Melinda Wulff, member of Stanford Mansion board of trustees; her guest, Joyce Brand,
property manager and restorer.

Mason’s, 1116 15th St., Sacramento; (916) 492-1960;

Benefiting organization:
Sacramento Zoo. (The top bid was placed at the annual Wild Affair fundraiser. The 2006 Wild Affair will be Oct. 7 at the zoo.)

Menu: American fare with a twist: fava beans with spaghetti and mint; spring pea soup topped with rosemary cream; fish tacos with plantain chips.

Favorites: Fritto misto with spicy aioli, falafel wrap, prosciutto with fig fennel jam on herbed focaccia, fried Pacific oyster po’ boy and Kobe burger with Gruyère. We ordered eight desserts. (The Divas know what counts.) The best? White-chocolate macadamia nut bread pudding and strawberry rhubarb cobbler.

Sophisticated, artistic, attractive. Perimeter sofas with pillows soften the industrial design.

Big bread makes the sandwiches difficult to consume without turning the diner into a fashion disaster. We had to disassemble the choices, layer by layer. To be on the safe side, stick with a salad if you’re on a job interview, business lunch or first date.

Quote of the Day:
We are overstimulated, observed Diva Gayla Mace, commenting on today’s youth, and underserved by service personnel, especially at takeout food/coffee spots where staff members rarely recognize daily visitors.

We tried in vain to get server Sean Corbet to reveal if anyone had been caught flashing in front of the see-through mirrors between the men’s and women’s bathrooms. He did what any good server would do: He kept his mouth closed.

*1-second review: Tasty food, interesting setting, worth a return.

Pictured left to right: Melinda Wulff, Paulette Bruce-Miller, Gayla Mace, Peg Tomlinson-Poswall, Bernice Hagen, Joan Leineke, Joyce Brand, Gloria Glyer

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 $248,000 for local charities and nonprofits.