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Padma Lakshmi Parties at R House Drag Brunch

Padma Lakshmi and the ladies of R House's drag brunch.
Padma Lakshmi and the ladies of R House's drag brunch. Courtesy of R House
click to enlarge Padma Lakshmi and the ladies of R House's drag brunch. - COURTESY OF R HOUSE
Padma Lakshmi and the ladies of R House's drag brunch.
Courtesy of R House
Though wearing a simple blue maxi dress sans spangles and glitter, Padma Lakshmi shone as brightly as the ladies of R House's drag brunch this past weekend.

Lakshmi visited the popular Wynwood restaurant for a girls' day out with makeup artist Teresa Morgan and friends, according to restaurant partner Rocco Carulli. "Padma and her party came to the 11:30 show on Sunday, and they loved it." Carulli says the Top Chef host was invited by the brunch's DJ Mo Jody after she saw him spin at the Faena Miami Beach.

The party ordered steak and eggs minus the steak; chicken and biscuits; and prosecco as they enjoyed performances by R Houses's talented performers. Lakshmi was particularly enthralled with Angie McNasty and requested an encore by the diva.

McNasty complied, according to Carulli, and upped the ante by inviting the celebrity host onstage for a chair dance set to Kathy Brown's "Turn Me Out." According to Carulli, "I didn't think she knew what she was in for, but she was a good sport about it."
click to enlarge R House's Owen Bale (left) and Rocco Carulli (right) pose with Padma Lakshmi - COURTESY R HOUSE
R House's Owen Bale (left) and Rocco Carulli (right) pose with Padma Lakshmi
Courtesy R House
Asked if he overheard any Top Chef dish, Carulli says he did not; however, he shares that Lakshmi appeared to have loved the performance. "After the show, she took selfies with every one of the performers."


Though Carulli didn't hear any intel about Top Chef, he says Bravo's Andy Cohen has also been seen in Miami. Because Lakshmi and Cohen are executive producers of the award-winning culinary competition series, could they be shopping locations for upcoming shoots or possibly an entirely new Miami-based series? Only time will tell.

R House. 2727 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-0201; rhousewynwood.com.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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