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Bike Dog opens taproom on Broadway

09/18/17

Bike Dog opens taproom on Broadway

The wheels are in motion. On Tuesday afternoon, Bike Dog Brewing Co., the popular West Sacramento brewery founded in 2013, is officially opening the doors to its new Sacramento location on Broadway next to Selland’s Market-Café. The 2,500-square-foot taproom soft-opened Saturday to a substantial crowd, which bellied up to a brand-new bar boasting 18 taps decked out in a rainbow of pulls made from rubber bike handles. “It already feels like a neighborhood spot,” says co-owner Sage Smith, who runs both Bike Dog locations with three partners: Raef Porter, Pete Atwood and AJ Tendick. “I think everybody was surprised about the difference from our West Sac brewery.” Most noticeably, the new Bike Dog on Broadway is solely a taproom, so you...

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5 questions for blogger and bestselling author Michelle Tam

09/13/17

5 questions for blogger and bestselling author Michelle Tam

From Tumblr to The New York Times bestseller list, Palo Alto-based Michelle Tam, the face of the fan-favorite blog Nom Nom Paleo, is a foodie phenomenon. Tam's accessible, entertaining style is a large part of why so many of us are modeling our diets after what our paleolithic (think pre-agricultural) ancestors might have eaten. On the heels of her latest cookbook, Ready or Not!, Tam will touch down in the capital city for a cooking demonstration at the Farm-to-Fork Festival Sept. 23 on Capitol Mall, where she’ll make one of her original recipes: Ollie’s Cracklin’ Chicken. We spoke with Tam about living in The Matrix, the farm-to-fork movement and that Martha Stewart comparison. How does it feel to have The New York Times call you “a Martha Stewart of...

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Exclusive: New cart-service restaurant and bar to open downtown this spring

09/12/17

Exclusive: New cart-service restaurant and bar to open downtown this spring

“It has this approachable sexiness to it, but also this tinge of urban danger,” says Sonny Mayugba of Tiger, the new dining concept taking shape in the 700 block of K Street just east of Golden 1 Center. Picture soaring raw concrete walls, exposed steel I-beams and perhaps even glimpses of the colorful grafitti that accumulated on the walls of the long-neglected space over the years since it opened as a W. T. Grant 25 Cent Store in 1933. Mayugba hopes to open Tiger by March 1st, along with fellow members of the team behind The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar: chef John Bays, bar manager Matt Nurge and investor Dave Pringle. All four native Sacramentans have personal memories of their new restaurant's site—Nurge even sports ink on his arm that he acquired when...

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This year’s Tower Bridge Dinner menu revealed

09/11/17

This year’s Tower Bridge Dinner menu revealed

On the evening of Sunday, Sept. 24, as the sun sets over the Sacramento River, more than 800 people will take their seats at tables running the length of the Tower Bridge for the city’s annual family-style dinner atop the iconic local landmark. Those who were lucky enough to nab a ticket to the sold-out dinner can expect appetizers, local wine and beer, and a five-course meal that highlights the region’s bounty and will be prepared by some of Sacramento’s top chefs. Restaurateur Ernesto Delgado—who owns downtown's Mayahuel and La Cosecha, as well as Mesa Mercado in Carmichael's Milagro Centre—is preparing the first course, which consists of his signature chile en nogada with picadillo and walnut crema using nuts from Yuba...

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Raise a glass at these spirited Sacramento Cocktail Week events

09/07/17

Raise a glass at these spirited Sacramento Cocktail Week events

Sacramento Cocktail Week, the city’s annual celebration of all things shaken and stirred, is back Sept. 10-16 for its 10th year. Here are five events that may spike your interest—from a potent pool party to a David Bowie-inspired cocktail tasting. Master’s Competition Sept. 10 Old Ironsides, the first Sacramento bar to obtain its liquor license after Prohibition, will help kick off this year’s Cocktail Week with a tipple showdown that challenges area bartenders with at least 15 years behind the bar to whip up two classic cocktails and one signature creation to be judged by industry experts. Last year, Ella bartender Chris Dooley took first place for his smoke-filled blackberry bramble with an ice sphere infused with cherrywood and lavender. This year...

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