Keels & Wheels Uncorked Matches Food And Wine With Classic Cars

Houstonians who love the visual feast of classic cars served alongside food and wine tasting should check out Keels & Wheels Uncorked on Thursday, March 22. It’s being hosted at the Bentley Showroom, 1530 West Loop South and serves as the annual kick-off of Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance event. (That event is later this year: May 5 through 6 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook.)  Proceeds benefit Today’s Harbor for Children, a non-profit organization that places children with foster families

“I assigned each chef a classic or exotic auto — or, in one case, a vintage boat — and challenged them to do a wine and food pairing with that selection,” says chairman Bob Fuller. “I ask them to consider what wine they think matches the car and bring a bunch of samples and hors d’oeuvres.”

The participating restaurants and their car pairings are Grotto Ristorante (973 Ferrari Dino), Mastro’s Steakhouse (1924 Bentley Speedster), McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks (1959 Porsche 356 Speedster), The Post Oak Hotel’s Bouchée Patisserie (1962 XKE Jaguar Roadster), Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse (2017 Ford GT 40) and Willie G’s Seafood and Steaks (1964 Century 20-foot Runabout boat).

Photo of Bob Fuller and Sam Malone.
Sam Malone, right, pictured with Keels & Wheels Concours chairman Bob Fuller, will emcee the event. Photo courtesy of Keels & Wheels.

Guests will have the chance to not only chat with the participating chefs about their selections, but also sample all the food and wine, which is included in the ticket price. There is also a live and silent auction.

This years Keels & Wheels: Uncorked event honors Bill King, a long-time Houston businessman, lawyer and public servant. Throughout his life, King has had a strong interest in a wide range of social, environmental and political issues. In 1996, King was elected to the Kemah City Council. He later served as mayor of Kemah from 2001 to 2005 and was also a candidate for mayor of Houston in 2015.

“This is a unique and fun event,” says Fuller. “There’s an artist who will be there doing a painting of the cars and the party during the event. We’ll auction it off at the end of the evening. There will be a brand new Bugatti on display. I think everyone will have fun.”

Tickets to the event are $75 per person if purchased in advance and $100 at the door. Advance tickets are available online. Dress is business attire. At Keels & Wheels: Uncorked, participants can also purchase tickets to the upcoming Keels & Wheels classic car and boat show on May 5 and 6.

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