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established 1991


David Olazabal

Zeke Guilford

Vicente Lago

Marc Berenfeld

Lee Osiason

With Spring underway, the Foundation is enjoying another season of new board members, new ideas and a forward look at our long term goals and a strategic plan. This year we welcomed five new board members; Marc Berenfeld, Zeke Guilford (who served 1999-2007 as well), Vince Lago, David Olazabal and Lee Osiason. As you can see we are fortunate to attract community leaders with such dedication and experience. On the heels of our third annual Tour of Kitchens, we are already planning for both our annual gala (October 13th) and our next kitchen tour (January 26th, 2013). They are events that provide residents and businesses the opportunity to get involved, have fun, and raise money to support the many causes we believe in and fund. We continue to work with our local high school, Coral Gables Senior High, and do our part help them “Keep the Grade”, the “A” rating they received last year. A portion of the Kitchen Tour proceeds went to the school’s Culinary Arts Program (see p. 14). We also speak at the school to help kids determine career possibilities, and have a moot court in the works for the aspiring lawyers and judges in our community. In addition to our gala and kitchen tour, our events committee, led by Chair Elect Carlos Garcia, CPA, is busy putting together smaller events open to the community as well. Be on the lookout for fun events that involve our young professionals group (Ponce Society of Young Professionals) and can be enjoyed by all. Thank you to everyone who is a Friend, Merrick Society Member, Fund Holder, Tour of Kitchens participant, Annual Gala Sponsor and supporter of our Foundation. Your involvement and support are so important to our mission of enhancing the lives of those who live, work, study and play in our community. I look forward to seeing you at the many community events we support and host in the Gables. Sincerely, William A. Bonn CHAIR 2011, 2012




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he Foundation Board gathered on Thursday, February 9th to show appreciation to continuing and outgoing Board Members, and to welcome new Board Members. Hosted by MORTON'S The Steakhouse, the annual swearing-in ceremony was performed by former Foundation Board Member Commissioner Frank C. Quesada, Esq. (now Ex-Officio City Liaison replacing Wayne E. "Chip" Withers). First swearing in the full Board of Directors, then Officers, and finally Chair Bill Bonn for his second year, Commissioner Quesada was then presented with a certificate of appreciation for his term of regular service on the Board (along with outgoing Board Member Michel Rittenberg) by Chair Bill Bonn. 'Stooping to their level' to accept, Commissioner Quesada took off his shoes and got on his knees. "Yep, that's my move," he said. ORTON'S served delicious hearty appetizers (their mini burgers were a bit hit) and a selection of fine wines. The Foundation is especially grateful to MORTON'S for their continued support. Welcome to new Members Mark Berenfeld, CPA; Zeke Guilford, Esq.; Vicente Lago; F. David Olazabal; and Lee J. Osiason, Esq. (The full Board is listed at left.) Special thanks to Board Member Pat Blanco, BSH, MPH, FACHE, and former Board Member Heather M. Harris for serving as Co-Chairs for our Tour of Kitchens.

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Copper Box Catering | Crave | Pardo’s Peruvian Cuisine | Rincon Argentino Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse | The Local Craft Food & Drink CLOSING EVENT PARTICIPANTS

A Piece of Cake | John Clark Adams, Music | Angie’s World Cuisine | Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., Martini & RossiI Books and Books | Coral Gables Museum | Coral Gables Senior High School Culinary Arts Program Crave | Randy Fertel (Author, Guest Speaker) | Julia Johnston, CKD CAPS • Kitchens For Cooking Maria’s Events | Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse | Nino Pernetti, Caffé Abbracci (Chef-Owner, Author, Guest Speaker) Peterbrooke Chocolatier | Planet FIAT of West Miami | Allison Ortiz, snaidero kitchens + design Sprinkle Designs | The Toffee Tin | Claire-Francis Whitehurst, Linens Sponsor RAFFLE ITEM DONORS

