Resident Magazine - VOL 37 | ISSUE 2 | FEBRUARY 2024 - Lee Schrager

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VOL 37 | ISSUE 2 | FEBRUARY 2024

WALDORF ASTORIA IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF HILTON INTERNATIONAL HOLDING LLC,AN AFFILIATE OF HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC. (“HILTON”).THE RESIDENCES ARE NOT OWNED, DEVELOPED, OR SOLD BY HILTON AND HILTON DOES NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR GUARANTIES WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO THE RESIDENCES. THE DEVELOPER USES THE WALDORF ASTORIA BRAND NAME AND CERTAIN WALDORF ASTORIA TRADEMARKS (THE “TRADEMARKS”) UNDER A LIMITED AND NONEXCLUSIVE LICENSE FROM HILTON. THE LICENSE MAY BE TERMINATED OR MAY EXPIRE WITHOUT RENEWAL, IN WHICH CASE THE RESIDENCES WILL NOT BE IDENTIFIED AS A WALDORF ASTORIA BRANDED PROJECT OR HAVE ANY RIGHTS TO USE THE TRADEMARKS.

NO FEDERAL AGENCY HAS JUDGED THE MERITS OR VALUE, IF ANY, OF THIS PROPERTY. THIS IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL, OR SOLICITATION OF OFFERS TO BUY, THE CONDOMINIUM UNITS IN STATES WHERE SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION CANNOT BE MADE. THESE DRAWINGS ARE CONCEPTUAL ONLY AND ARE FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF REFERENCE. THEY SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF THE FINAL DETAIL OF THE RESIDENCES. UNITS SHOWN ARE EXAMPLES OF UNIT TYPES AND MAY NOT DEPICT ACTUAL UNITS. STATED SQUARE FOOTAGES ARE RANGES FOR A PARTICULAR UNIT TYPE AND ARE MEASURED TO THE EXTERIOR BOUNDARIES OF THE EXTERIOR WALLS AND THE CENTERLINE OF INTERIOR DEMISING WALLS AND IN FACT ARE LARGER THAN THE AREA THAT WOULD BE DETERMINED BY USING THE DESCRIPTION AND DEFINITION OF THE “UNIT” SET FORTH IN THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM (WHICH GENERALLY ONLY INCLUDES THE INTERIOR AIRSPACE BETWEEN THE PERIMETER WALLS AND EXCLUDES INTERIOR STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS). THE AREA OF THE UNIT AS DEFINED IN THE DECLARATION IS LESS THAN THE SQUARE FOOTAGE REFLECTED HERE.

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Today, Nest Seekers has more than 50 offices and more than 2,000 agents in New York; London; The Hamptons; Miami; Palm Beach; Beverly Hills; Orange County, CA; Greenwich, CT; Colorado; Portugal; Cote D’Azur; Milan, Italy; Madrid, Spain; Mexico; The Caribbean; Seoul and Asia.

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The highest standards of service, design, facilities and comfort come together in a unique setting to represent the unprecedented simplicity and genuineness of the new luxury in Costa Mujeres, an unexplored jewel of unspoilt nature, privileged for its authenticity and beauty.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

From Culinary Delights to Cultural Lights A FEBRUARY TO REMEMBER

Welcome to our vibrant February edition of Resident Magazine. This month's issue is filled with culinary wonders, luxurious living, and rich cultural experiences. It’s all about celebrating the moments that make life extraordinary.

Our cover feature is Lee Schrager, the genius behind the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF®). We dive into Lee's world, showcasing how his vision brings people together over great food and wine. It's not just about the eats; it's about the stories behind the dishes and the community that makes it all happen.

Miami's not just our backdrop; it's a character in our story. This issue takes you inside the city's prime luxury real estate, where dream homes are a reality. We're also proud to spotlight the Black Arts Movement with features on The Brooklyn Museum and the Harlem Fine Arts Show, celebrating the impact and beauty of African American art and culture. Miami Fashion Week – we're zooming in on how it's championing sustainability and diversity, pushing the fashion world towards a brighter, more inclusive future.

So, grab your favorite spot and settle in. This issue is a journey through the flavors, sights, and stories that define our community and culture.

Editor in Chief hillaryl@resident.com

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CECILIA HINOJOSA

ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS, TIMELESS LEGACIES: UNVEILING FLORIDA'S LUXURY WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

Meet Cecilia Hinojosa

Your Premier South Florida Real Estate Expert! With 25+ years of experience, Cecilia has excelled in a wide array of real estate transactions, from new construction sales to residential land, resale properties and real estate investments. Her deep local market insights and unwavering client dedication have transformed dreams into realities for over 500 families. Cecilia's passion for design and architecture, coupled with her bachelor’s degrees from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), helps provide her with a keen eye for detail in every transaction.

Based in Brickell since 2008, she serves clients in premier South Florida areas of Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest, South Beach, Miami Beach, and Wellington. Her equestrian background adds a unique understanding of the Wellington housing market. Recognized for record-breaking sales and consecutive industry awards in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Cecilia is a highly skilled real estate expert. Her commitment to clients, expertise and sharp market knowledge make her a top choice for buyers and sellers in South Florida.

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MARIELA STOCHETTI

ELEVATE YOUR LEGACY, EMBRACE LUXURY: YOUR FLORIDA LUXURY EXPERT

Meet Mariela Stochetti

Your Luxury Real Estate Expert! With 15+ years of experience in Miami and New York City, she's a seasoned professional with a unique background in multinational financial services. Mariela's mission is to tirelessly pursue the best deal for her clients, blending her analytical knowledge with their unique needs, lifestyle, and market cycles. Her clients value her friendly professionalism, digital marketing expertise, and expert negotiation skills.

Hailing from Argentina with an MBA from Vanderbilt University, Mariela is licensed in both Florida and New York, offering her clients the best of luxury real estate. She brings a unique perspective, having witnessed the evolution of Miami's real estate landscape over the years. Mariela's knack for early preconstruction acquisitions allows clients to craft their dream residences and maximize their investments. Mariela is sure to put your needs first in every transaction, making her an excellent choice in the luxury real estate market

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MIAMI WELLNESS CENTER EMERGES AS A WORLD-CLASS LEADER IN BIOHACKING

Grand Opening of Centner Wellness

State-of-the-Art Facility

Welcome to the future of wellness, where advanced technology meets holistic ancient wisdom, and transformation of your whole body and spirit begins. Nestled in the heart of Brickell, Miami, Centner Wellness emerges as a beacon of health and vitality—a sanctuary of healing and rejuvenation. Centner Wellness Co-Founders Leila and David Centner believe in the power of holistic health to unlock the body's natural healing abilities. Their flagship location is an $8M, 15,000-square-foot facility that redefines wellness.

The buzz in Brickell was crystal clear as Centner Wellness marked the dawn of a new era in holistic health and wellness at their grand opening event on January 12th. Industry luminaries like Gary Brecka and Dr. Daniel Pompa graced the occasion, establishing Centner Wellness as a world-class destination for optimal health and vitality.

Centner Wellness offers an extraordinary experience for anyone who yearns to take their wellness to new heights. Rooted in a commitment to cultivating the body’s innate healing power, guests are invited to explore a diverse array of opportunities for achieving optimal health and wellness. Revitalizing services like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, red light therapy, IV Vitamin therapy, and innovative aesthetic treatments await, paving a path of detoxification, cellular regeneration, brain optimization, stress reduction and more. Energy healing therapies such as Reiki and the Energy Enhancement System can help you delve deep into your spiritual realm to assist you in achieving inner balance and harmony for your soul.

Centner Wellness’ cutting-edge fitness center is an impressive facility for guests who are committed to taking their fitness routine and physique to the next level. The state-of-the-art equipment challenges you to increase strength, improve endurance and achieve peak physical performance in a fraction of the time compared to traditional gym equipment.

Health begins with nourishing your body from the inside out. Centner Wellness’ Juice Bar, situated within the facility, showcases a range of offerings crafted from 100% organic ingredients. These include cold-pressed juices, refreshing smoothies, salads, soups, bowls and a variety of other healthy options. The majority of the ingredients are sourced from the Centners’ organic farm, Regener8 Farm and Retreat.

The flagship facility of Centner Wellness has quickly become the most talked about facility by leaders in the biohacking and wellness industry. Esteemed guests from around the globe are visiting to experience the transformative journey offered at Centner Wellness.

Recently, Centner Wellness welcomed Dr. Joe Mercola, a world-renowned family physician and best-selling author, as its lead Medical Advisor. Dr. Virgilio Sanchez serves as Centner Wellness’ Medical Director and Dr. Jason Sonners is the Medical Advisor. Their combined expertise and exceptional guidance ensure that every treatment aligns with the highest standards of efficacy and safety, solidifying Centner Wellness as a premier destination for biohacking and holistic wellness.

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Centner Wellness’ sister location in Edgewater is a testament to its founders’ commitment to providing advanced and effective treatments in a serene and nurturing spa environment. The luxurious spa has been operational since July and offers guests a variety of premium detoxification, aesthetic and other holistic treatments designed to rejuvenate and restore.

Plans are underway for a third location—a spectacular 10,000 square foot space that will include another spa and Regener8 Cafe, an organic eatery and marketplace, nestled in the Atria on the Bay in Edgewater. This expansion underscores the Centners’ commitment to accomplishing unparalleled wellness experiences for all visitors and guests.

Centner Wellness supports each guest’s journey to well-being and optimal health. Through personalized wellness plans and complementary

health coaching consultations, guests receive tailored support to unlock their body's natural healing abilities. The professional team at Centner Wellness empowers guests with the tools and guidance needed to achieve new depths of vitality, renewal, and optimal health.

If you’re ready to commit to investing in yourself—to look and feel more vibrant and perform at your very best—Centner Wellness is undoubtedly the place to accomplish that and more.

Visit Centner Wellness at 2333 Brickell Ave., Suite A1, Miami, FL 33129 and Centner Wellness - Edgewater at 2336 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33137. Call Centner Wellness at (305) 602-5260 and Centner Wellness - Edgewater at (305) 603-8540. Explore more at centnerwellness.com.

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RIVIERA RENAISSANCE

The Hotel Californian's Luxurious Legacy

Where History Meets Modern Elegance on the American Riviera

In the heart of Santa Barbara, where the stunning coastline meets the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountains, stands the Hotel Californian, unapologetic in both grace and style. More than just a place to stay, the Hotel Californian is the embodiment of the rich history and luxury in, what is often referred to as, the American Riviera.

The story of the Hotel Californian is deeply entwined with the city's history. Completed in 1925, the hotel was an early example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style prevalent in Santa Barbara. Just a week after it opened, a massive earthquake hit the city, necessitating extensive repairs to the brand-new building. Over the years, the hotel has undergone several transformations, reflecting both the changing times and fortunes of the surrounding area. Today, it’s owned and operated by the Foley Entertainment Group and stands as a 121-room symbol of luxury, elegance, and sustainability.

The hotel, comprised of three buildings at the intersection of State and Mason Streets, was rebuilt behind the façade of the original 1925 structure. It houses 62 guest rooms, each over 400 square feet and featuring balconies with ocean and mountain views. It also includes a 1,300 square foot rooftop pool and a 3,500 square foot event deck. The Mason building includes the lobby and 58 guestrooms. It

also houses the Djinn library bar and meeting rooms. The State building offers event and social catering venues, the Presidential Suite, and underground parking.

The interior design by Martyn Lawrence Bullard combines California Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with Moorish-themed elements, creating an exciting and stylish atmosphere. Guest rooms are available in four color schemes: yellow, terracotta, emerald, and eggplant, each featuring patios, verandas, or balconies. Bathrooms are spacious, with stone shower enclosures and the highest-quality fixtures. The latest technologies, including 65-inch WiFi-enabled TVs and high-speed internet, are integrated throughout the property.

The hotel’s signature Alcazar Suite is a 1,700 square foot space located in the State building, featuring two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and two outdoor decks offering both ocean and mountain views. It also includes a full bar, hospitality kitchen, and direct access to the rooftop event space.

For relaxation and rejuvenation, the 2,500 square foot Moroccan-inspired Majorelle Spa offers a wide range of treatments, steam rooms, a manicure and pedicure station, and hair and makeup services. Featuring personal consultations with spa experts, Majorelle invites visi-

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tors to discover one-of-a-kind spa experiences including aromatherapy and treatments with oils inspired by Moroccan opulence, creating a one-of-a-kind oasis in the heart of the city. Majorelle Spa has also partnered with Corc Yoga, introducing sustainable yoga mats for any fitness routine. These mats are made from hypoallergenic, antibacterial, 100% sustainable and biodegradable materials

Additionally, there is an 800-square-foot fitness center equipped with the latest equipment allowing for a daily workout that includes indoor and outdoor spaces.

