If you feel like heading out of town on Sunday, I’ve got a great event for you. Fork, Cork, & Style is happening at Churchill Downs in Louisville this Sunday, September 12.
Churchill Downs Entertainment Group is hosting Fork, Cork & Style this Sunday from 1-9 pm at the racetrack. The festival is bringing in celebrity chefs and party specialists, and Bringing to life its theme of “Fork, Cork & Style” the festival will present signature foods from around the country, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, a wine tasting featuring 150 elite brands and innovative ways to dress up your next tailgating party.
There will be cooking demonstrations by Emeril Lagasse, “Top Chef” finalists (Brian Malarkey, Eli Kirshtein, & Betty Fraser) and local Louisville chefs. There is a grand wine tasting with over 150 brands (via Southern Wine & Spirits) from 2-5 pm and 6-9 pm. Restaurants from Louisville and across the nation will also be serving tasty bites. According to the web site, notable restaurants participating include:
Chicago area’s Albano’s Pizzeria, #8 on Travel Channel’s “101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down” for their football-sized pizza puff ; Buffalo’s Anchor Bar, home of the original Buffalo Chicken Wings and #17 on the “101 Best Places to Chow Down” list; Memphis hot spot Central BBQ, rated #1 BBQ joint in Tennessee, which will prepare delicious ribs and pulled pork; West Virginia’s Hillbilly Hot Dogs, which placed #15 on the Travel Channel’s “101 Best Places to Chow Down” list and is best known for their 15-inch Home Wrecker hot dog topped with a pile of tasty condiments; Chicago’s world Famous Billy Goat Tavern and Grill, which brings their highly publicized cheeseburger adored by the cast of Saturday Night Live who performed the sketch “Cheezborger, Cheezborger”; Tony Luke’s in South Philly, home of the ultimate cheesesteak featured on Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food”.
So there you go. Come for the wine and food and enjoy some live music while you’re there. Between Beer Fest on Friday, a wedding on Saturday, and this event on Sunday … well, this weekend is most definitely the Last Bash of Summer for Kevin & myself. We’re staying the night in Louisville, an option I highly recommend.
Tickets are $29 for all music performances, cooking demos and one portion of food from the restaurant of your choice. For $64, you can get all of the above plus access to the Grand Wine Tasting inside Millionaires Row 4. For $200, you can do all of the above and meet Emeril while you’re at it.
Can’t make it to Louisville? Drive three more hours and you can attend the next Fork, Cork, & Style, held in Chicago on Oct 2.
Full Disclosure: While I was interested in this event anyway, Kevin & I were given free tickets to attend the event, although I have no idea if we have access to the Grand Tasting.
We’re having all sorts of events in July. The first one I want to tell you about is a wine and beer event at the Dilly Cafè. That’s right – it’s beer and wine lovers. You simply cannot go wrong.
We here at Wine-Girl are collaborating with our good friends the Hoperatives to bring you a beer-wine-cheese tasting at Dilly Cafè on Tuesday, July 27th at 6:30 pm. The tasting will be led by the Goose Girl herself, Lindsey Shafer of Goose Island Brewery. The cost is only $20.00 and the number of participants is limited to 30. There will be a waiting list if necessary. Call Dilly to make your reservations (513.561.5233). We were planning today and already people were calling – so give a call to Dilly ASAP.
Working with Chuck and Chef Eric at Dilly and Lindsay from Goose Island, we’ve managed to put together a tentative list of pairings, although keep in mind that it is subject to a little bit of change.
Just to recap:
Tuesday, July 27th
Dilly Cafè, 6818 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, OH 45227
RSVP (please!) ASAP at 513.561.5233
There is a nifty wine dinner event coming up at the end of August called Goddesses of the Harvest. Organized by Amy Tobin of Amy's Table, the event showcases five local and extremely talented female culinarians: Chef Renee Schuler (Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts), Chef Julie Francis (Nectar), Chef
Anne Kearney (Rue Dumaine), and Chef Summer Genetti
(The Palace). To add to the excellent food, wine expert/Big Fish Farms owner Renee Koerner will
pair each course with wines from female winemakers (donated by
The Party Source).
The dinner will take place at the newly renovated Krohn Conservatory on Friday, August 28. Cost is $75 and you can register online via The Party Source.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy samplings from some of our area's fantastic chefs, all in one gorgeous location.
Here's the menu:
Salad (Chef Julie Francis): Trio of Chilled Salads: Chick Pea and Eggplant with Harissa,
Soy braised Beet with Walnuts, Curried Okra
Entree (Chef Anne Kearney): Pinot Noir braised Veal Short Ribs served
atop locally grown and ground polenta with goat cheese topped with a
relish of roasted corn, cucumbers, tomatoes and edamame with summer
Dessert (Chef Summer Genetti): Chocolate Zucchini Cake, Cream Cheese Ice Cream with Black Peppered Hot Fudge Sauce
We're about to brave the possibly inclement weather and head to Kinkead Ridge, Meranda-Nixon, and Harmony Hill for the day. Cross your fingers that the rain holds off for us.
Before we leave, I want to tell everyone about a new tasting that Party Town has added. It's on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 6-7 pm. This is in addition to their popular Saturday/Sunday tastings and their Friday night beer events.
I was told that soon, these Tuesday night tastings will become wine and food pairing events. They're starting off small, gauging interest. Since I know we all want these to evolve into pairing events, please go!
As always, wine tastings at Party Town are free!
Party Town is located at 6823 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY, right off Turfway Road. I'll see you there!
Wine & food pairing just got easier, which is good because I'm a bit terrible at it.
Anytime you need to pair some food and wine (or beer), just head to our Wine & Food Pairing page and click either Wine or Food. The widget will walk you through the pairing, giving you all the information you need.
Author and friend Natalie MacLean has always offered a neat online wine and food pairing engine. This widget is courtesy of Natalie.
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