Art Activations  are set to coincide with ArtBasel 2018.  Presided over by Lawrence Johansen of Livin' Lux Publishing Group, Jennifer Sclafani Founder of Miami Fashion Collective and media partners AdAvenueGroup / VIPictures.  The citywide pop-ups feature inspiring exhibits and a full complement of libations at the new - to - debut 10 Collins Food & Spirits Restaurant and Lounge on the Fairwind Roof Top of the  4.5 star rated hotel.   

Art Basil VI Dishes up Delectable Servings of Culture, Cuisine & Cinema with Premiere of ‘Compulsion’ starring Heather Graham as a Compulsive Chef

July 22 | Miami Beach | For Immediate Release | – Fresh News

Art Basil - Bentley Hilton - Compulsion Movie Premiere

Coinciding with Miami Beach Swimwear Fashion Week, Art Basil VI (, ran the gamut of sensual indulgences that featured couture fashion, a film premiere, fine food and formidable premium spirits.

Dishing up delectable servings of culture, cuisine and cinema; Art Basil VI led with the East Coast Premiere of ‘Compulsion’ starring Heather Graham, Kevin Dillon, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Mantegna.  A lacerating take on modern obsessions, ‘Compulsion’ from Director Egidio Coccimiglio, Academy Award recipient Vilmos Zsigmondy (Deer Hunter, Close Encounter’) and domestic distribution by Phase 4 Films served as a backdrop for Art Basil’s VIP gatherings.

compulsion-the-movie-heather-graham-carrie-anne-mossArt Basil VI attracted guests that included film aficionados, members of the fashion media, connoisseur’s of fine food and the inquisitive.  Guests were introduced to unrivaled architecture at the Miami Beach Cinematheque Benefit, situated in the National Registry’s Historic City Hall and the lavish, south of 5th, Hilton Bentley Resort.

The menu was inspired by Heather Graham’s portrayal of a vivacious, albeit delusional chef who uses her mastery in the kitchen to seduce her objects of desire.  Diversified cuisine & libations that best define South Florida as a global cross roads, took center stage.  Celebrated chefs Arturo Paz, Mario Villche and Douglas Rodriguez (acknowledged as the God Father of Nouvelle Latin Cuisine) created the unique culinary showcase.

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Sat.-July 20. 2013 Premiere ‘Compulsion’ w Heather Graham. Miami Beach Cinematheque Fundraiser

An Event For Fine Food , Fashion & for the Love of Film -Compulsion, The Movie-East Coast Premiere , Miami Beach, FL

Heather Graham stars in ‘Compulsion’ East Coast /Miami Beach Premiere & Fundraiser -July 20 at 4PM at MB Cinematheque, presented by Culinary Art Basil VI.  Graham, as a master chef in stilettos, turns up the heat in this seductive psychological thriller. Also, starring Carrie-Anne Moss (‘Matrix’), Kevin Dillon & Joe Mantegna. The Movie’s Gourmet Menu will be served nightly at the Bentley Hilton’s de Rodriguez Cuba throughout Swimwear Week.

Saturday July 20-2013 East Coast Premiere of ‘Compulsion’.

 4:00 PM- Fundraiser benefiting MB Cinematheque. ( Seating Limited. $75 per couple, ($50.00 per couple, MB Members) Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave. 33139  rsvp 310-220-9118 or 305-673-4567 (films)

 6:30 PM  Director Egidio Coccimiglio Q & A. Cast & Crew Invited. MB Cinema, City Hall. Art Basil VI ( presents culinary wizard Doug de Rodriguez, 2 Time James Beard Recipient, Arturo and Stephanie Paz reprising appetizers and prix  fixe 4 course dinner inspired by Compulsion’s menu paired with mocktinis, signature cocktails and tropical punch courtesy of Vita Coco-pure coconut water.

