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28th Annual Curtis Park Wine Tasting, Silent Auction and Beer Garden Set for October 6th, 2018

The 28th Annual Curtis Park Wine Tasting, Silent Auction & Beer Garden returns on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 from 4-7pm. I am honored to be a part of this year’s planning committee, helping to organize some of my favorite local restaurants and wineries for my Curtis Park neighbors and for my husband, who I met at this event in 2011.

This year’s event will feature a special ticket for VIP is available (which includes admission at 3pm for an extra hour of wine sipping and tasting galore). We are proud to announce our VIP Restaurant sponsor will be one of Sacramento’s newest and (hottest) restaurants, The Diplomat, located directly across from our State Capitol building! The VIP wine sponsor will be Ironstone Vineyards.

Purchase tickets for the event HERE.

Returning to support this year’s event are Curtis Park Wine Tasting veterans Selland’s, Dad’s, Espresso Metro, Miso Japanese, La Famiglia Catering, Gunther’s Ice Cream, Casa Garden, Sugar Plum Vegan, and Oak Cafe as well as the culinary students from American River College (under the tutelage of the amazing Chef Roxanne O’Brien).

New to the event this year (so far!!) are Cellar Door Platters (a custom charcuterie, fruit, and cheese platter creation service), Seasons 52, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Burgess Brothers BBQ (Antojito’s), Thai Farm House BBQ & Bistro, Buffalo Pizza and Cornflower Creamery, and Adamo’s Restaurant!

Wineries set to participate are Revolution Wines, Moniz Family Wines, Tryphon Vineyards, Matchbook Wines, Seka Hills Winery, Steiner Family Vineyards, and Via Romano Vineyards. If you’re a cider fan, we’ve got Two Rivers Ciders coming, and as always Pangaea Bier Cafe‘s Rob Archie will coordinate his fabulous Beer Garden for all the brew lovers out there.

I have intentionally tried to reach out to restaurants that produce food that not only pairs with wine, but restaurants that will give this event more variety and make it more culturally diverse. If we all have one thing in common, it’s that we need to eat to live. Food can be a great connector to people who have different backgrounds. I feel this event is a great way to taste and get introduce Curtis Park residents to restaurants they might not normally seek out on their own. As one of my favorite travel hosts (and star of Netflix show “Somebody Feed Phil”) Phil Rosenthal says, “Food is the great connector for me, laughs are the cement. It’s all about getting to know people.” Yes!

Proceeds from the SCNA Wine Tasting, Silent Auction and Beer Garden help support upkeep and maintenance of the historic Sierra 2 Center and Senior Center, community events like the Spring Egg Hunt, Music in the Park and Curtis Fest. Additional funds go toward Bret Harte’s 6th grade Nature and Science Camp and the McClatchy HISP program and the debate club.

We are still looking for restaurants and wineries who want to showcase their food at the event, and particularly restaurants/wineries to represent different cuisines/wines throughout the world. If you are interested in participating, please contact me by calling 916-612-0035 or email me: misscavegrrl at!

For information about participating, donating or volunteering, you can also contact Terri Shettle at the Sierra 2 Center, 452-3005. No prior event planning is necessary, and it is a great way to connect with neighbors and support your community.

Click —-> donate an auction item, or here to purchase tickets for the event. See you there!

BESPOKE Debuts in Napa on Saturday, August 26th at Charles Krug Winery

BESPOKE: An Exploration of Taste & Thought debuts in Saint Helena on Saturday, August 26 at Charles Krug Winery at 9 a.m.
 Renowned Food Scholars & Professors Dr. Ken Albala (Pacific U), Dr. Lok Siu (UC-Berkeley), and ROC United Founder/ Forked author Saru Jayaraman to headline day of keynote speeches, panels on labor, noodle-soup lunches, wine tastings, and round table discussions with theme of Origins and Authenticity.

The greater goal is to bridge the gaps between the worlds of academia, food culture, and hospitality through a series of inspirational keynote speeches and educational panels and roundtable discussions. The theme for the day is Origins and Authenticity, a way of measuring how we represent and interact with food cultures and, in turn, perceive what we eat, cook, and taste. Below, the line-up for the day:

Keynote Speech 1 – Renowned food scholar, Pacific U Professor, and author Dr. Ken Albala on food cultures, origins, and authenticity with a focus on globally-loved foods like noodles.

Keynote Speech 2 – Anthropologist and UC-Berkeley Food and Ethnic Studies Professor Dr. Lok Siu on food culture, hybridity, and authenticity through a series of culinary case studies.

Keynote Speech 3 Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United Director and author of Behind the Kitchen Door and Forked Saru Jayaraman on issues of labor in the restaurant business.

Themed Panel on ‘Issues of Diversity, Labor, and Power in the Food Industries’ – ROC United director/author Saru Jayaraman; food lawyer Michael Tenenbaum; UC Berkeley Food Institute Policy Director Nina F Ichikawa. Chaired by BESPOKE Founder Robert McKeown.

Round-Table Discussions w/Speakers – Guests will rotate through tables of 10-12 people, intimately engaging in debate and questions with at least 3 of the day’s speakers. This is meant to foster engagement and discourse beyond ordinary q-and-a format.

100% of the profits go will go to two charities: Piggy Bank (supporting family farms raising heritage breed animals) and the American Friends of the Oxford Food Symposium (student scholarships fund).

“We believe Napa Valley is the perfect place for us to debut this day-long food summit in support of two fabulous charities (Piggy Bank and American Friends of the Oxford Food Symposium),” says BESPOKE Founding Chair Robert McKeown. “By spending a day exploring food and thought for inspiration, education, and social action, we hope to both enrich and change the way our guests perceive not only food, but the industries that define it.”

Where: Charles Krug Winery, Carriage House, 2800 Main St. Saint Helena, CA.
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 26
Cost: $55 (students with ID)/$75 (general admission) can be purchased here –

Farm-to-Fork Fall Fundraiser set for Thursday, September 21st at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento

The Sacramento Hotel Association’s Farm-to-Fork Fall Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, September 21st at the Sheraton Grand Hotel from 4:30-700pm and will feature festive farm-to-fork food stations from local hotels as well as craft beer tastings from local brewers, wine tastings from area vintners, silent auction of gift basket and prize packages, musical entertainment, and a selfie photo booth.

The event will benefit two local organizations that are working to address homelessness in our community—Next Move and Volunteers of America. The net proceeds from the Fall Fundraiser will go toward specific programs of the two beneficiary organizations.

