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Food Day 2014 hosts renowned chef, tastings, new garden and more

10/22/14

Food Day 2014 hosts renowned chef, tastings, new garden and more

This Friday is Food Day 2014—a national event aimed at inspiring communities to adopt healthier eating choices and food practices—and Sacramento State is getting in the spirit with a free, all-day celebration. The day will culminate in a keynote address and cooking demonstration from chef and sustainability advocate Bryant Terry, whose African-inspired vegan recipes have been featured in The New York Times Magazine and who will sign copies of his best-selling new cookbook Afro-Vegan. Other events include a screening of the acclaimed documentary Fed Up (followed by a panel discussion) and the debut of a new organic fruit and vegetable garden, a collaboration between the university and neighboring Capitol Public Radio that will provide fresh produce...

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A buzzy new movie about coffee makes its Sacramento debut

10/14/14

A buzzy new movie about coffee makes its Sacramento debut

With Sacramento Specialty Coffee Week in full swing, here’s another buzzy event to add to the list of must-dos: the Sacramento premiere of A Film About Coffee. This “sumptuous new documentary is a global, caffeinated, highly personal Jiro Dreams of Sushi for coffee lovers,” according to Fast Company, and has been screened everywhere from Paris to Dublin to New York since San Francisco-based director Brandon Loper debuted it earlier this year. The film—whose local screening is hosted by Sacramento coffee roaster Insight and will take place at the Crest Theatre this Thursday, Oct. 16—spotlights coffee’s international origins by taking viewers to faraway villages in Honduras and Rwanda, introducing farmers there and showing them at work managing...

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Sacramento dessert pros to make dinner at hot-ticket Sweet & Savory event

10/03/14

Sacramento dessert pros to make dinner at hot-ticket Sweet & Savory event

A limited number of tickets go on sale Monday for Sweet & Savory, an intimate new tasting event in which five of the region’s best pastry chefs and chocolatiers will converge to provide a uniquely flavorful dining experience for a good cause. The downtown dining hot spot Mother will welcome just 60 guests for the event on Nov. 9, when pastry chefs Ramon Perez (Puur Chocolat), Ginger Elizabeth Hahn (Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates), Matt Masera (Mother), Edward Martinez (Bourbon Steak) and Jane Anderson (Ella Dining Room and Bar) will prepare a 10-course tasting menu. Each chef is challenged to cook a savory dish with a sweet element and a sweet dish with a hint of savory. The event will feature two seatings—one at 5 p.m. and one at 8 p.m., with each allowing for 30...

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New farm-to-fork charcuterie opens in Placerville

10/02/14

New farm-to-fork charcuterie opens in Placerville

Sacramento locavores and carnivores now have a new place to meat up, with the opening of The Farm Table charcuterie in Placerville. Owned by Kara and Zach Taylor, the cafe and market opened in September and offers a rotating menu of charcuterie and cheese platters, fresh salads (such as the apple and bacon salad made with local greens and fruit), sandwiches with house-cured and smoked meats like duck pastrami, ham, bacon and linguica, and entrées like cassoulet with duck confit or red wine braised beef. Currently open for lunch, starting next week, The Farm Table will expand to dinner service on Thursdays through Sundays. The casual, quick-service eatery—which is still in the soft-launch phase (the Taylors plan to host a grand opening celebration in...

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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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