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On June 20, 11am to 4pm., the owner of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Harald Neuweg (former owner of Mozart Stube in Coral Gables) will celebrate Fathers'Day German style, with a typical all-you-can-eat German Style Buffet Brunch and a refreshing 1/2 liter of Warsteiner beer for every Dad. Cost: Adults $ 25.00, $15 for kids 10 to 15; free for kids 10 and under. Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, 305 774-1883.

CHEF CARMEN INTRODUCES BRING YOUR OWN WINE WEDNESDAYS (BYOWW) Starting Wednesday, June 23, There will no corkage fee on Bring Your Own Wine Wednesdays at Carmen The Restaurant. Wine aficionados can bring their own bottle of wine and drink it with a special tasting menu prepared by Chef Carmen Gonzalez ($45 per person for the Tasting Menu) to complement the wine. "Please give us at least 24 hours notice if you would like a custom menu," asks Chef Carmen. Carmen The Restaurant, 700 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. 786-336-8359.

Sunday July 4th through Wednesday July 14th, 6th Annual Liberty Festival at Brasserie Les Halles New York, Washington DC, and Miami to celebrate America's Independence Day on the 4th of July and France's Bastille Day on the 14th of July with dishes including Red, White and Blue. The special menu will feature "Stars and Stripes" (Tuna and tomato tartare appetizer), and "Cabillaud Tricolore" (Codfish with beet and blue potato Purée, white wine sauce) as Entrées. For dessert, a tricolor treat of "Drapeau Givré" (Curaçao, lemon and raspberry frozen parfait). The proceeds -- half of the price of each dish --will be donated to Best Buddies, a not-for-profit organization. 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-461-1099.

The annual outdoor Liberty Festival street party Saturday, July 10th,
12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Ponce De Leon Blvd will feature music with a live DJ, a French can-can show and of course, food and the famous, while characters from French and American history mingle with the crowds. "Bastille Races" include the famous Waiter's/Waitress' Race (starting at 3:30 p.m.) during which restaurant wait-staff from all over the city speed-walk the racecourse balancing a tray with a bottle and a wine glass on one hand. "The Waiter's Race has been so popular, that we created more races so kids, chefs and even restaurant goers can participate," said owner Philippe Lajaunie. The Chefs Race (starting at 4:30 p.m.), the Les Hallers' Race or Guest's Race (starting at 1:30 p.m.) and a Les Halles Children's Race (starting at 1:00 p.m.), all take place on Ponce de Leon Ave., which will close for the day. A suggested entry fee for all races is $10 with all proceeds in benefit of Best Buddies. For more information on the Les Halles Liberty Festival, please call (212)- 571-2100 ext. 13, or visit Brasserie Les Halles is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight. 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-461-1099.

Starting Tuesday June 29th, at 7 p.m., and every last Tuesday of the following months, Pescado Restaurant & Lounge is offering a multi-course Wine Dinner prepared by chef Sean Bernal and paired with different wines. The first dinner of the series will be paired with Australian wines. Pescado, Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables, 305-443-3474. Cost $55 per person.

Bring your favorite bottle of wine on Mondays from 6 to 10 p.m. and Chef Pascal will waive the corkage fee. For the rest of the week, you can purchase wine at Wolfe's Wine Shoppe (make reservations from Wolfe's to ensure the restaurant will be expecting you) and you will not be charged a corkage fee. 2611 Ponce de Leon, Coral Gables. 304-444-2024

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