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Lionheart Capital and YARDBIRD Southern Table & Bar hosted a summer kick-off soiree celebrating Lee Brian Schrager’s new cookbook FRIED & TRUE: More than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides. The Miami South Beach Food & Wine Festival icon signed copies of his newly launched cookbook for guests throughout the evening. The event, which took place at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, the luxury residential development situated on Surprise Lake, drew more than 200 Miami socialites and celebrities alike, such as Harry Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band.

Lionheart Capital CEO Ophir Sternberg and Director of Sales George Mato welcomed food enthusiasts and introduced the evening’s guest of honor, Lee Brian Schrager. The entrepreneur and author discussed his inspiration for FRIED & TRUE, even mentioning the extraordinary recipe range from Classic Southern Fried Chick to Asian-Inspired Dishes.

The evening’s notable attendees included Lee Brian Schrager, Author of Fried & True; Harry Casey, lead singer of KC and the Sunshine Band; Iran Issa-Khan, Artist; Sam Robin, Interior Designer; Ophir Sternberg, CEO of Lionheart Capital; Ricardo Dunin, Partner of Lionheart Capital; Megan Riley, Bass Museum of Art and Carrie Copeland from 50 Eggs.

Guests mingled and munched on YARDBIRD’s signature Shrimp & Grits, Mama’s Chicken Biscuits and scrumptious Bacon-Butterscotch Cake, to name a few. Guests toured the modernist-designed sales gallery, which features a high-tech media wall, including holograms, an interactive presentation, and dioramas of the project as well as a screening room which features a short film about The Residences by Italian architect Piero Lissoni. The evening concluded with one-on-one meet and greets with Schrager, during which guests received a personalized cookbook.