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Chef Patrick Mulvaney prepared a spcial dinner at the James Beard House in New York City, featuring Sacramento’s farm-to-fork bounty.

'Walk and Eat the Plank' dinner at Mulvaney's B&L

Published: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 - 9:32 am

Patrick Mulvaney and wife Bobbin and their crew at Mulvaney’s B&L scored big earlier this month when they prepared a special meal in New York City. They were invited to the James Beard House by the prestigious James Beard Foundation to prepare a multicourse dinner that showcased Sacramento’s farm-to-fork bounty.

Now they’re back home and gearing up for the “Walk and Eat the Plank” dinner, using Folsom author Dina Guillen’s third cookbook as their guide. “Plank Grilling” offers “75 recipes for infusing food with flavor using wood planks” (Sasquatch, $20, 176 pages). Guillen will be there to sign her book.

The event is one in a series presented by Ann Martin Rolke of Tasty Books, which pairs cookbook authors with restaurants for prix-fixe dinners. It’s also a fund-raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Bring your appetite to 1215 19th St. in Midtown at 6 p.m. April 6. The toll is $75 per person or $125 per couple, which includes a signed copy of the cookbook. Tickets for dinner-only are $55 a person. To buy tickets, go here.

As for the meal, try this:

Appetizers: beet hummus, feta flatbread, bacon-wrapped shrimp, stuffed meatball sliders, chorizo and cheddar slicers

Dinner: Green Hatch chile chowder with crème fraiche; Skuna Bay salmon with caramelized fennel and mustard; peas and carrots with rice; Mongolian pork rack and potato-kale cakes; baby bok choy

Dessert: planked S’mores and strawberries.

For more information: (916) 443-4739,

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

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

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