NEXT MOVE | Family Shelter – Next Move, formerly Sacramento Emergency Housing Center, started in 1972. Next Move’s mission is to assist families with children and individuals toward self-reliance. The fundraiser will benefit Next Move’s Family Shelter, serving 17 families with children each night.

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA | Veterans Family Housing – Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada’s Veteran Family Housing program is renovating an apartment complex, which was built in the 1950s. The fundraiser will assist with this major renovation. These updated apartment units will provide housing for homeless families with a veteran head of household for either short-term stabilization or long-term supported housing.

Tickets to the event are $40 per person (plus service fee). Tickets are $50 per person at the door. To purchase advance tickets to the The Sacramento Hotel Association’s Farm-to-Fork Fall Fundraiser please CLICK HERE.

If you’re on social media, use the hashtag #SHAFarmtoFork via Twitter and Instagram. You can follow the Sacramento Hotel Association on Twitter here and on Instagram here.

Hope you see you there!

Sacramento Hotel Association Fundraiser Farm-to-Fork Fall Fundraiser set for September 29th at Hyatt Regency Sacramento

The Board of Directors of the Sacramento Hotel Association is proud to announce that the Association is expanding its community service activities with a new fundraiser as part of its program: The Hospitality Industry Helping in the Community.  For 2016, the new fall fundraiser—set for September 29 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento—will benefit two local organizations that work with youth in our community.

Featuring —
• Festive Farm-to-Fork Food Stations from local hotels and restaurants
• Craft Beer Tastings from local brewers
• Wine Tastings from area vintners
• Silent Auction of delightful gifts and prize packages
• Musical Entertainment

Tickets—$35 plus processing fee per person Buy your tickets HERE.

About the Beneficiary Organizations
SkateMD is a nonprofit with a mission to heal hearts by spreading kindness and skateboarding to special populations of children facing developmental, physical, emotional or family challenges. SkateMD serves special populations of children who may not otherwise be able to pursue skateboarding, who may not have easy access to skateboard equipment or facilities, and/or who just need some extra kindness in their lives.

Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project functions as the charitable arm of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Toy Project is a year-round program supporting the less fortunate children and families in the Sacramento area. They support area schools with after-school programs, school supplies, computers, clothing, shoes, jackets, bikes for transportation, summer kid’s camps and support scholarships for college-bound students.

Use hashtag #SHAFarmtoFork via Twitter and Instagram.
You can follow the Sacramento Hotel Association on Twitter here and on Instagram here.

Andy and I will be there to cover the event, so I hope to see you there!


Over $60,000 Raised for Charity at the 7th Annual HALL Wines Cabernet Cookoff and an Interview with Duff Goldman!

Here’s a little press release (combined with some photos I took that day and some of my comments) on the recent HALL Wines Cabernet Cookoff from my friends at the winery. After that, scroll down to read my interview with Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes and Food Network’s Cake Masters!

On Saturday, April 23rd, over 700 hundred wine and food aficionados helped raise over $60,000 at the sold out 7th Annual Cabernet Cookoff at HALL Wines in St. Helena. Thirteen impressive Napa and Bay Area Restaurants teamed up with a nonprofit of their choice with the goal to create the best dish to pair with 2013 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Competition was fierce, the wine was inviting, and the weather paired beautifully with this lively philanthropic event.

the scene outside

“Our team is humbled that such talent, both in competing chefs and judges, clear their schedules each April to help us raise money for these noteworthy charities,” says Vintner Kathryn Walt Hall. “Thank you to our generous sponsors and loyal attendees for joining our efforts to make a difference in our community.”

craig and kathryn hall

Five judges, Duff Goldman, Celebrity Chef from Food Network, Leslie Sbrocco, host of “Check Please!” Bay Area, Virginie Boone of Wine Enthusiast, Ian White, SF Magazine, and Ken Frank, Chef at La Toque, took on the impressive task of choosing a runner up and first place winner from dishes like “Cherry Marinated Skirt Steak with Broccolini, Point Reyes Blue, Chive Blossom” or “Black Currant and Rose Macaroon with HALL Cabernet infused Geleé”.

group shot

Mark Dommen from One Market Restaurant in San Francisco took first place with his mouth-watering “Pancetta Wrapped Passmore Ranch Sturgeon Du Puy Lentils, Smoked Garlic, Thyme Jus” benefiting nonprofit Collabria Care of Napa (re-create here). Sorry for the obscene shadow! 😦

pancetta wrapped sturgeon
judges choice collabria care
Ca’Momi placed runner up with a delectable “Heirloom Pork & Veal Agnolotti, Savoy Cabbage, Napa Valley Cabernet Pan Jus and Parmigiano Reggiano” aiding organization Do It For The Love of Napa.

Heirloom Pork & Veal Agnolotti
Judges Choice Runner Up Do it For the Love

Restaurants also had the opportunity to raise money for their charity through People’s Choice, a voting system by corks serving as the tallies. First place for People’s Choice was Napa restaurant, Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ, preparing “Fried Chicken with Spring Succotash” with the winnings benefiting Napa Humane.

fried chicken
peoples choice napa humane

Paula LeDuc Fine Catering of San Francisco took runner up of People’s Choice with the “HALL Cabernet Roasted Strawberries with White Chocolate Crumble and Mascarpone Cream,” partnering with nonprofit St Helena Hospital.

Peoples Choice Runner Up St Helena Hosp

Proceeds of both ticket sales from attendees and 15% of purchases of 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Coeur Cabernet Sauvignon were also donated to the participating winning charities. Sponsors of the event included at Magnum Level: San Francisco Magazine, Bright Event Rentals, Certified Parking Attendants, MyOffice Products, and Nixon Peabody. At the Harvest Level: Signum Architecture, DP&F, Benefit Marketing, Harvest Sanitation, Snap Fiesta, Napa Valley Tours and Transportation, Print Inkorporated, Frank Zimmerman and Co LLC, and Culligan Water. Bergfeld Sponsorships included Yelp, Alkar Staffing,, Napa Valley Engraving, Tre Posti, Barbier Security Group, The Lux Productions and Villagio Inn & Spa. Local radio station The Vine, 99.3 was on site to capture the excitement, led by personality “Good Morning Bob!”.

panoramic 2

For more information about the event, please visit HALL Wines. To re-create the winning recipe visit HALL’s Recipe section. Check out the exciting sizzle reel courtesy of Flynn Kelleher here or more pictures from the event available here. Next year, the 8th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, tickets available now! The event sold out this year, so make sure to reserve your spot for next year.

