Chefs Anna and Michael Olson to host Caps Corks and Forks Feb. 6 event

Students at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute are gearing up for an epic battle between beer and wine on Feb. 6 to be hosted by chefs Anna and Michael Olson.

The unique dining event called Caps Corks and Forks will showcase work and expertise the College’s culinary beer and wine students. Culinary students will prepare an elegant six-course meal for guests as a student wine team and student beer team face off for the best beverage pairings. Their battle for supremacy rests in the hands and palattes of guests who vote for their favourite pairing after each course with either a cap or a cork. Excitement builds as votes are tallied and the status of each team is announced after each course until the ultimate winner is declared at the end of the evening.

Feb. 6 marks round six of Caps Corks and Forks. Since it was launched in 2012 Team Wine has celebrated three victories while Team Beer has won twice.

Dean of the CFWI Craig Youdale notes how the event is not only a memorable evening for guests but an unparalleled learning opportunity for students. “Caps Corks and Forks is a  event that reflects the Canadian Food and Wine Institute’s approach to food wine and beer education that is truly unique in Canada” said Youdale. “The event is a fun and delicious way for our students to apply their skills and knowledge.”

ᾮAn event like Caps Corks and Forks stands out because it is all about the students and their relationship with their focus whether food wine or beer” said celebrity chef host Anna Olson. “Their enthusiasm is contagious and it that spirit that gives the evening its verve. Even though the dining guests have to pick a winner we all win.ᾯ

“I am really looking forward to hosting this terrific student-focused event that celebrates all the delicious things happening at Niagara College” said NC chef professor Michael Olson.

The event will take place at at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus beginning at 6 p.m.

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. It is also home to Junior Culinary Team Canada to represent our nation at the 2016 World Culinary Olympics.

Niagara College offers more than 111 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 Part-Time Studies 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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