The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) held the 1st Miami Spice Kickoff Event & Fundraiser. Held at the Miami Beach Convention Center on July 31, the event, launched the much-anticipated 9th annual Miami Spice Restaurant Program and will showcased a sampling of delicious culinary specialties from Miami Spice participating restaurants. A VIP reception, hosted by Miami Spice presenting sponsor American Express, and official sponsors MoÃ«t Hennessy USA and Stella Artois, included an open bar and complimentary valet service. A portion of the proceeds benefited Share Our Strength and Madisonâ€™s Wish.
â€œThe GMCVB is grateful for the enthusiastic participation of our restaurant partners, our sponsors and the generous assistance of the Miami Beach Convention Center,â€ said Steven Haas, chairman of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. â€œWe are proud to bring our community together for this 1st annual event in celebration of Miamiâ€™s renowned culinary experience.â€
Some of the destinationâ€™s top restaurants onboard for the launch event included Michyâ€™s, Sra. Martinez, BLT Steak, D. Rodriguez Cuba, Red -The Steakhouse, and Ocean Prime, among many others.
The ninth annual Miami Spice Restaurant Program takes place August 1st â€“ September 30th 2010. During that time, Greater Miamiâ€™s finest restaurants will offer three course prix fixe lunches, at $22 per person, and dinners at $35 (excluding taxes and gratuities). Each menu will include an appetizer, entrÃ©e and dessert offering an average discount of 30-50 percent off the regular value. For further information on Miami Spice and the launch event, please visit www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com
Photographs by Betty Alvarez Copyright 2010