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The Humane Society of the United States’ 2nd Annual Celebrating Animals/Confronting Cruelty: Miami Gala

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

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Miami, FL – March 11, 2016 – More than 220 of the most dedicated animal advocates gathered at The Humane Society of the United States second annual Celebrating Animals/Confronting Cruelty: Miami! gala at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. The benefit supported The HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team and South Florida Wildlife Center, which are responsible for the rescue, care, placement and rehoming of thousands of animals every year, across the country and in our own South Florida neighborhoods. The evening included a cocktail reception, a gourmet vegan dinner, a live auction—and special guests, including the night’s MC Louis Aguirre host of The Insider and Inspirational Honoree Joanna Krupa. Representatives from LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics accepted The HSUS’ Corporate Consciousness Award.

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Mynt Thursdays

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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Miami Beach, FL – February 19, 2015 – Mynt was a packed house last Thursday as they celebrated their own version of Brazilian Carnaval. Gorgeous people from all around flocked to the lounge to shake their samba and party hard in celebration of the cultural festivities. Decked out from ceiling to floor in all things Brazilian, there was no avoiding the obvious fact that you were about to have an insane night.

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Tatiana Goncalves & Taylor Zirwas

24- Monica Lazarus, Joanna Krupa, Christina Kotalik

Monica Lazarus, Joanna Krupa, & Christina Kotalik

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Dragana Stanisavlijevic, Vick Arjona, Simone Brooks, & Carol Ferronato

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Karent Sierra, Monica Lazarus, Joanna Krupa, & Christina Kotalik

Joanna Krupa at Mynt New Year’s Eve 2014

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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Miami Beach, FL – December 31, 2013 – On Tuesday Romain Zago and wife Joanna Krupa hosted a sophisticatedly fun NYE celebration at Mynt Lounge, that had Miami party goers in awesome spirits bringing in the new year. The toasted to a fresh start at midnight and then danced the night away to all the latest hits.

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Romain Zago’s Birthday at Mynt

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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Miami Beach, FL – November 7, 2013 – Last night Romain Zago celebrated his birthday with wife Joanna Krupa, and it certainly wasn’t your average Thursday night at Mynt. The larger than life bash drew in a huge crowd with 100% of the door proceeds will go directly to Angels for Animals rescue.

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Joanna Krupa & Karent Sierra at Mynt

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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Miami Beach, FL – September 7, 2013 – Joanna Krupa and Karent Sierra of the Real Housewives of Miami came out to Mynt Saturday night to party and celebrate the weekend.

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Lily Kokhanevich & Liana Lovett

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Marcela & Manuela

Valeria Albornoz, Carolina Lindo, & Natalia Villa

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Transformation of Drag

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Kid Rock & Wanda at Kid Rock’s Party at Prive on September 26, 2003

Miami Beach, FL – June 13, 2013 – The recent passing of the notorious local drag queen Wanda stirred feelings of nostalgia for South Beach’s over-the-top drag scene. There was once a time when Washington Avenue’s strip was rampant with towering amazons strutting their stuff in the highest platforms, with the biggest hairstyles, most svelte legs and outrageous makeup. There was a time when any club or party on the beach was not a legitimate party until a drag queen showed up in all her grandiose glamour. They became an essential part of South Beach nightlife, dancing and entertaining on the same stages where now David Guetta and Afrojack do their DJ sets. But these queens weren’t just entertainers on a platform, they enjoyed interacting with the crowd and made friends with the biggest celebrities and socialites. It’s this time, from the mid-to-late 1990s to the early 2000s, that Miami Beach had what many people—drag queens included—look back on fondly as the “golden era.”

As South Beach has grown up, however, many of the drag queens who once walked down the strip have faded into the background. Those who have remained cannot only spin stories on their days tottering on heels on nearly every nightclub’s floor, but also how they, like South Beach, have evolved. Surviving that evolution is Elaine Lancaster, one of South Beach’s most famous drag divas. Elaine’s own evolution mimics that of South Beach’s. She arrived at a time when the scene was fresh and new. And she, like South Beach, has come into her own, honing her craft and treating the nightclub scene like a business. It’s been a long road coming for James Davis, as she’s known when she isn’t dolled up as Lancaster. Davis, the well-groomed gentleman from Dallas with a little southern drawl and good family values, who dresses immaculately and has the best dewy-looking skin, says he and Elaine are two separate people: Elaine being the character he created. “I don’t like Elaine to talk business. I have an assistant, or I give people my card. If you ever see me out as Elaine Lancaster, it’s because I’m getting paid.”

Birth of Elaine Lancaster

Elaine Lancaster at Federation at Level on June 22, 2001

Davis created the character Elaine for a Halloween costume contest in college. With his good looks and attention to detail, he, to his own surprise, won the contest and was put front and center on the school newspaper. He instantly became a local celebrity at the University of Kansas and was actually well accepted amongst his peers, given that it was the ’80s and guys dressing as women were something most people hadn’t seen much of before. For Davis, dressing in drag gave him the ability to feel like a woman and show off all his beauty to the world. It also allowed him to realize who he was inside. In college, he experimented with heterosexuality, but, in the end, felt more of an emotional connection with women, rather than a sexual one. As the world became more progressive and the taboo of homosexuality and dressing in drag lifted, it’s allowed Davis and others who dress in drag to feel more comfortable in their own skin—foundation covered and all.

Since college, Davis dedicated his time to developing his craft and character, Elaine. He cites Jerry Hall as his biggest inspiration for creating Elaine. It’s about being this big, tall, Texan blonde. He would scour the pages of magazines, books, tabloids—all the pre-Internet modes of research—to finally decide that Hall was the woman he wanted to emulate. Davis also admired what RuPaul was doing when she first gained public attention and had the “if he can do it, so can I” mentality. He remembers a marketing professor in college explaining the importance of consistency in selling any product, and Davis’ product was Elaine. She needed to have big hair, a big smile, always be friendly and have people flatter her with flashbulbs. It was a matter of selling an image, a personality and a pretty package all done up. It’s an art a form of entertainment. And Davis, like most queens, has always been an entertainer. Even growing up, he would perform magic shows for his deaf grandparents. He learned at an early age the power of visual stimulation and how to keep an audience’s eyes all on him at all times.

The Versace Era

Once Davis realized he could turn Elaine into a business, he decided to pack his bags full of high heels, dresses, wigs and makeup and move to Miami, which was at the “height of its gay,” Davis says. He came here on vacation in 1994, but Elaine recalls the exact day she moved here: July 15, 1997. That’s because it’s one of the biggest dates in Miami Beach history: the day world-famous fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot and murdered on Ocean Drive outside his mansion. Coincidentally, it was Elaine’s first morning waking up in her just-moved-into corner studio on Nineth Street and Collins Avenue after moving there to work for the Versace family. The girl she was subletting from told her what was going on, and she ran two blocks to see all the commotion. Elaine, now without a job and faced with the Versace tragedy, headed to a club called Warsaw for a memorial it was having. She walked up to the rope all done up, and Maxwell Blandford asked who she was, said she was beautiful and asked if she wanted a job. The rest, so they say, is history. Elaine began hosting the amateur strip contest on Wednesday nights at Warsaw for $150.

This was when Elaine, standing at nearly 7 feet tall, was really “born” into the spotlight. During that time, she went to all the popular spots: Amnesia, Liquid on Friday nights, Shadow Lounge, Paragon, Icon and Federation at Level—the big gay night. It was in these clubs that she met her fellow divas- Sexcilia, Connie Casserole (“who was rotund and had scary but immaculate makeup”), Paloma, Kitty Meow, Daisy Dead Petals, Damian Divine (“who’s now a transsexual in Paris making millions”), Alanna Star, Violetta, Chyna Girl, Adora, Leslie Quick, Fantasy, Lady Bunny and, of course, the notorious Wanda. As she began making friends—and the occasional enemy or two—Elaine started to come into her own. When club owner Chris Paciello told her he was opening an ultra VIP lounge called Bar Room and wanted her to come and host each night for $375 in cash, Elaine was elated. She recalls Tommy Hilfiger launching his new line at the grand opening party, and Cameron Diaz telling her she was the “most beautiful thing she’d ever seen” before giving her a kiss. It became the “it” spot, and Elaine sat and talked to everyone from Madonna to Quincy Jones at the club.

