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Journey back to an era when square meals were king

Remember when TV dinners were the norm and Swanson’s became a household name? Time travel back to the mid-century with Verge Center for the Arts’ TV Dinner event this Thursday, November 8, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., where these pre-packaged meals are revitalized and transformed.

The event—a brainchild of Mike Thiemann, executive chef at Ella Dining Room and Bar; Liv Moe, Executive Director of Verge; Becky Grunewald, Food Editor for Sacramento News & Review; and Ryan Donahue, editor of Edible Sacramento—will feature a three-course, sit-down meal plus dessert and art galore. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in period attire.

Arrive at the start for a no-host cocktail hour before the meal, which, Moe says, will be set within an art installation that fills the whole 1600 square foot space. During dinner, which begins at 7 p.m., a video installation will be screened and two DJs will play period-appropriate music.

Each course of the meal, created by Thiemann, is inspired by a different TV show of the period. Moe claims her favorite traditional TV dinners as Salisbury steak and chicken pot pies, but there’s no telling what Thiemann will use for inspiration in creating his TV dinner masterpiece. You’ll have to attend to find out! Get a taste of what’s in store, both drink and food-wise with this preview video.

Tickets to TV Dinner are $75 per person and are available online. The event benefits Verge’s general operating fund and will help support their myriad projects, including their expansion.

Not able to attend this Thursday? You can still contribute to Verge’s success through their Kickstarter campaign, starting at $5.

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