With its Instagram-ready place settings and addictive mezze dips, Mandolin Aegean Bistro was bound to add a market for diners to take home its winning hospitality formula. The tiny retail component in its annex is just a sneak peek of the lifestyle store with a breakfast and lunch café set to open in fall. Mandolin founder Anastasia Koutsioukis, a.k.a. Mrs. Mandolin, edits its small but exceptional assortment of imported delicacies, home wares and gifts. Pick up Eleia’s first-press extra virgin olive oil from a grove in the west Peloponnese; pickled red peppers, which are grown in northern Greece and roasted over the fire, and multi-grain breadsticks loaded with seeds. Serve your spread on stylish tableware like m/O santimetre’s porcelain pieces made on the coast of Turkey.
CONTEMPORARY ART TO COCKTAILS
Squeeze in these events starting tonight when PAMM hosts its third annual Corporate Cocktail at Mandarin Oriental Miami. Tickets are going fast, so head to the museum for happy hour as a backup plan. Also tonight at 7, Miami- born artist Hernan Bas is the featured guest for ICA Speaks, a series by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Hear about how his works explore nature (including the flamingo sculpture pictured here, which is part of his solo exhibit, “Florida Living,” at SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Ga., through August 20), poetry and the Memphis Group movement at the Miami Design District Palm Court (140 NE 39th Street, Third Level). South Florida Taste of the Nation comes to Soho Studios (2136 NW First Avenue) tomorrow night.
Mother’s Day falls on May 14, and there are so many other ways to treat her than brunch. Here’s a little list with something for every type of mom. For musical lovers: “The King and I,” a classic by Rodgers & Hammerstein, is on at the Arsht Center through Sunday. For opera lovers: Florida Grand Opera performs Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts through May 13. For garden lovers: Pack a beautiful basket for the Mother’s Day Picnic at Fairchild Garden. For folk music lovers: The Flagship Romance duo plays the Barnacle Historic State Park’s Moonlight Concert on Sunday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For jewelry lovers: H&H Jewels in Coconut Grove hosts a John Hardy trunk show for new collections from May 11-13.
Alchemist boutique in Miami Beach introduced a namesake lifestyle collection. Its unisex fashions feature luxury materials like supple leather, exotics skins and fur but with a twist through their casual styles like tracksuits, T-shirts and jeans. Many pieces are adorned with custom treatments, often done by hand, including distressed fabrics and metal piercings. Founders Roma and Erika Cohen also commissioned exclusive works from emerging artists. Awol Erizku, who photographed Béyonce’s pregnancy portraits, designed a hand with a single stem rose; Othelo Gervacio’s “Paradise Lost” bleeds down the front of tops and jackets, and Warren Lotas’s grim reaper creeps onto soft baja hoodies, only juxtaposed with a palm to play up the Florida connection. The couple plans to expand into candles, fragrance and workout wear.