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Feast at the Fort

A period-minded dinner is cooked up at one of our state's most famous sites.

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    STORIED SUPPER: If you like unusual eating experiences and California history, there are a few opportunities on the calendar to indulge in both. The annual yuletide-time Bracebridge Dinner at the Ahwahnee in Yosemite is one such chance, while the autumn supper at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park in Sacramento is another. Feast at the Fort has come around again, for another year, and diners will once again make for a location very much tied to a place that helped spur the exponential growth the Golden State experience 'round about the Gold Rush days. If you know Sutter's Fort, you know that it is really a slice of the that time, and walking within its walls is a bit like going back to the 19th century. And while Feast at the Fort is not a costume party, nor does it ask period dress, cooks will make coffee over open fires and "prepare their culinary creations in period facilities." It's a bit of a gas for those of us who rely on gas and electric ranges and all the modcons of today.

    ALL THE DETAILS: Purchase your ticket for the Sept. 22 event by Sept. 3 and nab a $75 price; after that, it goes to $85. Organizers say a sell-out is expected, but that's common, right, when history and dinner meet? If one loves the past and loves the ritual of food and gathering for dinner, it is hard to pass up these kind of events. Plus, sitting and supping in Sutter's Fort on a very early autumn evening? We're thinking of that large oak in that far corner and all the low buildings. There must be oodles of atmosphere about.