UC Davis Wine Tasting Event this Saturday

For all you S.I.F wine-lovers here’s a tasting event this Saturday put on by the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis you may be interested in! Please contact the coordinator of this event for more information as this is not a Sacramento Institute of Fun event.

Here are the details:

Would you like to experience sensory evaluation of wine, but you don’t have time to make a commitment to be on a panel?

If so next Saturday March 14th, I will be conducting a consumer test in which you’ll have the opportunity to taste 6 High Quality Red Wines – from all over the world!

This is an one time only event and each tasting will last a maximum of 45min. You do not need to be an expert in wine. You’ll just have to like red wine and be the kind of consumer that will usually buy a $30 red wine.

If you are interested please send me an email ASAP ( ) and I will provide you with more information regarding the time slots that you can sign up for.

Thank you so much and looking forward to hearing from you!


I promise it will be a great experience!!!

Beatriz Machado

MS Candidate – Heymann’s Lab
VIticulture and Enology Departmen
RMI Sensory Lab 2003
Department of Viticulture and Enology
University of California, Davis

Kristy DeVaney’s Massage and Chocolate Wrap Up

Our lovely chocolate expert from Massage and Chocolate Night wrapped up the night very nicely in her blog, if you’d like you check it out click here!

Astronomy Night is just around the corner… Get your tickets now!

Come check out the night sky with Liam McDaid, Astronomer and Professor at Sacramento City College.

Bring your questions and learn some interesting new things about astronomy as you get a chance to use the Sacramento City College Observatory to get an up-close view of the world around you!

There will be snacks, beverages and plenty of discussion. The admission fee will help with a donation to the Astronomy Department at Sacramento City College.

March 14, 2009
(In case of bad weather, the event will be postponed until March 21, 2009)

7 PM – 9 PM

Sacramento City College Observatory
3835 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822
(The Observatory is located on top of Rodda South. The southeastern staircase is the only public access to it.)

$25 general admission
Discount tickets ($20) available for students and Institute of Fun members.

Massage and Chocolate pre-sale tickets SOLD OUT

We are looking forward to a packed house tonight! Unfortunately this event has become so popular that ALL our pre-sale tickets have been sold out!

But don’t you fret! There will be a small amount of tickets available at the door for $30, so make sure you get there early if you’d like to get in on the fun.

Also don’t forget about our upcoming events, if you aren’t able to join us this time come to our March and April events!

For more information on upcoming events check our website often.

BREAKING NEWS! Chris and Kristy will be on KCRA tomorrow morning!

Check out KCRA 3 News 7am-9am on My58 Network  tomorrow morning around 7:45 am! Our Chief Fun Officer, Chris, and local blogger and baker, Kristy DeVaney, will be talking about Massage and Chocolate Night and some of our other upcoming events! Be sure to watch!

Get Ready For Chocolate & Massage Night!

Friday is the Institute of Fun Chocolate and Massage Night! Get ready for a great night of food, wine, chocolate, massage, and socializing. Say goodbye to February in style!

Also don’t forget to check out The Sacramento Institute of Fun in the Sacramento Bee’s Ticket on Friday, February 27th!

If you haven’t gotten tickets for tomorrow’s event now is the time! We are very close to being sold out! Get them now!

If you aren’t able to make it to this event, don’t worry! We have Astronomy Night coming up in two weeks, tickets are available now,  and we’re putting together something special for April! More details to come…

Stew of Sounds Wrap Up!

Friday night, Adam Jenkins taught his Jazz History class, “Cooking Up a Stew of Sounds” to a full house at Revolution Wines. Everyone there had a great time, and learned about the fascinating history of Jazz, from the 1700s to the present day.

Here are the lists of recommended listening from the class:


Cooking Up a Stew of Sounds: A Brief History of Jazz

Our Jazz “De-mystified” event in December was a hit! So to get all of you Sacramento jazz-lovers out for another great night of music and fun, we’ve asked Adam Jenkins to join us again for a night of jazz history!

In this multimedia presentation, composer and musician Adam Jenkins will teach us about the music, the politics, and the personalities that created and shaped jazz. The course includes food, and wine will be available by the glass for $4 or bottle at special Institute of Fun price!

When & Where:
Friday, January 23, 2009
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
At Revolution Wines
2116 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Ticket info:
$24.95 in advance; $30 at the door
Revolution Wine Club members and students: $19.95 in advance; $25 at the door

Art Has Been De-Mystified

Thank you to everyone who came out to the event last night. I had a great time, and I hope you did too!

Art De-Mystified!

Art De-Mystified: Appreciating Art through Three Simple Steps


Join the Sacramento Institute of Fun for “Art De-Mystified”, presented in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum. Take a journey through the artworks in the Crocker collection and learn more about art, its history and how to appreciate it in three easy steps. This in an interactive class that will be presented by Jan Geiger, a docent from the Crocker.

As with all Institute of Fun events, delicious food is included in the price of admission and you will also be able to socialize and enjoy the wines of Revolution Urban Winery before, during and after the presentation (free tasting and glasses for $4).

About the Presenter:
Jan Geiger has a diverse background in the corporate world as well as in nonprofit and arts organizations. She worked for IBM for seventeen years and in the career management field for ten years. Jan has been an active and involved participant in Sacramento’s business, social and volunteer community. She is the past chair of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and past President of the Arts & Business Council. Jan co-chaired Leadership Sacramento for the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and also served on a number of boards of directors, including WEAVE and SAHRA. She has a standard secondary teaching credential and a degree in World History and Political Science from Cal Poly.

When & Where:
Friday, January 9, 2009
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
At Revolution Wines
2116 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Ticket info:
$24.95 in advance; $30 at the door
Revolution Wine Club, Crocker Art Museum members and students: $19.95 in advance; $25 at the door