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Fundraising Village Feast goes virtual again

Free registration open for event to support women in food and agriculture

The Village Feast will feature an online auction Oct. 9, hosted by Sacramento members of  Les Dames d'Escoffier. (Photo courtesy Les Dames Sacramento)

Here’s your chance to feast like a Dame – and support women who work in food and agriculture.

Registration is now open for the Village Feast, a farm-to-fork celebration of Northern California’s bounty and the contributions of women to food and drink. This major fundraiser is hosted by the Sacramento chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International – the top organization devoted to women in the food and beverage industry. (Full disclosure: I’m a member.) Proceeds go towards scholarships and training to support women who want to pursue careers in food, wine, agriculture and related fields.

In past years, the Village Feast included an actual sit-down communal dinner for 350 people, held at Davis Central Park. But due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Feast’s format had to pivot to something different.

For the second consecutive year, the Village Feast will be “virtual,” held primarily online. Festivities will be live from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. No tickets are sold; all proceeds come from the auction or direct donations.

Registration is free to participate in Virtual Village Feast fun including the amazing online auction. In addition, participants may order pre-cooked meals or farm-fresh boxes inspired by the Village Feast spirit.

To register, go to on Eventbrite. Registration gives you access to information on ordering your Village Feast-inspired meals.

The auction is now live online with more items being added all week. Follow this link, , to view the Dames’ collection filled with food and drink, fabulous experiences, get-aways, and arts and crafts.

Registering to bid is easy; just click the link provided on the auction's home page. The auction will continue through Oct. 9, closing after the Feast’s live session.

Among the auction items:

* Yolo County Tours, Tasting & Lunch, donated by Dames Amina Harris and Mary Kimball.

* Wine & Cheese Pairing for Eight donated by Dame Roxanne O’Brien and Sommelier Keith Fergel (of Taylor’s Kitchen).

* The Complete Picnic for Six (including a custom-made picnic blanket for the winner), donated by Chef Jonathan Moon.

* Cheese & Bubbles Session for Four, donated by Dame Sara Arbabian.

* Nugget Market Gift Basket.

* Gift baskets packed with homemade jams, jellies, chutney, preserves and other goodies from the Dames’ own kitchens.

Questions? Email co-chairperson Rachael Levine at or call 530-304-6467.

More about Sacramento’s Les Dames: .


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 2

Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.

* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.

* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

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