Essensia restaurant welcomes new chef Julie Frans, a former San Diego owner of Dining Details, a full-service catering company and chef agency specializing in healthy and organic dining. Her arrival brings new menu items such as calabaza and caramelized fennel soup, local grouper ceviche and pepper crusted local 8 oz. rib eye filet. 6-10 p.m. Essensia Restaurant at the Palms Hotel & Spa, 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 908-5458 or www.essensiarestaurant.com.
The Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association hosts an annual meeting discussing the association's 2012 goals and accomplishments. Featuring keynote speaker Mark B. Rosenberg, president, Florida International University. 3:30-6 p.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Free for members. $45 others. Details: (305) 531-3553 or email@example.com or www.gmbha.com.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking reception and expo "Re-Employment & Outplacement" for executives in transition. Evening includes complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, giveaways, raffle and live entertainment. 5:30 p.m. registration. 5:45-7:30 p.m. cocktail reception. El Dorado Furniture, 4200 NW 167th St., Miami Gardens. Free. RSVP required. Details: (305) 577-5458 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamichamber.com.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosts a "SpeedBiz Breakfast," a complimentary breakfast networking event. 8 a.m. registration and breakfast. 8:30-10 a.m. networking. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., ballroom level, Miami. Advance registration required. Free. Details: (305) 577-5430 or email@example.com or www.miamichamber.com.
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its first "State of Our Community" luncheon focusing on the most important legislative issues, with particular attention to those topics impacting the LGBT community. Featuring Carlos A. Gimenez, mayor, Miami-Dade County; Tomás Regalado, mayor, City of Miami; Matti Herrera-Bower, mayor, City of Miami Beach; and Jim Cason, mayor, City of Coral Gables. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Noon lunch. Hilton Miami, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $35 for Members. $45 others. Details: (305) 673-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gogaymiami.com.
The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts a workshop and luncheon for small business owners. Panelists include Antonio Villamil, dean of the school of business, St. Thomas University; Pablo Pino, regional vice president for Miami-Dade County for TD Bank; Louis Boue, Colbert, Boue & Juncadella; Althea A. Harris, assistant district director of marketing & outreach, Area 1 US SBA South Florida District Office; and Roland Sanchez-Medina, Sanchez- Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez & Machado. 11:30 a.m. Airport Marriott, 1201 NW LeJeune Road, building A, Miami. $35. $350 table of ten. Details:(305) 534-1903 or www.sflhcc.com.