I had the chance to sample many of the dishes at the event, but my favorite was the Cabernet Braised Short Rib with Cranberry Beans and Horseradish created by Brix on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I make short ribs with a wine sauce at home quite frequently, so this was just a dish I already like to eat. 🙂

short rib
I also had the chance to chat with Duff Goldman, star of several Food Network TV shows such as Cake Masters, Duff Till Dawn, Ace of Cakes, Iron Chef America and Kid’s Baking Championship.

andy duff me
I asked him a few questions about the event and his latest show on Food Network, Cake Masters, which currently airs Monday evenings on Food Network at 8pm EST.

ME: So, how did you get involved with the HALL Wines Cabernet Cookoff fundraiser?
DUFF: Well, I’m not really sure, uh… you know, I went to school here, uh for culinary school (CIA), and I probably do (appear at) about 3 events in Napa every year and my name is around, I’m a friend of the valley, and this is the place where I became a chef.

ME: So your new show is Cake Masters. Please tell me a little bit about that.
DUFF: It’s a really cool show, it’s a lot like Ace of Cakes, you know, it follows my staff, we make big crazy cakes, uh, but it’s in Los Angeles instead of Baltimore, so we really up the stakes. So now what we do is partner with special effects houses, so these cakes are really just wild.

ME: Yes, I heard about the Fantastic Four cake, and that it was pretty cool.
DUFF: Yes.

ME: So what cake project were you most excited to do?
DUFF: Uh, well we just made a life-size working R2D2.

ME: That’s so awesome, that’s great. So you’re know for cake decorating, but what on the savory side do you like to make/cook?
DUFF: Well, right now I’m writing a book about soup. I’ve got a soup brain right now.
ME: Yes, I’m sure you probably have soup a lot living in Baltimore, especially during winter.
DUFF: We do, and I actually grew up in Cape Cod, so you know it’s a big soup country up there. It’s cold.

ME: I was reading a little bit about you, and found you started out bread making. How did you transition into making cake and not just cakes but cakes that are really works of art?
DUFF: Well, I was a graffiti artist when I was younger, and I started cooking to make enough money to pay for my spray paint. Uh, I got arrested a lot.
ME: Oh!
DUFF: Yeah, so I had to stop doing that. So then I started doing metal sculpture, bronzing, welding making giant things like that bunny out front (Duff is referring to Bunny Foo Foo, the large metal rabbit sculpture in front of HALL wines created by artist Lawrence Argent). And then, I started working on cars since a lot of my friends liked working on cars–and I was a really good welder, and they were like, hey can you come over and fix this thing, it’s like you know asking an artist to come over and paint your house, and I really liked doing it, so that’s how I kind of got into mechanics…I’ve been a working pastry chef my whole career and then I’d say when I was about 25, I was in a band in Baltimore and the band was doing really well, we were starting to get looked at by record labels.
ME: And you’re a bassist?
DUFF: Yeah, so I quit my job and I started selling cakes out of my apartment to try and help pay the rent while I was trying to be a full time musician.

ME: You’ve always had the pastry thing in the background and you were in Colorado for a while?
DUFF: Yeah, I used to carve ice out there.

ME: Well it was really cool to hear a little bit more about your background and I appreciate your time.
DUFF: Absolutely.
ME: My blog is kind of small and out of Sacramento…
DUFF: Well send it (the link) to me, I want to read it.
ME: *faints* (KIDDING!) Oh I will! Totally, totally. Thank you so much!
DUFF: Nice to talk to you.

Well, isn’t that something? 🙂 Truthfully, I just didn’t want to take up much of Duff’s time, so I kept it short. It was really warm that day and we were standing outside in direct sunlight and he was wearing long pants and a long sleeved shirt so probably not the most comfortable place to be and get drilled with a bunch of questions from a nervous blogger. And yeah, I was nervous about interviewing Duff, I admit it. The funny thing is, I had met Duff before a few years ago at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco when he was kicking off his line of cake products (pic to prove it below!), and he was super nice and complimented me on my pink chef coat. But then I met Thomas Keller the next year (if you want to call it met) and I tried to ask him a question and he basically dissed me. So, the encounter with Thomas Keller (famous person) made me nervous that the Duff (also a famous person) thing would go awry. And well, I’d say it went alright. I want to thank Duff again for coming out to HALL and for putting up with me for about five minutes. 🙂

I also want to thank HALL Wines for inviting Andy and me out again. We always have an incredible experience.

Don’t forget to visit or follow their social channels on Instagram here, Twitter @hallwines and on Facebook here. CHEERS!!

HALL Cabernet Cookoff Returns for 7th Year!

We’re excited to be invited back to the HALL Cabernet Cookoff this year. This competition celebrates Bay Area chefs with 100% of ticket sales benefiting Napa Valley charities! Here’s a press release from my friends at HALL with all the details. I hope you can join us this year! 🙂


NAPA VALLEY, CA – The HALL Cabernet Cookoff will return for its seventh year on Saturday, April 23. The annual event will feature an impressive lineup of both Napa Valley and San Francisco based Chef Teams vying for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice, by participating in a food and wine pairing challenge. 100% of ticket sales benefit Napa Valley non-profit organizations.

“This event is a sampling of Napa Valley lifestyle at its best,” says Vintner Kathryn Hall. “Guests get to enjoy the most delicious bites from Bay Area restaurants while sipping on our Napa Valley Cabernet. Each year, everyone involved with the Cab Cookoff comes out a winner.”

Chef teams involved create seasonal bites that pair well with HALL’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon and present it to an all-star panel of judges who vote for two Judges’ Awards. Chef teams are also judged by guests in attendance who vote for two People’s Choice Awards. All four awards are announced by Kathryn Hall, who presents checks to the winning chef teams and their selected charities, towards the end of the event.

The 2016 panel judges include celebrity Chef Duff Goldman from Food Network’s Ace of Cakes; TV Personality and host of Check Please Bay Area, Leslie Sbrocco; Wine Enthusiast Critic, Virginie Boone; San Francisco Magazine Wine Director, Ian White; and Michelin-rated Chef, Ken Frank of La Toque.

