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CONTENTS

APRIL 2020

FEATURES 50 / LIFE IN THE FAST LANE Hanna Zellers shares her journey to realizing her racing dreams By Kristen Desmond LeFevre

56 / OUT TO SEA

Nouveau nautical attire offers a chic aquatic overture to spring Photography by Danny Cardozo

66 / GIRL POWER

A group of Fort Lauderdale businesswomen celebrate friendship in style By Linda Marx

74 / SUNSHINE SUPERSTARS Enjoy South Florida’s prime weather in one of the coolest open-air rides on the market

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Table by Laurie DaSilva of Jolie Events Miami, for a party hosted by Michelle Flanigan and Kim Zaffere

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DEPARTMENTS 10 / FROM THE EDITOR

42 / STAYCATIONS

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The reimagined rooms at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach merge classic and contemporary

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24/SEVEN 15 / CELEBRATE Hit the beach for the inaugural Pride of the Americas festival

16 / MOVING ON UP

By Howard Walker

24 / LOCAL GUIDE Explore the MASS District

STYLE 27 / THE LOOK

WEALTH 48 / INVESTING

The ins and outs of qualified opportunity zones By Judy Martel

EAT + DRINK 99 / TRY THIS

A sweet-meets-savory seafood dish you have to taste to believe

100 / LOCAL BITES

30 / JEWEL BOX Curate a haute hive with our selection of bee-themed baubles

106 / OFF THE VINE

32 / BEAUTY

Honey-rich products for hydrated, nourished skin

ESCAPE 35 / WANDERLUST AUSTEN AMACKER

The LeVen 90 makes navigating shallow waters a breeze

Fort Lauderdale’s best rooftop bars, two new restos to check out now, an overview of the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, and a locally made cocktail with Puerto Rican roots

Hermès debuts a new lipstick line, plus sustainable spring accessories

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A spotlight on Bonnet House’s centennial anniversary, a Q&A with Black Violin’s Kev Marcus, and a trio of events to check out in April

LOCATION: THE MASS DISTRICT, FORT LAUDERDALE DRESS: BALENCIAGA, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, BOCA RATON JEWELRY: PROVIDENT JEWELRY, JUPITER MAKEUP: DEBORAH KOEPPER, DEBORAH KOEPPER BEAUTY, PALM BEACH HAIR: JUSTAIR, FORT LAUDERDALE

Rolls-Royce embraces the power and allure of the Dark Side

46 / HIGH SEAS

20 / CULTURE

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPHER: ROBERT NELSON MODEL: HANNA ZELLERS

44 / HIGH ROAD

The stories behind three downtown construction projects

Menin Hospitality brings Miami magic north to Broward County

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Pikaia Lodge infuses luxury into the Galápagos travel experience By Paul Rubio

40 / WEEKENDER Indulge in the ultimate all-inclusive “Keylaxation” at Bungalows Key Largo By Paul Rubio

Vérité Winery lends a European sensibility to California reds By Mark Spivak

SEEN 108 / SOCIAL SNAPSHOTS Events with MADD Broward County, the Pegasus World Cup, 211 Broward, and Cooper’s Hawk

PARTING SHOT 112 / THE GUITAR HOTEL

This engineering marvel stages an awesome nightly light show set to today’s hottest hits

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EXPERIENCE LAS OLAS

EXPERIENCE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BREATHE AGAIN. To stroll among art galleries, unique shops and boutiques. To share lunch, dinner or cocktails at al fresco bistros, gastropubs and superb restaurants. To be pampered at the salon. Come discover a little bit of paradise in the heart of Fort Lauderdale and the uniqueness that is Las Olas Boulevard.

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Thank you to the 37 leaders who participated in the Habitat for Humanity of Broward CEO Build Robert Kornahrens Advanced Roofing

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FROM THE EDITOR

Thank you for picking up a copy of the inaugural issue of Fort Lauderdale Illustrated. We may be new to the market, but we’re magazine veterans who are committed to chronicling the lifestyle, art and design, and extraordinary people of South Florida. Fort Lauderdale Illustrated joins a family of longstanding titles such as Palm Beach Illustrated (68 years), Naples Illustrated (22 years), and Florida Design (30 years). We launched the magazine in recognition of Fort Lauderdale’s vibrant, growing community—and, frankly, because we love spending time here. The arts scene, foodie culture, yachting lifestyle, and glittering skyline are more compelling than ever, and we’re thrilled to celebrate them in these pages. Our cover story this month is on race car driver Hanna Zellers, who, despite her young age (she’s 22), has 200 starts, 70 wins, 61 poles, and 55 podiums under her belt. The Lauderdale-by-the-Sea resident is a tour de force on the track, thanks largely to her adaptability to driving circumstances and her positive attitude. She knows getting to the top takes time and patience, and she’s not afraid to put in the effort required to get there. Read all about this rising star in “Life in the Fast Lane” on page 50. Fort Lauderdale’s yachting culture is showcased throughout the issue. Our fashion editorial, “Out to Sea,” was shot onboard Man of Steel in Fort Lauderdale. Spring’s sexiest seaworthy looks, with new architectural cuts and metallic textures, will get you from the docks to the deck in high style. Turn to page 56 and get inspired for a day on the water. Also this month, we join the party onboard Bella Vita with Michelle Flanigan and Kim Zaffere. The entrepreneurs and friends most definitely fall under the category of “strong women,” and their soiree reflects that. “Girl Power,” on page 66, chronicles their ladies-only gathering to “applaud women supporting women”—an excellent reason to throw a dinner party, if you ask me. Adding to the celebratory vibe was a vibrant menu (I’m obsessed with tuna tartare served in a coconut shell) that reflected Michelle and Kim’s background in hospitality. If you love “mini-superyachts,” check out our automotive and yachting editor’s review of the 90-foot LeVen 90 on page 46. If you prefer your thrills on land, read “Sunshine Superstars,” a roundup of his favorite luxury convertibles, on page 74. This month and every month, expect rich lifestyle content across many categories—style, travel, culture, and food, to name a few—and some surprises as well. It’s part of our way of saying “thank you,” Fort Lauderdale. We’re thrilled to be here.

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This month, fans will flock to the largest country music festival in the United States—and it’s now bigger and better than ever. Tortuga Music Festival 2020 will return to the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach April 17-19, and this year’s lineup is worth the hype. Country music legends Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw will headline the three-day extravaganza, while other renowned musical acts such as Pitbull, Barenaked Ladies, Lee Brice, and more will also perform. But Tortuga is more than a legendary beachside concert. The nonprofit Rock the Ocean partners with Live Nation to produce the event, and a portion of ticket sales help fund ocean conservation research. The festival has raised more than $2 million to date.

THE FRANK’S NEWEST EXHIBITION, THE ACADEMY HEAD TO PEMBROKE PINES TO VIEW THE FRANK ART GALLERY’S NEWEST EXHIBITION, THE ACADEMY, THROUGH APRIL 25. THE SHOW IS INSPIRED BY INTENSE VISUAL AND DRAMATIC MASTERPIECES FROM THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE, AS WELL AS THE METICULOUS TECHNICAL PRECISION OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRENCH ACADÉMIES. THE ACADEMY FEATURES WORK FROM FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF ART + ART HISTORY’S ACADEMY OF PORTRAIT & FIGURATIVE ART.

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1. Easter is observed not only for its religious significance but also for the mouthwatering brunch specials. Drool over the meals you’re going to savor on April 12 with our roundup featuring restaurants like Shooters Waterfront and Burlock Coast. 2. Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by immersing yourself in the beauty of local parks, indulging in environmentally friendly meals, and enjoying all our planet has to offer at fun events around town. 3. April is National Financial Literacy Month, so there’s no better time to start learning how to manage your money. Begin with something you use every day: your cell phone. Head online for some expert tips on how to save on your monthly cell phone bill.

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Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness with Richard Gray, Lania Rittenhouse, Kendra Nicholas, and Miik Martorell

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Come TOGETHER AUSTEN AMACKER

Get ready for six days of fun as Pride of the Americas takes over Greater Fort Lauderdale April 21-26. The inaugural event will welcome creatives, intellectuals, and advocates from two continents and more than 35 countries for a performing arts festival, seminars, parties, and more in celebration of LGBT+ culture. “The event hopes to bring international attention to LGBT+ inequalities while improving education and understanding of the LGBT+ community on a global scale,” says Richard Gray, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s senior vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion. “We hope to elevate the awareness of the destination as being welcoming and inclusive to all.” (prideoftheamericas.org) —Melissa Puppo

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PRIDE PICKS

The transformative festival will feature more than 20 events. Here are a few highlights. April 21: Women’s Arts Event, 7 p.m., Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts

April 24: Night on the Drive, 6 p.m., Wilton Manors

April 22: Opening Sponsorship Reception, 6 p.m., Museum of Discovery & Science

April 25: Pride of the Americas Parade, noon, Fort Lauderdale Beach

April 23: Runway Fashion Show, 8 p.m., Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

April 26: Beach Festival and Fireworks, noon to 9 p.m., Fort Lauderdale Beach Park

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Fort Lauderdale continues its urban renaissance with new developments stocked with WOW-WORTHY amenities

THE SCOOP Number of floors: 22 Number of units: 83 Pricing: From $3,595,000 Completion: 2021

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THE SCOOP

SOCIETY LAS OLAS If you’re driving around downtown and see a giant art installation donning an eastern garage facade, you’ve arrived at Society Las Olas. What sets the 34-floor residential tower apart is its emphasis on community. Those living in any of the studio, junior, and one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartments are privy to more than 100,000 square feet of shared amenity space. There’s also a rent-by-bedroom (co-living) program that comes with fully furnished units. Upon completion, Society Las Olas will be the largest co-living development in the U.S. For residents who work from home, the highrise is equipped with a three-level co-working lab. Additional amenities include a fitness studio, a pool deck with a yoga lawn, a communal kitchen and dining hall, and a lobby barber-salon café. Phase one will also unveil 30,000 square feet devoted to ground-floor retail and restaurants, including Matchbox and Big Buns Burgers. (societyliving.com)

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Number of floors: 34 Number of units: 639 Pricing: From $1,100 Completion: April 2020

FOUR SEASONS PRIVATE RESIDENCES Make waking up to panoramic beach views a reality with the dreamy Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale, built atop the 148-room Four Seasons hotel. Future dwellers can expect the ultimate pampering with 24-hour concierge services for residents and their pets—not to mention a pet boutique and an on-call veterinarian. For relaxation, there are two pools with luxe cabanas and a beach butler, as well as signature Four Seasons spa and yachting amenities. The property’s wow factor comes in the form of a $35 million penthouse aptly named SkyHome, featuring five bedrooms and six baths spanning nearly 19,000 square feet. There’s even a private rooftop park with a pool and putting green for lavish gatherings. Tara Bernerd is behind the spectacular SkyHome, which also comes with its own fitness center, home theater, wine-tasting room, and elevator. (fort525residences.com)

THE MAIN LAS OLAS Redefining the city’s epicenter is The Main Las Olas, a mixed-use development featuring an office tower and a residential tower spanning an entire city block along the west side of Third Avenue. This project marks a few firsts for the boulevard: a Sky Deck glass-bottom balcony in the office tower and a GreenWise Market on the ground floor. The office tower will also include a tenth-floor amenity deck with indoor and outdoor gathering areas, a fitness center, fire pit, and bar. Future residents can take advantage of full-time concierge services, a resort-style pool deck, outdoor living areas in which to THE SCOOP practice yoga or host an event, and Number of floors: a state-of-the-art fitness center. 25/office, 27/residential Four-legged family members don’t Number of residential go unnoticed either because The units: 341 Pricing: TBA Main Las Olas is equipped with an Completion: Mid-fall indoor dog run and pet-grooming 2020 spas. (themainlasolas.com)

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marks their first Florida foray north of Miami. The original fast-casual taqueria in South Beach is a local and celebrity favorite, with everyone from Michael B. Jordan to Joe Jonas to Jamie Foxx stopping by. Galbut still remembers the day he and Menin scouted Fort Lauderdale in search of a locale for their future hot spot. “We passed by the riverfront and saw a lot of potential activity,” he says, recalling an almost “war

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It would seem everything “cool” in Miami is slowly popping up in Fort Lauderdale. As new developments dot the skyline, a record number of Floridians are making this once-sleepy town their home base. Entrepreneurs are also catching on to this momentous shift. Just ask Keith Menin and Jared Galbut, who are bringing two South Beach mainstays to town. The South Florida–born founders of Menin Hospitality have collectively managed and owned more than 20 businesses, with ventures primarily based in Miami and Chicago. Late last year, they announced plans to open Fort Lauderdale outposts of their already popular eatery Bodega Taqueria y Tequila and the boutique hotel concept known as Gale. “We’ve always loved Fort Lauderdale as a city, and we’ve always wanted to have a Bodega in Fort Lauderdale,” says Menin, principal of Menin Hospitality. He and Galbut (who serves as managing principal) are cousins and come from a lineage of hoteliers who have managed properties such as the Shelborne South Beach, which has been family-owned since 1981. They worked the gamut of jobs, from housekeeping to the front desk, before taking on executive roles and starting their own hospitality firm in 2005. Broward’s Bodega

Jared Galbut and Keith Menin are behind Bodega Taqueria y Tequila (left) and Gale Fort Lauderdale.

zone” vision of construction between The Wharf and another downtown development. Menin adds, “I turned around and saw this building on the street corner and said to myself, ‘That’s Bodega.’ It had everything we needed; it had the perfect ceiling height, the perfect amount of space, the perfect vibe and essence, and an organic flow from the front to the back.”

Come May, Fort Lauderdale foodies can get a taste of the same quality Mexican fare with a Cuban flair that has garnered numerous accolades over the years—praise due in large part to Bernie Matz, the executive director of culinary for the hospitality group. The famous barbacoa tacos (over a million sold) will be a fixture on the menu as will other go-tos like the al pastor.

“The design and concept will be very similar to South Beach,” Galbut notes, “but I think we’ll have some new tricks up our sleeves to showcase to Fort Lauderdale.” An Airstream fashioned as a food counter will lead to a semi-hidden entrance to a speak-easy lounge for guests who want to extend their happy hour tab. Menin Hospitality is also behind Gale Fort Lauderdale, a 96-room hotel that, as of press time, is set to open this summer. Its sister property has created a name for itself in South Beach since debuting in 2012. The new Gale will celebrate its Fort Lauderdale setting, with luxe rooms showcasing views of the Intracoastal and Atlantic Ocean. (meninhospitality.com)

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Our HOUSE

An artsy local landmark celebrates a big birthday

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“This was a place where they could come, create artwork, and just enjoy Florida,” continues Shavloske. “The Bartletts were not slave to fashion. They had very much their own personal aesthetic.” Visitors can view works by Frederic and Evelyn while on guided tours of the home. From the iron railings sourced from New Orleans to distinct Egyptian and Caribbean flourishes, the house itself is a pastiche of influences, explains Shavloske. “Frederic always said that he was a sponge, that he took in all kinds of artistic styles and then put them together into his own unique style.” Bonnet House’s artistic heritage informs its current programming. In addition to public painting classes, fine artist members can paint en plein air in the gardens at their leisure. There are also seasonal outdoor concerts DAVID WARREN

Stepping through the royal blue front door of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens does not signal a step back in time but rather an entrée into a wondrous world of imagination, one that feels as relevant now as it did 100 years ago. Built in 1920, it has evolved from a private home to a cultural gem the entire community can enjoy. As CEO Patrick Shavloske notes, Bonnet House’s roots greatly impact how visitors interact with the property, which includes the main home and varied garden landscapes. It all began in 1919 when Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Helen Birch received 35 acres on Fort Lauderdale Beach as a wedding present from Helen’s father. Frederic, who was an established artist, began sketching designs for the home. Helen died in 1925, and Frederic remarried Evelyn Fortune Lilly in 1931. “There was a real artistic synergy between Evelyn and Frederic, and the house looks as it does today because of her,” says Shavloske. Although untrained, Evelyn was an artist in her own right. Bonnet House was Evelyn and Frederic’s winter estate, and they devoted as much energy to decorating the home as they did to painting.

