A FASHIONABLE CUP
The Regent Bal Harbour hosts the first monthly celebration of sophistication. The event, titled "Fashionable French Tea," is a salute to all things French. 2-5 p.m. The Regent Bal Harbour, 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. $55 per person. Details: (305) 455-4560.
Colin McGinn, a philosophy professor at the University of Miami, will discuss the role and status of the "common man" in British post-war literature. 4-5 p.m. 1306 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-4021
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Global Engagement will host former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey in a discussion of how the next president might address global challenges. 11:30 a.m. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP required. Details: (202) 730-4180 or www.usglobalengagement.org.
Paws 4 You Rescue is hosting a martini party benefiting sick, injured or abandoned dogs. 5-9 p.m. MartiniBar Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Drive, South Miami. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $200 VIP. Details: www.paws4you.org.
The Venezuelan Business Club celebrates its fifth anniversary with a gala benefiting the American Red Cross. 8 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail,
Watson Island. Details: (305) 503-0424 or www.venbc.org.
GOLD MEDAL WINE TOUR
The gold and double gold-medal winners from the 2007 American Fine Wine Competition visit North Miami. Proceeds go to the End Childhood Hunger foundation. Event includes a champagne reception and a five-course meal paired with five award-winning wines. Two Chefs Too, 226 NE 123rd St., North Miami. $175 per person. RSVP required Details: (561) 504-8463 or www.endchildhoodhunger.org.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE SHOW
Now in its 11th year, the Americas Food and Beverage show opens at the Miami Beach Convention Center and will attract more than 5,000 retailers, distributors, importers and exhibitors from around the globe. Ends Sept. 26. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 871-7910 or www.americasfoodandbeverage.com.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the Board of County Commissioners will celebrate the opening of the new Kendale Lakes Branch Library, home of 37,000 books, 32 computer terminals and 20 laptop computers with free Wi-Fi. 10 a.m. 15205 SW 88th St., Kendale Lakes. Details: (305) 375-2665 or www.mdpls.org.
FUNDRAISING AT THE HARDROCK
The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fundraiser for National Gay & Lesbian Task Force as they begin preparations for this year's 12th Annual Recognition Dinner. 7-9 p.m. The Hard Rock Café, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 573-4000.