Bend, Ore.June 29, 2018–KIDS Center, Central Oregon’s only child abuse intervention center, is gearing up for their sixth annual Cork & Barrel event series held this July 19th-21st. Cork & Barrel raises approximately 20% of KIDS Center’s annual operating budget each year helping to provide vital services for children and families impacted by child abuse. Each of the three Cork & Barrel events are unique, but are all focused on food, wine, and making a difference for the children of Central Oregon. Keeping with the tradition of featuring a different wine region each year, Cork & Barrel will feature 16 wineries from Sonoma County this July:


If you enjoy a small, intimate setting, Cork & Barrel will be kicking off the weekend of events with five unique Winemaker Dinners throughout Central Oregon. Limited to just 40 attendees, these dinners provide guests with the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with local and regional chefs, and winemakers from the beautiful Sonoma County. These five Winemaker Dinners will be held at CURRENTS at the Riverhouse, CHOW Restaurant, The Brickhouse, The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, and The Victorian Café, featuring Guest Chef OJ Robinson, from the Benson Hotel in Portland. Tickets are going fast, with several of the dinners nearly sold out.

A Sip of Cork & Barrel will be held at Broken Top Club on the green on Friday, July 20th. Hundreds of community members attend this festival-like wine tasting and small bite reception each year.

Shelly Smith, Executive Director of KIDS Center, relays, “A Sip of Cork & Barrel is perfect for the first-time Cork & Barrel go-er. You can sip on wine and savor small bites from local and regional chefs, all while supporting KIDS Center! There will be a silent auction, party boards, and a purse raffle where you could take home $1,000 of cold, hard cash!”

In addition to the 16 wineries, A Sip of Cork & Barrel will also feature 9 local and regional chefs and restaurants:

The Grand Cru event on July 21st is the grand finale of Cork & Barrel and will feature a wine reception similar to A Sip of Cork & Barrel and will be followed by a 5-course dinner prepared and created by Chef Darrell Henrichs of 10Below Restaurant. During the dinner, guests will be presented with Cork & Barrel’s best live auction yet, featuring lots like a bike and barge trip through the Netherlands and Belgium, a collectible guitar signed by Paul McCartney, and a year-long membership to The Loft of Bend which includes a wine-filled locker! Click here to see all of the highlights from this year’s live auction.

Shelly Smith says, “We invite the community to attend any of the events at Cork & Barrel to support the work we do to protect and help the children of Central Oregon.”

Tickets for all three events are going quickly but are still available at

About KIDS Center:

Built by the community and for the community, KIDS Center is dedicated to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of all forms of child abuse. In a child-friendly environment, KIDS Center provides comprehensive child abuse evaluations to children who may have been abused, seeking to find out what has happened and to provide a path to healing through family support and therapeutic services. In 2017, KIDS Center served 3,830 children and families in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties, at zero cost to them. Information about KIDS Center, including services provided and annual reports, can be found at

About Cork & Barrel:

A three-day fundraising series of events focusing on food, wine, and philanthropy, Cork & Barrel has grown to be the largest food and wine event in Central Oregon since its inception in 2013. Cork & Barrel 2018 is presented by Avion Water Company. Additional support from First Interstate BankCentral Oregon Radiology AssociatesLes SchwabBend BroadbandBend Radio GroupHorizon Broadcasting GroupCombined CommunicationsUS Bank, Law Offices of Warren John West, PCBigfoot BeveragesNW NaturalHasson Company Realtors, and Merrill Lynch. A Sip of Cork & Barrel is presented by Hayden Homes and NW Self Storage. All revenue generated at Cork & Barrel directly benefits KIDS Center. Information about Cork & Barrel can be found at http: