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SPLAT Latte Art Tournament returns to the Capital City

04/29/15

SPLAT Latte Art Tournament returns to the Capital City

Sacramento's top coffeehouses are getting ready to roast and boast at the second annual Sacramento Public Latte Art Tournament (SPLAT), which kicks off on April 30 at Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters.   The city’s best baristas will get to show off their latte-making skills every last Thursday of the month for the next six months. During each round, a different local coffee roaster will host the tournament and competitors earn points toward their grand total, culminating in a final round this September. “[These events] are to show the greater Sacramento area that we have some incredible baristas here and people who really do care about their craft,” says Chocolate Fish co-owner Edie Baker. “Hopefully this will get people to realize that it takes...

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13 top farmers’ markets to visit around the Sacramento region

04/28/15

13 top farmers’ markets to visit around the Sacramento region

With many of the farmers' markets in the Sacramento region kicking off in May, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites, both ongoing and seasonal. Here's a fresh list of where to shop till you chop in and around the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America. Auburn The foothills are known for their fresh produce and irresistible citrus products, such as mandarin marmalade from Newcastle’s Twin Peaks Orchards, and you can find all of that and more at Old Town Auburn’s farmers’ market. Plus, shop for Alpaca rugs, socks and yarn from Auburn’s Fair Winds Alpacas, and Japanese maple trees and pottery from High Hand Nursery in Loomis. Saturdays year-round. 8 a.m.-noon. Old Town Courthouse Parking Lot. Auburn-Folsom Rd. at Lincoln Way. Auburn....

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A new Gold Rush-inspired brewery and taproom is set to open this summer

04/22/15

A new Gold Rush-inspired brewery and taproom is set to open this summer

Come summer, there will be new brew kid on the block. Argonaut Brewing Company is set to open (with a taproom) in Rancho Cordova in August. After winning the 2013 Capitol City Brewers Battle—an annual home brew competition hosted by San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery—Sacramento brewers Brian Palmer, Mike Ryan and Daniel Connolly decided to take their passion to the next level. “We’ve always had the interest [to start a brewery], but it didn’t get solidified until we were able to share our recipes with those who weren’t family and friends,” says Palmer. The trio stumbled upon the name Argonaut, a nickname for sailing Gold Rush miners in reference to the Greek mythology characters Jason and the Argonauts, who similarly shipped...

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Influential chef-author Dan Barber coming to Sacramento for annual One Book program

04/14/15

Influential chef-author Dan Barber coming to Sacramento for annual One Book program

The Sacramento Public Library announced today that The Third Plate, by the James Beard Award-winning chef Dan Barber, has been chosen for its One Book program this year. The project, as the name suggests, prompts conversation about a specific topic each year as various groups throughout the country organize events revolving around one book of their choosing. For 2015, the Sacramento Public Library—which has participated in the movement since 2012—has partnered with the California Food Literacy Center and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau to focus on Sacramento’s standing as the country’s farm-to-fork capital by encouraging city dwellers to read and discuss The Third Plate. In The Third Plate, Barber—co-owner and executive chef of the New...

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Massive food and wine fest serves it up for Make-A-Wish in Sacramento

04/09/15

Massive food and wine fest serves it up for Make-A-Wish in Sacramento

Savor a glass of wine—and a charitable spirit—at the 27th Annual Wine and Food Fest pouring into the Sacramento Convention Center on April 25. Presented by and benefiting the Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada chapter, the festival invites guests to taste unlimited samples of wine (served in the event’s complimentary crystal goblets) and food from over 120 vendors, ranging from regional wineries (including Roseville-based Astoria Wine Group, Elk Grove’s McConnell Estates winery and Holly Hill Vineyards in Placerville) to local eateries, such as the Greek restaurant Opa! Opa!, the comfort food joint Dad’s Kitchen and pastry shop About a Bite Bakery. “Our goal is to reach $500,000—that equates to 100 wishes,” says...

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