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

10/14/16

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

This week we've got the lowdown on a buzzy beer event, a new ice cream shop in West Sacramento, the revamp of a popular cafe at Downtown Commons, and the scoop on two popular restaurants' delicious menu changes. Empress Tavern This underground restaurant on K Street below the historic Crest Theatre launched a weekday lunch menu on Sept. 20. Empress will now be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, before happy hour begins at 3 p.m. In keeping with the eatery’s meat-centric menu, the lunch offerings include sandwiches like the Hot Pastrami Rachel, smothered in Swiss cheese and coleslaw, and the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with a creamy avocado ranch dressing on bread baked in-house daily. The menu also includes a rotisserie...

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Sliced pizza festival returns for its second year with a fresh lineup of edible events

10/12/16

Sliced pizza festival returns for its second year with a fresh lineup of edible events

After a successful inaugural event last October, the Sliced pizza festival will return to Sacramento from Oct. 15-23 with a slew of oven-fresh events, including cooking competitions, pizza-making classes and a finale block party. Organizer Marvin Maldonado, who co-owns Federalist Public House in midtown, says participating restaurants and food trucks will include Chicago Fire, Nido, Pizzeria Urbano, Buffalo Pizza & Ice Cream Co., B-Side and Pizza Supreme Being. On Oct. 15, Federalist will host a kids' pizza-making class. Mini chefs will be able to taste their own creations cooked in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven. The restaurant also plans to host a pizza-making class for grown-ups on Oct. 22. On Oct. 18, Chicago Fire will present a pizza-eating...

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The Jungle Bird readies to open with tiki flair in midtown

10/12/16

The Jungle Bird readies to open with tiki flair in midtown

Update: The Jungle Bird opened on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Its hours of operation are Sun.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-midnight and Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. ******** Highly anticipated restaurant and bar The Jungle Bird will be feathering its nest in Sacramento by the end of October, bringing tiki cocktails and island-inspired fare to midtown. Owned by Tyler Williams, his wife Melissa (who also run midtown barbecue joint Tank House), and bartender Buddy Newby, The Jungle Bird will take over the spot at 2516 J Street that previously housed Kru. Pending inspections, the crew is aiming for a soft opening by Oct. 24.  Tyler Williams is keeping his lips sealed on the specifics of the restaurant's décor, but says patrons should “expect it to look completely different”...

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Five ways to sip, bike and party your way through Specialty Coffee Week

10/05/16

Five ways to sip, bike and party your way through Specialty Coffee Week

Denizens of our coffee-loving capital city will binge on all things java during Sacramento's third annual Specialty Coffee Week. From a coffee-laced cocktail competition to a caffeine-crazed soiree, here are five highlights from the celebration—now get out there and see what the buzz is all about. Coffee-Inspired Tour on Sac Brew Bike Oct. 12 This first-ever coffee-themed Sac Brew Bike tour will ride folks around Sacramento to sip coffee-infused beverages. Bless the bike with Chocolate Fish’s Cascara champagne cocktail toast, then grab an alcohol-free Chocolate Fish nitro coffee on tap at Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company or Federalist Public House, which also offers a nitro coffee float with vanilla bean ice cream. The bike will then pull up to Nido, where...

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A new e-book highlights Sacramento's buzzy craft cocktail scene

10/03/16

A new e-book highlights Sacramento's buzzy craft cocktail scene

A new e-book by Sacramento-based food writer Garrett McCord and food photographer Callista Polhemus raises a glass to the local mixology scene. Stewards of Spirits: A Collection of Sacramento Cocktails and the People Who Make Them, which debuted in August during Sacramento Cocktail Week, features dozens of area bartenders and their creative libations, while providing tips for making drinks at home. “There’s a lot of attention on the chefs in Sacramento,” says Polhemus. “But there’s an amazing bar culture [here] as well, and we thought it would be cool to highlight that aspect of the restaurant industry.” Adds McCord, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Gourmet, "People know a lot of their favorite chefs by name in this town....

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