The Festival of Chocolate comes to North Miami for a Decadently Delicious Weekend

FOCBackgroundImage2The Miami Auto Museum at The Dezer Collection revs up for a sweet 2015 as they host The Festival of Chocolate the weekend on January 17-18, 2015.

The Festival of Chocolate, Florida’s largest all-chocolate themed event, which has been featured in Southern Living Magazine and on ABC’s The Chew, boasts amazing chocolate indulgences, the Cocoa Couture Fashion Show and a live cake decorating competition.

The event presents the area’s best chocolate and confection companies selling tastes and treats of everything chocolate from truffles, cake pops and cupcakes to cookies, brownies, ice creams and even a smores buffet all peppered through a mind-blowing micro car display. Chocolate savory items, including chocolate BBQ sauce, meat rubs, wines, vinegars and even chocolate spa products will return for those looking for an alternative to the super sweet.

Set in one of the largest and most eclectic automotive collections in the world, award-winning pastry chefs and chocolatiers will host interactive demonstrations, sharing techniques and tricks of the trade. On January 17th, The Cocoa Couture Fashion Show featuring chocolate-inspired fashion hits the “Yumway” amongst the glitz and glam of the largest James Bond collection of its kind. And on Sunday, January 18th, a live cake decorating competition will give breathtaking artistic creations a tasty twist.

Chocoholics of all ages will love making chocolate lip balm, chocolate roses, sandy candy and the more adventurous can try armpit fudge. Chocolate Foodies can indulge in Chocolate and Wine Pairings. Chocolate History Makers will attempt to beat world record challenge times. Gamers will Family Eating Chocolatebe mesmerized the Miami Auto Museum KidsZone arcade while Hollywood buffs will be star struck by the Museum’s extensive Hollywood Cars of the Stars collection including the Flintstone’s Car, the Batmobile, and Marty’s Back to the Future De Lorean – all of this while trying their skills in a variety of chocolate competitions for sweet prizes.

Entrance into The Festival of Chocolate is included with the special weekend MAM admission [Adults: $20, Seniors: $15 Children: $12 (ages 2-12)]. Event Hours: Hours are 10am-6pm. Each adult ticket purchased in advance will receive $3 in chocolate coins to spend at The Festival of Chocolate. For Tickets and Information:

Whether you are 8 or 108, get ready to be a Kid in a Candy Store during The Festival of Chocolate Weekend at the Miami Auto Museum. The Festival of Chocolate is the standing Guinness World Record holder for the world’s largest cup of hot chocolate. The Miami Auto Museum boasts the most extensive collection of exotic cars on the planet. Don’t Miss the Most Incredible Weekend of Indulgences… of Chocolate, Cars and Couture right here in South Florida.

Miami Art Week at the House of Art

Featured Art Week events at the House of Art!

House of Art - Vernissage for MAC

YOUNG AT ART – December 4    7-10PM


House of Art - Future of Fashion

The Future of Fashion – December 5     7-10PM


House of Art - We Live here 2

We Live Here 2: Miguel Vallinas – December 6    7-10PM


Miami Art Week at Villa Azur

Villa Azur cordially invites you to these private, Art Basel events!

Art Week 1

Arno Elias – December 3 from 8:00 to 10:00 PM


Art Week 2

Idan Zareski – December 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM


Art Week 3

Maurice Renoma – December 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM


Please RSVP to

Miami Beach & Miami Join to Operate a Free Art Week Shuttle Service

– Service Connects to Existing Transportation Loops December 3 through 7, 2014 –

In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion to and from numerous art fairs in Miami Beach and Miami, the two cities have joined efforts to Trans Mapoperate a free shuttle service that connects to the existing free transportation services and art shows in each city.

The two-city service, via the Julia Tuttle Causeway, will operate from Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 7, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Wednesday throughSaturday) and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sunday). The frequency of service at most stops will be approximately 30 minutes.

