Sure, it's only January, it's cold outside and we're still waiting for the rain. Warming us up, though, are thoughts of the 10th annual Sacramento Chef Challenge on June 23.
Right now, event organizers are looking for participants - restaurants, wineries and breweries - who want to show off their fare to the public at one of Northern California's top culinary events. For the vendors, it means exposure. For attendees, it means lots of noshing for $25 per person (tickets are on sale now).
The program is to include two culinary competitions, wine- and beer-tastings, food samplings, a raffle and silent auction, and entertainment. Vendors can win prizes courtesy of www.sacdine.com, sponsor of the People's Choice Awards.
"Most booths are free for local businesses, but vendor space is limited," said a spokesperson for Chef Challenge.
For tickets and more information: www.chefevent.com or call Jessica Bean at (916) 381-1300, Ext. 170.
The Chef Challenge benefits INALLIANCE, "a nonprofit organization that supports people with developmental disabilities." The event is planned to take place at the group's campus headquarters, 6950 21st Ave., Sacramento; (916) 381-1300, www.inallianceinc.com.