Artistically Social with Amy Rosenberg

Amy Rosenberg is an attorney and arts advocate who founded the Overtown Music Project and the Arsht Center’s young patrons group. She is the co-founder of the environmental non-profit Dream in Green. Amy is a member of Art Basel’s Junior Host Committee and sits on the Board of the Funding Arts Network. She also serves on the New World Symphony’s Friends Committee as well as The Wolfsonian-FIU’s Visionaries Committee.

More than 500 people, dread locked graffiti artists, socialites, civil servants and young professionals poured into the packed sanctuary of Temple Emmanuel to pay their last respects to Tony Goldman, iconic builder, placemaker and mentor to so many. The service had an appropriate crowd for a person who moved seamlessly between scenes and gave so much to the cultural community.

Keri-Kaye Smythe and Nathalie Cadet-James

Grammy Award winner Nestor Torres played a flute solo and Manny Diaz spoke about the effect Tony had on him as a former mayor of Miami. Few eyes were dry at the end of the service when each guest was handed a CD of Tony crooning classic jazz numbers. You could almost feel Tony smiling as you listened to him sing “Sunny Side of the Street.”

Non profit, Overtown Music Project hosted Jazz (and a Little Bit of Blues) at Jackson Soul Food, a musical throwback to the halcyon days of supper clubs and speakeasies in Overtown. The air was thick with nostalgia as the sold out crowd heard the sounds of Overtown legends Joey Gilmore, Tree Top, Mel Dancy and FranCina Jones. Guests like Ruth Shack, Walli Saldhuddin, Amanda Kessler, Malik Benjamin and Ashley Abess supped on fried pork chops or veggie platters with collards and crispy skillet-baked macaroni and cheese.

New World Symphony blew the roof off the joint at their season opener for 2012 at the Shore Club featuring DJ Irie and quintet Opus Love. Several folks, like Erin Newberg, suggested it was the best event New World Symphony has ever thrown. Greg Clark, of Deutsche Bank, was moved by the symphony. Rebecca Mandelman and Marcia Martinez, long time supporters of the Friends group were seen shaking their booties. When was the last time you saw that at a symphony?

Tony Cho and Ximena Cho

I closed out this year’s Miami Spice at 1500 Degrees at the Eden Roc helmed by the amazing Chef Paula DaSilva. Chef DaSilva understands the delicate alchemy of excess and minimalism. No where is that more apparent on her menu than on her seafood platter. Perfectly chilled colossal shrimp shared the spotlight with the best tuna tar tare I’ve ever experienced. A clam dish made with a velvety sauce of Blue Moon beer had me ignoring the sweet and meaty clams and sopping up the sauce with remnants of the crackly crusted bread. (My dining companion might have used his fingers.) 1500 Degrees is under the radar for a lot of folks but really should be Touting itself as the quintessential Miami seafood dining experience.

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