Lester's Owner Dan Milewski and Wife Host Tax-Deductible Dinner To Help Miami Artists and Writers

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Lester's owner Dan Milewski and his wife Nina are hosting a fundraiser dinner at their home on September 5 to benefit artists and writers of The Miami Rail.

The dinner starts at 8 p.m. and costs $75. And because it is a fundraiser for charity, the cost is tax-deductable.

It will be held at the Milewski's home, so space is limited to only 20 people. The small crowd means that it be casual, fun and intimate.

Details about the dinner are scarce, but it will be a three-course meal with appetizer, entrée and dessert. Nina Milewski-Johnson, the publisher of The Miami Rail, and a friend will be preparing the meal.

The Super Tuscan, an Italian red wine from the Lester's menu, will be served. The dessert will be an all-organic, locally-sourced mango sorbet made by Nick and Tessa Mencia that is also from the Lester's menu.

Don't expect anything like the Delano or Barton G.; it will be a home-style dinner. Plus you will get to eat with two Miami artists and jam with a couple of DJs who will also be there.

The Rail is set to publish its second issue since its debut in June. This is the first fundraiser for online and print magazine, and guests to the dinner will receive an advance copy of the issue which is set for publication in September.

"We were hoping to create a smaller, more intimate event for people who were looking for the types of conversations with the newspaper that we can have in a live format," Milewski-Johnson says. "The idea is just kind of a casual, fun conversation."

The Miami Rail is an independent expansion of The Brooklyn Rail in New York City. A source of critical information on politics and culture in New York, The Brooklyn Rail is a daily web and monthly publication with a print circulation of 20,000. This is the first time the Brooklyn publication is licensing its name beyond the Big Apple.

Although The Brooklyn Rail publishes about 100 articles per month, the Miami version is distributed only four times per year with about 15 pieces of literature and daily updated web content. So far Milewski-Johnson only publishes fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry and some political writing. Grant funds limit the scope of published content, but she is hoping that will change soon.

The idea for the home dinner stems from the dinner discussions hosted by the publisher of the Brooklyn Rail, Phong Bui. And just like in Brooklyn, you can expect the same kind of intellectual talk about the current happenings in the Magic City.

"I've always wanted to host these dinners. It's an excuse to have a good round table discussion with our friends and open up our home for something interesting and fun," Milewski-Johnson says.

Space is extremely limited, there are only five seats left. To secure a spot, send a RSVP email to Nina Milewski-Johnson at nina@miamirail.org and she will reply in kind with info on how to get the tax deduction. If there is good demand, there will be another dinner party for the next issue, which comes out on December 1.

For the September issue, 5,000 copies will be printed, with 1,500 mailed to national subscribers. The rest can be found at places such as Lester's in Wynwood, Miami Art Museum, the University of Miami, Florida International University, Gallery Diet, The Standard Hotel and pretty much all over the rest of the city, just keep your eyes peeled for it.

And they do take submissions. If you are interested, contact Hunter Braithwaite at editor@miamirail.org.

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Location Info

Lester's - CLOSED

2519 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

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Miami Art Museum - CLOSED

101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL

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University of Miami

1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL

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Florida International University Bookstore

11000 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL

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Gallery Diet

174 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL

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The Standard Hotel

40 Island Ave., Miami, FL

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