold cuts, hot dishes and soup. Chima is a place for friends & family to enjoy great food and share a one-of-a-kind experience!

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SoLita Italian Restaurant & The Parlor Lounge off delectable Italian specialties, exotic culinary cocktai and a sizzling late night atmosphere. From happy hour late-night, SoLita is the perfect place to have a great dat dine with friends or host a fabulous dinner part 1032 E Las Olas Blvd. For more information, pleas visit or call 954-357-261

Zola Keller is internationally known for her fabulous gowns for mother of, brides and social attendees. Whether from stock, or custom made, you are guaranteed to look and feel fantastic. Zola’s impressive list of Brides and “Red Carpet” attendees includes nominees and winners of Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. Priced $400 - $7,000 818 E Las Olas Blvd. 954-462-3222

For over 70 years Maus & Hoffman has offered classic sportswear for men and women with Floridian flair, comfortable, colorful and of the finest quality. With a variety of unique business & casual attire, M&H provides the finest in clothing, sportswear, shoes and accessories from Brioni, Solemare, Zanella, Hickey-Freeman & more. You’ll always find a dedication to quality clothing and service.

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gifts of jewels

The holidays may be for decking halls, but a little self-adornment is fun, too. Start with a gorgeous gown as your palette, then add these finishing touches to make you sparkle and shine. By Elyse Ranart, Fashion & Style Director




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Enchanted Evenings

Step out in sumptuous shades of rich jewel tones paired perfectly for the holidays 1. Van Cleef & Arpels ear clips from the “Pétillante” collection, featuring diamonds and round and pear-shaped pink sapphires set in 18-kt. white gold, $66,500, from Van Cleef & Arpels, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 2. 18-kt. white gold multi-color sapphire and diamond art deco necklace, circa 1930s, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura, 3. Oval ruby diamond drop earrings, from Weston Jewelers, 4. Emerald and diamond ring set in platinum, $27,300, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 5. Blue sapphire and diamond bracelet set in 18-kt. gold, $14,200, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 6. 18-kt. yellow gold with extra-fine pear-shaped blue topaz ring, surrounded by diamonds, sapphires and blue topaz, from King Jewelers Prive’ Collection, price available upon request, from King Jewelers, Aventura, 7. Semi-precious gemstone and diamond dangling earrings set in 18-kt. white gold, $12,525, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 8. Flower fantasia bangle and ring set in 18-kt. white gold with diamonds and pink sapphires from the Robert Coin Fantasia Collection, $15,500 and $6,000, respectively, from Weston Jewelers, 9. Multi-color sapphire and diamond necklace with matching bracelet, price available upon request, from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale,


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Ice Storm

Classic black or white is always right, especially when you deck it out with diamonds

1. 18-kt. white gold and diamond “Cashmere” bracelet set, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura, 2. Van Cleef & Arpels cuff bracelet from the “Perlée” collection, featuring diamonds set in 18-kt. white gold, price available upon request, from Van Cleef & Arpels, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, www. 3.18-kt. white gold and diamond, waterfall earrings, from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale, www. 4. Van Cleef & Arpels ear clips from the “Pétillante” collection, featuring round, pear-shaped and marquisecut diamonds set in 18-kt. white gold, price available upon request, from Van Cleef & Arpels, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 5. Magnificent marquise diamond ring, price available upon request, from Weston Jewelers, 6. Rough-cut diamond earrings set in 18-kt. white gold, $29,000, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 7. Diamond open design bangle bracelet set in 18-kt. white gold, $26,400, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 8. 18-kt. white gold and diamond earrings, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura, 9. 18-kt. white gold and brilliant round-cut diamond necklace, price available upon request, from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale,


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Deco Drama

Nothing says “Jazz-Age” chic like these vintage-inspired statement pieces

1. Circa 1920s-’30s estate art deco platinum bracelet, with royal blue sapphire and diamonds, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura, 2. 18-kt. yellow gold black and white diamond necklace with black sapphire tassel, $15,000, from Weston Jewelers, 3. Black and white diamond earrings set in 18-kt. white gold, $9,600, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 4. 18-kt. white gold, diamond and oval-cut sapphire necklace, price available upon request, from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale, 5. Circa 1920s-’30s estate art deco platinum and diamond brooch, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura, Platinum and diamond deco bracelet, $63,000, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 7. Platinum and emerald-cut diamond art deco bracelet, price available upon request, from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale, 8. 18-kt. white gold multi-circle and heart diamond earrings, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura,


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Golden Girl

Adding richly gilded accessories to a glamorous gold gown will light up the room

1. Marco Bicego 18-kt. yellow gold ring with diamonds, from the diamond Jaipur collection, $3,830, from Weston Jewelers, 2. Marco Bicego, Jaipur Link Collection, 18-kt. hand-engraved yellow gold bracelet, $12,740, from

Weston Jewelers, 3. Champagne citrine ring with yellow sapphires and white and brown diamonds, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura, 4. 18-kt. yellow gold, Italian-made necklace, with large aquamarine, amethyst, sapphires and pearls, price available upon request, from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale, 5.18-kt. yellow gold cuff with round and rose cut-diamonds, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura, 6. Van Cleef & Arpels ear clips from the “Folie des Prés” collection, featuring diamonds and yellow and green sapphires set in 18-kt. yellow gold, $55,500, from Van Cleef & Arpels, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, Van Cleef & Arpels cuff from the “Jackie O” collection set in 18-kt. yellow gold, $36,100, from Van Cleef & Arpels, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 8. Rough-cut diamond ring set in 18-kt. yellow gold, $13,900, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, www.levinsonjewelers. com. 9. Rough-cut sapphire and diamond earrings set in 18-kt. yellow gold, $11,500, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 10. 18-kt. yellow gold beaded strand art deco necklace with diamond clasp, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura,




