â€¢ Guests: Terry Kaufman, mother and retired attorney looking for a second career as an editor; her guest, Tamra Ruxin, a dermatologist temporarily out of the medical world to be at home with two children, one 12, the other 11; Joan Grenz Buehler, real estate agent and developer; Elsie Hayes, retired; the last two are members of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.
â€¢ Where: Fat’s Asia Bistro & Dim Sum Bar, 2585 Iron Point Road, Folsom; (916) 983-1133
â€¢Benefiting Organizations: The Salvation Army and Jewish Family Services
â€¢The Best: Crispy fresh asparagus with black bean sauce; panko-crusted calamari; crispy Hunan fish; blackened ahi tuna with sesame wasabi dressing and cucumber salad; honey walnut prawns (although most thought the prawns at Frank Fat’s on L Street are better).
â€¢Ambiance: Beautiful Asian dcor, beginning with an incredible entrance and a gigantic Buddha watching over the action in the dining areas. It’s comfortable and sophisticated, elegant and interesting. Be sure to check out the Fat family photos.
â€¢Bravo: Although two lunchers had dietary restrictions, the menu offered choices for all, from kosher to vegetarian to try-it-all.
â€¢Whoops: What happened to the banana cream pie? It was not up to our expectations.
â€¢How Much: Be thrifty (dishes are meant to be shared) or spendthrift.
â€¢Quote of the Day: Eat butter and have a doughnut, because you never know what will happen.&emdash;Diva Joan Leineke
â€¢Chatter: Kaufman called Dining with the Divas a life-altering experience&emdash;and she had to leave early. The lunch occurred during the unusually long rainy season, prompting Diva Gayla Mace to say, Please let the sun shine, so our hearts can soar again. Server Elizabeth Seeley wondered if we were like the Red Hat Ladies having lunch at a nearby table.
1-second review: Dim sum, hot and cold, is the star.
* The Dining Divas&emdash;Gloria Glyer, Paulette Bruce-Miller, Bernice Hagen, Joan Leineke, Gayla Mace and Peg Tomlinson-Poswall&emdash;have been wining and dining together since 1993. Each month, they lunch at an area restaurant, taking as their guests people who placed winning bids at charity events. To date, the Divas have raised more than $245,000 for local charities and nonprofits.