Elaine Lancaster at Vivid on August 5, 2000

Elaine Lancaster at Level on September 23, 2000

Elaine Lancaster & Boy George at Federation on December 29, 2000

Elaine Lancaster & Duran Duran at Level on January 4, 2001

Elaine Lancaster & Paris Hilton at The Forge on October 6, 2004

Elaine Lancaster, Nicky Hilton, Richie Rich, & Lauren Foster at Miami Vice Premier & After Party at Sushi Samba on July 25, 2006

Lauren Foster, Richie Rich, Hulk Hogan, Joe Korniew, & Elaine Lancaster at Miami Vice Premier & After Party at Sushi Samba on July 25, 2006

“Elaine opened doors to places where there never was drag … Don’t give people what they want, give them what they never thought they wanted. I don’t make or break the night, but I certainly enhance it. I take it from ordinary to extraordinary.” – Elaine Lancaster

Elaine Lancaster & Courtney Love at David LaChapelle’s ‘Rize’ Premier at Mansion on July 9, 2005

Elaine Lancaster & Lauren Hutton at Level on August 3, 2001

Elaine Lancaster at Level on January 2, 2000

Elaine Lancaster at Federation at Level on January 7, 2000

It’s not the gay mecca that it once was. I think it’s shifted … I’s not necesarily a gay boy party destination; it’s still an enclave, but it’s not a gay ghetto. We have one of the best gay and lesbian chambers in the country. There are a lot of powerful movers and shakers in the gay community here as opposed to how it used to be with all the drugs and clubs. It was such an international destination for drag and debauchery, now it’s gone more corporate—almost Walt Disney World-like.” – Elaine Lancaster

Elaine Lancaster at Mansion for Eric Milon’s Milon Rouge Birthday Party on August 5, 2006

Elaine Lancaster at Phantom of the Opera at Federation on September 29, 2000

Elaine Lancaster at Thierry Mugler Fashion Show at Level on March 31, 2000

Elaine Lancaster at Level on February 4, 2000

Elaine Lancaster at Federation at Level on July 7, 2000

“When I first started doing drag I thought I had to do celebrity impersonations to become successful. Then I realized creating my own drag persona was the ultimate key to my success. Viva la Lancaster!” – Elaine Lancaster

Elaine Lancaster at Gerry Kelly’s Birthday at Level on June 14, 2002

Elaine Lancaster at Gerry Kelly’s Birthday on June 2, 1999

Alan Roth, Elaine Lancaster, & Maxwell Blandford at the Rumi Opening on August 2, 2001

World Red Eye: How did you meet Elaine?

Maxwell Blandford: Elaine was in South Beach for the Gianni Versace memorial party. A few days after his murder, Elaine arrived in drag to pay her respects. I saw her and asked who she was and offered her a job as co-host for an amateur strip contest Wednesday night. And we’ve been working together and best friends ever since. We have traveled to various places on the Elaine Lancaster tour that included my favorite, Romania, where we were chased by a pack of wild dogs. I have never really seen James as a drag queen or even a female impersonator but as an actor with a fully developed character: Elaine Lancaster. The character has a complete personality and there are things that would be very out of character for Elaine, like drinking beer or wearing something from Ann Taylor.

Elaine Lancaster & Maxwell Blandford at ‘The Crew’ Premier Party at Level on August 21, 2000

“I have accidentally set Elaine on fire a few times. Once, when she was performing “I Will Survive,” and we accidentally exploded the pyrotechnic too close and her hair was ablaze. She remained in character and most people thought it was part of the show. The other time, was a special surprise for socialite Lady Monica. We placed Elaine in a gigantic cake covered in flares. I opened the cake too early, and Elaine popped out ablaze in flames.”  – Maxwell Blandford

“Elaine remains one of the most professional and booked queens in the world. I have a profound respect for her professionalism and loyalty. While many of the queens have a hard time separating the party from reality, James has bought a building, traveled all over the world, acted in films and continues to further his career unlike any other.” – Maxwell Blandford

Elaine Lancaster & Tara Solomon at Desperate Housewives Party at Anna Bella Boutique in Weston on March 15, 2006

World Red Eye: You were big with Elaine and the other queens at the time. How do you view her?

Tara Solomon: Under that mountain of wiglets is one very smart gender illusionist. Not only is Elaine clever and quick-witted, making her a favorite emcee for any event especially a somewhat stuffy one, but she’s a talented DJ as well. I love when she turns on her southern charm for straight men of a certain age, as she did when she flirted with my octogenarian father, who was thoroughly bemused.

I must have been a drag queen in a former life—I’m far too fascinated by the entire genre. In South Beach in the 1990s, I documented all the girls and the drag show supper clubs for my Queen of the Night column in The Miami Herald: Adora, Paloma di Laurentiis, Marvella, Mother Kibble, Taffy Lynn, Sexcilia, Connie Casserole, Maddy Madness, Chyna Girl, Daisy Deadpetals and, of course, Kitty Meow, who “came out” one night at the karaoke night I emceed at the private club Semper’s. Before becoming the flamboyant Kitty Meow, he was Sean Palacious, a mild-mannered fashion student.

WRE:What are your thoughts on the dwindling of drag on South Beach?

TS: I miss the drag shows. I miss the creativity. I miss the girls. It was a moment in time in South Beach’s evolution. We couldn’t help but live in the moment because every night was a Fellini film come to life. I feel very fortunate to have lived in South Beach during those very wild and carefree days.

WRE:Any Wanda memories to reflect on from her recent passing?

TS: I first saw Wanda performing at a drag show at Mulberry Street Café. She was on stage, and then, without warning, went into the audience and picked up an unsuspecting male tourist and carried him back onstage in her arms, like one would a sacrificial offering. It was very, very funny. She knew how to work a crowd without saying a word.

Tara Solomon, Elaine Lancaster, Denio Clough, Jeff Hernandez, Kitty Meow, & Bruce Fondren at the Best Little Whorehouse at Cafeina on August 6, 2011

Dennis & Drag

Something that there’s been much talk and speculation about during Elaine’s career is her relationship with former NBA player Dennis Rodman. Elaine met Rodman when he played for Detroit. She was dressed in drag, and after they met, he called her on the phone frequently. It was more just wanting someone to talk to because, as Elaine tells us, he was “a very shy person.” Rodman always admired what Elaine did, and even experimented himself, having renowned makeup artist Kevin Aucoin do his makeup for $2,000 in 1996 while he wore a white wedding dress. When he opened a nightclub in Dallas, he asked Elaine and RuPaul to do the grand opening with him, and that was the first time she appeared on Entertainment Tonight.

Elaine and Rodman have been close friends for years, and she even played a central role in the big, supposed “fight” he had with Carmen Electra. According to Elaine, they had all gone to Chaos, ended up at The Forge’s bar and the couple got into an argument. They were staying at the Bentley Hotel on Ocean Drive, and because Carmen had screamed in the argument, a neighbor called saying it “sounded like bloody murder,” and they both went to jail. Elaine called Roy Black the next day, and he bailed them out of jail. There were camera crews waiting outside their hotel. Elaine talked to Dennis about what happened, and he told her, “Do what you want to do, I trust you.” So she went out and told everyone it was all a big misunderstanding. Elaine says it was the court order against him that made him more sad than anything.

Dennis Rodman & Elaine Lancaster

Dennis Rodman & Elaine Lancaster at Jessica Simpson Swim Show After Party at Sky Bar on July 14, 2007

Dennis Rodman, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Elaine Lancaster, & Scott Sartiano at Jessica Simpson Swim Show After Party at Sky Bar on July 14, 2007

Elaine Lancaster & Dennis Rodman at Fergie’s Birthday at LIV on March 27, 2009


Post-Versace Era

Since her days as the grand hostess at clubs, Elaine has accrued a lot more attention, and spotlight, as her character has grown. With her growing popularity, she was told she needed to be in New York City or Los Angeles to make it big. After a brief stint in L.A. where she filmed a 24-hour gay and lesbian talk show in 2004 called On Q Live, she returned to claim her throne as the mega-model of Miami Beach. People hire Elaine to attend the biggest birthday parties, galas and events as an emcee, DJ, host, entertainer or even just as a fabulous guest. Says Davis, “Elaine opened doors to places where there never was drag … I don’t make or break the night, but I certainly enhance it. I take it from ordinary to extraordinary.” It’s this extraordinary personality that gets her flown all over the world to do what she does best—showing everyone a good time. More recently, Elaine is a co-star on the The Real Housewives of Miami, and just wrapped filming for season three. With regards to that, she simply says, “You never know how you’re going to be portrayed. It’s television, it’s not live.”

All in all, Davis says Elaine has been great for him. It’s a career he absolutely loves—one of those situations where you won’t have to work a day in your life if you find something you love and can make money doing. He’s been able to see how people like Pamela Anderson or Elton Jon live, made friends with  A-listers and still managed to stay true to his roots. It takes time and patience to accomplish, but it’s something he can also take off. He admits liking the duplicity of it all, keeping James and Elaine two separate, fabulously tasteful people.

