While starting up his event company, Björn VW was working as a server at The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry in 2013 when a group of 13 LGBT women came in to celebrate a birthday. They had the perfect ingredients for a party: great food, friends and laughter.
He figured why not combine these ingredients and throw a giant party to unite Westchester’s LGBT and ally community together?
“Working in the industry has allowed me to meet so many new people who have moved here from Manhattan and Brooklyn,” said VW. “I have been asked many times, “Where are gay bars to go up here?” And to be honest, there aren’t many.”
That’s when Forks, Corks and Cocktails —Björn & Company Events & Weddings‘ LGBT food and wine tasting event— was born. It’s now in its third year and promises to be full of even more flavor and fun in 2016!
“There are so many activities down in Manhattan for the LGBT community, and with so many of them moving up here, why not create a concept that celebrates us through amazing food, cocktails, dancing & diversity,” VW tells Westchester Woman.
Forks, Corks and Cocktails, sponsored by Westchester Magazine, will be held on Friday, May 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains at 7:30 p.m. and will showcase tastings from more than 13 restauranteurs, wine and spirit purveyors that are handpicked by VW.
Here are some of this year’s participants:
- The Cookery
- Cedar Street Grill
- The Dessertist
- The Ritz-Carlton Westchester
- Vintage 1891 Kitchen
- MasterChef Alumni Christine Silverstein with exciting product from Truffle Lab NYC
- Coriander Modern Indian
- Mason Sandwich Co.
- The Mill
- Armonk House
- Frederick Wildman & Sons
- Anestasia Vodka
You can learn more about the event participants and sponsors here and by following Björn & Company Events & Weddings on social media. LGBT folks and allies will enjoy sneak peeks of participants’ spring/summer menus featuring the hottest trends in food, trademark concoctions, and seasonal wines.
(Courtesy: Forks, Corks and Cocktails)
“Every year, our guest chefs give us a preview of their spring and summer menu before it’s officially released in their restaurants,” said VW. “We have teamed up with Westchester’s best chefs and local vendors this year to create an evening that is sure to be filled with the best food, signature cocktails, seasonal wines, dancing and so much more.”
You’ll be able to burn off the calories you consumed on the dance floor with music by DJ Catch1. There will also be tarot card readings by Angels Spa and Spiritual Botanica and other vendors like Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski.
Since Forks, Corks and Cocktails has thought of EVERYTHING for this event, they have teamed up with LYFT to provide a $50 credit for rides to and from the event using the code GETFORKD.
Here’s a video promoting Forks, Corks and Cocktails’ 2015 event:
Excited? I knoooowwwww!!!! Us too.
Tickets are $75 and include the walk around tasting, seasonal wine and signature cocktails. There will also be a cash bar on site. VIP tickets are $125 and include access to the VIP lounge, walk around tasting, seasonal wines, signature cocktails, the sponsored Rose Bar, Bubbles Bar and gift bags.
Yes, we said the magic words… GIFT BAG!!! And you know they are going to be good if Björn is putting them together!
Party-goers must be 21 and over. Wear something you’ll look fly af in! It’s going to be a SERIOUSLY amazing time and we’d hate for you to miss it! Make sure you get your tickets now at www.bjornandcompany.com/tickets or by calling 646-524-6342.
— ForksCorksCocktails (@GetForkd) April 5, 2016
“This is our third year and the level of support has been overwhelming,” said VW. “This truly is a community event. The event is open to all, so don’t be afraid to come and get GETFORKD.”
Are you ready to get #GetForkd? We are!