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Photo by Kiko Ricote. 7 From the Editor The technology conundrum Readers Forum 9 What s your first thought on the morning of an event 10 Cheryl Cecchetto s rules for event planning 11 Using neuroscience to engage attendees The Scout 13 An immersive video-and-sound installation 14 Savory renditions of sweet dishes and liquor branding at Sundance 16 The digital future of teambuilding 17 Custom DJ booths 18 Patterned furniture rentals and printed linens 20 Mismatched vintage china a supersized iPhone new charging kiosks and the Fresh List 22 Bing s elaborate social media activation at Sundance 23 Ideas products and trends to have on your radar Event Reports 25 From Los Angeles Oscar s biggest parties 28 From Miami MOCA s 15th anniversay celebration 30 From Orlando the Adidas event honoring Orlando Magic player Dwight Howard during N.B.A. All-Star Weekend 31 From Orlando the International Builders Show 32 From Miami Pillsbury s Bake-Off Contest with Martha Stewart 33 From Miami Oreo s 100th birthday 34 From Miami Innovatative events and activations at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Features 37 Time Machines Retro musical acts by decade 40 Remote Control 10 audiovisual production tips for hybrid events Venues 43 The Miami South Florida Venue Report The city s newest event spaces 49 Miami South Florida Venue Directory 516 area venue listings Ted Kruckel 76 The magic of otherworldly events Alfred Dunhill s High-Tech Snow Globe bizbash.com alfreddunhill Artsy Entertainment at Prudential Sales Convention bizbash.com prudential PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALFRED DUNHILL JEFFREY A. 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At BizBash we love what s new. That s in our event specialists are developing all-virtual games nature as journalists and it s crucial to our misdesigned to help co-workers bond while they sit sion to help event professionals stay on top of separately at their desks. industry trends and ideas. Sounds pretty interesting no But isn t the But while reading the stories in this issue point of a teambuilding activity to get people I was reminded that sometimes the excitement out of the daily grind and interacting away from of the new can get in the way. their phones and computers When associate editor Mitra Sorrells reported In Lauren s story Wizard Studios C.E.O. her piece on audiovisual production for hybrid Russell Brumfield describes a new model events meeting consultant Mary Boone told I think the future of teambuilding is hybrid her The most important thing to keep in mind nine months of virtual bonding and then coming is figuring out what technologies together [a few times a year] for make the most sense to achieve physical bonding. the event s particular goals. A lot of Speaking of the new when times that gets lost in the excitewe relaunched BizBash.com ment of experimenting with new in March we added some April 20 marked the technology. features that I think dovetail one-year anniversary of It s easy to get caught up in nicely with our mission. Like our daily email the Call figuring out the latest apps and a photo in one of our stories Sheet. We ve been happy gadgets watching how others are Want to save it Now you to hear from many using them and adapting them to can create an Idea Book and industry insiders who our own projects--so much so that fill it with inspiring work. Or say it s the first thing we can forget to ask a critical quescreate several--an Idea Book they read each day. That tion How will these things help us of catering concepts an Idea is exactly the intention achieve this project s goals (Or for Book of sponsor integrations of this daily digest of the really lost What exactly are this an Idea Book for an upcoming industry news--a mix project s goals ) event. Plus we re working on of big industry stories That idea echoed in my head additional new features that local tidbits and links to when I talked to style editor Lauren will help you find more creative analysis of the trends Matthews about the new wave solutions in our archive of more changing the event of teambuilding activities modthan 10 years of event coverage. world. It s designed to be eled after video games and social While it s important to stay a cheat sheet for what media apps like Foursquare. While on top of the latest developthe industry is talking companies like Google Apple and ments remember an idea about. If you haven t Facebook are incorporating highdoesn t necessarily need to be already sign up now at tech takes on scavenger hunts into new to be relevant. bizbash.com callsheet their corporate-bonding activities --Chad Kaydo editor in chief The Call Sheet Turns 1 PHOTO BEN PANCOAST SAP AG WHEN IT HAS TO BE EVENTFUL IT HAS TO HAPPEN HERE. We can make all kinds of events happen...from the sublime to the outrageous. With 26 000 square feet of event space directly on the ocean The Bath Club is the perfect venue for meetings retreats parties after-parties luncheons fashion shows bat and bar mitzvahs fashion and film shoots tastings weddings and more. It s your time. This is the place. thebathclub.com Anywhere else is a compromise. I 5937 Collins Avenue Miami Beach Florida 33140 305.867.5938 Readers Forum What s your first thought on the morning of an event Our audience. Washington Post Live brings together top-tier experts on a given subject and I always look forward to seeing how the attendees engage in the event we worked so hard to produce. Nicole Herr events manager Washington Post Live Washington What s the name of the song that s stuck in my head Then of course it s who do I need to pay who do I need to send information to who can replace me should something happen and do I need gas in my car Lori Elsbree corporate philanthropy and fund-raising events manager Baptist Health South Florida Foundation Miami That 24 hours from then the event will be over and everything will have worked out triumphantly. From that moment on any minor bump in the road is taken in stride because I ve started my day with the belief that the event will end on a successful note. Andrea O Donnell marketing events coordinator Oticon Canada Ltd. Toronto I plan the day out--go over the day s schedule and make sure everything is right. Josh Mark vice president of production and special events director of sustainability creative services group Fox Broadcasting Company Los Angeles Visualizing the day and walking through the itinerary the way I want to have it unfold. My second thought pure excitement. As a planner you need to radiate positivity and enthusiasm as this can be contagious to your guests. Jessica Diniz managing director brand marketing & events Sunnybrook Foundation Toronto Everything will be perfect because I have the perfect event staff. Tracy Wallach senior meetings and special events planner JM Family Enterprises Inc. Miami What I need to do first and what needs to happen. Lauren G. Callahan conferences and events planner Commonwealth Financial Network Boston The day s agenda. Then I look out the window and hope it will be a beautiful day. After that I m ready to hit the ground running. Tracy Roberts Simon senior federal affairs specialist Eli Lilly and Company Washington My mind is racing Did I charge the camera battery Do I have enough time for a Starbucks run Where is my phone Then I check my email to see what last-minute changes need to be updated in the agenda speaking points A.V. or lineup. Emily Rouse senior communications manager National Multiple Sclerosis Society National Capital Chapter Washington What a wonderful day it will be. I look outside and smile if it is a clear and sunny day. After a cup of tea and a mental review of the day the adrenaline kicks in and I am off with a great attitude that this will be another successful event. Astrid H. Ehrenstein director of special events and development Boys & Girls Club Miami PHOTOS COURTESY OF READERS Because I even dream about work my mind is usually already racing with a laundry list of final touches to take care of before my feet even hit the floor. Once they do my next thoughts are creating a reverse mental schedule working from the event start time back to that current moment followed by Ready set go Kate Mazzuca director of event marketing Variety Los Angeles More comments from readers bizbash.com readersforum bizbash.com may june 2012 9 Readers Forum My Cool New Job Nicole Alexander has been named director of events at Viacom Entertainment Group where she will oversee development management design and execution for major award shows screenings and other events for Spike Comedy Central and TV Land. Every award show or event has its own aesthetic and vibe contingent upon the target audience. For example the Comedy Awards are like the Oscars of comedy. The feel is black tie sophisticated yet not over the top. A suave New York vibe is key and creating this fine line is how our target audience will enjoy that particular experience. The set inspiration for the 2012 Comedy Awards was taken from images of the old Penn Station--before it was demolished-- but with a little Saturday Night Live twist. My Rules As owner and president of Sequoia Productions in Los Angeles Cheryl Cecchetto oversees the Emmys and Oscars Governors Balls and corporate functions for brands like Dove Hallmark LG and Revlon. 1. Know Your Client Take the time to understand your clients--their taste and style. Don t rush into production. Interpret and clearly understand what the mission statement is for the event then collaborate to embark in the right direction. 2. Focus on Pre-Production I can t stress pre-production enough. Document everything. Absolutely nothing should be left solely to someone s memory or only one notebook. Should you hand off your coordination binder to any professional event producer they should be able to get right to work. The Craziest % I Ever Pulled Off Setting up a nonprofit gala event for 2 500 people in a million square feet of tenting on a runway at O Hare airport in just six days. The tent included a temporary art gallery a stage a dining area and 34 video and plasma screens to show sponsors logos and event footage. With no electricity or plumbing on the runway we also had to bring in restroom trailers and 10 generators. Sean Cannon C.E.O Event Creative and Venue One Chicago 4. Streamline the Experience Ensure that your client and guests experience is easy and seamless. Leave nothing to chance. Incorporate traffic controllers hosts reserved areas directional signage and every other opportunity to provide guests with all the information and guidance they might need. Detailed service puts your guests at ease so they are free to enjoy themselves and the experience you have created. 5. Create a Transcendent Experience I m very interested in transporting guests via all of the senses. It may be the music of a riveting performer who highlights one guest s experience or a wonderful wine that enchants another. If they arrive in one state and leave in another you ve done your job. 6. Strengthen Relationships Through Excellent Service I ve always believed that if you give your guests and clients 120 percent they will consistently feel extremely pampered and nurtured and they will develop a deep trust in your work and expertise. They can t possibly be aware of all the details you ve handled but they can t miss the result. 7. Take Risks Develop fresh bold ideas that have not yet been seen in the event world. In Los Angeles clients and guests usually attend many functions and they may think they have seen it all. It s my job to surprise them with the fact that they have not. 8. Be a Visionary There s never a problem only a solution. If I feel that the energy from anyone is the glass is half-empty I know we won t click. My ideas are so outrageous I need a team and vendors who are willing to say O.K. Cheryl this one s really crazy but let s give it a shot. 9. Do What You Hate Before Noon Do what you hate first. If there s a job at hand that you are loath to begin invariably that is the job that most needs your attention. Handle what you re avoiding early so by noon you can have fun with elements you love. 10. Cast Your Team Cast the staff in an area each person loves the most. A dear friend and teacher said Find out what you love and do that like gangbusters. I have staff that do not want to be the front people. They want to be the team players behind the scenes. On the other hand we have staff who love dealing with the entertainers and the show side of things because they are entertainers at heart. I know I ve put together an ideal team who complement each other. Cecchetto will be the keynote speaker at the BizBash IdeaFest in Los Angeles on June 13. bizbash.com laideafest My Favorite Vendors Rich Castiglione is president of Castle Events L.L.C. producer of the 63rd New England Home Show and has been involved with the show for nearly 25 years. Decor Freeman Decorating Company [888.508.5054 freemanco.com] is great at the personalization of the show. This year they did a great job enhancing our feature areas. Box Office AP Convention [617.380.0080 americanpersonal.com] is very professional and they understand the business. Electrical Everyone knows Exhibitions Electrical Company Inc. [617.439.5425]. They do a fabulous job. Venue The Seaport World Trade Center in Boston [617.385.5000 seaportboston.com] was a great host for this year s show. 10 bizbash.com may june 2012 PHOTOS GREG GRUDT MATHEW IMAGING FOR BIZBASH (CECCHETTO) COURTESY OF NICOLE ALEXANDER RICK AGUILAR (CRAZIEST) COURTESY OF LYNN RANDALL 3. Empower Your Team My father always said Surround yourself with people who are much more educated and experienced in their area of expertise than you are. A great vendor is one whose passion for success is as strong as yours. Appreciate everyone loudly and frequently. Blind Them With Science By LYNN RANDALL While there s plenty of room for debate about what makes the ideal event we can agree on one thing Attendees are human beings with immutable truths of human biology. Unlocking those truths and applying them can guide us to successfully accomplishing our event goals. Neuroscientists have proven that our brains are constantly changing and reprogramming on the fly. This is called neuroplasticity. Combine that with our ability to search the Internet whenever and wherever we are and our brains have adapted to information blasting past our eyes like a fire hydrant set loose on a summer day. This means event professionals have to deliver information in smaller quicker bites and in more ways. Attendees want event experiences to mirror the rest of their lives with games interactive chats and the ability to stop and ask a question of an expert. At its 2011 C.R.V. (cardiology rhythm and vascular) Minnesota Employee Expo Boston Scientific and event designer Samuel J. Smith appealed to the brain s neuroplasticity by skipping the traditional generalsession parade of lectures for a more interactive expo-style format. When guests arrived they were ushered into a waiting hall where they watched a short video from the company s executive V.P. who described how this event format differed from previous meetings. Then a big curtain was pulled back and attendees could flood into the space and explore. This allowed participants to engage with the content the products and each other in many different ways and as they desired. Neuroscientists have also found that human beings are wired to be social. It helped us safely evolve (even cavemen knew they were more likely to survive an attack together than alone). We are driven by a desire to connect with one another rewarded with chemical boosts of oxytocin when we bond. By optimizing the social and networking elements of events we are serving a higher biological requirement for attendees bringing them powerful chemical boosts that help them feel positive emotions. During Event Camp East Coast in November 2010 event architect Adrian Segar helped attendees connect socially by allowing them to learn from one another. An initial roundtable created a sense of community by inviting attendees to introduce themselves then the 35 or so attendees selected the topics to be Neuroscience can make events work for attendees at a biological level. discussed. What emerged was a program that focused on issues relevant to the group and the environment felt collaborative and inclusive as a result. Neuroscientists also have studied how the human brain passes new information from short-term memory into long-term. In order for that handoff to occur people have to make a personal connection to the new information. If your session design doesn t include social groups interfacing with your messaging and information your investment is a waste of money. P.C.M.A. s Convening Leaders conference held in San Diego in January kept its event top-of-mind in multiple ways. General-session speakers all gave 15-minute main-stage talks followed by more intimate breakout sessions where attendees could interact with the speakers. Additionally P.C.M.A. offered a virtual event with sessions rebroadcast about a month later. Finally they started a book club where attendees can meet virtually on a monthly basis to discuss books published by conference speakers. Taking neuroscience s understanding of the human animal and applying it to event design can truly set you apart as an event professional. Lynn Randall is a managing member of Randall Insights L.L.C. MIAMI S NEWEST VENUE WWW.DEZERCOLLECTION.COM The Scout Everything Is Illuminated For 10 nights in February more than 65 000 people braved the chill at the Cloud Gate sculpture (a.k.a. the Bean) in Chicago s Millennium Park to experience the site s first interactive video-and-sound installation titled Luminous Field. Commissioned by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of Luftwerk (773.292.1463 luftwerk.net) mounted 10 massive video projectors atop four towers that projected colorful geometric patterns synced to percussive music across the plaza and surrounding the Bean s reflective surface. 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A chalkboard listed marketfresh ingredients that tipplers could ask the bartenders to add to their drinks. A version of Los Angeles s Hyde Lounge came to Park City and hosted a different party each night over the weekend. Sponsored in part by Hennessy the bar served specialty cocktails made with Mo t & Chandon Belvedere vodka and Hennessy including the Burning Mandarin made with vodka jalape o slices and lemon and orange juice. Actor Josh Mond and his co-stars from the film Simon Killer took over the Grey Goose Blue Door suite s bar at their premiere party. Grey Goose used the invitation-only lounge to give guests a taste of its newest flavor Cherry Noir. At Miami Oasis a suite organized by the Miami & Beaches tourism board Patr n hosted a muddle-your-own-mojito station and gave away engraved muddling tools. Savory cones by Marigolds & Onions (416.256.4882 marigoldsandonions.com) in Toronto Sesame-and-hummus and truffled foie gras macarons by Canard Inc. (212.947.2480 canardinc.com) in New York bizbash.com may june 2012 15 Teambuilding Game Changers As corporate bonding goes high-tech are completely virtual activities the next big thing By LAUREN MATTHEWS Social media platforms and apps are adding gaming elements like badges channels and leader boards to the daily lives of many smartphone users. As a result teambuilding companies are seeing a rise in requests for activities that bridge the digital and the physical. Everyone loves gadgets and they want to be a part of what s new and cutting-edge says Lisa Jennings chief experience officer at Wildly Different an Orlando-based teambuilding company that launched an iPad hunt in September involving a custom mobile app that delivers directions and clues. Teambuilding has always involved basic game mechanics says Russell Brumfield C.E.O. of Wizard Studios Global Events whose company launched an event technology division in 2009. The difference is that now people are adding a technology layer which allows for more of a learning takeaway on top of the physical bonding. Wizard s teambuilding games deliver missions and track scores via a custom app but also integrate physical challenges and real-world interactions. For a Johnson & Johnson meeting last year we created an activity that had employees interacting with character actors and filming funny videos but that also involved the employees solving informational challenges about new products on their phones Brumfield says. The new tools can even help motivate especially jaded employees. The technology element definitely helps ease people into the game and makes teambuilding seem less gimmicky says Ian Fraser co-founder of techenabled-scavenger-hunt company the Go Game which has worked with Google Apple Facebook Microsoft and Intuit. Fraser adds that using smartphones and tablets has logistical advantages too particularly with large groups. Having the points tabulated on a cloud-based system makes the process much faster--there s no need to have someone with a pen and a calculator Fraser says. Adds Brumfield Phones and iPads make it much easier to talk to a thousand-person group and make something happen instantaneously since everyone is looking at the same portal. The latest element in high-tech co-worker bonding is all-virtual teambuilding game platforms. After getting requests from clients who wanted to continue the company bonding beyond a one-day event Fraser and his team launched the Go Game Office. The online software which costs 100 a month for as many as 100 players involves dividing employees into teams that get new mini missions every week like sharing During tech-driven Go Game scavenger hunts participants use smartphones to download clues and missions for their teams. Angelina Elhassan. Ropes courses and other teambuilding activities offer a way to get to know your coworkers outside of the office. This is meant to function as a way to encourage daily bonding. Experts emphasize however that these new virtual teambuilding platforms are meant to augment face-to-face bonding not replace it. I think the future of teambuilding is hybrid--nine months of virtual bonding and then coming together [a few times a year] for physical bonding Brumfield says. It s like Facebook in which people are keeping in touch with each other [even] when not physically in contact. All this technology is bringing people closer together and the game layer is adding to the motivation for participation. Adds Fraser [A team] can virtually sail a boat together and say We ve achieved an eye-patch badge and 10 gold coins or they can actually learn to sail a boat together and feel the saltwater splash in their faces. I think there will always be a place for hands-on activities even if technology is involved. your favorite lunch spot or posting your most awkward childhood photo for points. More than 500 companies have signed up since the Go Game Office launched in 2010. The idea was to create a private Facebook-y environment that built on employees intrinsic need to engage with each other but that only took five minutes a week Fraser says. The main goal is getting to know your co-workers. It s about connecting with people. Other companies are looking beyond simply connecting co-workers on an entertainment level in the virtual world hoping to increase engagement and productivity among employees by adding gaming elements to intranet platforms. Social business-software platform Jive teamed with game-mechanics service provider Bunchball in March to launch the Jive Gamification module. The software incorporates role-based missions challenges status levels and badges into digital education and training experiences. A company s sales staff for example could take part in a competition to see who could complete training materials first. It s about creating a fun environment at the workplace says Bunchball sales representative Prime Time Popular TV shows have sparked teambuilding ideas in recent years. Here are the latest. By ROSE CHEVALIER & JULIA CUOZZO Like Smash At Broadway Fantasy Camp (212.713.0366 broadwayfancamp.com) amateurs gain access to theater pros during one- to five-day musical boot camps that culminate with a performance on an off-Broadway stage. Packages start around 995 per person. Like Mad Men Groups are challenged to come up with a new product then create and film a 60-second commercial during the Ad Biz from Corporate Games (800.790.4263 corp games.com). The exercise accommodates 10 to 400 and starts at 1 800. Like The Voice One Voice from Creative Team Events (888.704.5569 creative teamevents.com) assigns vocal coaches to teach harmonies to teams in a 45- to 90-minute activity which ends with a performance. For groups of 20 to 1 000 prices start at 1 427. Like Cupcake Wars During Cupcake Wars from Parties That Cook (888.907.2665 partiesthatcook.com) teams watch a baking demo before baking recipes sampling one another s cupcakes and declaring a winner. The activity accommodates eight to 300 and costs 75 per head. 16 bizbash.com may june 2012 Share these stories bizbash.com teambuilding PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENDORS Idea File The September wrap party for So You Think You Can Dance Canada produced by Mafalda Productions Inc. offered a black mirrored DJ booth illuminated by LED tube lights from Westbury National Show Systems. ESPN the Magazine s Next event at Super Bowl XLVI featured a stage structure where DJ D-Nice spun alongside dancers and screens showcased sponsor logos. PHOTOS CARLA WARRILOW BIZBASH (LED TUBE LIGHTS) LINE 8 PHOTOGRAPHY (ESPN THE MAGAZINE) SEAN SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY (ROLLING STONE) STEVE WRUBEL (ART BALL) CALEB FERGUSON FOR BIZBASH (HARD ROCK HOTELS) NILAYA SABNIS (JASON WU) EMMA MCINTYRE FOR BIZBASH (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) Spin Doctors These custom DJ booths at recent events helped get the party started. By LAUREN MATTHEWS As part of Rolling Stone s Rock Weekend festivities at the Super Bowl in February artists like Pete Wentz got behind the turntables in a flying DJ booth during a bash at the Crane Bay. At a preview for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos new music initiatives held in New York in December DJs spun behind a booth designed to look like oversize speakers by We Came in Peace Inc. For the Toronto International Film Festival s opening night party in September producer Barbara Hershenhorn of Party Barbara Company surrounded the DJ booth in the main room with 18 TV screens looping a futuristic video. At the Art Ball at the Dallas Museum of Art in April Todd Events used honeycomb walls interior Versa tubes and lighting elements to build a decorative platform for DJ Lucy Wrubel over the registration desk. At the preview of the Jason Wu for Target collection in January DJ Harley Viera-Newton s raised booth was surrounded by rose-filled window boxes to resemble a French balcony part of the Parisian-street-scene set created by ExtraExtra in New York. Share this story bizbash.com djbooths For Rent Pattern Recognition Rental companies are perking up their inventories with more prints. 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(888.245.4044 taylorcreativeinc.com) 18 bizbash.com may june 2012 Share this story bizbash.com patternedrentals PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENDORS For the Table Blue Purple Mosaic linen 25 for a 118-inch round available in the U.S. and Canada from Susan Murray International (416.243.9284 susanmurray.com) Soft Fantasia sheer embroidered organza fabric in blue 10 per yard with minimum of 25 yards available from partyfabrics.com (646.872.3203 ) Infinity Flock available across the U.S. from Cloth Connection (212.585.1284 cloth connection.com)v Plan your next event here. 561.835.1408 cityplace.com Babylon Blue Print Basic linen available on the East Coast from Party Rental Ltd. (201.727.4700 party rentalltd.com) Sea Star 68 for a 132inch round available across the U.S. from Wildflower Linens (866.965.7775 wild flowerlinens.com) Hemp with light pink flocking available in Miami and New York from N age Designs (305.573.7840 212.995.8855 nuagedesigns.com) Taj Shantung 28.50 for a 90inch square available across the U.S. from BBJ Linen (800.592.2414 bbjlinen.com) Plates from the Vintage Table Company (310.210.9298 thevintage tableco.com) in Los Angeles New Charging Kiosks Trend Spotted China Town Mismatched vintage china rentals make what s old new again. The shabby-chic look has invaded the rental market with companies exclusively dedicated to mismatched vintage china and tableware popping up across the country. Why is the style on the rise Mismatched china can add character to a corporate environment and set an event apart from the standard white-platesin-a-hotel-ballroom look says Kathy Le Backes of the Vintage Table Company in Los Angeles. For guests it conjures up a sense of nostalgia and personal connection. 6 vintage china I m always hearing people at events say things like My companies grandma had that same bizbash.com china pattern Most of vintagechina Selections from Dinner Party (dinnerpartyshop.com) in Chicago these new vintage-specific rental operations have an inventory that includes glassware and serving pieces in addition to plates but bear in mind that quantities may be limited as the owners continually build up their collections which usually range between 200 and 500 settings. And because the pieces are sourced from estates thrift stores and flea markets complete matching place settings typically aren t an option. Clients often see a certain pattern on my Web site and think I have 50 more of the same plate but usually I just have that one. It s important to be into the mismatched look if you want to use a vintage rental company Le Backes says. --Lauren Matthews GoCharge (800.265.8069 gochargenow.com) specializes in mobile-device-charging kiosks with patent-pending technology that claims to offer the fastest charging speed available. The new Orion model rents from 200 charges nearly all models of cell phones smartphones and MP3 players and is designed to fit into tight spaces and on tabletops found in exhibitor and sponsor booths. GoCharge also offers Athena a floor model with an interactive LCD screen that can be fully wrapped and branded from 2 000. --L.M. The Fresh List NOT SO FRESH Damask LINENS PATTERN TABLE SHAPE PHOTO BOOTH RESULTS CELEBRITY HOST INSPIRATION SHARING Calorie-heavy comfort food Evites Bare concrete floors TV ON THE MENU INVITATION DELIVERY FLOORING RED CARPET GAWKING VEHICLE Chinese GLOBAL INFLUENCE Calorieconscious health food By hand Wall-to-wall temporary carpet Ustream FRESH PHOTOS WILDFLOWERS PHOTOGRAPHY (THE VINTAGE TABLE) NATHAN MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY (DINNER PARTY) COURTESY OF VENDORS (ALL OTHERS) Chevron Round Rectangle Instant uploads to social media LL Cool J Printed photos Russell Brand Biggest iPhone Ever New York-based Interactive Entertainment Concepts (800.760.0724 interactiveparty .com) is introducing the world s largest operating iPhone for use at trade shows product launches and events. Any iPhone app or function can be used on the phone s multitouch-screen surface and the unit can be suspended horizontally or laid flat. The giant iPhone is available nationwide and sells for 4 000 to 4 500. --L.M. French 20 bizbash.com may june 2012 ADVERTISEMENT MAPS Announces New Outdoor Space The Backlot INSIDE EDGE Mobile Arts Production Services (MAPS) has announced the opening of its newest venue the MAPS Backlot. The unique outdoor space is both a photo studio and an event space. It features two cyc walls which can be used for events to project unique lighting design create art installations or be painted as desired to create a custom backdrop. The Backlot features 10 500 square feet of space easy vehicle access and adjacent private parking. The Backlot is located in the Wynwood arts The Dezer Collection Celebrates Grand Opening The Dezer Collection one of Miami s newest event spaces celebrated its grand opening in March 2012 and is now available for both special and corporate events. The venue offers complete event production coordination and design services. The Dezer Collection includes several uniquely designed spaces that are available individually making the venue equipped for large or small events. The venue was designed to provide event planners with a choice of either a blank canvas space or a themed space. The James Bond Lounge offers guests a sophisticated unique event experience. The 15 000-squarefoot lounge is home to the largest collection of James Bond vehicles in the world including original automobiles motorcycles airplanes and water crafts. Alternatively the Dezer Showplace is 25 000 square feet of open raw space with mobile partitions allowing planners to create a venue tailored to their specific needs. All spaces at the Dezer Collection have audio visual capabilities and the option for on-site catering and valet parking. (305-503-4021 www. dezercollection.com) district in Miami and will be ready to host events for up to 500 guests in late summer 2012. In addition to the Backlot MAPS also has a South Beach location the MAPS Studio. The Studio is also both a photo studio and an event space and can accommodate events for up to 250 guests. Both venues have topof-the-line audiovisual capabilities advanced lighting opportunities and the capacity for valet parking and catering. (305.532.7880 www. mapsproduction.com) NACE South Florida presents the Taste of NACE Hunger Games Join the South Florida chapter of NACE for one of the most highly anticipated industry events of the year the Taste of NACE Hunger Games. The Taste of NACE will be at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel on Thursday June 21. The event will showcase more than 30 local NACE-member caterers and entertainment and decor companies highlighting all the latest and greatest trends. The event will feature a silent auction and a V.I.P. lounge and will benefit Feeding South Florida the NACE Foundation and the South Florida NACE Scholarship Fund. Visit www.southfloridaNACE.net for more information and to register. NACE the National Association of Catering Executives is the oldest and largest catering association in the world encompassing all aspects of the catering industry. NACE is dedicated to promoting the career success of its members and professionalism of the catering industry as a whole. With NACE members have access to top trends in catering and events resources to help them build their careers and recognition and award programs to help them give back to the people who make them successful. (410.290.5410 www. southfloridanace.net) Bing rewarded some festival attendees who mentioned the brand on social media with entrance to the Bing Bar. Bing created a studio inside the Bing Bar to conduct celebrity interviews which were shared on Facebook and Bing. Strategy Session Search Results Bing s elaborate activation at Sundance shows how a brand can use social media to meet customers needs. By MITRA SORRELLS Microsoft s search engine brought its Bing Is for Doing slogan to life at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Bing created a multilevel social media campaign that offered guests access to exclusive concerts restaurant reservations merchandise and concierge services. The premise was simple Give festival attendees what they want and need and in return they ll share their affinity for your brand on social networks. We had done some social stuff last year at Sundance but not nearly to the scope and scale of this year said Bing social media manager Dustin Sedgwick. We wanted to be positive and fun to surprise and delight and to help people to get things done at Sundance. The company received more than 55 000 views of its Facebook stream and nearly 55 million Twitter impressions during its five-day presence. Of all the social media buzz about brands at the festival Bing owned 56 percent of the mentions. The effort had two components providing special treatment and insider access for some of the 50 000 attendees at Sundance and sharing the festival with the company s fans on Facebook. To manage the on-site activities the company created the Bing Brigade a sort of social media concierge service. The team of 14 people monitored and responded to questions about the festival posted on Twitter handed out Bing swag to people waiting in lines (the company distributed more than 4 500 items including sweatshirts and mittens) and even charged attendees phones using special backpacks. Sedgwick said the most popular giveaway was access to the invitation-only Bing Bar in the former Claim Jumper Hotel which offered cozy lounge areas interviews with filmmakers and concerts from such artists as Jason Mraz Cobra Starship and Drake. People would tweet It would be my dream come true to go to the Bing Bar to see Drake and for a number of people we reached out and said Here is your dream come true Sedgwick said. The company also created a Bing-Sundance 2012 group on GroupMe (a group texting service also owned by Microsoft) and encouraged attendees to use it to coordinate their activities with friends. Sedgwick said hundreds of groups were created and they Bing partnered with Spin to host a variety of live entertainment at the Bing Bar including Drake Jason Mraz and Fitz and the Tantrums. Postagram s mobile photo team snapped nearly 2 000 photos in three days at the festival. rewarded the most active ones with access to the Bing Bar. The Bing Brigade also monitored tweets inquiring about restaurants. We had booked reservations at the hottest restaurants ahead of time Sedgwick said. So if people tweeted about trying to get a reservation with the hashtag teambing we would randomly pick some to give a reservation and a 100 gift card. We wanted to show that Bing helps you get things done while you are at Sundance. For another activation Bing hired Sincerely the maker of Postagram to provide a team of 10 photographers to snap photos of festival-goers. About a week after the festival those people received their photos in the mail in the form of a Postagram postcard printed with Bing s logo. We wanted that extra touchpoint a week later another iteration of our name out there to hopefully get people to try the product and have a more positive connotation around it Sedgwick said. Bing also used social media to connect with movie buffs and music fans worldwide. There are tons of people who are not able to get to Park City so we thought about how we could help people experience a taste of [Sundance] while at home Sedgwick said. The solution was live-streaming performances and speakers at Bing Bar to the brand s Facebook page giving people incentive to like the page in order to have access to the stream. One bit of fallout from Bing s efforts at Sundance In March the company fired two marketing executives Eric Hadley and Sean Carver for violating company policies in part related to purchases for the Bing Bar. 22 bizbash.com may june 2012 Share this story bizbash.com bing PHOTOS DAVID HUA (PHOTO TEAM) CHARLES PETERSON (ALL OTHERS) LAS VEGAS La Tavola Fine Linen Rental recently opened its first Las Vegas showroom (3301 West Spring Mountain Road 8 702.383.3337 latavolalinen.com). Clients can experiment with tabletop designs at the new space no appointments necessary. BOSTON In April the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge (25 Edwin H. Land Boulevard 617.868.8000 hotelmarlowe.com) which overlooks the Charles River and the Lechmere Canal began offering relay-style kayaking races for as many as 40 guests. Races are held in the afternoon and conclude with a cocktail reception featuring regional drinks. WASHINGTON James Beard Awardwinning chef Jos Andr s of ThinkFoodGroup debuted his Spanish food truck Pepe (202.638.0202 pepefoodtruck.com) in March. The silver truck is available for private events offering a selection of eight flautas-- rolled sandwiches layered with ingredients like Iberico pork piparra peppers Serrano ham and manchego. There is a minimum of 1 200 and 20 guests which includes the truck and staff for two hours. TORONTO Sliced Gourmet (650 Bay Street 416.971.4000 slicedgourmet .com) has a full gourmet catering menu of sandwiches and salads for in-office meetings and private events. All items like the Lobster B.L.T. are made from scratch with seasonal natural ingredients. Delivery is available for orders over 50. MIAMI The Water Taxi Miami (305.600.2511 watertaximiami.com) is now operating between four docking points including the Miami Convention Center and South Beach. The yellow boats hold as many as 38 passengers and are also available for private charters which start at 450 for the first hour and 150 for each additional hour. Forecast Ideas products trends and other new stuff to have on your radar. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KIMPTON HOTELS (BOSTON) SCOTT SUCHMAN (WASHINGTON) BERGONIA PHOTOGRAPHY (CHICAGO) COURTESY OF VENDORS (ALL OTHERS) EVERYWHERE Send gift boxes filled with magazines and snacks from Cheeriodicals (855.584.2207 cheeriodicals.com) as a client or employee gift. In addition to treats each box contains four magazines geared toward the recipient s interests. Boxes start at 40 with volume discounts for orders of at least 50. ORLANDO Ice Magic (407.816.1905 icemagic .biz) has created a swivel table that can be attached to any of the pieces in its Totally Mod line of modular leather furniture. The Orlando-based company can construct the tabletop in glass acrylic or wood and in sizes from 14 to 22 inches. The table starts at 50. LOS ANGELES Le Cirque has been bringing the experience of dining at the iconic New York restaurant to private clubs. The pop-up dinner series (888.402.3933 clubcorp.com lecirque) makes its final stops in Southern California visiting San Diego on May 11 and Los Angeles on May 18. The 150-per-person price tag includes a four-course menu wine and a copy of Sirio The Story of My Life and Le Cirque. CHICAGO Mixologist Revae Schneider a veteran of Gilt Bar has launched Femme du Coupe (773.916. 6070 femmedu coupe.com) a bar-styling company specializing in creating custom cocktails for events. Schneider practices interactive mixology giving guests the option to create their own libations alongside her. Femme du Coupe also offers teambuilding classes and sells premade cocktail mixers for 40 each which can be used as corporate gifts. NEW YORK In late June P.S. 1 MoMA (22-25 Jackson Avenue 718.784.2084 ps1.org) in Queens will debut a temporary 3-D eco-friendly installation made from nylon nets treated with a titania nanoparticle spray that neutralizes airborne pollutants. The star-shaped structure called Wendy was designed by New York-based firm HWKN. It will house a DJ booth and its spiky arms will mist water and blast cool air into the courtyard. Share this story bizbash.com forecast bizbash.com may june 2012 23 The Rusty Pelican is one of the top Special Events Venues in Miami that offers complete event production custom catering coordination and design services for corporate and special events. The newly transformed Rusty Pelican has impeccable amenities for weddings corporate functions and socials including premium audio and visual equipment bridal suites with a personal concierge outside terrace for cocktail hour and so much more. We create and implement high quality events that capture the attention emotions and imagination of your audience like no one else can. Rusty Pelican Ballroom Biscayne Ballroom Pelican Ballroom Coral Room 305.361.3818 305.361.3818 EVENT REPORTS Lunch at Five PHOTO LINE 8 PHOTOGRAPHY On February 23 Essence marked the fifth anniversary of its Black Women in Hollywood luncheon taking over the Beverly Hills Hotel with a black white and purple look produced by Caravents. For more Oscarweek events turn the page. 25 Governors Ball An oversize Oscar statuette stood sentry at the Governors Ball produced and designed by Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions with ball chair Jeffrey Kurland. This year s event at the Grand Ballroom on the top level of Hollywood & Highland got a revamp abandoning the traditional sit-down dinner for a format Cecchetto described as energized with a meal of more than 50 mostly tray-passed dishes by Wolfgang Puck. Entertainment included Dave Koz (pictured) Tony Bennett and Gregg Field and his band. Golden Boys The stars of this year s Oscar night parties include two new players as well as a fresh dining concept for the Academy s Governors Ball. LOS ANGELES By ALESANDRA DUBIN Vanity Fair Vanity Fair took its annual A-list event back to the Sunset Tower hotel which was bathed in colorful lighting that matched the host s brand. The arrivals carpet was decorated with logos inside the viewing dinner got an understated look. Share this story bizbash.com oscars 26 bizbash.com may june 2012 PHOTOS LINE 8 PHOTOGRAPHY (GOVERNORS BALL) COURTESY OF WOLFGANG PUCK (TRAY-PASSED DISHES) ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ AFP GETTY IMAGES (JEAN DUJARDIN) CHRISTOPHER POLK VF12 WIREIMAGE (VANITY FAIR DINNER) Maxim When many of the night s parties were wrapping up Maxim was just getting started at a residence way up in the hills over West Hollywood. About 750 guests came through the doors for a performance by Ludacris and sweeping city views. The Visionary Group produced the authentic-feeling party which also included a branded pool table and racing-style chairs using actual Ford car seats. Elton John The Elton John AIDS Foundation celebrated its 20th annual viewing party at the newly redesigned West Hollywood Park a change of venue from its usual haunt the Pacific Design Center. Virginia Fout of V Productions produced the event which this year got a blue nautical-inspired look with design by Antony Todd. The fundraising event took in 5.25 million thanks in part to auction items like the opportunity to join John and husband David Furnish at the Vanity Fair Oscar party which sold for 230 000. After dinner Foster the People performed. PHOTOS SEAN TWOMEY 2ME STUDIOS (MAXIM) LARRY BUSACCA GETTY IMAGES FOR EJAF (ELTON JOHN) CRAIG BARRITT GETTY IMAGES FOR TWC (WEINSTEIN LOUNGE) NEILSON BARNARD GETTY IMAGES (WEINSTEIN OSCAR VIEWING) Weinstein The Weinstein Company took to the Mondrian for its viewing and after-party which got a celebratory feel thanks to huge wins for the company including best picture for The Artist. Maggie Swisher produced the event which got a clean look in white and metallic tones. A clear-top tent and decking covered the pool to make room for the crowd. 27 A color-coded grid composed of 20 000 squares of the museum s past press releases editorial clippings photos and invites decorated the walls and lampshades. On the center of each table sat two MOCA catalogs standing and open from within a plastic cover. In a nod to the museum s anniversary Stark created a collage backdrop for the stage that highlighted the number 15. Tables of Content MOCA showcased its history with a colorcoded collage at its 15th anniversary event. 28 bizbash.com may june 2012 Share this story bizbash.com mocamiami PHOTOS JOHN PARA WIREIMAGE FOR MOCA (DINNER SPACE KJARTANSSON) COURTESY OF KT MERRY PHOTOGRAPHY (ALL OTHERS) The contemporary theme carried through to the menu. Staffers served guests desserts in a series of MOCA Geometrics. The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami celebrated its 15th anniversary February 25 with a bash produced by David Stark. The event marked the first time that the institution had worked with the New York-based The dinner space had a contemporary urban-loft event producer and designer and was Stark s first feel with exposed ceilings and white columns. large Miami production. To celebrate the museum s milestone Stark and his team paid tribute to its accomplishments over the years using geometric shapes and neon colors to highlight elements of contemporary art. The interior gallery was transformed for dinner with a floor-to-ceiling color-coded photo mosaic of 20 000 images. We re looking at 15 years of MOCA existence creating decor entirely out of abstractions or croppings of the different graphics that appeared in catalogs ads press pieces invites and posters throughout the 15 years Stark said. It s this incredible collage created with the museum s content. It During dinner allows us to create something new and exciting Icelandic but still have the meaning of what everyone came artist Ragnar together for. Kjartansson TentLogix provided tenting for the after-party sang a new piece which covered the museum s courtyard. Museum created for event. supporters walked down a red carpet which led to a dance floor that had been set up underneath a At the after-party three-dimensional LED display of a 3-D display was MOCA North Miami s the word paradise. The exhibit of inspired by Jack 15th Anniversary Jack Pierson s Paradise which is Pierson s work Celebration regularly displayed on the wall of Paradise. the courtyard inspired the letters Audiovisual Production Lighting All Access Audio suspended from the ceiling. The Video Lighting goal is to elevate the decor to the Catering Lyon & Lyon realm of installation art Stark said. Catering Icelandic artist Ragnar KjarDJ DJ Hottpants Decor Production tansson performed a dramatic David Stark Design and set during dinner that had been Production created especially for the occasion. Rentals Atlas Party At the end of the night guests Rental Inc. Ronen Rental--Boutique Event left with gift bags containing Furnishings perfume from the evening s lead Valet Park One sponsor Cartier. --Ashley Marco MIAMI Today s Talking Points The Call Sheet is the mustread daily digest of event news -- a quick look at what s happening across the industry and in your local market. Sign up for this free newsletter at bizbash.com callsheet Decked out in Adidas apparel Fabolous was part of the night s live musical entertainment. To showcase the connection between the brand and the basketball player Night Vision Entertainment constructed a case to display 54 pairs of Dwight Howard Adidas shoes. Three large LED screens showed Adidas original video content. Feet First Adidas s shoes decorated its bash during N.B.A. All-Star Weekend. Amid the flurry of private events during the N.B.A. All-Star Weekend was the February 24 affair hosted by Adidas for one of its key endorsers Orlando Magic player Dwight Howard. Held at the Orlando Executive Airport the 700-person party saw Night Vision Guests could have pictures taken with Entertainment turn an airplane hangar into a music-themed props then upload them sleek modern lounge with understated cues to instantly to their social media sites. the sportswear company s branding. Dwight is one of our key athletes so we really wanted to help him celebrate All-Star Weekend said Lisa Markusen head of brand design and events for Adidas. A lot of the decor was built around light. We are playing with a lot of patterns. It s very modern very clean very subtle use of our logo. We don t like to over-brand. Night Vision worked with Launch to create a bilevel truss system in the middle of the 12 000-square-foot hangar. Multicolored lights filled the site as guests danced to live performances from Fabolous Young Jeezy D.M.C. and The event was held in B.o.B. Above the main bar 12 monitors displayed honor of Orlando Magic Adidas s original videos. player Dwight Howard. The design team scattered pillows emblazoned with the Adidas logo on contemporary white lounge furniture from Cort Event Furnishings filling the upper V.I.P. platform and a small section of Adidas All-Star the main floor. Night Vision also Weekend Party created two decorative elements Audiovisual Production using Adidas shoes a shoe chanLighting Sound Staging Launch delier and a three-shelf display Catering Renaissance of 54 pairs of colorful Howard Catering sneakers. Decor Design Guests dined on small bites Production Night Vision Entertainment from Renaissance Catering Entertainment including pi a-colada-flavored BabyBlueStar Productions chicken skewers and cream puffs Flowers Lowe and Behold topped with caramel sauce. FootEvent Accents Furniture Rentals Cort Action Red Bull Duracell and Soul Night Vision Entertainment Event Furnishings by Ludacris headphones were the hung 22 pairs of shoes in a Venue Showalter Flying evening s sponsors. spiral pattern. Service --Mitra Sorrells ORLANDO 30 bizbash.com may june 2012 Share this story bizbash.com adidas PHOTOS JOE HILL DUCK UP PRODUCTIONS (FABOLOUS PROPS DWIGHT HOWARD) KAYLA HERNANDEZ FOR BIZBASH (ALL OTHERS) location. A large stage hosted speakers such as television personality Bob Vila and J.R. Martinez an Iraq war veteran and Season 13 winner of Dancing With the Stars along with presentaThe International Builders Show brought tions on topics such as green construction. A mix of chairs and lounge furniture from Cort Event education and networking out of Furnishings filled the middle of the carpeted meeting rooms and onto the show floor. area to create a space where people could spontaneously gather Pursell said. Two 10- by -10foot enclosed rooms on the perimeter provided a A new open-air theater on the ORLANDO floor of the National Associaquiet place for attendees to hold meetings. Show organiztion of Home Builders International Builders ers also moved the Show attracted a steady stream of attendees National Association Finance Pavilion into during the event February 8 to 11 at the Orange of Home Builders County Convention Center. Dubbed I.B.S. Live the I.B.S. Live--giving it a International Builders 6 300-square-foot area in the middle of the floor more prominent loca- Show tion in recognition of did exactly what organizers hoped it would do Audiovisual Production create a new reason for some of the nearly 50 000 the fact that financExhibitor Services Freight Services General ing issues are a hot attendees to spend time on the show floor. We Contractor Sound topic for attendees. wanted to take some of the education and netStaging Freeman working out of meeting rooms and put it right in Throughout the four Catering Centerplate the middle of the show to create a destination for days builders and Entertainment Washington Speakers developers gathered the attendees the buyers the builders to come Bureau in this area to hear see what s happening said Mark Pursell the Furniture Rentals Cort presentations from association s senior vice president of exhibitions Event Furnishings financial industry rep- Housing Lead Retrieval marketing and sales. It s a different program Registration Experient resentatives and to every hour. Anything we can do to draw people Photography Oscar to the floor is healthier for the show and makes it participate in group Einzig Photography discussions. In the afinteresting for the attendees. Videography Imaging ternoons the associa- Security Dupree Security Banners suspended from the ceiling Group tion hosted networkmarked the four corners of the I.B.S. Live ing receptions in I.B.S. Venue Orange County area and allowed attendees throughout the Convention Center 410 000-square-foot trade show to easily see its Live.-- Mitra Sorrells Floor Factor The trade show included about 900 exhibitors which is similar to last year although many used less space than in 2011. PHOTOS MITRA SORRELLS BIZBASH J.R. Martinez an Iraq war veteran and Season 13 winner of Dancing with the Stars drew a crowd to the I.B.S. Live area. The Kohler exhibit included an enclosed showroom created by architectural firm Marmol Radziner to showcase the company s new Numi toilet. Share this story bizbash.com ibs Contestants in the Pillsbury Bake-Off prepared their entries inside a ballroom at the Peabody Orlando. PHOTOS MITRA SORRELLS BIZBASH (CONTESTANTS) COURTESY OF PILLSBURY BAKE-OFF (BROADCAST) During a live broadcast Stewart revealed that judges had selected Christina Verrelli s pumpkin ravioli with salted caramel whipped cream as the grand-prize winner. Mixing It Up Pillsbury chose Martha Stewart as its new partner for its baking competition. Pillsbury held its Bake-Off Contest in a new location this year and brought in a new celebrity partner Martha Stewart. The talk-show host chatted with contestants as they prepared their entries inside a ballroom at the Peabody Orlando on March 26. The next day she announced the million-dollar winner during a live broadcast of The Martha Stewart Show from a temporary television studio in the hotel. ORLANDO The contest was last held in 2010 at the organizers created 100 mini kitchens--one for Waldorf-Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando each contestant--equipped with a cabinet Bonnet Creek. Orlando is easily accessible from countertop chair and G.E. electric range. Conall over the United States and has many large testants also used nearly 1 000 measuring cups hotels that are able to accommodate our space more than 300 mixing bowls and 270 spatulas. and service needs said contest manager Onju Along a back wall of the ballroom 28 refrigeraSturlaugson. Florida is a great destination this tors held supplies such as eggs and butter. time of the year and has many attractions and This year s contest began online more than activities if the finalists want to extend their a year ago. A panel selected 90 recipes to bestay after the contest. come finalists and 20 that faced off in an online This was the 45th rendition of the contest contest for the 10 remaining spots. Each of the that invites home cooks to create original reci100 finalists won a trip to Orlando a G.E. micropes using Pillsbury products along with products wave oven and 125. The grand-prize winner from sponsors such as Progresso Herselected by a panel of 12 food writers shey s Land O Lakes and Fisher Nuts. Share this story and industry executives received 1 Set up began March 22 inside the bizbash.com million and 10 000 worth of G.E. hotel s Windermere Ballroom where kitchen appliances. --Mitra Sorrells pillsbury More than 40 dancers surprised shoppers at Mary Brickell Village in downtown Miami singing and dancing to celebrate Oreo s 100th birthday. The costumed character Oreo Man greeted adults and kids at the shopping area. Smart Cookie set up Twist Lick and Dunk contests for kids of all ages. The Oreo Man even made an appearance stopping to greet guests. All participants and spectators snacked on free milk and cookies On March 6 Oreo threw surprise MIAMI celebrations around the world in honor during the afternoon. Oreo also set up a Web site where fans could send a virtual birthday mesof the 100th birthday of the chocolate-flavored biscuit cookie with cream filling. To celebrate this sage to someone from Oreo and the band Lady Antebellum. milestone Oreo and Nabisco hosted numerThe birthday events were not only part of its ous activities around the world including seven centennial celebration but also Oreo s marketing surprise flash-mob-style birthday parties in the mission to celebrate the kid inside every conUnited States. like the one at Mary Brickell sumer by inspiring and collecting one million moVillage in downtown Miami. ments of slowed-down carefree fun. The brand The birthday party showcased more than 40 is measuring the fun through its Oreo dancers who surprised shoppers with a Share this story Million Moments Meter on this site. flash mob of dancers who sang Happy bizbash.com Oreo s 100th birthday also marked Birthday to the cookie. Following the oreo the introduction of an international party s opening performance staffers Oreo marked its 100th birthday with a flash mob and cookie-dunking contests. PHOTOS DAVID ADAME FOR OREO The birthday celebration continued with dancing cookie giveaways and cookie-dunking contests. limited-edition cookie the Birthday Cake Oreo with colorful sprinkles in the cream filling held together by the cookie wafers which are embossed with a special birthday design. Nabisco also introduced new global advertising for print TV and digital campaigns March 2. --Jana Schiowitz Fun & Fit as a Family Rachael Ray shared family friendly nutritional tips at her live cooking demonstration during the event presented by Florida Blue. Rocco DiSpirito taught children how to assemble healthier pizza options using fresh ingredients and whole wheat pizza dough. The chef even sported an official festival T-shirt promoting hashtag SOBEWFF. Big Bites Here s a look at some of the innovative events and brand activations from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival February 23 to 26. By TRACY BLOCK Diamond Dishes at Marlins Park To give guests a first look at the new stadium Julie Loria wife of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria hosted a V.I.P. evening on the field of Marlins Park. Chefs Eric Chopin Hedy Goldsmith Laurent Tourondel Scott Conant and Michelle Bernstein prepared dinner items such as burgers and lemon meringue pie. MIAMI The Best Thing I Ever Ate Offering Late Night Bites & Sweets the Food Networkand Cooking Channel-sponsored event was inspired by traditional American diners and decorated with white booths and a wall of food personality caricatures. Thrillist s BBQ & Blues Brightly illuminated stations dotted Thrillist s event where more than a dozen chefs plated food using Creekstone Farms offerings. Chef Paula DaSilva of Eden Roc restaurant 1500 Degrees prepared a suckling pig while Top Chef alum and North Miami Beach chef Howie Kleinberg served tender beef-brisket sliders and fresh coleslaw. 34 bizbash.com may june 2012 Share this story bizbash.com sobewinefoodfest PHOTOS ALEXANDER PORTER BFANCY.COM (DIAMOND DISHES) ELIZABETH RENFROW FOR BIZBASH (ALL OTHERS) Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village Hundreds of patrons headed into the grand tasting s grounds on Ocean Drive for a seven-hour feast of food wine spirits and Food Network celebrity appearances. Outside the tent sponsor Buick built a sandcastle while inside brands such as Aperol Jelly Belly Bertolli and Fiji Water displayed their wares. Fiji Water s carnival-inspired display had a photo-taking station fortune tellers and fresh fried doughnuts. PHOTOS TRACY BLOCK FOR BIZBASH (FIJI DIET PEPSI) VALLERY JEAN WIREIMAGE (THE SLICE) ELIZABETH RENFROW FOR BIZBASH (ALL OTHERS) Cultivate Wines Trucks on the Beach Select food trucks like local grilled cheese truck Ms. Cheezious parked under the tent for the Andrew Zimmern-hosted event which was the festival s closing party. The Slice The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hosted visitors at the Slice its traveling two-story pop-up with interiors reminiscent of the resort. Outside guests used chalk to draw on Dunny by Kid Robot. Mo t Hennessey s the Q Diet Pepsi set up an aluminum display with interactive touch-screen stations allowing attendees to post their favorite dishes to Twitter or Facebook. Buick packed the trunk of one of its vehicles with picnic products including a bottle of champagne from event sponsor Mo t Hennessy. The glittering cow display from sponsor Allen Brothers Steaks became the event s landmark for lounging and photo ops. RESTAURANT LOUNGE E V E N T S PAC E 2 9 0 1 F L O R I D A AV E N U E IN THE GROVE 305 774 1500 VILLA-MAYFAIR.COM Native New Yorker George Gee formed his first big band orchestra in 1980 while a student at Carnegie Mellon University. Ten years later he returned to New York City where his 17-piece group George Gee Swing Orchestra (718.779. 7865 georgegee.com) continues to play swing big band and jazz. Gee s so-called 10-piece economy big band is also available for events. You ll hear the best of greats like Count Basie Duke Ellington Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. 30 S Specializing in swing and big band standards vocalists and American Idol finalists John Stevens and Jen Hirsh front Beantown Swing Orchestra (617.272.5730 beantownswing .com) an 18-piece Boston-based orchestra. Professional swing dancers can be added for demos and group lessons at events. You ll hear In the Mood and The Way You Look Tonight. TIME MACHINES PHOTOS STEPH HODGE PHOTOGRAPHY (BEANTOWN SWING ORCHESTRA) PHOTOSWITHCLASS.COM (RICHARD HALPERN S) COURTESY OF VENDORS (ALL OTHERS) These retro musicians offer throwback tuneage to transport guests to another era. By LAUREN MATTHEWS A regular at Los Angeles vintage hot spot the Cicada Club Richard Halpern s Jazz-Age Speakeasy Show (213.739.3377 richardhalpern.info) bills its eponymous leader as Mister Tin Pan Alley. He offers a repertoire of old-timey 1920s standards that can be backed by prerecorded tracks a pianist or a full live orchestra. You ll hear Al Jolson s I m in Seventh Heaven. 20 S Listening to New York-based jazz ensemble Carte Blanche (888.800.3526 carteblanchesamples.com) will make you feel like Owen Wilson s character in Midnight in Paris after he stumbles back in time. The six-person group dresses in all-white vintage outfits and their fans include David Stark and Martha Stewart. You ll hear French and American jazz standards from the 1920s plus Latin music la Buena Vista Social Club. New York-based vintage DJ Michael Cumella spins pre-electric 78-rpm records from the early 1900s on two hand-cranked centuryold phonographs in Michael Cumella s Crank-Up Phonograph DJ Experience (646.228.5780 michael cumella.com phono graphdj). You ll hear ragtime jazz blues and artistic whistlers. Share this story bizbash.com vintageacts bizbash.com may june 2012 37 40 S Fronted by Ella Fitzgerald sound-alike Sheila Ford and U.S. Navy Band chief arranger Scott Ragsdale Washington-based Raggs and the All-Stars (888.800.3526 raggsandtheallstars.com) maintains a classic 1940s look (think big band fronts and vintage tuxes). The core band has seven members but can be expanded with a vocal trio known as the Ragg Dolls who perform Andrews Sisters hits. You ll hear It s De-Lovely and Nice Work if You Can Get It. Spot-on Frank Sinatra Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin impersonators sing their respective hits in the Rat Pack Tribute (702.897.4687 ratpack.com). The Las Vegas-based act can be performed as a 60- to 75-minute show with a visit from a faux Marilyn Monroe or as a shorter opening-reception bit. You ll hear Fly Me to the Moon Candy Man and That s Amore. 60 S PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENDORS The seven-piece Blue Sky 5 (410.961.7981 bluesky5.com) sets the mood with American Lindy hop and swing from the 1930s and 40s while wearing clothes tailored la 1941. (Lead singer Christina Crerar moonlights as a vintage stylist.) You ll hear Billie Holiday s I Wished on the Moon and Benny Goodman s Gotta Be This or That. Chicago-based Beatles sound-alike act American English (773.582.9102 americanenglish.com) has performed everywhere from Liverpool to Japan for corporate clients including Volvo and Motorola. The group also employs a live keyboardist for orchestrations and sound effects. Costume changes span from Ed Sullivan (suits and skinny ties) to Sgt. Pepper (psychedelic) to Abbey Road (hippies). You ll hear Let It Be and She Loves You. 50 Formed in 2001 to perform in front of the Mel s Drive-In at Universal Studios the four-person doo wop group Double Date (407.645. 1006 entertainmentcentralagency.com) sings half-hour a capella sets of 1950s pop hits. The Orlando-based ensemble wears Grease-inspired outfits (poodle skirts for the ladies cuffed jeans and Converse for the guys). You ll hear Chuck Berry s Johnny B. Goode and Lesley Gore s It s My Party. S Singer Shawn Aileen Clark of Lapis Luna (888.800.3526 lapisluna.com) transports listeners back to a time when the voices of sultry jazz singers filled smoky lounges backed by a diverse instrumentation that can include sax trumpet clarinet flute and vibraphone. The Brooklyn-based ensemble which was featured in the retro-tinged ad campaign for Kate Spade s Twirl perfume specializes in hot jazz blues bebop and bossa nova. You ll hear Gene Kelly s Almost Like Being in Love and Nina Simone s My Baby Just Cares for Me. 38 bizbash.com may june 2012 More old school acts bizbash.com directory 70 JEFF FARSAI (FLASHBACK) COURTESY OF VENDORS (ALL OTHERS) S Ten-piece Boogie Wonder Band (450.372.7764 boogiewonderband.com) has been performing together since 1996 sharing the stage with 70s legends like Gloria Gaynor and Kool & the Gang and playing at events for Sharpie Levi s and Cirque du Soleil. Based in Montreal they tour throughout Canada and the U.S. playing a funk- and disco-heavy set list while wearing leisure suits and afro wigs. You ll hear Rose Royce s Car Wash and Earth Wind & Fire s September. Billed as a 90s party band Lovefool (510.655.7926 lovefoollive.com) can dress in grunge wear and perform a genre-spanning set that includes Britney Spears and Salt-N-Pepa. You ll hear Possum Kingdom by the Toadies and Love Rollercoaster by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 90 The two-hour Saved by the 90s show has the four-piece New York-based Bayside Tigers (718.858.2229 thebaysidetigers.com) wearing outfits that would make Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski proud while covering a songbook that ranges from pop to grunge. You ll hear I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys and You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette. S Formed in 1992 Los Angeles-based cover band Boogie Knights (888.250.8712 boogieknights.com) specializes in all disco all the time complete with choreography and goofy outfits. You ll hear Disco Inferno by the Tramps and the Village People s Y.M.C.A. 80 Four-man group Flashback Heart Attack (714.647.2435 flashbackheartattack.com) sports slick-looking red leather suits while delivering authentic-sounding covers of 80s anthems. Based in Orange County California the band has performed for companies like Red Bull Ford and T-Mobile and recently headlined the Birds Nest at the 2012 WM Phoenix Open alongside Will.i.am and the Goo Goo Dolls. You ll hear Billy Idol s Dancing With Myself and the Cure s Just Like Heaven. S Kicking out party-time cover songs by the likes of Madonna Duran Duran and Journey eye-candy-heavy Rubix Kube (718.858.2229 rubixkube.com) features the New York-based group s six members wearing loud 80s threads and hairspray-lacquered dos. The fiveyear-old band counts Katie Couric and Debbie Gibson among its fans and has appeared on the Today show Celebrity Apprentice and Cake Boss. You ll hear Jessie s Girl by Rick Springfield and Africa by Toto. bizbash.com may june 2012 39 REMOTE CONTROL By MITRA SORRELLS Hybrid events use audiovisual technology to share all or part of a physical event with attendees participating off-site or online. Here are 10 production tips to keep in mind. 1. Quality audio is paramount. Weak sound or static will be even more annoying to remote attendees than to those in the room. That cuts down on your engagement says Samuel J. Smith C.E.O. of Interactive Meeting Technology a Minnesota company that specializes in the design production and execution of interactive technology for events. Also consider whether the remote audience needs to be able to hear people other than the main presenter. If a person asking a question doesn t have a microphone the virtual audience can t hear it. That will be a big downside. They will hear some dead air and then hear the presenter answer and have no idea what he is referring to says Dennis Shiao director of product marketing for INXPO a Chicagobased company that provides online destinations for events recruiting training and communications. or require continual buffering-- which can be frustrating for virtual attendees. In most cases planners purchase bandwidth from the venue which usually has an exclusive arrangement with a bandwidth provider. While this is not a place to skimp look for opportunities to negotiate the cost in the same way you negotiate the cost of space. Also keep in mind that bandwidth requirements are directly related to how many sessions are being streamed at the same time three sessions going out at once require three times as much bandwidth. Once you are on-site verify that you are getting what you are paying for by using one of the many Web sites that offer a free instant measurement of Internet upload and download speeds such as InternetFrog and Bandwidth Place. least one fixed camera but (if the budget allows) multiple cameras per session are preferable because different angles and shots can help keep the virtual audience engaged. As for the type of cameras Smith says even if your event will not be streamed in high-definition it may be worth using high-definition cameras so videos produced from the event will be top-quality. If that is not a concern the choice of camera can be one way to save money. In a pinch I used our family s old digital video tape camcorder and it was just fine says Midori Connolly C.E.O. and chief AVGirl of Californiabased Pulse Staging and Events an audiovisual staging company. T echnology has removed the four walls that traditionally housed events in one space at one time. Now hybrid is hot. The term has come to refer to an event that offers both an in-person component and at least some of its content live via the Internet to groups of attendees participating from organized satellite locations or to individuals at home or work. The growth of hybrid events has been driven by society s increasing adoption of technology and also by economic factors greater competition in the technology industry is driving costs down coupled with reductions in corporate travel budgets. Whether it s a big international conference such as SAP s Sapphire Now that creates elaborate broadcast studios on its show floor or a small internal corporate meeting that may only use one camera the purpose of a hybrid event remains the same to engage participants--both in-person and those attending virtually--in a meaningful experience while staying on budget. Here are 10 production tips to keep in mind to create a successful hybrid event. 