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Fashion Force of Designer Rebecca Minkoff WILLIAMSON AUTOMOTIVE IS PINECREST 7815 SW 104 TH Street On The West Side of US1 WilliamsonAutomotiveGroup.com CADILLAC 2015 General Motors. All Rights Reserved. Cadillac 1-800-539-8849 CHRISTINE STIPHANY CRS PHONE (305) 903-8845 stiphany.c ewm.com EWM Realty International SUNSET AREA PINECREST Adopt Me Please -Fox 8220 SUNSET DR. MIAMI 970 000 NOW UNDER CONTRACT Secluded retreat in your own Shagri-La Behind the walled & gated builder s acre are gardens connecting the Main house of 3BR 2.5BA 2CG 1 000 square foot accessory detached structure with full bath high ceilings & lots of light Great location east of Ludlam this 33 000 square foot lot has a 1957 house with 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. Many mature fruit trees beautiful oaks & palms. Completely gated & lovingly maintained by long term owners. 6640 SW 116 ST. PINECREST KNOCK DOWN HOUSE AND BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME www.8220SunsetDrive.com PINECREST DADELAND AREA This is Fox. He is handsome healthy affectionate and fun Fox is full of life and enjoys running and swimming but he especially enjoys being with people. Read Fox s Story at www.paws4you.org PINECREST FACTS AS OF FEBRUARY 1ST 2016 12090 SW 64 AVE. PINECREST 1 659 000 THE ENTERTAINER Garage. Gated acre with screened pool and patio N S tennis court an updated plan 3 year old barrel tile roof and more ter suite opens to private hot tub and patio family room. Eat-in kitchen formal living & dining rooms soaring ceilings & lots of natural light Over 3 000 SF 24Hr Security. www.7821SW88Terrace.com REDUCED 629 000 AND 2 1 16 THE LOWEST PRICED SALE WAS 715 000 PALMETTO BAY CUTLER BAY PALMETTO BAY 16904 SW 80 CT. PINECREST 549 000 JUST LISTED SPACIOUS HOME & GREAT VALUE 8190 SW 184 TERRACE CUTLER BAY POTENTIAL GALORE 400 000 car garage. Over 2 600 adj sq ft huge living room opens to screened pool patio eat-in kitchen is open to family room extra-large master & master bath lots of trees. Roof zone X . 17000 SW 84 AVENUE PALMETTO BAY REDUCED 429 000 HUGE CORNER LOT OF 19 000 SF tached addi- dining room & family room vaulted ceilscreened pool patio nested on 17 000sf lot. Over 2 900sf under roof Roof was replaced 3 elec plumbing hurricane protection & meticulously maintained. Room for a pool & more 50 years ago my daughter played in a pretend palace. Yesterday she gave me the real one. She took me to The Palace at Coral Gables and showed me the beautiful residence she already reserved in my name. Which was perfect for me because I got one of the best apartments with a terrific view. And if you haven t seen The Palace yet you should visit today and see all the reasons why I m so excited. Located just steps from Miracle Mile in the heart of Coral Gables this elegant landmark has resort amenities hotel-like services and a 5-star staff. Every service I need is here from fine dining to my own theater. And a great group of new friends who are just like me. If your daughter hasn t mentioned it yet go visit our magnificent community on Andalusia Avenue today to see your Palace at Coral Gables. One Andalusia Avenue www.PalaceCoralGables.com 305.445.7444 Luxury Living for Seniors Complimentary valet parking PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 5 FROM THE PUBLISHER March 2016 Pinecrest is 20 PUBLISHER Gail Scott EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Angela Caraway-Carlton ASSOCIATE EDITOR Elyssa Schwartz COPY EDITOR Sherri Balefsky EDITORIAL INTERN Steven Mayer CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit ART DIRECTOR Alisha Riddle ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea ART DIRECTOR Evelyn Robles GRAPHIC DESIGNER Thaddeus Jordan WRITERS It s been 20 years since Evelyn Greer and Gary Matzner led a movement to incorporate the area of Miami-Dade known as Pinecrest which was officially incorporated as the Village of Pinecrest on March 12 1996. Greer was elected the fi rst mayor and was succeeded by Matzner in 2004. Mayor Cindy Lerner leads the way today. The founding Village Council members which included Greer Cindie Blanck Barry Blaxberg Leslie Bowe and Robert Hingston were the architects of fabulous village services such as our parks and recreation police and public works departments. The growth in the community has been immense over the last 20 years and we should all be very proud. I invite everyone to participate in the upcoming parade and picnic which will start at Palmetto Elementary on March 12 at 10 a.m. and end at Evelyn Greer Park. Hosting the picnic at the park is a fitting end to a truly auspicious beginning by our visionary founders. No matter where you live March is all about spring fashion. In this issue we profi le Rebecca Minkoff a fashion designer who grew up in Florida and has taken the world by storm. Her latest collection offers the perfect styles to take on your spring break vacation wherever that may be. March is also the time for The Villagers yearly garden tour. Not only is the tour a wonderful time but all proceeds go to support historic preservation in Miami. Many of the sites The Villagers have collaborated on are within Pinecrest s boundaries. Pinecrest magazine is always looking for the next big story to cover. Feel free to email me with your ideas and thoughts. Thank you for reading us each month. I look forward to hearing from you. Karen Buchsbaum Melisa Chantres Melissa Clarin Becky Randel Michelle Solomon PHOTOGRAPHERS Karen Buchsbaum Cindy Seip DowntownPhoto Fort Lauderdale Ed Nercess All Star Photography Kara Starzyk ADVERTISING SALES GAIL SCOTT gail pinecrestmagazine.com LORI CASTLE lcastle lmgfl.com SHARI GLATTER sglatter lmgfl.com DEBBY GOLD dgold lmgfl.com SUZETTE GORDON sgordon lmgfl.com JILL HOROWITZ jhorowitz lmgfl.com BONNIE JUDSON bjudson lmgfl.com JORDAN KNOWLES-BARTLEY jknowles sfbwmag.com CHRISTINE REDMOND christine pinecrestmagazine.com CHAIRMAN Gary Press MARKETING DIRECTOR Jennifer Barb MARKETING COORDINATOR Estefania Marin LIFESTYLE MEDIA GROUP 3511 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale Florida 33309 954.377.9470 fax 954.617.9418 www.pinecrestmagazine.com 2016 Pinecrest Magazine is published by Lifestyle Media Group all rights reserved. Pinecrest Magazine is a monthly advertising magazine. All contents are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without written consent from the publisher. The advertiser is solely responsible for ad content and holds publisher harmless from any error. Gail Scott Gail Scott Publisher gail pinecrestmagazine.com 6 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Opening Doors Across South Florida PENDING SALE 6830 S. Cartee Road 1 799 000 MAGNIFICENT CUSTOM ACRE HOME The Best of Everything 4 3.5 P 2-Car Lagoon Pool Waterfall Separate Studio NEW LISTING 6300 Moss Ranch Road 1 299 000 BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ON PRIME PINECREST LOT 1.09 Deep Acres (47 480 Sqft) Nice Landscaping Fabulous Quiet Street w Multi-Million Dollar Homes 12250 SW 60 Court 1 349 000 GREAT HOUSE ON DEEP PINECREST ACRE All Updated 4 2 P 2-Car Carport Fabulously Updated and Contemporary Finishes PRICE REDUCED 10090 SW 67 Avenue 1 299 000 OPPORTUNITY PRIME PINECREST ACREAGE 1.27 Magnificently Landscaped Private Acres Fully Gated. 2 Small Structures to Use or Take Down 2301 Tigertail Avenue 1 249 000 BEST OF NORTH COCONUT GROVE 2-Story Blt in 2002 w Great Open Spaces 4 4 Hot Tub 2-Car Garage Over 3400 Sqft 7300 SW 121 Street 889 000 ALL UPDATED PINECREST FAMILY HOME 4 3 P 2-Car Quiet Street Bamboo Wood Floors Updated Baths Walk to All 3 Palmetto Schools www.hazelshomes.com Evan Goldman evan hazelshomes.com Hazel Goldman hazel hazelshomes.com RE MAX Advance Realty 305.607.8880 305.665.7383 table of contents features A LITTLE SWEET A LOT ROCK N ROLL REBECCA MINKOFF 34 THE VILLAGERS CELEBRATING THE PAST WHILE LOOKING TO THE FUTURE 38 42 THE DEERING SEAFOOD FESTIVAL THE BEST OF MIAMI SEAFOOD departments 6 10 14 PUBLISHER S LETTER AROUND TOWN CULTURAL CALENDAR VILLAGE LIFE DINING 44 30 COMMUNITY CATHOLIC LEGAL SERVICES MUSIC AT THE BOWL FLOWERBAR SHOPS WE LOVE 20 REAL ESTATE 22 24 SPRING AWAKENING PALMEIRAS BEACH CLUB AT GROVE ISLE PINECREST MARKETPLACE 46 THE BUZZ THE FANTASTIC FAENA POWER OF THE PURSE 50 HAPPENINGS 54 RESTAURANT GUIDE SAM DANON HUNTON & WILLIAMS LLP 28 PROFILE 58 7 QUESTIONS On the cover photo by DowntownPhoto Fort Lauderdale. This page The Deering Estate photo by Karen Buchsbaum Be Our Guest. Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club is a private member-owned club where golfers and tennis players mingle with boaters and nature enthusiasts to create an active community of residents each of whom is proud to call Harbour Ridge home. We invite you to see for yourself and...Be part of Harbour Ridge. Ask for more details on our Be Our Guest introductory program two nights in a beautifully furnished condominium two rounds of golf for two on either of our championship golf courses two lunches for two and a casually elegant dinner for two enjoy the beauty of Harbour Ridge from the St. Lucie River on a guided riverfront cruise For further information regarding resident and marina membership opportunities available at Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club along with Be Our Guest information please contact our For a nominal fee 12600 Harbour Ridge Blvd. Palm City FL 34990 772.336.3000 www.HarbourRidge.com Oltremare Becomes First Fresh From Florida Restaurant in the Keys The Florida Department of Agriculture recently added Islamorada s Oltremare Ristorante at Amara Cay Resort to its exclusive Fresh From Florida program. Known for its tropical twists on classic Italian cuisine Oltremare Ristorante has strived to maintain a level of sustainability that promotes local farmers and fishermen making it one of less than 100 restaurants participating in the statewide initiative. Restaurants are chosen for this elite program through an approval process that certifies the sourcing of local products from Florida. The program supports thousands of small local farmers and vendors. Steering away from the typical seafood-centric Florida Keys menu Chef Dario Olivera s menu features produce fish and other ingredients fresh from Florida as well as a daily selection of homemade pastas. The use of local ingredients enhances the flavors and freshness of the delectable entrees pastas and colorful selection of salads and vegetables served against the backdrop of Islamorada s picturesque views says Olivera. We offer a full sensory experience for guests with our unique flavors sights and aromas. Oltremare Ristorante at Amara Cay Resort is located at 80001 Overseas Highway Islamorada. For reservations call 305.664.0073 or visit oltremareristorante.com. The Villagers 25th Annual Garden Tour On March 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Villagers will host their 25th-annual Garden Tour featuring some of the most beautiful gardens in the north Coral Gables area. This highly anticipated event is for anyone interested in residential landscaping as well as those who simply want to enjoy a beautiful day in the gardens of Miami. Members of The Villagers landscape architects and professional garden designers will be on-site to answer questions regarding design concepts materials and methods. Complimentary light refreshments featuring The Villagers signature homemade treats will be offered at one of the locations. There will also be a boutique with a variety of unique garden-related gifts to purchase if you get inspired along the tour. Visitors drive their own vehicles between the properties. Unfortunately because the venues are private residences they can not accommodate wheelchairs walkers or strollers. Flat shoes are recommended and there is no photography or smoking on the tour. Tickets purchased in advance are available for 30 if not sold out they can be purchased on the day of the tour for 35 through a Villager member or at thevillagersinc.org. All proceeds support the preservation and protection of local historic sites. Je Suis Pinecrest On March 5 Je Suis Spa will open its doors to Pinecrest. Owners Christina Degreas and Carlos Oliveira promise a spa experience unlike anywhere else offering a full range of services for health and wellness including haircuts and colors manicures and pedicures facial treatments foot spas with fruit and oil baths massages and body shaping with lipolaser radiofrequency and cavitation pressure therapies and more. Je Suis Spa is also the only spa in South Florida to feature the cutting-edge Opera LED Galvanic Regeneration Facial Mask and multiple skin care system. We are going to have a VIP lounge with food and drink services exclusive transport for the elderly and other special treats says Degreas. Je Suis Spa is located at 9300 South Dixie Highway Suite 110. For more information call 305.670.5999. 10 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine Pain Management Stem Cells Age Management Aesthetics GenStem Prolotherapy Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells Prolotherapy is a noninvasive and safe technique that can provide a permanent cure for many chronic painful conditions without the need for surgery or steroids. Prolotherapy stimulates your body s healing mechanisms to strengthen ligaments and tendons and thus relieve pain. Prolotherapy is used for all joint pains especially knees shoulders hips and all forms of low back pain lumbar spine dysfunction. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) promotes healing by releasing growth factors into the painful site. PRP combined with prolotherapy and or stem cells makes the injured tissue heal faster and better and relieve pain. Stem Cell Prolotherapy is a more advanced technique to heal and repair injured painful tissues. Stem cells are taken from the bone marrow and adipose (fat) tissue and concentrated then injected into the injured area. Stem cells work well for more advanced arthritis and joint injuries. cognitive function and immune system function that may allow for a prolonged disease-free life. Loose weight lower cholesterol and glucose (sugar) levels normalize blood pressure and reduce the sources of inflammation in the body. From Testosterone to Estrogen and HGH and HCG our therapies are based on Biomarkers of Aging and Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations. Our private line of vitamins and supplements BodyFood provides high quality and correct potency to obtain the desired result. High end products such as TA65 and Celergen are exclusively carried here. GenSkin Aesthetics and Laser Center GenSkin Aesthetics offers the latest treatments and therapies for the skin most of which are not readily available elsewhere. We can make up specialized creams and lotions using one s own stem cells to regenerate revitalize repair and rejuvenate in addition to carrying the best of the best in exclusive and hard to obtain products sparing no expense if we feel it works after extensive studies and evaluation by our team of experts. Lasers for tattoo and hair removal. GenZone Age Management Medicine Age Management involves enabling you to live younger and have a healthy lifespan with longevity. Improve energy levels (including sexual energy) lean muscle mass bone density 2333 Ponce De Leon Blvd Suite 302 Coral Gables Florida 33134 305.332.7234 844.859.7788 Fax 305.669.0241 info genlifemed.com www.genliferegenerativemedicine.com AROUND TOWN One hundred years ago American businessman and philanthropist Charles Deering purchased the Deering Estate at Cutler as a winter home. Now his former respite is celebrating its 30th year on the National Register of Historic Places. The sprawling sanctuary rests on 444 acres of tropical hardwood hammocks with rustling palms an incessant cacophony of bird calls and splashing bay water all of which only emphasized Deering s interest in preserving the land from encroaching development. Deering Estate at Cutler has exciting programs lined up for 2016. You can peruse Deering s collection of historic artwork and furnishings original to the estate or participate in the DiscoverMore and OnThisDay campaigns to bolster awareness on the estate s new look collection spotlights and upcoming room reveals. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue Miami. For more information call 305.235.1668 or visit deeringestate.com. Discover the Deering Estate Gastropub Tap 42 Comes to Coral Gables Fort Lauderdale s hip gastropub Tap 42 is set to open its Coral Gables location this month. The new spot will boast a unique craft beer bar and innovative food options in addition to the staple menu items from the Fort Lauderdale location. It will still offer the same Tap 42 specials that make the Fort Lauderdale hangout so popular among young professionals including 5 Prohibition Burger Monday Ladies Night on Wednesday and Bottomless Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The 6 350-square-foot restaurant and craft beer bar will have more than 200 seats a retractable open storefront featuring floor-to-ceiling garage doors individual booth seating and an outdoor patio area. Tap 42 is a concept that has taken off in South Florida says Doug Rudolph CEO of Tap 42 s parent company TapCo. We are proud of the success it has already gained and are thrilled to expand to Coral Gables. Salzedo Street is the perfect location to offer residents a vibrant restaurant that can serve as a local go-to destination. Tap 42 is located at 301 Giralda Avenue Suite 1 Coral Gables. Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday 11 30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information visit tap42.com. Pinecrest Parade and Community Picnic On March 12 the Village of Pinecrest will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a parade and community picnic. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will start at Palmetto Elementary and end at Evelyn Greer Park. The brigade will travel down 124th Street from 74th Avenue to 82nd Avenue and will consist of schools businesses community organizations scouts floats and even a few special surprises. The community picnic begins at 11 a.m. at Evelyn Greer Park and will have traditional picnic fare with music fun activities for children and more. Show your Pinecrest pride by posting all pictures to social media using pinecrest20. 