The Circle of Wise Women are preparing for their top fundraiser with a dynamic team! Premier Beverage returns as presenting sponsor of the sixth annual JA World Uncorked, chaired by the Circle of Wise Women’s Lynne McGrath and her daughter Taylor McGrath. Chef Chairs Wes Bonner, Marc Gruverman and Jeff Vincent lead the Culinary Brigade. We will honor last year’s chairs Renee Korbel Quinn and Bob & Susan Drinon. Our honorary culinary chair is Chef Paula DaSilva.
Our “Create Your Own Experience” culinary showcase offers guests gourmet bites by leading South Florida chefs with premier wines, spirits , craft cocktails & intriguing craft beers. They’ll mingle in Uncorked culinary alleys and lounges, bid on auction packages and dance to swanky ultra lounge sounds of the Edge Band.
This event celebrates the Circle’s Fifth Anniversary, and benefits our local children through the educational programs at Junior Achievement of South Florida.
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The 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 Sponsored by Diáne Johnson & The A.D. Johnson Foundation
The 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 presented a Chocolate jasmine tea trifle cake with raspberry champagne sauce, peppercorn tuile. Finalists: 2nd Place – Ana Buendia, presented a Layered pecan flan whipped cream with strawberry sauce and candied strawberry. 3rd Place – Rollyn R. Angela Rosas, presented 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!
In 2009, the Circle of Wise Women created a signature event with the goal of raising $100,000 annually for Junior Achievement of South Florida. Using 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!
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.
Inside 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
Special 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.
Thank you to our Presenting, Grand Cru, Jeroboam and Magnum sponsors and partners. Click HERE To see a listing of all our amazing supporters aka TEAM Uncorked!