4. Vendors need to communicate with one another. A hybrid event can involve multiple service providers such as the company running the audio and video in the room the information technology team from the venue a webcasting provider and possibly a virtual platform provider. Anybody who is touching the experience needs to be talking to one another says John Pollard event services program director at Sonic Foundry a Wisconsin company that created Mediasite a platform for hybrid events webcasting 3. Determine the number and type of cameras needed. Start by determining which sessions will be streamed. For a conference with sessions in multiple rooms planners can cut down on the number of cameras and operators needed by scheduling the sessions to be streamed at different times so the same room can be used over and over. A hybrid event needs at 2. Purchase enough bandwidth. Internet bandwidth determines how much data can be transmitted and at what speed for the virtual audience it determines how your event looks and feels. Without enough bandwidth the virtual audience will see low-quality video--the signal may drop out 40 bizbash.com may june 2012 Share this story bizbash.com hybridevents PHOTOS RANDY BELICE SAP AG (NETWORKING LOUNGE) JAMIE WINDAN SAP AG (BROADCAST STUDIO) Production crews at Sapphire Now worked from three broadcast studios on the show floor to share content online and with audiences at 18 satellite locations around the world. SAP s 2011 Sapphire Now conference in Orlando created a networking lounge on the show floor where attendees could view the keynote addresses on 18- by 60-foot screens while getting work done. be on but we will play a recorded video he says. Then about 10 to 15 minutes before the live shot we switch to a room shot. That gives us time to fix things. Greenberg also recommends running at least 5. Stream for all devices. Mobile two encoders--the equipment that has become increasingly important compresses audio and video so it so you ll need to make sure your can transmit over the Internet--in vendor s streaming capabilities case one fails. work on iOS and Android mobile devices. You send one stream 7. Plan to engage the virtual which is a Flash stream for desktop audience. If speakers will use slides browsers and Android devices but or videos in presentations how will you have a second stream which they be shared with the remote is iOS for iPhone and iPad says audience Do they need to be prereGregg Greenberg director of global corded or uploaded prior to the live online marketing strategy for SAP presentation In an optimal situaa German business management tion the audio and video are linked software company that hosts the two ways. That is attendees at the annual Sapphire Now conference a physical event can see and hear all hybrid event with multiple satellite of the remote audiences and vice locations worldwide. An event s versa. When that is not possible webcasting company can create due to budget or production conappropriate solutions to handle straints the priority should be that different types of streams. all remote attendees can see and hear the physical event and that 6. Test the stream. According to they can submit comments and Greenberg SAP runs two tests for questions usually via text or Twitter. Sapphire Now and its other hybrid Experts also recommend planners events one the day before (optimally develop content specifically for the at the same time of day that the remote audience which can be used event will take place) and a second to fill time when the physical event one about 90 minutes before the is on break and to develop camarafirst live shot. The live stream will derie among the virtual attendees. and lecture capture. These people need to know who the contact is for each other then they can ask the right questions and take care of a lot of the issues [for the planner]. ence. Face-to-face you can keep people all day says Corbin Ball a Washington-based consultant who helps clients determine how to use 8. Make sure speakers talk to the technology effectively for events. virtual audience. Not only should all With virtual or hybrid events you speakers be aware of the virtual au- can t expect people to be sitting dience but they should greet them at a monitor all day long as they at the start of the event and several would be sitting in a meeting room. times thereafter. One fun thing to So you need to provide blocks of do is to tape a smiley face to the time with white space around it. camera to remind the speaker to address the remote audience [since] 10. Focus on the meeting s a lot of presenters are trained to objectives. The most important not look into the camera Connolly thing to keep in mind is figuring says. And when a question comes out what technologies make the in from a remote attendee the most sense to achieve the event s presenter should acknowledge who particular goals says Mary Boone and where it is from. People love a Connecticut-based consultant to hear their name Smith says. It who works with clients on organizamakes them feel good and espetional communication and meeting cially if they are home alone and design. A lot of times that gets lost they don t have people to connect in the excitement of experimenting with in the hallway. with new technology. She recalls a meeting of 200 senior association 9. You don t have to do it all. You executives where planners created will never be able to fully capture an app intended to be used by and provide the face-to-face experi- attendees to submit questions to the ence to a Web audience Shiao presenters only to find that most says. It s a matter of figuring out preferred to ask questions aloud. how to properly narrow the scope. Whatever technology or audioviPlanners should expect that most sual [equipment] you are using all people participating in a hybrid of it should be in service of making event prefer to allocate a few hours the meeting more effective and not not an entire day to the experijust for the wow factor Boone says. A virtual M.C. can also help by serving as a host and guide for people participating online or from pods. bizbash.com may june 2012 41 The only key you ll need for a successful event. You envision an event full of group inspiration and insightful meetings. Your attendees look for fun ways to foster team building in an unforgettable setting. At Hawks Cay Resort you can have it all. Over 20 000 sq. ft. of customizable meeting space State-of-the-art conference centers overlooking the Gulf and Atlantic Exhilarating group activities including Snuba and Fishing trips Your no-passport tropical island getaway in the Florida Keys book a 2012 event and receive GUESTROOMS STARTING AT 129 A NIGHT CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST FOR TWO A COMPLIMENTARY GROUP ACTIVITY - KAYAK RELAY COMPETITION - PADDLEBOARD RELAY RACE - NIGHTSPIKER VOLLEYBALL - TEXAS HOLD EM KEYS STYLE Valid on new group bookings only. Minimum of 25 rooms per night for three (3) nights Sunday Thursday. Based on availability. Event must occur in 2012. For more information please visit HawksCayMeetings.com or email meetings hawkscay.com. Job Board When finding the right job matters. BizBash.com Jobs Find Jobs. Post Jobs. Get Back to Work. Arts Central The two-building South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center opened in Cutler Bay in October. The main building houses the 966-seat main stage theater a 1 900-square-foot multipurpose black box theater a 2 160-squarefoot theater lab and a 1 500-square-foot dance studio. Available for preand post-show receptions the outdoor promenade links the two buildings. The backyard lawn which holds more than 700 is also available for private functions. (10950 SW 211 St. Cutler Bay 786.573.5316 miamidadearts.org) Reports from Miami s newest event spaces bizbash.com miamivenues The Miami New Venue Report PHOTO ROBIN HILL It s challenging to keep up with South Florida s venue scene thanks to an abundance of restaurant openings large nightclub debuts and the unveiling of new cultural spaces such as the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. And with new hotels like the St. Regis Bal Harbour and the boutique Surfcomber the market shows no signs of slowing. By ROSE CHEVALIER bizbash.com may june 2012 43 The Miami New Venue Report 1 2 3 Located in the St. Regis Bal Harbour Fashion magazine the 14 000-square-foot 1 Elle opened its first Remede Spa offers group Elle Spa at the Eden Roc package options as well Renaissance Miami Beach as nine private cabanas last year. With 18 treatment with wet bars full bath rooms the 22 000-square- and showers daybeds foot spa boasts rooftop and flat-screen TVs. The cabanas a hair and nail interior is decorated with salon group exercise creamy marble walls plush studio and beachfront carpets and white furnishfitness center. (4525 Collins ings. (9701 Collins Ave. Bal Ave. 305.674.5585 Harbour 305.993.0600 ellespamiami.com) remede.com) 2 1 Spas 4 2 MEETING SPACES The waterfront Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay reopened in May 2011 after a two-year renovation. In addition to 23 meeting rooms and a grand ballroom the updated space has a new 2 500-square-foot Bayview Ballroom and executive boardroom. Also available for events are the terrace overlooking the bay and pool and a private dining room for 20 at the hotel s restaurant Catch Grill & Bar. (1633 North Bayshore Drive 305.374.3900 marriott.com) Fusse Studios 2 debuted near Miami s design district in April 2011 as a site for private parties live music gallery exhibi1 tions product presentations video shoots and corporate meetings. The 2 000-square-foot space has a studio which seats as many as 60 or holds 200. The entry lounge and gallerylike area can be combined to serve as pre-function or meeting spaces. (327 NE 59th Terr. 786.282.2629 fussestudios .com) The Hampton Inn & 3 Suites Miami Brickell Downtown opened in September with more than 3 800 square feet of meeting space. The Heron and Blue Bird boardrooms hold as many as 12 the Egret meeting room holds 45 and Ibis I and II each hold 150 for a meeting or 300 when combined. All rooms feature audiovisual equipment and complimentary Internet access. (50 SW 12th St. 305.377.9400 hamptoninnmiami brickell.com) In January the 4 Lindemann Family Creativity Center opened at Bass Museum of Art. The 670-square-foot space has five seven-foot-long tables that seat as many as 30 in a classroom or workshop layout. The center can also be turned into a lecture movie or presentation setting with seating for as many as 60. For receptions or art showings it holds 100. (2121 Park Ave. 305.673.7530 bassmuseum .org) Cozy in Coconut Grove Dinner Key Dining Room opened in January as the dedicated event section of the earthy Coconut Grove Peacock Garden Caf . Located just steps from the bay the 4 000-square-foot space seats as many as 200 guests. The floral garden serves as a cozy outdoor sanctuary for cocktails or activities before during or after any event. (2889 McFarlane Road Coconut Grove 305.774.3332 peacockspot.com) 44 bizbash.com may june 2012 PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARRIOTT BISCAYNE BAY SERJ EYEWORKSPRODUCTION.COM (FUSSE) ANTONIO CUELLAR PHOTOGRAPHY (HAMPTON INN) MANNY HERNANDEZ (LINDEMANN) ALEXANDER TAMARGO (ELLE) COURTESY OF ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR (REMEDE) ADAM LARKEY PHOTOGRAPHY (DINNER KEY) 1 2 3 4 5 PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROUGE COURTESY OF BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE CANDACE WEST (PL8) JAMES BRANTLEY (VIC & ANGELOS) ANDREW MEADE (DOME) COURTESY OF BLO MIDTOWN RESTAURANTS Located at the Intracoastal Mall Plaza Rouge Waterfront Dining opened in December. This boutique restaurant helmed by restaurateur Alex Podolnyy is accessible by boat or car and offers an array of globally inspired fare. The main dining room seats 100 and a private patio holds as many as 1 100. (3957 NE 163rd St. 305.944.9997 rouge waterfront.com) Helmed by chef 2 Brandon Whitestone PL8 Kitchen & Side Bar opened in downtown Fort Lauderdale last July. The downstairs dining area seats 65 and an outdoor patio seats 60. The dimly lit main dining room located upstairs seats 50. Also upstairs the bar area holds 50. (210 SW 2nd St. Fort Lauderdale 954.524.1818 pl8kitchen.com) Nestled in the Shops 3 at Boca Center Brio Tuscan Grille opened in November. Decorated with floor-length curtains and lush carpets in hues of red green and cream the Boca Raton restaurant holds 400. A private chef s table seats as many as 14. (5050 Town Center Cir. Suite 239 Boca Raton 561.392.3777 brioitalian.com) The Italian coal-oven 4 enoteca Vic & Angelo s opened on Ocean Drive last July. The 1 000-square-foot main dining area is located downstairs. Upstairs the private space has a lounge area which seats 90 and a V.I.P. balcony with four tables. The outdoor area has three private cabanas seating four each and 16 tables. (290 East Atlantic Ave. 561.278.9570 vicandangelos.com) South Florida s first 5 LEED Silver-certified restaurant the Dome opened in January on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. The restaurant-lounge seats 40 in the main dining room and 11 at the bar area. Decor elements include reflective walls created using recycled mirrors and bar tops made from recycled paper and concrete. (271 Miracle Mile Coral Gables 305.648.4999 thedomebar.com) 2 Activity Venues 1. The new Ayama Yoga Center in North Miami Beach opened in late February. Private and corporate yoga packages are available for tension relief and mood management held in a room with abundant natural light and hardwood flooring. The healing-arts session can include classes and workshops on Thai massage yoga dance and reiki. (2250 NE 163rd St. 305.932. 7755 ayamayoga.com) Blo Blow Dry Bar 2 opened in the Shops of Midtown in December. The loft-like space has hot pink and white furnishings high ceilings and wood flooring. With eight salon chairs it holds groups of as many as 30. The afterwork hair happy hour offers blow-drys dry hair treatments braiding and curling. (3301 NE 1st Ave. Suite 102 786.373. 5256 blomedry .com) 3. Located in the Bal Harbour Shops Gee Beauty opened last August. This modern makeup and skincare studio has white furnishings mirrored walls and counters stocked with products. Group classes are available and include topics such as pampering rejuvenating and makeup application. (9700 Collins Ave. Bal Harbour 305.868.3533 geebeauty.com) bizbash.com may june 2012 45 The Miami New Venue Report 1 Bars & Lounges The modern Philippe Boca Raton opened last August with a color palette of black white and red. The 9 000-square-foot lounge and casual restaurant seats 500 and offers a private cellar as well as two private dining rooms for corporate gatherings. Specialty drinks highlight lychee and berry flavors and popular menu items include Peking duck and chicken satay. (200 East Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton 561.393.4666 philippechow.com) 2. Boca Raton spot Spin Ultra Lounge has a number of options for entertaining groups of 50 or less including a lower level known as the pit an upper-level bar an outdoor cabana area with high-top tables and bar or an upstairs area with high-top tables. (346 Plaza Real Boca Raton 1 1 561.361.3999 spinboca.com) The 4 000-square-foot 3 music lounge Vibe comes from the owners who launched Yolo and O Lounge Himmarshee Bar & Grill and Side Bar. Available for private and corporate events the Fort Lauderdale lounge can accommodate 300. The garden patio can also be used for events. (301 Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.713.7313 vibelasolas.com) 4. Located next door to its sister property Rouge Waterfront Dining C Lounge can be accessed by boat or car. A terrace overlooking the Intracoastal holds up to 20. Open till 4 a.m. most nights the cigar bar and lounge is available for buyouts and holds 32. Live performances can be arranged. (3945 NE 163rd St. 305.354.9300 c-loungemiami.com) 2 5 PRIVATE ROOMS Located in the newly opened St. Regis Bal Harbour chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten s J&G Grill offers a semiprivate dining room with ocean views. With gray leather furnishings and metallic mobile light fixtures the space seats 14 or holds 20 for receptions. (9703 Collins Ave. Bal Harbour 305.993.3333 jggrillmiami.com) After much success 2 with the first location in New York chef Andrew Carmellini opened the Dutch at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences in November. The 170-seat 1 restaurant features a private dining area for 14 as well as indoor and outdoor spaces. (2201 Collins Ave. 305.938.3111 thedutch miami.com) 3. Chalk Miami Beach the city s first and only ping pong and billiards lounge opened in October. The 6 600-square-foot interactive venue has two V.I.P. rooms for private events equipped with an iPod sound system LED screens and ping pong or pool tables. (1234 Washington Ave. 305.532.8662 chalk miami.com) 4. Downtown Miami allAmerican bistro City Hall opened last June. Within the 6 000-squarefoot space is an intimate private dining area that seats 40. The interiors include lacquered floors and dark walnut and black varnished wood tables and chairs. (2004 Biscayne Blvd. 305.764.3130 cityhallthe restaurant.com) Located in the space 5 formerly occupied by Acqua at the Four Seasons Edge Steak & Bar has two private dining rooms one for eight and the other for 20. The restaurant which opened in November offers private mixology classes for 20. Additionally the outdoor terrace can be used as a prefunction space. (1435 Brickell Ave. 305.381.3190 edge restaurantmiami.com) 3 46 bizbash.com may june 2012 PHOTOS COURTESY OF ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR (J&G GRILL) NOAH FECKS (THE DUTCH) COURTESY OF EDGE STEAK AND BAR COURTESY OF PHILIPPE BOCA RATON COURTESY OF VIBE In the Ballpark Marlins Park home to the Miami Marlins opened in March. Holding 37 442 guests in its 928 000-square-foot space the baseball stadium includes 45 gamewatching suites. Bringing a piece of South Beach the Clevelander is a 4 600-squarefoot pool-lounge concept that can hold 300 for private events. Other spaces include a 12 000-square-foot terrace and a 200-person restaurant lounge. (501 Marlins Way 877.627.5467) 1 New Eats in Delray Beach PHOTOS DANIEL NEWCOMB (BURGER BAR) COURTESY OF ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR ROBERT KLEM (REGENCY HOTEL) JERRY RABINOWITZ (DECK 84) COURTESY OF BREATHE ALISSA DRAGUN (D ANGELO TRATTORIA) 2 Located adjacent to the Atlantic Avenue Bridge along the Intracoastal Deck 84 offers Burt Rapoport s take on casual-American cuisine. The outdoor patio has a heated deck and bar and seats as many as 140. The restaurant s 60-seat main dining room is offered for semiprivate and private functions. Full restaurant buyouts are available for larger groups. (840 East Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach 561.665.8484 deck84.com) 2. Union an Asian fusion gastrolounge made its debut in February. Its 3 000-square-foot indoor 1 1 dining room seats 121 or holds 200 for receptions. The 1 000-square-foot outdoor patio is covered with AstroTurf and has its own bar area it seats 55 or holds 80 for receptions. (8 East Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach 561.330.4236 uniondelray.com) Specializing in 3 Mediterranean cuisine Breathe opened in downtown Delray Beach in January. The restaurant lounge and bar has a V.I.P. area which holds 25 and has its own butler bottle service and flat-screen TVs. Furnished with brick-red banquets and metallic black curtains Breathe seats 50 in its main dining room and holds as many as 200 in its lounge area. (401 West Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach 561.330.4526 breatheindelray.com) Chef Angelo Elia and 4 architect Alfredo Leon turned a 1920s Delray Beach cottage into the 120-seat D Angelo Trattoria in early November. The rustic Italian eatery boasts modern black and white furnishings and holds 100. The back terrace and front porch can be used by small groups for wine tastings or dinners. (9 SW 7th Ave. Delray Beach 561.330.1237) HOTELS 3 4 5 500-square-foot Le Club holds 320. The 800-squarefoot Le Jeune room seats 70. (1000 NW Le Jeune Road 305.441.1600 Designed by Yabu 1 regencyhotelmiami.com) Pushelberg the St. 3. The boutique Regis Bal Harbour Resort Surfcomber Hotel opened debuted in January. The in South Beach in January. 243-room property has several pools private beach The Kimpton property has access a 24-hour concierge more than 1 500 square feet of event space includand butler service. On-site ing two meeting rooms are approximately 11 200 and a pool deck which can square feet of meeting hold as many as 500 for facilities including the outdoor receptions. (1717 7 800-square-foot Astor ballroom which seats 630 Collins Ave. 305.532.7715 surfcomber .com) banquet-style or holds 4. The 100-room Hotel 800 for receptions. (9701 Breakwater houses the Collins Ave. Bal Harbour 2 200-square-foot Intimissi 305.993.6000 stregis Lounge. The space is balharbour.com) an intimate rooftop set Five minutes from 2 with daybeds plush love Miami International Airport the Regency Hotel seats and views of the Miami completed a renova- Atlantic Ocean it holds tion late last year. Updates 98 for receptions. The 980-square-foot Edison to the outdoor space penthouse holds as many include a 4 000-squareas 80 for product launches foot deck which holds as or intimate events. (940 many as 100. For events Ocean Drive 305.532.2362 inside the hotel the breakwatersouthbeach 1 200-square-foot Gables .com) room holds 170 and the bizbash.com may june 2012 47 Miami South Florida Venue Directory A selection of resources from our comprehensive online directory of event and meeting suppliers and venues Activity Venues p. 49 Arcades & Virtual Reality Centers Bowling Alleys Golf Courses & Country Clubs Sports Venues Other Activity Venues Bars Lounges & Clubs p. 50 Bars & Lounges Clubs ACTIVITY VENUES ARCADES & VIRTUAL REALITY CENTERS NEW CHALK MIAMI BEACH Boats Yachts & Cruise Ships p. 51 Conference Convention Centers & Auditoriums p. 52 Entertainment & Performance Venues p. 52 Comedy Clubs Music Clubs Screening Room Theaters & Performance Spaces Hotels p. 53 Independent Event Spaces p. 57 Mansions & Homes p. 58 Museums & Cultural Spaces p. 59 Art Museums Art Spaces & Galleries Children s Museum Historical & Cultural Institutions Science & Natural History Spaces Outdoor Spaces p. 60 Restaurants p. 60 Retail Spaces p. 64 Spas p. 64 Stadiums p. 64 Updates & addition listings bizbash.com features 13-foot doors and a black granite waterfall the 3 000-square-foot banquet foyer was reconfigured to This interactive entertainment venue opened in host larger receptions (it can now hold 360 people) and November 2011 and features classic games such as Connect the foyer s carpeting was replaced with Italian marble Four checkers and beer pong. The 6 600-square-foot its ceiling height was raised to 16 feet and its pot lights space includes wireless jukeboxes Ping-Pong tables 12 were replaced with contemporary Austrian crystal LED screens for broadcasting sports and two V.I.P. rooms chandeliers. Similarly the carpeting in the 8 000-squarefor private events. (1234 Washington Ave. Miami Beach foot main ballroom which can hold 600 was replaced 305.532.8662) with mahogany flooring. (997 North Greenway Drive DAVE & BUSTER S HOLLYWOOD 305.392.0819) This 58 000-square-foot venue has three rooms for private DEERING BAY YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB This country club has multiple event spaces. The Crystal functions the Midway Room for 100 the showroom for Room can seat 60 and be used in conjunction with the 200 and the executive boardroom for 50. The showroom pool terrace which seats 120. For smaller groups the includes a private bar and restrooms and each room has library accommodates 40 the wine cellar for 14 is also audiovisual equipment. Additional function space for as available. The club features an Arnold Palmer signature many as 100 is scattered throughout the facility. (3000 golf course and P.G.A.-certified instructors. Use of the club Oakwood Blvd. Hollywood 954.923.5505) DAVE & BUSTER S MIAMI is exclusive to members. (13610 Deering Bay Drive Coral The location inside Dolphin Mall offers classic arcade Gables 305.254.2111) games billiards and state-of-the-art virtual reality games DIPLOMAT GOLF RESORT AND SPA as well as two private rooms for events. The Midway Room This 6 800-yard 18-hole Hallandale Beach course is can accommodate 100 guests and parties of 200 can take surrounded by 3 000 palm trees as well as banyan trees advantage of the showroom which includes a full-service and lakes. Ten tennis courts are available. The property has more than 10 000 square feet of meeting and event bar and private bathrooms. (11481 NW 12th St. Suite E622 space in four rooms which can accommodate groups 305.468.1555) JOHNNY ROCKETS GAMEROOM of 150 to 760 depending on the setup. Other amenities Half high-energy interactive video arcade and entertaininclude a 30 000-square-foot spa with 17 treatment ment space half full-service restaurant and bar the rooms and a 60-room resort. Outdoor function space is former Gameworks in Sunrise is now Gameroom and can also available. (501 Diplomat Pkwy. Hallandale Beach accommodate as many as 400 people. Two private rooms 954.883.4000) THE LA GORCE COUNTRY CLUB each hold 50 or the entire facility can be bought out. The staff can also coordinate teambuilding packages and offer This country club was built in 1927 by dredging more than full audiovisual services. (2608 Sawgrass Mills Cir. Sunrise two million cubic yards from Biscayne Bay. It was named after John Oliver La Gorce a pioneer in the development of 954.845.8740) Miami Beach. The private club is now home to an 18-hole BOWLING ALLEYS golf course a clubhouse with a private dining room a LUCKY STRIKE LANES LOUNGE AND BOWL pool tennis courts and a fitness center. (5685 Alton Road A hip bowling alley off Lincoln Road Lucky Strike has 14 Miami Beach 305.866.4421) lanes a 108-seat restaurant and lounge and outdoor seat- MIAMI BEACH GOLF CLUB This club has primarily outdoor space for events--including in its 20 000 square feet. The lanes can host as many as 400 patrons. A private room with direct access to valet ing a patio for as many as 250 people. Inside the main clubhouse there is a meeting room for 64. On-site event parking is available or clients can choose to curtain off six bowling lanes for a unique event space for 75. Catering staff can arrange for signage in the parking lot food and beverage service on the course after-hours receptions is available from chef Bill Starbuck. (1691 Michigan Ave. and more. Rental clubs personalized golf towels putting Miami Beach 305.532.0307) SPLITSVILLE contests and golf clinics can also be arranged. (2301 Alton Opened in 2008 in South Miami s Sunset Place shopping Road Miami Beach 305.532.3350) center this 26 000-square-foot bowling alley has 13 lanes ROOKERY AT MARCO This semiprivate championship golf course at the Marco billiard tables a DJ performing four nights a week dancIsland Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa was recently ing areas and five bars including a champagne bar that specializes in sparkling sake. Splitsville can accommodate redesigned by Robert Cupp. The clubhouse includes a game room exercise facility library lounge veranda as many as 700 guests and is open every night--though only those 21 and over are allowed after 8 p.m. (5701 Sunset dining area business office and meeting space ideal for board retreats or convention groups that incorporate Drive 305.665.5263) STRIKE MIAMI golf outings into their agendas. An 18 000-square-foot Strike Miami is a 37 000-square-foot multimedia expansion was recently completed. (3433 Club Center Blvd. playground that offers various catering and bar options. It Naples 239.389.6600) features a sports lounge with seating for 125 a 40-foot bar SPORTS VENUES a 12-foot projection screen and 12 plasma TVs. A private room has a 10-foot projection screen and double-sided bar CALDER RACE COURSE for intimate gatherings. The in-house event staff can help Event space includes a trackside open-air pavilion which can host 60 people or a picnic grove with tables and coordinate corporate or private events. (11401 NW 12th St. chairs for groups of 40 to 1 500. The rental fee includes 305.594.0200) area admission a racing program with the group s name GOLF COURSES & COUNTRY CLUBS lunch and gratuity. In-house catering is available as are COUNTRY CLUB AT MIRASOL souvenir photos with the winning jockey. (21001 NW 27th This Palm Beach venue s clubhouse features a pro shop Ave. 305.625.1311) GULFSTREAM PARK indoor and outdoor dining space lounges lockers and Gulfstream Park is a 158 000-square-foot entertainment men s and women s card rooms. The upper level of the destination with live horse races January through April 50 000-square-foot clubhouse has multiple areas for year-round off-track betting poker tables and more than events. Additionally the property s Esplanade Sports & 850 Vegas-style slots. Restaurants Ten Palms and Christine Fitness Center has 17 000 square feet of space with a fitness facility pro shop 15 tennis courts a pool and a spa. Lee s offer buyouts and private dining. In 2010 the property opened the Villages at Gulfstream Park a retail (11600 Mirasol Blvd. Palm Beach 561.776.4949) CORAL GABLES COUNTRY CLUB complex with 13 additional restaurants. (901 South Federal The 45 000-square-foot Coral Gables Country Club Hwy. Hallandale Beach 954.454.7000) HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY completed a 12-month 3 million makeover late last This 600-acre motor-sports complex is available year. Among the changes The north entrance now bizbash.com may june 2012 49 Miami South Florida Venue Directory ACTIVITY VENUES year-round and offers more than 10 areas for events including the 1.5-mile track pit and go-karting area. The 10 000-square-foot Champions Club high above the grandstands on the first turn seats 450. The club offers buffet areas full bars 40 plasma TVs outdoor seating an exclusive elevator and race-themed decor. (1 Speedway Blvd. Homestead 305.230.5000) INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB rooms. (7616 NE Fourth Court 305.756.1700) NATIONAL CROQUET CENTER 18 holes of racing-themed miniature golf. (5300 North Powerline Road Fort Lauderdale 954.491.6265) This facility has a 19 000-square-foot clubhouse. The center can host groups of 20 to 600 people. As many as 192 players can use one of the 12 lawns and croquet experts provide equipment and lessons. Additionally groups can take advantage of the Croquet Grille or one of three private rooms for as many as 200 people. (700 Florida Mango Road West Palm Beach 561.478.2300) NEW REVO SOCCER OTHER ACTIVITY VENUES BILLIE SWAMP SAFARI The International Polo Club Palm Beach is a world-class polo club designed by and for Polo players. It features tennis courts a pool and the members-only Mallet Grille as well as a large lake and a spa and fitness center. The venue features high-goal polo from viewing stands field side tailgates and special hospitality tents and a Championship Field. The main stadium seats around 5 000 with box seating for many more. (3667 120th Ave. South Wellington 561.204.5687) Opened in 2011 this soccer field glows in the dark. It hosts soccer activities for groups and offers a patio for food and drinks. Players get glow-in-the-dark gear with spray-on invisible paint and a dodgeball to play with. (7610 NE Fourth Court 305.423.0436) SOCCER ROOFTOP Part of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades the safari in Clewiston is an unconventional alternative for meetings. The amphitheater can seat as many as 100. A covered outdoor area holds 80. Chickees--small thatched-roof dwellings--are available for overnight stays for two to 12 people. (30000 Gator Tail Trail Clewiston 800.949.6101) NEW CHEESE CULTURE Opened in 2009 at the Rivergate Plaza in Brickell the venue has two outdoor soccer fields a 400-square-foot indoor lounge for 35 and a patio for 100. (444 Brickell Ave. LION COUNTRY SAFARI This drive-through safari and amusement park has a 2nd Floor 305.967.3512) NEW K1 SPEED NEW SOCCER TOWN 4 000-square-foot private event pavilion with seating for This indoor go-kart racing venue opened in 2011 has two Soccer Town which opened in March 2012 has three 500. An event at the pavilion includes admission to the meeting rooms that hold as many as 40 people each as outdoor fields that are F.I.F.A.-regulated and each has park a one-acre multiuse field and free parking. well as catering options for private events. Teambuilding room for six-on-six matches. They can also be combined-- (2003 Lion Country Safari Road Loxahatchee 561.793.1084 activities are available there are two tracks that can as they are on weekends--into one larger field for ext. 2280) SAWGRASS RECREATION PARK each hold 10 drivers at a time. Mini Grand Prix races eight-on-eight games. Soccer Town welcomes corporate can be coordinated. (2950 Sterling Road Hollywood teambuilding events parties and coaching sessions. The Tour the Everglades on an airboat or have a cookout 954.416.0044) fields are lit for night play and the venue has its own free for groups of 25 to 250 at this 17-acre park in Weston. METEGOAL A reptile and alligator exhibit allows groups to get parking. (2728 NE Second Ave. 786.263.9305) Miami Event Space unveiled its latest concept a state-of- XTREME INDOOR KARTING close to local critters and exotic wildlife such as the-art indoor soccer arena in 2009. The sports facility is This 90 000-square-foot indoor racetrack underwent a kangaroos and birds of available for three-on-three four-on-four and five-on-five 2 million renovation in 2007 to add space for corporate prey or to pet a real Search by capacity events. The largest space overlooks the track and can soccer practices games and tournaments as well as Florida panther. (1006 bizbash.com accommodate 150. Additionally two meeting rooms can teambuilding events. The arena is equipped with newNorth U.S. Hwy. 27 miamivenuedirectory Weston 954.389.0202) host 100 and 200 respectively. The venue recently added generation artificial turf viewing balconies and locker This retail shop opened in August 2011 and specializes in international and domestic artisanal cheese charcuterie and gifts. The store offers classes in the tasting room in the back of the shop for as many as 12 people. (813 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.533.9178) BARS LOUNGES & CLUBS BARS & LOUNGES AMADEUS BAR in 2008. The 6 500-square-foot French-electro-punkinspired lounge features Marie Antoinette-style decor two bars and 25 semiprivate tables. (2325 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.531.4600) private dining rooms with seating for 12 to 22. The menu NEW LOUNGE AT GOTHAM STEAK is casual with stone-oven pizzas and homemade pasta. The Lounge at Gotham Steak debuted in June 2011 at Opened in 2000 at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove the the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The hotel s upstairs (45 Miracle Mile Coral Gables 305.442.4925) Italian-library-style Amadeus Bar is available for private CRAZY ABOUT YOU dining room at Gotham Steak was converted into a In the Mark Condo overlooking Biscayne Bay is dining parties. It seats 50 or holds 90 for receptions. (3300 SW 70-person lounge with a house DJ soft lighting and spot and lounge Crazy About You. The waterfront prop- casual furnishings. (4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 27th Ave. Coconut Grove 305.644.4680) BAHIA erty opened in 2010 is decorated with floor-to-ceiling 877.326.7412) This bar and lounge named after a city in northeast LOVE HATE LOUNGE wine racks espresso-colored floors and dim lighting. The first bar and lounge opened by Miami Ink tattoo Brazil is on the seventh-floor pool deck of the Four The dining area seats 107 with additional space for 50 artists Ami James and Chris Nu ez Love Hate Lounge Seasons Miami. The 4 275-square-foot space has a in the lounge. (1155 Brickell Bay Drive 305.377.4442) GEMMA can host private events for as many as 110 people. The two-acre pool terrace for 200 people. A 16-foot water The owners of the Sport Caf and Rosinella opened elongated Lucite bar has tattoo-inspired drawings lit wall adds to the bar s outdoor living-room ambience. Gemma on Lincoln Road. The 128-seat lounge has wood from below and the walls are covered by traditional Buyouts are available. (1435 Brickell Ave. 305.358.3535) THE BANK floors dark wood columns artwork and intimate areas tattoo art accented with gold leaf detailing. Catering is Opened in March 2012 under new management leading with large ottomans and one-of-a-kind coffee tables all available on site though outside companies are allowed. downtown Miami s Art of Nightlife scene is The Bank. A in subdued candlelight. An additional 48-seat terrace (423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305.695.8616) MANGO S TROPICAL CAFE beautiful and unique 8 000 square foot venue strategi- is also available for events. (529 Lincoln Road Miami This nightspot has multiple spaces for private events cally placed in what used to be the Meyer Kiser bank in Beach 305.534.3662) and a nightly live cabaret show. The Mojito Room the historic Dade Commonwealth Building. (139 N.E. 1st NEW HAVEN GASTRO-LOUNGE This South Beach venue opened in May 2011. The features Cuban-style decor and is equipped with a full Street 305.373.1515) NEW BUDDHA SKY BAR main bar extends into the lounge which is filled with sound and lighting system as well as a private DJ booth. This dining lounge in Delray Beach has 83 seats. recycled leather banquettes. The 2 500-square-foot Within the Jungle Room which seats 100 guests is the The third-floor lounge which opened in April 2011 indoor and outdoor space offers equipment for events Mermaid Bar. Another private space the Vodou Room has a glass-encased rooftop arboretum overlooking such as an audio system and LED downlighting. Total boasts artwork and collage-covered walls. (900 Ocean downtown plus seating for both small and large capacity is 180. (1237 Lincoln Road Miami Beach Drive Miami Beach 305.673.4422) NEW M BAR parties including booths for five couches for six and a 305.987.8885) NEW HIGHBAR Opened in 2011 M Bar overlooks the Mandarin Oriental 14-person banquet table that flanks the windows. (217 Opened in June 2011 at Dream South Beach this rooftop hotel s infinity pool and Biscayne Bay. The bar holds 45 East Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach 561.266.9898) CABANA ONE lounge holds 275. It is outfitted with an infinity pool for receptions and is available for buyout. (500 Brickell This 7 000-square-foot lounge on the roof of the and offers a snack and cocktail menu and seating areas Key Drive 305.913.8288) PANGAEA five-story Mayfair Hotel and Spa can accommodate as with casual furniture. (1111 Collins Ave. Miami Beach Meaning all lands in Greek this lounge has a safarimany as 300 people. The lounge is a separate entity 305.534.8455 inspired interior that features authentic tribal artifacts from the hotel with an 1 100-square-foot pool adjacent NEW KYMA LOUNGE Opened in 2011 in the Epic Hotel and Residences in as well as an elaborate patio. At Seminole Hard Rock to its private cabanas each of which is equipped with downtown Miami the first level of the space features Hotel & Casino in Hollywood the 4 000-square-foot a flat-screen plasma TV and a Nintendo Wii. Catering 30-foot ceilings LED lighting a circular bar and custom space accommodates 304 with its modular furniture can be provided through the hotel s restaurant Angelo lounge furniture the second level has its own bar for in place and 500 without it. Pangaea s patio holds as & Maxie s. a more intimate setting. The lounge holds 300. (270 many as 150 people. (5711 Seminole Way Hollywood (3000 Florida Ave. Coconut Grove 305.448.5088) CAFEINA Biscayne Blvd. Way 305.424.5226) 954.581.5454) Open since 2010 Cafeina is comprised of a lounge art LEVEL 25 NEW PULSE LOUNGE Inside the Conrad Miami Hotel Level 25 spans the 25th Pulse Lounge opened in July 2011 on the second floor of gallery and garden. The 1 560-square-foot lounge has floor with three distinct spaces for events. The Bar the Dolphin Mall. A dark red palette covers the nightlife an eight-seat bar while an additional 65 can sit on venue which has a 35-foot-long bar a stage screens earth-toned leather loungers. A mezzanine seats 35. The features a 30-foot frosted-glass bar with bright yellow and chocolate-brown accents. The main space Atrio is with projectors and a 2 600-square-foot dance floor. 