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Guests: Julie Al-Huneidi, Nu Skin distributor, and Lindsey Sackheim, co-chairs of St. Francis High School’s Revelry! auction; Lee Overstreet, Sacramento office managing partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Patrick Kitt, owner of Kombat Soccer; Kory Ishisaka, nurse administrator at Sherwood Healthcare Center, and Juillet Winter, admissions coordinator at McKinley Health Care Center (they filled in for Matthew Crooks); Victoria Rudiman, photographer with Memory Making Moments; and Jessica Murphy, a visitor from England
Where: Hawks, 5530 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay; (916) 791-6200; hawksrestaurant.com
Benefiting organizations: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sacramento SPCA and St. Francis High School
1-second review: From Julie Al-Huneidi: “Ultimate California/southern France fusion restaurant.”
Ambiance: “Like a trip to the country without the day drive,” said Lee Overstreet.
Dishing on the dishes: What would you like—a burger? Got it, and it’s a good one. Tagliarini primavera? All right. Grilled cheddar cheese with wild-mushroom soup? Good choice. Caribbean shrimp po’ boy? Absolutely. Plus French onion soup with the perfect Gruyère crouton, chicken Cobb salad with Shaft’s Bleu cheese, grilled chicken sandwich with chorizo, Double G Ranch barbecued tri tip, and ahi tuna tartare with preserved lemon and pine nuts.
Desserts: Pastry chef Edward Martinez made the desserts, including chocolate and chipotle bread pudding, rhubarb shortbread tart with crème fraîche gelato, assorted sorbets and a Hawks trademark: freshly baked cookies.
Wine time: Diva Peg Tomlinson-Poswall chose Domaine Houchart 2008 Tête de Cuvée (a rosé) and Little James’ Basket Press Vin de Table (a red).
Tip: Diva Joan Leineke recommends the Sunday night family dinner at Hawks, especially when buttermilk fried chicken is on the menu. Worth every calorie.
Quote of the day: “I could put my face into a trough of that ahi tuna tartare,” said Peg Tomlinson-Poswall.
Conversational tidbits: Kory Ishisaka called the food magnificent, with fresh flavors that jumped off the plate. She and her husband think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay for dinner, then driving back. Expecting her second child, Jessica Murphy said no, regrettably, to wine and soft cheeses. Lindsey Sackheim not only volunteers at St. Francis, she also helps at Sacramento Country Day School and Sacramento Children’s Home.
The Dining Divas—Gloria Glyer, Paulette Bruce, Bernice Hagen, Joan Leineke, Gayla Mace and Peg Tomlinson-Poswall—have been wining and dining together since 1993. Every month, they lunch at an area restaurant, taking as their guests people who placed winning bids at charity events. To date, they have raised more than $327,000 for local charities and nonprofits.