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LDV’s John Meadow believes in Miami nightlife

 

mmarr@miamiherald.com

Sleep is taking a back seat for John Meadow. The co-owner of LDV Hospitality has loads going on. He’s a newish dad — daughter Grace is 16 months old — and he’s got his other new baby in Miami Beach.

Meadow’s 5-year-old company oversees 15 hot spots across the country including Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau and is handling all food and beverage for the Gale South Beach Hotel, with new venues Dolce Italian, Regent Cocktail Club and Rec Room.

“With their charming, intimate feel, these smaller hotels are such a great opportunity for us,’’ says Meadow, who was born in California but moved to NYC as a child. “We believe in Miami and all the extraordinary growth. It only gets better.”

Another hazard of his profession: eating out. “I think I’ve had the white pizza at Dolce every night,” says Meadow, 32. “It’s becoming more and more challenging. You have to learn to balance it out with salad.”

Not my man

Rachael Ray’s hubby John Cusimano was outed as a potential swinger by The National Enquirer, but that won’t keep the Food Network star from doing what she does best at the SoBe Wine & Food Fest, cooking and chit chatting at the Amstel Lite Burger Bash. Ray’s publicist told The New York Daily News that the story saying Cusimano had visited NYC club Checkmate was a lie.

What’s cooking

The Taste has taste. Fort Lauderdale home coo Sarah Schiear made the cut on Tuesday night’s premiere of ABC’s “blind” cooking competition (mentors/judges have no idea whose food they’re trying). Chef/author Ludo Lefevbre enjoyed Schiear’s seared scallop with peach habanero salsa and added her to his team. He’s on a panel with Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and restaurateur Brian Malarkey. Sadly, Chef Todd Erickson, of HaVen Gastro-Lounge and soon to open Huahua’s, was sent home for his ahi tuna. The prize: a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and $100,000 from Hellmann’s.

Secret rendezvous

Did Kim Kardashian have an affair with Kanye West while still with Reggie Bush? Rapper/producer Consequence said on Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club that he provided transportation to hotels for the clandestine couple about three years ago.

On the tube

True crime fans, tune in 10 p.m. Saturday to 48 Hours on CBS. Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown will be talking about Narcy Novack and her brother Cristobal Veliz, who were found guilty in connection with the plot to kill her husband, Ben Novack Jr., and her mother-in-law, Bernice Novack, heirs to the Fontainebleau hotel fortune.

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