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Empress Tavern to host burger pop-up for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

10/04/17

Empress Tavern to host burger pop-up for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

On Sunday, Oct. 8, Empress Tavern will host a mega meat-up in the form of an all-you-can-eat pop-up burger feast to benefit disaster relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Up to eight local chefs and burger enthusiasts—including the downtown restaurant's chef-owner Michael Thiemann, Localis chef-owner Chris Barnum-Dann and Nixtaco chef-owner Patricio Wise—will be whipping up burger creations in a round-robin-style format throughout the evening. Rodney Blackwell of food review blog Burger Junkies and Brian Guido, co-founder of Sacramento Bacon Fest, will also be taking shifts behind the grill. Ryan Donahue, co-owner of Empress, says the event will not be a sit-down affair. Rather, folks can watch chefs cook their burgers at the open kitchen,...

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Downtown food hall The Bank announces newest purveyor

09/21/17

Downtown food hall The Bank announces newest purveyor

Earlier this year, The Bank announced its first tenant, Mama Kim Eats. Now downtown’s buzzy new food hall—located inside the elegant 1912 D.O. Mills bank building at 6th and J streets—is bringing on board the popular midtown shop, Preservation & Co. Proprietor Jason Poole says his company’s stall at The Bank—decked out with reclaimed wood and shelves with gallon-sized jars of pickled goods—will occupy the space directly across from the food hall’s first-floor bar and will also serve as a quick-service bistro and deli, offering daily lunch and dinner specials, with a limited breakfast menu. Preservation & Co. will bring its lineup of homemade jarred products—including pickled local veggies like carrots and asparagus, and...

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Deschutes Brewery brings "World's Largest Pop-Up Pub" back to midtown

09/21/17

Deschutes Brewery brings "World's Largest Pop-Up Pub" back to midtown

The Handle District will become the tap handle district on Saturday, Oct. 14, when Deschutes Brewery brings the "World's Largest Pop-Up Pub" for the third year in a row. Dubbed the Street Pub, the free beer-focused event will once again feature a 400-foot-long bar with more than 60 taps, which will be set up at 18th and L streets from 2-10 p.m. The Bend, Oregon-based brewery will pour some 17 brews, including its citrusy Hop Trip pale ale, the crowd-pleasing American Wheat, and Bachelor Bitter, an English-style pub ale that is typically only found on draft in the brewery's home state. Beer geeks will also be able to sip wares from the likes of Big Stump Brewing Company and Crispin Cider from the guest taps. Folks can sample beer-paired bites crafted by...

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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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