Miami’s own Jeremy Ford, winner of “Top Chef,” is now serving as the city’s #DrinkGoodDoGood campaign ambassador. What that means is for every fruit and veggie selfie posted on social media channels with the hashtag DrinkGoodDoGood, Naked Juice will donate 10 pounds of produce to communities in need. Nearly 30 million Americans — that’s about one out of every 10 people — live in food deserts. According to a recent survey, only half of Miami residents realize it’s an issue in their own backyards.
Cher, who used to live on La Gorce Island and spend a lot of time at Koo Koo Roo chicken restaurant on Alton Road, is returning to Miami Beach on Aug. 19 for an LGBT Hillary Clinton fundraiser, according to Politico’s Marc Caputo. Clinton will not be at the fundraiser. Tickets are $250 for general admission and $5,000 for a photo op with the singer. No word on venue just yet.
We hear Miami nightlife veteran Alan Roth has joined Chariff Realty, which just opened a new office on the Upper East Side. Roth brokered the deal for Brooklyn-based gourmet pizzeria Paulie Gee’s Restaurant, which is slated to open in the next few weeks at 8001 Biscayne Blvd. Roth also designed the space. Apparently after 20 years in the nightlife business, Roth says he is really ready to settle down. “The past few years I’ve enjoyed the time off and traveling the world, but the time has come to enter the next chapter of my work career,” he says. “Between the residential side and commercial business all thriving in the Upper East Side, joining a class act group like Chariff made perfect sense. I’m excited about the future, I feel like it’s 1992 and I’m starting in the nightlife all over again.”
Defensive backs coach and soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer Ed Reed and Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee were spotted Sunday at American Social Las Olas. The duo, both University of Miami alumni, arrived together and had a few drinks at the Fort Lauderdale hot spot.