Dream South Beach – Where dreams come true

Miami Beach has some of the hottest shopping and dining; the renowned Lincoln Road and iconic Collins Ave show off some of the latest trends. Whether its shopping, dining or five star lodging you’re after, Miami Beach has the best of city life, sun and sand for a tropical paradise.

Tucked away off the white beaches and swaying palms along the famous Collins Avenue lies Dream South Beach Hotel. Comprised of the two newly renovated Tudor Hotel and Palmer House buildings, two staples in art deco architecture opened their doors revealing a surreal lodging experience. This four star boutique hotel concept is the mastermind of Vikram Chatwal, hotelier to the Dream Hotel concept. Renovations of the two building property (The Palmer House and Tudor Hotel) were collaboratively designed by architect Michael Czysz of Architropolis, Marcelo A. Moino of MF Architects and designer Kelly Ogden.

Guests can enjoy a beach cafe atmosphere at the Tudor House restaurant located on the ground floor of the Tudor Hotel building. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian , cook book author, Food Network personality and well known chef at New York’s The Lambs Club and The National presides over the hotels Tudor House and Highbar Restaurants.


While the renovation undertook a modern approach with mood lighting creating a dream like ambiance, the true Art Deco design remained the cornerstone. Outside renovations included seven cantilever Amalfi shades casting their shadows over teak benches and smoky glass tables in the otherwise blazing sun. The Dream South Beach transforms the guest experience, making dreams come true.

Michael Caravita Channel Launched – Product Videos and More!

It isn’t always easy to get the experience of a product from text and pictures, but with video clients are quickly able to see all the possiblities. The YouTube platform has allowed us to create lifestyles and show all the cababilities of our impressive shades.

Caravita has launched a series of selected product videos that are sure to WOW and IMPRESS at our Michael Caravita Channel on YouTube.

Our collection of product videos illustrates the functionality of the different shade models. Short professionally crafted videos are available for market style umbrellas Samara, Supremo, Big Ben as well as cantilevers Amalfi and Belvedere and even the pavilion collection Toscana. This collection of videos is a great tool to add to your website, social media, product demonstrations in your showroom or ipad. (Instructions on how to embed videos can be found here!)

The Michael Caravita Channel isn’t just about product videos, we’ve expanded to other topics like our special events or features. The Michael Caravita Channel also features a collection of videos from our behind the scenes during Caravita catalog photoshoot in Miami, or installation videos from some of our recent installations. Check our the inspiring outdoor dining at Salsa Fiesta or the historic Tudor House (Dream Hotel).

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Short Order – Farm to table dining that’s fast and fresh

The long warm days and cool nights in the “City of Angels“ California (USA), screams for a creative culture outdoors. Long stretches of beaches and palm lined boulevards is a surfer and sunbather paradise. The iconic Hollywood with its old world glamour, boasts the most creative visionaries. Los Angeles becomes a creative playground for not just the screenwriters, the restaurateurs too.

The creative vision of long time friends Nancy Silverton and Amy Pressman is their new restaurant Short Order. With nearly 2 years of planning, Short Order opened its doors November 2011 capitalizing on the fresh organic movement but with an old school flair of the short order restaurant- a fresh and fast meal. Not to be confused with your traditional “fast food” restaurant, the Short Order restaurant wanted to be a reflection of the owners personal cooking style; using locally raised, organic, and seasonal ingredients.

The farm to table menu spotlight is on quality homemade burgers. Fresh breads, grass fed beef, local lamb, range fed pork, turkey and tuna and a plethora of sides and condiments to accompany these mouth watering entrees. Not your traditional iceberg wedge is being served; artisan bacon to homemade blue cheese and all your classic short order favorites, from fries to shakes all vamped up to tantalize your palate. Check out the Short Order menu and see for yourself- the variety in options is mouthwatering. Expect to see long lines for much anticipated seats during LA’s hustle and bustle lunch hours.

The rural-modern style of the restaurant is open to the outside with white clapboard siding. Pops of color in the table and chairs brings a modern take to the old school lunch counter and continues throughout the main dining with their community dining tables and bars.

Nothing beats being outdoors in the California sun to be the perfect location for a mostly outdoor dining restaurant. In addition to the community dining table, a large roof top terrace offers an excellent place to relax and enjoy the view of the surrounding shops.

A second spacious terrace in front of the eatery provides community tables, where you can easily stir up conversation with your neighbor, (whether you know them or not). For shading the terrace, Short Order decided against the traditional multiple small umbrellas and instead opted for 2 large shades. Two giant Big Ben shades from CARAVITA were used to provide ample shade rain or shine. The advantage of large shade becomes obvious, given the usability of an outdoor area and such an integral part of the restaurant atmosphere. The Big Ben shade has been made multifunctional with the installation of Solaria infrared heaters and was prewired to accompany speakers. Speaker and heating wires are hidden from view providing the perfect outdoor entertainment space. Short Order certainly hasn’t come up short on creating a fun, festive atmosphere.