October 2018 Newsletter
Vol. 6 No. 19
Fall Greetings-

An AMAZING time was had by all at Quality Meats this past Wednesday as the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the Southern Florida Concierge
Association announced the 2018 White Glove Award recipients.
We had over 15 candidates participating. The decision was not easy, in the end WE are all WINNERS!

The categories and winners are noted below:

Concierge Affiliate of the Year
Ferndando Montealegre

Up and Coming Concierge of the Year
Robyn Hennessy

Concierge of the Year
Julia Privis

Lifetime Achievement Award
Crispy Sotoperto

CONGRATS to all the nominees and winners.

Warm Regards,

Miguel Pena - President and Chief Executive Officer
Thank you to our map sponsors:
HOSPITALITY NEWS
Red Tide in South Florida

"Miami-Dade closed beaches north of the Haulover inlet before dawn on Thursday morning after lab tests confirmed red tide in ocean waters..."

Waldorf Astoria to be Miami's Tallest New Building

"A new skyscraper will radically change downtown Miami’s iconic skyline — and introduce the city to one of the most famous luxury hotel brands in the world..."

Ultra Music Fest loses Bayfront Park

"For the first time in 18 years, Ultra Music Festival doesn’t have a home in downtown Miami..."

New Italian Restaurant at Cadillac Hotel

"Donna Mare will be an authentic Italian trattoria featuring traditional fare and seafood..."

MEMBER NEWS
Surfside Events

First Fridays
93rd St beach behind the Surfside
Community Center

Sea Turtle Release
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center and at Haulover Park
$10 per person

The Sea Turtle Awareness program allows visitors to learn about different sea turtle species and their life cycle, as well as some of the dangers they face throughout their lives. Participants can come face to face with hatchlings and join them as they embark on their exciting journey into the depths of the ocean.

For more information, call 305-361-6767.
Aventura Mall Happenings

Pink Walk
October 14, 8am

We are Pink! Join us us for a walk to fight Breast Cancer! Registration begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 14 in Center Court, near Macy’s Women followed by a Powerumba warm-up class at 8:30 am.

Walkers will participate in a 2-mile indoor walk through the center followed by a multitude of activities including a customization flower bar, fun photo booth, and light bites and refreshments.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the local organization, the Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative. Aventura Mall will match every dollar donated. The first 50 people who donate 20 dollars will receive an “I Pink I Can” t-shirt.

Advance registration is advised. Please RSVP by clicking  here.
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.
ETARU Hallandale
111 S Surf Road
Hallandale, FL 33009
954-271-3222

ETARU Hallandale, a restaurant featuring contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine. The menu centers on dishes from the robata grill, which originates from the fishermen of the Northern coastal waters off Japan, who would cook the fish on the boats with different charcoals and share the bounty with one another using their oars.  Brought to the United States by  Rainer Becker , co founder and creator of Zuma restaurants worldwide and ROKA London.
 
During the day, ETARU Beach Bar will offer an all-day menu for casual dining. As the sun sets, the action shifts upstairs and the restaurant and indoor/outdoor cocktail bar comes to life. The central robata grill, the beating heart of the restaurant buzzes with activity making for an immersive, shared experience.
BIRTHDAYS
10/03 Federico Zerla, Grand Beach Hotel
10/05 Kleber Topiol, Honorary Member
10/06 Mark Joseph, Hilton Bentley
10/07 Michael Romei, Honorary Member
10/07 Marcelo Rivero, LC Network
10/09 Eduardo Rosello, InterContinental
10/10, Claude Dussault, Grand Beach
10/15, Jonathan Marin, Acqualina
10/15 Nick Van Setlak, EDITION
10/16 Erwin Besems, Fontainebleau
10/18 Akeem Robinson, Mondrian
10/18 Viorica Dumbrava, SLS Hotel
10/18 Crispy Soloperto, The Standard
10/19 Ligia Soares, Oceana Bal Harbour
10/22 Claudia Abma, Fontainebleau
10/23 Ceasar Ramirez, Setai Hotel
10/24 Alberto Britos, Fontainebleau
10/24 Lilian Pineda, St. Regis Residences
10/26 Angela Alarcon, Fontainebleau
10/27 Christian Polanco, FAENA House
10/31 Luis Diaz, FAENA House
EVENTS
Miami Attractions
October 1 - 31
South Florida

Perfect for the whole family, take advantage of promotions and special discounts to Miami’s hottest attractions during Miami Attractions Month. Highlights include special promotions to visit Everglades National Park, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Zoo Miami, Miami Seaquarium, the Miccosukee Indian Village and more!
Miami International Auto Show
October 5 - 13
Miami Beach Convention Center

Always a crowd favorite for car enthusiasts and gearheads alike, head to the Miami Beach Convention Center for the 48th annual Miami International Auto Show. Check out the latest models of cars, trucks and SUVs from more than 40 of the world’s top auto manufacturers. Tickets start at $15 per person.
Italian Film Festival
October 5-9
Regal Cinema 18
Lincoln Road, South Beach

Enjoy the best short films and documentaries that Cinema Italia has to offer. The Italian Film Festival will take place at Regal Cinema 18 on Lincoln Road in South Beach. All films are in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets start at $12 per person.
Burger King Beach Run
October 6
Miami Beach, FL

