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Owners of Mother and Empress Tavern roll out a new food cart

05/26/16

Owners of Mother and Empress Tavern roll out a new food cart

The owners of downtown hot spots Mother and Empress Tavern—Ryan Donahue and Michael Thiemann—debuted a new food cart today on K Street.  "[Running a food cart] has been a dream of mine for a long time," says Donahue.  The cart serves $8 prime rib pockets—Empress' Parker House roll dough stuffed with prime rib, pepperoncini, horseradish and mustard—and $3 cups of oxtail bone broth, which can be ordered separately or together. “Ideally it would be like a French dip,” says Donahue. “But the nice part [about the pocket] is it’s something that people can grab and eat and walk with.” Devised by Empress/Mother cook Chad Novick (who also helms the cart), the grab-and-go pocket will be the main...

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New locally grown on-demand food app launches in Sacramento

05/12/16

New locally grown on-demand food app launches in Sacramento

Looking for new dining options in Sacramento? Well, there’s now an app for that. ExtraPlate, a locally designed app that acts as the middleman between local food purveyors and hungry citizens, quietly launched last month. Sellers range from food trucks to home chefs, and from caterers to farmers, all in charge of their own menus, prices, hours, prep time and delivery options. ExtraPlate is similar to popular on-demand apps like PostMates, but isn't restricted to restaurant food. “Our concept is really completely different [than other apps],” says ExtraPlate co-founder Grant Rosenquist. “It acts as an on-demand marketplace—from two blocks away to 20 miles away.” Customers can open the app and can see available sellers in the area or...

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Celebrate race day with hats, music and the Kentucky Buck cocktail at The Porch

05/05/16

Celebrate race day with hats, music and the Kentucky Buck cocktail at The Porch

The Kentucky Derby falls on Saturday, May 7 this year, and The Porch Restaurant & Bar in midtown, known for its Lowcountry Southern cuisine, is throwing a party complete with a signature strawberry-topped cocktail. Those looking to catch “the most exciting two minutes in sports” can celebrate as The Porch hosts its sixth annual Derby Days party May 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. The race will be shown on flat-screen TVs and highlights of the annual event will include competitions for best hat and best-dressed, with live Dixieland jazz by The Crescent Katz, and race day fare like the Derby Pie with ice cream, walnuts, pecans and chocolate chips tucked inside the pie crust. The Porch will also feature a lineup of four specialty Derby-themed cocktails, including a classic...

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10 bountiful farmers' markets to visit throughout the region

05/04/16

10 bountiful farmers' markets to visit throughout the region

Spring is in full swing and the region’s farmers’ markets are soon to be buzzing as well. We’ve rounded up 10 local markets, where you’ll find rare summertime fruits, your favorite chefs browsing for their menus, and plenty of food truck fare. Get ready to shop your way through America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market Stroll down Capitol Mall at this downtown market featuring the ultimate power lunch from food trucks like Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and producers like Scott Lawrence Farm, which grows an unsual selection of vegetables and fruits like flying saucer squashes, orange-flesh watermelon, white alpine strawberries and tiger-striped melons (whose edible fragrant skin happens to make a great ingredient...

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Raise a glass to Mom at these 10 Mother’s Day brunches

05/04/16

Raise a glass to Mom at these 10 Mother’s Day brunches

Mother’s Day falls on May 8 this year, and we’ve rounded up 10 sweet brunches around the region—with everything from French toast pie to a chocolate fountain—that will help Mom make the most out of her big day. Dawson’s Steakhouse Hyatt Regency Sacramento's flagship restaurant is offering a lavish Mother’s Day brunch buffet comprising dishes like sweet peppers stuffed with razor clams, calamari and a piquillo pepper chutney; mint-and-garlic-roasted leg of lamb with porcini mushroom bisque; and warm succotash made with English peas, fava beans, baby carrots and green beans. Plus, check out the restaurant’s taco-making station with fillings like grilled steak, mahi mahi, pork carnitas and pickled jalapenos. If mom craves something more...

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