Elaine Lancaster & Fergie at Fergie’s Birthday at LIV on March 27, 2009

Elaine Lancaster at Paper Magazine Presents Absolut Disco at Mokai on October 21, 2008

Richie Rich & Elaine Lancaster at Pamela Anderson Hosts PETA After Party at WALL on October 14, 2009

Elaine Lancaster & Amanda Lepore at Amanda Lepore Fragrance Launch at Aqua on December 6, 2008

“What’s the secret? Hunny, I’m not gonna give you the family recipes- I’m still using them!” – Elaine Lancaster

Elaine Lancaster & Paula Deen at Paula’s Poker Party & Casino Night at South Beach Wine & Food Festival on February 21, 2008

Elaine Lancaster, David LaChapelle, & Marcel Wanders at David LaChapelle & Arne Quinze After Party at the Mondrian on December 2, 2008

Elaine Lancaster & Kate Hudson at Barbie Retrospective at Alchemist Presented by Chrome Hearts on April 9, 2010

Elaine Lancaster at Chambord Launch at the Mondrian on August 23, 2010

Elaine Lancaster at the Ocean Drive April Latin Issue Launch on April 21, 2011

Peter Dundas of  Emilio Pucci & Elaine Lancaster at Destination Fashion on November 10, 2012

Elaine Lancaster & Marysol Patton at The Patton Group 10th Anniversary at Villa Mayfair on May 17, 2012

Adriana De Moura, Lisa Hochstein, Karent Sierra, Ana Quincoces, Elaine Lancaster, Alexia Echevarria, Joanna Krupa, & Marta Krupa at The Patton Group 10th Anniversary at Villa Mayfair on May 17, 2012

Marta Krupa, Ana Quincones, Adriana De Moura, Karent Sierra, Lisa Pliner, Lisa Hochstein, Elaine Lancaster, & Joanna Krupa at The Pliner’s Farewell Brunch & Trunk Show on April 4, 2012

Elaine Lancaster at The Pliner’s Farewell Brunch & Trunk Show on April 4, 2012

Elaine Lancaster & KC of KC and the Sunshine Band at The Donkey Show on July 18, 2012

Elaine Lancaster at The Donkey Show on July 18, 2012

“I love it. I celebrate drag. It’s my bread and butter.” – Elaine Lancaster

Elaine Lancaster at Food Truck Friday at the Arsht Center on September 7, 2012


Queens of South Beach

Elaine was surrounded by many other fabulous drag queens during the Versace Era who all became friends. It was a time where everyone strutted their stuff and celebrated the fabulosity of it all, though there was some drama from time to time. Here, we have her peers weigh in on their friend, those special years, and the recent passing of one of their own: the notorious Wanda.

Fantasy, Adora, Leslie Quick, Paloma, & Elaine Lancaster at Federation on March 10, 2000

Wanda

Wanda, the drag queen best known for her balloon bust and obsession with Whitney Houston, was a fixture at Amnesia’s Sunday night party back in South Beach’s drag heyday. She was a larger-than-life character (literally) in the nightlife scene, but she came swathed in drama. Fighting with club owners, starting beef with customers and getting banned from parties—these not-so-glamorous assets Wanda flaunted gave her the reputation for being trouble. And, sadly, that trouble caught up with her in Tampa in late May of this year when Anthony Jermone Lee, the man behind Wanda, was shot and killed outside the home of a friend. Here, her sisters in drag reflect on what Wanda was the South Beach’s drag culture.

Wanda at G-Spot on March 2, 2000

Wanda at Delano on December 22, 1999

Wanda at Ocean Drive’s Anniversary on February 25, 2000

Tommy Davidson & Wanda at Ocean Drive’s Anniversary on February 25, 2000

Shelley Novak

Shelley Novak at Ocean Drive Magazine Anniversary on February 25, 2000

World Red Eye: What was your nickname?

Shelley Novak: My drag name is Shelley Novak, taken from Shelley Winters and Kim Novak. It conjures up images of big-breasted, loud-mouthed jewesses on the ‘50s.

WRE: What happened to Paloma?

Shelley Novak: Every year you would hear Paloma died. This went on for a decade, almost to the point where it had become an urban legend. So when I heard she really had died a year ago, I didn’t want to believe it, but it was true. What an amazing person. Paloma would always grab me and line my eyes correctly for me. She was a class act and will be missed—yet I don’t know the real cause of death—just another part of the mystery that is Paloma.

Shelley Novak at Crobar on January 31, 2004

WRE: If Paloma was the queen of South Beach, are you the godfather of South Beach?

Shelley Novak: In the sense that I was a lot like James Gandolfini in a dress, yes.

WRE: What do you think about the growth of Elaine Lancaster?

Shelly Novak: When Elaine Lancaster came to town, the drag scene was a mix of clown drag and club kids. People were horrified and screaming, “She’s going to take our gigs.” But I was never worried, because, honey, no one is going to say, “We can’t get Shelley, let’s use Elaine,” or vice versa. We were never in competition. Elaine was like nothing we had ever seen. I was convinced she was Jerry Hall incarnate. And watching him evolve and grow has been a trip. Being on a Bravo TV show is just the next step in his evolution, the natural progression of his fame. Hell, I couldn’t name one of those hags on Real Housewives of Miami, but I can tell you the most beautiful housewife is James Davis—and he’s a man.

Shelley Novak at Crobar on February 25, 2004

WRE: Where are you now and what are the shelley novak awards?

Shelley Novak: I’m in Boston where i have won my  year long battle against cancer – which should make the 21st year of the Shelley Novak awards more of a comeback  event than I had ever planned or wished for – the award show is a mock academy awards for the drag queens on the Miami scene -an evening where they are celebrated and honored – it started  it as a lark and its now in its 21st year at score nightclub on lincoln road – I am a very lucky man to have the friends and family and fans that i do – my life has been a series of happy, lucky accidents and I’m blessed to be able to make people laugh for a living.

Fantasy

Fantasy at Federation at Level on June 16, 2000

World Red Eye: When did you and Elaine Lancaster meet?

Fantasy: We met in early 2000 when she moved here. We worked for a couple years at Level Nightclub; I was the performer, and we bonded then. She was always the go-to girl: always had her craft together, very dependable and would guide you through any problems in the entertainment world.

Fantasy at Federation at Level on July 7, 2000

WRE: What’s the best part about doing drag?

Fantasy: I love entertaining. I love when I get on the stage and see the reactions of people dancing with me.

WRE: How would you describe your look?

Fantasy: Sexy chic: stilettos, long hair—blonde, black—the sexier the better.

Fantasy & Wanda at Gerry Kelly’s Birthday at Level on June 1, 2000

WRE: How did you know Wanda?

Fantasy: Wanda was my roommate. We were roommates with Chyna Girl—I’m Chyna Girl’s best friend from high school. She was like a showgirl; she would come during the season to South Beach and stay with us. She wouldn’t hold back.

WRE: How has South Beach changed since then?

Fantasy: I was in South Beach from 1996 to 2007, and let me tell you, it was magic. It was like the hidden pearl. Now when I come down to visit, the whole scene has changed. It got very hip-hop. Gay clubs are disappearing, and it’s too commercialized. So I moved to Orlando. I blame the whole RuPaul Drag Race. Drag used to be so unique and special—now everyone just wants to be a drag queen. Everyone wants to be a boy in a dress.

Fantasy at Studio 54 at Level on October 5, 2000

WRE: What was your best memory from those days?

Fantasy: When I landed the Bacardi ad in 2000. It was Kitty Meow, Chyna Girl and myself. We traveled to other countries. I was one of the first three drag queens to have an ad campaign with a major company.

Lady Bunny

Lady Bunny at Elaine Lancaster’s Birthday at Level on August 24, 2000

Lady Bunny & Elaine Lancaster at Elaine Lancaster’s Birthday at Level on August 24, 2000

World Red Eye: What is Elaine Lancaster to South Beach in your opinion?

Lady Bunny: She’s mean to everyone everywhere she goes. (laughs)

Elaine Lancaster & Lady Bunny at Dancestar Awards on March 9, 2004

Lady Bunny at Belvedere & V Magazine Present Marc Jacobs After Party at Hiro at Maritime Hotel on September 14, 2009

Elaine Lancaster & Lady Bunny at Susanne Bartsch Presents Erika Jayne’s WMC Party at The Setai on March 23, 2007

David LaChapelle, Calvin Klein, & Lady Bunny at Arne Quinze After Party at the Mondrian on December 2, 2008

Lady Bunny & Ingrid Sischey at Arne Quinze After Party at the Mondrian on December 2, 2008

Kitty Meow

Kitty Meow at The Cafeteria at Big Time Studios on November 22, 2002

World Red Eye: What do you love most about what you do?

Kitty Meow: The flexibility to be able to change, always being able to create something new and entertaining. I love that. Never being pigeon-holed or becoming complacent; I love to re-inspire others and be inspired by others. The change of it all.