The rooftop and pool deck atop the Californian building provide expansive views and features a pool, Jacuzzi, and the Mirador rooftop events deck, which can accommodate up to 180 guests for evening events.

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The State building hosts unique event and social catering venues, including a 3,800 square foot plaza lawn, a 2,900 square foot ballroom, and a 2,900 square foot rooftop deck, suitable for groups of 200 or more. The hotel also has five meeting rooms, ideal for various events from small meetings to private dinners.

For dining, the hotel offers several options. Blackbird, the signature restaurant, features a menu of sustainable, seasonal dishes. The Djinn library bar, known for its handcrafted cocktails, offers a warm and unique atmosphere. The Society: State & Mason, a recent addition, is a tasting room featuring a selection of wines and bites, along with the exclusive Caviar + Bubbles experience which includes Sterling Caviar paired with Foley Sonoma Winemaker Series Brut Sparkling wine. The Society: State & Mason also offers a weekend Four-Course Brunch and Wine Pairing available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This sophisticated brunch features a four-course meal expertly paired with wines, including dishes like lobster quiche and braised beef brisket benedict, and can be enhanced with Sterling private label caviar and a wine and cheese course. Goat Tree café serves craft coffees, pastries, and light meals, while the TanTan pool offers poolside drinks and dining.

Conveniently located 90 minutes from Los Angeles and 15 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport, the hotel is steps away from the Pacific Ocean and the Funk Zone neighborhood, a vibrant area with wine tasting rooms, breweries, boutique shops, art galleries, cafés, and restaurants. The hotel also offers 250 parking spaces, including underground and VIP spaces.

The Hotel Californian isn't just a place to stay; it's an experience; a perfect blend of history, culture, and modern luxury. Whether you're looking to explore the local area, indulge in fine dining, or simply relax in luxurious surroundings, the Hotel Californian offers a unique and memorable stay in one of California's most beautiful cities.

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Journey to the Heart of CABO SAN LUCAS Discovering the Soul of Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa

At the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the vast Pacific greets the Sea of Cortez, lies Cabo San Lucas, a land etched by time, tide, and culture. When there, escape and recharge at Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa, a testament to the rich tapestry of Mexico, a guardian of traditions, and a cultural anchor. This luxurious retreat, unveiled by Noble House Hotels & Resorts in February 2022, is not just a lavish $100 million success story but a narrative woven into the fabric of Cabo.

The resort, reimagined by renowned Mexican architect Arnoldo Rábago of RACO, is a contemporary marvel. The design reflects clean nautical inspired modern lines, and a unique architectural style offering a departure from the norm and boasting an integration of cultural elements with luxurious amenities in its 310 guest rooms and suites. From the expansive lobby featuring gabion walls suspending rocks in mid-air, to the elegantly appointed rooms, each unique space acts as narrator of a story that mirrors Cabo's evolution from a serene fishing village to a destination fueled by the energy of tourists and the rhythms of Mexican culture.

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The resort's homage to Mexican heritage is evident in every element, from the vibrant colors and textures to the locally crafted furnishings.

Corazón Beach Club connects with the vibrant energy found throughout downtown Cabo and Rooftop 360, the highest vantage point in the city, offers breathtaking views of Land’s End, a geographical marvel that has witnessed centuries of cultural evolution. The infinity pool is set at a spectacular vantage point of the bay and arch, with lively geometric patterns at the poolside bar that seamlessly meet the horizon.

At the Spartitual spa, guests embark on a different journey that takes them through Mexico's indigenous healing practices by introducing them to rituals and immersing them in a mind/body experience. The Draque Mojito Bar, inspired by the story of the mojito’s origin, celebrates the blend of Mexico's rich agricultural heritage with a global palate.

Outside the resort, Cabo San Lucas unfolds to reveal a tapestry of experiences of streets lined with art galleries, markets buzzing with local life, and restaurants that narrate Mexico's culinary story. Historical sites stand as silent witnesses to the region's tumultuous past, and the natural landscapes, from arid deserts to the azure ocean, beckon with untamed beauty

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Adventure and tranquility harmoniously coexist in Cabo, reflecting the duality of the Mexican spirit. The thrill and sheer force of the water, coupled with the peace of secluded beaches offer something for everyone. The nightlife is in step with the energy of modern Mexico, while quiet sunsets remind one of the land's timeless beauty.

This story of Cabo, rich with the echoes of ancient civilizations, Spanish conquests, and revolutionary fervor, where Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa serves as a window into the past, present, and future. A tribute to the storied heritage of the region. From day to night, the resort transforms, with Rooftop 360 twinkling like stars, casting an enchanting glow over friendly gatherings. The resort's commitment to sustainability and cultural preservation harmonizes luxury with responsibility.

Beyond the resort, the diverse ecosystem of Cabo beckons. The Sea of Cortez, nicknamed "The Aquarium of the World," offers a glimpse into a vibrant underwater world. The desert, with its resilient flora and fauna, tells a story of survival and beauty in harsh conditions.

In Cabo San Lucas, every moment is an encounter with the extraordinary, a chance to delve deeper into the soul of a land that has been a crossroads of cultures, a battleground of empires, and a haven for dreamers. It is a place where legends of pirates and explorers intertwine with the tales of local heroes and artists.

Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa is more than a destination; it's a journey through the heart and soul of Mexico, a voyage that begins at the water's edge and extends into the depths of history. It invites travelers to not only see but feel, engage, and become a part of Cabo San Lucas's extraordinary story, anchored firmly in memories waiting to be made.

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All photos courtesy of Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH LEE SCHRAGER

Shaping the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Legacy

I have had the pleasure of knowing Lee Schrager for over ten years and have the honor of calling him a friend. Schrager, the mastermind behind the New York Wine and Food Festival and the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, has consistently redesigned these events, making them annual highlights for food and wine enthusiasts worldwide. What makes his work stand out is his relentless drive to challenge not only himself but also the communities and beneficiaries of these festivals. With his guidance, these events have become more than just celebrations of culinary pleasures; they are also platforms for unity and understanding, even in a country that can feel divided.

In a candid and unfiltered conversation, Lee shared his deep personal and professional ties to these iconic festivals. The intricacies of creating such immersive experiences and offering insights into what fuels his passion and innovative spirit.

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Joshua Estrin: How did your journey into the world of South Beach Wine and Food Festival begin?

Lee Schrager: The big jump from the corporate world to the foodie world was the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®). Living and breathing the food and beverage world every day for over 25 years made the festival a logical yet initially ‘chaotic’ extension of my career.

JE: How did the South Beach Wine and Food Festival evolve into an iconic event?

LS: It started without a plan, direction, or goal. I had the idea on a return flight from the Aspen Food and Wine Classic. We wanted to showcase South Florida, promote the hospitality school, and give students an opportunity to work with industry leaders. The success of the Food Network and the growing interest in food and dining also contributed to its evolution.

JE: How does the festival impact the local culinary scene?

LS: The festival brings dedicated foodies to town, who not only attend festival events but also visit local restaurants. It's one of the busiest weekends of the year for the local culinary scene.

JE: What initiatives are you most proud of?

LS: They are all like dear family and friends to me, each with unique personalities. Foodie Con, launched last year at the festival, has been incredibly popular. Bringing together digital influencers in one space has been fascinating.

JE: How do you balance a festival vibe while still offering a high-quality culinary experience?

LS: We have managed to capture both the Food Network pop culture fan and the Michelin fine dining experience. We listen to feedback and take it to heart, continuously improving our offerings.

JE: What is your vision for the future of the festival?

LS: As long as we continue to deliver new events, new talent, and a good product, and as long as people continue to eat and want to learn more, I believe we will continue to remain relevant.

JE: What is your advice for aspiring entrepreneurs in the culinary industry?

LS: My advice would be to stay true to your vision, be open to feedback, and never stop learning. The culinary industry is constantly evolving, so it's important to adapt and innovate while staying authentic to your brand.

JE: How do you see the South Beach Wine and Food Festival contributing to the future of culinary arts?

LS: I believe that the festival will continue to be a platform for showcasing new talent, trends, and innovations in the culinary arts. It has become a significant part of the food and beverage landscape, and I see it playing a vital role in shaping the future of the industry.

JE: Your journey has been fascinating, blending traditional business models with a progressive presence on social media. Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to assert your personal voice on social platforms, distinct from your professional role?

LS: I never sought formal approval for my social media presence. I've always been vocal, especially about LGBTQ issues, political stances, and my views on our governor. Balancing my personal opinions with my role as the face of Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits is challenging. I'm aware that my views don't necessarily reflect those of the company or our 22,000 employees. Moving forward, I aim to be mindful of how I express my opinions, especially when referencing my professional position. This selfawareness wasn't prompted by company leadership but from personal reflections and conversations with friends and business associates. While I've never been reprimanded for my posts, I've been advised to be cautious, given my significant role in communications. My followers are aware of my stances, but I need to remember that my opinions aren't shared by everyone associated with Southern Glazers.

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JE: What’s your most unforgettable kitchen mishap?

LS: Oh, there have been quite a few! But the most memorable ones usually involve my dogs. I remember one time in the Hamptons, I had spent hours in the kitchen preparing two roasted chickens. Exhausted, I went upstairs to rest for a bit and accidentally dozed off. Waking up to find the dogs absent from the bedroom was an immediate red flag. Turns out, they had managed to snatch the chickens I'd left out, presumably safe from their reach. I found them happily feasting away in different rooms. It seems most of my kitchen mishaps are less about the recipes and more about the dogs seizing an opportunity.

JE: What's the most unexpected item that I would find in your refrigerator right now?

LS: My husband eats very differently than I do.

So probably the most unexpected thing would be a lot of healthy food. To be clear, most of the healthy food is not mine. The ice cream, the ice cream would be mine.

JE: Who would you invite to a dinner party; dead or alive, real or imaginary?

LS: Oh, wow. First, I would have to be in charge of the seating, and it would definitely be a round table. No more than 12 people. I think a round table and a small group are so important. It allows food to do what it does best, connect people. Who would be there? Ricardo, my husband would always be there. I would invite Michelle Obama, Naomi Campbell, and Gianni Versace, who was a good friend of mine in the 80's and 90’s.

Reflecting on my decade-long friendship with Lee, it's clear that his influence extends far beyond the culinary world. His vision and

passion for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival have not only elevated it to a global culinary event but have transformed it into an example of cultural unity and connection. Through these festivals, Lee has masterfully blended the art of gastronomy with the power of community, creating a mixture of experiences that resonate deeply with attendees from all walks of life. His ability to blend diverse culinary traditions into a harmonious celebration is a testament to his exceptional leadership and creativity. I've seen firsthand how Lee’s dedication to these festivals has sparked meaningful dialogues and fostered a sense of belonging among those who participate. It’s this blend of culinary excellence and community spirit that really sets his work apart, making each festival not just an event, but a transformative experience that leaves a lasting impact on everyone involved.

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About The Festival:

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), a gastronomic wonderland set against the backdrop of Miami Beach, is a story of visionary leadership, culinary dynamism, and community impact. It began in 1999 as the Florida Extravaganza, a modest event showcasing wines and Miami's local restaurants, with Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management students working alongside chefs, held at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus.

In 2002, under the guidance of Lee Brian Schrager, then Director of Special Events & Media Relations at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, the festival was transformed and relocated to South Beach, thus becoming the SOBEWFF® we know today. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) is a premier event hosted by the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, a culinary and beverage leader in America.

This four-day event now attracts more than 65,000 guests annually to its 100+ events throughout the Greater Miami area and beaches.

Over the years, the festival has raised more than $31.8 million for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at FIU. These funds are crucial for enhancing the students' educational experience by providing scholarships, building state-of-the-art facilities, and supporting faculty development.

SOBEWFF®'s success has been driven by its commitment to creating unique culinary experiences, its capacity to attract food and beverage enthusiasts from all corners of the globe, and its mission to educate and inspire future leaders of the hospitality industry. The festival's diverse programming includes intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, culinary seminars, and largescale events, making it a must-visit destination for anyone passionate about food and wine.

For more detailed information about the festival's history, events, and impact, you can visit the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's official website (sobewff.org).

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CULINARY REBEL WITH A CAUSE

Chef Tom Aviv's Journey from MasterChef Israel to Branja Miami

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CS: From MasterChef to culinary pioneer: What unexpected challenges did you face transitioning from reality TV star to a restaurateur, and how did they shape your culinary philosophy?

CTA: Wow! This is a great question. This is the first time I've been asked about my transition from reality TV to becoming a restaurateur, and it's a fascinating journey to share. It isn’t like most people think. The shift was a complete surprise; nothing on TV prepares you for the real challenges of running a restaurant. In Israel, transitioning from MasterChef to restaurant ownership is rare, and I was one of the few to make that leap. Starting my restaurant was a learning curve—everything from menu planning to managing food costs and training staff was new to me. I often questioned whether my approaches were professional or just innovative due to my lack of formal training. Every day brought new challenges but also, surprisingly, a lot of joy. It's a journey of constant learning and adapting, which I'm grateful for.