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Bonnet House was the winter residence of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. Visitors can tour the home, which includes highlights such as the lush courtyard (left) and drawing room (above).

and an International Orchid & Garden Festival, scheduled for April 4-5. This year’s highlight, however, is the Centennial Soiree on April 25, which will boast a Jazz Age feel and feature art as entertainment. Perhaps the most notable aspect of Bonnet House is that it’s an authentic reflection of the Bartletts’ life, with 99 percent of its items original to the property. For example, Evelyn’s love of animals is apparent, from the Purina dog bowl in the drawing room to the birdcage and antique carousel menagerie in the courtyard. Frederic’s numerous creative endeavors are on display, too, including his portraits of Evelyn (look for the one of her with two left feet, a humorous hint at her poor dancing skills), hand-painted ceilings, and intricate shell work. “If you came and saw one of their home movies, they would expect you to pay admission with a set of shells,” says Shavloske. He adds that honoring the world in which the Bartletts lived is paramount to the Bonnet House mission. “If the Bartletts came back today, they would feel right at home.” (bonnethouse.org)

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Musician Kev Marcus has always sought to break stereotypes. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, he gravitated toward the violin and found a musical compatriot in violist Wil Baptiste. Together, they merged their classical training and hip-hop influences to form Black Violin. They’ve since released three albums, including 2019’s Take the Stairs, and are committed to sharing their genre-defying sound with audiences across the country. FLI recently caught up with Marcus to discuss influences and more. (blackviolin.net) —M.M. FLI: When did you realize you could do this for a living? Marcus: When we won Showtime at the Apollo. It is the hardest crowd in the world—they boo you off the stage if they don’t like you. The first four contestants who were on the talent show with us got booed off the stage. We were staring at our [instruments] and were like man, I don’t know. Then we went out there and won three shows straight and became 2005 Apollo legends. That was when we looked at each other, pulled out our phones, called our jobs, and quit. It was still a hard climb from there, but that was the aha moment because they didn’t boo us off the stage and we earned their respect, so we felt like we could play anywhere. Who are your favorite classical composers? I love late Romantics, so Beethoven would be on my list. I love Chevalier, wow. Bach is the OG. … We have a lot of Dvorák on this new album. We have a song called “Serenade,” which is Dvorák’s “Serenade for Strings,” 22

but we put a beat to it. We made it breathe and have a heartbeat as if a conductor is conducting it. It sounds like it can live on a classical station even though there’s a trap, hip-hop beat underneath it. What about a favorite hip-hop artist or producer? Timbaland is why we became producers. He had a very strong influence on us and how our music has grown too. Pharrell is groundbreaking and does amazing stuff as well. Billie Eilish’s brother [Finneas O’Connell], phew, he’s killing it. I love how he produced her project where less is more. And less is always more, and the really good producers know how to execute that really well. I love artists who put a message to the music. I think truly gifted artists can move you in multiple ways, not just make you shake your butt. They can inspire you or take you to a whole other mood or vibe you didn’t even know you had. And that’s what true art is. True art can give you an emotion that you didn’t know you had.

Come From Away, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, April 7-19 This heartwarming musical brings audiences to the hours and days immediately after 9/11, when American-bound planes were detoured to Canada and stranded passengers and crew members found comfort in the town of Gander, Newfoundland. (browardcenter.org)

The Who, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, April 21 The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by a full band and a local symphonic orchestra to perform hits and new music from their latest album. (seminole hardrockhollywood.com)

New River Art Show, Historic New River Inn, Fort Lauderdale, April 25-26 This first annual fine art show is free to attend and will include a juried showcase of works in a variety of mediums by South Florida artists. (history fortlauderdale.org) —M.M.

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The MASS District

Once just a collection of rundown warehouses, Fort Lauderdale’s MASS District—Music and Arts South of Sunrise—has evolved into a can’t-miss destination. Businesses are revamped with public art and everything is within walking distance. Whether you live a few blocks away or plan to spend a day downtown, here are some of the hottest spots to check out now. By Melissa Puppo

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MAC FINE ART 833 NE 4th Avenue MAC Fine Art has found a new place to call home after moving from Las Olas Boulevard. Inside, it houses exquisite artwork of all mediums by internationally acclaimed artists such as Ignacio Gana, Kris Gebhardt, and Mélanie Giguère. Invigorate your senses with a quick stroll or find a piece to purchase and take home. (macfineart.com)

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MINGO MAKES IT 807 NE 4th Court If you’re not looking hard enough, you just might miss this concept by Domingo “Mingo” Olavarria. The quaint locale is one-third studio, one-third hands-on teaching space, and one-third gallery showcasing Mingo’s pottery. Drop by for a class or become a member—just be sure to visit on Sundays for a potluck brunch. (mingomakesit.com)

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828 NE 4th Avenue This co-working space boasts cozy nooks that can double as a place for imagination or slumber. There’s also a fireplace, conference area, and barbecue grill–meets–DJ booth—and that’s just half of it. The Hub Spark is a dynamic, dual-purpose hangout anchored by an outdoor patio and lounge offering a full bar with DJs spinning nightly. (thehubspark.com)

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WHILE THIS MICROBREWERY LIES JUST NORTH OF THE TRACKS, WE’RE GIVING IT A PASS FOR ITS SELECTION OF BREWS AND BITES—AND THOSE PATRIOTIC JIM MORRISON AND JIMI HENDRIX MURALS ADORNING THE FACADE. THIS MASS DISTRICT GEM IS A SISTER CONCEPT TO ITS FLAGSHIP IN VERO BEACH, WITH THE TAPROOM’S ALES AND LAGERS DISTRIBUTED SOUTH TO THE GLEE OF FORT LAUDERDALE BEER AFICIONADOS. THE PATIO IS AN IDEAL SPOT TO ENJOY A COLD ONE—SAY THE AMERICAN BLONDE—ON A HOT SUMMER DAY. (AMERICANICONBREWERY.COM)

917 NE 5th Avenue Headed by pastry chef Max Santiago of Miami’s Salty Donut fame, Batch offers artisanal cookies ranging from simple to over-the-top— just browse its Instagram—and even whips up vegan and gluten-free options. Weekends are usually reserved for extra inventive specials, but classics such as chocolate chip, PB&J, and s’mores (our favorite) are always available. (batchcookieco.com)

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807 NE 4th Avenue Inside Stephanie Leyden’s gallery and studio are handmade works characterized by Leyden’s bold use of color. We recommend stopping by during ArtWalk to watch as live painters take over the front of her business for the amusement of passersby. The artist who makes the most money gets to have a featured gallery space inside Leyden’s studio for a month. (artattack.business.site) FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | APRIL 2020

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French KISS By Katherine Lande If any fashion house is the authority on color, it’s Hermès. The French label has amassed more than 75,000 silk color references in its archives in Lyon and adds hundreds to its library each season. It comes as no surprise then that artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas decided to launch Hermès Beauty with Rouge Hermès, a collection of lipsticks in 24 shades, including—yes—the inimitable Orange Boîte. Infused with white mulberry extract and lightly scented with notes of sandalwood, arnica, and angelica, the lipsticks ($68 each; refills $42) apply velvety smooth with a weightless feel in either satin or matte finishes. Now the Hermès Birkin bag, lacquered cuff, or printed silk scarf has its own accessory: a matching lip steeped in the wearer’s personality.

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STYLE CHANGING STRIPES Nina striped multicolor bag (special order only), Gabriela Hearst, gabriela hearst.com

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ECO-CONSCIOUS DESIGNERS ARE PAVING THE WAY FOR SUSTAINABLE LUXURY FASHION By Katherine Lande

MORAL FIBER Canvas crossbody capsule bag ($265), Paravel, tour paravel.com

MISSING LINK Handmade 18-karat gold bracelet ($6,995), Foundrae, neta porter.com

STYLE NOTES AU NATUREL: Opt for ethically sourced materials like wood, raffia, and organic fibers. GO GLOBAL: Support artisans by purchasing handmade items created with age-old techniques. BUY SMART: Invest in madeto-order pieces that help cut down on unused materials and unbought products.

BAMBOO BEAUTY Emmie sustainable bamboo net bag ($158), Cult Gaia, cultgaia.com

STELLA MCCARTNEY SPRING/SUMMER 2020 Designer Stella McCartney shines a light on sustainable fashion by using eco-friendly materials for 75 percent of her Spring 2020 collection. OUT OF THE WOODS Rhea sandals with sustainable wood heel ($795), Stella McCartney, stellamccartney.com

NATURE’S BOUNTY Handwoven lunchpail bag ($395), Cesta Collective, cesta collective.com LIVING SOLE Handmade vegetable-tanned sandals ($165), Laiik, laiik.com

GREEN STATE Handwoven raffia block-heel sandals ($370), Carrie Forbes, intermixonline.com

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1. THREE’S COMPANY Lagos Rare Wonders honeybee statement ring with black rhodium, sterling silver, and 18-karat gold, $1,500. (lagos.com) 2. SPARKLING STINGER Provident Jewelry bee pin with diamonds set in 18-karat gold and white gold, $7,450. Provident Jewelry locations (providentjewelry.com) 3. GOOD AS GOLD Graziela Gems bee necklace with an emerald set in 18-karat gold, $4,990. Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour (neimanmarcus.com) 4. FLY HIGH Staurino Fratelli Orange Concept II bee earrings with diamonds and citrines set in 18-karat gold and white gold, $2,950. (staurinofratelli.com) 5. ALL YELLOW Tiffany & Co. Return to Tiffany Love Bugs bee pendant with yellow quartz, silver, and 18-karat gold, $1,300. Select Tiffany & Co. locations (tiffany.com) 6. HONEY PIE Gumuchian Honeybee B collection The Life of the Bee charm bracelet with diamonds set in 18-karat gold and five charms with diamonds and gemstones set in 18-karat gold, $24,000. Josef & Joseph, Fort Lauderdale (josefjoseph.com) 7. PEARL PLEASER Wendy Yue ring with a pearl center, tsavorites, diamonds, and pink mother-of-pearl set in 18-karat rose gold, $9,625. Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour (neimanmarcus.com) 8. LOCK EYES Temple St. Clair Bee Bellina bangle with diamonds set in 18-karat gold, $3,850. (templestclair.com)

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Ancient civilizations sang honey’s praises in the earliest written languages and gifted this ambrosial elixir to their gods. Traditionally known for its healing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, honey can enhance the hydrating, nourishing, and free radical–fighting powers of any formula. Our hive of panacean products includes: Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam with moisturizing aloe vera and pumpkin seed oil ($28 for 6 fl. oz., innersensebeauty.com); Trilogy Everything Balm with nourishing rosehip oil ($22, trilogyproducts.com); Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve with quadruple lanolin and manuka honey ($26, Neiman Marcus); Bliss In the Honey Mega Moisturizing Lavender Honey Mask ($15, Ulta Beauty); L’Oréal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel ($20, Target); and Leonor Greyl Shampooing Au Miel ($36 for 4 fl. oz., Neiman Marcus). —Abigail Duffy

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Natural Selection Pikaia Lodge is a highly evolved, non-cruise alternative to experiencing one of Earth’s ultimate BUCKET-LIST DESTINATIONS By Paul Rubio A visit to the remote Galápagos Islands is a veritable rite of passage for world travelers. Located more than 500 nautical miles west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, this ecologically diverse archipelago functions as a living museum of natural history—a mind-boggling foreign landscape where plants and animals have evolved for centuries without human interference.

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The wellappointed Pikaia Lodge features amenities like an infinityedge pool with panoramic ocean vistas (above), the Japanesestyle Sumaq Spa (upper right), and accomodations with floor-toceiling views of Santa Cruz Island (right). Look forward to excursions to Bartolomé Island and the landmark Pinnacle Rock (below).

craters on Santa Cruz Island, at the center of the bucket-list island chain. A welcomed disrupter to Galápagos tourism, Pikaia rises above one of the Galápagos’ few inhabited swathes—of the islands’ 3,028-squaremile landmass, humans occupy only 3 percent— and delivers all the amenities one would expect in a top-tier lodge, plus easy access to iconic locales and wildlife-rich surrounds. High in the cloud forests of southern Santa Cruz, Pikaia stands some 1,500 feet above sea level, promising 360-degree views of the Galápagos’ landand-sea splendor as well as design that itself is a sight to behold. An enclave of oversized glass panes, arched white walls, and prolific open-air common spaces, this minimalist marvel seamlessly blends with the proximate lush foliage and 36

oceanic blues below. The grounds are strewn with artistic nods to Darwin and science, such as sculptures of DNA double helixes and statues of Pikaia Gracilens, the oldest known ancestor to vertebrates, from which the lodge gains its name. Sustainability has been meticulously woven into Pikaia’s aesthetic and framework, best exemplified by its natural lava stone floors and walls, rainwater-collecting rooftops, and overall carbon neutrality. But Pikaia understands that you aren’t coming to the Galápagos to simply hang out in a fabulous hotel—though we wouldn’t judge should you decide to spend copious hours at the lounger-lined infinity pool or in your en suite Jacuzzi overlooking the cloud forest. Ultimately, you’re here for the nature, and it’s nature you’ll get. The experience at Pikaia plays out as multiday, all-inclusive packages—available from as few as four days/three nights to as many as eight days/seven nights—where guests engage in land excursions on Santa Cruz Island, visit neighboring isles on one of the house yachts, and enjoy five-star excess back at the lodge. A typical day may include a sail to North Seymour Island for an extraordinary hike alongside the frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, followed by an early afternoon snorkel among octopuses, white-tipped reef sharks, fur seals, and countless schools of vibrantly colored tropical fish. Another may begin by exploring the craggy, lava-hewn coastline of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, then hopping in a zodiac

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to search for and swim with penguins and sea lions, before climbing to the top of Bartolomé Island to take in the grandeur of Pinnacle Rock, the symbol of the Galápagos. Excursions vary by week, as trips to specific islands within national parklands are strictly regulated and assigned with little advance notice for non–cruise ship operators. Regardless, a new adventure beckons every day, alternating between jaunts at sea and on land with a dedicated professional naturalist who remains with the group for the full package duration. At a minimum, expect to snap numerous photos of the many giant tortoises (aka Galápagos, from which the archipelago gains its name) inhabiting Santa Cruz’s rolling hills, including the grounds around Pikaia. Look forward to downing a local beer in the town of Puerto Ayora and blowing up your social media with images of red-pouched frigate birds, amphibious marine iguanas, ubiquitous orange Sally Lightfoot crabs, and blue-footed boobies hamming it up for the camera. Of course, you’d see the same on a Galápagos cruise, but your pre- and post-excursion experiences would definitely not be the same. In lieu of ship cabins and cramped common spaces at sea, a sumptuous home base lends to greater leisure pursuits, from decadent multicourse meals in Evolution Restaurant (of Relais & Châteaux standard, no less) to lengthy treatments in the Japanese-inspired Sumaq Spa. On land, guests don’t endure a relentless 5:30 a.m. wake-up call nor the hectic pace of cruise ships’ twice-daily

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Pikaia’s common areas, such as the garden corner fire pit (above) and the Homo Sapiens Explorers Lounge (top), are picturesque reprieves from full days spent taking in the islands’ natural beauty.

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excursions. On the contrary, Pikaia offers a slower stride for absorbing the Galápagos’ riches. Pikaia’s model works for some but not for others, especially those seeking to discover as much as possible of the archipelago’s 18 main islands. Admittedly, Pikaia can only access islands that are within a reasonable distance from Santa Cruz, thereby excluding sights like the nesting colonies of waved albatross on Española Island and the extreme volcanic landscapes of Fernandina Island. That being said, Pikaia succeeds in its mission to avoid the ordinary and create a balance between active and leisurely pursuits. The pampering is best suited to those wanting ample time to reflect on Galápagos grandeur, not necessarily type As hoping to island hop at a rapid-fire pace. Overall, Pikaia opens up one of Earth’s greatest destinations to a new generation of travelers seeking a combination of nature and luxury, with an emphasis toward the latter. (pikaialodge.com) «

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Prestigious Las Olas Point Waterfront Estate with 590 ft. of direct Intracoastal views. Located on 3 lots. Can accommodate up to 130+ yacht or multiple yachts. Over an acre of land. This is one of Fort Lauderdale’s most significant locations. Large master suite, large balconies, exercise room, built-in bar, new roof & pool with Dominican coral stone patio. Offered at $19,900,000.

1851 S OCEAN DRIVE

Private tropical oasis. This 5 bedroom and 5 bath home has an open floor plan with high ceiling and beautiful tropical views. Split floor plan. Master bedroom on the second floor. 5th bedroom is office off the master bedroom. Over sized balcony. One of the bedrooms down stairs makes for a great in-law suite with private entrance. Beautiful pool area, with 130 ft. of water frontage concrete dock. Offered at $2,395,000.

41 COMPASS LANE

Exclusive Bay Colony, with 24 hour security. 4 bedroom & 5 1/2 bath. A great family home with high ceilings. Gourmet kitchen, summer kitchen & 2 gas fire places, with 140 ft. of water frontage. Pool, spa & beautiful landscaping. 3 Car garage.Very quiet street. Also available for rent furnished at $20,000. Close to Pinecrest. Offered at $3,399,999.

3024 NE 22ND ST.

3 bedroom, 3 bath with 100 ft. of dockage on a wide canal & Intracoastal views. Beautiful marble floors, gourmet kitchen, impact windows & doors, split bedroom plan. 2 car garage. Boat lift holds up to 15,000 lbs. Dredged dock area. Can be connected to the point lot for 200+ ft. of dockage for a large yacht. Offered at $1,995,000.

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2800 NE 38TH ST.

One of a kind waterfront custom estate in Coral Ridge Country Club. 5 bedrooms, 6.1 baths. 150 ft. of dockage with 200 ft. of wide water. Amazing water views from all rooms. Enjoy wine tasting in a custom wine cellar. Over 20 ft. ceilings, elevator, office, fitness center, gourmet kitchen. Relax in a stunning backyard with wonderful summer kitchen, pool and covered patio. The best outdoor living in South Florida. Offered at $4,275,000.

