Hope you've got a big appetite or unquenchable thirst, because there's some choice food-related events going on this weekend. Sacramento Beer Week kicks off Friday and runs through March 3 - for in the beer world, a week means closer to 10 days. We'll have a full rundown of Beer Week and a guide to help you get through the festivities in Friday's Ticket section. Here are three events to consider for getting that weekend social calendar set:
* Casque Wines grand opening celebration: If wine's more your speed than beer, drop by the grand opening celebrations on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Casque Wines (9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd., Loomis). This boutique winery has fared exceptionally well at competitions with their local interpretations of French wines, and have a new tasting room to showcase their wares. This celebration includes complimentary tastings, snacks and raffle prizes. (916-652-2250).
* Make-A-Wish Winter Wine & Food Fest: This popular event will celebrate its 25th year of feasting in the name of charity. 100 vendors representing some of the leading names in northern California wine and food will be represented. Among the wineries which will be pouring: Frank Family, Renwood, David Girard and Terra D'Oro. The event includes a charity auction and will also honor Joe and Pat Harbison, a former Sacramento family which now runs a Napa winery and a longtime supporter of the Make-A-Wish foundation. (That's Joe Harbison pictured above). This soiree runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Sacramento Convention Center (14th and J streets, Sacramento). $85, $100 at door. (916) 692-3921.
* Exquisite Kolsch release party: Here's one of the choice Sacramento Beer Week events, which also comes with a cool musical component. Ruhstaller Beer has joined forces with LowBrau (20th and K streets, Sacramento) and the local band Exquisite Corps. This is actually a series of four German-style beers, using both California and German hops, which can be tasted side by side at 7 p.m. Sunday at LowBrau. As a bonus, Exquisite Corps will perform during this indie rockin' release party. (916) 706-2636.