Resident’s of Continuum, South Beach’s premier luxury residential condominiums, along with invited guests were treated to an exclusive cocktail reception and Italian-themed dinner hosted by world-renowned chef Fabio Vaccarella on Saturday, February 16th. The evening spent under the stars served as a preview for the highly anticipated 18th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

While Continuum residents enjoyed an invite-only cocktail reception, 38 invited guests of South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder and director, Lee Schrager, got to experience a night like no other, hosted by The Patio restaurant and its owners Michele Merlo and Tullia Gasparottto in celebration of the upcoming week-long festival. The Continuum served signature cocktails, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres to their invited residents, while Schrager’s esteemed guests enjoyed an assortment of Mediterranean-style canapés followed by an amazing four-course menu of Italian specialties curated by The Patio’s Executive Chef Fabio Vaccarella.

Managing Director of Continuum, Rishi Idnani said of the night, “Saturday’s highly successful event was a wonderful way to commemorate what we anticipate will be a long-term alliance with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.” He added, “While our residents have always been avid food enthusiasts and highly engaged attendees of the festival’s week-long series of events over the years, this was an excellent way to introduce the owners to its founder and one of today’s most influential culinary leaders for the very first time. The extravagant private dinner at The Patio for our 38 distinguished guests showcased the restaurant’s cuisine by Chef Fabio in a truly spectacular style, and marks the beginning of future culinary events planned for the Continuum in 2019.”

Those in attendance at the evening cocktail reception included Keith Marks, President of the Continuum, The North Tower Association and Master Association, Rishi Idnani, Managing Director of Continuum, and wife Athya Idnani, Alex Verona, Resort Manager of Continuum, Antoine Alsayah, Jocelyn Druzak, Daisy Olivera, Laine Doss, Pedro Maal, Leonardo Davalos,Nick and Lauren Madigan, Minerva and Silvio Sulichin, Rafa Caravajal, Mark and Claudia Zborovsky, Sonia Toth, William and Elizabeth Sopko, Isabel Olmos Comes, Sabrina Boasman, Joe and Gayle Tenebrie, Yuly Hernandez and Isabel Olmos.  DJ Diego Harispe provided the music for the evening.

Invited dinner guests included Ricardo Restrepo, Stephanie Sayfie, Lara Shriftman, Rita Schrager, Mario and Martine Virgil, Michael Atisha, Jose Solar, Ana Navaro, Belkys Nerey, Demetri Mouratis, Egidio Guerreri, Nikos Nanou, Steven Neckman, Larry Rivero, Armando Olivera, Robert Coleman, Martha and Leslie Pantin, George Andrews, Lisa and Caron Cole, Diego and Matilde Jaramillo, Enrique Santos, Rani Gereige, Sandra Muss, Corina Biton, Lesley Abravanel, Mags Andersson, Al Cardenas, Ken Goran, Fabio Nunez and Ingrid Hoffman.