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Exclusive: A new taproom set to open downtown this fall

06/28/16

Exclusive: A new taproom set to open downtown this fall

Craft beer aficionados, take note. A new taproom, Brü Co., is set to open this fall on K Street, featuring dozens of taps from regional breweries. The almost 2,000 square-foot space neighbors Coin-Op Game Room and is currently the site of the catering annex for Estelle’s Patisserie (and the former site of a Quiznos). Brü Co. will offer between 30 to 40 beers and ciders on tap, showcasing mostly local breweries like New Glory, Tilted Mash and Claimstake, intermixed with other West Coast handles like 21st Amendment and Firestone Walker. Tahoe Park residents and craft beer devotees Justin MacClanahan, a retired Army veteran originally from Sacramento, and his wife Jennifer will helm Brü Co., along with local home brewer Ryan Melching and his wife...

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Craving of the Week: Skool’s Matcha White Chocolate Cake

06/27/16

Craving of the Week: Skool’s Matcha White Chocolate Cake

Conceived by Skool on K’s creative director and pastry chef Hiroko Nagano to feature matcha from her native Japan, this unforgettable dessert tweaks the ubiquitous flourless chocolate cake formula, subbing white chocolate and the green tea powder (imported from Kyoto Prefecture) for an East-West treat that packs an antioxidant punch. Presented in a shallow glass bowl, the light, airy cake is a stunning, chlorophyll-rich bright green, and a scoop of Gunther’s lemon custard ice cream, dusted with matcha powder, provides a cooling contrast to the warm, not-too-sweet base layer. Sake-soaked raisins add a sweet note, while edible flowers—one of Nagano's signatures—lends a poetic finishing touch. Whether it’s eaten by itself during brunch or paired with...

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First Look: Obo’ adds a splash of Neapolitan flavors to East Sacramento

06/20/16

First Look: Obo’ adds a splash of Neapolitan flavors to East Sacramento

Whet your appetite for herbally infused pastas and handmade pizzas—the Selland family has done it again. Last Thursday, the Sacramento culinary dynasty opened Obo’ Italian Table & Bar in East Sacramento. Loaded with dishes so Italian they’re often a struggle to pronounce, the walk-up-counter restaurant fulfills the family’s ongoing mission to convert casual eaters into gourmands. Newly awakened diners seemed to respond: Grazie mille. Just off the gritty bustle of Alhambra Boulevard, the large brick building looks like a breezy oceanside escape. Glass doors framed by seafoam blue paint are boldly emblazoned with the drop shadow letters spelling “OBO’.” Once inside, white hexagonal tiles give the space an airy crispness and natural light...

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The Firehouse introduces new chef and revitalized menu

06/15/16

The Firehouse introduces new chef and revitalized menu

The Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento debuts a refreshed menu and a restructured culinary team. “It was time to upgrade, to be more sophisticated,” says Jay Veregge, who now serves as Director of Culinary Operations for Harvego Restaurant Group, which owns The Firehouse and nearby restaurant Ten22. Veregge, formerly executive chef at Ten22, will oversee menu creation, food presentation and work closely with chefs at both restaurants. “The [previous] menu wasn’t as focused,” he says. “It had a lot of international flair thrown in. [The new menu, which began May 18] is a little more locally driven; it’s fresher and it’s definitely a better pair with the wine,” he says. Veregge’s team sources locally,...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 10

06/10/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 10

Breaking food news: The Porch has begun serving brunch on Fridays; a popular taco van is slated to open a brick-and-mortar in Roseville; a farm-to-fork-minded chef takes shoppers on farmers’ market tours; and Ginger Elizabeth launches its summertime ice cream sundae series. The Porch Restaurant and Bar As if Fridays weren’t great enough, The Porch Restaurant and Bar began serving Friday brunch on June 3 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., just like on the weekends), prompted by demand from its avid weekend brunch-goers. The Friday brunches will include various options from the weekend menus, like their signature pig-shaped beignets, lightly dusted with powdered sugar and served with seasonal fruit, as well as a new watermelon salad with blueberry-red wine...

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