Chamber South hosts an evening networking event and a talent search. Participants will have the chance to win $500 for the charity of their choice. 6 p.m. Signature Gardens, Signature Gardens, 12725 SW 122nd Ave., Three Lakes. Details: www.chambersouth.com.
THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts a culinary trip around the Caribbean to see how an African culture influenced the area. Taste dishes from the Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica and South American while cooks, chefs and food critics discuss their culinary heritage and how living in Miami influenced their cooking. 6:30 p.m. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.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.
RIBS FOR A CAUSE
The Miami Light Project's board of directors presents its second annual "Summer BBQ Throwdown." The backyard fundraiser will feature a culinary battle with the project's board members competing for the honor of best rib while supporting its cultural initiatives. 6 p.m. $100. RSVP required. Details: (305) 576-4350 or www.miamilightproject.com.
HOTEL OWNERS' SUMMIT
The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers host the 13th annual International African-American Hotel Ownership/Multicultural Tourism Summit and Trade Show. The four-day event is designed to teach attendees on how to become a hotel owner or investor, share minority-travel trends, teach how to market to minorities and examine diversity issues affecting the industry. Ends July 25. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral. $325. Details: (954) 792-2579 or www.nabhood.org.
FASHION FOR A CAUSE
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's "Helping Young Professionals Engage" committee hosts a networking event and clothing drive benefiting Camillus House. 5:30 p.m. Epic Hotel's River Lounger, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami. $15 members, $25 others. Details: (305) 577-5444 or www.miamichamber.com.
REAL ESTATE GATHERING
The South Florida Board of Realtists will install its 2009 board of directors during its fundraising gala. 6 p.m. Omega Activity Center, 15600 NE 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens. $45 per person, $400 per table. Details: (305) 576-3790 or email@example.com.
The Miami Chapter of StandUp For Kids, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1990 to help rescue homeless and at-risk youth, hosts a silent auction. 7-10 p.m. Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami. Details: (602) 380-4757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.