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.
"Advertising Age" magazine partners with the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA) to honor the best Hispanic-targeted advertising in television, radio, newspaper and other forms of media during the "Advertising Age Hispanic Creative Advertising Awards 2009." Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 173 E Flagler St., Miami. Details: (212) 210-0155 or www.adage.com.
A TASTE OF INDIA
Local cooking teacher Ayesha D'Mello offers a cooking class during which students will learn recipes for classic Indian dishes. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 9105 SW 115th Terrace, Kendall. $75. Details: (305) 254-0693 or www.ayeshaskitchen.com.
This year's Pillars Awards ceremony presented by Miami-Dade County's Black Affairs Advisory Board will recognize youth throughout the community striving to become "young pillars." The brunch includes an award ceremony, scholarship presentation and gospel concert. 11:30 a.m. Biscayne Bay Marriott Hotel, 1633 N Bayshore Drive, Miami. $35. Details: (305) 375-4606 or www.miamidade.gov/baab.
THE EFFECT OF WOMEN
The University of Miami's Center for Hemispheric Policy hosts the conference "Women in the Americas: Making a Difference." The daylong event will examine how women throughout the region can progress and achieve social and financial goals for their communities. 8 a.m. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables. $100. Details: (305) 284-3707 or www.miami.edu/chp.
The South Florida Workforce hosts a job-training expo. The event will showcase the range of training options available to the residents of Miami-Dade County that can be funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Hall C, Miami Beach. Details: www.southfloridaworkforce.com.
YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade and Heels in High Places host a networking event to benefit the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mamajuana's Café, 225 Altara Ave., Coral Gables. $25 nonmembers. Details: (305) 377-9922 or www.ywca-miami.org.
The Coastal Conservation Association's Miami-Dade chapter hosts its 24th-annual gala and auction to raise funds for the organization's conservation efforts. Auction items include Hell Bay boats, exotic vacations, artwork and more. 7:30 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $100. Details: (305) 371-3825 or www.joincca.org.