Official Trailer

The movie inspired menu specials include Alaska King Crab Cakes by Yanni Diassinos, Mr. Green’s Ginger coriander broth, Maine Lobster Live’s  freshest Fish en croute w lemon butter sauce, Grand Western Rack of Lamb with a complement of  Bemka’s, House of Caviar’s  truffled Ragoût, Grand Western Venison Loin & Mr. Green’s Produce Parsnip Gratin, Onion Comfit,  Bemka Périgord Truffle Jus and Profiteroles by Bindi Deserts from Joe Selvaggio’s PDF Foods that are guaranteed to evoke sighs of bliss.

Sunday- July21,  2013 –Film Fashion Finale

 5PM-on  De Rodriguez Cuba, 101 Ocean Dr, MB 33139  TastingMenu, Signature Cocktails, Swimwear Finale ‘Five Ways to Ceviche’, Cabanas and Cuba.  Presented by Doug de Rodriguez, author of The Great Ceviche Book with Book signing with proceeds for G.R.O.W.   Lounge on the seaside cabanas, unwind with informal modeling by Vicki Soble, Haute Couture Resort Wear.    Stage Production by Frank Gonzalez of Event Logistics. By Invitation only. rsvp Pass around ‘Ceviche & Compulsion Tasting Menu’.  Gift Bags by Elite Smile and Vita Coca.   Dinner reservations recommended.  Happy Hour Prices.  101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fl 33139.

Set for theatrical release ‘Compulsion’ is distributed by Phase 4 Films in the USA, E-One Entertainment in Canada and Moonstone Entertainment, Worldwide Sales Agents.  Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond has evidenced his own compulsion with films that have inspired fashion trends for decades.  Best known for Warren Beatty and Julie Christie’s ‘pre’ PETA fur wrapped wardrobe in Alaska-bound ‘McCabe and Mrs. Miller’ , ‘Deliverance’, the movie that gave new meaning to banjos, kissing cousins and the black leather vest and  the rage for bloody black lipstick in ’Black Dahlia’.  With four nominations and an Academy Award win for ‘Close Encounters’, Vilmos is invited with director Egidio Coccimiglio for a post screening Q & A followed by a deLuxe poolside VIP Party at the Bentley Hilton.  (Dinner Reservations Recommended)

Associated Media – AB Newswire (, Afar Magazine (  the 19th Hole Magazine, Sub_Urbano Magazine, Forbes  Restaurant, WWD , Red Dot Fair and a pending interview with New York Times -Style Section.



Compulsion – The Movie

Compulsion centers on two women, each grappling with obsessions that have begun to overtake their lives. Heather Graham portrays Amy, a vivacious, calculating chef whose need to be desired is so far-reaching that she becomes a star in her own imaginary cooking show. Carrie-Anne Moss is Saffron, a reclusive but alluring ex-child star, whose ever-intensifying relationship with Amy builds to a surprising climax.

Art Basil Turns up the Heat with World Premiere ‘Compulsion’ & SoBe Swimwear Fashion Week

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A Florida Premiere and Miami Beach Cinematheque Fund Raiser, July 20, 2013.  Historical City Hall on 11th and Washington,M.B. 33139

Art Basil V & VI is brewing up a jubilant celebration where the  Culture of Cuisine and Culinary Art  defines South Florida (and Los Angeles) as a global cross roads.


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Director – Egidio Coccimiglio’s  and Vilmos Zsigmond will be presenting with Q & A to follow.  Coccimiglio’s latest opus, Compulsion with Heather Graham in stilettos develops a friendly obsession with Carrie-Anne Moss’ character, a former child star with an eating disorder.  She spurns Graham’s seductive culinary advances that include a Fish en croute and a Rack of Lamb with truffled ragout that puts life and limb in jeopardy.

A psychological thriller, Compulsion is  a perfect fit for  Miami Swimwear Fashion Week.  With Kevin Dillon and Joe Mantegna.

Filmed by visionary Vilmos (Deer Hunter, Deliverance, McCabe & rs. Miller) Zsigmond, recipient of three Academy noms and recipient for Close Encounters.  A Testament to Tenacity. For details email or visit website or facebook/culinaryartbasil.

Heather Graham in toque and stilettos, turns up the heat in the  Kitchen with Compulsion director Egidio Coccimiglio.

Heather Graham in toque and stilettos, turns up the heat in the Kitchen with Compulsion director Egidio Coccimiglio.




