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9 fine soups to warm you up this winter in Sacramento

12/16/14

9 fine soups to warm you up this winter in Sacramento

Winter rain and chilly winds are here, which means it’s the perfect time to bundle up and enjoy a bowl of warming soup. Ranging from savory ramen to rich and creamy chowder, consider trying out one of these nine flavorful offerings from around the region. The Mustard Seed This cozy Davis restaurant takes its signature tomato bisque—handmade every morning with just tomatoes, butter, oregano, dill and fresh cream—up a notch during dinner with the addition of a puff pastry crust. Each order is individually portioned inside a ramekin, hand-crimped with puff pastry and baked, creating a perfectly domed and golden flaky topping that contrasts the soup’s rich and creamy texture. 222 D St. Davis. 530-758-5750. themustardseeddavis.com Mayahuel Tequila Museo...

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Come listen to some of Sacramento's top food writers talk about our region's culinary legacy at "Taste of History"

12/15/14

Come listen to some of Sacramento's top food writers talk about our region's culinary legacy at "Taste of History"

Sacramento’s unique culinary legacy will be highlighted through the works of local food historians and writers at the Sacramento County Historical Society’s annual Taste of History event on Dec. 16.  “This is really a celebration of cookbook authors and food writers through history in the region,” says event organizer Maryellen Burns, a noted historian who has penned such books as Lost Restaurants of Sacramento & Their Recipes. The event will pair lectures by authors with food and beverages that complement the speakers’ topics. For instance, Hank Shaw—an Orangevale-based, James Beard Award-winning food blogger and author of the cookbook Duck, Duck, Goose—will discuss the history of duck hunting in the region, and a duck breast...

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Highly anticipated restaurant South set to open Thursday

12/05/14

Highly anticipated restaurant South set to open Thursday

Husband-and-wife team Ian and N'Gina Kavookjian, who previously owned Eight American Bistro in Granite Bay, say they will open their highly anticipated, Southern cuisine-inspired restaurant called South at 11th and T streets in Sacramento on Thursday, Dec. 11, pending a final health inspection. The couple hosted two successful, sold-out pop-up dinners last month at their new eatery, which is located on the former site of Chinese grocery store Cheung Hing Company. The Kavookjians began renovations on the 1,500-square-foot space this summer, which N’Gina says has a “Bohemian, hole in the wall café” feel, with whitewashed interior with reclaimed tables and chairs, many of which N’Gina says were sourced from Craigslist and restaurant...

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Five fruit-filled farms to visit during Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days

12/04/14

Five fruit-filled farms to visit during Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days

Starting on Deb. 6, for two weekends in December during the annual Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days, dozens of mandarin farms in Placer County will open their doors to the public for activities like grove tours, tastings of mandarin-infused jam and olive oil, hay rides and scavenger hunts for kids, and of course your pick of the locally famous orange fruit. Here are the juicy details about what’s going on at five of the featured farms. Colwell Thundering Herd Mandarin Ranch and Tasting Room Food lovers visiting this ranch in Penryn will be able to taste everything from mandarin-crushed olive oil and cabernet chocolate sauce to three-nut Kentucky bourbon brittle and orange blossom honey. Take a tour of the 3-acre mandarin grove and meander back to the tasting room to purchase the...

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A 'bigger and better' Sacramento Beer Week set to take place in February

12/02/14

A 'bigger and better' Sacramento Beer Week set to take place in February

The popular Sacramento Beer Week is brewing up a bevy of sudsy festivities for its return in February. The annual celebration, which was previously handled by its founder Dan Scott, will now be helmed by the Northern California Brewers Guild and its executive director Darrell Amerine, and take place Feb. 26 through March 8. “We want to make [beer week] events bigger and better,” says guild president Glynn Phillips, who owns midtown’s Rubicon Brewing Company, a stalwart of the local craft beer scene. “We are really looking forward to involving, not only our great [partners] in retail—the grocers and restaurants of the area—but more specifically, promoting all of the great breweries, new and old, in the Sacramento area and the beer that they...

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