Emeril Lagasse is to restaurants what Baccarat is to crystal. And, like fine crystal, Emeril’s décor and cuisine are elegant, not only to the eye, but also to the palate. When delighting in Lagasse’s creations you will find that, each culinary interpretation has a twist of flavor mixing southern charm with Louisiana spice. I’ve had the opportunity to dine at Emeril’s restaurants in New Orleans, Orlando, and somewhat frequently in my own backyard on South Beach. Each of them has their own charm and specialty. Emeril’s on South Beach has Caribbean flavor with Lagasse’s flair for taste and delicious temptations.
When John Kushner, commercial realtor, walked in to the Commander’s Palace in New Orleans and befriended head chef Emeril Lagasse he probably never dreamt that this new friendship would ultimately lead not only to the pain of loss but to the hope for tomorrow. The Alpha-1 disease that claimed John’s life in 2005 would suddenly become the driving force behind the efforts of Emeril to raise funds for research to eradicate the Alpha-1Antitrypsin Deficiency.
Sushi Samba, as the name implies, is a fusion of Brazilian and Japanese cuisine. The décor is a lovely orange, green, and natural wood design reflective of the harmonious use of space from Japan, the joy of life from Brazil, and the trendiness of South Beach. As you walk in, the ambiance is filled with the sounds of Samba music and you will be welcomed in by the friendly, and quite gorgeous, we may add, host ready to seat you immediately.
When driving down West Avenue, just a couple of blocks from Lincoln Road, the unsuspecting driver might just miss one of South Beach’s most enticing experiences. Barton G. restaurant is a happening within itself. Upon entering the garden gates a visitor is welcomed by fresh, smiling faces eager to introduce a newcomer into a habitat of their own creation. Everyone who works at the restaurant is an integral part of the plan, creating an ambiance of fine dining, creativity, and fabulousness.
Medical statistics report more than 2,000 deaf children are born every year in the U.S. alone, making deafness our nation’s most common birth defect. This year, Barton G. Weiss launched The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation (www.kidshearnow.org) created to enable hearing challenged children to develop the ability to listen and speak with others.
Many of us have heart-grabbing fears, and a general lack of knowledge when we hear the word autism, especially if we have, or are about to have, children. One in 100 children are diagnosed with autism. Yet the condition is still largely misunderstood. Fortunately, that is changing, thanks in large part to one of our own, Dan Marino.
T. Alan Armstrong once said, “If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” This quote encapsulates Dr. Contessa S. Bryant’s journey as an educator.
Named Big Sister of the Year By Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Broward County
Diana Hanford is the kind of Big Sister anybody would love to have. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County (BBBS) agreed, naming Diana “2011 Big Sister of the Year” for her work with Little Sister, Luciana, a Peruvian transplant learning to adjust to life in the United States.
Lauren Book was a victim and is now a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Lauren’s childhood was abruptly stolen from her by the family’s female nanny. Turning tragedy into a commitment to the wellbeing, growth and development of youth, Lauren has started her own 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization called Lauren’s Kids. Under Book’s leadership, the nonprofit organization works to prevent sexual abuse and help survivors heal.