Additionally, KVON’s 99.3 The Vine and on-air personality “Good Morning, Bob,” will be broadcasting live during the event and feature real time interviews with chef teams, guests and non-profit organizations. Participating chef teams include The Grill at Meadowood, One Market, Harvest Table, The Patriot, Feast Catering, SIFT Desserts, Ca’ Momi, Paula Le Duc Fine Catering, Zola, Brix, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, Kara’s Cupcakes, and more.

WHAT: 7th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff; a food and wine paring challenge with 100% of ticket proceeds supporting local charities

WHO: HALL and WALT Wines

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: HALL St. Helena – The Great Lawn, 401 St. Helena Hwy. S, St. Helena, CA 94574. For more information call (707) 967-2626.

TICKETS: Early Bunny Ticket: $70.00 (pre-sale ticket ends March 31), General Admission Ticket: $80.00 (March 31 – April 23, 2016), VIP Sky Loft: $125.00 (Access to historic Bergfeld Building, single vineyard Cabernets and small bites from HALL’s in-house Chef team) Tickets Available:

The 2015 HALL Cabernet Cookoff drew more than 650 food and wine lovers for a sold-out crowd, and raised $59,000 for local charities. Last year’s winning chef teams included PRESS and selected charity, If Given a Chance, Capital Dime and charity, Food Literacy Center, One Market and charity, Napa Valley Hospice Adult Day Services and The Grill at Meadowood and their charity, Community Resource for Children. Since inception in 2011, the HALL Cabernet Cookoff has raised $250,000 for charities in and around the Bay Area.
For more information, please visit or via social channels using #cabernetcookoff.

I Hate These “Burger Lines”… Buy Your Ticket to the Sacramento Burger Battle Now!!

The Sacramento Burger Battle is September 18th, at 7pm, Raley Field!! Purchase a VIP ticket and skip those burger lines!!

Everybody eat up
Everybody eat up
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

If you haven’t heard ’bout the juicy burgers
About the throwdown on top of Raley Field
You live under a rock
I feel so bad for you
Maybe you’ll be there this time…

Everybody eat up

OK now it was close, the burger competition
Won by Chef’s Table, but, can they do it this year?
You don’t need to mustard
Hey, hey, hey
You don’t need no ketchup
Hey, hey, hey
To be the winning burger

And that’s why I’m gon’ get a burger
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
Tasty burger
Can’t let it get past me
Not wrapped in plastic
Talk about those grill marks
I hate these burger lines
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
But you’re a burger
The way you tasted
Must wanna win badly
Go ahead, vote for me
Everybody eat up

What do they make fries for
When you got a burger?
What do we need buns for?
That’s hottest bite in this place!
Make them feel lucky
Hey, hey, hey
Raise so much money
Hey, hey, hey
The Burger Battle
Hey, hey, hey

OK now it was close, the burger competition
Won by Chef’s Table, but, can they do it this year?
You don’t need to mustard
Hey, hey, hey
You don’t need no ketchup
Hey, hey, hey
To be the winning burger

Everybody eat up
Everybody eat up
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

OK, sorry, I love that song… had to put it to good use! Here’s all you need to know about this year’s Sacramento Burger Battle!

Ticket sales are on for the 2013 Sacramento Burger Battle, which will be held at Raley Field on Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster or at the Raley Field box office.

Prices start at $55 and include burger samples, drinks and side items from vendors, and parking. For $75 guests can purchase a VIP ticket, which includes early admission to the event and a raffle ticket.

Competing restaurants include 2012 champion Chef’s Table and People’s Choice winner Krush Burger. They will be met on the field of battle by returning contenders de Vere’s Irish Pub and Ettore’s, as well as newcomers Roxy Restaurant and Bar and Bacon & Butter. The remaining competitors will be announced over the weeks leading up to the event.

The winner of the 2013 Sacramento Burger Battle will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes food writer Chris Macias, award-winning chefs Patrick Mulvaney and Randall Selland, and Rick Mindermann from Corti Brothers. The competitor with the best burger will receive the custom-made belt presented to last year’s victor and will go on to represent Sacramento in the Burger Division at the World Food Championship in Las Vegas later this year. The People’s Choice award will be given to the competitor with the most votes by event guests.

The inaugural event in September 2012 raised more than $27,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) through ticket, merchandise, and raffle ticket sales.

Conceived by nationally ranked burger blogger and Sacramento resident Rodney Blackwell, the Sacramento Burger Battle is designed to showcase the local food and dining scene as well as raise money for CCFA. “I’m excited to see what burgers will be presented, and especially what returning competitors have in store for the judges and guests,” says Blackwell.

To stay updated on the latest news regarding competitors and vendors, as well as special announcements, follow Sacramento Burger Battle’s Facebook Page and Twitter account, or sign up for the free e-newsletter at

Vintage 2013, Benefit for Stanford Youth Solutions is Thursday, April 25th

887063_563217940363909_2015654638_oFormerly Stanford Home for Children, Stanford Youth Solutions presents its 8th annual signature event: Vintage 2013 on Thursday, April 25th, from 6-10pm at the North Ridge Country Club. The North Ridge Country Club is located at 7600 Madison Avenue, Fair Oaks, CA 95628,

There will be a wine and food tasting, a live & silent auction and live music.

The event will be filled with themed room experiences with special cocktails and tasty bites from Zocalo’s, Matteo’s, Bella Bru, and Mulvaney’s. Walk in the clouds in the Sky Bar, feel the serenity of the Rain Forest, get backstage access to our version of Red Rocks, and taste exquisite wines while perusing our silent auction packages in the Vintage room & patio.

Red Rocks: A Red Rocks Amphitheatre experience to you in this backstage access themed room.

Rain Forest: Let the soothing sounds of nature sweep over you in this tranquil oasis. Refresh your palette’s with Ella’s famous Gin & Tonics.

Sky Bar: Enjoy the cloud-top bar with martinis, ice sculptures and sushi.

Vintage: For true wine and food connoisseurs, enjoy local and regional wines and taste local restaurant offerings.

Special entertainment will feature Joe Castillo, sand artist and finalist on America’s Got Talent – be one of the first in Sacramento to see him LIVE!

A new addition this year in the Rain Forest room is Stanford’s version of a Giving Tree!  They will have mystery bottles of wine placed in the custom made Giving Tree. You can choose 1 wine bottle for $20 OR 3 for $50. Values of the mystery wine range from $10 to $100!!! Take a chance, win some great wine, & GIVE back!

This year’s special honoree is Rob Lynch, President and CEO of VSP Global.

