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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.