Well, there are at least 15 reasons right here....
Early each Spring, Brooks Uncorked marks the unofficial beginning to the heartiest portion of the Memphis Wine + Food Series (MW+F). In case you are unfamiliar, MW+F is the major fundraising effort supporting the museum's education and community outreach programs. Following Uncorked, the MW+F spring season hosts a dinner at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, a Private Winemaker Dinner at Spring Creek Ranch, and the Grand Auction, which rounds it all out May 9th on the Brooks plaza. Of all the events, Brooks Uncorked is the one that most says "party." It draws a younger crowd, and although the ticket isn't cheap (about the price of a proper trip to the grocery store), all in attendance can say they are a benefactor to the arts. Further, it's a reasonable investment considering all the specialty wines, heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by local restaurateurs, choice setting, company, and rocking after party. Brooks Uncorked aims to nurture a generation that will continue to live and give in Memphis into their years. Here are 5 more specific reasons to be in attendance:
5. The Bottle Pull - Remember the rubber ducks you could pick out of a kiddy pool at the fair to win prizes? The Bottle Pull is like that, except it's for adults and we would never cheat you. Throw down $20, pick a bagged bottle of wine, and you can't lose. No bottle is worth less than $20, and some are worth upwards of $100!
Sampling the wines before the bottle pull
4. The Salvador Dalí Blood Orange Mojito - Courtesy of Prichard's, and inspired by our current exhibition, Dalí: Illustrating the Surreal. Need we say more?
No photo of the "Blood Orange Mojito" yet, so we snuck in a sixth reason.
3. Silent Auction Items - Fancy an hour on the Fed Ex flight stimulator? A pair of Chanel sunglasses? Family summer membership to Rhodes College pool? Fine art? All these things, and more, will be part of the silent auction.
No "Blue Dog" paintings here!
2. A chance to say you had a "night at a museum" - Or at least, that you went to an after party at one. When the wine tasting ends, the party begins. Outdoors on the Brushmark terrace: Mingle with like-minded wine aficionados, foodies, and fellow benefactors to the arts. DJ Mark Anderson will pump out the jams.
No smartphones on the dance floor! (But if you must, #brooksmuseum)
1. Your contribution to arts education in Memphis - Our community outreach is far and wide. The Brooks educates Memphians in all corners on the beauty of art-making and art history.
The Brooks Education gallery
Tickets are $90 for Brooks Members / $110 for General Admission
Day of Event and Door Pricing is $125
For tickets and more information, visit http://memphiswineandfoodseries.org/events
See you there!