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The folks over at C’era Una Volta are celebrating Saint Pasquale, the patron saint of chefs, this weekend with a two-day festival of music, contests and of course, food and wine. Their Zab Fest (short for zabaglione) is this Saturday and Sunday at the restaurant, which is at 1332 Park Street (they’re in the cobblestone alley). And it’s free and open to the public.

“Since the Renaissance, when Saint Pasquale de Baylon recommended this light, frothy custard for those supplicants needing a little extra vim and vigor, it has been one of Italy’s most popular dishes,” they say.

The festivities kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15 with a barbecue cook-off featuring the restaurant’s owners, Chef Rudy Duran and Cheryl Principato. The event will feature a panel of judges and an audience taste-test.

And at 2 p.m Sunday, the restaurant will host a pair of contests. The first is a zabaglione contest featuring a host of aspiring chefs vying for prizes that include a dinner, a gondola ride on Lake Merritt and a bottle of wine. The second, which begins at 3:30 p.m., is a men’s virility contest. The winner will be featured on C’era Una Volta’s website, and prizes will be provided by the restaurant and Bladium Sports Club.

The event will also include live music from Tara Linda, Skip Henderson and Starboard Watch, Dimestore Dandy, Jim Passard with Fred Johnson, M.B. Hanif and the Sound Voyagers and Alessandro Maruzzi and the No Name Band.

Their number, for more information, is 769-4828.

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