Lesley Abravanel

Politicians, stars support Miami Children’s Initiative

Scandal star Joe Morton was spotted Friday at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami for the Miami Children’s Initiative, which supports children and families of Liberty City. The charity event was followed by a rally, also at the hotel, for Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, where former President Bill Clinton attended and announced his endorsement of the candidate. Following the rally, Clinton was seen dining with a large group on the riverfront terrace at Zuma, where our spies say he “seemed relaxed with his group,” enjoying vegan dishes such as the spicy tofu salad with avocado. On Saturday, Clinton was seen playing golf at La Gorce Country Club with his brother-in-law, Hugh Rodham.

It was a family affair for Colombian musician Juanes and model-wife Karen Martinez, who were spotted Saturday enjoying brunch at Zuma while celebrating daughter Luna’s 11th birthday.

Star chefs Ferran Adria and Jose Andres (who has The Bazaar on South Beach) had dinner Sunday night at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

Following his filing to be a reserve police officer in Doral, Shaquille O’Neal had lunch Thursday with his girlfriend at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.

Grammy Award-winning record producer Jermaine Dupri joined a group of friends for dinner Friday at The Forge.

Perhaps celebrating the fact that a court ordered paternity test proved he is the father of Natasha Williams’ baby boy, Flo Rida made an after hours stop early Sunday morning at E11even Miami where he was spotted partying in the club’s VIP party pit, ordering bottles of Remy Martin and Ciroc Peach.

Congrats to Miami writer and Herald contributor Brett Graff, who signed a book deal with Seal Press. Graff's book, Not Buying It, will discuss how parents out of fear or competition overspend on kids, often to everyone’s detriment. University of Miami pediatrician Dr. Gwen Wurm will serve as lead child development consultant, providing advice and commentary. The book is expected out in March.

And good luck to Miami's own Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog of gastroPod fame, who will make his debut at 10 p.m. Thursday on the Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay. And oh how we hope he does.

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