By Allen Pierleoni
A Mardi Gras celebration wouldn't be complete without a king cake, which you can order here in Sacramento and help a worthy cause at the same time.
A king cake is the traditional confection served during Mardi Gras and was named after the "three kings" mentioned in the Bible. A trinket of some sort is always baked inside the king cake, and whoever gets the slice that contains the trinket is obliged to buy the next cake or throw a Mardi Gras party the following year. Mardi Gras - or Fat Tuesday - comes around the day before Lent begins, and this year falls on March 8.
The king cakes will be baked and sold by the volunteers and staff of the charitable nonprofit Malachi's Homes Ministry, "dedicated to helping people (and children) in need." Prices and sizes range from mini ($3 each, minimum order one dozen) to large ($29.95). Four flavors of filling are available. To order, and for more information: (916) 534-5013, (916) 576-9679 and www.malachishomescenter.org.
Pick up king cakes at the Mardi Gras Family Day Celebration, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5 at the Jose Rizal Community Center, 7320 Florin Mall Drive, Sacramento. Food and entertainment will highlight that party (free admission).
That night, there's another fundraising party at the same venue - the Capitol City Mardi Gras Ball, 7 to 11:30. It will feature entertainers from New Orleans, along with hor douvres and drinks. Admission is $35 per person in advance, or $300 for a VIP table for six. Tickets are available at the Malachi's Homes website.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.