Things To Do

Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival

Are you a saavy sipper? Photo: Bob Fila/for
Are you a saavy sipper? Photo: Bob Fila/for

By Valerie Nahmad

Nothing says Thursday like cocktails at 7. Get your weekend started early at the Sixth Annual Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival. 

Last year’s festival drew 1,500 revelers and raised $138,000 for the American Lung Association of Florida. Expectations are equally high this year. A reasonable $50 buys 2.5 hours of live music, free-flowing wines and offerings from 30 Gables restaurants.

Every glutton knows it’s all about strategy – here’s how to get the most bang for your buck.

Buy your tickets now. They’re only available in advance and sales cap at 1,500.

Come early. Being fashionably late gets you longer lines and picked-over food.

Do the dance. Drink in one hand, plate on top, fork in the other.

Sip wisely. Over three dozen vineyards and sprits companies are pouring. Our suggestion? Wine first, tequila later.

Eat selectively. 30 restaurants is a lot of ground to over. Here’s what we’ll be packing our plates with:

· Anacapri’s wild mushroom risotto – cheese, rice, cream – need we say more?

· Bangkok Bangkok’s chicken pad Thai – a little sweet, a little spicy & should be a relatively substantial portion

· Por Fin’s Catalan cannelloni – years of renovation, weeks of buzz and reservation-free access to chicken cannelloni, béchamel and parmesan

· Morton’s bar bite steak sandwiches – pocket-sized filet mignon

· Peterbrooke Chocolatier’s milk chocolate-covered popcorn – chocolate, popcorn, sweet, salty

· Donut Divas and Fun Food’s donut cart – flash-fried deliciousness prepared before your eyes

Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival: Thursday, March 26, 7-9:30pm, Giralda Ave between Ponce & Galliano, $50,, 800-LUNG-USA