In celebration of Sacramento’s position at the forefront of fine dining, Downtown Sacramento Partnership presents its 12th annual Dine Downtown, a 10-day dining extravaganza in the heart of Sacramento. From January 12 to January 22, 35 of Downtown Sacramento’s most beloved restaurants will be offering an exclusive three-course specialty menu with proceeds from each meal going to support Sacramento’s Food Literacy Center and social service programs in the community.
For 35 dollars, individuals will be able to experience a three-course meal from restaurants such as Cafeteria 15L, Ella Dining Room and Bar, Hock Farm, Il Fornaio Sacramento, Ten22 and more. New to the lineup this year, are the ever-popular Aioli Bodega Española, Kasbah, Takumi, Iron Horse Tavern and Skool, which is a demonstration of this program’s potential to keep growing.
Jordyn Anderson, Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s Public Relationship Specialist, noted the opportunities that stem from the program, which also coincides with California Restaurant Month.
“January can be a slow month for restaurant sales, so this has really been a great opportunity, and we’ve seen some great success for the restaurants that do participate,” said Anderson, referring in big part to the $4.5 million in restaurant sales generated for downtown in the event’s previous 11 years. “It’s really a great benefit.”
While both economically impressive and good for the city, it is the children of the community who ultimately receive an immeasurable benefit from the program.
“The restaurant tallies how many people come in and order Dine Downtown meals,” said Anderson. “Then, the Downtown Sacramento foundation will go back to the restaurants afterward, collect that donation, one dollar per meal, and throughout the year that will be donated back into the community.”
As a matter of fact, Dine Downtown was able to raise $12,200 in 2016 through the sale of 12,200 meals during the event’s 10-day run. That money was given back to those in need through Sacramento’s social service programs and the Food Literacy Center.
While years past have featured 30 restaurants, the addition of five more restaurants this year is pushing to see the program’s greatest turnout yet.
For more information on Dine Downtown and to see a full list of participating restaurants, menus and how to make reservations, visit godowntownsac.com.
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