Ocean Prime hosts ‘prime time’ networking event

Ocean Prime General Manager Greg Sage and Chef Jason Shelley flank Silvia Icaza, Prudential Florida Realty

By Bari Auerbach….

Ocean Prime General Manager Greg Sage and Chef Jason Shelley flank Silvia Icaza, Prudential Florida Realty

Just as TV networks were launching their new fall lineups, Ocean Prime at Aventura Mall hosted a “prime time” networker starring talented under-45 Aventura Young Professionals invited to build business during a luncheon even more thrilling than the season debut of The Event.

AYP chair Jeff Levinson of Sabadell United Bank joined by Ocean Prime general manager Greg Sage and executive chef Jason Shelley helped welcome a great cast of guests gathered at the modern American supper club perfect for singles, couples and the Modern Family.

The acronym CSI took on the new meaning “Culinary Sensational Ideas” as leaders from Wells Fargo Advisors, Melnick, Lilienfeld & Castonguay, CPA’s, Williams Island POA and BankUnited discovered Ocean Prime’s lunch and dinner menus featuring fish, steaks and handcrafted cocktails garnering rave reviews thanks to the ingenuity of famed restaurateur Cameron Mitchell.

Friends from Coane & Associates, Double Click Companies, the Westin Diplomat Resort, J. Sugarman Auction Corp., DS Xpress and Circle of Lifesaving also complimented Ocean Prime’s striking interior design – even more beautiful than America’s Next Top Model boasting high ceilings, warm finishes, rich woods, contemporary styled sheer drapery, state-of-the-art lighting, granite bar tops and spacious tables make for “a quintessential dining experience.”

With great Glee, colleagues from Morton’s Steakhouse, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, the Office of Dr. Frederick Knoll and Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort looked forward to sampling Ocean Prime signature dishes including Ginger Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass, Twin Lobster Tails, Blackened Snapper, Sea Scallops, New York Strip and Filet Mignon. Plus everyone agreed The Apprentice sides would even tempt Mr. Trump to order parmesan truffle French fries, candied yams with marshmallow brulee, black truffle macaroni and cheese, creamed spinach, and jumbo asparagus with hollandaise.

For providing a great excuse to get out of The Office for a power lunch, teams from the Office of Dr. Richard Galitz, Costco, ASAP Services, Seo4anyone.com, FastCare, Make-A-Wish Foundation and attorney Mark J. Lynn also applauded Ocean Prime’s signature salads, sandwiches and lunch features like Crab Crusted Blue Tilapia.

Executives from Elite Care at Home, Fidelity Investments, Kent Security, Double Tree Ocean Point Resort, Riemer Insurance and State Farm concluded you’d have to be living under a 30 Rock not to have heard about Ocean Prime’s excellent appetizers including White Truffle Caviar Deviled Eggs, Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, Aged Wisconsin Cheddar Fondue, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and Ahi Tuna Tartar.

While exchanging business cards, AYP members from Total Bank, Oral Facial Complete Care, Stern Bloom Media, Prudential, EWM Realty, Chariff Realty and Paychex noted Ocean Prime is the perfect place for corporate functions and milestone social events like How I Met Your Mother. Two private dining rooms can accommodate seating for up to 35 guests with special banquet menus and available audio visual services.

When it was time for the door prize drawing, it only took a Minute to Win It when lucky Silvia Icaza of Prudential Florida Realty received a $75 Ocean Prime gift certificate. Then, the unanimous pledge was to come back soon with an Entourage for a pleasurable Ocean Prime dining experience or “The Prime Hour” in the lounge Monday- Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring delicious appetizers, wines by the glass and handcrafted cocktails.

Before the luncheon was over, AYP members gave Ocean Prime the highest ratings while being tempted to indulge in chocolate peanut butter pie and blueberry lemon cheesecake – definitely worth the few extra pounds it might add to Grey’s Anatomy.

For reservations at Ocean Prime in Aventura Mall, phone: 305- 931-5400 or visit ocean-prime.com

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