Sip, Sample and Stroll, Diablo Ballet’s Gourmet Gallop food and wine walk returns to downtown Walnut Creek! Diablo Ballet’s Annual Gourmet Gallop food and wine walk returns to downtown Walnut Creek for the sixth consecutive year on Thursday, August 11 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event, sponsored by Diablo Magazine, invites guests to sip, sample and stroll their way through thirteen downtown Walnut Creek locations as they experience a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure. Participating businesses in the 2016 Gourmet Gallop include: 1515 Restaurant & Lounge, Buon Vino, Cinco De Mayo, Lark Creek, Massimo Ristorante, Opa!, Peet's Coffee & Tea, San Francisco Creamery Co., Silk Road, Steinway Piano Gallery, Sunol Ridge, Walnut Creek Yacht Club, and We Olive. Some of the featured offerings include a wine tasting compliments of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and a performance by concert Pianist Justin Levitt at Steinway Piano Gallery, gourmet delights such as Pomegranate Chicken, Hummus and Pita Bread at Silk Road, Ahi Tuna Poke Bites and Crispy Sushi Rice Cake with Wasabi Tobiko at Sunol Ridge and Bay Shrimp Gazpacho from Walnut Creek Yacht Club. Buon Vino and We Olive will also be offering wine tasting at their locations. This self-paced, self-guided stroll offers the opportunity to savor amazing food and wine while being joined by the Diablo Ballet dancers. "The Gourmet Gallop has become an annual favorite for the community and we look forward to presenting it every August," said Lauren Jonas, Diablo Ballet’s Artistic Director. The event benefits Diablo Ballet and its PEEK Program (Performing Arts Education & Enrichment for Kids), which is the only arts education program of its kind offered by a professional dance company in the Bay Area. PEEK provides in-school movement curriculum and free dance performances to students and families in under-served areas who have few opportunities to participate in the arts. The PEEK Extension program brings arts education to female teenagers incarcerated in the Contra Costa County juvenile justice system. Tickets are on sale now to the public and only $39 if purchased on or before July 31st. After that date, the price goes up to $45 a person. Special group pricing is available. Tickets are available online at www.diabloballet.org or by calling (925) 943-1775. About Diablo Ballet For 22 years, Diablo Ballet has been the award-winning, professional dance company for Contra Costa County. Presenting acclaimed classical and contemporary ballets, the company is committed to exposing youth to the arts through its renowned PEEK Outreach Program, which has reached over 65,000 under-served school children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties since 1995. In 2015 and again this year, Diablo Ballet was one of a handful of state-wide organizations to receive funding from the California Arts Council to bring its PEEK Extension Program to teenagers incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice system. Diablo Ballet 6th Annual Gourmet Gallop Sip, Sample, and Stroll your way through Walnut Creek’s Gourmet Restaurants at Diablo Ballet’s 6th Annual Gourmet Gallop. Check in at Massimo and make your way to thirteen downtown locations, including wine tasting from Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. All proceeds benefit Diablo Ballet and its PEEK Outreach and PEEK Extension programs. Visit our website at www.diabloballet.org or call (925) 943-1175 to purchase tickets. Event Information: WHAT: Diablo Ballet’s 6th Annual Gourmet Gallop WHEN: August 11 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Walnut Creek TICKETS: $39 per person on or before July 31st, $45 per person starting August 1st are available online at www.diabloballet.org or by calling (925) 943-1775. Group rates are available.
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