Remember when Miami was a city in which no one ever seemed to eat? Now, like a potential Biggest Loser contestant, the city loves food. Frankly, we love the change. And this weekend is the perfect time to eat and drink with the Great Taste of the Grove, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Peacock Park featuring free admission and all sorts of ingestion opportunities. There are also activities that don’t involve stuffing your face, so be sure to check them out.
Shake-a-Leg Miami holds aSunset Sail
at 6 p.m. Saturday at its sailing center, 2620 S. Bayshore Dr., next toMonty’s
in Coconut Grove. The cost to sail off into the sunset is $40, and it benefits the nonprofit that offers lessons, water sports rentals and special outings in addition to being one of the largest adaptive water sports centers in the United States. To book your spot, go towww.shakealegmiami.org
or call 305-858-5550. And now back to eating and drinking. At 7 p.m. every Thursday for the rest of the month,Yes, Pasta! Trattoria Italiana
, 14871 Biscayne Blvd., is featuring a special dinner menu and live serenading by Emmy Award-winning singer/songwriterJorge Heilpern
, whose acoustic guitar and baritone are the ideal accompaniments to carbo loading.Stuffing one’s face is one way to cope with the brutality of tax season, and to ease the pain, RA Sushi
is extending is happy hour from 3 p.m. to closing Monday andBLT Steak at The Betsy
is offering half off all alcoholic beverages all day long Monday. If half off isn’t enough, how about free cocktails over atSake Blue
, 225 Altara St., where, from 8-9 p.m. every Friday, you’ll get free ZU & TY KU (Asian sake/vodka liqueur) cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as two for one well drinks from 4-7 p.m. Live music, too. For something completely over the topand
charitable, consider attending the birthday party ofMichael Capponi
, a man who wears many hats in nightlife, construction and philanthropy. This year’s celebration takes on a James Bond theme —The World Is Not Enough
, described by Capponi as “a spoof on the two polar opposite lives I lead today — one being in Haiti, the poorest country in this hemisphere, all the time and the other being in South Beach and throwing lavish parties.”And if there were a word more lavish than lavish, it should be used to describe the event, taking place from 8-11:30 p.m. Saturday on the Allure Shadow, a private yacht “so big that it won’t even fit under the MacArthur Causeway,” the promoter boasts. Those attending the splashy soiree — proceeds will 100 percent benefit Capponi’s relief efforts in Haiti via the United Way — will be water taxied from the Miami Beach marina to Virginia Key. The boat heads back to land at 11:30 p.m. so the party people can be shuttled to the official after party atLIV.
Considering the Bond theme, we might change the name toOne Party Is Not Enough
. Tickets are minimum donation of $150 for men and $20 for women and must be purchased in advance by calling the Capponi Group at 305-695-4410. For those who are always late, a water taxi shuttle will go back and forth from the Miami Beach Marina every 30 minutes. Space is limited to 750 people, and checks are payable to United Way of Miami.And if you can’t attend this year’s humanitarian hootenanny at sea, consider saving up for next year, when Capponi celebrates his big 4-0 in Jacmel, the city he is helping to revitalize in Haiti.