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Princess Diaries

Give yourself the royal treatment with accessories fit for a fairy tale

1. 18-kt. white gold earrings with yellow and white diamonds, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura, 2. Diamond and rose-gold drop earrings, $25,000, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 3. Fancy intense yellow radiant-cut diamond ring, flanked by two trillion diamonds in platinum setting, price available upon request, from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale, 4. 18-kt. white gold, diamond and natural color pearl necklace, $15,700, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, www. 5. 18-kt. white and yellow gold cuff with yellow and white diamonds, price available upon request, from the Privé Collection at King Jewelers, Aventura, 6. Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and ruby necklace, price available upon request, from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale, 7. Natural pink and white diamond ring, price available upon request, from Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, 8. Natural fancy purplish pink oval diamond ring enhanced with two fancy yellow half moon diamonds and set in platinum and 18-kt. gold, price available upon request, from Weston Jewelers, 9. Van Cleef & Arpels necklace from the “Birds of Paradise” collection, featuring round diamonds and pink sapphires set in 18-kt. white gold, price available upon request, from Van Cleef & Arpels, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 10. Van Cleef & Arpels earrings from the “Birds of Paradise” collection, featuring round diamonds and round pink sapphires set in 18-kt. white gold, $68,500, from Van Cleef & Arpels, Mizner Park, Boca Raton,


Shopping Directory Van Cleef & Arpels, Mizner Park, 308 North Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-955-8802, ● Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, 2473 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-2734,● King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-4900,● Levinson Jewelers, 888 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8880,● Neiman Marcus, Town Center at Boca Raton, 561-417-5151,● Weston Jewelers, 1728 Main St., Weston, 954-389-7990,

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At this year’s Boca Raton Concours, guests will have the opportunity to take part in a spectacular auction on Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, in the Boca Raton Resort and Club presented by Bonhams.

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The weekend’s activities begin with Friday night’s duPont Registry Live, a spectacular hangar party at the Boca Raton Airport, with a display of exotic cars, custom motorcycles, extravagant boats, private jets, vintage aircraft, and luxury motorcoaches.

Saturday evening will include the presentation of the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Awards to JM Family Enterprises and Emerson Fittipaldi. Plus, the Lee Iacocca Award will be presented Steve Wolf for his extraordinary dedication to the preservation of classic cars. The evening will end with a special performance by celebrated comedian and actor, Bob Newhart.

On Sunday, over 200 of the finest collector cars and motorcycles from around the country will gather on The Boca Raton Resort & Club golf course. There will be a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Lamborghini, as well as a large collection of Rolls-Royce and Bentleys celebrating a century of luxury . Plus, guests can enjoy an assortment of food, fine wines, and cocktails from over 30 of South Florida’s finest restaurants in the Concours d’Gourmet Café Pavilion.

Guests will also experience even more of what has become a duPont Registry Live tradition as they enjoy gourmet food, fine wines and cocktails presented by over 20 of South Florida’s finest restaurants.





Vintage Franck Muller round wristwatch in 18-kt. rose gold, with a manual wind mechanical movement, enamel dial and exhibition back, $14,200, from Levinson Jewelers, 888 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8880,

Velvet jacket by Gucci, $2,250; and shirt, $480, and bow tie, $145, by Prada, all from Neiman Marcus, Town Center at Boca Raton, 561-417-5151,


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Leather jacket, $2,230, and shirt, $400, both by Etro, from Neiman Marcus, Town Center at Boca Raton, 561-417-5151,

Breguet Classique wristwatch in yellow gold, with selfwinding movement with date, power-reserve indicator and phases and age of the moon. Silvered gold dial, hand-engraved on a rose-engine. Sapphire case-back. Water-resistant. Available exclusively at King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-9354900,


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Michael Kors Gold Rose Edition

In June, nearly 2,500 tons of Turkish roses were hand-harvested and distilled into one crisp, soft scent. 1.7-oz. spray, $65 at Ulta Beauty,

Did Michael Kors gild the lily, er, rose here? Nope. He fused modern floral notes to the iconic Gold scent to add a fresh twist. Classic tuberose, peony, gardenia, water lily and raspberry blend beautifully into a lush, delicious bouquet. 1.78-oz. spray, $78 at Macy’s,

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Ed Hardy Skulls & Roses

Enough with the soft and sugary scents. This daring duo for men and women brings that infamous tattoo to life. For her, it’s a fruity blend of strawberry, grapefruit, vanilla and musk. For him, it’s a spicy blend of bergamot, cardamom, musk and moss. 2.5-oz. spray, $55 at Macy’s,


Take a romp through Provence with this fresh-picked collection that features a portable solid parfum charm, eau de toilette spray, body gel and hand cream. Grab the whole bunch. La vie est un jardin. $12-$45 at L’Occitane en Provence boutiques in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise and Boca Raton; and Nordstrom stores.


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97 87 107 103 Searching for fresh gift ideas, we checked the lists of notable personalities who have appeared on the pages of City & Shore â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and got a wish list of thoughtful gifts, laced with a little stardust. Also in this issue, travel writer Thomas Swick finds treasure in Palm Beach County, contributing writer Valerie Schimel suggests six luxury winter escapes, Fine Dining Writer Rebecca Cahilly rings in some ideas for New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve and Bob Hosmon suggests some champagne and sparkling wines just right for the toast. Happy holidays!


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Searching for fresh gift ideas, we decided to check the lists of notable personalities who have appeared on the pages of City & Shore. We asked them to focus on things to do, rather than things to open. The result is a collection of thoughtful gifts, laced with a little stardust. BY ELIZABETH RAHE



Bailee Madison Lauderdale-By-The-Sea actress


outh Florida TV and film actress Bailee Madison (Wizards of Waverly Place, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) shares a different type of opening on Christmas Day – the film Parental Guidance with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler playing her grandparents. Madison says the legendary performers were fun and very kind. She especially related to Midler, who shares her love of cooking and Broadway musicals. Madison, 13, is growing up, and so is her Parental Guidance character, Harper, who clashes with her grandparents’ old-school style of parenting. “You’ll see me in the teen role,” she says. “My first time having a crush.” When we interviewed Madison for the October issue of City & Shore, she told us her dream is to have her own TV cooking show. It’s no surprise, then, that the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea teen thinks cooking classes at Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking Madison and Crystal School would make a lovely gift. Madison received the Fort Lauderdale International in Parental Guidance Film Festival’s Star on the Horizon award, which brought to mind gifting year-round memberships to FLIFF for great movie-watching and special events. Gift ideas • Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School and Catering gift certificate (classes from $45-$75), Lauderdale-By-The Sea, 954-491-2340, • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival year-round membership (from $35 to $1,300), 954-760-9898,