Take part in a heart-pumping 5K or 10K race at Lummus Park in Miami Beach. The Burger King Beach Run is happening in the morning on October 6 and adult 5K registration starts at $45 per person. There’s also a “Kiddie Dash” for $10 per child (ages 3-8) and a post-race beach party that’s free for everyone.
Miami Carnival Parade and Concert
October 7
Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds

Dress in masquerade style and celebrate the heritage and traditions of the Caribbean at the colorful Miami Broward One Carnival. The annual event includes authentic eats, live music, lively parades and contests. Ticket prices vary and online pre-sold tickets start at $30 per person | VIP Experience $100 per person.
Grovetoberfest
October 13
Peacock Park
Coconut Grove, FL

Check out the largest craft brew festival in Florida. Happening at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, Grovetoberfest offers festival-goers the opportunity for unlimited samples from a variety of 400 local and regional brews, plus exotic and rare varieties. Tickets start at $44 for general admission at 4 p.m., $74 for early access admission at 3 p.m. (plus a souvenir pint glass and a backpack), and $89 for VIP admission at 2 p.m. (includes a souvenir pint glass, t-shirt and access to specialty beer).
Race for the Cure
October 13
Bayfront Park
Downtown Miami, FL

Join thousands of runners for the annual Susan G. Komen Miami Race for the Cure at waterfron Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. Funds are used to support breast cancer research. Entry fees start at $40 for adults and $25 for youth under 16.
South Beach Seafood Week
October 16-20
Lummus Park & Various Restaurants
Miami Beach, FL

Eat your heart out at the annual South Beach Seafood Week at some of the hottest restaurants in South Beach. Brought to you by Breakthru Beverage Florida and CI Management, the festival helps kick off the annual Stone Crab season and will feature some of Miami’s best restaurants during the week leading up to the main event on Saturday at Lummus Park. General admission tickets start at $45 per person. Special event, VIP and Chef Showdown tickets are available as well.
Thank you to our index sponsors:
SPORTS
Miami Dolphins
vs. Chicago
10/14: 1:00pm
Florida Panthers
vs. Columbus
10/11: 7:00pm

vs. Vancouver
10/13: 7:00pm

Miami Hurricanes
vs. FSU (RIVALRY)
10/13: TBD
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
ETARU Hallandale
111 S Surf Road
Hallandale, FL 33009
954-271-3222

ETARU Hallandale, a restaurant featuring contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine. The menu centers on dishes from the robata grill, which originates from the fishermen of the Northern coastal waters off Japan, who would cook the fish on the boats with different charcoals and share the bounty with one another using their oars.  Brought to the United States by  Rainer Becker , co founder and creator of Zuma restaurants worldwide and ROKA London.
 
During the day, ETARU Beach Bar will offer an all-day menu for casual dining. As the sun sets, the action shifts upstairs and the restaurant and indoor/outdoor cocktail bar comes to life. The central robata grill, the beating heart of the restaurant buzzes with activity making for an immersive, shared experience. 
Obra Kitchen Table

1331 Brickell Bay Dr
Miami, FL 33131
305-846-9363

The first stateside eatery from lauded Venezuelan chef Carlos Garcia, Obra offers all the South American flavors on which he built his reputation on in a more relaxed setting. The cuisine centers around dishes made on the Josper grill with dishes like roasted clams, octopus carbonara, and pork pernil, all served in a space featuring a large wrap counter and an open kitchen where guests can literally get a front seat to the action.
Ono Poke Shop

2320 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
786-618-5366

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.
FABULOUS 4
OCT 15: Stone Crab Season is BACK

South Florida restaurants will have the delicious

"Stone Crab season opens October 15 each year and runs through May 15. The majority of Florida Stone Crab claws are commercially harvested off the southern tip of Florida's peninsula, from the Florida Panhandle to Key West."
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.
Top Golf Miami Gardens

Topgolf is the premier golf entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout. Score even bigger with Topgolf's extensive food and beverage menu that is sure to impress even the pickiest foodies. It's not golf - it's Topgolf. Give it a shot!
COOL APP
Google Duo
Want to make video calls without a hassle? Google Duo is a great alternative to FaceTime. You can connect with everyone regardless if they have an Android or iPhone. It works on Wi-Fi and cellular, and there is now support for the iPad.
WALL OF FAME
Submit your TripAdvisor reviews to info@sfcaonline.com to be featured in the Maestro.
Shore Club South Beach
Neto

Prior to arriving I reached out to the concierge as I wanted to surprise my wife roses in the room. I spoke with Neto, the concierge, and he said he would take care of it. When we arrived on July 3rd, in our room was a gorgeous bouquet of 1 1/2 dozen long stem roses. As I wanted to make the first day special. We spent the day a the pool. I asked Neto to find a place for us to have a great dinner and see the fireworks for July 4th. Neto did not disappoint...It was a perfect day and evening and to end the evening when we returned to our rom there was a bowl of fruit and Champaign waiting for us. The Thursday night Neto again sent a surprise to our room. Thank you Neto, you truly made the stay amazing.
Credits

SFCA President & CEO: Miguel Pena
Editor: Joey Oros

We hope that you enjoyed this edition of Maestro.