WRE: What’s your secret to that meow-tastic look?

KM: To never take it too seriously. Always remain in the moment. That’s the secret.

Boy George & Kitty Meow at Federation on December 29, 2000

WRE: How has South Beach changed from where it was with the drag queen scene 10 years ago to now?

KM: Everything is cyclical. I believe what’s currently going on right now is a resurgence of newcomers and the interest of drag. There’s a whole crop of performers at the Palace—Noel Leon—she’s stunning. There’s a whole new renaissance in the artistic, glamorous, chic girls who are the ones to watch. I’m excited to see South Beach once again welcome everyone from every corner of the Earth. It had its peak and went down, leveled off and now there’s a fresh new budding bouquet of girls who are out there and going to do everyone proud and bring a lot of spotlight back to the beach.

Kitty Meow at Anthems at Crobar on July 16, 2000

Kitty Meow at Gerry Kelly’s Birthday on June 2, 1999

WRE: What’s your wildest memory from South Beach?

KM: During the White Party, we did a taping for E! News. Elaine and I were on camels with a harem, all in this huge entourage going down on the sand from 14th Street to 10th [Street], and it was mind-blowing. Traffic was stopping, it was one of the highlights of being a part of that whole scene; it was a spectacular time.

Kitty Meow at Shadow Lounge on November 29, 1999

Elaine Lancaster & Kitty Meow at Esteban at Bar Room on April 28, 1999

WRE: How did you and Elaine Lancaster meet?

KM: Elaine and I met when she was a male professional model out of college and came to visit South Beach on holiday. She arrived at a club I worked the door at, Paragon, and our repsonisiblity as door hosts was to let the hot people inside. So, of course, James Davis at the time, arrived head-to-toe in Versace, just stunning. He had the most immaculate skin and glowing blonde boy hair, so I walked over, introduced myself, and said ‘Please come ahead, would you like to be my guest?’ He would return on a regular basis, and I discovered on the second or third trip that he was also a drag queen. I was completely blown away by the transformation. It’s very inspiring to see how meticulously it was done. I was impressed by the dedication Elaine had to her craft.

If you don’t want the truth, don’t pursue her for an opinion. She speaks nothing but the truth, and she’s so insightful in such a proactive way. She’s one of the most giving, tremendously generous individuals you’ll ever meet in your life. She’s introduced me to so many incredible individuals—artists, athletes, pioneers—in their field.

I love Elaine, needless to say. I think she’s redefined what the meaning of professionalism and drag is in South Florida. For a very long time, we had a shock value where everyone was trying to outdo each other and look outrageous. Elaine completely took it to Chanel. She brought a new sophistication to it. She’s revolutionary when it comes to taking drag to the next level and never forgets where she comes from or the relationships she’s forged as the young up-and-coming Elaine. I call her teeth ‘The Chiclets’ because they’re perfectly shaped.


Adora

Adora at Federation at Level on November 26, 1999

World Red Eye: How do you know Elaine Lancaster?

Adora: I know Elaine also since she got here when she moved to South Beach. We got along beautifully, from the very beginning. We go to Home Depot together; I like her very much. She’s a very smart person.

Adora at Federation at Level on January 7, 2000

WRE: What’s the difference from how drag used to be and how it is on the beach today?

Adora: Now it’s a different town—totally different. The scene has changed a lot, obviously. It’s mainstream mostly, kind of like going to a mall and seeing a drag show in a mall.

Adora at Hotel Nash Opening on March 9, 2000

WRE: Did you know Wanda?

Adora: I knew Wanda from the very beginning when she came to South Beach. She was a troubled girl, but I never had any problems with her ever. She respected me very much, called me Miss Adora, but I always knew that she was trouble.

Adora at Rumi on March 28, 2002

WRE: What’s your craziest memory from the Wanda days?

Adora: I remember working at the Kremlin and being on Lincoln Road seeing Wanda getting into fights—a knife fight—each one of them pulled one out, and they wanted to kill each other. So I got off duty and told them to not stab themselves because it might get blood on my dress. And it’s a brand new dress—I can’t afford dry cleaners.

Adora at Supper Club at China Grill on June 16, 2004

WRE: What do you love most about what you do?

Adora: I’m blessed to get paid for something that I love to do. I don’t think many people can say that. I’m doing something that I really, really love to do. It’s my career. I think it’s a privilege—being on stage—it’s acting. Being in front of an audience, people will like me no matter what. It could be drag, it could be anything, I need to be in front of an audience. I was a dancer and actor all my life, so I’ve always been in front of an audience.

Kim Kardashian & Adora at ShoeDazzle One Year Anniversary at Hotel Bentley on March 24, 2010

WRE: What’s the Adora signature look?

Adora: Big teased hair in any color that you can find in the rainbow. Lots of glamour. The biggest ring, shoes, hair … If it’s big, I like it. Everything big!

Leslie Quick

Leslie Quick at Level on March 16, 2000

World Red Eye: What’s your relationship with Elaine Lancaster?

Leslie Quick: Elaine moved to the beach 12 or 13 years ago, and she’s now like my auntie because she had more experience than me in drag when I started doing this. She had it tough when she first moved here, the other drag queens in town gave her shit. She stuck to her guns and didn’t back down for nobody, so she’s earned her spot on our version of Hollywood Boulevard.

WRE: How would you describe your look?

LQ: Space Boy meets Bettie Page.

Leslie Quick at Fever at Vivid on June 23, 2000

WRE: What was your relationship like with Wanda?

LQ: Wanda is another auntie, but she’s more like a grandma to a lot of us. When I first met her, she had a lot of street smarts. Certain people I was talking to, Wanda would pull me aside and say ‘Girl, don’t talk to him, he’s only wanting to get your drink tickets.’ I started doing drag for a year or two when I got close to Wanda. So [her death] hit me pretty bad the past two weeks. Wanda wasn’t loved. She was a character on the beach who was so loud, but in my case, I wanted to get to know this person. I was raised in Pembroke Pines, so I wanted to see that side of what he was talking about. Because of the lessons he taught me, I stayed out of a lot of bad situations.

Leslie Quick at Level on December 4, 1999

WRE: How has the drag scene on the beach changed from the days of Wanda?

LQ: Our time—Infinity, Kitty Meow, Adore, Elaine, and myself—I considered us the ‘Versace Era’ of drag in Miami Beach. We were around during the whole Versace tragedy that happened in the ’90s, and Madonna had a strong influence on South Beach. It was a really different time—it was like Paris, but in the microcosm of the five blocks of South Beach. Now it’s so commercial—we have reality stars, basketball wives—the Versace glamour is gone, and we’re trying to bring it back. It’s still fun, but it’s not the same. The city of Miami Beach should buy the [Versace mansion] back and turn it into a museum; it’s a landmark.

WRE: What’s your craziest memory from the “Versace Era?”

LQ: Marilyn Manson and The Smashing Pumpkins were in town touring together, and [Manson] pulled me aside and goes ‘I like you, you look great,’ and he French kissed me! I was a little drunk, and it just happened. We were at Groove Jet. It was nothing more than that, but it was just one of those moments. Also, we had this couch Donatella [Versace] gave to the club, Warsaw. This queen was lying on the couch drunk off her ass one night, we don’t know what drugs she was on, and she shit all over the couch. She crapped the couch up. They had to throw a fabric over it because they didn’t want her to notice. To this day, the girls still talk about the couch incident.

Leslie Quick at Under The Water at Fever on July 28, 2000

Chyna Girl

Paloma, Kitty Meow, & Chyna Girl

WRE: What do you love most about what you do?

CG: I love all the glitz and glam, the performance and just being a part of the alluring nightlife.

WRE: How did you get your name ‘Chyna Girl?”

CG: When I was a club kid back in Orlando, many club-goers would always ask, ‘Who’s that Chinese girl?’ So the first name, Chyna, was chosen and Girl because she is easy breezy, sassy and fun. That’s Chyna Girl.

WRE: What was your relationship with Wanda?

CG: My friendship with Wanda goes 18 years back. Because Wanda and I are so different in our demeanors, many people are surprised knowing that we were close friends. I was her personal glam girl whenever she needed her hair and makeup done for special events. I’m dealing with her passing right now. It’s still very surreal knowing that she’s not here blowing up my phone or causing commotions at a club. I miss her dearly.

Chyna Girl, Elaine Lancaster, & Fantasy at Level’s 1 Year Anniversary on November 16, 2000

WRE: How did you and Elaine Lancaster meet? How is she viewed by other queens?

CG: Elaine and I first met back in ’97 when I was working at Lucky Cheng’s, and she was a new girl in town. I can’t really speak for other queens how they viewed Elaine, but I see her as the high society queen amongst us.

