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Grange Restaurant & Bar hires new executive chef

03/14/18

Grange Restaurant & Bar hires new executive chef

Sacramento native Dane Blom, 32, has taken over as executive chef of downtown's farm-to-fork-focused Grange Restaurant & Bar, replacing longtime chef Oliver Ridgeway, who departed last month to launch his own venture: a London-inspired restaurant along Capitol Mall called Camden Spit & Larder. Since his first day on Feb. 26, Blom began putting his own touch on the downtown restaurant’s dishes and has completely overhauled the dinner menu, adding all new salads; starters like a charcuterie board with chicken truffle terrain, ciccioli, duck liver mousse and house-cured pickles; and entrées like California halibut with herb panade, asparagus and black garlic. “My goal is for everything to be made in-house, from the hamburger buns to the...

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Celebrated French cafe to move into larger downtown spot

03/09/18

Celebrated French cafe to move into larger downtown spot

A storied downtown French eatery that once scored the highest rating for food in all of Sacramento, La Bonne Soupe Café is moving from its longtime location on 8th Street between I and J into a much larger space a block away. Long known for its French onion soup (and long lunchtime lines), the diminutive spot will open in about two weeks, permits pending, on the ground floor of the Park Tower building on 9th Street between I and J, across from Cesar Chavez Plaza. It's growing from 385 square feet to 2,800 and will occupy the former location of a Quiznos sandwich shop that closed its doors in late 2016. In 2008, under the guidance of the original owner, French chef Daniel Pont,...

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Totally tuber-lar: SactoMoFo hosts inaugural Sac Fry Fest

03/01/18

Totally tuber-lar: SactoMoFo hosts inaugural Sac Fry Fest

Carbo-vores will have fun carbo-loading at the inaugural Sac Fry Fest on April 28, at which about 15 local food trucks and restaurants will showcase dozens of loaded fries concoctions, topped with everything from pulled pork to jambalaya. Organized by SactoMoFo (Sacramento Mobile Food), the event, which will take place downtown at Roosevelt Park, is expected to dish out about 2,000 pounds of fried potatoes, both sweet and savory. Look for crinkle-cut Jamba Fries covered in jambalaya (a mix of charred Cajun sausage, chicken, roasted peppers and onion in a spicy tomato broth) from chef Cecil Rhodes of Cecil’s Taste, as well as shoestring Piggy Fries topped with slow-roasted pulled pork, bacon, Louisiana coleslaw, barbecue sauce and chipotle sour cream from chef James Wheeler of...

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

02/23/18

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

This week, we've got you covered on food news from around the region, including a desserterie whipping up pie and cake shakes, a new restaurant in Davis reimagining classic Asian dishes and several new breweries opening their doors. Plus, Kru launches late-night happy hour and Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates will begin taking guests behind the scenes for candy making and baking classes.  Big Shrimp’n Sacramentans Aaron Faulkner, who runs the Smokers Wild BBQ food truck, and Shane Cichy, who owns Cichy Co., have teamed up for their newest mobile venture, Big Shrimp’n, which launched Jan. 17 and serves up Southern cuisine inspired by the tradition of Lowcountry boils—a family-style spread of kielbasa, potatoes, corn on the cob, hush puppies,...

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Treat yourself to Monday brunch this Presidents’ Day at these seven local restaurants

02/16/18

Treat yourself to Monday brunch this Presidents’ Day at these seven local restaurants

This Presidents’ Day weekend, exercise your constitutional right to eat brunch on a Monday if you want to. Here are seven places dishing out everything from Dungeness crab eggs Benedict to apple pie buttermilk pancakes this holiday. Cafe Bernardo Drop by any of Cafe Bernardo’s four locations (Capital Ave., R Street, The Pavilions and Davis) for your Monday brunch fix, with signature dishes like the smoked salmon Benedict with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce resting over flaky salmon and slices of toast spread generously with cream cheese. Don’t miss this local chain’s amaretto brioche version with grilled banana slices, slivered almonds, toasted coconut flakes, a heavy spread of butter and maple syrup to sop up with each fluffy...

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