CS: Coco Bambino, Casablanca's Milk & Honey and Branja: Each concept seems distinct. What drives your desire for culinary exploration and how do you ensure each restaurant retains your unique "Tom Aviv" touch?

CTA: Exploring what defines Israeli cuisine fuels my creativity. Despite popular beliefs, traditional dishes like falafel and shakshuka originate from other cultures, reflecting Israel's diverse influences. Israel, a young melting pot, has crafted a unique culinary identity over time, one that's still evolving. In Miami, I aim to introduce a "new Israeli cuisine," reflective of contemporary Tel Aviv's culinary scene, pushing boundaries beyond traditional expectations. Each restaurant concept challenges me to redefine Israeli cuisine for my audience, blending innovation with tradition in a “kitchen in process” that continues to unfold.

CS: I understand that "Branja" translates to "circle of friends." How does this concept translate into the restaurant's atmosphere, menu, and overall dining experience?

CTA: Absolutely, 100% accurate. The concept of Branja indeed revolves around the idea of a gathering – a clique, a circle of acquaintances

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that could span any aspect of life, be it culinary enthusiasts or simply friends. The notion of being a melting pot is central to our ethos here in the U.S., and it's something we embrace wholeheartedly. Recognizing that our clientele would be diverse, especially as we venture outside traditional comfort zones both geographically and culinarily, we aimed to create a space where everyone feels part of our 'branch.' Interestingly, 'Branja' is a play on an Israeli slang term for a group of friends, derived from the English word 'branch,' like that of a tree. However, we've also encountered humorous moments with our Miami crowd, particularly the Latin community, who might initially misinterpret the name, leading to engaging conversations and explanations about its significance.

Choosing 'Branja' was deliberate, symbolizing our invitation to everyone to join our circle. Whether you arrive in your finest attire or casual flip-flops, whether you come to sa-

vor our dishes or simply enjoy drinks and the vibe, you're welcome. Our establishment is designed to be inclusive, catering to a wide audience – Israelis, Americans, Latinos, women, children, families, and singles alike. It's a place that prides itself on being eclectic without trying to be all things to all people. Instead, our focus is on inclusivity and diversity, ensuring everyone can find something in our menu and ambiance that resonates with them. Once you step into Branja, you're part of our extended family, whether you like it or not. And that, to me, is something truly special.

CS: You've mentioned Miami's melting pot of cultures inspiring you. Can you elaborate on specific Miami influences that have made their way onto the Branja atmosphere?

CTA: When I approached the creation of the menu for Branja, it was crucial for me to first respect the city I was entering, especially given

Miami's rich melting pot culture. My process of menu creation always starts with my Israeli cuisine as the anchor. This is evident in the spices, fragrances, presentation styles, and ingredients that I use. However, I consciously blend these with local tastes and ingredients to honor and reflect the diverse community in Miami.

For example, I incorporated elements from Latin cuisine into our offerings, such as an empanada filled in an Arabic style, demonstrating a fusion between cultures right there on the plate. We also use Patagonian Yuka and attempt to 'Americanize' some dishes—not to simplify them for the audience but to draw inspiration from the local environment and make connections with the diners here.

Bringing my dishes from Israel was important, but adapting them to suit the local ingredients was equally crucial. A prime example is my

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fish in bread dish, which I've adapted in each country I've worked in by changing the type of fish and bread used, according to what's locally available and appreciated. This adaptation is a testament to the importance of being sensitive to the local palate while still bringing my unique culinary background into the mix.

Before officially setting up Branja's kitchen, I rented a space in Miami to start experimenting with local ingredients. This hands-on experience was vital for me to ensure that my menu was genuinely reflective of Miami's culinary scene and not just an imposition of my Israeli roots onto a new landscape. I actively sought feedback from locals, allowing their tastes and preferences to influence the menu. This iterative process has led to many changes over the year, adjusting dishes to become more approachable and resonant with our Miami clientele.

I like to think of myself as a bit of a rebel in the kitchen, preferring to do things my way. However, I admit that the feedback from our patrons significantly influences the final outcome. It's about finding the right balance between maintaining my culinary identity and

adapting to fit the local tastes, whether it's adjusting the spice levels, the music volume, or even the type of music we play. Branja, in Miami, is a reflection of this balance—different from what I've created in Tel Aviv but equally special and unique, a true representation of its environment.

CS: Shifting gears a bit towards local sourcing - it's obviously beneficial in numerous ways, but could you elaborate on your philosophy regarding adapting your recipes not just to the local culture and populace but also to the economic and business landscapes? How does that integration play out for you?

CTA: Absolutely, everything is interconnected. This extends deeply into the economy, starting with sourcing and supply chains. Specifically, in the realm of Israeli cuisine, which I often revert to, there's a heavy reliance on vegetables, fruits, and fresh ingredients rather than pre-processed goods. When I began, I noticed many restaurants opt for pre-cut vegetables because it's more cost-effective and simpler, typically sourcing these from abroad. However, this approach doesn't align with my culinary style.

While I respect those who find it efficient, it's not suitable for the integrity of my dishes. For instance, finding the perfect tomato for my salad is crucial; if it doesn't meet my standards, it's off the menu. This pursuit of quality often led me to focus more on identifying the right suppliers than on recipe development.

The emphasis on aesthetics and size over flavor in the U.S. market is notable, leading to produce that looks appealing but lacks taste. I prefer 'ugly' vegetables; they're often more flavorful. Adhering to this philosophy made sourcing challenging, especially from an economic standpoint. Surprisingly, obtaining tomatoes from a local farm just 45 minutes away can be more complex and expensive than sourcing from a large distributor with unclear origins. This dilemma raises the question of whether to conform to the norm or strive for better quality, even if it's not the most financially prudent choice.

Despite these challenges, I remain committed to my principles, favoring local and tastier options even if it means higher costs. I've noticed a gradual improvement in the U.S. regarding appreciation for quality ingredients, but it remains a struggle. The reliance on international

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sourcing is significant, yet I believe in supporting local American farmers to strengthen our economy rather than others'. While I may pay more for locally sourced produce, the personal connection to the growers and the quality of the ingredients justify the expense. It's about staying true to the values of the community I'm a part of, and that's a choice I'm proud to make.

CS: As a self-taught chef, what advice would you give aspiring cooks who might not have formal training but possess boundless passion?

CTA: Absolutely, My journey wasn't through traditional culinary schools but fueled by passion, grit, and a bit of rebellion. Cooking is more than just mastering recipes or techniques; it's about the love of feeding people, the art of hosting, and the joy of making others happy with a meal.

For those aspiring to become a chef, the culinary world demands understanding. It's one thing to cook passionately at home and another to endure the pace and pressure of a professional kitchen. My advice? Dive in. Experience the chaos and adrenaline of a restaurant kitchen before investing in culinary school. This could help you discover if this path is for you, as there's a huge world for passionate cooks outside of running a restaurant.

If you find your place in the heat and pressure, then you're ready to commit. Professional cooking is about consistency and perfection, even if it means making the same dish every day for years. It's a grind but fulfilling if you love making people happy through food.

My suggestion is to work in the industry first. If you truly love it, commit. Study, not just through traditional means but also through books, tutorials, and online classes. Work un-

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der chefs you admire and absorb everything. There are no shortcuts in this profession. I was fortunate to have support, but I also worked hard and learned from every mistake.

To those stepping into this world, be prepared for both the highs and the lows. If you choose this path, aim to be the best. Mediocrity has no place in a kitchen. The journey is demanding but incredibly rewarding. I would welcome you to the wonderful, crazy world of cooking.

CS: This coming week, you will be at SOBEWFF 2024, participating in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Wine Spectacular Best of the Best event. What can you tell us about that event? What are you personally most looking forward to at SOBE this year?

CTA: Yes, indeed. This marks my third time participating in SOBEWFF. Last year, due to last-minute arrangements and our brand's opening activities, we hosted a smaller event. However, two years ago, I was part of the same "Best of the Best" event at Fontainebleau that I'm attending this year. Interestingly, back then, I presented a dish without having an actual restaurant. We brought our brand and concept, but our restaurant hadn't opened yet. It was a pivotal moment in the creation of our menu. One of the dishes, which still features on our menu, was introduced to the audience before we had a physical location. Attendees were intrigued about where to find us, and I had to explain we were not open yet.

Returning to Fontainebleau now, with a dish and a restaurant, feels significantly different and exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed the event last time, meeting other chefs and discussing potential collaborations, though nothing concrete emerged since we didn't have a venue for follow-ups. Now, equipped with our restaurant, I'm eager to see how this changes the experience. I anticipate it being distinctively enriching, reflecting on the journey from the initial concept to running a successful restaurant.

What excites me most is the opportunity to possibly reconnect with individuals who have dined with us, or meet chefs who have already visited. Previously, many didn't know who I was or what I specialized in; they simply enjoyed the dish. This time, representing

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our brand and Miami's culinary scene after a year, promises a new layer of interaction and engagement.

This event, titled "Best of the Best," truly lives up to its name, surrounding you with top-tier talent. I'm humbled and honored to be considered among such esteemed company. It's not just about personal recognition but about celebrating the collective excellence and dedication in our field.

I take every piece of feedback seriously, whether it's through accolades or daily customer reviews on platforms like Open Table. Positive reviews uplift me, while negative ones motivate me to improve. Such events offer another form of valuable feedback, placing you among the culinary giants and gauging your creations against theirs.

Ultimately, for me, the essence of being a chef transcends monetary success. It's about making people happy, offering them a memorable experience that brightens their day. Yes, the financial aspect is important, but the joy and satisfaction of our guests are paramount.

Participating in events like SOBEWFF, standing shoulder to shoulder with other renowned chefs, is a testament to our commitment to excellence and passion for hospitality.

CS: For our final question—I'm curious. You've achieved so much, having opened various restaurants in different regions, each with its own unique flavors and ambiance; last year, you were awarded Miami's "Best New Restaurant.” Considering everything you've done is an amalgamation of global cuisine, are there any flavors or regions you're still eager to explore? Or any future restaurant concepts you envision on the horizon?

CTA: Yes, absolutely. I have two responses to that. Firstly, India holds a special place for me as one of the most fascinating cuisines in the world. During my season on MasterChef, I struggled a lot with curry—it was a continuous challenge. Eventually, I won my season with a curry dish in the finale. Since then, I haven't really delved into Indian cuisine again. I love to eat it, but I genuinely want to dive deeper into it one day, which I believe will involve traveling

to India and working in local kitchens. And I will do it. When I tell people I plan to explore and work in restaurants in India, they sometimes think it's because I'm getting too old for new adventures. But I don't believe one can ever be too old to explore and learn.

Secondly, on a more basic level, I'm always working on concepts—not necessarily something specific but rather brainstorming ideas and creating opportunities. I believe in staying ready for opportunities rather than having to get ready each time. Currently, I'm exploring French cuisine, which I've always avoided, thinking it was too complicated or too heavy with butter. But I think I was actually afraid of it. Now, I'm working on combining the rich heritage of French cuisine with the vibrant, innovative spirit of Israeli cuisine, trying to merge them together. It's very interesting, and I believe French-Israeli cuisine could be a dream worth turning into reality.

Thank you Chef Aviv, for sharing a glimpse into your life and future with us. We look forward to SOBEWFF and all the future holds for you and Branja.

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CULINARY JOURNEYS AND SOCIAL IMPACT

An In-depth Interview with Chef Andrew Zimmern

In an exclusive conversation with Carece Slaughter for Resident Magazine, celebrated chef, author, and TV personality Andrew Zimmern shares the rich tapestry of experiences that have shaped his unique culinary journey. From early memories of cultural shifts in Long Island to profound lessons learned in remote corners of the world, Zimmern delves into how his passion for exploring diverse cultures through food was ignited. Reflecting on his time with 'Bizarre Foods,' his evolving food philosophy, and his commitment to social justice, Zimmern offers insight into the intersections of food, politics, and social change. As he discusses his current projects and hopes for the future of the culinary landscape, readers are invited to a behind-the-scenes look at the life of one of the most influential figures in the world of food and culture. This interview not only highlights Zimmern's achievements and philosophies but also his ongoing mission to use food as a lens to explore and address the world's most pressing issues.

Carece Slaughter, Resident Magazine: Chef Zimmern, your culinary journey is unique and inspiring. Can you share the moment or experience that ignited your passion for exploring diverse cultures through food?