Vintage 2013 goes GREEN! The color green symbolizes healthy relationships, nature, balance, and sustainability. This year, a fun twist on the color green highlights Stanford’s new brand and the lasting evolution of the youth and families they serve.

Compliment your favorite outfit with a bit of green to show your support of Stanford’s mission and your commitment to well being, harmony and a healthy life. By participating in Vintage 2013, you will be giving the gift of healthy relationships to challenged youth and their families.Vintage 2012 was hailed the event of the year and this year’s Vintage promises to be even better.

Tickets are $100 per person and $125 at the door. To purchase tickets, click here.

You can find Stanford Youth Solutions on Facebook here. You can watch highlights of last year’s event below:

Horses, Hope & Healing Hot Crab & Pasta Dinner, Friday, February 15th


Horses, Hope & Healing
presents February Hot Crab & Pasta on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:30PM at the Sacramento Horseman’s Association: 3200 Longview Drive, Sacramento, CA 95821

To prolong the Valentine’s Day celebration, treat your date to Hot Crab & Pasta the day after. There will also be a live & silent auction, raffles, and music. Join the fun and feast while helping to support a fantastic non-profit! All donations go to support youth and horses! If you cannot attend, please consider a donation for our silent auction or raffle. TIckets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of ten people. You can buy tickets to the event by clicking here!

The Green Boheme is providing a Delicious Raw Vegan Dessert for this event! Chef Brooke will be there showing support (and working in the kitchen!) For guests who wish to enjoy a raw, vegan dinner, The Green Boheme will be providing your a raw dinner option! Please message through Facebook that you have registered (here).

Horses, Hope & Healing is a horse rescue effort combined with an after-school and weekend program for inner city youth.

Horses, Hope & Healing was developed by Tiffany Oreglia. Because of her own life experiences, Tiffany saw the need to keep our youth involved in a program that helps to build self-esteem and instill family values, hard work & dedication. She has joined with other concerned parents, horse owners & volunteers to create just such a program.

Horses, Hope & Healing provides a safe, positive environment for young people; a place where they can learn, lead & develop important life skills. The relationship between horse & child gives youth a sense of value & self-worth. The animals require hard work & dedication from a loving and gentle hand. The organization often takes in horses in need of rescue, and children help with the needs of the abused or neglected animals. With participation in the healing of these horses, the children often find healing in themselves.

The program also provide gang intervention and education, homework assistance and tutoring, and teaches leadership skills along with safe afterschool and weekend activities.

You can like their Facebook page here. Hope you’ll join them at their fundraiser!

2nd Annual Winterfest Beer & Wine Social Benefitting Runnin’ for Rhett on Jan 18th, 2013!

This year Runnin’ For Rhett has partnered with 50 breweries and 15 wineries to bring you Winterfest 2013! Even bigger and better than last year, Winterfest 2013 promises to be an incredible event!

WHEN: Friday January 18th, 2013, General Admission 7-10pm, VIP entry begins at 6pm

WHERE: Woodlake Hotel Sacramento, 500 Leisure Ln., Sacramento, CA 95815


R4R Race Photo


General Admission *: $35

  • 7pm — 10pm
  • includes unlimited beer & wine tastings

VIP Admission *: $70

  • Early admission at 6pm
  • VIP gift pack with souvenir beer mug or stem‐less wine glass
  • Beer and wine tastings not offered during general admission
  • Complementary appetizers

Designated Driver Admission *: $5

  • 7pm — 10pm * Free non-alcholic beverages provided to designated drivers.

Discounted room rates offered by the Woodlake Hotel. Call 916‐922‐2020 to make reservations and be sure to mention Winterfest 2013!! Must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event.

About the Benefitting Charity:
Runnin’ for Rhett: Rhett Seevers was born on February 7, 1997. His proud parents, Beth and Randy Seevers brought home their bundle of joy to join their family of four. At four months, they were devastated by the news that their little boy had severe cerebral palsy and would face a life full of challenges. They dove in headfirst and learned all they could about his disabilities. On March 13th, 2004, after 7 years of full-time care, love and devotion, Rhett passed away at home unexpectedly with his family by his side.In the spring of 2005, as the anniversary of Rhett’s death approached, a friend of Beth’s introduced her to running. She learned of the 1st annual Shamrock’n ½ marathon. It was ironically being held on the first anniversary of Rhett’s passing. Completing the run was such an inspiration to Beth. The following year, she asked that her friends and family join her. Join her they did; 35 additional friends and family donned the first baby blue running shirts that year. In the spring of 2007, with the addition of an organized training group, over 125 people participated in the race.

On December 7, 2007, the “Runnin’ for Rhett Non-Profit Foundation” was founded. The organization has now inspired 1000’s of youth and adults in the Sacramento area.

In Rhett’s short life, he inspired many people with his infectious smile and will to live, but with his challenges, he could not walk, run or jump – no matter how hard he tried. After Rhett’s death, Beth and Randy dedicated their memory of Rhett to utilizing FITNESS and MOVING to help others – do what Rhett wanted to do so badly but couldn’t.

Our mission is to LET RHETT’S STORY INSPIRE those who feel defeated, UPLIFT those who feel down and ENCOURAGE ALL TO take that first step, like Beth did in the spring of 2005, and MOVE INTO LIFE.

You can find Runnin for Rhett on Facebook here. I hope to see you all at the 2nd Annual Winterfest!!

Divas & Dudes Fundraiser on October 28th

The directors of Healthy Kids Concepts invite you to join them for Divas and Dudes.

Divas and Dudes will be a musical experience featuring some of Sacramento’s most talented vocalists!

The show takes place at Sunrise Event Center: 11167 Trade Center Drive, Rancho Cordova, on October 28th,2012 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Along with the fabulous entertainment, guests will enjoy healthy hors d’oeuvres prepared by the award winning Cordova High School Culinary Academy. There will be wine tasting and a silent auction.

Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door.

For ticket and other information go to or you can click here to directly purchase tickets.

About the Beneficiary
Healthy Kids Concepts Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation founded in November 2010. HKC is committed to fight childhood obesity where healthy eating, exercise and fun becomes the daily norm in the lives of our kids. This program features the functional benefits of colors to teach and understand food nutrition. We are working and funding the work of registered dietitians (RD) and (PHDs) to complete this program. HKC is also partnering with other non-profits in the development of a new “FARM TO SCHOOL” program to provide more nutritious eating options in the schools. 

