For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Paula Prendergast
THE MICCOSUKEE TRIBE OF INDIANS OF FLORIDA CORAL GABLES WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL SHOWCASED THE BEST OF CORAL GABLES!
Proceeds benefited the American Lung Association & University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – April 12th 2010 – On Saturday, April 10th the 7th Annual Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival presented by GREY GOOSE® Vodka, MARTINI® vermouth, Premier Beverage Company, and Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables took over “restaurant row” in historic Coral Gables, Giralda Avenue (100 bock). The street was opened to foot traffic only for a special evening of celebration and philanthropy. Superb food, exquisite wine, and live music were offered to raise funds for the American Lung Association and Pulmonary Research at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
“We were thrilled with the success of the festival,” said Paula Prendergast, Regional Director for the American Lung Association. “It was the biggest turnout ever! All of the restaurants did an unbelievable job showcasing their finest not to mention the 100 different types of wine from around the globe donated by Premier Beverage Company.”
Special awards were handed out including the following:
Best Food 1st Place Winner: Morton’s The Steakhouse
Best Food 2nd Place Winner: TOSS Catering
Best Food 3rd Place Winner: Novecento
Special recognition was also awarded in the following categories:
Best Newcomer: Chilorio’s Very Mexican
Table Appearance: Petit Cuisine
Staff Friendliness: Abokado
Best Desert: Crepemaker on the Mile
The exclusive VIP Ticket entitled patrons first access from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to MARTINI Terrazza. Guests experienced signature MARTINI cocktails and an open bar courtesy of Bacardi USA. For a $150 donation the MARTINI Terrazza experience included a spirit bar, superb hors d’oeuvres by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming: Empeek-Cheke, Fine Dining Restaurant, a VIP gift bag and admission to the street festival immediately following.
The Street Festival included sampling from over 30 of the areas best restaurants paired with wines from around the world at more than 25 tables. Patrons enjoyed popular varietals and experimented with the newest and hottest grapes emerging onto the market.
The GREY GOOSE® Lounge at the festival embodied the luxurious lifestyle of GREY GOOSE®, “The World’s Best Tasting Vodka.” By creating the perfect setting, guests enjoyed a variety of specialty cocktails made with GREY GOOSE Vodka as well GREY GOOSE® Flavors: L’Orange, Le Citron and La Poire.
In the era of glittering celebrity and smooth style, the MARTINI Terrazza was a place for the famous and influential to meet and toast one another. Festival goers sipped MARTINI and a tasted true glamour in the MARTINI Terrazza at the Festival.
South Florida’s world-class dining destinations offered signature culinary delights, featuring more than 30 tables of tantalizing food and fine wines blanketed the pavement between Ponce De Leon Boulevard and Galiano Street. Restaurants showcased were: Anacapri on Ponce, Angelique Euro Cafe, Archie’s Gourmet Restaurant, Avant-Garde Restaurant, Bangkok Bangkok, Chilorio’s Very Mexican, Courtyard Café, Crepemaker on the Mile, Da Vittorio, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Gables Diner, Giardino Gourmet Salads, Graziano’s, Holiday Inn – Coral Gables – University of Miami, Il Grissino, LA DORADA, Las Vegas Restaurant, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming: Empeek-Cheke, Fine Dining Restaurant, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Novencento, Ortanique on the Mile, Pardo’s Chicken, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Petit Cuisine, Randazzo’s Little Italy, Red Koi Lounge, The Sports Exchange, Talavera Restaurant, Tarpon Bend, Taberna Giralda, Toss Catering, The Bar, Gold Coast Coffee, and many more.
Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association’s lung health research, education, and patient assistance programs and the International Bronchitis Center at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “I am delighted to see this festival has become a signature event in South Florida,” said festival Honorary Chairman Marc Buoniconti, Development Advisor for the International Bronchitis Center and President for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. “We are thrilled to have such strong community support and this event will help us in our mission to raise money for a very important cause,” Buoniconti added.
The Title Sponsor is Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. The Presenting Sponsors are GREY GOOSE vodka, MARTINI vermouth, Premier Beverage Company and Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables. The Exclusive Festival Retailer is Crown Wine and Spirits. Additional sponsors include: NBC – 6, R. Kirk Landon, The Kirk Foundation, Merchant Graphics, American Airlines, AT&T The Real Yellow Pages, Hot Chili Productions, Buoniconti Entertainment LLC, Crew 1 Productions, Around Town Magazine, Bescenemag.Com, Florida Table Magazine, Go Riverwalk Magazine, IntheGables.Com, Ocean Drive Magazine, Panorama Latino Magazine, Social Diva, In The Gables Magazine, and SocialMiami.Com.
About America Lung Association
Beginning our second century The American Lung Association is the oldest not-for-profit health agency in America. The American Lung Association in Florida, South Area serves three counties including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe. Its mission is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health in South Florida through patient services, programs, public education and research. In addition to helping people with asthma, American Lung Association strives to help those individuals suffering from lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, TB, pneumonia, influenza, occupational lung problems, respiratory allergies, lung problems caused by air pollution and infant pulmonary disorders.
About The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians is a federally recognized Native American Tribe exercising sovereign powers of self-governance over 200,000 acres of tribal lands. The Tribe owns and operates several successful enterprises, including Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, a 302-room hotel and gaming facility featuring 1,800 video machines, high stakes bingo and poker; Miccosukee Indian Village & Gift Shop; Miccosukee Airboat Rides and Miccosukee Golf & Country Club – home of the 2010 Miccosukee Championship; a PGA Nationwide Tour event.
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