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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 26

08/26/15

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 26

This week: Indian food comes to El Dorado Hills, a new pizza place will open in Folsom, a native daughter of the BJ’s Restaurant family plans to launch a local burger joint in Roseville and two dessert food trucks expand their sweet horizons.     Bawarchi Indian Cuisine Specializing in southern Indian, northern Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, this new restaurant held a soft opening Aug. 21 in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Owner Sunil Adusumilli runs Bawarchi with his friend Sreekanth Doddapaneni, who has three Bawarchi restaurants in the Bay Area, and says this new location will be the only Indian food establishment in El Dorado Hills. With a warm, colorful dining room, an outdoor patio and a bar that will soon be serving beer and wine once the restaurant...

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First look: Empress Tavern adds sizzle to K Street

08/24/15

First look: Empress Tavern adds sizzle to K Street

Scroll down to the end of the story for the photo gallery. After nearly three years of planning, design, construction and not just a little bit of anticipation around Sacramento, there is finally a new Empress in town. Empress Tavern opens Sept. 2 on K Street, the latest offering from the group behind the acclaimed neighboring restaurant Mother. Its founding brain trust—led by chef/owner Mike Thiemann—is where the similarities between the restaurants end, though: Where Mother’s slight, bright, narrow café storefront serves up vegetarian delights upstairs, Empress repurposes 7,600 square feet below ground as a singular destination for meat lovers, beer geeks, oenophiles, cocktail mavens and every type of curious culturegoer in between. Even before the...

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Shady Lady owners to open two new restaurants and a bar this fall

08/18/15

Shady Lady owners to open two new restaurants and a bar this fall

Shady Lady Saloon owners Garrett Van Vleck, Jason Boggs and Alex Origoni continue to put their stamp on the region’s restaurant and bar scene with three forthcoming projects: the Sail Inn Grotto & Bar in West Sacramento, and the highly anticipated Sacramento projects B-Side and Amaro. The Sail Inn Grotto & Bar, located on Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento, will be the next incarnation of the former Sail Inn, which the group acquired in 2013 when it closed after almost 30 years. Slated for an early October opening, Van Vleck says the interior will “keep the nautical theme” with scrimshaw-style artwork, paintings of ships and vintage maps. Boggs says the cocktail menu will boast new concoctions, classic tiki drinks and “a lot more rum than Shady...

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Raise your glass at these spirited Sacramento Cocktail Week events

08/13/15

Raise your glass at these spirited Sacramento Cocktail Week events

Formerly known as Midtown Cocktail Week, the newly named Sacramento Cocktail Week kicks off its 8th annual event with even more exciting alcohol-infused festivities, from pop-up pajama parties to gin history classes and bartender competitions from Aug. 17 to 22. Here are the rundowns on six of the spirited main events. Liquor on the front, Poker in the rear Aug. 17 Cocktail Week will kick off at R Street’s new bar-and-barbershop hangout, Bottle & Barlow, which will be transformed into a casino, resort and martini bar for the evening. At the resort and martini bar, mixologists will recreate trashy dive drinks made with 86 & Co. spirits like Aylesbury Duck vodka and Caña Brava rum, among others. From there, you can head into the...

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What's brewing at seven late-summer beer events around the region

08/12/15

What's brewing at seven late-summer beer events around the region

For all the hopheads, ale aficionados, IPA enthusiasts and lager lovers out there, here are seven upcoming beer-centric events throughout the region. Cheers! Dawson’s Beer Dinner Aug. 14 Dawson’s executive chef Jason Poole will partner with Track 7 Brewing Co. for this beer-pairing banquet. Poole’s dinner menu will feature a first course of smoked Arctic char with Manila clams and a chorizo ciabatta, which will be paired with the citrusy Left Eye Right Eye IPA; a grilled flat iron steak for the second course, nestled on duck fat fingerling confit and Tuscan kale, which will be served with the slightly bitter Daylight Amber; and a dessert of beehive cake—a layered praline, custard and sponge cake made with the Bee Line Blonde (which will also be poured)...

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