Brett Graff’s Mixed Company

Michelle Bernstein

… But even amidst the whirlwind of demands on Chef Bernstein’s time — she’s making four appearances at next week’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, including one at Fun and Fit as a Family — she opened for the doors to her Design District eatery, Sra. Martinez. And prepared for us plates of bacon-wrapped Medjool dates, crispy long-stem artichokes with lemon-coriander sauce, as well as croquetas with manchego cheese and fig marmalade. Though the dishes were a huge distraction for us, we still managed to ask her about the recipe for combining creativity and corporate triumph.
Pictured: Michelle Bernstein

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SOCIAL Manny: Episode 75

Some call him Cool Manolo, but we call him Social Manny, and he was on the scene at all the best events. In this edition, Manny photographed the Stars of Design awards at DCOTA, Bottega Veneta store opening at Bal Harbour Shops benefitting Miami Children’s Museum, Nicolas Cage promoting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at the Mandarin Oriental, Raul Esparza concert at Arsht Center, Brickell House VIP party, Vernissage for Art Wynwood and the Miami Marine Stadium restoration announcement event. All the social stars were out in force, and Manny has the photos to prove it.

Pictured: Kenneth Baboun, Priscila Perales, and Daniel W. Hudson at the Brickell House party

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Social Styles: Front Row at Fashion Week

In her third column for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Fashion contributor Elysze Held captured the highlights of the major collections from the front row at–Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra, Naeem Khan, Carmen Marc Valvo, Carlos Miele, Zang Toi, Marc Jacobs, Dennis Basso, Pamella Roland and Oscar de la Renta. (and that was just at the beginning of the week!) Of course, it would not be New York Fashion Week without celebrity spotting at every show-Matt Damon, and Kristin Chenoweth at Naeem Khan; Jeannie Mai (Host of Style Network’s How Do I Look?) at Reem Acra and Herve Leger; Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Anderson Cooper at Diane von Furstenberg; Dakota Fanning and every fashion notable at Marc Jacobs; Joan Rivers at Dennis Basso, and the ‘Twilight Vampire girls’ everywhere.

Pictured: An elated Josie Natori with her models

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2012 Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon

Over 400 guests joined the American Cancer Society at the InterContinental Miami to honor twelve women for their commitment to philanthropy in our community. ACS’s Inner Circle of Twelve distinction recognizes outstanding women for their leadership, volunteerism, community involvement and dedication to the American Cancer Society’s mission. Déco Drive’s Louis Aguirre served as emcee for the award presentations and the runway fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour.

Pictured: Stephanie Aagaard and Swanee DiMare

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