12 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AP P R OAC HA BL E ELEGANCE TIMELESS DESIGN FLEXABILITY FOR LIFE (mention G ail from Pinecrest M agazine new custom ers only) FRE E T RY U S THE STRETCH ZONE METHOD IS NOT STRETCHING AS YOU KNOW IT RELIEVE STIFFNESS AND SORENESS FEEL LIGHTER AND YOUNGER IMPROVE CIRCULATION & RANGE OF MOTION ENHANCE AGILITY & ATHLETIC SKILL 95 MERRICK WAY - 3RD FLOOR - CORAL GABLES FULL-SERVICE INTERIOR DESIGN JENNY MITSCHELEN 786.714.4027 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY DECDENBAYSIDE.COM M u l t i p l e Lo c at i o n s 3 0 5 . 2 3 5 . 1 9 9 9 Stretc h M i a m i . co m www.ilvaporettorestaurant.com PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 5894 Sunset Drive South Miami FL 33143 TEL 305-763-8004 13 CULTURAL CALENDAR Itzhak Perlman 20th Anniversary of In the Fiddler s House Violin maestro Itzhak Perlman returns to the Arsht Center with the Klezmer Conservatory Band and special guests to perform a vivid collection of traditional klezmer music in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his album In the Fiddler s House. MARCH 9 AT 8 P.M. ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER TICKETS 50 150 3 Best BETS Pinecrest Gardens Highlights MINIONS BEYOND THE TRAILER Kids and adults alike will enjoy watching minions Kevin Stuart and Bob venture out on a perilous journey to find their next potential master Scarlet Overkill the world s first-ever female supervillain. Don t forget to come early for the flashlight tour MARCH 11 AT 8 P.M. TICKETS 5 Rihanna Anti World Tour Hear global superstar and Grammy Award winner Rihanna perform hits like Love the Way You Lie and Shut Up and Drive when she brings her Anti World Tour to Miami for a night of stellar vocals and dancing. Special guest Travis Scott joins the pop icon for her North American tour. MARCH 15 AT 7 30 P.M. AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA TICKETS STARTING AT 31 VINICIUS CANTU RIA QUINTET PLAYS JOBIM Pinecrest Gardens Eggstravaganza The 13th-annual Eggstravaganza sponsored by Williamson Automotive is the best egg hunt in Pinecrest with over 50 000 eggs plenty of scheduled egg hunts a petting zoo face painting balloon art music and arts and crafts. There will also be delicious food and a wildlife show. MARCH 19 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. PINECREST GARDENS TICKETS 5 IN ADVANCE 7 AT GATE South Motor Jazz presents Brazilian singer and guitarist Vinicius Cantu ria and his talented quintet. Hear them perform a mix of songs from composer Ant nio Jobim s prolific repertoire which includes songs like Chega de Saudade The Girl From Ipanema and A Felicidade. MARCH 12 AT 8 P.M. TICKETS 25 30 COPP LIA FOR KIDS Set to the music of French composer L o Delibes the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and musicians from Orchestra Miami present a miniature version of the comic ballet Copp lia. See the story of the inventor Dr. Coppelius and his lifelike dancing doll told by a narrator in both English and Spanish. MARCH 20 AT 4 P.M. TICKETS ADULTS 15 CHILDREN 10 14 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Upsizing Upsizing Downsizing or Just Need a Change p or t Need When You Think Real Estate...Think The Levy Group Five Licensed Tri-Lingual Realtors Working for you ADAM LEVY WENDY LEVY-JACKSON JENNIFER LEVY MARIA ESCAGEDO EVELYN ALFARO The Levy Group When you think Real Estate....think of The Levy Group 8763 SW 61 Place Pinecrest 5BD 5BA LA SF 4 813 1 624 000 13350 SW 57 Avenue Pinecrest 5BD 4BA LA SF 3 850 1 099 000 10118 SW 125 Street Miami 5BD 4BA LA SF 4 267 949 000 15750 SW 82 Avenue Palmetto Bay 4BD 3BA LA SF 3 506 880 000 8305 SW 162 Street Palmetto Bay 4BD 3BA LA SF 2 523 575 000 16800 SW 84 Avenue Palmetto Bay 4BD 3BA LA SF 2 969 449 000 8305 SW 169 Terrace Palmetto Bay 3BD 2BA LA SF 2 076 449 000 375 SW 32 Road Miami 3BD 2BA LA SF 1 433 449 000 Ph. 786.581.1134 12651 South Dixie Highway Suite 102 pinecrest FL 33156 MiamiHomesandLand.com CULTURAL CALENDAR ORCHESTRA MIAMI BEETHOVEN ON THE BEACH Conducted by Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi this concert will feature the 45 musicians of Orchestra Miami performing Beethoven s Eroica Symphony as well as special guest cellist Ian Maksin who will perform Tchaikovsky s Rococo Variations. MARCH 6 AT 7 P.M. PINECREST GARDENS TICKETS SUGGESTED DONATION OF 10 CULTURAL highlights KATHY GRIFFIN Spend the night doubled over with laughter as funny girl Kathy Griffin performs her iconic stand-up comedy routine. Whether she s tearing into celebrities or cracking jokes the two-time Emmy winner Grammy winner and The New York Times best-selling author is sure to leave you in stitches. MARCH 31 AT 8 P.M. BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS TICKETS 37.50 95 COHEED AND CAMBRIA WITH SPECIAL GUEST GLASSJAW American progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria bring special guest Glassjaw along for their The Color Before the Sun tour. Hear songs like You Got Spirit Kid and Atlas performed live at the intimate Fillmore Miami Beach. MARCH 10 AT 8 P.M. THE FILLMORE MIAMI BEACH TICKETS STARTING AT 29.50 NUNSENSE This theatrical spoof features the zany misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser being held to bury their fellow sisters who died from botulism. This show has garnered four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Off-Broadway Musical. MARCH 31 APRIL 3 PINECREST GARDENS TICKETS ADULTS 30 SENIORS 25 STUDENTS 20 16 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM NICKY JAM THE FENIX TOUR listings South Miami s Newest and Most Luxurious Apartment Community is Now Leasing. Visit JOYAAPARTMENTS.COM 855.227.3204 Known for his hits El Perd n and Travesuras Latin Grammy Award winner and urban hit-maker Nicky Jam comes to Miami for this one-night engagement with yet-tobe-announced special guests. MARCH 5 AT 8 P.M. AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA TICKETS 70 130 TORUK THE FIRST FLIGHT This Cirque Du Soleil masterpiece is inspired by James Cameron s box office smash Avatar. With state-of-the-art visuals and puppetry set to the original movie score this experience will deeply immerse you in the spectacular world of Pandora like never before. MARCH 10 13 AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA TICKETS 32 110 DISNEY S FANTASIA LIVE IN CONCERT Conducted by Ted Sperling the Czech National Symphony Orchestra performs the musical pieces that made Disney films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 famous. Hear the works of Tchaikovsky Dukas and more as snippets from the iconic movies play out before you on a high-definition screen. MARCH 13 AT 2 P.M. & 7 P.M. ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER TICKETS 35 125 Be your best you We offer fillers and injectables. Dr. Jeremy Weinberger M.D. FACS Heidi Schuler ARNP-BC MSN 8353 SW 124th Street Suite 206 Miami FL 33156 TONY BENNETT Hear the charming music legend Tony Bennett sing songs like For Once in My Life I Left My Heart in San Francisco and Steppin Out with My Baby among other hits from the vast repertoire that earned him 17 Grammy Awards and the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. MARCH 15 AT 8 P.M. BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS TICKETS 51 161 786.565.5309 miamicenterforaesthetics gmail.com PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 17 YACHT MANAGEMENT NEW CONSTRUCTION CHARTERS BROKERAGE 2009 151 DELTA MOTORYACHT 1988 2015 125 HEESEN MOTORYACHT 2010 95 CNC 2010 85 AICON 2008 82 SAN LORENZO 2009 72 HAMPTON 2013 72 VIKING PRINCESS V72 2013 72 AZIMUT FLYBRIDGE 2009 68 RIVA EGO SUPER 2014 66 VIKING 2006 64 HATTERAS 2014 64 BERTRAM MIAMI FT. LAUDERDALE COLOMBIA VENEZUELA PANAMA PERU SALES FLORIDAYACHTSINTERNATIONAL.COM 1 (305) 854-6020 WWW.FLORIDAYACHTSINTERNATIONAL.COM THE SPRING LUXURY COLLECTION Pinecrest 9700 West Suburban Drive 5 285 000 Custom built in 2009. Elegant Mediterranean estate fully walled and gated sits on 45 119 sf of resort-style grounds. Meticulous craftsmanship and superior features include ornate crown molding with coffered ceilings dual chef kitchens media room entertainment room grand master suite steam shower in master bathroom spacious guest suites with adjoining large balcony cabana bath smart house Crestron Lutron-security cameras climate audio system in out 4 car garage elevator 1 2 basketball court and more. Scan the QR code to the right to view the video tour Web A10004038 Coral Gables 900 Calbira Avenue 2 200 000 Never before seen Calbira House is a spectacular Mateu Architecture contemporary design.This 3 bedroom 4.5 bath new construction with sun-drenched den pool and covered carport is located in the core of Coral Gables. Web A2153333 South Miami 7621 Southwest 59 Court 2 188 000 New construction. Beautiful California modern design with great floorplan. Walking distance to the heart of South Miami. Master bedroom and 3 additional bedrooms upstairs. Guest bedroom and live-in bedroom downstairs. Web A2131817 YSHA ARTEAGA BROKER ASSOCIATE Sports & Entertainment Division 786.282.0132 ysha.arteaga elliman.com HILDA JACOBSON REALTOR ASSOCIATE Sports & Entertainment Division 786.213.4511 hilda.jacobson elliman.com www.Hilda-Ysha.com 1111 LINCOLN RD MIAMI BEACH FL 33139. 