Cafeina- Great things come in “Threes: ” Cafeina kicks-off its three-year anniversary month with the debut of The Mezzanine (located upstairs inside the main lounge), which has been redesigned by Todd Corder as a 1920s-inspired speakeasy and features a new artisanal cocktail menu – designed by master mixologist David Boxwill – available exclusively at the newly constructed upstairs bar. “I wanted to honor our pioneering spirit by re-inventing ourselves yet again,” says Colombian-born owner and founder Ivette Naranjo, who first opened Cafeina’s oversized steel doors during Art Basel 2009 making it the first official lounge in the burgeoning district. “It’s been an amazing ride these past few years and I look forward to being part of this Arts District’s development as a fixture in Miami’s cultural landscape.” For a special treat, try Cafeina’s new lunch menu, which is served inside the beautiful gallery. Most items are priced below $10. Naranjo, plans to continue the three-year anniversary celebrations by launching a new boozy brunch called “RETOX” on Sunday, March 31st to be followed by the official three-year anniversary party on Thursday, April 4th. Stay tuned for additional details along with the announcement of Cafeina’s new tapas menu. For more information, click here.
Funkshion: Head to Funkshion Fashion Week in Miami Beach from March 20- March 23 for a fashion and music infused celebration of emerging designers who will showcase their collections accompanied by live bands and up-and-coming DJs. On March 21, at 9:00 p.m., in addition to the shows, Vice Mayor Michael Gongora will present the Key to City of Miami Beach to DJ Irie on behalf of the work that the DJ Irie Foundation has done for South Florida’s youth, followed by an after party with a special live performance by Hispanic Heritage Award Winner: Bea Pernia. The Funkshion Fashion Tents are located at Collins Park (21st Street and Collins Ave in Miami Beach). The public is invited to Funkshion free of charge. RSVP here.
Khong’s Chef’s Table: Thai restaurant Khong River House is launching its Chef’s Table series this month. The series’ inaugural dinner will be on March 28 at 8:00 p.m. and will feature Richard Hales of Sakaya Kitchen as Chef Bee’s guest chef in the kitchen. Tickets cost $55 per person and include a cocktail. For reservations, call the restaurant at 305-763-8147. Also, in honor of National Noodle Month (March), Khong River House is offering Noodles Four Ways as a special dish all month long for $24.
Youth Fair Eating Tour: Whether it’s been decades since you’ve visited the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition or you still count the days until its arrival, this year’s fair promises much more than just elephant ears and gut-wrenching rides. With more than 170 food vendors, there is something to satisfy every palate. Carly’s Seaside Grille Concession is bringing a little bit of the sea inside The Youth Fair. Stephen Ebers, better known as Lobster Steve, will be grilling up special seafood dishes for fair-goers to enjoy. Pickel Barrel Sirloin Tips’ owner Joseph Colglazier is cooking up fancy food at the Youth Fair. The dishes on his menu will sound more like a steakhouse restaurant than a concession stand. Also check out the Amish stand and The Best Around concession stand for one-of-a-kind desserts. And don’t miss Frangakis BBQ where Tony Frangakis is preparing true Texan style barbeque and debuts his Big Beef Rib- a 2-pound hunky and juicy, tender beef rib on a 17-inch rib bare-bone rib- Fred Flinstone comes to mind! The Youth Fair is located on Coral Way (SW 24th Street) at 112th Ave. Gates open on weekdays at 3 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays at 12 p.m. and at 12 p.m. during Spring Break, which takes place March 22 – 29.
BrazilFoundation at Vizcaya: The Brazil Foundation will hold its second annual gala on March 26, at the gorgeous Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. The evening will honor influential social investors and bring together over 400 leaders from the worlds of business, diplomacy, academia, fashion and art to generate resources for the community-led initiatives funded by the BrazilFoundation. Television and radio host Pedro Andrade and Brazilian actress Carolina Ferraz will emcee the evening. Rising international star Naldo, who recently toured with Fat Joe in Brazil, will be making his official U.S. debut with a live musical performance at the charity gala. Beautiful models will showcase Graff Diamonds throughout the evening, and select designs from Brazilian jewelry designer Carla Amorim will be available for auction. For tickets and more information, visit the website.