WRE: How has South Beach changed from where it was with the drag queen scene 10 or 20 years ago to now?

CG: The South Beach drag scene was big in the ’90s to early 2000s. Clubs and club promoters would always have two to four girls working the party weekly. We were more visible on any given club night throughout the beach. It’s kind of like the ’90s supermodels with fashion designers. The ones that keep themselves relevant still grace magazine covers and editorials. Same goes with drag queens in clubs and events.

WRE: What’s your wildest memory from South Beach?

CG: I would have to say parading down the beach with a camel and us drag queens dressed as Arabian princesses. Another would have to be when Leslie Quick and I were dancing with Madonna in the VIP at Liquid nightclub.

Paloma

Paloma at Federation on October 13, 2000

“Paloma was the fairy godmother of the drag community on Miami Beach. She was stylish and extremely talented. I was lucky to have her as my friend.” Elaine Lancaster

Paloma

Paloma & Fantasy at Federation at Level on May 19, 2000

Paloma & Elaine Lancaster at Phantom of the Opera at Federation on September 29, 2000

Paloma, Fantasy, & Elaine Lancaster at Federation at Level on June 16, 2000

Paloma, Fantasy, & Elaine Lancaster at Noche Blanca at Federation on November 24, 2000

Elaine Lancaster at Federation at Level on August 18, 2000

Joanna Krupa & Wilmer Valderrama at Villa Azur

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Michael Martin, Romain Zago, & Joanna Krupa

Miami Beach, FL – May 16, 2013 – Villa Azur drew in a celeb crowd on Thursday with Joanna Krupa and Wilmer Valderrama out enjoying the weekly dinner party.

Wilmer Valderrama & Michael Martin

Edina Pantinchin, Didi Tchakarva, & Bea Hargitai

Edina Pantinchin, Didi Tchakarva, Bea Hargitai, & Roberto

Bea Hargitai & Didi Tchakarva

Guizi, Lucy A, Marine, & Crystelle

Marc & Jennifer Bell

Haute 100 at Cipriani

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Miami, FL – May 9, 2013 – Luxury magazine Haute Living celebrated their “Haute 100” list with a fabulous dinner at Cipriani Downtown. The “Haute 100” is a list of the 100 most powerful and philanthropic people in Miami, published each year in the Haute 100 issue, which just was released last week. The VIPs on the list arrived by car and boat: chauffeured BMW 760’s, and a lucky few pulled up to the waterfront restaurant on a Ferrretti Riva 75′ Vernere. The power crowd sipped Dom Pérignon as they mingled and listened to Frank Sinatra in a very retro setting at the brand new, never-before-seen restaurant. The private dinner featured notables like Tracy Mourning, Real Housewives of Miami cast members Lea Black and Joanna Krupa and their husbands, President and CEO of The Collection Ken Gorin, and former MLB player Mike Piazza, among many others.

Janice Combs, Savannah Brinson, Jenine Howard, Adrienne Bosh, & Tamia Everett

Mike Piazza & Jim Ferraro

Eric & Stacy Milon, Romain Zago, Joanna Krupa, & Lea Black

Stacy Milon, Roy Black, & Tracy Mourning

Tracy Mourning & Violet Camacho

Violet Camacho & Kamal Hotchandani

Edgardo Defortuna & Kamal Hotchandani

Ken Gorin, Linda Flannagan, Lauren Fitzpatrick, & Michael Capponi

Tracy Mourning, Ayana Boucher, Jillian Jacobson, Nikki Simkins, & Violet Camacho

Jessica Motes, Eva G, Zachary Scott, Mina Koch, & Lindsay Pulaski

Mina Koch  & Lindsay Pulaski

Violet Camacho

Sandy Chartouni, Michelle Minagorri, Andres Asion, Jose Gonzalez, Michelle Duarte, Ana Cristina Defortuna, Edgardo Defortuna, Andrea Greenberg, Alejandro Aparicio, & Sebastian Salvat

Mike Piazza, Jim Ferraro, Alena Gavrikova, Alicia Piazza, Jillian Jacobson, Nikki Simkins, Antonio Misuraca, & Michael Simkins

Russell Galbut, Evelyn Castro, Keith Menin, Antonio Misuraca, Violet Camacho, Jim Ferraro, Michael Capponi, & Lauren Fitzpatrick

Patricio Kreutzberger, Monica Venegas, Mariana & Manuel Grosskopf, Valerie Bustamante, Kamal & Angela El-Nashar

Philip Goldfarb, Ayana Boucher, & John Brevard

Shuichi Take, Orly Adler, & Kevin Diemar

April Donelson, Vanessa & Marco Selva

Ryan Hattaway & Dmitry Prut

 

Angela & Kamal El Nashar

Rick de la Croix & Ken Gorin

Rick & Martha de la Croix, Linda Flannagan, & Ken Gorin

Kamal Hotchandani & Hadley Henriette

Kamal Hotchandani, Vanessa & Marco Selva

Ryan Hattaway, Violet Camacho, & Rich Santelises

Oren Alexander & Jim Ferraro

Ken Gorin & Antonio Misuraca

Violet Camacho & Philip Goldfarb

Roy & Lea Black

Hotel Durex

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Jenny McCarthy

New York, NY – April 2, 2013 – Celebrities and VIPs checked into the Hotel Durex last night for a very intimate experience at NYC’s Dream Downtown. Hosted by none other than former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy, Hotel Durex was a one night affair for guests to be introduced to Durex’s Liberating Side of Being Together movement that promotes safe “sexploration” between lovers in the bedroom. And what could be more fun than an event put on by Durex? There were Durex products, aphrodisiac cocktails and food, and with sexy celebrities in the room like Real Housewives of Miami‘s Joanna Krupa, Dancing With The StarsKelly Monaco, and model/Real Housewives of New York‘s Kelly Bensimon, there was plenty of fun and foreplay to be had. Sparks were definitely ignited, and with proceeds benefitting the dance4life charity that works towards a world without AIDS, everyone went home feeling like they got lucky.

Jenny McCarthy

AJ Calloway

Jenny McCarthy

Kelly Monaco

Joanna Krupa

Kelly Monaco & Joanna Krupa

Drita D’avanzo

Kelly Bensimon

Joanna Krupa

Jenny McCarthy & Kelly Monaco

Jenny McCarthy

Kelly Bensimon, Kelly Monaco, Joanna Krupa, & Romain Zago

Drita D’avanzo, DJ Kiss, & Kelly Bensimon

Drita D’avanzo & Kelly Bensimon

Romain Zago & Joanna Krupa

Kelly Bensimon

Kelly Bensimon, Kelly Monaco, & Joanna Krupa

Jenny McCarthy & AJ Calloway

SOBEWFF 2012 Retrospect

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Emeril Lagasse & Lee Schrager at Charlie Trotter & Piero Antinori Tribute Dinner at the Loews Miami Beach, February 25, 2012

Miami Beach, FL – February 21, 2013 – Who’s ready for the biggest foodie time of year to hit South Beach?! Ladies and gentleman, the wait is over. Tonight kicks off the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival with the legendary event, The Q. This marks the 12th year of the Food Network’s famous festival where all the top celebrity chefs descend upon South Beach for a weekend full of top-notch eating and top-shelf drinking. This year is sure to be nothing less than action-packed, and World Red Eye is bringing it all right to you first hand as the official festival photographer. We’ll take you behind the scenes at all of the top events and more. So whether you’re out there chowing down on burgers and sipping on Moët with us or checking out what happened online, it’s time to get excited for a great weekend. To see what’s in store, check out our timeline of last year’s events and who was there. We also caught up with festival founder Lee Schrager who weighed in on what his best memories have been and what he’s looking forward to this year. Let’s go!

World Red Eye: What’s been your favorite dish ever eaten at a SOBEWFF event?

Lee Schrager: It’s impossible to remember every dish from the past 12 years, but our annual Tribute Dinner at the Loews Miami Beach is always a stand-out.

WRE: What are your top three favorite events during SOBEWFF? What makes doing the event in Miami different than in NYC?

LS: Like asking a mother to pick her favorite children!  Doing any event in the sand if always very different than doing an event in the city.

WRE: What are you most looking forward to for this year?

LS: Chicken Coupe hosted by Andrew Carmellini at the W South Beach

WRE: Tell us about the yoga event that you developed: YogArt. How does staying healthy play a role in SOBEWFF?

LS: YogArt was created during Art Basel as a way for people to take a breather during a very busy weekend, and bringing it to SOBEWFF makes sense so that people can take a break during this very weekend as well.

WRE: What’s been the most unexpected chef collaboration that excites you?

LS: All chef collaborations are exciting – watching Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay battle it out on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America is fun!

