Cupcake Video Challenge- Submissions due by April 1, 2012

On June 23, amateur bakers will be given the opportunity to compete in the Cake War: Battle Cupcakes competition at the 10th Annual Sacramento Chef Challenge. Three amateur competitors will go up against three professional cupcake masters in a three hour competition, in which participants create an original cupcake and display that will be adjudicated by event guests and a professional judging panel. To determine which three amateur bakers will get to compete live at the Sacramento Chef Challenge, and INALLIANCE have come together for a video challenge. Candidates have been asked to show off their stuff in a 3-5 minute video that highlights “why you and your cupcakes are the best!” The challenge began in late January, and April 1st is the deadline to submit a video . After that, the videos will be posted online where the public will have one week to vote for their favorite. The top three video winners will go on to compete live in the actual Cake War: Battle Cupcakes competition on June 23rd at the Sacramento Chef Challenge! The video challenge is open to all amatuer bakers 18 or older. For complete rules and event information visit or email   Disclosure: Jessica Bean is an employee at INALLIANCE.

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A Sweet Challenge challenges local bakers to a sweet video competition! This year’s Cake War at the 10th Annual Sacramento Chef Challenge is “Battle Cupcakes,” and organizer’s are looking for three amateur contestants to duke it out against three cupcake pros! Amateur baker’s from the greater Sacramento area are invited to join the battle by creating a three to five minute video that shows “why you and your cupcakes are the best!” The challenge is presented by, a local blog that explores and promotes restaurants, activities and fundraisers from across the Sacramento Valley. Kristy DeVaney, the sugarplum behind is excited to see what her fellow bakers have to offer. Submissions will be accepted now through April 1, 2012. The following day, ten videos will be posted online, and the public will decide which lucky bakers have what it takes to compete live at the Sacramento Chef Challenge on Saturday, June 23, 2012. The Rules are Simple: • You must be 21 or older to compete. • The Video must be 3-5 minutes long, uploaded to YouTube and submitted to by April 1, 2012. • Finalists will be notified by June 1st. • The three finalists will create a themed cupcake display alongside professional bakers and in front of a live audience. Guests will sample the cupcakes and vote for their favorite! "We are looking […]

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How Registered Sex Offenders can Challenge “Jessica’s Law” Residency Restrictions

Q. My brother is going to get out of jail soon, and we were planning on him moving in with me, but his parole officer told him he couldn’t because he has to register as a sex offender and I live too close to an elementary school, which is against “Megan’s Law” or “Jessica’s Law” or something like that. Isn’t there anything we can do? I’m afraid if he doesn’t live with me he will be homeless. Jerri A. California’s Megan’s Law requires anyone convicted of a wide range of crimes, including forcible sex crimes involving non-consenting adults and most sex crimes involving children, prostitution, and child pornography, to register as a sex offender upon release on parole or probation or discharge from custody. California Penal Code § 290. Proposition 83, the Sexual Predator Punishment and Control Act, or “Jessica’s Law,” which amended Megan’s Law on November 8, 2006, forbids any registered sex offender from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children regularly gather. California Penal Code § 3003.5(b). Your brother is not alone in facing a very bleak prospect. According to the Prison Law Office, a nonprofit public interest law firm which engages in class action and other impact litigation on behalf of prisoners, these residency restrictions have forced many parolees to become homeless because they are unable to find […]

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A Dash of Spice and a Hint of Competition Make a Great Holiday Gift

Tickets for Sacramento’s Premier Culinary competition are on sale just in time for the holiday season! The Sacramento Chef Challenge (previously known as the Celebrity Chef Challenge) features a head to head battle between three professional chefs, and tickets make a great gift for the amateur chef, wine connoisseur or food lover in your life. In 2012, the Sacramento Chef Challenge will be celebrating its tenth year, and in honor of this achievement, organizers are slashing ticket prices, adding new attractions and allowing guests to determine “Whose cuisine reigns supreme!” Chef Challengers will have three hours to prepare and serve a specialty menu based on a surprise theme. Guests will have the opportunity to sample the dishes and vote for their favorite. The event also boasts a lavish food, wine and beer show, where guests can sample from a variety of regional vendors. If all of this isn’t enough, the 2012 Sacramento Chef Challenge will include a Cake War pastry chef competition, live music, silent auction and raffle. The Sacramento Chef Challenge will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2011 from 4pm-9pm at 6950 21st Ave in Sacramento. Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds go to support INALLIANCE, a local nonprofit that supports people with developmental disabilities. For more information visit or call 916-381-1300 x 170.   Disclosure: Jessica Bean is employed […]

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