November 2018 Newsletter
Vol. 6 No. 21
1st Annual Concierge Challenge

Congratulations to the Gold Coast Concierge Association for winning the 1st Annual Concierge Challenge at Xtreme Action Park!

Thank you to our map sponsors:
Marriott Workers on Strike Across US

" How much input workers have as these and other technologies are introduced is among the core issues for the nearly 8,000 workers that have walked off their jobs at Marriott hotels from Boston to Honolulu since last week, union officials say..."


South Beach Room Escape
South Beach Room Escape opened in August of 2014 as the first escape room in Miami, and to this day the only escape room on South Beach. We are also the only escape room with a rooftop lounge and full bar nestled on Lincoln Road. We offer a unique three escape room experience with three different missions to complete in 60 minutes. We also have recently launched a new scavenger hunt that takes place on our rooftop with ocean views.

Because of our unique space, we host a variety of events from team buildings to bachelorette parties, and even summer camps for kids. We accept all credit cards and some international credit cards. We are open seven days a week from 11am until our last game starting at 11pm. Since we are in the heart of Miami Beach’s top hotels, we host dozens of guests throughout the week and provide them with a five star experience.
Surfside Events

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24

Support and patronize Surfside’s small businesses. Mark your calendar for the Saturday after Thanksgiving to pound the pavement down Surfside’s Harding Avenue alongside an estimated 108 million consumers who last year shopped or dined during Small Business Saturday in their communities. To learn more about businesses in the Surfside area, please visit

Celebrate Diwali - The Festival of Lights
November 7, 6-8pm
Her Royal Household, Surfside, FL

Diwali celebrates the Hindu New Year, a spiritual time of rejoicing light and love - join us and light a candle to celebrate this auspicious event. Our Bollywood dancers will be bringing a bhangra beat so get your Bollywood Glam on and feast on some traditional Punjabi dishes!

Aventura Mall Happenings

Santa's Arrival
November 17: 5pm

Celebrate the holiday season and be among the first to welcome Santa to Aventura Mall on Saturday, November 17 beginning at 5 p.m. A parade beginning on the Upper Level, New Wing, featuring holiday characters will guide guests to the Santa Set located next to the Apple store from 5:30 pm-6 p.m., which will immediately open for pictures. Upper Level, New Wing at 5:00 pm
Lincoln Road

Yoga on Lincoln Road; Offered 10 a.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Euclid Avenue and Lincoln Road. Yoga classes are free and dog-friendly, and kids are encouraged to join in on the fun.
Holiday Recipe by Peter Vauthy
RED, the Steakhouse

Apple Sausage Stuffing
1 bag bread crumbs, 15 oz
4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 jar apple sauce
1 small onion, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1# bulk Italian sausage
2 eggs
2 T butter
2 T chopped parsley
Brown off the sausage, drain off the excess fat and set aside. In a medium saucepan, melt the 2T of butter and sauté the onions, garlic and apples. In a large bowl combine the breadcrumbs, apple sauce, parsley, eggs and mix until evenly combined. Now add the sausage and apple mixture and mix thoroughly. Place in a oven safe dish and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
11/02 Hanoy Robertson, Hyde Resort
11/06 Wendy Finot, Dream Hotel
11/07 Tatiana Rengifo, Fontainebleau
11/09 Ulrike von Gerlach, Continuum
11/11 Tatiana Echeverri, Penninsula
11/12 Sanya Blumberg, Nobu Eden Roc
11/13 Fernando Valverde, Continuum
11/13 Richard Montenegro, Mondrian
11/14 John Durham
11/15 Julio Rivera, Delano Hotel
11/19 Juan Carlos Gonzalez, MB Resort
11/22 Ken Paul Agravante, Shoreclub
11/23 Yuri Nacimiento, Grand Beach
11/25 Martin Padro, InterContinental
11/27 Luis Pagan, Echo Brickell Residence
11/27 Nelson Llama, Four Seasons Res.
11/28 Mariano Carron, Sagamore
Miami Live Month
November 1 - 30
South Florida

During the entire month of November, Miami Live Arts Month features special access to concerts, dance performances, comedy shows, poetry readings and lots of great live entertainment.
Santa's Enchanted Forest
November 1 - January 6
Tropical Park, Miami, FL

The largest holiday theme park in the world, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is happening again this season at Miami's Tropical Park. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the ferris wheel, a roller coaster or play in a fun house. Single day and season passes are available. Children ages 2 and under are free. The park is open from November until the beginning of January 2019.
Coral Gables Food, Wine & Spirits Fest
November 3
Coral Gables Museum
Coral Gables, FL

Featuring some of the best restaurants in the area, the Coral Gables Food Wine & Spirits Festival will feature a fine sampling of food, beer, wine and spirits. The event will take place at the Coral Gables Museum and also al fresco along Salzedo Street. Tickets range from $49-$99 per person.
The Seed Food & Wine Week
November 7-11
Various Locations
Miami, FL

