By Bonnie Carroll
The Inaugural Santa Barbara Fork & Cork Classic event at the Montecito Country Club attracted a bevy of outstanding community restaurant owners, caterers, vintners, brewers, and dessert makers who generously donated their time and gourmet bites and sips to support the Santa Barbara Country Food Bank.
Participating in the event were Arlington Tavern, Blush Restaurant, Blue Tavern, Ca’Dario, Finch & Fork at the Canary, Intermezzo, Julienne, The Lark, Montecito Country Club, The Secret Ingredient, Via Maestra 42, McConnell Ice Cream and more; wineries and other sips offered by Blair Fox, Buttonwood, Carr Winery, La Fenetre, Lincourt, Luna Olivo, Nagy Wines, Star Lane Wineries, Jaffurs, Foley Estate, Firestone Winery, Qupe, Riverbench Vineyard, Sans Liege Wines, William James Cellars, Zaca Mesa and Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, as well as Surf and Island Brewers.
Honorees for the event included Executive Chef Michael Blackwell of Montecito Country Club, Leslie Mead Renaud, Director of Winemaking at Foley Estate, Lincourt and Two Sisters; and Clarissa Nagy, Winemaker at Riverbench for their leadership in the local food and wine industries. Sponsors included First Click, Courtland-Dane, FastSpring, Village Properties and more.
Guests enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of live entertainment and a one-of- a-kind silent auction that included amazing trips, hotel visits, wine and dinners at local restaurants and more. Drew Wakefield did an amazing job as master of ceremonies for the inaugural event.
The Food Bank of Santa Barbara is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. Their award-winning programs and network of over 300 member non- profit partners provide nourishment and education. In Santa Barbara County one in four people receive food support from the Food bank. Last year the Food bank distributed the food and resources for 8.5 million meals, and half of this was fresh produce. For information or to make a donation visit: www.foodbanksb.org.
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has announced the inaugural Santa Barbara Fork & Cork Classic taking place Sunday, June 1st from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Road in Montecito.
“Having been extensively involved in Foodbank tasting events in past years, I am thrilled to carry on the tradition of bringing together such high caliber chefs, wineries and sips and propelling this new chapter forward,” said Mickey Neal, Santa Barbara Fork & Cork Classic Event Chair and License Department Manager at Green Hills Software. “I thank all of our dedicated committee members, sponsors, volunteers and Foodbank staff who have spent countless hours planning and executing what is sure to be an afternoon of tantalizing faire and a celebration for the senses. And what more stunning venue to host the Fork & Cork Classic than the Montecito Country Club, which graciously offered their space for the event. We are incredibly thankful to all our supporters.”
The event will honor: Chef Michael Blackwell of Montecito Country Club; Leslie Mead Renaud, Director of Winemaking at Foley Estate, Lincourt and Two Sisters; and Clarissa Nagy, Winemaker at Riverbench for their leadership in the local food and wine industries. Proceeds from the Santa Barbara Fork & Cork Classic will benefit Foodbank’s over 300 local nonprofit partners and Foodbank’s youth programs.
Tastes featured at the event include: Arlington Tavern, The Blue Owl, Blue Tavern, Blush Restaurant and Bar, Ca’Dario, Casa Blanca, Finch & Fork, Isla Vista Food Co-Op, Jessica Foster Confections, Julienne, The Lark, McConnell’s Ice Cream, Montecito Country Club, Savoy Café & Deli, The Secret Ingredient, and Via Maestra 42.
Wineries and other beverage purveyors include: Blair Fox, Buttonwood Winery, Carr Winery, Cass Winery, DeepSea, Dierberg & Star Lane, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, Firestone Winery, Foley, Jaffurs, La Fenetre, Lincourt, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, Nagy, Wines, Qupe, Riverbench Vineyard, Sans Liege Wines, Santa Barbara Winery, William James Cellars, Zaca Mesa, Ascendant Spirits, Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, Island Brewing Co and Surf Brewery.
Pre-sale General Admission tickets are $65 or $75 at the door. Pre-sale VIP tickets are $95 or $125 at the door. To purchase tickets visit forkandcorkclassic.org.