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A Tasty Way To Support Theatre: The Sopranos' Steve Schirripa to Appear at Algonquin Arts Theatre's Forks, Corks & Hops Fundraiser Along With More Than 30 Top Food & Drink Vendors

November 2, 2016

MANASQUAN, N.J. (November 2, 2016) - The Algonquin Arts Theatre's annual tasting fundraiser expands its offerings as beer joins the lineup at Forks, Corks & Hops on November 14, 2016 at 6 p.m.

The fourth edition of this fundraiser will again be hosted at The Mill at Spring Lake Heights, utilizing both levels of one of the Jersey Shore's favorite dining and banquet locations. This year's Grand Sponsors of the event are Jersey Bites, Whole Foods Market Monmouth County and The Garden State Wine Growers Association.

This year Steve Schirripa, who starred on HBO's The Sopranos and is a New York Times Bestselling Author, joins the field of more than 30 food and drink vendors. Schirripa will be hosting a 'Meet & Eat' to showcase his line of Uncle Steve's organic pasta sauces.

The Paul Marino Band and Bruce Foster will provide the soundtrack for guests to taste the best of an all-star lineup of restaurants, wine makers, distillers and now, for 2016, brewers.

Tickets for the tasting are $85 and are available online at algonquinarts.org, by calling 732-528-9211 or at the Algonquin box office at 173 Main Street in Manasquan, N.J., which is open 12-6 p.m. on weekday and 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays. All attendees must be at least 21 years old.

All proceeds from Forks, Corks & Hops will help Algonquin Arts Theatre continue to create programs and performances that benefit the community and enhance the quality of life of those who experience the theatre.

Participating vendors include: August & Scout Cafè & Bakery, Manasquan; Bacchus School of Winemaking, Toms River; Beach Haus Brewery, Belmar; Blend on Main, Manasquan; Brielle Ale House, Brielle; CATB Liquor Import; Domenico J. Winery, San Carlos, California; Esposito's Pizza and Pasta, Manasquan; Exclusiv Vodka; Fratello's Restaurant and Lounge, Sea Girt; Garden State Wine Growers Association; Gerard's Wine and Spirits, Point Pleasant; Gloria J. Wineries, San Carlos, California; Jersey Grille, Manasquan; Main Street Kitchen, Manasquan; Maria's, Manasquan; Marilyn Schlossbach Group (Langosta Lounge, Pop's Garage, Labrador Lounge and What's Your Beef?), MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos, Asbury Park; On Third Cafe and Coffee Company, Spring Lake; Passanante's Home Food Service; Remington's, Manasquan; Scarborough Fair, Sea Girt; Shipwreck Grille, Brielle; Shore Point Distributing Company, Point Pleasant; Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn; Spring Lake Manor, Spring Lake Heights; Starbuck's, Sea Girt; Sunburst Pie Company, Manasquan; The Boathouse Bar and Grill, Belmar; The Committed Pig, Manasquan; The Mill at Spring Lake Heights, Spring Lake Heights; Waypoint 622 Restaurant and Patio Bar, Brielle; Whole Foods Market Monmouth County; and Uncle Steve's Italian Specialties.

VIP tickets to this event will also include a Wine & Cheese Pairing presented by Whole Foods Market Monmouth County and the Garden State Wine Growers Association. VIP tickets that include this pairing are sold out as of October 29.

In addition to the Grand Sponsors Jersey Bites, Whole Foods Market Monmouth County and The Garden State Wine Growers Association, Forks, Corks & Hops is supported by Executive Chef Sponsors Ruth & George Harms and OceanFirst Foundation; Sommelier Sponsor Brook 35 & West; Sous Chef Sponsors Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle and Sacks, LLC, The Folk Agency Realtors, Inc., Larson Ford, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Attorneys at Law, New Jersey Natural Gas, WithumSmith+Brown, CPAs; and Vintner Sponsors Affiliated Direct Mail, Jill Dargeon, Peter A. Flihan, Jr. & Linda P. Hejduk, Investors Bank, Manasquan Bank, Mona and John Kirk, Ocean Medical Center, Passanante's Home Food Services, Sunnyside Manor, and Dale and Peter H. Wegener, Esq.

ABOUT ALGONQUIN ARTS THEATRE

Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501c(3) non-profit center for performing arts, providing cultural enrichment and arts education for residents and visitors of Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore through high quality performances and programs in theatre, music, dance and film.

Located in Manasquan, N.J., AAT is an integral part of the Shore Region, offering broad access to arts experiences across multiple disciplines. Deeply committed to education, AAT serves students of all ages not only through art and music instruction, but also through the unique communal conversation that exists between audience member and performer. The theatre provides a platform for local and regional performers to showcase their work and offers audiences the opportunity to engage very directly and personally in the arts, fostering greater participation and providing an engaging means for exploring personal and societal issues through the world of the stage.

Algonquin Arts Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided by Manasquan Bank, the Paul F. Zito, M.D. Educational Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Freed Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the OceanFirst Foundation, the Investors Bank Foundation, the Provident Bank Foundation and the generosity of our patrons.

The theatre was voted New Jersey's favorite small performing arts center south of the Raritan River in 2015.