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Go hog wild at Davis Farmers Market’s 24th Annual Pig Day

02/26/15

Go hog wild at Davis Farmers Market’s 24th Annual Pig Day

Get ready to live high on the hog on March 7 at Pig Day, Davis Farmers Market's annual tribute to pigs, local farmers, food and agriculture—the only event of its kind in California. "We’re celebrating different parts of agriculture, [rather] than just focusing on fruits and vegetables,” says Davis Farmers Market executive director Randii MacNear. “We get people to taste things that they might not have had, like maple bacon ice cream.” Attendees at the event, which will be held at Davis' Central Park, will also be able to swine and dine on virtually any other pig-related delight that they can imagine, like the Hotdogger’s pigs-in-a-blanket, piggy pops (sweet French bread on a stick shaped like a pig's face) from Upper Crust...

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Sacramento Beer Week 2015: Raise a glass at these 10 can't-miss events

02/20/15

Sacramento Beer Week 2015: Raise a glass at these 10 can't-miss events

Sacramento Beer Week, which began as a tribute to Sacramento’s beer scene by nine brewers in 2010, has grown this year into an 11-day beer bacchanal that will feature over 600 beer tastings, dinners, fairs, festivals and other related events starting Thursday, Feb. 26. Sip on these 10 highlights of this year’s SBW, featuring a food-truck throwdown, dessert pairings and more. Sacramento Brewers Showcase Feb. 26 Beer Week opens with more than 35 breweries (all from within 45 miles of Sacramento) bringing their best beers to this tasting event at California Auto Museum. Beer enthusiasts can get the first sip of beers made exclusively for the showcase while checking out over 150 classic cars on display, as well as look forward to an expanded outdoor beer garden and food...

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Fat’s Restaurants to host its inaugural banana cream pie eating contest

02/17/15

Fat’s Restaurants to host its inaugural banana cream pie eating contest

In honor of National Banana Cream Pie Day, Fat’s Family of Restaurants will hold its first-ever banana cream pie eating contest featuring its famed sweet treat. The event, which is free to attend and will take place at Fat City Bar and Café in Old Sacramento, will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 2. Competitors—including local VIPs like Mark S. Allen of Good Day Sacramento—will have about a minute and a half to try and get their just desserts with their hands tied behind their backs. (Spectators can grab a slice of heaven themselves; samples of Fat's legendary pie will be provided.) Mike “Mike on the Mic” Osborn of the Sacramento River Cats will emcee the challenge, and three judges, including a representative of Chiquita banana, will...

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A new restaurant is putting down roots in downtown Auburn

02/13/15

A new restaurant is putting down roots in downtown Auburn

The new Bistro 103 in Old Auburn, which will officially open to the public on Feb. 20, will inch apart its doors this Sunday for a reservation-only soft opening that will last through next Thursday, It’s the first restaurant endeavor for owners and husband-and-wife team Patty and John Dooley, who wanted to create a casual neighborhood bistro that honored Auburn’s history and offered a seasonally fresh menu. “[John] and I love to eat out and we tend to go places where we know the owners and we know the servers—you know it’s like going home,” Patty says. “When [this spot came on the market], I thought this could be that kind of place.” Bistro 103’s building previously housed a Japanese market, and the new restaurant will pay...

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5 Monday brunches to savor this President's Day weekend

02/12/15

5 Monday brunches to savor this President's Day weekend

Get patriotic this Presidents’ Day with one of the most American of traditions—brunch. Here are five restaurants around the region where you can relax during a Monday brunch over the holiday weekend. Awful Annie’s This family-run eatery has two locations (in Auburn and Lincoln), so there is no reason to miss out on one of the awesome omelets or the delicious benedicts like the house specialty, the California Crab Cake Benedict: two perfectly poached eggs on top of crab cakes with either sliced tomato or toasted English muffins swimming in lemony hollandaise sauce and garnished with fresh avocado. Brunch served from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 160 Sacramento St. Auburn. 530-888-9857. 7:30 am.–3 p.m. 490 Lincoln Blvd. 645-9766. awfulannies.com Cafeteria 15L Treat...

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