‘Taste of the Gables’ to open Restaurant Week celebration

Once again it is time to vote for the best food in Coral Gables. Presented by Bacardi USA Inc. and the Jackson Family Estates, “Taste of the Gables” will take place on Thursday, May 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westin Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Ave.

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 www.coralgablesrestaurantweek. com.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our fifth year,” said Mari Gallet, executive director of the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables. “Anticipation is mounting as participating restaurants anxiously prepare for what will no doubt be our best event ever.”

 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 <www.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 begins on Monday, June 4, and runs until Sunday, June 17. Presented by Bacardi USA 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, JohnMartin’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,” 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 www.coralgablesrestaurantweek.com>. Advance reservations are strongly recommended because restaurants get booked quickly.

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