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

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


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


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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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