MIAMI, Fla (October 13, 2017) "The Cruise Industry Claims Seminar" Over 100 maritime attorneys, cruise line claims managers, in-house counsel, defense/plaintiffs counsel, including the finest admiralty attorneys in Florida, maritime litigators Stefano Ghibellini of Studio Legale Ghibellini (Genoa) and Attilio Costabel, maritime law students from UM Law, St. Thomas School of Law and the Miami Law Post Graduate LL.M. in Maritime Law attended the seminar hosted by UM School of Law, Maritime Law Society. The Passenger Claims Panel, comprised of Andrew L. (Andy) Waks, Michael Duke Erickson, John H. (Jack) Hickey, Curtis Jay Mase, and Kassandra D Taylor was moderated by Tyler J. Tanner, Vice-Chair, FL Bar Admiralty Law Committee. The Seafarer Claims Panel included Robert D (Bob) Peltz, Tonya J. Meister-Griffith, Carlos F. Llinás Negret, Arbitrator and Mediator Honorable Norman S. Gerstein and William F. Clair, and was moderated by Carol Finklehoffe, Florida Bar Board Certified in Admiralty Law. The Robson Forensic panel on Flag State Regulation/Daubert issues consisted of Lawrence C. Dinoff, AIA, NCARB and Kyle F. McAvoy, Captain, USCG (Ret.) Marine Safety Expert and was moderated by Barbara A. Kreitz Cook, Florida Bar Board Certified in Admiralty Law. The program sponsor was Robson Forensic. By: Chair, Robert L. Gardana, FBALC/Chair-Elect, ABA-TIPS AMLC  
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PHOTO: (Front Row, Left to Right) David McNeal, Kristine Walker, Danielle Gauer, Jessica Martyn, Robert L. Gardana, Sarah Gayer, Atillio Costabel, Chris Nolan, Kyle McAvoy, and far right, Stefano Ghibellini of Studio Legale Ghibellini (Genoa) (Members of the ABA-TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee)
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Carlos DeAntonis Performed at Arturo's Ristorante in Boca Raton, FL last Friday

Argentine Italian Opera Singer Carlos DeAntonis performed for UNICO on Friday September 1st 2017.  UNICO was founded in 1922 and is the largest Italian American service organization in the U.S.  Frank LoRe is the Florida Governor for the organization. Carlos is an up and coming opera singer who was recently on "Americas Got Talent" and he resides in Miami.
Arturo's Ristorante was founded in 1983 and is home to Florida's only underground wine cellar and a winner of Golden Spoon, Zagat and many other prestigious awards. To get involved in UNICO simply visit and the venue is located at:
Gioia Restaurant Hosts Italian Socialite Night Every Wednesday

Join Luxury Chamber & friends for wine, conversation and philanthropy. As of August 30th 2017 Gioia is now hosting a weekly event benefiting NOIAW - National Organization of Italian American Women which is an organization that donates scholarships to those in need.  Ladies who register at: will receive complimentary admission to the event plus a glass of vino on the house as well as flatbread.  Those who stay for dinner will be pleased to know that a portion of proceeds will be donated directly to the charity.  Guests will have an opportunity to mingle and converse with Italians from Italy and Sicily, Italian-Americans as well as people of Italian heritage from Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and Canada.  Non-Italians who love Italian culture are also strongly encouraged to attend the event as well as spouses of Italians. The event takes place from 6-9pm and there is no valet parking.  Be prepared for metered parking via coin, cash or credit card.  Dress code is cocktail chic.  Men can also attend yet will not receive the complimentary vino!

Florida Mediterranean Fest 2017 Scheduled for 7-17-17

Design, Travel, Cuisine & Cultural Event benefits Food for the Poor 501(c)3

Contact: Jay Shapiro, President / Phone: 561-376-0033  Email:

Pompano Beach, FL  Luxury Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its first annual Mediterranean Fest taking place July 17th at La Vie Lebanese Restaurant in Pompano Beach, FL.  The event celebrates the finest in Mediterranean design, cuisine and travel. Attendees will include luxury purveyors of fine olive oils, wines, Mediterranean travel, handbags, fine art and cultural dignitaries from countries such as Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel & Greece.

La Vie is a large luxury restaurant with a 5-star rating by every source, vaulted ceilings, full liquor bar and ample free parking. The design is Moroccan and Mediterranean, the food is Lebanese & Mediterranean.

Attendees will mingle with celebrity guests, enjoy a complimentary cocktail as well as hors d'oeuvres, wine and olive oil tasting and have the ability to join in on a multicultural high-end business networking affair.  Guests will know that they have done a good deed by attending as a percentage of proceeds goes directly to: Food for the Poor which is managed by an Italian-American & with a Greek Outreach Coordinator.

Tickets to Mediterranean Fest are available at:

Luxury Chamber Members attend FREE, to become a member visit:

Food for the Poor is located at:

For Exhibitor & Sponsor Information visit:

Brickell City Centre to Host La Centrale - Miami's First Italian Food Hall

The three-story culinary endeavor will open in Miami this fall in a 38,000-square-foot space, introducing a “restaurant-forward concept,” per the press release, including Italian-inspired restaurants and cafes, an enoteca, a culinary school, and retail space, all inspired by 20 regions throughout Italy.

The first floor will feature a “multi-sensory convivial vibe driven by true Italian hospitality, where they can find fresh-brewed espresso, breads, house-made pastas and other culinary staples” in addition to an eatery for a communal dining experience.

The second floor will have original restaurants for lunch and dinner, an Apulian-inspired indoor garden, and a gelato shop.

Floor 3 will house interactive wine tastings, pairings, and food programs, in addition to the culinary school.

