Caps Corks and Forks returns for Round Five

Caps Corks and Forks – the unique dining event that pits students from the Niagara College Teaching Winery against their counterparts from the College’s Teaching Brewery will return for Round Five on November 21 with a special guest host.

Michael Smith one of Canada’s best-known chefs will act as Master of Ceremonies as students from NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute battle for supremacy in the world of food wine and beer pairing.

“Caps Corks and Forks ideally showcases the many talents of Niagara College’s incredible culinary beer and wine students” said Smith. “The school is a leader in educational excellence and I’m proud to play a part in such a unique event.”

Smith is host of Chef Michael’s Kitchen Chef Abroad Chef at Home and Chef at Large seen on Food Network Canada and in more than 100 other countries. He is also an award-winning cookbook author Media Releasespaper columnist professional chef and home cook. Previous hosts of Caps Corks and Forks have included Kevin Brauch (The Thirsty Traveller) and Jamie Drummond (Good Food Revolution).

First launched in 2012 Caps Corks and Forks showcases the work and expertise of students from the CFWI – including culinary students who prepare an elegant six-course meal and teams of students from NC’s wine programs and Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program that each offer a wine and beer pairing with each dish. Guests vote on the best pairing after each course. In the first four rounds of Caps Corks and Forks the wine team holds a 3-1 edge.

“Caps Corks and Forks is a fun and delicious way for the students from our Canadian Food and Wine Institute to apply their skills and knowledge” said Craig Youdale acting dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “It’s an event that reflects an approach to food wine and beer education that is truly unique in Canada.”

“This amazing opportunity allows for a person at any level to learn and develop the art and science of food and wine pairing all while having the added pleasure of sharing with a room full of guests” said Amanda Levy a first-year student in the Wine and Viticulture Technician program and a member of the wine team.

“This event has given me an exciting opportunity to learn about a greater diversity of Ontario craft beer than I would have otherwise found on my own paired with an unbelievably creative menu” added Drew Simon a student in the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program and member of the beer team.

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus is the college’s centre for food wine and beer education. It is home to Benchmark the college’s teaching restaurant as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

The sold-out event takes place at Benchmark Restaurant at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on Thursday November 21 at 6 p.m. Round Six is scheduled for February 6.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


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