Dominik Garcia-Lorido Actress in Starz TV drama Magic City


hen she appeared in the March 2010 issue of City & Shore, Dominik Garcia-Lorido spoke about growing up as the daughter of actor Andy Garcia, spending vacations and holidays on Key Biscayne. “I loved life on the island, walking to parties, rollerblading. We spent a lot of time on the water – Dad likes to fish,” she said. Now she spends time in South Florida filming the Starz 1959-era drama Magic City. Her character, the hard-working Mercedes Lazaro, changes sheets and cleans bathrooms at the glitzy Miramar Playa Hotel as she trains to be a PanAm stewardess. Perhaps that’s why her gift ideas offer a break from the workaday world – plus a down-to-earth suggestion to help the kids of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For some pampering she suggests The Standard Spa in South Beach, especially for the massages and baths. “Go outside and jump in their freezing cold tub, then straight into the hot tub. It will make you feel alive!” For stylish sustenance she points to Midtown Miami’s Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, where she especially enjoys the Duck & Waffle. “I even like the Bone Marrow, and the first time I tried it was there. It’s a favorite spot for the whole [Magic City] cast.” Gift ideas • A stay at The Standard, a spa hotel in Miami Beach and/or a spa gift certificate, 305-673-1717,

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• A gift certificate to Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill in Midtown Miami, 786-369-0353, • A charitable donation made in the recipient’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,


Anna Tunnicliffe

Olympic gold medal sailor and four-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year


hampion sailor Anna Tunnicliffe, who appeared in the March issue of City & Shore, says her two top gift ideas would be sailing lessons at Sail Laser at the US Sailing Center Miami or a year’s membership to CrossFit. “Both have connections to what I love to do,” says the Plantation athlete. Tunnicliffe and teammates Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi trained at the sailing center for the 2012 Olympics (they placed fifth). CrossFit Gables, where Tunnicliffe hones her washboard abs, promotes constantly varied, functional movements, performed at a high intensity. Gift ideas Sail Laser Miami

• CrossFit Gables yearly membership ($1,475), 305-444-3866, (Four other Crossfit locations: Doral, South Miami, Coconut Grove and Brickell Avenue, Miami). • Sail Laser Miami private instruction and family courses, youth sailing, racing clinics and more. Five-hour beginner lesson, $190. 305-285-3442, .

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Dara Torres

12-time Olympic medalist, model, author


ara Torres, whose incredibly fit form graced the March cover of City & Shore, says she would recommend giving Ki-Hara stretching sessions for the holidays. “What’s better than receiving a gift that’s going to make you feel incredible?” Torres says. The 45-year-old Sierra and Tierney stretch Dara Torres. Parkland athlete credits the resistance-stretching method with helping her compete at the elite level – and break age barriers – up to the Olympic trials earlier this year. (She missed qualifying by only nine one-hundredths of a second.) Anne Tierney and Steve Sierra, owners of Miami Beach-based Innovative Body Solutions, say their Ki-Hara method develops strength and flexibility throughout the range of motion and aids in recovery after workouts. Gift idea • Ki-Hara resistance stretching through Innovative Body Solutions. Services include studio sessions ($150), at-home sessions ($300), workshops throughout the United States and Canada (three hours $100), and DVDs ($19.95). 847-687-6416,



Ingrid Hoffmann

Multicultural cookboo cookbook author and TV personality


ngrid Hoffmann appeared on the February cover of City & Shore in advance of her victory in the 2012 South Beach Wine & Food Festival Swine & Wine event. Festivalgoers couldn’t resist her Pulled Pork Tacos with Guava Salsa Negra and Pickled Mustard Seeds, and they voted it the top dish. She plans to return in 2013 to defend her title, so naturally she recommends giving tickets to the mouth-watering, star-studded festival as gifts. Her other idea: a South Beach food tour where guests sample offerings from a series of restaurants. “Being a foodie, I like to support our culinary culture and all things local. I love the combo of food, history and art/architecture on Miami Food Tours’ SoBe Tours des Forks,” she says. Gift ideas

• South Beach Wine & Food Festival, (individual tickets from about $20-$700), Feb. 21-24, 877-762-3933, • Miami Food Tours’ SoBe Tours Des Forks (adults $53), 800-9793370, • Miami Culinary Tours South Beach Food Tour ($59), 855-642-3663, tickets: 800-979-3370,

Emeril Lagasse

Chef, restaurateur, author and TV personality


ood, wine and fishing Florida waters are a few of Emeril Lagasse’s favorite things. The telegenic chef, who has a home in the Gulf Coast fishing mecca of Destin, has been sharing all three with Floridians lately. He spiced up the March/April issue of City & Shore in advance of his appearance at the American Fine Wine Competition Gala. He also has been taping Emeril’s Florida, a new show about the Sunshine State, expected to debut in January on The Cooking Channel Network. “[The show is] not just about cooking, it’s not just restaurants – although that’s a nice chunk of it. But it’s about the beaches, it’s about fishing, it’s about farming, it’s about the agriculture,” he says. Gift ideas • Tickets to the American Fine Wine Competition Gala ($300), April 4, 2013 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, • Deep-sea fishing charter excursion (If you’re like Emeril, you’ll grill your catch right on the boat.)


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Brian Smith Photographer of the famous and infamous


f someone on your list wants to photograph people like a pro, check out Miami photographer Brian Smith’s second book, Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous. Smith and the superb celebrity photos from his book Art & Soul: Stars Unite to Celebrate and Support the Arts were featured last December in City & Shore. This new work lets readers in on the techniques and intriguing anecdotes behind his 30 years photographing celebrities, athletes and captains of industry. His lessons for creating high-impact portraits are illustrated by his engaging images of such luminaries as Anne Hathaway, Dwyane Wade, Venus and Serena Williams, Cindy Crawford, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, The Bee Gees and many more. Gift idea • Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous ($49, New Rider) by Brian Smith,

