1 My longtime publicist, Susan Magrino, my makeup artist, Daisy Schwartzberg, and I, at the Soho Beach House, before heading out for an evening of fun at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. https://www.sohobeachhouse.com
2 THE BEST OF THE BEST: the facinating Friday evening gathering of chefs from everywhere who display their talents to many SOBE ticket holders. First stop was the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel, where the pastry chefs from Chez Bon Bon showcased tables and tables of cookies, chocolates, and confections. https://fontainebleau.com/dining/casual-dining/miami-beach-cafes-bakeries
3 There were trays of delectable chocolates and truffles to sample.
4 There were colorful macarons and pastries - some options were also gluten free.
5 And, artistic confections - these looked very interesting.
6 Fancy tropical fruit gelees - we wanted to try every one of them.
7 Bon bons of every variety imaginable - all displayed so beautifully.
8 At the Fontainebleau, we attended the Wine Spectator's Best of the Best featuring top chefs offering their gourmet samplings paired with more than 100-wine selections. This is Chef Pascal Oudin, owner of Pascal's on Ponce. http://www.sobefest.com/best
9 Every chef created their delicious samplings on site.
11 Paul Chevalier of Chateau D'Esclans, pours a glass of Garrus Double Magnum for Susan. http://esclans.com
12 Paul Chevalier with the Garrus Double Magnum 3L - it's heralded as the greatest rose in the world.
13 Also enjoying some rose... my other longtime publicist, and Susan's sister, Allyn Magrino, her husband, Per Holmberg, head of Christie's wine department, and Michael Doneff, Chief Marketing Officer at ThinkFoodGroup.
15 There was also a vast display of cookbooks for guests to purchase.
18 These gold columns in the hotel's lobby were so eye-catching - so were the murals by artist Juan Gatti.
19 For dinner, I wore my new Lanvin dress and gold shoes, which seemed to match the columns pretty well. http://www.lanvin.com/
20 This is Faena Miami Beach's Tree of Life - it was all lit up in the hotel's courtyard.
21 This is one of Faena's lounges - it was designed by cinematic visionaries, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin. They also worked on the musical film, Moulin Rouge!
22 And, here is a stunning chandelier made by artist Alberto Garutti for Faena.
23 Also inside Faena Miami Beach is this three-thousand square foot theater, which offers cabaret shows and other performances. Another stunning chandelier lights the space from above.
24 Faena also has a wine cellar dining room, where guests can host private tastings.
26 One of the dishes we enjoyed was this delicious sea urchin, on a bed of peppercorns.
27 For dessert - ice cream, shaved ice, and tropical fruit gelees.
28 These are passion fruit gelees.
29 This is wood being delivered for cooking at Faena's other restaurant, Los Fuegos owned by Chef Francis Mallman.
30 This is the busy kitchen at Los Fuegos.
31 These columns were encrusted in seashells at Los Fuegos.
32 Outdoors at the Faena hotel, this is "Gone but not Forgotten" by Damien Hirst. He gilded the mammoth bones and presented them as if part of a natural history museum. It's said to be worth millions of dollars.
35 Downstairs on the second floor of the Soho Beach House is the Club Bar, where I was scheduled to give a morning talk about weddings. They provided a wonderful spread of beautiful cookies and cakes for guests to sample.
36 The cookies were quite decorative.
37 Here is a pretty cake covered in pink fondant.
38 Another simple, but elegant wedding cake idea
39 These cupcakes looked very tasty.
40 The Soho Beach House served my Martha Stewart Cafe coffee at the breakfast. If you haven't yet tried it, order some today - you'll love my special blend. http://marthastewartcafeshop.com
41 It was nice to see such a large and enthusiastic crowd attending my chat. More than 50 Soho Beach House members were there.
42 Here I am with Bill Sweedler, our Chairman of Sequential Brands Group and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Tengram Capital Partners.
43 I gave a small talk on the details of planning a wedding. I also offered some of my ideas, and answered questions from the audience. It was a lot of fun.
44 After my chat, I was ready to try some of the cookies and cupcakes.
46 I always try to stop for photos during my book signings. This is Soho Beach House director of membership, Kimani Roquemore.
47 Here I am with my good friend, and renowned chef, Geoffrey Zakarian.
48 It was a very fun event - I always enjoy teaching and sharing my ideas.
49 Guy Chetwynd, the general manager at the Soho Beach House, posed for this quick photo with Soho Beach House marketing manager, Jordana Mesner. Guy gave me a lovely introduction before my talk.
51 Daisy and Allyn
52 Susan, Allyn and I after the event, and before my Rose Brunch at the Miami Beach Edition.
54 Here is a beautiful marble pool table at the Edition Hotel.
55 I am joined by my good friend, Miami developer, Jeff Berkowitz. Jeff also has a home in Maine - not far from mine.
56 This is Jean-Georges' glamorous historic and reinvented Matador Room at the lavish Edition Hotel, where Jean-Georges and I hosted the Rose Brunch. http://www.matadorroom.com
57 Here I am with Jean-Georges, and Sacha Lichine, owner of Chateau d'Esclans.
58 Mastermind of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Lee Schrager, attended my Rose Brunch - Lee tries to attend as many events as possible at the Festival.
59 Here I am with Allisun Cohen, owner of Everything Under the Sun.
60 Sacha, Lee and I enjoying a bottle of Chateau d'Esclans Garrus Rose.
61 A beautiful collection of copper decorated the dining area of the Matador Room.
62 Export director of Chateau d'Esclans, Alain Riviere, Jeff, Sacha and I posed for this fun group photo.
63 It is called the Matador Room, and here is a matador jacket.
64 Jean-Georges even tried on the matador jacket. Everyone pulled out their smart phones to take pictures as they entered the room.
65 We served Florida stone crabs with a spicy mustard sauce.
66 These are crispy Florida Black Grouper Tacos.
67 One of our desserts was an almond cake with guava sorbet served on meringue.
69 I wore lace to the Tribute Dinner.
70 And look, Susan wore lace too - it was not planned.
71 The Tribute Dinner was a nice way to end the evening.