Friday night is VIP night at Cork & Fork

Friday night, September 16th, there will be the charity Finger Lakes Cork & Fork “Partners & Pairings” event to benefit local food pantries, again at beautiful Rodman Lott & Son Farms on Route 414 in Seneca Falls. This year’s VIP event will be dedicated to the memory and mission of Finger Lakes Culinary pioneer Chef Deb Whiting of Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro.Guests are asked to help the cause by donating a non-perishable food item. For each item they bring, they will receive one entry into the “Finger Lakes Epicurean Experience” vacation package giveaway. The winner will be announced at the end of the day on Saturday, September 17th. Friday nights donations will go to benefit Chef Whiting’s food bank of choice, Food Bank of the Southern Tier.Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on a wonderful selection of Finger Lakes items at the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty Silent Auction. Centerpieces created by Sinicropi Florist will also be available for purchase with the proceeds to benefit both the House of Concern and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.From 6:30-8:30, enjoy live jazz music by the Cool Club of Hector while sampling a variety of tapas created from local ingredients, each paired with its own local wine. Some dishes to look forward to include a Finger Lakes Farm Market Bruschetta paired with an award winning Chardonnay, Pablano Corn Chowder paired with a Riesling, Totally Local Lamb Sliders with Riesling Roasted Red Pepper & Cannellini Bean Spread paired with a Seyval Blanc. This intimate event will allow attendees the opportunity to talk one on one with area winemakers, winery owners, chefs, growers, and food producers. From 8:30-9:30, guests are invited to enjoy a Finger Lakes Cheese Trail table, and Local Sauces, Salsas & Dips at self-serve tasting stations. New this year, guests will also be able to buy wine by the bottle from select wineries for the second half of the evening as well as a variety of drinks from the non-alcoholic bar to enjoy while mingling with friends. Tickets are available in ADVANCE ONLY online at corkandfork.showclix.com, and by phone at 1.888.71.TICKETS. Guests will receive a complimentary souvenir glass, plate, program and reusable shopping bag. Admission to Friday night’s event will also allow guests into Saturday’s Main Event. For more information, call Carol Fingar, Tourism Marketing Director at the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce at 315.568.2906, visit fingerlakescorkandfork.com or Finger Lakes Cork & Fork on FACEBOOK.

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