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.
Legends Tavern & Grille pairs its menu of eclectically inspired pub cuisine and hearty finger foods with a selection of craft beers from foreign and domestic breweries. Although the cooks forge familiar comfort foods, such as beer-battered Alaskan cod, they also use culinary creativity to keep the menu fresh and their spatulas motivated. Burgers come topped with everything from goat cheese to mojo pulled pork, and housemade crab cakes are served with a roasted-red-pepper rémoulade. In addition to the food and drink menus, the tavern entices patrons with special events throughout the week, including live entertainment on Friday and pub trivia on Wednesday.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Recording studio parties
Recommended Age Group: 7 and older
Kat Loren established Rockstar Recording Studio Parties to give kids the experience of laying down tracks in a professional recording studio while having fun with friends. It's no coincidence that she has all these things assembled in one place; when not hosting kids' parties, the studio serves as an active recording space for professional artists. "Many celebrities have recorded with us," Kat says, adding that her favorite part of the job is just "being in the music business and watching potential rockstars emerge." That's why she enjoys throwing open the doors and inviting kids just to have fun. She supplies them with keyboards, drums, and electric guitars. After the session, the engineer edits, mixes, and burns personalized CDs for all the guests.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Family Fun Week's planners fill their weeklong celebration with dozens of activities designed to delight all members of the family. The sound of live music soars over parklands during free concerts, local artists teach watercolor techniques, and scavenger hunts take families on brain-teasing adventures. Out on the ocean, scuba lessons plunge into ocean depths and fisherman feel the tug of a deep-sea catch on the end of the line. The weeklong celebration also boasts more laid-back possibilities, such as shopping, spa treatments, and mouthwatering food from local eateries. Despite their diversity, all activities have one thing in common: they pay tribute to their hometown. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and intercoastal waterways, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea fuses the atmosphere of a small town with a beachside resort. The city's laws limit building heights, allowing for unencumbered views of warm ocean sunrises and the Man in The Moon's ever-changing facial expressions.
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.