Model Behavior with Some Lobster and a Cherry on Top

Kasey Ashcraft is living the dream. The one on the postcard of Miami Beach. Or maybe she’s on the post card of Miami Beach.  She is nothing short of picture perfect and has had her picture taken on a whole lot of beaches, but still calls ours home. This sun kissed Wilhelmina model turned Miami local is a Tavern Tastemaker and sat down with her friend, Ocean Drive Magazine Editor in Chief Jared Shapiro, and a tasty table of Cypress Tavern brunch dishes to talk about why we all want to live in Miami and how exactly she made that dream come true.  There was lobster, of course, because Kasey is from Maryland and “seafood is a big deal.” We know a thing or two about that!  Watch here.

They toasted with a scotch and prosecco cocktail that Cypress Tavern lead bartender David Ferree created. The “Take Me Out” is Chivas Regal 12 Year with sparkling wine and house brandied cherries. An unlikely combo even for Kasey, she said, “I didn’t think I was going to like it because I don’t like cherries or either of those things. But I love it. I never stay and finish drinks, but I’m finishing it.” Come taste for yourself tonight at our Cypress Tavern cocktail hour from 6-8pm with Amanda Fraga, the Genuine Hospitality Group Beverage Manager and Sommelier as we toast Kasey Ashcraft at the end of another day in the sun.

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Cheers to a First Season | Introducing Tavern Tastemakers with Ocean Drive

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The Schwartz table, set last night for the Tavern Tastemakers launch party.

The tavern has long played that important role in a community, a welcoming place known to stir a good chat and bring people together over a meal.   One of the things we’re most proud of here in Miami is the electricity of our lifestyle. That can’t stop, won’t stop attitude is contagious, inspiring new ideas and creating opportunities for change.  This is where culture lives.  In The Genuine Hospitality Group‘s home base of the Design District, this unstoppable collaborative spirit surrounds us, and a passion for craft, not just in Michael’s kitchens or behind the bar, is alive and percolating in our dining rooms.  It’s time to participate through a new lens and explore the vibrant narrative of our city through conversations with good company — our guests.

In an innovative new media partnership with Ocean Drive Magazine, we are excited to announce Tavern Tastemakers, an online video series featuring one-on-one interviews with the people at the forefront of Miami’s popular culture.  Hosted by Editor in Chief Jared Shapiro at Cypress Tavern, webisodes roll out on Tuesdays beginning March 1 at oceandrive.com/taverntastemakers.

Ocean Drive is thrilled to partner with Michael Schwartz to intertwine his vision for groundbreaking culinary experiences with the tastemakers of Miami to continue to innovate Miami’s foothold as a global city for art, fashion, design and media.” says Shapiro.

In the premiere episode, Setting the Schwartz Table, the Chef talks staying power in the competitive restaurant business, how Miami’s food scene has evolved and what’s new in the Design District.  Forthcoming episodes feature Andrea Minski, Telemundo host, mother, and creator of the digital platform Mujer Balance, Bernardo Fort-Brescia, a founding principal of Arquitectonica, Style maven and Wilhelmina model Kasey Ashcraft, music mogul Emilio Estefan and world-renowned visual artist and Miami Beach native Michele Oka Doner.

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Andrea Minski and Jared having a good laugh over Yellowfin Tuna Nicoise and Skuna Bay Salmon.

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Series sponsor Cadillac at last night’s reception at Cypress Tavern’s 195 underpass lot.

“Pulling the series together has been a great experience, especially collaborating with Jared and the team at Ocean Drive on shoots. It’s always a fun surprise seeing what made the final product – and knowing what hit the cutting room floor,” says Schwartz.

The 3-month series runs from March 1 until May 31 and is underwritten by Cadillac, the official vehicle of The Genuine Hospitality Group, and Pernod Ricard. Ocean Drive and Chef hosted a private dinner party at Cypress Tavern last night to celebrate the series kickoff with its collaborators.  As part of the program, each Tastemaker will have a special cocktail crafted in their honor and rolled out as a special in the restaurant to mark the airing of new episodes. For content including behind the scenes footage, what Tastemakers enjoyed at the table, and special events and offers related to the series, please visit oceandrive.com/taverntastemakers and follow #taverntastemakers on social media.

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