¡Buen Provecho! Florida’s Spanish Flavor premieres Sunday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. on WPBT2. The one hour documentary explores Florida’s Spanish roots through its cuisine, while blending historical narrative with delicious recipes and vibrant locations. The documentary will premiere in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Ponce De Leon’s arrival in Florida.
Five centuries ago, Ponce de Leon arrived in “La Florida,” followed by Spanish explorers, settlers, and immigrants who would leave a lasting legacy of Hispanic influence. Hosted by James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur, Michelle Bernstein, the documentary reveals these influences from the early conquistadors who brought seeds, spices and livestock to the wave of immigration from Spanish colonies in the Caribbean, infusing a distinctly Latin Flavor to Key West and Tampa to the more recent explosion of South American culture evident in the streets of Miami today.
As an added treat, Bernstein transports us from the past to the contemporary kitchen, where she demonstrates her take on some of the traditional Florida dishes. Her recipes will include a rich, hearty Spanish stew; a modern-day Minorcan pilau, a contemporary Cuban sandwich, and a fresh Peruvian-style ceviche.
For more info go to the Buen Provecho website: http://www.wpbt2.org/buenprovecho
While many plan the next vacation at a great hotel, Brad Weiser plans the next great hotel.
As president and CEO of the Continental Companies, a company created in 1970 that has developed and owned over 85 hotels and casinos, and as principal of Hostmark Hospitality, a large independent hospitality management company, Mr. Weiser has demonstrated his sharp eye for catering to the needs of his customers by building outstanding hotels.
Mr. Weiser is mostly active in the development part of the business, from acquisitions to searching for new opportunities to build luxury hotels.
Aside from his early involvement in the hotel business, Mr. Weiser also embarked on a successful venture in 1988 as owner and creator of The Tango Group’s Café Tutu Tango, a restaurant that grew into 10 locations around the country.
Still, his love for catering to others doesn’t end here. When not at work, Mr. Weiser enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two dogs, and is passionate about cooking an amazing meal and enjoying a great wine.
He was interviewed at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne by Blanca Venegas.
On Thursday, Miami-Dade officials held a meeting to deal with the looming crisis surrounding the County’s aging sewer pipes. We discuss this and other local stories.
[Air Date: 5/17/2013]
One of the nation's largest and most prestigious outdoor art galleries is hidden among the cityscape, and nestled in the heart of Florida International University's Modesto Maidique Campus in Miami, Florida. Take a peek at a small sampling of all there is to offer on this university's landscape.
26: An Exhibit of Graffiti Art Lettering in Miami presenting 26 individual artists together, many for the first time. Each artist was asked to select a letter and create a piece of art showcasing their unique style. The result is a collection that forms a complete alphabet, A-Z
Miami Beach Commissioner Jonah Wolfson joins us on the program to explain why he thinks the convention center renovation should be voted upon by residents.
[Air Date: 5/10/2013]
This young & talented ensemble, Kevin & Kristen Seto as violionists and Stephen Seto playing the piano will delight all with a Mother's Day special concertat Cinema Paradiso
about THE SETO TRIO:
Kevin Seto, a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, is majoring in violin performance. He has also studied violin at the Boston Conservatory. Kevin began his violin studies at the age of 3 and joined the Florida Youth Orchestra in third grade. During his time at F.Y.O. Kevin enjoyed many performance opportunities including performing in America’s 400th Anniversary celebration with the Virginia Symphony and playing in Carnegie Hall in New York City. In May of 2009 the Florida Youth Orchestra presented him with the prestigious Joseph Leavitt Award. During his high school years, Kevin participated in the All County and All State Orchestras, was concertmaster of the Flanagan High School Orchestra, and in his senior year was nominated for the Miami Herald’s Silver Knights Award in Music. At FGCU, he was chosen to participate in the Florida Enhanced Learning Through Music programs in Collier County teaching the pre-k violin literacy program, recognized by Florida’s Department of Education, at the Guadalupe Early Childhood Center in Immokalee, Florida. Recent accomplishments include winning third place in the Big Arts Concerto Competition, first place in the Young Artists Awards and first place in the Jillian Prescott Music Awards in Fort Myers.
As a violin performance major at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, Kristen Seto is currently studying with Mrs. Carol Cole and previously studied with Huifang Chen and Thomas D. Moore. Kristen was selected among the nations greatest to play in the National High School Honors Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia. As a member of the Florida Youth Orchestra for 11 years, Kristen had the opportunity to serve as assistant concertmaster of the Principal Orchestra and first violinist of the Aurora Strings Quartet, where she was awarded the prestigious Joseph Leavitt Music Award. In 2012, Kristen was awarded honorable mention in the New World Symphony concerto competition and was selected as concertmaster for their Side-By-Side Concert. In high school she participated in All-County, All-State, and Florida Federation of Music Clubs Finals where she won first place in violin solo and honorable mention in violin concerto. In 2007, Kristen performed in America’s 400th Anniversary in Jamestown, Virginia where she was one of the 400 musicians chosen from around the country to play her violin with the Virginia Symphony for the President of the United States. Recent accomplishments include winning first place in the Ars Flores Young Artists Concerto Competition, honorable mention in the Miami Herald’s Silver Knights Award in Music and second place in the Big Arts Concerto Competition.