Chef Andrew Zimmern:. For me, I don't think there's one thing that you can point to and say yes, that is when it happened. I think people who pick one incident are forgetting that it's actually the sum of experiences that led up to that moment. I describe it more like Jenga: that one piece is taken away, and all the others begin to topple, and you must find a new way of thinking about everything. For me, it was a combination of things. I think about growing up on Long Island in New York in the '60s and seeing the transformation from one way of life to another. As a young boy, I watched Bayman pull long boats from the dunes at five in the morning with my mother and head out to sea to pull nets for fish. By 1970, that way of life

was gone and erased. And I remember being with my father in Europe as a young man, 10 to 11 years old, in the early 70s, and eating in certain restaurants and certain styles of food; my father explaining to me that this way of life was going to be eradicated because of rules and regulations and modernization of life. In both cases, I'm not arguing for a return to the horse and buggy days. But we must recognize when we have hinge events or disappearing cultural totems that we need to mark, understand, and learn from them before they're entirely erased. It was those types of experiences as a young man that ignited that passion, and I loved food. I always thought that food was the way into so many issues. I didn't know at the time that food explained not just hunger and waste but homelessness and mental health issues, national security and international security, economic development and climate crisis, immigration reform and health care and criminal justice. It all can be seen through the lens of food.

CS: Reflecting on your time with 'Bizarre Foods,' what was the most unexpected lesson you learned about cultural acceptance and tolerance through the lens of food?

AZ: Oh my gosh, take a look at any episode and pick a story. Probably the most unexpected one was in Botswana. When a tribal people that I was living with were going to set some snap snares for birds, they wove a rope using their feet. The whole tribe sat shoulder to shoulder using their toes like a loom in their fingers, making string, a dozen pieces, for us to create snap snares. We set them, and then we returned to retrieve them a day later. Wanting to be helpful, I pulled my knife out. The way to fit in with any other group of people is to be helpful to show your usefulness. So, I took my knife out to cut the snares, and I mean, the four or five tribal members I was with just recoiled in horror. It was a very embarrassing moment. They don't cut rope or string. I have one ball of string

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in my house, and it sits in a drawer. We use it once a year to tie the Christmas tree to the top of the station wagon and drive from the Tree lot to the house. But these people keep reusing this string until it turns to dust and can no longer be used. They were so appalled. I had done an excellent job impressing them for a week and a half. Up to that point, I was so proud of my behavior, but in just an instant I erased it all because I wanted to cut the rope. That has become a metaphor in my life. I can mark my life in many ways, but one of the ways I mark it is before and after that incident, which changed my way of thinking about everything.

CS: How has your food and cooking philosophy evolved over the years, especially considering your extensive travel and exposure to many culinary traditions?

AZ: My philosophy of food and cooking has evolved over the years. Obviously, I'm much more of a globalist because of my travel and exposure to so many culinary traditions. And I stopped valuing one way of cooking over another. Food is food as food, whether it's a three star Michelin restaurant in Paris, a jungle market in the Philippines, a dusty side street in the back alley of an overcrowded city in southern Africa, or eating in a home in South America.

CS: You’ve been a vocal advocate for social justice. How do you navigate the intersection of food and politics in your work, and what role do you see chefs playing in promoting social justice and positive change?

AZ: Yes, I am. I navigate the intersection of food and politics through my work, and I use my work to illustrate the problems in our civic and political lives. I think chefs are uniquely placed to do so because if you are a chef and are halfway awake, you sit at the intersection of healthcare and criminal justice of gender equality and pay equality of immigration, hunger waste… So many pillars of our social justice system that need fixing walk through our restaurant every single day. It's pretty extraordinary. And I believe that we need more chefs doing more to affect more change.

CS: In 'What’s Eating America,' you delve into many critical issues facing the U.S. What was the most surprising discovery you made while filming this series?

Well, the most surprising discovery was that I was a much better journalist than I thought I was. I felt I was ill-prepared to do that show. And it turned out I'm a very good journalist. And I'd like to do more in that area. Within the series itself, before climate crisis, I knew we had species of animals, varietals of fruits and vegetables that were simply gone. I wasn't aware of how close the problem was to my home until I visited Apalachicola, Florida and saw that there were no more oysters in what used to be the most productive oyster bed in the world, all due to the climate crisis. Even closer to home, in Minnesota, there are no more perch in Lake Superior. The warming water has caused the little baby perch to not be able to exist anymore, and they are either eaten by predators or are competing with other fish for food. Because of the fish being born on a lunar cycle, which is not affected by the- climate crisis, there are simply no more perch left. This is shocking because the perch was a part of the Friday night fish fries in the Midwest for hundreds of years. It is sad to see an entire cultural way of life disappear because of the disappearance of the perch from the US side of the Great Lake."

CS: Your show 'Family Dinner' on the Magnolia Network explores the dynamics of family meals. What do you believe is the most important aspect of a family gathering around food?

AZ: I think the most important aspect is simply doing it. We don't do it anymore. We are not just so many people who can't afford to do it. They are they're financially impoverished, and so many more are time poor. There simply is no Oh, are they believed to be no time to congregate,

I think the gathering is a family. And learning from one another, discussing what's going on in the world, exploring our days together talking about what's personal with us. If we're not doing with our family, then we become trapped. We, we become silos to ourselves, you throw in social media, you throw and look how everyone's just attached to their phone. We become individuals, we don't, and we cease to become family units. And that is extremely dangerous for our way of life, but it's even more dangerous for our mental health. And I think that mental health issues, people point to phones and social

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media and COVID, and all these other things as the reason for the spikes in mental health, illnesses, poverty and homelessness. But I would argue, anecdotally, that it's because we're not connecting with other people. And the best place to do that is in the place where you live under your own roof. Gathering with whatever family you define for yourselves, it could be biological or nonbiological, is extremely important. Some of the healthiest human beings, in many ways, that I've seen are, were the were the men and women of the firehouses, and who, in whose buildings, I've had meals, because they, they live and work together, but they sit down to eat several meals a day together, and exchange. They have social time, they exchange ideas, and they feel connected, and they export that back into their biological families, those that have them. I think time poverty and the destruction of the family system is a malignant curse.

CS: As the head of Intuitive Content, what are some of the biggest challenges you face in creating engaging and meaningful foodrelated television content?

AZ: As the head of intuitive content, what are some of the biggest challenges you face in creating engaging and meaningful food related television content? Well, to be honest with you, I think it's a pretty technical dry reason. And it's it's the fact there are a lot of people trying to do it. I believe that intuitive content does it. As well, if not better than almost anyone out there. I think we've assembled some of the most incredible talent that I've ever come across in creating great content. And yet, at the same time, circumstance COVID, for example, the multiple strikes in Hollywood that also helped to fuel a buyers recession, the, you know, a network feeling that they'd rather go with something sports related than something that's, you know, in a silo that we've created, is, you know, those those things are the things that stand in our way, which is just the normal give and take of competition, you have to accept it. I think I should also point out that intuitive content, food related television is, while we do it, and we do that, in my opinion, better than anyone I know I'm very proud of our work. Is, is actually the one of the smaller silos of what we do.

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We've grown over the last 10 years. That being said, our biggest project that we've done to date is a multi our natural history doc series that appears on PBS premieres June 19. It's called Hope in the water. And while it does touch food it is its its themes are essentially how do we protect our oceans while at the same time producing out of them? And I'm very proud of that. And thanks for letting me have this time with you.

CS: In the Post-Pandemic world, some experts feel that the future of the food and restaurant industry is still being determined. What are your biggest concerns and hopes for the culinary landscape in the coming years?

AZ: That it survives! We have a climate crisis that is existential for our food system, and I see a future 30 years from now where restaurants are simply enclaves for the rich and famous and everyday folks are priced out of even the humblest of eateries because dining out has become an unsustainable system.

CS: With Passport Hospitality, you’re shaping food service and restaurant development. What trends or innovations are you most excited about in the restaurant industry today?

The solutions to the problem above. Embracing sustainable systems and investments in carbon sequestration, aquaculture, and other innovations can assist companies that lean into solutions-minded restaurants, co-op restaurants, narrowly focused restaurants with small footprints and limited hours, niche client focus on restaurants and catering, all of that is very cool to me.

CS: You're involved in several philanthropic endeavors. Can you tell us about these projects? What are you most passionate about currently, and why?

AZ: I am on the boards or represent in some major capacity the UNWFP, The EWG, the Nature Conservancy, The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, Services for the Underserved, Wholesome Wave, World Central Kitchen, the Coalition for Sustainable Aquaculture and The Giving Kitchen. I spend most of my time working in the nonprofit space.

At the UNWFP, I am thrilled about our pilot programs in Zambian schools that allow students to grow and eat their own food. The curriculum grows around it, and the country can be transformed through these programs, bringing massive stability to the whole region. On the flip side with the EWG, we just got a bill passed in California that will make it illegal to add cancerous chemicals to kids' candy and treats. Because CA is the world’s 6th biggest economy, the companies will be changing all products brought into or made in the USA, that’s a massive win. And with the CSA, we are piloting legislation to enforce rules and regs around off shore fish farming to make investment and production more attainable. David E Kelly and I are executive producing Hope in the Water, a docuseries premiering June 19th on PBS that provides solutions for how we can work to produce and simultaneously protect our oceans at the same time. That’s just to name a few.

CS: Looking back at your illustrious career, what do you consider your most outstanding achievement, and what future goals or projects are you most excited about?

AZ: Well, doing more to help people is all I want to do. Sounds cheesy, but it makes me happy and is more of a legacy than awards or money, that’s for sure. I think my relationship with my son is my proudest achievement. And I guess selfishly, I want to tell more stories in a whole range of media to positively affect outcomes for people and entertain. I don’t see those as being mutually exclusive.

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CULINARY VISIONARIES

Elevating Miami's Dining Scene at Queen Miami Beach

Under the guidance of founder Mathieu Massa, Mr. Hospitality, Miami’s foremost luxury hospitality group, curates extraordinary dining experiences within its array of distinguished restaurants, including Queen Miami Beach, Marion, and El Tucán. Mr. Hospitality's prominent status as the driving force behind Miami's most successful upscale dining destinations is owed to its assembly of top-tier staff, allowing them to consistently deliver unmatched dining experiences that fuse culinary brilliance with exceptional service.

Mr. Hospitality proudly highlights the invaluable contributions of Mitchell Hesse and Max Kamakura, whose efforts have significantly enhanced the culinary programming at Queen Miami Beach. Together, they have reshaped and redefined the innovative offerings that make the venue renowned for its extraordinary dining experiences.

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CHEF MITCHELL HESSE

Executive Chef of Queen Miami Beach

Australian Chef Mitchell Hesse is adept, adaptable, and passionate about the customer experience. He began his culinary career in his hometown of Perth, Australia, helping his grandmother bake from a very young age. As a teenager, he apprenticed in professional kitchens, gaining invaluable on-the-job training and a formal degree. In his mid-20s, Hesse moved to London, England for a career-making job at Zuma, where he worked for two years before moving to the Miami and New York locations, eventually becoming senior sous chef for the group in Miami.

An interest in Asian cooking led Hesse to another lauded export from London, Novikov. He worked as the restaurant’s head chef from 2018 through 2020, at which time he landed as chef cuisine at the newly opened Cote Miami, the Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse from New York City.

Immediately following the pandemic, Hesse made his ultimate move and joined famed Miami-based hospitality group, Mr. Hospitality. Helmed by industry pioneer, Mathieu Massa, Mr. Hospitality conceptualizes, owns, and operates acclaimed restaurants and fivestar nightlife destinations in Miami, including prized venues –Queen Miami Beach, Marion, and El Tucán.

Chef Mitchell Hesse currently holds the role of Executive Chef at Queen Miami Beach. This 300-seat Japanese steakhouse, complete with a private omakase den, showcases the culmination of Hesse's decade-long journey perfecting flavor-forward, Asian-inspired dishes. Hesse's commitment extends beyond just crafting tasty meals; he places a strong emphasis on presenting food that is both delicious and visually appealing. Guided by a culinary philosophy rooted in inclusivity, Hesse ensures that every diner, regardless of dietary restrictions, tastes, or preferences, discovers something delightful on the menu. For Hesse, being a chef is about creating a welcoming space where as many people as possible can enjoy a satisfying culinary experience.

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Resident Magazine: Can you share a bit about your culinary background and how you developed your skills to become the executive chef at Queen?

Chef Mitchell Hesse: I’ve been in the culinary industry since I was 16, starting in Australia. At age 26, I moved to London, where I started working for the Zuma group. I spent the next 6 years traveling between Zuma, London, Miami and NYC. From there, I helmed the kitchen of many Miami high-end restaurants, including Esitiatorio Milos, Novikov and Cote Miami, before being offered the Exec Chef role at Queen. I believe my global experience and working at many of these high-end volume restaurants really gave me the foundations to create a culinary program and lead a team of over 35 staff here at Queen.

RM: How would you describe the cuisine and culinary focus of the menu you’ve created at Queen?

