Known for its glamour and exclusivity, the Delano Hotel in South Beach is not really familiar with the phrase “low key”. With that said, it’s no wonder that the grand opening of its new Italian restaurant, Bianca called for a party filled with celebrities, artists and some of Miami’s most beautiful people.
Party goers noshed on savory hors d’oeuvre such as tender meatballs, crab cake BLT, yellow fin tuna crisp and grilled octopus alongside celebrities like Kevin Connoly and Michelle Rodriguez. But it didn’t end there, as world renowned jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti enchanted the crowd with a live performance in the middle of the pool patio amidst the whimsical décor that we all know and love from the outdoor space at the Delano. Attendees were also able to sample some of the cocktails to be featured on the Bianca cocktail list such as a mixture of Jack Daniels, blood orange puree, lemon juice and ginger beer known as the Tuscan Sunset. Just as beautiful as it is tasty, this drink had everyone in the party mood.
To what do we owe such an extravagant celebration, you wonder? Well, Bianca is not your typical Italian restaurant. Besides its prime location and beautiful décor, the chefs at Bianca have embraced the farm to table concept and are in participation with the Slow Food Movement, an international non-profit network that is committed to improving the way food is cultivated, distributed and even perceived. Brought to you by nightlife and hospitality company, The Light Group, Bianca’s Chef Brian Massie is bringing South Florida diners simple yet savory cuisine, which will include signature dishes like wood-grilled langoustines and handmade pasta with seasonal truffles and a hint of cream. Choose from a selection of entrees like salt roasted Branzino with roasted potatoes and all natural sirloin bistecca with black truffle potatoes. Guests can also pair their meal with Bianca’s carefully selected wine list and cocktail menu. As for the décor, The Delano definitely did not fall short (as if it ever has). The egg shell-toned seats, drapes, walls and napkins create a surreal yet comforting ambiance that contrasts particularly well with the dark wooden tables and crystal clear glassware. Choose to sit inside the hotel or venture out on the patio near the pool deck. Either way, you will be able to soak up the Delano atmosphere in all its modern glory.
Bianca is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested.
1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Blue Door Restaurant at the illustrious Delano hotel has been revamped into Blue Door Fish. The new restaurant has been completely renovated as well as offering a fresh new Mediterranean inspired seafood menu. The menu, which has been in the works for more than a year was compiled by the hotel's executive chef Claude Troisgros and his son Thomas who helped finalize the menu. Previously offering French inspired cuisine, the restaurant now aims for a more casual approach and is less expensive than the preceding Blue Door Restaurant. However, fans of Blue Door shouldn't fret, as some of the restaurants greatest hits are still on the menu (i.e. Thon Thon, Crabavocat, Big Ravioli, Loup Cajou, Homard Banana and Boeuf Gorgonzola).
Jay-Z visited South Beach this week as he teamed up with Microsoft's Bing to unveil the first 300 pages of his upcoming book 'DECODED' at the Delano hotel in South Beach. The narrative book, set for a November 16th release, "decodes" and illustrates the meaning behind 36 of the rapper's top hits.
A collaboration between Jay-Z and Bing has empowered fans with the ability to discover every single page of the book before it's anticipated release. The online experience and viral campaign will utilize Bing maps and Bing entertainment so that fans may uncover the stories behind the rappers songs, as well as compile the book in its entirety before its November release. The pages of 'DECODED' are located in 15 physical locations, spanning across various countries and cities -- all relevant to the stories behind his tracks.
Critically acclaimed rapper Talib Kweli is performing live Thursday at The Florida Room in the Delano Hotel. The performance is free with an RSVP to the Green Room Society at email@example.com and will also feature Agape, featuring Nadia Harris and DJ Maseo of De La Soul.
Kweli is probably best known for being half of the rap duo known as Black Star along with MC turned actor Mos Def. Recently he has teamed up with DJ Hi-Tek to for the group Reflection Eternal. The two released their second album, Revolutions Per Minute, in May.