United HomeCare Services hosts the 15th annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards and its 35th anniversary celebration dinner. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made a positive difference in the lives of the elderly. 5:45 p.m. Hilton Miami Airport, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami. $300. Details: (305) 716-0729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A TASTE OF ITALY
The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast takes a tour of Italy during the third annual Italian Cooking Show. Focusing on Italy's regional cuisine, the event will pit two chefs from local Italian restaurants against each other in this combined culinary battle and cooking class. 6:30-9:30 p.m. MiaCucina, 105 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Details: www.iacc-miami.com.
The Miami Poets' monthly meeting, titled "Miami Poets Soirée," will celebrate all things poetry publishing ideas, contests to enter, and new formats to explore. Participants will read their own work as well as that of their favorite poets. 7 p.m. Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. Details: (305) 595-9452 or email@example.com.
The French American Chamber of Commerce hosts the 25th Anniversary Gala hosted by French Ambassador to the US Pierre Vimont. 7:30 p.m. Mayfair Hotel, 3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove. $150. Details: (305) 374-3000.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida celebrates Haitian History Month with a cooking presentation by television personality Liliane Nerette Louis. 3 p.m. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-5356 or www.hmsf.org.
Carnival and AmericasRelief Team host the "Regional Crisis Relief Annual Luncheon" aboard the Carnival Destiny. The event will examine what is expected for the 2009 hurricane season and how public-private partnerships can help provide humanitarian relief to the Caribbean and Central America. 11:30 a.m. Port of Miami, 1015 N America Way, Miami. Details: (305) 884-0441 or www.americasrelief.org.
FOR THE ANIMALS
Toast the work of the Humane Society of Greater Miami at the Conrad Hotel's "Wine-Down Wednesday." The evening will feature cocktails, light bites and networking in support of the society's efforts. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Conrad Hotel, 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami. $25. Details: (305) 749-1842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.