The first plant-based food and wine festival of its kind in the country, the Seed Food & Wine Week is presented by Whole Foods, and will include special events throughout the city. Highlights include The Burger Battle, where America’s best veggie burger will be crowned as well as the Mantra Yoga Brunch. Expect more than 200 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees. Tickets range from $25 for the kid’s tasting village up to $559 for the Seed Summit Ultimate Pass, which includes a variety of events including VIP access throughout the weekend.
Veterans Day Parade
November 10
Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL

With many fun and family-friendly events happening throughout Miami-Dade County, Halloween is the perfect opportunity to score loads of candy and sweet treats. Crowds decked out in all kinds of fun costumes head to pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road for their annual Halloween celebration.
Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest
November 14-18
Gateway Park
Sunny Isles, FL

The 11th annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest will feature talented jazz musicians at Gateway Park on Saturday, November 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Mix and mingle with the crowd and enjoy smooth sounds by your favorite musicians in this scenic outdoor performance area. General admission is free and VIP is $50 per person.
NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend
November 16-18
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, FL

Rev up your engines for the NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Who will be this year's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion? It all comes down to the 2018 Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 18th. Tickets start at $75 per person for two-day general admission and go up to $400 for the 2018 Speedway Club Package.
Celebrity Beach Soccer Match
November 17: 11am - 3pm
W Hotel South Beach
Miami Beach, FL

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and GACP Sports are hosting their first annual Celebrity Soccer Match on Saturday, November 17 on the beach at W Hotel South Beach. Models, athletes, influencers and comedians will compete in the match, with proceeds benefiting Best Buddies. The fun continues later that evening at the World Futbol Gala, at the Miami Marine Stadium at 9 p.m., raising funds for the Little Lighthouse Foundation. The evening will feature 15 food stations with cuisine from around the world, artisanal cocktails, bubbly and wine, in addition to live entertainers, DJs and interactive booth activations. Early bird tickets for the soccer match start at $50, and general admission to the gala is $250 per person.
Thank you to our index sponsors:
Miami Dolphins
vs. New York Jets
11/04: 1:00pm
Florida Panthers
vs. Winnipeg
11/02: 2:00pm

vs. Edmonton
11/08: 7:00pm

vs. New York
11/10: 7:00pm

vs. Ottawa
11/11: 5:00pm

Miami Hurricanes
vs. Duke
11/03: 7pm
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
90 NE 39th Street
Miami, FL 33137

Swan is the perfect addition to bustling city Miami. The Ken Fulk-designed restaurant features executive chef  Jean Imbert’s  Modern Chic cuisine , a menu that focuses on local ingredients and clean eating with a global influence.
The Jim and Neesei
3120 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Located inside the new Generator Hostel, The Jim and Neesie serves up plenty of frozen drinks and low ABV cocktails along with dishes like ceviche, burgers, pastas and more, all in a hip yet approachable setting.
Ono Poke Shop
2320 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Poke shops are becoming a dime a dozen in this town, but Ono Poke stands out from the pack. Led by a Makoto vet, it features a selection of poke bowls plus create-your-own varieties in a fast causal, Hawaiian themed setting.
Knausberry Farm: OPEN

Over the years—along with the strawberries—assorted baked goods, vegetables, and ice cream have become available for sale at Knaus Berry Farm.
Knaus Berry Farm also has U-Pick strawberries and tomatoes
Super Flight: Jungle Island

Perfect for your first time experience. Get suited up and go through flight training with our experienced crew. Warm up and stretch pre-flight, then hop aboard and experience your 2-minute flight with the help of an instructor.
Special equipment provided: Flying suit, helmet, goggles, gloves, and earplugs.
Spearfishing in Miami

The sea of Miami is characterized by clean waters and variety of fish that inhabit coral reef and shipwrecks. Learn with Jorge Mario, Cuban spearfishing national champion and expert guide.
Santa's Enchanted Forest

The largest holiday theme park in the world, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is happening again this season at Miami's Tropical Park. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the ferris wheel, a roller coaster or play in a fun house. Single day and season passes are available. Children ages 2 and under are free. The park is open from November until the beginning of January 2019.
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The Diplomat
Charlie Phynes Garcia

What made this stay so special was Charlotte from the Concierge at the Diplomat. I received a text from Charlotte literally as I was getting off the plane at the Ft Lauderdale airport. She asked me what she could do to help during my stay. I was looking for an early check in for a special occasion. Charlotte really went above and beyond to make this stay incredible for this special occasion.

SFCA President & CEO: Miguel Pena
Editor: Joey Oros

We hope that you enjoyed this edition of Maestro.