Publisher’s Note: It’s the Best


Where can you go to celebrate what’s great about Sacramento, enjoy fine food and wine, experience terrific entertainment and meet fun people, all in one place? Sacramento magazine’s ninth annual Best of Sacramento Party to benefit the March of Dimes. You’ll see why many people call it the party of the year or the Oscars of Sacramento. While more than 100 cities now hold annual Best of celebrations, Sacramento’s beats them all, in the number of displays, entertainers, participating restaurants and wineries&emdash;and also in total attendance and funds raised for the March of Dimes. If you have attended before, do come again. This year’s event features a new layout and faster check-in so you can get right to the fun, which includes:

  •    125 local and regional restaurants and wineries providing food, wine and beer
  •    100 retail establishments showing&emdash;and giving away&emdash;all sorts of goodies
  •    45 local personalities who will be on stage during the evening to receive awards and/or perform
  •    a silent auction with more than $120,000 worth of items to bid on

The Best of Sacramento Party is a companion to Sacramento’s Best of Sacramento feature, which starts on page 184. The feature presents results of our subscriber surveys as well as editors’ picks and will give you an idea of the variety of things you will see at the party. Winners of the magazine’s Subscribers’ Choice Dining Awards, published in the August issue, also will be on hand at the celebration, serving up food and drink samples.

Sacramento is a giving community, and our party proves it. We expect that this year’s event will put the nine-year total above $2.5 million in total funds raised for the March of Dimes. By comparison, the event raised $86,000 in its first year (1999), broke the $250,000 mark in 2003 and is expected to bring in more than $450,000 this year. As you might guess, an event that generates such sums for one of the region’s most active nonprofits is something to experience.

Keep in mind that the Best of Sacramento Party is not a dull, sit-down-to-eat-chicken type of event. Rather, attendees stroll through an amusement-parklike setting that covers the entire 151,000 square feet on the lower level of the Sacramento Convention Center. Restaurants and wineries are situated evenly throughout the space, so that you can keep your plate and wineglass full while you browse. To see what the party looks like, go to and check out the video of last year’s event.
Don’t miss the Best of Sacramento Party this year on Nov. 29.