3322 NE 16TH PLACE

Custom Mediterranean beachfront home located only steps from the beach. Spacious rooms with high ceilings, bright and light. This large 4 bed 4 bathroom home is great for entertaining. Oversized master, private office, pool view. Over 4275 sq. ft. of living space, perfect inside and out. 2 car garage. Offered at $2,765,000.

1460 S OCEAN UNIT 1503

Over 3500 sq. ft. with direct ocean views. 3 bedroom and 3.1 bath, lower penthouse apartment. If you love to cook, you will love this gourmet kitchen with gas cook top, Miele appliances, Sub Zero. Entertaining is fabulous with built-in bar with ice maker, wine cooler, refrigerator and keg. You will never want to leave this paradise. Offered at $1,399,900.

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Intracoastal point lot with 238 ft. of water frontage and wide water views. Step into this beautiful 5 bedroom and 6.2 bath home with 38 ft. coffer ceilings with spectacular detail, gourmet kitchen with only the finest finishes, gas fireplace, private gym, elevator and spectacular water views from almost every room. Offered at $6,000,000.

191 SEVEN ISLES DRIVE

Renovated interior point lot home. 226’ deep water frontage, able to accommodate 2 yachts & equipped with a boat lift, pool, outdoor bar & spa. 5 bedrooms, updated kitchen with Poggenpohl cabinetry, stainless steel built-in Miele coffee system with a gas range & eat-in kitchen. Large formal separate dining area, fireplace & 3 car garage. Offered at $2,999,999.

2618 SEA ISLAND

Southern exposure with 75 ft. of water frontage. Only a few homes from the Intracoastal. This 5/5 has great space for entertaining, an open kitchen, large master suite, fire place, and formal dining room. Great upstairs space for the children. Lot size is over 10,000 sq. ft. Walking distance to the ocean and restaurants, with 24 hour security. Offered at $2,400,000.

3220 NE 59TH STREET

Nicely renovated, only a few homes from the intracoastal. This 3 bedroom and 2 bath has been updated over the last few years. Over sized laundry room. Impact windows and doors. The house has been modified for handicap access, ramps and open shower. A/C has been replaced. Newer appliances. This is a must. Offered at $1,199,999.

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Bungalows Key Largo offers a chic approach to all-inclusive By Paul Rubio Think all-inclusive resort, and Mexico or the Dominican Republic typically come to mind. But a new offering in Florida’s Upper Keys is bringing Key Largo into the all-inclusive fold—in the best way possible. Say hello to Bungalows Key Largo, an adults-only (21-plus) property that pairs the amenities of an exclusive island retreat with the laid-back lifestyle of the Florida Keys. Bungalows is a far cry from the low-brow, all-inclusive properties that have become synonymous with budget Caribbean travel. Rather, it’s a detail-oriented escape with high-end amenities, top-shelf liquor, and personality-driven restaurants. Located on the Keys’ bayside just beyond Mile Marker 99, Bungalows is accessed from a small turn-off that weaves through dense-yet-manicured foliage. After valeting your own wheels, you’ll be escorted on a pastel blue golf cart through the resort’s matching blue wooden gates. Zigzagging along palm tree–laced trails, you’ll cross paths with the Beach House, home to an array of restaurants, and a massive reclining Buddha that underscores Bungalows’ The alfresco tranquility mantra. More vacasoaking tub and tion bliss awaits across a colrain shower lection of 135 white-washed bungalows, each boasting modern furnishings and a private garden with an alfresco soaking tub and rain shower. After settling into your romantic bungalow, it’s time to explore an intoxicating world of fun-in-the-sun, designed to make you never ever want

Clockwise from far left: The waterfront bungalows’ patios; the Sunset Pool; explore Key Largo by kayak, paddleboard, or bike; entrance to the Zen Garden Spa.

to leave. Choose between two pool and Jacuzzi areas or a beachfront lounger to destress and work on your tan. The all-inclusive policy means there’s no reason to decline another watermelon margarita while soaking, sunbathing, or enjoying live music sessions. Thematic eateries like toes-in-the-sand Mexican restaurant Sea Señor and Fish Tales—the design of which recalls Il Riccio on Capri—are idyllic for long, memorable meals and languid, cocktail-heavy days. Floating tiki boats head out twice daily for tours along the bay; you can also choose your own bayside adventure via paddleboard, water trike, or kayak, admiring the setting while keeping an eye out for dolphins and manatees. To counter the eating and drinking excess, consider a scenic ride on a beach cruiser (every bungalow comes with two) or get fit in the palapatopped outdoor gym. Early risers can look forward to morning group yoga and fitness classes, which range from hatha and vinyasa to a sunrise stretch. Alternatively, treat yourself to a few hours—or more—in the Asian-themed spa. Relax to the sounds of the wind passing through the bamboo gardens, unwind with a eucalyptus steam, or detox in the Himalayan salt room before expert therapists put your body at ease. Finally, should curiosity or the odd case of cabin fever push you beyond Bungalows’ boundaries, the property provides complimentary transportation within a 5-mile radius. We wouldn’t blame you for wanting to check out the superb snorkeling at nearby John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park or chartering a fishing boat to learn why this region lays claim to America’s best sportfishing. But no matter how you choose to spend your days and nights at Bungalows Key Largo, you’ll quickly fall for this harbinger of American all-inclusive chic and its unique marriage of unapologetic indulgence and Florida Keys–style relaxation. (bungalowskeylargo.com) «

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Welcome to Paradise! BRING YOUR YACHT OR SUPERYACHT Almost 3/4 of an acre of land on the Hillsboro River in Deerfield Beach features 150 ft. straight dock, perfect for your largest yacht, and a separate slip for the smaller craft well equipped with motorized davits. You will not believe this 5066 sq. ft. beautifully-maintained custom 4 bedroom, 6 bath, and 5 car garage home really exists in Deerfield Beach. Nestled away in Little Harbor on the Hillsboro directly across the waterway from Deerfield Island with zero fixed bridges and just seconds to the Intracoastal waterway. Call for private showing.

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DIRECT INTRACOASTAL & ocean views from this south corner 8th floor penthouse. Ocean & intracoastal views greet you as soon as you get off the elevator. Open upgraded kitchen w/granite counters, tumbled marble backsplash, & stainless steel appliances. Impact windows & doors & electric shutters for extra privacy. step onto the balcony for the ultimate intracoastal experience - views for miles in every direction. Perfect balcony to enjoy morning coffee & afternoon sunsets! OFFERED AT $389,000.

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STAYCATIONS

Sleek RETREAT

COURTESY OF THE BRAZILIAN COURT

A stylish yet inviting getaway awaits in refreshed rooms at this storied HOME AWAY FROM HOME By Skye Sherman A comfortingly cloistered enclave since its 1926 debut, Palm Beach’s Brazilian Court Hotel is beloved by visitors and locals alike, its maze of courtyard nooks a favored host for lazy reading sessions or discreet tête-à-têtes. The boutique retreat’s intimate setting and residential location—hidden in plain sight, barely distinguishable from neighboring historic estates—grant every guest a sense of belonging. But unlike at home, you don’t have to leave the premises to book a blowout, dine under acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, or request

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poolside chaise delivery of White Cosmopolitans (the orchid ice ball is particularly restorative after a dip). Part-andparcel staycation amenities like turn-down service, bicycles, and a VIP beach experience delivered by the hotel’s Cadillac Escalade come included, too. Now, thanks to a refresh by Lauren Hastings of West Palm Beach’s LSI Designs, the Brazilian Court is all the more au courant. Its selection of studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites exude a pedigreed Euroterranean ambience that also champions the modern verve of Palm Beach. With a nod to tradition and an eye on contemporary style, Hastings has married long-standing architecture by Rosario Candela (and, later, Maurice Fatio) with modestly funky furnishings and art, including black-and-white prints from British photographer Terry O’Neill. “During the design development process, we knew black-and-white, large-scale photographs would be the perfect complement to the transitional elements of the room,” explains Hastings. “We tossed around a million

Guests of Palm Beach’s Brazilian Court Hotel can cool off with a cocktail after a dip in the pool before making their way back to newly redesigned quarters featuring Terry O’Neill prints.

ideas, and then one of the hotel owners suggested looking into Terry O’Neill’s catalog of images and we ran with it. The ultimate goal of this redesign is to curate the unexpected and create a wow factor to each room—and his portraits fit that bill perfectly.” Like the rest of O’Neill’s oeuvre, the portraits selected for display capture celebrities in candid moments and unconventional settings, such as Audrey Hepburn napping poolside while filming in Saint-Tropez and Elton John playing a piano-turned-bar in his Boeing jet while on tour in 1974. Feminine touches like crisp white linens and a silky wisteria wall panel with pops of pink and lavender soften the new rooms’ rich mahogany, leather, marble, and brass components. Along with green velvet headboards and sofas—a bow to the tropical flora blanketing the property—the end result is refined yet warmly welcoming, a wedding of modernity and timelessness. (thebraziliancourt.com) «

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Gold Coast Magazine and the Master Brokers Forum present...

THE REAL ESTATE ROUND-UP A MONTHLY FOCUS ON BROWARD COUNTY’S REAL ESTATE

We asked these MASTER BROKERS...

What is your favorite South Florida event or activity to attend this time of year, and why? Lisa Lader

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Anything outdoors this time of year in South Florida

If you walk out on the pier in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

is amazing! Fortunately, Valentine’s and President’s

at sunset, you can enjoy the persistent southeast

Day weekend are shared and there are two fantastic,

breeze that has been purified by its trip across the

must-do’s lined up each year — the Miami Beach Boat Show and Coconut Grove Art Festival. This is what living in South Florida is

Atlantic Ocean. If you study the calendar you can also watch the moon, yellow and grand, rise out of the ocean.

all about. Enjoy!

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My favorite event is the Delray Affair. This outdoor

Weston World Fest is a free cultural event hosted at

street festival features every type of artist and

the Weston Regional Park. Great for the entire family

vendor imaginable. The food vendors and the

where you can enjoy lively cultural entertainment

entertainment choices appeal to every age group. It’s

and sample international cuisine while learning about more than twenty different countries. Take a trip around the world with your World Fest passport and stop by and enjoy all the festivities.

a great community celebration that brings locals and visitors together to enjoy Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach every year.

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My favorite event is the Fort Lauderdale Air Show

My all-time favorite event is the Pompano Beach

every spring (this year May 2-3). Nothing can

Seafood Festival, April 24-26. The event has become

compare to the synchronized flying of the U.S. Air

so popular and crowded, this year’s festival will be

Force Thunderbirds or the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. Additionally, there are dozens of other aircraft ranging from old-fashioned biplanes to state-of-the-art stealth fighter aircraft. It’s like any great day at the beach, but you can look up and see the planes and enjoy the show from all over Fort Lauderdale, too!

held at Pompano’s Community Park and Amphitheater at 1801 N.E. 6th Street, Pompano Beach. This upgrade allows more room, better parking, easier access, and the beautiful Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Experience a wonderful South Florida seafood event that has been going on for the last 35 years. Enjoy the seafood, three live music stages, arts and crafts, and amazing boat displays. You will discover another reason Pompano Beach has become such a great place to live.

John Castelli

- CASTELLI REAL ESTATE SERVICES In May each year, the Broward Partnership for the Homeless has their annual gala. I know the money we spend at this event — whether for tickets, auction items, or donations — goes to the neediest in our community. In 80 percent of the cases, homelessness is not a

choice but rather a temporary situation. In the majority of situations, it’s not caused by addiction, but because the poor who are living paycheck to paycheck face an event in their lives that causes homelessness. Most have children — and that is the saddest of all. This year’s gala is May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at The Signature Grand, 6900 W. State Road 84 in Davie.

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HIGH ROAD

Back to BLACK Rolls-Royce has given its Cullinan SUV the Black Badge treatment, but beware: It will take you to the DARK SIDE By Howard Walker In the immortal words of intergalactic archvillain Darth Vader: “You don’t know the power of the Dark Side.” Tonight we’re experiencing its full force while heading to a galaxy far, far away. That is, Miami after dark. Forget about the postcard-perfect Magic City and the neon-lit, teeny-bikini hedonism that is South Beach. We’re in Wynwood. A decade ago, this 10-block strip between the Intracoastal and I-95 was a testimony to urban decay—boarded-up windows, razor-wire fencing, snarling junkyard dogs, and all. It’s still gritty, but crumbling cinder block has been transformed into a vast display of eclectic street art. The epicenter, Wynwood Walls, has seen close to 100,000 square feet of largely abandoned warehouse walls turned into a gallery of mural art by creatives from around the globe. By day, tourists come by the thousands to gaze in jaw-on-the-floor wonder at the works, refuel at the tragically hip cafés and restaurants,

and shop at the au courant boutiques. But late at night, when the crowds have long returned to their cruise ships and Art Deco hostelries, the edginess returns. This is no place to be driving a $400,000 Rolls-Royce. Thankfully, this is no regular Rolls bedecked with shimmering Flying Ladies and an aura of plutocratic pomp and Grey Poupon circumstance. This is Lord Vader’s ride. This is the new Cullinan Black Badge. Since 2016 and the introduction of the Wraith Black Badge two-door coupe, Rolls has been giving its lineup the full back-to-black Sith treatment. The aim? To appeal to a new generation of younger, more diverse, self-made buyers in want of a less cookie-cutter design. It’s been working. The average age of a Rolls customer is now below 40, with one in five opting for a Black Badge model. With this new Cullinan Black Badge, the ratio is expected to jump to one in three. See the Cullinan BB loitering outside the hyper-trendy Wynwood Kitchen & Bar and it radiates a menacing “don’t mess with me” attitude. Nearly every piece of chrome has been blackened. Even the Spirit of Ecstasy Flying Lady has a full-body coating of high-gloss black chrome. Up front, that iconic Parthenon grille has received a Vader noir makeover. In profile, it has the effect of making this sky-high-roofed SUV appear less top-heavy and lower to the ground. Having towering, blackrimmed, 22-inch forged alloys at each corner doesn’t hurt either. Climb aboard and the cabin is a sea of high-gloss carbon fiber that stretches across the dash, center console, and doors. I love the blacked-

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POWER FILE

PRICE: FROM $382,000 ENGINE: 6.75-LITER TWINTURBO V-12 POWER: 600 HP TORQUE: 664 LB-FT TRANSMISSION: 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC 0-60: 4.9 SECONDS TOP SPEED: 155 MPH LENGTH/WIDTH: 210/79 INCHES WEIGHT: 6,100 POUNDS WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE GOING TO THE DARK SIDE REALLY CHANGES THE CULLINAN’S CHARACTER FOR THE BETTER.

out clock and strip of contrasting searingyellow piping that rings the dash top. But the visual highlight of this cavernous interior is the Cullinan’s Starlight Headliner with its 1,344 fiber-optic ends that replicate a starry night. If that alone weren’t cool enough, there’s also a “Shooting Star” feature that randomly uses groups of eight brighter fiber optics to dart across the ceiling. All this might be considered window dressing if it weren’t for the upgrades in performance, handling, and braking that come with the Black Badge specs. The stock Cullinan’s mighty 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-12 gets a 29-hp boost to take the new output to a nice round 600 hp. There’s also an extra 37 lb-ft of torque on tap to lift it to 664 lb-ft.

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Now when you squeeze the throttle, you’ll rush to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, down from 5.2. More aggressive transmission shifting only heightens the Rolls’ athletic, urgent feel. Late at night is certainly the best time to cruise Miami; there’s less traffic, better views of that twinkling skyline, and more chances to feel the Cullinan’s hyperdrive force. Yes, the hushed, silent running is still there. So too is the magic-carpet ride. But there’s a more dynamic character here that truly heightens the allure of this flagship SUV. As Lord Vader would say: “Impressive. Most impressive.” «

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HIGH SEAS

Into the SHALLOWS

With its skinny draft, LeVen’s gorgeous new mini-superyacht will take you places others fear to go By Howard Walker When it comes to navigating Florida’s depth-deprived waters, the sagest advice I ever received was from an old-salt sailor buddy: “When you see the pelicans’ toenails, chances are you’re gonna run aground.” For most of us Sunshine State mariners, it’s not a matter of if you hit bottom, but when. That’s why we have those guys from TowBoatUS prowling around, ready, willing, and able to extract us from many a unyielding sandbar. So, when a boatbuilder creates a mini-superyacht designed to shrug off the shallow waters of the Bahamas, Keys, and Gulf Coast, it must be applauded. The 90-foot LeVen 90 comes courtesy of LeVen Yachts, a joint venture between Fort Lauderdale–based YachtCreators, legendary Dutch designers Vripack, and famed Dutch shipyard Van der Valk, where the yacht was built. With a depth of just 4 feet, 6 inches, this super-sleek, allaluminum performance yacht can shimmy into challenging anchorages

or reach sugar-white sand beaches where others fear to sail. Its secret? The first noncommercial use of German-made Voith Linear jet nozzles. Proven on gritty commercial and military vessels, the system places the props in tapered surrounds mounted in tunnels set into the hull. In addition to protecting the props and reducing draft, the design aims to lower noise and vibration while improving fuel efficiency. Clever stuff. LeVen (which translates to “life” in Dutch) is the brainchild of Floridian entrepreneur Lucas Silva, who was looking for a yacht to cruise with his extended family to the Exumas island chain in the Bahamas. Up until 2017, Silva owned a 121-foot superyacht called Nono. His family loved its big-boat creature comforts, including plenty of storage for water toys. But Silva craved the flexibility of a smaller yacht to explore the Bahamian shallows. He traded Nono in for a 50-footer. “With the 50, we enjoyed the simplicity of use, the connection with the water, the agility, and the reduced draft,” he told me during the LeVen 90’s world debut at last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “We created the LeVen so my family and friends can experience the best of both worlds.” It’s not just a shallow draft that sets this superyacht apart—it’s the astonishing amount of entertaining space. Take the flybridge, which measures more than 40 feet long. You could land a Learjet on it. Not to mention, there are loungers, cushions, and stretch-out beds galore.

