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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for July 31

07/31/19

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for July 31

Set to open in Mansion Flats on Aug. 2, Goodside Coffee will feature a rotating selection from roasters from across the country each season with its “Roaster in Residence” program. First up will be Santa Cruz-based Cat & Cloud Coffee, whose “The Answer” blend with notes of caramel, berries and chocolate will be spotlighted. "Sometimes you can walk into a coffee shop and they can seem a little pretentious, or people might feel like employees might judge them for not knowing what they want," says owner Chuck Chance, who formerly ran Mighty Coffee Truck. "We want to make it friendly, and make everyone feel welcome." 1430 H St. Visit Goodside Coffee on Facebook for updates. Two years after launching Morgan’s Mill in...

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Sip your way through Sacramento's first-ever River City Wine Week

07/26/19

Sip your way through Sacramento's first-ever River City Wine Week

Craft beer, it's time to take a back seat as Sacramento raises a glass to all things vino during River City Wine Week from Aug. 7-11. From wine and cheese pairings to a river train ride with wine tastings, here are five highlights during the inaugural event. The week kicks off at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the "Pop and Pour" party at midtown's Clara complex, where guests can taste pours from over 30 regional wineries, such as Lodi-based Bokisch Vineyards and Jeremy Wine Co., while munching on cheeses and charcuterie from Bella Bru Cafe. The next night, Old Sacramento will host the Sunset Sip, where attendees can sample varietals from El Dorado County wineries like Nello Olivo and Holly's Hill (both from Placerville), and light bites like...

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A trio of new mobile bars are letting the good times roll

07/25/19

A trio of new mobile bars are letting the good times roll

A new trend has rolled into the Sacramento region—mobile bars that bring their mixological expertise and eye-catching trailers to events around town. Whether you've seen them slinging custom cocktails at a Gather Festival in Old Sacramento or pouring wine at the Auburn Co-op, these portable potable purveyors are bringing the beverages to you. Husband-and-wife team Jean and Alyson Pace launched their Rocklin-based Belle Aventure (belleaventureevents.com) last December. The name, which translates to "beautiful adventure" in French, honors Jean's French heritage. Housed inside two ’70s Miley horse trailers, one painted black and copper and another a bright Tiffany blue, the bars offer everything from beer...

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Taste: Culinerdy Kitchen brings its over-the-top menu to downtown, plus more dining news for July 5

07/05/19

Taste: Culinerdy Kitchen brings its over-the-top menu to downtown, plus more dining news for July 5

Popular food truck Culinerdy Cruzer has permanently parked itself downtown, so to speak, with husband-wife owners Keith and Amy Breedlove opening their first brick-and-mortar location, dubbed Culinerdy Kitchen, near 12th and F streets on June 12. Housed in a 19th-century building, the new immobile eatery celebrates pop culture with its dining room studded with references to everything from Superman to Star Trek and Monty Python, and expands on the truck's rotating menu of crazily dressed burgers and sides. Pair mac and cheese, fries or the famous “dirty” Brussels sprouts—flash-fried with fried onions, cotija cheese and garlic—with a hefty burger such as the “Bruschetta 'Bout It” (which features a...

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The 2019 Sactown Nachos Festival promises to pile on the cheese

06/14/19

The 2019 Sactown Nachos Festival promises to pile on the cheese

It’s crunch time, Sacramento. Get ready to go over the top with toppings at the third annual Sactown Nachos Festival, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Cesar Chavez Plaza. For the classic nacho aficionado, Chando’s Tacos will offer its fan-favorite traditional take, comprising a pile of crispy tortilla triangles, heaping mound of meat (pork adobada, carne asada, carnitas or chicken), nacho cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and pico de gallo, cilantro and diced onion. Chando's—which will also serve its whole menu of tacos, burritos and mulitas during the festival—will also roll out the "quesataco," a taco shell made from melted cheese that's stuffed with meat and topped with cilantro, onions, guacamole and salsa....

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