Taste of the Gables returns to begin Restaurant Week

Taste of the Gables returns to Downtown Coral Gables this year with chefs from Miracle Mile and beyond vying for bragging rights as the area’s best restaurant. On Friday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., food enthusiasts will have the chance to cast their vote after sampling tastes from more than 20 restaurants participating in Coral Gables Restaurant Week presented by Bacardi USA Inc.

Taste of the Gables will take place in the breezeway between Tarpon Bend (65 Miracle Mile) and The Sports Exchange (45 Miracle Mile.) Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at < www.coralgablesrestaurantweek.com > while supplies last. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15 per person, based on availability.

For those who hunger for a side of live music, Nil Lara will be performing his eclectic brand of Latin jazz and funk during the event.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Feeding South Florida, a not-for-profit organization that empowers other South Florida not-for-profit organizations to assist people in need and improve their lives by providing food and other grocery products, and by educating and engaging the community to fight hunger and poverty.

“An international mix of great cuisines will be represented at the event, so it will be a whirlwind tour for foodies,” said Mari Gallet, executive director of the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables. “If you haven’t yet decided what restaurants to visit during Coral Gables Restaurant Week, Taste of the Gables is the perfect time to try out what each has to offer, and head to your favorite one that same night,” she added.

“At Bacardi USA, we believe in ‘doing good, while doing well’ and we understand the importance of supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Margaret McDonnell, brand director, Bacardi Rums. “The many fine restaurants in Coral Gables are a big part of what makes this area so vibrant, and we are proud to salute them by being part of Coral Gables Restaurant Week.”

Now in its third year, Coral Gables Restaurant Week will preview on June 4 following Taste of the Gables and will officially launch on June 7 and run through June 20. During these two weeks, participating restaurants will offer special threecourse lunch and dinner menus at savings of at least 20 percent.

Guests (21 years and older) also will have the chance to try the Original Bacardi Mojito Cocktail, the official cocktail of Coral Gables Restaurant Week, at participating restaurants with full bars. Advance reservations are recommended as many restaurants book completely during this popular promotion.

Restaurants taking part in Coral Gables Restaurant Week include Anacapri, Angelique Euro Cafe, Bangkok Bangkok II, Benihana, Bugatti, Caffe Abbracci, Caffe Vialetto, California Pizza Kitchen, Da Vittorio, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Graziano’s Restaurant, Il Grissino, JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, La Cofradia Ceviche Bar, La Dorada, Le Provencal, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ortanique on the Mile, Pardo’s Peruvian Cuisine, Pasha’s, Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge, Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Spris, Sushi Maki, Tarpon Bend, The Globe, and The Bar.

Coral Gables Restaurant Week will preview on June 4 following Taste of the Gables and will officially launch on June 7 and run through June 20. During these two weeks, participating restaurants will offer special three-course lunch and dinner menus at savings of at least 20 percent.

For more information, updates on restaurants and a complete list of menus, visit < www.coralgablesrestaurantweek.com >. With more than 160 retailers and more than 70 restaurants, Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a sophisticated destination to shop, live, play and work.

For more information and a directory, visit < www.shopcoralgables.com >.

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