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President Obama has a meal fit for a king in Miami

 
 
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony to honor veterans at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony to honor veterans at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
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Politics aside, a president’s gotta eat. Just ask Barack Obama, who was feted with a few fundraisers Friday. At the Pinecrest home of businesswoman/philanthropist Leslie Miller Saiontz, a 30-person dinner was catered by Chef David Catering, whose menu included Kobe hot dogs and tenderloin filet. Then there was the one at the Coral Gables home of personal injury attorney Ralph Patino, catered by Caffe Abbracci, where restaurant owner Nino Pernetti witnessed the Commander in Chief munching on pumpkin tartlette with crumbled amarettini cookies and miniature chocolate ganache cake. We’re sure the fitness-conscious first lady has the treadmill all warmed up.

Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan had dinner Friday night, party of three (possibly family, says our source), at Jazziz in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. Corgan caught Sounds of Vision, an instrumental pop-jazz trio. Dwayne “The Rock" Johnson, just back from Budapest (filming Hercules with Brett Ratner), joined three other guests Friday at The Forge to celebrate Johnson’s mother’s birthday.

Shania Twain was spotted with her family Sunday, enjoying a vegetarian brunch selection at Zuma.

Mazel tov to Mad Men’s Jared Harris, who wed former Miami nightclub lighting director Allegra Riggio Saturday night on the Lady Windridge yacht.

“We went from bus party, to boat party, to after party,” the new Mrs. Jared Harris recounted to The Miami Herald. “There was sun, wind, rain. A big band, [drag queen] Adora, and DJ Mark Leventhal. I wore angel wings, Erica Courtney jewels & Monique Lhuillier. Jared looked like a movie star in Brooks Brothers & Fluevog shoes. It was the funniest wedding ever, and people were absolutely nuts. They all said, ‘This is Miami?’ And I said, ‘This is my Miami!’”

An assortment of athletic types convened Friday night at SL at The James Royal Palm. Among them: basketball player Kris Humphries, footballer Jeremy Shockey, Paulina Gretzky — model and spawn of hockey legend Wayne — and her boyfriend, golfer Dustin Johnson.

After taking in the Miami Hurricanes game, Alex Rodriguez was seen dining with friends Saturday at Umi at Bianca at The Delano.

Pat Riley and Magic Johnson were seen sitting together Thursday at AAA for the Miami Heat game. Johnson was, says our spy, “his jovial self,” posing for pics and signing autographs.

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