Real Housewives sure love some Miami action. Two cast members from the Bravo franchise are in town to mix business with pleasure.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, catch Beverly Hills alum and new divorcée Adrienne Maloof at Bloomingdale’s Aventura jewelry department. Maloof, who is dating Jacob Busch, the 24-year-old heir to the Anheuser-Busch fortune, will host a trunk show of her Beverly Hills Gypsy Collection featuring “luxurious yet affordable statement earrings and necklaces,” according to a release.
And look for New Yorker Countess LuAnn de Lesseps hanging at the Eden Roc toward the end of next week. The fellow bachelorette — much younger wine importer Jacques Azoulay is fini — will talk to anyone who will listen about her dress line set to launch on a shopping network. The Countess’ publicist says she is focusing on “scripted TV” now and will be seen on the OWN show, Celebrities Undercover.
Carla Pellegrino will always have a souvenir from her stint on Top Chef: Seattle, back in 2012. The sexy, feisty 45-year-old chef showed off her scar on her right hand Thursday night on the rooftop of her upcoming restaurant, Touché, on the roof of downtown Miami cabaret nightclub E11EVEN.
“They barely showed what happened on TV,” said Pellegrino, who still has residual numbness from the accident in which she stabbed herself with a boning knife. “I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t stir. I was pretty useless.”
Useless no more. The Brazilian-born Pellegrino, formerly of the Vegas restaurant scene, is ready go with her Italian-accented menu at the airy, elegant spot, opening next month.
Forget any more reality television. “I have no time,” said Pellegrino. “The restaurant needs me. It’s like a newborn.”
Speaking of babies, Pellegrino had her daughter, Marcelle Braga, very young. The 30-year-old (yes!) is a model and actress .
Eat your veggies
Ray Newlands did the impossible on Monday at Miami Children’s Museum. The so-called Short Chef (not due to his height, but his everyday attire) got kids to eat salad! Newlands, who works with Michelle Obama on her anti obesity “Let’s Move” campaign, helped celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday by mixing up a giant bowl of greens in a (hopefully clean) tub shaped like a turtle. Little helpers tossed in healthy stuff like spinach, oranges, tomatoes, even broccoli. The ones who finished their plates were rewarded with something a little more kid-like: “green eggs and ham,” made with colored white chocolate and graham crackers.