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A new e-book highlights Sacramento's buzzy craft cocktail scene

10/03/16

A new e-book highlights Sacramento's buzzy craft cocktail scene

A new e-book by Sacramento-based food writer Garrett McCord and food photographer Callista Polhemus raises a glass to the local mixology scene. Stewards of Spirits: A Collection of Sacramento Cocktails and the People Who Make Them, which debuted in August during Sacramento Cocktail Week, features dozens of area bartenders and their creative libations, while providing tips for making drinks at home. “There’s a lot of attention on the chefs in Sacramento,” says Polhemus. “But there’s an amazing bar culture [here] as well, and we thought it would be cool to highlight that aspect of the restaurant industry.” Adds McCord, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Gourmet, "People know a lot of their favorite chefs by name in this town....

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First Take: Bold, traditional flavors reign supreme at Carmichael's Mesa Mercado

09/28/16

First Take: Bold, traditional flavors reign supreme at Carmichael's Mesa Mercado

You know you’re in a “real” Mexican restaurant when you see chile en nogada on the menu. A roasted pasilla chile stuffed with raisin-studded ground beef picante, blanketed with walnut crema and sprinkled with bright red pomegranate seeds, it’s a visually stunning salute to the colors of the Mexican flag, as pretty as any dessert, especially the way Mesa Mercado serves it, atop a bright red pool of pomegranate sauce. This classic Mexican dish isn’t on nearly as many American menus as it should be. “That’s because it’s traditionally served at room temperature,” says owner Ernesto Delgado, and Americans, for no clear reason, seem to expect their food to be hot or cold but never in between. Delgado’s work-around is to offer it...

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

09/21/16

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

In this week's helping of local food news, a popular midtown gelateria expands to East Sacramento, a health-minded food truck takes to the streets and a well-loved Davis cafe renovates. Plus, a downtown music lounge adds a patio. B-Side The music-themed lounge on 14th and S Streets, which opened in late 2015 and proudly touts itself as a local dive bar, has submitted an application to the city proposing an expansion to include a patio and a second building for residential use adjacent to the bar. The 500-square-foot patio space along S Street will serve as an outdoor area for bar-goers to mingle and drink. The 1,400-square-foot building adjacent to the patio would serve as a private apartment, with a garage on the lower level. Owner Bret Bair estimates that if the plans are...

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Jewish Deli to open on 700 block of K Street

09/12/16

Jewish Deli to open on 700 block of K Street

Bagels, pastrami and rye, oh my! Three Sacramentans are teaming up to open an authentic Jewish delicatessen in downtown Sacramento. Jami Goldstene, who runs a local public relations firm, says that she is planning to open the deli along the 700 block of K Street sometime in fall 2017 with her business partners Lydia Inghram and Sheila Wolfe. Goldstene says the Jewish delicatessen will offer classics like grab-and-go sandwiches on rye bread, bagels, baked goods and hopefully a retail section with grocery items and staples for Jewish holidays. “We hope it will be a community gathering space,” she says, adding that she and her partners want to be part of downtown’s vibrant transformation. Goldstene is originally from Los Angeles, Inghram from Boston, and Wolfe...

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Menu details unveiled for this year’s Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner on the Tower Bridge

09/12/16

Menu details unveiled for this year’s Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner on the Tower Bridge

For those lucky enough to have nabbed a ticket to this year’s dinner on Sept. 25 at the Tower Bridge, brace yourself for a locally grown, five-course smorgasbord. During the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau's fourth annual event, which sold out in July, participating farmers and chefs will both be on hand to serve 782 guests under the canopy of one of Sacramento’s most iconic landmarks. “Sacramento has a unique [food] industry that to me is really about camaraderie and collaboration, so to be able to spend an evening doing what we love as chefs and have the farmers with us will speak volumes,” says Allyson Harvie, executive chef of The Patriot, which opens soon at Carmichael’s Milagro Centre. Harvie will prepare the first course of...

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