Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance Hosts 9th Annual Uncorked Event Honoring Bill King

Proceeds from the event benefit Today’s Harbor for Children, formerly known as the Boys & Girls Harbor

Event to be held Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 7-10 p.m. at the Bentley Showroom of Post Oak Motor Cars, located at the all-new Post Oak Hotel in Uptown Houston, 1530 West Loop South

Guests are invited to mingle alongside Master of Ceremonies Sam Malone for an elegant evening of fine wines and exceptional food presented by some of Houston’s finest restaurants. Malone is a long-time radio host, Keels & Wheels supporter, and owner of 512 New Media, Houston’s cutting-edge media creation company.

The participating restaurants include:  The Post Oak Hotel’s Bouchée Patisserie, Mastro’s Steakhouse, Willie G’s Seafood and Steaks, Grotto Ristorante, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks, and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse.

Tickets are $100 per person at the door, $75 per person in advance. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 713-521-0105.

Participating restaurants are assigned a classic automobile, or vintage wooden boat. The chef of each restaurant then selects a specific wine that they believe matches the classic automobile or boat. Each chef then prepares a custom hors d’oeuvre that is paired with the wine to complete the epicurean experience for attendees to sample.

The pairings for restaurants and vehicles are as follows:

  • Grotto Ristorante will be paired with a 1973 Ferrari Dino
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse will be paired with a 1924 Bentley Speedster
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks will be paired with a 1959 Porsche 356 Speedster
  • The Post Oak Hotel’s Bouchée Patisserie will be paired with a 1962 XKE Jaguar Roadster
  • Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse will be paired with a 2017 Ford GT 40
  • Willie G’s Seafood and Steaks will be paired with a 1964 Century 20-foot Runabout Boat

The “Uncorked” event will also feature luxury items and experiences in the form of a live and silent auction. Auction Co-Chairs Patty Peeples Busmire and Karen Deguerin invite guests to bid on lavish packages including fine wines, spa getaways, hotel and resort stays, dinner certificates, autographed collectibles and much more.

This event is made possible with the support from sponsors City of Seabrook, Bay Area Regional Medical Center and MCM Worldwide.

The Keels & Wheels Uncorked event was established in 2009 as a means of raising awareness for Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, which will take place this year on May 5-6, 2018 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas.

HONORING BILL KING: King is a life-long resident of the Houston area. He has enjoyed a varied career as a businessman, lawyer and  public servant. King is also a published author starting with an opinion essay in the Houston Chronicle on hurricane evacuation in 2004. That essay led to a 10-year relationship with the Chronicle and the publication of over 400 columns and editorials. In 2009, he released his book, Saving Face about the savings & loan industry in the 1980s. In 2015, King published a compilation of his columns in Unapologetically Moderate. 

Throughout his life, King has had a strong interest in a wide range of social, environmental and political issues. In 1996, King was elected to the Kemah City Council. He later served as mayor of Kemah from 2001-2005 and was also a candidate for mayor of Houston in 2015.

King’s passion of helping fellow citizens has landed him to serve on the boards of Interfaith Ministries, the Galveston Bay Foundation, Texas Southern University, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, Memorial Hermann Foundation, Houston Methodist Debakey Heart and Vascular Center Advisory Council, CYCLE, the HISD Foundation and many others.

King has also been recognized in many awards for his leadership and achievements. Keels & Wheels Uncorked will honor King for his dedication to Houston and its people with a gift presentation during the event.


Keels & Wheels Uncorked takes place each March prior to the Spring showcase event, and has become one of the major sources of funding for Today’s Harbor for Children, formerly known as the Boys & Girls Harbor. To date, Keels & Wheels has assisted in raising more than $1.7 million for its partnering charities.


Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is a weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show that takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, Texas. Keels & Wheels welcomes approximately 200 cars and 100 boats, and has raised more than $1.7 million for local charities, while drawing thousands of participants and spectators from all over the U.S. and Europe. Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is made possible with the support of Title Sponsors the City of Seabrook and Bay Area Regional Medical Center.

Proceeds from the 2018 event will again benefit Today’s Harbor for Children, formerly known as the Boys and Girls Harbor, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis.

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