October 18, 2011
Sacramento elected officials to wait tables at arts fundraiser

server.jpgIf you've ever wanted to say, "Councilmember, will you please bring the table more bread and an extra place setting," then Sunday night is your chance. Members of the Sacramento City Council, minus the mayor, will be acting as restaurant servers on Sunday night at Ella Dining Room & bar. The event is a fundraiser for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission's Cultural Arts Awards Program, which is taking a big hit from budget cuts.

SMAC's Arts in Public Places program helped bring the giant red rabbit to the new Terminal B, while its Cultural Arts Awards program provides grants for artists and other support.

Councilmember Darrell Fong, a local foodie who represents District 7, spearheaded this effort and brought his fellow councilmembers - though the Mayor will be out of town and not attend - on board to act as waiters. Also helping serve are Supervisors Don Nottoli, Roberta MacGlashan and Phil Serna.

"Darrell was going through budget issues and saw SMAC's budget was going to be cut roughly by $100,000," said Noah Painter, district director for Fong's office. "The Cultural Arts Awards Program was going to be cut by $60,000 to $70,000 and got the idea that the council could help fundraise for them."

The starting cost for this dinner is $250 per person, all the way up to $2,500 for a sponsorship package that includes eight tickets, a VIP wine tasting with Fong and other perks. Meanwhile, the four-course menu will include lobster and smoked corn chowder, a tart with chantrelle mushroom, slow roasted beef tenderloin and lemon pudding cake for dessert. The dinner runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call Ella Dining Room & Bar (916-443-3772) or email

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