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Cork & Soul - A Food and Wine Event Benefiting Type I Diabetes

I had the distinct pleasure of attending Cork & Soul on October 11th at Tivoli Village, a food and wine event that is also an incredible fundraiser. It’s to support JDRF, a charity that’s helping to find a cure for type I diabetes. 

Cork & Soul got its start as a friendly backyard barbecue. “It started over ten years ago when one of our families decided to have a party for their donors before the annual JDRF 1 Walk, which is the first week of every November. So they threw a party in their backyard. A friend had a band and performed for free and the idea grew and became an event that raised about one hundred thousand dollars a year,” said Celia Wheeler, the Executive Director of JDRF. “Three quarters of the people with type I diabetes are adults now, and you can be diagnosed as an adult.” She continued describing the world of hurt that for the most part is suffered silently by the children of this very difficult diagnosis. “For the family and the child diagnosed with type I, it’s such a tough diagnosis because for the rest of their lives they will have to be poked with blood tests and insulin injections.” 

Celia gives us a great analogy. “It’s like buying a red Volkswagen and then seeing every red Volkswagen on the highway you never noticed before. It’s that way with type I. Until you’re involved with type I or attend an event (like Cork & Soul) about type I, it’s amazing how many people you discover you know who are connected in some way with this disease.”

Cork & Soul opened with a smorgasbord of food from some of the finest restaurants in town. Everything from shrimp Thai noodle salad and edamame hummus served with warm Mezze flatbread from Public School 702 to hamachi jalapeno with ponzu from Boathouse Asian Eatery and delectable meatballs served by Spiedini. There was even a hot teppan table serving up stir-fry and steak from Mumfresh Asian Eats. “There was a beautiful steak dinner served in the VIP area prepared and donated by Echo & Rig because they have a connection with type I diabetes,” said Celia. And may I add to complement every entree at the event was a wonderful wine and beer selection for your pleasure and instant pairing. I wish I had the space to name every food and beverage donation to Cork & Soul. I’d like to at least list the restaurants as a way to say thank you for their generosity in giving to this great cause: ADA’s, Boar’s Head Provisions, Boathouse Asian Eatery, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Carl’s Donuts, Carne and Comida, Diamond Events Catering, Echo & Rig, Edo Tapas, Fleur by Hubert  Keller, Hamptons, Hawthorn Grill, Jade Asian Kitchen & Noodles, Mumfresh Asian Eats, Public School 702, Raising Cane’s, SeaBream, Spiedini and Wahoo’s Fish Taco. There were several beverage donors as well: Angry Orchard, Bonanza Beverage, Boston Beer Company, Breakthru Beverage, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Concur Wines, CraftHaus Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing, Lloyd Cellars, Inc., Morris Viola Family Vineyard, Peroni, Round Pond, Stone Brewing, Tito’s and Truly. 

JDRF is the leading fundraiser for type I diabetes research. Their main goal is to find a cure and until they do, their focus is to help fund advancements so that those living with the disease can live a better life. If you missed Cork & Soul this year, be sure to mark your calendar. This is an event you don’t want
to miss. 

Red Lobster Grand Opening

The VIP First Look at Red Lobster pre-opening experience on October 19th was fabulous. The redesigned concept of the new Red Lobster located at 1870 West Craig Rd. has a fresh new face, an open spacious look and feel and it’s comfortable. My entree was a Maine lobster tail with a jumbo shrimp skewer and fresh Atlantic salmon finished with a brown butter sauce served over rice and asparagus. I was served a Grand Patron Margarita with a shot of Grand Marnier on the side. It’s a cocktail you can mix at the table, elegant and smooth. Be sure to check out this seafood gem.