August 16, 2011
Plenty of nibbles and pours at Off To the Races fundraiser

When it comes to dining out these days, $40 doesn't go far, especially if you have a glass of wine with your meal. We all need a deal, so here's one to end the summer.

Take your appetite to Off to the Races, a fund-raising food- and wine-tasting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the courtyard at Pavilions shopping center on Fair Oaks Boulevard (east of Howe Avenue), Sacramento.

Line up for hors d'oeuvres from an array of restaurants: Bella Bru, Fabian's Italian Bistro, Icing on the Cupcake, Land Ocean New American Steakhouse, Lemon Grass, Piatti, Roxy, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Sienna, Star Ginger Asian Grill & Noodle Bar, and Sutter Street Steak House.

Then enjoy pours of red, white and rose from wineries including Amizetta, Andis, Barefoot, Borjon, Karley, Mount Aukum, Perry Creek, Clarksburg Wine Company, Vino Noceto and Morse Wines/Il Gioiello.

Off to the Races will be emceed by KCRA news anchor Adrienne Bankert. Live entertainment will accompany.

Tickets are $40 each at the door or in advance at (916) 933-4056. Off to the Races is the kickoff event for the 13th annual Race for the Arts, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at William Land Park.

For more information on both events, go to

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