It is time once again to vote for the best food in Coral Gables. Presented by Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. and the Jackson Family Estates,“Taste of the Gables” will take place on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 6:30 pm. to 8:30 pm. at the Westin Colonnade Hotel, located at 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Event-goers will be able to cast their votes for the best “Taste of the Gables” after sampling a variety of dishes from participating restaurants. Tickets will be available soon at coralgablesrestaurantweek.com.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating our fifth year. Anticipation is mounting as participating restaurants anxiously prepare for what will no doubt be our best event ever,” stated Mari Gallet, Executive Director of the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables.
This year, the event will feature a blogger’s corner. Locals can tweet at the event and interact with local Miami bloggers during the event. To stay abreast of Taste of the Gables social media conversations, use #TasteofGables.
Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at coralgablesrestaurantweek.com. VIP tickets for the 1862 Bacardi Lounge are available for $50 per person and will be limited to the first 100 patrons. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to United Way of Miami-Dade County. Advance tickets are highly recommended as the event sells out quickly.
Anxious foodies can dive back in for the Fifth Annual Coral Gables’ Restaurant Week which kicks off on Monday, June 4 and runs until Sunday, June 17. Presented by Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. and the Jackson Family Estates as the official wine sponsor, the two-week event promises to deliver a savory blend of the city's signature flavors.
Restaurants will be offering a variety of special three-course lunch and dinner promotions with savings of at least 20 percent off the regular menu prices. Participating restaurants include: Anacapri on Ponce, Angelique Euro Cafe, Angie’s World Cuisine, Bangkok Bangkok, Benihana, Caffe Abbracci, Caffe Vialietto, Christy’s, Cibo Wine Bar, Coral Gables Ale House, Costazul Peruvian, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Gables Aragon Cuisine, Graziano’s, II Corso Trattoria, John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, La Cofradia, La Dorada, La Taberna Giralda, Le Provencal, Mesa, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ortanique on the Mile, Pardo’s Peruvian Cuisine, Randazzo’s Little Italy, Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Sushi Maki, Talavera Cocina Mexicana, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Tropico Restaurant, Two Sisters Restaurant, Spizzigo, Spris, The Dome, The Globe and The Local.
“We are also confident that this event will exceed last year’s participation,” Mari Gallet said. “Our chefs are ready and patrons will be delighted by this year’s choices. We know people will want to return and test as many menus as they can,” she added.
In addition to great food, guests over 21 years of age can try the Original BACARDI® Cuba Libre cocktail (rum and Coke), as well as wine from the Jackson Family Estates.
Restaurant Week menus are available for both lunch and dinner depending on the restaurant, and are now available online at coralgablesrestaurantweek.com. Advance reservations are strongly recommended as restaurants get booked quickly.
About the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables
Created in 1997, the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables’ (BID-CG) mission is to promote commercial vitality for Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area. Downtown Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with more than 160 retailers and over 70 restaurants. Infused with a chic European feel, tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants and lively cultural venues. Downtown Coral Gables, with its Miracle Mile, is an elegant and sophisticated destination to live, shop, play and work. It is Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep secret and visitors fall in love with when they find it. For more information and a directory, visit shopcoralgables.com, become a fan facebook.com/ShopCoralGables or follow us on Twitter @ShopCoralGables.