Angelique Euro Café | Angie’s World Cuisine | Aromas del Peru Cindy & Carl Fedde’s | Crave | Donna Reno & Susan Rodriquez | House of Appliances Kristin Pearce | Mexican Pewter Imports | Pardo’s Peruvian Cuisine | Petra Soy Candles Rincon Argentino | Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse | Sharon & Bob Trobovich Snaidero kitchens + design | Stitching Around | The Local Craft Food & Drink United Way of Miami-Dade Miami Wine & Food Festival | Violetas GOODIE BAG ITEM DONORS

Aromas del Peru | Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. | Baptist Health South Florida | Bill Bonn, Chip Clip Sponsor City of Coral Gables | Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce | Coral Gables Museum In The Gables Magazine | Elena Luca (Goodie Bag Sponsor) | Planet FIAT of West Miami SNAIDERO Kitchens + Design | The Villagers, Inc. | Whisk Gourmet & Catering TABLE SETTING FLORALS & DESIGN

Coral Gables Garden Club | Fleur-de-Lis Flowers Margaux Interiors | Mud Pie | Neiman Marcus | Nyali Trading Company VENDORS

Coral Gables Garden Club | Girls Scout Troop 276 | Kristin Pearce Designs | Mexican Pewter Imports Nautica Design Gallery | Nyali Trading Company | Petra Soy Candles | Stitching Around


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NAIDERO KITCHENS + DESIGN'S ultra-modern showroom was the starting point of our Third Annual TOUR OF KITCHENS on Saturday, January 28th. Attendees enjoyed a generous breakfast spread that included mimosas, and espresso courtesy of HOUSE OF APPLIANCES. SNAIDERO builds dream kitchens featuring the finest Italian furnishings, fixtures, and finishes—Set up an appointment for a consultation (786-662-3850) with Senior Designer ALLISON ORTIZ (pictured at top left to the right of Coral Gables' First Lady Carmen Cason) or stop by: Mon-Fri 9 AM-5 PM. Guidebooks in hand, attendees left the Showroom to visit the five homes in any order between 9 AM and 1 PM [ending at the Museum event (see p. 12), held 1 to 4 PM.] 5

anadian Blue quartzite counters from KEYS GRANITE and American Cabinets by FRANK GONZALES & JOSEPH BARTOSZEK DESIGN were the most popular feature on the Tour. The Torres' (pictured with one of their chihuahuas) entirely new kitchen featured all VIKING appliances, custom-made Cuban tile backsplash, and deep "Shaws Original" sinks from CORAL GABLES KITCHEN & BATH. The deeper-blue island top is JOHN BOOS American Walnut. MARGAUX INTERIORS displayed a sea-inspired table setting and serving pieces, and THE LOCAL Craft Food & Drink provided tastings. KRISTEN PEARCE 6 DESIGNS offered jewelry, as well as stylish paper and gift items (available at ISABEL in South Miami).

pectacular details and a dazzling collection of vases and stoneware from all over the world delighted visitors to this 1933 old Spanish. The kitchen features double JENN-AIR ovens, a spiral staircase, and a skylight created using a stained-glass door from Venice. Popular with family for entertaining, the spacious central patio has multiple areas for seating, plus there is an outdoor kitchen in the back yard. NAUTICA DESIGN GALLERY presented a nautical-inspired Table Setting and displayed items for sale, and PARDO'S Peruvian Cuisine's chicken and green rice was a big hit! 7

racious homeowner W. ALLEN MORRIS, just returned from Karate, greeted guests at the entrance of "Granada House". A repeat on the Tour by popular demand, the kitchen is exemplary of a kitchen made for staff rather than family use, and is reminiscent of the kitchens at Vizcaya. The kitchen featured new flooring and VIKING refrigerator, and will be completely renovated and featured again on next year's Tour (January 26th, 2013) for a before-and-after. PETRA SOY CANDLES were popular with attendees, as was the fare from RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE. The home is a replica of "Tara" from 8 the movie GONE WITH THE WIND, and at the time it was built (1956 by Georgia architect Frank McCall) was the largest private home in Dade County.

