Zinfandel Grille



Celeste Schleimer, CEO of Market Perspectives; her guest (and best friend), Renee McGovern-Nichols, a real estate agent with homes in Indian Wells and Santa Barbara who flew in for lunch; Glenda Enos, a teacher’s aide at St. Philomene’s School; Penny Ayers, legal assistant with the Employment Development Department.

Zinfandel Grille, 2384 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 485-7100;

Benefiting organizations: River Oak Center for Children and Sacramento YMCA

1-second review: We were pleasantly surprised by the food, but the hot stuff should have been hot, not the same temperature as the salads.

The best:
Quesadilla with a myriad of layers; crispy calamari; butternut squash ravioli with caramelized onions and toasted hazelnuts; saffron linguine puttanesca; classic Reuben sandwich; pecan brownie with coffee ice cream topped with vanilla-rum whipped cream and chocolate-dipped cookie sticks. It’s called Fake Alaska; we think it needs a new name.

Made-to-order for a business lunch, after-work get-together or family party.

Diva groupies:
Although they’ve aged out of Sacramento 20–30 Club #1, Bryan Williams, Terry Sharp, Mike Boldt, Loel Heupel, Pete Hugenroth, Chris Bohannon, Scott Yuill, Eric Hatzenbiler, Louis Orlando, Scott Bradford, Mike Ashen and Tom Phillips still meet for lunch. They wanted to dine with the Divas&emdash;maybe not at the same table, but close by. So they did. We should have been seated boy-girl-boy-girl. They still follow the 20–30 mission statement: A man never stands so tall as when he kneels to help a child.

Chatter: Celeste Schleimer and Renee McGovern-Nichols have been best friends since their tennis-playing days at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club. Celeste even made me play on the coldest day of the year, said McGovern-Nichols, who donned ski garb for the game.  She was so mad at me, said Schleimer.

Quote of the day:
After Glenda Enos told of her golfing accomplishment at Pebble Beach, Schleimer exclaimed, A hole in frickin’ one at Pebble Beach! No way, said Diva Paulette Bruce-Miller. 

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 $254,000 for local charities and nonprofits.