Belén Jesuit Tómbola Cigar Lounge (Miami)

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School’s annual scholarship fundraiser has been called Tómbola — Spanish for raffle — since the Miami school’s early days in Cuba, but the event has evolved into a lot more than a simple raffle since then. For one weekend, one of the school’s small courtyards becomes the event’s cigar lounge, where moms, dads and alumni gather for stogies and spirits. This year’s event featured cigars by Padrón, C.L.E., and My Father (all companies whose owners have ties to the school) as well as Aberfeldy whisky. All told, this year’s Tómbola raised more than $675,000.


Padrón 50th Anniversary Party Miami


Founded in 1964, Padrón Cigars turned 50 this year! With the milestone came a year of festivities and a big VIP party at Miami’s Ice Palace Studios. The night was an ode to the legacy of the brand and its master, José Orlando Padrón, including speeches by Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart. It was an all-out luxury event, where guests enjoyed Bacardi spirits and cocktails, Caymus wines, and Padrón cigars, including the 50th Anniversary cigar we called the best new release of July’s IPCPR trade show. Celebrities in attendance included John Salley, who was master of ceremonies, and Jason Taylor. Many of the cigar world’s heavy hitters were on hand to celebrate the anniversary. Carnaval dancers regaled guests with a performance and led them in a conga line to kicked off the dancing.


Chef Showdown at The Seafood & Sneakers Ball Miami


Guests of the Chef Showdown, part of Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival, celebrated the start of the stone crab season on a pavilion right on South Beach with celebrity chef Ralph Pagano. In its second year, 11 chefs, including Peter Vauthy of Red Steakhouse and Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani, battled it out for the top prize. Guests enjoyed samplings from restaurants like Florida Cookery and Oceanaire, a show-stopping raw bar, drinks by Bacardi, and cigars by Miami Cigar Company. In keeping with the name of the event, guests donned their most outrageous and stylish sneakers. This is what people live for in Miami—a smoke in the sand with good drinks and a cool ocean breeze.