July 26, 2013
Restaurants and wineries will converge for Off to the Races

offtotheraces.jpgAn annual wine and food extravaganza is returning to the courtyard at the Pavilions shopping center, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17.

Off to the Races is the kickoff event for the 15th annual Race for the Arts on Aug. 24; both are fundraisers benefitting arts groups and arts programs throughout California.

Line up for a diverse array of small plates from Ruth's Chris Steak House, Fabian's Italian Bistro, Monsoon Cuisine of India, Roxy's, Sutter Street Steakhouse, Mandarin, T&R Taste of Texas, Florez, Cafe Bernardo, Raley's and Starbucks. Capital Confections will serve its award-winning gelato.

Sip reds, whites and rosés from Napa Cellars, St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery, Mount Aukum Winery, Sean Minor Wines, Cielo Estate Winery, Barefoot Wines, Heringer Estate Winery and Lava Cap Winery.

Entertainment will include performances by six-time Elly Award-winning El Dorado Musical Theatre. World-renowned Sacramento artist Wayne Thiebaud's painting "Three Cones" is this year's Race for the Arts logo.

Off to the Races tickets are $50 at the door or in advance at Pavilions is along Fair Oaks Boulevard, east of Howe Avenue, in Sacramento;

From Aug. 1-17, enter a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree at the Pavilions, and a $1,000 donation to the arts group or school program of the winner's choice.

Race for the Arts features a 5K B-tagged run/walk, as well as "fun runs" for children, at William Land Park, 3800 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento, beginning at 7 a.m. Aug. 24. Also on site: More than 45 arts groups will participate in an arts festival; food will be from a trio of food trucks and restaurants.

For race registration and details: (916) 933-4056,

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