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Black Ties, Ball Gowns & Blackjack: The Paradise Casino

Loy Anderson, Kristina & Brad McPherson, Bettina Anderson, Kent Anderson

Loy Anderson, Kristina & Brad McPherson, Bettina Anderson, Kent Anderson

When you “Buy-In” to the Paradise Casino Palm Beach, you are betting on a night for the books. Elegant gowns, snazzy suits, and fancy cars will invade the Flagler Museum on Friday, November 27th, 2015. The who’s who of Palm Beach and New York patronize the growing event each year. As the Sun Sentinel put it last year,

“Truly unique and unlike any other party or fundraiser coming up this season.” 

The event is hosted by the founders of The Paradise Fund to raise funds for their philanthropic endeavors focused on children in desperate need. The event targets the new generation of young professionals in support of making an impact on the ongoing political, environmental, health, educational and social problems being faced by children around the world today.

What to expect:

-MORE gaming tables. Blackjack, craps, roulette… Use your winnings to purchase tickets which enters you into a raffle to win prizes that won’t disappoint. We are talking Tuscan Wine Experiences, a ONE-OF-A-KIND Salvatore Ferragamo handbag, and Fashion Week in Milan VIP Package for 2.
-Live music
-Exotic drinks

-Exquisite hour d’ouerves

Paradise Casino has been graciously sponsored by Inger Anderson, The Fanjul Family, Florida Crystals, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Rocco’s Tacos, Arvo Katajisto, Vivify, Brooks Bishop, James Held & Kenn Karakul, and Island Company.

Ticket Prices

$250 Regular “Buy-Ins”
Regular “buy-in” guests will join at 8pm and the gaming tables will be open.

$500 VIP tickets
VIP guests will enjoy a private VIP reception with The Paradise Fund team and event Sponsors from 7pm to 8pm.

Click Here to Buy-In

Twitter @TheParadiseFund
Instagram @TheParadiseFund

Click Here to view a video of Paradise Casino 2013…

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Are You Ready to Fight Cancer? Get ready to Rock Palm Beach in February

2015 American Cancer Society Rock Palm Beach Gala Co-Chairs, Lori Stoll and Shelley Menin

2015 American Cancer Society Rock Palm Beach Gala Co-Chairs, Lori Stoll and Shelley Menin

The 2016 American Cancer Society Annual Palm Beach Gala will celebrate 58 years of being blessed with faithful and generous patrons who will help make Rock Palm Beach one of the social scene’s “must attend” events!

Honorary Chairman Patrick Park, Co-Chairmen Lori Stoll and Shelley Menin, Vice Chairman Kitty Silverstein along with Junior Chairman Jesse Stoll have very exciting things in store and can’t wait to showcase an even bigger event than last year’s! The affair will feature fabulous food and great music provided by an All-Star band and special, surprise musical guests!

The American Cancer Society, whose mission is to create a world with less cancer and celebrate more birthdays each year, has been fighting cancer for over a century, has been at the forefront of every major cancer breakthrough and boasts having funded 47 Nobel Prize winners since 1946.

Has cancer invaded the life of someone close to you – a family member, friend or neighbor? If you’re ready to join the fight against cancer, save the date and plan to attend this year’s event on Friday, February 5, 2016 at The Mar-a-Lago Club.

 If you would like to be part of this evening making a difference, please contact michelle.jaminet@cancer.org or

call Michelle at 561 655 3449

SAVE THE DATE:
2016 American Cancer Society Annual Palm Beach Gala
February 5th, 2016
at The Mar-a-Lago Club

Honorary Chairman:
Patrick Park

Chairmen:
Lori Stoll & Shelley Menin

Vice-Chairman:
Kitty Silverstein

Junior Chairman:
Jesse Stoll

View More: http://krystalzaskeyphotography.pass.us/letsrockpalmbeach

Click here to visit the Official American Cancer Society Island of Palm Beach Unit event page.

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Meat Market and Altima Palm Beach welcome Patrick McMullan– SEASON DÉBUT

The Altima team is so proud once again to exclusively represent Patrick McMullan in South Florida!  THE renowned National Celebrity and Social photographer will be spending more time this season, and will be available to cover key events.  Altima and Meat Market Palm Beach VIPs as Palm Beach welcomes Patrick’s return during a special late night Happy Hour  on Wednesday, November 25th! Patrick will be there for dinner, and as in ‘true Patrick style’, he will be taking pictures of late night happy hour attendees enjoying tunes selected by  DJ Adam Lipson and complimentary Happy Hour priced drinks! Should prove to be a memorable evening with Patrick cataloging the highlights!

Attendance is limited, so please reserve your spot for Late-Night Happy Hour by clicking on image below or click here.