CMH: Queen’s culinary focus is a modern Japanese grill. We looked at the classic Ameri-

can Steakhouse and reinterpreted the menu through a Japanese lens. All of our dishes take into mind the modern diet and we really wanted to make our female clientele feel that they could enjoy everything. The menu is designed to be shared family style with guests working their way through small plate’s, sushi, land, sea and with the star of the show in our Butchers Reserve where the guests can choose from USDA Prime, our personal Dry Aged cuts or for something more special Japanese Wagyu or Kobe. To finish was a very cosmopolitan dessert selection that shouldn’t be missed.

RM: How do you prioritize the guest experience at Queen, and what steps do you take to ensure customer satisfaction?

CMH: To ensure all guests at Queen have an amazing experience, everyday our team sits down before opening to go over the guests for the night. We take notes on each guest and make sure to pay extra attention to the details of those tables whether it’s making sure the staff celebrates their event with them or curating a particular dish to avoid the allergy so they can

dine in peace of mind and enjoy the festivities with the rest of their party.

RM: Can you share an example of a dish or menu creation at Queen that you felt particularly passionate about, and what inspired it?

CMH: I feel very passionate about the whole menu here at Queen, It's impossible to pick one dish. If I had to pick, the Duck L’Orange with orange miso and pickled apples, Avocado Tarte fine with truffle Aioli, Jalapeno and Lime caviar, and Lamb chops with Chipotle miso, whipped tofu and pickled cucumber are three of my favorite dishes. These were the first 3 dishes I created for the menu at Queen. They all have a little influence of my previous experiences from around the globe and have been here since the beginning. I truly believe Queen’s butcher reserve is the best in the city as we taste our steak program every day. The Robata grilled Omi Japanese Wagyu Filet is something truly unique encompassing an exquisite flavor profile and extreme tenderness.

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Chef Max Kamakura stands at the helm of Queen Omakase, chosen for his exceptional blend of traditional sushi expertise and a forward-thinking approach to Japanese cuisine. Hailing from a family with a rich tradition of sushi craftsmanship spanning four generations, Chef Kamakura brings a wealth of expertise in the culinary realm, boasting an extensive background in various facets of restaurant management, menu creation, and culinary innovation. Raised amidst the intricate artistry of sushi, he absorbed time-honored techniques.

Rooted in a renowned lineage of sushi chefs in Brazil, Chef Max Kamakura's culinary journey spans an impressive 23 years, during which he has played a pivotal role in elevating multiple restaurants to prestigious Michelin star status. With a blend of Japanese and German heritage, Kamakura's introduction to the world of sushi began at the age of 15 when he assumed the role of Assistant Sushi Chef at his family’s restaurant, with deep roots in Japan. After some time, he relocated to the North of Brazil and

immersed himself in the culture of native Indians, delving into the exploration of Brazil's natural ingredients. Acquiring knowledge of indigenous cultivation methods and fishing techniques, Kamakura integrated these elements into his Japanese recipes, influenced by years of learning from the best Japanese chefs in Brazil.

At Queen Omakase, Kamakura crafts a superexclusive Omakase experience, while continuing to redefine the boundaries of Japanese cuisine. As a culinary maestro with a profound connection to tradition and an avant-garde approach, Chef Max Kamakura elevates each dining experience at Queen Omakase into a symphony of taste, where every dish tells a story of heritage, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of culinary excellence.

Fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, Chef Max embraces linguistic diversity, showcasing the global influences that enrich his culinary creations.

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Resident Magazine: Can you share a bit about your culinary background and how you developed your skills to become the executive chef of Queen Omakase?

Chef Max Kamakura: I started my career at 15 years old in my family’s restaurant. I come from a family of sushi chefs, and over the last 22 years, I have worked with many old-school sushi chefs, deeply learning the traditional culture. I’ve also incorporated various techniques and ingredients from my experiences in different countries and regions.

RM: How does your third-generation culinary background influence the menu creation and dining experience at Queen Omakase?

CMK: My third-generation culinary background greatly influences the menu creation and dining experience at Queen Omakase. I enjoy bringing recipes from my childhood and adapting them to the current menu. These recipes were passed down from my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, all originating from the influences from when my Japanese family used to get together on weekends.

RM: Queen Omakase’s menu rotates every 3 weeks. How do you go about creating a new menu every so often? What factors do you consider?

CMK: Creating a new menu every three weeks involves studying new recipes, techniques, and ingredients. Research is a key part of my routine, making the process of menu creation more enjoyable. The influences for the new menus come from global trends, the availability of fresh fish, or even rediscovering very old recipes.

RM: What’s unique about Queen Omakase that separates it from other omakase restaurants?

CMK: What makes Queen Omakase unique is the ability to offer clients a fun way to delve deeper into Japanese stories, methods, and techniques. The dining experience is complemented by relaxed conversations and engages all the senses with a touch of art and music.

RM: Can you share an example of a dish or menu creation that you felt particularly passionate about, and what inspired it?

CMK: One menu creation that I felt particularly passionate about was inspired by my daughter. She wanted me to take her to watch the Barbie Movie, and made me go to the movies dressed all in pink. This inspired me to prepare a pink powder from dehydrated beetroot, which, when added to the sauce, turns the entire dish pink.

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CARLO DIPASQUALE

Global and Local Expertise

Miami is famously international, a cosmopolitan hotspot where the global flavor extends from the culinary and cultural scene to the people who call the city home. And that makes it the ideal locale for Compass Real Estate Agent Carlo Dipasquale. As one of Miami’s leading lights in luxury residential real estate, Carlo parlays his gift for languages (he speaks four fluently), his passion for travel (60+ countries), his business acumen, and his extensive knowledge of the local market into providing exceptional service for a largely international clientele that includes celebrities and sports stars.

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Born and raised in Sicily, Carlo studied languages in college, augmenting Italian and English with a mastery of Spanish and Portuguese. He began his career in diplomacy, working for the Consulate General of Italy in Miami. Intrigued by the world of real estate, he started buying, remodeling, and selling properties as a sideline and eventually transitioned full time to the field that has become his passion.

“I love this job because every day is different. It’s always interesting,” says Carlo, who has generated sales of more than $1 billion in luxe homes and investment properties throughout South Florida while maintaining a presence in Manhattan luxury real estate. His wide-ranging work might take him to Palm Beach one day, Pompano the next, and, in certain seasons, abroad.

Carlo regularly travels to Mexico, Brazil, Italy, and even Monte Carlo for personalized presentations to potential new buyers as well as friendly chats with longstanding clientsturned-friends who rely on him to keep them updated on the nuances of the Miami market. He backs his own extensive knowledge with data and analysis compiled by his team of 13.

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“When I go to South America or Europe to do presentations, I don’t sell properties. I sell the city,” Carlo explains. “Why Miami? Miami has become a global city as important as New York, London, or Paris. People from all over the world come here and find events related to their culture, from restaurants to art to music to film festivals, so they feel instantly at home. Everything here has improved in terms of infrastructure, and this is just the beginning. When the people who move the economy make Miami their home base, you can only imagine the growth this young city will continue to experience. So when someone buys real estate here, they’re investing in the future and the future of their families.”

Carlo and his team are keenly attuned to the priorities of high-end international clients. They are adept at accommodating requests that run the gamut from buyers in far-flung locales who need a video walkthrough of a property just before it hits the market to Miami newcomers in need of a CPA fluent in their native language or a decorator who understands current trends in Italian interiors.

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THE COFRESI GROUP

A FAMILY'S MASTERY IN SHAPING MIAMI'S SKYLINE

Eduardo and Luciene Cofresi: Co-Founders

In the dynamic landscape of South Florida's real estate, few names resonate as profoundly as The Cofresi Group. Co-founded by the power couple Eduardo and Luciene Cofresi, this family-run enterprise has emerged as a cornerstone in transforming Miami's skyline. With an illustrious sales portfolio of over three billion dollars and a legacy built on unparalleled success, The Cofresi Group's story is one of ambition, multicultural collaboration, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Eduardo and Luciene Cofresi embody the synergy of excellence, strategy, and cultural fluency, marking them as a formidable team in the real estate industry. Since joining Fortune International in 2021, the Cofresi Group has soared to new heights, becoming a beacon of success in branded development sales.

Eduardo, a visionary leader, brings his entrepreneurial spirit and strategic insight to the forefront. Luciene is the group's pillar of strength. Her Brazilian heritage adds a unique cultural depth to the team, and his proficiency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese is a crucial asset in the cosmopolitan Miami market, enhancing the group's engagement with a diverse international clientele. Together, their leadership has been paramount in securing The Cofresi Group's status as a top-selling team, consistently delivering excellence in their involvement in prestigious projects like St. Regis Residences and Baccarat Residences Brickell.

Giuliano Cofresi: The Artistic Innovator Giuliano Cofresi, the couple's son, brings a fresh and artistic approach to the family business. His background in Visual Arts and Industrial Design offers a unique perspective, blending aesthetics with practicality in real estate projects. Giuliano's role in general residential sales and his involvement in top Miami developments like the Residences by Armani Casa and Porsche Design Tower demonstrates his ability to connect with clients and his perceptive understanding of the market.

Isabella Cofresi: The Global Strategist

Isabella Cofresi, the daughter, is a young prodigy, amalgamating her international exposure and academic excellence in her approach to real estate. Her diverse experiences, from working at the Cannes Film Festival to being featured in Elle Magazine UK, add a distinct flair to her professional persona. Representing ORA by Casa Tua, Isabella is poised to leave a significant mark in the industry, bolstered by her global perspective and commitment to excellence.

The Cofresi Group: A Legacy Beyond Real Estate

The Cofresi Group, under this formidable family's stewardship, is more than a real estate enterprise. It is a symbol of resilience, innovation, and excellence. Their expansive network, both international and domestic, has been key to their sustained success. The group's story is not just about selling properties; it's about crafting experiences, shaping communities, and redefining luxury living.

As they continue to represent some of the most prestigious developments in South Florida, The Cofresi

Group's influence extends far beyond sales figures and accolades. It is about a family's unwavering commitment to excellence and their indelible impact on Miami's real estate landscape. In their journey, they exemplify the power of vision, family unity, and cultural diversity, setting a benchmark of distinction.

In the ever-evolving tapestry of South Florida's real estate, The Cofresi Group remains a beacon of innovation and excellence, driven by a family's shared dream and a relentless pursuit of greatness. Cofresi Group

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DISCOVER THE EXCLUSIVITY OF ARIA RESERVE

In the heart of Miami, an unparalleled residential project emerges: Aria Reserve. With a masterful fusion of contemporary elegance and coastal living, each unit at Aria Reserve promises an unparalleled luxury living experience. From its panoramic views of Biscayne Bay to its high-end amenities, Aria Reserve offers a unique lifestyle that combines sophistication and serenity.

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At Aria Reserve, luxury meets serenity to create a unique lifestyle. Exceptional amenities and meticulously designed spaces offer an unparalleled living experience. With panoramic views and natural surroundings, every corner of Aria Reserve provides a sense of calmness in the vibrant heart of Miami.

At Aria Reserve, luxury meets serenity to create a unique lifestyle. Exceptional amenities and meticulously designed spaces offer an unparalleled living experience. With panoramic views and natural surroundings, every corner of Aria Reserve provides a sense of calmness in the vibrant heart of Miami.

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MIAMI'S REAL ESTATE PARADISE A Buyer's Guide to Prime Properties

Fit for a Luxurious Lifestyle

As you may already know, Miami is a Mecca for all things luxury when it comes to offering worldly cuisine experiences, a lavish entertainment nightlife, and breathtaking views from million-dollar properties fit for royalty - this is not JUST a city, but the setting for an opulent lifestyle designed for the best of the best.

So, it's no surprise that new billion-dollar developments are in high demand right now to satisfy a growing need for those who are flocking to migrate here to bask in Florida's sun kissed warm weather and ohso-many phenomenal luxuries.

Personally, I made the move here from Los Angeles a few years ago and haven't looked back for all the reasons above and more. Miami is the city to be in and I do not need to count the reasons why because you already know. Now, if you are someone who is looking for a new summer home or a place to settle in year around, this guide will show you an in-depth look at the most desirable and prestigious developments that are causing quite the stir among the locals here.

Come with me on a personal journey through Miami's up and coming prospective properties that are simply irresistible and fabulous in every way

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New Development Luxury Living Opportunities in Miami Neighborhoods

Being a "Floridian", I have come to appreciate all of gorgeous landscapes, vibrant art galleries, and jaw dropping high rises equipped with state-of-the-art amenities that had me thinking "why didn't I move here sooner?". Relocating to Miami was the best decision that I have ever made for myself in the sense that living here is truly something to write home about. BUT it does depend on which neighborhood you decide to make your mark in.

Currently, Brickell is HOT and experiencing an influx of new residents, drawn to its unique appeal as the "NEW" New York, but without the drawbacks of chilly weather, high taxes, and the perennially under-construction streets plagued by potholes. There is no doubt that people are increasingly attracted to the prospect of living in Brickell, enticed by the combination of a warmer climate, a tax-free environment, reputable schools, and the promise of a luxurious lifestyle that anyone could get accustomed to quickly.

