Forks and Corks – Sacramento’s Food and Wine Event of the Year

In step with Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson’s proclamation of Sacramento as the Farm to Fork Capital of the World, the American River College Foundation and Amador Vintners bring the best of food & wine together to celebrate the ground-breaking of the college’s new Culinary Arts Program facility. The evening of May 18,2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. will showcase the Sacramento region as one of the most exciting wine and food centers in the State. At Forks & Corks, 27 Amador County wineries will pour their best alongside dozens of the area’s most renowned restaurants, all in support of future culinary luminaries.The event will symbolically kick off the first phase of construction with a special salute to beneficiaries who have come forward with substantial support. Fundraising efforts and funding by local business and community have raised $1.2 million. The event will help to raise more of the funds needed, with a ticket price of $75.00 per person and a raffle of spectacular food, wine, art and travel packages.

Food & Wine

Guests will arrive to a warm welcome by culinary students sharing some of their appetizer specialties. The American River College (ARC) campus Green will be full from farm to fork with winemaking and cooking demonstrations. Special emphasis will be on the affinity of food & wine as guests are encouraged to cross-pollinate restaurant and wine offerings! The mood will be set by a variety of music from ARC’s student jazz groups.

Horticulture Dept. and Grape Growers Team Up

Amador Winegrape Growers and American River College’s (ARC’s) Horticulture department are preparing unforgettable gifts for each guest at the event. A collaboration of the growers and horticulture students will bear vines from cuttings taken from Amador vineyards. Each guest will receive a new vine for planting. The new vines are meant as a living symbol for sustaining the region as an agricultural and culinary center.

School of Culinary Arts

Currently the ARC culinary program consists of 2,000 sq. ft. of space where all of the cooking, baking, and preparation takes place. The student-run and critically acclaimed Oak Café (currently now only 400 sq. ft.) showcases students’ skills and receives consistent high marks from restaurant critics. The new facility increases the learning center to 19,000 sq. ft. and the Oak Café to 2,000! ARC Culinary Arts Director Brian Knirk says, “The new facility will enable more students to enroll in the program, which is currently impacted and has a waiting list as large as the current enrollment.” He adds, “The impact of our graduates will cast a much wider net locally and across the nation.”

A sample of restaurants and wineries participating on May 18th are….





About a Bite Bakery



ARC Oak Cafe

Bacon & Butter

C’est Le Cheese

Dawson’s at the Hyatt

De Vere’s Irish Pub

Dos Coyotes

Edible Events


Elliots Natural Foods



Ginger Elixabeth


Griselda’s Ventures

Hook & Ladder & Golden Bear

Loco BBQ


Mulvaney’s  B&L

Old Spaghetti Factory

Old Soul


Produce Express

Ruth’s Chris

Scott’s Seafood

Seasons 52


Silva’s Sheldon Inn


Tequila Museo

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Town & Country Catering

Tuli Bistro/Restaurant  Thir13en

Whole Foods

Wicked  Wich




Amador Cellars

Amador Foothill Winery

Andis Wines

Avio Vineyards & Winery

BellaGrace Vineyards

Borjon Winery

Bray Vineyards

C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery

Cooper Vineyards

Deaver Vineyards

Driven Cellars

Drytown Cellars

Feist Wines

Helwig Vineyards & Winery

Jeff Runquist Wines

Karmere Vineyards & Winery

Morse Wines/Il Gioiello Winery

Nine Gables Winery

Renwood Winery

Sera Fina Cellars

Sierra Ridge Winery

Shenandoah Vineyards

Sobon Estate

Story Winery

Tanis Vineyards

Terra d’Oro Winery

Terre Rouge/Easton Wines

TKC Vineyards

Vino Noceto




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