305.695.6300 2016 DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE. ALL MATERIAL PRESENTED HEREIN IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. WHILE THIS INFORMATION IS BELIEVED TO BE CORRECT IT IS REPRESENTED SUBJECT TO ERRORS OMISSIONS CHANGES OR WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT NOTICE. ALL PROPERTY INFORMATION INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SQUARE FOOTAGE ROOM COUNT NUMBER OF BEDROOMS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PROPERTY LISTINGS ARE DEEMED RELIABLE BUT SHOULD BE VERIFIED BY YOUR OWN ATTORNEY ARCHITECT OR ZONING EXPERT. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. REAL ESTATE Awe-Inspiring Abodes Gorgeous Pinecrest homes around 2 million 7260 SW 100th Street Listing Price 2 150 000 Listing Agent Joann Roberts Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 844.278.3750 Specs 7 000 sq. ft. 5 Bd 5 Ba This beautiful European-inspired estate rests on a 50 965-squarefoot lot perfect for building a tennis court. Luxury highlights include a gated entry gorgeous design and an exquisitely tiled pool deck. 20 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 6300 SW 109th Street Listing Price 2 050 000 Listing Agent Dorothy Lewis EWM Coral Gables-South 855.622.1796 Specs 5 603 sq. ft. 6 Bd 6 Ba This stunning home rests on a quiet dead-end street. It has all the extras impact windows a heated pool with two covered outdoor entertaining areas an and a generator with a buried 1 000-gallon propane tank. The house was completely remodeled in 2002 and has a few newer renovations. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 21 VILLAGE LIFE Spring Awakening Photography courtesy of CINDY SEIP SPLASHFOTO.COM The sun just touched the morning The morning happy thing Supposed that he had come to dwell And life would be all spring. Emily Dickinson PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 23 DINING PALMEIRAS BEACH CLUB AT GROVE ISLE 4 Grove Isle Drive Miami 305.858.8300 palmeirasbeachclub.com Coconut Grove Gem BY GAIL SCOTT Clockwise from right Seared escolar with Sriracha aioli and ginger soy dressing Chocolate Feast wild Chilean COCONUT GROVE S GROVE ISLE has had several good restaurants in the past at its luxury bayside property but the new Palmeiras Beach Club conceptualized by hospitality gurus Sami Kohen and Jacques Wulffaert has raised the bar to another level. Entering Grove Isle is like entering a secret oasis. As you sweep past the guard gate and proceed to the rear of the property you are warmly greeted at the valet stand and by the hostess who is in the lobby escorting guests to the new-and-improved restaurant. The space has always had beautiful bay views but the new interior is particularly striking. As you enter the restaurant you feel as though you are dining seaside in Palma de Mallorca. Beautiful Brazilian music and a peaceful vibe make for a very comfortable dining experience. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating depending upon your preference in addition to a 20-seat private chef s table sponsored by Perrier-Jouet. We were there on a Tuesday evening and the restaurant was comfortably full with residents locals and hotel guests. It was a cool night so we opted to sit inside but we enjoyed watching guests mingling around the outdoor fire pit. Executive Chef Alfredo Alvarez is at the helm of this Miami jewel. He was most recently at the now-closed Biscayne Diner and prior to that spent some time at Seasalt and Pepper (now Seaspice). His cooking skills are on full display in his Mediterranean-inspired menu as he translates molecular gastronomy into some very special touches. Each component of the dishes is carefully chosen right down to the house-made caviar. Our waiter Zoltran was incredibly welcoming as was the chef who came to our table and explained the menu and his vision of seaside dining. We started with a glass of prosecco and decided to leave it up to the chef to introduce us to his cuisine. Our meal began with grilled Spanish octopus with tomato confit seaweed air zucchini preserved lemon salmoriglio and piquillo peppers. The octopus was cooked flawlessly and the seaweed air felt like the sea had kissed the octopus. The second appetizer was the seared escolar which was an exquisite dish served with Siracha aioli and a salad of upland cress (sourced locally) pickled pears and lychee in a ginger-soy dressing it was in perfect balance and my favorite dish of the evening. Since we were staying on the light side this evening we transitioned to a crisp sauvignon blanc from St. Francis Winery in Sonoma with hints of tropical fruit and a clean finish. This food-forward wine married well with the pasta and fish dishes to come. We first tried the tagliolini tartufo made with black truffle shavings fresh tagliolini shallots and arugula. Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best with topquality ingredients the chef hit a home run with this one. We also tried the wild Chilean sea bass for which the restaurant is known. Alvarez explained that he had just gotten in new cassole pottery that day and we enjoyed the tasty fish perched on top of a cassoulet of caramelized shallots and potatoes. We finished our meal with the Chocolate Feast a visually appealing dessert that was more importantly absolutely scrumptious. The torte was made with a Valrhona crust black and white ganache chocolate soil black currant sorbet and candied pecans. The black currant was truly special we didn t leave a bite. Coffee and tea service were properly done with a perfect macchiato and a generous selection of teas. If you are looking for an intimate meal with gorgeous views you will not be disappointed at Palmeiras Beach Club. Bravo Chef Alvarez PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 25 Easter Bunny photos available at the Bunny House in Center Court March 5-March 26. 26 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Home is Where the is Your heart is in finding the perfect home. Our heart is in helping you buy it. At FirstBank we work diligently to make your dreams a reality. 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PROFILE Pinecrest Marketplace BUY SELL REUSE AND RECYCLE BY MELISSA CLARIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ED NERCESS WHAT STARTED TWO YEARS AGO as Pinecrest s best-kept secret has morphed into a local phenomenon. If you have not heard of Pinecrest Marketplace ask a friend or neighbor and guaranteed one of them is already a member of this exclusive Facebook group. In a world of needs being met almost instantly this resource provides for immediate gratification and has proved its addictive and contagious style to those that are a part of it. It began as a random fun idea an online buy sell group for personal secondhand items among a few close friends. Within two months it reached 1 000 members and has continued to grow rapidly throughout the community. Currently Pinecrest Marketplace has over 11 000 members and another 8 000-plus on the waiting list. Members are passionate about their buying their selling and their strong connection and allegiance to their PM community. It has become a social network within a social network. Pinecrest Marketplace has become the neighborhood s favorite one-stop shop for women and men. The membership base is made up of professionals business owners stay-at-home moms teachers politicians news anchors and even the Real Housewives of Miami. Everything you can think of has been posted for sale here from baby items to concert sports tickets to tools jewelry designer handbags shoes and swing sets and the list goes on and on. The biggest ticket items sold have been cars and boats. The minimum item price is 10 and there is no maximum. Beautiful high-end furniture in nearperfect condition can be found here at such a discount that you ll never need or want to shop anywhere else. Why pay retail Why pay 40 to 60 percent at a consignment shop Pinecrest Marketplace is free to use and accessible 24 7 through a Facebook account. There is never a boring day never a lack of cool great value items to browse or buy and always a place to resell repurpose reuse and recycle your gently loved items. I believe it is much better and safer than other online marketplaces because everyone is connected here through a friend and therefore is held accountable. I always give it a personal touch and engage with members. I am a local resident of Pinecrest I am tangible and I 28 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Melissa Clarin s personal touch has helped Pinecrest Marketplace soar to over 11 000 members. am real With my master s in industrial organizational psychology and life coaching background my invisible management of this 11 000-member group has become a rewarding and fun part of my everyday routine. People always ask me why I do it and how I do it. PM has become such a valuable asset connecting so many friends and neighbors and doing so much good. The personal stories that have been shared with me are so inspiring. One obvious reason for selling things is to make extra money but learning some of the reasons people want the extra money has been very touching. One woman sells her personal jewelry to buy fresh juices that help with her mother s cancer treatments. Other sellers have sent me thank you notes for being able to send their kids to summer camp for the first time to take their parents on the European trip of their dreams to supplement their incomes since they are in between jobs and even to donate back to their favorite charities. Buyers have sent me notes of