A Beautiful Evening for Africa for Hope Fund’s Inaugural Safari on the River

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Safari on the River was held last Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Juluka Landing on Garden Highway. It was the inaugural fundraising event for Africa Hope Fund, a charity founded by Carol Van Bruggen and Steve Kuhn.

Africa Hope Fund is a non-profit dedicated to supporting conservation through education in southern Africa. Africa Hope Fund’s mission is to support children and education, and protect endangered animals in southern Africa. 100 percent of the funds accepted on behalf of projects goes entirely to funding the projects.

The evening began with a silent auction and wine tasting featuring Carvalho Family Winery, Moniz Family Wines, Cooper Vineyards, Driven Cellars, PRP Wine International. Prior to dinner, the Fenix Drum and Dance Group entertained safari and animal print-dressed guests with a lively African dance and music session.

We were all seated after the performance as Kitty O’ Neal took the stage as emcee. Dinner was served and the hosts both gave a heartfelt and emotional testimonial about their charity. The dinner, catered by Mulvaney’s B & L, was an authentic Zambian meal composed of an eggplant appetizer, a colorful vegetable salad with tomatoes, cucumber, and cilantro, a plantain side dish, and a chicken and rice dish as the main course. The main starch of the meal is also a staple Zambian dish called Nshima. It is s thick cornmeal mash, traditionally eaten without utensils.

As we ate dinner (with utensils), the silent auction was led by David Sobon of David Sobon Auctions. The event concluded with dessert and coffee.

The guests were treated to a free valet service by Neumann LImousine.

About Africa Hope Fund:
Carol Van Bruggen first traveled to Africa in 2001 and has returned to Zambia twice a year for over 12 years. She founded Africa Hope Fund when she realized that the only way to preserve the wonder of the African bush and its animals was to educate the young people about the value of their natural resources. This introduced her to the great need for better education facilities in Zambia. She has committed her life to helping young people of Africa receive an education in order to create a better standard of living for themselves and their families. This is done is combination with learning about importance of conservation in their community.

Steve has traveled to Africa for many years and is a long time supporter of conservation efforts around the world. He manages and owns a marina on the Sacramento River and is the President of Coastal Servicing a real estate holding company. Steve is the foundations official videographer and has been ahf’s primary financier from inception.

You can sponsor a student to attend Secondary School in Zambia. 8th to grade 12. Or to a 2 year college. Africa Hope Fund can send you information on each student and a photo with updates or fund any of our many needs below.

$5000 – Build a Library at Uyoba School 
$3200 – Internet Service at Student Center year
$1200 – Pay a Teacher’s Salary at Uyoba School  for a year 
$800 – Clean water at the School year        
$150 – Sponsor a Student in Secondary School for a Year
$65 – Desk (double) for Uyoba School To end two kids sitting on the floor for their lessons everyday donate $65 to buy a double desk.

You can find Africa Hope Fund on Facebook here.

For more great photos of the event, you can visit Tia Gemmell’s website here.

Nugget Markets’ “Best of the Barrel” Fundraiser on September 28th, 5-8pm

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Nugget Markets joins with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science for signature fundraiser event

Woodland-based local grocer Nugget Markets and UCD’s Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science partner up to celebrate the world of great food and wine. The Best of the Barrel fundraiser, benefiting RMI’s Food Science Graduate Student Association as well as RMI’s educational outreach efforts, takes place at RMI’s Good Life Garden, Friday, September 28, 5pm-8pm.

Attendees will enjoy a wide range of signature dishes from Nugget Markets kitchens, as well as a wide variety of meats, seafood and vegetables, all freshly grilled on-site. Beer and cheese pairings, specialty cheeses, and fresh baked breads and desserts will also be offered. At least 100 wine tastings from more than 40 wineries include organic, local, and imported offerings; many of which are from UCD alumni winemakers.

The Best of the Barrel is a fundraising event that began in Davis in the early 1990s, raising thousands of dollars for a large number of local non-profit organizations including the Davis Schools Foundation, Yolo CASA, Vacaville Public Education Foundation, The Keaton Raphael Memorial, Woodland Healthcare, local Rotary clubs and various non-profits throughout the Sacramento Valley. Nugget Markets traditionally hosted Best of the Barrel events at various store locations, but this year’s event will be hosted outdoors at the beautiful RMI Good Life Garden.

“After a four year hiatus, we’re truly excited about this fundraising effort, and we’re delighted to bring Best of the Barrel back to Davis,” says Eric Stille, President and CEO of Nugget Markets. “Our kitchens have always been involved, and the event grew as our kitchens expanded. This year’s wine and food presentation is more tantalizing and delicious than ever.  We know our guests will enjoy every bite and taste, all for a great cause.”

“It’s an absolute thrill to partner with Nugget Markets for such a worthy cause,” says Clare Hasler-Lewis, executive director of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.  “We can’t think of a better way to share and celebrate fabulous wine and food with our community.”

Best of the Barrel wine, beer and food celebration tickets are on sale online through Friday, September 21st and at all Nugget Market locations until the day of the event.  Tickets are $60 each now through September 21st and will increase to $75 each beginning Saturday, September 22nd. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to purchase tickets and attend the event.

20th Annual After Hours at Fairytale Town to Benefit Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center, Sept. 14th, 2012

2012 – A year of celebration!  This year marks the 20th Annual After Hours at Fairytale Town event and the 40th Anniversary for Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center.

Come celebrate with us at After Hours 2012 on Friday, September 14, 2012

Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822

The History
In 1992 the Board of Directors of Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center (SAEHC) and a group of dedicated volunteers created the very first After Hours event known simply as “Fairytale Town After Hours.”  The event brought local restaurants, wineries and entertainment together to raise funds for the homeless families served by SAEHC.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of this special event. Again this year, After Hours guests will enjoy food and beverages, music, and a large silent auction in the unique setting of Fairytale Town at William Land Park.  This event continues to honor the dream of a safe and permanent home for every child and community member staying at a homeless shelter.

The Venue
Step back into childhood at Sacramento’s fabled Fairytale Town in scenic William Land Park.  No outdoor venue in Sacramento could be a more magical setting for the 20th Annual After Hours fundraising event.  Walk amidst magical character tableaus such as The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe Slide, the Crooked Mile, King Arthur’s Castle and more! The event will be entirely outdoors with restaurants and wineries set up along the many paths to enchantment.

