Frank Family Wine Dinner a Hit!

The Frank Family Wine Dinner, held on the evening of September 27, was a sellout success! The much anticipated dinner was hosted during Farm-to-Fork week, so naturally the brilliant Deneb Williams, executive chef at The Firehouse Restaurant expertly prepared a special seven-course farm-to-fork dinner paired with Frank Family wines.

013As guests were seated and getting settled, Chef Williams thoroughly described the seven-course meal and wine pairings guests would be enjoying. Then, Edward Skupien, the wineries Vice President of California and Asia sales, educated The Firehouse guests on award-winning Frank Family Wine as they dined on their delicious seven-course meal. Rich Frank became a co-owner of what is now Frank Family Wines, and assumed full ownership in 2007. The winery, Skupien explained, produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and several Cabernet Sauvignons, many of which were sampled during the dinner.

The guests began with hors d’oeuvres including Watanabe Farms heirloom tomato croustade paired 023with 2008 Frank Family Blanc de Noirs, and finished with Del Rio Botanical fried figs served with Frank Family Zinfandel Port. Guests were then able to relax with artisanal cheeses from North Valley Farms in The Firehouse’s acclaimed wine cellar.

Between Chef Williams’ professionalism and knowledge of each course, Skupien’s education-laced yet entertaining talk about Frank Family Wines, and Manager Mario Ortiz’s exemplary service, the night was enjoyed by all who attended. The Firehouse strives to give patrons the best and most unique experience possible, and they didn’t disappoint! 

Lindy Gervin

Ten22 Celebrates its 4th Birthday and Benefits Food Literacy!

Ten22 honors its commitment to community and to local, quality food with a birthday party dedicated to food literacy. Join us as we shut down the restaurant for a private VIP cocktail reception featuring a signature farm to glass cocktail and seasonally-inspired food stations served with a side of food education fun facts to spark the conversation.

The nonprofit California Food Literacy Center will be on hand to announce this year’s winner of their kids’ recipe contest, whose sweet potato creation will become a new item on Ten22’s kids’ menu. Watch Chef Jay Veregge and the winning kid chef demo this dish as it’s unveiled to the public for the first time!

“I’m a proponent of food literacy. It is exceptionally important for children. My own kids know the importance of the garden, fresh food, and patience for the fruits of their labor. I love to see my kids enjoy blackberries and cherries and think of them as candy. When you start young, kids don’t know the difference. Sharing that message is beneficial to the future of their health,” said Executive Chef Jay Veregge.

California Food Literacy Center, based in Sacramento, supports kids to improve their knowledge, attitude and behavior toward food through community food education. The organization empowers K-5 students to explore new foods, learn to cook healthy, sustainable snacks and make smart choices and truly understand the impact of food choices on health, the environment, and the community.

The winner of California Food Literacy Center’s Kid Recipe Contest will also be announced during the celebration followed by a cooking demonstration of the winning dish alongside Chef Jay Veregge. The recipe will also receive placement on the restaurant’s kids menu.

“Food literacy education is the solution to inspiring a new generation of healthy food habits,” said Amber Stott, Executive Director of the California Food Literacy Center. “As a community we can make food education a priority. We are honored that Ten22, one of Sacramento’s premier dining destinations, is partnering with California Food Literacy Center to support these crucial programs.”

The celebration, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 at Ten22 located at 1022 2nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, will feature an expertly prepared seven course celebratory menu from Executive Chef Jay Veregge.

Tickets are just $40 with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting food literacy programs administered by California Food Literacy Center. Tickets can be purchased online at