WRE: If you were a contestant on Iron Chef, which chef would you choose to battle against?

LS: It doesn’t matter – they would all beat me, for sure!

WRE: What’s the best party spot for late night?

LS: I think the new SLS South Beach is a great late night spot.

WRE: Art Basel has helped change the face of Miami’s art world with Wynwood and the Design District gaining recognition, and some would say a similar effect has happened with Miami’s dining scene thanks to your work with the festival. How have you seen the face of Miami’s culinary world grow and change over the years?

LS: The infiltration of all of these chefs coming into town and opening new restaurants here has just boomed.

WRE: What is the funniest memory you have from over the years during the festival?

LS: There are a lot of them, but Paula Deen’s demo at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village is always sure to generate lots of laughs.

WRE: How do you relax and unwind after it’s all over?

LS: I’m already on to the next project – there’s not a lot of time to relax!


Moët Hennessy’s The Q

Miami Beach, FL – February 24, 2012 – Simply called The Q, this is not just a simple event. The barbecue-filled kickoff event for the SOBEWFF brings all the celebrity chefs together with tons of meats and drinks to get the weekend off to a killer start. This year, it’s the party to be at, and it will be hosted by Paula Deen and her sons for what’s sure to be an incredible Southern BBQ time.

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Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri & Emeril Lagasse

Al Roker

Emeril Lagasse

Al Roker

Masaharu Morimoto

Jay Bannos

John Rivers & Tim Love

Dean Fearing

Benjamin Ford

Michelle Bernstein

Jonathan Barnett

Doug Quint & Andrew Zimmern

Hedy Goldsmith, Michelle Bernstein, Andrew Zimmern, & Lee Schrager

Aaron Sanchez

Jacques Van Staden

John Vergos

Marc Forgione

Mark Zeitouni

Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri, & KC of KC and the Sunshine Band

Guy Fieri

Masaharu Morimoto & Andrew Zimmern

Scott Conant

Emeril Lagasse

The Q After Dark

Miami Beach, FL – February 23, 2012 – The infamous Moët Hennessy‘s The Q After Dark is the after-party to the biggest SOBEWFF kick-off party. It brings the club to the beach- literally! Everyone partied on the sand as Flo Rida was on the mic while Ruckus and Triple Threat took to the decks and a live band came through. Bottles of Moët were flowing as Flo Rida got everyone going. This year is sure to be have just as much fun late into the night as the sexy, Aussie chef Curtis Stone hosts and Mansion’s famous Cirque de Mansion brings in its crazy theatrics.

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Flo Rida

Ruckus

Amstel Light’s Burger Bash

Miami Beach, FL – February 24, 2012 – The Burger Bash is always a fan favorite, getting everyone together for America’s signature dish. Last year Michael Symon won the Burger Bash for the third year in a row, and Guy Fieri took home the prize for Best Dressed Burger, while Brendan B. Connor earned the Golden Grill Award. This year will again be hosted by the always fun and burger-hungry Rachael Ray, with a special fourth award being given. Will Michael Symon be crowned winner yet again for the fourth year, or will he be ousted from his spot? You’ll just have to join us at the Bash to find out!

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Guy Fieri & Michael Symon

Bobby Flay

Joey Campanaro

Emeril Lagasse, Jill Martin, Gail Simmons, & Marc Murphy

Spike Mendelsohn

John Cusimano & Rachael Ray

Masaharu Morimoto

Hedy Goldsmith

Mark Bucher

Andrew Carmellini

Andrew Zimmern, Rachael Ray, & John Cusimano

Dr. Arthur Agatston & Rachael Ray

Mark Tamis & Guy Fieri

Andrew Carmellini & Rachael Ray

Lee Schrager & Jill Martin

Rachael Ray & Michael Symon

Matador!

Miami Beach, FL – February 24, 2012 – Antonio Banderas, everyone’s favorite Spanish fighter from Puss in Boots to Desperado to Zorro, launched his line of Spanish wines last year at SOBEWFF. Banderas held a very special Spanish wine seminar for their debut: Matador! An Introduction to Anta Banderas Winery. The intimate seating gave guests a glimpse into his winery in Ribera del Duero, Spain. It doesn’t get much better than sipping a smooth Tempranillo with the smooth-talker Banderas himself.

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Antonio Banderas

WME Chef After Party

Miami Beach, FL – February 24, 2012 – Who would’ve thought Timberland and Bobby Flay would ever be at the same party? Last year, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian turned into a hip, cool, stogie-smoking DJ for the William Morris Endeavor Chefs After Party. The breezy rooftop at the Dream South Beach hotel, Highbar, had Zakarain on the decks while SOBEWFF founder Lee Schrager, Jonathan Waxman, and tons of other celeb chef pals enjoyed bites from Zakarian’s restaurant, Tudor House, that used to hold the lobby-level restaurant space at the Dream.

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Geoffrey Zakarian

Geoffrey Zakarian, Timbaland, & Sunny Anderson

Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, & Stephanie March

Bobby Flay & Jonathan Waxman

Geoffrey Zakarian & Andrew Zimmern

Geoffrey Zakarian, Andrew Zimmern, & Jonathan Waxman

Anne Burrell

Kidz Kitchen Day 1

Miami Beach, FL – February 25, 2012 – When you put celebrity chefs together with kids, parrots, and food, this is what you get. The Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen is back again this year at Jungle Island. Last year got everyone involved, with face-painted kids jumping, shouting, and cooking with energetic chefs like Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri. The muscular British chef Robert Irvine was a huge hit with the kids too, getting one girl all giggly as he signed her book. Even former Miami Dolphins player Twan Russell stopped by with the Dolphin’s mascot. Who knows what this year will bring, but we do know that the first day of activities will include chef demos by Giada De Laurentiis, Rocco DiSpirito, and Andrew Zimmern.

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Guy Fieri

Robert Irvine

Rachael Ray

Twan Russell & Rachael Ray

Twan Russell

Geoffrey Zakarain Lunch

Miami Beach, FL – February 25, 2012 – The very lovely rosé lunch hosted by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his wife Margaret at Soho Beach House is always a fabulous affair. The second annual event had Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay, and Jonathan Waxman out to enjoy the roasted pig lunch and sip on Domaine Ott Rosé in the garden, while Zakarain poured drinks and kicked back with a Cuban cigar.

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Martha Stewart & Geoffrey Zakarain

Geoffrey Zakarain

Geoffrey Zakarian, Michael Symon, & Bobby Flay

Geoffrey Zakarian, Jonathan Waxman, & Franklin Becker

Charlie Trotter & Piero Antinori Tribute Dinner

Miami Beach, FL – February 25, 2012 – The annual Tribute Dinner at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel is always a very elegant, memorable event. Each year, it gets together a room full of the “who’s who” in the wine and food worlds to honor one incredible trailblazer each in culinary and wine. Last year, SOBEWFF paid tribute to chef Charlie Trotter and winemaker Piero Antinori. With Anthony Bourdain as the evening’s master of ceremonies, he brought his signature charisma, while chefs Emeril Lagasse, and Norman Van Aken kept things silly in the kitchen. This year‘s event will honor Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa who started the world-wide Nobu restaurants and CEO of Moët Hennessy, Christophe Navarre. With everyone’s favorite entertainer, Martha Stewart, being hostess for the night, it’s sure to be a perfect, bubbly-filled time.

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Charlie Trotter, Janet & Norman Van Aken

Norman Van Aken, Anthony Bourdain, Charlie Trotter, & Emeril Lagasse

Martha Stewart & Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Trotter, & Norman Van Aken

Charlie Trotter & Norman Van Aken

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, Piero Antinori, & Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter & Martha Stewart

Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar

Anthony Bourdain

Countess Luann de Lesseps at The Forge

Miami Beach, FL – February 25, 2012 – In the midst of all the running around to events during the weekend, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Jacques Azoulay made time for dinner at The Forge during their trip down to Miami for the SOBEWFF last year.

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Countess LuAnn de Lesseps & Jacques Azoulay

The Best Thing I Ever Ate by Godiva

Miami Beach, FL – February 25, 2012 – We all get the late-night munchies for a sweet midnight snack, and last year’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate gave us our fix. Godiva had sweets and treats from all kinds of restaurants for everyone to much on, and Bethenny Frankel was on hand to do some sampling. This year, instead of a big tent affair, Godiva Chocolatier, is taking the ever-so-sweet party to the Dream hotel’s rooftop with the Godiva Indulgence hosted by the master of all things cake and decadent, Duff Goldman.

