Downtown Los Angeles’s California-centric wine bar and Executive Chef Albert Aviles team up with bacon aficionado Rashida Purifoy to offer diners a $25, three-course bacon tasting menu


Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Corkbar, known for its California-focused wine list and farmers’ market-inspired cuisine, joins forces with artisanal bacon purveyor the Cast Iron Gourmet to feature a $25, three-course bacon tasting menu from 5-10 p.m. A collaboration between Corkbar Executive Chef Albert Aviles and the Cast Iron Gourmet Chef/Owner Rashida Purifoy, featured items will include Frisée and Bacon Salad with Roasted Tomato, Shallot, Bacon Lardons, and Grain Mustard Vinaigrette; Báhn Mi Sliders, made with Cured Pork Belly, Hoisin Glaze, Sambal Aïoli, Micro Cilantro, and Pickled Daikon and Carrot, served on a Brioche Bun with a side of Sriracha Sauce; and a Bacon Chocolate Cupcake with Caramel Whipped Cream and Bacon Lardons. An optional wine pairing is available for $13, and includes a 2009 Melville Viognier, Santa Ynez Valley; a 2006, Holus Bolus Syrah, Santa Barbara County; and a 2008 Justin "Obtuse" Port, Paso Robles. A limited number of reservations will be accepted for this event.

“The idea for the ‘Swine & Wine’ menu came about after Rashida came into Corkbar for dinner,” Aviles says. “We both share a mutual admiration for all things bacon and next thing we knew, plans were in the works for a bacon-centric tasting menu here at the wine bar.”

Corkbar is also offering guests a chance to win two complimentary “Swine & Wine” dinners by becoming a Corkbar Twitter follower and tweeting @Corkbar the name of their favorite bacon dish—anything from an at-home recipe to a favorite restaurant dish—between 12 a.m. PT on January 13 and 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2011 (existing Twitter followers are eligible, though they must still tweet within the aforementioned timeframe). The winner will be notified via Twitter’s direct message service on February 1, 2011. Dinners are redeemable exclusively on February 2, 2011 and are non-transferrable. The Cast Iron Gourmet will also be offering special bacon-centric prizes for social media fans that attend the dinner, visit or follow the company on Twitter for further details.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 
5-10 p.m.  

$25, three-course “Swine & Wine” dinner
$13, optional wine pairing (3 wines)

403 W. 12th St.                                               
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Corkbar is located at 403 W. 12th St. in downtown Los Angeles. It is open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. until approximately 2 a.m. and Saturday through Monday 3 p.m. until approximately 2 a.m. All food and bottled wine and beer are also available to-go. Corkbar offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. with $5 draft pints, $8 select glasses of wine, and half-priced select appetizers. Ample street parking is available, in addition to a public lot located across the street. Schedules of wine tastings and special events, as well as full wine, beer, and food menus are also available on the website or via Facebook. Follow Corkbar on Twitter at

A Los Angeles-based company and pop-up bacon vendor, the Cast Iron Gourmet specializes in making small-batch bacon and bacon-inspired goodies: Small batch because most of the Cast Iron Gourmet’s serving sizes are perfect for one or two people; bacon because it is decidedly delicious. The Cast Iron Gourmet’s process is simple. First, they take fresh, sustainable pork belly, and cure it for days. Next, they take one of their hand-crafted rubs—each of them made with a unique blend of spices—and coat the pork with its sinfully good flavor. Finally, they smoke the meat using fresh hickory wood, which helps give the Cast Iron Gourmet’s bacon a delectable, just-off-the-grill flavor. Consider the Cast Iron Gourmet your personal bacontopia. After all, good things come in small batches. Find the Cast Iron Gourmet online at, on Facebook, or follow the company on Twitter.


  • The “Swine & Wine” dinner for two winner will be selected by the Corkbar team using services.
  • Prize awarded is inclusive of taxes, though does not include gratuity and/or any other fees applicable to its redemption.
  • Only tweets received between 12 a.m. PT on January 13, 2011, and 11:59 p.m. PT on January 31, 2011, will be considered. Participants must also follow @Corkbar on Twitter in order to be eligible.
  • Contestants must be 21 years of age to enter.
  • The winner will be notified by the Corkbar team no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2011 (instructions on how to redeem the prize will be given at that time and received via Twitter’s direct message service).
  • Prizes are non-transferrable.
  • Prizes are only valid for the “Swine & Wine” dinner on February 2, 2011.
  • Corkbar reserves the right to substitute any prize for an item of equal or greater value. Prize winners are solely responsible for all applicable taxes and fees associated with receiving their prize. By accepting the prize, the winner releases Corkbar, Cast Iron Gourmet, Wagstaff Worldwide, and their respective officers, agents, and employees from any responsibility or liability in connection with any prize awarded. By entering this giveaway, entrants accept and agree to these rules. By submitting an entry, a winner agrees to allow use of his/her name for advertising this or similar promotions and allows Corkbar, Cast Iron Gourmet, and Wagstaff Worldwide to post your name on affiliated websites as the winner of this giveaway without further compensation. Winner agrees to release (Corkbar, Cast Iron Gourmet, and Wagstaff Worldwide) of any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from acceptance, use, misuse, possession, or loss of the prize.
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