For information on how to book Patrick for your next event– private, family or charitable– please contact Maribel or call 561 833 8283

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Looks to Love: Whitney Baldwin Designs

 

Whitney Baldwin Designs

Pave Diamonds, Whitney Baldwin Designs

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

Studio 1696 presents a bazaar shopping experience highlighting the international collection from world travelers Lars Bolander & Nadine Kalachnikoff. This season they plan to host an eclectic and inspiring roster of vendors including Whitney Baldwin Designs. Baldwin creates authentic jewelry designs from the four natural elements- earth, fire, air and water. She personally handcrafts the pieces with South Seas Baroque pearls, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, quartz crystals, gold and sterling silver.

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South Sea Baroque Pearl Necklace, Whitney Baldwin Designs

In 2004, Baldwin started designing and marketing jewelry influenced by her individual style while residing in Sante Fe.

Carnelian Geodes, Whitney Baldwin

Carnelian Geodes, Whitney Baldwin

Whitney Baldwin Designs donates 5% of net profits monthly to non-profit local wildlife sanctuaries for the conservation, education and rehabilitation of endangered species of animals.

From February 15-18, 2016,  5% of sales or a portion of sales will benefit the Gentlemen of the Garden.

Semi Precious Stone Stretch Bracelets, Whitney Baldwin Designs

Semi Precious Stone Stretch Bracelets, Whitney Baldwin Designs

Follow Whitney Baldwin Designs on Facebook.

 

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Palm Beach Profile: The Dish on ‘Knife Fight’ Celebrity Chef Sean Brasel

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

As Meat Market’s very own Chef Sean Brasel prepares to duel it out in the kitchen on the Esquire Network during Season 4 of Knife Fight, our team went behind the scenes to get the real dish on Palm Beach’s celebrity chef. (Watch the episode during a Special Happy Hour at Meat Market on Tuesday, November 17th. Limited Attendance, RSVP below.)

Born and raised in Colorado, Chef Brasel launched his career as sous chef at Cliff Young’s in Denver. He attended Madeleine Kamman’s School for American Chefs in Napa Valley and shortly after began his business as a restaurant consultant. Chef Brasel and his business partner, David Tornek, opened several restaurants in Denver before moving to Miami, Fla where they introduced two restaurant’s to the South Beach scene. Meat Market was created as a modern take on the classic American steakhouse, now raved about from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami and Palm Beach, Florida. Keep on reading to find out who Chef Brasel refers to as “Beethoven in the Kitchen”, what culinary trips he is planning next, as well as what to look forward to at Meat Market during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival MIAMI TAKEOVER.

Altima: What dishes should guests look out for this season?
Chef Sean Brasel: Developing a new Dover Sole and adding a rotating Mixed Grill featuring exotic cuts of meat, working on some fresh salads featuring local farms.

Altima: Who do you look up to in your industry? Why?
Chef Sean Brasel: There are so many talented chefs and restaurateurs out there, I really can’t name just one, but if I was too I am in awe of the mastermind Grant Achatz. He is like Beethoven in the kitchen.

Altima: We read your bio on the Meat Market website where it states, “Brasel and Tornek focused much of their attention on bringing the American steakhouse into the 21st century with Meat Market.” What need did you see in the American steakhouse that you wanted to change?
Chef Sean Brasel: There isn’t anything specific we wanted to change, we just thought doing it our way is a little more different than the old connotation of the dark wood classic cigar smoking steakhouse.

Altima: When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
Chef Sean Brasel:
I loved cooking ever since I was young; I just didn’t realize it could be a reality until I was 19.

Altima: How do you get your inspiration?
Chef Sean Brasel: Inspiration comes from many different sources, sometimes just touring a farm and tasting a delicious fresh mango or strawberry can give you inspiration. As a chef, I am an avid reader and always looking to learn new techniques and patterns in cooking. That also gives inspiration when you read a cool idea and you say to yourself, “Wow, I never thought of combining those flavors.”

Altima: Favorite kitchen equipment or gadget?
Chef Sean Brasel: I am falling back to basics and am really in love with my mortar pesto. It’s a way of crushing for flavor without the electronic things that we have come to depend on. It really makes you think about the outcome of the product thru process.

Altima: Best cooking tip for a novice in the kitchen (Especially for the holidays…)
Chef Sean Brasel:
Plan your menu! Planning is execution and without proper planning, you can overcook things or have items not made correctly as your rushed to finish them.

Altima: What do you consider your proudest moment in life?
Chef Sean Brasel: Very tough question. I once catered a Super Bowl event for 3500 people at Miami Bayside. Most of the staff were culinary students. It was nothing but work for 2 weeks straight, and lots of organizing but once that event was running perfectly, it felt so amazing.