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Bethenny Frankel

Kidz Kitchen Day 2

Miami Beach, FL – February 26, 2012 – A successful second day to the kid-friendly event at Jungle Island got everyone throwing their hands up in the name of healthy eating. Andrew Zimmern made friends with a lemur, and Sunny Anderson got acquainted with a kangaroo from down under while extreme dancers were jumping and spinning around with tons of energy. Miami’s own Michelle Bernstein also added to the fun. This year, Florida Blue’s Fun and Fit as a Family series will have Anne Burrell, Hedy Goldsmith, and other favorites on day two ready to roll.

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Andrew Zimmern

Sunny Anderson

Michelle Bernstein

Adrianna Calvo

Rocco DiSpirito

Paula Deen’s Sunday Brunch

Miami Beach, FL – February 26, 2012 – The Queen of Sassafras herself, Paula Deen, was up to her usual humorous and lively antics when she hosted her annual Sunday Brunch at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. In true Deen style, there was a full-on buffet of nothing but good Southern eats, drinks, and lots of laughs. She gave and received kisses left and right, showing some Southern loving to all the chefs who cooked at the event. This year, Trisha Yearwood is hosting a fancy pre-set menu for the Sunday Brunch, bringing her Dixieland style to the affair.

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Paula Deen

Cindy Hutson

Paula Deen & Hugh Acheson

Paula Deen, Michael & Patrick Sheerin

Michael Symon & Paula Deen

Lee Schrager & Paula Deen

Salsa at Sea

Miami Beach, FL – February 26, 2012 – Things got spicy and sizzling out at sea last year with a special boat party aboard The Biscayne Lady. This brunch on the ocean was hosted by chefs Douglas Rodriguez and Aarón Sanchez. They brought their Mexican and Cuban influences to the dishes and the afternoon’s sail.

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Douglas Rodriguez, Aaron Sanchez, Timon Balloo, & Pichet Ong

Swine & Wine

Miami Beach, FL – February 26, 2012 – The Bravo TV’s Miami Housewives made their debut last year at the Swine & Wine event. The Miami crew of Lisa HochsteinKarent SierraMarta Krupa, & Joanna Krupa got to dine on an item that’s no stranger to Miami- roasted pig. First place in the pig roast competition went to Chef Ingrid Hoffman. This year’s event is going to be hosted by Michelle Bernstein, let’s see who wins the roast this time!

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Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos

Joanna Krupa

Marysol Patton, Lea Black, Adriana De Moura, Lisa Hochstein, Joanna Krupa, Karent Sierra, & Marta Krupa

Lee Schrager, Ingrid Hoffman, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Debi Mazar, & Isiah Thomas

Ingrid Hoffman, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, & Debi Mazar

Linton Hopkins

Ingrid Hoffman

Jonathan Waxman

Ingrid Hoffman

Trucks on the Beach for Pepsi

Miami Beach, FL – February 26, 2012 – Food trucks wheeled out onto the sand for Trucks on the Beach. Diet Pepsi and Executive Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink joined together for lots of mobile eats and Hedy’s signature sweets as she went around talking to all the chefs and sprinkling her dose of lovable sweetness. This year, the trucks are taking their tracks to Midtown as Andrew Zimmern hosts the massive round-up.

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Hedy Goldsmith & Andrew Zimmern

Hedy Goldsmith & Sunny Anderson

Gail Simmons Moonlight Menu

Miami Beach, FL – February 26, 2012 – Foodies, trendsetters and culinary celebrities gathered at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s La Côte for Top Chef judge Gail Simmons’ book signing. Alfred Portale of Gotham Steak dropped in, and so did Bobby Flay for some late-night dessert samplings at the hotel’s breezy outdoor restaurant.

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Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons & Bobby Flay

Alfred Portale & Gail Simmons


Flashback: Model Beach Volleyball 2012

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Justin Stolarczyk, Dashil Hernandez, Joelle Pforr, Malin Svensson, Gioia Jansen, Frankie Godoy, Michael Malone, & Marko Gojanovic at Model Beach Volleyball Day 1, March 31, 2012

Miami Beach, FL – February 7, 2013 – Last year’s Model Beach Volleyball Tournament was a blast. Here’s a look back at the 2012 two-day event, where World Red Eye was the main media sponsor capturing all the fun. This year, the 4th annual event will be held this coming weekend: Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 from 10am to 5pm. The free and public event pits the top modeling agencies against each other in co-ed volleyball teams. For the second year in a row, the tournament has partnered with the National Volleyball League and some of the top pro beach volleyball athletes like Casey Patterson and Sinjin Smith will be there. Also for the second consecutive year, the tournament will be co-hosted by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal, who most recently starred in a pretty hot Carl’s Junior commercial. After two days of going head to head, one victorious agency team will win a weekend getaway to Bimini Bay Resort where they’ll compete with three other teams in an ultimate match. So check out all the fun from last year’s tournament and start getting pumped for this weekend- World Red Eye is excited to be covering all the action again this year as official media sponsor!

James Marsden, Nina Agdal, & Geoff Stults at Model Beach Volleyball Day 2, April 1, 2012

Karent Sierra, Joanna Krupa, & Lisa Hochstein at Model Beach Volleyball Day 2, April 1, 2012

Nina Agdal & Geoff Stults at Model Beach Volleyball Day 1, March 31, 2012

Shawne Merriman at Model Beach Volleyball Day 1, March 31, 2012

Ashley Robinso & Sonja Ewy at Model Beach Volleyball Day 1, March 31, 2012

Dashil Hernandez & Justin Stolarzic at Model Beach Volleyball Day 1, March 31, 2012

WRE Greatest Photos of 2012

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Avicii & Madonna at Ultra Music Festival -Day 2 on March 24, 2012

Miami Beach, FL – December 31, 2012 – As World Red Eye gets ready for the last night out of 2012, we took a look back at the year in photos. Everyone from Miami to Milan to Melbourne reflects on their year on this night, and we actually have a visual diary of photos to remind us of the highlights and excitement of the past year. We have been to the best parties, heard the best DJ’s, shot the most beautiful people and had a ball doing it. As we ring in the New Year with a glass of Moet tonight, we want to wish all of our viewers  a Happy New Year. Here’s to seeing you on WorldRedEye.com in 2013. Have a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!!!

Cee Lo Green & Nas at LIV on January 1, 2012

Tommy Lee at W Ft. Lauderdale on January 5, 2012

Deadmau5 at Mansion 360 – Night 1 on January 20, 2012

Michael Phelps at LIV on January 21, 2012

Cuba Gooding Jr. at It Gets Better Project on January 21, 2012

Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama, & Chris Masterson at Gen Art Presents Table Manners on January 22, 2012

Alex Rodriguez at Bacardi 150th Anniversary on January 28, 2012

La La Anthony at Market America World Conference Day 2 on February 3, 2012

Eva Longoria at Market America World Conference Day 3 on February 4, 2012

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen at QVC Runway Show at February 8, 2012

Chris Brown at Arkadia Thursdays on February 16, 2012

Michael Bay at LIV on February 17, 2012

Lil’ Wayne at Birdman’s Birthday at LIV on February 19, 2012

Theophilus London at LIV on February 22, 2012

Antonio Banderas at Matador! on February 23, 2012

Guy Fieri & Emeril Lagasse at Moët Hennessy’s The Q on February 23, 2012

Geoffrey Zakarian at WME Chef After Party on February 24, 2012

Guy Fieri & Michael Symon at Amstel Light Burger Bash on February 24, 2012

Rachael Ray at Amstel Light Burger Bash on February 24, 2012

Paula Deen’s Sunday Brunch on February 26, 2012

Marysol Patton, Lea Black, Adriana De Moura, Lisa Hochstein, Joanna Krupa, Karent Sierra, & Marta Krupa at Swine & Wine on February 26, 2012

Gina Gershon, Mick Jones, Samantha Ronson, Charlotte Ronson, & Joszphine de La Baume at Charlotte Ronson After Party at 1Oak on February 27, 2012

Rashad Evans & Mos Def at FDR at Delano Grand Opening on February 27, 2012

Norma Quintero & Tara Solomon at Vizcayan Preservation Luncheon on February 28, 2012

Marta Krupa, Karent Sierra, Lisa Hochstein, Joanna Krupa, & Adriana De Moura at Mynt Lounge’s 10 Year Anniversary on March 1, 2012

Carolina Herrera at CH Carolina Herrera Boutique on March 8, 2012

Elsa Hosk, Joe Jonas, & Chanel Iman at VS Pink Nation Pool Party on March 14, 2012

Miguel at Hard Rock Music Lounge – Day 3 on March 17, 2012

Perez Hilton’s One Night in Austin on March 17, 2012

Perez Hilton, Dev, & Timbaland at Perez Hilton’s One Night in Austin on March 17, 2012

Alesso, R3hab, Joachim Garraud, Sebastian Ingrosso, Afrojack, Dirty South, & Bob Sinclar at Amnesia on March 19, 2012

