Friday, January 15, 2010

Perfect Pairings: Great Food & Fine Wine in a Lush Tropical Garden

I don't know about you, but after this latest streak of snow, frigid temperatures, and biting cold wind, a tropical getaway to warmer surroundings sounds pretty inviting. On February 6, you can get away to the tropics – without ever leaving Rhode Island!

That's the bonus of attending this year's An Evening Uncorked, the annual food and wine event to benefit WSBE Rhode Island PBS. This year's gala will be held in New England's largest indoor garden, the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park, on Saturday, February 6 at 7 P.M.

Amid lush exotic flowers and trees, chefs from 10 of Rhode Island’s top restaurants will prepare tasting-sized portions of dishes that will be paired with just the right wine to complement the flavors. Participating restaurants are 1149, 3 Steeple Street, Blaze, Capital Grille, Gracie's, Haruki, New Rivers, Nick’s on Broadway, Pot Au Feu, and Trio. MS Walker will provide the wines.

An Evening Uncorked will also feature live and silent auctions of highly collectible wines. The fundraiser is co-chaired by Aldo Cipriano, Gary Light, and Greg Mitrakas.

Tickets to An Evening Uncorked are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call 401-222-3636, x327, or visit our Web site. The popular event has sold out in past years, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Since alcohol is served, this event is open to adults 21 years of age or older only. Cocktail attire is appropriate. (I plan to wear pretty shoes - not practical snow boots. Hope the weather cooperates with my plan.)

An Evening Uncorked is underwritten by Gencorp Insurance Group, and Adler Pollock and Sheehan, PC. All proceeds benefit WSBE Rhode Island PBS.