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Vintage-themed restaurant and bar opening downtown

07/13/16

Vintage-themed restaurant and bar opening downtown

Update: The Hotel Bar is hosting its grand opening Friday, Aug. 26 at 1501 L Street starting at 2 p.m., with happy hour from 3-7 p.m. and last call at 1:15 a.m. The bar will offer drink specials throughout the evening, as classic films play on 13-foot projector screens. The Hotel Bar’s menu has also been finalized and includes charcuterie boards and small plates like truffle fries, avocado toast and short rib tacos. Larger portions include a Cajun shrimp pasta plate, grilled barbecue salmon salad, and the Triple B Burger with burrata cheese, bacon and bourbon caramelized onions. For dessert, don’t miss the caramel glazed doughnut bread pudding, which was resurrected from former tenant, 3 Fires Lounge. Following the grand opening, The Hotel Bar will be open daily from...

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An exclusive Parisian-inspired pop-up event is about to paint our town white

07/13/16

An exclusive Parisian-inspired pop-up event is about to paint our town white

Every year since 1988, throngs of Parisians have descended upon an iconic public space (think Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles), where they quickly erect thousands of dining tables. Clad all in white (no ecru, mon dieu!) revelers dine and dance before melting back into the city at the stroke of midnight, leaving nary a trace of their passing. If you know someone who knows someone, you might just score an invite to the first ever Sacramento iteration of Le Dîner en Blanc, as this exclusive Parisian pop-up event is known. The hosts of the Sacramento version (a first in Northern California), restaurateur Bobbin Mulvaney, communications consultant Christine Ault, placemaker Tre Borden and Maritza Davis of event marketing firm Unseen Heroes, expect up to 1,000...

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10 tasty summer food festivals

07/08/16

10 tasty summer food festivals

Two tons of garlic. 10,000 pounds of chicken. 2,000 loaves of zucchini bread. It's harvest time, and nowhere is the bounty of California's cornucopia more apparent than on a progressive dining tour of its many food-themed festivals. Have a hankering for fried green tomatoes, pear pie or... garlic ice cream? Mark your calendar and pack up the station wagon; here are 10 of our favorites among the region's annual food festivals. Marysville Peach Festival July 15-16 Historic downtown Marysville hosts this peach of a party, which highlights the fruit-full harvest of Yuba and Sutter county farms. Festival-goers can stock up on stone fruit from farmers like Sodaro Orchards, Urbina Farms and Tinoco Farms, and indulge in everything from peach...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 30

06/30/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 30

This week is chock-full of exciting food news. An Irish pub, a gluten-free bakery and a seafood restaurant have opened their doors. Plus, a popular midtown wine bar revamps its menu, a Roseville soda company launches online, a comic book/coffee shop combo sets its sights on the grid, and a new Japanese restaurant plans to open its doors in downtown Sacramento. New Dawn Bakery Owned by husband-wife team Ben Lanzorotto-Leek and Katy Davis, Auburn’s New Dawn Bakery opened its doors in May to serve customers five days a week. (The bakery had been open Saturdays only since February, and has had a regular presence at the Nevada City Farmers Market for two-and-a-half years.) Named after the owners’ daughter Leah Dawn, the shop has developed a cult following for its wheat-free...

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The third annual SPLAT latte art tournament takes off

06/29/16

The third annual SPLAT latte art tournament takes off

The third annual Sacramento Public Latte Art Tournament (SPLAT) will kick off on June 30 at Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, as baristas from Sacramento’s top coffeehouses get ready to show off their latte-making skills. Every last Thursday of the month, for the next five months, a different local coffee roaster will host a bracket-style tournament with 48 baristas vying for top honors. Each contestant must participate in at least two tournaments to earn points toward a grand total that might just secure a spot at the finale, which will take place on Oct. 15. “I think [SPLAT] helps create a coffee culture in Sacramento,” says Edie Baker, who owns Chocolate Fish with her husband, Andy, and co-organizes the tournament. “This is a way for the baristas to meet...

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