Every year, the American Lung Association brings us the highly successful Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival and this year the 8th Annual Festival this past Saturday the 26th was no exception!
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival's night began in the VIP reception area which was sponsored by MARTINI®. The VIP area entitled patrons first access to enjoy signature cocktails provided by MARTINI® and a full spirit bar courtesy of Bacardi USA. The cocktails were paired with wonderful music and fantastic variety of amuse-bouches. This year for the first time, DEWAR’S® Momento D Lounge joined in on the festivities. The lounge brought an exclusive experience to the event with a red carpet entrance for photo opportunities.
This year, the event was held in a new location in Coral Gables. As the gates opened at 7:30 p.m., the streets of Ponce De Leon allowed patrons to walk freely for an evening of celebration and philanthropy. Fine wines, great music, exquisite foods were offered to guests to raise money for the American Lung Association and Pulmonary Research at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Premier Beverage Company helped compliment the foods and showcased many fine wines and sparkling beverages from all around the world. Crown Wine and Spirits was also the exclusive festival retailer and gave patrons the chance to purchase wines sampled on the street and the latest in wine accessories.
Over 30 of Coral Gables' finest award-winning restaurants showcased their signature chef favorites and allowed the patrons to sample their finest foods. Some of the restaurants that participated included: Red Koi Lounge; Norman's 180; Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar; Blue Martini; La Cofradia; Sacha’s Café; Miccosukee Resort & Gaming: Empeek-Cheke Fine Dining Restaurant; Anacapri on Ponce; Benihana; To Romance, with Love; The Bar; Seasons 52; Giardino Gourmet Salads; and Il Grissino.
All the proceeds benefited The American Lung Association's lung research, education, and patient assistance programs as well as the International Bronchitis Center at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The night was packed with wonderful people, fantastic food, fine wines, and a great cause!
For more information about the American Lung Association, visit: www.lungusa.org/associations/states/florida/