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Swine and dine at the sixth annual Sacramento Bacon Fest

01/04/17

Swine and dine at the sixth annual Sacramento Bacon Fest

Porkophiles rejoice! Sacramento Bacon Fest is back, from Jan. 23-29, during which area chefs will prepare all things porcine by incorporating bacon into specialty dishes throughout the week. The festival kicks off on Jan. 23 at Aimal Formoli’s eponymous East Sacramento restaurant, where the chef-owner will serve six bacon-centric apps—some of which will highlight house-made lamb bacon using lamb from Superior Farms in Dixon—and a complimentary wine spritzer ($30). Other highlights of the week include a bacon-themed burger battle at Empress Tavern on Jan. 25 ($5), during which three chefs will flip their best bacon cheeseburger using mystery ingredients revealed at the competition. This Chopped-style...

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Selland’s on Broadway to open this spring

01/03/17

Selland’s on Broadway to open this spring

Update: Selland's Market-Café on Broadway opened Friday, April 28, offering its traditional lineup of wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches and desserts. Selland's updated its menu in March with over 30 new items, and those are featured at the new location, including a spinach and artichoke pizza, a sandwich with roast beef marinated in garlic-parsley vinaigrette and a spicy Moroccan chicken burger. If you work or live near downtown Sacramento and find yourself craving a cupcake from Selland’s bakery, your treat will soon be just a quick walk, drive or bike ride away. About a year after announcing he would be opening a Selland’s Market-Café along the Broadway corridor, local restaurateur Randall Selland says he is shooting for a March 2017 opening for...

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Mother’s popular chef’s tasting menu makes a comeback

12/30/16

Mother’s popular chef’s tasting menu makes a comeback

Sacramento foodies can end 2016 on a high note, as Dec. 31 marks the return of a much-loved local dining phenomenon, the chef’s tasting menu at Mother. The popular vegetarian restaurant on K Street, owned by chef Michael Thiemann (formerly of Ella), his wife Lisa and Ryan Donahue, introduced its original $45 prix fixe “Chef's 10” menu shortly after opening in January 2014. The service for two was then composed of 10 highly inventive dishes that arrived to the table at once. At the time, Donahue says, “Mother started as an incubator for Empress,” the team's sister restaurant a few doors down in the same Crest Theatre complex, so the kitchen was full of talent itching to experiment. With Empress opening in 2015, the team decided to shelve...

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Everything you need to know about West Sacramento’s growing dining scene

12/22/16

Everything you need to know about West Sacramento’s growing dining scene

As West Sacramento’s downtown-adjacent neighborhoods continue to come into their own, a dining scene is emerging that has its own distinct character: classic fare served up in humble surroundings. At heart it’s a beer, burger and taco town, which is a beautiful thing for locals. It’s no big deal to take an Uber to midtown if you fancy roasted beets and chevre—but a glorious burger is what you want to have just around the corner from home. The last few months have seen a flurry of business openings spoiling West Sacramentans for choice in that department, including a neighborhood ice cream parlor, a jazz bar and a taqueria with a cult following. There’s even a new taproom joining the already-formidable craft brewery scene. Read on to see what's...

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Pushkin’s Bakery owners open new restaurant in midtown

12/20/16

Pushkin’s Bakery owners open new restaurant in midtown

Danny and Olga Turner, the husband-and-wife team that owns and operates midtown’s Pushkin’s Bakery, are set to open their new Pushkin’s location as a full-fledged restaurant at 1813 Capitol Avenue on Dec. 27. While the new location was originally intended for an expansion of their bakery, which has found a niche market since it opened in 2013 by offering an array of gluten-free goodies, Danny Turner says he and Olga realized they wanted to explore more recipes. The restaurant—which will open its doors Tues.-Sun. from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., but will eventually expand its hours—will stay true to its gluten-free roots, serving menu items geared toward the wheat-free dietary restriction. The kitchen, which Olga will helm while Danny runs the front of house, will...

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