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Sac Brew Bus takes Sacramento's craft-crazy beer fans on new regional tours

07/23/14

Sac Brew Bus takes Sacramento's craft-crazy beer fans on new regional tours

Starting this weekend, a new tour designed to take local craft beer enthusiasts to some of this region’s most popular breweries will launch in the form of the Sac Brew Bus. The 50-passenger vehicle’s first tour, which will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will stop at Bike Dog Brewing Company in West Sacramento, Heretic Brewing Company in Fairfield and Berryessa Brewing Company in Winters. Brew Bus co-founder Chris Haney says the tours are intended to expose groups of beer lovers to the area’s booming craft culture in a fun, safe and educational way. “Any opportunity to go have a good time and have transportation that’s provided is great,” he says. “If you [live in Sacramento and] wanted to go to Rubicon and Track 7, maybe...

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Federalist brings new beer, bocce and food destination to midtown

07/22/14

Federalist brings new beer, bocce and food destination to midtown

Come Aug. 1, midtown will have a new source for craft beer and farm-to-fork fare when Federalist, a beer garden and restaurant, opens its doors on N Street between 20th and 21st streets, inside seven 40-foot-long welded-together shipping containers. The structure—the second in Sacramento to utilize shipping containers and the first using them to create an indoor space that shields diners from the elements—was designed by locally based architect Marvin Maldonado, who lives with his family in the nearby Federalist-style house after which the project was named. Maldonado says he first conceived of creating a restaurant with shipping containers after his inFORM design firm utilized them in plans to create low-cost housing in Crescent City. “We really want to...

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Rick's Dessert Diner readies for sweet new midtown location

07/15/14

Rick's Dessert Diner readies for sweet new midtown location

After 28 years of business near 24th and K streets, Rick’s Dessert Diner will close the doors at its iconic pink building this Sunday to move to a sweet new spot opening next week—just a block away on J Street. The new location at 2401 J St. will nearly double the diner’s size to 3,600 square feet, accommodating 100 customers indoors and up to 40 on the patio (currently, only 40 people can fit inside the space) while allowing for a wider range of the delectable desserts for which Rick’s is famous. “We have 285 varieties of desserts, and right now I’m not doing them all at the same time,” says Ahmed Eita, who has owned Rick’s since 1992. “But once we go [to the new location], and we have more space and more display cases,...

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First-ever Sacratomato Week takes over Sutter District bars, eateries

07/14/14

First-ever Sacratomato Week takes over Sutter District bars, eateries

The time is ripe for Sacramento to take hold of its classic agricultural nickname. From July 21-27, during the inaugural “Sacratomato Week,” businesses in Midtown’s Sutter District will be featuring creative menu items that highlight the Farm-to-Fork Capital’s signature fruit. “[The tomato] is just something about Sacramento that I feel a lot of people associate us with, and I think that’s even before this whole farm-to-fork branding occurred,” says Callista Wengler, chair of the Sutter District and marketing director of Paragary Restaurant Group. “I grew up in Sacramento, and I always remember the trucks coming down the freeway with tons of tomatoes falling all over.” The Sutter District features 11 eateries, bars and...

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Exclusive sneak peek at the new Brasserie Capitale

07/11/14

Exclusive sneak peek at the new Brasserie Capitale

This fall, K Street will undergo a French evolution when Brasserie Capitale fills the empty space once occupied by the iconic Broiler restaurant. Led by proprietor Aziz Bellarbi-Salah (who also owns midtown’s Aioli and The Grand wine bar) and classically trained French chef Christophe Cornet (the former private chef to the Maloof family), the brasserie will replace its predecessor’s dark booths and shadowy corners with sweeping drapes, bright red accents, a cast-metal bar and striking light fixtures, thanks to the “great vision,” says Bellarbi-Salah, of San Francisco-based designer Sherman Warren. “We are going as bright and light as we can,” says Bellarbi-Salah. “There will be some drama to the place—it’s meant to...

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