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PRICE: STARTING AT $9 MILLION LENGTH: 90 FEET BEAM: 22 FEET DRAFT: 4 FEET, 6 INCHES POWER: TWO MTU V-12S WITH 1,900 HP EACH TOP SPEED: 26 KNOTS WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE DR. SEUSS SAID IT BEST: “OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO.”

Then there’s the main deck. Full-width doors open up the main salon to a huge rear lanai so that the entire area is perfectly suited to alfresco get-togethers. And instead of the forward end of the salon being used as a helm station, the space becomes a full-width eat-in galley with a large central island and bar stools. Press a button and the vast forward window lowers to make the most of those Bahamian breezes. Below deck there are four en suite staterooms for guests and an additional two cabins for crew. The yacht’s generous 22-foot beam ensures no shortage of stretch-out room, either. For quiet nights at anchor, the LeVen 90 has a bank of lithium batteries that charge up during the day through the hardtop-mounted solar panels. They’re able to power the air-conditioning along with the

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yacht’s main systems for up to 12 hours, avoiding the annoying hum of a generator. A pair of whisper-quiet, 1,900-hp MTU V-12s will push the yacht to a top speed of 26 knots. With a 3,170-gallon fuel capacity, the range is around 400 nautical miles, meaning you can make it from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau and back. As for pricing, you’ll drop around $9 million for this beauty, which is, quite possibly, the ultimate Florida/Bahamas mini-superyacht. Pelican viewing has never been better. «

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INVESTING

DEAL OR NO DEAL?

Unpacking the benefits and risks of investing in qualified opportunity zones By Judy Martel A little-known provision in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that rewards those who put money into economically distressed urban areas in exchange for a tax break is causing some controversy. Investors who want to avoid unwant-

ed capital gains taxes on the sale of property or investments can instead reinvest the profits into local projects in government-designated qualified opportunity zones that will allow them to defer or, in some cases, eliminate payment of the capital gains tax. In one sense, the incentive is nothing new in the tax world, according to Neil H. Buchanan, an economist and tax professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. “It’s a specific version of the most generic thing out there, which is to give people a tax break to do something good,” he says. “For years, economists have been studying these types of tax incentives, and it seems that all too frequently the money could have been better spent in ways that would have created more economic development or jobs.”

The overriding question for economists is whether the taxpayer would have invested in the economically distressed opportunity zone without the tax incentive. Economists use the term “decision-making on the margin” to describe the type of investor who might be enticed by some sort of benefit in exchange for risk—whether that be a tax incentive or some other method to create a higher return. For example, any investor could put money in a bank account that pays a low interest rate, with no chance to earn more but also no possibility of loss. Sweetening the pot with something like a tax incentive might move the investor “off the margin.” The difficulty for economists lies in determining who that investor is, versus those who would have put their money into the riskier investment anyway but are happy to take

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the benefit regardless, notes Buchanan. “In that case, the question is why give billionaires a tax break they don’t need and which will not cause them to do anything beyond what they were already going to do?” The biggest controversy in the news around the opportunity zones, however, isn’t about whether the tax incentives create enough jobs or lift the areas economically, but rather about the area itself. There are accusations that opportunity zones are expanding outside of impoverished areas to include “poverty-adjacent or poverty-adjacent-adjacent” regions, says Buchanan. With the widening perimeters, money isn’t necessarily deployed where it’s most needed, while the risk for investors is reduced in the less poverty-stricken areas, he adds. Accountability on the back end is lackluster in many of the cases where luxury apartment buildings and office towers are going up in opportunity zones that critics charge are not economically distressed and therefore not in need

of tax subsidies for development. Nevertheless, unless the law is tightened and clarified, rich investors who meet the qualifications and time requirements can eliminate or defer taxes on capital gains even when they cash out of the opportunity zone investment, says Buchanan. They can put the profits from the sale of a business, for example, back into a different opportunity zone and “the whole thing gets rolled forward into a tax-advantaged deal,” he adds. It might sound like the investor gets all the perks with opportunity zones, but Buchanan cautions that there are downsides similar to those involved with any risky investment. The law on opportunity zones is “a big, complicated set of provisions” requiring expert advice, he says. “Identify potential landmines—that’s what a

good tax advisor will tell you. There are all kinds of ways investments can be risky, and the idea behind opportunity zones is to say that investing in impoverished areas is a high-risk investment, so in return, here’s a benefit that might make the difference between deciding to invest or not. But it’s good financial practice with any investment to figure out if it fits with your risk tolerance.” «

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LIFE IN THE FAST LANE By Kristen Desmond LeFevre

Photography by Robert Nelson

Up-and-coming race car driver HANNA ZELLERS reflects upon the road ahead

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I’M A WILD CARD.

It makes me extra versatile because I have to adapt really quickly to different things.”

even thousand race fans are settling into their seats at the Homestead-Miami Speedway as 22-year-old Hanna Zellers warms up the cherry red TLM Racing/FITTEAM Porsche 997 GT3-R cup car on the track below. Tires primed and settings maximized, she returns to Garage 30, trading tips and technical specs with co-driver and car owner Jeronimo Guzman. Then there’s a throng of fans to greet, VIPs to schmooze, media interviews to give, and selfies to snap. It’s a lot to take in, but Zellers is unfazed. Of the 90 drivers on today’s FARA (Formula and Automobile Racing Association) Miami 500 roster, Zellers is one of only four women—a distinction laden with a whole host of sexist notions. “People just expect you to not be good or not be quick,” she says. “I have to jump through extra hoops more often than the guys to achieve my dream.” Zellers tells it like it is, so you believe her when she says that, unlike some other female drivers out there, “becoming” Danica Patrick—the most successful woman in the history of professional racing—has never been part of her dream. Still, she admits that as a kid growing up in Indiana, watching Patrick fight her way to the front to lead the 2005 Indianapolis 500 made Zellers think, “I’m gonna do that, too.” Born into a family of racing fans (her parents eschewed a traditional honeymoon, opting to attend the famed Skip Barber Racing School to celebrate their nuptials instead), Zellers started kart racing for fun at age 7. “She has a lot of energy,” her folks told bystanders who balked at the sight of a little girl behind a kart wheel. “We gotta find some way to channel it.” Zellers attempted other pastimes—volleyball, baseball—but none stuck. “I was always too aggressive for those sports,” Zellers says. “I got in trouble for it.” In racing, that aggression became an asset. By age 9, she was racing competitively and began qualifying for major kart competitions, frequently landing atop the podium and bringing home championships. In 2013, Zellers earned her racing license from the 52

same school where her parents honeymooned. She jumped from karting to the Sports Car Club of America and tried her hand at Formula One cars, followed by a stint driving NASCAR-style stock cars. After transitioning to Le Mans Prototype 3 endurance races, Zellers began competing on the FARA circuit, which features a mix of sports cars including Porsches, Ferraris, BMWs, McLarens, and Lamborghinis. With more than 200 starts, 70 wins, 61 poles, and 55 podiums to her name, Zellers gets it done no matter the make of the car she’s in. “I just follow the opportunities and drive whatever it is that’s put in front of me,” she says. “I’m a wild card. It makes me extra versatile because I have to adapt really quickly to different things.” That versatility is one of the reasons Zellers was selected in 2019 as the first woman to participate in the Porsche Young Driver Academy, a program that identifies the racing world’s most outstanding new talent. “With Hanna, we saw a driver who’s got the talent and is putting in the effort,” Rob Owens, Porsche’s OneMake program manager explains. “It just made perfect sense to bring her into the program.” But occasionally, even the best talent can’t win the day. Sometimes you’re at the mercy of the car. At the Miami 500, the Zellers/Guzman team was in third place when a rear axle failure ended their racing day after lap 54. Zellers was understandably disappointed, but she remained undeterred. “That’s racing,” she says. “You just get ready for the next one.” (The “next one” for Zellers and Guzman is the FARA Sunset 300, which will take place in Homestead April 13-14.) Racing in Homestead isn’t where Zellers’ dream started—and it’s certainly not where it will end. Everyone seems to agree that her talent is worthy of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the premier racing body for North American sports car competition. She’s been there once already: In 2018, she pulled out a top 10 finish as the circuit’s first and only female driver. But staying in IMSA was another story. One might think that Zellers’ talent and experience would equal the kind of motorsports magic IMSA team owners clamor for. It’s true that drivers must have those

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HANNA is the most adaptable

driver I’ve ever seen. She’s smooth. She’s fast. And she’s consistent.”

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traits in spades, but they also need to bring either personal wealth or major sponsorship money to the table—and Zellers does not. After all, racing is a business. “It’s basically 90-percent hustle, 10-percent driving,” she says. Zellers moved to Florida in 2019 for the year-round racing opportunities that warm weather allows, and she’s now based in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Her hustle and talent quickly got the attention of David Tuaty, team owner of TLM USA Racing. When Tuaty broke his collarbone in a skiing accident, he hired Zellers to pair up with Guzman. Although Guzman, 44, is a top surgeon at South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Palm Beach County, on the weekends he pursues his lifelong passion for racing. This year he went all in as a car owner, purchasing the Porsche 997 GT3-R cup car that he and Zellers now co-drive. “She’s the most adaptable driver I’ve ever seen,” Guzman says. “She’s smooth. She’s fast. And she’s consistent.” Guzman adds that there’s no doubt about Zellers’ future as a professional race car driver. “The talent is there. The opportunity is there; teams are willing to take her onboard. She’s known by everybody. We’re just working on the budget.” Using his local connections, Guzman has helped Zellers secure sponsorships with Provident Jewelry and Corum Watches. The money Zellers earns showcasing their products on social media to her more than 68,000 Instagram followers and nearly 44,000 Facebook friends (both counts current as of press time) buys her time to seek more racing opportunities and try to land the kind of major sponsor that will get the attention of an IMSA team. “I just have to keep reminding myself that there are a lot of different pieces I need to put together to make it to the top,” she says. The piece she’s focusing on now? “Being patient and working my butt off.” Watching Zellers leave the garage after her team’s tough break in the Miami 500, you can glimpse that same 7-year-old who first fell in love with the sport. She’s down, but far from out. When asked if the Indy 500 is still the goal, she shakes her head no, clears her throat, and takes a pause. In that instant, you can almost hear her telling herself: Stay in the moment, don’t get too far ahead of yourself. “Indy would be cool someday,” she admits. “But right now, I’ve got to be focused on getting back to IMSA.” She corrects herself: “To the top of IMSA.” Either way, she’s not out to be the next Danica Patrick. “Definitely not,” she says. “I just want to be the next Hanna Zellers.” « 54

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GIRL POWER

MICHELLE FLANIGAN AND KIM ZAFFERE HOST A FESTIVE LADIES’ NIGHT OUT ABOARD A LUXURY YACHT TO CELEBRATE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP By Linda Marx | Photography by Jerry Rabinowitz

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he late author and essayist Anaïs Nin once wrote: “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by meeting that a new world is born.” For Fort Lauderdale–based entrepreneurs Michelle Flanigan and Kim Zaffere, a world in which the currency is support and empowerment opened up when they became friends 15 years ago. They’ve since worked together on both hospitality and philanthropy projects, always making it a priority to share their strong belief in the power of female friendship and innovation. To salute their ever-growing circle of friends, Flanigan and Zaffere recently hosted a women’s dinner party in Fort Lauderdale aboard the 110-foot Bella Vita luxury vessel owned by their pal Frank Gatto, founder of Design Engineering Group. “We wanted to throw a party because we like to applaud women supporting women,” says Zaffere, whose

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Michelle Flanigan and Kim Zaffere celebrated friendship and wanderlust aboard the Bella Vita. The party featured a cocktail hour with live music by saxophonist Jon Saxx.

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WE OFFER A WARM, WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE, AND BOTH MICHELLE AND I KNOW THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY WALK THROUGH THE DOOR.” —KIM ZAFFERE

former husband, Frank Zaffere, works with Flanigan’s husband, Paul, on various culinary ventures under their company, Old School Hospitality, including Good Spirits Fifth & Fed and the Quarterdeck restaurants. “All of the women we invited are entrepreneurial and smart.” Flanigan adds that the group tries to meet once a month to catch up and exchange ideas, but this event was their fanciest to date. They felt that the Bella Vita setting would be the perfect way to pay homage to the area’s reputation as the yachting capital of the world. “We love having a party on the water because nothing illustrates Fort Lauderdale better,” says Flanigan. The pair of energetic mothers—Zaffere has two daughters and a step-daughter, and Flanigan has a modern family of five boys and girls, affectionally known as “The Brady Bunch”—are managing partners of Good Spirits Fifth & Fed in Fort Lauderdale. Since taking over operations, they’ve made an effort to establish a haven for female patrons, developing a cozy yet elegant vibe they believe appeals to this demographic. They now estimate that about 60 percent of the restaurant’s customers are women. “We offer a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and both Michelle and I know the names of people when they walk through the door,” says Zaffere. “We have gotten a lot of support from the community.” Zaffere—who grew up in Fort Lauderdale and was a 1988 debutante, a Miss Florida USA contestant, and the 1982 Junior Orange Bowl Princess—loves her community as if it were a family member. She has an extensive background in legal marketing (she studied

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pre-law at Gonzaga University before working for Fort Lauderdale law firms) as well as in hospitality and philanthropy. “I love working with the community and meeting new people,” says Zaffere. “We do many events at Good Spirits and help lots of causes. Together, Michelle and I know everyone in Fort Lauderdale.” Both Zaffere and Flanigan are dedicated to fundraising for local charities and schools. Zaffere has also raised money for political campaigns and the pro bono aspects of the Broward Human Rights Initiative. In 2013, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County named her one of the “100 Outstanding Women of Broward County.” Some of her current charity work benefits St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Handy Inc., which provides educational and life-skills resources to local children. Flanigan, who was raised in Chicago, is also heavily involved in philanthropy with St. Anthony Catholic School, Pink Angels of Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, and Legal Aid Service of Broward County, an organization Zaffere supports too. Flanigan, who formerly worked as a nurse, is the owner of Comfort Nurse Care in Fort Lauderdale. When it comes to her partnership with Zaffere, Flanigan excels in strategic, scalable approaches to restaurant management. In addition to her knowledge of financial administration and regulatory compliance, she’s a motivational diplomat who can train staff to handle customer needs. “I am a details person who also learned a lot from my hus70 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

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band’s restaurant business,” she says. Beyond his own culinary ventures, Paul Flanigan is the nephew of the late Joseph “Big Daddy” Flanigan, whose large restaurant chain, Flanigan’s, began in South Florida in 1959. “Kim and I are upfront about everything, and we address issues when they arise. There is no competition between us. We get along beautifully.” Hospitality, it seems, is an art Zaffere and Flanigan studied while growing up. They were raised in homes where their family members took joy in entertaining, so they often compare notes when organizing restaurant events or private parties. Zaffere praises her grandmother’s prowess as a hostess, and also credits her father with teaching her valuable social skills. “My dad was charismatic and encouraged me to treat people specially,” says Zaffere. “Still, since I am a perfectionist, I always feel scared and stressed before a party begins. But I think that tension gets me started.” Flanigan remembers her family holiday parties and the great pains her mother took to add the right elements, ensuring her gatherings would result in long-lasting memories. “I retained what I learned as a young girl and bring it to the table,” says Flanigan. “With our different backgrounds, Kim and I greatly balance each other as hosts.” Zaffere and Flanigan were able to channel their experiences— both professional and personal—into their Asian-Indian-fusion dinner party celebrating wanderlust. The evening, which began with a sunset viewing from the bow of the boat, was a glorious

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marriage of worldly influences tinged with the hosts’ disarming joie de vivre. “These two women are amazing hosts, role models, mothers, and entrepreneurs,” says guest Malena Mendez-Dorn, director of corporate partnerships for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. “They are beautiful both inside and out and know how to create balance. Most importantly, they really know how to have fun.” The culinary portion kicked off with a signature cocktail, a Saketini, made with rice wine and cucumber. Grateful Palate Catering & Events prepared an eclectic variety of passed hors d’oeuvres including deviled dragon eggs and summer rolls with pickled vegetables and spicy mayonnaise. While sampling the bites, guests listened to live music courtesy of saxophonist Jon Saxx and applauded the talents of the hosts. “I met Kim when she was at Legal Aid, and she continues to be the most elegant and charming hostess who knows how to con-

Party attendees and entertainment clockwise from above: Jon Saxx; Laura Lang, Juliette Lippman, and Michelle Flanigan; Malena Mendez-Dorn, Tracy Dunn, and Kim Zaffere.

