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The team behind Allora launches a farm-to-fork meal delivery service

09/17/20

The team behind Allora launches a farm-to-fork meal delivery service

In 2018, the husband-and-wife team of chef Deneb Williams and sommelier Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou chose the name Allora for their East Sacramento Italian bistro because of its forward-looking English translation—“What’s next?” In pandemic times, there have been many pivots in response to that question, from making the decision to temporarily close their other restaurant, Woodlake Tavern, to preparing full-scale family meals for takeout. Their newest endeavor, Eatable Sacramento, which launched Sept. 2, delivers ready-made farm-to-fork dishes to your doorstep.  The idea to start a chef-driven, farm-to-fork meal service came to Williams and Mandalou about six months ago, just before the pandemic shut down the restaurant industry. The pair decided...

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Vegan and gluten-free Babes Ice Cream & Donuts opens

09/06/20

Vegan and gluten-free Babes Ice Cream & Donuts opens

When Olga and Danny Turner—the married couple behind the popular Pushkin's bakery chain—started offering gluten-free doughnuts at one of their locations five years ago, they had no idea their followers had been chomping at the bit for their allergen-friendly take on the dessert. “We sometimes had lines [around the corner],” says Olga. “We would sell out by 12 p.m., and the customers who came after would get really upset.”  So the obvious answer, at least to Danny—“The Doughnut Guy” as he is known in Pushkin’s circles—was to open a shop devoted to the coveted treat. And considering Olga’s knack for nailing recipes featuring alternative ingredients, he thought the new desserterie should also...

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A new artisan chocolate company sets the bar for mixing sweet goodness with wellness

08/27/20

A new artisan chocolate company sets the bar for mixing sweet goodness with wellness

What if chocolate, quite possibly the world’s most craved food, were the delivery vehicle for botanicals linked to, say, supporting mental cognition or preventing heart disease? Tack on the reported health benefits of organic cocoa (lowering cholesterol levels with flavanols or stabilizing your mood thanks to tryptophan) and consuming a daily dose could be the next “apple a day.” For the new local boutique chocolate line Chelsea & the Chocolate Factory, this intersection of vice and virtue just may be the golden ticket. “The West Coast seems much more open to incorporating wellness ingredients into food than the East Coast,” says owner Chelsea Russo, a Folsom native and former managing director of Pennsylvania-based Nathan Miller...

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New retro-glam lounge with political intrigue opens downtown

07/23/20

New retro-glam lounge with political intrigue opens downtown

A new downtown bar with political intrigue will soft-open tonight, foretelling a future in which Capitol denizens might make cocktail-napkin deals over a round of gin martinis.  “I wanted to create a place where you can be seen, but maybe not heard,” says owner Paula Thompson of SMIC’s Sip & Quip, which is replacing Downtown & Vine near 12th and K. “Bars are extensions of the office—people are clustered in cozy nooks having conversations that are probably important.” Per Gov. Gavin Newsom’s current order permitting only outdoor dining and takeout for restaurants and bars, those cozy nooks in the lush throwback lounge—think gold velvet captain’s chairs arranged around marble tables, neon-like rope...

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A new yacht-rock bar from the team at The Snug sets sail

07/22/20

A new yacht-rock bar from the team at The Snug sets sail

Sacramento may be landlocked, but you'll be able to escape to cooler waters at The Doobie Bar, a new contactless yacht-rock-inspired patio—did someone say boat drinks and hot dogs?—that sets sail on its maiden voyage on Wednesday, July 22. Located in a once-forlorn parking lot along the R Street Corridor, this outdoor hideaway endeavers to provide physically distanced, nostalgic summer fun for you and your quarantine crew. When the bar opens at 7 p.m. you’ll find your host roosting atop a custom-made lifeguard tower, ready to direct you via megaphone to one of 11 spread-out lounge spots. Wrapped in a white picket fence, the patio will offer a mix of wooden tables and AstroTurf picnic spots outfitted with lawn chairs. Guests will simply place orders from their...

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