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Frederic Joulin

Frederic Joulin

Chef Frederic Joulin is no stranger to the restaurant business. Growing up in Paris, Joulin’s father worked as a sales representative in the food industry, which introduced him early to the culinary world. By age 13, Joulin’s career path was clear.

Joulin then met notable Parisian chef Jean-Claude Ferrero, who took the young chef under his wing. Joulin completed a four-month training course with Jean Millet. Every night after school, Joulin went to restaurants in Paris to begin training. At age 15, he enrolled at the Belliard College for hospitality. From then he went on to work for reputable restaurants such as Le Divellac, Jules Verne and Jean Millet.

After earning his degree, Joulin began creating cuisine with some of Paris’ most notable chefs, including three Michelin star chef Guy Savoy. He also served as the private chef to President Jacques Chirac of France for two years. From ages 20-25, Joulin worked for Yvan Restaurant, a star studded era where he cooked and hosted for the likes of notables like Madonna, Johnny Holiday and Eddie Barclay. This experience rounded out his skills to include hosting as well as his role as a chef. It was during this time period when he learned the balance of cuisine, service and overall experience for both A-listers and everyday clients.

But Joulin wanted to take it a step further.

“When I start in the kitchen, I just want to become the number one,” he said. “At 25 years old, I decided to open my own place.”

Joulin opened his first restaurant in Paris, Le Clos Saint-Honoré. Everything in the eatery was homemade, a standard that would become integral to his cooking philosophy. Though successful, Joulin continued his quest to the top.

“I decided to change and to open a bistro,” Joulin said. “In Paris, I didn’t want to open a bistro because it was too expensive for me.” But Miami was a different story. Joulin opened the French-American bistro, Le Café des Arts in South Beach.

Settled in Miami, Joulin operated Le Café des Arts while also doing private catering for the city’s elite.

But he still wasn’t finished. Six months ago, Joulin sold his Miami bistro to begin his latest culinary venture, Villa Mayfair.

Owned by Timo Kipp and supported by a small, diverse team of locals, Villa Mayfair, which opened in December 2011, seeks to bring a little glamour back to Coconut Grove. With such an experienced team behind the new Miami eatery, who better to head the 4,000-square-foot kitchen than Joulin? The restaurant itself was designed by Francois Frossard and reflects the super chic South of France, with a hammered brass bar and Murano glass chandeliers.

In September 2011, Joulin began organizing the kitchen and, of course, creating the menu.

“The menu is American,” he said. “I use a lot of American products and Floridian products. My touch is like a Mediterranean touch.”

Although the restaurant is still relatively new to Miami’s culinary scene, customers have already determined the most popular menu items–the Truffle Artichoke Soup with Wild Mushroom Brioche and the Alaskan King Crab “Cannelloni” with Yellow Tomato Concasse.

Drawing on the principals he established in his first restaurant, Joulin chooses only the best products to create his decadent dishes.

“Every restaurant has the same product,” he said. “I just want the best product.” He also still believes in the importance of homemade dishes, as evident in his Villa Mayfair Raspberry Macaron. “It’s homemade fresh every day,” he said. As a testament to his philosophy, Joulin only uses Waygu beef for his Beef Carpaccio.

“It’s the best beef in the United States,” he said. “It’s organic. I use a lot of produce products [that are] organic. That is very important.”

Also important to Joulin is changing his menu every week. In order for Villa Mayfair to be a successful restaurant and attract notable guests, Joulin changes two or three appetizers and entrees each week to keep gastronomes guessing. On Tuesdays, Joulin also offers a small bites menu and on Wednesdays, he creates a special menu for ladies.

Villa Mayfair also boasts a craft cocktail program, led by mixologist John Lermayer and Nick Nistico. Using innovative ingredients such as Pumpkin Butter, Cherry-Rose Hip Tea and Créme de Cacao, all of which are fresh and seasonal, the pair have created their own twists on American and European classics, as well as Miami staples.

Managing his 12-member kitchen staff, along with a team of 15 on the dining room floor, Joulin hopes to make the restaurant a successful and unique dining destination. And it seems as though his culinary quest to be number one might end at Villa Mayfair.

“What’s next is just to stay focused on Villa Mayfair because it’s a huge restaurant, you know, and we have too many things to do,” he said. “Me? I just want to hear, ‘Thank you so much, it was so good and see you soon.’ That is most important.”



Welcome, welcome, welcome! Are your taste buds ready to be tantalized? I hope you’re anxiously awaiting the return of Musimelange. We’ve been on a three-year hiatus, but we’re bursting back onto the scene with ONE event that is sure to knock your socks off. As a music and food lover, you won’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity to re-enter our multi-sensory world of delicious sounds and delectable aromas. 
We’re calling on all our friends and family to come together and revel in this night of pure indulgence. The sweet tunes will transport you to a world of pure bliss, while the mouth-watering culinary creations will leave you wanting more. This celebration of friendship and community is one you won’t want to miss. So, let’s rock out and feast like kings and queens because, at Musimelange, anything is possible!

