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Friend of The Devil-
A Culinary Thriller by Mark Spivak

The name Mark Spivak has been synonymous with wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel for years.  Honored for ‘excellence in wine criticism’ during his stint as wine writer for the Palm Beach Post, the award winning author and former Sommelier recently completed his first culinary thriller—  “Friend of the Devil’, published by Black Opal Books in May 2016.  Set in Palm Beach in 1990, the novel tells the story of American’s most famous chef, who sold his sold to the Devil for fame and fortune.

Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into the restaurant’s vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef’s original partner; the chef’s ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano treats him like a feline’s catnip-stuffed toy.

Here’s what they’re saying on Amazon:

A little Kitchen Confidential, a little Real Housewives of Palm Beach, and a little Faust.”

Sex, drugs, and an upscale version of terducken called Bedouin stuffed poussin …this fast-paced existential drama has got something for everyone.

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This is not Mark’s first rodeo in the publishing world. His first book, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, tells the stories of twelve spirits that changed the world and created the cocktail culture. “It’s like sitting in a bar at closing time, listening to a good friend tell stories,” said one reviewer. “You never want it to end.”

He is also the author of Moonshine Nation; The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle, hailed as the definitive book on moonshine in America. The book traces the history of corn whiskey going back to the Colonial period and the Whiskey Rebellion, and provides profiles of actual moonshiners Mark visited throughout the Appalachian South.

If you are a lover of food, wine and great thrillers, join us during a special Happy Hour at Meat Market Palm Beach

Tuesday, October 18th 6-8pm, when Friend of the Devil comes home to Palm Beach

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Space is limited, kindly RSVP 

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While the Cats Away…Sequin to host Purrfect Shopping Event in Support of Palm Beach Island Cats on Thursday, August 4th

Fashionistas in Palm Beach already know that Sequin is the Cat’s Meow for accessorizing your latest look.  Always on trend, Sequin is offering a unique Pre-Season opportunity to add some new shiny adornments to your collection while supporting a great local cause….Palm Beach Island Cats.  Mark your calendar to stop into Sequin at 219 Worth Avenue on Thursday, August 4th between 5:30 and 8 p.m. to see the latest accessories, while sampling some hors d’oeuvres and sipping some refreshments. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the shopping event will graciously be donated to Palm Beach Island Cats, and the knowledgeable staff at Sequin is always willing to offer their styling skills as part of their personal service.

 

CATS by Astrid Looks like Jail Fresh off of celebrating their well-attended Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic which was recently held at Nick & Johnnie’s , the supporters of Palm Beach Island Cats continue to be pleased with the results of the local organization’s efforts which operate 365 days a year with no government support.  The Trap, Neuter, Release approach to managing feral felines in Palm Beach is one of the leading programs of its kind in the country.  Advocates of responsible pet ownership, Palm Beach Island Cats provides food, sterilization, vaccines and other medical care to the Island’s feral felines.  For more information or to make a donation, please visit pbislandcats.org.

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Le Rosey celebrates its 4th Annual Palm Beach Reunion

Missing:  Alvaro Gonzalez and Allison Reed (arrived after photographer left)

Palm Beach may be not be home to as many Roséens as Miami is, but after 4 years, the yearly reunion has become a destination!   This year, not only did we have our ‘ongoing local and neighboring loyals,’ We were also honored with anciens who flew in specifically for the event:  Alvaro Gonzalez who flew from Tampa and drove another hour to join us: Peter Bender who flew in from South America and of course nothing would keep one of our most devoted anciens, Ned Brown and his lovely bride Cristina from flying in to support us…  Now that’s loyalty!!

Other attending Rosey anciens included: Hashem Khosrovani, Bob Reynolds, Maria and Ian Slavin, Victoria de Rouvre-Selcuk, Allison Reed, James Grey, Fernando Marques, Mark McAlpin, Robert Riva, Warren Robbins and Molly Dalton Robbins, Henrik Vanderlip and Stoddard Vandersteel. 

A few who had to cancel last minute and were dearly missed:  Mitra Ashraf, Rene Silvin, Karine Aubery, Charles Hudson and Andrew Sullivan, Bill Solloway, Margie Allinson, Virginia Brilliant and Michelle Holcomb-Hoyos and Richard Trutanic.

