Experienced by Adrian McQueen / Photography by Adrenaline Lifestyles
Automotive events are changing all the time when it comes to marketing a new vehicle. These type of events are what excites the consumer and promotes the relationship between lifestyles and automobiles. Lexus Uptown Uncorked hit the nail on the head by mixing food, wine and fancy cars into one event. The Uncorked series is proclaimed as a private, premium culinary experience showcasing a mix of food, wine and beautiful automobiles all in one building
The well acclaimed Long View Gallery served as the venue where Lexus partnered with UPTOWN Magazine to present a private experience where Washington, D.C. influencers, consumers and tastemakers were treated to delicious cuisine by well acclaimed Washington, D.C. area chefs and restaurateurs. Complimentary entry and valet parking showed the level of class was set high for this event.
Patrons were also able to taste various from SAVED and Meiomi wines. Tattoo artist Scott Campbell created SAVED Wines as an artistic expression of the Freedom of Craft. SAVED Wines focuses on two blends—a powerful Red Blend and an unashamedly dry Rose. Joseph “Joe” Wagner, a member of Napa Valley’s Wagner Family of Wine (founders of Caymus Vineyards), developed Meiomi while working for the family. He perfected an extremely popular flavor profile for the primarily Pinot Noir line.
Patrons were given an opportunity to see the all-new 2017 Lexus GS F and the 2017 Lexus RC F has a sleek edgy design that caters to the taste and style of young and active luxury drivers. Lexus is tapping new ground for high-adrenaline performance engineering that is ready to satisfy even the most demanding driving enthusiasts.
The Washington, D.C. Chefs are:
Kora’s Owner, Chef Morou Outtara has been seen on shows such as Good Morning America, Iron Chef America and the Next Iron Chef in the Metropolitan Area by the Washington Metropolitan Restaurant Association two years in a row. Under his culinary leadership Farrah Olivia Restaurant was nominated for best new restaurant.
Oji Abbott, a native Washingtonian, is Executive Chef/Owner of Oohh’s & Aahh’s Restaurant and has operated his small business since 2003. He has over eleven years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience.
Word of Mouth Catering by Chef David Clements. Chef David has catered countless events in the Washington DC area and believes that the best form of promotion is indeed by word of mouth. When your name and product has a buzz, the consumer will come.
Chef Jeff Leonard from Po Boy Jim. This New Orleans-themed restaurant serves a large selection of po-boys, ranging from traditional to international like Asian teriyaki and Rasta vegan patty with coconut. A small selection of entrees includes gumbo, etouffee and blackened salmon.
Chef James Robinson was raised in Harlem, New York, and at the tender age of eleven years old his passion for food began. As his grandmother raised him and his six siblings, Robinson was inspired by her informal culinary skills. Through spending time with her in the kitchen, Robinson truly found joy in creating food for his family. Robinson is also a Chef instructor for Raising Expectations Inc. where he teaches the youth (ages 10-18) culinary lessons. In addition to youth and adult culinary classes, Chef Robinson also hosts an online cooking show.
Chef Virginia Ali from Ben’s Chili Bowl. In 1958, newlyweds Ben and Virginia Ali used $5,000 to begin renovating a building at 1213 U Street. On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business. After a 50 plus year journey, business is booming and the Ben’s brand is red hot. Ben’s has also expanded by opening a new restaurant and bar called Ben’s Next Door, in addition to outposts at Nationals Stadium and FedEx Field.
This event is a multi – city tour that lands in major cities such as Atlanta, D.C.
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