• Save the Date 5/22 for our MAD HATTER

    Posted on April 22nd, 2013 admin No comments

    Coral Gables Community Foundation friend-raising Happy Hour "Mad Hatter" 5/22/2013 at Tarpon Bend Coral Gables

     RSVP via Facebook*:  Yes, I want to go to the MAD HATTER

    Wednesday, May 22nd, 6:00-8:00 PM at TARPON BEND, 65 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
    1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes for BEST HAT

    *You may also RSVP by phone:  305/446.9670.

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    TARPON BEND Coral Gables  65 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134  |  305/444.3210  @TarponBend_CG


    Monday 11:30 AM – 10 PM
    Tuesday 11:30 AM – 11 PM
    Wednesday & Thursday 11:30 AM – 2 AM (Kitchen Closes at 11 PM)
    Friday 11:30 AM – 2 AM  (Kitchen closes at Midnight)
    Saturday Noon – Midnight (Kitchen closes at 11 PM)
    Sunday Noon – 10 PM

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  • Burger lovers get their fill at 2nd annual Burgerliscious festival

    Posted on November 11th, 2012 mbokor No comments


    Foodies savored gourmet burgers from over 20 of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment at the second annual Burgerliscious festival on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park.

    “Burgerliscious showcases how great the culinary community is in Coral Gables. There’s something for everyone here,” said Mark Trowbridge, president and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. “My favorite thing about Burgerliscious is the camaraderie amongst the restaurants. There’s a bit of friendly competition.”

    Enjoying the cool weather and laid-back atmosphere, approximately 1,200 guests selected from an array of burgers and sliders, which they washed down with beer or soft drinks from 6 to 10 p.m. at the park, 2810 Ponce de Leon Blvd. The grounds were lined with tents and booths, showcasing an array of masterpiece burgers. Cars were sprinkled throughout the lawn, courtesy of South Motors BMW, giving guests a glance at the latest in automotive technology and luxury.

    As they advanced from station to station, many guests stopped to pose for pictures. Popular photo-ops were the Ben & Jerry’s booth, featuring a carnival cutout of Jimmy Fallon showcasing his “Late Night Snack” ice cream, along with the Cool de Sac display, where Zaky, a costumed canine character, charmed guests.

    Musical entertainment was provided by The Stage, featuring Mad World Orchestra and DJ Mayner. The Burgerliscious festival kicked off Miami Live Music Month, a premier program of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    Mad World Orchestra, a South Florida 80’s alternative music band, played a set of crowd-pleasing songs, including With or Without You by U2 and Surrender by Cheap Trick. DJ Mayner followed with Michael Jackson hits and some party favorites of the Miami club scene.

    True to its name, Burgerliscious put some of the Gables’ juiciest sliders and burgers in the mouths of guests. However, the event was not limited to traditional beef-made burgers.

    Vegetarian and fish selections, such as salads, sushi, and chips with humus, were also available. After sampling the entrees, guests could select dessert options of brownies or ice cream.

    “The food was great! I tried just about everything,” said Regina Starrett, whose favorite slider was the non-traditional ahi tuna burger from Sushi Maki. “The people here are wonderful and so is the music. It’s very casual, fun, and uplifting.”

    After sampling each burger, guests and a panel of judges, made up of food writers, chefs and civic leaders, voted for their favorite.

    Among the judges was Mayor Jim Cason, who called himself the “bürgermeister” (“mayor” in German), throughout the night as he sported a cheeseburger-style hat. “This is a fabulous event that brings together people from all over South Florida,” said Mayor Cason. “It’s truly a beautiful time and lots of fun.”

    The Dome Restaurant Bar & Lounge won over the public’s taste buds with its tasty selections, earning it People’s Choice title, while the burgers from Shula’s 347 Grill were crowned Best in Bun.

    Additional participants included Angelique Euro Café, The Bar, Burger and Beer Joint, The Café @ Coral Gables | Books & Books, Christy’s Restaurant, Coral Gables Senior High School Culinary Arts Academy, Crave, 1862 Room at the Westin Colonnade Coral Gables, Elevation Burger, JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Morton’s the Steakhouse Pao Town, Pincho Factory, Rok:Brgr, Route 9, Seasons 52, Shake Shack, Sushi Maki and Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill

    The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Samuel Adams and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau partnered to present the event. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation to help support local small businesses.

    Burgerliscious was sponsored by Sam Adams, the city of Coral Gables, Brown-Forman Beverages, the Naked Grape and the Coral Gables Chamber.

    Photos by Betty Alvarez / Events Photographer


  • Zombies reign as ‘Haunted Jaunt’ ushers in Halloween fun

    Posted on October 25th, 2012 mbokor No comments

    2012 Haunted Jaunt

    Halloween fun began early this year at Coral Gables’ first “Haunted Jaunt,” a street party presented by the Ponce Society of Young Professionals to benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

    “We are a proud supporter of the Coral Gables Community Foundation and we love what the Ponce Society does,” said Gables resident Jennylee Molina, who showcased her PR agency, JLPR, at the event and helped to organize the festivities. “This was a one-of-a-kind opportunity and we’re very happy to work with everyone.”

    Taking place Wednesday night, Oct. 24, at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., and adjacent streets, the “Haunted Jaunt” treated guests to a ghostly, yet convivial street-fair experience.

