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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 14

11/14/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 14

This week we've got the lowdown on a downtown hot dog stand, an upcoming East Sacramento tap house, and a new chef on the midtown restaurant scene. Plus, New Helvetia brewery hosts an anniversary block party and Shoki Ramen House waxes nostalgic with its throwback menu.  The Golden Bear In October, this popular midtown bar and restaurant announced its new menu from executive chef Jay Peacock, who took over the kitchen in June. Peacock hails from Grants Pass, Oregon, but cut his teeth in San Francisco, earning the title of the sous chef at Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern in 2013. Peacock has also worked at Hook & Ladder as a lead line cook and contributed to the openings of Empress Tavern and the erstwhile Saddle Rock. At Golden...

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10 restaurants opening their kitchens for Thanksgiving Day feasts

11/07/17

10 restaurants opening their kitchens for Thanksgiving Day feasts

Put down the turkey baster and opt for a stress-free Thanksgiving this year by heading to one of these 10 Sacramento-area restaurants. After you book a reservation, the rest is just gravy. 33rd Street Bistro Give thanks over a table of Pacific Northwest-inspired fare at this East Sacramento eatery, which will dish out your choice of traditional roasted turkey or a trimmed prime rib plate, accompanied by classic sides like stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, seasonal veggies and cranberry sauce. Don't sail past the bistro’s new fall drink menu, featuring the Pumpkin Sumpin’—a martini spiked with Captain Morgan's pumpkin-spiced rum, brown sugar syrup and a rim of crushed graham crackers—or the Winter Spice Old Fashioned with Crown Royal...

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Dip into National Chocolate Day with Hook & Ladder's Nutella cream puffs

10/27/17

Dip into National Chocolate Day with Hook & Ladder's Nutella cream puffs

Spread Nutella on anything—a slice of apple, a hunk of day-old bread—and you have an instant dessert. Pop Hook & Ladder's Nutella-crowned cream puff in your mouth, and you have a deceptively simple flavor bomb that slowly releases chocolaty greatness. Not to mention, a perfect excuse to celebrate National Chocolate Day on Saturday, Oct. 28. “People will eat that stuff by the spoonful,” says the restaurant's executive chef Matt Masera, referring to the nostalgic European spread. And he should know: Part of his extended family hails from Turin, Italy, where chocolatiers invented gianduja, a precursor to Nutella, in the early 1800s, making the “nocciola” combination of hazelnuts and chocolate a cultural staple. Masera, along with chef...

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Sneak taste: Golden 1 Center previews new local eats

10/25/17

Sneak taste: Golden 1 Center previews new local eats

Ever since chef Michael Tuohy, who helms Golden 1 Center's food program, gave us a sneak peek of his menu when the arena opened last year, we were instantly hooked, lining up before and during each concert and Kings game for loaded nachos and carnitas-topped hot dogs. On Oct. 25, Tuohy once again opened the doors to his kitchen below the arena, offering a preview of the menu at Golden 1 Center’s two new "Local Eats" food stands: Smokehouse BBQ, which serves hickory-smoked meat dishes and Sweet Bird, which offers chicken sandos and desserts like brioche cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. Scroll through the slideshow below for new menu details.

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Oct. 20

10/20/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Oct. 20

This week's food news from around the region: Surf's up at Nevada City's new Hawaiian restaurant, while Auburn gets set to welcome a hip watering hole with 28 rotating taps. Plus, a Mexican restaurant and healthy cafe both open in Davis and two new breweries launch in the region, including one inside a barn in Newcastle. Cilantro’s Mexican Restaurant On Oct. 1, downtown Sacramento Mexican restaurant Cilantro's expanded its operations to Davis, with a new location on G Street. General manager Valerie Cervantes says that while the eatery's college town location is smaller than the Sacramento establishment on J Street, the space feels more intimate and includes a patio perfect for sipping margaritas provided by neighboring bar Blondie’s. At the new...

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