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6 fall food festivals to usher in the new season around Sacramento

09/30/14

6 fall food festivals to usher in the new season around Sacramento

Don’t let the warm temperatures fool you: Fall is here, as marked by a rich array of regional food festivals, gatherings and other happenings heralding the new season. Get out your calendars and hit the road to enjoy these farm-to-fork highlights. Loomis Eggplant Festival (Oct. 4) With featured dishes ranging from eggplant tacos, kabobs and burgers to eggplant parmesan and fried eggplant, purple reigns at this 27th annual Loomis festival celebrating the region’s agricultural heritage. Local chefs will demonstrate various ways to prepare the aubergine vegetable. Or, if you think you’ve got purple produce prowess, complete for cash prizes by submitting your favorite homemade dish in an eggplant cooking contest. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Loomis Train Depot. 5820 Webb St....

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5 flapjacks to flip for on National Pancake Day

09/25/14

5 flapjacks to flip for on National Pancake Day

Friday, Sept. 26, is National Pancake Day, and we have five hotcake hot spots around the region where you can have your own delicious celebrations. Batter up, Sacramento! Katrina’s Cafe Driving to Katrina’s Cafe in Auburn can feel almost like a pilgrimage, but once you settle into one of 16 tables inside this sunny and cozy eatery, you’ll feel right at home. For almost 30 years, Katrina’s has been serving up its signature lemon-yogurt pancakes, which come rolled up and sprinkled with a dash of lemon juice and powdered sugar. The batter includes fresh lemon zest and lemon juice, but it’s offset with creamy yogurt for a soft, sweet pancake with just enough pizzazz for the morning. Ask to include fresh fruit and the plate will come topped with seasonal...

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Blast 825° bets on build-your-own-pizza craze in Roseville, Rocklin and Elk Grove

09/24/14

Blast 825° bets on build-your-own-pizza craze in Roseville, Rocklin and Elk Grove

Blast 825°, a new pizza restaurant with big plans for the Sacramento region, has launched its grand opening this week in Roseville with an eye on charity. The eatery, which invites customers to build their own pizzas from three different types of crust and more than 40 toppings (a la Chipotle or Subway), specializes in the quick-fired cooking method from which it draws its name: Pizzas are blasted in an oven at 825 degrees for roughly three to four minutes. “We found that’s the best way to cook the pizza,” says Stacy Soderstrom, vice president of franchise development for Blast 825°’s Fresno-based parent company, Milano Restaurants. “It gives it the crispness, it melts the cheese, and it just makes the ingredients taste so much...

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10 delicious ways to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day

09/18/14

10 delicious ways to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day

Happy National Cheeseburger Day, Sacramento! Many will celebrate the occasion at tonight's annual Burger Battle at Cesar Chavez Plaza, where chefs from Broderick Roadhouse, Ettore’s (both 2013 winners), de Vere’s Irish Pub and a dozen other eateries will face off for burger bragging rights (and for a good cause, raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America). While tickets for the Burger Battle are sold out, we’ve singled out 10 delicious Sacramento-area spots where you can get in the spirit of Cheeseburger Day today—or any day. Broderick Roadhouse Nicknamed “Ring of Fire” by the restaurant’s staff, this West Sacramento institution’s Johnny Cash burger features a smoked pepper-crusted Niman Ranch beef...

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Federalist brings new beer, bocce and food destination to midtown

09/16/14

Federalist brings new beer, bocce and food destination to midtown

Come early October, 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. Owner and architect Marvin Maldonado says that after months of delays, he's now confident that the new venue will be open in early October, hopefully in time for Second Saturday on Oct. 11. While there's still plenty of construction to be completed in the next several weeks, he plans to host a preview event of the space this Saturday for members of his Founder's Club, a $250 membership that includes discounts and invitations to special events. "I'm super excited," he says. "This is where all the...

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