Free eats this weekend at third annual Top Chefs Grill-Off

Chicken wings will be on offer at the third annual Top Chefs Grill-Off.
Chicken wings will be on offer at the third annual Top Chefs Grill-Off. The Sacramento Bee

For something special to kick off the ’cue season, California Backyard has partnered with Style Media Group to host the third annual Top Chefs Grill-Off, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Whole Foods Market at the Fountains center (1001 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, 916-781-5300).

Whole Foods will donate chicken wings, salmon and tri-tip to be cooked in the competition. Among the restaurants squaring off for braggin’ rights will be Paul Martin’s American Bistro, Land Ocean New American Grill, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s, Monk’s Cellar, Cibo 7 and Lorenzo’s. The public can vote for their favorite chefs and dishes.

Each restaurant will be randomly paired with a national brand-name grill company, so cooking methods will vary. Grill-company representatives will be on site. They and the chefs will answer cooking questions, offer tips and explain techniques, so be ready to take notes.

Admission is free – as is all the food – though donations of non-perishable food to the Placer Food Bank are encouraged. All proceeds from the Whole Foods beer garden during the event also will go to the food bank.

Or organizers offer this tip: Get there early. More information: 916-988-9888, Ext. 116

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe