Every weekday, George Alvarez parks his car on the second floor of the municipal garage at 58th Avenue and 73 Street and walks to his job across the street at Celtix Services and Supplies. It finally occurred to this chef and former host of gourmet dining events in Charlotte, North Carolina, that this rooftop deck overlooking the city would make a great spot for a party.
After joining forces with Christina Casado of the Office of Community Image for Miami-Dade County, Allison Diego, Director of Business Development for the Parks Foundation of Miami- Dade, and other community leaders, the inaugural Taste of the Town to benefit the Parks Foundation and the Million Trees Miami project came to be.
On Saturday, July 9, 7-11 p.m., the finest restaurants of SoMi will come together to offer guests exquisite culinary creations and signature cocktails against a backdrop of live music from several local bands. Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Restaurants like Casa Larios, Segafredo South Miami, Irish Times, Shula’s 347, Whisk, OMG Burgers and many others will present their gastronomical delights and compete for “Best of” in five categories: Best Appetizer, Best Main Course, Best Dessert, Best Presentation and the ultimate prize of 2011 SoMi Culinary Champion.
“The idea was to come together to give back to the community with a fundraising event that will benefit the city and also boost area businesses during these challenging economic times,” said organizer Alvarez.
The Million Trees Miami campaign began in 2006 with a goal of achieving a 30 percent tree canopy in Miami-Dade by 2020. The Parks Foundation supports Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation to build a “world class park system for residents and visitors alike.” Together, the alliance hopes to use the proceeds from the event to plant more trees in South Miami and improve public parks for all. The cost for Taste of the Town is $25 per person, $30 at the door; $40 per couple, $50 at the door; and $50 for the VIP package, $75 at the door. The after-party celebration will continue at Segafredo, beginning at 11p.m. To purchase tickets online, visit www.mdparks.org.