The YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade Inc. hosts a "Court-Care Cocktail Party" featuring a silent auction and music by DJ Le Spam. All proceeds will go toward helping the YWCA provide care for children while their parents are in court proceedings. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 1111 Brickell Ave., 30th floor, Miami. Details: (305) 377-9922 ext. 203.
HALL OF FAMERS
Miami Dade College hosts its annual "Alumni Hall of Fame" Awards Gala recognizing several of graduates in such areas as law, nursing, technology and education. 6 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Miami. Details: (305) 237-3240 or www.mdcalumni.com.
Azul, the Mandarin Oriental's award-winning restaurant, presents its "Wine and Women" seminar. Azul's Sommelier Cynthia Betancourt will lead a women-oriented wine seminar that will cover the differences between high- and low-end wines. 6:30-8 p.m. Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami. $52. Details: (305) 913-8358 or www.mandarinoriental.com.
The American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys will honor former Miami Herald Publisher David Lawrence Jr. with its "Humanitarian of the Year" award. He will be honored for his role in the passage of a statewide constitutional amendment to provide high-quality pre-kindergarten education available for all 4 year olds as well as his involvement in the Children's Trust. 6:30 p.m. JW Marriott Miami, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 644-1200 ext. 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce will present its annual excellence award to Banco Do Brasil President Antonio Francisco de Lima Neto. 7:30 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 579-9030 or www.brazilchamber.org.
COOKING ON THE KEY
The head chef of the Mandarin Oriental's Azul hosts a cooking class titled "Lavish Brunch — How to Prepare an Elegant Brunch from Benedicts to Blinis." 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami. Reservation required. $175. Details: (305) 913-8358 or www.mandarinoriental.com.
HEART OF A CHEF
The "Heart of a Chef" festival will feature several of South Florida most well-known culinary talent in a cook-off benefiting the Florida Heart Research Institute. Attendees of will have the chance to take part in heart-health related activities including restaurant tastings, wine seminars and tastings, children's activities, cooking demos and cooking competition featuring Top Chef competitor Jeff McGinnis of the DiLido. Noon-4 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $25 adults, $10 children. Details: (305) 674-3020 or www.heartofachef.org.
Miami Art Museum hosts its second annual corporate luncheon to recognize the impact of corporate philanthropy on the South Florida's culture. The event's proceeds will support Miami Art Museum's education and public programs. 11:30 a.m. The Four Seasons, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami. $150. Details: (305) 375-2617 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The University of Miami's Center for Hemispheric Policy hosts the fourth annual Latin America Conference. The event will cover the global-economic outlook and its effect on Latin America, political risks in the region, reduction of the region's carbon footprint and US-Latin American relations under President Obama. 7:45 a.m. JW Marriott Hotel Miami, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami. $125. Details: (305) 284-9918 or www.miami.edu/chp.
The University of Miami's acting Law School Dean Paul R. Verkuil and professor Irwin P. Stotzky host "Soia Mentschikoff and her Seven Dwarfs: A Discussion of Her Vision of Legal Education." A panel of several legal professionals will compare and discuss legal education during the early 20th century, when Ms. Mentschikoff attended law school, and today. 2 p.m. 1311 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-4945.
TASTE AND TOAST
The Miami Food and Wine Festival kicks off with an international cocktail hour featuring wines from more than 60 countries as well as food offerings from some of South Florida's most notable restaurants and caterers. 7 p.m. Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables. $75. Details: (305) 371-WINE or www.miamiwinefestival.org.
LATIN MUSIC AWARDS
The 20th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards brings together today's top artists, managers, promoters, sponsors and record labels to network and discuss how to succeed in the constantly evolving Latin-music business. The day-long event will combine an awards ceremony with informative panel discussions, a networking reception and a Q & A with the stars of the business. Eden Roc Beach Resort & Spa, 4252 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $599. Details: (646) 654-4643 or www.billboardlatinconference.com.