2014 CORKERs! The JA World Uncorked! Awards

Best BITE

The one savory dish that packed the punch to surpass all others!

Shake Shack’s ShackBurger with  Shackmeister Ale

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The best sweet treat of the night

A Whole Heap of Jack Daniel’s Bread Pudding

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Most Unique BITE

The dishes, Savory or Sweet, that most creatively combines taste and originality

Pescados Unidos Fish Sausage Sandwich

Honorable Mention Finalists: VooDoo BBQ and The Chef’s Palette

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Korbel Uncorked! Dessert Competition Winner!

Korbel Uncorked! Dessert Competition Sponsored by Diáne Johnson & The A.D. Johnson Foundation

KOrbelUncorkedWinnerThe Culinary Team introduced a new experience to JA World Uncorked! 2014 thanks to our partners at Brown-Forman and Korbel. Our culinary competition at Uncorked! II was such a success, we brought it back bigger and better! Chef Director Jack Kane at the Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and his culinary co-chair Renée K. Quinn created a student competition that was conducted in the fall semester with three student finalists selected in January 2014. The contest challenged students to pair a unique dessert with our sponsor Korbel California Champagne’s Brut or Sweet Rosé.

The winning dessert was announced the evening of the event and students awarded their Scholarships! Congratulations to 1st Place winner Emily Anna Darville, who present​ed a Chocolate jasmine tea trifle cake with raspberry champagne sauce, peppercorn tuile. Finalists: 2nd Place – Ana Buendia,  present​ed a Layered pecan flan whipped cream with strawberry sauce and candied strawberry. 3rd Place – Rollyn R. Angela Rosas, present​ed​ Asian poached pears, poached port wine sour cherries, served with coconut and lemon macarons. Our Paparazzi Partner, Gold Coast Fort Lauderdale Daily announced the results!

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Circle of Wise Women’s JA World Uncorked! raises $150K Net Proceeds

PremierSQIn 2009, the Circle of Wise Women created a signature event with the goal of raising $100,000 annually for Junior Achievement of South FloridaUsing the education platform from JASFL, combined with the 60,000 square foot facility known as JA World Huizenga Center, JA World Uncorked! was born. Starting with a team of five women and a generous donation from Lorraine Thomas, founding member/Grand Cru sponsor, JA World Uncorked! has become a cornerstone JA fundraising event. Serving as a catalyst, it has enabled the Circle of Wise Women to raise over $1,900,000.00  for JA South Florida.

For our fourth annual event, Premier Beverage joined JA’s top fundraiser as Presenting Sponsor. Circle of Wise Women event co-chairs Rose Faraone and Lacey Brisson signed on to lead the Circle with sponsorships, auction and ticket sales. Founding Circle member Renée Korbel Quinn, Uncorked! strategist, co-chaired the culinary experience with Chef Director John “Jack” Kanefrom the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. In May, 2013, they created a Culinary Leadership Team  to enhance and expand the successful  experience. Read more about the team here.

Success! We sold out the event and hosted more than 800 guests throughout the evening exceeding our goal by netting $151,185.64  for the educational programs at Junior Achievement of South Florida.

Please click HERE to see our sponsors and partners who made this a reality. Sincerest THANKS!

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The Official Uncorked! IV Experience Video…

Leadership TeamOur partner Media Labs | Power Images interviewed our amazing culinary partners and guests at our January 25th event. Click HERE>>  Special Thank you to our Culinary Leadership Team:

  • Chef Director John “Jack” Kane, Culinary Chair & Dessert Competition Liaison
  • Renée Korbel Quinn, Strategic Planning & Communication, & Culinary Co-Chair
  • Resident Chef Wes Bonner – Chef Liaison
    Executive Chef Asher Roebuck  – Chef Liaison
  • Executive Chef Paula DaSilva  – Chef Liaison
  • Executive Chef Marc Gruverman – VIP Host
  • Sef Gonzalez aka Burger Beast – Comfort Food Alley Host
  • Chad Thilborger – Dessert Bash Host

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Culinary Partners creating the Uncorked! Experience

  • 3030 Ocean, Chef Liaison Paula DaSilva
  • A Whole Heap of Goodness’ Chad Thilborger with Williams-Sonoma
  • America’s Backyard, Chef Shashank Agtey
  • Brio Tuscan Grille, Barry Abes
  • Bash American Bistro, Chef Shannon Wieberg
  • Brown Distributing Specialty Beer Division
  • Chef’s Palette  at The Culinary School at the Art Institute of FTL
  • Cold Stone Creamery Factory featuring the Cold Stone Uncorked! Creation and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
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