2014 CORKERs! The JA World Uncorked! Awards


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


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!


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


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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What to expect at JA World Uncorked

S​ignature Chefs… Caterers… Cooking Schools… Gourmet Food…Restaurants… Craft Beer​​… Wines… Spirits… and more all inside the mini-city known as JA World. This Circle of Wise Women Signature event benefits the educational programs at Junior Achievement of South Florida, a 501(c)3.You are in charge of your2-001 culinary destiny! Peruse the site and start planning your experience. Check out What to wear to our Fork & Cork Affair?

Directions to JA World at 1130 Coconut Creek Blvd in Coconut Creek at the Broward College Campus — Complimentary VALET Parking

Get Social and check in at FourSquare or Facebook or BOTH! Grab a glass of Korbel and check-in at the event. ​Right, Left or Center…. YOU choose where to start! ​The Experience: ​Click HERE for PDF Version

BMG_Banne160x600pixelsThe Uncorked! Experience awaits! Get ready to indulge! This “Fork & Cork Affair” will delight the senses as guests stroll through the mini-city known as JA World. From 6:30pm to 10:30pm (4 Hours) to experience South Florida’s best bites & libations at their own pace:

  • Sip & Swirlworld-class wines and spirits and intriguing craft beers 
  • Savor culinary creations from local Chefs, Restaurants & Caterers
  • Indulge in Uncorked!’s Dessert Bash, featuring a never-ending spread of chocolates, ice creams, cake pops, caramel popcorn, parfaits, cupcakes
  • Mix & Mingle with friends in our culinary alleys
  • Chat with Chefs
  • Dance Dance Dance to the decade spanning sounds of the Edge Band
  • SMILE!…and pose for Lifestyle​ and CBIZ ​PhotoMingle to send selfies and group shots via Facebook & Twitter​, or take a memento photo home with you
  • Bid on our Uncorked! Auction packages or $50 Jewelry Bags​
  • ​​Pop! our $20 Balloon Raffle

 ​​As a special thank you to our​ amazing Sponsors we offer a few extra goodies for you and your guests in our VIP Sponsor Lounge Club Red @Uncorked!​ Click here for details.​​

Everything you need to have an amazing experience is right here at our website.

10 Days… Get Ready!

Sip, Savor and Create Your Own Experience.

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JA World Uncorked! presented by Premier Beverage is a multifaceted four hour culinary event benefiting the educational programs at Junior Achievement of South Florida. Join us on January 25th, at JA World Huizenga Center on the Broward College Campus, Coconut Creek, for this fourth annual “Fork & Cork Affair” hosted by JA’s Circle of Wise Women will create a culinary showcase where guests sample gourmet bites by leading South Florida chefs and sip, swirl & savor premier wines, spirits and intriguing craft beers. VIP sponsors will be treated to Club Red @Uncorked! hosted by the Florida Panthers Foundation. Check out the great experience that awaits... CLICK HERE!