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KIM AND MICHELLE HAVE A FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC, AND THIS PARTY IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THEIR TALENTS.” —PEGGY MARKER

James Cawley of Grateful Palate describes the menu, which included sea bass (left) and pork belly (below), as “clean, crisp, and refreshing, yet exotic with flavors of Asia.” The featured dessert (opposite page) was a Baked Alaska with diced mango, red dragon fruit, and baked meringue chips.

nect people, make us feel good, and fit into any environment,” says Juliette Lippman, partner at the law firm Birnbaum, Lippman, & Gregoire. Laura Lang, a realtor with Compass, praised Flanigan’s ability to work with Zaffere, run a nursing business, and help her husband with his busy restaurants. “Michelle has transitioned into an amazing businesswoman with many projects, and I am so glad to be here to support her and the other girls,” she says. For the decor, Laurie DaSilva of Jolie Events Miami mixed and matched an array of colorful throw pillows, lanterns, turquoise and orange bottles, vases, and white pillar candles with garlands of fuchsia orchids. Channeling the wanderlust theme, DaSilva dressed the dining table in shades of pink, yellow, green, and blue to give the space a dramatic sweep of far-flung excitement. The place settings included rattan starters, gold-rimmed china from Germany, indigo glass goblets, and matching napkins from DaSilva’s personal collection. “Kim and Michelle didn’t want nautical decor; they wanted fascina72

tion and drama to reflect their guests,” says DaSilva. “I had fun bringing in bright colors and a centerpiece of fresh roses, tulips, and orchids with pincushions and yellow Billy Balls with lots of surrounding candles. I also used a fuchsia tablecloth and turquoise runner because I like different textures and materials.” James Cawley, culinary director of Grateful Palate, also kept with the theme, describing his menu as “clean, crisp, and refreshing, yet exotic with flavors of Asia.” The meal started with tuna tartare served in a coconut shell with wonton chips and cucumbers. Guests then dined on five-

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spice pork belly and grilled melon in a honey-spiced glaze, followed by Chilean sea bass with baby bok choy, ginger jasmine rice, and a sweetand-sour sauce. For dessert, they indulged in a showstopping Baked Alaska with diced mango, red dragon fruit, and baked meringue chips. “Kim and Michelle have a flair for the dramatic, and this party is a shining example of their talents,” says Peggy Marker, president of Marker Construction, the company that built Good Spirits. Later, as guests raved about the food and prepared to return home to their families, they talked more about the importance of women sup

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porting each other and sharing in their successes. They agreed that it is rare to have a group of eight female friends who truly admire each other and don’t look for one another’s flaws. “Peg and I were late tonight because we both needed to work overtime,” says Stephanie Toothaker, a lawyer who formerly served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Graham and is now self-employed. “Everyone was cool because we all juggle careers and life. The party was filled with dramatic beauty, but there is no drama among any of us. We all have kids and busy lives, and we support each other fully.” « FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | APRIL 2020

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Sunshine

SUPERSTARS CLEAR SKIES AND WARM TEMPS HERALD THE ARRIVAL OF CONVERTIBLE SEASON, AND THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF COOL DROP-TOPS TO CHOOSE FROM BY HOWARD WALKER

For last summer’s Monterey Car Week in California, Rolls-Royce Bespoke created a new Dawn drophead in this peachy-pastel hue called Coral Solid.

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The color of luxury

Pick a color, any color. The shade of your favorite Skittle? No problem. The hue of the Caribbean off St. Barths? Done. The tint of your mother’s adorable pink poodle? Questionable, but all you have to do is ask. That’s the beauty of buying a Rolls-Royce. Its England-based Bespoke division will happily fulfill your every fantasy, no matter how quirky. Having this level of anything-youwant customization only adds to the heart-soaring appeal of Rolls’ glorious Dawn. Trust me, there’s simply no finer way of transporting four people in drop-top luxury than this.

Gently toggle a dashboard switch, and its six-layer-thick cloth roof performs a whisper-quiet ballet of unlatching and motoring majestically rearward. To drive it is to love it. With a turbine-smooth 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 under that mile-long hood, you’re propelled forward with the surge of a Gulfstream jet on takeoff. Hand over $341,000 and you too will be sprinting from zero to 60 mph in five seconds flat in the custom-painted Dawn of your dreams. Me? I’ll take mine in green, the color of envy.

MERCEDES-AMG S 65 CABRIOLET

Silence is golden

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No one needs a V-12-engined S 65 cabriolet. Nor does anyone need to spend a quarter-ofa-million dollars acquiring one. Not when the V-8-powered S 63 version is quicker, more exciting to drive, and stickers for under $200,000. But all that doesn’t matter. The S 65 is the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the best of the best for those who will accept nothing less. The badge of honor here is the mighty, hand-built 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 shoehorned beneath that endless hood. Packing 621 horsepower and a nuclear reactor–like 738 pound-feet of torque, it has the energy to power a small town. Yet, unlike the S 63, it doesn’t shout about its performance, backed by formidable thrust that’s silent and seemingly never-ending. It makes a Bentley seem showy and juvenile. This is a wonderful convertible, with a top that descends in under 20 seconds and seating for four, so friends and family can soak up the sun. Not to mention, it’s most likely the last of a dying breed. Chances are, with the quest for electric power, there’ll never be another V-12 Mercedes. Buy this one and keep it forever. FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | APRIL 2020

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Mid-engined magic

Be still my beating heart. Not only has Chevy unveiled its much-anticipated mid-engined C8 Corvette Stingray, but it quickly followed that up with a power-retractable hardtop convertible version. Production kicked off earlier this year, eliciting lines longer than those for Hamilton tickets. After all, here’s a 490-hp mid-engined supercar that costs just $7,500 more than the base coupe. That

means a McLaren 570S–challenging convertible for $67,495. Not only is this exotic supercar retailing for the price of a family sedan, but it also boasts a brilliant design. That folding top—crafted from lightweight composites—can raise or lower in 16 seconds and at speeds up to 30 mph. Top up or down, this bullet from Bowling Green looks like a million bucks.

Order one in red, and you’ll have friends and family thinking you’ve just bought yourself a Ferrari. Like the C8 coupe, power comes from a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 mated to an 8-speed dualclutch automatic. Count from one to three and that’s how long it’ll take to blast from zero to 60 mph, with a top speed of 190 mph. No doubt about it, this will be the hottest convertible of 2020.

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A ride fit for 007

With Bond fever reaching the point of frenzy—the latest 007 romp, No Time to Die, opens April 10—I have my fingers crossed that JB’s ride of choice will be the magnificent 2020 DBS Superleggera Volante. Quite a mouthful, I know. But the translation is simple; superleggera is Italian for “superlight,” as in weight, while volante is Aston speak for convertible. The car is nothing less than a monster. Based on the regular DB11 drophead, it’s powered by a thundering 715-hp twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12 that can catapult this achingly gorgeous rocket ship from rest to 60 mph in a

mere 3.3 seconds and on to an outrageous 211 mph. Just as speedy is the levitating of the Superleggera’s cloth top, which clocks in at 14 seconds from start to finish. Aston says the eight-layer roof was subjected to the extremes of Death Valley and the Arctic Circle as part of its testing. That and more than 100,000 cycles in a one-month time span, which is said to equal 10 years of use. As for the price tag, you’ll need to find a nontrivial $332,000 for the privilege of being shaken and stirred in this mightiest of Aston convertibles.

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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC

The power of eight

All the superlatives in Webster’s don’t capture the overpowering glee of piloting the redesigned, reimagined Bentley Continental GTC convertible. Based closely on the all-new Continental coupe, this drop-top combines elegance, blistering performance, driving sophistication, and hand-crafted luxury in one delicious grand touring package. Style-wise, it’s just ravishing. I love the bolder grille, the more chiseled lines, and the broader, more muscular shoulders covering those optional 22-inch rims. As before there’s a tight-fitting cloth top that can raise or lower in 19 seconds and at speeds up to 30

mph. Choose from seven fabric colors and, for the first time, a tweed cloth. The big news, however, is what’s under the hood. For 2020 the convertible has received a new V-8. It’s the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo 8 that powers the latest Porsche Panamera Turbo and Lamborghini Urus sport-ute. In Bentley guise, it punches out an impressive 542 hp. Yes, the famous W-12 12-cylinder continues, but the V-8-powered GTC is just a better car to drive. Between its open-top elegance and breathtaking agility, this GTC V-8 is about as close to convertible perfection as you can get.

AUDI R8 SPYDER PERFORMANCE There’s one supreme reason to buy an open-top R8 Spyder: the sound. Power back the roof, dial up 6,000 rpm on the tach, and listen in spine-tingling, jaw-descending joy as the Audi’s screaming, snarling V-10 soars toward the red line. It’s surely one of the most melodious, emotional eruptions on the planet— and it’s best heard with the top dropped and the side windows lowered.

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The engine is the creation of Audi’s sister brand, Lamborghini, and a variation of it powers the latest Huracan. In the new 2020 R8 Spyder Performance version, this normally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 makes a mighty 602 hp. With quattro all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic channeling all that power, the R8 can rocket from standstill to 60 in just 3.1 seconds; it won’t quit till the speedo is showing

204. Yet the real beauty of this slingshot Audi is that you can use its torrent of horsepower day in and day out, given its relaxed and refined delivery. Having been around since 2006, the R8 is having a tough time these days competing against the newkid-on-the-block McLaren 570S. But that mighty V-10 is worth every cent of the Spyder Performance’s lofty $210,000-plus asking price.

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PORSCHE 911 CARRERA S CABRIOLET Ever since Porsche took the top off its rear-engined 911 back in 1982, the car has been slowly—but constantly—evolving. For me, the new 2020 Carrera S cabriolet is the best 911 convertible yet. Even though 911s keep getting bigger and heavier, they somehow become even more enjoyable to drive. Let the revs soar on that iconic

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3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six. Play tunes with the 8-speed PDK automatic. Feel the precision of the electric-assist steering. It’s all magical. As for the new top design, it’s nothing less than a work of art. Four hidden aluminum bows and three magnesium panels are concealed, ensuring a curved, coupe-like roofline, improved aerodynamics, and reduced weight. At the tap

of a button, the top opens in a zippy 12 seconds and at speeds up to 31 mph. Even at triple-digit velocities, there’s hardly a whisper of wind noise. These days, 911s are far from cheap. This latest Carrera S cab starts at more than $126,000 and soars with each pricey option. But here is a car that will turn every drive into an event. Guaranteed.

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BMW 840i CONVERTIBLE

Now with six appeal

One of my 2019 driving highlights was piloting BMW’s exquisite new V-8-engined 850i convertible. What’s not to appreciate about a super-luxury, four-seat drop-top with 532 hp and a roof that descends in just 15 seconds? While having power is good, saving more than $20,000 is equally attractive. Which is why BMW’s new-for-2020 840i convertible, with a straight-six under the hood, should have lovers of full-size, open-air machinery salivating. The appeal here is the engine. I’m a huge fan of BMW’s

TwinPower 3.0-liter turbo six for its turbine-smooth power and strong, mid-range thrust. Even with a four-seater as hefty as the 8 series, this lusty 335-hp straightsix can rocket the convertible from standstill to 60 mph in 5 seconds—4.6 if you opt for the all-wheel-drive xDrive version. Top down, four windows raised, and the standard mesh rear-wind blocker in place, and there’s hardly a rustle in the cockpit. Pricing for the 840i convertible kicks off at $98,400, with the xDrive version adding an extra $2,000. That’s a lot of six appeal for the money.

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FERRARI PORTOFINO

The ultimate starter Ferrari

Bella macchina. Say it with true Italian passione, complete with a shrug of the shoulders and palms upturned. A “beautiful machine” indeed. This is Ferrari’s entry-level model, but with a sticker price of around $215,000, there’s nothing “entry-level” about this open-top prancing horse. Replacing the less-than-stylish California T, the 2+2 Portofino has sleeker lines, a more striking snout, and a less-pronounced rump. Top up or down, it looks stunning and every bit a true Ferrari. Talking of the top, the hard roof folds at the touch of a button, though the complex process involves the rear section of the car canting backward rather awkwardly.

LEXUS LC CONVERTIBLE Lovers of super-refined, high-luxe convertibles have been mourning the loss of the leatherlined Lexus SC 430 hardtop convertible since it ceased production back in 2010. But mourn no more. Lexus recently announced (to no one’s surprise) that it’s producing a convertible version of the super-sexy LC 500 coupe, with a few key design edits that further highlight its sumptuous

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9 But for added shock-and-awe value, complete the top-dropping drama with a blip of the Portofino’s throttle. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 packing an impressive 591 hp and featuring a soundtrack so vocal it will make grown men weep. Magnifico!

Yes, of course it’s fast—blisteringly so. As in zero-to-60-in-3.5-seconds fast. As in 199-mphtop-speed fast. This straight-line performance is matched by precise yet surprisingly undemanding handling. Entry-level it may be, but this is arguably the perfect all-around Ferrari.

Finally, a new Lexus drop-top

silhouette. Expect this drop-top to hit showrooms this summer, with a price tag starting at just over $100,000. Like the coupe, engine choices will include the throaty 5.0-liter V-8 cranking out 471 hp, along with the 3.5-liter V-6 electric hybrid that’s good for a combined 354 hp. As for the LC’s top, Lexus is breaking the tradition set by the SC and replac-

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FORT LAUDERDALE Fort Lauderdale Illustrated presents the faces behind some of the most successful organizations in our region

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FINANCIAL PLANNING & WEALTH MANAGEMENT The Bodkins Group at Morgan Stanley

Money. It’s arguably the most taboo subject one can broach. While other conversations may seem more personal, it’s money we keep closest to the vest. Whether in times of economic boom or financial uncertainty, many of us don’t know how to best manage our resources, or more importantly, who to entrust them with. The Bodkins Group certainly has the experience with over 100 years combined in the money management industry. With a list of loyal clientele who are more like family than account numbers, you will be assured of the best, transparent investment strategy for your individual needs. The team, comprised of Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor Mark Bodkins (42 years of experience); First Vice President and Financial Advisor John Duford (33 years); Senior Registered Associates Carolyn Williams (36 years) and Lauren Jordan (14 years); and Senior Client Associate Maria Strand (30 years) feels more like a family than business associates. They treat their clients like extended family, knowing each personally, sometimes spanning multiple generations over the years. Having a good financial advisor is an important thing. Having one who knows and cares about you? Even better.

20807 BISCAYNE BLVD., SIXTH FLOOR AVENTURA, FL 33180 305.936.2714 FA.MORGANSTANLEY.COM/BODKINS The views expressed herein are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect the views of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC or its affiliates. The information contained in this article is general in nature and not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC Financial Advisors engage Fort Lauderdale Magazine to feature this article. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC offers a wide array of brokerage and advisory services to its clients, each of which may create a different type of relationship with different obligations to you. Please visit us at http://www.morganstanley.com/ ourcommitment/ or consult with your Financial Advisor to understand these differences. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.CRC2853227 2/20

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From left to right; Lauren Jordan, John M. Duford, Mark N. Bodkins, Maria Strand, and Carolyn Williams

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PHILANTHROPY Community Foundation of Broward

Bold leaders step up for the community they love. They create a legacy of impact that lasts forever. The Community Foundation of Broward helps local philanthropists make a bold impact that shapes a brighter future. Because of the power of endowment, those who give through the Community Foundation build permanent philanthropic resources for Broward that are able to help where needed, today and forever. Donald B. Medalie, Esq.; Christine L. Lambertus, Esq.; and Charles L. Verner are among an elite group of professional advisors who trust the Community Foundation to help their clients make a lasting difference. They refer clients to the Community Foundation and work with their clients to craft estate plans that include gifts to the Foundation. Donald, Christine, and Charles believe in the power of local philanthropy so much that they have included the Community Foundation in their own estate plans. They trust the Community Foundation to further their personal legacies of bold impact. They are members of the Community Foundation’s Legacy Society—forward-thinkers who use estate gifts to transform the community they love. Their gifts will create endowed charitable Funds in their names at the Community Foundation that tackle Broward’s greatest challenges. Support from charitable Funds helps more students graduate from high school, empowers struggling families to rise from poverty, spreads the arts to more neighborhoods, fosters breakthroughs in cancer research and much, much more. Broward’s future is made brighter by local leaders who, with their philanthropy through the Community Foundation, create a legacy of bold impact that lasts forever.

