Emilio Estefan will be the first to tell you he is living the American dream, and loving it. He made a name for himself with Miami Sound Machine as a musician, and he has since become a producer shaping the sound of a vast amount of the Latin American music here in America. He came to this country as a teenager from Cuba and has a unique passion to define what the new Latino is in this changing country of ours, and he has proved that he has what it takes to do so. With 19 Grammy’s, TV, Film, a best-selling author credit and his latest venture, the Broadway musical On Your Feet!, all under his belt Emilio has earned his place at our table as a Tavern Tastemaker.
In today’s Tavern Tastemakers episode, Ocean Drive Magazine Editor in Chief Jared Shapiro learns just why Emilio loves Miami so much, hint: it’s not just the sports teams. And we learn why it is that Miami loves the Estefans so much, and it’s not just his sense of humor, though it was all smiles as they sat down to brunch at Cypress Tavern. “Remember,” he says, “the more you drink the better you sound.”
Emilio is as much an ambassador of music as he is of Latin America. He is a renaissance man of the entertainment world, and with each piece of work that he puts his stamp upon he is trying to distinguish each unique culture from one another and blend them together at the same time. It is no easy task but as he puts it, “I can say, very respectfully, that I understand both the Latino and Anglo cultures. I know how they feel and what moves them and it is working in that gap that has enabled me to create my body of work.” No where is that job more important than in Miami. But like all things, Miami needs love too, and Emilio has that to provide as well. He speaks kindly of Michael Schwartz and the restaurants saying that “people who love Miami always support people doing things in Miami.” On the brunch food he adds, “the taste is amazing.” He should know, a tried and true Miami restaurant owner himself. Speaking of Miami now he says, “I’m so proud.” And we are too.