The Chew’s design expert Evette Rios has revamped many rooms over her career, but some are closer to her heart than others. The Brooklyn native’s most recent project is remodeling a relaxation room at La Liga Contra El Cancer in Miami. The non-profit organization is made up of doctors who volunteer their services to cancer patients at low or no cost.
“I thought it was important to create a good environment for people during what could be a big health crisis for them,” said Rios, who will be in town Friday for a private dedication ceremony. “ I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. It’s almost like an epidemic at this point.”
Rios also feels close to Miami, where she spent some time working on TLC’s now defunct DIY renovation show In A Fix.
The big time foodie, who lived in Miami Beach, remembered spending some quality meal time at Valentino Sul Mare Southern Italian restaurant.
“I love places where you can sit by the beach and eat,” said Rios, who lives in NYC, where the ABC daytime show is taped. “I don’t think there are as many as there should be, actually.”
Though leaning toward vegetarianism, Rios doesn’t give up the chance to eat meat, especially at events like SoBe Wine & Food Fest’s Burger Bash, hosted by her longtime buddy Rachael Ray.
“So amazing but expensive!” Rios said of the famed fest. “I don’t know how people afford that.”
In her downtime, the TV personality likes to cook for herself and filmmaker husband Stephen Davis, whom she married last May.
“I’m always making something, experimenting, even if it doesn’t come out well,” she said, laughing. “I like to approach the kitchen as an improvisational base. I’m not scared of it. It should be fun.”
Keep on truckin’
South Florida comfort food blogger Sef Gonzalez is hosting “The World’s Largest Food Truck Event Ever,” starting 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Magic City Casino. The man behind BurgerBeast.com will host the shindig featuring a whopping 70 mobile restaurants. Gonzalez hopes this event will set a Guinness World Record for Largest Parade of Food Trucks. Talk about meals on wheels.
Josh Duhamel is a little more ecofriendly than your average Hollywood hunk. The actor provides the voiceover for the OMEGA watch-presented documentary Planet Ocean, which was set to have its Miami premiere Tuesday night at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center. In town for the event is director Yann Arthus-Bertrand ( Home). The Frenchman said he made the 2012 film to bring attention to the ecological issues our oceans face.
Duhamel was chosen because “he is passionate about the cause,” Arthus-Bertrand said.
Plus the environment is always on the actor’s mind.
“It’s always something I’ve felt strongly about ever since I was a kid,” said the Safe Haven star, who will soon become a father with wife Fergie. “I loved being outside, and I had a fascination with animals, bugs, amphibians and reptiles. What I love about what I get to do is I get to make movies that are fun, like Transformers, but I have also been able to be a part of things like this.”