Alex Rodriguez was recently seen having lunch at Hillstone in Coral Gables with his publicist Ron Berkowitz and Rakonteur raconteurs Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of Cocaine Cowboys and The U fame. Could there be some sort of movie in the works about Rodriguez’s trials and tribulations? We asked and were told that it was “Just a first meeting and introduction to Alex,” said Berkowitz.
No word if the embattled slugger checked out the bathrooms (Rodriguez was rumored to be cozying up to a brunette in a stall at the Delano last week).
As for Corben, he was focusing on other important things, telling us: “Lunch was excellent. I look forward to going back and trying the sushi next time. And to see if they ever change the etching on the door from Houston’s to Hillstone.”
In town to meet with a potential investment partner in a Major League Soccer franchise for Miami, David Beckham paid a visit Tuesday to the JW Marriott Marquis Miami to greet members of the Brazil national soccer team before its Saturday match against Honduras. During his visit a fan shouted, “When’s the team coming down to Miami?” Beckham responded, “Ah, we’ll see.” On Wednesday, Beckham was spotted having a power lunch at Zuma with a group of gentlemen, including Bolivian billionaire and Beckham’s rumored business partner, Marcelo Claure.
French Master Chef Nathalie Nguyen had dinner Wednesday at db Bistro Moderne. The same night, comedian Norm MacDonald was seen with friends at former Top Chef Masters contestant and four-star Chicago chef Tony Mantuano’s just-opened restaurant, Lorenzo at The Redbury South Beach.
Retired baseballer Sammy Sosa just dropped $7.6 million on a 7-bedroom, 81/2-bath estate in Golden Beach. “Sammy is a big fan of Miami,” says Nelson Gonzalez of EWM Realty International/Christie’s International Real Estate, who had the listing. “This is one of the most beautiful homes in all of Golden Beach. I’ve no doubts he is truly going to enjoy it.”
Another former baseballer, Mike Piazza, joined four friends Monday for dinner at Catch Miami at the James Royal Palm. Lil Wayne was spotted having dinner Thursday at Prime 112 with Young Money Entertainment President Mack Maine. Sitting a few tables away were Dallas Mavericks players Shawn Marion and Devin Harris, in town to take on the Heat Friday night. Also seen in the house: speed demon Marco Andretti.
Typically flip-flops-and-fancy-free Key West gets all dolled up for the Key West Film Festival red carpet awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Casa Marina Hotel. Expected are screenwriter/producer/director Paul Haggis, to receive a career achievement award, Mariel Hemingway, who stars in Running From Crazy and is hosting a post-screening event at her grandfather’s house; and John Waters.