Inside the
April/May 2012





Great New Places to Eat

Sacramento’s dining scene has been exploding lately, with everything from food truck-inspired restaurants to top chef-owned grub shacks opening up and offering Mongolian barbecue, French macarons, Indian brunch buffets, Lowcountry fried chicken and more. So get ready to dig in. Your table is waiting.



The Tastemaker
To many in Sacramento, he’s simply a neighborhood grocer. But to some of the biggest names in the food and wine industry, he’s known as “The Indiana Jones” of the culinary world, “The Professor” or “The Dude.” Meet Darrell Corti and find out how he’s changed the way we eat and drink.



The Great Recession hasn’t been kind to our cultural community, stopping multiple arts seasons and projects dead in their tracks. And our city’s record on philanthropy isn’t helping. But here’s another chance to get it right.


Riverfront Q&A

For the past quarter century, Auburn resident Joanne Neft has worked tirelessly to promote Placer County agriculture. In her new cookbook, she dishes about what to eat every week of the year, how less is more when it comes to cooking and why mandarin juice just might be the ultimate cold killer.



A local food tour takes you on a culinary journey and a walk back in time; something Wicked this way comes; master tattooer Don Ed Hardy tackles traditional art



A pair of bold young chefs brings international flair to two of our top local restaurants; go vegan at Baagan in Roseville; our very neighborly dining guide



TV Diners

As Sacramento’s food scene has exploded in recent years, so too has national interest from television shows on the Food Network, the Travel Channel and TLC. (It doesn’t hurt that Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives went to American River College and owns two restaurants here.) So how did our gastronomical gurus fare on the small screen? Here’s the skinny on our delicious dozen.



Why Not Here?

In cities like Seattle and Vancouver, people are looking down on art these days. Literally. That’s because public art programs are transforming manhole covers into whimsical works of urban design. With a little imagination, our streets, too, can be paved with good inventions.