We are very pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, Global Gourmet was awarded First Place for the Best Wine & Appetizer Pairing at MPINCC’s fourth annual Corks & Forks event.

MPINCC (MPI Northern California Chapter) provides its members with innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry.

This year’s Corks & Forks A Culinary Art Experience themed networking and educational event was held at Gallery 308 at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Corks & Forks emphasizes the art of culinary collaborations by featuring caterers and wineries competing for member votes for the best pairing of food and wine, and has become one of the chapter’s most popular events. Nearly 300 guests from all over the Bay Area came to Fort Mason to network, experience some incredible culinary collaborations, and take in a seminar. This year’s educational presentation, Flavor Innovation and Creativity: Understanding the Unhackable, by Culinary Scientist Ali Bouzari preceded the Corks & Forks event.

Last year, Global Gourmet’s President Laura Lyons, along with COPIA CEO Komal Ahmad and winemaker Chris Benziger of Benziger Winery, presented the educational workshop; We Can Make a Difference: Sharing Sustainable Best Practices in the Hospitality Industry.

For this event, ten of the Bay Area’s top caterers and executive chefs were partnered with award-winning wineries to pair their food with the perfect varietal. Each was put to the test of creating harmony between wine and food. Guests were able to taste delectable bites paired perfectly with wine and then asked to choose their favorite team.

For the second year in a row, Global Gourmet Catering was awarded first place. We created a Braised Beef Short Rib with Spring Peas, Pioppini Mushrooms, and Opal Basil Piperade Sauce paired with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2015 Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon.

Scott Fairbanks, our Senior Account Executive and Creative Director, described our concept:

“MPINCC’s Corks & Forks event presented an interesting challenge – to pair food and wine under the creative umbrella of ‘The Art of Food.’ In presenting our entry, we chose the magical inspiration of Jackson Pollack, presented with an urban street art vibe. To accomplish this, our chefs ‘painted’ a culinary canvas as guests watched, took photos and, ultimately, partook in the edible canvas.”

We love participating in this event. It’s a wonderful opportunity to partner with some of our favorite local wineries to combine food and wine that on their own stand up perfectly well, but when used together make for a more interesting, unique, well-rounded and enjoyable culinary experience.

We’re already looking forward to next year. Three-peat?