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Seven sweet and savory food festivals to attend this season

05/27/15

Seven sweet and savory food festivals to attend this season

From peaches to tacos, we’ve got the best of the fests for the region’s summertime food celebrations. Here are seven great ways to partake in the abundance of the Golden State this season. Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival May 30-31 The artichoke—which is almost exclusively grown in California and was ordained as the state veggie in 2013 by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom—will get the star treatment at this 56th annual festival in Castroville. In addition to sampling various preparations (fried, steamed, grilled and roasted) and infused items (ravioli, burritos, ice cream and cupcakes), you can also take part in contests like the artichoke-eating competition and the Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest (the iconic blonde bombshell was crowned the first...

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Eat your way around the world at Davis' Street Food Rodeo

05/26/15

Eat your way around the world at Davis' Street Food Rodeo

Strap on your cowboy boots and get set to giddy-up across the causeway for the Street Food Rodeo in Davis on Friday, May 29. The outdoor food fest, which will be held at Westlake Plaza, will the chance for some gustatory globe-trotting via 10 local food trucks, including gourmet Spanish rice dishes from Addy’s Paella, Greek cuisine from Hefty Gyros, grilled Asian street fare from Slightly Skewed, and Belgian waffles from VolksWaffle. Guests can also try all-American eats from barbeque truck Smokers Wild BBQ or cool off with Hawaiian shaved ice from Local Kine Shave Ice. “Davis is full of foodies who crave more culinary options than what our downtown restaurant scene has to offer,” says Melanie Gentles,  co-editor-in-chief of The Davis Dirt events calendar,...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for May 21

05/21/15

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for May 21

Here's the latest scoop on Sacramento's food scene news, including a wine bar coming to Oak Park, a crave-worthy dessert menu at a midtown hot spot and three new local restaurants at the airport. Block Butcher Bar Sweet meets salty at this midtown charcuterie hot spot, which launched its first dessert menu in March. The two-item menu, created by the restaurant's culinary director Allyson Harvie, features a no-bake cheesecake served in a mason jar with pistachio strudel and cream cheese filling topped with house-made seasonal preserves like strawberry for spring, and apricots and plums for summer. For a gourmet take on a nostalgic childhood treat, try the s’mores dessert consisting of chocolate pudding topped with a peanut butter caramel drizzle, torched marshmallow...

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First look: Brasserie Capitale serves up a French revelation on K Street

05/14/15

First look: Brasserie Capitale serves up a French revelation on K Street

Bon appetit, Sacramento: After months of anticipation, downtown’s new French restaurant Brasserie Capitale is finally open at 1201 K St. The eatery, founded by the family behind the midtown mainstay Aïoli Bodega Español, began serving lunch and dinner to the public this week. Featuring fresh, modern takes on both the cuisine and design of the French motherland, the restaurant’s elegance—from the kitchen to bar to table—reflects the perfectionism of owner Aziz Bellarbi-Salah and chef Scott McNamara. “We’re doing traditional French, straight up and down,” says Bellarbi-Salah, 30. “There’s a little bit of making it our own, but it’s a lot about making it right.” McNamara strikes that balance in the...

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Mikuni announces new location in Folsom

05/11/15

Mikuni announces new location in Folsom

The popular, locally based Japanese cuisine and sushi restaurant chain Mikuni announced today that it plans to open a new location in Folsom in early 2016. The location will occupy a 4,000-square-foot space in Folsom at East Bidwell Street just off of Highway 50. Mikuni chef and “Chief Dreaming Officer” Taro Arai says he hopes the new Folsom restaurant will be a Mikuni Kaizen outpost, similar to the location at the Fountains at Roseville, which he says currently draws customers from Folsom and El Dorado Hills. The restaurant's exact concept and title are yet to be determined. “I’m excited each time we open a new restaurant,” Arai says. “I have been begging my CEO and COO for a good few years now, saying, ‘We have to...

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