May 26, 2011
KISS, local chefs coming together for charity

CREDIT: Gene Simmons of KISS salivating at the mouth. Lezlie Sterling, Sacramento Bee

If you've been watching morning TV this week, you probably saw the "Good Day Sacramento" crew sporting KISS make-up. It's all in preparation of Sunday's Walk N' Rock for Kids, a charity event that includes a 5k walk and then capped with a Raley Field concert featuring the "hottest band in the world" ... KISS \m/

Sacramento chefs are also coming together to support the cause. A VIP dinner includes courses from the likes of Matt Woolston (Supper Club), Scott MacNamera (fresh from Bistro Michel's recent glowing review in the Bee), Simone McKinley of Revolution Wines, Lounge ON20 executive chef Pajo Bruich and others. No word if the chef's will be wearing KISS makeup for the cause.

But at least one course will be in honor of the band that wants to "rock 'n roll all night and party every day." A collaborative desert created by Bruich, Lounge ON20 pastry chef Elaine Baker and Karen Holmes of Karen's Bakery will be a gourmet twist on the traditional "kiss cookie" - a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey's Kiss in the middle. The version that will be served on Sunday is going to be in a cake form, with peanut butter frosting, compressed strawberries and a strawberry "glass."

Look for a first course of Escarole & Treviso Caesar Salad from McKinley of Revolution Wines and a vichyssoise soup of leeks, onion and potato by Bistro Michel's MacNamera. Overall, the participating chefs aren't worried about there being too many proverbial cooks in this kitchen.

"It's a great energy and we're all there to support a great cause and charity," said Bruich. "It'll be like a day off for me. I get to hang out with these other chefs and see a great show. To see the camaraderie for the benefit of the community is a fantastic thing."

Tickets for the VIP dinner cost $1,000 each and includes seating right in front of the stage, plus a pre-concert auction and reception. Yep, that's a lot of cash but keep in mind it's all for the children. Proceeds go toward the Hope Productions Foundation, which supports 22 local charities for kids. But if you just want to rock out at the concert, tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here.

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