Uncorked Pops Its Top to Embrace Kegs and Food


Chris Parks
Senior Vice President

Kegs-Corks-Forks-Clarion-6.083x9When you do something well, you should always ask, “How can I do it better?”  This year, the Chatham Uncorked event committee took this idea to heart and took a step back and asked one another, “How can we make our event even better?”

We began our planning by confirming our list of featured wineries.  Next our members discussed how the breweries were also a big hit at last year’s event.   We couldn’t forget them, and decided we needed to be sure to market our event to craft beer drinkers as well as wine lovers. Then there are the foodies; we can’t leave them out.  After all, the list and variety of foods has grown over the years, so we surely wanted to highlight them as well.

Basically, the name “Uncorked” just didn’t seem to capture the full “Uncorked” experience anymore.  So the creative minds of the group did what they do and came up with a new way to embrace our past and re-define our future.  Welcome to Kegs, Corks and Forks, Chatham’s newest holiday kick-off event.

Kegs, Corks and Forks is slated from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Sangamon Prairie Reception Center.   Tickets are only $10 and include a wine or stein tasting glass and five tasting tickets.  You can purchase additional tasting tickets for $1.

True to our tradition, the wineries will take center stage.  This year’s featured wineries include:

  • Cooper’s Hawk Winery
  • Hopewell Winery
  • Plainview Winery
  • West of Wise Winery

The micro-brewers will prove just as popular.  This year’s line-up features:

  • Engrained Brewing Company
  • Rolling Meadows Brewery
  • Timmotheus Brothers Brewery

The food selection is also filling up, so no one will go home hungry.  We’ll be offering food from:

  • Celebrations Catering
  • Chef Barry Lane – Drift to Clay Pottery
  • Fulgenzi’s Trattoria & Catering
  • Omar’s Mexican Grille
  • Scoop Du Jour Ice Cream Parlor
  • Why Not Pizza

In addition, artwork from Drift to Clay Pottery will be on sale, so plan to get some holiday shopping done while you mingle.  And as you talk with your friends, enjoy the music brought to you by D.J. Ryan Bandy of Win, Lose or Draught Sports Bar.

At the end of the night, I hope we find we’ve “done good, better.”  Join us Nov. 6 and let me know.  Proceeds benefit the Chatham Area Chamber programs. Email me if you have questions.


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