411: Party Time: Rolex opens in Design District

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A slight dip in the mercury brought everyone out in their “winter’s finest” to an outdoor vestibule outside of the new Rolex boutique (Miami’s first) in the Design District on January 16 in celebration of the flagship’s opening. Over 250 stylish guests mixed and mingled excitedly, sipping Champagne and martinis while toasting to boutique owner, Seymour Holtzman and Stewart Wicht, President of Rolex: the evening’s hosts. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, the Rolex boutique’s front-door neighbor, catered the evening affair with in-season passed hors d’oeuvres including chorizo croquettes, deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket, and stracciatella crispini. Partygoers also danced to live music by the talented, Jenene Caramielo who performed throughout the evening. Inside the shop, a luxury watchmaker was on-hand to demonstrate the intricacies of creating the Rolex masterpieces. Notable guests included: Alison Weiss Brady, Lisa Petrillo & Bill McCue, Hadley & Yannick Henriette, Tara Solomon, Nick D’Annunzio, John Lin, Suzy Buckley, Criselda Breene, Siri Willoch, Lily Zanardi, Jennifer Valoppi, Drs. Claudia Martinez & Juan Carlos Londono, Marcella & Daniel Novela, Eduardo Montefusco, Nadine Curmi Borgomanero & Daniel Borgomanero, Martina Borgomanero & Fabian Basabe, Adriana de Moura & Frederic Marq and El Gordo y La Flaca’s Raúl De Molina, to name a few. Each guest was gifted a customized box of Swiss chocolates created to resemble the faces of the watches.

Party for a Rock Star

Turns out Ciro Campagnoli, owner of the chic Sense hotel on South Beach, is as talented as he is charming. A hundred or so of Campagnoli’s close friends turned out for his Rockstar-themed birthday party on Thursday night, for a party filled with music. Not only were there long-haired wigs, guitars, tambourines, and electric-guitar sun-glasses for guests to don and enjoy, there was also a full blown Karaoke machine. The Sense hotel’s general manager, Patricia Trias surprised Campagnoli with the “Rockstar Bash” because Ciro is actually a Rock Star! Who knew?! During the party, as an homage to his Italian roots, Ciro was serenaded atop a Gondola (o.k.- technically a paddle board) with a rendition of Sono Veloce, a beautiful song he wrote and recorded (check it out on YouTube). During the serenade, a montage of birthday wishes by his family in Bologna and friends throughout the world played on a flat-screen, bringing the handsome Italian to tears. The video was followed by a spirited singing of “Tanti Auguri.” Guests enjoyed copious amounts of fun and food from the Sense hotel’s incredible restaurant, The Local House- if you haven’t been- go now! When asked about the party, Trias said, “Ciro truly is an inspiration to all of us…makes this hospitality business a pleasure.”

Celebrity Sightings:

Director Michael Bay was spotted at Bâoli on Saturday calmly sipping a Heineken. Our source suspects he might have still been “recovering from his CES Convention meltdown and gearing up for Saturday’s Black Sails premiere. He was strictly on a liquid diet and declined a table, making sure he stayed close to the bar.”

Not quite a Floridian yet, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto dined at Lippi on Monday night, wearing a baseball cap, sneakers and shorts, despite the brisk weather. Morimoto and three guests shared a variety of dishes – seven to be exact- including Truffled Scrambled Eggs, Hawaiian Almaco Jack Tartar and a Wild Mushroom Risotto. The meal was accompanied by a selection of different wines, beers, spirits and of course, coffee. Rumor has it he was dining with what seemed to be business partners for his new location set to open in the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.

Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Kevin Connolly, in town for the filming of the Entourage movie, celebrated with a wrap party at yet-to-be-opened downtown mega-club E11even.

Recently, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, JayZ, Timberland and Beyonce, were seen with friends entering Zuma through a private entrance to celebrate the birthday of Rowland’s new fiancé Tim Witherspoon.

James Beard award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein of Bravo’s Top Chef and owner of award-winning restaurant Michy’s and Crumb on Parchment has joined leading ethnic housewares brand, IMUSA, as a chef ambassador for 2014. Bernstein is a part of IMUSA’s official 2014 Global Chef Panel, along with other celebrity chefs: Aaron Sanchez and George Duran.

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