Coral Gables changes its nickname from “the City Beautiful” to “the City Foodiful” this Thursday when the fifth annual Taste of the Gables sweeps into the Westin Colonnade Hotel (180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., eventgoers will be able to sample food from 20 participating Coral Gables restaurants and enjoy a complimentary Bacardi cocktail or glass of wine. Restaurants include Angelique Euro Café, Coral Gables Ale House, Seasons 52, and John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, giving the evening a certain around-the-world vibe. Guests will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant for the coveted “Best Food” award. If you’re a social-media junkie, Taste of the Gables invites you to mix and mingle with your favorite Miami bloggers and tweeters at the bloggers’ corner, where you can interact using the #TasteofGables hashtag. General admission — $25 in advance or $35 at the door — includes unlimited food samplings and a cocktail. A limited number of VIP tickets — $50 per person in advance or $65 at the door — includes access to the 1862 Bacardi Lounge, where you can enjoy live music, cocktails, additional food samplings, and a goodie bag. Tickets usually sell out, so get yours now by visiting coralgablesrestaurantweek.com or calling 305-569-0311.
Thu., May 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2012