2014 God of Fire Charity Dinner Los Angeles

 

After a five-year hiatus, this favorite event of celebrity smokers returned. The dinner and auction brought a Hollywood who’s-who together at the Peninsula Beverly Hills to enjoy a meal by Peninsula executive chef David Codney, raising $100,000 for two charities: New Directions for Veterans, which helps homeless L.A. area veterans, and Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, which provides education and health care for impoverished Dominican families. The event honored 2014 God of Fire Man of the Year: actor, producer, writer and director Joe Mantegna, who does work on behalf of military veterans. He shared the role of M.C. with Jim Belushi.

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Tampa Cigar Bash Tampa

 

Hosted by Tampa Humidor, the annual event is a come-one-come-all smokefest. Attendees left with a generous haul of 30-40 cigars from a hefty list of brands including Romeo y Julieta, Kristoff, Fuente, Espinosa Cigars, Aging Room, and KUUTS. Prior to the event, there was a Friday night pre-party at Tampa Humidor featuring Rocky Patel. An exciting addition to the event was the mechanical bull, which was even more of a riot after everyone had a few drinks and cigars in them. While the day started out with gloomy weather, it turned out to be a perfect day for a herf.

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The 15th Annual Drapers Little Puff Washington D.C.

 

W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist’s flagship event raised more than $60,000 for three local academic scholarships. The weekend-long event featured cigars (including smokes by Alec Bradley, Davidoff, La Palina, Padrón, and Oliva), a cocktail hour sponsored by Miami Cigar, food by Charlie Palmer Steak, and an open bar courtesy of Republic National Distributing Co. Aside from the main event, the exclusive after party and the After Puff Recovery Lunch—both at the host’s Civil Cigar Lounge—were big draws. Guests had the opportunity to have their pictures taken as they smoked against the backdrop of the U.S. Capitol.

 

Little Smoke Cigar Festival Spokane, Washashington

 

This area doesn’t see a lot of big multi-vendor cigar events, so smokers come out in droves for this exceptional event. The 2-day festival was hosted by Legends of Fire Cigar Lounge at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino. 

Blake Crossley, who’s taken the lead in putting this together, has done an incredible job of getting cigar stars from all over to make the trek to Spokane. Rocky and Nish Patel, Michael Giannini, Bill Paley, and Matt Booth (who’s originally from Spokane) were among the cigar stars representing 19 brands in the 2014 installment. Former NBA star and known cigar lover John Salley emceed the VIP dinner.

 

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Broomfield, Colorado

 

A change of venue was a hit for this annual event that attracts over 2000 cigar lovers. Now held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in their big open courtyard overlooking the golf course, this Festival brought the best of the best—Jonathan Drew, Pete Johnson, Janny Garcia, and Rafael Nodal, among others. To complement the cigars, guests enjoyed microbrews from local Colorado breweries, and local spirits from Peach Street and Feisty. You shouldn’t have cigars without hot cars, poker, and live music, so those were there too. Ticketed attendees were provided with an official festival goodie bag which included more than 50 cigars and tons of swag.

 

World Famous Cigar Bar Charity Golf Tournament Estero, Florida

 

When golf and cigars combine to benefit the Passion Foundation (passion-foundation.org), they’re an even better pairing than usual. Guests like Rocky Patel and Rich Castiano (of the World Famous Cigar Bar) brought their A-game to Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club. The after party was at World Famous Cigar Bar in Fort Myers, with dinner courtesy of Outback Steakhouse. Golfers smoked into the night after taking down Bloomin’ Onions.

 

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.