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Red Dot Moved up to Miami- December 2013

Red Dot New York Moves Date to Miami, November 2013

Red Dot New York Moves Date to Miami, Dec. 2013

April 4, 2013

Dear Art Basil Associates,
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have postponed Red Dot Fair NYC and we are now planning Red Dot Miami – December 2013 to be held in our semi-permanent Wynwood District home. For ongoing details visit
Looking forward to sorting out details on Art Basil hosting our South Florida Red Dot installation.
With best regards we sincerely appreciate your continuing support,
George Billis.
Chief of Red Dot
Red Dot Miami– December 3 – 8, 2013

El Ñosh at South Beach Marriott

Top Left to right: Exterior Hotel Marriott-South Beach, Anne Burrell , the Face of the South Beach Food & Wine Festival, Miguel Balbi-Cook Shop, Inc. – Annamarie Murillo (Teen Latina Intl United States), Lorena Arbelaez (Ms. Latina Intl Florida/Owner Micro Link Hair Systems), Esther Dollar (Miss Portada), Charlyn Castro Rojas (Ms. Latina Intl/Owner – Designs by Castro Rojas), Dominique Martin (Model), Hayley St. Pierre (Ms. Intl World Super Model) – Esther Dollar (Miss Portada), Dominique Martin (Model), Lorena Arbelaez (Ms. Latina Intl Florida/Owner Micro Link Hair Systems), Hayley St. Pierre (Ms. Intl World Super Model) , Roberto Trevino- Top Chef, BudaTai, Eric Greenspan, The Foundry on Melrose, Shlomo Geva The Vini Wine, Author /Photag Elger Argundi, Angela Posillico, CEO for Ms. Latina International and Ms. International World, Willie Panama, U.S. Marine Vet and Latin Sensation, Steady 70-Steve Levine, Howard Helphant-The Mexican/Boca Raton, Albert Posillico, Owner -Ms. Latina Intl, world Pageants.
Photos by Andrew Kutno



Miami Beach, FL – 2/24,’13 Raising the bar on singular events, the Marriott South Beach hosted El Ñosh | SoBe • Launch Party coinciding with the opening night of the 12th Annual South Beach Food and Wine Festival.  The landmark four night event unfolded Thursday, February 21 on the windswept wooden Ocean Terrace with 400 blue chip guests in attendance. El Ñosh | SoBe recalled a time when Sinatra and Sammy haunted the original Art Deco gem that is now the reincarnated Marriott, a luxurious, beach front property on the serene side of 5th Street gateway.

T.V. personality and lauded Los Angeles restaurateur Eric Greenspan and Celeb Chef, Roberto Trevino, a San Francisco native and viejo San Juan transplant mashed it up with an imaginative fusion of traditional Jewish and Latin dishes.  Sourcing ingredients who’s origins share a common Mediterranean root (that later diverged after the Inquisition) the menu evoked sighs of bliss with  Arroz con Pollo Knishes, Yucca Latkes with crème agria and home-style mango jam or Pastrami & Dill Pickle Croquetas with a smear of savory, old-world horseradish mustard.

The premiere libations flowed freely with mixologists from Don Q, Miami Club Rum, Kim Crawford select wines, Corona Light with snappy lime, Zigum Mezcal, l’Chaim Kosher Vodka and The Vini, exceptional wine by the glass. Mixologists created novel twists on signature cocktails including celery sodas, aphrodisiac mojitos, and egg creams with an infusion of coconut and aged Don Q premiere Puerto Rican Rum.

Anne Burrell, the Face of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, Chef Todd Webster, Elin Trousdale of Le Bistro and survivor of Gordon Ramsey’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ joined Executive Chef and cutlery wizard Michael C. Giletto to pay homage to Greenspan and Trevino.   El Ñosh | SoBe • Launch Party was on the national news radar with Al Roker’s NBC’s The Today Show on-air mention and VIPictures photographer Andrew Kutno’s personal invitation to Diane Sawyer.

