Groups focus on food, festivals for winter fun

Groups focus on food, festivals for winter fun

Ruth Martinez helps one of the children participating in the 2015 Coral Gables Woman’s Club Children’s Festival.

Kicking off fun in February, Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Tour of Kitchens returns on Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering participants an opportunity to see the inside of the city’s most beautiful kitchens.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Coral Gables Community

Foundation and, appropriately, the Culinary Arts Fund, which provides support and scholarships for the Culinary Arts Program at Coral Gables Senior High School.

Chaired by Venny Torre, CEO of Torre Construction and Development, the 2016 Tour of Kitchens might inspire you to redesign your own kitchen while sampling tempting tastings from the Gables’ best restaurants such as MesaMar Seafood & Table, Whisk Gourmet, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and more.

From viewing kitchens and lovely table settings to shopping for some great home goods, this self-guided tour begins with a visit to Snaidero Kitchens + Design for an Opening Event featuring breakfast and mimosas plus a visit to Scavolini Store Miami for authentic Italian fare.

Following the tour, guests will return to Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to enjoy champagne and dessert during the closing event.

Registration is $60 per person and can be done online at www.gablesfoundation.org or by phone by calling 305-446-9670. A 10 percent discount on any Majestic Limos vehicle with your own private driver and a complimentary bottle of champagne is available by calling 305-446-9670. Those wishing to “bike” it should contact Deborah Swain at 305-496-2374 or by email at dswain@milianswain.com by Feb. 4.

That same day, those with young children will want to enjoy the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club Children’s Festival at their clubhouse, 1009 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd., from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Ruth Martinez who chairs this event promises another funfilled day for children that is both educational and entertaining.

Coral Gables Woman’s Club members come off of that festival to make final preparations for an even bigger affair the following Saturday as they host an elegant Black & White Gala at their beautiful historic clubhouse. Guests will enjoy dinner, dancing, open bar, silent auction and more. Tickets are only $75 per person with all proceeds benefitting the club’s free Children’s Dental Clinic that provides in excess of $250,000.00 in free dental care annually to children in need.

VIP table of eight tickets also available. For Gala ticket info and purchase, contact ruth.jb.martinez@gmail.com or for information on the clinic or donations, contact Susie Tilson at belletil@bellsouth.ne or iristorres@bellsouth.net.

Coral Gables Rotarians are next up planning their inaugural Chili Cook Off at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park in Feb. 21, 2-6 p.m. Among the many sponsors already committed to major sponsors already committed to the event are Concrete Beach Brewery and Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables. Other sponsors include Tonkinson Financial, Stanfill Funeral Homes, Coral Gables LaSalle Cleaners and Vortex Communitcations.

For more information or to register for the event, visit chilichillin.com.

Until next time, make each day count.

If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to gloriagalburns@aol.com.


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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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