Altima: Where do you enjoy spending your weekends?
Chef Sean Brasel: I enjoy working on Saturday nights, and sleeping in on Sunday and going to brunch.

Altima: Top 3 Happy Hours in and around Palm Beach?
Chef Sean Brasel: I don’t know. With the exception of Meat Market. I don’t get the chance to explore different Happy Hours as much as I’d like.

Altima: Next vacation?
Chef Sean Brasel: I am going to Japan and Guam in November cooking some fabulous Certified Angus Beef Steaks for a few select dinners.

Altima: Any pets?
Chef Sean Brasel: Not right now. I do miss my old dog.

Altima: What do you normally wear outside of the kitchen?
Chef Sean Brasel: If I am not in my gym workout clothes, then I am in jeans and a t-shirt

Altima: Biggest pet peeve?
Chef Sean Brasel: I have a big pet peeve with my cooks who tell me the easy answer versus telling me the truth like, “Chef I burnt this product.” Instead blaming everyone else who supposedly turned up the oven or the flame.

Altima: What are some of the highlights we can look forward to at Meat Market’s MIAMI TAKEOVER during the annual Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival?
Chef Sean Brasel: Miami Takeover in Palm Beach will have some amazing chefs in Miami working together. We are working on creating something different to bring to Palm Beach by featuring our own take on what Miami cuisine is and how we can use one specific local product to showcase our individual culinary twist of Miami flavors. The lineup features some of the best culinary talent in Miami right now and I’m excited to get cooking with them!

Knife Fight, Equire Network feat. Meat Market’s Chef Sean Brasel
NOVEMBER 17TH | 9 PM EST

Looking for tickets to the Knife Fight? Our club members are invited to cheer on Chef Brasel as he competes for the title of ‘Culinary Master of the Universe’. The screening will allow guests to watch the show a week before airdate. Meat Market will provide Happy Hour pricing for bar guests and complimentary bites that Chef Brasel created while on the show (These dishes have never before been seen on the menu!)
RSVP HERE

 

 

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Best Halloween Party in Palm Beach, Ready Go…

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing writer

Before you even think about buying your ticket for this year’s Gentlemen of the Garden’s (GOG) Halloween party, you better have a costume in mind. Simply donning a witch hat or cat ears will not do. It is the one time of year you are invited to dress all out in the most haunting, whimsical, romantic, childish and sometimes sexy costume you can think of. And the best place to do it in Palm Beach County? The annual GOG Halloween party.

On Friday, October 30th, the party will kick off at 8 p.m. at Lynora’s Osteria207 Clematis Street, Downtown West Palm Beach. Ticket sales in the past have supported the GOG’s philanthropic contributions to landscaping and environmental beautification projects including Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Mounts Botanical Gardens, The Community Foundation Green Fund, and The YMCA of the Palm Beaches.

You can purchase tickets at www.thegog.org
$200 per person (Under 40 $150)

As mentioned above, a costume is mandatory!
Need a little inspiration? Check out costumes from last year at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.

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UBER-ly Excited for the Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show!

If you are quick, you might have already caught on to the title. It is true, the 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show is not only going to spoil you with its stellar array of coveted artistry, but Uber’s rideshare services, the Show’s new partner, will make your experience seamless. Before heading out to one of the most anticipated ART shows at the Palm Beach County Convention Center this season, remember to a) download the Uber app if you have not already and b) plugin code “FINECRAFT” (New users only) for a complimentary ride (up to $20) to or from the venue.  The code will be activated in February.

Each year in late February, thousands of art connoisseurs, interior designers, curious locals and tourists make plans to spend part (if not all) of the weekend perusing the impressive showcase dubbed the #1 Fine Craft Show in America” by  Art Fair Source Book. From February 26-28 2016, the convention center will feature 135 of the nation’s top contemporary craft artists who have mastered the intricacies of glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, fashion, jewelry and more.

Altima’s idea to form the partnership between Uber and PBFCS came as the solution for an easy parking option which allows patrons and special guests to avoid long lines at the valet parking or self-parking. Read more from Alexandra Clough of the Palm Beach Post Blog, Who ya gonna call? Uber, if you’re attending convention center show”.

If you are interested in hearing more about Altima’s Public Relations and Marketing services for your events, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

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Join Author Annie Falk with a Seat at the ‘Swank Table’

Swank Farm Dinner

Swank Farm Owners, Darrin and Jodi Swank

The Farm-to-Table buzz has not only been a movement encouraging a healthier and cleaner form of consumption, but marketed in such a way that will make you want to eat up every bit of the dining experience. Annie Falk, entertaining doyenne and author, has teamed up with Swank Specialty Produce for their annual “Swank Table” al fresco dinner series hosted right in the middle of their fresh field of greens sourced by top restaurants in all of Florida!