That is a fact as I fell for Brickell immediately and there are no complaints here, not one. However, Brickell isn't the only Miami neighborhood that should be on your radar. Downtown Miami is rapidly emerging as a newfound promised land for investment opportunities and undergoing a significant transformation. This change is attracting a diverse range of investors, who are interested in tapping into the area's growing potential.

Meanwhile, Sunny Isles still and will always maintain its status as one of Miami's most prestigious neighborhoods, a favorite among international travelers seeking luxurious vacation homes. Known for its beautiful beaches and high-end amenities, Sunny Isles continues to be a top choice mainly for families and couples who desire a lavish retreat to visit and unwind periodically.

Each of these neighborhoods and communities offers lush lifestyles and unique opportunities for investors, long-term residents, and even casual and seasonal visitors.

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Brickell Miami:

The "New" New York

Brickell, my favorite place in the world, is renowned for its towering high-rises, flashy entertainment venues, and New York City vibes. This part of town stands as the place to be if you are a mover and a shaker looking for Miami's top luxury residences. It's a dynamic neighborhood, blending high-end living with the convenience of city life with everything within reach. This is home for many locals who seek a diverse selection of trendy restaurants and cafes, upscale boutiques, and vibrant nightlife spots, all conveniently located among impressive million-dollar high-rise architecture.

ST. REGIS MIAMI RESIDENCES

1581 Brickell Ave Ste 2207, Miami, FL

Completion Date: 2027

The St. Regis Miami, set to redefine luxury in Miami’s Financial District, will be a prestigious waterfront development with a starting price of a cool $4 million. It will offer residents exclusive St. Regis services such as concierge, car and beauty services, a pet spa, and private package delivery, and butler services. Its prime South Brickell location ensures easy access to central Brickell, downtown Miami, and upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Architecturally designed by Robert A.M. Stern

Architects with interiors by Rockwell Group, this 50-story building will feature 152 ultraluxury residences, each offering two to seven bedrooms with sizes ranging from 2,300 to 10,000 square feet, including lavish Penthouses and Sky Villas. Residents will enjoy over 55,000 square feet of amenity space, including a private marina, infinity and lap pools, a Cognac Room, Tea Room, and a holistic wellness center.

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The residences at St. Regis Miami embody elegance with custom European marble flooring, high-end Wolf appliances, smart home technology, and Italian cabinetry. Set to welcome residents by the beginning of 2027, St. Regis Miami promises a lifestyle of bespoke luxury and exclusive comfort in the heart of Miami.

As a Resident Magazine reader, you get to experience an exclusive private tour of what you can expect from the St. Regis Miami and it’s fabulous!

What can I say, being a bit of a social butterfly I do tend to run in the right circles and here’s where that pays off. My incredibly connected friend, Eric Johnson, offered me a chance to tour the St. Regis Miami property office to get the scoop on why this high-rise will be so special and to find out what’s not posted on the web. (shhhhh)

That’s right, I got a sneak peek at what this new development will look like and you are not going to believe how stunning and accommodating it will be. I have to say, I was blown away at the opulence, sophoosticated technology, sleak building design, and phenomenal amenities that are a testimony to the St. Regis brand. I mean, gold stars, two thumbs up, 10’s all the way!

I hope that piqued your interest and got you thinking that you should invest in a first class lifestyle by living in a building that makes you feel like you are always treated first class. Also, I can’t thank Eric Johnson, Anna Sherill, and the whole St. Regis Miami team enough for taking the time to show me around and give me all the details of what this new luxury building has to offer.

Also, if you have any questions about the available condos in the St. Regis Miami Luxury High-Rise, please reach out to them directly by clicking on their names above for a private showing. Trust me, you're in great hands as they have over 20+ years of experience and will meet all of your buying expectations.

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BACCARAT RESIDENCES

444 Brickell Ave, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131

Completion Date: 2025

In the heart of Brickell, this stunning soon-tobe 75-foot glass tower epitomizes luxury and glamor, offering residents a waterfront lifestyle infused with Miami’s unique energy and elegance. This development is more than just a residence; it's a celebration of refined aesthetics, perfectly integrated into its vibrant surroundings.

The property features a mix of 324 tower residences, 8 penthouses, and 28 riverfront flats and duplexes, each designed for maximum comfort and luxury. Whether for personal enjoyment or as an investment, these homes cater to a range of preferences, set in the middle of one of the world's most dynamic cities.

Residents will enjoy an array of exceptional services, including a dedicated concierge, 24-hour security, limousine service, and exclusive shopping privileges. Personalized services such as IT and business support, custom scenting, and affordable childcare, ensure a lifestyle of convenience and unparalleled sophistication, making every day a seamless and luxurious experience.

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CIPRIANI RESIDENCES

1420 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

Completion Date: 2027

Crafted with the artistic expertise of Arquitectonica and 1508 London, the Cipriani Residences Miami, set to be completed in 2027, will provide unparalleled comfort and seclusion. Drawing inspiration from a scenic location and the classic elegance of Cipriani, these homes feature indoor-outdoor spaces that capture the essence of Miami's sunlit environment. The building's design, with its curved façade, and exquisite luxury theme, is an ode to the brand's heritage. Located at the edge of Brickell, it's a quick walk to the entrance of the lively city atmosphere. These residences embody the enduring Italian elegance and exemplary service synonymous with Cipriani.

The 80-story structure, a remarkable feature of the Brickell skyline, showcases a sleek, organic design that gracefully leans towards the water's edge. This refined architectural concept extends into the interior spaces, infusing each of the 405 units, ranging from one to four bedrooms, with a blend of sophistication and discreet Italian charm.

For residents, life at Cipriani Residences Miami is defined by a seamless blend of class and convenience. The building's location ensures easy access to the diverse and dynamic experiences that this exciting city has to offer, setting the stage for a lifestyle marked by relaxed elegance and metropolitan vibrancy.

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ASTON MARTIN RESIDENCES

300 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131

Completion Date: 2024

Expected to be completed in 2024, the new Aston Martin Residences in Miami will soar to a height of 66 floors and will offer 391 condominiums. Condo unit options range from one to five-bedroom condominium residences, duplexes, and penthouses, crowned by a stunning triplex luxury penthouse fit for a king and queen.

Reflecting the century-long legacy of Aston Martin's excellence in design, each residence is crafted to be a personal statement of luxury and sophistication. Situated to offer panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, the Miami River, and the dynamic city skyline, the development epitomizes the blend of natural beauty and urban elegance.

Equipped with exceptional amenities, the residences feature a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa, a sprawling pool deck, and various salons and lounges, complemented by an onsite marina. These facilities ensure a lifestyle of convenience and unmatched comfort to all your accommodation requests, making the Aston Martin Residences a pinnacle of luxury living in Miami.

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Downtown Miami: Urban Sophistication at Its Finest

Downtown Miami, is going through a gentrification process and definitely has an urban charm to it that is continually evolving. This part of Miami is also a cultural hub, with art galleries, museums showcasing contemporary art, and holds yearly Context Art Basel events. It also happens to be home to the biggest sports, concert, and events center which is known as the Kaseya Center, where all the Heat games happen. The Miami downtown district can be especially appealing for its accessibility to public schools, parks, and shopping centers making it a practical choice for families.

WALDORF ASTORIA RESIDENCES

330 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132

Completion Date: 2025

The Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami, set to be Miami's tallest structure at 1,049 feet by 2025, redefines luxury in a 100-story condo/ hotel tower. Located in Downtown Miami's waterfront, close to major attractions, it's designed by Carlos Ott and Sieger Suarez Architects.

This architectural marvel features 9 unique glass "cubes". The first three house a Waldorf Astoria hotel with 205 suites and lavish amenities, including a pool deck, restaurant, spa, and fitness center. Floors 40-100 offer 360 private residences, ranging from studios to 4-bedroom units, with sophisticated designs, smart home technology, high-end kitchens, and terraces with breathtaking views.

Residents enjoy exclusive access to a private lobby, a 40th-floor pool deck, swimming facilities, and lounges, embodying unparalleled luxury and comfort in the heart of Miami.

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Sunny Isles: The Beachfront Jewel of Miami Beach

Sunny Isles, located north of Miami Beach, is a haven for those seeking beachfront luxury buying opportunities. Known for its pristine beaches and upscale high-rises, this area offers some of the most spectacular views in Florida and plenty of privacy.

BENTLEY RESIDENCES

18401 Collins Ave. Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

Completion Date: 2026

Set to grace the Miami skyline as a beacon of opulence, Bentley Residences stands as a groundbreaking achievement in luxury living. Expected to be the tallest beachfront residential tower in the U.S. at an impressive 749 feet, this world's first Bentley-branded tower is a testament to unparalleled sophistication and innovation that's ready for you to discover. Scheduled for completion in 2026 in prestigious Sunny Isles Beach, the 60-story architectural marvel is the result of a visionary collaboration between Dezer Development and Sieger Suarez.

Designed for the discerning few, each residence in the Bentley Residences promises a sanctuary of exclusivity and privacy. The tower's signature feature, the 'Dezervator' car elevator, delivers residents and their vehicles directly to their private 4-car garages within each unit. These residences are sanctuaries of luxury, complete with personal pools and saunas, set against the backdrop of breathtaking Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal vistas.

In every aspect, from the spacious interiors with soaring 10-foot ceilings to the expansive outdoor terraces with summer kitchens, Bentley Residences epitomizes the essence of luxury living. For those who seek a lifestyle marked by distinction and elegance, Bentley Residences offers an unparalleled living experience, redefining beachfront luxury for a select few.

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The best place to buy in Miami is your choice, and you should choose wisely.

Choosing a real estate property to buy in top Miami neighborhoods means investing in a lifestyle marked by beauty, culture, and luxury. This city is filled with qualified real estate brokerage firms that are well-equipped to identify prospective properties that you would find appealing, offering services that are deemed reliable and comprehensive.

Miami's real estate market offers a million good reasons for you to consider using your buying power here.

Happy property hunting!

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MIAMI FASHION WEEK 2024

Sun, Surf, and Style Sensations!

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From iconic Karl Kani's streetwise swagger to Yas Gonzalez's bold designs, Miami Fashion Week 2024 was a vibrant mosaic of trends. Agatha Ruiz De La Prada turned heads with whimsical floral and star headbands, while Rene Ruiz brought sophistication with his clean lines. Luisu Vega added a touch of Latin spice with his vibrant colors and playful silhouettes. This Miami heatwave wasn't just about the weather, it was about fashion setting the world on fire!

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Rene Ruiz

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MIAMI FASHION WEEK 2024

A Fusion of Sustainability and Style

Miami, the vibrant heart of art and culture, hosted Miami Fashion Week 2024 from January 24th to January 28th at the Gary Nader Art Centre. This muchanticipated event united industry leaders and fashion enthusiasts to celebrate a melting pot of fashion and diversity. The event began with a press conference along with a lunch at Kiki on the River. It ended with a dynamic panel discussion that explored the influence of sustainability on fashion. In between was a week of fashion shows presented by an outstanding lineup of designers, including special guest Karl Kani, making this edition of MIAFW genuinely unforgettable.

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Karl Kani kicked off the week and set the tone for this fashion extravaganza through his streetwear designs and hip-hop image. This was a historic collaboration as Karl Kani took center stage in Miami for the first time while being the first streetwear designer ever showcased by MIAFW. His experience dressing iconic legends like Notorious B.I.G., Diddy, and Tupac translated during his presentation at the Elser Hotel. He ensured not to disappoint as his collection included bold designs that reflected his iconic status in urban fashion.

The week continued as we were captivated by collections presented by Yas González and Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada. González’s collection transformed architecture into wearable art as she captured her Cuban-American roots in every piece. On her personal Instagram @yasgonzalezofficial dedicated her runway to her mother as she proudly represented her love for her culture. Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada did not hold back as her collection showcased her signature style, flooding the stage with vibrant colors and joyful energy. Model Bella Barbosa, who had the pleasure of walking in both of these shows, gave us some insight about her experience:

“It was my first time walking in Miami Fashion Week, and the vibrant atmosphere created an unforgettable experience. From being backstage to strutting down the runway, the energy was electrifying. The collaborative spirit among the designers, models, and organizers truly made it a celebration of fashion, art, and culture.”