Please click here to see pictures of the dinner at Bice Palm Beach

 

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PALM BEACH FINE CRAFT show invites
DEMETRIUS KLEIN DANCE COMPANY and ARTS DANCE GENERATION

Under the direction of The Palm Beach Show Group, the 14th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show which takes place February 16th through 19th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, will provide a showcase for local Palm Beach County performing artists.  The introduction of this new showcase will include performances by the Demetrius Klein Dance Company and Arts Dance Generation (Deborah Marquez, artistic director).  Their performance will be highlighted by classical and contemporary solo and group dance numbers. Featured soloist – Leigh Goldberger – WON the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet World Competition 2016 AND the Universal Ballet Competition 2016 in both the Classical and Contemporary categories.

Performing Friday, February 17th from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 18th from 1 to 3 p.m. will be seven dancers from the Demetrius Klein Dance Company.  The Arts Dance Generation is scheduled to perform with approximately 30 dancers on Sunday, February 19th from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Show hours are Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.   Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  For tickets and more information:  http://www.palmbeachfinecraft.com

Please click here for complimentary tickets

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Money Matters – Regardless of Age, Palm Beach Day Academy Graduates Lead Youth Program

Fritz Van der Grift, Victoria Ricker, and Robert Riva - of The Ricker Group at Morgan Stanley

Fritz Van der Grift, Victoria Ricker, and Robert Riva of The Ricker Group at Morgan Stanley

Even if your child does not aspire to become a Financial Advisor at one of the top firms in the world, it is safe to say that money matters regardless of where life takes you and it is never too early to learn how to use it wisely. Two Palm Beach Day Academy graduates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors, Fritz Van der Grift and Robert Riva recognized the need for a youth finance curriculum while looking back at their institutional education. More importantly, they realized the importance of ‘socially conscience’ investing.

“I think we can all agree that the primary reason people invest is to generate returns on their investment. In following that line of reasoning, those returns provide us and our loved ones with a better quality of life. As far as I’m concerned, the next logical question, why stop there?” Riva challenged.

The after-school program, Money Matters, meets every Monday at Palm Beach Day Academy from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.. Students learn basics associated with personal budgeting, cash flow analysis, interest rates, and astute financial decision making.

“While I am truly grateful for the education at Palm Beach Day, Deerfield, and Palm Beach Atlantic, I really never learned the basics of money management,” shared Van der Grift. He went on to add, “If we believe it’s important to be good stewards of our finances, we should also be socially aware of how those finances are impacting the world around us.”

Current Palm Beach Day Academy parents who enrolled their children include Marzia Precoda and Donna Lloyd George. Both feel it is important to expose their children to the basics of finances.

“My children’s well-rounded education is a priority for me. Languages, travel and exposure are important, but knowing how to plan for the future is fundamental,” says Precoda.

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Read more about the program in the Palm Beach Daily News

For information on enrolling in the class, contact Fritz Van der Grift or Robert Riva at 561-650-7500.

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Rock Palm Beach Presents Stellar Live Auction Line-Up

In just a few weeks, the 58th Annual Rock Palm Beach Gala at The Mar-a-Lago Club will be the place to be, and for a great cause! The affair promises to be a fun-filled event featuring a VIP champagne reception, fabulous food, music provided by an all- star band and a live auction featuring incredible items from a St Barts getaway for 4 people to a rare autographed Les Paul guitar. The American Cancer Society will use the proceeds from the event to help raise critical funds to support the fight against cancer.

Here are some items you can look forward to bidding on:

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WIMCO (The West Indies Management Company) – WIMCO presents a haute escape for up to four persons in one of its private villas on St Barthelemy. The accommodations include a two-bedroom villa for one week (7 nights), personal concierge, daily maid service, complimentary airport service, a VIP welcome package with gourmet provisions and more!

 

 

 

 

Les Paul Guitar – Signed by the legendary pioneer of electric guitars, Les Paul, this priceless, limited edition red, white, and blue painted guitar was created to commemorate the 9/11 events.

