With a beautiful panorama view of night lights in and around Historic Folsom, guests at “Top of Folsom” enjoyed a festive evening of fine art, food and wine.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, a couple of hundred visitors enjoyed a gathering on the upper deck of the Folsom Historic District parking garage.
The garage is located at the corner of Leidesdorff and Reading streets in Folsom. “Top of Folsom” offered a delightful vista of Historic Folsom, the Lake Natoma Crossing bridge and the Folsom Boulevard area.
Over 20 artists, 15 chefs and 20 Northern California wineries were invited to share some of their creative specialties.
The unusual setting atop a parking garage worked well for this event. Wineries, eateries and artists occupied spaces, and live musical entertainment provided an elegant and joyful atmosphere.
“Top of Folsom” also brought TV personalities from DIY’s “Yardcore” brothers Joel and Jake Moss to create an on-the-spot urban sculpture. Together with licensed contractors Doug Tolson and Terrance Martin, the foursome created an art piece that will be displayed at the Folsom Zoo.
The “Top of Folsom” affair was a benefit for the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary and the Folsom Historic District. Some art pieces created by animals of the zoo were also available for purchase. These creations would look great in any home, not only because they were made by an animal, but also because some of them were quite creative and well-done.
The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary has housed hundreds of animals since it opened in 1963. The zoo is adjacent to Lions Park, Dan Russell Arena, the city library and the Folsom Valley Railway.
Janet Cho and her husband Matt were guests at the event. Janet Cho said, “When I heard this was an event being put on to help the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, I knew I wanted to attend. It wasn’t hard to convince other friends to attend, especially when they heard wine tasting would be included. We had a great time this evening, and hope the event comes back next year.”
The price of admission included wine, beer and food sampling. The price of the ticket also included entertainment and a commemorative wine glass.
One of the evening’s highlights occurred when Karen Holmes, of Folsom’s Karen’s Bakery Café, demonstrated the art of making a salad. The super-sized salad made was poured into a tarp from the fourth story of the parking garage. Culinary students from American River College caught the salad ingredients on the third level of the garage, as Holmes poured from above.
Pitchforks were used to toss the greens and dressing, and the unique salad-making showcase provided delicious food for the many attendees.
“Top of Folsom” guests sampled delicious treats from local eateries that included Bidwell Street Bistro, Sutter Street Steakhouse, Karen’s Bakery Café, Source Global Tapas, Mulvaney’s B&L, Red Rabbit, Hawks, Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro, Bacon and Butter, Bistro La Petite France, Dry Creek Olive Co. and Snook’s Candies.
Visitors sampled wines from several wineries, including David Girard, Madroña, Boeger, Miraflores, Skinner, Shadow Ranch, Bumgarner, Helwig, Petra, Fiddletown Pruett and Cielo. Samples from the Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries included Schrader, Trefethen, Trattore and Rutherford.
A couple of local breweries, Track 7 Brewing Co. and Lockdown Brewing Company, provided samples for the beer drinkers in the crowd.
“Top of Folsom” was an enjoyable event that offered great entertainment, sips of local and regional wine and beer, delicious food samples and beautiful art.