1 Hotel South Beach Launches Funk Shui Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff

Guests and locals are invited to let loose at Watr on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel South Beach with Funk Shui, the art of getting down on Thursday, July 20th. Funk Shui is open to anyone in the community that wants to come celebrate the 70’s and 80’s.

The rooftop at 1 Hotel will be transformed into the ideal party for fans of the rubic’s cube, see-through phones and pac-man. The event features DJ Jazzy Jeff. Guests will be able to get up close and personal to the American hip hop and R&B disc jockey, who most recently performed the scratch overdubs for the film Straight Outta Compton. Guests will feel the contagious ambience full of funk and soul hits from the 70’s to present day. The party will also feature popup vendors and a throwback atmosphere with nostalgic references to the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Funky attire encouraged!

When: Thursday, July 20th
10 p.m. – late night

Watr, The Rooftop At 1 Hotel

2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139


Information provided by Erica Ferriso, CARMA CONNECTED

Gili’s Beach Club Heats Up Miami Spice Restaurant Month with Addition of Lava Stone Grilling Experience

~ Locals get to ‘play with their food’ during interactive oceanfront dinners at Gili’s Beach Club in Sunny Isles every Friday & Saturday in August and September ~

Picture provided by Suanny Garcia, PINZUR COMMUNICATIONS

For Miami Spice fans looking for a dinner and a show, Gili’s Beach Club at the Trump International Beach Resort is certain to hit the spot. Every Friday and Saturday evening during the popular restaurant promotion, locals can choose an entree from Gili’s special three-course Miami Spice – Lava Stone Experience menu and then grill it right at the table on a scorching 700-degree lava stone – all while sitting steps away from the ocean.

“Our new lava stone grill experience is a great value and a popular addition to Gili’s Beach Club,” said the hotel’s Food & Beverage Director/Executive Chef Kurtis Jantz. “We wanted to offer Miami Spice fans a fun option that is outside-the-box. We invite everyone to experience our memorable lava stone grill dinners.”

After journeying on a golf cart to Gili’s Beach Club, guests are warmly greeted by a host who seats them at the casual beachside eatery. Patrons are then handed a menu and can choose from the following: a Grilled Vegetable Burrata or a Chickpea Hummus appetizer to start; a juicy Churrasco Skirt Steak, a Jumbo Shrimp or an Organic Chicken Breast as the main entrée; and a side of either the Spanish Chorizo Potato Salad, the Paella-style Riceor the Steak Fries. Each entrée also comes with classic maître d’ butter & chimichurri, and choice of sauce, such as the popular Mango BBQ Sauce and the Pineapple Jalapeño Pico de Gallo.

The real fun begins when entrees are brought to the table on the hot lava stones. With instructions in hand, guests use tongs to rotate their entrée on the stone and cook their dishes to desired doneness. At the end of the meal, those with a sweet tooth are equally delighted by the dessert options. Desserts are made in-house and include a tart Key West Lime Pie or scrumptious Snickers Cake to conclude dinner.

Additionally, Gili’s Beach Club offers a special Miami Spice lunch menu, available daily starting August 1. Highlights of the menu include a Grilled Shrimp appetizer served over paella rice with a walnut basil pesto; a Skirt Steak accompanied by caramelized onions, stilton rarebit, steak fries and basil pesto; Grilled Salmon with a mushroom sauce and crispy Jerusalem artichokes; as well as Passion Fruit Tart.

Want to get dressed up for the occasion? Trump International Beach Resort also features a fancier Miami Spicealternative at its signature Neomi’s Grill restaurant. At this Sunny Isles hotspot, guests can select from an array of dishes, like the Truffle Risotto Arancini ‘Croquettes’ to start; Glazed Cod with red verjus, artichoke puree, pineapple relish and micro coriander; Lobster Ravioli deliciously accented with lemon, sage beurre noisette and tempura broccolini; and Caramel Roulade dessert.

“Between Miami Spice at Gili’s Beach Club and Neomi’s Grill, even the most discerning palates will be pleased,” adds Jantz.

The interactive Lava Stone dinner experience at Gili’s Beach Club is available every Friday and Saturday evening during Miami Spice and is $39.99. For lunch-goers, Gili’s Beach Club offers its Spice menu daily for $23. While Neomi’s features its Spice dinner daily as well for $39.99. Tax and gratuity is additional. MiamiSpice begins August 1, 2017.

