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This Miami Bakery Will Make Anti-Gay Cakes, But Not For The Reason You Think
The owners of Enchanting Creations, a small business located in the heart of Miami Shores, a suburb of 10,000 people situated just north of the city of Miami say they’ve been harassed over the past few months by anti-gay rights activists. The alleged harassment has included numerous phone calls from people asking to place orders for cakes with anti-gay sayings and messages on them as a way to “trap” the store into making a tough business and moral decision.
The tiny shop located on a side street of a quiet block of Miami Shores has finally had enough. Last week, in-between making wedding cakes and cupcakes, they posted the following message to their website. It’s pretty short, and you should probably read the whole thing: (Emphasis added to make reading easier)
“In recent weeks Enchanting Creations has received a series of inquiries seeming to have stemmed from recent events… all of which begging the same basic question:
Will you make us an Anti-gay Cake?
Unfortunately, we haven’t been the only targets; the idea of “setting a trap” for small bakeries to catch them in the act of discrimination has become increasingly more common, and we feel it’s time to clarify our stance on this issue.
The fact of the matter is that we are an American business. As such, it is our responsibility to uphold the law and to refrain from discriminating against our customers, no matter how hurtful or personally offensive we might find their particular beliefs.
We believe that no one should ever be refused service – opposing discrimination by practicing it is not the answer. The only way to uphold our integrity as a company, and to maintain any hope of an eventual triumph over bigotry and discrimination is to act in accordance with this belief. We will not discriminate against potential customers, not even against those whose beliefs directly contradict our own – if the request is protected by the First Amendment we will honor it. This issue isn’t about approval; it’s about respect.
That said, so far these inquiries have amounted to nothing more than trolling; we have yet to receive a serious order. However, should the day come when an actual order is placed and paid for, we will not profit from discrimination.
Today we pledge that any profits we generate from the sale of a cake intended to discriminate against same-sex couples will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign, an organization who continues to fight for LGBT Equality.
We are extremely honored to be featured as an LGBT-Friendly vendor on both EnGAYgedWeddings.com and GayWeddings.com, and we will continue to proudly serve South Florida’s gay community. We sincerely hope that others will join us in finding ways to derive something positive from this ongoing negativity, because in the end we truly do believe that love conquers hate.”
If you would like to learn more about Enchanting Creations, you can visit their website at www.enchantingcreations.net
This was originally published on RiseMiamiNews.com on April 15, 2015.
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Here’s 27 Awesome Miami Restaurants That You Can Take Your Mom To On Mothers DayBy MIA bites
This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them.
This week’s MIAbites Weekly Nibble features some wonderful options for Mother’s Day on Sunday May 8th, so you can treat that special Mom in your life. As always, call ahead to confirm details and don’t wait until the last minute to make your reservations as many of these places book up early.
SUGARCANE raw bar grill – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. SUGARCANE raw bar grill will offer scrumptious specials such as Rock Shrimp Adobo and Peach & Raspberry Tiramisu Trifle in addition to their signature brunch menu. Sugarcane 3252 NE 1st Miami FL 786 369 0353.
SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach will present their special Bossa Nova Brunch in honor of Mother’s Day featuring a 4-course menu featuring Quinoa Pancakes, Acai Bowl and Lobster Eggs Benedict priced at $35 per person (tax & gratuity additional). SUSHISAMBA 600 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach FL. 305 673 5337
Zest (launching on Mother’s Day) – 11:30am – 4 p.m. every Sunday; $50 for adults, includes one beverage; $25 for kids 12 and under; $30 additional for unlimited Taittinger Champagne, Tito’s Bloody Mary Cart, Bacardi Mojito Cart, Grey Good Martinis; Live Reggae Band; Valet available on North Side of Southeast Financial Center Plaza (SE 2nd Street) $7 with validation. Zest 200 S Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL 305 374 9378
The Forge – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Forge will offer a Mother’s Day Brunch including one main course option of dishes including Surf & Turf Benedict and “The Forge” 10 oz. Burger along with offerings from various buffet tables priced at $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included) The Forge 432 41st St. Miami Beach FL
The Federal – is offering regular a la carte brunch menu. $22 per person for the Bottomless Boozy Brunch. The dinner menu will be a la carte along with chef’s specials. And those biskits! In honor of Mother’s Day, mothers will be treated with a glass of complimentary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries as a take home gift during dinner hours. The Federal 5132 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL 305 758 9559
Novecento – In multiple locations a $45 Special menu. Aventura – 18831 N. Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, FL 33180 – 305.466.0900 Live music from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. by Chiara Machado. Brickell –1414 Brickell Ave. Miami, Florida 33131 – 305.403.0900 Midtown – 3201 Buena Vista Blvd. Miami, Florida 33127 – 305.576.7447 Live music by DJ MD from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
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Quattro Gastronomia Italiana– Lincoln Road’s Northern Italian eatery, is commemorating Mother’s Day with special a la carte dishes in addition to the regular dinner menu on Sunday, May 8. Celebrate a day dedicated to moms by treating your mother to authentic Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. Quattro 1014 Lincoln Road. (305) 531-4833
The Dutch– South Beach’s popular Americana-inspired dining destination, will be offering a complimentary glass of champagne to all mothers on Mother’s Day. The Dutch is located inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. (305) 938-3111
BLT Prime Miami– at the Trump Doral, is offering a special Mother’s Day menu on Sunday, May 8, 2016, with a range of delicious options. The restaurant will feature a three-course Sunday prix fixe dinner menu priced at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). BLT Prime at The Trump National Doral Miami at 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Valet parking is available. (305) 591-6606
Apeiro Kitchen & Bar– the successful Mediterranean restaurant located in both Midtown Miami and Delray, invites guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with an array of delightful prix fixe menus. On Sunday, May 8, from 11AM – 4PM, Apeiro is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch replete with gourmet chocolate-covered strawberries. The restaurant’s dinner menus will be available Saturday, May 7, during regular business hours, and Sunday, May 8, from 4PM – 10PM. Apeiro Kitchen & Bar is located at 3252 NE 1st Avenue in The Shops at Midtown Miami and 14917 Lyons Road in Delray Beach. Miami (786) 800-5389; Delray (561) 501-4443
Scarpetta: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Scarpetta will host an Italian-inspired buffet style brunch priced at $75 per adult, $37.50 per child under 12, and free for children under 4 (prices exclude tax and gratuity). Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, on Miami Beach, FL 33140 (877) 326-7412.
Cypress Tavern– Chef Michael Schwartz welcomes mothers and their families to his American Grill & Cocktail Bar, Cypress Tavern, on Sunday May 8th for the first Jazz Brunch featuring the smooth tunes of the Marcus Brant Jazz Trio and a delicious family-style set menu. Cypress Tavern’s Jazz Brunch is priced at $49 pp and includes three, multiple dish courses to share, with an optional bottomless Bloody Mary or sparkling cocktail option. Sunday’s festivities kick off a weekly Saturday Jazz Brunch featuring live music beginning the following week, on May 14. Reservations are always recommended at [email protected] or 305.520.5197. Cypress Tavern 3620 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137
Metropolitan by COMO Miami Beach-is celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th between 11:00am and 3:00pm, at The Traymore Restaurant and Bar with an exquisite Mother’s Day brunch priced at $55 pp and featuring an Unlimited Breakfast Bar, together with an exclusive selection of menu items for the table, as well as an additional à la carte selection to choose from, courtesy of Chef de Cuisine, Juan Loaisiga. Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is located at 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. 305-695-3600.
