Friday, March 18, 2016

Chef Sara Moulton of 'Sara's Weeknight Meals' Celebrates Food and Wine with Rhode Island PBS

On Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7 p.m., Rhode Island PBS hosts its 15th annual food and wine tasting event, An Evening Uncorked! Chefs from 14 popular and award-winning area restaurants prepare gourmet small bites. Wine tasting is courtesy of top local purveyors and private wine cellars.

A feast for all the senses, An Evening Uncorked!will fill the spacious Pawtucket Armory with aromas, colors, sounds, and tastes of an appetizing "foodie" adventure, with wine tasting for the novice, the enthusiast, and the connoisseur. Where else can one sample foods from these great chefs all under one roof?

This year's small bites will be prepared by returning participants, including chefs from The Capital Grille, Chapel Grille, David Burke Prime Steakhouse, The Dorrance, Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, Just Ellen's Inc., Luigi's Restaurant and Gourmet Express, Matunuck Oyster Bar, and Pot Au Feu. Guests can also enjoy delectable samples from this year's newest contributors, Bluefin Grille, the Coast Guard House, and Red Fez, with desserts by Corner Bakery Café and The Inside Scoop. Vegetarian and gluten-free food options will be available. 

Wine tasting showcases domestic and international vintages presented by M.S. Walker, Rhode Island Distributing Company, Martignetti Companies of Rhode Island, as well as carefully chosen bottles from private cellars. Craft beers are courtesy of Foolproof Brewing.

Rhode Island PBS is pleased to welcome celebrity guest Chef Sara Moulton of Sara's Weeknight Meals. A protégé of Julia Child and the founder of the New York Women's Culinary Alliance, Sara is a nationally recognized chef who has made her mark as executive chef of Gourmet magazine, food editor of ABC-TV's Good Morning America, and the author of several top-selling cookbooks. In October of 2015, Sara kicked off her fifth season as host of public television's, Sara's Weeknight Meals, the latest milestone in her storied career of teaching and cooking that spans more than 30 years.

Sara will be available to meet and greet guests and sign her latest cookbook - just released in March - Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better. The cookbook can be reserved in advance or purchased at the event. 

Silent auction tables will be open during the food and wine tasting. Items for bid include local "wine and dine" winery tours paired with dining certificates, a country club golf outing, dinner and theater tickets, exclusive VIP Pass to the Rhode Island International Film Festival, fitness and spa treatments, locally crafted jewelry, beauty treatments and products, art, and more. 

A Wine Grab will feature 50 bottles of wine concealed in decorated bags. Bags are $50 each, and contain a wine valued at least $15 plus a $20 gift card to Pane e Vino Ristorante e Enoteca on Federal Hill, Providence. Among the 50 bottles of wine available, two of the bottles are worth $100 each. 

The evening culminates with lively bidding in a Live Auction of boutique and cult wines, as well as novel fine dining and travel experiences. Among live auction items are a two-night stay at Ocean House resort in Watch Hill, Westerly; framed team jersey autographed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady; roundtrip domestic air fare for two courtesy of Jet Blue plus Napa Valley winery tour and tasting; cocktail party for 20 at Candita Clayton Art Gallery; and a dinner party for 8 with wine pairings from Gasbarro's Wines private cellars. 

Tickets to this age 21+ food and wine tasting event are $85 per person and may be purchased in advance. Music by Kirk Feather, Yvonne Monnett, and Bryan Rizzuto. Cocktail party attire is appropriate. The Pawtucket Armory is conveniently located off Interstate 95, at 172 Exchange Street, in downtown Pawtucket near Pawtucket City Hall. Free valet parking. Proceeds from An Evening Uncorked! benefit Rhode Island PBS.

The 2016 Gold Sponsors of An Evening Uncorked! are Corner Bakery Café and Cornerstone | Gencorp | The Hilb Group. For tickets, directions, and more information, please visit

2016 Gold Sponsors

2016 Benefactor Sponsors

Bank of America, Chaffee Communications, Coventry Lumber, Dimeo Construction Company, Rentals Unlimited

2016 Patron Sponsors

Arden Engineering, Bernard and Heidi Buonanno, Cox Media, Endurance Wealth Management, Piccerelli Gilstein and Company LLP, RDW Group, Rhode Island Monthly magazine, Santander Bank, TriMark, Washington Trust, 
The Wall Group Wells Fargo Advisors, Whelan Corrente Kinder Siket LLP