Brett Graff’s Mixed Company

In the dawn of its second decade, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s rise to international stardom remains a story Miamians just won’t stop telling. Because while the plot is unchanged — Lee Brian Schrager rescues an obscure wine festival from FIU’s campus and brings it to South Beach, where it’s adored by world famous food personalities and the throngs of people who don’t mind paying to watch them — the excitement encompassing those three days builds up all year long.

We sat down with Schrager at Sra. Martinez – a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein – and got him to reveal the secrets for taking an idea and turning it into a phenomenon that major television networks, glossy magazines and culinary superstars will all come to covet.

Pictured: South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder Lee Brian Schrager at Sra. Martinez in Miami’s Design District

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SOCIAL Manny: Episode 74

In this latest edition, Manny photographed Facundo L. Bacardi at the Bacardi Legacy awards at the Biltmore, the Campion Platt MADE TO ORDER book party at ORNARE, Alina Shriver and Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Adriana De Moura, Kim Kardashian at the 2012 Market America World Conference, Amber Ridinger, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the birthday celebration of Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz at Neiman Marcus, Merrick Park, Adam and Vivianne Kurzweil, Tom and Kim Wood, Dr. Barth Green and wife Kathy Green, Roy and Lea Black, Lisa Pliner, Paul and Swanee DiMare, Beats After Sunset, Conquer Entertainment party at Club 50 at the Viceroy, George Lindemann, Loren Ridinger, Fat Joe, Lala Vazquez and many more…

Pictured: Adriana De Moura at the Campion Platt MADE TO ORDER book party at Ornare in the Design District

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A Collecting Life: Art Chat at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour

This month’s Art Chat at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour is on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00 pm and features two noted speakers.

The first chat is a conversation with Marvin and Ruth Sackner, creators of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry – the world’s largest private collection of concrete/visual poetry from twentieth century art movements Italian futurism, Russian and Eastern European Avant Garde, Dada, Surrealism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Ultra, Tabu-Dada, Lettrisme, and Ultra-Lettrisme.

The second part of the chat features Cathy Leff, director of The Wolfsonian – Florida International University. The Wolfsonian is an internationally recognized museum and research center in Miami Beach that promotes the study and appreciation of the persuasive power of art and design, engaging audiences in thinking about the active role design plays in human affairs.

Pictured: Gala Chair Gingi Beltran and Cathy Leff at the Wolfsonian’s Quinceñera gala at the Fontainebleau

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