By Rachel Galvin
The majesty and magic of the sea beckoned epicureans to the underwater-themed JA World Uncorked on Saturday, January 27 at the JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion, 1130 Coconut Creek Blvd. in Coconut Creek. This yearly event, hosted by the Circle of Wise Women, changes themes throughout the years, but the concept remains the same; the event is a celebration of food, drinks and plenty of fun. It also benefits a great cause — the Junior Achievement of South Florida. Their mission is to help kids gain financial literacy, entrepreneurship and have workforce readiness.
This evening began with a beautiful mermaid greeting guests. They could strike a pose with her before grabbing a wine glass and heading inside. There, they would find purveyors ready to pour everything from a Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon to a Superbird Spicy Tequila, from fine whiskeys or a tropical Mai Tai from the popular Mai Kai, which they said is opening this summer following renovations.
The wide array of spirits available, presented by Breakthru Beverage, were the perfect pairing to the tasty tidbits showcased from top local restaurants. The tastes were varied from Ahi Tuna Tartare to sliders. Funky Buddha, who is at the event year after year, served up a new appetizer– a whipped ricotta with pumpkin seed pesto, himalayan salt, toasted pumpkin seeds and organic local honey. They also presented their version of a pork belly taco. Burlock Coast offered a smoked duck and ham hock cassoulet. Italian food lovers found Chef Vico’s pasta and meatballs delicious. Velvet Taco presented a tasty Tikka Tostada. These were just a few of the multiple options available.
People sipped and savored, mixed and mingled. They also could bid on the silent auction and pose for multiple photo ops by AME Solutions and Island TV Photo Experiences, while listening to the band, hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
On their way out, people could grab some coffee at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Joe to Go Coffee Station or The Gussack Family Exotech Espresso Martini Bar.
JA Uncorked really needs to be experienced to be fully understood for the all encompassing event that it is year after year. If you missed this year’s festivities, there is always next year. Find out more at www.jasouthflorida.org.
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