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SPLAT latte art tournament returns for a fourth year in Sacramento

06/28/17

SPLAT latte art tournament returns for a fourth year in Sacramento

Sacramento’s top coffeehouses are ready to spread a whole latte love during the fourth annual Sacramento Public Latte Art Tournament (SPLAT), which kicks off Thursday, June 29 at Old Soul Co.’s new Capitol Mall location. Every last Thursday over the next four months, 64 top barista artistes will compete by showing off their free-pour, frothed milk skills with designs of hearts, tulips, rosettes, swans and wave hearts. SPLAT began in 2014 as a small event at Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters and has since expanded to include other local craft coffeehouses like Temple, Identity, Old Soul, Insight and Naked Coffee, attracting competitors from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Chocolate Fish co-owner Edie Baker, who helped launch SPLAT, hopes the event will boost...

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Get ready to say "cheese" at Sacramento’s first nachos festival

06/27/17

Get ready to say "cheese" at Sacramento’s first nachos festival

It's all about the queso at the Sactown Nachos Festival, which will take place Aug. 26 at downtown’s Cesar Chavez Plaza. Billed as the first such event in Sacramento, the gathering will offer over 40 varieties of the addictive finger food. Festival organizer Brent Sands says that nacho makers are already getting crazy with the cheese. “Some are going to be traditional carne asada [nachos], but some are barbecue nachos and some are ice cream nachos—you’re definitely not going to have the same thing twice,” he says. For example, local pop-up Puerco Taqueria will be serving up Fritos pie and Tostitos nachos served inside the chip bags and piled with toppings like carnitas, cilantro, cotija cheese, sour cream and onions. East Sacramento Mexican...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 23

06/23/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 23

In this week’s food news, the founder of a popular hot dog company beefs up fine dining in El Dorado Hills, a Mexican marketplace serves up tamales and flautas in Historic Folsom, and a pastry chef readies her first cake shop at Palladio. Plus, find out where to nab a coffee slushy and the latest place to get your poke fix. An Honest Pie This Grass Valley-based mobile food truck run by friendly owner Brenda Janssen is known for slinging decadent mini pies, including a crave-worthy buttermilk variety that made Sactown’s list of “30 Things Every Sacramentan Must Eat” in our February/March issue. Now the inventive baker has come up with a new hand-held treat that is giving us all the heart-eyes: breakfast pies. Beginning June 24, at her pie station inside a...

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The popular, all-vegan Burger Patch returns to midtown for its second pop-up event

06/16/17

The popular, all-vegan Burger Patch returns to midtown for its second pop-up event

Meatless Monday will become Meatless Thursday next week in midtown when The Burger Patch—which took the Handle District by storm at its one-day event last month— returns to the neighborhood on June 22 to dish out tasty vegan eats for the Kings' NBA Draft 2017 Block Party. Co-owned by husband-wife team Phil and Danea Horn, The Burger Patch held its first pop-up in May, in the space that formerly housed Saddle Rock at 1801 L Street, and people flocked to partake of the plant-based fast food. Think In N’ Out served up veggie style: the burgers feature a Beyond Meat meatless “burger” patty (largely comprised of peas), the chick’n strips are made from soy protein courtesy of Gardein, the bacon is made from beans, and the shakes get their creamy...

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First Look: Oak Park's new Bavarian-inspired Oakhaus

06/14/17

First Look: Oak Park's new Bavarian-inspired Oakhaus

Oak Park has a new neighborhood hangout in the fast-casual Oakhaus, a hofbrau-themed restaurant from La Venadita owners Tom and David Schnetz (along with chef Matthew Ridgeway) that is distinctive both for its tongue-in-cheek Bavarian-inspired décor and its daringly simple comfort food—think Thanksgiving every day, pickles, pretzels and beer. Lots of beer. The wedge-shaped interior of Oakhaus—which soft-opened in mid-May and held its first dinner service June 7—features oversized tables and a hewn slab bar that suggest a mountain ski chalet, with a collection of wooden cuckoo clocks mounted on a vivid green wall and shelves full of Germanic kitsch (think ceramic beer steins). The sprawling patio, strung with Edison lights and dotted with bright orange...

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