This past week’s event highlighted diverse representation as we continued through the line-up and saw the work of trailblazing designers Rene by RR, Angel Sanchez, and Giannina Azar. Rene’s collection exhibited flair and elegance; as someone who sits on the Advisory Board of the Miami Fashion Institute where he helps mentor and inspire students, he was the perfect addition to MIAFW. Angel Sanchez presented his idea that “fashion inspires interiors” as his pieces showed a modern take on architectural finesse. Contrasting Giannina Azar, Dominican-Lebanese designer, whose artistic approach

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Sustainability was the main character in this year’s Miami Fashion Week as designers came together to host the Sustainable Summit at MiamiDade College. Here, important discussions took place that not only proved MIAFW’s commitment to sustainability but was the epicenter of innovative ideas to revolutionize the fashion industry. The panel focused on how to blend creativity with eco-consciousness and dove into how they are currently supporting this cause. Lisu Vega even took it a step further by presenting a completely sustainable collection utilizing leftover material from her other collections. Her contemporary art designs, based on a childhood memory, left us speechless.

The event was more than just fashion shows; it fostered insightful conversations and diverse perspectives in fashion. The Miami-Dade County government’s support, with attendance by Miami-Dade Commissioner Oliver Gilbert, emphasized the event’s significance in promoting economic growth and local talent. Along with other well-known figures that attended the event like local musician Kiko El Crazy, Real Housewife of Miami Guerdy Abraira, and actress Pretty Vee, this event’s message of placing culture and sustainability at the forefront of fashion is sure to be heard internationally.

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EMPOWERING FAMILIES THROUGH ADVOCACY An Exclusive Interview with

Julianne Michelle of Mommy's Heart

In the realms of resilience and advocacy, few stories resonate as profoundly as that of Julianne Michelle, the visionary founder of Mommy’s Heart. This organization emerged from the crucible of personal struggle within the Family Court system, embodying a beacon of hope for families navigating similar tumultuous paths. In an exclusive conversation with Carece Slaughter for Resident Magazine, Michelle shares the deeply personal journey that led to the creation of Mommy's Heart, her transition from acting to nonprofit leadership, and the pivotal milestones that have defined the organization's impact. With a focus on providing legal support and championing legislative changes, Mommy's Heart is carving a path toward a more just and compassionate system for all. This interview sheds light on the organization's achievements, the upcoming Winter Fête, and how the community can engage in their mission to transform the lives of parents and children entangled in the complexities of the Family Court system.

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Carece Slaughter, Resident Magazine: Can you share with us the inspiration behind founding Mommy's Heart? What personal experiences or motivations led you to this initiative?

Julianne Michelle, Founder of Mommy’s Heart: I founded Mommy’s Heart after recognizing a vital need during my prolonged journey through the Family Court system. My aim is to offer other families the support and resources to which I never had access.

CS: How has your background in acting influenced your approach to leading a nonprofit organization like Mommy's Heart?

JM: Having been an actress since a young age, I was afforded unique opportunities to champion important causes. I’ve always loved serving my community, and I never foresaw running my own non-profit one day. I've also nurtured meaningful relationships throughout my career that have been instrumental in garnering support and momentum for our cause. We have many high-profile celebrities and in-

dustry leaders on our board and on our event host committees who have helped us raise awareness.

CS: Mommy's Heart has made significant impacts since its inception. Could you highlight some of the key achievements or milestones that you're particularly proud of?

JM: Mommy's Heart has accomplished some wonderful achievements this year, and fundraising is critical to supporting our efforts. We onboarded our first full-time licensed attorney, who is managing several parents' cases with the help of our talented law school students. We are assisting 13 parents with their legal needs in various states, including New York, California, Ohio, and Florida. Mommy's Heart also drafted legislation that will make it more difficult for abusers to weaponize the system against their victims. Our proposed legislation was introduced by NYS Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright to the Judiciary Committee in Albany, and you can read the provisions of Bill A08361 on the State Assembly site: nyassembly.gov.

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CS: The upcoming March event for Mommy's Heart is generating a lot of excitement. Can you give us a sneak peek into what attendees can expect?

JM: Our Mommy's Heart Winter Fête will be held at a beautiful penthouse in Palm Beach, FL, overlooking the ocean from 6 pm-10 pm. The evening will include a seated dinner for approx. 30 esteemed guests (6 pm-8 pm) at $1000 per person, special guest speakers and VIPs, auctions, entertainment, and more.

Our Winter Fête Host Committee includes Sally Kirkland, Marysol Patton (Housewives of Miami), Sean Stone, Myles von Trapp, Florence Anthony, Samuel K. Kelley, MD., Amy Carlson, Nellie Sciutto, and Alexandra Greenawalt.

Our event sponsors include Pola Palm Beach, Noho Nails, Casa D'Angelo, Prezzo, Bricktops, Lynora's, The Capital Grille, Atlas Event Rental, Candy's Cake Pops, 4 S Liquors, and Scotti's Wines & Liquors.

CS: Volunteering and community involvement are crucial for the success of non-profits. What are some of the ways individuals can get involved with Mommy's Heart, especially in the upcoming event?

JM: There are many ways to get involved. There are opportunities for sponsoring or hosting an event with us, corporate underwriting, mental health volunteering, and for law school students and licensed attorneys to join our legal team. To learn more, please visit: mommysheartfoundation.com/get-involved For our March 12 event, there are volunteer opportunities for professional musicians and DJs, bartenders and servers, chefs, drivers, and auction bid spotters.

CS: Could you share a story or experience that particularly stands out to you, where Mommy's Heart made a significant difference in someone's life?

JM: We haven’t made a significant difference in anyone’s life yet. We just started rolling out our legal and mental health services. We have saved parents tens of thousands of dollars on legal fees. We have facilitated reunification between

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parent and child in one case. We are hoping to onboard local licensed attorney volunteers in New York, Ohio, California, and Florida, where we have our greatest demand.

CS: In what ways has your education at Columbia University contributed to your role as Executive Director of Mommy's Heart?

JM: I studied clinical social work at Columbia University and obtained my MSW and later my LMSW. It’s easy to neglect one’s mental health while facing the onslaught of the family court system. All you can think about is protecting your child, and the fear of losing your child can be debilitating. Being separated from your child or not knowing if your child is safe, healthy, or happy is a nightmare no parent should have to endure. My education and training experience while attending Columbia University School of Social Work taught me that if I want to effectively help others, I need to meet them where they’re at and not judge someone’s response to adverse events, as we all favor different coping styles, acknowledging that some may be more healthy than others. Coupling my education with my own personal life experience, I learned that while validating one’s feelings and experiences is very important, the emphasis should remain on looking forward and finding ways to create positive change. The family court retraumatizes abuse survivors and exploits innocent children for monetary gain. It has absolutely no regard for families. This is why we offer mental health services at Mommy’s Heart. We appreciate that our legal services are in the highest demand, but we also understand that families need nurturing, compassion, and plenty of emotional support to remain steadfast on their journey with warrior strength and will.

CS: Are there any specific challenges you've faced while running Mommy's Heart, and how have you overcome them?

JM: Addressing the growing demand for services is our main challenge while continuing to fundraise so that we can expand our services to meet the huge need. Putting one foot in front of the other and crossing off items on my to-do list each day helps our foundation move toward progress.

CS: Looking towards the future, what are your aspirations for Mommy's Heart? Are there any new projects or initiatives we can look forward to?

JM: Our goal is to be able to offer free legal representation in every state so that no parent ever has to fear reporting abuse again. I’d also like to provide free supervised visitation services to parents who are wrongfully court-mandated to see their children under supervision. These parents have no history of criminality, drug abuse, or violence, yet for unknown reasons, they are prohibited from seeing their children unless they pay per hour for someone to supervise them when with their children. Many parents cannot afford to pay for supervision, and because of this, many parents are forced to go months, even years, without any contact with their children. I’d like to recruit volunteer LCSWs and LMSWs who can facilitate supervised visitation at no cost to these parents to avoid unnecessary separation of parent and child.

CS: How can people stay updated about Mommy's Heart's activities and get involved in future events?

JM: Please visit our website, www.mommysheartfoundation.com and stay connected with us on Facebook mommysheartfoundation and on Instagram @mommysheartfoundation. Also, subscribe to our substack mommysheart. substack.com/!

CS: Finally, what message would you like to share with our readers, especially those who might be considering supporting or joining Mommy's Heart?

JM: Mommy's Heart, Inc. is the only charity of its kind offering these aforementioned services to parents and children suffering from legal and financial retaliation by their abusers in the court system. There is a GREAT and growing need that has not been met. Mommy’s Heart aims to help all parents who are unable to receive help elsewhere due to the complex nature of their cases and the inability to find other agencies willing or able to invest the time and resources needed to advocate for their rights.

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THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT ILLUMINATED AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM AND HARLEM FINE ARTS EXHIBIT

The Brooklyn Museum:

Currently on display from Febuary 10th to July 7th is Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. This premiere exhibition offers a curated glimpse into the couple's extensive art collection and brings together nearly forty “giants” in Black diasporic art. “The collection started not just because we’re art lovers, but also because there’s not enough people of color collecting artists of color,” Swizz told Cultured magazine in 2018.

Born and raised in New York, the couple have been making music for decades and have cultivated diverse passions across music, art, and culture. For over two decades, the Deans have directed their art collection efforts toward supporting living artists, Including Nina Chanel Abney, Derrick Adams, Jordan Casteel, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Esther Mahlangu. The exhibition also offers twelve images by genius street photographer Jamal Shabazz, whose images honor everyday people navigating the streets of New York City from the 1980s to the present.

In tribute to revered older artists, the "On the Shoulders of Giants" section showcases the work of individuals who have made an enduring impact on the world. The legacy of portrait and street photography finds representation in the works of Kwame Brathwaite, Malick Sidibé, and Gordon Parks, with the Deans possessing the most extensive private collection of Parks.

According to The Brooklyn Museum: The exhibition’s title, “Giants,” refers to several aspects of the Dean Collection: the renown of legendary artists, the impact of canon-expanding contemporary artists, and the monumental works by such creators as Derrick Adams, Arthur Jafa, and Meleko Mokgosi. The term also evokes the strong bonds between the Deans and the artists they support and among the artists themselves. Along with examining the links and legacies among multigenerational Black artists, the exhibition encourages “giant conversations” inspired by the works on view—critiquing society and celebrating Blackness. Paying homage” Significant works from the Dean Collection will enter the Museum's permanent collection to celebrate the exhibition. For more information visit: www.Brooklynmuseum.com

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Harlem Fine Arts Show

Are you looking to start or grow your Black diasporic art collection? Check out the Harlem Fine Arts Show from February 23rd to Febuary 25th, where there will be over 50 artists on display. This traveling exhibition features contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography, establishing itself as the most extensive touring African diaspora art show in the United States. This year's theme is a dynamic celebration centered on the power of creative arts in health and healing and will honor African Americans in medicine.

Artist Branden Allen (aka HOBO INK) shared this with Resident Magazine about his participation in the Harlem Fine Arts Show: “HFAS is an incredible platform for first-time and longtime art collectors, allowing the Black community to be recognized as must-see emerging artists. It is also a great wealth-building tool, teaching how to invest in our community via the platform of artistry and collecting. My collection for the show is inspired by American blackness and our history of existence”.

Rodney LoveJones, curator of Graphite House's pop-up gallery, said: “As a part of the Harlem

Fine Arts Show marketing team, I can support the Black arts conversation on the ground. This partnership allows fellow artists and gallerists alike to exhibit work and provides an opportunity for the world to watch them shine. Such events offer invaluable platforms for Black artists to emerge and thrive in art while fostering community and solidarity within the African diaspora”. Graphite House will showcase artists Marryam Moma, Cyrus Nelson, and Hobo Ink.

For more information and tickets for Harlem Fine Arts, visit: www.hfas.org

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PHILANTHROPIST JEAN SHAFIROFF HOSTS LUNCHEON IN HONOR OF THE SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, television host, and author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make A Life By What You Give, hosted a luncheon at Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, FL in honor the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

The luncheon was attended by a group of guests and supporters of the work of the Foundation. Those in attendance included Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, Ava Roosevelt, Lee Black, Harry Cooper, Bob Roberts, Camilla Webster, Kim Dryer, Meg McCartney, Alex Hamer, Pamela O'Connor, Anka Palitz, CeCe Black, Rick Rose, Pamala Wright, Paola Rosenshein, Arnie Rosenshein, David Sweet and Christopher Twardy.

Jean Shafiroff spoke about the research work that the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation performs, “I am deeply moved by the incredible work the Waxman Foundation funds to discover new treatments for cancer. I am inspired by their Institute Without WallsTM program which requires scientists to work together to speed up the pace of research.” She also spoke about how Dr. Waxman treated and gave great advice to her father regarding his cancer who lived on until the age of 93.

Jean and Martin Shafiroff made a donation in honor of their guests to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).

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FASHION FOR A CAUSE: THE 8TH ANNUAL BLUE JACKET FASHION SHOW CHAMPIONS PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

Held a week before NYFW, the 8th Annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show drew attention to prostate cancer awareness with a dazzling display of celebrity fashion and advocacy. The event, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and benefiting ZERO Prostate Cancer, showcased the fashion industry's commitment to raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer research, early detection, and treatment.

