SOBEWFF SIPS & DIPS

February only means one thing to me, the return of South Beach Wine & Food Festival. A time for copious amounts of cocktails and indulging in one too many “bites”.
Had the please of soundtracking one of the festival’s newest additions to it’s culinary event line-up, Sips & Dips.
Hosted at the 1 Hotel Travel Channel’s by Adam Richman, the event provided an exploration of of food pairings, from traditional strip steak dipped into chimichurri to pita’s dipped in nutella. Not to mention plenty of prosecco & Patron to set any party off right.
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SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL VIP CHEF SHOWDOWN

The VIP Chef Showdown during South Beach Seafood Week has quickly become one of my favorite events of the year, as it keeps getting bigger and wilder! The night assembles top executive chefs for 8 competitive (and often, over-the-top) cook-offs. With thousands of guests flocking over to the hospitality village, the energy is truly next level. Attendees cheer on their favorite chef, sample the dishes of each competing chef, and dance to the party set I provide during each battle.

The main event, Battle Taco is the night’s biggest attraction with feuding rivals, Naked Taco & Bodega always going head to head. And although it was a close match, this year, it was returning champ, Bernie Matz FTW!

Special thanks to all the sponsors who made the entire weekend of festivities possible and to my friends at CI Management for having me back to DJ for a third year.

TIME OUT MARKET GRAND OPENING

After some expected delays, Time Out Market finally opened it’s first location in Miami Beach. Time Out Market which opened it’s first doors in Lisbon, Portugal, has become a popular tourist attraction by placing some of the world’s best chefs under one roof. The Miami grand opening celebration included a lengthy guest list of the city’s influencers, foodies, hospitality professionals, media and VIPs. Unlike other food halls, this food and cultural market is 18,000 square feet and features 18 eateries, a demonstration kitchen, three bars, and one cultural space.

The energy was great throughout the entire night, amongst some of my favorite friends and favorite chefs. Thank you Time Out for choosing me to set the musical tone!

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MIAMI OPEN x MOET CHANDON

The Miami Open is one of my favorites events of the year, and for obvious reasons… Champagne (what else?!) This year the tennis tournament was moved to it’s new location at the Hard Rock Stadium, but one thing remained the same, the Moet Lounge inside was still the most exciting activation throughout the entire two weeks.

For two weeks, I called this tent my home and everyone I worked with family. Can you name a better place to play any kind of music you want, while drinking endless amount of champagne… go ahead, I’ll wait!

Thank you to ManMar events & the entire Moet team for having me back another year!

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LVMH HOLIDAY PARTY

What’s a holiday without bubbly? And there was plenty of it last week! It was an honor to DJ one of the world’s most coveted brands, LVMH’s  holiday party. In true glitz & glamour fashion, the event was held at the infamous Versace mansion with a Moet-infused welcome reception in the courtyard with the most gorgeous christmas tree perched behind Versace’s fountain. A Belvedere lounge was also created in one of the villa’s grandoise rooms while the main event took place out by the pool where clear glass was laid over to give the illusion of dancing on water.

On the playlist: classic Chaka Khan, George Michael & Prince jams and later for post-dinner dancing, everything from golden-era hiphop to modern reggaeton. Words can’t describe the beauty or energy of the night. Special thanks to ManMar productions & the Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy Travel & Retail division for including me in their holiday festivities!

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VEUVE CLICQUOT YELLOWEEN

This marked my second year in a row collaborating with Veuve Clicquot’s annual event, Yelloween. The production which typically moves to different venues, took place this time at the 1 Hotel Rooftop and appropriately themed Alice in 1derland.

Miami really held up for us that night with no rain and the perfect rooftop weather. Doors opened at 9pm and we were at capacity by 11pm. There may have been shortage in space but there was definitely no shortage of champagne, with Veuve supplying the exclusive bubbles all night. Yelloween is always one of the best parties of the year, if not THE best. Hats off to ManMar Entertainment for killing the production & keeping everything perfectly on theme.

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VIP CHEF SHOWDOWN

There are several annual events during the year you don’t want to miss,  the VIP Chef Showdown during South Beach’s Seafood Festival is one of them. Deejaying now for two consecutive years, I’m still surprised and blown away by the level of talent and energy from the crowd this particular event brings. The VIP Showdown kicks-off a weekend full of seafood & cocktails, but the main event consists of  Miami’s top executive chefs going one on one in competitive cook-offs on stage. I happen to be right behind them supplying the battle-worthy music and making sure all 2,000 guests are having the best time.

The main match-up, Taco Battle, featured three-time champion chef Bernie Matz of Bodega & chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco. Chef Pagano made a comeback on Miami’s culinary stage as host of the event after a kitchen accident in Bimini resulted in burns over most of his body. This year, chef returned to compete sporting squad shirts with the hashtag #fireproof — a testimony to his unbroken spirit.

Special thanks to CI Management for the invite back, I absolutely loved supporting some of my favorite hometown chefs and sharing the stage with my beautiful friend and event host Kelly Blanco. See you all next  year!

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MIAMI OPEN x MOET CHANDON

For years I’ve enjoyed the Miami Open as a spectator, this year I had the privilege of playing exclusively for one of my favorite brands, Moet, for the highly anticipated 2 week tennis tournament. Anyone attending the match in the open-aired stadium in Key Biscayne knows how unforgiving the heat can be… thankfully Moet Chandon setup an air-conditioned lounge with endless cold bubbles and music conducted by yours truly.

It can be challenging to DJ consecutive days at an event without overplaying songs, but with such a versatile (and FUN) crowd, I never ran out of things to play and the crowd never stopped dancing. Huge thank you to ManMar Entertainment for the plug and shout out to Gabrielle Union for stopping by during the Women’s finals… Already looking forward to next year!

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HOUSE OF PERONI

I’ve gotta give it to Peroni for putting together some of the most interesting installations. House of Peroni was created as a pop-up experience located in Palm Court in the heart of The Miami Design District. The 80’s era inspired House featured multi-media experiences designed after Italy’s eccentric ‘Memphis’ design movement. I kicked off opening night alongside a musical performance by Afrobeta.

Special invited guests enjoyed art and interactive installations, and of course, Peroni infused cocktails. The House remained a meeting place for collaboration and inspiration over the course of five days. I returned on the final day to perform a special daytime Parisian-pop DJ set that closed out the House. Thank you Peroni for the experience & constantly keeping creativity & culture alive.

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VEUVE CLIQUOT x HALLOWEEN

Couldn’t have spent Halloween in better company than with Veuve Cliquot. Their annual Yelloween event was hosted at Zuma Miami on Halloween night and I was thrilled to provide the spooky soundtrack. The asian themed night included everything from scary stilt walkers to LED Robots and of course, endless flows of champagne throughout the night. 

Things definitely got weird as guests danced to everything from Outkast to Vampire Weekend to The Cure to Major Lazer. Thank you to ManMar entertainment & Veuve for an incredible production. Can’t get over all the amazing costumes I encountered all night. Till next year…

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