If youre like most restaurant-goers, youve got a growing list of places youll be getting to sooner or later. How about sooner?
You can start with the ninth annual Dine Downtown Restaurant Week, which starts Wednesday and runs until Jan. 17. Thats when a kitchenful of chefs from 26 downtown restaurants will prepare special three-course 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, Grange, Biba, The Firehouse, Foundation, Hock Farm Craft & Provisions, River City Brewing Company and Tuli Bistro.
IN THE NEWS
Pig Bowl fundraising revs up with annual crab feed
The Pig Bowls annual Crab and Shrimp Feed fundraiser takes place Saturday at the Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H St. in Sacramento, and serves as the kickoff event for what will be the 40th Guns & Hoses charity football game at Sacramento State two weeks later. Advance tickets to the crab feed are $50 per person and can be purchased in advance at www.pigbowl.com/events. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner being served from 6 to 11:30 p.m.
Behind the news: Guns & Hoses pits Sacramento-area firefighters against their counterparts in law enforcement in a gridiron match that raises money for various charities in the region, including VIVA-Volunteers In Victims Assistance, WIND Youth Services, the Sacramento Sheriffs Toy Project and the Firefighters Burn Institute. Guns & Hoses originated in January 1974 as the Pig Bowl, a game between the Sacramento police and sheriffs departments. Firefighters got into the act 12 years ago.
Former Joint Chiefs leader to speak Tuesday
Michael Mullen, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 2007 to September 2011, appears at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sacramento Convention Center as part of the Sacramento Speakers Series. As chairman, the now-retired Navy admiral was the chief military adviser to the president and the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. armed forces.
Behind the news: Every year, the series organizers bring figures from a wide range of backgrounds to speak at the Convention Center. Crisis manager Judy Smith, the inspiration for ABCs Scandal television series, and Ina Garten, known as the Barefoot Contessa, are scheduled to speak later in the year. Tickets to individual events are not available but groups or individuals may buy season and prorated subscriptions.
State export statistics to be revealed Tuesday
After a sluggish start to 2013, the value of merchandise shipped abroad by California businesses totaled $138.31 billion through the first 10 months of last year, running ahead of $135.01 billion reported in the year-ago period. On Tuesday, Beacon Economics will break down U.S. Commerce Department numbers to see if state exports held serve in November.
Info: Sacbee.com and Wednesday s edition of The Sacramento Bee
For a Good Cause
Medical school raises funds for clinics
The UC Davis School of Medicine will hold its annual silent auction and wine-tasting fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Education Building of the schools campus at 4610 X St. in Sacramento. Proceeds are used to support community health clinics operated by the schools students in inner-city Sacramento neighborhoods. Advance tickets are $60 for general admission, $40 for medical residents and $35 for students. With A Red Carpet Event theme, participants are encouraged to wear Hollywood glamour attire.
Consultant offers tips for getting a state job
Get tips on how to land a state job from Michelle Allen, a former state employee who now works as a teacher and consultant. Allen, who will discuss the states application and exam process, will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m Wednesday at Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento.
Info: (916) 264-2920
Co-op serves up class on Latin street foods
The Learning Center of the Sacramento Natural Food Co-op will offer a demonstration-style cooking class on Latin American street foods pupusas, pork tacos, Cuban sandwiches and the like. The 7 p.m. Thursday class will be held at 1914 Alhambra Blvd. in Sacramento. Cost is $35 for co-op members; $45 for non-members.
Info: Call (916) 868-6399 or sacfoodcoop.com
Natomas library hosts social hour for seniors
People 55 and older are welcome to meet at the South Natomas Public Library, 2901 Truxel Road in Sacramento, for Senior Social Hour from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday. Participants meet in the community room to chat over coffee and treats.
Info: (916) 264-2920
Train for a half marathon with heart association
The American Heart Association will hold the first in a series of informational sessions on its Start Training half-marathon program at 9 a.m. Saturday at the organizations offices at 2007 O St. in Sacramento. The 13-week program is designed to coach participants to run or walk the American River Parkway Half Marathon on April 26 and to raise funds for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
Learn how to prune fruit and shade trees
Rosevilles Utility Exploration Center is offering a two-hour course, Winter Is for Pruning, on the basics of pruning shade and fruit trees from the ground to keep them growing. The 11 a.m. course Saturday at 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. will help you identify when you need professional help and will include information on water-friendly trees for the region. The cost is $8 for the general public, $6 for Roseville residents.
Info: Call (916) 746-1550