A Night of Forks & Corks for the Algonquin Theatre

Chef Michael Thompson of Chef Michael's CafeThis is the first in a weekly series of posts about the participants of Forks & Corks to benefit the Algonquin Arts Theater in Manasquan on November 18th. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sample artful dishes from area restaurants as you sip a delightful array of premiere wines, beers and inventive cocktails from local distributors. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 732-528-9211 or at algonquinarts.org.

We are so excited and honored to be sponsoring the upcoming Forks & Corks event that we wanted to tell you a little bit about the amazing chefs, food and beveridges you will have the opportunity to sample during this 3 hour event.

Chef Michael’s Cafe. California native, Chef Michael Thompson has been cooking for over 28 years. Starting his education at The California Culinary Academy, he has had the good fortune to work in some of San Francisco’s most legendary restaurants including Stars, La Folie, and MASAS. He has also traveled to Europe, India, and Trinidad to learn how to incorporate native spices and traditional techniques into his culinary palette. Since relocating to the Jersey Shore in 2005, Chef Michael has worked as Executive Chef at Scarborough Fair Restaurant in Sea Girt and Chef Du Cuisine at Whispers in Spring Lake. Now after starting a successful catering and personal chef business, Michael has grown to open Chef Michaels Cafe in Wall, NJ.

McLoone's Restaurants. Executive Chef, Joe RacioppiMcLoone’s Restaurants. Executive Chef, Joe Racioppi, will be preparing their legendary McLoone’s Crab Cakes.  McLoone’s Restaurants, celebrating 26 years in business this Fall, has multiple locations throughout New Jersey and Maryland.  McLoone’s offers classic American cuisine with a modern flare.  McLoone’s locations offer beautiful views for ala carte dining, as well as banquet and wedding facilities for all occasions.

Love Potion #9Love Potion #9: Stop by and sample  Love Potion #9®  in some of your favorite cocktail recipes. They will be sampling their White & Red Sangrias, along with some of their most popular cocktails: Pom 9 and Tiki Tea along with some of their favorite Chocolate Cocktails. Love Potion #9® is a sugar cane based cocktail elixir infused with a mix of 20 tropical fruit flavors  including mango, peach, chocolate, vanilla, pear, apple, cherry, almond and many others, 60-proof, incredibly smooth simply because it contains no grain alcohol. So come and Experience the excitement!

Spirit of 76: Established in 1994 by the DiRenna family, Spirit of ’76 Wines & Liquors has Spirit of 76 Wines & Liquorsbeen the Jersey Shore’s “Only Wine Source” for almost twenty years.  Located on the corner of Stockton Lake Blvd and Highway 71 in Manasquan we have the best selection of imported and domestic wines (specializing in California) and the area’s largest craft beer supply, we are the only store you need. We will be excited to be participating in Corks & Forks and will be presenting some of our favorite Organic wines from around the world.  Organic wines are some of the most popular products at Spirit of ’76.

Unionville Vineyards Sample award winning Wines from New Jersey’s Unionville Vineyards from acclaimed winemaker, Cameron Stark, who is formally trained at UC Davis and spent his early career under the tutelage of Napa Valley wine experts perfecting his skills and mastering his unique, creative style of winemaking. Cameron’s wines have earned him respect and recognition in the wine establishment including Wine Enthusiast ratings of 90+ points.

Look for upcoming articles featuring the rest of our participating restaurants and beveridge providers including:

Beach Haus Beer


Carton Brewery

Chocolate Bar, Manasquan

The Committed Pig, Manasquan

Exclusiv Vodka

Fins! A TropiCali Grill,  Bradley Beach, Sea Girt & Brick

Fratello’s Restaurant & Lounge, Sea Girt

Kaya’s Kitchen, Belmar

Krave Spirits, Matawan

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

The Mill, Spring Lake Heights

Ragin’ Cajun, Belmar

Scarborough Fair,  Sea Girt

Shore Point Distributing Company

Sweet Tease, Manasquan

Taka, Asbury Park

Woodchuck’s BBQ, Pt. Pleasant

If you would like to participate as a vendor or sponsor, please contact Teresa Staub teresa@algonquinarts.org

Sure to sell out, FORKS & CORKS promises to be an epic evening for anyone who is a fan of the edible arts – and offers an exciting glimpse of the delectable options that abound at the Jersey Shore! All attendees must be 21 years or older.

· Tickets – $65 per person

· After November 1,2013 – $75 per person

· VIP Table Sponsor – $700 – Includes reserved table seating for 10 and special commemorative gift for each guest (limited to 10 tables in ballroom)

Tickets are available by calling the box office at 732-528-9211 or at algonquinarts.org

Location: The Mill, 101 Old Mill Rd, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762
Date: Monday, Nov. 18
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Entertainment: The Paul Marino Band
Dress: Business Attire