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Downtown’s Whired Wine bar will open with winemaker series featuring local vino

01/29/16

Downtown’s Whired Wine bar will open with winemaker series featuring local vino

Whired Wine, a new wine bar located on L street one block from Golden 1 Center, is popping its first cork on Feb. 8. San Francisco restaurateur John Marco and his wife Vicky transformed the intimate space, a former jewelry store, into a wine bar with a modern, industrial vibe and chic details like a central chandelier and colorful paintings by local artists such as Rafael Delgado, and a moniker that combines “white” and “red.” Whired Wine will host its grand opening with a winemaker series, which will bring vino producers from around the region, such as Casque Wines on Feb. 25 and Robert Keenan Winery on March 10, to the bar to discuss and pour their signature labels. Roxanne Langer, who founded local wine education company Wine FUNdamentals, will serve...

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Craving of the week: The Mill’s Waffle-in-Hand

01/27/16

Craving of the week: The Mill’s Waffle-in-Hand

Start the presses: Midtown coffeehouse The Mill is now serving up made-to-order Liège-style Belgian waffles. Ask for it “in-hand” (to go) and you’ll get the piping hot waffle lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar wrapped in a paper coffee filter. The portable waffle, which made its debut earlier this month, is the brainchild of Mill co-owner Nick Minton who wanted to create an artisanal breakfast dish that was quick, but “more substantial than a cold pastry.” Minton and his baristas spent about three months testing recipes and came up with a traditional yeasted dough—lending to a denser waffle than a runny batter—that’s made with free-range eggs, organic pastry flour and dotted with pearl sugar imported from Belgium before being...

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Davis couple opens new restaurant in East Sacramento

01/26/16

Davis couple opens new restaurant in East Sacramento

A new bistro has opened its doors in East Sacramento. EastSMF, located on J Street in the space where Formoli’s Bistro first opened, is the latest project from Tony and Rhonda Gruska, who opened the seasonally focused eatery Monticello in Davis in 2011, but were forced to close its doors in July 2015 due to legal battles with their landlords. On Jan. 20, the Gruskas held a quiet friends-and-family soft opening at their new restaurant, which is now open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and they hope to host a grand opening by spring to introduce lunch on the weekdays and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Like Monticello, EastSMF (the name pays tribute to the restaurant’s East Sacramento location and the capital city’s airport) boasts an ever-changing...

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

01/21/16

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

The new year has brought new menu items to restaurants and cafes around town. Plus, an Elk Grove's brewery plans its debut. Capitol Garage The popular downtown restaurant debuted a new menu Jan. 18 replete with vegetarian and vegan options. Head chef Raphael Kendall (whose own vegan diet inspired the menu) is dishing out new meatless options like zucchini noodles with roasted carrots, red pepper, and chimichurri, or the carrot hash, topped with sautéed broccoli, rainbow chard and fried eggs. The menu also includes an addition of soy chorizo to items like the tofu breakfast burrito and the happy hour tacos alongside mainstays like vegan berry pancakes and the curry tofu scramble. Plus, Kendall revamped the cafe’s black bean burger to include avocado, spring mix and...

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Third annual Sacramento Chocolate Salon hits the sweet spot in Old Sacramento

01/15/16

Third annual Sacramento Chocolate Salon hits the sweet spot in Old Sacramento

Life is (literally) like a box of chocolates at the third annual Sacramento Chocolate Salon, which will be held Jan. 30 in Old Sacramento at the Embassy Suites Riverfront. Hosted by TasteTV, a San Francisco-based media company that also puts on the annual San Francisco International and Seattle chocolate salons, this sweet event will feature talks and demonstrations from cacao maestros like Art Pollard of Amano, whose Ocumare chocolate was ranked No. 1 in a blind taste test of 14 “bean-to-bar” chocolate bars conducted by The New York Times in December. Chocoholics can also sample tasty bites from nearly 20 confectioners, including area artisans like Sacramento-based 3D Candies, whose caramels are infused with inventive flavorings like blue cheese or...

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