Valet parking is complimentary. For reservations at Gili’s Beach Club, call 305-692-5777. For reservations at Neomi’s Grill, call 305-692-5770. Located at 18001 Collins Avenue in the Trump International Beach Resort.

Gili’s Beach Club



Join Baru Latin Bar In Kendall At Their Grand Opening

WHAT: After a very successful few months since their opening, Baru Latin Bar in Kendall is ready to officially celebrate at their Grand Opening on Thursday, July 20th — which also marks the day of Colombian independence — at 6pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony! The third Baru Latin Bar expansion will be offering guests Happy Hour prices with half off well drinks till 12am and free Aguardiente shots for all until 10pm. Baru Kendall will of course be playing everyone’s favorite Latin beats, along with a special live Vallenato performance.
WHO: Baru Kendall similarly resembles the Brickell and Doral locations, all owned by hospitality veteran Hector Antunez, but is the biggest and best space yet with three massive bars, two outdoor terraces with a lake-side view, a cocktail “ventanita” and more! The cocktail menu is also new and improved, all being curated by the award-winning group of bartenders, the Cocktail Cooperative. The spot has been a hit since its opening on March 16, and keeps the crowds rolling in with events almost every night of the week including Happy Hour all week, Reggae Night on Wednesdays, and “Mi Novio Is Out of Town” Ladies Night on Thursdays.

WHEN: Thursday, July 20th from 6pm to close


Baru Latin Bar in Kendall

8405 Mills Dr, Suite 309

Kendall, FL 33183

Information provided by Erica Vazquez- Bacardi Identity Media, Inc.

Miami Spice 2017 At Pao by Paul Qui

Experience renowned Chef Paul Qui’s unique brand of modern Asian cuisine with a specially-priced, four-course Miami Spice menu at Pao by Paul Qui.

Throughout the month of August, guests can enjoy a selection of Chef Qui’s signature dishes like fresh Kinilaw, Pork Adobo and his famous East Side King Fried Chicken before ending the evening with a refreshing Peach-Cru Sorbet or decadent Chocolate Ice Cream Rock.

Pao by Paul Qui

3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

(786) 655-5630


Information provided by Heidi Malaret, TARA, Ink.

Miami Spice 2017 At Los Fuegos By Francis Mallmann

Taste the culinary genius of world-renowned Chef Francis Mallmann with specially priced Miami Spice menus at Faena Miami Beach. Throughout the months of August and September, Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann invites guests to choose from an impressive four-course lunch and dinner menu featuring traditional Argentine dishes like Wood Oven Empanadas and tender “Carrillera” cooked over live fire in true Francis Mallmann fashion.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

(786) 655-5610


Information provided by Heidi Malaret, TARA, Ink.

Miami Spice 2017 At Seaspice

Participating with lunch and dinner spice menus, Seaspice’s midday offerings include Watercress Salad with roasted corn and cucumber vinaigrette, Roasted Corn Chowder with brocollini pesto and Key West shrimp, Pan Seared Flounder served with Agra dolce sauce, crispy capers, marcona almonds, red grapes, and potato puree, Beef Summer Casserole with zucchini, yellow squash, tomato confit, pearl onions and butter glaze, and Peaches and Prosecco with roasted peaches, almond cake, honey ice cream and prosecco sabayo.

Those visiting for dinner will find delicious options like Lamb Kefta with quinoa tabbouleh and zhatar spiced yogurt, Tempura made with summer squash blossoms, king crab stuffing and red pepper couilis, Petite Filet Mignon with crispy oysters, caramelized onions and horse rashish cream, Walnut Ricotta Raviolis served with lemon verbena, and sweets like the Summer Mango, a mousse with lime merenguine, graham crumbs and pineapple chips, and Chocolate Cremoso with cocoa nib, crumble, seaweed snow and toasted rice mousse.


4220 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

(305) 440-4200


Information provided by Heidi Malaret, TARA, Ink.

Miami Spice 2017 At Villa Azur

Celebrating the season early, Villa Azur’s Miami Spice menu is available for a preview tasting next week, showcasing 18 delicious dishes to choose from, including Lobster Roll with fried buns, lobster tartare, yuzu and black aioli, Smoked Scallops Carpaccio in a Shell served with Applewood, green apple dressing, lime zest and crispy iberico lomo, Lamb Shank Confit made up of 18 hour lamb shank confit with sautéed mushroom, Polenta cake, crispy baby spinach and garlic chips, Surf and Turf for Two with prime beef tenderloin (10 oz) and 4 tiger prawns with béarnaise sauce, sweet potato fries and roasted jumbo green asparagus and Roasted Seabass with fingerling potatoes and green asparagus seared foie gras topped with Rossini sauce.

