The only thing better than a plate of fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood? A plate of fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood paired with the perfect glass of wine.
That’s what’s in store at The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, September 15-17 at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
And you’ll want to get there early for the VIP Chef Showdown Thursday night at The Palms, which we’re proud to be presenting.
The Chef Showdown is a culinary competition between three fantastic local chefs: Chef Chris Sherrill of Flora-Bama Yacht Club, Chef Brody Olive of Perdido Beach Resort, and Chris Kelly of Driftwood Bar & Grille and Ronin Sushi Bar. Each chef will be racing the clock and meeting a few challenges along the way to create the finest Alabama Gulf Seafood dishes.
A trio of bona fide foodies will serve as judges for the event: Jason Ramirez of Ginny Lane Bar & Grill, World Food Championships president/CEO Mike McCloud, and friend of Alabama Gulf Seafood Jim Smith, Executive Chef of the State of Alabama and winner of the 2011 Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Chef Smith will be a guest judge Saturday night at the Grand Tasting as well.
James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst, authors of The Couples Kitchen, will serve as emcees throughout the evening for the Chef Showdown.
Of course, there’ll be plenty of other tasty activities throughout the evening, including wine tastings, food samplings, an auction preview, open bar, and prize giveaways from Wind Creek Atmore.
And then you’ve got two more days on top of that. Friday, September 16 will feature an array of extravagant wine dinners at Villaggio Grille, Ginny Lane Bar & Grill, Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina, Driftwood Bar & Grille, Voyagers, and Bill’s By The Beach. No matter which you choose, you’re in for a fantastic meal.
It all leads up to the Grand Tasting Saturday from 4pm-8pm, featuring food samples from 20+ local restaurants and wine samples from 100+ labels. And while you’re indulging in such culinary pleasures, enjoy cooking demos, silent and live auctions, a luxury yacht walk, a champagne toast, and much more.
Tickets are now available at thewharfuncorked.com. See y’all there!