The Restaurants & Wineries
The After Hours fundraising events have boasted an average of 50 fabulous local restaurants and wineries each year, all offering tasty creations.   Past participants have included such icons as Tower Cafe, Biba Restaurant, 4th Street Grille, Mulvaney’s B&L, Aioli Bodega Espanola, Terre Rouge & Easton Winery, Boeger Winery, Van der Vijer Estate, Sierra Nevada Brewing and many, many more. This year’s line-up promises an equally impressive list of notable and local taste sensations.

The Auction
The After Hours event would not be complete without the amazing array of items donated from local and regional businesses and auctioned off in our silent auction.  Guests peruse tables of silent auction items designed to intrigue the senses and appeal to the spirit including unique golf packages, trips to Disneyland, local retreats such as Bodega Bay and Lake Tahoe, gourmet dinners, and more!

The Beneficiary
Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center’s mission is to provide assistance to homeless individuals and families and help them achieve self-reliance.  We see the success of this mission reflected in the many people whose lives are changed through our programs.  The proceeds from the After Hours event benefits homeless families here in Sacramento and provides them with much needed support and resources.  These much needed funds often pay for things that we can’t obtain through our other funding sources.

To purchase tickets, click here.

You can find Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center on Facebook here.

Christian Brothers Wine, Beer & Food Extravaganza is September 7th!

Right before RB and I take off for Napa again this year!! <—excited!! :), We’ll be attending the Christian Brothers Wine, Beer & Food Extravaganza on September 7th from 7pm-10pm at the Christian Brothers Campus. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event.

The Christian Brothers Wine, Beer & Food Extravaganza is the premiere food and drink event in Sacramento. It features hundreds of California’s finest restaurants and wineries, and showcases the best of local breweries throughout the state. The Christian Brothers Wine, Beer & Food Extravaganza has raised millions of dollars to put towards tuition funding and community outreach programs throughout the area.

Tickets are $70 today only, and then tomorrow the price goes up to $80 per person. You can buy tickets here. This year’s event features special add-ons like transportation and a cigar lounge.

Featured wineries and breweries at the event will be:

August Anthony VineyardBerryessa Gap VineyardsBogle WineryBrother Timothy Mont La Salle Vineyard EstateCannonball Wine CompanyCartlidge and BrownCarvalho Family WineryColumbia Crest WinesCorralitos Wine CompanyGirard WineryGreystone WinesHarbison WinesHarney Lane WineryJeremy Wine Company, Josh Cellars, Klinker Brick WinesLine 39McConnell EstatesMadrona VineyardsMumm NapaMichael-David WineryMoniz WinesOakstone WineryPacific Wine and SpiritsPadis VineyardsPedroncelli WineryPeirano WinesRodney StrongRevolution WinesRombauer VineyardsScheid WinerySchug WineryScribner BendScott Harvey WinesSenders – Wine with a CauseStama WineryTerra d’Oro WineryThorny Rose WinesTroubadour CellarsWente VineyardsWreckless Blenders, and ZD Wines

Auburn AlehouseFirestone WalkerGuinnessHoppy BrewingKnee Deep BrewingLockdown BrewingLost Coast BreweryMendocino Brewing CompanyMiller-CoorsNew Belgium BrewingPyramid AlehouseRubiconRuhstallerSierra NevadaThe ShackSutter Buttes BrewingTrack 7 BrewingTwo Rivers Cider Company

Click here for a list of restaurants.

Through the proceeds from this event last year, the alumni association was able to net over ninety thousand dollars, which went to the school’s tuition assistance program.

Due to the generous efforts of our sponsors and vendors, along with the hard work of the Alumni Board and volunteers, students who would not have been able to attend Christian Brothers High School were able to do so.

Please mark Friday, September 7, 2012 on your calendar and plan on joining us for what promises to be another fantastic event.

You can follow Christian Brothers Wine Beer & Food Extravaganza on twitter here. Cheers! 🙂

Pour for Prevention to Benefit Child Abuse Prevention Center is August 25th

Pour for Prevention presented by UC Davis Children’s HospitalMcHugh, Koepke & Associates, Antiquité Maison,Southwest takes place on August 25th from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Pour for Prevention is the Child Abuse Prevention Center’s wine tasting event to be held at Antiquité Maison Privée (2114 P Street), known as the “jewel of midtown.” This stunning property with its 1920’s Mediterranean charm makes for an unforgettable venue and has been designated a historical treasure by the City of Sacramento.

This event features a vast array of wines from California wineries who will “pour” to prevent child abuse. Guests will enjoy light appetizers and desserts.

Art! An amazing art display will feature renowned and up and coming artists whose pieces you won’t want to miss.

Live music and a silent auction with something for everyone will round off the event. You won’t want to miss the party at this midtown jewel.

Here’s a list of the food donors that will be at the event:

Wine, Beer and Food Donors
Amador CellarsBeth Sogaard CateringBistro MichelBlue Diamond GrowersBogleBoissett Family EstatesBonitata Boutique WinesCapital ConfectionsChipotle Mexican GrillClif Family WineryDeaverEdible EventsEhrhardt EstatesGrange Restaurant and BarHelwig WineryHeringer Estates WineryHoppy Brewing Company, Lake Solano Vineyard, Leatherby’s Family CreameryLewis CellarsMama Kim CooksMichael David Winery, Noodles & Company, Olive GardenPearl on the RiverPeirano Estate VineyardsPiacciRobert MondaviTanis Vineyards , The Blind Pig, The Melting PotTLC DeliveredWeibel Family Vineyards and Winery

$40 each or two tickets for $70, $50 at the door. Purchase tickets online here. To pay by check, make check payable to the CAP Center and mail to: CAP Center, 4700 Roseville Road, North Highlands, CA 95660

Want to become an event sponsor? Are you interested in being a wine or food vendor, donating an item for the silent auction, displaying your art, or volunteering? Contact Cathy Kauffman at 916 244-1927

For more information about the Child Abuse Prevention Center you can visit their website here.

Hot off the Grill: 2012 Sacramento Burger Battle is September 18th at Raley Field

If you haven’t heard about the 2012 Sacramento Burger Battle by now, you’re probably living under a huge chunk of charcoal!! Sacramento’s first charity burger cook-off and tasting event, the Sacramento Burger Battle, will be held on National Cheeseburger Day, Sept. 18, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Raley Field.