gratitude because they have been able to fully furnish their home for a fraction of the price give their toddler twins the quality bunk beds they would never have been able to afford and even for the first time own the designer handbag they always dreamed of. A friend of mine told me how her husband did not like the idea of her selling things online but after she paid for her family of five s spring break trip to Colorado he was more than pleased and even joined the group himself Local lost found pets are also posted here and when this happens the whole group gets involved. People reach out with support and positive words and advice and go out of their way to help others they don t know find their dog or reunite an owner. The power of PM is incredible It gives us all a common bond which is cherished. How I do this is a whole other story Patience is definitely key. My co-admin assistant Maggie CruzLedon and I do our best to make sure rules are followed consistently and fairly while giving both buyers and sellers their greatest chance at a successful transaction. There is a certain neighborly etiquette that is required to participate that is based on common sense courtesy and respect. Reflecting on the past two years the happy experiences shared being responsible for 72 lost dogs reunited millions of dollars in transactions the connections and friendships made it s safe to say that Pinecrest Marketplace is thriving and here to stay. In the future there will be the prospect of giving local businesses the same opportunity to monetize and maximize their potential. Offering businesses and services the chance for exposure and connectivity to this geo-targeted hyperlocal group of verified people is invaluable. The demographics and visibility speak for themselves. And as if the group and its purpose couldn t get any better stay tuned for new developments in 2016 To become a member of Pinecrest Marketplace please go to the group s main page on Facebook or use the link facebook.com groups pinecrestmarketplace. For questions suggestions or pending membership approvals please contact Melissa Clarin at melissa pinecrestmarketplace.com. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 29 COMMUNITY 30 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Catholic Legal Services BY MELISA CHANTRES ENSURING A BRIGHT AND SECURE FUTURE FOR IMMIGRANTS TO THE UNITED STATES CATHOLIC LEGAL SERVICES Archdiocese of Miami Inc. (CLS) was created in 1998 and grew out of a project at Notre Dame D Haiti Church to provide legal services and immigration representation to refugees and immigrants from Haiti. Today it has expanded beyond the Haitian community and now assists people from more than 80 countries including Cuba Colombia Guatemala El Salvador and Venezuela. CLS helps immigrants in South Florida comply with U.S. immigration laws and regulations and in doing so helps them exercise their legal rights. The organization also helps officials in the federal government and members of Congress and their staff understand the plight of immigrants and their families. Additionally its work reduces abuse and exploitation of this often marginalized population. Our mission is to provide professional legal services to those who come from foreign lands who lack the sufficient means to obtain representation and to do so without regard to faith or national origin says CLS CEO Randolph P. McGrorty. CLS is nationally recognized and employs 19 full-time lawyers and 42 experienced professionals among its three locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. To date the nonprofit has helped more than 200 000 immigrants. Because of the ongoing need for these services the Archdiocese of Miami restructured the program in 1998 as an independent agency and appointed a governing board of directors. McGrorty points out that CLS emphasizes direct services by providing legal representation and immigration services such as political asylum family reunification employment authorization citizenship and applications under the Violence Against Women Act. It practices before various government agencies on behalf of its clients including the Department of Homeland Security the Immigration Court the Board of Immigration Appeals and at various immigration detention centers. In addition to providing direct services CLS also engages in community education by providing outreach at churches and community groups regarding immigration law and in public advocacy for immigration reform. It also seeks to reunite families help political and religious refugees pursue safety and security help battered spouses and their children and help essential religious workers seeking to minister to U.S. religious communities. These individuals confront a complex web of immigration laws and a confusing bureaucracy McGrorty says. Many have unhealed wounds from a painful past and encounter unexpected bigotry and barriers as they adjust to a new culture and way of life. They face an uncertain future. Our staff reflects the diversity of the client population and provides a culturally and linguistically appropriate setting as we carry out services in a compassionate manner. Recently CLS helped a married couple from Cuba and their two young boys ages 8 and 4 obtain permanent residency. Even though the family had saved for the governmental fees and application they did not have sufficient funds to pay a private attorney for the preparation and filing of their applications for residency. In September 2014 their applications were granted and now the entire family can remain in the U.S. permanently. Another successful case includes a Haitian family that was granted asylum after being threatened and having their home burned down. Too many deserving immigrants and refugees would lose the opportunity to avail themselves of the laws enacted for their protection McGrorty says. Others would fall prey to the schemes of unscrupulous and unlicensed immigration hucksters capitalizing on the naivet poverty and desperation of the newcomer. We are here to help these ones realize their dreams for a bright and secure future in the United States. This year CLS will host its annual luncheon on Friday April 8 at Jungle Island which will also serve as a fundraiser to continue its mission. Immigration representation requires a balance between knowledge of the law and an empathetic approach says CLS board member Bruce W. Solow a partner at S nchezRoig & Solow PLLC and a former U.S. immigration judge who served on the bench for 25 years. CLS is a partner that can help individuals walk down this complex path in a skilled and compassionate manner. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 31 COMMUNITY FAMILY FUN WITH PINECREST S RESIDENT ORCHESTRA BY MICHELLE F. SOLOMON Music at the Bowl ORCHESTRA MIAMI S CLASSICAL PROGRAM on Miami Beach and Sunny Isles is called Beethoven on the Beach but when the performances are at Pinecrest Gardens they have a more apropos moniker. It s Beethoven in the Bowl says conductor Elaine Rinaldi. The Banyan Bowl that is. The Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens is spectacular on so many levels the acoustics are amazing then there s the geodesic dome and over the stage area glass panels Rinaldi says. Look up and you can see the stars and the trees. It s just magical. Rinaldi started the Beethoven series in 2011 as what she says was a direct response to the economic crash. No one could afford an orchestra ticket but as long as we were getting money from grants we were going to play the concerts anyway. That same year Orchestra Miami became the official resident orchestra of Pinecrest Gardens. We re very proud of that Rinaldi says. The orchestra s performances at the gardens have grown in five years from one concert to this season s seven concerts. Pinecrest is special to Orchestra Miami according to the conductor. She says residents are generous with support both in attendance and donations. These are people who are interested in culture and they want to introduce their children to the arts and culture. We want to make sure that we continue to bring music here. Becoming the resident orchestra at Pinecrest Gardens satisfies a big part of Orchestra Miami s mission which is to make 32 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OTHER TOP SHOWS it easy for audiences to attend a concert. We bring the music to the community because we know sitting in traffic to get to a concert in Miami will probably deter many people from making this kind of music a priority. Orchestra Miami is made up of professional musicians from the now-defunct Florida Philharmonic Orchestra some formerly with New World Symphony and others who have graduated from Miami music schools and wanted to stay in the area. Guest performers are brought in too such as Russian cellist Ian Maksin who is here for the Beethoven concert. This year s family Beethoven concert is Sunday March 6 at 7 p.m. We do ask for donations at the door says Rinaldi. Just 10. But it s a suggested donation and no one will be turned away if they can t contribute. For the Family Fun series particularly programmed for children and their families the orchestra partners with other arts groups to make sure children are introduced not only to classical music but all live performance arts such as dance and theater. On Sunday March 20 at 4 p.m. the orchestra teams up with Arts Ballet Theater of Florida for Copp lia for Kids a story of a mad scientist who invents a doll that is so lifelike a man falls in love with her. A tribute to Shakespeare in conjunction with Shakespeare Miami is Sunday April 24 at 4 p.m. and the final family concert is Sunday May 15 at 4 p.m. with Brundibar performed by students from the Miami Arts Studio at Zelda Glazer Middle School. The 40-minute children s opera is legendary as it became a symbol of hope as well as a Nazi propaganda tool during World War II. Rinaldi has invited Ela Stein Weissberger now 84 who travels the world to make sure the opera stays alive. Weissberger was 11 years old when she arrived at the Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakian camp. She performed in the opera that the Nazis filmed to show the world that Jewish families were enjoying life at the camps. orchestramiami.org Orchestra Miami performing in the Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens COOL S I N C E 1 9 8 6 KEEPING PINECREST Anniversary PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 www.trinityac.com 9760 East Indigo Street Palmetto Bay FL 33157 Contractor license CMC057088 Ph. 305.256.9099 33 COVER STORY Reb 34 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM ecca M I N K O F F A Little Bit Sweet A Lot Rock n Roll While uber-hot designer Rebecca Minkoff currently lives in Brooklyn New York she first dipped her toes into the fashion world as a child on Florida s Gulf Coast. Growing up in Clearwater her mother taught her how to sew and the first dress she ever made was for her own Bat Mitzvah. I have such fond memories of that night and I was so proud of my dress she says. BY ANGELA CARAWAY-CARLTON PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOWNTOWN PHOTO FORT LAUDERDALE ANGE 36 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM My spring summer collection is very feminine but also rock n roll and a little badass. And Florida still inspires her today. Minkoff visits her family often and she says she pulls from memories of growing up here for inspiration with bright prints and feminine flowy maxi dresses often incorporated into her collections. While adoring customers will see that whimsical Florida direction from Minkoff this spring they will also notice an extra edge. Influenced by the 1960s style of English singer songwriter Marianne Faithfull Minkoff created looks to reflect a more rebellious style. My spring summer 2016 collection is very feminine but also rock n roll and a little badass she says. Flowing dresses minis geo-floral prints and modern enamel jewelry recall London in the late 60s. The one item Minkoff says every girl needs this spring A moto jacket. It s the perfect day-to-night piece. It can toughen up a feminine dress and also look great with a pair of skinny ripped jeans and a tank. The 35-year-old designer has come a long way since launching a handbag business out of her tiny New York City apartment. In 2005 her first bag called the Morning After Bag propelled her into fashion fame. While handbags are still a majority of her business Minkoff has expanded into apparel athleisure jewelry shoes and has opened retail stores in New York San Francisco and Los Angeles. Minkoff s main focus is on her core customers millennial women. They re stylish they love technology and depend heavily on it she says. We want to make products that cater to technology wallets with chargers bracelets that are stylish but are also used to plug in your phone that is what matters to us. Minkoff is so dedicated to millenials that she recently opened a new digitally driven store on Melrose Avenue in L.A. designed specifically for her tech-savvy customers who don t love the typical retail experience. Instead of a live salesperson customers are greeted with a touchable video wall where they can key in what they d like to try on in the store and receive a text when it arrives in their dressing room. Once you re in the dressing room you can enter what you need (like another size) and it will appear. As a shopper one of my biggest problems is getting help in a fitting room Minkoff reveals. I wanted women to walk in and feel at ease and taken care of while still having their privacy. The designer also broke the mold last month at New York Fashion Week. Instead of previewing her fall 2016 collection she re-showed her spring summer 2016 collection just styled differently. Minkoff believes the current fashion system isn t working and wants customers to get excited about the current season and to be able to buy it right away proving once again she s not afraid to push the fashion envelope. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 37 FEATURE 50 Years of Saving Places BY KAREN BUCHSBAUM WE STARTED OUT DOING GRUNT WORK says Villager Dolly MacIntyre. I remember being on top of a 12-foot ladder with Spic n Span running down my arms while I scrubbed the ceiling of the kitchen at Vizcaya. A charter member who has been active ever since MacIntyre has the best organizational knowledge of the group and is a walking talking history record of Miami-Dade. Founded in 1966 The Villagers is Miami-Dade County s oldest historic preservation organization. The hands-on grassroots all volunteer group was originally formed to help save the historic Douglas Entrance in Coral Gables which was going to be torn down to make room for a grocery store. Determined not to let that happen a group of local architects started an effort to save the landmark and eventually pooled their money with engineers designers and landscape architects to buy the property. Initially some of the wives got together and formed a group to help save and restore the building MacIntyre says. Once the project was successfully completed we all looked around at one another and said Now what We then decided to help Vizcaya and the Biltmore. 38 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM The historic Deering Estate. Top Right Preserving Sylver Penney and Dolly MacIntyre. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 39 The rest as they say is history. There is hardly a public landmark in the area has not been touched in some way by The Villagers who have given more than 1 million to 60-plus local organizations to fund preservation projects and college scholarships for the study of historic preservation. There was a gradual transition as the group began offering tours of homes and gardens and raising larger sums of money. We soon realized we were better at raising money to fund expert renovation than wielding paintbrushes and screwdrivers ourselves MacIntyre reflects. Today she has seen the group grow to more than 220 men and women in a variety of membership categories. The newest category of associate membership has helped attract younger members like her daughter Sheffield Bessellieu and her granddaughter Sylver Penney. I was definitely impacted by growing up around history Bessellieu reminisces. Mom was always volunteering us kids. I remember working at the Historic Hunt stationed at the Jockey Club handing out small jockey statues so participants could prove they found the right clue. But MacIntyre and The Villagers influence was more than just legacy membership in the volunteer group. Bessellieu has an online vintage clothing store and rehabs historic properties with her engineer husband. My thing is the 1920s she says. I love to work on a property decide what to keep and restore it to accommodate a modern family and still maintain historic charm. Being in The Villagers is a great way to get to know Miami Bessellieu continues. Even when you are born here there is so much you don t know. The meetings are fun always in different locations and tours are in different neighborhoods. You really learn about the history of Miami and our significant sites. And friendship MacIntyre adds is another wonderful benefit. I value the lifelong friends I have made through The Villagers. Penney 21 who will soon graduate from FIU with a degree in political science echoes her grandmother s sentiments Friendships are very important and I look up to my grandmother s friends she says. I ve been away from Miami for seven years and it felt natural to join. Being back it s neat to learn more about Miami s history. There is still a lot for me to learn. Many people don t know Dade Heritage Trust was started by The Villagers in 1972. As members like MacIntyre became more involved and participated in preservation conferences on a regional and national level they looked for ways to extend their mission. MacIntyre chaired Dade Heritage Trust for its first three years and remains active. Members were also influential during the establishment of the Florida Trust on a state level. The Villagers and their success stories are an inspiration in many ways says Christine Rupp 40 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Opposite page The Villagers Executive Board Below The Douglas Entrance A SAMPLING OF SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE VILLAGERS Actors Playhouse Restoration marque and wood paneling The Alamo Jackson Memorial Hospital Restoration work to list on National Register of Historic Places Anderson s Corner Work to gain listing on National Register of Historic Places The Barnacle Boathouse restoration and furnishings Biltmore Hotel Country club building and fountain Cape Florida Lighthouse Keeper s Cottage Restoration of museum and theater Carrollton School El Jardin Restoration of center courtyard Coral Gables Congregational Church Lightening protection system Coral Gables Library Refurbishment of Merrick family furniture Coral Gables Woman s Club General restoration building and fountain Curtiss Mansion Miami Springs Restoration of entrance gates Dade County Courthouse Lobby restoration and lighting in Courtroom 6-1 Deering Estate General restoration and preservation internship Douglas Entrance Ballrooms and tower general restoration and awareness Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Funded Fairchild Tropical Museum Hampton House Trust Hampton House Motel seed money to restore building The Kampong Adaptive reuse of limestone barn and Dr. Fairchild s study Merrick House Restoration of porches and furnishings Miami Springs Woman s Club Air-conditioning Montgomery Botanical Center Restoration and air-conditioning of historic residence Olympia Theater at Gusman Center Restoration of classical statues light fixtures Overtown Revitalization Pinecrest Gardens Restoration of the former Parrot Jungle entrance One of the gardens incorporates the pool and stone and historic design and Pinewood Cemetery Maintenancedecking into the marker Plymouth Congregationallandscaping. Church Old Schoolhouse Property repairs and displays Scottish Rite Temple Brought elevators to code to qualify for governmental grants Seminole Theatre Funded replica of marquee South Miami Cambridge Lawns Instillation of historical obelisks Tropical Audubon Society Audubon House Documentation and historic designation Williams Jennings Bryan Museums Magnet Elementary Restoration of auditorium Woman s Club of Coconut Grove Restoration of windows ADA compliance Vizcaya Restoration of Casino on the Mound flagpoles statuary and Hammock Walk To honor the community during their 50th year The Villagers are donating 100 000 to fund programs focusing on the preservation of buildings culture and student enrichment. The five anniversary grant recipients are Barry University The Barnacle the Biscayne Park Foundation the 1916 Redland Farm Life School and Vizcaya. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 executive director of Dade Heritage Trust. Without their countywide reach and generosity for local preservation projects the depth of Greater Miami s architectural heritage would not be what it is today. The fact they have accomplished so much as a grassroots organization with staying power and political power is a testament to the group s passion strategy community outreach and follow-through. When you have that kind of organizational strength anything is possible. The Villagers don t plan to rest on their laurels. Preservation efforts never stop. Many join MacIntyre in envisioning a future with greater advocacy and even more leadership training for an elected office. MacIntyre feels her greatest contribution and that of The Villagers has been helping to develop an ethic of preservation. New members may not have been preservationists when they joined but they soon are she explains. And they expose their families and friends just like I did with mine. Like a pebble in a pond it s a ripple effect spreading the legacy of preservation. The Villagers fund their projects with a variety of annual events such as their popular December Holiday House Tour Spring Garden Tour Historic Hunt and special publications such as the Gardens of Miami coffee-table book available soon. Next up The Villagers Garden Tour which will be held on Saturday March 5. For more details about membership opportunities and the 50-year history of The Villagers visit thevillagersinc.org. 41 FEATURE 12TH ANNUAL DEERING SEAFOOD FESTIVAL BY ANGELA CARAWAY-CARLTON THE ANNUAL DEERING SEAFOOD FESTIVAL is all about what its name implies lots and lots of seafood. And while this year s festival taking place on March 20 will be no exception education is the real catch of the day. One of the things that makes our festival so different from other festivals is how deeply we engage the kids says Mary Pettit executive director of the Deering Estate Foundation. Environmental education is the core of our mission. Kids can seas the day at the Deering Discovery Cove where there will be five stations representing the five oceans of the world. They can engage in hands-on activities at places such as touch pools an art section where they can paint murals and they ll even have the opportunity to dissect a squid and a lionfish. They ll have a fun time but they re learning while they re doing it Pettit says. They ll walk away with important lessons on environmental conservation. She points out that Deering Estate offers many educational programs throughout the year benefiting more than 17 000 students. Money raised from the festival goes toward those programs. It s not just a fundraiser the event brings new faces to the park says Dan Yglesias event chairman and former president of the Deering Estate Foundation. It s in our backyard but many people don t even know it exists. Once they come they usually come back. This year there will be five celebrity chefs offering cooking demonstrations under the big top in the historic courtyard and 14 restaurants and catering companies on Seafood Alley including Damian Gilchrist executive chef of Ocean Reef Club Kareem Anguin executive chef of The Oceanaire Seafood Room and David Lesser of farm-to-table catering and meal delivery service Munch Thyme. Anywhere from 8 000 to 10 000 people are expected throughout the day. Attendees are invited to spread out a blanket mingle with friends and neighbors and be entertained by Virgin Islands stilt walkers Bahamian Junkanoo parades and live Caribbean musical performances. Once you get there the smell of the seafood the bands playing the steel drums... It takes you to the Caribbean right away Yglesias says. The day will end on a high note with local rock band Blackstar closing the festival. The Deering Seafood Festival takes place on March 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Deering Estate at Cutler 16701 01 SW 72nd Avenue Miami. For more information call 305.235.1668 ext. 266 or visit deeringseafoodfestival.org. org. TICKETS Adults 15 in advance online 25 the day of the event 5 for children 4-14. Deering Estate Foundation dation members enjoy complimentary admission. SHOPS WE LOVE 44 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Floral Fantasy Raising the bar with flowers Sure it s nice to make a quick phone call and have flowers delivered but wouldn t it be extra fun to learn how to arrange flowers like a pro (Hello Mother s Day is in May ) Field of Flowers which has locations in Miami Davie and Boca Raton has come up with a new concept within its stores called the FlowerBar where customers get lessons on creating floral arrangements. We re engaging our guests in a way they are not likely to forget says Alex Frost director of business development at Field of Flowers. The FlowerBar offers several different levels of classes anything from advanced classes for the aspiring flower designer to hosting a one-night party with friends. If you decide to throw a soiree you pick the arrangement you want to learn how to design and everyone gets a bucket of flowers pruning shears and step-by-step instructions from a floral expert on where to place the flowers. Of course creativity is encouraged too. The best part Since it s a party you can bring your own food and drinks. It s an entertaining way to spend an afternoon or evening says Frost. Guests walk away from the experience with a custom arrangement they made and great ideas about floral arranging using texture color and depth. And if your design is a floral fail there s always delivery. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 45 THE BUZZ FANTASTIC FAENA BY BECKY RANDEL The four-block Faena District emerges in miami beach In 2011 Argentine developer Alan Faena announced plans for a whimsical four-block district in Miami Beach a cutting-edge culmination of hospitality dining residences shopping entertainment and art. Considering the magnitude of this dreamlike project many thought the Faena District was just that a dream. Five years later Faena s incredible vision has officially moved from fantasy to full-scale reality. The Faena District located on Collins Avenue between 32nd and 36th streets is now taking shape with the opening of one of the most buzzed-about hotels in South Florida Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The hotel boasts two restaurants houses art from the likes of Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons and counts some of the country s largest business tycoons as residents. The debut of Faena Hotel exemplifies our commitment to bring new and extraordinary experiences to Miami Beach says Faena. It gives me great pleasure to share with our guests thoughtful attentive service in a warm luxurious environment recalling the golden age of Miami. Faena Hotel opened at the beginning of December coinciding with Art Basel bringing with it a slate of exuberant parties A-list celebrities and important art. A schedule of private events drew in VIPs such as Leonardo DiCaprio Harvey Weinstein and Will.i.am