January 19th, 2015 @ 7:30pm | "Interactive Blues"

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Act 1: a wine presentation by Sebastien Benchabi from PG Fine Wines & hors d’oeuvres by Downtown Bistro.

Act 2: The Lotus Trio

~ Corky Siegel, piano & harmonica – Chihsuan Yang, erhu & violin – Matthew Santos, guitar & voice ~

and an appearance of Daniel Andai

Act 3: Enjoy the company of the artists while indulging in a chocolate mousses by Downtown Bistro.

`* Hors D’oeuvres and desserts generously sponsored by Downtown Bistro

** Wine generously sponsored by PG FIne Wines.

*** Piano sponsored by Euro Pianos Naples

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April 28th, 2014 | At The Crossroad

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musimelange presented singer Susana Behar and guitarist Jose Luis Rodriguez at The M Building for an evening of intertwined Flamenco, Sephardic music and Latin American songs to meet “At The Crossroad.”

Susana and Jose Luis brought you the finest of the three genres in a journey of traditional and contemporary aesthetics. The evening also included a collaboration with Nu Flamenco choreographer, Niurca Marquez.

Act 1: Spanish Wine  Tasting &  Sephardic Tapas by MG Events

Act 2: Flamenco, Sephardic music and Latin American songs ~ Susana Behar  voice – Jose Luis Rodriguez, guitar –  Niurca Marquez, dance ~

dessertAct 3: Sweet Art by Lucila Desserts

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March 31st, 2014 | An Unfinished Evening @ The M Building

An Unfinished Evening

On Monday, March 31st at 7:30pm, musimelange hosted the Amernet String Quartet for an intimate chamber music concert, paired with food and wine tasting. You surely were taken on a journey from the moment you walked through the doors of the M Building showroom, comfortably nestled within the  Wynwood Art District.

The evening featured works that were unfinished, or unpublished, at the time of a composer’s life.

Act 1: a wine & hors d’oeuvre tasting, specially chosen to pair the Grieg and Mendelssohn String Quartets.

Act 2: A fantastic redemption of Edvard Grieg’s String Quartet No.2, EG 117. and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 performed by The Amernet String Quartet. “Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the [ensemble] has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets”.

Act 3: We enjoyed company of the artists while indulging in a dessert that complements the evening.


The Amernet String Quartet

Amernet String Quartet

Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the AMERNET STRING QUARTET has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets.  Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School.  The Amernet rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition in 1992, followed by the grand prize at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition in 1995.  Their busy performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and they have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists.  Prior to their current position at Florida International University, the Amernet held posts as Corbett String Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Additionally, during 2004-2005 the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.  The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time and has commissioned works from many of today’s leading composers, working closely with composers including John Corigliano, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Harold Meltzer, Morton Subotnick, and Dmitri Tymoczko.  In addition, the Amernet is keen on exploring collaborative projects, and has recently appeared with famed cantor Netanel Hershtik, jazz pianist Steve Allee, Josée Garant Dance, and the Kruger Brothers. The Amernet actively advocates for neglected works of the past, particularly those by composers of the Jewish diaspora, and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming.  Please visit for more information.


Veronica Hurtado

Veronica Hurtado

Veronica Hurtado’s Sweet & Tipsy alcoholic cupcakes are the first cupcakery in Miami to solely feature liquor-infused cupcakes.

Sweet & Tipsy has already been featured on Univision’s “Despierta America”, Telemundo’s “Buenos Dias Miami” & “Acceso Total”, SOiTV’s “Guarever Tudei” & on top blogs such as Refinery29, Thrillist, Miami Alive, the Miami New Times Food Blog, Adventures of the Foodaholic, as well as being named one of the top 10 alcoholic cupcake places in the country by Cupcakes Take the Cake.

Baked & delivered with a huge smile, Vero’s Sweet & Tipsy “cuptails” artfully combine the soft, scrumptious cupcake you love with a flavorful twist of your favorite liquors to give it a delightful kick that’s both sweet & tipsy, & inspired by your favorite cocktails.


Philippe Entremont – May 2013 – February 2017

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The exceptional career of Philippe Entremont began at the age of eighteen when he came to international attention with the great success of his New York Carnegie Hall debut where he performed André Jolivet’s Piano Concerto and the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then, he has pursued a top international career as a pianist, and for the last 40 years on the podium as well.

Philippe Entremont has directed the greatest symphony orchestras of Europe, Asia and America and has worked with the world’s most prominent soloists, both instrumental and vocal.

In 1976, Entremont was appointed principal conductor and lifetime musical director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra with which he toured the world many times since. He was also Director of the New Orleans Symphony from 1980 to 1986. He served the Denver Symphony (now the Colorado Symphony Orchestra) as music director from 1986 to 1989. From 1988 to 1990 he was conductor of the Orchestre des Concerts Colonne in Paris, and in 1993 became principal conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands. Entremont also founded the Santo Domingo Music Festival, a biennial event attracting renowned artists to the Dominican Republic. He was one of 10 pianists performing at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the “Piano Extravaganza of the Century.”

