Haskins Takes Miami produced by Art Concierge and client V&M

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Haskins Takes Miami

A private charity event with cocktails & silent auction

The stars aligned on Thursday, December 6th at an exciting event featuring the vintage fashion photography of Sam Haskins.  Hosts Adam Smith, CEO of V&M, Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer Co-Founders of  SHFT, and Nevena Borissova, Owner of Curve Boutiques in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Miami Beach welcomed over one hundred international guests.    Ludwig Haskins, son of the late photographer, flew in from London to attend, carrying on the plane four of the most precious works of his father from the 1967 series “November Girl.”

Guests arriving at the Perry Hotel were treated to an amazing experience- a vintage white Rolls Royce photo op and a red carpet greeting.  After their photo op, guests were ushered by lovely, “black&white clad” hostesses to the VIP-only entrance of the boutique.  The ever-elegant Curve boutique was transformed into a sophisticated and sexy backdrop for the vintage black and white fashion photography of Sam Haskins.  Matching the theme of 1960’s avant-garde fashion photography of Sam Haskins, a custom “007  Collins” cocktail was provided by Grey Goose. 

Lively music, art, fashion and beautiful décor created a frame for the beautiful space under the stars of South Beach.  Guests mingled and appreciated the art, the fashion and the warm ambiance.  Art and fashion were infused throughout the evening- creating a total look of sophistication and beauty.

The connection between V&M and SHFT was a dynamic aspect of the event.  V&M (Vintage and Modern), the leading online source for unique vintage furniture, antiques, art, jewelry, fashion and design from around the world, regularly partners with “Connoisseurs”- design icons and influencers who promote and fund select charities through special curated sales on V&M.

Proceeds of the silent auction at the event provided funding for SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom, a new nonprofit organization that provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about food politics, food justice, nutrition, and to teach basic cooking skills to prepare healthy, affordable, and delicious meals. 

 

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BACKGROUND

Founded in 2006, V&M (Vintage and Modern) is the leading online source for unique vintage furniture, antiques, art, jewelry, fashion and design from around the world. Dedicated to offering a high quality and unique shopping experience, V&M gives the trade and savvy public insider access to some of the best shopping on the web.

 

The V&M team, like its clientele, is passionate about design. They provide members the ultimate destination for discovering unique and original pieces as well as inspire and educate with innovative editorial content, including: industry news, interviews with top tastemakers, trend spotting, and exclusive curated columns.

 

One of the integral aspects of V&M is their “Connoisseurs”- design icons and influencers who promote and fund select charities through special curated sales on V&M.

 

One of the integral aspects of V&M is their “Connoisseurs”- design icons and influencers who promote and fund select charities through special curated sales on V&M.

 

The net proceeds of our silent auction next week will benefit SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom, a new nonprofit organization that provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about food politics, food justice, nutrition, and to teach basic cooking skills to prepare healthy, affordable, and delicious meals.  The nonprofit organization is the first charitable effort of SHFT.com, a multi-media platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier. Their mission is to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through film, design, art and culture. 

 

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Events

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This section is dedicated to previewing and reviewing some of the important cultural events and exhibitions that take place throughout the year.

From the hugely popular South Beach Wine & Food Festival to Miami Swim Fashion Week, this city offers a seemingly constant flow of fantastic events that delight the five senses.

Prepare Your Palate!

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Prepare Your Palate!

Excerpts from Miami Beach News article by Judy Holm, 1/26/12

I had the immense pleasure of interviewing Mr. Lee Brian Schrager recently in anticipation of the upcoming South Beach Wine & Food Festival® (SOBEWFF), taking place for its eleventh consecutive year on February 23 to 26, 2012.  The Festival is held at some of the most exciting venues in Miami Beach, and over forty unique events will take place during the four-day Festival.  Each event has a theme, a particular food or wine concept, and collectively they offer a global perspective on the amazing palates of food and wine.

