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Ettore’s bakery gets set to expand to Roseville

07/26/17

Ettore’s bakery gets set to expand to Roseville

More than 30 years after opening in Arden-Arcade, Ettore’s European Bakery & Cafe will expand to a second location in Roseville, set to open by early September. At 8,500 square feet, the new outpost at 390 North Sunrise Avenue, formerly the site of ASR Restaurant & Lounge, will feature light subway tiles and warm wood accents, and will be almost double the size of the flagship location. “We want to maintain the traditions and the feel of Ettore’s as it currently exists, but we want to upgrade and update it,” says the group's COO Craig Powell. “We are going for a look that is timeless, unique and upscale.” The space will also have patio seating (with live music on select evenings), as well as a banquet area that will accommodate around...

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Downtown Sacramento Partnership announces Calling All Dreamers 2017 winner: Milk House Shakes

07/25/17

Downtown Sacramento Partnership announces Calling All Dreamers 2017 winner: Milk House Shakes

Milk House Shakes, a concept for a shop offering up milkshakes with a presidential theme, has won the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s 2017 Calling All Dreamers competition. The shake shop founder, Kelly Boyles of Land Park, became one of the contest’s 10 semifinalists in April, and then one of six finalists in May (watch her campaign video below). Other ideas included a churro and ice cream shop called the Churro Project; The Kitchen Table, a retail establishment selling kitchen tools crafted by local artisans; and Sacramento Whiskey Co., which would have been the first distillery to open in downtown Sacramento since Prohibition. “I had come home from work and I got a phone call from Valerie [Mamone, DSP’s senior manager of business...

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Four frozen, boozy drinks to put on your tab this summer

07/24/17

Four frozen, boozy drinks to put on your tab this summer

When the weather heats up, local restaurants get creative behind the bar, turning everything from milkshakes to snow cones into frosty cocktails that quench our thirst, satisfy our sweet tooth and make our happy hours that much happier. Here are four frozen concoctions that'll help you stay cool this summer. Broderick’s Boozy Custard Shakes At the midtown outpost of his West Sacramento-based Broderick Roadhouse, chef-owner Chris Jarosz set out to recreate the frozen custard shakes he loved as a kid growing up in Pittsburgh, but with an adults-only twist. Try the popular Bourbon Peanut Butter Banana shake—Jack Daniel’s burnt caramel flavor adds to the richness of the classic PB-banana combo—or the Strawberry Shortcake, in which Pinnacle Cake Vodka joins...

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5 over-the-top foods to try at the California State Fair this year

07/17/17

5 over-the-top foods to try at the California State Fair this year

If you’re like us, the words “state fair” conjure up images of bacon-wrapped-deep-fried-everything-on-a-stick. So when Cal Expo opened its doors on Friday for its 50th year hosting the annual feast fest, we were among the first in line to taste test some of the fair’s craziest concoctions. Here are five foods we found that'll make you say, "Oh Em Gee" (and maybe "Oh, Mylanta" too). Krispy Kreme doughnut bacon burger from Stuffy’s Char-Broiler An excursion to the state fair wouldn’t be complete without strange food pairings, and this one takes the cake, or rather, doughnut. Falling under the category of “so weird that it’s good,” the cheeseburger sandwiches a sizzling beef patty—topped with American...

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Raise a glass to Sacramento’s newest advanced sommelier, Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou

07/17/17

Raise a glass to Sacramento’s newest advanced sommelier, Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou

On July 12, Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou became the third Sacramentan to achieve the coveted and arduous Advanced Sommelier level as awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers, which was established in 1977 to elevate beverage standards in the dining industry. Mandalou, who is the first local woman to achieve the level, joins the rarified ranks of her mentors—and study partners—Jeremy Reed of Ella and Keith Fergel of Taylor’s Kitchen, both of whom will sit for the even more daunting Master Sommelier exam later this month (the exam is so famously difficult that a film called Somm was made about it in 2013). Not all wine authorities opt to go the certification route, of course, but a growing cadre of local experts are attempting to...

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