October 7, 2011
TrailFest promises to be a big-time gourmet event

PosterFinal3.pngHere's another food-related event for Saturday that features a great cause, great food and the makings of a spirited, high-caliber chefs challenge.

The event, organized by Betsy Hite of Elegant and Easy Gourmet Catering, is Saturday (Oct. 8) from 5-10 p.m. at Project R.I.D.E headquarters, 8840 Souuthside Ave., Elk Grove. Tickets for the unlimited tasting are $35 per person, with several other group ticket options available. For more information, visit the website here.

The chefs challenge includes quite a culinary line-up: Bret Bohlmann of Boulevard Bistro, David Hill of The Chef's Table, Ian MacBride of Lucca, Billy Ngo of Kru, Adam Pechal of Tuli and Thir13en, and Alwin Santiago of Clark's Corner. I have eaten at and enjoyed the food at every one of these restaurants, so I can only imagine the entries these talented chefs will put forth Saturday night.

TrailFest is an important fundraiser for Central Valley Rails To Trails Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to convert old railroad corridors into recreational trails. As an avid cyclist, I'm a big believer in these kinds of projects, which not only promote the idea of re-use and recycle, but make more recreational and alternative commuting options available.

Here's an excerpt on the mission from the group's website: "Our focus has been on 27.5 miles of the historic Central California Traction Rail Company (CCT) Rail Corridor. Over 100 years ago, the Corridor was built to transport passengers and freight between Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties. Now the Corridor can continue to serve as a link between the two counties through the creation of a rail trail for non-motorized recreation and alternative commuting."

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