End the night with something sweet with desserts such as Caramelia Chocolate and Pineapple Panna Cotta, Vanilla Red Berry Cake, and Strawberry and Basil Salad with watermelon dressing. The Mediterranean hotspot will also feature $10 Spice cocktails with delicious options like Fever and Lemon made with Ford’s gin, Elderflower liquor, fever tree tonic, cucumber and lemon, Daiquiri 5937 combining mastiha, Don Q Rum, lemon juice, sugar cane syrup and a lemon wheel, and Summer Mule with choice between Ciroc Apple and Mount Gay dark rum, Ciroc Apple Lime juice, ginger liqueur and a hint of ginger beer, to name a very few.

Villa Azur

309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 763-8688


Information provided by Heidi Malaret, TARA, Ink.

Miami Spice 2017 At Dôa

New to Miami Spice, DÔA’s grand Spice debut will feature three different menus and three cocktail Spice menus serving as a $25 add on to complement each.

Available from July 31st – August 20th, the LatAsian restaurant will feature a three course Nikkei Menu (Japanese cuisine), featuring dishes like Tiradito Nikkei made with local fish, yuzu leche de tigre, avocado, sweet plantain and aji limo, Causa Nikkei with aji amarillo potato puree, bigeye tuna, yuzu mayo, tobiko and furikake, Pork Gyoza using lime soy, pickled serrano, cilantro and ginger, Mushroom Hot Pot with udon noodles, shiitake broth, Japanese vegetables, wild mushrooms and togarashi, 48 Hour Sousvide Short Rib topped with teriyaki glaze, pickles and scallions, Mochi green tea, vanilla and Mango and Banana Cake served with sesame salted caramel and saikyo miso ice cream.

The Chifa Menu (traditional Chinese cuisine) is available from August 21st – September 10th and will feature cold and hot appetizers including Soba Noodle Salad made with huacatay sesame dressing, edamame, chili and cucumber, Vegetable Spring Roll stuffed with glass noodles, carrots, cabbage and sweet chili soy, Shrimp Siu Mai with lemongrass, ginger and chili, and entrees such as Lomo Saltado made with tenderloin, red onion, tomato, soy, yuca and fried banana, Chifa Fish with local fish, lemongrass, soy and rocoto, Wok Vegetable Mu Shi with seasonal vegetable, tofu, rocoto hoisin and sesame. To finish, choose between their signature Churros served with star anise vanilla ice cream and five spice sugar or Green Tea Custard with coconut ice cream and crispy meringue.

Enjoy the Traditional Peruvian Menu from September 11th – October 1st , with options like Ceviche Criollo with local fish, aji amarillo leche de tigre, cancha and sweet potato, Anticucho de Corazon prepared with veal hearts, aji panca, vinegar, cilantro and aji verde, Tiradito with local fish, leche de tigre, avocado and crispy quinoa, Pescado a lo Macho made with grilled local fish, a lo macho sauce, squid, shrimp and steamed rice, Mushroom Pepa Seca with pepa seca, wild mushrooms and poached eggs, Arros con Pato with confit duck, cilantro rice and salsa criolla, and DÔA Fondant with white chocolate lucuma fondant and dark chocolate ice cream.


2000 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33131

(305) 587-2000


Information provided by Heidi Malaret, TARA, Ink.

Grove Bay Hospitality Group Announces Stubborn Seed By Jeremy Ford

Opening September 2017 on Miami Beach

Grove Bay Hospitality Group (GBHG), the Miami-based boutique restaurant firm behind some of the region’s hottest restaurants has announced their latest venture and the first of two restaurants in partnership with Top Chef Jeremy Ford. The restaurant will be opening in the vibrant South of Fifth neighborhood at 101 Washington Avenue in September 2017. Ford and GBHG chose the name, Stubborn Seed, as a nod to the persistence required to open a restaurant, or even more broadly, any passion project, to flourish and grow.

Ford, the season 13 winner of the grueling nationally televised hit competitive cooking show on Bravo-TV, Top Chef, certainly understands tenacity. ”When you plant a seed, you watch to see if it will grow; sometimes the soil is hospitable, other times rocky. The stubborn seed succeeds,” says Ford. “That’s my philosophy –to keep pushing through to get the results that you want. In this case, it’s to open a restaurant that reflects my relentless approach to cooking.”