 

 

 

 

Casa de Campo – Exciting 5 days and 4 nights in a beautiful suite at the Casa de Campo Resort! Package includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, room service and beverages by the glass at the Resort restaurants,2 rounds of golf for 2 people, a personal resort touring cart and other amenities!

 

 

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Prime seating tickets to see platinum-selling, Grammy award-winner Adele during her sold-out Adele Live 2016 in the magic city, Miami! Package includes tickets and dinner.

 

 

 

 

Honorary Chairman: Patrick M. Park, Co-Chairmen: Lori Stoll & Shelley Menin
Vice Chairman: Kitty Silverstein, Junior Chairman: Jesse Stoll

2016 American Cancer Society Annual Palm Beach Gala
‘Rock Palm Beach’
February 5, 2016
The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach

 

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

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After 10 Years, Plácido Domingo Returns to Miami

For over 50 years, Internationally acclaimed opera star Plácido Domingo made more than 3,600 appearances on stages around the world. He has sung a total of 147 different operatic roles and recorded over 100 albums for which he has won 14 Grammy  and Latin Grammy Awards. On January 28th, he is making his return to Miami American Airlines Arena after a decade-long hiatus. Domingo is preparing  a performance worth the wait featuring a selection of famous operatic highlights, Broadway hits and audience favorites such as “Granada” and “Bésame Mucho,” But it gets better… ‘
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Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, better known as Juanes, Colombian musician, winner of three Latin Grammy Wards will be the opening act!

His hits include Un Día Normal,  whichwas released in 2002 and was later certified platinum in multiple countries throughout Latin America. Juanes’ third album, Mi Sangre (2004), which became an international bestseller, managing to position well in a number of countries around the world, achieved success due to the single “La Camisa Negra“. He has since released La Vida… Es Un Ratico (2007) and P.A.R.C.E. (2010). On May 29, 2012 Juanes released the album Juanes MTV Unplugged.

Back to the star performer:

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Here are some things you should know about Domingo before attending the performance:

  1. His full name is José Plácido Domingo Embil.
  2. He is from Spain.
  3. Domingo is recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera.
  4. He is a Tenor.
  5. A distinguished conductor who has led more than 500 performances with many of the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras.
  6. He regularly performs in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian.
  7. He has produced a pop album which sold almost 4 million copies – Perhaps Love

Click below for tickets to Plácido Domingo in Miami, produced by Emporio Group, with the collaboration of Elisa Wagner/ ICP

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AmericanAirlines Arena

Thursday, January 28, 2016
8pm

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The Latest in Glass Art Comes to the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, Feb. 26-28

The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show celebrates art of all mediums. Glass has been recognized as a luxury material for ages. The material has evolved as glass-making techniques shift with technology, and styles shift with the eras. The only constant is its beauty. Think René Lalilique, Émile Gallé, Louis Comfort Tiffany… All renowned masters of the art. The 13th annual show which takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 26-28 brings together a very talented pool of artists from all over the country for this juried Show.

Florida Native: Innovative Clearwater, Florida Glass Artist, Marlene Rose
National Endowment of the Arts Grant Award Winner, Marlene Rose, utilizes a rare and relatively new technique sandcast glass to bring her visions to life.  Her works are collected by the glass cognoscenti, fine-art collectors, and Hollywood A-List celebrities including John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Bell and others. Working from her Clearwater, Florida studio, Marlene has taken the thousands year-old tradition of bronze casting and applied it to molten glass. Read more: www.marleneroseglass.com

"Buddha Wall" by Marlene Rose

“Buddha Wall” by Marlene Rose

First Timer: Capturing the Essence of Nature in a Fine Craft Showcase of Glass
Hand sculpted and blown glass in the classic technique by David and Jennifer Clancy demonstrate life like natural scenes frozen in time. From their studio in Jamestown, Rhode Island, they are often inspired by the sea which is reflected in their captivating natural landscapes. Well-known in the Northeast U.S. for their solo show at the Newport Art Museum, the Clancy’s have earned a following of fine craft collectors and glass aficionados alike and will be making their first appearance at this year’s Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. Read more: www.clancydesigns.com