currently pursuing a Professional Performance Certificate in Piano Performance at Lynn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Roberta Rust. He recently completed his Master’s Degree from Lynn Conservatory of Music at Lynn University and received his Bachelor of Music with honors from the University of Miami where he studied piano with Tian Ying and harpsichord with Frank Cooper. Stephen has participated in piano master classes with pianists Ory Shihor, Jon Kimura Parker, Santiago Rodriguez, Luis Ascot, Louis Lortie, and Margarita Shevchenko. He was first place winner of the Fourteenth Annual Scholarship Competition presented by the Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association and has participated in the Florida Federation of Music Clubs State Convention where he was awarded 2nd place in Piano Solo and 2nd place in Piano Concerto. In 2006 Stephen was among 11 outstanding pianists performing for the Chopin Festival Concert in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His music has been played on local and national public radio stations. Stephen accompanies students of all instruments but enjoys making music with his brother Kevin and sister Kristen, who are violinists. He has also accompanied student’s participating in the Florida Orchestra Association music ensembles of Broward County Schools. Recently, he was the pianist for the award winning musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Nine to Five” at West Boca High School. Stephen balances out his time with the ukulele, guitar, composing, recording, astronomy, nature, spear fishing, and surfing.
Ernie Diaz has been climbing up the latter of success during his 28 years in the banking industry Mr. Diaz has held several executive-level positions which include having served as market president for TD Bank in South Florida, as president of the Mercantile Bank in Florida, as well as middle market executive for South Florida at Regions Bank. Now, as the new regional president for TD Bank in Florida, he is responsible for providing strategic direction and sales leadership to the bank’s retail, small business, commercial and specialty banking operations and lending services throughout a network of over 170 stores.
Despite his busy schedule and a demanding career, Mr. Diaz always makes time to unwind his busy mind by going fishing with his two sons, Ernie and Gabriel, who he says are much more skilled fishermen than he is.
Reporter Blanca Venegas interviewed Mr. Diaz in his office at Coral Gables.
For Jimmy Tate, a new business venture is an exciting and rewarding, long-term commitment. His prolific career in real estate and working with troubled assets have taught him important business concepts that have paved the road to multiple business ventures in and out of South Florida, which even include an apparel company with an office in Shanghai and a building supply company.
But among his most important ventures currently in the works is a deal to purchase and recapitalize US Century bank.
He believes that his success has been genuinely achieved by keeping a positive mind, serving the community and surrounding himself with those who advise him best: his family and friends.
Miami Today reporter Blanca Venegas interviewed Mr. Tate in his office in North Miami.
Province “Boo” Zamek’s e-newsletter business JustAskBoo has grown from a small seed of an idea and, with plenty of tender loving care, today has blossomed into a business that has almost 30,000 subscribers in South Florida. Boo, as she has been known since she was a baby, has put countless hours into the success of her business. The busy Mom and savvy businesswoman recently served as a judge to the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 AXA Advisors Businesswomen of the Year Awards. The previous year, she was an award recipient at the event.
Reporter Laura Stace interviewed Mrs. Zamek in Coral Gables.
Miami-Dade County Tax Collector Fernando Casamayor is poised and ready for the launch of a new tax collecting system to come online in June. Mr. Casamayor, who was appointed to the role permanently in October 2007, said he and his staff have been readying for the transition.
When he is not hard at work, the friendly tax collector enjoys spending time with his 6-year-old son Daniel, his wife and their family dog.
Reporter Laura Stace interviewed Mr. Casamayor in his office in downtown Miami.
A judge ruled this week that Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones was not allowed to seek re-election, because despite her suspension, she had already fulfilled her two terms in office. But what was the true spirit of the 1999 charter that led to term limits in the City of Miami?
[Air Date: 4/12/2013]
Miami-Dade County Commissioners agreed this week to hold a special election on May 14th to let voters decide the fate of the Dolphins stadium renovation project. Will the proposal also pass the Florida Legislature and the Governor?
[Air Date: 4/12/2013]
Executive Director, P. Scott Cunningham talks about the origins of "O, Miami" and from one of the readings at Books and Books, three fantastic local poets: FIU's Denise Duhamel and Julie Wade and UM's Maureen Seaton as they read from their newest work.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s year got off to a busy start. In January he assumed the role of Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser and in March he welcomed a new addition to his family.
Taking office, he hit the ground running, putting plans in action to reduce the number of property tax appeals lodged with the Value Adjustment Board, made homestead exemptions available online, made the appraiser’s website’s property search compatible for mobile devices, declared a new culture for the office and much more.
Reporter Laura Stace interviewed Mr. Lopez-Cantera in his office at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center.