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The 6th Annual Taste of the Garden

January 3, 2011

We are proud to be participating in this years Taste of the Garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.  The Annual Taste of the Garden raises funds for the Miami Beach Botanical Garden to preserve our urban greenspace, present arts and education programs, and support the Miami Beach Garden Club’s environmental education mission.  We will be featuring a dish of crab cakes over charred corn salsa, sriracha aioli and micro greens.

The event will also be showcasing cuisine and fine wines from:  The Cafe at Books & Books Lincoln Road, Sushi Samba, Mercadito, Fratelli Lyon, Shiraz Events, Essensia (The Palms Hotel), Shula’s Steak House Miami Beach, Grazie, BBQ Beach, JC Lopategui Enterprises, Soleo (W Hotel), Quattro, 1500°, Catering by Maribel, Miami Food Scene & Chef Stefano LaCava, Terroir Wine Cellars, Winebow, Mattebella Vineyards, and Waters by Renewal.

WHO: Miami Beach Botanical Garden & Miami Beach Garden Club

WHAT: The 6th Annual Taste of the Garden….a tropical dining experience

WHEN: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 6:30 to 9 PM

WHERE: Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Reserve early – limited to 300 guests

$60 per person in advance, $75 after January 14

Tickets online:

Credit cards accepted: Telephone 305.673.7256 x 201

New Years Eve 2010 Mix

December 16, 2010

We wish a safe and happy holiday to those close to us and extend a warm thanks for all the support over the past 10 years. As a gift to our clients, family, and friends – we’ve gathered three of our favorite DJs to provide a New Year’s Eve mix exclusively for Shiraz Events. Let’s toast to a new year filled with love and laughter.

Saving the Mix:

New Years Eve 2010 from Shiraz Events

  • To save the file on a PC running Microsoft:  “Right-click” and “Save Target As” and select the destination on your computer that you’d like to save the file to.
  • To save the file on an Apple computer:  “Ctrl-click” (Mac) and “Save Link As” and select the destination on your computer that you’d like to save the file to.
  • From there, you can import into iTunes, Windows Media Player, or your choice of media players.

About DJ Corey Craig:
DJ Corey Craig’s unmistakable signature sound has made him one of the most sought after new talents both stateside and globally. He serves a hybrid of upbeat disco house and remixed classics at NYC hotspots Vlada, Barracuda, Locker Room, Star Lounge, Garden of Ono and out in New York’s hottest gay resort,the Fire Island Pines.  Corey has also been the featured DJ in venues worldwide such as XXL (London), Parking (Montreal), S4 (Dallas) and The Abbey and LASC (Los Angeles). He is a favorite in the fashion world providing the live soundtrack for National Underwear Day, Diesel, Perry Ellis, 2Xist, Marc Ecko and Loris Diran amongst others. This award-nominated DJ also has a wildly popular podcast mixing well-crafted dance hits with his own remixes and mashups.

About DJ Keo Nozari:

Billboard Top 20 recording artist, producer and DJ, Keo Nozari found his debut album Late Nite VIP launching three hit singles. His pop-dance tune “Rewind”–including remixes by Rihanna remixer’s Jody den Broeder andThe Wideboys hit Number 18 on the Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Playchart in the fall of 2008. Underground smash “Close Enough” found remixes snapped-up by trance legend Armin Van Buuren for his Armada label, and pop-rock “Question of Monogamy” launched a Number One video on MTV’s LOGO channel. The full album was also licensed to MTV for use on their shows. Keo’s performances have included solo shows at Virgin Megastore and as a celebrated New York DJ his recent work has included the Fire Island Pines, a Saturday residency at CLUB 57, Friday’s hottest NYC partyROCKIT and private parties for Vanessa Williams, Deborah Cox, Tori Spelling, Lance Bass and Ford Models. Time Out New York has named Keo as one of “tomorrow’s global pop stars.”

