Celebrity Chef Moulton will spice up PBS food and wine tasting

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Sara-Moulton-Headshot-cropA feast for all the senses will fill the spacious Pawtucket Armory with the aromas, colors, sounds and tastes of an appetizing food and wine tasting for the novice, the enthusiast and the connoisseur to benefit WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

In addition, the evening will feature Chef Sara Moulton of “Sara’s Weeknight Meals.

An Evening Uncorked is slated for April 9, starting at 7 p.m. The 15th annual event will include chefs from 14 popular and award-winning restaurants that will prepare gourmet small bites.

Wine tasting will be courtesy of top local purveyors and private wine cellars. Returning will be chefs from The Capital Grille, Chapel Grille, David Burke Prime Steakhouse, The Dorrance, Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, Just Ellen’s Inc., Luigi’s Restaurant and Gourmet Express, Matunuck Oyster Bar and Pot Au Feu. Guests will also have the chance to indulge in delectable samples from this year’s newest contributors, Bluefin Grille, the Coast Guard House and Red Fez, with desserts by Corner Bakery Café and The Inside Scoop.

Wine tasting will showcase domestic and international vintages presented by M.S. Walker, the Rhode Island Distributing Co., Martignetti Companies of Rhode Island as well as carefully chosen bottles from private cellars. Craft beers will be courtesy of Foolproof Brewing.

A protégé of Julia Child and the founder of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, Sara is a nationally recognized chef who has made her mark as executive chef of “Gourmet” magazine, food editor of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” and the author of several top-selling cookbooks. In October 2015, Moulton kicked off her fifth season as host of public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” the latest milestone in her storied career of teaching and cooking that spans more than 30 years.

Sara will be available to meet and greet guests and sign her latest cookbook released in March – “Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better. The cookbook can be reserved in advance or purchased at the event.

Silent auction tables will be open during the food and wine tasting. Items for bid will include local “wine and dine” winery tours paired with dining certificates, a country club golf outing, dinner and theater tickets, an exclusive VIP pass to the Rhode Island International Film Festival, fitness and spa treatments, locally crafted jewelry, beauty treatments and products and art.

A wine grab will feature 50 bottles of wine concealed in decorated bags. For $50, guests select a numbered cork and win the corresponding numbered bag containing a bottle of wine valued at least $15, plus a $20 gift card to Pane e Vino Ristorante e Enoteca on Federal Hill, Providence. As added incentive, of the 50 bottles available, two of them are wines worth $100 each.

The evening will culminate with a live auction of boutique and cult wines as well as novel fine dining and travel experiences. Among live auction items are a two-night stay at the Ocean House resort in Watch Hill, Westerly; a framed team jersey autographed by New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady; roundtrip domestic air fare for two courtesy of Jet Blue plus a Napa Valley winery tour and tasting; cocktail party for 20 at Candita Clayton Art Gallery; and a dinner party for eight at Gasbarro’s Wines with food by Pane e Vino and wine pairings from Gasbarro’s private cellars.

Tickets to this age 21-plus event are $85 per person and may be purchased in advance. Cocktail party attire is appropriate. The Pawtucket Armory is located off I-95, at 172 Exchange St., near Pawtucket City Hall. Free valet parking will be available. For tickets, directions and more information, visit ripbs.org, email uncorkedwine@ripbs.org or call (401) 222-3636, extension 381.

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