Kim's taking main course outdoors

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Correspondent
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Know and Go Lincoln Showcase What:: Fundraiser for Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce When: 5:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday Where: Beermann Plaza Cost: $40 advance, $50 at the door. Showcase Ticket Special: Fourth ticket is free if three are bought at the same time Info: 645-2035 Seeing Lincoln residents having fun is just one of the reasons that Kim Strong enjoys participating in the annual Lincoln Showcase. “It gives you that small-town feel,” said Strong, the owner of Kim’s Country Kitchen. Set for Saturday, the Lincoln Showcase is the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce’s major fundraiser of the year. All proceeds go to the chamber. Strong, who is very involved in helping community events and groups, said that she wouldn’t want to open a restaurant anywhere other than Lincoln. Saturday’s event will mark Kim’s Country Kitchen’s third year of participation. Like other vendors, her restaurant will also be handing out samples. “I’m going to be sampling steak and pork ribs,” Strong said. “We’ll cook them ahead of time and keep them warm.” Strong said that her past involvement in the Lincoln Showcase “has always gone pretty smoothly,” with chamber volunteers making sure that she and the other vendors “have plenty of napkins and plates.” With the restaurant sampling ribs in close proximity to the stage, Strong said that watching everyone dance is one of her favorite parts of the Lincoln Showcase. “I think they have a good time,” she said. Kim’s Country Kitchen will be just one of the 43 vendors (restaurants, wineries and brew pubs) participating in the eighth annual Lincoln Showcase. Terry Reeves, membership and events coordinator for the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce, described the Lincoln Showcase as a sampling of Placer County food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). This year’s showcase coincides with the chamber of commerce’s 100th birthday, and although Reeves said that the event has nothing to do with the birthday, there will be balloons and cake among the festivities. “It’s the biggest and best party of the year,” Reeves said. The outdoor event starts at 5:30 p.m. with Dudley and the Doo-Rights providing dance music. The Bay Area’s The Time Bandits take over the musical entertainment at 7:30 p.m. The Lincoln Showcase is for anyone 21 and over at Beermann’s Plaza. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. “It is just like a big party, we have a band that plays music and everyone dances,” Reeves promised. “The weather is always nice and there is a little bit of crispness in the air.”