1 000-square-foot art gallery showcases local artists an 80-seat dining room. Larger groups can book the Pulse holds 145 and has 12 private booths each holding works and can be used for events for as many as 200. Room a 4 000-square-foot space behind the Bar. The 10 guests. (11401 NW 12th St. 2nd Floor 305.722.3900) The 5 000-square-foot garden holds 200 and can be NEW RICOCHET BAR wine attic can host 15. (1395 Brickell Ave. 305.503.6529) tented. (297 Northwest 23rd St. 305.438.0792) NEW CIBO WINE BAR LOUIS Opened in October 2011 Ricochet Bar provides a 90s Cibo Wine Bar opened in Coral Gables in October 2011. Nightlife conglomerate the Opium Group opened Louis club atmosphere. Available for buyout the venue seats The 8 000-square-foot bar seats 200 and offers two inside the Gansevoort South Hotel in South Beach 100 or holds 300 for receptions. Ricochet provides 50 bizbash.com may june 2012 Venues with outdoor event space a small-bites menu or for buyouts will allow outside caterers. (3250 Buena Vista Blvd. Suite 124 305.673.3873) RUMBAR about 500 the space can be split to create multiple lounges--both inside and on the balcony there s also an open dance floor. (1 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.538.1111) GREEN ROOM This Havana-inspired bar in the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne pours more than 50 rums from 18 countries and can accommodate 50 people. A menu of appetizers and main courses is available. For the cigar lover RumBar is equipped with stocked humidors. V.I.P. rum lockers are also available. Buyouts are allowed. (455 Grand Bay Drive Key Biscayne 305.365.4500) SECADA S Open since 2010 this 4 000-square foot bilevel nightclub holds 200. The loft-style venue has chandeliers LED-lit white walls and white leather furnishings. Two plasma screens are available for video or branding. Outdoor balconies will be added later this year. (109 SW Second Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954.449.1028) THE GRYPHON BOATS YACHTS & CRUISE SHIPS ACTION YACHT CHARTERS & EVENTS Singer Jon Secada s intimate bar and lounge which opened in 2010 is on the mezzanine of the Magic City Casino. Enhanced with Secada s personal memorabilia and equipped for a DJ or live musicians the 3 000-square-foot space can accommodate 240 (or 160 seated). Steps away is a V.I.P. suite for about 75. (450 NW 37th Ave. Miami 305.649.3000) SKYLINE BAR & CLUB This Cirque du Soleil-inspired club at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood derives its name from the mythological creature. The 6 000-square-foot space includes a sunken European-style dance floor two distinctive bars and an elevated V.I.P. area. Together with the adjoining Pangaea it can accommodate as many as 1 300 guests. (5711 Seminole Way Hollywood 954.581.5454) MANSION The 78-foot catamaran Caribbean Spirit can accommodate 125. There is fixed seating for 93 rail seating for 32 and a trampoline net area for additional guests on deck. (6980 NW Fourth Ave. Boca Raton 305.509.2044) THE ADVANTAGED Formerly home to Honey Lounge this South Beach space was rebuilt and opened in 2009. It is now a bar and lounge built with the deconstructed pieces of a retired U.S. jumbo jet including a bar made from a wing and two giant jet-engine turbine fans behind it. The 3 600-square-foot venue can accommodate 220 with three V.I.P. areas dubbed First Class 1 2 and 3. (645 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305.397.8046) NEW SPIN ULTRA LOUNGE The 40 000-square-foot venue which was built in 1936 as the French Casino has two levels with six bars and a capacity of 2 500. Design highlights include sweeping staircases fireplaces crystal chandeliers and brick walls. Seven projection screens are available. (1235 Washington Ave. 305.531.5535) MOKAI This company has a multi-vessel fleet with a range of sizes. Its boats include a 41-foot catamaran a 51-foot fishing yacht several sailboats and a 130-foot private yacht with five staterooms. The company can arrange themed dinner charters water sports and deep sea fishing charters. (Miami 305.358.0745) BISCAYNE LADY YACHT CHARTERS This company has a fleet of multiple vessels including the 41-foot Recess the 111-foot Biscayne Lady holding 360 the Venetian Lady holding 140 and the Island Lady yacht holding 120. (401 Biscayne Blvd. 305.379.5119) CHARTER ONE Opened in 2011 the venue offers options for entertaining groups of 50 or fewer including a lower level known as the pit an upper-level bar an outdoor cabana area with high-top tables and bar or an upstairs area with high-top tables. (346 Plaza Real Boca Raton 561.361.3999) THE TAURUS Mokai reopened in 2010 as the newest addition to nightlife conglomerate the Opium Group s properties. The 4 000-square-foot club is outfitted with red sofas black walls red lattice detailing and custom chandeliers. Buyouts are available for 270. (253 23rd St. 305.538.6337) NIKKI BEACH First established more than 83 years ago the Taurus was shut down in 2002 due to residential development plans. The bar reopened in its original location in 2009. Restaurateur Tom Billante channeled the old pub s roots with hardwood floors and the original Taurus sign. The 875-square-foot space has a 10-seat bar and an outdoor space shared with sister restaurant Calamari Italian Seafood. (3540 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove 305.441.0219) The 35 000-square-foot nightclub in Miami Beach has indoor and ample outdoor space on the beach. The open-air venue is outfitted with its signature white beds loungers and bamboo accents. Indoor nightclub Club Nikki is on the second level of the building. Catering is available. (1 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.538.1111) OPIUM HARD ROCK Charter One s fleet includes two vessels the three-deck Summer Wind which holds 65 and the five-deck Grand Floridian for 400. The 15 000-square-foot Princess Floridian is composed of a main salon a 240-seat dining salon and a 2 500-square-foot open-air sky lounge. (4419 West Tradewinds Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954.771.0102) HOLIDAY OF MAGIC YACHT CHARTERS The fleet is made up of four charter yachts. The Miami Lady a 75-foot vessel and the 130-foot Venetian Lady both hold 149. The 111-foot Biscayne Lady can host 400 on its three decks. The 62-foot Holiday of Magic holds 49. (1717 North Bayshore Drive 305.372.8055) LOTS OF YACHTS LOTS OF SPOTS This nightclub from the Opium Group opened in 2009 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The NEW VICE LOUNGE MIAMI 6 000-square-foot club resembles a Parisian cabaret Vice Lounge opened in March 2011. By day the venue with Asian accents. Under the expansive staircase is known as Vice Caf serving dishes by executive the 2 000-square-foot French Boudoir Room holds chef Michael Blum. By night the space turns into a 200 people. The venue can accommodate as many lounge complete with DJ sets and bottle service. A as 1 200 for full buyouts. (5729 Seminole Way freestanding bar welcomes guests into the corridor Hollywood 954.327.9094) PINKROOM of the 3 800-square-foot space which sprawls over two levels. Decor ranges from the jet black walls and The 4 300-square-foot South Beach nightspot opened couches of the main bars to a 25-seat Crystal Room in 2010 and holds 350. The room has purple and magenta accents interactive murals mirrored walls one of two V.I.P. areas. Vice Lounge is available for buyout Sunday through Wednesday nights and can a giant LED screen and a bedazzled DJ booth. There are also two private mezzanine areas for groups of accommodate 350 people. (330 Lincoln Road Miami about 80 each. (737 Washington Ave. Miami Beach Beach 305.532.2667) 305.534.7465) With 15 vessels ranging from 30 to 167 feet Lots of Yachts can accommodate groups of 500. The vessels are available from Key West to Jupiter with additional locations in the Caribbean Mediterranean and New York. (132 Sussex G West Palm Beach 561.242.4753) MIAMI CHARTER BOAT This sport fishing charter has a 22-vessel fleet including a 60-foot yacht. Most of the fleet has room for six but some boats take 12. The company offers hourly half-day and full-day fishing excursions. Fishing tournaments can be arranged for groups looking to catch snapper sailfish swordfish mahi mahi and marlin. (401 Biscayne Blvd. 954.562.0747) NORWEGIAN EPIC CLUBS NEW AMNESIA MIAMI REVOLUTION This 26 000-square-foot nightclub opened in October 2011. The space features a DJ booth with six moving LED walls 150 light heads that move to the beat of the music high ceilings and a stage. There are also 46 V.I.P. tables and a 25-foot-wide dance floor. (136 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.538.2424) ARKADIA This nightclub has 28 000 square feet of space and three private areas for as many as 3 000 people. The inside space features a stage two full-service bars and a V.I.P. room. Outdoor concert hall America s Backyard holds 2 000 people and has two full-service bars. The V.I.P. mezzanine area for 250 overlooks the stage. (200 West Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.449.1028) TREEHOUSE The Norwegian Epic arrived at the Port of Miami in 2010. The 1 081-foot cruise ship has multiple restaurants as well as an ice bar a 259-seat comedy club and a steak house. Ideal for meetings the Epic Theater can host 681 amid graduated rows of plush chairs. It generally cruises between European destinations but has some Miami availability. (7665 Corporate Center Drive 866.625.6338) REWARD FLEET Arkadia opened in 2010 and is a 6 000-square-foot nightclub in the basement of the Fontainebleau resort it can accommodate 385 guests. Low ceilings tentacle-like drapes antique French furniture and fashion installations serve as decor. A separate pool section with cabanas holds 300. Buyouts are available. (4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.674.4690) NEW BAMBOO This disco theater club opened in March 2012 in the space previously occupied by Paris Studios. The venue is equipped with audiovisual equipment including full wall LED panels and a complete soundstage for nightly live performances. Renovations to the second floor will increase the current capacity of 950. (550 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305.695.4771) CAMEO Treehouse which opened in 2011 is an 8 000-squarefoot South Beach nightclub lounge intended to evoke the charm of a child s tree house. The wood-filled venue has three spaces. The 2 000-square-foot lounge the Aspen Room is designed like a cozy ski lodge. The 3 000-square-foot main room features stadiumstyle black leather banquet seating. In the rear the 3 000-square-foot garden has a casual backyard ambience. (323 23rd St. Miami Beach 305.674.4478) VIBE The Reward Fleet at the South Miami Beach Marina offers two vessels for deep-sea fishing private parties corporate functions and other events. Private charters hold as many as 100. (390 Alton Road Miami Beach 305.372.9470) ROYAL CARIBBEAN This bilevel club in South Beach is a disco lover s haven and accommodates as many as 1 200 people. The mezzanine has V.I.P seating for as many as 150 and can be used for private events. Full buyouts are available. (1445 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 786.235.5800) CLUB NIKKI The 4 000-square-foot music lounge comes from the owners that launched Yolo O Lounge Himmarshee Bar & Grill and Side Bar. Available for private and corporate events the lounge can accommodate 300 guests. The garden patio can also be used for an event. (301 Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.713.7313) WALL Royal Caribbean offers two ships Allure of the Seas is an 1 187-foot-long 208-foot-wide cruise ship. Meeting spaces include studio B which can fit 775 and the conference center which can hold 300. The ship s four restaurants and its 2 000-person theater are available for buyout. Majesty of the Seas an 880-foot craft has 12 decks nine bars and eight meeting rooms the largest holding 995. (1080 Caribbean Way Miami 305.982.2172) TIKKI BEACH AND CABANA BEACH CHARTERS In the former Pearl nightclub space above Nikki Beach in South Beach Club Nikki has a similar style to its beachfront counterpart. With room for The 3 500-square-foot Wall nightclub inside the W South Beach hotel recently underwent renovations. Additions include two gold couches and a spherical chandelier containing hundreds of LED Search by capacity lights. (2201 Collins bizbash.com Ave. Miami Beach miamivenuedirectory 305.938.3130) Tikki Beach party boat has two decks the lower one seats 85 and the upper deck holds 150. The lower deck has a full galley three buffet stations and a private bar. The 3 000-square-foot upper deck has a separate cabana area with grass flooring its own bar and seating for 50. Cabana Beach is a 400-passenger white yacht with three decks and three bars. It seats 300 for a dinner cruise divided evenly between two decks. (253 NE 2nd St. Suite 809 Miami 305.538.4040) WINDRIDGE YACHT CHARTERS With three yachts ranging from 130 to 170 feet Windridge can accommodate groups of 432. The Lady Windridge offers sunset and midnight tours. The dining room holds 220. (2950 NE 32nd Ave. 954.525.7724) bizbash.com may june 2012 51 Miami South Florida Venue Directory CONFERENCE CENTERS CONVENTION CENTERS & AUDITORIUMS CONFERENCE CENTERS BONAVENTURE RESORT CONFERENCE CENTER ROYAL PALM CENTER Part of the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Hotel this conference center has more than 60 000 square feet of prefunction and flexible meeting space. There are 10 meeting rooms and a 175-seat amphitheater. High-speed Internet and catering for events are optional. (250 Racquet Club Road Weston 954.389.3300) GOLDBETTER OFFICE BUSINESS & CONFERENCE CENTER In the center of the Boca Raton Financial District the Royal Palm Center offers views of the Boca Raton Resort golf course and the ocean. With about 6 300 square feet of meeting space the center offers a variety of conference rooms for business events. (595 South Federal Hwy. Boca Raton 800.839.6899) SOUTH FLORIDA CONFERENCE CENTER Spectrum this entertainment meeting and convention complex provides a range of event space. A theater seats 4 646 and the 28 000-square-foot Riverfront Hall is also available. The Miami Conference Center has an auditorium a lecture hall and 17 meeting rooms. Also on site a river walk and the 612-room Hyatt Regency Miami. (400 SE Second Ave. 305.416.5970) MIAMI AIRPORT CONVENTION CENTER This conference center provides 15 conference rooms. The largest holds 15 seated. Meeting spaces include a satellite office and a conference room. (1031 Ives Dairy Road Suite 228 305.651.8406) KOVENS CONFERENCE CENTER This state-of-the-art conference center has more than 100 000 square feet of exhibit space available for events. Ten meeting rooms can seat as many as 2 500 guests. (6101 NW 31 St. Margate 954.977.5863) On Florida International University s Biscayne Bay campus in Miami the center has meeting rooms that range from 729 to 1 620 square feet and hold 20 to 90 people each. Events for more than 440 can be hosted in the 5 500-square-foot ballroom which has views of the bay. The 10 930-square-foot terrace can accommodate 350. Four 1 560-square-foot auditoriums and meeting rooms are available. (3000 NE 151st St. 305.919.5000) THE MARIE GREEN FORUM FOR GLOBAL MISSIONS This space has 12 meeting rooms the largest of which holds 400. The forum also offers a separate registration space and professional catering services. Overnight lodging can also be provided. The space is available to churches nonprofit organizations schools hospitals and other Christian organizations. (600 SW 3rd St. Pompano Beach 877.337.8569) PALMETTO BAY VILLAGE CENTER Palmetto Bay Village is a 300 000-square-foot building that offers spaces suitable for 50 to 1 000. A 9 500-square-foot banquet facility offers views of Biscayne Bay. A terrace that can hold 500 is also available. (18001 Old Cutler Road Suite 307 Palmetto Bay 305.234.4118) ROBERT AND JUDI PROKOP NEWMAN ALUMNI CENTER This conference center opened on the University of Miami s Coral Gables campus in 2010. The 72 000-square-foot building can be booked for private events by alumni and non-alums. The 3 640-square-foot multipurpose room is the largest space seating 280 for dinner or up to 500 people for a reception. The executive conference room holds 36 for dining. (University of Miami 6200 San Amaro Drive Suite 200 Coral Gables 305.284.2872) RONALD W. SHANE CENTER Overlooking Indian Creek Waterway the center offers more than 4 000 square feet of rentable space which can seat 200. The room can be broken into three separate meeting rooms. The center is equipped with a large patio. (6500 Indian Creek Drive Miami Beach 305.861.8837) Following a 12 million renovation in 2011 this convention center became the city s second-largest convention and exhibition facility with about 130 000 square feet of event space and room for more than 400 trade show booths. The TURNER AGRI-CIVIC CENTER reconfigured second floor includes two 8 000-square-foot With 20 000 square feet of event space on 100 acres the ballrooms and 16 breakout rooms totaling 30 000 square Turner Center can accommodate small and large meetings. feet. On the first floor there are two main exhibit halls The venue also has cattle barns for agricultural events and measuring 75 000 and 30 000 square feet. The center a large 20-acre fenced area for outdoor events. A smaller shares its facilities with the DoubleTree Hotel. (711 NW 72nd 2 500-square-foot exhibit hall is adjacent to the main build- Ave. Miami 305.261.3800) MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER ing. (2250 Northeast Roan St. Arcadia 863.993.4807) WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM The center spans more than four city blocks in Miami Owned and operated by the city of Fort Lauderdale Beach and has more than 500 000 square feet of exhibit the facility is ideal for conferences trade shows and space on one level. There is also 100 000 square feet of performances. The 20 000-square-foot exhibit hall can prefunction space and 73 meeting rooms totaling 127 000 fit 125 8- by 10-foot booths or seat as many as 2 110 people. square feet on the second floor. The center can provide The lawn which can be tented accommodates events for audiovisual services equipment rentals marketing and 10 000. Catering is exclusive to Professional Concessions. catering. The center is managed by Global Spectrum. (1901 The venue can arrange event staffing. (800 NE 8th St. Fort Convention Center Drive Miami Beach 305.673.7311) MIAMI-DADE COUNTY EXPO CENTER Lauderdale 954.828.5380) Home of the Miami-Dade County Fair this 86-acre site is CONVENTION CENTERS available for rent and hosts a variety of indoor and outdoor AMERICRAFT EXPO CENTER events. Edwards Hall contains more than 35 000 square The two halls at the center at the South Florida Fairgrounds feet of unobstructed show space and the 7 900-square-foot feature an exposed roof structure and space for large Blue Ribbon Room seats as many as 400 guests. (10901 events and conventions. The arena seats 5 000. Exposition Coral Way Miami 305.223.7060) PALM BEACH COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER Hall West offers 35 700 square feet of open space and The bilevel center sits on 19 acres and offers nearly Exposition Hall East has 49 051 square feet that can be divided into two smaller halls. Five smaller exposition halls 350 000 square feet of meeting and event space. It has a 100 000-square-foot exhibit hall capable of holding are on site the largest offering 11 490 square feet of space. 500 booths 19 meeting rooms and a 22 000-square-foot (9067 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach 561.793.0333) BROWARD COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER ballroom. There is also a 3 077-square-foot outdoor area. This three-story convention center in Fort Lauderdale The center has built-in viewing screens and telecommunihas 200 000 square feet of exhibit space 28 meeting cations data and audio capabilities. (650 Okeechobee Blvd. rooms totaling 350 000 square feet 53 000 square feet West Palm Beach 561.366.3000) PORT ST. LUCIE CIVIC CENTER of prefunction space and 18 covered loading docks. The The Port St. Lucie Civic Center opened in 2008 offers 20 000-square-foot ballroom can seat as many as 1 800 50 000 square feet of exhibit space including the guests or hold 126 exhibit booths. Savor is the exclusive 5 790-square-foot Ruby Conference Hall and the caterer and can also provide audiovisual services. 13 464-square-foot Emerald Ballroom. The center also has (1950 Eisenhower Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.765.5900) JAMES L. KNIGHT INTERNATIONAL CENTER a brick-lined patio overlooking a pond and fountains. (9221 Owned by the city of Miami and managed by Global SE Civic Center Place Port St. Lucie 772.807.4488) ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCE VENUES COMEDY CLUBS THE IMPROV CLUB PLAY This popular comedy club in West Palm Beach--with additional locations in Coconut Grove and Hollywood-- can host events for 20 to 650 people. Guests may participate in stand-up comedy classes or choose specific comedians to perform. (550 South Rosemary Ave. Suite 250 West Palm Beach 561.833.1812 3390 Mary St. Suite 182 Coconut Grove 305.441.8200 5700 Seminole Way Hollywood 954.981.5653) LAFFING MATTERZ This 10 000-square-foot entertainment venue opened in 2009 in the space formerly known as the Fifth. The bilevel nightclub can accommodate as many as 700 people and is equipped with Wi-Fi and full audiovisual and sound systems. Bill Hansen Catering is the preferred vendor. (1045 5th St. Miami Beach 305.532.4340) THE STAGE accommodate an additional 16 seated or 50 standing. (1130 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305.673.4567) PARAGON GROVE 13 Located at the Broward Center this 175-seat cabaret dinner theater features gourmet fare. The theater has a private skybox that holds 35 people full buyouts are also available. Catering is exclusive to the venue. (201 SW Fifth Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954.462.0222) The Stage is primarily a live music venue but with 10 000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space it can also host a variety of corporate and private events. The 3 200 square feet inside and 7 000 square feet outside can accommodate a total of 1 000 guests. The courtyard can seat 500 and an additional 250 can be seated indoors. (170 NE 38th St. Miami 305.576.9577) Formerly an AMC theater CocoWalk s cinema was renovated and reopened in 2010 with a new name and ownership. Paragon Grove 13 has 13 theaters that seat 80 to 150. Each is outfitted with Sony Digital 4K projectors that can be used for events or meetings. A 150-seat restaurant with a full bar six bowling lanes and a private theater with lounge seating is there too. (3015 Grand Ave. 954.557.1612) SCREENING SNUG SCREENING ROOMS MUSIC CLUBS AMERICA S BACKYARD MIAMI BEACH CINEMATHEQUE Screen a classic holiday film for as many as 22 in the Screening Snug the movie theater inside the Soho Beach House which opened in 2010. Catering is available courtesy of in-house restaurant Cecconi s. Other areas of the oceanfront property are also available for events. (4385 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 786.507.7900) This 27 000-square-foot pavilion can host concerts and entertainment events for as many as 2 000 and features backyard-inspired amenities like a pool the Tool Shed bar a swing set a drive-in theater screen and the upstairs Back Porch Bar. The venue s all-night menu features backyard barbecue foods such as hot dogs hamburgers and potato salad. There is a semiprivate space for 80. (100 SW Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954.449.1030) The Miami Beach Cinematheque debuted in January 2011 on Washington Avenue on the first floor of Miami Beach s original city hall. The 2 700-square-foot cinematheque is ideal for private screenings cocktail receptions video presentations and press conferences. The space consists of a screening room for 75 a gallery for photographic exhibits that can accommodate 120 and a main lobby that can hold an additional 40. An outdoor caf serving Nespresso the cinematheque s main sponsor will be added soon and will THEATERS & PERFORMANCE SPACES ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS This performing arts center can accommodate 600. The Plaza for the Arts is a 57 000-square-foot outdoor area designed for concerts and festivals. The Knight Concert Hall and Ziff Ballet Opera House--with intimate lounges and salons throughout--have fully equipped stages and seat 2 200 and 2 400 guests respectively. (1444 Biscayne Blvd. 305.949.6722) 52 bizbash.com may june 2012 Venues with outdoor event space AVENTURA ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER HARD ROCK LIVE MIRAMAR CULTURAL CENTER ARTSPARK Opened in 2010 and managed by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts the 14 864-square-foot facility has a 324-seat theater with a 3 420-square-foot stage lighting and sound systems and views of the Intracoastal Waterway. (3385 NE 188th St. Aventura 305.466.8002) BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS This Fort Lauderdale facility features two theaters that seat 590 and 2 688 guests. Other available spaces include the Einstein Room which seats 40 or holds 60 for receptions the New River Room which holds 200 for banquets or 320 for receptions and a courtyard with seating for 90 or room for as many as 300 standing. In addition the Horvitz Grand Lobby seats 160 or holds 400 for receptions. (201 SW Fifth Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954.468.3337) CORAL SPRINGS CENTER FOR THE ARTS The 5 600-seat indoor arena at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood can host music and comedy acts as well as sporting events. Morris Architects designed the four-story space which has a movable 2 400-squarefoot stage with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology and a private room on the upper level for catered events. (1 Seminole Way Hollywood 954.315.9112) HARRIET HIMMEL THEATER In the heart of Miramar Town Center this center has a banquet hall that can seat 300 or be divided into three separate spaces for smaller events. There is also an 800-seat theater two art galleries ideal for prefunction cocktail receptions a full-service kitchen and a botanical garden. (2400 Civic Center Place Miramar 954.602.4500) NEW WORLD CENTER This recently renovated 1 471-seat theater has a full-service box office a 10 000-square-foot museum on-site catering and a lakeside terrace with three event spaces each with room for more than 200 people. The venue has an ample load-in dock and offers audiovisual equipment rental. (2855 Coral Springs Drive Coral Springs 954.344.5999) CUILLO CENTRE FOR THE ARTS This state-of-the-art facility in West Palm Beach is home to two theaters the Mainstage which seats 377 and the Second Story Theatre which seats 45. Both are available for events and are fully equipped with sound and lighting systems. (201 Clematis St. West Palm Beach 561.835.9226) THE FILLMORE MIAMI BEACH AT JACKIE GLEASON THEATER Formerly the Jackie Gleason Theater the Fillmore offers a tiered floor plan allows seats to be removed to create reception areas for as many as 2 500 guests. Also available are three private rooms that cater to groups of 50 to 200 two corporate lounges for 40 people each and a rehearsal space for 250. The south lawn holds 400. (1700 Washington Ave. 305.938.2505) FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC Part of the University of Miami the Frost School of Music offers use of its facilities for events. The Gusman Concert Hall accommodates 600 and the Clarke Recital Hall seats 139. (P.O. Box 248165 Coral Gables 305.284.2438) GUSMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Moorish architecture and simulated night skyline of this 1920s movie palace lend events a vintage flavor. The 1 567-seat theater has 11 dressing rooms with private baths two large choral rooms and full audiovisual capabilities. The dramatic double-height lobby accommodates receptions of as many as 500 and can be rented independently of the auditorium. (174 East Flagler St. 305.374.2444) The 100 000-square-foot New World Center is the home of the New World Symphony. Designed by Frank Gehry the center has a 30 000-square-foot performance hall which can seat 756 with variable seating and staging configurations. The SunTrust Pavilion is a separate 2 400-square-foot area that can seat 175 or accommodate 250 reception-style. The atrium features an LED-lit glass bar with a titanium HOLLYWOOD CENTRAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER canopy that can serve 250 guests for a cocktail party and Managed by the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood this the 8 000-square-foot rooftop garden can host 250. On the facility s theater has 502 seats. The Spotlight Corner Caf outside of the building and next to the glass-front entrance contains a 128-square-foot theater and has a capacity of is a 7 000-square-foot projection wall available for presenta128--90 chairs with tables and 30 without. (1770 Monroe St. tions and entertainment. The outdoor space is part of the Hollywood 954.921.3439) Miami Beach Soundscape a park developed in conjunction HOLLYWOOD PLAYHOUSE with the performance hall that can accommodate 1 000 This 18 000-square-foot facility has a 265-seat theater. The people. The building also has some 30 smaller multipurSkylight Lounge and front lobby are available for smaller pose rooms. (500 17th St. Miami Beach 305.673.3330) OLD SCHOOL SQUARE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER events that do not need the full theater. The facility also This four-acre center is composed of the old Delray Beach houses a set design shop sound studio rehearsal studio dressing room and video editing suites. Full film and video Elementary and High School buildings which were production services are available through in-house produc- converted into event spaces in 1990. Theatrical perfortion company Real Productions L.L.C. (2640 Washington St. mances can be held at the 323-seat Crest Theatre. There are also nine classrooms the largest of which seats 100 Hollywood 954.922.0404) JOSEPHINE S. LEISER OPERA CENTER theater-style. The restored 1926 high school gymnasium This two-story facility (and the headquarters of Florida s measures 3 500 square feet and seats 400 theater-style. The Grand Opera) features a marble lobby leading into the 3 000-square-foot entertainment pavilion has a concession 3 500-square-foot ballroom. A wood-paneled boardroom building and event restroom facilities. (51 North Swinton accommodates as many as 50. The Leiser Center has Ave. Delray Beach 561.243.7922) relationships with several local caterers. (221 SW Third Ave. PARKER PLAYHOUSE Opened in 1967 this neoclassical venue was built by Dr. Fort Lauderdale 954.728.9700) KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Louis Parker and is managed by the Broward Center for the Options at this facility include the Rinker Playhouse for 300 Performing Arts. Its 1 167-seat theater is available for events. Gosman Amphitheatre for 1 400 and Dreyfoos Hall with (707 NE 8th St. Fort Lauderdale 954.462.0222) ROSE & ALFRED MINIACI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER space for nearly 2 200. The Cohen Pavilion a multipurpose On the campus of Nova Southeastern University this facility with meeting and catering resources has an 498-seat auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art additional four event and performance spaces as well as lecture halls theater labs a community conference room a lighting and acoustics and balcony seating for 99. (3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.262.5480) dance studio a recording studio and more. THEATER OF THE SEA (701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach 561.832.7469) MANUEL ARTIME THEATER This Islamorada theater is known for its sea-animal shows This 839-seat theater features a 30- by 60-foot stage. It also starring dolphins and sea lions. Tours of the marine life features a lobby and two marble staircases. (900 SW 1st St. exhibits are available for as many as 250. (84721 Overseas 305.575.5057) Hwy. at Mile Marker 84.5 Islamorada 305.664.2431) Formerly the first United Methodist Church of West Palm Beach this 11 000-square-foot trilevel cultural arts center is in the multiuse City Place development. The venue can hold 60 trade show booths 600 people in a banquet or theater arrangement and 900 for receptions. (700 South Rosemary Ave. West Palm Beach 561.366.1000) HOTELS from the ground level to the penthouse. (999 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.564.1000) BAHIA MAR FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH This DoubleTree by Hilton resort and mega-yacht marina houses 22 000 square feet of event space with 17 meeting rooms that accommodate groups of 10 to 600. The ACQUALINA RESORT& SPA ON THE BEACH Commodore Ballroom can be divided into six sections. The This hotel has 54 rooms and 43 suites. Four oceanfront waterfront gardens seat 200 for banquets. (801 Seabreeze meeting rooms include the Mediterranean Ballroom which Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 888.802.2442) BELLASERA can be divided into three separate areas and holds 130 This Naples property has 100 suites and 4 000 square feet and the boardroom which seats 14. Lawn spaces are also of meeting and event space for groups as large as 200. The available for events the largest holds 200. (17875 Collins spaces include an executive boardroom a terrace overlookAve. Sunny Isles Beach 305.918.8000) THE ANGLER S RESORT ing the pool and ballrooms ranging from 520 to 1 600 Open since 2007 this European-style four-building hotel square feet. Mediterranean-infused restaurant Zizi seats 60. with Art Deco decor offers a 250-square-foot private dining (221 9th St. South Naples 239.649.7333) BETSY HOTEL room with 16 seats. Its menu features Mediterraneaninflected contemporary cuisine. A 900-square-foot covered The Betsy Ross Hotel reopened in 2009 as the Betsy Hotel. The 63-room property has two spaces for events a 96-seat front porch the 1 000-square-foot 660 Lounge and side BLT Steak restaurant and a 3 500-square-foot rooftop terrace and 2 000 square feet around the pool provide solarium with space for 150. Additional amenities include outdoor options. The wide front sidewalk also is available a three-cabana spa and a 500-square-foot pool deck. (1440 for car previews. The hotel is available for buyout. (660 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.531.6100) Washington Ave Miami Beach 305.534.9600) THE ATLANTIC RESORT & SPA BILTMORE HOTEL 56 suites 76 junior suites and 60 one-bedroom bungalows. The hotel offers about 146 000 square feet of space that can accommodate groups of 15 to 2 000. Serendipity--a branch of the famous ice cream caf in New York City--is on site. (501 East Camino Real Boca Raton 888.543.1277) BOULAN SOUTH BEACH This 52-room boutique property was designed by Zyscovich Architects and opened in October 2011. It includes a 4 582-square-foot Zen meditation garden reflecting pools cabanas and an 8 917-square-foot landscaped rooftop space with views of the Atlantic and the Miami skyline. The Boulan Shops offer designer retailers and additional nightlife venues. (2000 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.538.7661) BRAZILIAN COURT Palm Beach s Brazilian Court has catered to the elite since 1926. Mahogany millwork and Proven al colors decorate 80 one- two- and three-bedroom suites and studios with patio and terrace options. The hotel features 2 750 square feet of meeting space including a 120-seat ballroom and 1 100 square feet of outdoor space. There is a Frederic Fekkai Salon and Spa as well as French-American Caf Boulud. (301 Australian Ave. Palm Beach 561.655.7740) BREAKERS HOTEL This property has 124 guest rooms including 54 suites. The hotel offers two meeting rooms--a total of 1 200 square feet--that open up to the fifth-floor pool deck and hold 72. The 80-seat East End Brasserie is a Parisian bistro with private space for 25. (601 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.567.8020) B OCEAN FORT LAUDERDALE The historic Biltmore on 150 acres consists of 275 guest rooms. Among the tropical landscape there is an 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course and 10 tennis courts. Twenty-six breakout rooms a boardroom two amphitheaters and three ballrooms comprise 76 000 square feet of indoor outdoor event space. (1200 Anastasia Ave. Coral Gables 305.445.1926) BOCA BEACH CLUB This hotel offers 540 guest rooms. Three grand ballrooms 25 meeting rooms and six boardrooms are part of 45 000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 20 000 square feet of outdoor space. Other amenities include 10 restaurants a spa an 18-hole championship golf course and the John Webster Golf Academy. (1 South County Road Palm Beach 888.273.2537) CANYON RANCH MIAMI BEACH The flagship property of the B Hotels & Resorts brand opened in 2011. The 14-story 240-room hotel has 8 000 square feet of event space on its penthouse floor dubbed B on Top. Two ballrooms include the 3 500-square-foot Infinity which can hold 250 people and the 1 500-squarefoot Horizons Junior which can be divided into three breakout rooms and accommodates 150. B on Top offers 2 400 square feet of prefunction space floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean and an express elevator This Waldorf-Astoria resort property has 212 guest rooms and 146 000 square feet of meeting space. The resort has seven boardrooms the 4 575-square-foot Dunes Ballroom and three new pools. The 1 200-square-foot eatery Sea Grille seats 47. (900 South Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton 888.564.1312) BOCA RATON RESORT THE WALDORF ASTORIA COLLECTION This 150-suite hotel has a 70 000-square-foot spa with 54 treatment rooms 750 feet of beach and two 14-seat boardrooms. There are four dining options including the Canyon Ranch Grill which has private dining for 32. The hotel s two-story indoor rock climbing wall can be used for teambuilding activities. (6801 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.514.7000) CASA MARINA This resort sprawls across 356 acres in a private village on Florida s Gold Coast. There are 1 043 guest rooms including This 311-room Waldorf-Astoria resort originally opened bizbash.com may june 2012 53 Miami South Florida Venue Directory HOTELS on New Year s Eve 1920 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers 22 000 square feet of meeting space including the 3 000-square-foot Flagler s Ballroom the 4 800-square-foot Keys Ballroom and four outdoor reception areas holding as many as 200 people. (1500 Reynolds St. Key West 305.296.3535) CASA MODERNA MIAMI HOTEL & SPA Restaurant is available for private events of 130. (9660 East Bay Harbor Drive Bay Harbor Islands 305.868.4141) THE DEAUVILLE BEACH RESORT begun April 2012. The conference center seats 40 classroomstyle and can be broken into two sections. (1 Fisher Island Drive Fisher Island 305.535.6000) FONTAINEBLEAU MIAMI BEACH The former 56-room Tempo Miami is now Casa Moderna. This high-rise property has a 14th-floor pool deck which overlooks the city and holds 60. Other meeting spaces range from 340 to 910 square feet. Also on site are an 8 000-square-foot spa and a restaurant Amuse that seats 100. (1100 Biscayne Blvd. 786.369.0300) CASA YBEL RESORT Built in 1957 the 17-story Deauville has a history of opulence. There are 484 guest rooms and seven suites and all oceanfront rooms feature large balconies overlooking the beach. The 75 000 square feet of event space includes three ballrooms two boardrooms breakout rooms and a 200-seat theater. The Napoleon Ballroom holds 1 500 for receptions. (6701 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.865.8511) DELANO HOTEL The 1 504-room Fontainebleau boasts 107 000 square feet of meeting space including three ballrooms totaling 62 000 square feet. Outdoor space is available including the 21 000-square-foot Ocean Lawn. For cocktails the property has a 70-person lounge with a house DJ. (4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.538.2000) FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MIAMI Casa Ybel is on Sanibel Island with 114 one- and twobedroom suites. Meeting space includes the Birdcage a private dining room that holds 30 for banquets and the Waterfront Room which overlooks the gardens and holds 100. Tenting is also available the largest holds as many as 560. (2255 West Gulf Drive Sanibel Island 239.472.3145) THE CATALINA HOTEL & BEACH CLUB Philippe Starck designed this 194-room 16-floor Morgans Hotel Group property. The Delano includes unusual features such as an indoor outdoor lobby and an international collection of furniture and art. Several unique meeting spaces include the Agua Rooftop Solarium which holds 125 the pool and beach bar area which holds 525 and bungalows that hold 20. A 25-seat boardroom and 40-seat gallery are also available. (1685 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.672.2000) DELRAY BEACH MARRIOTT An 80-foot water wall greets guests as they arrive at this hotel which offers 221 guest rooms and 39 suites. Most of the 14 900 square feet of meeting space is set on the sixth floor including the 5 830-square-foot ballroom which holds 525 and can be divided in half. The Palm Grove space on the seventh-floor pool terrace holds 450 for receptions or 300 seated. (1435 Brickell Ave. 305.358.3535) FOUR SEASONS RESORT PALM BEACH This hotel offers 14 meeting rooms with more than 14 000 square feet of space including the Seacrest Ballroom This stylish boutique hotel is composed of three separate which holds 900. Additional amenities include an adultsbuildings--the Catalina Maxine and Dorset--following only pool the N Spa and three dining options Seacrest the South Beach Group s acquisition of the latter two hotels. Grill O Grady s Lounge and Cascades Poolside Grill. The The 192-room property has three pools (including two property s 269 rooms were entirely renovated in 2010. rooftop pools with private bars) two on-site restaurants (10 North Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach 561.274.3200 ext. 7710) and three bars and lounges. (1732 Collins Ave. Miami Beach DORAL GOLF RESORT & SPA Five championship golf courses and a spa are on this 305.674.1160) CHIC PLACE AT LINCOLN 650-acre property. More than 100 000 square feet of Formerly Stay at Lincoln this boutique residence in Miami meeting space includes the 60 000-square-foot Legends Beach has nine apartments ideally suited for executives. Ballroom which accommodates 2 000. There is also a lodge Each of the apartments has a full-size European kitchen with 11 meeting rooms that measure 500 to 1 000 square and is decorated with vintage furniture art and flat-screen feet. (4400 NW 87th Ave. 305.592.2000) TVs. The courtyard garden can host day or night receptions DOUBLETREE HOTEL PALM BEACH GARDENS The executive meeting center at this 279-room hotel for 35. (1611 Lenox Ave. Miami Beach 877.390.6170) CLEVELANDER contains seven meeting rooms five of which can be divided The 70-year-old renovated property added a tower and four into smaller rooms across 13 700 square feet of space. event spaces in 2009 and has a total of 60 guest units. The There is an additional 12 000 square feet of meeting space south tower offers the SPF4 Sundeck which holds 90. In the throughout the hotel including a ballroom that seats 300. old tower 1020 Music Lounge is the hotel s indoor nightlife (4431 P.G.A. Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens 561.622.2260) DOUBLETREE MIAMI MART AIRPORT HOTEL & EXHIBITION entity it holds 113 with room for an additional 189 on the CENTER terrace. (1020 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 786.276.5325) COLONY PALM BEACH This hotel contains 334 guest rooms and suites and offers This renovated antique boutique property has 90 rooms complimentary shuttle service to the airport. There is an on-site Polo Steaks & Seafood and a theater space. The 155 000 square feet of meeting space including the Royal 1 113-square-foot Royal Room seats 80. (155 Hammon Ave. Poinciana Ballroom which can hold 960 or divide into Palm Beach 561.655.5430) eight areas. (711 NW 72nd Ave. 305.261.3800) CONRAD MIAMI HOTEL NEW DREAM SOUTH BEACH This four-story hotel houses 210 guest rooms. There are 19 000 square feet of indoor function space including the 6 000-square-foot Flagler Ballroom which has 10 breakout spaces and an executive boardroom which seats 14. (2800 South Ocean Blvd. Palm Beach 561.582.2800) GROVE ISLE CLUB & RESORT This 50-room resort is on its own 20-acre island. An 8 000-square-foot conference center includes three breakout conference rooms and a 3 600-square-foot ballroom. The Bay Front Ship s Deck offers outdoor space for 125. (4 Grove Isle Drive Coconut Grove 305.858.8300) NEW HAMPTON INN & SUITES MIAMI BRICKELL DOWNTOWN The property opened in September 2011 with more than 3 800 square feet of meeting space five rooms that can hold 12 to 300 people. All rooms feature audiovisual equipment and complimentary Internet. (50 SW 12th St. 305.377.9400) HARBOR BEACH MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA This hotel has 618 rooms and 32 suites. Featuring 40 000 square feet of indoor and 60 000 square feet of outdoor event space this hotel has 32 function rooms and can host 2 000 people. The Oceanfront Ballroom seats 800. (3030 Holiday Drive Fort Lauderdale 954.525.4000) HAWKS CAY This 60-acre resort features 177 guest rooms 244 two- and three-bedroom villas and more than 25 000 square feet of event space. The 10 indoor meeting rooms all have waterfront views and range from 350 square feet to the 5 544-square-foot grand ballroom for 600. (61 Hawks Cay Blvd. Duck Key 305.743.7000) HILTON DEERFIELD BEACH BOCA RATON This high-rise luxury hotel by Hilton offers 203 guest rooms and 103 residence suites. Of the 20 000 square feet of meeting space the largest venue is the Conrad Ballroom which holds 400 for receptions. A restaurant and lounge Level 25 is on the 25th floor. (1395 Brickell Ave. 305.503.6500) CORAL SPRINGS MARRIOTT HOTEL GOLF CLUB The lobby of this 217-room hotel is a tropically landscaped seven-story atrium. The 11 700-square-foot Grand Floridian Ballroom is the largest event space with a maximum seating capacity of 1 200. There are 12 additional meeting rooms including a boardroom and the pool deck. (11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Coral Springs 954.753.5598) COURTYARD FORT LAUDERDALE NORTH CYPRESS CREEK Opened in summer 2011 the Dream South Beach transformed historic Art Deco icons the Tudor Hotel and Palmer House into a chic luxury boutique hotel. The hotel features Moroccan-inspired starlight doors and 108 rooms and suites. There is no meeting space but the hotel works with nearby meeting centers. The property s Tudor Restaurant seating 150 or holding 215 for receptions is available for buyout and can provide some outdoor seating. The rooftop Highbar lounge holds 275 by the Dream s infinity pool. (1111 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.673.4747) EDEN ROC RENAISSANCE MIAMI BEACH This 220-room hotel stands as an unusual pyramid-esque building. There are 13 breakout rooms across 20 000 square feet of space including the 5 000-square-foot grand ballroom. The boardroom seats 10. (100 Fairway Drive Deerfield Beach 954.427.7700) HILTON FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH RESORT This 374-studio-and-suite hotel is a beachfront beacon along the Fort Lauderdale skyline. The Del Sol Ballroom measures 3 410 square feet and holds 300 for receptions. The second-floor meeting space hosts six smaller function rooms that seat 30 to 70 guests. (505 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.414.2222) HILTON FORT LAUDERDALE MARINA This hotel has 131 rooms and five suites on four floors. Six meeting rooms create 7 000 square feet of space including a 12-seat boardroom. The grand ballroom is 2 520 square feet and seats 200 people. Four breakout rooms are also available. The Bistro is also available for breakfast and dinner. (2440 West Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale 954.772.7770) COURTYARD MIAMI AIRPORT SOUTH This oceanfront Marriott has 631 rooms and suites. There are 28 meeting rooms across 46 000 square feet of space including the 10 200-square-foot Pompeii Ballroom & Promenade with a seating capacity of 1 000. Four outdoor spaces are available including the Ocean Garden which holds 1 500. (4525 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.531.0000) NEW ELEMENT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT This five-story hotel has 300 guest rooms. There are six meeting rooms in 2 900 square feet of space including a 2 000-square-foot ballroom and three boardrooms. Champions Sports Bar is on site. (1201 NW LeJeune Road 305.642.8200) COURTYARD MIAMI COCONUT GROVE Starwood s nonsmoking property opened in February 2012. Amenities at the eco-friendly property include a 24-hour grab-and-go gourmet pantry a laundry room and free Wi-Fi. Rooms have work spaces and kitchens. A meeting space features a 50-inch flat-panel TV Polycom speakerphones and complimentary high-speed Internet. It seats 40 theater-style. Outdoor function space is available in the pool area. (3525 NW 25th St. 305.636.1600) EMBASSY SUITES MIAMI--INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The former Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club was rebranded as a Hilton in 2011. This 589-room property has 21 000 square feet of function space including 19 meeting rooms two divisible ballrooms three theater-style rooms with seating for 85 and a 3 000-square-foot outdoor space. There are three restaurants including China Grill Fort Lauderdale seating 493 in the main dining room and 64 on the terrace. The former G Bar has been replaced with Marina Blue Bar & Grille seating 100. (1881 SE 17th St. Fort Lauderdale 954.463.4000) HILTON KEY LARGO RESORT Near Biscayne Bay this hotel has 196 rooms and 7 000 square feet of meeting space. The 3 072-square-foot Sapphire Ballroom is on the 20th floor where it offers panoramic views of the bay from floor-to-ceiling windows. (649 South Bayshore Drive 305.858.2500) CROWNE PLAZA HOLLYWOOD BEACH RESORT This hotel is only half a mile from the airport and offers complimentary shuttle service. There are 318 guest suites and more than 12 000 square feet of event space. The 14 meeting areas include three ballrooms and a 15-seat boardroom. (3974 NW South River Drive 305.634.5000) EPIC RESIDENCES & HOTEL This 200-room luxury resort formerly the Key Largo Grande Hilton Resort and Beach Club has more than 10 000 square feet of function space in six different meeting areas including one ballroom with 4 000 square feet. The property also has a 21-slip boat marina and docking facility. (97000 South Overseas Hwy. Key Largo 305.852.5553) HILTON MIAMI AIRPORT This 311-room property boasts 10 000 square feet of meeting space including the 3 200-square-foot Waterway Pavilion which can accommodate 355 and multiple meeting rooms for 20. The property also features a pool a bar and lounge and two dining options. (4000 South Ocean Drive Hollywood 954.454.4334) DADDY O HOTEL MIAMI This 411-room waterfront hotel has more than 11 000 square feet of indoor meeting space including eight meeting rooms a 1 734-square-foot foyer and the 4 187-square-foot Metropolis Ballroom. The 13 752-squarefoot wrap-around pool deck and the private marina are available for events. (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way 305.424.5226) FISHER ISLAND HOTEL AND RESORT This resort is on a peninsula on Blue Lagoon. The property renovated its gym in 2011 and began a guest-area renovation which will be completed this year. The property also added a presidential suite bringing its room count to 508. There is 30 000 square feet of event space available including the 9 600-square-foot international ballroom. The same amount of exhibit space is also available. (5101 Blue Lagoon Drive 305.262.1000) HILTON MIAMI DOWNTOWN This 46-room boutique hotel opened in 2010 just blocks form the Bal Harbour Shops after extensive renovations to the former Bay Harbour Inn & Suites Hotel. There is a boardroom for 12 and on-site dining spot the Palm This hotel is accessible only by ferry or boat. Forty-five cottages and villas are scattered over 216 tropical acres. The 2 250-square-foot ballroom in the Vanderbilt Mansion seats 120 but is currently unavailable because of renovations This 527-room Hilton recently underwent a multimilliondollar renovation. Boasting the largest ballroom in downtown Miami nearly 17 000 square feet this hotel can host banquets for 1 300. A total of 45 000 square feet of 54 bizbash.com may june 2012 Venues with outdoor event space function space includes five boardrooms and eight other meeting areas. (1601 Biscayne Blvd. 305.374.0000) HOLLYWOOD BEACH HOTEL AND HOSTEL INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL MIAMI MAYFAIR HOTEL & SPA Opened in 2009 this 27-room property is a half block from the beach. The hotel offers an array of teambuilding activities like surfing and volleyball and has portable barbecue equipment for guests to stage their own dinner on the beach. (334 Arizona St. Hollywood 954.391.9448) HOTEL ASTOR This 641-room hotel has more than 66 000 square feet of versatile function space all with natural light and bay vistas. There are 30 meeting rooms including the grand ballroom which seats 1 400. The Blue Water Restaurant serves fresh seafood in a casual poolside ambience. (100 Chopin Plaza 305.577.1000) COMING SOON THE JAMES ROYAL PALM With 8 600 square feet of flexible meeting space this 179-room hotel has seven meeting rooms with versatile floor plans. A 7 000-square-foot rooftop deck features a bar and lounge as well as plasma televisions. (3000 Florida Ave. 305.441.0000) NEW MIAMI MARRIOTT BISCAYNE BAY This Art Deco 42-room hotel dates back to 1936. A garden with a set of stairs leads down to La Casa Florentina a restaurant serving Tuscan cuisine and seating 85. A twostory wine cellar seats six. (956 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305.531.8081) NEW HOTEL BREAKWATER Designed by Rottet Studio this property is set to open in late 2012. The brand s first hotel in Florida will feature 179 guest rooms 211 studios and suites 10 000 square feet of meeting and event space and a beachfront restaurant. (1545 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 877.627.5467) JW MARRIOTT HOTEL MIAMI The Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay reopened in May 2011 after a two-year 31 million renovation. The property has 20 000 square feet of event space that includes 23 meeting rooms two ballrooms and a new boardroom. Also available are a terrace overlooking the bay and pool and a private dining room for 20 at the hotel s restaurant Catch Grill & Bar. (1633 North Bayshore Drive 305.374.3900) MONDRIAN SOUTH BEACH The 100-room Hotel Breakwater opened in June 2011 and provides views of Miami Beach along with a boutique resort climate. The rooftop deck accommodates 175 guests while other spaces include a 2 220-square-foot exhibit space a lecture hall with capacity for 180 a private courtyard and the opportunity to host activities and ceremonies on the beach. The hotel opened its see-through pool and spa deck in October 2011. (940 Ocean Drive 305.532.2362) HOTEL URBANO This 22-story hotel has 296 guest rooms and 22 suites as well as an 18 000-square-foot conference and meeting facility. The grand ballroom seats 1 026. Fine dining can be found in the Trapiche Room which features wine-inspired Mediterranean cuisine. (1109 Brickell Ave. 305.329.3500) JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS Hotel Urbano was added to the expanding Brickell skyline in 2010. This 65-room boutique hotel has 1 650 square feet of meeting space among three rooms and holds groups of 20 to 60. A Cuban-inspired restaurant and an outdoor pool with private cabanas are available for events. (2500 South Brickell Ave. 305.854.2070) HOTEL VICTOR A THOMPSON HOTEL The indoor entertainment and lifestyle complex of this downtown 313-room hotel spans two floors and offers 50 000 square feet of flexible event space. Guests can play pool in the billiard room sip cocktails in the lounge or use the virtual bowling alley and golf simulators. A 10 000-square-foot arena on the 19th floor can be converted into a basketball or tennis court and can also serve as carpeted event space. For a formal affair a 20 000-squarefoot divisible grand ballroom is available. (345 Ave. of the Americas 305.350.0750) KEY WEST MARRIOTT BEACHSIDE HOTEL Mondrian South Beach offers views of the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Miami. The 330-room hotel also features restaurateur Jeffery Chodorow s Asia de Cuba which blends Asian and Latin cuisines and nearly 4 000 square feet of space on two levels. (1100 West Ave. Miami Beach 305.514.1500) THE MOORINGS VILLAGE This property consists of 18 villas and nearly 1 100 feet of beach. The 18-acre village has the Pierre restaurant for events. It can accommodate 100 indoors and another 20 on its veranda. (123 Beach Road Islamorada 305.664.4708) NAPLES BAY RESORT This 90-room hotel is brings 1930s elegance to the present after a massive redesign by Jacques Garcia. Two thousand square feet of meeting space is available. The Viaggi Room s 560 square feet event space overlooks Ocean Drive and the Atlantic. (1144 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.428.1234) HYATT AT THE BLUE This seven-acre beachside resort has nearly 9 700 square feet of meeting space and two private beaches totaling 2 500 square feet. The 213-room resort has tropical gardens a heated pool a helicopter landing pad a private pier a tapas bar and two restaurants. (3841 North Roosevelt Blvd. Key West 305.296.8100) KING & GROVE TIDES SOUTH BEACH This luxury resort has 85 guest rooms and suites and 108 two- and three-bedroom cottages. The clubhouse features 3 150 square feet of space including a 2 000-square-foot conference room and two smaller breakout facilities. The resort s private yacht club has additional event space for 30. (1500 Fifth Ave. South Naples 239.530.1199) NAPLES BEACH HOTEL & GOLF CLUB This property in Doral is composed of 15 Florida-style mansions with 215 suites and villas. The 3 500 square feet of meeting space accommodates as many as 150 seated. There are five distinctive golf courses nearby including the adjacent CA World Golf Championship course as well as the Jim McLean Golf School. (5300 NW 87th Ave. 305.597.8600) HYATT REGENCY BONAVENTURE This 125-acre resort has 319 guest rooms and a pool deck for 200. The resort is also home to a championship golf course tennis center four restaurants and 34 000 square feet of event space. (851 Gulf Shore Blvd. Naples 239.261.2222) NATIONAL HOTEL This property rebranded in November 2011. The hotel has 45 suites oceanfront private rooms and a penthouse suite with a rooftop patio that holds 20. The boutique property also offers the La Marea restaurant which can host as many as 100 for an oceanfront reception. (1220 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.604.5070) LAGO MAR RESORT & CLUB This 151-room hotel combines a South Beach locale with classic Hollywood panache. The National features 2 200 square feet of event space. The Oval Ballroom holds 150 and the Martini Room can accommodate 40. A terrace overlooks the infinity pool. (1677 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.532.2311) THE NEW HOTEL This 501-room hotel on 23 acres features a conference center with 60 000 square feet of meeting space including a 175-seat amphitheater. Other amenities include a spa and nightclub Bar Zen. (250 Racquet Club Road Weston 954.616.1234) HYATT REGENCY COCONUT POINT RESORT & SPA This boutique-like 204-room hotel is in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood. The 12 000-square-foot conference center has four meeting areas that open up to the Fountain View Lobby s 5 000 square feet of prefunction space. The Directors Room a conference-style area can seat 30. (1700 South Ocean Lane Fort Lauderdale 954.523.6511) LOEWS MIAMI BEACH HOTEL This 454-room Hyatt features 26 acres of tropical greenery. A significant amount of the 70 000 square feet of function space is outdoors including 30 000 square feet of courtyard terrace and pavilion space. Indoors the 14 000-square-foot Calusa Ballroom holds 1 500 and the boardroom seats 12. (5001 Coconut Road Bonita Springs 239.444.1234) HYATT REGENCY CORAL GABLES The property opened in 2009. Lou s Beer Garden serves as the hotel s main event space. On the 800-square-foot tiled pool deck the eatery can seat 50 or host as many as 100 for a reception. A small six-seat bar accented with a backdrop of mosaic tile anchors the pool deck. (7337 Harding Ave. Miami Beach 305.704.7879) NEWPORT BEACHSIDE HOTEL AND RESORT This Art Deco landmark has 790 guest rooms. More than 65 000 square feet of meeting space can accommodate groups of 14 in the boardroom and 3 000 in the Americana Ballroom. Several lawn spaces are also available accommodating as many as 700. (1601 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.604.1601) MANDARIN ORIENTAL MIAMI This hotel has 320 rooms and offers 18 000 square feet of event space as well as the Kitchen 305 restaurant. The Atlantis Ballroom has 4 800 square feet of space to host 400 for receptions or 350 for banquets. (16701 Collins Ave. Sunny Isles Beach 305.949.1300) OCEAN KEY RESORT AND SPA This 14-story Mediterranean-style hotel contains 250 rooms and 18 000 square feet of event space. The Hall of Ambassadors features 20-foot ceilings and holds 420 for receptions. The 2 380-square-foot Venetian Ballroom seats 230 for banquets. Outdoors a courtyard can hold 420. (50 Alhambra Plaza Coral Gables 305.441.1234) HYATT REGENCY MIAMI This 326-room hotel is influenced by Asian design. There are 15 versatile meeting spaces in addition to 20 000 square feet of private beach space. The ballroom holds 835 and has access to a terrace for 180. A 10-seat boardroom is also available. (500 Brickell Key Drive 305.913.8288) MARCO ISLAND MARRIOTT RESORT GOLF CLUB & SPA This 100-room Noble House property has 8 670 square feet of event space. The 870-square-foot Mallory Conference Room Suite is available for 50 while the outdoor ocean terrace and surrounding pool area hold 100. The private Sunset Pier holds 250. (0 Duval St. Key West 800.328.9815) OCEAN REEF CLUB This private community offers 300 guest units and more than 30 000 square feet of space. The club has five independent venues including the 7 350-square-foot Town Hall. The Marina Inn houses four breakout rooms that together can hold 130 conference-style while the 3 750 square-foot MARENAS RESORT & SPA Key Largo Building provides three breakout rooms. The This all-suite 166-unit beachfront hotel is midway between Everglades Conference Complex features 5 040 square feet Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Featuring a 925-square-foot of space. (35 Ocean Reef Drive Key Largo 305.367.2611) HYATT REGENCY PIER SIXTY-SIX THE OMPHOY OCEAN RESORT terrace room and a 16-seat boardroom the Marenas can This 380-room hotel is known for its waterfront and Open since 2009 this 134-room resort has 5 000 square feet host business meetings and gatherings. The resort also garden views. The 7 500-square-foot Crystal Ballroom offers its own culinary team for events. (18683 Collins Ave. of space for groups as large as 125. Catering is provided by which can be divided into four sections holds 400. There the on-site Malcolm s Restaurant. (2842 South Ocean Blvd. Sunny Isles Beach 305.503.6000) MARRIOTT HOLLYWOOD BEACH is also a conference-style boardroom that seats 12. The Palm Beach 561.540.6440) ONE BAL HARBOUR RESORT & SPA 3 000-square-foot Pier Top Lounge offers 360-degree views This 229-room hotel has seven meeting rooms in 6 634 On five acres with 750 feet of beach and 124 studios and of the skyline and is exclusively reserved for private events. square feet of space. The largest venue the 4 674-squareexecutive suites this hotel has 10 000 square feet of event foot grand ballroom seats 350 guests. The Sunset Key (2301 SE 17th St. Fort Lauderdale 954.525.6666) INN AT PELICAN BAY space 3 700 square feet of which are spread between three Boardroom seats 25 and the Wentworth Boardroom seats This 100-room boutique hotel blends Mediterranean charm 10. (2501 North Ocean Drive Hollywood 954.924.2202) conference rooms. A boardroom provides 1 380 square feet MARRIOTT MIAMI AIRPORT CAMPUS and Old World hospitality. There is 3 708 square feet of of prefunction space. Mister Collins restaurant offering This campus opened in 2009. The venture is comprised meeting space including a 20-seat executive boardroom. oceanfront dining opened on site in 2011. (10295 Collins of three properties the largest of which is the 366-room The poolside patio holds 50. The Lakeside Courtyard can Ave. Miami Beach 305.455.5459) PELICAN GRAND BEACH RESORT Miami Airport Marriott which has 12 000 square feet of hold 250 guests while a private beach venue hosts 300. This 152-room resort sits on 500 feet of beach. The hotel meeting space. The 292-room Courtyard Miami Airport (800 Vanderbilt Beach Road Naples 239.597.8777) THE INN ON FIFTH has six function areas including the 962-square-foot South has six meeting rooms for groups of 48 to 93. The This Naples hotel has 87 rooms. The property has 8 000 Everglades Meeting Room. The Oceanfront Rooftop Deck Residence Inn Miami Airport South has 163 rooms and a square feet of function space and can accommodate 150 15-seat meeting room. The entire campus offers a combined has more than 5 000 square feet of space and a gazebo. people indoors and 250 outside. The 1 876-square-foot Palm 15 000 square feet of space. (Miami Airport Marriott 1201 (2000 North Ocean Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 800.525.6232) Ballroom can be divided in two for smaller gatherings. The NW LeJeune Road 305.649.5000 Courtyard Miami Airport PERRY SOUTH BEACH HOTEL RESORT AND SPA Formerly Gansevoort South Hotel and Residences this executive boardroom can host 55 and has a private foyer. South 305.642.8200 Residence Inn Miami Airport South property became the Perry in February 2012. Meeting (699 Fifth Ave. South Naples 888.403.8778) 1201 NW 42nd Ave. 305.642.8570) This 612-room hotel features striking white towers that overlook Biscayne Bay. Connected to the Convention Center this Hyatt has 100 000 square feet of meeting and event space. The James L. Knight International Center a 16 000-square-foot concert hall and theater can seat 5 000 people. The 11 840-square-foot Regency Ballroom can host 1 000. (400 SE Second Ave. 305.358.1234) Surrounded by exotic Balinese details the 727-room Marco Island Marriott Resort offers 225 000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space that overlooks white sand beaches and poolside areas. The resort can accommodate 2 000. (400 South Collier Blvd. Marco Island 239.394.2511) bizbash.com may june 2012 55 Miami South Florida Venue Directory HOTELS NEW RIVIERA SOUTH BEACH ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR RESORT This boutique property from the South Beach Hotels Group opened its second building in May 2012. Near the Miami space at this 340-room hotel includes a 6 600-square-foot Beach Convention Center The property has been designed ballroom and six rooms with prefunction space. Plunge to emphasize modern design and Hollywood Regency the 26 000-square-foot rooftop space with a 110-foot pool elements. It has 54 rooms. The first building with 55 suites offers views 18 stories above South Beach. (2377 Collins Ave. contains the Riviera s meeting space which includes a pool Miami Beach 305.604.1000) deck holding as many as 200 for events. A third building P.G.A. NATIONAL RESORT & SPA is planned for 2013. (2000 Liberty Ave. Miami Beach This 339-room resort features 40 000 square feet of 877.762.3477) SAGAMORE HOTEL event space. This includes 23 meeting rooms a 50-seat amphitheater and two ballrooms for as many as 1 000. The This 93-suite hotel features one- and two-bedroom suites 16 two-floor ocean-side garden bungalows eight rooftop 6 000-square-foot outdoor Honda Pavilion overlooks the resort s 26-acre lake and the 18-hole championship course. penthouses and 18 000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Indoor spaces include the 410-square-foot All of the property s guest rooms are slated for renovation over the summer through October. (400 Ave. of Champions screening room for 20 and a 670-square-foot modern game room. (1671 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.535.8088) West Palm Beach 800.633.9150) PIER HOUSE RESORT AND CARIBBEAN SPA SANCTUARY SOUTH BEACH This property opened January 2012 has 243 guest rooms with balconies and floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean. The resort offers 11 200 square feet of meeting space including the 7 800-square-foot Astor Ballroom four boardrooms and an outdoor function space that includes patio pool and beach areas. (9703 Collins Ave. 305.993.3300) SURF COMBER HOTEL MIAMI This retro Art Deco hotel is a Kimpton property on 200 feet of oceanfront and consists of 186 guest rooms. The hotel offers two meeting spaces the Atlantic on the pool level holds 75 for dinner and the Collins meeting room near the lobby seats 12. (1717 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.532.7715) TOWNHOUSE HOTEL This property has 142 rooms and boasts 2 600 square feet of indoor space. Adjacent to the private beach is a 9 000-square-foot covered area that holds 100. (1 Duval St. Key West 305.296.4600) This 27-room two-story boutique hotel has a Japanese garden with a waterfall and bar. The rooftop pool and lounge can accommodate 250 guests. OLA restaurant is on site with a private rooftop terrace and a main dining room PRIME HOTEL that accommodates as many as 120 guests. In 2010 Prime One Twelve owner Myles Chefetz opened the (1745 James Ave. Miami Beach 305.673.5455) THE SEAGATE HOTEL AND SPA 14-room Prime Hotel above his restaurant. The property s The Seagate Hotel and Spa opened in 2009. The 162-room first floor is a lounge extension of the restaurant it can accommodate 12 to 100 guests for events. The rooftop pool hotel has a 1 912-square-foot ballroom a smaller one with 1 730 square feet of space and a boardroom that holds 12 for and surrounding deck area can host 50 but is only availevents. There is also a 230-seat Atlantic Grill restaurant and able for events for guests staying in the hotel. (100 Ocean the 8 000-square-foot Seagate Spa. (401 South Ocean Blvd. Drive Miami Beach 305.532.0553) THE RALEIGH Delray Beach 561.665.4800) The Raleigh s penthouse has 6 000 square feet of meeting SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO HOLLYWOOD space and a 1 850-square-foot terrace. The Esther Williams This property has 481 guest rooms and 50 000 square feet Suite offers 975 square feet of space and can accommodate of meeting space. The 15 000-square-foot ballroom can be divided into eight separate spaces. Inside there is the 30. The 20 000-square-foot outdoor Oasis area is lined 22 000-square-foot Rock spa a 140 000-square-foot casino with embowering trees and holds 800 for receptions. The and multiple dining options. (1 Seminole Way Hollywood property has 105 guest rooms.(1775 Collins Ave. Miami 954.327.7625) Beach 305.534.6300) THE REACH RESORT THE SETAI A 69-room Art Deco-infused enclave this five-story property has a 500-square-foot meeting space. The on-site BondSt Lounge sushi restaurant provides catering for the rooftop lounge which accommodates as many as 250. (150 20th St. Miami Beach 305.534.3800) TRUMP INTERNATIONAL BEACH RESORT This 32-story Sunny Isles Beach property has 390 guest rooms and 22 000 square feet of function space. Facilities include the 5 075-square-foot Ocean Ballroom along with 16 meeting rooms. The property is also home to a pool complex a spa retail shops and Neomi s restaurant. (18001 Collins Ave. Sunny Isles Beach 305.692.5600) TURNBERRY ISLE MIAMI This Mediterranean-style hideaway is on 300 acres and has 416 guest rooms and recently affiliated with Marriott s Autograph Collection. A 40 000-square-foot conference center includes a 12 000-square-foot grand ballroom and a 10-seat boardroom. The Magnolia Courtyard holds 250 and overlooks a 64-foot waterfall installation. (19999 West Country Club Drive Aventura 305.932.6200) VICEROY MIAMI The beachfront property has 190 guest rooms and 4 700 square feet of meeting space. The latter includes a 2 800-square-foot ballroom that seats 150. The Caribe Ballroom can seat 80. The 1 500-square-foot sundeck offers ocean views. (1435 Simonton St. Key West 305.296.5000) RITZ-CARLTON COCONUT GROVE This 117-room property features 13 439 square feet of meeting space and 4 878 square feet of prefunction space. Event space includes the 5 194-square-foot grand ballroom an 18-person boardroom and 5 540 square feet of outdoor space. (3300 SW 27th Ave. Coconut Grove 305.644.4680) RITZ-CARLTON FORT LAUDERDALE Built in the late 1930s this landmark South Beach hotel has 165 suites. One option for small business meetings is the library accommodating 60 or the two private dining areas for 10 guests each at the Setai s restaurant. The 10 000-square-foot penthouse holds 150. For larger events of as many as 250 the property s courtyard is also available. (2001 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.520.6000) SHELBORNE BEACH RESORT AND HOTEL Opened in 2009 this 162-room hotel has 4 000 square feet of space notably the great room which holds 120. There is a two-acre deck that boasts an 80-person hot tub and a spa. The property added a new business center in early 2012. (485 Brickell Ave. 305.503.4400) W FORT LAUDERDALE This 517-room hotel opened in Fort Lauderdale in 2009. There is 12 400 square feet of meeting space including 5 550 square feet outdoors. Steak 954 restaurant Whiskey Blue nightclub Living Room lounge and the Wet pool area can also host events. (401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.414.8200) W SOUTH BEACH HOTEL & RESIDENCES This resort has 192 rooms and provides more than 24 000 square feet of space including the grand ballroom with space for as many as 530 seated guests and a SHERATON FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH HOTEL 29 000-square-foot pool deck. Three meeting rooms each hold 100 and a boardroom seats 16. (1 North Fort Lauderdale The 486-room beachfront hotel has 7 500 square feet of meeting and banquet space and pool decks totaling 5 600 Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.465.2300) RITZ-CARLTON GOLF RESORT NAPLES square feet. A 4 000-square-foot ballroom holds 220 seated This property offers 295 rooms and 16 500 square feet of guests. (1140 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.524.5551) meeting and conference space. The latter holds 14 meeting SHERATON SUITES KEY WEST The 180-suite hotel has two 30-seat boardrooms that can be rooms and a grand ballroom which seats 540 or holds 720 for reception. Between January and April a 14 000 square- combined. There is also a deck for groups as large as 50 and foot seasonal pavilion is erected for events. The resort also a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating for 60. (2001 South Roosevelt Blvd. 305.292.9800) has two 18-hole courses designed by Greg Norman. (2600 SHORE CLUB Tibur n Dr. Naples 239.593.2000) RITZ-CARLTON KEY BISCAYNE This hotel has 309 guest rooms seven private bungalows This 450-room hotel has more than 20 000 square feet and a triplex penthouse. The Shore Club boasts 13 300 of meeting and event space including a 10 000-squaresquare feet of meeting facilities. A 2 900-square-foot foot ocean-view ballroom five breakout rooms and a oceanfront meeting space can accommodate as many as boardroom. A gazebo holds 100 and the beach in front of 150 people. (1901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.695.3100) NEW SLS HOTEL SOUTH BEACH the resort holds 250. (455 Grand Bay Drive Key Biscayne SBE Hospitality opened its first East Coast SLS Hotel in May 305.365.4500) RITZ-CARLTON NAPLES at the former Ritz Plaza Hotel. The 142-room 45 million This 450-room resort offers 42 000 square feet of space project includes 10 poolside bungalow suites restaurants including a 10 194-square-foot ballroom which can be such as the Bazaar by chef Jos Andr s a Ciel Spa and the divided into four salons a 10 125-square-foot conference 8 000-square-foot Hyde Lounge. (1701 Collins Ave. Miami center and 20 conference rooms. In 2011 the property s Beach 305.674.1701) SOHO BEACH HOUSE meeting rooms were renovated. New furnishings and London-based brand Soho House opened its third North audio visual technology was added to each room. The American property Soho Beach House in 2010. The on-site Naples Beach House with views of the Gulf of oceanfront property combines aspects of a private club a Mexico is a 3 000-square-foot venue that seats 150. 