Paris Hilton at Amnesia on March 19, 2012

Paris Hilton, Afrojack, South Central, Steve Aoki, Miriam Nervo, Joachim Garraud, & Lil Jon at Dim Mak at Mansion on March 20, 2012

Laidback Luke at Super You & Me at LIV on March 21, 2012

Drake at LIV on March 22, 2012

Tiesto, Axwell, & Hardwell at LIV on March 22, 2012a

Sean Garrett, Seth Browarnik, & Timbaland at Art of Night: DJ Series Opening Night on March 23, 2012

David Guetta, Tiesto, Afrojack, & Nicky Romero at F*** Me I’m Famous at LIV on March 23, 2012

Jessica Szhor at Hennessy Black Art of Night: DJ Series on March 23, 2012

Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, & Steve Angello at Swedish House Mafia at WALL on March 23, 2012

Steve Angello at Swedish House Mafia at WALL on March 23, 2012

Lil Jon at Ultra Music Festival – Day 1 on March 23, 2012

Skrillex at Ultra Music Festival – Day 1 on March 23, 2012

David Guetta, Afrojack, & Paris Hilton at Lavo • Tao • Marquee Ultra VIP Lounge on March 23, 2012

Wyclef Jean & Erick Morillo at LIV on March 24, 2012

Chuckie, Dallas Austin, & Sean “Diddy” Combs at LIV on March 24, 2012

Deadmau5 at Mau5trap Pool Party on March 24, 2012

Queen Latifah & Tony Bennett at The Blacks’ Annual Gala on March 24, 2012

Fatboy Slim at Ultra Music Festival – Day 2 on March 24, 2012

Justice, Madonna, David Guetta, & Avicii at Ultra Music Festival – Day 2 on March 24, 2012

Ultra Music Festival – Day 3 on March 25, 2012

Kaskade at Ultra Music Festival – Day 3 on March 25, 2012

Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Lil’ Jon, & Afrojack at Ultra Music Festival – Day 3 on March 25, 2012

Ultra Music Festival – Day 3 on March 25, 2012

Lil Jon at Ultra Music Festival – Day 3 on March 25, 2012

Chris Bosh, LeBron James, & Dwyane Wade at Chris Bosh’s Birthday Dinner on March 27, 2012

James Marsden, Geoff Stults, Jeffrey Donovan, & Natalie Morales at 5th Annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon on April 1, 2012

5th Annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon on April 1, 2012

Karent Sierra, Lisa Hochstein, Elaine Lancaster, Lisa Pliner, Adriana De Moura, Lea Black, Marta & Joanna Krupa at The Pliner’s Farewell Brunch & Trunk Show on April 4, 2012

Nicki Minaj’s Album Relase at LIV on April 8, 2012

Usher at A|X T-Mobile Neon Carnival on April 14, 2012

Dirty South at LIV on April 21, 2012

Dirty South & Erick Morillo at LIV on April 21, 2012

Hardwell at LIV on April 26, 2012

Wolfgang Gartner at Amnesia on May 4, 2012

Kendra Wilkinson at LIV on May 11, 2012

Adriana De Moura, Lisa Hochstein, Karent Sierra, Ana Quincoces, Elaine Lancaster, Alexia Echevarria, Joanna Krupa, & Marta Krupa at The Patton Group 10th Anniversary on May 17, 2012

Kelly Rowland, Lil’ Wayne, & Wilmer Valderrama at Busta Rhymes’ Birthday at LIV on May 20, 2012

Gabrielle Union, Chanel Iman, & Karmin at Sunglass Hut Summer Block Party on May 23, 2012

LL Cool J at LIV on June 1, 2012

LL Cool J & Z – Trip at LIV on June 1, 2012

Steve Angello at Amnesia on June 1, 2012

Carmelo Anthony at Jeep’s Power by Design on June 4, 2012

Stretch Armstrong at WALL on June 7, 2012

Seth Browarnik at Art Basel 2012 on June 12, 2012

Nike’s 2012 Team USA Apparel Debut on June 14, 2012

Eden House Grand Opening on June 16, 2012

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, & LeBron James at NBA Champions Miami Heat at LIV on June 21, 2012

LeBron James & Dwyane Wade at Miami Heat Celebration at Bamboo on June 23, 2012

LeBron James, Chris Bosh, & Dwyane Wade at Miami Heat Celebration at Bamboo on June 23, 2012

Dwyane Wade at Miami Heat Celebration at Bamboo on June 23, 2012

Dwyane Wade, Madeleine Arison, Christine & Pat Riley, Micky Arison, & Gabrielle Union at Bamboo on June 24, 2012

Pat & Christine Riley, & Micky Arison at Miami Heat Parade on June 25, 2012

Calvin Harris at iHeartRADIO Pool Party at Fontainebleau on June 30, 2012

Travie McCoy & Adam Levine at iHeartRADIO Pool Party at Fontainebleau on June 30, 2012

Nathan Valentine at Tiesto at LIV on July 5, 2012

Tommy Clark, Tony Bird, Tom Laroc, & Tony G at NFA House Party on July 17, 2012

Simon Rex, Riff Raff, & Andy Milonakis at Three Loco Video Shoot on July 18, 2012

Three Loco at LIV on July 18, 2012

Karina Smirnoff at Lisa Blue Opens Swim Miami Beach 2013 on July 19, 2012

Lisa Blue Opens Swim Miami Beach 2013 on July 19, 2012

Kim Kardashian at Midori Beachside Bash on July 20, 2012

30th Annual SwimShow Runway on July 22, 2012

Lil’ Wayne, Mally G, DJ Scooby, Mack Maine, Troy Johnson, Scott Disick, & Christina Milian at LIV on Sunday on July 22, 2012

Nick Cannon at Oakley Spring 2013 Swim Show on July 22, 2012

Jamie Foxx at LIV on July 27, 2012

Cee Lo Green at SOUL Sounds Chicago on August 2, 2012

Miguel at SOUL Sounds Chicago on August 2, 2012

Dev & Kelly Osbourne at ck one Rock The Vote – Night 1 on August 3, 2012

Chairlift at ck one Rock The Vote – Night 2 on August 4, 2012

Rose McGowan, B.O.B., & Kaylee DeFer at It’s So Miami Oasis – Day 2 on August 4, 2012

Vanilla Ice & Beto Perez at 2012 Zumba Fitness Concert on August 9, 2012

Khloe Kardashian Odom at Market America International Convention Gala on August 10, 2012

Beto Perez at 2012 Zumba Convention on August 11, 2012

Michael Woods at Mansion on August 18, 2012

Vincent Piazza, La La Anthony, & Kellan Lutz at Heineken 2012 US Open Player Party on August 24, 2012

Steve Aoki at Mansion on August 29, 2012

Miike Snow at LIV on August 30, 2012


Drake at Made In America on September 1, 2012

Jay-Z at Made In America on September 2, 2012

Missy Elliot at BleauLive Presents Timbaland + Friends on September 1, 2012

Anna Kournikova & Enrique Iglesias at LIV on September 1, 2012

Tiesto & Corey Feldman at LIV on September 1, 2012

Missy Elliot at LIV on September 2, 2012

Luciano at LIV on September 3, 2012

Luciano at LIV on September 3, 2012

Dave Grohl at Rock The Vote at The DNC on September 5, 2012

Nicole Richie & Jennifer Hudson at QVC Fashion’s Night Out on September 6, 2012

Trigga, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Stevie J, & 2 Chainz at LIV on September 16, 2012

David Barton Gym 20th Anniversary on September 20, 2012

Ryan Lochte at LIV on September 23, 2012

Florence Welch at LIV on September 26, 2012

Jermaine Dupri & Brett Ratner at LIV on September 28, 2012

T-Pain’s Birthday at LIV on September 30, 2012

Jonathan Cheban, Larsa Pippen, Kim Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, & Scott Disick at LIV on October 3, 2012

Hulk Hogan & Scott Disick at LIV on October 3, 2012

Miguel & Kaskade at LIV on October 7, 2012

Chanel Iman & Chris Evans at Discovered Launch on October 16, 2012

Myron Mixon at Pride & Joy BBQ on October 19, 2012

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian at Midori Green Halloween on October 27, 2012

Kim Kardashian’s Super You & Me Birthday at LIV on October 31, 2012

Dada Life at LIV on November 1, 2012

Flo Rida at H&M Lincoln Road Grand Opening on November 8, 2012

Lenny Kravitz at Grand Opening of SLS South Beach on November 8, 2012

The Art of Illumination on November 10, 2012

Peter Dundas at Destination Fashion 2012 on November 10, 2012

Enrique Iglesias at Destination Fashion 2012 on November 10, 2012

Erick Morillo, Cassie, Sean “Diddy” Combs, & Alesso at LIV on November 24, 2012