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Cocktail Time With Sandra Lee

One the events I was most excited about attending last weekend at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival was a happy hour hosted by Sandra Lee. It wasn't the hostess that I was anticipating, however, but the location: late fashion designer Gianni Versace's villa, Casa Casuarina. The party went from 5 to 7 on Saturday, and upon arrival, I was grossly disappointed. Not by the location, but by the hostess. It was pouring rain and the entire cocktail time was held outside. The bars were drenched, the guests huddled together trying not to get wet, and the waiters looked positively miserable. How could Lee not have taken into consideration the rain?! Luckily, the party gods were with Auntie Sandy, and the rain let up quickly. Only then was I able to enjoy the event and watch Sandra and her sister, Kimmy, parade around. There was also a best-dressed contest, a synchronized swimming show, and signature appetizers (fried ravioli, cucumber with smoked salmon mousse, and stuffed mushrooms).


The beautiful pool and patio was meant to be the lush backdrop to a fabulous fete. Instead it's deserted due to the rain.

A few people with umbrellas attempt to brave the downpour.

If you wanted a drink, you had to wait in the rain.

Although the menu had an assortment of cocktails, I opted for white wine.

The tip jar and garnish bowls are soaking wet.

Images can better describe the happy hour, so check out my pictures after the break.


The beautiful pool and patio was meant to be the lush backdrop to a fabulous fete. Instead it's deserted due to the rain.

A few people with umbrellas attempt to brave the downpour.

If you wanted a drink, you had to wait in the rain.

Although the menu had an assortment of cocktails, I opted for white wine.

The tip jar and garnish bowls are soaking wet.

Same with the sodas and bartender!

I hope you like rain water in your chocolate martini.

The guest of honor, Sandra Lee, posing with her sister, Kimmy.

The synchronized swimmers are ready to take the pool.

The swimmers performing.

It looks like the rain has stopped.

Sure enough, the rain let up and a beautiful rainbow appeared. Did Sandra plan that?

PartySugar, a self portrait.
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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Truthfully, I'm not surprised by how rudely Sandra behaved as a hostess. I've watched her show a couple of times, and was underwhelmed by her. Yumsugar, I'm surprised that you stayed. If I were you, I would have gently told Sandra I was uneasy being outside in the rain, and would have left for home. I would have been unwilling to endure such shabby and rude treatment. JMHO.
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