“La Centrale’s design delivers a multifaceted experience energized by the delight of a trip to Italy, all under one roof,” says Jacopo Giustiniani, managing partner of La Centrale – Italian Food Hall. “It’s chic, lively, effortless, and one hundred percent authentic. We are importing products straight from Italy and serving fresh, local produce. Our goal is to share the heart, spirit and soul of Italy with Miami locals, providing Brickell residents and visitors from around the world with the best of Italian cuisine and hospitality.”

Italian Food & Beverage Corp Enters Florida Market

2016 witnessed two very important accomplishments for IFBC: 1) a profitable restructuring of its food and beverage operations in Europe and Asia, namely, Singapore, in which several existing locations are now into consideration, and 2) the grand opening of IFBC's first food outlet in the US.

This latter achievement is especially noteworthy in that IFBC, which now operates on 3 continents, has finally established a base of operations in the US market. This first, fully-functional food outlet, operating under the brand of Mio Cafélocated in The West Shore Mall of Tampa, a prime, highly- trafficked retail location, this flagship food outlet affords IFBC the necessary exposure for the possible entre into other affluent venues throughout Florida, such as The Channel side Bay Plaza in Tampa, FloridaSiesta Key in Sarasota, Long Boat Key (outside of Sarasota) and Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida.

Consistent with its mission of delivering the taste and traditions of authentic Italian food and beverages, as well as the genuine atmosphere of the "Italian café experience," IFBC will continue to offer fresh, healthful food, such as fresh-baked focaccia, low-fat, low-carb sandwiches and tramezzini, freshly-brewed coffee, delicious pastries, wholesome pizzas, light, low carb pastas and low calorie pasta chips.

Pietro Moschini, Director-in-Charge of IFBC's Florida operations, has stated, "It is time to reacquaint a new generation of Americans to the high-quality culinary standards for which Italy is well known, as well as to introduce the latest innovative Italian products that many tourists discover while on holiday overseas."

About Italian Food & Beverage Corp. Italian Food & Beverage Corp. establishes and develops brands committed to fulfill customer needs throughout the world while providing the finest experiences based on the Italian wine and food culture. IFBC operates as an importer, exporter, merchant, distributor and dealer of fine wine and food products. The Company and its subsidiaries have established wholesale distribution headquarters, offices and warehouses in several countries including ItalySingapore, and the UK.

Forward Looking Statements This release contains "forward-looking statements" and information provided by Italian Food & Beverage Corp. such as online, printed documents, publications or information available via its website. It may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, which, if they do not materialize or prove correct, could cause the Company's results to differ materially from historical results, or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. These statements may also include plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements regarding proposed new products, services or developments; any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance; statements of belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. There can be no assurance that the negotiations being considered by the letter of intent will be completed.

La Centrale Miami to Open this Fall - onceptualized by notable NYC restaurateur Jacopo Giustiniani and hospitality management veteran Matthias Kiehm, the three-story food hall will feature authentic Italian-inspired restaurants, cafés, an enoteca and a culinary school.  Click on the photo below to read the whole article:

The 10 Commandments of Italian Cuisine


Coffee and cappuccino are the pride of Italy in the world; but if the first is usually consumed at the end of the meal, the second, more substantial, is sipped at breakfast, usually accompanied by some pastry. You can ask for a cappuccino at the end of a meal, just know that most Italians don’t.


The organization of courses in the Italian dining is unique and requires pasta and – most of the time – risotto to be served by themselves (apart from specific recipes such as Ossobuco milanese-style). The presentation of pasta as a side dish to others is widespread in several countries, but in Italy is seen almost as a sacrilege.


Oil should not be added to pasta cooking water! Pasta dressing (and oil too) must be added only after you have drained it from its cooking water.


This is one of the combinations that most shocks Italians; although ketchup may have some similarities to tomato sauce, pouring ketchup over pasta in the “Bel Paese” is considered a real gourmet crime. Keep ketchup for your french fries or hot dogs, please!


While probably being the world’s most popular Italian recipe, you will not find any restaurant in Bologna to eat it. That’s because the original Italian recipe is “Tagliatelle Bolognese” (not spaghetti). Although this may seem a minor detail, in real Italian cuisine the pairing of the right kind of pasta with the right sauce is considered almost sacred.


Speaking with American friends, one of the most frequent requests is the advice for a typical Italian recipe for pasta with chicken. It’s always rather embarrassing to point out that in Italy there are no hot dishes featuring pasta and chicken.


This salad, which bears the name of its supposed creator, Caesar Cardini, is a part of the long list of recipes devised by chefs of Italian origin, but in fact is almost unknown in Italy.


For some strange reason, these tablecloths are universally associated with our food and with the stereotype of the "spaghetti-eater", and abroad almost all the restaurants that want to play typical Italian use them. Probably, tourists who come to visit Italy remain somewhat disappointed when they discover that the checkered tablecloths are almost never used (only restaurants for tourists do!)


This is perhaps the most curious in this top ten. The fettuccine Alfredo is both the most famous “Italian” food in the United States and the least known dish in Italy. These noodles, seasoned with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano, are in fact actually been invented in the “Bel Paese”, specifically by Alfredo Di Lelio, the owner of a restaurant in Rome, but in Italy have never been imposed as a traditional dish. Overseas, however, have become increasingly popular and in time became a symbol of the good life in Rome. For this reason legions of American tourists coming to Italy hoping to enjoy the fettuccine Alfredo at every restaurant on the peninsula remain very disappointed.


She knows from her mamma, who knew from her mamma who knew from her mamma and so on. It's been tried and tested. And what a mother teaches at her daughter while they are cooking? That love is the center of all. We must share Italian food with your loved ones. It is what life, love and family are all about.