This Weekend: Big Birthdays, Italian Wine and Yolo's Bounty

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Restless and hungry? Check out the following events this weekend:

Free Coffee & Festivities at Old Soul
Old Soul Co. has lots to celebrate. Not only is its third birthday fast approaching, but the popular midtown artisan coffee roaster and bakery also has new air conditioning, additional café seating, and an expanded menu. In order to “commemorate all of these glorious things,” Old Soul will be giving away free samples of their freshly-roasted coffees and house baked pastries on Saturday from 9am to 12 noon. Also featured will be live music “and maybe even some coffee and baking demonstrations.”
For more information, call Jason or Tim at (916) 443-7685
To learn more about Old Soul, visit http://www.oldsoulco.com/indexFlash.html
1716 L Street Rear Alley, Sacramento

Happy Birthday, Julia
Saturday is Julia Child’s birthday. Consider going to see the new film Julie & Julia (www.julieandjulia.com) to learn about America’s first celebrity chef; then find a nice French meal to cap the evening off. Great places for a Julia-esque dinner include delightful Le Bilig Kitchen in Auburn (www.lebiligkitchen.com), who is offering a commemorative menu and a free special appetizer if you show a ticket stub from Julie & Julia; Folsom’s Bidwell Street Bistro (www.bidwellstreetbistro.com); and La Provence Restaurant & Terrace in Roseville (www.laprovenceroseville.com), which boasts some of the most stunning outdoor seating in the region. À votre santé!

Wine and …Bike
Hot Italian is offering “Bici & Bevi” on Saturday from 3pm to 6pm. Characterized as a “biking and wine tasting series,” the event features a tasting of three Italian wines paired with an individual pizza for $10 per person. There will also be special prices on cycling apparel at the restaurant’s Motors & Gears shop.
For more information, visit http://www.hotitalian.net

Make Plans for Wednesday
Mark your calendar: Wednesday night is the Yolo County Fair’s Gala Opening Night Celebration. The event, which focuses on “Yolo County Bounty,” showcases tastings of the county’s famed agricultural products, from meats and produce to honey, olive oil and wine. There will also be educational booths and horticulture and agricultural competitions to enjoy – attendees will have an opportunity to “learn interesting facts about some of Yolo County’s top crops, commodities, and products.” Sounds like some foodie fun to me.
For more information visit www.yolocountyfair.net or call the Yolo County Fairgrounds office at (530) 402-2222
Tickets: $10/person at fair office; $15/person at the door. Tickets are also available in Esparto at Manas Ranch (manasranch.com) and the Esparto Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Yolo County Fair Ag Business Building (see website for details)

Try a New Restaurant
Hankering for chicken kabobs and fresh spinach pie? Check out friendly new Pita Kitchen on Arden Way. Featuring big portions of tasty, inexpensive Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant is a real family-run business (mom and dad are in the kitchen, cheery teenaged daughters run the front of the house). Notable menu items include the fantastic baba ghanouge dip (prepared from roasted eggplant, tahini, yogurt and fresh parsley) the silky hummus (with just the right tang from an addition of fresh lemon juice); and the cucumber-tomato salad, drenched in a refreshing yogurt-mint sauce – a real treat on a hot day. The family even makes its own pita bread and baklava.
2989 Arden Way, Sacramento, (916) 480-0560

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