Belgian Beer Dinner at Angelique benefits Community Foundation

Pictured at Belgian Beer Dinner for CGCF are (l-r) Aury Aristy, Lucy Tapanes and Martha Cardenas.

Beer aficionados and supporters of Coral Gables Community Foundation gathered on July 27 for a Belgian Beer Dinner at Angelique Euro Café on Miracle Mile.

Angelique’s Carlos and Yolanda Rossi partnered with Belgian brew masters from Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe to host the event with a portion on the night’s proceeds directed to the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Guests were provided with a four-course, beerinfused menu pairing each course with a different beverage.

The crowd learned from the brew masters the reasons for the pairings, the ninestep ritual on the perfect pour, information on the history and brewing and left with such gifts as a Belgian beer glass, beer and a food-pairing booklet.

Among the many enjoying the dinner and informative introductions for each beer was Philip Reis of Gold Coast Beverage as well as Sean Knowles, Aury Aristy, Lucy Tapanes, Martha Cardenas, Jeff Griese, Scott Benesch, Taylor Treese, and Laura and Rick Bouza to mention a few.

Second Saturday of each month is Family Day on Aragon in Coral Gables and you can bet there always is something happening that will lure you there as friends, family and neighbors for a fun day at the Coral Gables Museum.

Pictured are (l-r) Philip Reis of Gold Coast Beverage, Angelique owner Carlos Rossi and Sean Knowles.

Aug. 11 featured the Artisan Food Day at the museum. The event attracted a crowd of people who shopped for everything from jams and chocolates to crafts while also enjoying demonstrations. In addition, the museum even had a children’s area inside where the youngsters were entertained with arts and crafts activities.

The Coral Gables Museum truly has become a focal point for cultural activities while also providing a venue for events such the Family Day gathering, bringing the community together and providing an incredible resource that Chris Rupp and the museum board are putting to good use.

In upcoming news, High Heels and Hand Shakes, a women’s networking group that supports numerous charities, partnered with the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club for an affair at Crave in the Village of Merrick Park on Aug. 15. Look for more on that story next issue.

Crave also will be hosting a membership social for the Rotary Club of Coral Gables on Friday, Aug. 24. These are just a few of the many ways Crave gives back to the community, something that is part of its mission. When you next dine at Crave, be sure to ask about the Crave Cares menu. Every month a percentage of the revenue generated from that menu goes to a different local non-profit. Nonprofits wanting more information on the unique program may contact Group Sales and Marketing manager Christina Ward at 305-444-4595 or via email at

Until next time, keep making each day count.


Laura and Rick Bouza make toast at beer dinner for charity

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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

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