50-room hotel and a spa with areas open to nonmembers (280 Vanderbilt Beach Road. Naples 239.598.3300) RITZ-CARLTON PALM BEACH for vents of 22 to 150 people. The Screening Snug movie This 310-room Palm Beach hotel includes a 3 000-squaretheater can seat 22 on sofas for a private film screening. foot oceanfront terrace youth facilities and a business There is also a pool deck with room for 75 a library that center. Three ballrooms are available the largest the holds 50 and a penthouse with a terrace and space for 60. Ritz-Carlton is 9 680 square feet and seats 600. (100 South In February the property added rooftop Mexican restauOcean Blvd. Palm Beach 561.533.6000) rant Ocho. (4385 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 786.507.7900) RITZ-CARLTON SOUTH BEACH SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT This property has resided in its Miami locale for more than 60 years boasting 280 luxury rooms suites and town houses. In 2011 the property premiered its renovated lobby three new restaurants an infinity pool and a boutique. The hotel offers multiple event options for planners the largest of which is the 3 500-square-foot Starlight Ballroom which seats 290. (1801 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.531.1271) Opened in 2009 the W South Beach s event space includes two 2 250-square-foot ballrooms three meeting rooms that each hold 60 and the hotel lawn which holds 1 000. The property also houses outposts of Mr. Chow and the Dutch restaurants. (2201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.938.3000) NEW THE WALDORF Spanish hotel chain Room Mate Hotels opened this 44-room property in the renovated Waldorf Towers in September 2011. The lobby holds 30 people for reception. Prime Time Restaurant & Bar operated independently can hold 50. (860 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 786.439.1600) WALDORF-ASTORIA NAPLES In January 2012 the Naples Grande Beach Resort became the Waldorf-Astoria Naples. The property offers more than 32 000 square feet of meeting space. The largest available is the Royal Palm Ballroom which holds 1 600 guests for reception. The Vista Room on the new lobby level seats 400 for banquets. Also available are 25 executive meeting rooms. (475 Seagate Drive Naples 239.597.3232) WESTIN BEACH RESORT FORT LAUDERDALE This 432-room resort boasts more than 32 000 square feet of event space including 22 meeting rooms. The 10 000-square-foot Las Olas Ballroom holds 900 while the Atlantic Ballroom s 7 000 square feet can accommodate 850. The 5 536-square-foot rooftop Sky Terrace holds 550 for receptions. (321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.467.1111) WESTIN DIPLOMAT RESORT & SPA This 998-room oceanfront hotel has convention center and meeting facilities with 209 000 square feet of space including a 50 000-square-foot great hall and 39 breakout rooms. There are multiple restaurants on the property. (3555 South Ocean Drive Hollywood 954.602.6000) WESTIN KEY WEST RESORT & MARINA This hotel has 188 guest rooms. There are nine separate meeting spaces the largest of these the 3 850-square-foot Truman Ballroom can be divided into seven rooms. Two hospitality suites can accommodate 10 each. Outdoor spaces include Sunset Deck and a 10 000-square-foot pier. (245 Front St. Key West 305.294.4000) ZEE OCEAN HOTEL A restoration of a 1953 Morris Lapidus-designed hotel this 375-room property boasts 20 000 square feet of meeting space a pool with a surrounding deck and a 16 000-squarefoot spa. Event space includes the 10 000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Ballroom and 10 meeting rooms. (1 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 786.276.4000) On 330 acres of private beach on Captiva Island this 465-room resort offers 31 000 square feet of event space including the 5 000-square-foot Captiva Ballroom and the 8 000-square-foot King s Crown Lawn. A yacht harbor offers 2 100 feet of dock space. (5400 Plantation Road Captiva 239.472.5111) The former Hotel de Soleil South Beach property boasts 80 rooms including 27 rooftop suites. Also on site are a 670-square-foot executive boardroom that can host 40 a 400-square-foot wine room that seats 20 and a glassbottom pool that looks down into the restaurant. (1437 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.672.4554) 56 bizbash.com may june 2012 Venues with outdoor event space INDEPENDENT EVENT SPACES THE ADDISON home to Metegoal an indoor soccer arena with group teambuilding options. (7620 NE Fourth Court 305.757.6000) MIAMI TOWER Originally built in 1926 by acclaimed architect Addison Mizner the Addison is steeped in old-world elegance and charm. The Addison offers many unique features from its historic architecture and world-class cuisine to a courtyard featuring 100-year-old banyan trees and a cascading fountain. A variety of private settings are available including rooms for dinner parties stylish luncheons and corporate meetings and a grand ballroom perfect for hundreds of guests. (2 East Camino Real Boca Raton 561.372.0568) ALFRED I. DUPONT BUILDING structure on the corner of Alton and Lincoln roads. The 25 000-square-foot venue has views of Biscayne Bay and South Beach and accommodates as many as 500. The seventh floor with its 34-foot ceiling is the primary event area but the other floors of the garage can be used. (1111 Lincoln Road 305.538.9320 ext.101) EXIT 66 Formerly the Bank of America Tower this downtown office building s exterior can be lit in a variety of colors and contains numerous event spaces. The sky terrace on the 11th floor can accommodate as many as 1 000 guests. The sky lobby which overlooks the terrace holds 250. An auditorium on the 19th floor can seat 150. An indoor walkway connects to the James L. Knight Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Miami. (100 SE 2nd St. 305.539.7100) THE MOORE BUILDING Opened in 1939 the Alfred I. Dupont Building is Miami s only Art Deco skyscraper and representation of Depression Moderne architecture. The interior boasts bas-relief doors marble floors hand-painted cypress ceilings and brass scrollwork gates and grates. On the mezzanine the north ballroom features teller windows and the safe-deposit vault which provides an additional 1 500 square feet of event space. The 6 500-square-foot south ballroom has 30-foot ceilings and holds more than 500 guests. (169 East Flagler St. 305.374.3677) THE AWAREHOUSE This 30 000-square-foot entertainment and nightlife space has five individually themed rooms including a 10 000-square-foot poolside space for 400 and three bars. The Beach House is a recently renovated all-white space with floor-to-ceiling windows and space for 150. It opens onto the oceanfront terrace to hold an additional 150. (219 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.357.9981) THE FIRE TOWER Located in Miami s famed Design District this four-story atrium-style space was built in 1921 as the furniture showroom for Moore and Sons. The more than 20 000 square feet of event space features grandiose architecture and art installations throughout. The central atrium can accommodate as many as 4 400 for receptions or 1 100 seated. The adjoining Garden Lounge can also be used. (191 NE 40th St. Suite 100 305.572.0866) OASIS BANQUET HALL Part concert venue and part art gallery this 20 000-squarefoot property has been open since 2009. The converted warehouse can hold 500 for art- and music-related events. A movable 300-square-foot stage anchors the ground floor where 10-foot windows provide views of a 15 000-squarefoot sculpture garden that can accommodate 1 000 people. (550 NW 29th St. 305.576.4004) THE BATH CLUB This alternative Miami venue is in the Fire Fighters Memorial Building just west of Miami International Airport. Inside the 8 120-square-foot ballroom can accommodate 540 for banquets or as many as 940 with stadium seating. The covered lakeside terrace can also host events for 265. Catering is available. (8000 NW 21st St. Suite 227 305.599.0905) 4141 BUILDING This full-service facility has two ballrooms with packages that accommodate 50 to 300 guests and include chair covers and table linens. The hall also offers full catering and bar services state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and a high-tech indoor fireworks show. (10776 SW 24th St. 305.225.6235) THE OCEAN CLUB KEY BISCAYNE This industrial-looking space is operated by Bridge House Events. The atrium has more than 6 000 square feet and lends itself to cocktail parties fashion shows and corporate events. The venue can hold as many as 500 people. (4141 NE Second Ave. 786.871.4821) NEW FUSS STUDIOS Once members-only this waterfront beach club renovated in 2010 and is now open to the public for events. Interconnecting spaces include the boardroom which seats 15 the courtyard which holds 400 for a reception the ballroom which seats 350 and a billiard room a pool deck seating 100 and a private beach. (5937 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.867.5938) BIRDSIDE BANQUET HALL Debuting in April 2011 in Miami s design district Fuss Studios features drive-in access and a cyclorama wall. The 2 000-square-foot space holds 200 for cocktail receptions 40 for seated dinners or 60 for seated meetings. The studio also contains high-tech amenities from a Bose sound system and two LCD HD televisions to a Panasonic projector and elevated LED DJ booth. (327 NE 59th Ter. 786.282.2629) GABLES BANQUET HALL This elegant venue offers a lushly landscaped resort setting views of a large pool and the ocean beyond. Several spaces are available including the Palm Court with limestone pillars and archways which seats 200 120 with a dance floor the Palm Court terrace seating 100 and a card room seating 25 classroom-style. For large events the dining room and the Palm Court s lounge can be combined to seat 300. (795 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne 305.361.1101 ext. 227) PALMETTO BAY VILLAGE CENTER In the heart of South Miami-Dade County this banquet facility can accommodate parties of 30 to 300. A professional staff is available to plan events. (12851 SW 42nd St. NEW BRIZA ON THE BAY Briza is a 5 000-square-foot waterfront venue with panoramic views of Miami s skyline. Audiovisual equipment is available including projectors screens and HD video recording devices. The venue is also set up to allow laser and fireworks shows. (1717 North Bayshore Drive 786.350.2220) This facility has two banquet halls one can accommodate receptions for 80 and the other holds 180. A chocolate fondue fountain a wine fountain a fireworks show and full linen services are available. (7360 SW 24th St. Suite 19 305.266.1771) ICE PALACE FILM STUDIOS This center is on 80 acres of landscaped space in Palmetto Bay with large windows with views of Biscayne Bay. Nine event spaces for rent include the 9 500-square-foot Palm Room which can accommodate 150 for weekday events and receptions for 350 on weekends. A terrace overlooking the bay holds 500. (18001 Old Cutler Road Palmetto Bay 786.249.0946) PHILLIPS POINT CLUB BY THE BREAKERS Extensive renovations have transformed the Ice Palace Film Studios housed in a 1920s ice plant into more than 145 000 square feet of soundstages for film and television COLLINS BUILDING production as well as events for as many as 10 000 people. The Collins Building is located along the central spine of The venue has five stages ranging from 6 000 to 12 000 the Miami Design District. The unique space was renovated square feet 24-foot ceilings a lobby and a garden. (1400 in 2011. The 6 000-square-foot space can accommodate North Miami Ave. 305.672.5117) 200 seated or 400 for receptions. An outdoor terrace can be ICE PALACE WEST This multiuse indoor outdoor facility offers 50 000 square tented for additional space. (139 NE 39th St. 786.871.4818) COPPERBOX CULINARY ATELIER feet of event space that holds up to 2 600 people throughIn the Wynwood Arts district Copperbox offers a private out its five rooms and gardens. The property also features dining experience in a room with Japanese lanterns a Dale Chihuly chandelier a Murano glass wall and eight copper walls and washed concrete floors. It seats 30 or waterfalls. (71 NW 14th St. 305.672.5117) LA JOLLA BALLROOM holds 50 for reception. The venue showcases the cuisine This historic property designed in the Spanish colonial of chef owner Gabriela Machado whose seasonal menus style has a capacity for 220. La Jolla provides all inclusive meld flavors of Morocco Viet Nam India and the West. services and off premise catering is accepted. (301 Alcazar (3328 North Miami Ave. 305.392.0983) THE CORAL GABLES WOMAN S CLUB Ave. Coral Gables (305. 460.0047) The club offers two halls in its historic building for events. LEISER CENTER In Fort Lauderdale s Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment The Flamingo Room a classic ballroom built in 1935 can District this two-story building has 4 000 square feet accommodate 240 guests. The Coral Room can accommoof available space. Events for as many as 150 guests can date 200. The halls can be rented together or individually and amenities for both include a kitchen and bar. (1001 East be held in the courtyard lobby and 3 500-square-foot ballroom. A wood-paneled boardroom seats 50. (221 SW Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables 305.639.4749) NEW THE CRUZ BUILDING Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954.728.9700) After interior renovations the Cruz Building of Coconut NEW THE LOFT AT CONGRESS This 5 000-square-foot facility has a 2 000-square-foot Grove reopened in June 2011. Resembling a French row prefunction room with cocktail area a 3 000-square-foot house the facility features architectural elements from banquet area and 22-foot ceilings. Graphic murals cover Europe and New Orleans alongside natural keystone and the walls but can be hidden with white sheets for customtravertine columns. The venue offers 10 000 square-feet ized events. The facility can accommodate up to 150 seated of space on three floors each with an outside area and kitchen and the property holds 700 for cocktails through- or 200 for receptions. (530 NW 77th Street Boca Raton 561.819.3154) out a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. A ground floor MAPS STUDIOS English Bar features a 40-foot-long bar and holds 275. The floors are equipped with high-tech sound systems that can Photography production firm Mobile Arts Production Services opened its two studio spaces on South Beach for be synchronized with the other levels. (3157 Commodore private events in 2009. Studio A is two levels and is outfitPlaza Coconut Grove 305.508.9500) DESIGN CENTER OF THE AMERICAS ted with a catering area and furniture for seating. Studio This Dania Beach venue features interior-design B has large windows three skylights and an open layout. showrooms and three atriums to host events. The open The studios have a combined 6 000 square feet and can spaces seat 600 or hold 1 500 for receptions and can be hold 200 people altogether. (212 Collins Ave. Miami Beach left as is or decorated specifically for events. Catering is 305.532.7880) exclusive to on-site Bistro D. (1855 Griffin Road Dania Beach MIAMI EVENT SPACE This venue spans nearly three blocks and features studios 954.920.7997) 1111 LINCOLN ROAD EVENT SPACE offices and raw warehouse space. The main event building This outdoor venue is on the seventh floor of a parking has 7 000 square feet across two levels. The facility is also Owned by the Breakers Palm Beach this private club is an enclave for business civic and community leaders. As many as 120 guests can be accommodated in its 1 560 square feet. A bar and lounge area holds 50 and the club s 1 930-square-foot restaurant Top of the Point holds 100. (777 South Flagler Drive Club Level West Palm Beach 561.832.2424) ROOFTOP LOUNGE Rooftop Lounge opened atop the Townhouse Hotel in Miami Beach in 2010. The 5 000-square-foot lounge can accommodate 250 for a reception with expansive city views. Seating has been updated with new couches and the venue is now open only on Fridays and Saturdays. (150 20th St. Miami Beach 305.534.3800) IN THE WORKS ROOFTOP GARDEN This garden area is scheduled to open in 2012. The 4 200-square-foot space will accommodate 225 standing. (175 NE 40th St. 305.531.8700) SIGNATURE GRAND The grand ballroom at this 100 000-square-foot facility has 40 000 square feet that can be subdivided into 13 private areas. There are also four 495-square-foot suites and a 3 040-square-foot atrium for as many as 250 guests. All catering is done in-house and Southern Audio Visual provides exclusive audiovisual support. (6900 State Road 84 Davie 954.424.4000) SO COOL EVENUE The venue offers 10 000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space and features a 25- by 30-foot ice room with an ice bar indoor and outdoor prefunction space new bathrooms catering space and valet parking. (2585 NW 21st Ter. 305.635.8088) SOHO STUDIO AT WYNWOOD CONVENTION CENTER Managed and owned by Soho L.L.C. this versatile 52 000-square-foot warehouse is in Miami s Wynwood arts district. The building has high ceilings Wi-Fi and plenty of electrical outlets for audiovisual equipment. A raw space with bare walls the facility is intended for buyout for as many as 6 000 guests. (2136 NW First Ave. 305.600.4785) THE SPACE MIAMI This space serves as the office production facility floral laboratory and event space for production company Karla Conceptual Event Experiences. The 3 500-square-foot venue can host guests inside and out. The interior has modern industrial architecture and a monochromatic color scheme and can hold 350. The garden is being renovated with plans to include a pool with water features and an area that can be tented to hold 500 seated. (100 NE 25th St. 305.644.3555) STUDIO INSTRUMENT RENTALS SIR s North Miami music studio and warehouse are bizbash.com may june 2012 57 Miami South Florida Venue Directory INDEPENDENT EVENT SPACES available for private events. The 2 400-square-foot space is all black has a separate entrance from the main lobby and can be used in conjunction with the adjoining 800-squarefoot lounge. The expansive lawns can be used for events. (12200 NE 14th Ave. North Miami 305.891.3350) SYNAI GARDEN BANQUET HALL foot mezzanine overlooking the living room and a 2 900-square-foot sun deck with a pool. A soundproof media room has a 100-inch projection screen and surround sound. (1415 Euclid Ave. 305.300.6537) NEW TRIO ON THE BAY VENETIAN BANQUET HALL This banquet hall for 200 specializes in receptions rehearsal dinners birthday parties corporate events and holiday parties. Amenities include a state-of-the-art sound system catering linens tables and chairs. (8356 SW 40th St. Suite C 305.554.8665) TEMPLE HOUSE Nestled against Biscayne Bay restaurant-club Trio On the Bay opened in April 2011. Private rooms include the Bay Front and Main rooms each seating 50 the intimate Upper Bay View room which seats 45 and the private dining room which seats 14. The patio features bay views and custom fire pits. The entire 23 000-square-foot venue is available for buyout with a total capacity of 1 000. (1601 79th St. Cswy. North Bay Village 305.866.1234) V BOCA This banquet hall offers two 6 000-square-foot areas that accommodate more than 250 guests. It also features a 120-inch screen projector system a state-of-the-art sound and laser light system and parking accommodations. (8300 West Flagler St. 305.554.5454) WHITESPACE This bilevel loft-style space is completely white--and repainted before every event. The main area studio A is a 2 500-square-foot room that holds 100 on the ground floor and 100 on the mezzanine. A private room can be used as a V.I.P. lounge for 50. The 5 000-square-foot studio B has 18-foot ceilings and a glass-front reception area. (1200 Stirling Road Units 11 A & B Dania Beach 954.926.5840) WYNWOOD ART GARDEN Temple House offers more than 16 000 of event space designed as a private residence. It has a 6 600-squarefoot living room with 28-foot ceilings a 1 100-square- This 4 600-square-foot space within the Embassy Suites is divided into three levels. A double-level dance floor features a wrap-around stone bar lighted cocktail tables and chairs. LED lighting laser systems and an interactive game station are also available. Galaxy Productions manages all in-house catering d cor floral arrangement and entertainment. (661 NW 53rd St. Boca Raton 954-851-9599) Built in 1959 this building features its original facade and mosaic staircase and is available for film and photo shoots as well as special events. The venue s 13 000 square feet include a garden two lounges three showrooms on two levels and a large lobby. The garden seats 150. The venue maintains a list of caterers. (194 NW 30th St. 305.573.2130) MANSIONS & HOMES BONNET HOUSE event and catering venue run by Barton G. The 19 000-square-foot property saw a 1 million renovation in 2010. Events can be held poolside in the courtyard and on the roof. (1116 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.576.8003) VILLA 221 Whitehead St. Key West 305.587.4282) HARRY S. TRUMAN LITTLE WHITE HOUSE This 35-acre venue is a former plantation and subtropical estate that can accommodate both indoor and outdoor functions. All services must be outsourced and a list of preferred vendors is provided. (900 North Birch Road Fort Lauderdale 954.563.5393) Built in 1890 as naval officers quarters this property has been used as a winter White House by Presidents Eisenhower Kennedy and Clinton. On almost an acre the home is often used for private dinners during which guests CORAL CASTLE can tour the house. The dining room can seat 14 and the Built by one man between 1923 and 1951 Coral Castle is adjoining porch seats 30. Three shaded lawns can be used 1 000 tons of coral rock carved secretly and single-handedly individually or together to accommodate as many as 1 500 using nothing but hand tools. This unusual accomplishguests. (111 Front St. Key West 305.294.9911) ment by Edward Leedskalnin features a nine-ton gate that MAXWELL ROOM On one of the oldest sites in Fort Lauderdale and moves with just a touch of the finger a Polaris telescope built in 1925 this event space is an example of classic a sculpture garden and functioning rocking chairs--all Mediterranean Revival architecture. The Maxwell Room made of coral. (28655 South Dixie Hwy. 305.248.6345) DEERING ESTATE AT CUTLER can accommodate groups of 30 to 130. (10 South New River The historic Stone House and Richmond Cottage comprise Drive East Fort Lauderdale 954.463.6630) STRANAHAN HOUSE this Miami estate s event space which can accommodate Built in 1901 the house originally served as a post office groups of 250. Outdoor events can be held in the Stone community center and town hall for Fort Lauderdale and House Courtyard and the west side of the lawn offers a later as a restaurant during the Great Depression. Listed view of Biscayne Bay. (16701 SW 72nd Ave. 305.235.1668) ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME & MUSEUM on the National Register of Historic Places the house and Home to Hemingway from 1931 until 1940 this Key West grounds can host outdoor events for as many as 75 guests. property features original 1851 furnishings and historical A preferred catering and audiovisual vendor list is availitems. Tentable outdoor function spaces for 25 to 225 able. (335 SE Sixth Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954.524.4736) THE VILLA BY BARTON G. include a large lawn a brick courtyard and a poolside The former home of Gianni Versace this oceanfront area. Guests must share the grounds with more than 40 mansion has been transformed into an ultra-luxurious six-toed cats descended from Hemingway s own pet. (907 This restored 1920s house opened for events in 2009. The venue has 8 500 square feet of indoor space over two floors and nearly 22 000 square feet of gardens. It can host groups of 50 to 2 500. There are two parking lots. (221 NE 17th St. 305.416.5280) VILLA WOODBINE Designed by architect Walter de Garmo in 1930 the Villa Woodbine is a private Mediterranean Renaissance design mansion. In addition to Spanish arches colorful Havana tile and original fixtures the property has a fountain in its coral rock courtyard. In 2011 Villa Woodbine unveiled renovations including landscaping a paved parking lot and new driveway new lighting a new tile roof and the addition of central air-conditioning in the salon. The historic house can seat 230 guests or accommodate 300 for receptions. Dinners and receptions for 225 can be held in the lush garden. (2167 South Bayshore Drive 305.858.6660) VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS This Coral Gables mansion is styled after a European estate with 34 rooms decorated with art and antiques that span 2 000 years. The landscaped gardens can hold 2 000. The main house can host functions for 100 in its 1 715-squarefoot courtyard and also includes a 685-square-foot tea room. The east terrace overlooks Biscayne Bay and can host 300. (3251 South Miami Ave. 305.250.9133) MUSEUMS & CULTURAL SPACES ART MUSEUMS BASS MUSEUM OF ART In Miami Beach s historic Art Deco district this museum offers several event spaces for private use during nonpublic hours. A boardroom seats 10 and a gallery can seat 80 in a theater setup. The caf and terrace seat 80 and 120 respectively or combined they hold 300 for receptions. The museum offers complimentary use of the facility to sponsors who donate 10 000 or more to support the museum s programming. (2121 Park Ave. Miami Beach 305.673.7530 ext. 1013) BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART 1 500-square-foot James Bond Lounge which holds 200 for a reception and the Batman Lounge which also holds 200. Other spaces include the American Classics 50s-style diner which holds 300 the Arcade which holds 500 and an indoor drive-in theater. ( 2000 Northeast 146th St. North Miami 305.354.7680) IN THE WORKS JORGE P REZ ART MUSEUM provide chairs tables linens and audiovisual equipment. (1301 Stanford Drive Coral Gables 305.284.6981) MUSEUM OF ART FORT LAUDERDALE The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park has several areas for events including the outdoor sculpture garden which accommodates 400 and the great hall which holds 400 for receptions or 125 for seated dinners. The Wolgin Auditorium seats 125 theater-style or 75 for a seated dinner and access is available to special exhibitions and permanent collections during events. The museum has a list of preferred vendors. (501 Plaza Real Mizner Park Boca Raton 561.392.2500) NEW THE DEZER COLLECTION Miami Art Museum will reopen as the Jorge P rez Art Museum in late 2013. With a budget of 220 million dollars the new facility in Museum Park will be three times the size of the previous museum. More than 200 000 square feet of programmable space will include an auditorium with capacity for 150 and outdoor event space with views of Biscayne Bay. (1075 Biscayne Blvd. 605.375.3000) LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER This facility has two floors of options for events. The Norma and William Horvitz Auditorium seats 256. The 2 800-square-foot Miriam and Bernard Peck Sculpture Terrace on the second floor is an open-air space for 200. For larger groups Marks Gallery can seat 250 and the lobby in conjunction with the breezeway can hold as many as 500. Audiovisual equipment is provided by the museum along with a preferred caterers list. (1 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.525.5500) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Northern Palm Beach and southern Martin County s oldest and largest visual art museum can accommodate groups of as many as 130 people for events in its 1 948-square-foot east gallery. Assistance with event coordination is available. (373 Tequesta Drive Tequesta 561.746.3101) LOWE ART MUSEUM The 23 000-square-foot MOCA in North Miami features unique architectural details such as curved walls met by angular planes. A palm-tree-lined plaza and reflecting pool greet visitors before they enter the 9 000-squarefoot gallery home to more than 400 works of art. After-hours events for as many as 500 can be held in the courtyard. The area can also be tented. Outside vendors are allowed. (770 NE 125th St. North Miami 305.893.6211) NORTON MUSEUM OF ART Opened in Spring 2012 the 250 000-square-foot venue is home to the 1981 DeLorean from Back to the Future as well as eight event spaces that hold between 50 and 2 500. The largest room seats up to 1 500 or holds 2 500 for a cocktail reception. Smaller spaces include the At the University of Miami the Lowe Art Museum offers elegant gallery spaces to host lectures corporate functions private receptions and other events while surrounded by 5 000 years of world art. The museum can The Norton Museum of Art is a versatile indoor and outdoor setting for groups of 20 to 400. The museum s event spaces include a 2 040-square-foot theater two courtyards and a garden totaling 13 300 square feet a 1 020-square-foot boardroom and five other rooms. Lyon 58 bizbash.com may june 2012 Venues with outdoor event space Lyon is the in-house caterer. (1451 South Olive Ave. West HISTORICAL & CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ART AND CULTURE CENTER OF HOLLYWOOD Palm Beach 561.832.5196) THE WORLD EROTIC ART MUSEUM The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood manages three Just two blocks from Ocean Drive the World Erotic Art facilities a total of five spaces. The historic home where Museum in Miami Beach offers a collection of sexual art the galleries and offices are located has a capacity of 260. sculpture tapestries and artifacts sure to ignite conversa- The Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center offers the tion among guests. The museum can host cocktail use of its theater for 500 and the caf and lobby for 200. receptions and sit-down dinners in its 12 000-square-foot And the art school which has a gated yard and covered reception area and can accommodate as many as 250 on patio can accommodate groups of 50. Free parking is a walk-through basis. Outside vendors are allowed. available. (1650 Harrison St. Hollywood 954.921.3274) CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (1205 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305.532.9336) This Miami exhibition space in a converted 1936 ART SPACES & GALLERIES warehouse has a 10 000-square-foot plaza that can host ARTSERVE as many as 700 people. It features a multicolored glass Fort Lauderdale s ArtServe is a multipurpose facility that facade made from Bisazza tiles that depicts a bamboo offers shared offices and a venue to nonprofit cultural jungle. Inside the 16 000-square-foot space can host organizations and artists in Broward County. The events for 1 500 people or be divided into two spaces for 20 000-square-foot facility houses the Bienes Business smaller functions. Parking is available for 200 cars and Center for the Arts a dance studio an auditorium and valet companies can work with the staff to coordinate two conference rooms. (1350 East Sunrise Blvd. Fort additional room. (1018 North Miami Ave. 305.455.3380) NEW ECO DISCOVERY CENTER AT THE MUSEUM OF Lauderdale 954.462.8190) BRITTO CENTRAL DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE seating for 224 can be rented. The museum offers catering. (4000 Morikami Park Road Delray Beach 561.495.0233) OLD DAVIE SCHOOL HISTORICAL MUSEUM This historic structure which opened its doors in 1918 was the first permanent school in the Everglades and is now Broward County s oldest existing school building. All meeting rentals include an overhead projector screen tables and chairs. Party rentals also include the use of the Seminole Chickee Hut for outdoor events. (6650 Griffin Road Davie 954.797.1044) RAGTOPS MOTORCARS Originally a 1920s car dealership this three-story 16 000-square-foot museum is home to a revolving set of antique automobiles. The Tropical Art Deco building can be used in conjunction with the main building to accommodate as many as 1 500 people. Period decor includes an antique gas station soda bar and drive-in. The staff will coordinate all elements of an event upon request. (420 Claremore Drive West Palm Beach 561.655.2836) SCIENCE & NATURAL HISTORY SPACES CARIBBEAN GARDENS THE ZOO IN NAPLES This gallery of pop-artist Romero Britto is located in the heart of the Lincoln Road Mall a pedestrian-only promenade of sidewalk cafes unique shopping galleries and fine dining. The gallery has 2 887 sq ft of entertaining space including the 1130-square-foot main gallery which can accommodate up to 200 and a 525-square foot gallery room which can accommodate up to 50. Events for 60 guests or fewer can be held in the upstairs studio where Britto used to paint. (818 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305.531.8821) KEVRO S ART BAR The discovery center opened in November more than doubling the museum s exhibit and program space. The center can be rented out by floor and includes access to exhibits on that floor. The space holds 3 000 depending on the format of the event. (401 South West Second St. Fort Lauderdale 954.467.6637) FLAGLER MUSEUM This 7 800-square-foot Delray Beach compound consists of two separate spaces--a photo video studio and an art bar--as well as an 800-square-foot patio and 4 000 square feet of outdoor space. The studio is 1 200 square feet and features 12-foot ceilings. The 1 000-square-foot art bar has two 50-inch plasma TVs and holds 49 people it is available separately from the photo studio Sunday through Tuesday when it is closed to the public. (166 SE Second Ave. Delray Beach 561.274.0007) The planetarium accommodates groups of 10 to 1 000. The galleries ranging from 5 000 to 10 000 square feet can hold 800. The grand lobby can be used as prefunction space for 150 people. A 243-seat theater with a FORT EAST MARTELLO MUSEUM & GARDENS stage is ideal for presentations lectures or meetings. Since 1949 this Civil War-era fort has housed a collecThe Planetarium Dome and Space Gallery can produce tion of local artifacts historical records and military star and laser shows and offer a total of 5 870 square memorabilia. The parade grounds seat 150 or hold 350 for feet of space. The dome has 231 seats while the gallery MIAMI ART SPACE receptions. The courtyard inside the fort s eight-foot-thick seats 150 or holds 225 standing. (3280 South Miami Ave. In the heart of the Wynwood art district this property granite walls seats 110 or holds 300 for receptions. The 305.646.4200) MIAMI SEAQUARIUM is a former dry-cleaning facility turned event venue fort s interior seats 50 people or holds 90 for receptions. With dolphins whales and alligators as spectators the and art gallery. Three main galleries range from (3501 South Roosevelt Blvd. Key West 305.296.3913) FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORY CENTER aquarium can host everything from a private picnic 800 to nearly 2 000 square feet for as many as 300 Home to several historic buildings near the New River to an evening gala. The Dolphin Lobby is available for guests. A 7 000-square-foot courtyard is landscaped the Fort Lauderdale History Center offers use of the 1905 indoor receptions and the outdoor event area is ideal for with a bamboo garden. There is a small catering area New River Inn for events. Home to the history museum company picnics and larger parties. The renovated Sunset and outside vendors are allowed. (244 NW 35th St. the inn s Lucy Bryan Room seats 50 or holds 125 standing. Cove waterfront garden opened in 2008 and offers a view 305.437.8336) NEW SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER The veranda second-floor balcony and front and back of the Miami skyline. (4400 Rickenbacker Causeway Key Opened in October 2011 this 51 million multidisciplinary lawns each accommodate up to 200 guests. Valet parking Biscayne 305.421.1950) MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE FORT LAUDERDALE cultural venue has multiple event spaces. The main build- is available and tours of the museum and the other ing houses a 966-seat proscenium theater a 129-seat historic buildings can be arranged. (219 SW 2nd Ave. Fort Spanning 85 000 square feet this hands-on interactive facility in Fort Lauderdale can accommodate groups of 25 lab theater for intimate performances and rehearsals Lauderdale 954.463.4431 ext.14) I.G.F.A. FISHING HALL OF FAME in one of its smaller rooms or a complete buyout for 2 500. a dance studio a 1 000-square-foot caf a promenade This 4 680-square-foot attraction can seat 300 guests Highlights include the grand atrium which can host 550 which can be used for receptions and the backyard or accommodate 500 for receptions. Guests can browse for receptions and the New River Balcony with space concert lawn with space for more than 700 people for concerts and festivals. (10950 South West 211th St. Cutler displays and engage in the interactive fishing simulators for 150. The 294-seat AutoNation Imax Theater is also in the Catch Gallery and main hall. Other spaces include available for slide LCD or DVD presentations as well as Bay 786.57316) VISUAL ARTS PAVILION the 3 735-square-foot lobby with a capacity of 250 the speaking engagements. (401 SW 2nd St. Fort Lauderdale Visual Arts Pavilion opened in Hollywood in 2008. The 3 285-square-foot event hall a 2 000-square-foot marina 954.467.6637) PALM BEACH ZOO versatile two-story building houses a glassblowing area a 1 536-square-foot art gallery and a 1 000-square-foot On the shores of Baker Lake in the Tropics of the Americas metal workshop mixed-media painting space yoga courtyard that can hold 100 people for cocktails. The studio and ballet studio. Run by the nonprofit Greater newly renovated 500-square-foot Gulf Stream Room holds exhibit the Tropics Caf at the Palm Beach Zoo offers a Hollywood Arts Foundation the building can accom100. (300 Gulf Stream Way Fort Lauderdale 954.922.4212) variety of menu and event options in a unique tropical INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME environment. With an Amazon Basin theme tiki torches modate parties of 50 to 300 guests. Outside vendors are This Fort Lauderdale facility is the international showand animal encounters the restaurant and catering faciliallowed and buyouts are available. (330 North Federal place for swimming diving water polo and synchronized ties offer breakfast buffets hot hors d oeuvres four and Hwy. Hollywood 954.921.3500) WHEREHOUSE 2016 swimming with a museum library and archives five star buffets and a specialty carving station. This 4 600-square-foot Miami art studio features abstract that contain the world s largest collection of aquatic (1301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach 561.533.0887) painting covering the flooring and walls 20 15- by 7-foot memorabilia. Occupying more than 7 500 square feet the IN THE WORKS PATRICIA AND PHILLIP FROST MUSEUM OF wall graphics dozens of light sculptures a trilevel stage wave-shaped building features a 3 192-square-foot audiSCIENCE The new 275 million science museum to be located and an illuminated bar. Big-screen TVs serving dishes torium for 200 guests and a 20-person boardroom. The furniture and a prep kitchen are available for rental. 