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Sax on the River, a benefit for the Karla J. Williams Foundation is Saturday, October 11, 2014

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If you’re a fan of listening to live smooth jazz while sitting by the water with a nice glass of wine or two, I have got the premier event for you!

Sax on the River is a contemporary jazz benefit concert held to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for the Karla J Williams Foundation. This year’s featured artists include Elan Trotman, Lebron Dennis, Cecil Ramirez and Cynthia Marie Douglas. There will be a live auction, raffle, food, no host bar and an amazing view of the Sacramento River. There will also be a tribute to honor a dear friend of Sax on the River lost to cancer in February, Liz Hooper Gibson.

The event will be held on the afternoon/evening of Saturday, October 11 at the residence of Barbara Walker and Chuck Kelley, 10215 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 4pm – Doors Open
  • 4:30-5:15pm – Cynthia Douglas
  • 5:45-6:30pm – Cecil Ramirez Group
  • 6:30-6:45pm – Video Tribute to Liz Gibson
  • 7-7:45pm – Lebron
  • 8-9:15pm – Elan Trotman
  • 9:15-10pm – Artists autographs

Unfortunately, there are no VIP tickets left for purchase, but the $50 general admission tickets are still for sale. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. The $50 ticket does not include food, but there will be food available for purchase, a no host bar, silent auction, and raffle. Tickets will also be available at the door for $60.

You can find Sax on the River on Facebook here and follow them on twitter here.

About Sax on the River
In 2014, Sax on the River is donating 100% of the proceeds to The Karla J. Williams Foundation. Sax on the River was conceived by Trisha Friend while enjoying a Tom Braxton show at Harlow’s almost five years ago. During the final number of the night, several local musicians; Kim Waters, Jeff Clayton and Garrett Perkins joined Tom onstage. Four amazing saxophonists on the stage at one time, playing together, made her heart skip a beat. And the rest is history. The saxophone is an instrument that brings smiles to faces and makes people’s hearts sing and she wanted to bring that to her river event.

As a breast cancer survivor she created the event to promote breast cancer awareness, to give back to a non-profit organization that helps women cancer patients and their families and to share her love of jazz, particularly the saxophone, with all her friends and fellow jazz lovers in the Sacramento area.

Event Flyer:


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:

Rock’n Restaurants Event at the Crest Theatre on April 9th

The second annual Rock ’n Restaurants Event benefiting the California Restaurant Association Issues Political Action Committee will take place April 9th.

As Rock ’n Restaurants approaches, organizers have secured robust support from several restaurants and industry partners that will be integral in making the event possible. The event is slated to kick off with a VIP reception at 5 p.m. April 9 at the the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, with the concert to begin at 7 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Allen Stone will perform. Stone is a soulful performer who The New York Times has compared to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers. Since the digital release of his self-titled album, Stone has since signed to ATO Records, which brought the album into wide release in 2012. The album has hit Billboard’s Top 10 Heatseekers and entered the Top 5 on iTunes’ R&B/Soul charts.

USA Today has called Allen Stone a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” and he’s performed on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly and Live from Daryl’s House and was a featured artist on VH1’s You Oughta Know. But the 25-year-old performer from Chewelah, Wash. just sees himself as “a hippie with soul.”

Like many soul singers, Stone got his start in church. He is the son of a preacher, so whipping crowds into a call-and-response frenzy is second nature. Steeped in gospel music and shielded from secular songs, Allen didn’t discover soul music until he was a teenager and started collecting classic albums from the 1960s and ’70s.

“Soul music from that time wasn’t just about bumpin’ and grindin’ at the club – it was a huge part of a cultural movement,” Stone said. “That’s where my inspiration comes from.”

Rock ’n Restaurants will conclude the CRA’s 2013 Lobby Day event, which involves restaurant industry leaders from across the country convening in Sacramento to discuss legislative issues affecting restaurant with lawmakers at the Capitol.

Sacramento restaurant sponsors donating appetizers for the reception include: Grange, Morton’s Steakhouse, Lucca, Pizza Rock, Museo Mayahuel and McCormick & Schmicks. Alcoholic beverages will be provided by Miller-Coors, Pinnacle Vodka (yes!) and Jim Beam.

Farm Fresh to You and UBER Cab are also in-kind sponsors.

Several CRA chapters also are lending support to the event, including Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Diego County and Orange County.

Event tickets cost $50 and will be available to purchase on soon. Proceeds from the event will benefit the CRA Issues Political Action Committee.

For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact governmentaffairs(nospace) atcalrest(dot)org. You can find the California Restaurant Association on Facebook here. You can register for the event here.

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. 

Paleo Picnic: Lamb Burgers with Curry Ketchup

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This past weekend turned out to be pretty good weather, so RB and I decided we would pack a picnic and head over to Music in the Park at Curtis Park. It was a great time, and enjoyed by people of all ages.

We sat on a blanket made up of squares of old polyester pants sewn together by RB’s Yia, Yia. In our picnic basket, we brought lamb burgers wrapped in napa cabbage and topped with rings of red onion, avocado, feta cheese, and curry ketchup that I made just before we packed the basket. We also brought a broccoli, cauliflower, and bacon sauté with toasted almonds and our favorite snack, parsnip chips.

Suggested wine pairing is the Shenandoah Vineyards Zingiovese, which is a 54% Sangiovese, 48% Zinfandel blend*. A beautiful elixir from our friends at Sobon Estate that stands up to the spicy and sweet of the curry ketchup and the meatiness of the lamb.

*The percentages do not add up to 100%, but I took the blend info straight from their informational PDF here. *shrugs* 😉

And now… the recipes!

Lamb Burgers
1 lb ground lamb (we used Superior Farms)
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbs oregano
1 tsp coriander
1 1/2 Tbs crushed garlic
pinch salt
Mix all ingredients together with your hands in a medium-sized bowl until well incorporated. Form into 3 or 4 patties (3 for best results). Refrigerate until you are ready to grill.

Curry Ketchup
2 containers of organic tomatoes
(I used small, cherry sized yellow tomatoes)
1 small can of tomato sauce
1/3 cup water
2-3 Tbs tomato paste
1 Tbs pomegranate molasses (if you don’t have pomegranate molasses,
you can use regular molasses, or honey)
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp curry
2 tsp crushed garlic

Rinse the tomatoes then put them in a pot with the tomato sauce and the water. Bring to a simmer and cook the tomatoes and allow them to burst open. This is what you want. The tomatoes will cook and break down and get thick this way. Keep the mixture on a simmer until the liquid content reduces by half. Then, add the rest of the ingredients (all the spices and the molasses, then the tomato paste). At this point, the mixture will resemble ketchup, so continue to reduce until it gets to your desired thickness.

This recipe makes about 1 1-2 to 2 cups, so you can bottle the unused portion and refrigerate for a week. The funny thing is, is that on a picnic with RB, the ketchup didn’t make it through the night. When we got home, he piled some more of the vegetables on a plate and on top of them went the rest of the ketchup. 😉 At least I know he loved it, so that’s why I decided to share the recipe with you.

The “bun” for our burgers were leaves of napa cabbage. The leaves of the cabbage are durable enough to conveyor belt the meat to your mouth, but tender enough to bite into. We sliced the red onion very thin, and naturally, feta was the cheese of choice.

Thanks again to Superior Farms for providing such a nice variety of lamb. We really enjoyed all the cuts. You can see how we prepared the rack here and the boneless leg 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.