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Forks & Corks 2019 Grand Tasting Event Rescheduled to May 5th

Forks & Corks 2019 Grand Tasting Event Rescheduled to May 5th
WHO:               The Sarasota-Manatee Originals and its annual Forks & Corks Grand Tasting event
WHAT:              Prompted by the increasing certainty of severe weather conditions, tomorrow’s (Jan. 27) 2019 Forks & Corks Grand Tasting
Event has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 5th. All other Forks & Corks events scheduled throughout the weekend will proceed as scheduled. All Grand Tasting ticket holders will be contacted via email within the next two weeks with details for the May 5th event.
“It is with deep regret that we are rescheduling our Grand Tasting event, but out of concern for guest safety, security and especially the enjoyment of our guests, our board voted unanimously to reschedule to Sunday, May 5th,” said Beth Owen-Cipielewski, board president of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals. “We know how hard our restaurants have worked and value the commitment of our winemakers who have traveled to the Suncoast area from around the globe.”
“We’ve been watching the deterioration of our local weather with heavy hearts, hoping for the best, but significant changes over the last 48 hours made this difficult decision necessary,” said Michael Klauber, Forks & Corks Event Co-Chair. “Rescheduling to this date in May gives us the best opportunity to provide our guests with the extraordinary experience they’ve come to expect from a Sarasota-Manatee Originals event.” 
The Grand Tasting Event features more than 350 wines from across the globe – all hand-selected and professionally tasted, judged and recognized as medal winners – and culinary creations from members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. A retail tent is also available, where patrons can purchase various varietals, making it one of the few festivals in the Southeast providing a chance to purchase the showcased wines on-site during the event.
WHEN:             Sunday, May 5th  Details here.
WHERE:           The rescheduled Grand Tasting Event will take place May 5 at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, as originally planned (5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota).
For more information and updates on the event, visit Follow Forks & Corks on Facebook and Instagram and the following hashtags #ForksandCorks941 and #EatLikeaLocal941.
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About Sarasota-Manatee Originals:
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are a diverse collection of 60 award-winning, independent restaurants with a shared passion for outstanding dining experiences and commitment to the community. Each “Original” restaurant is known for its inventive use of the best ingredients to prepare dishes that embody the flavor, color and culture of Florida’s west coast. 
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals Board of Directors includes: 
Beth Owen-Cipielewski, CMP, President – Owner, Siesta Key Oyster Bar
Greg Campbell, Vice President – Executive Chef & Dir. of Operations, PIER 22 and GROVE
Michael Klauber, Event Co-Chair & Founding President – Co-Proprietor, Michael’s On East
Mike Harb, Event Co-Chair & Treasurer – Owner, Fast N Fresh
Emma Kate Silvestri, Secretary – Marketing Director, Venice Pier Group
Darcy Arpke – Co-Owner, Euphemia Haye Restaurant
Marc Grimaud – Owner, Café Gabbiano
Liza Kubik 
Nikki Logan-Curran – Editor/Owner, The Scout Guide
Nori Guevara | Account Manager
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