6 000-square-foot museum is also available for events of in Museum Park overlooking Biscayne Bay is slated to Groups as large as 300 can be accommodated. (2016 NE as many as 650 people. Outside caterers are allowed and open in early 2015. Grimshaw Architects are designing the 250 000 square-foot project which will feature a 155th St. 305.956.9282) guests can bring food and beverages into the exhibits. ZADOK GALLERY 600 000 gallon aquarium. (3280 South Miami Ave. (1 Hall of Fame Drive Fort Lauderdale 954.462.6536) One of the largest galleries in the Design District this JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA 305.646.4209) This event space on Miami Beach is composed of two SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE MUSEUM space has approximately 12 000-square-feet on two The South Florida Science Museum offers 22 000 square levels. Six individual gallery rooms offer distinct settings restored synagogues connected by a narrow bistro. The original 1936 Art Deco building can seat 100 in sanctuary feet of event space with the option of adding planetarium and capacities. Il de la Cite holds 40 standing or 20 for shows and demonstrations to events. (4801 Dreher Trail benches and the synagogue--built in 1929--can a banquet and the 2 500-square-foot mezzanine can North West Palm Beach 561.832.1988) accommodate as many as 400 guests. Both venues accommodate 300 standing or 250 seated. (2534 North ZOO MIAMI together make up 15 000 square feet of space. There is a Miami Ave. 305.438.3737) With more than 100 exhibits 2 000 animals and 740 acres catering kitchen and outside vendors are allowed. (301 CHILDREN S MUSEUM the Miami Metrozoo offers several indoor and outdoor Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305.672.5044) MIAMI CHILDREN S MUSEUM MORIKAMI MUSEUM AND JAPANESE GARDENS event spaces for as many as 6 000 guests. Team-building This 56 500-square-foot facility contains a 170-seat audiThe grounds of this Delray Beach museum include six activities are available for corporate events and hosts can torium with a stage theatrical lighting and audiovisual gardens each modeled after a different historical period arrange for interactive activities with the animals. On-site capabilities. Three classrooms--two that measure 680 and type of Japanese garden. The lobby can accommodate catering is available square feet each and another that is 540 square feet--are 250 people for cocktail receptions or 150 for sit-down although outside caterers Search by capacity available along with the 2 808-square-foot Everglades dinners. The terrace will hold 350. The grounds can also are allowed for a fee. bizbash.com Park for outdoor events. All exhibits remain open during be tented to accommodate groups of 600 for receptions (12400 Southwest 152nd St. events. (980 MacArthur Cswy. 305.373.5437) or 400 for banquets. In addition a theater with tiered miamivenuedirectory 305.251.0400 ext. 84939) Whitehall the former Lake Worth home of Standard Oil tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler is now the Flagler Museum. Special events at the museum are the privilege of some levels of membership. Relics of the Gilded Age the museum s event spaces include the 4 800-square-foot grand hall a courtyard the West Room and adjoining Lake Room with terrace the Flagler Kenan Pavilion and the boardroom and study. (1 Whitehall Way Palm Beach 561.655.2833) Guests can dine and be entertained against the tropical backdrop of this 52-acre botanical garden in Naples. The open-air Rainforest Grove can accommodate a 6 000-square-foot tent and seat 400 for dinner 600 for receptions or more than 750 in a theater setup. An 1 800-square-foot pavilion can accommodate 120 for banquets 180 for receptions or 225 in theater rows. The zoo s event staff can arrange animal presentations private cruises on Lake Victoria through the Island of Monkeys or after-hours tours as well as catering. (1590 GoodletteFrank Road Naples 239.262.5409) MIAMI MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND PLANETARIUM bizbash.com may june 2012 59 Miami South Florida Venue Directory OUTDOOR SPACES ANN NORTON SCULPTURE GARDENS This 1.7-acre property is the former residence of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton and features 300 species of tropical palms and more than 100 works by the artist. The gardens can accommodate 150 guests gatherings of 75 people or fewer can make arrangements to use the house. Aaron s Catering is the exclusive caterer. (253 Barcelona Road West Palm Beach 561.832.5328) ARTSPARK AT YOUNG CIRCLE and views of the Miami skyline and the waterways surrounding it. The acreage can be used for customized tent events weddings teambuilding activities cocktail parties or sporting events. (300 Biscayne Blvd. Way 305.424.5226) FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN seated dinners 120 for conferences or as many as 200 for receptions. The great lawn with its vertical landscape of orchids bromeliads and cascading greenery can host tented events for 300. Other options include the Rose Fountain courtyard the 630-square-foot Butterfly Room for events of 40 and the Japanese Garden which holds 60. (2000 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach 305.673.7256) MIAMI BEACH SOUNDSCAPE Ten acres of historic land in downtown Hollywood ArtsPark offers an array of visual and performing arts venues. Facilities such as the Meadow the Grove and rooms in the Visual Arts Pavilion are available for rent. An outdoor stage with seating for 2 500 can also be used for events. (1 Young Cir. Hollywood 954.921.3500) BAYFRONT PARK Next to outdoor dining and shopping destination Bayside Marketplace Bayfront Park hosts events on its 32 acres. Bayfront Park Amphitheater holds as many as 10 000 for general admission shows. The Tina Hills Pavilion can host 1 000 guests in fixed seating and on the lawn. (301 North Biscayne Blvd. 305.358.7550) BICENTENNIAL PARK This 13 million 2.5-acre city park designed by Dutch urban and landscape architecture firm West 8 fits 1 000 guests and has public restrooms a sidewalk concession area and lighting and audiovisual capabilities to suit both daytime and nighttime events. The park also serves as an area from which to view the New World Center s 7 000-square-foot projection wall which will feature programming such as free concerts video installations FLAMINGO GARDENS WRAY BOTANICAL COLLECTION and movie screenings. (17th St. and Washington Ave. Groups can tour 60 acres of lush gardens with exotic and Miami Beach 305.673.7730) PINECREST GARDENS native plants or enjoy a 25 000-square-foot free-flight aviary an Everglades animal sanctuary and more. Event This municipal park in Pinecrest has several spaces include a 946-square-foot meeting room a gallery facilities for events. In its 630-square-foot pergola or 13 690-square-foot meadow Pinecrest Gardens can with room for 75 seated guests and the 2 500-squareaccommodate groups of 50 to 500. All events must be foot barbecue house. Guests can also take a 25-minute held during park hours. (5855 SW 111th St. Pinecrest tour through the property s wetlands and groves. (3750 305.284.0900) South Flamingo Road Davie 954.473.2955) Established in 1938 this 83-acre garden has grounds available for events. The 1 904-square-foot visitor center ballroom holds 225 standing or 150 for a seated dinner. It and the 4 770-square-foot Garden House which seats 250 or holds 400 for receptions can be rented along with the surrounding lawns. In addition tents can hold 650. (10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables 305.667.1651) HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK NEW SKYDECK MIAMI This 29-acre open park sits on the shores of Biscayne Bay just a few blocks north of Bayfront Park and can host as many as 45 000 for events. Given the wide-open space the park has hosted everything from a single-stage event to shows with multiple stages and carnival atmospheres. (1075 Biscayne Blvd. 305.358.7550) This venue offers an event meadow a 35-acre green space with a capacity of 10 000 a historic dance floor a circular concrete surface shaded by palms that can accommodate 100 and a large pavilion. Other facilities within the park include the carousel building the bath house and the Biscayne Virginia Rickenbacker CRANDON PARK Central miniature railroad. (4020 Virginia Beach Drive This park boasts a beach a baseball field sand volleyball 305.960.4618) courts picnic areas a running track cabanas and park- NEW MAPS BACKLOT ing for more than 3 000 vehicles. Covered pavilions have The newest venue from Mobile Arts Production Services barbecue grills and picnic-style tables and hold 70 guests the Backlot opened in March 2012. Located in the each. Hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton are within minutes Wynwood Arts District this outdoor cyc studio is the only one of its kind in Miami. With a large gate and of the park and offer additional meeting and event adjoining parking lot the Backlot is ideal for automotive space. (4000 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne 305.361.5421) EPIC LAWN shoots and can hold up to 500 guests within its 10 000Epic Lawn is a 27 000-square-foot fully landscaped square feet. (342 NW 24th St. 305-532-7880) MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN outdoor venue overlooking the Miami River and This 4.5-acre botanical garden offers a variety of event Biscayne Bay. This waterfront space by the Epic spaces. The 1 500-square-foot Banyan Room holds 110 for Residences & Hotel offers marina access valet service Open spring 2012 this rooftop venue at the former Sony building has a 360-degree views of South Beach s entertainment district and the Atlantic Ocean. Designed to evoke the feel of a yacht s upper deck Skydeck Miami offers a sleek white 3 700 square foot space. Elevator access from the lobby opens directly to the rooftop s private lobby with side entrances leading to the deck. The venue was designed and is permitted to support events for 200 guests. (605 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305.672.5010) VENETIAN POOL This Coral Gables venue was converted in 1923 from a coral rock quarry into an 820 000-gallon spring-fed pool with two waterfalls coral caves and grottoes. Venetian-style architecture surrounds the pool which can be rented for evening events for as many as 150 people. Glassware is not allowed on the property and swimming is prohibited if alcoholic beverages are served. (2701 DeSoto Blvd. Coral Gables 305.460.5306) RESTAURANTS AREA 31 BENGAL Area 31 opened in 2008 on the 16th floor of Brickell Avenue s Epic Hotel in downtown Miami offering skyline views and seating for 70 guests. The restaurant has two private dining spaces for groups of six and 12 and poolside dining for 64 including 10 cabanas that hold two to eight people each. The property also launched Cigar Bar 31 an outdoor lounge that can accommodate as many as 50 people for events. (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way 305.424.5234) NEW B OLI-VITA Bengal opened in 2008 in downtown Miami. The bilevel Indian restaurant offers authentic tastes from all over South Asia and can accommodate 100 on the first floor and private events for 60 on the second. Banquettes and linens are wine-red and white and 40-inch flat-screen TVs show Bollywood musicals daily. All meat is halalcertified. (2010 Biscayne Blvd. 305.403.1976) NEW BIANCA in Miami open since 2000 holds 400 for dinner and is available for buyout. (5733 Seminole Way Hollywood 786.236.0876 601 Biscayne Blvd. 786.779.2100) BOURBON STEAK Opened early in 2012 this upscale Mediterranean restaurant and lounge located in South Beach is modeled after the renowned B oli in Cannes. B oli offers chic ambience in a garden setting. The restaurant has two primary locations for events the inside lounge holds 200 reception 120 seated while the garden can host 300 for cocktails or 200 dinners. Management welcomes special requests for menus entertainment and d cor. (1906 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.674.8822) BAR URBANO This restaurant replaced the Blue Door in the Delano hotel at the end of 2011. While dining on modern Italian cuisine made from local ingredients Bianca s guests can enjoy the understated decor of the main room or sit on the terrace overlooking the hotel gardens and orchard. Parties of as many as 200 are welcome with room for 90 in the main dining room. (1685 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.674.6400) NEW BIERGARTEN BOCA RATON This eatery opened in 2008 at the Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura. The 350-seat Michael Mina restaurant offers two private rooms a glass-enclosed terrace that faces the pool and seats 14 and the tasting room which can seat 30 amid mirrors and French terrace doors. (19999 West Country Club Drive Aventura 786.279.6600) BRICKELL IRISH PUB Brickell Irish Pub opened in 2009 offering a forum for live entertainment casual bar games and a selection of more than 40 whiskeys. Spanning more than 7 000 square feet the venue has a raised 150-square-foot stage a 35 foot-long bar and a 1 500-square-foot second floor area. A 550-square-foot sidewalk caf is also available. (1451 South Miami Ave. 305.381.6651) BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE This casual restaurant conceived by Arturo Gismondi of Cannoli Kitchen opened in September 2011. Inside the 4 500-square-foot space are communal tables with treetrunk stools seating 70. Other spaces include a cozy V.I.P. room and an outdoor space with benches for 40. (309 Via De Palmas Boca Raton 561.395.7462) BLT STEAK International restaurant Bar Urbano opened in 2010 in Brickell serving Latin American staples such as fried yucca and guasacaca (Venezuelan relish) along with flavors from Thailand Colombia and Italy. The 3 000-square-foot venue s main dining room which is decorated with streetart-style murals seats 200 or can accommodate as many as 400 for receptions. There is also a private covered patio for 50 and two semiprivate outdoor areas for 60 each. (1001 South Miami Ave. 305.381.5901) BARTON G. THE RESTAURANT Inside the Betsy Hotel this South Beach outpost opened in 2009. A mix of traditional French bistro and classic American steak house the dining room is outfitted with a restored pink terrazzo floor cream suede chairs and banquettes and dark wood tables. The restaurant can seat 96 guests inside and 84 on the patio. Adjacent to the dining room the B-Bar can seat 50. (1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.673.0044) BONGOS CUBAN CAF With six other locations across the state Brio Tuscan Grille opened in Pembroke Pines in 2008. The restaurant uses wood-fired ovens and grills to make specialty steaks pastas and flatbreads. The 8 400-square-foot location which features an open-air kitchen seats 260 with room for an additional 140 on its bar-equipped terrace. A private room for as many as 30 is available. (14576 SW 5th St. Pembroke Pines 954.431.1341) BULLDOG BARBECUE Dishes at the Miami Beach hot spot include popcorn shrimp served in a popcorn box with--you guessed it-- popcorn as well as the seafood martini a martini glass filled with crab legs lobster and shrimp. Spaces include the 110-seat dining room the 1 681-square-foot orchid garden and the 480-square-foot terrace. (1427 West Ave. Miami Beach 305.672.8881) The Bongos Cuban Caf from Gloria and Emilio Estefan opened in 2010 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offering some 12 000 square feet of total event space. The main dining area is 7 000 square feet and includes an indoor Latin restaurant lounge a patio and a mezzanine--which combined can seat 280. A separate 5 000-square-foot rooftop lounge has private cabanas and can hold 250. A second floor on the rooftop houses a V.I.P. section for 40. Buyouts are available. A location In 2008 former Top Chef contestant Howie Kleinberg opened this down-home barbecue restaurant which also has a full burger menu in North Miami. The 1 300-square-foot casual dining space seats 50 at wood tables topped with brown butcher paper rolls of paper towels and Kleinberg s signature barbecue sauce. (15400 Biscayne Blvd. 305.940.9655) CAF BOULUD In the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach this upscale space has a ballroom and conservatory as well as a courtyard available for events. The ballroom can seat 110 guests or hold as many as 150 for receptions while the adjacent conservatory seats 50 or holds 80 for receptions. (301 Australian Ave. Palm Beach 561.655.6060) 60 bizbash.com may june 2012 Venues with outdoor event space CAFE IGUANA PINES This 25 000-square-foot facility in Pembroke Pines caters to every form of entertainment with eight bars two giant-screen TVs--plus 88 HD TVs--an expansive dance floor and a sports bar with a 25-foot ice bar. The media room is a turnkey meeting space with audiovisual and broadcasting capabilities. The Latin-themed Babalou Room can accommodate as many as 200 guests. (8358 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pikes 954.433.8787) CHAMPIONS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL This casual restaurant and bar is inside the Courtyard Miami Airport South at the Miami Airport Marriott Campus. The space can seat as many as 125 and is available for semiprivate and private events. (1201 NW LeJeune Road 305.642.8200) CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Cooper City got its first Cuban restaurant in 2010 with the opening of Havana s Cuban Cuisine. The NEW EDGE STEAK & BAR 2 400-square-foot restaurant can seat 80 people in its In Miami s Four Seasons Hotel Edge Steak & Bar offers open dining room. The establishment specializes in an eclectic menu of high-quality cuts of meat indigclassic Cuban cuisine like picadillo criollo (ground beef enous seafood and locally sourced fruits and vegetables. simmered in tomato-based Cuban sofrito) and masa With a sleek sensibility and contemporary style the de cerdo (pork chunks served with a guacamole-style restaurant has indoor seating for 150 private dining avocado sauce) mixed with Argentine grilled meats rooms for parties of as many as 20 and a patio that holds and Mexican spices. (8600 Griffin Road Cooper City 80. (1435 Brickell Ave. 305.358.3535) 954.530.1400) NEW EGG & DART IL BACIO RESTAURANT AND ULTRA LOUNGE accommodations range from an intimate dinner party for 14 people to a larger affair for as many as 70 guests. (2201 Collins Ave. 305.938.3111) HAVANA S CUBAN CUISINE At this Brazilian barbecue restaurant in Fort Lauderdale as many as 300 guests can enjoy a full salad bar then return to their table for unlimited helpings of grilled meat sliced from large skewers. The restaurant has a semiprivate dining room for 75 people. (2400 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.712.0580) COMING SOON CHINA GRILL MIAMI Opened in August 2011 Egg & Dart is a bustling hotspot for the area s foodies and hipsters. Named after the iconic decorative molding prevalent in Greek architecture the restaurant combines contemporary sophistication with rustic regional cuisine served in a vibrant convivial atmosphere. The space seats 202. (4029 North Miami Ave. 786.431.1022) 8 OZ. BURGER BAR This 5 000-square-foot Italian restaurant opened in 2009 and can seat 150 or hold 250 for receptions. The private champagne room can seat 12 and a V.I.P. table is available for six. A 12 000-square-foot courtyard has five eight-seat cabanas and a stage. As many as 1 000 people can be accommodated for buyouts. (29 SE Second Ave. Delray Beach 561.865.7785) IL MERCATO CAF AND WINE SHOP After shuttering its Miami Beach location in April 2012 this restaurant plans to relocate. The new space is slated for three levels in a 15 000-square-foot space. The property is to be designed by ICrave Studio of New York and Miami s Arquitectonica. A late-2012 opening is forecast. (801 Brickell Ave.) CHINA GRILL FORT LAUDERDALE On Alton Road in Miami Beach this 2 200-square-foot restaurant from chef Govind Armstrong opened in 2009. The dining room and bar can seat 95 or hold as many as 150 for receptions. The bar is outfitted with a pool table and jukebox and can be rented separately for semiprivate events for as many as 55 guests. Armstrong uses only local organic produce in his seasonal menu. (1080 Alton Road Miami Beach 305.397.8246) THE FILLING STATION In 2010 Il Mercato Caf and Wine Shop opened in Hallendale Beach. The 60-seat international eatery specializes in global cuisines with health-conscious components mixing classic Italian dishes like spaghetti with French specialties like duck confit. The restaurant lists 70 wines hand-selected by the in-house sommelier and priced at 99 or less an additional list of high-end wines is available. (1454 East Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale Beach 954.457.3700) JOEY S ITALIAN CAF This property open since 2008 is in Fort Lauderdale s Hilton Marina. With 14 000 square feet the restaurant can accommodate 493 in the main dining room and an additional 64 on the terrace and has a private room and separate dining area for 32 and 104 guests respectively. The restaurant features a theater kitchen in the center as well as a sushi bar with seating for 10. (1881 SE 17th St. Cswy. Fort Lauderdale 954.759.9950) CIOPPINO The Filling Station reopened in 2009 after being closed for almost a decade. Split between a mezzanine and a ground-level dining room the restaurant--decorated with car memorabilia--can seat 50 or host as many as 75 for a reception. Catering options are also available. (95 SE 2nd St. 786.425.1990) FOGO DE CHAO The 1 600-square-foot restaurant in the Wynwood arts district can seat 45 guests inside with accommodations for an additional 30 on the private terrace. The menu changes seasonally and is complemented by a list of Italian wines selected by owner Joey Goldman. (2506 NW Second Ave. 305.438.0488) KITCHEN 305 The Brazilian steakhouse opened in 2008. The 12 000-square-foot restaurant seats nearly 300 in its 12 000 square feet. There are six private rooms--includInside the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne this Tuscan restau- ing a wine cellar--for groups of fewer than 14 as rant can host indoor and outdoor events. For smaller well as two semiprivate areas that holds 20 each and groups the wood-paneled wine room has a private can be combined. Buyouts are available. (836 1st St. entrance and can seat 20. The Ocean View Room can 305.672.0011) THE FORGE accommodate as many as 40 and has a terrace that can double the capacity. (455 Grand Bay Drive Key Biscayne Landmark Miami Beach restaurant the Forge reopened after renovation in 2010. The bar has 36 seats and 305.365.4500) CITY FISH MARKET provides full dinner service. For private events the wine The 15 000-square-foot restaurant in Boca Raton cellar can seat 22 a boardroom seats 16 and the library provides water views and nautical decor. The restaurant seats 40. There is also a courtyard for 100. (432 41st St. has four private dining rooms Three accommodate 150 Miami Beach 305.538.8533) GEORGE S IN THE GROVE guests when used together and a separate space for 85 George Farge opened this self-titled spot in 2008. The opens onto one of two connected terraces which can cozy French bistro boasts contemporary decor and host 100 when used together. (7940 Glades Road Boca a quirky menu that includes such items as avocado Raton 561.487.1600) NEW CITY HALL THE RESTAURANT tartare. The dining space seats 65 and features an open This all-American bistro in Downtown Miami opened kitchen. Though buyouts are not available the staff in June 2011. Within the 6 000-square-foot space is an can accommodate groups of 25 for private events. (3145 intimate private dining area that seats 40. The interiors Commodore Plaza 305.444.7878) GEORGE S ON SUNSET include lacquered floors and dark walnut and black varnished wood tables and chairs. (2004 Biscayne Blvd. George Farge the name behind George s in the Grove opened a second namesake restaurant in 2010. The 305.764.3130) NEW CRAVE 3 000-square-foot casual eatery can seat 75 in its main In 2011 the expanding chain added this 9 000 squaredining room. There s also a semiprivate room that can foot outpost in the Village of Merrick Park. The menu seat 25 and space for an additional 50 outside on the from executive chef Eli Wollenzien showcases fresh sidewalk and patio. (1549 Sunset Drive 305.284.9989) COMING SOON GEORGIA S UNION ingredients and Mediterranean and Asian influences. Several event spaces are available including the outdoor On the former South Beach site of Morgan s owner Fountain plaza for 200 a sushi bar seating 15 the Gables Barclay Graebner plans to open a new restaurant offering southern comfort food with organic soul food room for 40 the open air Breezeway holding 45 and a elements. The space is being remodeled and slated for a curtain-enclosed private area with three chefs tables each seating 10.(4250 Salzedo St. Suite 1425 305.772.5761) summer 2012 opening. (1787 Purdy Ave. Miami Beach) D ANGELO PIZZA GIBRALTAR Kitchen 305 replaced Michael s Kitchen at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles. The 3 600-square-foot restaurant serves American fusion cuisine in a dark nightclub atmosphere. The space features an open kitchen a 40-foot bar for 15 a 100-inch flat-screen TV a 10-person chef s table two semiprivate dining rooms and a DJ on Wednesdays and Saturdays. (16701 Collins Ave. Sunny Isles 305.749.2110) KUNG FU SUSHI This Asian fusion restaurant is in the lobby of the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club in Miami Beach. The 1 500-square-foot space seats 125 including 15 at the sushi bar and holds 300 for receptions. The patio seats 125. (1720-1756 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.534.7905) LA BAGUETTE La Baguette is a 24-hour alfresco coffee and sandwich shop that opened in 2009. The restaurant s open-air seating consists of about 30 bar stools and lounge areas for an additional 25. The venue can host receptions for 75. (427 SW 8th St. 305.860.1113) LA COFRADIA CEVICHE BAR This Peruvian restaurant is in Coral Gables The 1 750-square-foot restaurant seats 95 people or holds 150 for receptions. The bar area holds 30. Although there is no private room a semiprivate dining area can seat 10 to 15 guests. (160 Andalusia Ave. Coral Gables 305.914.1300) LA MAREA D Angelo Pizza opened in 2010 serving pizzas tapas and salads for lunch and dinner. The 2 000-square-foot eatery can seat 90 in its dining room with an additional 40 on the patio. The patio which is available for private receptions was given a hard top and retractable walls in 2011. (4215 North Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale 954.561.7300) DOLORES BUT YOU CAN CALL ME LOLITA This seafood restaurant opened inside the Grove Isle Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove in 2009. The 60-seat main dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Biscayne Bay. The terrace can seat an additional 80 or hold 150 for receptions. (4 Grove Isle Drive Coconut Grove 305.857.5007) GRILL ON THE ALLEY La Marea--meaning the tide in Italian and Spanish--is inside the Tides South Beach hotel. The restaurant blends Mediterranean fare with Northern Italian accents. Celebrity designer Kelly Wearstler handled the decor which blends painted tortoise shells with 50- by 60-foot chandeliers and bishop chairs. The main dining room seats 60 and the front terrace can host 150 for cocktails or seat 52. (1220 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.604.5070) LARIOS ON THE BEACH This 12 000-square-foot former Miami firehouse can accommodate as many as 350 guests. In 2009 the property debuted a new 70-person private dining space. The venue also includes a classic fire pole that connects the floors the Lolita Lounge two private rooms and a rooftop dining space for 90 guests. Audiovisual equipment off-site catering and buyout options are available. (1000 South Miami Ave. 305.403.3103) NEW THE DUTCH Modeled after the original established in 1984 in Beverly Hills Grill on the Alley brings a taste of Rodeo Drive to Aventura Mall. Opened in 2008 this 200-seat restaurant s classic American cuisine is overseen by chef John Sola. There is a private room for 28 a semiprivate space for 30 and two patios that hold 35 and 20. (19501 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura 305.466.7195) GRIMPA STEAKHOUSE Larios offers a bit of old Cuba from the 1950s glamour days in a contemporary setting. Latin fare is on the menu as are classic and flavored mojitos. The restaurant part of the growing Bongos Cuban Caf organization seats 220 and has event facilities for as many as 700. (820 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.532-9577) LE BOUDOIR New York restaurateurs Andrew Carmellini Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom partnered with locals Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo to bring their SoHo hotspot the Dutch to the W Hotel Miami Beach. American roots-inspired dishes are shaped for big-city palates with the best ingredients and some neighborhood charm. Private This 10 000-square-foot bilevel restaurant is owned by four Brazilian businessmen and has views of Miami s financial district. There are two meeting spaces on the second floor that can accommodate 40 and 80 guests respectively. The 45-seat rotunda becomes a private room by closing a set of white floor-to-ceiling curtains. The 40-seat veranda is a more secluded space with a private entrance. (901 South Miami Ave. 305.416.9355) Le Boudoir expanded from Coral Gables to a second location in downtown Miami. The 1 000-square-foot restaurant was furnished by Dutch design company Moooi and holds 40. Decor highlights include pink leather banquettes chocolate-brown porcelain floors and Italian mosaic bathrooms. Le Boudoir offers off-site catering. (186 SE 12th Ter. 305.372.2333) LOLA S ON HARRISON This 1 850-square-foot restaurant in Hollywood seats 120 guests and features charcoal floor tiles chocolate-colored banquettes white curtains and subtle lighting. At the sandalwood bar suspended glass shelving at various heights along the back wall creates the illusion of floating bottles. (2032 Harrison St. Hollywood 954.927.9851) bizbash.com may june 2012 61 Miami South Florida Venue Directory RESTAURANTS 62 bizbash.com may june 2012 Venues with outdoor event space PHOTO MORIS MORENO white walls punctuated by red banquettes and black Morton s Steakhouse has several locations in the chairs. There is seating for 500 inside and outside but Greater Miami area. The North Miami Beach restaurant the space is divided into manageably sized dining rooms. NEW LOU S BEER GARDEN has a dining room seating 160 and two private rooms (200 East Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton 561.393.4666) Inside Miami Beach s New Hotel this poolside NEW PL8 KITCHEN holding 36 and 40 respectively. In Miami the dining Previously Himmatshee Bar and Grill Pl8 Kitchen gastropub set in a lush tropical garden serves an eclectic room seats 175 and two event spaces when combined opened in 2011. A small-plates concept with a capacity Mediterranean- and Asian-influenced menu with its hold 100. Coral Gables has an outdoor patio seating 36 of 70 it also has a large outdoor space that holds 50. (210 suds. The area has space for as many as 100 for events. and three private dining rooms that each hold 22. Fort SW 2nd St. Fort Lauderdale 954.524.1818) (7337 Harding Ave. Miami Beach 305.704.7879) Lauderdale s outpost offers three private event rooms NEW LUCA BELLA MORE POSITANO RISTORANTE that combine to hold 100. The location in West Palm This family-style Italian restaurant opened in September Beach has two private rooms holding 45 and 35 diners Positano Ristorante opened in Doral in 2010 serving 2011 in the former Chef Allen s space. The 4 000-square- respectively. In Boca Raton the dining room seats 139 classic Italian cuisine. The restaurant is decorated in a foot restaurant seats 200 inside with additional room geometric style with all dark wood and white elements. and the largest private space holds 40. (17399 Biscayne on a patio. There is also a private room for events and a Blvd. North Miami Beach 305.945.3131 1200 Brickell Ave. The dining room can seat 92 amid a mixture of booths 20-seat bar. (19088 NE 29th Ave. Aventura 305.792.2222) 305.400.9990 2333 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Coral Gables and four-top tables. There s also a patio seating 22. The NEW MAKOTO menu is comprised of classic Italian dishes including 305.442.1662 500 East Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Opened in March 2011 this spot is from chef Okuwa various meat and fish carpaccios as starters. (2475 NW 954.467.9720 777 South Flagler Drive West Palm Beach Makoto. He continues to evolve his style of crafting 95th Ave. Suite 10 Doral 305.594.2828) 561.835.9664 5050 Town Center Circle Boca Raton PRELUDE BY BARTON G. playful exquisitely presented dishes that pay tribute 561.392.7724 ) MR. CHOW MIAMI This restaurant at the Adrienne Arsht Center comes from to Japanese tradition. With an indoor capacity of 204 event producer and caterer Barton and two large outdoor spaces that hold 60 each Makoto This famed New York Chinese G. Weiss the exclusive provider has become a Bal Harbour favorite for upscale Japanese restaurant opened in the W South Beach in 2009. The dining room seats for the center. Opened in 2009 the cuisine. (9700 Collins Ave. 305.864.8600) MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO 250 and the patio seats an additional restaurant has indoor seating for 130 This 2 600-square-foot Mediterranean restaurant 200. There are two private rooms one as outdoor seating. Prelude Dine in a Artsy Space as wellbrunch lunch and dinner opened in the design district in 2009. Taking over a indoors and one out that seat about serves The artsy 5 000-square-foot residential property built in the 1940s the space can 50 each. The indoor room has a sepawith designated reservation times for seat 20 inside and 30 on its patio. There is also a 30-seat rate bar and entrance. (2201 Collins ticket holders. (1300 Biscayne Blvd. Wynwood Kitchen & Bar private room. (4312 NE Second Ave. 305.576.6066) Ave. Miami Beach 305.695.1695) Miami 305.357.7900) which opened downtown in MEAT MARKET THE 19TH HOLE BAR & GRILL PRIME ITALIAN November 2010 blends brasserieThis restaurant was organized as a joint effort by restaura- Opened in 2009 at the Doral Park Myles Chefetz of Miami s Prime One style cuisine and urban street teur David Tornek and chef Sean Brasel. The 4 400-square- Country Club this restaurant and bar Twelve teamed up with developer art. Jessica Goldman Srebnick foot contemporary steak house can accommodate 180 and can accommodate more than 200 for Jorge Perez for this 7 500-squareand her father Tony Goldman features a unique three-tiered menu format that allows events. The 2 500-square-foot space foot Italian restaurant on South tapped chef Marco Ferraro to guests to enjoy the cuisine at all price points. A semiprivate has a dining room for 110 and a patio Beach. Opened in 2008 the 180-seat oversee the menu. It offers items area for groups of 24--with seating arranged for six people for 125. (5001 NW 104th Ave. Doral restaurant features an open kitchen such as small plates six types of at four chef s tables--highlights the floor-to-ceiling wine 305.591.8800) with a wood-burning pizza oven a burgers pork lamb and vegetable NOVECENTO cellar behind it. There is also a sushi and raw bar dubbed semiprivate wine room for eight and skewers a variety of sausages This 6 000-square-foot Miami Crudo Bar. (915 Lincoln Road 305.532.0088) outdoor seating for 60. (101 Ocean and sandwiches and salads as MERCADITO MIDTOWN restaurant--the third location in the Drive Miami Beach 305.695.8484) well as entrees. Some important In downtown Miami Mexican restaurant Mercadito RACKS SOPRANO CAF city--can accommodate as many names in the contemporary art Formerly Racks Italian American Midtown opened in 2010. The 5 600-square-foot restau- as 300 guests and serves Argentine scene contributed original works Bistro and Market this 4 000-squarerant can seat 190 in its main dining room and adjacent European and pan-Latin cuisine. to the space An 11-foot colorful foot North Miami Beach bistro lounge area with an attached patio or host as many as The classic Argentine decor includes sculpture of a man by David modified its name in May 2012. It 400 for receptions. There is also a semiprivate room for marble floors wooden blinds and rich Benjamin Sherry stands at the has an Italian-inspired menu and 35. (3252 NE First Ave. 786.369.0430) red leather banquettes. For private entrance to the 1 300-square-foot MESAZUL atmosphere with a communal table dining the restaurant s Malbec Room interior dining room which can Mesazul opened in 2010 inside the Doral Golf Resort and seats 45 and larger groups can take for 20 a Venetian-themed bar with hold 106 people and features 20Spa. The 160-seat restaurant features a wall of windows advantage of the terrace that holds seating for 14 and additional seating foot canvases by German abstract offering unobstructed views of the resort s TPC Blue for 12 at the outdoor waterfront 100. (1414 Brickell Ave. 305.403.0900) artist Christian Awe. Artist PAVILION GRILLE Monster golf course from every seat. The traditional marketplace. (3933 NE 163rd St. Miami Shepard Fairey created a floorsteakhouse menu is prepared with Latin-inspired ingre- Pavilion Grille is the centerpiece Beach 305.917.7225) to-ceiling mural in his trademark RA SUSHI of a four-story high glass-walled dients and flavors. For smaller groups a private dining black red and gold palette for This 5 800-square-foot restaurant landmark building. The expansive room seats 48. (4400 NW 87th Ave. 305.591.6616) the 1 000-square-foot 14-seat bar NEW MI AMI features dark decor and red lighting. open-plan venue features fountains area which can accommodate as Barolo Ristorante was replaced by Mi Ami in April 2012 natural palm trees and a canopymany as 32. A patio holds 64. (2550 The space contains a traditional sushi in South Beach s South of Fifth neighborhood. This bar and full cocktail bar and lounge covered 2 000 ft. wood dance floor. NW Second Ave. 305.722.8959) 1 500-square-foot Italian restaurant can seat 40 inside next to the patio. Chef Hui Kenny The venue comes with an on-site and 36 on the patio. There is also a private cellar that Li serves lunch and dinner. RA Sushi catering team and is available for can accommodate as many as 40 for events. (444 Ocean buyouts. Offering a variety of menu can accommodate 240 guests as well Drive Miami Beach 305.532.5511) as requests for off-site catering and choices and event set-ups Pavilion MIA AT BISCAYNE custom menus. (5829 SW 73rd St. Grille can accommodate over 240 Standing two stories and stretching 14 000 square feet 305.341.0092) guests in the main space and 60 RARE STEAKHOUSE MIA at Biscayne opened in 2009. The space has three guests in the private dining room. This 4 000-square-foot steakhouse areas available for private and semiprivate gatherings (310 Yamato Road Boca Raton can accommodate as many as 165 an L-shaped patio for 120 a 120-seat restaurant and 561.912.0000) PEACOCK GARDEN CAF and has a private second-floor a lounge space (with upstairs V.I.P seating) for 200. Opened 2011 this restaurant with dining room for as many as 25. The The 16-foot multitouch iBar and a 24-foot iWall are venue features earth-tone walls and highlights of the downstairs lounge. (20 Biscayne Blvd. 9 000 square feet of space focuses on local ingredients and has a variety banquettes accented by black-and305.642.0032) MICHAEL S GENUINE FOOD AND DRINK of areas for events. Its private dining white artwork. The certified kosher Chef Michael Schwartz s 2 500-square-foot eatery in the room can accommodate as many as 150 people but the menu includes a combination of signature and classic design district can accommodate 50 inside 60 outside star attraction for events is the patio. The landscaped steak dishes as well as fresh fish poultry and salads. 