Emerging Talent: Casey McMains Brings the Magic of Cameo Glass
The cameo glass of Vermont emerging artist, Casey McMains tends towards the surreal and symbolic weaving meaning and thoughts together.  Casey prefers to work with glass because it has a memory. It is able to be transparent, translucent, and opaque simultaneously in the same piece. She explains that working in glass provides the opportunity to sculpt with light and shadow in a dynamic and intimate way that is unlike any other medium. She believes that it is magic, true alchemy in the vein of Newton and Flemmel, using all the elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit) to create something that didn’t exist until the moment of its creation. Casey is looking forward to showcasing her latest works during her first appearance at The 2016 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. See more: www.etsy.com/shop/CaseyMcMainsGlass

Casey McMains, Glass Artist

Casey McMains, Glass Artist

For more information and to sign up for updates, please go to www.craftsamericashows.com. Tickets will be available for sale beginning January 2016 through the website. Show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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Take Home a Nude, Armory Art Center Plans Sensory Rich Event

Take Home a Nude, Armory Art Center West Palm Beach

Take Home a Nude, Armory Art Center West Palm Beach

Take Home a NudeYes, you read this correctly. However, we are talking about art here! The Armory Art Center, the visual arts education and exhibition center in West Palm Beach, has planned a silent suction featuring over 300 works of photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, and choice crafts donated by noted artists and collectors. What makes this event so special? Art is known to be visually appealing, but Take Home a Nude taps into all the senses while you experience art in various forms (2D and 3D), live music and savory hors d’oeuvres. The event celebrates the collector in everyone.

“This is the most fun, interactive event of the season and will include art for the serious collector as well as the sophisticated and casual buyer,” stated David Veselsky, chairman of the Armory.

Linda Silpe and Jan Willinger, co-chairs of the event, have passionately tended to each detail making this an affair to inspire and remember. The Palm Beach Daily News featured the duo highlighting the third “Take Home a Nude” they have organized to benefit the arts center. Click here to read more, “Art pours in for Armory’s Take Home a Nude auction”.

Take Home a Nude will feature works created by renowned as well as local artists including Kim Dingle, Juan Miro, Tommy Morrison, Ellen Liman, Pamela Acheson Myers, Gina Porten, Fiona Tan, Steven Manolis, Jill Wiseman, Rene von Richthofen, Vivian Wang, Bruce Gendleman, Bruce Moskowitz, MD, Jane Manus, Nancy Ellison, Sassno, Susan Nash, Skip Mizelle, and Steve Caras.

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Major event sponsors include: Mr. and Mrs. Ted Baum , Mr. and Mrs. Donald Silpe, Mr. Robert Spiegel and Mrs. Jan Willinger, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Soter, Mr. Ken Elias and Mr. David Veselsky, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blumenstein, Ms. Cynthia Friedman, Ms. Jackie Grimm, Mr. Richard Grossman, Mrs. James Gubelmann, Mr. and Mrs. John Kessler, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Mason, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Silpe, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Haft, Ms. Muriel Kaplan, Ms. Pamela Acheson Myers, Ms. Susan Nernberg, Ms. Linda Rossbach, Ms. Carole Ruhlman, Whole Foods, and Legends 100.3.

Armory Art Center
Take Home a Nude & Other Important Art
Silent Auction, Cocktail Reception & Dinner by the Bite Sponsored by: Jupiter Magazine, Whole Foods, The Palm Beacher, Legends 100.3
Thursday, January 7, 2016
1700 Parker Avenue . West Palm Beach

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets: $150.00 per person or $1000 for groups of 10

For more information, please contact Marcy Hoffman – marcywpb@prodigy.net.

The Armory Art Center is a not-for-profit community-based visual arts education and exhibition center providing opportunities for individual growth, self expression, increased awareness and appreciation of the arts through participation in studio art classes, exhibitions, lectures and other educational programs. Celebrating 30 years, the Center educates, enriches and engages a diverse population through the “experience of art.” Classes in ceramics, drawing and pastels, painting, watercolor, collage, photography, jewelry and metals, sculpture, stone carving, and more are offered year-round and on every level.

For more information about the Armory Art Center, please call 561.832.1776 or visit the Armory’s website at www.armoryart.org.

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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

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Click Here to view a video of Paradise Casino 2013…