Under the culinary guidance of chef Rayon Howard, students sear, chop, and sauté fresh ingredients into tantalizing dishes with Aura Catering Services. For more than a dozen years, Howard has crafted flavorful cuisine for restaurants, hotels, and private caterers. He now brings his expertise and recipes to special events throughout Miami. Chef Ray also shares his knowledge with aspiring chefs during two-and-a-half-hour cooking classes, which rotate according to participant demand, allowing students to hone their kitchen know-how with a stainless-steel arsenal of cookware, myriad ingredients, and the mystical ability to transmute fire into cooked food. Pupils can tackle global gastronomy by exploring cuisine such as bite-sized Spanish-style tapas or robust Italian-inspired pasta. At the end of each class, students can sample their newfound skills by enthusiastically devouring their work, a luxury not afforded by other artistic disciplines, as evidenced by Rodin's painful attempts to eat The Thinker.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
At Create Your Canvas, students channel their inner Chagall or Rococo as they turn a snow-white canvas into a personalized print. Selecting from a collection of 100 painting, students choose to re-create images from nature, dance, or child-friendly cartoons then fill in the color on a pre-sketched canvas. Guests sip on samples of their own wine or mixed drinks, and compare pointers on how much is appropriate to tip your muse, a pencil sharpener.
On any given day, Push Fitness?s 4,000 square feet of workout space are filled with people swinging kettlebells, curling free weights, and running on treadmills. But that doesn't mean the center has no room for variety. In fact, the gym's personal trainers spend their days creating custom workouts for individuals, couples, and small groups. Depending on what clients are trying to accomplish, they might end up in Body Blast classes that emphasize weight loss, or they could try yoga classes, which help build lean muscle and improve flexibility. Some might also benefit from POZ fitness sessions, which are designed for people with HIV-related metabolic conditions.
Celebrity makeup artist Jennifer Bradley believes in a purer kind of cosmetic, one that’s free from the fillers, fragrances, and oils that can aggravate skin. As an actress and singer in LA, Jennifer experienced these very issues on her own acne-prone skin, leading her to create formulas that improve faces from the outside in. Jennifer uses her line of cosmetics, which includes both skincare and makeup products, to enhance the faces of celebrities. Past clients have included Barack and Michelle Obama, Sean Connery, and Drew Barrymore, as well as guests who attended her makeup seminars. Jennifer’s work also has been featured in publications including Us Weekly and People.
When Personal Chef & Catering caters a dinner party, they craft a gourmet spread of custom dishes such as pistachio-crusted grouper and caprese skewers. A crew of white-gloved servers can hand out plates or arrange the food into a sumptuous buffet. Custom meals are only one facet of the company—the team of expert chefs also lead hands-on cooking classes that cover a range of subjects, from preparing crab cakes to making your own pasta rather than cutting it out of Lady and the Tramp posters.