The runway was graced by notable figures including Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson Peete, Billy Porter, Luis A. Miranda, Jr., and Young Paris, among others, each donning blue jackets by renowned designers to symbolize the fight against prostate cancer. The fashion credits were as diverse as the participants, featuring designs from Thom Browne, The Privilege, Arjona Collection, and many more, highlighting the fashion community's united front against this prevalent disease.

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Prostate cancer, a leading cause of cancer death among American men, disproportionately affects people of color, with Black and Latino communities facing the highest risks. The Blue Jacket Fashion Show serves not only as a platform for fashion but also for education and dialogue, aiming to increase screenings and early detection rates within these high-risk communities.

VIP guests, including Allyson Tucker Mitchell, Bevy Smith, and Tamron Hall, lent their support, underscoring the importance of community and visibility in combating prostate cancer. The Blue Jacket Fashion Show, through its blend of fashion, celebrity, and advocacy, continues to be a pivotal event in promoting men's health and the ongoing battle against prostate cancer.

Photos by Getty Images for Blue Jacket

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HEARTBEATS AND HAUTE COUTURE: THE RED DRESS COLLECTION CONCERT IGNITES AMERICAN HEART MONTH WITH STARS AND STYLE

In a dazzling blend of fashion, music, and philanthropy, the American Heart Association's Red Dress Collection Concert, held at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, marked the beginning of American Heart Month with a star-studded lineup featuring Demi Lovato, Mickey Guyton, Sherri Shepherd, and a host of other celebrities. This event, which is the Association's national marquee event for its Go Red for Women® movement, not only celebrated the progress towards health equity but also emphasized the importance of investing in women's heart health. The concert coincided with the Association's centennial celebration, underscoring a century of lifesaving service.

The evening was kickstarted by Sherri Shepherd, the Emmy Award-winning host who shared her personal connection with cardiovascular disease. She introduced Grammy-nominated country star Mickey Guyton, who captivated the audience with her performances and fashion choices. Demi Lovato, the headlining act, delivered a powerful performance in custom attire, highlighting the importance of heart health awareness alongside cardiac arrest survivor and NFL star Damar Hamlin.

Fashion played a pivotal role throughout the event, with celebrities donning red haute couture to symbolize the fight against cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among women. Participants included Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, Bellamy Young, Brandi Rhodes, and many more, each bringing their unique style to the runway and red carpet to support the cause.

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The Go Red for Women movement, sponsored by CVS Health, aims to increase awareness and drive change for women's heart health. This year's Red Dress Collection Concert not only celebrated the American Heart Association's 100 years of service but also served as a call to action to prioritize women's heart health, showcasing the power of community, fashion, and music in driving forward this vital cause.

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FROM RUSSIA TO A NEW LIFE IN NORWAY - HVALDIMIR SHOWS HE’S BORN TO BE WILD

Hvaldimir, the whale, escaped from the Russian Navy, and his future is being charted by the scientists and veterinarians at charity OneWhale in conjunction with the Norwegian government

For years, the headlines have read, “Nobody knows what to do with him,” but now hope is on the horizon for Hvaldimir. After years of uncertainty, his future is being charted by the Norwegians, along with the scientists and veterinarians of his non-profit, OneWhale.

It has been a long, uncertain path toward freedom. First, he had to escape. In April 2019, a beluga whale wearing a harness was first sighted by fishermen in northern Norway. He tugged at the local fisherman’s boat fenders to get their attention.

Once freed, everyone expected the whale to swim away, but the friendly creature instead swam to Hammerfest, Norway, where he was named Hvaldimir by locals. Arriving in Norway at the same time, American filmmaker Regina Crosby Haug began documenting the whale and investigating his mysterious past.

While filming, Crosby Haug realized Hvaldimir’s life was at risk. “Here was a beautiful, innocent soul who didn’t choose any of this.” She recalls. Soon after, she created OneWhale, a non-profit with the mission to protect Hvaldimir. Although OneWhale’s focus is on getting Hvaldimir back into the wild, other organizations have offered proposals to place Hvaldimir in captivity or leave him at risk.

Yet so many unanswered questions remained about this whale’s past. Was he really a mili-

tary whale or simply a therapy whale, as once reported? Many people laughed at the notion that Russia’s spying was a threat. However, in February of 2022, that changed, and the world looked on in shock as Russia invaded Ukraine. Other countries bordering Russia were suddenly on high alert, including Norway.

Within months, there were reports of dolphins being used in Russia’s war machine. And soon, undersea explosions crippled Nord Stream 1 & 2 gas pipelines. Could it have been by trained whales who mapped out the sea floor with cameras? Or even forced to plant the explosives?

Although Hvaldimir was free, he was not safe. He has been struck by propellors and boats, and in the Spring of 2023, Hvaldimir suddenly traveled hundreds of miles to Oslo, Norway’s capital. Experts theorized that he is now of mating age and actively searching for other whales. Hvaldimir soon became emaciated due to a lack of food in the industrial waters. Crosby Haug recalls, “Those months could have been a death sentence to Hvaldimir, but we reached out to Norway's Directorate of Fisheries and have been working on a solution ever since.”

The solution, backed by scientists, veterinarians, and NOAH, Norway’s largest animal rights organization, allows Hvaldimir to be relocated to the arctic islands off the coast of Norway, which is home to over 500 wild belugas.

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Victoria Pine Vinje, a Norwegian Marine Biologist and Arctic whale scientist, explains, “Belugas are known for highly social and welcoming behavior, so Hvaldimir should have a good chance of integrating.”

Frank Bakke Jensen, the Director of The Fisheries Directorate, indicated that they are willing to allow Hvaldimir’s move to a wild pod. “I am open to the idea if OneWhale and its partners can secure the necessary permits and funds.” Says Jensen.

But time could be running out for Hvaldimir. He is currently living on the southwest coast of Norway, and the spring mating season is coming fast. Crosby Haug explains, “We’re doing everything possible to be ready, hoping that 2024 will be Hvaldimir’s year.”

About OneWhale:

At OneWhale, the mission is to protect Hvaldimir, while the organization advocates for his future in the wild with other belugas so that he is no longer lost and alone.

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ALL THE BEST AWARDS SEASON CAMPAIGNS ARE WEARING REGENCY OUTDOOR ADVERTISING

Hollywood loves an awards ceremony and in their 50th Anniversary Regency Outdoor Advertising is hosting the campaigns pursuing awards gold this season with their landmark billboards.

The Entertainment Capital of the World is turning to the top-rated business to help spread word of Golden Globe nominees including 1923, Wonka and Super Mario Bros. Emmy nominees including Andor, House of the Dragon, The Crown and The Rings of Power. Oscar campaigns including Maestro, Nyad and Poor Things are adorning the skyline of Los Angeles with Regency.

Making fashionable visuals in the skyline of the region is a task they fulfill with pride. Regency’s structures, or “spectaculars,” are strategically placed for optimal exposure. And, Regency’s placements are as iconic as the brands that appear on their signs. Streaming services such as Hulu, Paramount+, and Netflix have relied heavily on billboards for their promotional work.

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Leading Outdoor Advertising Provider Hosts Hollywood Offerings for Awards Glory

Captivating billboards from the Sunset Strip and West Los Angeles to Studio City and the South Bay, Regency is building visibility with customers and awards season voters, spreading communications by businesses looking for improvement in revenue. And, it is all done artistically in a way that makes people positively spread word-of-mouth information after seeing boards placed in ideal locations that are carefully curated with business owners.

Regency Outdoor Advertising

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BEDSIDE READING

Placing Books by the Bedsides in Luxury & Boutique Hotels

We love falling in love, we love to read about love and February is the perfect time to do just that!

Thirty-three-year-old corporate attorney Adeline Turner has built her adult life around stability. Her professional life is thriving, but her personal life . . . not so much. Deep down she wants more, but finds it’s easier to brush aside her dreams and hide behind her billable hours. That is, until a new client and a chance encounter with her high school crush have her taking leaps she never planned. Suddenly, unadventurous, nose-to-thegrindstone Adeline finds herself moving across the country from her predictable life in Chicago to San Francisco, falling into messy romantic situations, and trying to unravel an officesabotage plot before it ruins her career. Without the safety net of her old life in Chicago, Adeline must become her own advocate and learn that people aren’t always who they seem. Which makes her wonder if the key to having the future she desires lies in uncovering the truth of the past

As seen at... Nautilus Sonesta Miami Beach, FL

THE BLUE BUTTERFLY by

The true-life story of Marion Davies’ thirty-fouryear relationship with William Randolph Hearst including harrowing family excesses and a secret love affair with Charlie Chaplin. New York 1915, Marion Davies is a shy eighteenyear-old beauty dancing on the Broadway stage when she meets William Randolph Hearst and finds herself captivated by his riches, passion and desire to make her a movie star. Following a whirlwind courtship, she learns through trial and error to live as Hearst’s mistress when a divorce from his wife proves impossible. A baby girl is born in secret in 1919 and they agree to never acknowledge her publicly as their own. In a burgeoning Hollywood scene, she works hard making movies while living a lavish partying life that includes a secret love affair with Charlie Chaplin. In late 1937, at the height of the depression, Hearst wrestles with his debtors and failing health, when Marion loans him $1M when nobody else will. Together, they must confront the movie that threatens to invalidate all of Marion’s successes in the movie industry: Citizen Kane.

As seen at... Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs, CA

ROYALTIES by Andy

The year is 1908 when Eve Solomon, an eighteenyear-old orphan, arrives in New York to live with her aunt and uncle and pursue her dream of becoming a concert pianist. Against her wishes, Eve’s uncle forces her to work in a sweatshop where he is the foreman. Yearning for freedom, Eve escapes to Chicago a year later and lands a job playing piano at a small music publishing company. Although far from her dream of becoming a concert pianist, Eve’s life will never be the same.

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As seen at... Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs, CA THE TRIALS OF ADELINE TURNER

As seen at... Acqualina Resort & Residences, Sunny Isles Beach FL

THE SPACE BETWEEN

Life doesn’t have many certainties but for Andrea and Jace forever is one of them.

Andrea Leighton-Hughes—shockingly wealthy Upper East Sider, a chess-piece in her family’s games since before she was born—knows what it’s like to hide behind a mask. Her world is one of lies, manipulation, and reputation. Jace is the first and only person to see who she truly is.

Jace Morgan is no stranger to tragedy and every day is a struggle to get by. A musical prodigy from the Bronx, Jace and his brothers will do whatever it takes to climb to the top of the music charts. Andrea is the first and only person who has helped him play from the heart.

No one understands their connection. No one understands their love.

As Jace and Andrea struggle to stay together and prove that love defeats all obstacles, life sets out to prove them wrong.

What happens when two people promise forever, but life tears them apart?

What happens in the time they aren’t together—in the space between?

As seen at... The Ven at Embassy Row, Washington D.C.

MARY WHITCOMBE

An heiress who's lost her fortune. A whirlwind romance. Abandoned by all she once knew; can she dare to trust this newfound love?

It's the turn of the 19th century, and Mary Whitcombe lives in blissful ignorance of the wider world. An orphan born into wealth, her guardian sends her away to a convent, where she grapples with the abrupt transition from opulent living to the austere cloister. But as she matures, Mary's heart discovers its first love in the form of the young gardener at the institution...

Unprepared for a heart-wrenching tragedy that strikes, Mary decides to forgo her vows. Now, she's compelled to depart, leaving behind her sheltered existence. In a society where her innocence could render her a pawn in a treacherous game of power and wealth, Mary faces the harsh realities of life. Will these cruelties shatter her last hope of a happily ever after?

'Mary Whitcombe' is the captivating second installment in The Fairmounts romantic fiction series. If you relish deeply passionate characters, enthralling mysteries, and dramatic deceit, you'll adore Valerie Nifora's timeless storytelling.

As seen at... Royal Sonesta Benjamin Hotel

RUBY FALLS

Like the chilling psychological thriller The Silent Patient, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Ruby Falls is a nail-biting tale of a fragile young actress, the new husband she barely knows, and her growing suspicion that the secrets he harbors may eclipse her own. On a brilliantly sunny July day, six-year-old Ruby is abandoned by her father in the suffocating dark of a Tennessee cave. Twenty years later, transformed into soap opera star Eleanor Russell, she is fired under dubious circumstances. Fleeing to Europe, she marries a glamorous stranger named Orlando Montague and keeps her past closely hidden. Together, Eleanor and Orlando start afresh in LA. Setting up house in a storybook cottage in the Hollywood Hills, Eleanor is cast in a dream role—the lead in a remake of Rebecca. As she immerses herself in that eerie gothic tale, Orlando’s personality changes, ghosts of her past re-emerge, and Eleanor fears she is not the only person in her marriage with a secret. In this thrilling and twisty homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the story ricochets through the streets of Los Angeles, a dangerous marriage to an exotic stranger, and the mind of a young woman whose past may not release her.

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