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COMPLEX COMMERCIAL LITIGATION Conrad & Scherer

For more than 45 years, Conrad & Scherer has earned a reputation as one of South Florida’s most accomplished law firms in the practice of complex commercial litigation. Few law firms can match the breadth of expertise that the team brings to their cases; their attorneys have over 200 years of combined experience, which has translated directly into a long and distinguished record of success. Conrad & Scherer served as attorneys for victims of Scott Rothstein’s multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, producing one of the highest-ever percentages of recovery for plaintiffs. Another recent victory generated what may be the largest damage verdict in Broward County’s history. Now they’re representing 27 Florida hospitals in the fight against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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Landmark decisions and groundbreaking actions like these are the result of the firm’s unique combination of legal proficiency, meticulous preparation, and, perhaps most importantly, courtroom prowess. The team at Conrad & Scherer is more than comfortable arguing before judge and jury to achieve the best possible results for clients. It’s that willingness to go to trial that may be Conrad & Scherer’s most defining characteristic.

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DOWNTOWN THEATRE Nicole Stodard, Thinking Cap Theatre

Nicole Stodard, Ph.D., is the founding artistic director of Thinking Cap Theatre, a 501c3, professional theatre company that holds residence at The Vanguard. Under Stodard's leadership, TCT has brought innovative, high-caliber, Off- and OffOff-Broadway style theater to the downtown area for the past decade; you might call it “Off-Broward.” A full member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national union for professional directors and choreographers, Stodard has directed more than 30 main-stage productions and earned numerous awards including twotime Silver Palm Awards for direction and three New Times “Best Director” awards. Nicole holds a B.A. in English from Lafayette College; an M.Phil. in Theatre from Trinity College, Dublin; and a Ph.D. in English Literature with a specialization in drama from the University of South Florida. Her areas of research and activism include feminist and LGBTQ issues in theatre and stage direction. Her current book project examines the history of women in professional theatre, beginning with Aphra Behn (1640-1689), the first professional (paid) female playwright in the western world. Nicole also has developed youth theatre programming in association with hospices that help children use drama to cope with loss. Stodard's powerful reimagining of Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear, within the context of contemporary concerns with dementia, was named one of the Top 10 South Florida Theatre Productions of 2019 by Boca Magazine.

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FORT LAUDERDALE Mayor Dean Trantalis, Trantalis & Associates

While Fort Lauderdale residents are busy managing their day-to-day lives, driving to work on its roads, deciding which beach to visit or where to ride their bikes, it’s easy to forget that there’s someone behind the scenes keeping it all together. That someone is Dean Trantalis, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale. When Trantalis threw his hat in the ring for the 2018 mayoral race, he did so to help not only improve the city, but to improve the inner workings of the commission itself. What Trantalis saw was a city where the residents felt their vision was being ignored, and the city taken in a wrong direction. His goal was, and is, to improve the quality of life that was being threatened, and to steer the city back in the proper direction. Between infrastructure, development on the beach and the homeless problem, he keeps himself busy. And, you’ll also find him behind the scenes, pushing legislation to better our environment; his most recent success being the elimination of plastic straws in Fort Lauderdale. When asked what he wanted his legacy to be, Trantalis simply says, “If I can come to work and be Mayor, and if there is a pattern of good as a result, that will be enough.”

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GENERATIONAL INVESTING

The Foreman-Cook Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management “Shirtsleeves-to-shirtsleeves in three generations!” Sound cliché? Far from it. Although an early 20th-century proverbial saying, there is a pattern where the first generation builds wealth, the second generation maintains it, and the third generation squanders it. This applies to families that have $100,000 to $100,000,000. Managing a family’s wealth from generation to generation doesn’t have to be full of perils. For a family to successfully preserve its wealth, it must continue to educate its members financially and agree to uphold its shared values. Most importantly, each successive generation must reaffirm and readopt those shared values. With a diverse team of advisors, The Foreman-Cook Group provides strategic investing and planning for every stage with families, individuals, and businesses, generation after

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generation. The team is headed by SVP Wealth Management Advisor John Foreman CFP® and SVP Senior Financial Advisor Austin Cook CRPC®; along with Financial Advisors Benjamin Ross CPFA, David Foreman, Alina Ali, Maribeth Bates; Registered Senior Client Associate Diana Heitzman, and Client Associate Erin Donner. The lesson here is all generations need to be connected to the family and family values. If a family is only connected by money and legal structures, it is difficult to keep the shirtsleeves proverb from becoming a reality.

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HEALTHY SMILES

Dr. Andrew Forrest, 1500 Dental As a third-generation dentist, Dr. Forrest has distinguished himself time and again as an industry leader in periodontics and implant dentistry. Throughout his 18 years of experience, Dr. Forrest discovered that the ultimate patient experience necessitates employing a “team approach” to dental care, utilizing the expertise of a team of six dental specialists instead of just one. Dr. Forrest completed his clinical research at the University of Miami on the interdisciplinary management of cancer treatment, irradiation therapy, and implantology. He completed two periodontics externships, at New York University and Harvard University. Dr. Forrest also completed his three-year specialty training in periodontics and implant surgery at the University of Florida Shands Hospital, earning his master’s with a focus on oral immunology. He is a faculty reviewer for the Periodontics Chapter in the McGraw Hill Clinical Dentistry textbook and retains a teaching appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Florida. To date, Dr. Forrest has placed more than 10,000 dental implants. He lectures nationwide to practitioners on his methodology, teaching others how to attain the highest possible results in implant dentistry. He maintains a reputation for achieving excellent results by consistently following the basic principles of proper treatment planning and team synergy. With a passion for dentistry and an artistic flair for creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Forrest serves patients from the South Florida community and nationwide.

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LUXURY HOME STAGING Sandra Holmes and Lyn Spaeth, Luxe Home Staging & Design

Luxe Home Staging and Design is a nationally recognized and multi-award-winning home staging company servicing clients in South Florida from Miami to the Palm Beaches. Business partners Sandra Holmes and Lyn Spaeth are professional master stagers with over 30 years of combined staging experience. Sandra and Lyn are committed to outstanding service, beautiful spaces, and most importantly, maximizing the return on their client’s real estate investment. What sets Luxe apart is its attention to detail. Their portfolio of work is impressive, on-trend, and reflects the lifestyle of today’s buyers. Staging is a seller’s No. 1 marketing tool that maximizes the perceived value of a property to potential buyers. Their specialty is making each home, regardless of its asking price, look luxurious as well as the best product on the market at its price point. Luxe works with home sellers, investors, builders, and realtors to stage residential properties. They also love to decorate clients' homes, so they love where they live! Sandra and Lyn not only operate Luxe Home Staging and Design, but they are also the stars of a new television show that is launching soon on the CW Network called Luxe it Up. The show is about all things staging; the good, the bad, and the sofa! This dynamic duo is smart, talented, professional and bound to make you smile. If you are looking for inspired spaces and exceptional results, Luxe Home Staging and Design is the staging company to call

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INTERIOR DESIGN

Dawn Hamilton, DawnElise Interiors Intl, Inc. DawnElise Hamilton is the president of DawnElise Interiors International and the firm’s principal designer. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York, where she majored in Art History. Dawn worked at various world-renowned museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, El Museo del Barrio, and The Museum of the Moving Image. Design was always a passion of hers, so after moving to South Florida, Dawn enrolled at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where she earned a degree in design. Over the next few years, she strengthened her credentials by becoming a NCIDQ-certified professional member of ASID. In 2002, she launched DawnElise Interiors and quickly began building a reputation for creativity, excellence, and unsurpassed customer service. Dawn was invited to participate in the prestigious DCOTA D.O.C program and was awarded the Designer of the Year award by the Design Center and Tiffany & Co. Although the firm specializes in luxury residential design, they work on many different types of projects including high-end office space, restaurant design, and hotel design. Business is always conducted with integrity and honesty, and Dawn and her team work hard to deliver superior results. While the studio is based in east Fort Lauderdale, DawnElise Interiors’ trademark sophisticated and vibrant interiors can be seen in distinguished properties in Florida, New York, and Colorado to Latin America and beyond. From the pages of the finest design magazines to your home, turn to DawnElise Interiors for your next interior design collaboration.

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LUXURY HOME & CUSTOM ESTATE CONSTRUCTION John Scherer, Gulf Building LLC

John Scherer, president and CEO of Gulf Building LLC, started the residential division of Gulf Building in 2008. What began as small projects like a kitchen renovation or bathroom facelift, grew into the business’ award-winning Luxury Residential division. To date, Gulf Building has completed over 50 custom homes in South Florida, ranging from 4,000 to 30,000 square feet, all while continuing to flourish in the commercial sector. John earned his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida. As a long-time supporter of Gator Nation, John was honored to be named in the Gator100, which showcases the Top 100 fastest-growing businesses owned by a UF alumnus. As the firm continues to grow and shape Florida’s skyline, they continue to focus on giving back and supporting the local community. John attributes his longevity in the industry to the firm’s philosophy that building is—more than anything else— about people. It’s about treating clients with fairness. It’s about selecting subcontractors that share Gulf’s core values and work ethic. And together, great results can be achieved. When you’re looking to build your dream home, Gulf Building LLC has the solid foundation you deserve.

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LUXURY TRAVEL

Sharon S. Turnau, Landmark Travel Sharon's passion for traveling led her to pause her volunteering in Fort Lauderdale to start a life of adventure. Her desire has continued for more than 33 years, traveling to the four corners of the world. Today, she plans trips not only for her Fort Lauderdale clients but for clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has contributed to articles in travel sections of the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. Her expertise is planning exceptional adventures including world cruises, traveling to Antarctica, and climbing Machu Picchu, as well as curating wine tasting trips in Europe, South Africa, Australia, and Chile. She prefers small luxury ships and riverboats and planning multi-generational family trips. She is a certified travel counselor, certified travel expert and an agency owner

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of Landmark Travel who is a member of the prestigious Signature Travel Network. She is a dream weaver that can help you plan the most exotic adventure to the Atacama Desert or a family gathering to Paris and Normandy. You'll be handheld through the entire process from planning your bucket list trip to arriving home safely. Let Sharon and the staff at Landmark orchestrate your next dream vacation.

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MENTAL HEALTH Ventre Medical Associates

Mental health affects everyone and is not talked about enough. For those who are suffering from severe depression, anxiety, or addiction, it can be elusive. The board-certified psychiatrists at Ventre Medical Associates specialize in treating patients with such needs. VMA psychiatrists and their team of psychiatric APRNs have the experience to help people at different levels of care. With two out-patient office locations in Broward County, multiple doctors serve as chairman of the Psychiatry Department at some of Fort Lauderdale’s leading hospitals. VMA has experts in routine mental healthcare and acute care stabilization. The VMA team specializes in treatment for depression and utilizes cutting edge treatment options like FDA approved dTMS (Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). dTMS is

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a non-medication treatment to help patients get out from under the weight of their depression. Staying on the forefront of medical advancement is important to the VMA team. VMA's commitment to quality of care is only surpassed by their genuine passion for their patients. By focusing on each patient as an individual, the VMA team can customize treatment options tailored to the patients’ specific goals and provide them with the tools they need to live life to the fullest.

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PLASTIC SURGERY

Dr. Michael Cheung & Dr. Christopher Low, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Specialists of Florida In a place like South Florida, known for its beautiful beaches and equally beautiful people, there are a multitude of plastic surgery groups, med spas, and cosmetic centers promising miracle results. A new center or plastic surgeon seems to “pop up� virtually every week and disappear just as quickly. Above the rest is Cosmetic & Reconstructive Specialists of Florida, also known as CRS Plastic Surgery, which has quickly become the No.1 destination for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. With the fundamental principle of patient education and individualized care, Dr. Christopher Low and Dr. Michael Cheung provide their patients with high quality, safe and customized surgical options. As board-certified plastic surgeons, they strive to achieve and maintain superb patient care.

Dr. Cheung and Dr. Low have made it their mission to provide simple yet effective and proven treatments at the heart of their practice. Transparency and open communication with their patients have quickly placed them as a top choice within the South Florida community. From breast augmentation to mommy makeovers, CRS Plastic surgery has the answer to your cosmetic goals. Come see why Dr. Michael Cheung, Dr. Christopher Low and their team @crsplasticsurgery are The Face of Plastic Surgery.

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TOURISM

Stacy Ritter, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been a driving force in the destination’s evolution. Besides facilitating leisure and group sales, she also champions multicultural tourism, LGBT+ advocacy, and a culture of inclusion. A licensed attorney with the Florida Bar, she served for eight years in the Florida House of Representatives followed by almost 10 years on the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and one year as mayor. During her tenure as a county commissioner, Ritter championed the extension of the south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the new downtown courthouse. Ritter’s belief in growth and evolution extends to her current role as president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, which she has led since 2016, transforming the destination with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her messaging and marketing campaigns are built on a strong belief that Greater Fort Lauderdale is welcoming to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, who they love, or who they worship. As Greater Fort Lauderdale continues to change, Ritter’s impact will no doubt continue to radiate throughout, opening doors to endless possibilities for all in Broward County.

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Expand your culinary horizons by ordering the crab doughnuts at Rivertail, Fort Lauderdale’s hottest new seafood-centric restaurant situated off the New River. With just the right amount of sweet and heat from the spicy honey and Old Bay seasoning, these sea salt– dusted brioche beauties have become one of Rivertail’s most talked about—and Instagrammed—plates. “I think people like it because it is a perfect small bite and is comforting and delicious,” says José Mendín, the

James Beard–nominated chef and restaurateur behind the unlikely pairing of ingredients. While he draws inspiration from Asian, Latin, and European cultures, Mendín feels that Rivertail’s menu reflects a true American seafood house and oyster bar. The concept highlights shareable tapas and creative creations such as yellowtail ceviche taquitos, as well as classics like hamachi crudo off of a raw bar abounding with locally sourced, sustainable seafood. (rivertailftl.com) FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | APRIL 2020

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SKY-HIGH SPIRITS Nothing captures the essence of Fort Lauderdale like a good rooftop bar. They’ve been popping up all over town, so whether you come for the drinks or the views, there are plenty of options to consider for your next gathering.

« UP IN THE CLOUDS The most alluring rooftop bar to open in recent years also happens to be located in The Dalmar along Federal Highway. Ride up 25 floors before reaching Sparrow, the hotel’s fifth culinary outpost outfitted with an indoor lounge and outside terrace. The ’50s- and ’60s-inspired space features DJs spinning weekly for patrons who can gaze upon panoramic land and sea vistas. The cocktails are as sophisticated as the guests who stop by. (sparrowbar.com) Our Pick: Loose Change, a tasty blend of gin, fluffy mandarin, Ramazzotti aperitivo, lemon juice, and fine sherry that is also available on the Sunday brunch menu.

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One of the city’s most recognizable skyline bars, Rooftop @ 1WLO sits seven stories above downtown. The tree- and plant-filled lounge offers craft cocktails and some light nibbles ideal for Sip Set Happy Hour (held Tuesday through Saturday from 4-7 p.m.) when ladies drink complimentary house wine and cocktails. Other weekly happenings include a movie night on Wednesdays and brunch every Sunday from 2 p.m. until sunset, with $35 bottomless Ketel One cocktails and Moët & Chandon, or $20 bottomless Prosecco and Prosecco Pong for a little friendly competition. (rooftop1wlo.com) Our Pick: Sparkling PB&J, a mix of Skrewball PB whiskey, Champagne, and your choice of strawberry or grape preserves.

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FIESTA TIME You don’t have to wait until Margarita Monday to enjoy the rooftop at Bar Rita. This newer hot spot specializes in innovative Mexican fare (the truffle street corn guac is a must) paired with an array of margaritas that fit all flavor profiles. Nestled along a stretch of South Andrews Avenue, Bar Rita complements its distant city views with an artsy aesthetic, complete with funky murals and neon colors that echo the playful cocktails on the menu. (barritaftl.com) Our Pick: The Key Lime Pie Margarita can almost double as dessert, made with Don Julio Blanco, agave, and a half graham cracker rim.

BETTER AT THE BEACH Head to Bo’s Beach for a casual dining experience with that milliondollar waterfront view. Kim Bokamper’s two-story funhouse is the place to grab a few cold ones after a day in the sun or watch the game among friends. Be sure to stop by for the Full Moon Rooftop Party, held monthly—the next is April 9—on the Thursday closest to the full moon. Enjoy live music, food and drink specials, and complimentary Ketel One Botanicals cucumber, mint, and watermelon punch. (bosbeach.com) Our Pick: The Signature Bloody Mary is an over-the-top concoction perfect for #SundayFunday, topped with applewood-smoked bacon, blackened shrimp, blue cheese–stuffed olives, and an oyster on the half shell.

