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Segafredo, OMG, Gardner's at SoMi's Taste Of The Town

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and Chamber South are hosting a "Taste Of The Town" in South Miami this weekend, with local restaurants providing a sampling of bites in a truly fancy location - the rooftop deck of a parking garage.

Now, this garage (located above RA Sushi at 5829 S.W. 73rd St.) does have an expansive view of the city, but perhaps a better location for The Parks Foundation to host a benefit is, um, let's think here...a city park?  They aim to raise awareness for a truly worthy cause, the Million Trees Miami project. As of today, they have planted almost 60,000 trees, and the ultimate mission is to create "a healthy urban forest that provides a minimum of 30% tree canopy coverage." Making our city more sustainable sounds good; maybe more greenery in the future, less parking garages.

The party starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Participating kitchens include a wide array of both neighborhood favorites and chains, from Segafredo South Miami (who is also hosting the after-party, beginning at 11 p.m.) to Outback Steakhouse, Cervezas, OMG Burgers and Gardner's Market. Casa Larios is creating a special cocktail for the evening, a "Million Trees Mojito," and awards will be given for the "Best Of" in five categories: Best Appetizer, Best Main Course, Best Dessert, Best Presentation, and the heavy hitter award - The Taste of the Town.

Local bands will entertain, and Zoo Miami's Ron Magill has been chosen as Master of Ceremony for the evening. Look for area shops, including

Aurum Collections, Foster & Clark and Game Time to set up shop with

product displays and freebies.

Advance tickets are $25 per

person, $30 at the door. Couples get a break of two tickets for $40, $

50 at the door. VIP tickets are $50, and include valet parking and

access to a private area with full bar. Click here to pre-purchase tickets.

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