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A weekly pop-up will serve up fresh doughnuts in midtown starting this Friday

12/06/17

A weekly pop-up will serve up fresh doughnuts in midtown starting this Friday

Sweet tooths, set your alarms accordingly: The team behind the upcoming Milk Money doughnut shop will host a weekly pop-up on the outside deck of its sister restaurant LowBrau on Friday mornings starting Dec. 8, offering an ever-changing menu of specialty doughnut concoctions. The pop-ups will run from 9 a.m. until doughnuts run out, or 11 a.m. when LowBrau opens its doors, every Friday until Milk Money—the new doughnut and ice cream concept from Michael Hargis, Brock Macdonald and pastry chef Edward Martinez of the hotly anticipated Beast & Bounty—opens at midtown's Ice Blocks development early next year. Martinez, who cut his teeth at Sacramento restaurants like Granite Bay's Hawks and the erstwhile Enotria, and most recently San Francisco's...

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A holiday-themed pop-up bar comes to Sacramento this December

11/21/17

A holiday-themed pop-up bar comes to Sacramento this December

The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar will transform into a holiday haven this December, replete with festive decor and unconventional Christmas-themed cocktails, as part of the worldwide yuletide pop-up bar concept called Miracle. Matt Nurge, co-owner and bar manager at Red Rabbit, got the call from Miracle manager Joann Spiegel about six months ago, inviting Red Rabbit to join the roster of 50 bars around the globe that would take part in the Christmas-themed bar—which got its start at the New York cocktail bar Mace in 2014—this season. Other participants include New York's Boilermaker, Chicago's Orbit Room, San Diego's Polite Provisions and The Trap in Athens, Greece.  "I was so honored that she would even think of us," Nurge says,...

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

11/14/17

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

This week we've got the lowdown on a downtown hot dog stand, an upcoming East Sacramento tap house, and a new chef on the midtown restaurant scene. Plus, New Helvetia brewery hosts an anniversary block party and Shoki Ramen House waxes nostalgic with its throwback menu.  The Golden Bear In October, this popular midtown bar and restaurant announced its new menu from executive chef Jay Peacock, who took over the kitchen in June. Peacock hails from Grants Pass, Oregon, but cut his teeth in San Francisco, earning the title of the sous chef at Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern in 2013. Peacock has also worked at Hook & Ladder as a lead line cook and contributed to the openings of Empress Tavern and the erstwhile Saddle Rock. At Golden...

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10 restaurants opening their kitchens for Thanksgiving Day feasts

11/07/17

10 restaurants opening their kitchens for Thanksgiving Day feasts

Put down the turkey baster and opt for a stress-free Thanksgiving this year by heading to one of these 10 Sacramento-area restaurants. After you book a reservation, the rest is just gravy. 33rd Street Bistro Give thanks over a table of Pacific Northwest-inspired fare at this East Sacramento eatery, which will dish out your choice of traditional roasted turkey or a trimmed prime rib plate, accompanied by classic sides like stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, seasonal veggies and cranberry sauce. Don't sail past the bistro’s new fall drink menu, featuring the Pumpkin Sumpin’—a martini spiked with Captain Morgan's pumpkin-spiced rum, brown sugar syrup and a rim of crushed graham crackers—or the Winter Spice Old Fashioned with Crown Royal...

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Dip into National Chocolate Day with Hook & Ladder's Nutella cream puffs

10/27/17

Dip into National Chocolate Day with Hook & Ladder's Nutella cream puffs

Spread Nutella on anything—a slice of apple, a hunk of day-old bread—and you have an instant dessert. Pop Hook & Ladder's Nutella-crowned cream puff in your mouth, and you have a deceptively simple flavor bomb that slowly releases chocolaty greatness. Not to mention, a perfect excuse to celebrate National Chocolate Day on Saturday, Oct. 28. “People will eat that stuff by the spoonful,” says the restaurant's executive chef Matt Masera, referring to the nostalgic European spread. And he should know: Part of his extended family hails from Turin, Italy, where chocolatiers invented gianduja, a precursor to Nutella, in the early 1800s, making the “nocciola” combination of hazelnuts and chocolate a cultural staple. Masera, along with chef...

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