The 13th annual Forks & Corks is a multi-day event that features many dinners accompanied with tastings from top wineries, such as Rombauer Vineyards, Champagne Collet and Graham Beck. The event will also offer retail tastings on Saturday, Jan. 25. These tastings will be hosted by local wine merchants in pop-up tasting tents throughout the community. Many of the winemaker events are already sold out, but you can view and purchase tickets for those that are still available here.
Thursday, Jan. 23
The Perspective Rooftop and Pool Bar at the Art Ovation Hotel will be hosting a four-course meal that includes a Champagne from Maison Collet with each course. Some items include pink peppercorn-crusted salmon, roasted-garlic-and-thyme-infused duck breast and a dark chocolate pyramid with white chocolate mousse. Reservations are $110 a person and can be booked by calling (941) 316-0808, ext. 110 or ext. 131.
Head down to Englewood to experience a wide array of fresh local seafood, meat and vegetarian options. Live music will be playing from groups who specialize in everything from rock and soul to Caribbean music. At the event, you'll find a marketplace of fine arts, crafts and food items. General admission is free.
Friday, Jan. 24
Consider your Friday night booked. Chef Paul Mattison has created a six-course menu that has exquisite Tres Sabores wines complementing each entrée (and, of course, dessert). The dinner's proceeds will benefit WUSF Public Media Programming. The menu can be viewed here. Tickets are $175 and can be purchased here.
Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26
Every weekend, chef Vince Marlowe offers a spread of classic Texas barbecue at a roadside spot up in Wimauma. Marlowe starts serving at 10 a.m. and doesn't stop until he's sold out. Think pulled pork and brisket smoked for 16 hours, plus sandwiches and tacos. The address is 5574 State Road 674, Wimauma.