Latin singing sensations Carlos Faroy and Willie Panama, direct from a international tour of ‘Miami Rocks the Troops’, Copacabana’s Elizabeth S. Kobel, impresario’s Gerry Kelly, Rhythm Foundation’s James Quinlan, Denise Righetti at BocaFoodFinds and Steve Levine of Steady 70/ Global Getty Photographer were onboard.   

Decked out diners dined al fresco on the vast elevated deck, a bridal’s setting bordering a horizon of sea and stars.  VIP guests and cosmo foodies also included Steve Rossi, Esq. representing the epicurean society founded in the Middle Ages, La Confrere, La Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Heads turned with the arrival of Daniel Hartwell, Bostonian Loco Bazooka concert producer, author and coach who melds music with wellness, while “aligning the soul with rhythm and good living” and laser genius Mobius8 fresh off a tour with C-Low Green.  And the night rocked on.

As Chef Trevino purrs away in Puerto Rico with the opening of his 5th Kitchen, (BudaTai, Bar Gitano and Casa Lola will be a hard act to follow) and at the helm of Cook Shop, Inc. with Miguel Balbi and Eric Greenspan’s ever growing list of kudo’s including Conde Nast Traveler and Gourmet Magazine while continuing at the helm of 5 distinct Los Angeles eateries a.k.a. ‘celeb destinations’ (that includes the Foundry on Melrose a James Beard nominated as one of the ‘Best New Restaurant’s in America’) is it any wonder future El Ñosh gatherings are being planned to coincide with the Aspen, Los Angeles and New York Food & Wine Festivals?  For updates visit

El Ñosh

Top Left to Right: Eric Green Span, Roberto Trevino, Image 2, Eric, Roberto, Cha Cha Rojas (Ms. Latina Intl/Owner – Designs by Castro Rojas), Dominique, Annamarie, Albert Posillico, Ms. Latina and Ms. Intl. World titleholders, Mobius 8 , Daniel Hartwell, Cristiane Roget, Nicolle Shelly Models, Jose Diaz, Tracy Shlimowitz-Director Hotel Operations, Marriott.
Photos by Emanuel Salvant.

El Ñosh – Greenspan / Trevino Square Off 4 a Mash-Up of Jewish & Latino Culinary Traditions

Top Left to Right Lorena Arbelaez (Ms Latina Intl Florida/Owner Microf Link Hair Systems), Dominique Martin (Model), Impressario Gerry Kelly,Esther Dollar (Miss Portada), Salsa Sensation-Carlos Foroy, Latin singing sensation, L’chaim Kosher Vodka Mixologist, Manuel Benetiz-Rums Of Puerto Rico, George Rodriguez -Blue Mountain Cigars.
Photo by Steve Levine,

Save These Dates February 21-24 el ñosh | South Beach Marriott

Food Nourishes the Soul as famed Chefs Greenspan and Trevino mash-up Caribbean and Jewish Culinary Traditions. Ay! Caramba Meets Oy! Vey! 


February 21 Thursday- by Invitation Only Party & VIP Gathering 6PM on
February 22-24 Prix Fixed Menu, Signature Spirits, Ribald fun and frivolity. Informal Modeling by Nicole Shelly Models, Special Appearances by Ms. International World  and Ms. Latina International. 3PM-10:30 PM Friday and SAturday and 3PM – & 7 PM Sunday with closing ceremony.


Marriott Hotel on South Beach. Ocean View Terrace 161 Ocean Drive, 33139.  RSVP required 310-220-9118 or Lauren Sheftell 310-502-9199

Todd Webster of the Porch Cafe on Ocean Drive Serves up Art Basil’s Piece de Resistance

December 8, 2012/ Art Basil’s finale unfolded on the north end of Ocean Drive at the venerable  Front Porch Café  housed in the authentic Art Deco atrium of the alluring ‘Z’ Hotel.   Art Basil’s spontaneous celebrations further congealed into a delicious soufflé of ingredients that had included heated moments, a retrospective of fashion by Coco Chanel and the powerful taste of Spirits of the Tsars Vodka served in hand cut, crystal flutes.  The legacy of  the glassware for Spirits of the Tsars is one for the history books.  Scroll down for details.

