Miami Cigar, Creativas PR, and 400 guests (including Roxanne Vargas of NBC 6, TV personality and spokesperson Adriana Catano, and Telemundo 51 personality Mariana Rodriguez) gathered at the beautiful Grove Isle Hotel & Spa for Creativas’ annual Christmas party, which Miami Cigar co-hosted for the first time this year. Each guest brought a new, unwrapped toy for Neat Stuff, a charity that helps children in dis tress. They also got a complimentary cigar — choosing from Nestor Miranda Collection, La Aurora Untamed, Propaganda by Viva Republica, and Tatiana — and Z afra Rum cocktails.
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.