Ford and his team which includes longtime friend, Chef Joe Mizzoni, will play with different textures and flavors in the kitchen creating a rich menu with natural ingredients seasonally sourced. Servers will guide guests through the rotating menu of seasonal specialties encouraging them to share and explore various dishes as a table. A stand-out Crudo will be the 5-second Wahoo with a spicy buttermilk dressing, jalapeño ferment, sea grapes and Florida peach. Main courses will include a Family-Style Suckling Pig with charred turnip, spiced cherry jam and natural jus.

“We’re thrilled to announce the first of two exciting new concepts in partnership with Chef Jeremy Ford. Stubborn Seed will mark another big step in our overall strategy to collaborate with some of the most talented chefs in the region to contribute to the evolution of Miami’s culinary scene,” says GBHG Co-founder and Co-CEO, Ignacio Garcia-Menocal.

“At Stubborn Seed, people will have the opportunity to connect with Jeremy on a level they haven’t been able to before. This concept will offer guests a truly unique experience with a special tasting menu that will take diners on a journey with Jeremy as their guide,” adds GBHG Co-founder and Co-CEO Francesco Balli.

The bar program is expected to be as inventive as the cuisine. More details on it to be announced at a later date.

Designed by New York-based, Celano Design Studio, the restaurant will be modern and sleek with a subtle nod to the Art Deco essence of Miami Beach. Diners will enjoy a relaxed, yet sophisticated atmosphere – no white tablecloths.

Stubborn Seed will be located at 101 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach. The restaurant will be open for dinner daily at 6PM.

Telephone: (786) 322-5211; Website: stubbornseed.com

About Grove Bay Hospitality Group

Founded in 2010, Grove Bay Hospitality Group owns and operates a number of restaurants throughout South Florida. Based in Miami, Grove Bay aspires to enhance the lives of its guests, employees, communities and investors as a restaurant industry leader by developing innovative, memorable and highly successful restaurant concepts. The men in the mix behind the scenes: Co-CEOs Francesco Balli and Ignacio Garcia-Menocal and COO Eddie Acevedo.

Grove Bay currently owns and operates– Glass & Vine with chef/partner Giorgio Rapicavoli; Big Easy Winebar & Grill with winemaker/restaurateur Ernie Els and American Harvest, a unique farm-to-table fast casual concept with a second location in development. Also on the horizon – Stiltsville Fish Bar on Miami Beach with chef/partners Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth (coming fall 2017); and two concepts in development with Top Chef Jeremy Ford – Stubborn Seed (coming fall 2017) and Afishonado (2018).

Stubborn Seed

(786) 322-5211


Information provided by Brustman Carrino Public Relations

Fooq’s & Friends Presents Bastille Day With Guest Chef David Blonsky

Photo Credit by Amanda Camejo, OnBrand Communication

On Tuesday, July 18th, Fooq’s and Friends celebrates Bastille Day with a feast inspired by classic French cuisine. Guest chef of the evening, David Blonsky, joins Fooqs’ own Executive Chef Saul Ramos, for a one-night-only dinner collaboration at the Downtown Miami eatery. Having previously worked together at famed Chicago eateries Bull & Bear and Siena Tavern, Blonsky and Ramos reunite to create a tasting menu that honors the flavors of France.

Menu highlights include Steak Tartare, classically prepared with quail egg and brioche, Escargot with garlic-parsley butter and lemon gougeres, and Chicken Basquaise, with piquiilo peppers, apple and chorizo. For dessert, the duo will dish out a Mille-Feuille with citrus pastry cream and chocolate ice cream, as well as a Yogurt Mousse with poached strawberries and walnut streusel.

This special Bastille Day tasting menu will be priced at $60 per person (plus tax and gratuity), with an optional $35 wine pairing. Two seatings will be offered at 7pm and 9pm. Fooq’s is located at 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. For reservations or inquiries, please call (786) 536-2749 or email reservations@fooqsmiami.com.


Located in the heart of Downtown Miami’s burgeoning Arts + Entertainment District, Fooq’s is an eclectic eatery serving “Feel Good Food” in an urban, yet distinctly cozy setting. A concept created by restaurateur David Foulquier, Fooq’s brings a new definition to comfort food that sparks the sentiment of feeling right at home. The farm-to-kitchen fare at Fooq’s, features international menu selections inspired by global travels and Persian-French heritage. With its bright and airy interior, the charming restaurant is a vibe-driven zone complemented by distinct hospitality. Fooq’s is located at 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL.


1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136

(786) 536-2749