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Thursday, February 21, 2019

VIP KICKOFF SOBEWFF AT THE CONTINUUM

A COUNTDOWN TO THE 18TH ANNUAL FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL HOSTED BY
LEE BRIAN SCHRAGER AND THE PATIO AT THE CONTINUUM
Residents and invited guests kick-off the gastronomic extravaganza with a VIP cocktail reception and a quintessential Italian-themed dinner created by Chef Fabio Vaccarella.
Photo Credit: World Red Eye

Continuum, South Florida’s premier resort-style oceanfront condominium residences, gave its residents and invited guests an early taste of the highly anticipated 18th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, at the renowned South of Fifth luxury property on Saturday, February 16th, with an extravagant evening under the stars, hosted by the culinary maestro himself.
 
Photo Credit: World Red Eye

Photo Credit: World Red Eye

As a countdown to this year’s week-long series of events, Continuum presented an invitation-only cocktail reception for its residents and an elaborate Italian-themed private dinner for the invited guests of South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder and director, Lee Schrager, hosted by The Patio restaurant and its husband and wife proprietors, Michele Merlo and Tullia Gasparotto.  Residents enjoyed signature cocktails, champagne and passed hors d'oeuvres served on the grounds of the Continuum, with a chance to meet the festival’s founder, who then hosted an elaborate table of 38 esteemed guests, who continued to celebrate the countdown to this year’s gastronomic extravaganza, while toasting the forthcoming weddings of FOX Miami television personalityBelkys Nerey and Telemundo’s Ana Navarro. An assortment of Mediterranean-style canapés were enjoyed by all attendees, followed by a family style four-course menu of sumptuous creations developed by The Patio’s Executive Chef Fabio Vaccarella for the intimate dinner.
 
Photo Credit: World Red Eye

Photo Credit: World Red Eye

“Saturday’s highly successful event was a wonderful way to commemorate what we anticipate will be a long-term alliance with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival,” says Rishi Idnani, Managing Director of Continuum. “While our residents have always been avid food enthusiasts and highly engaged attendees of the festival’s week-long series of events over the years, this was an excellent way to introduce the owners to its founder and one of today’s most influential culinary leaders for the very first time. The extravagant private dinner at The Patio for our 38 distinguished guests showcased the restaurant’s cuisine by Chef Fabio in a truly spectacular style, and marks the beginning of future culinary events planned for the Continuum in 2019.”
 
Attendees at the sunset evening cocktail reception with Lee Schrager, included Keith Marks, President of the Continuum, The North Tower Association and Master Association, Rishi Idnani, Managing Director of Continuum, and wife Athya IdnaniAlex Verona, Resort Manager of Continuum, Antoine AlsayahJocelyn DruzakDaisy OliveraLaine DossPedro MaalLeonardo DavalosNick and Lauren MadiganMinerva and Silvio SulichinRafa CaravajalMark and Claudia ZborovskySonia TothWilliam and Elizabeth Sopko
Isabel Olmos Comes, Sabrina Boasman, Joe and Gayle Tenebrie and Yuly Hernandez, among others.  DJ Diego Harispe provided the evening’s musical beats.
 
Photo Credit: World Red Eye

Photo Credit: World Red Eye

The Patio’s Executive Chef Fabio Vaccarella treated 38 invited guests with an especially created set menu that included an array of Italian specialties, served family style, such as Il Tagliere Dop,Asparagus FlanBurrata Cheese and Frittura Di Pesce as the appetizers, followed by pasta dishes Paccheri Ai Frutti Di MareSpaghetti Al Pomodoro and Spaghettoni Cacio E Pepe. Entrées included Branzino Al SaleFiletto Di Vitello Al Forno and Rosmery Amish Chicken.  For a sweet ending, Panna Cotta Di Burrata Al PeperoncinoMeringue Nutella Rasberry and Tiramisu Alla Veneziana were also served family style for dessert.

Distinguished dinner guests included Ricardo RestrepoStephanie SayfieLara Shriftman, Rita SchragerMario and Martine VirgilMichael AtishaJose SolarAna NavaroBelkys Nerey,Demetri MouratisEgidio GuerreriNikos NanouSteven NeckmanLarry RiveroArmando OliveraRobert ColemanMartha and Leslie PantinGeorge AndrewsLisa and Caron Cole,Diego and Matilde JaramilloEnrique SantosRani GereigeSandra MussCorina BitonLesley AbravanelMags AnderssonAl CardenasKen GoranFabio Nunez and Ingrid Hoffman.
 
Amy Ringer, Ira Saferstein, & Gail St. Germain 

Athya & Rishi Idnani, Lee Schrager, & Michele Merlo

Chef Fabio Vaccarella 
Demetri Mourtais, Belkys Nerey, & George Andrews

DJ Diego Harispe

 

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