Sell-out crowd attends fifth annual Taste of the Gables

Westin’s Doug Bridegum (left) chats with Carlos Rossi, owner of Anglelique Euto Café, at Taste of the Gables affair.

The fifth annual Taste of the Gables was a sell-out event as more than 450 people gathered at the Westin Colonnade on May 31 for a night of fun, food and spirits.

Organized by Coral Gables Business Improvement District (BID), the affair for a second year provided a kickoff for Coral Gables Restaurant Week that started June 4. With a portion of the proceeds benefiting United Way of Miami-Dade County, guests enjoyed samplings from 20 of Downtown Coral Gables’ best restaurants with a complimentary drink.

The 1862 Restaurant and Bar area was open to those with VIP tickets where they were treated the music of singer-songwriter Cat Shell. The VIP area also provided a special menu from the Westin Colonnade, Morton’s The Steakhouse and Peterbrooke Chocolatiers as well as a gift bag and open bar.

With multiple bars and restaurant food stations both in the Rotunda Ballroom and upstairs overlooking the ballroom, party goers did not have to wait in line for anything. Upstairs also drew a crowd as people donned crazy accessories and posed for fun photos that will be posted on the BID’s website

BID’s Mari Gallet was blessed with some great event sponsors including Westin Colonnade, Yelp Miami, Bacardi USA, the Jackson Family Estates, Aquabanna and San Pelegrino. Among the many faces seen the evening were Gables Commissioners Frank Quezada and Ralph Cabrera; BID board members Gus Fonte, Jose Bolado, Wayne Eldred, Zeke Guilford and BID president Burton Hersh; Ramon Irigoyen; Season’s 52’s Denise Erwin; Modern Luxury Bride’s Vanessa Selva; Morton’s Katherine Perez; Angelique Euro Café’s Carlos Rossi; Westin’s Doug Bridegum, and Gina Guilford.

This year’s Coral Gables Restaurant Week, presented by Bacardi USA Inc., gives diners a selection at more than 30 fine restaurants in Downtown Coral Gables, all of which offer fixed-price three-course menus for lunch and dinner at a 20 percent savings off their regularly offered fare and will run through June 17.

For more information visit the BID website at

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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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