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For a true Old Florida experience, Lisa Crawford of Sit in My Seats VIP Tickets, Travel & Concierge Services, suggests a visit to Boca Grande. The historic village is on the island of Gasparilla, midway between Sarasota and Fort Myers. A haven for golfers as well as fishermen, the area is also known for its powder-white beaches, aquamarine waters and breezy, laid-back atmosphere. Lisa “It’s a great place for couples to relax and unwind as it is very quiet and serene,” Crawford Crawford says. “It takes you back to Old Florida charm.” If that’s not the right fit, Sit in My Seats can help with gift ideas ranging from extraordinary trips to VIP sports and entertainment tickets. 954-456-0419,

Jet Set Dining in the Keys

A romantic dinner at Latitudes restaurant on Sunset Key sounds like a lovely gift. A private champagne flight to get there just might make it heavenly. Boca Ratonbased Aura Jets has partnered with Latitudes to offer round-trip, same-day flights from most Florida airports. A car and driver greets guests at Key West International Airport for the ride to the Gulf-front restaurant, located at Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Resort. Jet Set Dining reservations are available for parties of two to six and require 24-hour notice. The champagne flight starts at $5,000; dinner at Latitudes additional. For reservations, call 888-908-0391. latitudes-restaurant,

Red Cap driving service membership

For someone who might need a driver – a friend who enjoys club-hopping, a parent who is recovering from surgery, a business associate who wants to work while on the road – membership to Red Cap personal driving service might be a fitting and thoughtful gift. Drivers pilot the member’s car on one-way and round-trip excursions. Memberships are $49 a month or $399 a year, plus members pay $2.25/minute, $25 minimum, for one-way trips; $33/hour, 1 hour minimum, for one-way trips. 866-937-4837,

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Weightless over Miami


Experiencing weightlessness is just a plane ride away. The ZERO-G Weightless Experience allows passengers to float through space aboard a specially modified Boeing 727. Beginning at an altitude of 24,000 feet, pilots perform parabolic arcs reaching 34,000 feet, which creates a weightless environment. Guests in the padded cabin float and flip for 20-30 seconds, performing their own simulated space walks. Pilots repeat this maneuver 1215 times during the flight. Zero Gravity Corporation, which has a base in Cape Canaveral, is bringing the ZERO-G Experience to Miami on Dec. 8 and March 16, 2013. With tax, weightlessness will lighten your wallet by about $5,200 (but check website for special rates). 888-664-7284,

Hearth and home, literally

The chimney won’t be ready by this Christmas, but the attached custom home promises to welcome holiday guests in high style for many years to come. The experience of dreaming up a dream house is half the fun. Bill Bentz, owner of Fort Lauderdale-based WA Bentz Construction, has been helping South Floridians create their custom homes for 30 years. To stoke your imagination he offers this 25,000-square-foot, French provincial-style chateau in Coral Ridge, featuring a meandering, rock-lined, waterfall-fringed pool with a swim-up bar – and several fireplaces, plus an outdoor fire pit. 954-522-1498,


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You only think you know the Palm Beaches BY THOMAS SWICK


immediately after I took a seat at the bar at būccan the young man to my left introduced himself, recommended the pizzas, gave me the name of his wealth management firm, and asked if I was looking for someone to help handle my money. Not even on the island for 30 minutes and I was already having a Palm Beach experience. Ted was dressed in a dark pin-striped suit, a white-collared blue shirt and a yellow tie. He had been talking to the two women on his left, one of whom worked as a tennis pro at The Breakers. Ted asked if anyone needed a refill; I was not even half finished with my club soda. My margherita pizza arrived on a small wooden board. It was sublime; the crust, miraculously, both crisp and moist. It occurred to me that if Ted’s financial advice was as good as his culinary tips, I would be a fool not to let him invest my money. Then I remembered I had no money. “Aren’t the pizzas delicious?” the young woman on the other side of me asked. She had long black hair and lived in Palm Beach Gardens, though she had been born in Portugal. She and her companion had had the pork lover’s pizza. Her companion was from Argentina, and looked like either a polo player or a Ralph Lauren model of a polo player. Ted finished his wine and offered his services as my guide to Palm Beach nightlife. (I hadn’t expected such friendliness in Palm Beach.) As we headed to my car, I silently thanked the woman in Northwood who had told me būccan was the place to go on the island.



Liberty Tax Service in West Palm Beach also has a rare and antiquarian bookstore.

At CityPlace, "I strolled the arcades of what appeared to be a small Italian town that had mysteriously been filled with American businesses."


visit to the Palm Beaches had begun quietly that afternoon across the bridge at CityPlace, where I strolled the arcades of what appeared to be a small Italian town that had mysteriously been filled with American businesses – shops, restaurants, a movie theater – and dotted with English-speaking visitors. There was even a church (now a theater) on a piazza (outfitted for concerts). Upstairs at Barnes & Noble hung a montage of vintage postcards, including one of the Luzianna Café, with exotic Moorish arches, at 220 Clematis Street. Clematis appeared a few blocks north of the mixed-use facility, providing an almost seamless transition from new planned town to organic main street. I drank an iced tea in the café of Habatat Galleries, reading the newspapers scattered on the coffee table and then gazing at the glass art in the front room. A few doors down I peeked into O’Shea’s Irish Pub – like Irish pubs everywhere, dark and beer-scented – and admired the surfing décor at LongBoards. East of the railroad tracks the street turned historic: J.C. Harris Co., est. 1913 (“the oldest independent men’s clothing store in the state of Florida,” said Robert K. Harris, shortening a pair of slacks), Michael’s Jewelers, Meyer’s Luggage, where Richard Meyer, seated just inside the door, announced: “I’m the one who brought Louis Vuitton to this country – in 1959.” Across the street, Liberty Tax Service came with a rare and antiquarian bookstore. Continuing east, I smelled food. There were a few august, unscented establishments – Pioneer Linens (celebrating its centennial this year), the Don & Ann Brown Theatre – but they were outnumbered by restaurants and watering holes: Duffy’s, Feelgoods,


Fuku, Don Ramon (selling Cuban coffee to passers-by, Little Havana style), Rocco’s Tacos, which looked to have taken the place of the Luzianna Café (minus the tiled arches). Grease Burger Bar had a statue of a cow on its awning and one of a well-tailored, mustachioed man inside. “Is that Henry Flagler?” I asked a man sitting at the bar. “It’s Jack Daniels,” he said. Leo was an investor in the restaurant, and lived within walking distance. “It’s like old town America,” he said of Clematis.


