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Exclusive: New cart-service restaurant and bar to open downtown this spring

09/12/17

Exclusive: New cart-service restaurant and bar to open downtown this spring

“It has this approachable sexiness to it, but also this tinge of urban danger,” says Sonny Mayugba of Tiger, the new dining concept taking shape in the 700 block of K Street just east of Golden 1 Center. Picture soaring raw concrete walls, exposed steel I-beams and perhaps even glimpses of the colorful grafitti that accumulated on the walls of the long-neglected space over the years since it opened as a W. T. Grant 25 Cent Store in 1933. Mayugba hopes to open Tiger by March 1st, along with fellow members of the team behind The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar: chef John Bays, bar manager Matt Nurge and investor Dave Pringle. All four native Sacramentans have personal memories of their new restaurant's site—Nurge even sports ink on his arm that he acquired when...

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This year’s Tower Bridge Dinner menu revealed

09/11/17

This year’s Tower Bridge Dinner menu revealed

On the evening of Sunday, Sept. 24, as the sun sets over the Sacramento River, more than 800 people will take their seats at tables running the length of the Tower Bridge for the city’s annual family-style dinner atop the iconic local landmark. Those who were lucky enough to nab a ticket to the sold-out dinner can expect appetizers, local wine and beer, and a five-course meal that highlights the region’s bounty and will be prepared by some of Sacramento’s top chefs. Restaurateur Ernesto Delgado—who owns downtown's Mayahuel and La Cosecha, as well as Mesa Mercado in Carmichael's Milagro Centre—is preparing the first course, which consists of his signature chile en nogada with picadillo and walnut crema using nuts from Yuba...

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Raise a glass at these spirited Sacramento Cocktail Week events

09/07/17

Raise a glass at these spirited Sacramento Cocktail Week events

Sacramento Cocktail Week, the city’s annual celebration of all things shaken and stirred, is back Sept. 10-16 for its 10th year. Here are five events that may spike your interest—from a potent pool party to a David Bowie-inspired cocktail tasting. Master’s Competition Sept. 10 Old Ironsides, the first Sacramento bar to obtain its liquor license after Prohibition, will help kick off this year’s Cocktail Week with a tipple showdown that challenges area bartenders with at least 15 years behind the bar to whip up two classic cocktails and one signature creation to be judged by industry experts. Last year, Ella bartender Chris Dooley took first place for his smoke-filled blackberry bramble with an ice sphere infused with cherrywood and lavender. This year...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Sept. 6

09/06/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Sept. 6

In this week's roundup of dining news, a pizza parlor with self-serve beer and wine on tap and a new brewery with house-smoked barbecue are both slated to open in the capital city. Plus, The Firehouse brings on a new pastry chef, a shaved snow desserterie opens in Rancho Cordova and a popular downtown restaurant hosts a farm-to-fork dinner series. Arctic Fox Shaved Snow and Desserts Located on Sunrise Boulevard in Rancho Cordova, this new dessert shop that opened Aug. 12 serves up shaved snow—a frozen treat that’s a cross between shaved ice and ice cream. For the uninitiated, the “snow” begins as a flash-frozen block of ingredients shaved into delicate ribbons and comes in flavors that range from traditional—like strawberry, chocolate and...

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Seven Monday brunch spots open on Labor Day

08/31/17

Seven Monday brunch spots open on Labor Day

The only thing better than Sunday brunch is Monday brunch on a three-day weekend. Here are seven places serving up everything from custard French toast to watermelon margaritas this Labor Day to make your end-of-summer hurrah that much sweeter. Read on to find out what’s on the menu while you’re off the clock. Cafeteria 15L Cafeteria 15L will be serving up its nostalgic lineup of all-American fare this Labor Day, like mac and cheese, truffle tater tots, chicken-fried steak and wild berry pancakes. Standouts include the chocolate banana waffle with salted caramel sauce and maple cream, and the Mexican breakfast skillet with chicken chorizo, jalapeños and guacamole. Wash those down with a Hot Southern Mary, a Bloody Mary made with bourbon, Southern Comfort...

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