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NEW IN TOWN TOP ROUND A California-based fastcasual concept has made its way to the East Coast, offering chef-made sandwiches, vegetarian options, and classic ice cream custard. The founders’ roots in St. Louis and Buffalo inform cool interpretations of nostalgic eats. Join in on the tasty reminiscing with a Beef & Cheese (made with house cheese “wizz” and Round sauce) or opt for the Fort Lauderdale–exclusive Almost Midnight, Top Round’s take on the Cuban medianoche. (eattopround.com)

MARLIN BAR Synonymous with South Florida living, Tommy Bahama launched two new Marlin Bar outposts (Dania Pointe and Las Olas Boulevard) for locals to enjoy a refined restaurant-retail experience. Shop for a new outfit and then linger for modern-island cuisine such as coconut shrimp, Nashville chicken sliders, and piña colada cake. (tommybahama.com)

A selective guide to Broward County restaurants THE LISTINGS The Broward County dining scene has something for everyone, from funky Fort Lauderdale gastropubs to iconic waterfront restaurants dotting the county coastline. Here, find a listing of area standouts, organized by cuisine type, with descriptions, contact information, and price details for each. What the icons mean: $ $$ $$$

Dinner entree under $10 Most entrees $10-$25 Most entrees $25 or more

While not all-inclusive due to space limitations, our dining listings may vary every month and are constantly updated to showcase the culinary diversity of the area. Find more information on local dining options on fortlauderdaleillustrated.com. NOTICE TO RESTAURATEURS: The establishments listed and their descriptions are printed at the discretion of the editors of Fort Lauderdale Illustrated. They are not a form of advertisment, nor do they serve as a restaurant review. For more information, email editorial@palmbeachmedia.com

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AMERICAN 5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE BAR & GRILL This rustic indoor-outdoor dockside bar located on the Intracoastal serves bar bites and creative drinks with a side of live entertainment. 1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood (margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com) $$ AMERICAN SOCIAL A cool atmosphere and elevated comfort food classics are the hallmarks of this hot spot at the heart of Las Olas. 721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (americansocialbar.com) $$ ATLAS COCKTAIL LOUNGE The Conrad’s sophisticated lobby bar offers a selection of signature cocktails, wines, and bar bites, like the duck confit “tostada” and ratatouille pizzetta. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (conradfortlauderdale.com) $$ BIG CITY TAVERN The aroma of house-made breads, pastas, and desserts as well as the rustic, tavern-style interiors evoke an inviting atmosphere in the sprawling dining room. 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bigcitylasolas.com) $$ BLUE MARTINI Live entertainment pairs well with one of the bar’s quintessential martinis and a margherita flatbread or luscious brie baked in puff pastry to share. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2432 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bluemartini.com) $$ CANYON The bold flavors of Southwest, Asian, and Latin American cuisines blend with modern-American finesse in Canyon’s famous prickly pear margarita, shrimp to-

stada, tuna tartare, and white chocolate bread pudding. 1818 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (canyonfl.com) $$$ COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT The dishes on the menu are all crafted to pair perfectly with one of the 60 wines bottled for the restaurant. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2568 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chwinery.com) $$ DUNE A stunning mid-century modern dining room hosts imaginative nouveau coastal dishes, like Spanish Sole, and a Beach Grill, featuring scallops, spiny lobster tail, a petite filet, and a rack of lamb. 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (dunefl.com) $$$ FLORIDIAN RESTAURANT This classic Florida diner has served an extensive selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner comfort food favorites since 1937. 1410 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thefloridiandiner.com) $ THE FOXY BROWN Offering nouveau-American cuisine at its finest, Foxy Brown has a neighborhood-like feel with a big-city taste. 723 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (myfoxybrown.com) $$ FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY CRAFT FOOD COUNTER & KITCHEN South Florida’s largest craft brewery features an in-house kitchen that specializes in locally sourced, made-from-scratch taproom favorites like bratwurst and spent grain pretzel. 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park (funkybuddhabrewery.com) $$ GEORGIA PIG BBQ RESTAURANT Live Oakwood and North Georgia–style sauce are the flavor focal points at this family-run, open-pit barbecue eatery. 1285 S. State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale (georgiapig.com) $ FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | APRIL 2020

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WINE & DINE Eat and drink for a cause during the twentyfifth annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, taking over Las Olas Boulevard April 3. Tickets to this charitable culinary event start at $150, with proceeds benefiting the American Lung Association. For first-timers, we break down how to prepare for the indulgent night. 1. No-brainer here: Come with an appetite. Nothing will ruin the experience more than not having the stomach space needed to sample from more than 50 of South Florida’s finest restaurants and more than 40 wineries and breweries.

2. Save room for a few favorites. Do not pass on samplings from Lona Cocina Tequileria, which always puts a spin on a traditional Mexican meal; Green Bar & Kitchen, for vibrant, plantbased eats; or Louie Bossi’s, for delectable Italian cuisine.

GOOD SPIRITS FIFTH & FED Enjoy beautifully plated creations served in a mid-century space in Victoria Park. 476 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (good spiritsrestaurant.com) $$ GRILLE 66 & BAR Enjoy Prime 28-day aged steaks and exquisite seasonal fish and seafood in this sophisticated dining room. Pier 66 Marina, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (grille66andbar.com) $$$ HARD ROCK CAFÉ Grab a bite between shows at the Hard Rock’s authentic American diner-inspired dining room where great music is always playing. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) $$ HIMMARSHEE PUBLIC HOUSE Tavern-style digs inspire the menu’s comfort fare and innovative cocktails, served in a sports-bar-meets-urbanpub atmosphere. 201 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale (publichouseftl.com) $$ THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWNER An evening out along the waterfront is perfectly complemented by a casual meal at this New River–adjacent landmark. 10 S. New River Drive E., Fort Lauderdale (thehistoric downtowner.com) $$ J. MARK’S Casual decor, a bustling bar, and crowdpleasing plates make this an ideal dining experience to share with friends. 1245 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (jmarksrestaurant.com) $$ MARTI’S NEW RIVER BISTRO A favorite amongst theatergoers, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ resident waterfront bistro also serves one of the best brunches in the city. 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale (browardcenter.org) $$ PELICAN LANDING Luring patrons with a menu that brings new flavor to old favorites, satiating drink specials, and unprecedented views of the Intracoastal,

3. Buy the right ticket. To beat the rush, opt for the limited-access VIP Pre-Party and Early Entry Add ticket, which includes entry to a pre-event at Riverside Hotel’s rooftop and premier access to the tasting pavilions for an additional $50. (lasolaswff.com)

this popular bar is an ideal hangout spot after a day on the boat. Pier 66 Marina, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (pelican-landing.com) $$ RAINFOREST CAFE An immersive experience from start to finish, featuring favorites like Pastalaya, Korean spicy stir-fry, and Jungle Safari Soup that are best enjoyed among exotic fish tanks, animatronic fauna, and indoor “thunderstorms.” 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (rainforestcafe.com) $$ ROCK BAR This bustling space perfectly captures Fort Lauderdale Beach’s vibrant nighttime social scene. 219 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (itsbetteronthebeach.com/rock-bar) $$ ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL This alfresco eatery captures patrons’ hearts with adventurous menu items (and names!), festive decor, and a warm staff. 2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (rosiesbng.com) $$ THE ROYAL PIG PUB & KITCHEN This gastropub tantalizes customers with elevated American classics for lunch and dinner, as well as a weekend brunch featuring bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. 350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (royalpigpub.com) $$ S3 Nouveau American cuisine is prepared with care in this inventive dining room that embraces the three pillars of Florida life: sun, surf, and sand. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (s3restaurant.com) $$$ SEA LEVEL RESTAURANT & OCEAN BAR This seaside eatery serves fresh seafood and “Garden to Glass” cocktails, with ingredients coming directly from the chef’s organic plot. Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale (marriot.com) $$ SEASONS 52 Most of the dishes on this healthconscious, seasonally minded resto’s menu pack a

serious flavor punch while staying light at under 600 calories. The Galleria, 2428 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (seasons52.com) $$ SHOOTERS WATERFRONT In step with the everevolving city since 1982, this dockside icon serves brunch, lunch, and dinner to legions of faithful patrons and epicurean travelers. 3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (shooterswaterfront.com) $$ SPINNAKER POOL BAR & GRILL Refreshing cocktails, grilled kabobs, and crisp salads perfectly complement days spent poolside in a chaise lounge. Conrad Fort Lauderdale, 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (conradfortlauderdale.com) $$ STEELPAN KITCHEN & BAR Steelpan strikes CaribbeanAmerican fusion gold with the callaloo artichoke dip, jerk chicken and dumplings, grilled skirt steak, and pineapple rum cake. 999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (steelpanftl.com) $$ TAP 42 Rotating daily drink specials, live music, and a diverse menu make this taproom-restaurant an ideal place for a gastronomical rendezvous. 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (tap42.com) $$ TOWER CLUB The Club’s Trade Bar and Dining Room offer an exclusive setting for a business lunch with views of the bustling port and the city skyline. 100 SE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale (clubcorp.com) $$$ WILD THYME OCEANSIDE EATERY Diners can indulge the senses by savoring menu items sampling land and sea’s finest while overlooking the ocean. Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (wildthymeoceanside.com) $$$ YOLO Fun American delicacies are on the menu at this restaurant-bar-lounge trio. 333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (yolorestaurant.com) $$$ YOT BAR & KITCHEN A 360-degree view of the New River inspires the locale’s nautical interiors, fresh menu, and adventurous cocktails. 2015 SW 20th St., Fort Lauderdale (yotlmc.com) $$

ASIAN BOMBAY DARBAR Intoxicating spices perfume the air and rich Indian masalas, curries, and kormas beset the tables at this Las Olas jewel. 1521 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bombaydarbar.com) $$

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CASA SENSEI Sushi meets Asian-Latin fusion at this canal-side eatery with dishes like Korean steak chimichurri and the Fish Burnt Roll. 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd. #101, Fort Lauderdale (casasensei.com) $$ CHRISTINA WAN’S MANDARIN HOUSE Christina Wan continues her family’s legacy of bringing traditional Chinese cuisine to South Florida, some with unorthodox flair. 664 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (christinawans.com) $$ KURO The Seminole Hard Rock’s nouveau-Japanese darling serves up inventive dishes with exotic ingredients imported from The Land of the Rising Sun. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrock hollywood.com) $$$ MAI-KAI The fun never stops at this Polynesian delight, with an extensive menu of diverse dishes and dazzling live entertainment inspired by island life. 3599 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (maikai.com) $$$ MAMA ASIAN BISTRO Patrons can satisfy their sushi, ramen, and Thai noodle cravings at this modern Pan-Asian eatery. 4437 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek (954-973-1670) $$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisines intersect to celebrate the flavors and traditions of the continent in an upscale dining room. 2418 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (pfchangs.com) $$

THAI SPICE No tour of South Florida’s culinary triumphs would be complete without a meal at this delightful Pan-Asian destination. 1514 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thaispicefla.com) $$

CAFÉ / COFFEE THE ALCHEMIST Sit amongst lush foliage and enjoy a brunch of an open-face Avocado Slicer and The Alchemist Iced Coffee, a heavenly concoction made with condensed milk and coffee ice cubes. 2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors (thealchemist.cafe) $$ BOULEVARD KITCHEN & JUICE BAR This rustic-chic café’s organic kitchen prepares delicious, nutrient-rich breakfast and lunch, while the juice bar pours wellness shots and blends up colorful creations. 701 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (blvd-kitchen.com) $$ LA BONNE CRÊPE Modeled after the crêperies of Brittany, this charming alcove serves the heavenly dish in savory and sweet renditions—perfect for any time of day. 815 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (labonnecrepe.us) $$ STORK’S CAFÉ & BAKERY This Wilton Manors coffeehouse satiates patrons’ espresso, homemade pastry, and sandwich kicks until late. 2505 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors (storksbakery.com) $$

ITALIAN ANGELO ELIA PIZZA, BAR, & TAPAS Chef Angelo Elia’s eponymous eatery extends the Casa D’Angelo family, featuring small plates and Italian-style pizza that celebrate old-world techniques. 4215 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (angeloeliapizza.com) $$ BISTRO MEZZALUNA This treasured establishment boasts an impressive wine selection and savory house favorites like lamb chops and bistro seafood pasta. 1821 SE 10th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (bistro mezzaluna.com) $$$ CAFÉ VICO Owner Marco Vico Rodrigues knows how to welcome his guests, and there’s no better way than with his kind smile and to-die-for pasta. 1125 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (cafevicorestaurant.com) $$ CAFFÉ EUROPA At this go-to spot for lunch or dinner on Las Olas, the Calabrian-inspired fare is perfect for sharing with friends and family. 910 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (caffeeuropalasolas.com) $$ CASA D’ANGELO Owner-chef Angelo Elia’s meticulous care for ingredients is evident, down to the spices in the marinara and flour in the house-made bread served at this Italian fine-dining institution. 1201 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (casa-d-angelo.com) $$$

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EAT DRINK IL MULINO CUCINA Luscious homemade saffroninfused pasta is a standout on this menu of classic Italian favorites. 1800 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (ilmulinofl.com) $$ MOJO An eclectic mix of Italian-American cuisine, weekly live music, and stellar happy hour specials feed the senses at this dynamic eatery. 4140 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (mojofl.com) $$ NOODLES PANINI In addition to the restaurant’s namesake menu items, the homemade mozzarella, bruschetta, braised beef short ribs, and special fish dishes are made-from-scratch must-haves. 821 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (facebook.com/noodlespanini) $$ PIZZA CRAFT The pizzeria’s “00” flour, imported charcuterie, house-made mozzarella, and sizeable bar selection are the stars of the wood-fired show. 330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale (pizzacraft pizzeria.com) $$ SCOLAPASTA BISTRO Family is at the heart of this modern farm-to-table Italian bistro that puts a contemporary twist on its Old World heritage. 3358 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale (scolapastabistro.com) $$ SERAFINA TRATTORIA ITALIANA Candlelit views of the Middle River, toothsome pasta dishes, and a spectacular vino selection promise a romantic evening at this Victoria Park nook. 926 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (serabythewater.com) $$ SETTE BELLO RISTORANTE Settle into a seat at chef Franco’s fine-dining locale, where delectable Italian fare across lunch and dinner menus makes patrons feel right at home. 6241 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (settebellofla.com) $$

LATIN AND MEXICAN CARLOS & PEPE’S Colorful motifs and authentic Mexican-American fare have earned this laidback eatery a personality of its own since 1979. South Harbor Plaza, 1302 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (carlosand pepesfl.com) $$ CUBANO’S BY MARIO Owner Mario Flores shares the comforts of his childhood at this stylish homestyle restaurant, where Cuban-Spanish goodness is served. 1611 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (catalinarestaurant.net) $$$ EL CAMINO Margaritas and Mexican soul food are a sure bet at this resto, where patrons can choose between two happy hours. 817 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (elcaminoftlauderdale.com) $$ LA BAMBA Sampling the best from cuisines across Latin America, this multifaceted eatery’s savory and filling dishes are a hit across South Florida. 4245 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 17 St. 1901 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 5452 W Sample Rd., Margate; 10169 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation (labamba123.com) $$ ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR If the 400 tequila varieties aren’t enough to hook patrons, the delicious tacos de casa and fresh guacamole (mashed tableside) make this expansive cantina-style resto irresistible. 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (roccostacos.com) $$

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SHOREBREAK For a refreshing libation that will transport you to a vacation state of mind, try the Shorebreak at Dune inside the Auberge Beach Residences & Spa. “The Shorebreak is one of our specialties,” says Matthew Thomas, assistant general manager of restaurants and bars. “Handcrafted with tropically inspired ingredients, it pays homage to the original piña colada created in Puerto Rico in the 1950s.” Key West unfiltered dark rum, Brugal 1888 rum, fresh pineapple, and cream of coconut blend together for a tropical burst of flavor. (dunefl.com) SHOREBREAK 2 oz. Key West dark unfiltered rum 2 oz. Pineapple juice 2 tbsp. Cream of coconut 1 oz. Brugal 1888 (floater) Pineapple wedge and leaves for garnish

Mix all ingredients except Brugal floater in a shaker. Shake with ice. Strain over crushed ice into a Collins glass. Top with Brugal floater. Garnish with fresh pineapple wedge and leaves.

