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International eats offered at annual Folsom fundraiser

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Laura Newell, Features Editor
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Families will have an opportunity to taste food options from around the world that are represented locally in Folsom at the second International Culinary Festival.

The event is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., Folsom. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger. Tickets are for sale through Rotary Club of Historic Folsom members or at the door.

“This event is unlike any other in the Sacramento region,” said Dave Sacco, past president of Rotary Club of Historic Folsom and International Culinary Event coordinator. “You are able to sample world-class cuisine from Folsom’s finest restaurants and help raise money for the Folsom Play for All Park, Twin Lakes Food Bank, and other charitable causes of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom.”

The International Culinary event is the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom’s main fundraiser. All of the proceeds earned at the event, goes back into the community to support charitable causes, he said. Last year the event brought in 350 people, and Sacco said this year they are expecting 400.

“In the past we have done golf tournaments, but we wanted to do something that benefited the general public and brought families together to check out local restaurants,” Sacco said. “Last year we had 12 restaurants and caterers that offered various cuisines from throughout the world. This year guests can look forward to a more refined, polished event that will offer the same enjoyable experience. We will take your taste buds on a world tour.”

Folsom restaurants that will be featured in the event include Visconti’s Ristorante, Jimmy T's Catering, Sassy Sweets by Monique, La Rosa Blanca, The Chocolate Architect and Land Ocean - New American Cuisine.

Executive chef Frank Visconti will be offering Italian cuisine at the event from Visconti’s Ristorante, 2700 E Bidwell St., Folsom.

“We are a family owned and operated restaurant and have been in town for 20 years,” Visconti said. “We like to help out in our community as much as possible. Our customers like family to us. We will be providing our old family recipes that go back generations, so we hope you enjoy our food.”

As guests enter through the door, they will be greeted with a “passport program” with restaurant information, live entertainment that represents all different dance styles from around the world, a silent auction, taste food options from around the world that are represented here locally in Folsom.

“This is a very big, successful event for our club,” Sacco said. “This is an economy builder – almost all of our members are small business owners, so we are all very invested in our community. We want to spend our money and efforts improving where we live. …Our club’s mission is to improve the lives of people in our community as well as lives around the world.”

For more information, visit Historicfolsomrotary.org.