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Specialty Coffee Week returns for its fourth year with a bevy of buzzy events

10/11/17

Specialty Coffee Week returns for its fourth year with a bevy of buzzy events

Get your buzz on from Oct. 15-21 as the fourth annual Specialty Coffee Week hits the capital city for seven caffeinated days of events, including brewing classes and a boozy coffee drink competition. Organizer Edie Baker, who co-owns Chocolate Fish Coffee, says that this year’s event will celebrate the quality and innovation of area roasters. “High[-quality] specialty coffee has over 100 aromas and tons of flavors,” she says. “We want people to celebrate these coffees, start to learn more about them and understand why coffee [in Sacramento] is so incredibly good.” The final lineup is yet to be determined, but Baker predicts that there will be more than 20 events throughout the week. On Oct. 15, Old Soul Co. will host hourly free tastings and home...

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First Bites: Drink in the nostalgia and mid-century cocktails at the Ten Ten Room

10/10/17

First Bites: Drink in the nostalgia and mid-century cocktails at the Ten Ten Room

With its practically hidden location and under-the-radar opening, it would have been easy to miss the Sept. 7 launch of the downtown bar and restaurant Ten Ten Room. The new offering from Tyler and Melissa Williams—the husband-and-wife team behind Tank House and The Jungle Bird—is a hat tip to the small neighborhood haunts of the 1950s and ’60s, where folks could sidle up to the bar and order up a Harvey Wallbanger or a shaken Manhattan. “Post-Prohibition cocktails have been done wonderfully [in Sacramento]," Tyler Williams says. "We wanted to do the next generation. We wanted a nicer place where a guy in a suit can come in after work and pop his collar and have a beer, sit next to a guy in a baseball cap and have a good conversation."...

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Estelle bakery and patisserie plans to open new Arden Way location in November

10/09/17

Estelle bakery and patisserie plans to open new Arden Way location in November

Esther Son, who closed Estelle's Patisserie on K Street in downtown Sacramento last year to relocate to nearby DOCO, is aiming to open another new location of the popular French bakery on Arden Way on Nov. 10. Now named Estelle, the long-awaited Arden shop will feature a similar menu to the former spot, with classic Parisian pastries, baguette sandwiches, Niçoise salad and signature items like its flaky croixnuts (croissant doughnuts). On the weekends, the patisserie will offer a light brunch menu with ham and cheese croissants, Belgian waffles and doughnuts. Son also plans to introduce afternoon tea service, with over 20 options from famed French tea company Dammann Frères to choose from and a tiered tray of assorted pastries, finger sandwiches and colorful...

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

10/06/17

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

This week in local food news: two new breweries open in the region and a popular Sloughhouse restaurant celebrates its grand opening with a backyard barbecue party. Plus, Empress Tavern takes top prize at the Sacramento Burger Battle and El Dorado Hills hosts a farm-to-fork feast under the stars. El Dorado Hills Farm-to-Fork Dinner Dine under the glow of stars and twinkling lights at this inaugural farm-to-fork dinner, held in El Dorado Hills. Start the evening with a glass of hard cider from Wofford Acres Vineyards or nonalcoholic apple cider from Rainbow Orchards in Apple Hill, and settle in for a three-course meal using local produce, prepped by some of the region’s top chefs, like Russell Okubo of Aji Japanese Bistro, who will be serving up seared Bluefin tuna with a...

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Empress Tavern to host burger pop-up for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

10/04/17

Empress Tavern to host burger pop-up for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

On Sunday, Oct. 8, Empress Tavern will host a mega meat-up in the form of an all-you-can-eat pop-up burger feast to benefit disaster relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Up to eight local chefs and burger enthusiasts—including the downtown restaurant's chef-owner Michael Thiemann, Localis chef-owner Chris Barnum-Dann and Nixtaco chef-owner Patricio Wise—will be whipping up burger creations in a round-robin-style format throughout the evening. Rodney Blackwell of food review blog Burger Junkies and Brian Guido, co-founder of Sacramento Bacon Fest, will also be taking shifts behind the grill. Ryan Donahue, co-owner of Empress, says the event will not be a sit-down affair. Rather, folks can watch chefs cook their burgers at the open kitchen,...

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