A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Café and Shop

A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Café and Shop

 

Recently we hosted a private Press Luncheon at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop to ring in the new year with guests from our local press outlets.  The afternoon included a chance for our guests to mix and mingle, meet the A Joy Wallace team and sample some of our gourmet menu items offered at the Vizcaya Cafe and Shop.   Scroll through the images below to get a peek of the event!

A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop, event, centerpieceThe event was designed with romantic seaside elements to create a Seaside Vizcaya feel.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop You may be wondering what Joy Wallace is doing holding a Cinderella vinyl…allow us explain!  Prior to opening the lunch buffet – Joy addressed the press, explaining how the A Joy Wallace concept came about.  A Disney lover at heart, what better way to describe realizing her dreams, and finding Prince Charming, than Cinderella? Joy’s husband, Richard Wallace, is truly her “Prince” as she says, however her fairy tale wasn’t complete, she still wanted her “castle to entertain guests”.  And so A Joy Wallace was born, dreams were realized, and 12 years ago, she was granted the opportunity to be the exclusive caterer for the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop.  This honor is not one that Joy takes lightly.  Over the years she and our Corporate Executive Chef Elgin Woodman have been working to develop a menu that would fit it with the rich historic feel of Vizcaya.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopOnce Joy Wallace found her prince charming, she had no idea that she would be lucky enough to find two!  Charlie Cinnamon has been working by our side for almost a year, and played a large role in putting together this event, and for that we thank you!
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopGuests had the opportunity to sample many of the items found on the Vizcaya Cafe and Shop menu, including Joy’s home recipe for Broccoli Salad.  This side consists of fresh broccoli tossed with Roasted Peanuts, Dried Cranberries and a house dressing.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopPetite Egg Salad in a Jar served with a mini fork and freshly toasted Italian Bread.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopOur Forbidden Salad is tossed in a Passion Fruit Vinaigrette and mixed with Grilled Pineapples, Goat Cheese, Strawberries and Candied Pecans, then offered with Blackened Shrimp.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopTwo sandwich options were available to our guests, a classic Cuban Panini with Roasted Mojo Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles and Mustard, as well as the Cafe and Shop’s popular Sweet and Savory Grilled Cheese.  This is not your ordinary grilled cheese sandwich!  This grilled cheese is made on a Herb Focaccia bread with Spinach, Swiss Cheese, Grilled Onions and Fig Jam.
A Joy Wallace Press Luncheon at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and ShopCorporate Executive Chef Elgin Woodman puts the final touches on the lunch buffet before the guests dig in.  If any of these pictures made you hungry, head over to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and check out the Cafe and Shop.  Also, don’t forget that you can also enjoy scones and tea every Sunday at our Tea on the Terrace event at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens!

 

 

Tie The Knot With: Christina & Diego!

Tie The Knot With: Christina & Diego!

The word “magical” and weddings go hand in hand, but every now and then you meet a couple like Christina and Diego that personify magic and spread their contagious glowing energy to every person they come in contact with. The AJW team was moved by the couple’s creative and imaginative ideas and together we created a Mid Summer Night’s Dream inspired event exceeding any modern day Shakespearean lovers’ expectations.

The First act was set on Vizcaya Museum and Garden’s Lower East Terrace.  Friends and family gathered around the joyous couple as they gazed passionately into each other’s eyes professing their love to one another. The picturesque Miami skyline and Vizcaya’s historical barge provided the perfect backdrop for the couples organic, intimate ceremony!  As guests waited for Ceremony, they were treated to Passion Fruit Margaritas with Ginger Popsicles inspired by Diego & Christina’s two favorite cocktails.

Creative Partners:  Ryan Joseph Photography, Voila Cinematic, CTO Artists/World Entertainment Productions & High Voltage

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Post ceremony Diego surprised his blushing bride with a gift. To her amazement, enclosed in a wooden box was a vintage 3L bottle of wine engraved with the couple’s names and wedding date.  Diego gave a warm heart-felt speech about the intentions of his gift…he and his bride would nail the wine box shut and would not open it until their 5th Year wedding anniversary!  Diego then invited guests to bring their Polaroid’s, notes and trinkets and place them into the wine box as well.  Where did they get these photos?  Unbeknownst to the Bride, the AJW Wedding Team was having fun with guests taking their Polaroid’s pictures for the post ceremony surprise!

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The Mid summers night theme continued onto the reception on the Casino Mound where guests danced under the loving embrace of the Live Oaks and enjoyed tunes from superstar live band High Voltage, covering everything from Animal House Classics to contemporary party songs!  Guests leisurely enjoyed various signature food station by Joy Wallace and were treated to some home made pies from family recipes provided by the Bride herself!

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The fun continued with an amazing open air photo both by Faux To Booth.

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All in all a most spectacular, fantastical and memorable night for all!  Congratulations Diego & Christina!

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

And YOU have been very patient!

It has been a long time coming, 6 years in fact, but with great excitement we are proud to finally announce that the wait is over! The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Café & Gift Shop is re-opening to the public May 18th, located in the beautifully renovated Smoking and Billiard Rooms of the Main House.

 

 

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Beginning Stages of the Transformation between Then and Now

A Joy Wallace Production accepted the honor of joining the Vizcaya Team back in 2003 as Host and Operator of their Café and Gift Shop. After only one year of this perfect pairing, Hurricane Wilma flooded the house at ground level and pushed our Café and Gift Shop straight out into a tent and kitchen trailer for the next five years. Thanks Wilma!

 

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We are thrilled as both a company and residents of Miami to have this beloved Historic Landmark restored back to it’s original beauty. Please stop by and say hello. We are so proud of the changes to our new menu and shop and can’t wait to share them with you and your family.

 

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Please visit our Vizcaya Museum Cafe & Gift Shop Blog for more information on all of the exciting events happening at our shop!

Tie The Knot With…

Tie The Knot With…

Alexandria & Carver!

We’re showcasing another beautiful wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens today.  There really is no other venue quite like it!  Our lead wedding coordinator, Mayrelis Febles, says she felt as if she had met her long lost sister when she met Alexandria, they had so much in common!  AJW was the full producer on this one for catering & design.  They were a fantastic group to cater to that evening as we celebrated Alexandria & Carver’s special day. Take a look at the breathtaking photos below!

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Our Party Partners!

Wedding Cake, by Todo Dulce

Videography, by Merge Studios

Photography, by Victoria Machin