Paradise Farms in Homestead hosts their annual Mother’s Day Brunch on the Farm on Sunday May 8th from 11 am beginning first with an edible flower walking tour followed by a delicious vegetarian brunch prepared by Vesta Foods, Sabrina Dora Lopez. at noon. Priced at $75 pp/ $25 youth, under 3 free. Tickets online at http://paradisefarms.net/brunch-in-paradise/
Bulla Gastrobar– All mothers who walk into the Spanish gastrobar will receive a rose and a $20 giftcard to use for a future visit. Treat your mother to Spanish dishes like the Croquetas de Jamon and Arroz Caldoso. Then end the meal by toasting with Bulla’s signature Spanish Margarita! Your mom will second guess her spanish cooking with a restaurant like this one. Bulla Gastrobar 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd Coral Gables, FL 33134;
Juvia– will feature their $23 pre-fixe regular lunch menu for Mother’s Day, which also includes unlimited champagne cocktails. Items on the menu include watermelon salad, seared codfish and rib eye steak frite. Guests are invited to enjoy the indoor and outdoor bar and dining room and panoramic views of Miami. Reservations are recommended. To book your table, please call, 305.763.8272. Juvia 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33133
Mondrian South Beach-Mother’s Day is more than just brunch at Mondrian South Beach. Moms can take advantage of the bay views while participating in morning yoga and afterwards indulge in a decadent brunch. Mondrian South Beach’s Mother’s Day brunch will feature specialty dishes including Chef Dustin’s Spicy Fried Chicken with White Cheddar Waffles, Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits and Cinnamon Bun French Toast that pair perfectly with a bottomless morning cocktail upgrade for $35. Mondrian 1100 West Avenue South Beach, FL 33139.
The Continental – In celebration of Mother’s Day The Continental has lined up kid-friendly activities and a mom-approved brunch beginning at 10:00 a.m. In addition to the fabulous brunch menu, moms will appreciate bubbly cocktails in a variety of flavors, from traditional mimosas and bellinis to passionfruit and guava, and an activity station where coloring sheets and supplies will be provided for kids to create cards for their mothers and grandmothers. Additionally, moms and grandmoms will receive a sweet parting gift of The Continental’s homemade caramelized popcorn. The Continental 2360 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305 604 2000.
KYU– KYU is happy to host a fun-filled brunch on Mother’s Day, because what greater gift could a mother ask for than a day without having to make decisions? Families can look forward to a curated menu of chef Michael Lewis’ favorite dishes, a glass of Rose and save room for the amazing “Mom’s Coconut Cake” based on Lewis’ mother’s own recipe. KYU will also feature a kiddies pack where they can decorate plant pots and actually pot an herb for their loved ones. KYU 251 NW 25th St. Miami FL 786 577 0150.
Driftwood Room at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel– is inviting all Mothers on Sunday to indulge in the Rosé Sunday brunch which includes a menu prepared by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Chef de Cuisine Lucas Marino. Guests can enjoy items from the appetizer buffet, the savory carvery and dessert platter in addition to choosing one entrée for $55 per guest. As a special treat from Driftwood Room, mothers can also enjoy a complimentary glass of rosé! 305.503.5700 or email [email protected] Driftwood Room 1825 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
Jaya at The Setai Miami Beach is celebrating Mother’s Day with an elaborate and lavish brunch featuring live Jazz music. Jaya will host two seatings at 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Priced at $115 per adult and $58 per child, guests will indulge in an array of different options and Pan-Asian delicacies. Reservations are recommended. To book your table, please call 855.923.7899 or email [email protected] All mothers will receive roses and a giftwrapped lemon cake takeaway. Jaya at The Setai 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Pisco y Nazca– a ceviche gastrobar, is treating all mothers this holiday! The restaurant will be offering each mother a rose and a $20 gift card to be used for a future visit. Treat your mother to a seat at Pisco y Nazca, sip on Pisco Sours and savor all the Peruvian food it has to offer. Then come back again to use the gift card another time! Pisco Y Nazca 8405 Mills Drive Suite 260 Miami, FL 33183
Sugar Factory– Treat your mother to something sweet this Mother’s Day and head to Sugar Factory on Miami Beach for brunch. Mothers and guests can choose from four appetizers on the special brunch menu including Spinach Artichoke Dip, Bruschetta, Caesar Salad and Roasted Beets and Boursin Salad. Entrees include Croque Madame, Grilled Steak and Eggs, Pan Seared Tilapia and Eggs Norwegian. To top it all off, homemade waffles with berries can be savored for dessert. Don’t forget that the brunch includes one complimentary glass of champagne! The price of the brunch is $55 per person. Sugar Factory 1144 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Sarsaparilla Club– Top Chef Alum duo, Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, celebrate Mother’s with their new Sunday All Day Brunch. Starting from 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., guests will delight in new brunch dim sum cart items including Oeey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls, Florida Strawberry Panna Cotta, Homemade Sausage Dumplings, and Fried Chicken Steamed Buns. The brunch menu includes salads and sides such as Charred Grapefruit Brulee, Sourdough Toast, Organic Lake Meadow Eggs, and Sticky Pork Belly Bacon. The brunch is topped off with their medium and large plates including Skillet Ricotta Hotcake, Sesame Kumquat Fritters, and Crispy Duck Leg French Toast, and Shrimp and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Wings. Sarsaparilla 1 18th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Verde– Enjoy sweeping views of the bay at Verde at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. With special dishes like the Peach Cobbler, Avocado Toast, and Silver Dollar Cornmeal Pancakes, all mothers can enjoy delicious selections from Verde’s brunch menu. In addition to the special dishes and a la carte menu, you can toast to your mother with the limited edition Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa! Verde at PAMM 1103 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132.
