Illustration by Brian Breneman
Sacramento is the capital of California. California’s state animal is the grizzly bear. Grizzly bears eat a lot in the autumn and then hibernate though the winter. Autumn begins on Tuesday, September 23. If you’re a crazy person who doesn’t understand deductive reasoning whatsoever, this series of semirelated facts can only lead to one conclusion: It’s the perfect time to act like the state animal and gorge on a bunch of food at one of many food-related activities this week.
But first off, big kudos go to the food events that are already sold out: Feast at the Fort 2014 (September 20), and the 2014 Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner on the Tower Bridge (September 28). Thankfully, there are still some good options for the hungry people of Sacramento.
A Taste of Sacramento ($40-$80, 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 19 at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street; www.myeasterseals.org/events/a-taste-of-sacramento.html) features food by Hawks Restaurant, Dad’s Kitchen, and Evan’s Kitchen and Catering. There’s also beer from Anderson Valley Brewing Company, American River Brewing Company and 21st Amendment Brewery; as well as wine and dessert. It’s run by, and raises funds for, Easter Seals Superior California, a nonprofit that provides services to people with disabilities.
A Firefighter Chili Cookoff ($5, noon on Saturday, September 20 at Safetyville USA, 3909 Bradshaw Road; http://safetycenter.org/safetyville-usa/events/firefighter-chili-cook-off) offers a chance to see firefighters face off in a chili-cooking competition. It’s a fundraiser for Safety Center Incorporated, whose aim is to provide safety education.
Harvest for Hunger ($20, 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25 at the River City Food Bank, 1800 28th Street; www.rivercityfoodbank.org/events/harvest-for-hunger) will have bites from the Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and Rudy’s Hideaway food trucks, music from the Brian Lee Bender Band, beer and wine. It’s run by, and benefits, the River City Food Bank.
Other regional food-related happenings related to America’s Farm-to-Fork Celebration can be found at www.farmtofork.com/event-calendar. One more: There’s also a Peruvian Food Festival on Sunday, September 21 (http://clubperudesacramento.com/noticias-y-eventos/eventos/).
Eat well, and may your hibernation be deep, Sacramento.