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Two Paragary alums to launch a farm-to-fork Asian restaurant

03/29/18

Two Paragary alums to launch a farm-to-fork Asian restaurant

Origami Asian Grill, the new concept from chefs-owners Scott Ostrander and Paul DiPierro, is set to open the first week of May. Located in East Sacramento next to V. Miller Meats on Folsom Boulevard, Origami will be a fast-casual restaurant, in which patrons will walk up the counter, order a base dish (like a leafy green salad, cold noodle salad, sandwich, rice or ramen), and then add a protein (such as chicken, pork belly or tofu), seasonal vegetable (think baby bok choy, baby corn and fava greens), and sauces. "Imagine a Chipotle, where you'll pick a ramen and say, 'I'll take pork belly with that,' and the person next to you is like, 'I want [ramen], but I want seasoned tofu,' or something like that," says Ostrander, who previously served as...

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Echo & Rig steakhouse opens at Downtown Commons

03/29/18

Echo & Rig steakhouse opens at Downtown Commons

Echo & Rig, the New American steakhouse at the base of the Kimpton Sawyer hotel, is set to open Monday, April 2.  The second location of chef-owner Sam Marvin's meat-focused establishment—which launched in Las Vegas in 2013 and has been described as a “protein-packed wonderland” by Food & Wine—Sacramento's Echo & Rig outpost will not feature an attached butcher shop like its Vegas sister spot, but will continue to embrace the concept of nose-to-tail dining. Its extensive lineup of meats will include cuts like bavette, rib eye cap and spencer (aka a boneless rib eye), which come with sauce choices like blue cheese, lemon chimichurri and red wine demi-glace. In addition, the menu will highlight small bites like portobello fries with herb...

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Feast your eyes on flicks and food at the seventh annual Sacramento Food Film Festival

03/22/18

Feast your eyes on flicks and food at the seventh annual Sacramento Food Film Festival

Feed your soul—and belly—during the Sacramento Food Film Festival, which returns for its seventh year April 9-21. The 13-day extravaganza will kick off with a screening of Anthony Bourdain's documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, about the titular chef whose work in Bay Area restaurants Chez Panisse and Stars made him a culinary legend. ("He is certainly considered a father of the American cuisine," said Martha Stewart in the film.) The story follows Tower's early life and career, his contributions to the farm-to-table movement and what defines California cuisine, his mysterious 20-year disappearance, and his reemergence onto the scene in 2014 to helm New York's Tavern on the Green. A Q&A with the chef—who will be overseeing the...

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Grange Restaurant & Bar hires new executive chef

03/14/18

Grange Restaurant & Bar hires new executive chef

Sacramento native Dane Blom, 32, has taken over as executive chef of downtown's farm-to-fork-focused Grange Restaurant & Bar, replacing longtime chef Oliver Ridgeway, who departed last month to launch his own venture: a London-inspired restaurant along Capitol Mall called Camden Spit & Larder. Since his first day on Feb. 26, Blom began putting his own touch on the downtown restaurant’s dishes and has completely overhauled the dinner menu, adding all new salads; starters like a charcuterie board with chicken truffle terrain, ciccioli, duck liver mousse and house-cured pickles; and entrées like California halibut with herb panade, asparagus and black garlic. “My goal is for everything to be made in-house, from the hamburger buns to the...

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Celebrated French cafe to move into larger downtown spot

03/09/18

Celebrated French cafe to move into larger downtown spot

A storied downtown French eatery that once scored the highest rating for food in all of Sacramento, La Bonne Soupe Café is moving from its longtime location on 8th Street between I and J into a much larger space a block away. Long known for its French onion soup (and long lunchtime lines), the diminutive spot will open in about two weeks, permits pending, on the ground floor of the Park Tower building on 9th Street between I and J, across from Cesar Chavez Plaza. It's growing from 385 square feet to 2,800 and will occupy the former location of a Quiznos sandwich shop that closed its doors in late 2016. In 2008, under the guidance of the original owner, French chef Daniel Pont,...

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