Monday, March 7, 2016

Vino Venue and Smoke Ring Host Cork ‘n Pork April 17

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Chefs Daniel Rivers and Jordan Wakefield Prepare Georgia-Style Barbecue Paired with Wine and Craft Beer for Spring Festival in Dunwoody

ATLANTA (March 7, 2016) – Vino Venue, Atlanta’s one-of-a-kind wine and dine emporium, is continuing its signature Discover festival series with Cork ‘n Pork on Sunday, April 17. Chef/owner Jordan Wakefield of Smoke Ring will join chef Daniel Rivers of Vino Venue for an exciting culinary partnership featuring two tasting sessions - 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. - filled with Southern fare and sips to match.  There will be nearly 100 wines and craft beers served, with an opportunity to purchase favorites to take home.

Cork ‘n Pork is a walk-around tasting event where guests can sample beverages inside at Vino Venue (4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody) and also get a taste of the spring weather while enjoying food samples outside around the barbecue smokers.

Wakefield will be making the “Georgia-style barbecue” for which he has become famous, including classics like smoked whole hog, babyback ribs, brisket, smoked chicken, pickled shrimp, pulled pork and an array of sauces and side items. Rivers will deliver barbecue-friendly wines, craft beers and additional sides, including a build-your-own tater tot station.

“Southern culinary traditions were instilled in me at a very young age by my family, so nothing makes me happier or feels more natural to me than barbecuing,” says Wakefield. “Cork ‘n Pork is the perfect opportunity for me to share the foods that I’m most passionate about, and I’m really looking forward to collaborating with Daniel to offer Atlantans a complete culinary experience.”

Vino Venue will be curating a selection of nearly 100 wines and beers for guests to sample, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase their favorites by the bottle, six pack or case to take home.

“Our Discover series has traditionally featured cuisine and complementing wine varieties from the world’s most distinguished wine regions,” says Michael Bryan, founder of Atlanta Wine School and managing partner of Vino Venue. “Cork ‘n Pork will take a local heirloom—our own style of Georgia barbecue—and thoughtfully pair it with a global selection of wines and local beer selections.”

General admission tickets to Cork ‘n Pork are $59 per person and include unlimited tastings of food and beverages. Those who purchase by March 15 will receive an early bird discount and can purchase tickets for $89 per couple. Additionally, all purchases prior to March 15 include an official Cork ‘n Pork t-shirt, a $20 value. Tickets can be purchased online at, by visiting Vino Venue or by calling 770-668-0435. For more information on group rates, contact Lizette Leanza at

About Vino Venue
Vino Venue is a one-of-a kind wine and dine emporium offering guests a unique, complete culinary experience. With over 50 wines available by the glass, a respectable craft beer selection and bistro-style cuisine designed for sharing, Vino Venue is just the place to discover the art and science of food and wine. Vino Venue is also home to a $100,000 chef demonstration kitchen furthering Vino Venue’s fundamental priority: experiencing the ever expanding world of food and wine. Vino Venue is conveniently located at I-285 and Chamblee Dunwoody Road (4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road) in Dunwoody. For more information, visit

About Smoke Ring
Owner and executive chef Jordan Wakefield is a devoted fan of barbecue and Southern cuisine. Establishing an authentic Georgia-style barbecue, Smoke Ring offers a unique take on typical barbecue dishes. Smoke Ring is located at 309 Nelson Street SW in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood of Atlanta. For more information, call 404-228-6377 or visit


1 comment:

  1. This is a gorgeous place, and I won't soon forget it. Attended an event here sponsored by the company. The reception hour at party venues was held in one of the rooms next to the hall. I loved their buttery mashed sweet potato.