A Family Affair with the Miami HEAT Charitable Foundation

A Family Affair with the Miami HEAT Charitable Foundation

Overlooking the bay, a family affair with the Miami HEAT made for another incredible evening with the HEAT Charitable Foundation!

Guests arrived at the American Airlines Arena just before sunset. As vehicles were whisked away, guests entered through the newly remodeled VIP Lexus entrance before enjoying cocktail hour inside the HEAT locker room.  The opportunity to mix and mingle with HEAT Players and key staff is one guests will likely never forget!

Guests moved to the beautiful Xfinity Plaza after cocktail hour, for a night of dinner and dancing. A twist on previous HEAT gala designs, this year’s color scheme swapped out red, for blush!  Our design concept for dinner used a modern mix of custom wrapped acrylic royal tables, and mirror-topped round tables. Each royal table was set with a black and white marble print, with black ghost chairs.  Additional accents include rose gold flatware and chargers.  Our round tables consisted used shimmering silver underlays with blush “coin” overlays plus a reflective mirror topper, set against clear acrylic ghost chairs.  For accents, we used hammered matte black flatware and swirled black and white charger for a smoke effect.

Because no party is complete without florals – we focused on white and blush tones of tulips, callas, anemones and more  in clear glass vases to show lots of gorgeous green stems. And of course = plenty of candlelight!

Along with plenty of fun and games with the HEAT players, the guests ended the evening with an incredible performance by Mary J. Blige!

Event Photography: Robert Hacman

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Around The World in Five Hours

Around The World in Five Hours

The University of Miami recently celebrated the inauguration of their new president by taking him around the world. Ok – not really, but we WERE able to design an event to make it feel like that. The theme title was “Charting the Course to Our New Century.”

As guests arrived, music provided by the University of Miami set the mood for their grand entrance across the bridge from the Watsco Center where the Inauguration Ceremony took place, all the way to the Student Center Complex Lakeside Patio.

In front of them, guests found a spectacularly decorated space with four large structures complete with custom swag ceiling treatment in blue, yellow, black, green and red inspired by the unifying colors of the Olympic Games.  Large drum chandeliers accented each of these four areas where custom food stations were designed by continent.  A large central structure and wrap around bar for beverage service was created as focal point of the entire event with a mix of coordinating drum style chandeliers hanging from the center of the structure.  Interior style high tops were placed throughout the space to bring continuity to the design accented with “Course Charting” inspired centerpieces. Some of the bar tops even had custom world map decals on them to really tie in the theme.

Stations were divided into Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Asia consisted of hanging red lanterns, pho dogs, pergolas, lanterns, florals, bamboo mats and plants.

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Africa was uniquely designed with masks and up-lit foliage. Proteas, sand, grass and palms were used to accent the buffet and animal print fabrics were woven into the station design between food elements.

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A European market was designed with wood planks, slates, buckets, barrels and abundant baskets of flowers. Iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben were knit discretely into the design to drive the theme home.

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The America’s station was inspired by the menu selected. A custom built ‘South American Ruins’ backdrop was designed to fit the theme and interior style details accented the buffet to complement food service.

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Into our design? See how we transformed this wedding into a Disney inspired fantasy land.

Watermelon Radish Slaw with Coriander Cured Pastrami

Watermelon Radish Slaw with Coriander Cured Pastrami

We all know summer is all about the watermelon – but how many different ways can you really make it different? We’re adding one more preparation to your repertoire in the form of pickled watermelon radish slaw. We sat down with Executive Chef Elgin Woodman to see her thought process behind one of her mini plates – Coriander Cured Tuna Pastrami with Pickled Watermelon Radish Slaw and Avocado Puree.

 THE IDEA

This recipe is really an infusion of three diverse cultural flavors. The Watermelon radish slaw involves a pickling process inspired by Asian food culture. The rub used on the cured Tuna is composed of special Mediterranean spices for a slight “kick”. Finally, the Avocado Cream sauce adds a signature Latin layer of culture. The resulting dish is a blend of freshness and flavor profiles representing the diversity of the region.  Additionally, this dish has a multitude of ways to be presented above and beyond just a mini plate. Appetizers, antipasto stations, small plate courses, salads and so many more food styles could benefit from this fresh dish. As an added benefit, this is a wonderful way to add proteins to antipasto stations where red meats and pork are not an option.

THE PRODUCTION

Nothing beats having top quality components to savor during an event, and this creation made sure to deliver. This is a critical component to the Home Cured Tuna with Watermelon Radish Slaw. The production of it begins with buying the freshest tuna and curing it two days prior to your event. When the tuna is finished curing, our culinary team cleans the rub and re-wraps it for event delivery. The tuna remains uncut until just before service to maintain freshness and color. The slaw and avocado cream are also prepped and mixed onsite to ensure a crisp slaw and green avocado in every bite.

Watermelon Radish Slaw - Tuna

Watermelon Radish Slaw - Tuna

Watermelon Radish Slaw

 

What are you waiting for?! Go get in the kitchen!

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Fairytale Endings are Real! Take a Peek into This Disney Inspired Wedding

Fairytale Endings are Real! Take a Peek into This Disney Inspired Wedding

Dreamy does not even begin to describe this Disney inspired fairytale wedding we had the pleasure of working on. The bride was in love with Disney (who isn’t?!) and wanted her guests to feel like they were stepping into a fairytale.

THE DEETS ON THE DESIGN:

Custom built bars were designed with mirror accents for an elegant yet magical feel. Large mirror frames were adorned with love quotes written in a calligraphy from (by Carla Hagan Designs) famous Disney movies. For example, one of the mirrors read “you will always be my greatest adventure” from one of my personal favorites – UP.

FairytaleFrom our director of design Jessica Zeidler-Rojas: We wanted to incorporate whimsical details like roses under cloches [to emulate Beauty and the Beast] and crystal candelabras.

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There were 3 styles of guest table. Each equipped with their own style of linen, centerpiece, water goblet, napkin, chair and charger. We know what you’re thinking – this can get out of hand VERY quickly. PRO TIP – Keep something that is similar in each design to keep things cohesive. For example: a colorful water goblet, or napkin. These items can be fun, colorful, whimsical details without over taking any one design. There were two different styles of chairs used for the guest tables – a gold chiavari and a gold napoleon. The napoleon brought a fairytale feel while the chiavari kept it timeless. Garden roses, peonies, hydrangea, orchids & veronica made for bright, lively centerpieces on each table

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Let’s talk about the sweetheart table for a sec – or should we just stare?! Trees and hanging listeria really made it feel like a storybook, almost like you had just been transported into a dreamland. The bride and groom weren’t the only lucky ones with these beauties behind them. They were placed all over the room. Jessica says “with such a large guest count – we really wanted to make the room a design of it’s own, but still tie into the centerpieces.”

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We were so lucky to have been on board with such amazing vendors to create this fairytale. Teamwork truly makes the [wedding] dream work!

A Joy Wallace – Custom bars, Florals, Design

Lourdes Milian Productions – Wedding Planner

Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Venue

Merge Social – Videographer

Nuage – Linens

Events on The Loose – Glassware

Elements & Accents – Chairs

BBJ & Different Look – Chargers

 

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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!