Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Corky's Big Score

I was excited when Guy alerted me to this cork-unloading opportunity that he read about online, because I have a giant glass jar full of corks that I've been trying to figure out what to do with. At first, I thought I could use them for an art project, but I never seemed to find one that intrigued me. However, a $25 restaurant discount sounds intriguing!:

From November 1-December 31, pack your pockets and purses with corks to dine at any Ethan Stowell restaurant and receive one dollar off your check for every cork, up to 25.

Your corks will be contributed to the Cork Re-Harvest program, a cork recycling effort organized by Willamette Valley Vineyards, Whole Foods Market, WVV's Oregon and Washington distributors, the Rainforest Alliance, and Western Pulp Products.

Willamette Valley Vineyards is a pioneer in cork recycling. As the first winery in the world to be certified by the Rainforest Alliance for using 100 percent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cork, WVV is also the first winery to launch a cork recycling program of this kind--one with zero increase to its carbon footprint.

Cork is a renewable, biodegradable, and environmentally-conscious resource. It has the potential to completely disappear, as winemakers are increasingly turning to aluminum screw caps and plastic bottle stoppers while recycling cork is commonly neglected at the cost of preserving cork forestlands. Do your part and recycle your corks with the Cork Re-Harvest program, where donated corks will be transported to Western Pulp in Corvallis,Oregon and made into wine shipping containers.

Drink up, donate and dine with your corks at any Ethan Stowell restaurant: Tavolata, Union, How to Cook a Wolf and Anchovies & Olives. The discount honors up to 25 corks per table, now thru December 31, 2009. Valid on both drinks and food.

Thank you, Guy, for the title!


  1. I'm all about GETTING RID OF THE CORKS, at least.