Monthly Archives: September 2015

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center celebrates 5th anniversary Season Preview and Taste of Aventura

Twenty years ago, the City of Aventura was officially incorporated and plans were underway to create a  “City of Excellence”, one that offered just about everything to its residents--- a thriving business community; award-winning K - 8 school, ACES;  full-program community recreation center;  free  shuttle bus system,  first-class police department and more.   In 2010, the City unveiled another jewel…..their Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (AACC).

Aventura Comm. Enbar Cohen; Comm. Bob Shelley; Mayor Enid Weisman; Comm. Marc Narotsky; Steve Clark, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center; Comm. Denise Landman; Comm. Howard Weinberg

Aventura Comm. Enbar Cohen; Comm. Bob Shelley; Mayor Enid Weisman; Comm. Marc Narotsky; Steve Clark, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center; Comm. Denise Landman; Comm. Howard Weinberg


Sitting on waterfront property, the beautiful AACC  offers state-of-the-art amenities and programming to residents and guests alike.  Recently the AACC partnered with the Aventura Marketing Council (AMC), the community’s not-for-profit business organization, to hold their 5th anniversary Season Preview and Taste of Aventura.  Hundreds of Aventura Marketing Council businesses and guests filled the 330-seat theatre to enjoy a very special evening of dining and entertainment. Before the show,  guests  tasted samplings of Tony Roma’s famous ribs; Mo’s Bagels  delectable sandwiches; Capt. Jim’s mouth-watering crab salad; incredible croissants from La Boulangerie;  delicious ahi tuna sashimi from Bonefish Grill and of course, the  fruit-turned-art by Edible Arrangements.

Once inside the theatre, guests were greeted by Aventura Marketing Council Chairman Cliff Schulman of Weiss Serota Helfman.   After an abbreviated AMC business meeting, Schulman introduced Steve Clark, General Manager of the AACC since 2010.   Clark spoke about the AACC  and its  success  with residents  who embrace the programming and groups that continually rent this beautiful venue.  As an affiliated venue  of  the Broward Center for the Performing Arts ,  the AACC has access to top-calibre performers, such as  legendary singer/actress Bernadette Peters, to be featured at their October 23rd  Founders’ Day VIP event.   The 2015-16 season will also showcase:  Guest Moments from Opera, Ballet and Zarzuela; An Evening at the Copacabana; Tango Obsession; New World School of the Arts  Repertoire; George Winston; Ben Vereen; Avalon: Suite for Flamenco Guitar and Orchestra; and of course, their  always sold-out Foreign Film Series and their ever-popular Family Fun Series kicking off with Dog Loves Books.

Then, nine amazing ballet dancers from Arts Ballet Theatre took the stage to perform   “Glinka Suite Fantastique” under the direction of Vladimir Issaev, followed by two singers from this year’s 6th annual Aventura Mall YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE (YSS)  presented by Mount Sinai Medical Center—nine year-old Lucia Fernandez de los Muros singing “New York, New York” and 14 year-old Cassie Ortiz  belting out  “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.

The evening ended as three great door prizes were drawn: from the AACC came two VIP tickets to see “Three Men and a Baby…Grand!”- Tribute to Sinatra on Dec. 18; the AMC donated two VIP tickets to the YSS on Nov. 15; and the Arts Ballet Theatre donated two VIP tickets to ”Ballets With Latin Flair”  on Oct. 10.

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Stroemer & Company co-hosts ribbon-cutting luncheon with Limoncello

Oh, mama mia!  The made-from-scratch Italian dishes, from Buffalo Mozzarella Caprese and Eggplant Parmigiana to the Paccheri Bolognese and Yellowfin Tuna Tagliate,  received resounding compliments from the Chairman’s Roundtable members of the Aventura Marketing Council (AMC)  who were there to enjoy the ribbon-cutting luncheon  with City of Aventura officials.


Former Comm. Billy Joel, City Manager Eric Soroka, Comm. Bob Shelley, Comm. Teri Holzberg, Vice Mayor Enbar Cohen, Enza Michienzi, Diego Franco, Leonardo Franco and Comm. Howard Weinberg

Participating in the ribbon-cutting   with  restaurant owners Enza Michienzi,  Diego Franco and college-bound son Leonardo, were Aventura Vice Mayor Enbar Cohen, Comm. Teri Holzberg, Comm. Howard Weinberg,  Comm. Bob Shelley, Former Comm. Billy Joel and City Manager Eric Soroka

 Usually, the AMC brings in a great speaker for their monthly Chairman’s Roundtable luncheons, but  with a more relaxed summer and the grand opening of Limoncello, they decided to  offer their Roundtable members an opportunity to network with all the top-calibre professionals and City of Aventura elected officials who were there. 

 Glenn Gopman, partner in the CPA firm of Stroemer & Company,  Certified Public Accountants/Consultants, welcomed guests  and spoke with great pride about his  full-service firm that caters to businesses throughout South Florida.  .  “We are dedicated to our clients and care about their success.  Our relationships go beyond providing accounting and tax services...we become trusted advisors.”

 Co-sponsoring  the event with Stroemer & Company were the owners of Limoncello, Enza , Diego  and noted chef Rosario Corrao.    “It was our pleasure to invite  our esteemed City officials and the top-tier members of the Aventura Marketing Council to our restaurant!  With Limoncello, we have combined our passion for great food and professional experience to bring authentic Italian cuisine to Aventura by re-creating the Amalfi Coast style.   We hope you enjoy!”

Enrico and Sara Carducci, owners of Circo Massimo Entertainment,  AMC Roundtable members who know whereof they speak when it comes to Italian food, said, “Ambiente molto familiar—sembra di essere in Italia!”

 Providing  musical entertainment with an Italian flair was 15 year-old Cameron Wheeler, one of the AMC’s former Young Stars from their Aventura Mall YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE presented by Mount Sinai Medical Center.  “ I’ve had the pleasure to watch Cameron mature as a singer since I first heard her  sing as a 10 year-old.  What a voice...what stage presence!” said The Hon. Billy Joel, former Aventura Commissioner.

 Ottimo cibo, grande opportunita’ di incontrare i migliori professionisti, fantastic evento.......Cin!


 For more information,  Limoncello is located at  19088 NE 28th Ave., Aventura 33180. 305.792.2222.