14 at the bar and an additional four at the back food bar. area is dotted with vintage iron tables and can hold (468 41st St. Miami Beach 305.532.7273) RED THE STEAKHOUSE A separate dining area seats 30 for private events. The 85. Inside the main dining room caters to 220 and an This Cleveland-based steakhouse expanded to South restaurant has rich wood accents in the bar and 18-foot additional 50 at the bar. Black-and-white photos and Florida in 2008 with the opening of its 7 000-square-foot ceilings in the dining room. (130 NE 40th St. 305.573.5550) archival documents from the late 19th early 20th MINT LEAF INDIAN BRASSERIE Miami Beach location. The restaurant has minimalist century decorate the walls and are complemented by With a taste discovered in Delhi and developed in vintage furnishings and antiques. (2889 McFarlane Road decor with seating for 180. Three private rooms are London Mint Leaf Indian Brasserie offers an immersive Coconut Grove 305.774.3332 available--one outfitted with glass walls and room for NEW PHILIPPE Indian experience. The venue offers indoor seating 12--and can be combined for groups of as many as 64. Chef Philippe Chow opened a restaurant inside the for 56. Off-site catering special event packages and The restaurant hosts rooftop barbecues every Sunday former Gansevoort South Hotel now rebranded as the buyouts are available. Outside audiovisual companies during the summer. (119 Washington Ave. Miami Beach are allowed for events. (276 Alhambra Cir. Coral Gables Perry South Beach. The Philippe hotel outlet closed 305.534.3688) RED THE STEAKHOUSE BOCA RATON and relocated nearby in late 2011. The new location 305.443.3739) MISS YIP CHINESE CAFE Red the Steakhouse added another outlet in Boca Raton has 6 000 square feet of space a retractable roof over a The Prive Group opened a downtown outpost of Miss April 2012. The property which can seat 120 features the second floor dining area available for private events a Yip Chinese Cafe in 2010. The 4 000-square-foot eatery s private wine room for 20 and a patio seating 25. Indoors signature red in its color scheme while the menu offers 1 800-square-foot dining room which features burgundy the restaurant seats 180. (36 Ocean Drive Miami Beach steaks chops and a large selection of seafood. Sister Red banquettes and a large Buddha statue is divided into Group restaurant Rosso Italia shares a central entrance 305.674.0250) three sections seating a total of 150. Additional seating is NEW PHILIPPE BOCA RATON and address on Military Trail. (1901 N. Military Trail Boca available in the restaurant s front terrace a 700-square- Chef Philippe Chow opened another namesake restauRaton 561.353.9139) ROCCO S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR foot area with six tables for 26. A separate 1 500-square- rants in 2011 but this location features a lower-price This 4 400-square-foot Mexican restaurant opened in menu and a more casual setting. With high-energy foot outdoor lounge can seat 74 on red couches. (900 Boca Raton in 2009. The dining room can seat 200 or decor Phillipe Boca Raton has shiny black floors and Biscayne Blvd. Miami 305.358.0088) MORTON S STEAKHOUSE Where to... hold 250 for receptions. There s also a patio that can seat an additional 100. (5250 Town Center Circle Boca Raton 561.416.2131) ROOF TOP CAF Nestled among the treetops overlooking Mallory Square in Key West the Roof Top Caf can host indoor and outdoor events. The main dining room seats 80 but can hold an additional 40 with the doors to the balcony open. The bilevel deck holds 30 people up top and 40 below. The restaurant serves new island cuisine. (308 Front St. Key West 305.294.2042) ROSA MEXICANO MIAMI Angler s Boutique Resort 660 Mediterranean has two semiprivate dining spaces for 55 guests total a front porch for 40 and two poolside cabanas. As many as 200 can be accommodated for receptions poolside and a 250-square-foot boardroom can hold 14 guests. (660 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 866.729.8800) SMITH & WOLLENSKY TRIO ON THE BAY The renowned steakhouse has expanded its sprawling waterfront locale on Miami Beach. The restaurant has added a covered 90-seat second-floor deck over the existing patio bar bringing its total capacity to 850. (1 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305.673.2800) SOYKA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Nestled against Biscayne Bay restaurant-club Trio on the Bay opened April 2011 with 23 000 square feet of total event space. The main dining room can seat 200 people while the patio which features bay views and custom fire pits has seating for 140. Inside private rooms include the Bay front room and main room which each seat 50 the intimate Blue Crystal Room which seats 45 and the private dining room which can accommodate 14. The property is available for buyout. (1601 Kennedy Cswy. Miami Beach 305.866.1234) TRULUCK S SEAFOOD STEAK AND CRAB HOUSE This 8 000-square-foot restaurant in the Mary Brickell Village features authentic upscale Mexican cuisine. Like the others in the franchise this venue features a signature David Rockwell-designed water wall with little plastic divers. The restaurant can host 150 indoors 90 in the outside dining and bar areas and 100 in a private dining room. (900 South Miami Ave. 786.425.1001) NEW ROSA MEXICANO SOUTH BEACH This restaurant has been around since 1999 and offers casual dining and American cuisine. High wooden ceilings with exposed support beams and large windows add to the comfortable setting. Sokya seats 216 and has a covered patio area for 14 diners. A private party area holds 60 seated 75 reception.(5556 NE 4th Court 305.759.3117) SRA. MARTINEZ This 7 000-square-foot restaurant is known for its seafood serving fresh fish and Florida stone crabs but it also serves antibiotic-free meats. The main dining room can seat 325 and events can also be held in the 1 500-square-foot piano bar which has live music nightly. There is also a private room for 50 and two outdoor areas for 45. (2584A East Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.396.5656) TUDOR HOUSE Opened in 2011 this Rosa Mexicano is tucked into the corner of Alton and Lincoln roads. The restaurant measures 3 500 square feet and seats 130 inside and 80 outside. A private room for dining or cocktail parties exhibits bright decor influenced by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. (1111 Lincoln Road 305.695.1005) NEW ROUGE WATERFRONT DINING Chef and restaurateur Michelle Bernstein s upscale restaurant seats 150 in the main dining room and patio. The mezzanine can be booked for groups of 40. This Latin tapas eatery is inside a 1920s post office in Miami s design district. (4000 NE Second Ave. 305.573.5474) STK Restaurateur Alex Podolny is behind this Sunny Isles place at the Intracoastal Mall which opened in November 2011. It offers casual dining and global cuisine with an upscale lounge feel. Rouge is accessible by land and water as the property is situated by a dock. A sister cigar bar C Lounge Premium Cigar bar is steps away. Rouge has a covered patio seating 97 a dining room seating 87 and a bar area for 10. (Intercoastal Mall 3957 NE 163 St. North Miami Beach 305.944.9997) THE ROUND UP This bilevel upscale steak house opened inside the Gansevoort South now the Perry South Beach in 2010 and can seat as many as 600. Four private dining rooms on the second floor can accommodate groups of 10 to 30 people. The rooms can also be combined to hold 100 for receptions. (2377 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.604.6988) SUGARCANE RAW BAR GRILL On the rooftop of Dream South Beach is the Tudor House a restaurant led by chef Geoffrey Zakarian. It offers private dining options such as the Palmer House s rooftop which accommodates 20 seated and 50 standing. The rooftop also has smaller cabanas that seat 15 and hold 25 standing. The detached outdoor lounge Highbar has a private elevator plasma TVs rocking chairs and wicker chaises and seats 60 or has room for 150 standing. (1111 Collins Ave. 305.673.4747) NEW TUNDRA RESTAURANT This country-western nightclub and restaurant features an expansive 2 000-square-foot dance floor four bars and several options for semiprivate events for as many as 500. In addition to areas around the dance floor and a semiprivate billiard room the venue s stage can seat 50 or hold 150 for a cocktail function. Line dancing lessons can be arranged. (9020 West State Road 84 Davie 954.423.1990) NEW ROSSO ITALIA Open since January 2011 Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is in the process of adding a semiprivate lounge slated for completion summer 2012. Designed by firm CetraRudy Sugarcane s look takes cues from South America s Colonial Spanish-style architecture. The lounge serves cocktails crudos and tapas and seats 16 the main dining room 96 the bar 52. Another 100 diners can be accommodated outdoors. (3250 NE First Ave. 786.369.0353 TANTRA Opened November 2011 this 1 400 square-foot venue is committed to keeping things cool using more than 10 000 pounds of ice each week for its food drink and serving pieces. Alex Podolny and David Berman s place seats 120 with half the seats outdoors. Tundra is available for full buyouts. (1017 East Las Olas Fort Lauderdale 954.761.2122) UPSTAIRS AT THE VAN DYKE CAF In April 2012 the Red Restaurant Group opened this property--its first Italian restaurant--which shares an address with the Boca Raton outlet of popular steakhouse Reds. Rosso Italia is light and airy with splashes of red. The restaurant offers handmade pasta and brick-oven pizza. It seats 220 and has an event space in the back seating 40. (1901 Military Trail Boca Raton 561.353.9819) RUSTY PELICAN This Miami Beach space is all about environment-- incense burns and candles glow. Tantra can seat 180 guests or hold 250 for receptions and the food is reflective of its highly charged energy. Buyouts are available. (1445 Pennsylvania Ave. Miami Beach 305.672.4765) TATIANA RESTAURANT AND CABARET SHOW Above the famous Van Dyke Cafe on South Beach s Lincoln Road this open-air rooftop venue can seat 45 guests for dinner and hold an additional 65 for receptions. It is only available for buyout during the day as around 9 p.m. the locals start pouring into what The Miami New Times calls Miami s best place for live jazz. (846 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305.534.3600) NEW VERDEA This property offers modern fun and comfortable dining. It offers views of the water and city and executive chef Michael Gilligan s take on modern American cuisine features small plates for sharing. For events this venue offers custom catering and design services. Three ballrooms are available the largest the Pelican has 6 188 square feet of space and holds 640. The intimate Coral room holds 70. (3201 Rickenbacker Causeway Key Biscayne 305.361.3818) SAGE BISTRO & OYSTER BAR The 700-seat Hallandale restaurant has two private upper terraces that overlook three tiered sections of the space. The menu offers more than 500 items full audiovisual setup and numerous plasma TVs. The Las Vegas-style cabaret show is revamped every six months and buyouts are available. (1710 Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale 954.454.1222) TEQUILA RANCH Opened 2011 the Verdea offers seasonal menus in a classic American bistro setting. The restaurant can accommodate 200 including the main dining room the grand bar a private dining room and a wine bar that offers more than 250 varieties of wine. The full restaurant is available for buyout Sundays and Mondays. (4350 P.G.A. Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens 561.691.3130) NEW VILLA AZUR Just outside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tequila Ranch conveys the casual elegance of a Mexican hacienda. The restaurant and bar offers four different rooms plus an outdoor space El Lago Patio to accommodate groups of 50 to 350. Enhancements include a blazing fire pit and a mechanical bull. (5760 Seminole Way Hollywood 954.556.7430) NEW TERRAZZA Opened in May 2012 Villa Azur brings a piece of the French Riviera to South Beach. Co-owned by French actor Olivier Martinez Michael Martin and Jean-Philippe Bernard the restaurant s 6 000-square-foot space offers a contemporary romantic backdrop for events. La Cave d Azur is a private dining room that offers more than 190 wines and seats 12 also available is the 4 000-squarefoot courtyard which holds 110 seated. The entire space can seat 250 and hold 300 for receptions and is available for buyout. (309 23rd St. Miami Beach 305.763.8688) NEW VILLA MAYFAIR Owned by chef Laurent Tasic Sage Bistro & Oyster Bar brings French-American cuisine to Hollywood. Opened in 2008 the 5 000-square-foot restaurant can seat as many as 120 guests with an additional private room for 50. Buyouts and outside vendors are allowed. (2000 Harrison St. Hollywood 954.391.9466) NEW SAWA RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE On the former site of Ago this restaurant at the Shore opened in September 2011. Terrazza offers a casual ambience featuring Moroccan inspired Bali-beds. There is a private dining room for 70 and a large terrace for as many as 170. (1901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.695.3226) TEXAS DE BRAZIL This elegant restaurant with interiors by Frederic Joulin opened in December 2011. It delivers a diverse range of mediterranean delicacies and lets ingredients take center stage. Villa Mayfair seats 120. In addition to a private dining area seating 26 an outdoor terrace is available. (2901 Florida Ave. Coconut Grove 305.774.1500) VINYL & KAI This Asian-Mediterranean fusion restaurant opened in 2010 inside Coral Gables Village of Merrick Park shopping center. The intimate 2 500-square-foot restaurant seats 72 and has a 50-inch flat-screen TV over the bar that can connect to a laptop or other media device for presentations. The 1 500-square-foot patio can hold 250 for an after-work reception and doubles as a hookah lounge. (360 San Lorenzo Coral Gables 305.447.6555) SEA LEVEL RESTAURANT AND OCEAN BA This chain opened a 30 000-square-foot location in 2008 at the Miami Beach Marina. The main dining room can seat 300 and the patio lounge with views of the bay seats 40. The restaurant has six party rooms including a bar for as many as 200 and the Beijos Lounge for 50. Off-site catering is available. (300 Alton Road Miami Beach 305.695.7702) NEW TEXAS DE BRAZIL FORT LAUDERDALE A casual South Beach venue with a rock n roll theme Vinyl & Kai has 2 000 square feet for private parties. It can seat 40 for dinner or accommodate 120 with a hosted bar passed hors d oeuvres or a buffet. Optional extras include live music a DJ or karaoke. (1131 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305.531.2640) WAXY S ON THE RIVER This 160-seat restaurant opened in 2010 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. The eatery specializes in fresh seafood and has a 105-seat terrace and a communal table for 10. (3030 Holiday Drive Fort Lauderdale 954.765.3041) SHAKE SHACK MIAMI This New York-based burger joint opened its first South Florida location in late 2010. The 2 500-square-foot restaurant is able to seat 50 or host an additional 25 for a reception in its main dining room. There is also seating for 60 on the patio. (1111 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305.434.7787) 660 MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN The sixth Florida location of the Brazilian steak house chain opened July 2011. Its three private dining spaces can accommodate 70 guests and are dressed with dark wood interiors. The event-specific menus feature slowroasted cuts of beef pork lamb chicken and Brazilian sausage accompanied by salads sides and wine. (2457 East Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.400.5630) Waxy s on the River opened in 2009 on the ground floor of residential building Neo Vertika. The 7 000-squarefoot Irish pub and restaurant seats 222. A 64-foot chocolate-colored bar seats 40 and serves as the venue s centerpiece. A covered patio holds 120. (690 SW First Court 786.871.7660) WYNWOOD KITCHEN & BAR In the historic South Beach Art Deco district at the Goldman Properties 5 000-square-foot eatery in Wynwood blends brasserie-style cuisine and urban TRE ITALIAN BISTRO street art. An 11-foot colorful sculpture of a man by Tre Italian Bistro opened downtown in 2009. The 40-seat David Benjamin Sherry stands at the entrance to the eatery is outfitted with high-backed orange banquettes. 1 300-square-foot interior A nine-seat bar anchors the 1 900-square-foot space and dining room which can Search by capacity has a 42-inch TV that can be used for presentations. A hold 106 people and bizbash.com covered patio out front seats an additional 50. (270 East features 20-foot canvases Flagler St. 305.373.3303) miamivenuedirectory by German abstract bizbash.com may june 2012 63 Miami South Florida Venue Directory RESTAURANTS artist Christian Awe. Artist Shepard Fairey created a floor-to-ceiling mural in his trademark black red and gold palette for the 1 000-square-foot 14-seat bar area which can accommodate as many as 32. The patio area can hold as many as 64 guests. (2550 NW Second Ave. 305.722.8959) YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR eatery seats 200 indoors including four communal tables for 12. A deck can hold 40. Menu items include fried green tomato B.L.T.s and shrimp and grits. (1600 Lenox Ave. Miami Beach 305.538.5220) YOLO AND O LOUNGE (333 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.523.1000) ZUMA This South Beach bistro opened in October 2011. The This restaurant and lounge has multiple indoor and outdoor spaces. The garden patio with a full bar and fire pit seats 60 while the main dining can accommodate 202. The restaurant s private room can host 40 people. O Lounge within the restaurant is its own 1 008-square-foot bar and lounge with seating for 45. German chef Rainer Becker opened the first U.S. location (the original is in London) of Zuma in 2010 inside the Epic Hotel. The 8 500-square-foot Japanese restaurant has access via private dock as well as the hotel s main entrance and is able to seat 198 throughout its main dining room bar lounge and sushi bar. There are two private rooms for groups of eight or 12. There is a 68-seat terrace. (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way 305.577.0277) RETAIL SPACES BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE SPAS BLISS SPA skin treatments as well as a retail boutique of spa products. (100 Chopin Plaza Plaza Level 305.372.4444) NIRVANA SPA This retail dining and entertainment complex is on Biscayne Bay. The bilevel open-air marketplace includes more than 150 stores and 14 restaurants and bars. It can accommodate 1 000 people for outdoor receptions and features live entertainment nightly on the Marina Stage. (401 Biscayne Blvd. 305.577.3344) DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDENS The 7 300-square-foot Bliss Spa at the W South Beach includes a nail lounge seven treatment rooms and a beauty boutique. The spa offers a variety of massages and treatments as well as a brownie buffet and the company s own line of products. (2201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.938.3000) CORAL GABLES SPA In the Howard Johnson Hotel near Miami Beach this spa has 20 000 square feet of available space for events. Nirvana Spa has steam rooms a workout facility and pool and beach access. (8701 Collins Ave. 305.867.4850) P.G.A. NATIONAL RESORT SPAR This 350 000-square-foot complex is comprised of 60 acres of restaurants and retail space. The property is bordered by a 20-acre lake area which can host tented receptions for as many as 600 people. (11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. Palm Beach Gardens 561.515.1137) LA BOTTEGA BY CARMEN TRIGUEROS In the Biltmore Hotel this spa features a relaxation lounge poolside cabanas an aroma steam room and sauna and a variety of massages and body treatments. It also offers group sessions and a boutique. (1200 Anastasia Ave. 305.913.3187) ELEMIS SPA Available for events and with 32 treatment rooms this spa is part of the P.G.A. National Resort which features five championship golf courses and seven restaurants and lounges. The spa offers meals by the resort s Waters Get Pampered on a of the World Caf . (450 Ave. of the Rooftop Champions Palm Beach Gardens In June 2011 fashion magazine 561.627.3111) Where to... This retail wine shop opened in 2009 with an underground wine room outfitted with leather sofas and club chairs and wine racks lining the walls. The space can seat 12 at a long table or accommodate groups of 40 for receptions. (3540 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove 305.444.3493) SOUTHLAND MALL This spa opened its first freestanding location in Coral Gables in 2002. With 7 000 square feet of available event space Elemis also features a variety of body services a kid s spa club and a hair and nail salon. (330 San Lorenzo Drive Suite 2345 Coral Gables 305.774.7171) EMENA SPA Elle debuted Elle Spa at the Eden Roc Renaissance in Miami Beach. The 22 000-square-foot space has a Mediterraneaninspired design. The spa the magazine s first boasts rooftop cabanas a hair and nail salon a group exercise studio and a beachfront fitness center. (4525 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.531.0000) SPA AT THE ICON BRICKELL This 28 000-square-foot spa opened in 2009 inside the Viceroy Hotel. The spa s movie theater and party room can be used for private events for groups of 36 and 40 respectively. The spa also has 10 treatment rooms and a 2 500-square-foot gymnasium. (485 Brickell Ave. 305.503.0369) THE SPA AT THE WESTIN DIPLOMAT With more than 986 000 square feet of space-- including more than 100 stores and a movie theater--the mall can host a variety of events. Colorful window planters and glass panels brighten the mall with natural light. (20505 South Dixie Hwy. 305.235.8880) THE WEBSTER This 20 000-square-foot multibrand boutique is in a historic Art Deco building. The third floor can accommodate 125 people for a seated dinner or 350 people for private cocktails and exhibitions. The boutique also has an 1 100-square-foot open-air roof that serves as a lounge. (1220 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305.674.7899) WINE DEPOT & BISTRO 555 Combining modern and environmentally friendly treatment practices this 2 500-square-foot spa offers six treatment rooms and can accommodate groups as large as 100 for events. Group fitness and treatment packages are available. (180 NE 39th St. Suite 223 305.438.3777) ESTERRA SPA AND SALON This 30 000-square-foot spa offers facial and body services that combine Eastern philosophies with Western techniques. In addition to 22 treatment rooms the venue has private patio courtyards a fullservice salon a lounge and a pool. A fitness center is also available. (3555 South Ocean Drive Hollywood 954.602.6000) SPA ELEVEN This 3 000-square-foot facility offers six massage and skin care rooms separate salon and nail areas and a Vichy shower room. (6231 Estero Blvd. 239.765.4772) EXHALE SPA Measuring 11 000 square feet Spa Eleven features a courtyard seven outdoor cabanas and a tanning pool as well as a variety of spa treatments. (1440 North Federal Hwy. Delray Beach 561.278.1100) SPA V This all-in-one wine store wine bar and bistro opened in 2010. The warehouse-style building is divided into two main areas an indoor 6 700-square-foot space that can seat 90 and a 2 250-square-foot patio that can seat 150. The bar seats 18. For added privacy there is a 250-square-foot private cellar called the Vintage Room. Equipped with a large flat-screen TV the cellar seats 14. (555 Jefferson Ave. Miami Beach 305.672.6161) This bilevel 12 000-square-foot spa opened in 2010 inside the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. There are 14 treatment rooms and event packages such as customized classes workshops and education sessions are available. (270 Biscayne Blvd. 305.423.3900) MYSPA In the Hotel Victor this spa offers 6 000 square feet of tranquil relaxation and a coed steam room. There are also private treatment rooms an array of Europeaninspired services and a fitness center. (1144 Ocean Drive Miami Beach 305.428.1234) WILLOW STREAM SPA On the plaza of the InterContinental Miami this spa has 10 treatment rooms a hydrofusion pod and a fitness studio. MySpa offers personalized body and This spa features bright colors and Mediterranean decor. In addition to offering massages and body treatments it is available for events and group fitness classes. (19999 West Country Club Drive 305.932.6200) STADIUMS AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA N.H.L. team. The center has 12 function areas including three meeting rooms the largest of which holds 500. There are also several 800-square-foot and 400-squarefoot party suites. Centerplate is the exclusive caterer. (1 Panther Pkwy. Sunrise 954.835.8359) BANKUNITED CENTER The arena overlooks the bay in downtown Miami and has more than 1.4 million square feet of space. Groups of 130 can watch games or concerts from party suites like the 7 600-square-foot Dewar s Club and groups of 24 can book a mini suite. The 16 000-square-foot arena floor can also be used for large events. Members of the Miami Heat s entertainment team can make special appearances at any event booked at the arena. (601 Biscayne Blvd. 786.777.1000) BANKATLANTIC CENTER This multipurpose arena on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables is ideal for concerts sports and special events and can seat up to 8 000 guests. The Hurricane 100 Room which offers state-of-the-art technology can accommodate as 200 for receptions. (1245 Dauer Drive Coral Gables 305.284.8244) NEW MARLINS PARK 928 000-square-foot space. The 12 000 square-foot Skyline Terrace on the promenade level overlooks downtown Miami and features retractable glass window panels. It seats 350 or hosts 1 000 for a reception. The Diamond Club Lounge located behind home plate can host 200 guests. The park is certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Buildings Council. (501 Marlins Way 877.627.5467) SUN LIFE STADIUM This 20 763-seat venue is home to the Florida Panthers Opened for the 2012 baseball season the new 515 million Marlins Park is home to 15 venues including South Beach mainstay The Clevelander. Just west of Little Havana the park can host 37 442 guests in its Formerly known as Dolphin Stadium this complex still home to the Miami Dolphins made 250 million in improvements in 2007. The stadium seats 75 500 and offers 350 000 square-feet of event Search our directory space. (2269 Dan Marino bizbash.com Blvd. Miami Gardens miamivenuedirectory 305.623.6100) 64 bizbash.com may june 2012 Venues with outdoor event space PHOTO COURTESY OF EDEN ROC RENAISSANCE MIAMI BEACH ADVERTISEMENT EXPO & AWARDS Florida Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center April 18 2011 More than 1 200 event professionals gathered at the BizBash Florida Expo & Awards held on April 18th 2012 at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center. Alpine Creative Designs provided event invitations sent out to show attendees. Public relations by Elliott Stares Public Relations Inc. drew attention to this year s show features. This included a full day of education trade show floor exhibits entertainment and networking that encouraged planners to get inspired by their surroundings and incorporate their newfound ideas and trends into planning their upcoming events. The excitement kicked off with the BizBash expo pre-party hosted by China Grill at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Hotel where out of town guests stayed as well as Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel. On the expo day attendees arrived to a packed schedule of events all outlined in their show guide sponsored by Executive Printers. A newly revamped morning and afternoon conference program featured interactive feedback devices by IML in an industry roundtable discussion led by CEO David Adler. For their generous participation speakers received premium branded leather luggage tags provided by Corporate Presence. Additionally the Event Leadership Institute directed by Howard Givner made its second year appearance which catered to event business owners looking to accelerate their practices. The morning general session kicked off with the dynamic sounds and visuals of impressive 3D Mapping designed by Media Stage BizBash s main stage producer. Having the full attention of the audience after the impactful opening Barton G. Weiss of Barton G. continued to light up the main stage providing inspiration and motivation for all attendees. The Top 100 Events Luncheon sponsored by Constant Contact & Grey Goose was designed by Panache to compliment the farm to table cuisine for attendees. Guests mixed and mingled with Top 100 Event crews to discuss the state of the industry and regional trends. Later in the day EXPO Convention Contractors our Exhibitor Service Contractor designed registration desks and E-vents Registration operated registration along with computers and printers provided by NMR. Registration lounge furniture provided by CORT Event Furnishings. CORT Event Furnishings designed the area with their Blo Field Collection of furniture with florals provided by Blooming Design & Events. Caf ala Carte offered delicious coffee to guests upon arrival. Nicki Grossman President and CEO of the Broward County and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomed all attendees to the opening general session with a positive overview of the events taking place there. Industry partners ISES NACE MPI and ABC exhibited in the registration lobby with a constant flow of visitors throughout the day. Show App creator Wizard Studios Global Events demonstrated on-stage in front of the impressive stage design of 3D mapping technology. Media Stage provided seamless main stage production producing general sessions that attendees loved from start to finish. ADVERTISEMENT The afternoon Trends in Catering session provided hands on interactive sampling to the delight of attendees. State of the art technology equipment for our education sessions was provided by PSAV. AFR Event Furnishings designed an all green lounge on the show floor offering a sanctuary to attendees who enjoyed relaxation. The salute to the Top 100 Events luncheon sponsored by Constant Contact Grey Goose and South Florida Chapter MPI used family style country styled tables provided by Panache to create a lively mood for discussion over the tasty menu designed by SMG Food & Beverage surrounded by Design Elements backdrops. Education sessions were designed to provide enhanced collaboration for attendees including the sold out Event Leadership Institute back for it s second year in Florida. The George St. Kitts Band provided the perfect mood for the Top 100 Events Luncheon supported by PSAV s audio and visual services. The second annual Hands-On Design Lab hosted by Erin Patrick was a crowd favorite as groups designed a complete themed table and even designed the floral arrangements. Design Lab sponsors included The Farm Agency Emagination BBJ Linens and Panache. Dorene Collier s Event Show Productions provided entertainment for the afternoon general session. Other expo perks included the popular Event Leadership Institute Knowledge Forum stage sponsored by Rental Stages PSAV and Design Elements. It was in this central location that attendees could watch 10-minute flash education sessions presented by well-known local industry professionals. Guests were also excited to check out BizBash s lounge with furniture provided by So Cool Events. After a successful Readers Choice Award presentation at the expo attendees were invited to toast the award winners with cocktails on the trade show floor provided by Grey Goose and food provided by SMG Food & Beverage. The cocktail reception was brought to the next level with furnishing by Nuage Designs. BizBash extends a very special thanks to our national sponsors AFR Event Furnishings Backdrops Beautiful Brightroom Constant Contact CORT Event Furnishings E-vents Registration GLOW Design Group IML NMR Society Awards and to all of our exhibitors sponsors and attendees -- all of whom made BizBash s South Florida Expo & Awards an event to remember. Be sure to visit www.bizbash. com miami to access 2012 expo post-event information. ADVERTISEMENT The Farm Agency importer of fresh cut flowers to event planners created a virtual garden of visual delights which was one of the top planner favorites of the day. Grey Goose presented a new flavored drink using cherry infused alcohol during the post-party on the trade show floor with music provided by T Skorman Productions Inc. The floor featured many high tech products for the first time. Emagination Creative provided state of the art Photomingle and Imaginator which got high marks from the attendees. TentLogix created a complete atmosphere of sheer fabric draping to showcase their product and hosting guests inside their exhibit area. CORT s booth featured their inflatable Blo Field products which they designed throughout the registration area in a conversational grouping for attendees which they said both provided comfort and a fun experience. One of the tastiest sampling spots on the floor were the free candy samplings which brought a smile to all who passed by the Hilaleah Products New Urban Farms booth treats. Entertainment Management Group created a two story tower in the middle of the trade show floor housing their production expertise while a DJ played to the crowd. ADVERTISEMENT Barton G. Weiss joins colleague Jill after his well-received general session interview on tips to the events industry and his career highlights. The industry nominated their top Florida peers for the Readers Choice Awards winners all listed on the following page. The Top 100 Event organizers in attendance received a certificate of appreciation for their outstanding contribution to events in Florida at the luncheon sponsored by Constant Contact & Grey Goose. BizBash Florida Publisher Ann Keusch presided over the induction of Victoria Ascione director of Corporate Meetings and Events at Bacardi USA and Wendy Kallergis president and CEO of the Greater Miami and The Beaches Hotel Association into the BizBash Hall of Fame. Event sponsors (as of 5 29 12) QuestDrape.com The Farm Agency P.O. Box 971502 Miami Fl. 33197 877-661-7097 fx 866518-8622 sales thefarmagency.com ADVERTISEMENT PR Professional of the Year WINNER RUNNERS-UP Jennifer Bisbee Bisbee and Company Larry Carrino Brustman Carrino Public Relations Mabel De Beunza Fontainebleau Miami Beach Maria Hayworth Hayworth Creative Public Relations Marlene Janetos Museum of Discovery and Science Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer SLK Creative Laurie Steele Steele the Show Public Relations Annika Sundell Fry Hammond Barr Nancy Vaughn White Book Agency Anna Whitlow The Clevelander and Essex House Hotels Caterer of the Year (Off-Premise) WINNER RUNNERS-UP Brian Aaron Aaron s Catering Tony Adams Big Wheel Provisions Yaniv Cohen Shiraz Events Suzanne Sacasas-Chavez Suzanne Michael Catering & Event Production Sarah Beth Davidoff Fare to Remember Creative Catering Warren Dietel Puff n Stuff Catering Kevin Lacassin Good Food Catering Company Jamie McFadden Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events David Schwadron Chef David Catering & Event Design Joy Wallace A Joy Wallace Catering Fund-Raising Event Planner of the Year WINNER RUNNERS-UP Kerry Becker Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Lori Elsbree Baptist Health South Florida Foundation Marlene Quincoces PARK Project Inc. 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And no matter the client-- Chanel Revlon Escada you name it--one of the ideas we always presented was Enter the world of ... It was the art directors favorite because it was both easy and creative. We d just take whatever badges faces logos labels and buckles the brand was known for and smear them across the pages. We often suggested that eight pages would do the trick. Last holiday season my client GiGi by Graphic Image was commissioned by Barneys New York to make all the leather handbags and accessories for Lady Gaga s Workshop. There was a big opening-night party with Herself in attendance and then they kicked everyone out and opened the shop to customers at midnight. Very Gaga. When I first walked into the shop I was really excited It was like entering a whole new world in this case hers. They painted all the walls black (such a great trick it made the room feel like outer space) and had a giant resin sculpture of Lady G by Eli Sudbrack of Assume Vivid Astro Focus. After you got used to the drama of it all you could see that this was very much a functioning retail space with all the clothing racks shelves and checkout areas like any other store in America. It was a reminder that you can make an environment as crazy and interesting as you like and still sell your lightbulbs. Here are some thoughts about keeping the fantasy alive while getting the job done Lady Gaga s Workshop at Barneys pulled off a fully realized world that still sold the goods. McEvoy was the editor. He just had one giant tree beautifully lit in the center of Grand Central Terminal on top of a bubble-gum-pink carpet. No one noticed or cared that the catering was modest and there was not a single chair to sit on. It was magical. Hold That Whimsy Nothing equals buzzkill quite like an ugly elevator stopping and opening its doors on even uglier fluorescently lit hallways. Get resourceful people. Gel the lights. Put colorful mats on the floors. How hard is it to get a little nice music for three elevators Once for Dior I piped and draped the elevator area on each floor in case the car opened on a work floor. People noticed. Full House Success Watching Mitt Romney address an audience of a few hundred people in an otherwise empty stadium (hee hee ) reminded me of this formula. But that doesn t stop some people. Years ago I covered Car Week (O.K. the Auto Show) and was astounded by all the overly grand spaces for relatively minor crowds and amusements. The absolute worst (i.e. the most fun) was a G.M. presentation at Madison Square Garden that featured first a fiveminute W.N.B.A. basketball demo-- I guess the target was women still not sure of that messaging-- followed by an elaborate unveiling of a handful of cars with very swirly lights. But all I could think of was how weird it was to be sitting in this little packed group in this giant open arena. Then the host stood there beaming with pride saying Some show huh as guests tiptoed through the stadium hallways made spooky by their emptiness. Take Me on a Journey For an event I did for The New Yorker s Hollywood Issue forever ago we rented the entire Oviatt Building & Penthouse where we did an Academy Awardthemed shindig. One floor was all winter white and we projected scenes of Dr. Zhivago on giant orbs. Another was crimson silk and gold chinoiserie for that boring The Last Emperor movie with Brad Pitt (you get the idea). We gave guests beepers telling them when to move. The planning was murder and the guests were a little confused to tell the truth. But that s O.K. once in a while. Nothing Beats Gargantua Of course everybody enjoys a Rabelaisian feast tables groaning laden with delicacies while servants wipe your brow between courses. But annoyingly not every budget allows it. Still one gigantic item can sometimes do the trick. I ll always remember an Elle Decor cocktailer Robert Isabell did when Marian Banish the Mundane Ugh I just hate when I m falling in love with a party and all of a sudden there s an ugly gray garbage pail. Another fantasy pit are greeting tables where the staff starts spreading all their worker-bee drag handbags on the 76 bizbash.com may june 2012 Share this story bizbash.com tedkruckel PHOTO TOM SIBLEY FOR BARNEYS (LADY GAGA S WORKSHOP) NEILSON BARNARD GETTY IMAGES FOR BARNEYS (LADY GAGA) The Entry Is Everything Let s face it We re all drama queens at heart so everybody likes walking down a long carpet. (Please anything but red.) Anna Wintour s parties often have an army of greeters like servants to the queen. I just love it and always wonder who the hell they are. At one of Harvey Weinstein s super-exclusive Oscar parties I remember that Jeffrey Best designed not one not two but three sets of heavy velvet parting curtains that you had to clear to get into the party room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. You would say your name the guy would radio it to the security people then they d draw the curtains and you d step forward and repeat the whole rigmarole kind of like the Get Smart opening sequence. Brilliant. I immediately started copying it. floor Post-It notes and of course their stupid smartphones.