The YoungArts gala Saturday night beginning at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and followed by a dinner at the Alfred I. DuPont Building featured an A+ list of young talent and established legends. Among them: Mikhail Baryshnikov, jazz pianist/composer Chick Corea, dancer/choreographer Jacques D’Amboise, jazz pianist Shelly Berg, honoree Debbie Allen, artistic director/ choreographer Bill T. Jones, Tony Award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, artist James Rosenquist, YoungArts alum Adrian Grenier, Nickelodeon star Max Schneider, honoree and violinist Joshua Bell, The New Normal star Andrew Rannells, actress Marisa Tomei, actress Debi Mazar, and former Gossip Girl actress Zuzanna Szadkowski. After the swanky sit down dinner, Grenier, Tomei and Mazar were seen at the dessert party on a closed off Flagler Street where DJ Irie spun. Much later on, Baryshnikov, his longtime girlfriend Lisa Rinehart and Mazar were seen at the bar at The Raleigh.
For Tuesday’s launch of his newest book, The Fifth Assassin — a thriller about a serial killer who’s recreating the crimes of presidential assassins from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald — local bestselling author and TV host Brad Meltzer is headed to NY and trying to break the Guinness Book World Record for Most Secret Decoder Rings Worn In One Place. Meltzer will have the help of The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman for the attempt. Will they succeed? “My wife’ll kill me if we don’t,” Meltzer said, “since I made her schlep 1,000 decoder rings on the plane with us from Miami!” Meltzer will be signing books (and decoder rings) at 8 p.m. Friday Books & Books in Coral Gables.
Timbaland had dinner Thursday night at The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar with owner Shareef Malnik, actress girlfriend Gabrielle Anwar and promoter/construction chairman Michael Capponi to celebrate the launch of the Argentine Faena Hotel Group in Florida, which is working on a $550 million transformation of Art Deco landmark the Saxony, featuring the work of star-chitects Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaus. Capponi’s construction group has been hired to take on the construction of the Faena Hotel Group hotels in South Florida.
South Florida native and rapper Antoine McCollister, a.k.a. Ace Hood, was seen having a celebratory dinner for his girlfriend’s birthday Saturday night at The Forge with a group of 16.
Just before his Sunday show at the Fillmore, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro was seen enjoying brunch at Zuma with a large group of friends. Also at the downtown hot spot was English rapper Dizzee Rascal, seen supping and sipping raspberry passionfruit martinis with his girlfriend.
Emeril Lagasse is in town filming segments of his Cooking Channel show Emeril’s Florida with local chefs E. Michael Reidt of Area 31, Ortanique’s Cindy Hutson and 1500 Degrees’ Paula DaSilva.
Actress Tara Reid was seen having dinner Thursday at Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Southern Living has named Miami as one of the Tastiest Towns in the South, joining Memphis, Atlanta, Charleston, New Orleans, Austin and Asheville. “Miami has matured from the fusion flash of late ’80s into a spectacularly diverse, refined eating town,” according to the magazine. “Venture beyond South Beach: these days the best food is not on the beach — it’s on Biscayne Blvd, in the Design District and Wynwood, and beyond in Midtown, downtown and North Beach at spots like Sugarcane, Tuyo, Makoto, Scarpetta and The Federal,” writes senior editor Paula Disbrowe. To determine the tastiest, however, they want you to vote at southernliving.com/tasty.