Of course, the organizer of the event is a friend of mine, so I have had the privilege of knowing all about the event for a few months now. I was particularly interested in helping promote this event because all of the ticket sales benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2001. Though my Crohn’s is in remission and it rarely bothers be (due to my diet and exercise regime), I know there are many people who are hospitalized and operated on every year (and even die) from Crohn’s Disease.

The Battle Details:
Up to 15 Sacramento-area restaurants will create their best burgers in the hope of being named the Best Burger in Sacramento.

The Challengers:

The Judges:
Guest judges include food writers Rick Kushman and Erin Jackson, local chef Bret Bohlmann, and Rick Mindermann of Corti Brothers.

The Beverages:
Beer and wine tastings feature samples of regional brands, including Crispin Cider and Sierra Nevada.

Audience Participation!
Attendees can sample burgers from participating restaurants and vote for their favorite burger to receive the People’s Choice Award.

Not Just Burgers!!
Featured entertainment includes a live art installation by the nationally acclaimed Tekstartist from Carlsbad, California. The final piece will be auctioned off during the event to raise additional funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Fine Print:
Admission to the event is limited to adults 21 and over.

About the 2012 Sacramento Burger Battle
Conceived by Rodney Blackwell, a nationally ranked burger blogger based in Sacramento, California, Sacramento Burger Battle’s purpose is two-fold: to showcase the local dining scene, and to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Blackwell’s commitment to helping find a cure for Crohn’s and colitis started four years ago, when his daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s.

You can “like” the Sacramento Burger Battle on Facebook here and for all the latest burgery gossip on the event, you can follow them on twitter here.

Ready to buy tickets? You can get them online here!

Run for Independence to Benefit Elk Grove Food Bank is June 30th

Join me and hundreds of other runners and walkers at this year’s Run 4 Independence in Elk Grove on June 30, 2012.

The race will be a 5 and 10K event with a kids run, and the funds raised at this event will impact seniors, men, women, children and the homeless by providing food, clothing  and services year round.

Register now for $30, before the price goes up on June 16.

How to Register:  Preregister online, use the mail in registration form, or pick up a packet before race day.

Packet Pickup: You may pick up your race packet and register on Thursday, June 28th from 3pm-7pm or Friday, June 29th from 10am -7pm at

The Running Zone
8470 Elk Grove Blvd., #135
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 478-9663

Form a Team!  Now through June 14, we are encouraging families, friends, coworkers, neighbors and club members to join the movement to end hunger in Elk Grove by forming a team and participating together!

This year we have two ways to register your team:  Register online or use the mail in registration form.

Teams must be a minimum of 5 members for “official” team status.  Teams will receive special recognition at event. Choose a team leader to coordinate the registration for the team.  Please specify the name of your team on your registration form.

All teams must register and registrations must be received BEFORE June 15th.

For more information, visit the Elk Grove Food Bank Services’ Run 4 Independence website. You can find them on Facebook here and follow them on twitter here.

The Elk Grove Food Bank serves approximately 32,000 each year. This past year they had an unprecedented 40 percent increase, especially among seniors and children.

Sacramento Zoo King of Feasts Food & Wine Event is June 23rd! Enter to win a pair of tickets!!

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The animals will show you how to party at the Annual Sacramento Zoo King of Feasts – Food & Wine Luau on Saturday, June 23, 2012!

The event will be held from 6-9pm and feature 26 restaurants, 26 wineries and breweries, live entertainment, hula-hooping, three silent auctions and exotic animals throughout the lush setting of the 14-acre Sacramento Zoo.

Sacramento Zoo is located at the Corner of Land Park Drive & Sutterville Road

Ticket Prices: $50 in advance, $60 day of event. To purchase tickets click here or call (916) 808-5888. 21 and older please.

Proceeds from the event benefit Zoo improvements, education programs and wildlife conservation.

Would you like to win a pair of tickets to one of Sacramento’s BEST food and wine events? Well, you’re in luck! I am giving 2 tickets away right here on cavegrrl, next Friday, June 15th at 3pm!

All you have to do is:

1. tell me your favorite animal at the zoo in the comments section below, and

2. either tweet this post on twitter (with the hashtag #saczooKOF) or share this post on Facebook with all of your friends. USE THE SHARING BUTTONS BELOW 🙂 🙂 🙂

I am looking for lots of enthusiasm, people!! I will be awarding the person who has the most creative response and the most shares. (PS: You and your guest must be 21 to win/attend).

Talk about the event on twitter with the hashtag: #saczooKOF
Tell all your friends you are coming by RSVPing on Facebook here. 🙂

Black & White Affair to Benefit Camellia Symphony Orchestra on June 10th, 4:30-7:30pm

A Black & White Affair Annual Food & Wine Benefit to support the Camellia Symphony Orchestra will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2012, 4:30-7:30pm at Scribner Bend Vineyards: 9051 River Road, Clarksburg, CA 95832 (Just 15 minutes from downtown Sacramento)

Enjoy a warm summer evening at Scribner Bend sampling award winning regional wines and amazing culinary creations. Camellia Symphony ensembles will provide the music making it a perfect evening on the Delta.

Cost per person: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. You can purchase tickets here.

Black and white attire encouraged.

There will be a silent auction at the event complete with spa packages for two, winery tours and fine wines, designer jewelry, weekend getaways to the coast and foothills and much more!

Participating wineries will include many of the Clarksburg appellation wineries as well as other regional wineries.

Food tastings will be provided by area caters and some of Sacramento’s most popular eateries. You won’t want to miss the food and wine pairings.

For more information about Camillia Symphony Orchestra, check out their Facebook page here.

A Divine Affair on May 25th, 6pm at Jackson Rancheria

Wine lovers are invited to enjoy A Divine Affair on Friday, May 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Grand Oak Ballroom and Garden Terrace at the Jackson Rancheria Hotel.

The event features dozens of Northern California wineries, plus food and entertainment.

List of participants

Tickets are $30 in advance and are available online or at the Dreamcatcher’s Club® in the Casino.

To purchase tickets, click here.

The day of the event tickets are $35 and must be purchased at the Dreamcatcher’s Club® (no tickets available online or by phone on May 25). Must be 21 to attend.

Tickets include a complimentary wine glass and tray, wine tasting and food. Wine purchases may be ordered, but must be shipped by or picked up at the winery.

Live entertainment will include a smooth unplugged show by the Rhythm Vandals and acoustic melodies by Manny Sousa.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Amador County Recreation Agency and the Jackson Rancheria Parks and Fields Restoration Fund.