 Schrager, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is Vice President of Corporate Communications and National Events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, and Founder and Director of the Festival.  He is delightful, passionate and a true visionary.  The Festival began as a one-day event and garnered a respectable 7,000 guests.  In ten years, the prestigious Festival has grown in scope, size and sophistication.  The event has become “de rigueur” for food and wine aficionados worldwide, last year attracting over 57,000 guests, top chefs, and nearly everyone from the “who’s who” of the culinary and wine world.  The events range from large tasting formats to intimate, themed affairs to targeted seminars. Each event represents the best of its respective category – from gourmet foods to grilled cheese.

 This Festival is extremely important for the economy of Miami Beach – vastly benefiting the revenues and brand awareness of its many participating restaurants, hotels, markets, food and beverage companies and the many ancillary companies connected to the event. 

 It is also extremely successful and impressive in fundraising. At the close of last year’s Festival, approximately $14 million has been raised for Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (CSHTM).  The Festival is produced by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida in conjunction with the CSHTM, and this partnership is a great example of “win-win.”

To execute an event of this magnitude, it requires precise preparation and exacting logistics.  Schrager and his team are assisted by over 1,000 students from the CSHTM, and, according to him, over two-thirds of his staff are recruited from this school. 

The students have the opportunity to experience one of the premier Festivals in the country, and apply this invaluable experience to their education.  All the while, the level of excellence of the CSHTM students’ performance is honed by working side by side with the Schrager team, whose requisite level of expertise is exceptional to produce such a prestigious and successful affair.

In addition to the event planning aspects of the Festival, the CSHTM culinary students receive the rare opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the most celebrated chefs in the world.  As Schrager noted, one of the keys to the growing success of the Festival is the heightened consumer appreciation of food and wine, and popularity of chefs – with the explosion of cooking shows and visibility of chefs and restaurateurs.  These days, the “celebrity chefs” are truly rock stars- including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Eric Ripert, Ferran Adrià, Emeril Lagasse, Thomas Keller and Nobu Matsuhisa- all of whom are involved with the SOBEWFF, amongst many other great chefs..

Students and Festival guests are also fortunate enough to meet and work with some of the world’s most respected wine personalities and taste wines from some of the world’s most renowned wineries.

The charitable aspects of the Festival extend beyond the direct contributions of the Festival proceeds.  Two other exciting extensions of the Festival produce important funds for the school- an online auction and a book!

The Online Auction is an exciting vehicle that not only raises money for the charity, but sustains the buzz about the Festival after the event is over.  This year the auction runs from January 23 until March 5.  When I asked Schrager about the auction, he confirmed its financial significance – last year the proceeds from the auction contributed about $400,000 to the charity. 

Schrager commemorated the special tenth anniversary last year with the release of his first book, Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, $35/hardcover).  Like the overall Festival, all proceeds from the cookbook benefit the Florida International University CSHTM.  

LEE’S FAVORITES, HIGHLIGHTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

FAVORITE SPECIAL OCCASION RESTAURANT: Azul

FAVORITE WINE: Rose Champagne (he politely declined to designate a favorite brand)

FAVORITE US FESTIVAL (other than SOBEWFF):  Aspen, the “Classic”

BEST EXPERIENCES FROM PAST FESTIVALS: The commemoration of Peter and (the late) Robert Mondavi.  The brothers had become estranged, and bringing them together was a memorable experience.  Also, last year the Festival celebrated Alain Ducasse, one of the world’s greatest chefs.

BEST RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW EVENTS THIS YEAR: “Trucks on the Beach”, hosted by Andrew Zimmern; “Salsa at Sea” brunch hosted by Douglas Rodriguez and Aarón Sanchez; (reintroduction of) of Moet Hennessy’s “The Q” hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri

BEST EVENT FOR GUESTS WITH LIMITED TIME OR BUDGET: Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village- guests may experience and sample literally hundreds of wines and foods, plus see culinary demonstrations from their favorite celebrity chefs.

 

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