    The event’s Halloween décor included everything from eerie tombstones to a spine-chilling, strobe-lit haunted house. Blood-soaked “zombies” paraded the grounds, playfully scaring guests as they socialized and enjoyed drinks under tents. The spooky ambiance was offset by the musical expertise of Miami’s own DJ Maneuvers, whose mash-ups kept guests moving to the beat.

    “Everyone’s having a good time and the zombies look amazing,” said volunteer Erin Briede. “It’s wonderful!”

    The $20 admission got guests a certificate booklet, drink ticket and two raffle tickets. Raffle prizes included courtside tickets to a Miami Heat game (courtesy of MasTec Engineering) and a one-week stay at an Interval International resort of the winner’s choice worth $1,000.

    Although rain and wind from Hurricane Sandy’s outer bands prevented vintage horror movies from being shown on the park lawn as planned, the weather didn’t put a damper on the “spooktacular” event.

    “I think the weather was against us but all in all, it was a great turnout,” said Cristina Mas, president of the Coral Gables Museum’s Young Associates group. “It’s important that young professional groups keep working together to better and really improve ‘the city beautiful.’ ”

    Event sponsors included Agave Holdings LLC, Cerveza Dos Equis, Miami New Times, The Stage, Casa de los Trucos Costumes, Proximo, Three Olives Vodka, Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila, The Kraken, KabooKaboo Marketing, Beauty Schools of America, Magna-Tech Electronic Co. Inc., Clear Channel Outdoor, Goldstein Schechter Koch, MasTec Engineering, Zubi Advertising, Waste Management, Young Associates and JLPR.

    Photos by Betty Alvarez / Events Photographer

  • Reception honors late community leaders Harry & Mary Perrin

    Posted on October 22nd, 2012 mbokor No comments


    The Coal Gables Museum recently presented a reception honoring the late Harry and Mary Perrin and their many contributions to the community.

    The Perrin Charitable Fund, held at the Coral Gables Community Foundation, made a donation to name a museum gallery in the Perrins’ honor.

    The Perrin International Reception Hall is home to the exhibit, Sister Cites: Partners in Peace, curated by museum director of programs Caroline Parker.

    Former Mayor Don Slesnick, personal representative of the Perrin fund, hosted the Oct. 17 event at the museum, 285 Aragon Ave.

    Guests included Mayor Jim Cason; Commissioner Ralph Cabrera; City Clerk Walter Foeman; Arva Moore Parks, chair of the museum board; museum board members Ramona Busot, Albert Menendez and Lyan Fernandez; William A. “Bill” Bonn, chair of the Coral Gables Community Foundation; Andria Hanley, executive director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation; Aura Reinhardt of Bacardi USA; members of the city’s International Affairs Coordinating Council; and several representatives of the Miami-Dade County’s consular corps.

    Photos by Betty Alvarez / Events Photographer



  • Halloween fun starts tonight at Gables’ first ‘Haunted Jaunt’

    Posted on October 22nd, 2012 mbokor No comments


    Don’t wait until Oct. 31 to start Halloween fun — enjoy a frightful preview at Coral Gables’ first “Haunted Jaunt” from 5-11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., and adjacent streets.

    Featuring a ghoulish walk-through street fair experience, the celebration includes a costume contest with prizes and multiple categories such as Best Couple, Scariest, Most Techy, etc.

    Vintage B&W horror movies will be shown on the park lawn, and drinks and food will be for sale, too. The Haunted Jaunt will circle the adjacent block and guests can walk through as many times as they wish. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

    Tickets are just $20 and include admission to the Haunts, a drink ticket, raffle ticket, and a certificate book. Get a “Ghoulish Group” of 20 friends together and save 20% ($320 instead of $400 = $16 instead of $20). Proceeds benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

    For more information or to sponsor a Haunt, call the foundation at 305-446-9670 or visit www.hauntedjaunt.com.

    After this scary warm up, you’ll be ready for more fun next week at:

    Halloween on the Mile

    The 15th annual Halloween on the Mile returns on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m. Always a family affair, the event has something for everyone, including the furry canine variety. Events include:

    • Trick-or-treating along Miracle Mile and adjacent streets

    • Storytime and kids activities

    • Kiddie costume contest at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile.

    • Doggie costume contest at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave. Registration begins at 5 p.m. begins at 5 p.m. at the museum plaza, corner of Salzedo Street and Giralda Avenue.

    Visit www.shopcoralgables.com or call (305) 569-0311 for more information.

    Nightmare at 405 Haunted House

    Get ready to be scared out of your wits as Nightmare at 405 Haunted House comes to the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6:30-10 p.m. This event is not suitable for children under the age of 5. Cost is $4 per person. For more information, call 305-460-5600.

    Halloween Party at JohnMartin’s

    Join the scariest and trendiest costume clad crowd for a night featuring live music, a costume contest with cash prizes, food and drinks at the Halloween Party at JohnMartin’s, 253 Miracle Mile, Wednesday, Oct. 31, beginning at 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

    4th annual Howl-O-Ween at Fairchild Garden

    Don’t miss out on one of the only days of the year that guests can bring their pooch to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 31, guests can enjoy special activities just for pups as they parade through Fairchild’s lush surroundings all the while showing off their Halloween costumes. Guests and their dog can hop on a special 1 p.m. doggy tram ride too.

    There will be samplings of 100% natural food and treats, including doggie beer; a raffle for a free grooming; products boutique offering unique styles for your pooch; and much more. Restrictions apply to the dogs; for details visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

    Garden hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members.