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FEATURED EVENT SOUTH FLORIDA LUXURY GUIDE BATTLE OF THE CHEFS Chef Les Oppenheim, owner of Catering by Les, won South Florida Luxury Guide’s 3rd Battle of the Chefs event by a very close vote among BNI members and several other invited guests. Other participating chefs included Executive Chef Nilton Castillo of The Dome Restaurant Bar & Lounge and Executive Chef Elgin Woodman of A Joy Wallace Catering and Design. Held at MiaCucina on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Premier sponsors included Total Windows and Magita Designs; in-kind sponsors were Audio One, IZoom Productions, Bartenura Wines, Miami Club Rum, Aquacai (water) and LA Sweets. To request an invite to the next Battle of the Chefs, contact info@SFLuxuryguide.com. Business Network International (BNI) was founded by Dr. Ivan Misner. His philosophy was simple: givers gain. Today, BNI boasts a membership that is worldwide with 6,609 chapters in 55 countries and 161,072 members. In Miami-Dade, 27 chapters, 950+ members and three new chapters forming - making it the largest network organization of it’s kind. BNI Miami-Dade was founded in 1998 under the energy and direction of Jeff Stay, current executive director of Miami-Dade region. For more information on BNI, visit www.bnimiami.com. 1 2 3 5 4 Photos by Ada Stevens, Snap Happy Photos 1/ Battle of Chefs Contenders: Chef Les Oppenheim - Catering By Les (winner), Executive Chef Elgin Woodman – A Joy Wallace Catering & Design, Executive Chef Nilton Castillo – The Dome Restaurant Bar and Lounge 2/ Jeff Stay, Diandra (Dee Dee) Palancar & Mark Trowbridge 3/ Paolo Barone, Ivan Mladenovic, Brandon Ringler & Will Dukes 4/ Christina Pappas & Allison Polk 5/ Lynette Janac, Daniel Veron & Gabriela Sanchez - Vegas HEARTS & STARS GALA BENEFITS LITTLE LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION The Hearts & Stars Gala 2014: Beyond Macau, one of South Florida’s premier social and philanthropic events, was held March 15 to benefit The Little Lighthouse Foundation, which assists children and their families who struggle with education, financial and medical hardships. The sell-out gala attracted 1,200 guests who enjoyed an evening of food and entertainment at the Terra Veritatis Estate, owned by Bill Dean. Special guests were the Foundation’s founders: Robert Sena, Aaron Resnick and Charlie Venturi. Premier sponsors for the event were Credit Suisse and Warren Henry Automotive Group. 1/ Roza Abdurazakova, Robert Sena, Melanie Hyer & Ryan Whiten 2/ Carlo DiPasquale, Yung Truong, Stephen Gamson & Iggy Goncalves 3/ Paige Farrey, Jeff Sherman, Jennifer Cohen & Nicole Scott 4/ Wendy Justo, Roza Abdurazakova, Robert Sena & Nancy Lala 5/ Michael & Jackie Resnick 6/ Anna Georgalis & Phil Goldfarb Photos by Betty Alvarez 1 2 3 4 5 6 142 may/june 2014 southfloridaluxuryguide.com


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