In the 2013-2014 season, Philippe Entremont guest conducted European and American orchestras as well as performed numerous piano and chamber music concerts. He also toured with the Vienna Concert-Verein in the United States.

He embarked on a world tour in the seasons between 2010 and 2013, with many orchestral tours including the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Festival Orchestra and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie.

Moreover, in the 2010-2011 season, he was named the Lifetime Laureate Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

Entremont is an active teacher in addition to maintaining a busy concert schedule. He has been the President of the Maurice Ravel Académie and also took on the role as Director of the American Conservatory of Fontainbleau, formerly led by the legendary Nadia Boulanger.

Philippe Entremont was instrumental in the creation of the Chamber Orchestra of the École Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris – Alfred Cortot, of which he is currently in charge.

Entremont has been on the juries of the greatest piano competitions in the world : ARD Munich, Santander, Chopin in Warsaw, Van Cliburn, Leeds, to name a few.

Being one of the most recorded artists in history, all of the Piano Concertos performed by Philippe Entremont under the direction of conductors such as Eugène Ormandy, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa and many more, recorded by Sony Music, have been reissued in a 19 CD box-set.

Commandeur of the Légion d’honneur, Commandeur of the Ordre national du Mérite, Commandeur of the Arts et Lettres in France, Entremont was also awarded by the Republic of Austria the Great Cross of Honour in the Order of Merit as well as the Cross of Honour in Science and Art.

Philippe Entremont’s first autobiographical book, “Piano ma non troppo” was published in 2014 by the Editions de Fallois in Paris.

Chihsuan Yang – erhu

Chihsuan Yang erhu

Chihsuan Yang is easily one of the most eclectic, versatile, and gifted violinists actively engaged in the Chicago‘s music scene. With a firm grasp of a seemingly endless array of genres, Chihsuan performs in the styles of classical, experimental, world, free-improvisation, electro-acoustic, ambient, hip-hop, and rock to name a few, and has graced the stage with inspirational artists ranging from Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, to Yo-yo Ma and the Dalai Lama.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Chihsuan Yang moved to the United States at the age of 15. After moving to Chicago, she obtained a BA in Violin Performance from DePaul University. Chihsuan’s principle teachers were Cyrus Forough and the highly acclaimed Ilya Kaler; the only violinist to win all three Gold Medals in the Paganini, Tchaikovsky, and Sibelius International Competitions.

As the co-founder of the classical quintet Accende, which includes a string quartet with clarinet, Chihsuan is also heavily involved in Chicago’s New Millennium Orchestra, while also playing in various other ensembles including the Illinois Symphony, Chicago Opera Theatre, Miami Symphony, Metropolis Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Ensemble Del Niente, International Chamber Artists, Access Contemporary Music, and many more. Although, her abundant presence in the chamber music scene does not end here.

As a long-standing member of the legendary, Chicago-based Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, Chihsuan has literally toured the world over and participated in such highly acclaimed stages and music festivals as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Lollapalooza, Feria de las Artes in Sinaloa, Mexico, SXSW Music Festival, and Festival de Musica de Camara in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

While her beloved violin generally takes the center stage, Chihsuan is also proficient at playing the Erhu (Chinese fiddle), Piano, and the Okinawa Sanshin (a Japanese stringed instrument) — a true testament to her extreme versatility as a musical performer. In 2006 Chihsuan was chosen to play the Erhu for the Dalai Lama during his public lecture at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago.

When not touring with a wide selection of artists, Chihsuan is actively participating in high-profile, collaborative projects such as the Chicago production of the epic Sita Ram. This colorful collaboration between the Lookingglass Theatre, Natya Dance Theatre companies, and Grammy-nominated artist Jai Uttal took place at the much celebrated Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago in 2006. In December 2012, Sita Ram relaunched the original world musical at the Harris Theatre with reknown success.

Chihsuan also took part in a special performance of The Freedom Symphony at Chicago’s Harris Theatre in 2010, featuring two of India’s greatest and highly achieved musical legends: Dr. L. Subramaniam (Paganini of Indian violin) and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam.

While being featured as a soloist in various concerts and symphonies, Chihsuan is also a founding member of the worldly sounds of Sappho’s Secret Love, a collaboration of original compositions with Winston Damon. She frequently performs with the flamenco band, Las Guitarras de Espana and Grammy nominated Soul/Folk/Rock artist Matthew Santos. Chihsuan also graced the stage with DJ Spooky, Grammy winning artist Lupe Fiasco, Lana Del Rey, and broadway star, Idina Menzel.

Chihsuan continues to work with a variety of world-reknown artists and is currently working on releasing her debut solo album, which is a mix of original World/Electronic compositions. Her many talents as an all-around musical force has persistantly served the metropolis’ cultural well being and will remain as prevalent as her love for music.


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