miles north of downtown, streets planted with trees and pretty lampposts ran west off Dixie Highway. Lowslung buildings in yellow, ochre, purple, and green housed galleries, boutiques, antique shops, cafes. Banners hanging on the lampposts proclaimed: “Northwood Village – Historically Hip.” Outside the French bakery Bistro Bistro I ran into a trio heading for pizza at Café Centro. The lone male, an artist by the name of Sam Perry, said that Northwood had the potential to become “a little Wynwood.” He pointed across the street to Harold’s, a “coffee lounge” that regularly hosts evenings of music and poetry. He told me about the Art & Wine Promenades, held the last Friday of every month. One of the women, gallery owner Dee Carnelli, mentioned the owner of the Thai restaurant Malakor who goes out in the middle of the night and paints old buildings. “He did the post office,” she said, pointing to the white building with blue trim a few doors up. This was news to Sam. “It’s the opposite of graffiti,” he said admiringly. “That’s hilarious. That’s like conceptual art.”


A Thai iced tea at Malakor in West Palm Beach.

Henry Flagler’s former home (now the Flagler Museum)

The flag-topped towers of The Breakers.

Then the other woman, who also runs a gallery but who lives in Palm Beach, told me of būccan.


directed me through the quiet, high-hedged streets of Palm Beach, the darkness heightening the feeling that we were moving through an automotive maze. We drove past the gardens of The Society of the Four Arts and then Henry Flagler’s former home (now the Flagler Museum) before hanging a left into a kind of strip mall but one with Ionic and Corinthian columns stuck onto its facades. The doors of the Palm Beach Grill were snappily opened for us by valets. The bar was packed with middle-aged men and somewhat younger women. Ted got us drinks – red wine for him, club soda for me – and greeted friends, or strangers; it was hard to tell with him. A woman from New Jersey told me she comes down every weekend and then was whisked away to a table by an elderly gentleman in a blue blazer. A woman sitting at the bar in a pink, tight-fitting Bebe blouse with silver sequins told me in an Eastern European accent: “These people think they know Palm Beach.” “But they’re from Palm Beach,” I replied, confused. “No,” she said. “The people from Palm Beach are there” – she looked to the dining room – “having dinner.” Ted suggested we check out The Polo Lounge at The Colony hotel. On the way up Royal Poinciana Way we saw a parked police car. “It’s good you’re not drinking,” Ted said. “If they suspect something they’ll pull you over. Unless you’re driving a Rolls.”

Back in the car after a stop on Worth Avenue, I confessed that I felt a bit underdressed for a night in Palm Beach. “No,” Ted assured me, “you could be a Napa Valley whale.”


following week I returned to West Palm Beach because I wanted to meet the stealth painter of Northwood Village. Before heading up there I stopped at the bookstore on Clematis, where owner Thorne Donnelley showed me his impressive collection of coffee table books on cars and boats as well as first editions of James Thurber and Evelyn Waugh. He said he hoped to start readings come winter and, by summer, begin constructing a replica of John Paul Jones’ ship Ranger. (In addition to running his tax and book business, Donnelley is chairman of the Palm Beach Maritime Museum & Academy.) In Northwood Village, I found Billy Manthy standing on the side terrace of Malakor. I asked him what the name meant. “It’s Thai for papaya,” he said, mentioning that they make a green papaya salad (a staple in Thailand that’s not easy to find in South Florida). Clematis Street Then I asked him if he really goes out at night and paints buildings. We headed down South County Road, past the flag-topped towers “Yes,” he said. “If I go and ask they say ‘no’.” No one has ever of The Breakers and the gothic arches of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, past būccan (a small crowd now animating the sidewalk) and across Worth complained. “It’s an investment,” he said. “What I do will come back Avenue to The Colony hotel. Knocking on the door of the lounge, by to me.” He also goes around and puts Christmas lights on buildings. “I the purple-lit swimming pool in the back, we were told that the Motown use a glue gun,” he said, smiling. He took me inside the restaurant. One wall was covered with a Friday Nights were on a brief hiatus. We turned onto an empty Worth Avenue and stopped at Ta-boó, landscape of palm trees and temples, which Billy had painted; the where six people sat at the bar: a trio of women sipping cocktails other, where plaster had been scraped away, revealed two murals and two men and a woman farther down. Ted immediately struck from the original establishment, the Hurricane Bar and Grill. They were up a conversation with one of the men who, it turned out, was from the work of Phil Brinkman, the man who had become famous for the Kentucky, where he raised horses. He said that if we visited Cucina nose art he painted on fighter planes during World War II. Each mural Dell’ Arte (it was on our itinerary) and went to the men’s room, we showed two men drinking calmly on a terrace while a hurricane raged; would see a picture of Nick, one of his old horses. While he and glasses remained on the table but uprooted houses sailed overhead. It Ted talked, I noticed on the wall a painting of a monkey, which was like being taken to someone’s attic and shown unearthed Thurber I assumed was Addison Mizner’s pet, Johnnie Brown. Ted gave cartoons. But the treasure was no more surprising than anything else I’d the man his card and then, on our way out, stopped by the three seen in the Palm Beaches. ■ women, kissing each one’s hand in introduction. Back in the car I confessed that I felt a bit underdressed for a night in Palm Beach. “No,” Ted assured me, “you could be a Napa Malakor mural Valley whale.” I gave him a quizzical look. He explained that a “whale” is a wealthy investor. Our next stop was The Chesterfield Hotel, where an older crowd danced in The Leopard Lounge. Ted approached two women at the bar, positioning himself by the senior one, who, we learned, was a mother having a drink with her daughter. The daughter had a degree in theology and high praise for the singer. “I usually associate lounge acts,” she said, “with Bill Murray on Saturday Night Live.” We bid the ladies goodnight and walked up the street to The Brazilian Court, whose bar was quieter than Ta-boó’s. So we got back in the car and headed down Cocoanut Row again to Royal Poinciana Way. A giant disco ball rotated above the bar at Cucina and hip hop blasted from speakers. I zigzagged my way through the first young crowd since būccan to the men’s room, where, hanging on the wall next to an oil painting of a horse, hung a photograph of “Cucina Nick.” I dropped Ted at his office – “I have a couch,” he had told me, “like Don Draper in Mad Men” – and headed back to Clematis which now, after midnight, was alive with women in high heels and pencil dresses taking small, determined steps toward clubs.