Joining Falk on December 6th will be the “Best Of” Florida’s farmers, ranchers, artisanal producers, micro-brewers, distillers and organic wine makers, who have curated a multi-course meal inspired by Hamptons Entertaining, Falk’s newest book. A $350 ticket will get you a seat at the Swank Table, a signed copy of Falk’s  book Palm Beach Entertaining, preferred VIP seating, and a professional photo of you and your guests with the author Annie Falk. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida.

BYOL- Don’t forget to Bring Your Own Lantern for your table and add your own little flare to this rustic retreat. Join your hosts as they illuminate the barn at sunset!

SAVE THE DATE (And your appetite!): Sunday, December 6th | 4:00 to 6:00 PM 


PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

If you can’t wait until December (like us), you can purchase Annie’s newest book, Hamptons Entertaining on Amazon and brush up on your host(ess) skills in the meantime!

SWANK FARMS SIZZLE REEL from grapeseeker on Vimeo.

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

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Racial murders happening in our own backyard…… Thank you One Jupiter for raising awareness through exhibit of Guatemalan Art and local history

I’m always asked to click the right box.. Am I Hispanic/Latino  or Caucasian?  It was an added plus when applying to Ivy League colleges, as there was a quota to be filled, but for some reason,years later, I’ve continued to click the ‘Latino’ box… It’s just something I’ve always done in an effort to champion opportunities for fellow Hispanics who will go way beyond what is required to prove themselves.   Recent vocalizations by running officials and hate crimes this past month have made me more passionate…I’ve witnessed first-hand employees who have crossed the Rio Grande, lost a spouse during their treacherous trip at the hands of greedy smugglers, only because they were eager to work hard, pay taxes/social security (which they do) .  In my case, the surviving spouse continued to pay taxes hoping to become legalized, and sent whatever was left to her children in Guatemala… (like her there are so many…) 

Then we hear about 18 year old Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos...who came to this country to support his family in Guatemala.  An aspiring young chef, murdered because the color of his skin.  Funds needed to be raised to ship his body back to Guatemala.. Ironic, as he was trying to bring his family here legally, and he is sent back in a body bag ONLY after monies were raised to ship him back….A tragedy which never would have happened without the HATE involved, and triggered by some of our influential community leaders.

So here’s the good news:

One Jupiter Community event is a Jupiter community initiative, created with the collaboration  of El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center,  Jupiter Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta and the Town of Jupiter Community Center all of whom decided to make a difference with an extensive exhibition of Guatemalan art and local history on display at the Jupiter Community Center beginning on September 10th.    We are All one and we need to remember that!

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In addition, please join the Jupiter Lighthouse ArtCenter as they celebrate Guatemalan Legacy and remember Onesimo on September 18th.  Event is free for all ages and will begin at 5:30 pm at Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail.  At 6pm, there will be showing of the documentary film, “Brother Towns.” The film is the story of two towns linked by immigration, family and work: Jacaltenango, a highland Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, our coastal town where many Jacaltecos have settled. Following the film will be a discussion led by Jamie Stuve (President and CEO of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society), Dr. Timothy Steigenga (Professor of Political Sciences and Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Florida Atlantic University) and Jeronimo Camposeco (advocate and expert in social and anthropological research including consulting on farm worker labor practices and Maya culture for various universities).

Read more 

To help Onesimo’s family with expenses, please visit www.youcaring.com/inmemoryofonesimo  they have raised $1,150, but they’re not at the finish line yet…

For more information on how to get involved, contact Cynthia Trone, Director of Education at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, cynthia@lighthousearts.org,

(561) 748-8737.

 

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Shoe Lovers will appreciate this…

 

shoe design, wearable art

I buy the shoe because I love the way it looks… and then, I suffer...  Who says shoe lovers are practical? We may not be able to wear these particular shoes, but we do get to fantasize. Who better than the wife of one of our favorite designers to come up with these whimsical designs are masterpieces to inspire our fantasies?

Jane Weitzman, noted philanthropist, will be one of the highlights of the 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show February 26th  through February 28th, 2016. Jane, wife of famed shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman, will be a special guest at what is considered to be the #1 Fine Craft Show in the country, according to Art Fair Source book, a leading resource in the industry.

Author of Art and Sole, a visual representation of the many renowned artisans commissioned to realize her whimsical inspirations, Jane will be one of several highlights at the upcoming 2013 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. 

So we can’t wear them, but how fun is it to fantasize!

Jane will be supporting three local Palm Beach charities during her presence in Palm Beach.  Glades Academy Foundation, Center for Creative Education, and talk about the perfect tie in Shuzz Foundation!  We’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, visit The Palm Beach Craft Show for updates