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Ella is among the many restaurants that will participate in Dine Downtown Restaurant Week, coming in January. The oyster bar looks pretty tempting, no?

Bring an appetite to Downtown Restaurant Week

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 - 8:59 am

If you’re like most restaurant-goers, you’ve got a growing list of places you’ll be getting to sooner or later. How about sooner?

You can start with the ninth annual Dine Downtown Restaurant Week, Jan. 8-17. That’s when a kitchenful of chefs from 26 downtown restaurants will prepare special three-course prix-fixe dinners for a flat rate of $31 (with some vegetarian options). That extra buck will be donated to the California Food Literacy Center, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to inspiring change in community food education.”

The 10 days of bargain-priced dining is sponsored by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. Its director, Michael Ault, noted, “We estimate that Dine Downtown generates over $1 million in restaurant sales and parking revenue in just 10 days. The event provides local restaurants a huge boost at the start of the new year.”

Among the participating restaurants will be Ella, The Firehouse, Foundation, Hock Farm Craft & Provisions, River City Brewing Company and Tuli Bistro.

For more information: (916) 442-8575,

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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About Appetizers

Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Twitter: @apierleonisacbe

Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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(916) 321-1099
Twitter: @Blarob

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