Appetizers
July 2, 2013
$175 Tower Bridge dinner tickets sell out within eight hours

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Tickets went on sale Monday morning for the Sept. 29 "Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge Dinner," and "Appetizers" posed the question if the $175 per head price was fair. The answer appears to be a resounding "yes," given that all 600 tickets for the event sold out within eight hours.

The four-course dinner will be held on the Tower Bridge, with a series of tables set up like one long communal meal. Chefs who plan to participate include Patrick Mulvaney of Mulvaney's B&L, Oliver Ridgeway of Grange, Randall Selland of The Kitchen, Billy Ngo of Kru and more than 20 others.

The Tower Bridge dinner stands to gross more than $100,000. Along with $175 individual tickets, sponsored tables of eight sold for $3,000 and $5,000. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit public events during Sacramento's inaugural "Farm to Fork Week," which runs Sept. 21 - Sept. 29.

A waiting list for tickets is now available through www.farmtoforkcapital.com.

"Based on the chatter leading up to the event, the sell-out doesn't surprise me," said Josh Nelson of The Selland Group, which oversees The Kitchen and Ella Dining Room & Bar, and will participate in the Tower Bridge dinner. "I expected it within 24 hours, not eight hours. It's pretty unique. You can't just go to a place where you have chefs cooking as a community. It's going to be a fun event."

FROM THE BEE:

* Is $175 a fair price for a 'Farm-to-Fork' bridge dinner ticket?

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