Recycle your corks and preserve forests around the Mediterranean.
Recycle your corks and preserve forests around the Mediterranean.

Devon's World Cup wine tasting helps kick off cork recycling program

What do you do with your corks when you're done with that bottle of wine? I put mine in the compost, but I have often wondered if any restaurants ever think about what to do with their corks?

I'll wonder no more, at least in the case of Devon Seafood Grill, which has a restaurant in Bayshore Town Square.

While 99 percent of corks are popped into landfills -- yes, that's nearly 13 BILLION corks annually -- Devon will recycle its corks.

The restaurant announced today that it is the first Milwaukee restaurant to partner with ReCORK, an American wine cork recycling program. In addition to recycling the corks pulled from bottles sold in the restaurant, Devon will accept your corks, too.

Bring the corks from the wine bottles you enjoy at home and Devon will send them to ReCORK which, in collaboration with SOLE, will turn them into footwear products. The goal is to save and preserve more than six million acres of cork forests in the Mediterranean Ocean basin.

If you want to celebrate this great program, there will be no better time than on Wednesday, June 30, when Devon hosts "Kickin' it Cape Town style: Devon's World Cup WineTasting."

For $29 per person, from 6 to 8 p.m., you'll get to sample six South African wines and appetizers, including chipotle grilled shrimp with mango chutney, grilled rare yellowtail, toasted coconut in endive cups and ostrich tenderloin kabobs, among others.

In addition, a rep from Cape Classics winery in South Africa will be on hand to discuss the wines being tasted.

Reservations are recommended. Call (414) 967-9790.


Saltydog | June 25, 2010 at 8:08 a.m. (report)

Do they pay for the corks or do they just want free material in the name of ecology?

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