About DJ Mia Moretti:

DJ Mia Moretti is a permanent nightlife fixture at some of the country’s hottest events and venues. She has performed alongside popular musicians such as Katy Perry, Courtney Love and Snoop Dogg. Urged on by Los Angeles DJ mainstays DJ AM and Cut Chemist, Mia started collecting and playing records. From her first residency at The Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip to recent performances including Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, Chopard’s 150th Anniversary Party and Perez Hilton’s ‘One Night in Austin,’ Mia’s passion for collecting records and new music continues to grow. A fashion industry favorite, Moretti has received press from Vogue, WWD, CITY, Cosmopolitan, Paper Magazine and Vanity Fair, and is currently featured in Alice+Olivia’s Spring 2011 video lookbook. Delving into music production, her remix of Katy Perry’s hit single “Hot N Cold” landed on the Billboard Dance Music Charts for 10 straight weeks, and her remix of “Peacock” is featured on the Perry’s latest album “Teenage Dream.”

OUT 100 Awards 2010

November 23, 2010

On November 18th, 2010 Shiraz Events presented the OUT100 Awards 2010 hosted at the famed IAC building designed by Frank Gehry.

The images for the current issue of OUT were inspired and styled based on three themes:  Black & White Ball, Stonewall, and Studio 54.  These images became the guideline when we started to conceptualize the look and flow of the event.

Buick came on board as the presenting sponsor, joining the additional brand sponsors; Santa Fe, AT&T, Belvedere and Marc Jacobs: Bang.

Other than the Buick Vanguard award presentation – this was not your typical awards ceremony.  Due to the change in the format, we decided to divide the event into the three themes and design the animation for the video wall centered on these themes.

The Black & White Ball

As guests entered the east lobby, they were met with an army of handsome models, dressed in black and white with black bow ties serving Belvedere cocktails against a Buick car and 12’ by 16’ back drop.

The backdrop was designed using white modern looking trellis, with a black matte background.  The trellis was a strong repeating design motif for the first hour. The carpet we used under the car was actually a foam surface, resembling a road defined with a chrome border.

Marc Jacobs: Bang was represented with a clean minimal lounge where guests mingled with their cocktails.

In the Atrium outdoors, Santa Fe sponsored a lounge featuring black and white upholstered furniture, Fichus trees, and multiple glowing spheres.

Turning the corner, the 50’ of press backdrop was featured using the trellis motif with diamonds carrying the sponsors’ logos. The red carpet used, again, was actually a black foam surface, resembling a road that had a Buick stationed at the end of the road.

As guests turned the corner to the west lobby, a 120’ of video wall appeared. It was the 3rd largest video wall installation in the world and was the focal point of the event’s set and show.  Here is a recap video of the different scenes detailed below.

For the Black & White Ball, the diamonds turned every 20 seconds and at mid-hour, a Buick commercial played.  After the commercial, the wall turned into a leather color tufted wall, much like a traditional men’s club, and in frames, the wall revealed the first theme images of the OUT100.


Before the transition to Stonewall, the tufted wall exploded to reveal a brick building with fire escapes, neon signs and windows opening and closing with Stonewall-themed OUT100 images. At this point our service staff stripped down from formal attire to white t-shirts, moustaches and aviators sunglass, becoming the west villagers of 1969.

Studio 54

After the presentation Buick Vanguard Award Presentation, the wall transformed with snaking colored lights inspired by Saturday Night Fever and Studio 54. The wait staff changed into fuchsia glittered t-shirts and silver glittered hats and head-bands.

As the night evolves and DJ Lina’s beats got more intense, the wall changed again to wall of glitter, featuring Studio 54 inspired OUT100 images.

For the finale, the wall of glitter started pulsating like sonar waves with the Buick emblem as the focal point with OUT100 images flipping fast until the screen stopped with a final OUT100 logo.

Other Design Elements

  • Augmented reality by the Buick cars around the room.  There were images formatted to react to Google Goggles for the Apple iPhone and Google Android phones, which, when pointed at the images provided product information.