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WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE? “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” — Bill Vaughn

Soon the clock will strike midnight and we’ll turn the calendar to 2013. Regardless of your disposition, you’ll likely be up late, so what better way to ring in the New Year than with a fabulous meal at a great price? Here are a few sparkling New Year’s Eve packages offered by some of our favorite restaurants. BY REBECCA CAHILLY

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3030 OCEAN Spend New Year’s Eve as if you’re on vacation at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Make a day of it by lounging on the beach and indulging in a luxurious spa treatment before joining that special someone for a truly memorable meal. 3030 Ocean is offering a three-course menu that will include mouth-watering entrées such as spear-caught hogfish, poached wahoo, Florida lobster and duck, to name but a few. Prices: $110 per person for 6 p.m. seating $135 per person for 8:30 p.m. seating 3030 Ocean (at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa) 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale Reservations: 954-765-3030 B OCEAN FORT LAUDERDALE Head to the Fort Lauderdale beach to ring in the New Year with friends and family at the new B Ocean Fort Lauderdale hotel. Three fun-filled packages highlight creative culinary creations and celebratory cocktails so you can revel in the New Year the way you want it to “B.” Why not also take advantage of B Ocean’s prime location and include an overnight stay with your dinner? Oceanview rooms are available at an exclusive rate of $249 with the purchase of any of the New Year’s Eve packages. All hotel and dinner guests will have complimentary access to the VIP Pool Party, featuring high energy entertainment, dancing, champagne toast at midnight, live feed from the Times Square ball drop event and party favors. B On Top On New Year’s Eve Step onto the penthouse level of the B Hotel for a five-course dinner, open premium bar, high-energy DJ, ball drop and dancing. Cocktail reception and passed hors d’oeuvres begin at 8 p.m. Five-course dinner and dancing from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Premium brand selection open bar for the entire evening Champagne toast, ball drop and party favors. Price: $199 per person, inclusive SAIA Experience a southeast Asian-inspired, five-course, prix fixe menu amid the


stunning views of Fort Lauderdale beach in an energetic, modish setting. Once your taste buds are satisfied, continue your evening at the B Ocean pool and patio with dancing, drinks and a live projection of the Times Square ball drop. Seatings at 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Price: $99 per person plus tax and gratuity B’stro B tempted with an elaborate buffet featuring innovative and delectable dinner options. Seatings at 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Price: $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity B Ocean Fort Lauderdale 999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Reservations: 954-302-5208 or email www. BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the premier level of the Cinemark 20 Theater at Bogart’s Bar & Grille, where you can not only dine for dinner but also catch a movie or show off your ping pong moves at SLAM, Bogart’s Table Tennis social club. Bogart’s will be serving its regular dinner menu in addition to a specially prepared New Year’s Eve menu as guests ring in 2013. End the year sipping champagne, mingling with friends and family and enjoying Bogart’s entertainment options. Bogart’s Bar & Grille 2nd Floor Cinemark 30 Theater 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton Reservations: 561-544-3044 DECK 84 Celebrate the New Year in true Florida fashion while sipping refreshing cocktails overlooking the spectacular Intracoastal Waterway. Guests can dine from the regular menu or choose the exclusive New Year’s Eve menu featuring a number of new entrées from Executive Chef Jon Greening. A special guest DJ will spin hot beats to dance in the New Year, Florida style. Deck 84 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561-665-8484

IL BACIO If the New Year’s meal comes second to the New Year’s Eve party, Il Bacio Nightclub & Lounge is the place for you. As one of Delray’s best venues for nightlife and entertainment, Il Bacio will be throwing a big New Year’s Eve party on Atlantic Avenue. This ultra-modern nightclub concept, founded by Steven Pellegrino Sr. and Steven Pellegrino Jr., has brought its fair share of show-stopping events to South Florida. Starting at 8 p.m., the annual Mardi Gras-themed New Year’s Eve event will feature sexy stilt-walking jokers, live entertainment and hot beats provided by resident DJ Brett Sylvia. VIP guests will have a selection of party packages, starting from “Canal Street” to the “French Quarter” to the high rollers with “Bourbon Street.” At the stroke of midnight confetti will fly, balloons will fall and champagne will burst. Price: Contact Il Bacio for party package pricing VIP tables for 10-12 guests range from $1,000 to $1,500 Il Bacio 29 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach 561-376-3374 VIP Party Package Reservations: PISTACHE Ooh la la, Pistache French Bistro is hosting a fête like no other this New Year’s Eve. A spectacular five-course menu will include a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne. After dinner enjoy party favors, a DJ, dancing and fireworks on the water at midnight. Presented by SUTKA productions. Price: $49 per person early menu available $125 per person from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Pistache 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach 561-833-5090 PRIME Delray Beach’s authentic supper club will welcome 2013 amidst the sounds of live entertainment and an alluring atmosphere perfect for Puttin’ on the Ritz. Executive Chef Johndavid Hensley will prepare a delectable three-course menu that includes a wide selection of signature starters and entrées. Whether you choose










to linger in PRIME’s swanky lounge that overlooks Atlantic Avenue, sip premium spirits at the bar, or laugh with family and friends in your private dining area, this relaxing and glamorous atmosphere will have you leaving 2012 in style. Details: Three-Course Menu $70 per person from 5-6 p.m. $100 per person from 8 p.m. through close Live entertainment begins at 9 p.m. PRIME 110 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach 561-865-5845 RED, THE STEAKHOUSE Reflect over the year gone by, toast to the year to begin and enjoy an exquisitely prepared meal at Red, The Steakhouse in Boca Raton. A special a la carte menu and chef specials throughout the evening will be available. Red, The Steakhouse 1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton 561-353-9139 110

SoLita—Las Olas or Delray Tempt, taste, indulge and ring in the New Year at the sexy Italian restaurant and hot spot, SoLita Italian Restaurant & The Parlor Lounge. Both the Las Olas and the Delray locations are offering a three-course prix fixe menu at 7 p.m. or a four-course prix fixe menu at 9 p.m. that includes party favors and a midnight celebration. At 10 p.m., The Parlor Lounge at the Delray location opens for those who have dined earlier or who are simply looking for a fabulous spot to ring in the New Year. VIP and bottle services will be available here until close.