Miami Beach will operate two shuttles that will operate east/west (Miami Beach/Midtown Art Shuttle) and four shuttles that will operate north/south (Miami Beach Art Fair Shuttle). Most shuttle stops will be near municipal parking facilities where the public is encouraged to park and ride the free shuttles to and from all of the shows. Shuttles will also connect to existing free trolley services in North Beach and Alton/West neighborhoods.

East/West Loop:

Midtown Miami/Wynwood stops:

-       29 Street & Midtown Blvd

-       36 Street & Buena Vista Ave

Miami Beach stops:

-       41 Street & Royal Palm Ave

-       Convention Center – 17 Street and Washington Ave

North/South Loop:

South Beach Stops

-       10 Street & Washington Ave

-       Convention Center – 17 Street & Washington Ave

Middle Beach Stops

-       41 Street & Royal Palm Ave

-       46 Street & Collins Avenue

North Beach Stops

-       67 Street & Collins Avenue

-       72 Street & Collins Avenue (Bandshell Park)

Deck the Halls of the LGBT Visitor Center

5th Annual HoliGay Toy Drive To Benefit the Miami Beach Police Department’s Children’s Holiday Relief Fund


More than 400 toys were donated in 2013, Photo by Juan Saco Mironoff,

Santa’s workshop will take over the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach for the 5thAnnual HoliGay Celebration and Toy Drive, Thursday, December 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wannabe Santas from the entire community are invited to bring an unwrapped toy as a contribution to the Miami Beach Police Department’s Children’s Holiday Relief Fund for distribution to children in need. The LGBT Visitor Center is located at 1130 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

“Each year, the HoliGay Toy Drive grows and grows like a snowball rolling down a hill,” said Lori Lynch, executive director of the LGBT Visitor Center. “So much so, it might just snow during the event.”

The jolly old elf himself will be making a special guest appearance and posing for selfies at the event which will feature complimentary cocktails by GREY GOOSE® Vodka, Bacardi brands and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. A lavish buffet from Centerplate and Crepe Maker will be served against the backdrop of DJ/Producer Maximus 3000 playing holiday and contemporary favorites. Additional support will be provided by GAP Inc., which will furnish Santa’s helpers for the event, and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC).

The HoliGay Celebration & Toy Drive is open to the public and admission is free with an unwrapped toy. To RSVP for the HoliGay Celebration & Toy Drive, email

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Foundation opened the country’s first-ever Chamber-sponsored LGBT Visitor Center in October 2010. The Center is open to the public seven days a week and has been the venue for special events for the MDGLCC, Miami Dade County Health Department, Yes Institute, Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Brazilian Film Festival and Miami Beach Gay Pride, just to name a few.  For more information, visit, email, or call (305) 397-8914.



Villa Azur’s Wine Tasting Wednesday!

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Wine down with Friends, always great conversations go hand in hand with a great wine selection.

Make us your place to be each & every Wednesday with friends, colleagues & loved ones on our Wine Tasting Wednesday. Interact with local people with similar interests as the night gets savory with a 5 wine & Passed Hors d’Oeuvres, $10 p/p. Our amazing sommeliers, will make your night an entertaining one from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you want to keep enjoying your night, we have Happy Hour until 9:30 pm all drinks half price at our Restaurant Villa Azur as we refine and redefine “dinner”.

For reservations, please call 305.763.8688.

Exotic Villa Azur: Thursday Night Dinner Party Nov. 6

dinner_party_nov6When we talk about Exotic, Miami is the place to be, Lou La Vie & Villa Azur offer uniqueness to customers visiting Miami and satisfy locals in their everyday life.

Dine and dance this Thursday while satisfying your sight with the hottest Car Exhibition in Miami.
Make this your Villa Azur Experience. Our guests will be delighting themselves with Luxurious cars such as Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls Royce and others.

StephanM rocks the villa with his international sounds during our signature dinner party each and every Thursday! Our amazing saxophonist, costumed dancers, and live entertainment turn up the night as we refine and redefine “dinner” a la Villa Azur.

VIP/Lounge and bottle service available. For reservations, please call 305.763.8688.