January 2020 Newsletter
Vol. 8 No. 01

Happy New Year!
Member News
Congratulations our 2019 members that have been recognized
by the hotels for exceptional performance. 
Claudine Benavides
Biltmore Hotel

David Castro
Mandarin Oriental

Marjorie Sabbat
Marriott Biscayne Bay


The legacy of this organization endured largely in part to the efforts of many who truly see the profession of Concierge as a calling and they work each and every day to master their skills. 

Honorary membership is only granted to past presidents and distinguished professionals. The 2019 Board of Directors granted Mr. Ernesto Aragon the distinction of honorary member at the 2019 SFCA gala. 

Below is a picture of Ernesto and his team, rather work family. Robert has been working at the desk for 25 years, Claudine has worked for 12 years and Christian for 4 years. Ernesto began as Chef Concierge 26 years ago. Combined they have 67 years of knowledge and wisdom. Kudos to Ernesto and to his team and THANK YOU for an AMAZING Gala!
Cirque due Soleil Alegria, Now Performing Through February 17th
Click image for concierge link for ticket purchases

December Events
South Beach Jazz Festival
January 3 - 5
Various Venues
Miami Beach, FL

Presented by founder David New, an advocate for people with disabilities, the South Beach Jazz Festival is a music festival that features talented musicians in a unique format: at least one person in each performance has a disability. “The sheer talent of the artists will promote the festival’s dual goal, to entertain, and to define others by ability rather than disability. The festival is all about bringing our community together through the universal sound of music,” explains David.
The Original Miami Beach
Antique Show
January 4 - 8
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach, FL

Lovers of beautiful things can shop for antique furniture, handbag and jewelry collections dating as far back as the 17th century at The Original Miami Beach Antique Show. Known as the largest indoor antique show, the four-day event will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Check out more than 700 dealers from thirty countries, including vintage pieces from luxury brands like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, Rolex and more. Tickets start at $20.
YoungArts Week
January 5 - 12
Miami, FL

Support the future of the arts community during YoungArts Week by experiencing the work of the next generation through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery. Ticket prices vary.
Miami Jewish Film Festival
January 9 - 23
South Florida

Hosted by the Miami Jewish Film Society, this year’s edition of the Miami Jewish Film Festival will include screenings at various locations around Miami throughout the month of January. The festival began in 1996 and the annual attendance continues to grow. Venues include Regal South Beach Cinemas, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema, Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Temple Beth Am, Miami Beach JCC, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and Miami Theater Center. Show times and ticket prices vary.

Thank You
to our sponsors
Map Sponsors
Index Sponsors
Concierge Birthdays

01/02 Youssef Bali, EDITION
01/04 Catalina Angel, Fontainebleau
01/04 Charlynne Perrotta, Fontainebleau
01/08 Noel Lanzas, Ritz Carlton Res. MB
01/10 Brian Bean, EDITION
01/12 George Fernandez, Acqualina
01/13 Ekaterina Sizenova
01/13 Mickey Montella, FAENA
01/15 Mario Paezi, JW Marriott Turnberry

01/17 Austin Harper, Fontainebleau
01/19 Jenny Dybeli, St. Regis
01/20 Oana Popescu, Newport Hotel
01/20 Julia Privis, Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour
01/24 Randy Marchan, Carillon
01/25 Guilherme De Melo, Carillon
01/30 Brad Low, W South Beach
01/31 Delio Batista, Trump National Doral

Miami Heat (NBA)
vs. Toronto
01/02: 7:30pm

vs. Portland
01/05: 6:00pm

vs. San Antonio
01/15: 7:30pm

Florida Panthers (NHL)
vs. Arizona
01/07: 7:00pm

vs. Vancouver
01/09: 7:00pm

vs. Toronto
01/12: 7:00pm

vs. Los Angeles
01/16: 7:00pm
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
South Florida's Newest Restaurants to Try

Gregory's Diner
7301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

The team behind one of Miami’s most popular restaurants, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, has expanded their Miami restaurant footprint with Gregory’s, an all day diner inspired by their grandparents. On the menu is updates on classic diner fare like cheeseburgers, triple-level club sandwiches, alongside more refined dishes like grilled snapper, mole clams, a roving cheese cart and even a caviar service. 

5556 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137

Top Chef Masters alum Lorena Garcia has returned to Miami to debut her restaurant Chica’s second location. The extensive menu is focused around cuisines from Latin and South America, and boasts everything from ceviche to tacos to arepas and even a Argentine-style “parrillada” showcasing a variety of meats that can easily feed at least three people.

2808 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Named after Miami’s “unofficial” langue of Spanglish, a hybrid of English and Spanish often heard in the Magic City, the chic bar and lounger boasts Instagram-worthy drinks like the Spanglish and Chill, a tequila-based cocktail with strawberry infused sweet vermouth, tangerine, lemon, and pink peppercorn, served in a “popcorn bag” topped with caramel popcorn and chicharrón dust; alongside creative bites by Giorgio Rapicavoli like croqueta ‘buns’ and churrasco tiradito.
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SFCA President & CEO: Miguel Pena
Editor: Joey Oros
We hope that you enjoyed this edition of The Maestro.