The Wharf Uncorked will take place Sept. 24-Sept. 26, 2015 and I’m geared up and ready to judge. I’m also looking forward to my stay at Turquoise Place, the most beautiful and luxurious condo overlooking the Gulf Of Mexico in Orange Beach.
The Wharf Uncorked is bringing culinary talent, fresh coastal flavors, and the finest wines to Orange Beach, along with a generous helping of Southern hospitality with all proceeds raised being donated to the Make-a-Wish Alabama Foundation.
Cooking demonstrations, live and silent auctions, in addition to wine dinners will kick off on Thursday night at 6:00pm. The Grand Tasting takes place on Saturday 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and concludes with The Wharf’s SPECTRA Sound and Light Spectacular!
Purchase tickets to attend one, two, or all three days. The three-day ticket purchase grants VIP status and entrance to all of the activities. Buy tickets, they are going fast!
Thursday, September 24
The VIP Kick Off event will take place between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Palms. Enjoy live music, food tastings and exclusive high end wine tastings not available at The Grand Tasting event on Saturday. Plus cooking demos by Peter D’Andrea from Fire at Wind Creek and Chris Sherrill from Flora-Bama Yacht Club.
Friday, September 25
Bourbon, Bacon & Beignets event will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. in The Palms demo kitchen, and features a bourbon tasting with Maker’s Mark, along with a cooking demo and cookbook signing with Chopped champion chef James Briscione. From 3:00-5:00 p.m., an intimate food demonstration by chef Robert St. John (including wine for attendees) will take place in the same location. This event will also include a cookbook signing and a live painting event by artist Wyatt Waters. Also scheduled for Friday are the Premier Wine Dinners, which will be held at different sites. See the list here.
Saturday, September 26
The Grand Tasting will take place 4:00-8:00 pm throughout the Wharf’s entertainment district. You can find me at the sampling tents with chef demonstrations and judging the chef competitions, in addition to bidding on live and silent auctions with proceeds benefitting Make-a-Wish Alabama. Wine auctions, wine sales, and luxury yacht walks will also take place during the Grand Tasting.
Check out the line up of culinary talent here.
Gerardo Figueroa, head chef of Villaggio Grille
Zachary Compton of The Compleat Anger Room at Bimini Bob’s
Ira Gallon of The Sunset Cork Room
Chris Sherrill of The Flora Bama Yacht Club
Nicole Jordan, head chef of The Southern Grind
Bill Briand, chef de cuisine of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina
Brody Olive, Executive chef, food & beverage director of Coast at The Beach Club
Chef Jason Ramirez from Ginny Lane
Chris Kelly from Flora Bama Ole River Bar
Master Joe owner/chef Master Joe’s Sushi
Jack Baker, corporate chef Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar
Bill Briand from Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina
Peter D’Andrea from Fire and Wind Creek Casino
Matt Murphy from The Irish House, New Orleans
Robert St. John from the New South Restaurant Group, Mississippi
James Briscione Director of Culinary Development at the Institute of Culinary Education, NYC
Chef Chris Sherrill from The Flora Bama Yacht Club
Sip, sample and stroll down Main Street while enjoying the first days of fall and The Wharf’s exclusive food and wine event for 2015!