Premiering His Cause

Fullscreen capture 10232014 120844 PM.bmpThe annual JA World Uncorked returns for its fifth year on January 24, 2015. The culinary showcase, presented by Premier Beverage and hosted by chairs Bob and Susan Drinon and Renée Korbel Quinn with Junior Achievement’s Circle of Wise Women, will give guests a chance to mingle with some of South Florida’s top chefs, experience their culinary creations and support local education through Junior Achievement South Florida.

Drinon, president and CEO of Premier Beverage Company, believes that Uncorked is an integral fundraiser for Junior Achievement and a great way for the organization to raise awareness about the services they provide to the community’s children. Continue reading

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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SWEET: Dessert Bash & Student Competition Finalists

Inside our Gourmet Comfort Food Alley you will be treated to Uncorked!’s Dessert Bash!
Hosted by Chad Thilborger, Food Personality and cook book author “A Whole Heap of Goodness” with unique bites from HipPOPs Gelato Bar | Stache Dessert Bar | Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets | Cold Stone Creamery featuring the Cold Stone Uncorked! Creation “Caffeinated Monkey” | Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory featuring “hand-dipped” Caramel Apples and Williams-Sonoma Nespresso.

Dessert BashInside Finance Park, you will find the Korbel California Champagne Dessert Competition featuring the International Culinary School at the Art Institute Student  Finalists with bites of their winning desserts paired with Korbel California Champagne.

  • Ana Buendia presents a Layered pecan flan whipped cream with strawberry sauce and candied strawberry
  • Emily Anna Darville presents a Chocolate jasmine tea trifle cake with raspberry champagne sauce, peppercorn tuile
  • Rollyn R. Angela Rosas presents Asian poached pears, poached port wine sour cherries, served with coconut and lemon macarons

KORBELUncorkedContest2014_WebSpecial thanks to Gold Coast Magazine’s Fort Lauderdale Daily, our Paparazzi Partner. They will announce the winner of the $1000 scholarship for 1st Place, $500 scholarship for 2nd Place and a $250 scholarship for third place generously sponsored by Circle of Wise Women founding member Diáne Johnson & The A.D. Johnson Foundation.

Get Uncorked! Let RedCap Get You Home

JRC_WEB1A World Uncorked! has partnered with RedCap since 2012, and we are excited to offer our guests special pricing for this service. Take advantage of our partnership to utilize a RedCap driver without a membership. Advanced reservations are required, so check out the service and engage your designated driver now. When you  become a Member at a discounted rate, $50 will be donated back to Junior Achievement of South Florida. Click here for details.

 

Meet Uncorked’s Master Mixologist John Lermayer

John Lermayer, known for his energetic and eclectic personality and enticing cocktails, is garnering worldwide attention for the cocktail community. Lermayer, originally from New York, now based in Miami was the mastermind behind The Florida Room at Delano, started his career in the hospitality and nightlife industries as a chef’s apprentice at a fine dining institution in the Hamptons. After a few years in the kitchen, Lermayer shifted his focus from food to drink.

JohnLermayerHis tireless work ethic has helped Lermayer become one of the industry’s most talented up-and-coming mixologists and bar consultants.  Lermayer has been featured in the New York Times, New York Post, USA Today, Hamptons Magazine,Liquor.com,  944 Miami, Fox News, Ocean Drive Magazine and Travel and Leisure as one of the world’s greatest bartenders of 2009. He was named bartender of the year in 2010 by Canton. Eater.com name him Americas top bartender in 2011. Friends know Lermayer as an astute lover of agave, baseball and life. Continue reading

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