Db Bistro Moderne– This Mother’s Day, treat mom to an exclusive brunch from 11-3 pm at db Bistro Moderne. The restaurant only offers brunch twice a year, so be sure to make your reservations for this special occasion now! To make the day even more exciting, db Bistro Moderne is offering a bottle of Chandon to share for an additional $20 per person. Mother’s Day brunch is priced at $50 per person, or $70 per person with a bottle of champagne for two. Children under 12 dine for $35. For reservations please call db Bistro Moderne at 305.421.8800. 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, Florida 33131
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster– Mother’s Day is a whole weekend at Izzy’s, as they feature a la carte specials like Maine Lobster Pasta all weekend in addition to their regular menu. Izzy’s 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach. 305 397 8843.
( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm prices and details and always make reservations ahead of time. )
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Wynwood Radio And The Hype Of A Gentrified Community
Wynwood, Wynwood, Wynwood, oh hipster community, growing in fame, apparent fortune, and broadcasting presence, online.
Meet Wynwood Radio.
This is a story of resilience, openness and community.
Started in 2009, with very little money and a group of immigrant friends, Wynwood Radio was founded in a small studio nearby Midtown.
Some people might think: “not the best time to open anything or the best area to go into.”
With the Great Recession hitting the Miami area hard and the broadcasting world being in a world of flux, four friends let both aspects aside and were determined to provide music and entertainment to a new community that they believed in.
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“We got so in love with the growth of Wynwood as a community based in many types of arts that we decided to hone our own art to contribute to this community,” Vicente Solis, one of the developers of Wynwood Radio said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “Our idea was to bring people together through music, art, history, food and other things that make Wynwood so special.”
Creating this type of station was not a first for the group of content creators.
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Before submerging in the Wynwood community, Solis had worked with one of the founders of Wynwood Radio, Adrian Olivares at another online radio station in Mexico City.
Olivares believes in the power of community involvement to create a successful product.
“We witnessed all the community meetings every month and we say how security and infrastructure in the area improved as a result of the constant requests of residents and business owners,” Olivares said. “All of it brought Wynwood to its hyped stage.”
That hype is frequently associated with the gentrification of the area.
It is that gentrification process in Wynwood where some have felt discomfort.
“Maybe the process has happened a little too quick in the area,” Solis said.
While others have felt they have been given a second chance.
“All the locals that I know have gotten more job opportunities because of all the businesses that have opened there,” Olivares said.
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It is that duality what makes Wynwood Radio a prime participant in the development of community.
“We have a pathway for community members to have a voice, to promote their own events as well as choose their own music to be broadcasted in the station,” Olivares said. “We all have different ways to look at Wynwood, different ways to express our talents, and that is what we want to show in our programming: diversity.”
Besides showcasing music from the 1940’s to the latest releases, Wynwood Radio also promotes community events and issues that happen in Wynwood and neighborhoods nearby.
Both Solis and Olivares emphasized the importance of community members to maintain close connection with the station, they are open to receiving music selections and program ideas from any community member to continue the development of Wynwood Radio.
For more information on Wynwood Radio, you can visit www.wynwoodradio.com
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