August 2019 Newsletter
Vol. 7 No. 15

August Greetings!

Spice is finally here!

The much anticipated culinary delight of summer has arrived. We trust will make a point to visit as many Spice restaurants as your diet allows. Its well worth the "weight"!
They have many great additions this year on both levels. Sample as you wish.

We are revamping our look and content of THE MAESTRO. We trust you will enjoy whats in store in future months. Have an idea, suggestion or comment? Let us know by emailing

Thanks for reading!

Best Regards,

Miguel Pena
The Southern Florida Concierge Association
Thank you to our sponsors
Members News
Click the image above to see A Fish Called Avalon's
famous Mojito featured on channel 7 WSVN
Frost Science Museum: Bio Meets Medical Day, August 11
Combine a curiosity for biology and a fascination for advancing human health and you have a recipe for discovering innovations in medicine. Join us for a day where you can zoom in on the microscopic world of various plant and animal cells, meet your microbiome at our newest exhibition, The Secret World Inside You and view a sheep brain dissection demonstration to explore the anatomy and function of the human body’s most complex organ, the brain.

Meet brain development experts from Florida International University and chat with researchers from the University of Miami on the connection between neuroscience and human emotions. Practice basic lab skills by contributing to a fun large scale painting of a DNA strand in our Pipette by Numbers activity before finishing off your day at our MeLaB exhibition, where you are the experiment!
08/01 Isabella Deupi, Fontainebleau
08/01 Chris Burden, Fontainebleau
08/01 Alexander Ubau, Nautilus
08/09 Chauncey Sullivan, Auberge Res.
08/10 David Castro, Mandarin Oriental
08/13 Pedro Ortega, Bellini Williams Is.
08/14 Frederik Mate, Acqualina
08/17 Kimberly Bokamper, JW Turnberry
08/20 Tatiana Smolnikova, Acqualina
08/22 Jorge Hernandez, Water Garden
08/22 Jeri Jandovitz, Williams Is. 3000
08/26 Andrew Abad, One Ocean Condo.
08/27 Danuta Matus, Setai
08/30 Charlie Phynes, Diplomat
International Ballet Festival
August 1 - 18
Various Venues
Miami, FL

Showcasing the works of more than 200 ballet artists from 20 companies from around the world, the International Ballet Festival returns to Miami in 2019. Performances will take place at venues like Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Lehman Theater at Miami Dade College North Campus and Colony Theater. Ticket prices vary.
Miami Spice
August 1 - 31
Various Venues
Miami, FL

August kicks off two months of Miami Spice, when restaurants in all corners of the destination offer special three-course, prix-fixe menus featuring their tastiest dishes at marked down prices (lunch/brunch $23, dinner $39). Make a reservation, get out there, and taste, taste, taste!
Miami Spa Specials
August 1 - 31
Various Venues
Miami, FL

Spend some time relaxing this summer and take advantage of deals on spa treatments throughout the months of July and August. Luxurious spas across the city are cutting prices on signature services, so it’s your opportunity to score some much-needed pampering on your next vacation. Whether a solo retreat or a group outing, booking a discounted spa day is a no brainer during the summer holiday. Also, check out Miami’s Most Luxurious Hotel Spas.
African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida
August 2 - 4
Little Haiti Cultural Complex
Miami, FL

The African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida is back on the first weekend in August. People travel from all over to enjoy family-friendly music and events by artists from Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Haiti, all right here in Miami. Held at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, this event features a non-stop schedule of dance workshops, live music performances, a bazaar, performances, children’s activities and so much more. Be sure to secure your tickets now for the Saturday night concert!
Coconut Grove Food and Wine Fest
August 17
Coconut Grove Woman's Club
Coconut Grove, FL

Come hungry (and thirsty) to the Coconut Grove Food & Wine Festival, where you’ll be eating and drinking as you move through Coconut Grove at this progressive food festival. Start at the Coconut Grove Woman’s Club with tastings and demonstrations and then make your way to the Mutiny Hotel’s pool area for a tropical taste from the rum bar, craft beer stations, restaurant samplings and live music, with the sounds of the pool’s waterfall in the background. It’s a perfect way to spend a day in one of Miami’s waterfront neighborhoods.
National Rum Day Festival
August 16
The Confidante Hotel
Miami Beach, FL

Cool down on a hot August day with the 3rd Annual National Rum Day Festival. Experiment with new rum brands and flavors poolside at The Confidante Miami Beach hotel. Sip on sweet cocktails from the best rum brands on the market and celebrate Miami’s favorite spirit.
Thank you to our Index sponsors
Miami Marlins
vs. Twins
08/01: 12:10pm

vs. Braves
08/08: 7:10pm
08/09: 7:10pm
08/10: 6:10pm
08/11: 1:10pm

vs. Los Angeles
08/13: 7:10pm
08/14: 7:10pm
08/15: 3:05pm

Arts & Concerts
Adrienne Arsht
Performing Arts Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

South Florida Concert Venues
AmericanAirlines Arena
BB&T Center
Cruzan Amphitheatre
Bayfront Park
Fillmore Miami Beach
Hard Rock Stadium
Featured Restaurants
Bellini Restaurant & Bar
2988 McFarlane Rd.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

...Located on the top floor of the new Mr. C Coconut Grove hotel... The contemporary Italian restaurant, inspired by the hospitality brothers Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani’s travels throughout Italy, features a range of dishes from different regions of the country. This marks the second Bellini Restaurant & Bar to open debut, with the first restaurant existing within the hotel’s New York location, Mr. C Seaport.
Tigertail + Mary
3321 Mary St.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

James Beard Award-winning chef-restaurateur Michael Schwartz has debuted his latest Coconut Grove restaurant, Tigertail + Mary (3321 Mary Street at Tigertail Avenue) offering veggie-focused eats with Schwartz’s signature twists. The restaurant is inspired by Coconut Grove’s bohemian vibes, and the menu reflects that as well.
Boia De
5205 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

The restaurant will focus on ingredient-driven dishes like baked clams with ‘njuda and lemon; crispy potato skins with burrata, caviar and hardboiled egg; pork collar steak with fennel pollen, cherries and mustard greens; grilled yellowtail snapper with crispy artichokes and Meyer lemon aioli; alongside desserts by local Frice Cream. ..Guests can expect both old and new world wines, Chilean varieties, beer, and a forthcoming full bar.
Wall of Fame
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Amelia Nunez & Brian Bean

What made our stay one to remember was the staff at the hotel. Shawn at the gates, Brian and Amelia at concierge and all the staff at the pool.
Rosa Rosario
1 Hotel

Special thanks go to Rosa at the concierge desk and Geoffrey at reception. Rosa recommended an incredible restaurant that was able to meet the diverse needs and wants of everyone in my family, and she and Geoffrey worked to secure a late checkout for us when we were in a bit of a bind, even though the hotel was booked for a busy upcoming weekend.
Gene Ruotolo

On a business trip for one week, I had a comfortable room and super beautiful conference room. But my post is to highlight how special was the experience with Concierge Gene Ruotolo, that support me in a personal issue I had that brought me a lot of anxiety. Professional and caring, Gene is a gem of Epic!

SFCA President & CEO: Miguel Pena
Editor: Joey Oros

We hope that you enjoyed this edition of Maestro.