November 14, 2011
Dante Club will cook up a cioppino feast, get it while you can

Fund-raising crab feeds will abound over the coming weeks as the Dungeness crab harvest shows up in area stores. But what about a cioppino feed?

You know cioppino. It's the fish stew that was "invented" in the late 1800s by Italian and Portuguese fishermen along the North Beach docks in San Francisco. Essentially, it's a "catch of the day" melange of crab, shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops, calamari and fish in seasoned tomato-based broth. When served with crusty sourdough bread, it's a full meal.

Now word comes from the 85-year-old Dante Club that it will host a cioppino dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento. The feast will begin with antipasti and salad, followed by risotto and cioppino, and end with tiramisu. Cost is $40 per person, benefitting the social club's scholarship fund.

"The cioppino is my Aunt Lena's recipe," said board member and dinner co-chairman Jim Casali. "(Club member and chef) Michael Talani will do the cooking."

For reservations and more information: (916) 487-9896.

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