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Midtown Farmers Market gets into Second Saturday spirit

04/02/14

Midtown Farmers Market gets into Second Saturday spirit

Sacramento's long-standing arts and culture tradition known as Second Saturday has added a new culinary component befitting of America's Farm-to-Fork Capital. Starting April 12 through November, on the second Saturday of every month, the Midtown Farmers Market will add a new “Tasting Garden” boasting cooking demonstrations and other attractions intended to complement—and naturally draw from—the neighborhood’s thriving weekly produce market at 20th and J streets. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can stroll among the green goodies in a perimeter of planter boxes adjacent to the market. The edible plants will be available for purchase for $3 each, while local chefs will cull ingredients for cooking demos from the bounty on hand. Local wines...

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New 'cue: Fahrenheit 250 opens today on Folsom Blvd.

03/28/14

New 'cue: Fahrenheit 250 opens today on Folsom Blvd.

There’s a new eatery in town for barbecue lovers: Fahrenheit 250 opens tonight near Sacramento State, filling the space once occupied by Bisla’s Sports Bar. Fahrenheit 250 is the brainchild of co-owners and cousins Ray Lettini and Gino Sardo, who took over ownership of Bisla's in 2012 and began converting the location to their new venue over the winter. Their menu focuses on high-quality meats from producers like Diestel Ranch and Mary’s Free Range Chicken, which will get plenty of smoky flavor from cooking over locally seasoned wood in a barbecue made of two-inch thick steel that was handcrafted in Houston. If a glimpse at the opening day menu is any indication, carnivores aren’t the only ones who will appreciate faring at Fahrenheit. Vegetarian...

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Soil Born Farms gets spring season underway with new classes and events

03/26/14

Soil Born Farms gets spring season underway with new classes and events

With winter gradually giving way to spring, Soil Born Farms’ year-round mission of agricultural and environmental education introduces its new season this week with a number of public events and programs. This Saturday brings Fun on the Farm, a seasonal Soil Born open house co-hosted by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. The family-friendly event, which runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., offers children ages 3 to 9 opportunities to explore the farm, meet the animals that live there, and make snacks using fresh Soil Born ingredients. Admission is $15 ($10 for Co-op owners); pre-registration details can be found here. This week also marks the relaunch of Soil Born’s “Grow Your Groceries” Urban Farmer Course, which includes 14 in-depth classes in sustainable...

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Eat to Feed the Hungry at 17 top local restaurants

03/21/14

Eat to Feed the Hungry at 17 top local restaurants

The Sacramento Food Bank is teaming up with 17 of the region's best restaurants to raise money for families in need during the third annual Eat to Feed the Hungry. The event takes place from March 24-30 at Broderick Roadhouse, Ella Dining Room & Bar, Hot Italian, Mulvaney’s B&L, Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar, Ten22, and other celebrated area eateries. Blake Young, president of the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, says he hopes the event will bring more awareness to the nonprofit organization, which serves thousands of families each year and puts on the popular Run to Feed the Hungry race each Thanksgiving. “We are blessed to have the Run to Feed the Hungry and a lot of support during the holidays, but the reality is that people are hungry and...

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Sacramento Food Film Festival serves up a feast for the eyes

03/18/14

Sacramento Food Film Festival serves up a feast for the eyes

See culinary-focused films that look good enough to eat at the third annual Sacramento Food Film Festival, which gets underway this Thursday. Founded and organized by Catherine Enfield, a local food blogger and farm-to-fork advocate, the festival will run March 20-30 and offer screenings in different locations throughout the city. This week's opening-night event will include a screening of the documentary Spinning Plates (which features the world-renowned Yountville chef Thomas Keller) at Ten22, which will offer a menu of appetizers and a gift bag to attendees. The Sterling Hotel will host a screening of Beer Wars this Saturday, March 22, with chef Adam Pechal providing small bites and Ruhstaller serving up its new California Nugget beer (brewed with its namesake hops...

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