Bend, Oregon events - Joe Kim and Steve Tague
Joe Kim and Steve Tague

Renowned Photographer & Chef Team Up for Cork & Barrel Benefit

Two-time James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist Joe Kim, executive chef of 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar and nationally-known commercial advertising photographer, Steve Tague, are collaborating to create a series of stunning images to be showcased at this year’s Cork & Barrel auction. set for July 9-11.

The series of five images representing each of the five elements – earth, wood, water, metal and fire, will be unveiled on the night of Cork & Barrel. The series will be #1 in a very limited edition of only five total sets to be printed. Each print will be numbered and signed by both Kim and Tague.

Chef Kim kicked off his career at the Take Japanese Restaurant in Oakland, California as the apprentice of Toshio Togoshi, Master Japanese chef.  He then served as chef at Yoshino Sushi in Alameda under renowned chef Kazu Yamaguchi.  Immediately prior to his move to 5 Fusion, Chef Kim worked with Master Chef Tadashi Kirmura at Kyoto Restaurant and as chef at IKudon in San Francisco.

Chef Joe has built an environment at 5 Fusion that is filled with passion, creativity, and a true desire to push the limits of cuisine in Bend.  In a nod to his talents, he recently received his second nomination for a James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef in the Northwest – the first Central Oregon chef to receive this honor.  He has been invited to represent Central Oregon at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting at Portland’s FEAST and was one of five Celebrity Chefs featured at this year’s Bite of Oregon.

Tague has been shooting professionally for over 25 years. After studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California he moved to New York City where he got his start and ran his successful commercial photography studio for nearly 10 years. Tague’s clients have included AT&T, IBM, House Beautiful Magazine, Family Circle, Disney, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, along with various ad agencies and design firms.

Tague has lived in Bend for the past several years where locally his clients have included Bank of the Cascades, BendBroadband, Bend Memorial Clinic, Ruffwear, Sunriver Resort and Tetherow.

After two years of success, the third annual Cork & Barrel wine event series has expanded to include A Sip of Cork & Barrel event, presented by Kendall BMW of Bend to the July 9-11 event and auction. Each year, Cork and Barrel brings a new wine region to Central Oregon in their series of Bend, Oregon events and this year KIDS Center hosts a group of stellar winemakers from Napa Valley.  These guest wineries will partner with chefs for a series of food and wine events through the weekend, culminating with the Cork & Barrel Grand Event on July 11.

Guests at the July 10 event will enjoy Napa Valley wine tasting paired with small bite cuisine from 900 Wall, 5 Fusion, Elevation at Cascade Culinary Institute, The Pine Tavern, plus guest Chefs Ken Frank of Napa’s Michelin Star restaurant, La Toque, and Executive Chef OJ Robinson of the Benson Hotel in Portland.  The event runs from 5-8:30pm at Tetherow Golf Club.

Tickets for A Sip of Cork & Barrel are $75 per person, available at  Participating wineries include Pine Ridge Vineyards, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Honig Wine, Grgich Hills Estate, Inherit the Sheep, Sullivan Wines, Double Eagle, Punch, Corley Family Wines, Conn Creek, Stag’s Leapand.

Five multi-course winemaker dinners are planned at various locations around town on Thursday, July 9.  Seating for each dinner is limited to 40 guests.

  1. Chef Joe Kim of 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar, hosted by the Victorian Café, featuring wines from Pine Ridge Vineyards
  2. Chef David Touvell of CHOW, featuring wines from Sullivan Wines, Inherit the Sheep and Corley Family Wines/Monticello Vineyards
  3. Guest Chef Kevin Linde ofPronghorn Resort, featuring wines from Double Eagle and Grieve Family Winery
  4. Guest Chef OJ Robinson ofThe Benson Hotel, hosted by Renee Houston in her private North Rim home, featuring wines from Grgich Hills Estate
  5. Guest Chef Ken Frank ofLa Toque, hosted by Elevation at Cascade Culinary Institute, featuring wines from Michael Mondavi Family Estates

Tickets to each winemaker dinner are $125 per person, fully inclusive.  To reserve seats visit or call Talena at 541-647-4907.

The Grand Event on Saturday, July 11, presented by Avion Water Company, and features top flight wine and food pairings by Zydeco/Bistro 28 followed by a five course gourmet dinner, paired with a choice of hand-selected Napa Valley wines, or craft beers from 10 Barrel Brewing. Guests will enjoy a varied silent auction and live auction including wines from all over the world, exclusive travel experiences, unique dining opportunities. Tickets to the Grand Event are currently sold out.

All event proceeds benefit KIDS Center.

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