asa Bella was once the home of CLAUDE and MILDRED PEPPER. Built in 1926, this historic house is both a local and national landmark due to ELEANOR ROOSEVELT'S regular winter stays with the PEPPERS. The home of Foundation Chair Bill Bonn and Ruben Ceballos, Mr. Bonn is pictured with Past Chair (2008) Jeannett Slesnick and Foundation Immediate Past Chair Jerry Santeiro next to a striking Table Setting provided by NEIMAN MARCUS with a floral arrangement from FLEUR-DE-LIS DESIGNS. Guests enjoyed samples of the fare from RINCON ARGENTINO, and MEXICAN PEWTER IMPORTS displayed serving pieces and giftware. 9

wned by ERNESTO FABRE, this architecturally detailed 1923 old Spanish designed by George Fink and Phineas Paist is the home of Chef GABRIELA MACHADO of COPPER BOX CATERING. Mr. Fabre completed a renovation in 2010 that included an IKEA kitchen design with a VIKING refrigerator built into custom cabinetry. The Table Setting in the dining room was designed by NYALI TRADING COMPANY. In the lush outdoor patio area complete with canopied sitting room, the CORAL GABLES GARDEN CLUB sold herbs and infused vinegars. Guests enjoyed samplings made by Chef Gabriela (pictured at 10 bottom right, at the stove). Also pictured second from left in bottom right photo is "Casa Bella" (previous page) Homeowner Ruben Ceballos.

uests enjoyed samplings from CRAVE and shopping for specialty embroidered and monogrammed items from STITCHING AROUND in this magnifident 1926 Mediterranean, known as the "Stevens-Hughes House". The house was designed by Dudley St. Clair Donnelly and remodeled in 1929 by Phineas Paist. The original homeowner, GRETA HUGHES (an opera singer and HOWARD HUGHES’ aunt), hosted parties that included baseball legend Babe Ruth. Homeowners Matthew Meehan (bottom) and Rod Hildebrant (top) know how to throw a party themselves hosting the annual fund raiser "A Night in Bollywood" to benefit Sunil's Home Orphanage in India. The house is transformed each year and hosts approximately 1,300 guests. 11

oral Gables Senior High's CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM served up a delicious bread pudding to complement the assortment of desserts at the Closing Event hosted by the CORAL GABLES MUSEUM. Guests also got to sample desserts from A PIECE OF CAKE, ANGIE's WORLD CUISINE, CRAVE, PETERBROOKE CHOCOLATIER, SPRINKLE DESIGNS, RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE, and THE TOFFEE TIN while drinking Martini & Rossi courtesy of BACARDI U.S.A., Inc. Randy Fertel author of The Gorilla Man and The Empress of Steak, and local favorite Chef/Owner/Cookbook Author Nino Pernetti of 12 Caffe Abbracci were on hand to sign their books, while John Clark Adams played guitar and sang.

to everyone who sponsored, volunteered, fed, attended, and enjoyed our 3rd Annual Tour of Kitchens! Guests enjoyed beautiful homes, delicious food and ended the day at the Coral Gables Museum where they were treated to champagne, dessert, music, and guest speakers. The event raised more than $12,000 and also contributed to the CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM at Coral Gables Senior High (see story p. 14). Next year’s event—Save The Date Saturday, January 26th, 2013—promises to be even better!

2012 TOUR OF KITCHENS COMMITTEE Honorary Chair | City of Coral Gables First Lady, Carmen Cason Tour Co-Chairs | Pat Blanco & Heather Harris SUB-COMMITTEES

Advertising | Jeannett Slesnick, Chair Donna Reno, Susan Rodriquez “Cappuccino & Croissants” Kick-Off Event | Allison Ortiz Champagne & Dessert Closing Event | Cecilia Slesnick, Co-Chair Catherine Grieve, Co-Chair Check-In (Tickets Programs & Goodie Bags) | Elena Luca, Chair Raffle | Sharon Trbovich, Chair Restaurant & Food Sponsor | Tina Sayago, Chair Table Setting Design & Vendors | Cindy Fedde, Chair Tour Homes | Julia Johnston, Chair


Julie Connor • Robin Dunlap • Marlin Ebbert • Leslie Rivera • Mary Young


Arva Moore Parks | Coral Gables Museum Aura Reinhardt | Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. Baptist Health South Florida Mayor Jim Cason & First Lady Carmen Cason The City of Coral Gables Tina Sayago | Fred Couceyro | City of Coral Gables Parks and Recreation Ileana & Miguel DeMarziani | Rincon Argentino Doctors Hospital Volunteers John R. Allen, Jr. | Home Financing Center Photos by Lety Christine Rupp | Coral Gables Museum Spris pizzeria e ristorante Symphonettes Volunteers Mark A. Trowbridge | Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Mercy Vera & Students | Gables High Culinary Arts Program Waste Management Spring 2012



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upporters of Coral Gables Senior High's Culinary Arts Program enjoyed a delicious three-course meal on Wednesday night, March 21st, under the stars. The students prepared and served dinner, and Chef Diego Martinez, Sous Chef of the Palme d’Or restaurant at The Biltmore Hotel, demonstrated the method the students used to prepare dessert using molecular gastronomy. native of Ecuador, chef Diego grew up in South Florida and graduated from Gables High in 2000. Chef Diego worked at various restaurants in South Beach, and attended Johnson & Wales University. His latest adventure is his catering business Sub-Zero Delights.


ollowing the Tour of Kitchens, the Foundation spoke with the Culinary Arts Program leader Mercy Vera who explained that funding to her program had been cut drastically this year (which makes it mean even more to us that they participated in the Tour of Kitchens closing event at the Museum and provided delicious bread pudding to our attendees). To help with bridge that gap in funding, this year’s check will go to the program itself, with a long term plan of establishing an endowment fund where scholarships will be awarded in the future. This donation will have the greatest impact on their program as it will benefit all 100 students currently participating.


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inner was followed by the presentation of the check for $1,000 from the proceeds of the Tour of Kitchens to Chefs Adolfo Vasquez and Mercy Vera by Foundation Chair Bill Bonn.

Hailing from Augusta, Georgia, Amanda Bonifay brings with her a combination of small-town girl, competitive athlete and great thinker. A CPA and Manager at Goldstein Schechter Koch, an immediate big smile comes across her face as she says, “I love what I do!” She is a manager in the audit department, supervises and trains colleagues in the firm, does consulting work, spends time with clients and has an appreciation for working in a place that promotes community involvement. Aside from her work Amanda loves being outside. An avid softball player, she is on a number of teams in the area but also enjoys paddle boarding, volleyball and anything that is fun, social and out of doors. Her earliest memory of “giving back” was when, at a young age, her grandmother brought her along when she delivered meals on wheels. She learned from her grandmother to help others in need. She was also a mentor in high school and involved in a variety of volunteer efforts. Amanda got involved in the Foundation because she works here and came to really like the Coral Gables community. She likes the focus the Foundation has on one specific community. She also took the challenge and initiative to help create and lead our "Ponce Society of Young Professionals". She sees being involved with the Foundation as a great way to give back, to challenge herself and to interact with people who are farther along in their careers than her and the other young professionals. Her group has delivered baskets to seniors in the Gables and plans are

Ponce Society participated in "Wine Down Wednesdays"

underway for events and socials that will enhance the lives of those who live and work in our city, fulfilling the mission of the Foundation. She sees the value of how the Foundation brings people together in our community, in a variety of ways. She also finds gratification in knowing there is a vehicle for people with needs, even in a community as beautiful as Coral Gables, and a way to help those that need it. The fact that Amanda is now the Chair of the Finance Committee in addition to all that she does for the Ponce Society, speaks to her character. In fact, we met to talk about the Foundation near a client visit early in the morning, the only time she had. Working until 9:30 PM many nights this time of year, Amanda’s dedication

Ponce Society members at our Gala Kick-Off at MORTONS

and kind way make her a tremendous asset to the Foundation and our community.

-andria hanley

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