The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival Raises more than $20,000 for Make-A-Wish® Alabama


September 20, 2017

The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival Raises more than $20,000 for Make-A-Wish® Alabama

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (Sept. 20, 2017) – The fourth annual Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, presented by Wind Creek Atmore, welcomed nearly 1,000 visitors this weekend, and through their generosity, a total of $20,357.57 was raised for Make-A-Wish® Alabama – an organization devoted to granting wishes to children statewide with life-threatening medical conditions.

Funds were raised through live and silent auctions, sponsored by CSpire, and the total amount was awarded to Make-A-Wish with a check presentation.

“We’ve been able to surpass total funds raised year over year for Make-A-Wish, and we appreciate everyone’s generosity toward such an influential cause,” said Sheena Mizell, marketing manager at The Wharf. “A huge thank you goes to all attendees, chefs, judges and vendors who braved the heat with us and made this event a complete success.”

During the Grand Tasting on Saturday, some of Alabama Gulf Coast’s finest chefs competed in a cooking competition.

Chef awards included:

Award for Creativity: Driftwood Steakhouse, Chef Chris Kelly – Gulf Coast Boudin
Award for Flavor: Cosmo’s, Chef Rob Benson – Seared Scallops with Greens and Grits
Award for Presentation: Blue Water BBQ Company, Chef Neil Schappert – Chicken and Ribs
Award for Use of Ingredients: Cosmo’s, Chef Rob Benson – Seared Scallops with Greens and Grits
People’s Choice Award, presented by Beach Ball Properties: Voyager’s, Chef Brody Olive – Seared Diver Scallop, Speck Polenta Gratin, Onion Agrodolce
Grand Tasting Overall Winner: Voyager’s, Chef Brody Olive – Seared Diver Scallop, Speck Polenta Gratin, Onion Agrodolce

Again this year, the competing chefs had the chance to win an automatic qualifying position at the World Food Championships – The golden ticket went to Chef Rob Benson of Cosmo’s who will compete back at The Wharf in November for the ultimate title.

Details for The Wharf Uncorked 2018 will be updated at TheWharfUncorked.com.
 

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