The Dining Divas: Boulevard Bistro

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Guests:

Linda Naccarato, reception and accounts payable at Colton Insurance Associates in Elk Grove; Tim Naccarato, assistant dean at Pacific McGeorge School of Law; Kendall Dawson, recent McGeorge graduate and practicing attorney; Kris Hunt, public relations for Magic Circle Theatre in Roseville; Simon Hunt, software development engineer; and Lorie Farmer, director of food and beverage at the Marriott Rancho Cordova

Where:
Boulevard Bistro, 8941 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove; (916) 685-2220

Benefiting organizations: Soroptimist Club of Roseville and Women’s Caucus at Pacific McGeorge School of Law, supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates

1-second review: Delightful, fantastic, wonderful&emdash;the restaurant in Elk Grove.

Ambiance: Intimate and quietly decorated, with an abundance of fresh flowers and soothing background music.

The menu: Upscale, offering variety and imaginative sauces with nary a trendy foam in sight.

The wines: It was Diva Joan Leineke’s turn to order the wine. She chose Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc and Provenance 2004 Napa Merlot. Her assessment: The Merlot was really wonderful, the white fine, but not on a caliber with the red.

Tops: Every dish was good. Our favorites: roasted Bosc pear with a wedge of brie; veal sweetbreads with shiitake mushrooms; whipped potato croquette with blue cheese and black truffle; shrimp cake with roasted-corn salsa; open-face brie and ham sandwich; and polenta with mushrooms and garlic shallot butter. Desserts included mango bread pudding, raspberry sorbet, chocolate decadence and crème brûle.

Quote of the day: Diva Bernice Hagen said she knows what a Scotsman wears under his kilt. Her description was more graphic than a family magazine can tolerate.

Of interest:
Tasha Merced, who has been at the bistro since it opened in February 2006, served with professional expertise, aided by a pair of bussers. The food arrived in a timely fashion, beginning with shooters of onion soup. The kitchen divvied up the dishes so we all could have a taste&emdash;even the stylish hamburger had been cut into 10s, a toothpick securing each triangle.

Chatter:
Tim Naccarato said that when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy returns to Sacramento (his hometown), he usually visits McGeorge. He walks into a classroom and says, ‘Hi. I’m Tony Kennedy.’ The Hunts’ involvement with Magic Circle Theatre includes performing. Simon Hunt called learning lines muscle memory for the mouth.

The Dining Divas&emdash;Gloria Glyer, Paulette Bruce, Bernice Hagen, Joan Leineke, Gayla Mace and Peg Tomlinson-Poswall&emdash;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 $279,000 for local charities and nonprofits.

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