This Weekend: Salsa Lessons, Chocolate Fondue and Morels

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Feeling restless? Here’s some weekend suggestions.

Attend a Swanky Wine Dinner
Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar is featuring a 5-course dinner Saturday evening showcasing Rombauer wines. Each course is paired with a wine, and the menu looks pretty amazing. Included in the night’s meal is smoked guinea hen with basil-infused risotto, tomato confit and pancetta, with a olive tapenade drizzle (served with Rombauer Zinfandel); and a delightful-sounding chèvre and honey panna cotta, with citrus “foam,” roasted cashews and mint – accompanied by Rombauer “Joy” late harvest Chardonnay. The dinner begins at 5:30pm with a cocktail hour, and costs $74 a person, not including tax and gratuity.
For more information, call the restaurant at (916) 922-6792

Have Fun with…The Sacramento Institute of Fun
Did you know there was such a thing? The Sacramento Institute of Fun is “devoted to putting on regular classes…where people can learn about interesting things in a fun and social atmosphere. Food and beverages will be a key part of each class.” Sounds like my kind of organization! On Saturday evening S.I.F. will pair up with Sacramento’s Revolution Wines for a “Noche Mexicana” in the winery’s tasting room. Festivities include a salsa dance performance and dance lesson by Yemayá Dance Studio; and hungry attendees will enjoy a taco bar and sangria. The event begins at 7pm.at Revolution Wines, 2116 P Street, Sacramento. Tickets cost $12 for general admission, $10 for students, $12 for Revolution Wine Club members and S.I.F members, and $15 at the door
For tickets, visit www.instituteoffun.com

Decide to Extend your Weekend into Monday Night
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is hosting an exciting class on Monday night called “Wild about mushrooms! Fresh porcini, morels and more.” Attendees will tackle and taste a number of recipes that, according to the catalog, “will have mushroom lovers in heaven.” The menu includes filet mignon Wellingtons topped with morel and and porcini duxelle and puff pastry tops; and an Asian stir fry with oyster, shiitake, and maitake mushrooms with ginger and sesame. Dishes will be served with Pinot Noir wines, “the perfect wine to pair with mushrooms.” The class runs from 6:30-8:30pm and costs $45 ($35 for co op owners).
For more information, visit www.sacfoodcoop.com or call (916) 455-2667

Take Your Kids Out for Fondue
Yep, fondue restaurants can be pricey, but school is almost over and your kids deserve a big treat. They may actually eat vegetables if they’re dripping with cheese fondue (mine do), and if they do a good job, they get a big crock of the ultimate kid food fantasy, chocolate fondue. The Melting Pot’s dessert fondues range from “Cookies ‘n Cream Marshmallow Dream” (dark chocolate topped with marshmallow cream, flambéed and garnished with crushed Oreo cookies) to the guaranteed crowd pleaser, Chocolate S’Mores. The chocolate fondues are served with fresh fruit, brownies and pound cake.
The Melting Pot, 814 15th St.Sacramento, (916) 443-2347; www.meltingpot.com

Check Out Midfest 2009
Rock out to the tunes of talented local bands such as Fairgame, Smoke, Project Hideout and others as you sip suds from Midfest 2009’s beer garden and chow down on sausages and ribs. Festivities include skateboarding demonstrations, an urban art competition and a “Dunk a Derby Girl” dunk tank. Midfest 2009 takes place on Sunday at Marshall Park (28th and J Streets) from 10am to 8pm.
For more information visit www.midfestsacramento.com