What to Expect at This Weekend’s Fork & Cork

By Farah Fleurima  |  May 14, 2014

This Friday kicks off our northerly neighbor’s gourmet overhaul of Taste Addison, called Fork & Cork. Celebu-chefs of local and national note will be out in full force, as well as restaurants, liquor brands and beer labels with samples by the dozens. We thought we’d point out the tastiest highlights of the weekend; check out the full schedule of events for the Friday/Saturday extravaganza here. Do keep in mind that unlike Taste Addison, Fork & Cork is reserved for adults 21 and up. Get tickets here; get discounted tickets for Saturday here for a limited time.


This evening’s kickoff party runs from 6 to 10, and for $65 guests can sample bites of food and sips of beverages in the Grand Tasting Area with more than 30 vendors represented, including Cantina Laredo, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Ferrari’s Italian Villa, Urban Crust and many more. In addition, there’ll be a beer garden and vintner’s lounge, ongoing fire pit cooking from chef Tim Byres and a pork cook-off judged by headlining chef Marcus Samuelsson. Proceeds from tickets for this evening will benefit Café Momentum, which teaches kitchen and chef skills to at-risk youths.

Craft Beer Seminar, 6:45 PM
Certified cicerone Emily McDearman will lead enthusiasts in a tasting of numerous types of suds. She’ll present the same course on Saturday at 6 PM.

Tequila Class Tasting, 8 PM
Presented by the Consulate General of Mexico, which has taken an active interest in promoting the spirit throughout Texas, this class will be led by Javier San Martin, the state brand ambassador for Don Julio Tequila. The same class will take place Saturday at 4:45 PM.


Less of a party than Friday, Fork & Cork’s second day kicks off at noon and is brimming with more up-close and informative culinary activities until 11 PM. Unlike Friday, the entry ticket is $35, which includes complimentary nibbles from five guest restaurants: Oak, Casa Rubia, Belly & Trumpet, Pakpao and Abacus. Besides that, guests can use festival tickets to purchase food samples ranging from $1 to $5. The Grand Tasting Area will be open from 2 to 6 PM for general admission, with $100 VIP ticket-holders allowed to enter at 1 PM (other perks for VIPs include dinner for two and a vehicle loan from Lincoln Motor Company, valet parking, hands-on grilling demos and a cookbook signing and meet-and-greet with Samuelsson). The beer garden, vintner’s lounge and Byres’ fire pit from Friday rage on.

Hands-On Grilling Class, 12:15 PM
Chef Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House) will lead this instructional session on how to play with fire… and win. With grilling season finally here, we imagine this’ll be popular.

Texas Spirits Tasting Event, 1 PM
Treaty Oak Distilling rep Daniel Barnes presents a tour of Lone Star liqueurs.

Bread Making Demo and Tasting, 2:15 PM
Learn tips and tricks and enjoy some yeasty eats with the folks from Empire Baking.

Cocktail Demo and Tasting, 2:15 PM
Popular mixologist Eddie “Lucky” Campbell (Abacus) will surely beguile taste buds with a heady mix of his alcoholic concoctions.

Cooking Demo and Tasting, 6:15 PM
James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson shows off his kitchen wizardry and, we’re sure, his charm.