STÉPHANE’S, Boca Raton If style and sophistication are your thing, celebrate the coming year in the sleek, modern atmosphere that sets Stéphane’s apart from the rest. A specially prepared gourmet meal from Executive Chef John Belleme will ensure a memorable evening. Prices: $135 for first seating, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. $175 for second seating, 9 p.m.-10 p.m. Stéphane’s 2006 NW Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton 561-893-8838

TANZY RESTAURANT, Boca Raton Escape to the eclectic dining environment inspired by Italy’s Amalfi Coast and welcome the New Year with great Italian food and wine. On New Year’s Eve, Tanzy will be running a Contact SoLita for reservations and pricing. four-course prix fixe menu as well as a threecourse Italian wine flight. SoLita Las Olas 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 954-357-2616 SoLita Delray 25 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach 561-899-0888

Prices: Four-course prix fixe menu $69 per person for reservations made before 7 p.m. $79 per person for reservations made after 7 p.m. $25 per person for the wine flight option Tanzy Restaurant, Boca Raton 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton 561-922-6699

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Gift ideas for those who like to eat, from our fine dining writer BY REBECCA CAHILLY

The best holidays to me are those when there is peace in your heart and chaos in the kitchen. Here are a few of my favorite dishes, dining places and treats that will make great gifts for the friends, family and foodies on your list.

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These are great, as long as you know the recipient will use them. Here are a few worth giving or trying for yourself: Coco Asian Bistro, Fort Lauderdale.

My personal favorite is chef/owner Mike Ponluang’s Thai Red Curry, but everything on the menu is sublime. www. Valentino’s Cucina Italiana, Fort

Lauderdale. You don’t even have to read the menu – just let them tell you what you should eat and drink. Seafood Bar at The Breakers,

Palm Beach. A classy escape where you can slurp oysters while enjoying a view of the sea. Starbuck’s. I know, I know, what an unoriginal gift. But lattes are not cheap and any Starbucks addict (like yours truly) will appreciate having her peppermint latte


spend offset for a month or two. Tom Jenkins’ BBQ, Fort Lauderdale. This is the best barbecue and home cookin’ around. The scene is fast and slightly intimidating, but as long as you know “whatchya want,” you’ll be more than satisfied. They cater too.

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Entertaining at home this year and want to avoid the grocery store’s frozen selection? When cooking for the holidays, or most days, these spots are on my circuit but worth the trip if you don’t have the equivalent near you: The Fish Peddler East, Fort Lauderdale. Fresh, fresh, excellent

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Smitty’s Old Fashioned Butcher Shop, Oakland Park.

Great cuts of meat and a good wine selection for a special dinner or any occasion. www.

Bob Roth’s New River Groves,

Davie. Offering delicious Florida citrus, alligator-tail snacks and a great selection of fruit pies, including a legendary Key lime pie, along with stone crabs when in season and a fantastic homemade mustard sauce. Mail order available. Delaware Chicken Farm & Seafood Market, Hollywood. All

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hampagne and sparkling wines usually make an appearance on special occasions like weddings. But the busiest time for bubbly is during the holidays — and especially New Year’s Eve. But before you run out and buy any liquid sparklers for this holiday season, consider these helpful guidelines: While some non-French sparkling winemakers label their wines “champagne,” the real thing is produced only in the Champagne region in France. Located about an hour-and-a-half drive east of Paris, the closely regulated Champagne district is home to the greatest bubblies in the world, bearing familiar names like Möet et Chandon, Tattinger, Bollinger and Krug. Winemakers in the United States call their bubbly “Sparkling Wine.” In Spain the correct nomenclature is “Cava” and in Italy it’s “Prosecco.” Do you have to buy champagne from France to get something good? No. California sparkling wines produced by Schramsberg, Gloria Ferrer of several grape harvests so the and Chandon are quite nice and offer good value for the price, as taste is consistent year after year. do the Spanish sparklers from Freixenet. Once you decide which vintner makes The driest champagne is labeled “Brut.” “Extra Dry” on the the style you like, you can be assured label indicates that the wine in the bottle is somewhat sweeter; you’ll like the wine whenever you pop the those called “Sec” are even sweeter, and the sweetest cork. Another plus: non-vintage bubblies are dessert champagnes are labeled “Demi-sec.” (I know it less expensive that vintage and much less makes no linguistic sense, but that’s the way it is.) expensive than prestige. Champagne also comes in three categories: And don’t forget about rosé wines with bubbles. non-vintage, vintage and “prestige.” I personally They’re my personal favorites to pair with a mediumprefer non-vintage; they’re made from a blend rare hamburger or to enjoy as an aperitif wine. As for “white” champagnes, you don’t have to serve caviar (it’s actually better served with ice cold vodka). Salted nuts and popcorn are perfect complements to sparkling wines. If you’re not sure which brand of sparkler you prefer, you can use these guidelines for starters: if you prefer your champagne light and delicate, you’ll like the wines from Lanson, Laurent-Perrier and G.H. Mumm. Champagnes that deliver richer flavors include Möet et Chandon, Taittinger, Pommery, Pol Roger and PiperHeidsieck. The richest, most full-bodied champagnes are produced by Bollinger, Krug, Veuve Clicquot and Louis Roederer. Two more pieces of advice: (1) Few champagnes are meant to be cellar-aged and (2) sipping champagne from a fluted, tulip-shaped glass brings out the best of its flavor and allows the bubbles to rise to the top continuously. In the absence of fluted glasses, a regular wine glass will suffice. Avoid the shallow serving glasses that show up in old movies — and some contemporary wedding receptions; those glasses are best for serving sorbet, not champagne. One final request: Have a very Happy New Year! And in 2013, try having champagne or Sparkling Wine more often. You don’t have to wait for a holiday. A nice glass of bubbly can turn an ordinary Tuesday night at home into something special. ●


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benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, Fort Lauderdale Over 600 guests attended BeachBash, part of the 17th Annual AT&T Jeb Bush Florida Classic sponsored by The Wasie Foundation and presented by Ford and Premier Beverage. Fort Lauderdale’s “Sexiest Party of the Year,” convened at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, raised $98,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, call 954-739-5006 or visit

Chris Landshut, Executive Director of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and Gregg Snowden from Ford.