With Spirits of the Tsars bottle service beginning at  $1000 large  the night on ‘The Porch‘  was a perfect finale for Art Basil’s epicurean denizens of the night.  

Take note:  ‘Porch regulars’.  With Todd now in the  Kitchen, The Porch Cafe is no longer  just the  place for the “best breakfast on South Beach.” (according to Urban Spoon & Yelp).      

Melding culinary genius and locally sourced ingredients renowned chef Todd Webster, again illustrated creative resourcefulness.  He prepared the piece de resistance with his version of creamy squash borscht from Mac Khashman farm fresh produce and a Grand Western Steak melt- in-your-mouth with a Lamb tartar.  With training equally derived from Le Cordon Bleu and the United States Marine’s;  Webster likens himself to “just a cook”.   Lashes down with that little smile,  former Marine Webster confesses he “could not live without the colors, textures and flavors of his agrarian home in Homestead”.   While his ideas are grounded in traditions, something brand new and exciting is happening to our palates— his menu is nothing short of transcendent.  The basil Panna cotta (from Italian cooked cream) by Pastry Chef Stuart was a stairway to heaven.

Each performance blended food with theatrics and honored the diversified traditions that are integral to South Florida’s lauded position on the global culinary map.  At the cross roads, ArtBasil featured a fusion of Native American, African, Mediterranean, Latin, and neo Colonial Caribbean fare.  One part entertainment and one part serious epicurean gastronomy, guests learned how to prepare appetizers  paired with au courant signature cocktails.  Made from  Spirits of the Tsars ™  liquid gold. the newly released vodka is aged three years in cognac casks.  Stellar grape from the reserves of  J.Lohr Wineries also received applause from the discriminating guests. 

The Art Basil Chefs were challenged to create hundreds of amuse-bouché, canapés, and hors d’œuvres from ingredients contributed by farm to table, fine food purveyors.  If there was but one rule imposed at ArtBasil it was, ‘All chefs must feature fresh Basil in their preparation,’ according to Levine.

The Chefs had a field day, utilizing phylum’s of Rock Garden Basil that included Chocolate, Peppermint, and blood red Thai, all grown locally on the Green Organic Railroad Workshop (G.R.O.W.) farms in Doral, Florida.


The Inception of Art Basil. Charlie Coiner at Rock Garden Herbs-in a moment of lucidity conceived the idea that became a Brainstorm that is becoming.

Yani Diassinos lugged in crates of succulent Maine lobster and off the dock snapper fished from gushing pools and water tanks at his Maine Lobster Live Wholesale Seafood Market in Pompano Beach.  Mak Khashman and Joe Selvaggio’s of PDF Foods sourced Florida fresh squeezed blood oranges and honey tangerines, volcanic Scotch bonnet peppers, snappy vine ripened cucumbers, and micro eggplants. Grand Western’s ( special cuts of mouth-watering marbled beef and tender lamb served as the underpinnings for menus throughout the tastemaker’s trifecta.

Future installments of Art Basil  ( are currently being planned to coincide with the

  • National Association of Television Executive Producers (NATPE, January 28-30) located in the cosmopolitan Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and adjacent docks
  • The much anticipated return of Red Dot to the Wynwood District, (February 14-18)
  • To coincide with the  South Beach Food and Wine Festival (February 21-24). To underwrite, participate, or r.s.v.p. for future Art Basil performances visit  or Facebook  ) or

Photo Credits Steve Levine, Christian Strong, Emmanuel Salvant & Don Parchment

Editor-Brett Miller

Note: Spirit of the Tsars  crystal flutes are  a replica of the glass used by Tsar
Nichols II as his vodka glass without his initials.   The makers commissioned the Dyatkovsky Crystal Factory in Moscow Russia, est 1790, to produce for us this elegant vodka glass made the same way it was then. Each glass is fashioned from one piece of hand blown leaded glass with all decoration being individually hand cut.

We have had each glass individually etched with our shortened brand name “Tsars”. These will be available to consumers from our web site ( and establishments that carry Spirits of the Tsars, Ultra Premium Infused Vodka, as well as used in promotions, tastings, and presentations.  Sip like a Tsar!

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