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Cheesy delights take over Sacramento eateries as cheese conference comes to town

07/29/14

Cheesy delights take over Sacramento eateries as cheese conference comes to town

The 2014 American Cheese Society Conference has wheeled into Sacramento and local restaurants are taking note, with special menu items and cheese plates only available this week. Here are a few of our favorites. Ambrosia Cafe Ambrosia’s two locations (on K Street and on Capitol Mall) is serving up daily specials featuring cheese. On Wednesday, look for an organic grilled burger with Cypress Grove Chevre’s Truffle Tremor (a goat cheese mixed with the hearty flavor of Italian black summer truffles). On Thursday the cafes will be serving up a broccoli cheddar soup, and on Friday, try the panini with peach thyme jam, pancetta and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company’s blue cheese. Leave room for dessert: A dish of mixed berry galettes with brie, and a fig and blue...

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Big cheese coming to Sacramento for 2014 American Cheese Society Conference

07/24/14

Big cheese coming to Sacramento for 2014 American Cheese Society Conference

America’s farm-to-fork capital is set to say—and see and taste—cheese next week as the 31st annual American Cheese Society Conference descends upon downtown from July 29 to Aug. 2. Held at the Sacramento Convention Center, this prestigious industry event will bring together hundreds of cheese industry leaders and the largest American-made cheese judging competition in the nation. Sacramento’s renowned grocer and culinary expert Darrell Corti will kick off the conference opening as a keynote speaker, accompanied by radio and TV personality Narsai David. Local chefs like Andrew Hillman of The Cultured & The Cured and Michael Touhy of LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar will also be leading education seminars. “What’s curious is that people...

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Sac Brew Bus takes Sacramento's craft-crazy beer fans on new regional tours

07/23/14

Sac Brew Bus takes Sacramento's craft-crazy beer fans on new regional tours

Starting this weekend, a new tour designed to take local craft beer enthusiasts to some of this region’s most popular breweries will launch in the form of the Sac Brew Bus. The 50-passenger vehicle’s first tour, which will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will stop at Bike Dog Brewing Company in West Sacramento, Heretic Brewing Company in Fairfield and Berryessa Brewing Company in Winters. Brew Bus co-founder Chris Haney says the tours are intended to expose groups of beer lovers to the area’s booming craft culture in a fun, safe and educational way. “Any opportunity to go have a good time and have transportation that’s provided is great,” he says. “If you [live in Sacramento and] wanted to go to Rubicon and Track 7, maybe...

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Federalist brings new beer, bocce and food destination to midtown

07/22/14

Federalist brings new beer, bocce and food destination to midtown

Come the first week of August, midtown will have a new source for craft beer and farm-to-fork fare when Federalist, a beer garden and restaurant, opens its doors on N Street between 20th and 21st streets, inside seven 40-foot-long welded-together shipping containers. The structure—the second in Sacramento to utilize shipping containers and the first using them to create an indoor space that shields diners from the elements—was designed by locally based architect Marvin Maldonado, who lives with his family in the nearby Federalist-style house after which the project was named. Maldonado says he first conceived of creating a restaurant with shipping containers after his inFORM design firm utilized them in plans to create low-cost housing in Crescent City....

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Rick's Dessert Diner readies for sweet new midtown location

07/15/14

Rick's Dessert Diner readies for sweet new midtown location

After 28 years of business near 24th and K streets, Rick’s Dessert Diner will close the doors at its iconic pink building this Sunday to move to a sweet new spot opening next week—just a block away on J Street. The new location at 2401 J St. will nearly double the diner’s size to 3,600 square feet, accommodating 100 customers indoors and up to 40 on the patio (currently, only 40 people can fit inside the space) while allowing for a wider range of the delectable desserts for which Rick’s is famous. “We have 285 varieties of desserts, and right now I’m not doing them all at the same time,” says Ahmed Eita, who has owned Rick’s since 1992. “But once we go [to the new location], and we have more space and more display cases,...

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