Chef Peter Boulukos & YOLO joining the Uncorked! Culinary Team

YOLORestaurant critics and guests rave about YOLO’s well-executed menu and effortless, yet non-intrusive service.  Many entrees are prepared on the wood-burning grill visible through the cozy dining room. Here you’ll want to taste every dish — so be willing to share with your dining companions!  

Acclaimed chef Peter Boulukos has created an inspired menu and a wine selection that is sure to please everyone at your table.

Riverwalk Trust’s Burger Battle Alley Preview coming to Uncorked!

Burger Battle AlleyIn partnership with Riverwalk Trust, JA World Uncorked! will feature a pre-event slider competition starring the top Burger Bites in Fort Lauderdale.

For the past two years, Riverwalk Trust’s Burger Battle competition has been fierce! We are inviting back the Chefs to participate and show why they were a top contender in 2010 & 2011. Read 2011’s Burger Nirvana – June 2011 Go Riverwalk Magazine for all the juicy details!


Meet our Food & Wine Committee Co-Chair Chef Erik Mathes

Erik  Kitchen CoachKitchen Coach, Chef Erik Mathes, was born and raised in Queens, New York. Erik knew a traditional career would never be for him.  During his childhood, he watched and learned about the business of food through his family’s gourmet provisions company.  He spent his teens waiting tables in ethnic restaurants while attending one of NYC’s best high-schools, then went off to Louisiana for college.  After graduating from Tulane University with degrees in finance and marketing, Erik left New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina to settle in South Florida.  Not a fan of the office scene, he decided to shun Corporate America to try something crazy – Culinary school!

Before, during, and after obtaining a culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Miami, Chef Erik worked in restaurants of varying types across New York City, New Orleans, and South Florida, including three years at the Asian-Fusion powerhouse, China Grill, in Fort Lauderdale. Feeling stifled by the hierarchy within restaurant kitchens, Erik broke free and started the personal & private chef service, Kitchen Coach FL, LLC in 2010. Continue reading

Lifestyle Magazines: Hideaway VIP Lounge Sponsor!

Lifestyle MagazinesWe are excited to announce that our newest partner, Lifestyle Magazines, will host our VIP Hideaway Lounge at JA World Uncorked! II presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida.

VIP guests will enjoy tantalizing bites, delicious wines, craft beers, spirits and decadent desserts…dance the night away to the dynamic sounds of The Edge Band…and then hide in plain sight as they hole up in the Lifestyle VIP Hideaway Lounge…right in the center of the action in Finance Park.

Watch for all the details in upcoming issues or read online at  Lifestyle Magazines:
Weston Lifestyle, Estate Lifestyle, Las Olas Lifestyle, Parkland Lifestyle, Coral Springs Lifestyle & Estero Lifestyle

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A Special Thank You to our Presenting Sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida

Presenting Sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of FloridaThanks to the generosity our presenting sponsor, Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida, JA World Uncorked! will feature wines and spirits from their extensive portfolio to create a unique tasting experience.

Watch as we unveil our culinary partners, creating delicious bites and decadent desserts to accompany the wines and spirits.

Join us for our next planning meeting and dinner on September 20, 2011, Details here. Hope to see you there! Kit Schulman, Chair