Citi Taste of Tennis: Servin’ It Up Citi-Style
Citi turned it up grand slam style with the return of Taste of Tennis, hosted by tennis legend Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Chef Diego Oka, Executive Chef at La Mar by Gastón Acurio. Citi Taste of Tennis at the JW Marriott Miami provided a unique opportunity for tennis and food
lovers to come together and enjoy an unforgettable evening.
Citigold guests kicked off the evening with a fireside chat featuring Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, hosted by Tennis Pro Nick Monroe. Upon arrival, guests were ushered into the event alongside their favorite tennis stars. As the night continued, guests enjoyed endless food from Miami’s top chefs, a 360° photo experience from PTPA, all while enjoying music courtesy of the talented, crowd-hyping DJ Mad Linx and dancing the night away to the #1 Bruno Mars Tribute Band, 24K Magic.
Throughout the evening, guests sipped on craft cocktails from Sipsmith Gin, bubbles from Zonin USA and a Love All cocktail from VOSS Water paired with a bedazzled bottle.
One of the highlights of the event was the food, which was simply outstanding. With some of the best chefs from Miami showcasing their culinary skills, there was no shortage of delicious dishes to sample. From fresh seafood and sushi to mouth-watering desserts, everything was top-notch and beautifully presented, making it an unforgettable experience for all attendees.
The Citi Taste of Tennis at the JW Marriott Miami featured a fantastic lineup of chefs, including Dayanny De La Cruz (VP of Culinary Core Solutions Company Levy Restaurants), Karina Rivera(Sweets with Love (deZaan), Chef Michael Hernandez & Chef Saeko Nemoto (Boulud Sud Miami – Marriott Marquis), Christian Chirino (TUR Kitchen), Sindy Posso (Cielito Artisan Pops),Diego Oka (La Mar by Gastón Acurio), Carlos Garcia (LEKU), Louis Otero (Fresh Kitchen), Patrick Palmer (JW Marriott Miami), Omar Montero (La Santa Taqueria), Adrianne Calvo, Rodney Ignacio (SUGARCANE Raw Bar) and Fernando Salazar (Platea
Pro tennis players including Caroline Garcia, Frances Tiafoe, J.J. Wolf, Louisa Chirico and more sampled incredible cuisine including Cebiche Chifa, courtesy of Diego Oka from La Mar by Gastón Acurio, Jamón Ibérico & Pan Tumaca, courtesy of Carlos Garcia from LEKU, Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Pop’s courtesy of Sindy Posso from Cielito Artisan Pops, and so
Adding to an exciting and memorable evening, some players participated in cooking demonstrations while tennis star Alexander “Sascha” Zverev turned up the heat on-stage during a cooking demo with Chef Diego Oka.
It was amazing to see so many talented athletes gathered in one place, and the opportunity to watch them interact with fans was truly special. Pro tennis players in attendance, including Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, Alex de Minaur, Alex Molcan, Anna Bondár, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Carol Zhao, Caroline Garcia, Desirae Krawczyk, Édouard Roger-Vasselin, Ellen Perez, Frances Tiafoe, Gabriela Dabrowski, Giuliana Olmos, J.J. Wolf, Jeļena Ostapenko, Jérémy Chardy, Kimberley Zimmermann, Lloyd Glasspool, Louisa Chirico, Lyudmyla Kichenok, Marta Kostyuk, Maryna Zanevska, Marcelo Arévalo, Mate Pavić, Matteo Arnaldi, Nicole Melichar-Martinez, Nick Monroe, Nikola Mektić, Rebecca Marino, and Zizou Bergs.
Sponsors such as Citi, JW Marriott Miami, PTPA, Lucky in Love, Volkl, VOSS, Zonin USA, Chef Works, Sipsmith, Miami Living and Barbados Tourism made the event possible and added to the overall experience.
For anyone who loves tennis, food, or just having a great time, the Citi Taste of Tennis is definitely an event worth attending. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event and can’t wait to see what new surprises and delights are in store.
Tennis and food enthusiasts should mark their calendars for these upcoming events.
– Citi Taste of Tennis DC: July 30, 2023 | TBD Venue
– Citi Taste of Tennis New York: August 24, 2023 | Gotham Hall
Citi Taste of Tennis
Citi Taste of Tennis
By Daedrian McNaughton | Jorn Kaae
Photo credit: Citi Taste of Tennis