(October 10, 2018) --

Tickets are on sale now for the Forks and Corks Culinary Arts Gala at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. The event will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Forks and Corks will showcase the talents of Mobile County Public School’s Hospitality and Tourism Program students. The students from Davidson, Vigor, Baker, Alma Bryant, Murphy, Williamson, Theodore, and Blount High will compete in a culinary arts competition.

Judges for the Forks and Corks challenge include MCPSS Superintendent Chresal Threadgill, AL.com’s favorite foodie David Holloway, Lagniappe’s Cuisine Editor Andy MacDonald, and University of South Alabama Special Events Coordinator Frances Henson. 

The Forks and Corks gala opens the ArtSeaLab festival weekend at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Saturday and Sunday, the ArtSeaLab Festival marries art and science to illustrate the conservation and preservation of our coastal habitat, our economy, and our way of life. The festival spreads out across campus with a juried outdoor art show, live music, hands-on art and science learning experiences, a 3D marine debris art competition, and more. Middle and high school students are encouraged to enter the ‘Love Our Gulf’ online arts competition. 

Tickets for the Forks and Corks gala can be purchased online at disl.org in the special events section. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, 102 Bienville Blvd. and Art Does It, 1101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island.

To learn more about the Forks and Corks Gala and the ArtSeaLab Festival weekend visit artsealab.org or disl.org. Sponsorship and event questions can be directed to Lori Angelo, DISL’s Special Events Coordinator by phone at 251-861-2141 x 7010 or by email via langelo@disl.edu.

Thank you to our sponsors for the event: Mobile County Public Schools, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Imperial Dade, Wood Fruitticher, Mobile Oyster Co., Fairhope Brewing Company, Port City Rentals, Camellia Trophy and Specialties, South Alabama Custom Meats, Sprinkle Net Shop, Nature Indoors, Southern Aire Seafood, and Lesso Seafood.  

ArtSeaLab is a collaboration between the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the state of Alabama’s Center for Marine Science, and Art Does It (ADI), a nonprofit arts organization.