Society Scene Editor Meredith Clements and BeachBash co-chair Dev Motwani.

Joe Hess, Chair of AT&T Jeb Bush Florida Classic; with BeachBash Chairs Dev Motwani, Samantha DeBianchi, Jen Klaassens, Josh Rudolph and Todd Kirkpatrick.

Cathy O’Conner and Hattie Hess, VP of Marketing and Communications at United Way of Broward County.

Justin Ibarra from Exults, an internet marketing agency in Fort Lauderdale; Jen Klaassens, VP of Programs for The Wasie Foundation; and Jason Ibarra from Exults.


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Doreen and Keith Koenig, honored for their service to the museum and community.

Jon Ferrando, honorees Keith and Doreen Koenig and Museum President and CEO Kim Cavendish at the ‘Mad Men’ themed Museum of Discovery & Science gala.

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This year’s Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale MAD for MODS Gala broke fundraising records for the Museum of Discovery & Science. “[This] was the museum’s most successful gala in the event’s history,” said Museum President and CEO, Kim Cavendish, “and raised over $500,000.” The Mad Men themed gala, which honored Keith and Doreen Koenig for their service to the museum and community, included a cocktail reception, silent auction, entertainment emceed by WSVN’s Deco Drive anchor Louis Aguirre, and dinner by Chef Angelo Elia of Casa D’Angelo with A. Thierry’s Catering, and dancing late into the night. “We are absolutely thrilled to have had a sold-out event that raised over $500,000 to benefit the Museum on an evening where we honored Keith and Doreen Koenig” said Tom Angelo, Board of Trustees member and Gala Co-Chair. “This was a record evening for us and we look forward to doing it again next year.”

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City & Shore Account Executive Valerie Feder and E! News coanchor Giuliana Rancic at the Party in Pink at the 110 Tower in Fort Lauderdale.

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JAFCO raises $8,000 at fund-raiser, hosted by Allied Kitchen & Bath in Fort Lauderdale: Laurelle Waldman, Marsha Levy and Tiffany Waldman.

Deliver the Dream Denim & Diamonds gala raises more than $280,000 for families in need: Erika Thomas, Daren Cronin and Erin Cronin.

The 16th Annual Dunn’s Run raises $90,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County: The team from Wells Fargo.

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Some 800 women, men, kids — and a significant number of dogs — braved raindrops to shimmy, shake and sashay their stuff at the sixth annual Glam Doll Strut, a virtual street party in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The event, part of the Glam-A-THON series, which raises funds for women battling breast cancer, is the brainchild of Tammy Gail, a breast cancer survivor herself. “This was the biggest and best Glam Doll Strut ever,” Gail says. “A little wet weather can’t keep our divas down.” This year, Gail donated $92,000 to the Broward Health Foundation. The funds go to women battling breast cancer, as well as mammograms, diagnostic testing and special assistance for medication, wigs and other items in participation with the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center at Broward General Medical Center and the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund at Coral Springs Medical Center. “Broward Health Foundation is thrilled to have received $92,000 from Glam-A-THON to continue the important work of assisting women in our community who are battling breast cancer,” says Traci Allyn Shur, director of foundation operations for Broward Health. “This wonderful partnership is allowing us to make a true positive impact on those we serve.” This year, 65 teams participated in the Strut, up from 63 last year. Celebrity judges, including Froggy and Nina from Y100, Nathalie Rodriguez from WMIA, WSVN Meteorologist Vivian Gonzalez and former Miami Dolphins running back Terry Kirby, awarded titles to teams based on their costumes and, for some, rather bold performances in front of the judges. And then there was the beefcake. Thanks to an ingenious idea by team captain Lisa Pirro, the Jolly Jigglers included four hunks — performers at Fort Lauderdale’s LaBare male strip club — who literally dropped their drawers for the cause, revealing hot pink briefs, much to the delight of the largely female crowd. Other participating teams included The Breast Pumps, the Boo Bees, Paws for Ta-Tas and the event’s top fundraisers, Sole Sisters, who raised over $16,000. Gail says that the seventh annual Glam Doll Strut will be back in Fort Lauderdale next October, and she’s hoping it will continue to grow. “We decided to tackle a very serious disease with imagination and attitude and here we are, six years later, with hundreds of supporters and amazing business partners,” she says. “Our goal in 2013 is to go even bigger — or go home!”

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‘Biggest and best Glam Doll Strut ever’ raises $92,000

Glam-A-THON Founder Tammy Gail, in the JF Rey eyewear, with Lisa Pirro, captain of The Jolly Jigglers Team. Obviously impressed, judges gave The Jolly Jigglers the coveted Ms. Fabulosity prize.

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The City & Shore “Knockouts” team at work at Glam-A-THON in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

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In the Autumn Moonlight The 5th Annual Autumn Moonlight event at Specialty Automotive Treatments (SAT) in Fort Lauderdale raised $75,000 for the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD). Hosted by Rafael Jorge, owner of Specialty Automotive Treatments, Autumn Moonlight honored two of UMNSU CARD’s most devoted supporters: Dr. Glenn Parker, co-founder of NationsHealth; and Carmen Zaldivar, a former CARD Constituency Board Member and CARD Legislative Chair. Last year’s honorees, Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland and his wife, Rachel, served as the event’s Honorary Chairs.

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Kip Hunter, CEO of Kip Hunter Marketing; and Ralph Jorge Jr., General Manager of Specialty Automotive Treatments, Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Michael Alessandri and honoree Carmen Zaldivar.


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Neil and Jacque Scherfer, co-owner of Best Care; with Bonnie and Marc Spector, co-owner of Best Care.

Joe and Hattie Hess, Tony Hopper, Chris Knapik, Kathleen Cannon, CEO of United Way of Broward County; Dan Kearns and Mike Dee, CEO of the Miami Dolphins.

Susan and Rafael Jorge, owner of Specialty Automotive Treatments; Rachel and Jeff Ireland and Dr. Robin Parker and honoree Dr. Glenn Parker.

Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland, his wife, Rachel; and Mark Gauert, Editor & Publisher of City & Shore Magazine.

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