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In fine form: Phil Collins rocks benefit gala

Phil Collins at the Little Dreams Foundation, Dreaming On The Beach, Benefit Gala on March 11th, 2016, at The Fillmore in Miami Beach. (Photo by MagicalPhotos / Mitchell Zachs)
Phil Collins at the Little Dreams Foundation, Dreaming On The Beach, Benefit Gala on March 11th, 2016, at The Fillmore in Miami Beach. (Photo by MagicalPhotos / Mitchell Zachs)

Phil Collins made his return to the stage Friday as host and headliner of the 2nd Annual Little Dreams Foundation Benefit Gala at the Fillmore Miami Beach Theatre. Collins, a newish Miami Beach resident, had the packed house on their feet dancing and singing along to his classic hits, including In the Air Tonight, Take Me Home and Easy Lover. The benefit also featured performances from Foreigner front man Lou Gramm, Diego Torres, Alvaro Soler and DJ Irie.

STK Miami Beach celebrated its first birthday Thursday with a guest list that included Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary, singer Taylor Dayne, former NBA stars Carlos Boozer and Chris Copeland, and the Miami Heat’s DJ Irie.

Telenovela star William Levy was spotted Thursday at Komodo, enjoying drinks with friends and taking pictures in the restaurant’s signature outdoor birds’ nests.

Young Jeezy was spotted with friends Saturday hanging in the garden of HYDE Beach at the SLS South Beach.

StarChefs, a restaurant industry magazine, has announced its 2016 South Florida Rising Star Awards, “honoring up and coming chefs and hospitality professionals, who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene.” The magazine sent scouts from the Keys to Jupiter, visiting, they say, over 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers and more. No bathroom attendants, though.

“Wynwood and the Biscayne Corridor have supplanted South Beach as food destinations—even Coral Gables and Downtown have emerging scenes,” said Antoinette Bruno, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of StarChefs. “It’s a sure sign that locals, instead of tourists, are driving restaurant business, and they’re making it possible for young chefs to build successful, community-oriented businesses.”

“There’s no defining cuisine at the top of the market,” said Will Blunt, managing editor of StarChefs. “Whether it’s traditional Vietnamese or high-end and conceptual, the best food in South Florida is personal. It’s not trendy or derivative — and it has attitude.”

The winners will be honored at the StarChefs Rising Stars Gala on Wednesday, April 13 at Marlins Park beginning with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and followed by a tasting gala from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Feeding South Florida, a nonprofit food bank that distributes more than 40 million pounds of food per year. For more information, go tofeedingsouthflorida.org.

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