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A baby giraffe and 1,500 guests celebrated the launch of Prelude by Barton G. on the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. Prelude, which brings full-service dining to the Arsht Center six nights a week, is the latest signature restaurant designed by events impresario/restaurateur Barton G. Weiss. A New York-native and Miami institution, Weiss is renowned for his creativity both in food presentation, menu offerings and over-the-top events.
So it should be no surprise that VIP Barton G. and Center party guests were joined by his pet giraffe Geoffrey and orangutan Cooper during the festivities that included a center stage presentation of “Miami Sound” precursor Carlos Oliva and Los Sobrinos del Juez and a very special guest performance by The Pointer Sisters. Partygoers danced in the Plaza for the Arts and enjoyed appetizer and dessert buffet tables in the VIP lounge area, main hall lobby and plaza.
These guests were the first to lounge in Prelude’s plush setting, offset by customized modern light fixtures illuminating rich chocolate brown and cream décor while ethereal jellyfish floated by on hanging plasma screens. Located on the 2nd floor of the Center’s Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, Prelude brings the Barton G. experience downtown and offers gourmet cuisine, an à la carte bar menu plus South Florida’s most expansive wine list six days a week with or without a show.
The restaurant is now open to arts patrons and the general public and offers the opportunity to dine in style in the heart of Miami’s cultural hub. Guests marveled at the event’s closing fireworks and celebrated Barton G. and the Adrienne Arsht Center’s collaborative vision – the pairing of extraordinary dining and world-class performing arts for arts patrons.
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