while the arrival of Damien Hirst s piece Gone but not Forgotten a 9-foot-tall woolly mammoth skeleton covered in gold leaf quickly became the star of the show. The lobby itself was completely off-limits to anyone not on the list setting an immediate tone of privileged exclusivity for the brand. The hotel is a complete renovation of the Saxony Hotel a 1950s playground for Hollywood superstars like Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. Faena enlisted the help of filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his wife costume designer Catherine Martin to design the 169 rooms and 13 penthouses. The result is an extravagant visual display of Old World grandeur expressed through elements like gold columns red velvet and blue tile. Each floor also features a signature butler and experience managers who create morning-to-night itineraries for guests. The palm-lined pool area and 100 000-square-foot beach club Faena Playa simply add to the indulgent experience. Naturally the spa called the Tierra Santa Healing House rises above all expectations. The one-of-a-kind facility follows a South American philosophy of holistic healing and rejuvenation. Custom offerings such as shaman-developed body treatments sound and color therapy a purifying wet spa and an ice parlor are just a few of the spa s unique elements. No large-scale hospitality project would be complete without a major dining component and Faena Hotel is no exception. James Beard recipient and Top Chef winner Paul Qui brings his signature modern cuisine to Pao located in the hotel s Dome. The indoor-outdoor restaurant offers a blend of international styles including Filipino Spanish Japanese and French. Distinctive 46 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM The debut of Faena Hotel exemplifies our commitment to bring new and extraordinary experiences to Miami Beach says Faena. It gives me great pleasure to share with our guests thoughtful attentive service in a warm luxurious environment recalling the golden age of Miami. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2016 47 Faena Hotel bedroom Faena Hotel bathroom Faena Hotel beach view techniques such as binchotan service where dishes are seared tableside on Japanese charcoal greatly enhance the flavors and atmosphere. Paul Qui is one of the most exciting chefs in the industry Faena says. His modern and global approach to cooking is synonymous with the vibrancy and rich culture of Miami. His culinary perspective will bring an entirely new dining concept to the city. The hotel s second restaurant Los Fuegos comes from Argentine superstar Francis Mallmann his first foray in the U.S. The open-fire kitchen churns out a traditional Argentine barbecue custom called asado. We have collaborated with some of the most creative minds across a range of disciplines to revolutionize the travel experience says Faena partner Len Blavatnik. STILL TO COME The aforementioned features are simply the first act of Faena s vision. The Saxony Theater a 3 000-squarefoot playhouse will host a nightly cabaret-style revue and presumably will feature Faena Hotel Buenos Aires famous tango show. The Faena Forum set for completion this fall will be an art and culture hub designed by famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA. Touted as the cultural cornerstone of the district the Forum will serve as a venue for art science technology and even political debates. All programming in addition to the art commissioned and curated for the Faena District is coordinated by the nonprofit organization Faena Art. The group led by Ximena Caminos Faena s wife was first launched in Argentina and Caminos says it encourages cross-cultural collaborations and synergies throughout the Western Hemisphere. Miami is poised to become the capital that unites the Americas boasts Caminos. It is our goal for it to also become one of the great cultural capitals of the world. Additional features down the line for the Faena District include a shopping complex called the Faena Bazaar a parking area and marina also designed by Koolhaas and an outdoor park with lush landscaping from local favorite Raymond Jungles. Faena Hotel 3201 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 48 MARCH 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Go to the best. CODE Life2 70 years. 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This tiny place across from Evelyn Green Park is a Pinecrest staple big on takeout featuring the best ginger dressing salads and the house specialty shellfish. ld Daily b Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. l Sat 11 30 a.m.4 p.m. d Mon-Thur 5-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m. Sun 4-9 p.m. 11715 Sherry Lane Kendall 305.275.0226 devonseafood.com EARLS KITCHEN BAR AMERICAN. With plenty of talent and plenty of soul this not-so-ordinary burger and beer joint has a lot to offer. The global menu with modern versions of ethnic cuisines makes it stand out from the competition. ld Mon-Tue noon-11 p.m. 8225 SW 124th Street Pinecrest 305.238.8462 SHADDAI LEBANESE. Hidden in the corner of a strip mall Shaddai serves authentic Lebanese dishes that have guests begging for more. ld Tue-Thur ANACAPRI CUCINA ITALIANA ITALIAN. Its cuisine is full of simple unforgettable dishes that keep regulars coming back. The casual fine dining atmosphere is perfect for a romantic evening or celebrations. 11 30 a.m.-midnight Wed-Thur 11 30 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri 11 30 a.m.-2 a.m. Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun 10 a.m.midnight. 7535 N. Kendall Drive 2510 Miami 305.667.1786 earlsrestaurants.com 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun noon-9 p.m. 9519 S. Dixie Highway Miami 786.401.7714 shaddaimiami.com TEMPLE KITCHEN ORGANIC. This fast and casual daytime eatery focuses its dishes on healthy choices specializing in plantbased fare juices and smoothies. GEORGE S ON SUNSET FRENCH AMERICAN. This hot spot is funky and upbeat with an excellent brunch friendly service and tasty drinks. Try some of the delicious standouts such as truffle pasta tuna tartare escargot and beef carpaccio. bld Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 5831 Sunset Drive South Miami 305.397.8732 temple-us.com TOWN KITCHEN & BAR INTERNATIONAL. This establishment serves traditional global comfort foods with a focus on fresh quality ingredients and a fun social atmosphere. b Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-1 p.m. l Tue-Fri 11 30 a.m.-2 30 p.m. d TueThur 5-10 30 p.m. Fri-Sat 5-11 30 p.m. Sun 5-9 p.m. 12669 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.232.8001 anacaprifood.com CAPTAIN S TAVERN RESTAURANT SEAFOOD. For the past 40 years it has been serving the freshest seafood house-made specialties and an award-winning wine selection. ld ld Mon-Thur 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri 11 a.m.-midnight Sat 10 a.m.-midnight Sun 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 1549 Sunset Drive South Miami 305.284.9989 georgessouthmiami.com MITCH S WESTSIDE BAGELS TOO AMERICAN. Enjoy New York-style bagels sandwiches and traditional deli offerings with gourmet coffees made to order quinoa and a full selection of salads. Spacious with easy parking. l Daily 11 30 a.m.-5 30 p.m. d SunWed 5 30-10 p.m. Thur-Sat 5 30-11 p.m. 7301 SW 57th Court South Miami 305.740.8118 townkitchenbar.com TWO CHEFS CONTINENTAL. 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I am constantly learning about different issues companies and products with each case and those are the aspects that keep it interesting and keep me engaged. 2 5 Now that you have your own practice and have I grew up in Miami within the community of Westchester. I attended Miami Coral Park High School. Being a good student I had the drive to push forward and was intent on attending an Ivy League institution. Penn is a well-known school and has been among Cubans in Miami and that s where I set my sights for college. I did not have legal in my family background. It was not until my junior year that I started to think about a professional career and what I would do after graduation. I was attracted to the business world and the aspect of resolving complex issues while utilizing my people skills which led me to Penn Law. Hands down I love the time I am able to spend with my family. I have been married for 24 years since 1992 and have four children. I have a son and daughter in college and a son and daughter in high school. My oldest son is graduating from Penn this year. I have a passion for boating and being on the water. Being able to partake in offshore fishing and being with my family that s the best of everything for me. 6 3 you Most people already know that I absolutely love boating and fishing. I have recently become an avid runner for fun and as a healthy physical outlet. However my roots were indeed as a varsity athlete when I rowed at Penn. Why did you choose Pinecrest as your The most recent case includes serving as the lead U.S. trial counsel for a top European bank in connection with the lawsuits and arbitrations that arose out of the alleged international Ponzi scheme led by Bernard L. Madoff. It s been years and it s still a newsworthy story for us here in South Florida. 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