By Denise Coleman & Susan Rabinovitz
From the producers of the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival, we present Sacramento Sliders and Suds. Community service partners The Sacramento Press, Dad’s Kitchen and Sacramento Artists Council Inc. (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity) put their collaboration to work for two Sacramento favorites, grilled food and craft beer, to raise money to keep art and music programs in Sacramento public schools.
This collaboration to save art and music brings sudsy goodness from 18 high-quality craft beer brewers and slider pairings from local delectable eateries. Sacramento Artists Council Inc. says it is not too proud to namedrop the participants from some local favorites such as Track 7, River City Brewing Company, 21st Amendment Brewing, Lagunitas, Bistro Michele, Blackbird Kitchen + Bar, Café Capricho, Kupros Bristro, Tequila Museo Mayahuel and Chops Steak House, just to name a few.
As the slider competition heats up, local chefs voice friendly competitive challenges and the stakes are high, with the chance to win Judges’ Choice and Peoples’ Choice awards. Bragging rights and sculptural awards created by local artists and will be given to the best and most popular chef(s). Celebrity judges include world famous cartoonist Eric Decetis, native Sacramentan, Elizabeth Studebaker, MBA Executive Director and finally the Chili Winner (from Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival), owner of Golden Bear and the new and fabulous Hood and Ladder, Kimeo Bazett.
Power-packed with live music, salacious beverages, and savory meat and veggie entrees, Sliders and Suds offers a Kids’ Zone hosted by Staging A Miracle (a community outreach program for underserved children) that includes free crafts, a playground and face painting provided by Theodore Judah Elementary PTA. And to the shoppers in the house, local art vendors will be selling their wares. Little Relics Boutique & Galleria will offer jewelry by Susan Rabinovitz as well as Rabinovitz’s local artist friends’ original artwork. The Art Vendor Alley also includes famous local artists David Peterson, John Huerta and Steve Kohr.
The excitement is brewing and ticket sales are sizzling. Sacramento Artists Council Inc. is thrilled to assist three local schools’ art and music programs (Theodore Judah Elementary, Washington Elementary and Sutter Middle School). With sponsors like Choice Media and donations from various local businesses, Sliders and Suds will help fund a string orchestra for Theodore Judah’s budding music department.
“With events like Sliders and Suds and our early spring fundraiser, Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival, hopefully we will be able to fund more music and art departments and watch them grow and excel versus fight for justification for staying in the education budget,” says Sacramento Artists Council Inc. founder and co-executive director Susan Rabinovitz.
Grab your bike lock and park in bike valet on Sept. 29, 12-4 p.m., at Fremont Park, on 15th and Q streets, to taste craft beer and sliders to save art and music education. It’s the right thing to do!
Pre-sale tickets available at www.sacramentoslidersandsuds.com/tickets or stop by Little Relics Boutique & Galleria, 908 21st St, between I & J in Midtown. Full access costs $35 (includes fives sliders and unlimited tastings with valid ID), sliders only $15 (includes five sliders)and beer only tickets $20 (unlimited 5oz tastes).
There is a limited quantity of full-access and slider-only tickets, so purchasing a pre-sale ticket is highly recommended. Ticket prices at the door are priced as follows: full-access for $40, sliders-only for $20, beer-only for $25 (with valid ID).