MEDITERRANEAN CASABLANCA CAFÉ A cozy dining room with an Arabian Nights feel, Casablanca serves a variety of cuisines ranging from Moroccan to Japanese to Cuban that will please any palate. 3049 Alhambra St., Fort Lauderdale (casablancacafeonline.com) $$ FERDOS GRILL Authentic Mediterranean fare meets local Florida ingredients at this neighborhood favorite, featuring staples like gyros, shish kabob, and “everyone’s favorite” hummus. 4300 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (ferdos-grill.jimdosite.com) $$ GREEK ISLANDS TAVERNA The spirit of the Aegean is alive and well at this gem that serves traditional Greek dishes rooted in bright flavors and savory spices. 3300 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (greek islandstaverna.com) $$ THE HUMMUS HOUSE This Middle Eastern-Israeli counter doles out amazing vegan- and vegetarianfriendly fare to eager patrons. 900 NE 20 Ave., Fort Lauderdale (hummushouse.com) $$ ILIOS Panoramic ocean views and seasonally inspired Mediterranean dishes are on the menu at this sixthfloor dining room. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (hilton.com) $$

SEAFOOD 15TH STREET FISHERIES & DOCKSIDE CAFE OldFlorida charm is alive and well at this Lauderdale Marina favorite that features spiny lobster tail, seared diver scallops, and a host of delicious desserts such

as fried cheesecake. 1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale (15streetfisheries.com) $$$ 3030 OCEAN Chef Adrienne Grenier’s intuitive and masterful approach to upscale sea fare shines in this sophisticated beachside dining room. Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale (3030ocean.com) $$$ AND FISH KITCHEN + BAR This ocean-adjacent dining room embraces the town’s affinity for the beach, boating, and diving in its sea-inspired menu. Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, 1200 N Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach (marriott.com) $$ ARUBA BEACH CAFÉ The magic of Caribbean flavors meets the idyllic Florida coastline at this beachside seafood shack. 1 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-bythe-Sea (arubabeachcafe.com) $$ BILLY’S STONE CRAB Stone crab is king at Billy’s, but guests can enjoy lunch or dinner while admiring the unobstructed view of the Intracoastal. 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood (crabs.com) $$$ BLUE MOON FISH CO. Chef-owners Baron Skorish and Bryce Statham dream up Louisiana-inspired interpretations of locally caught seafood at their upscale eatery along the Intracoastal. 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (bluemoonfishco.com) $$$ BOATYARD Come for the “hook-to-table” seafood, locally sourced ingredients, and vegan-friendly selections, and stay for the photo-worthy lofted ceilings, oar chandelier, and boundless natural light. 1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (boatyard.restaurant) $$$ BURLOCK COAST SEAFARE & SPIRITS Offering modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent, Burlock Coast is an innovative restaurant-café-marketbar that channels the creativity of Prohibition-era rum

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runners. The Ritz Carlton, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (ritzcarlton.com) $$$ EVEN KEEL FISH & OYSTER The menu changes daily, but everything from the day’s selection of chilled oysters to pan-seared scallops are prepared to perfection. 4100 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (even keelfish.com) $$$ LOBSTER BAR SEA GRILLE An artful concept from the inspired culinary creations to the ultra-chic coastal contemporary dining room, this luxe experience is one to remember. 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (buckheadrestaurants.com) $$$ MAESTRO’S OCEAN CLUB Finery comes naturally to this Intracoastal-hugging dining room, where guests can enjoy sea spoils among luxurious interiors or alfresco. 3000 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (maestros restaurants.com) $$$ NAKED CRAB A picturesque beachside view sets the tone for all things surf and turf at the B Ocean Resort’s upscale jewel with an undercurrent of eclectic contemporary Mediterranean flair. 1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (nakedcrabfl.com) $$$ OCEAN 2000 This elegant dining room devotes itself to celebrating superb regional cuisine with a hint of Latin influences. Pelican Grand Beach Resort, 2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (pelicanbeach.com) $$$

PIRATE REPUBLIC SEAFOOD & GRILL Situated on New River, Pirate Republic serves an incredible menu of original seafood dishes along with a myriad of tropical cocktails. 400 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (piraterepublicbar.com) $$ SEA WATCH ON THE OCEAN A nostalgic nod to Old Florida, this landmark eatery has been serving some of Broward County’s finest fruits de mer for more than 45 years. 6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (seawatchontheocean.com) $$ TRULUCK’S Globally inspired seafood dishes, like sweet and spicy Dutch yellowtail, ceviche, and Petite South African stuffed lobster tail take diners on a choice culinary journey. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2584A E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (trulucks.com) $$$ WILD SEA OYSTER BAR & GRILLE A stellar raw bar and responsibly sourced seafood are the mainstays at this luxe nostalgic Las Olas hotel dining room. Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (wildsealasolas.com) $$$

STEAK HOUSE THE CAPITAL GRILLE Renowned for dry-aged cuts, elevated steak house trimmings, superb wines, and

attentive staff, the high-end chain’s dining rooms offer a luxurious experience. 2430 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thecapitalgrille.com) $$$ CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Brazilian rodízio finds its nook on Las Olas, with fountains and flamebearing lamps welcoming diners to this stylish place. 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chimasteak house.com) $$$ COUNCIL OAK STEAKS & SEAFOOD A signature raw bar, a wine room boasting more than 400 labels, and an open kitchen complement the Hard Rock favorite’s infamous USDA-certified cuts. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) $$$ NYY STEAK Located in Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, NYY Steak presents five-star seafood and steak offerings in an atmosphere that honors one of baseball’s finest teams, the New York Yankees. 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek (nyysteak.com) $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Delectable specialty cuts of Prime beef, an impressive wine portfolio, and New Orleans–inspired cocktails set a luxurious scene. 2525 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (ruthschris.com) $$$ STEAK 954 This coastal alcove’s menu is studded with decadent dishes, while the dining room features a hypnotizing jellyfish tank. W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (steak954.com) $$$

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French Candor

Sonoma’s Vérité Winery ups the ante on Bordeaux-style vintages to CREATE A CATEGORY ALL ITS OWN

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By Mark Spivak

s recently as a generation ago, a sharp difference between wine from the Old and New Worlds persisted: Bordeaux was predictably earthy and funky, while you could count on California reds to be fruit bombs. Each style had its partisans, and crossover was nearly nonexistent. Pierre and Monique Seillan stepped into this culture when they arrived in Sonoma County in 1997. Pierre Seillan, a sixth-generation winemaker practicing his craft in Bordeaux, crossed the ocean at the request of the late Jess Jackson. The two men met several years earlier in France and became friends. Jackson knew that California needed to improve the quality of its Merlot and wanted to make a wine as good as the legendary Château Petrus; he had the deep pockets to make it happen, and Seillan boasted the talent.

On that first visit, Jackson loaded Seillan into a vehicle and gave him a tour of his mountain vineyards. For the Frenchman, who had a connection with the soil from early childhood, it was love at first sight. “When I looked at the diversity of the vineyards, I knew I could create a wine with more complexity than Bordeaux,” he recalls. “But I didn’t want to make a copy of Bordeaux. I wanted to create a new category.” Vérité (French for “truth”) sprang from these aspirations, and the winery debuted its first vintage in 1998. Today its three cuvées—La Muse, La Joie, and Le Désir—are nothing less than stunning. Nor are they cheap: The winery doesn’t sell directly to retail stores, and after-market prices range from $350-$400 per bottle. (“What makes Vérité great isn’t the price but the time that goes into it,” says Seillan. “Time is the greatest luxury today.”) In 2003, the experiment in cross-pollination came full

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circle when Jackson and Seillan purchased Château Lassègue, a Grand Cru estate in St. Emilion. Tasting the three Vérité wines together is an exercise in hedonism. The 2016 La Muse (93 percent Merlot, 5 percent Cabernet Franc, and 2 percent Malbec) exudes aromas of black cherries and fresh herbs; it sits rich and luxurious in the mouth, with an opulent texture full of black fruit flavors that echo on a long finish. The 2016 La Joie (84 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 percent Merlot, and 5 percent Petit Verdot) emanates elegant complexity, with spice and pinpoint acidity highlighting hints of blackberry and black plum. The 2016 Le Désir (82 percent Cabernet Franc, 12 percent Merlot, and 6 percent Malbec) tastes aggressive and spicy on entry but is followed by an unctuous midpalate and poised mouth feel. They share many similarities, including high acidity that creates an appealing freshness. Since Vérité picks the grapes before they become overripe, the alcohol content tops out at around 14 percent, compared to 15 to 16 percent for many Napa reds. As a result, the wines are drinkable now and can also last two or three decades. By comparison, the 2016 Lassègue ($60) displays a strong vein of minerality from the limestone soil but at-

Pierre Seillan has passed on his wealth of knowledge to his daughter, Hélène, who serves as assistant winemaker at Vérité.

tains a surprisingly luscious core of ripe black cherry fruit. No one lives forever, and the Seillans have their succession plan in place. Their daughter, Hélène, works alongside her father as assistant winemaker at Vérité, while their son, Nicolas, primarily focuses on Château Lassègue. With a farmer’s DNA in their genes, these two are ready to take both projects into the next generation. (veritewines.com) «

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SEEN ANNE HUNT, LANA HENNING

MAGGIE GUNTHER, KARA PERKINS

RANDALL VITALE, LOIS MARINO, HEATHER GERONEMOUS, SUSIE AND ALAN LEVAN

MADD BROWARD KICKOFF

CHRIS CHAPPELL, GERDY ST. LOUIS, VEDA COLEMAN-WRIGHT

KATE GOLDMAN, GALE BUTLER, JESSICA RODRIGUEZ, RYAN AND CHRISTINA SHEA

WHAT: VIP Kickoff Party WHERE: BBX Capital, Fort Lauderdale TO BENEFIT: Mothers Against Drunk Driving Broward celebrated in honor of the tenth anniversary Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K.

MATTHEW “WHIZ” BUCKLEY, HEATHER GERONEMOUS, ROBERT CHANDLER, DAVID PINSKAR CRAIG DRUCKER, STEVE KAISER, KEVIN KENNEDY, KIM DRUCKER

STEVE KAISER, CARY SAMPSON, JULENE RICHARDS, MARIA CUSANELLI, KEVIN MARRIOTT

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DOWNTOWN PHOTO

LINDA GABOFF, ANDREA ADRIAN, JACK GABOFF, BARBARA GABOFF, PAULA KENZER

3/6/20 3:48 PM


VIN DIESEL, JENNIFER LOPEZ

T-PAIN

DAVE PORTNOY

PEGASUS WORLD CUP WHAT: Championship Invitational Series WHERE: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach TO BENEFIT: Guests enjoyed thoroughbred horse racing, fashion, and entertainment during the multimillion dollar purse invitational.

AIDAN BUTLER, TAMIR SHANET, PAUL WILLIAMS

FRANK WALKER, PAUL WILLIAMS

BELINDA STRONACH, ALEX RODRIGUEZ

SUZY BUCKLEY WOODWARD, KELLY BLANCO, CAROL LACOVELL

ALEC MONOPOLY, DAVID EINHORM

GETTY IMAGES AND WORLD RED EYE

ISABELA AND DAVID GRUTMAN

AMY OWEN

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SEEN

JOEY EPSTEIN AND KIP HUNTER

211 BROWARD COMMUNITY CARE PLAN NONPROFIT AWARDS WHAT: Nonprofit Awards WHERE: Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, Fort Lauderdale TO BENEFIT: 211 Broward revealed the finalists for the annual awards at this VIP affair.

BILL DIGGS, JACKIE AND RICHARD TOMMER

SUSAN RENNEISEN, MICHAEL WILD, AMY PONT

BOB AND YVETTE BIRDSONG, BEN WESLEY MICKEY WIRTZ, JEN KLAASSENS-FONDO

BOB BIRDSONG, JESSICA LERNER, BILL DIGGS

SUZANNE TAMARGO, KEN WALTERS, MELIDA AKITI, LUPE RIVERO

KIRK BROWN, MILIN ESPINO, SANDRA BARRY, ANDY FERNANDEZ

STEVEN DAPUZZO, MAXINE GOMEZ, LEONARD GOLDBERG, STANLEY WIDEMAN

DOWNTOWN PHOTO

ALAN LEVAN, JARETT AND DARA LEVAN

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OUT TO SEA

BUYING INFORMATION

RANDIE SHARPE, BRIAN DEMERCAD, LORI LEWELLEN, PAT CHUKERMAN, TIM MCENERY

COOPER’S HAWK GRAND OPENING WHAT: Grand Opening Celebration WHERE: Dania Pointe, Dania Beach TO BENEFIT: Guests gathered at Cooper’s Hawk’s latest outpost that combines a restaurant, wine-tasting room, and retail market.

ROCIO CONTRERAS, TIANA DRISCOLL

RANDI SHANE, STEVEN GERTNER, BRIAN DEMERCADO, TIM MCENERY, PAT CHUKERMAN, TAMARA JAMES, LORI LEWELLEN, LAUREN ODMAN, CHICKIE BRANDIMARTE, BILL HARRIS

MANNY OF MIAMI

DARREN AND BROOKE HEITNER

©2020 Palm Beach Media Group North LLC. All rights reserved. Fort Lauderdale Illustrated is published monthly except August by Palm Beach Media Group North LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Known office of the publication 1000 N. Dixie Hwy., Suite C, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Periodical postage paid at West Palm Beach, FL, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Fort Lauderdale Illustrated c/o Palm Beach Media Group North LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Subscription price: $54.45 per year. Outside U.S. add $35 per year for postage and handling. Send subscription orders to: Subscription Department, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL, 33480, or e-mail circulation@palmbeachmedia.com. Vol. 1, No. 1, April 2020. Visit our website at fortlauderdaleillustrated.com Fort Lauderdale Illustrated magazine and Palm Beach Media Group North, LLC. retain exclusive rights to all editorial and photographic materials used, which cannot be reproduced in any manner without written consent.

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ANDREA DAVENPORT, DAWN BATBOA

PAGE 56 Gown ($7,500), feather sandals (price upon request), Valentino, valentino.com; Elsa Peretti High Tide earrings in 18-karat gold ($1,750), Tiffany & Co., Aventura Mall, Miami. PAGE 57 Yellow Vichy print paillettes dress ($3,890), Fendi, Aventura Mall, Miami PAGE 58 White shirt ($1,690), leather shorts ($3,490), leather tassel belt (price upon request), earrings (price upon request), Valentino, valentino.com; Swift loafers (price upon request), Louis Vuitton, Aventura Mall, Miami. PAGE 59 Cotton mandarin puffed long-sleeve blouse ($1,590), cotton bow shorts ($1,190), Oscar de la Renta, oscardelarenta.com; PVC sandals ($995), Salvatore Ferragamo, ferragamo.com. PAGE 60 Midnight ribbed viscose tank bodysuit ($570), midnight double-crepe, sable-pleated, wide-leg trousers with gold crystal pinstripe embroidery ($4,990), midnight calf belt ($490), Michael Kors Collection, michaelkors.com; Tiffany T large wire bracelet in 18-karat rose gold with mother-of-pearl ($3,200), Tiffany T wire bracelet in 18-karat rose gold with mother-of-pearl and diamonds ($2,750), Tiffany T True hinged bracelet in 18-karat gold ($15,000), Tiffany & Co., Aventura Mall, Miami. PAGE 61 Midnight crepe sable-draped dress with gold-star stud embroidery (price upon request), Michael Kors Collection, michaelkors.com; Tiffany T True narrow ring in 18-karat white gold with pavé diamonds ($3,700), Tiffany T square ring in 18-karat gold ($1,450), Tiffany T True wide ring in 18-karat white gold with pavé diamonds ($5,700), Tiffany & Co., Aventura Mall, Miami. PAGE 62 Glitter jersey swimsuit ($2,350), Chanel, Aventura Mall, Miami; sheer jacket (price upon request), Salvatore Ferragamo, ferragamo.com; Elsa Peretti Wave nine-row bangle in 18-karat gold ($6,500), Elsa Peretti Wave five-row bangle in 18-karat gold ($3,700), Tiffany & Co., Aventura Mall, Miami. PAGE 63 Bustier ($1,125), satin pencil skirt ($1,225), Versace, versace.com; Elsa Peretti large bone cuff in 18-karat gold ($25,000), Tiffany T True wide ring in 18-karat gold with pavé diamonds ($5,700), Tiffany T True ring in 18-karat gold ($1,450), Tiffany T square ring in 18-karat gold ($1,450), Tiffany & Co., Aventura Mall, Miami. PAGE 64 Silk tweed jumpsuit ($8,300), tweed calfskin handbag ($4,000), Chanel, Aventura Mall, Miami; Swift loafers (price upon request), Louis Vuitton, Aventura Mall, Miami; Tiffany T wire hoop earrings in 18-karat white gold with diamonds (price upon request), Tiffany T Ture narrow ring in 18-karat white gold with pavé diamonds ($3,700), Tiffany & Co., Aventura Mall, Miami. PAGE 65 Silk dress (price upon request), silk belt (price upon request), brass flower brooch (price upon request), Louis Vuitton, Aventura Mall, Miami; Tiffany T large wire bracelet in 18-karat rose gold with mother-ofpearl ($3,200), Tiffany T wire bracelet in 18-karat rose gold with mother-of-pearl and diamonds ($2,750), Tiffany & Co., Aventura Mall, Miami. FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | APRIL 2020

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PARTING SHOT THE GUITAR HOTEL AT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK is an engineering masterpiece that’s already achieved icon status. Standing at 450 feet tall, it commands attention. From its reflective glass exterior to its LED-lit guitar strings, the building is a spectacle in and of itself.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

Must-See: Rock out nightly with a light show on the guitar’s facade. This month, rotating displays will feature a musical mashup of Jennifer Lopez’s top hits at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Keep the excitement going with a visit to Rooftop Live, the hotel’s latest entertainment venue to open alongside DAER Dayclub and Nightclub. (seminolehardrockhollywood.com/hotel)

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Forged from legendary damascus steel, the outer case of the Corum Lab 01 Damascus Steel is exceptionally hard, distinctive and practically indestructible. It is the ultimate combination of strength and beauty. LAB 01 DAMASCUS STEEL

RISK IS THE REWARD

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