September 15, 2010
Dining event at Sutter's Fort to feature history-inspired foods

sutter's fort.jpgBy Niesha Lofing

This is one appetizing history lesson.

A four-course dinner will be held at Sutter's Fort Historic Park on Sept. 25, where some of the Sacramento region's top chefs will prepare dishes reminiscent of meals enjoyed when John Sutter founded the fort in 1839.

"A Taste of History," hosted by Friends of Sutter's Fort and Slow Food Sacramento, is a fundraiser benefiting the historic site, according to a news release.

The meal will be preceded by tastings of local honey and olive oil. Local wine and beer also will be served during dinner, which will be served outdoors and accompanied by live acoustic music.

The menu is being developed by chefs from Grange, Mulvaney's B&L, Spataro and Cafe Vinoteca and dinner will be served by Plates Cafe; & Catering, a new business launched by St. John's Shelter Program for Women & Children.

The menu includes dishes such as wild rice cakes with smoked trout, oysters on the half with Chinese chili sauce, spit-roasted suckling pig with wild fennel and garlic, Santa Maria pinquito beans and cured pork belly cooked in the fireplace, and caramel apple bread pudding with vanilla bean custard sauce.

Hungry yet?

"A Taste of History" starts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, with dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Guests will receive a keepsake program that includes historic recipes and the adapted ones featured during meal.

Tickets are $85 per person and available online through the Sutter's Fort website. Seating is limited. For more information, call (916) 323-7626.

*Sacramento Bee file photo by Hector Amezcua

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