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Coveted Tower Bridge Farm-to-Fork Gala dinner tickets expected to sell out fast

07/19/15

Coveted Tower Bridge Farm-to-Fork Gala dinner tickets expected to sell out fast

Tickets for the third annual Farm-to-Fork Gala dinner, which will return to the Tower Bridge on Sept. 27, go on sale at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 20. Oliver Ridgeway, executive chef of Grange Restaurant & Bar, and Ravin Patel, executive chef of Selland Family Restaurants (which includes Ella, The Kitchen and Selland’s Market-Cafe), will head a team of 30 area chefs to create a multicourse menu with ingredients culled from local farms. Serving 740 guests, this annual culinary feat culminates 18 days of festivities honoring Sacramento’s agricultural legacy. “I’m really excited about it,” Ridgeway says. “The city of Sacramento is working so hard toward its identity these days, and I think a big part of its identity is food. The fact that a...

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Sacratomato Week festivities spice up midtown July 20-25

07/16/15

Sacratomato Week festivities spice up midtown July 20-25

Midtown’s Sutter District is hosting its second annual Sacratomato Week from July 20-25. This year, the six-day event will culminate in a festival at Sutter’s Fort with a tomato tasting garden, lawn games and samplings of tomato dishes from some of Sacramento’s top chefs. Throughout Sacratomato Week, participating bars and restaurants will offer special tomato-themed dishes and drinks, like a tomato-strawberry-basil tequila infusion with muddled cherry tomatoes, simple syrup and sparkling water at Centro Cocina Mexicana, an Angus burger with house-made tomato relish and thick heirloom tomato slices at Cafe Bernardo, and a chilled gold tomato soup with Del Rio Botanical cucumbers and cherry tomatoes at the newly opened Paragary’s Bar and Oven. “We love...

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New chef takes the reins at vegetarian hot spot Mother

07/13/15

New chef takes the reins at vegetarian hot spot Mother

The team behind K Street’s popular eatery Mother is welcoming a new player into its celebrated kitchen. Anthony Scuderi, an alumnus of the East Coast restaurant group owned by famed Iron Chef Jose Garces, joined the vegetarian hot spot this month as its new head chef. He takes over for Mother’s co-founding chefs Mike Thiemann and Matt Masera, the latter of whom will lead the kitchen at the neighboring Empress Tavern when it opens this summer inside the Crest Theatre. Scuderi arrived in Sacramento 18 months ago, roughly around the time Mother first opened its doors. He had previously served as chef at Garces’ restaurants Tinto and Village Whiskey (in Philadelphia) and Amada (in Atlantic City), relocating to the capital city with his wife—a Sacramento native...

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10 sweet ice cream shops to visit during National Ice Cream Month

07/08/15

10 sweet ice cream shops to visit during National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream month and from downtown to the foothills, we’ve got the scoop on some irresistible, local frozen desserts. Devine Gelateria Whipping thick, creamy folds of artisanal gelato into a frothy mixture might sound like dessert sacrilege. But, trust us: It’s all worth it for Devine’s gelato milkshakes. The midtown desserterie combines whole milk with five scoops of your favorite gelato (you can never go wrong with owner Elizabeth McCleary’s salted caramel flavor) or beloved combos: the Espresso Chip (made with espresso syrup that uses Temple coffee) blended with the Dark Rich Chocolate makes a creamier version of a mocha Frappuccino. With about half of the air content found in ice cream, gelato shakes churn out bolder, deeper...

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Sacramento winery RailBridge planning new eatery in historic Elks Tower

07/07/15

Sacramento winery RailBridge planning new eatery in historic Elks Tower

A Sacramento winery is turning its focus to one of downtown’s most iconic buildings for a new restaurant venture planned for this fall. RailBridge Cellars & Company is scheduled to open in the first week of October, occupying 1,800 square feet of space on the ground floor of the Elks Tower at 11th and J streets. Launched by the brain trust behind RailBridge Cellars winery (itself based blocks away on North 16th Street), the restaurant is expected to emphasize both California cuisine and the vintage ambiance of its historic home. “In my mind, the best thing you can do in Sacramento is bring back things that have character and historical value to them,” says Michael Gelber, president of Alexis Ventures, which owns and operates RailBridge Cellars. “The...

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