The National Association for Catering and Events Baltimore Chapter (NACE Baltimore) will present its eighth annual UNCORKED! fundraiser, Monday, March 18, from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. at the Baltimore Country Club in Roland Park.
Known for its top talent in catering, fine dining and event design, UNCORKED! is widely regarded as one of Baltimore’s finest events. NACE National has even recognized it as the “Fundraiser of the Year.”
Featuring the theme “Baltimore Rocks!” UNCORKED! 2013 will delight all five senses with all that Charm City culture offers.
After arriving to an interpretation of the Baltimore Visitor Center and Inner Harbor surround, guests will travel cocktail-party style through 11 of Baltimore's most colorful, eclectic neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Jewish Baltimore, Brewers Hill and Hampden.
According to NACE, eleven teams of chefs from Baltimore’s top caterers and restaurants, along with designers and event professionals will present unique food, drink, decor and entertainment to represent each neighborhood's special culture and ethnic flavors.
To date, some of the teams are as follows:
- Boutique Events, Chef's Expressions and Table Toppers
- Innovative Party Planners, Zeffert & Gold Catering and Max's Taphouse
- Plan it Perfect and The Pantry Catering
- Select Event Rentals and Putting on the Ritz
All teams will compete for awards in a design competition scored by five celebrity judges: Kelly Freeman (Carte Blanche Events owner,) Joe Sugarman (STYLE Magazine editor,) Jack Gerbes (Maryland Film Office president,) Jen Marsh (City Paper editor,) and Sharon Sheets (Staging with Style designer and CEO.)
Adding to the fun, a silent auction will feature dining and travel packages, sports memorabilia, art and more.
The evening’s grand finale will be an exciting after-party with a tasteful spin on 1950s Baltimore Street. It will featuring a Burlesque dance performance, a twist on a peep show photobooth, desserts from Charm City Cakes, and karaoke provided by Absolute Entertainment.
Over 300 guests are expected to take part in the business/cocktail celebration, which will be co-chaired by Jean Wade Mayer (co-owner of Boutique Events and co-director of fundraising for NACE Baltimore) and Jennifer Bafford (sales manager for AFR Event Furnishings and co-director of fundraising for NACE Baltimore.)
Organizers hope to raise at least $50,000 to benefit Moveable Feast, as well as fund scholarships, grants and educational programs for catering professionals through NACE Baltimore and the Foundation of NACE.
Individual tickets are $150 and sponsorships are also available.
For more information or tickets, visit www.baltimoreuncorked.com .
Make sure to check out the video from last year’s event.