The Wharf Uncorked brings together local and celebrity chefs and more than 150 labels of wine for a three-day culinary experience. In addition, there will be chef demonstrations, book signings, the luxury yacht walk and both live and silent auctions benefiting Make-A-Wish® Alabama.
The weekend will begin at 4720 Main Street from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a roster of high profile guests, an open bar with a signature cocktail from John Emerald Distillery, a wine pull benefiting Make-A-Wish Alabama, an auction preview and of course, high-end wine tastings and food samplings. Guests can have a front-row view as Chef Brody Olive of Perdido Beach Resort faces off against three local chefs in a heated battle to defend his title at the Chef Showdown emceed by James Briscione & Brooke Parkhurst. The three additional competing chefs will include Jason Ramirez of Villaggio Grille, Chris Kelly of Driftwood Steakhouse, and Justin Cobb of Wolf Bay Lodge. Judges for the Chef Showdown will include 2016 Wharf Uncorked winner, Chris Sherrill; executive chef for the State of Alabama, Jim Smith; local TV and radio personality, Kelly Finley; and Mobile Bay Magazine executive editor, Maggie Lacey. Tickets on sale now for $35 and last minute pricing is $40 starting Sept. 1.
Rouses Market in Gulf Shores will host “Sip, Sample & Scampi” on Friday, September 15th as a part of this year’s Uncorked festivities. A palatable array of meat and cheeses will be sampled throughout the affair alongside several wine selections from Delicato Family Vineyards. The famed Neil Thibodaux, “Chef Nino”, of Rouses will hold a cooking class from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m. in which he’ll demonstrate his take on the buttery, garlic-laden coastal classic, shrimp scampi. Just the perfect dish for any glass poured! Admission is free and the event will take place from 2p.m. to 5p.m.
The Wharf offers a wide variety of fare from more than 10 restaurants on property. Several of these chefs along with others along the Gulf Coast will curate dinner menus and signature wine pairings for the Local Wine Dinners. Guests can make reservation directly through the restaurant of their choice.
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It all leads up to the Grand Tasting taking place from 12pm-4pm. Main Street and Wharf Parkway will be lined with vendors offering samples of the finest food, wine, beer, and spirits. Guests will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite, and the night will close with a ceremony of awards. This year, the champion of the Culinary Competition will be an automatic Elite Qualifier for the World Food Championships in November back at The Wharf. Judges for this years Culinary Competition will include CEO of Rouses Market, Donny Rouse; owner and executive chef of Panini Pete's Cafe', Pete Blohme; executive chef for Wind Creek Hospitality, Peter D'Andrea; Andy Chapman with Eat Y'all and The Mississippi List; executive editor of Mobile Bay Magazine, Maggie Lacey; and Kendall Gensler, founder of Culinery Concierge Magazine.
The event will include silent and live auctions benefiting Make-A-Wish Alabama, luxury yacht walk, sampling from over 15 local restaurants, and so much more. Cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs will be held on the Rouses Markets Culinary Experience Stage. Chefs will include Jim Smith, executive chef for the State of Alabama; Chef Nino Thibodaux with Rouses Market; and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of Married and Cooking.
The Gulf Coast’s most inviting resort destination. Log on to alwharf.com for a full calendar of events and a list of all shops and restaurants.
Located on Foley Beach Express and Canal Rd. Click here for directions.