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Cheese whizzes abound at the 2018 Sactown Nachos Festival

06/25/18

Cheese whizzes abound at the 2018 Sactown Nachos Festival

The Sactown Nachos Festival is back this summer after its inaugural event last August proved to be love at first bite for cheese lovers. On the heels of producing a successful debut, which attracted nearly 3,200 nacho aficionados, festival founder Brent Sands is preparing to welcome a larger crowd of foodies to Caesar Chavez Plaza on Aug. 25 by hosting almost 20 purveyors on-site creating special, off-the-menu tortilla chip dishes. For example, Gameday Grill will serve grilled tri-tip nachos topped with applewood-smoked bacon, jalapeño, sour cream and green onions, while Azteca Street Tacos will whip up a version with a carne asada-style topping. Herbivores can head toward Vegan Van 916 for a creative concoction from owner Ian Carty, who will top off the crispy...

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R Street to host block party celebrating Sacramento’s growing food scene

06/14/18

R Street to host block party celebrating Sacramento’s growing food scene

On Saturday, June 23, foodies and food purveyors will gather in front of the Warehouse Artist Lofts for the Our Street Night Market block party to celebrate the city’s burgeoning culinary scene. “I’ve been enamored with night markets for a while. I saw and went to the one in Taipei, and I thought to myself, “Why not here?” says Shawn Kahan, co-owner of Yellow Brick Group, which is producing the event. Local eateries like Tequila Museo Mayahuel, La Cosecha, LowBrau, Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining and Skool will set up 10-by-10-foot booths along R Street between 11th and 12th to cook up dishes on the spot. Partygoers will also get to indulge in desserts from newcomers like Cheesecakes by Cayla Jordan and Milk Money, as well as get a sneak...

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The hotly anticipated restaurant Beast & Bounty to open soon at the Ice Blocks

06/14/18

The hotly anticipated restaurant Beast & Bounty to open soon at the Ice Blocks

July 31 update: Beast & Bounty will soft-open today at 5 p.m. The days and hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Lunch service is slated to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and the restaurant will start offering brunch and breakfast soon thereafter. **************** Beast & Bounty, owned by restaurateur Michael Hargis and chef Brock Macdonald, the pair behind midtown hot spots LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar, will open on July 31, highlighting both meats (the beasts) and vegetables (the bounty) equally. Macdonald, who has previously worked at Spataro, Tuli Bistro and OneSpeed Pizza, has spent the past few years honing his charcuterie skills at the meat-forward Block Butcher Bar and Germanic-leaning (read: sausage heavy) LowBrau. But creating...

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Track 7 Brewing Co. set to open its first-ever restaurant this summer

06/13/18

Track 7 Brewing Co. set to open its first-ever restaurant this summer

The Other Side, the rotisserie-focused restaurant and taproom in East Sacramento from the owners of Track 7 Brewing Co., is set to open the first week of July. This first restaurant from the Track 7 team, who opened their original taproom in Curtis Park in 2011 and a second in Natomas in 2015, will highlight the company's popular brews and a menu of rotisserie and scratch-made comfort foods meant to be shared. Oliver Ridgeway, formerly the executive chef of Grange Restaurant & Bar, has been heading up the menu concept at the restaurant, and brought on Noah Mansfield, who has worked at Mother and Hook & Ladder. (Ridgeway and Mansfield will continue to collaborate on The Other Side until Ridgeway departs to focus on his solo concept, downtown's Camden Spit...

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Bao burgers and lobster rolls join the menu lineup at new downtown food hall

06/13/18

Bao burgers and lobster rolls join the menu lineup at new downtown food hall

The team behind the seafood-focused restaurant Station 16 in midtown is opening a sister eatery called Station 8 inside downtown’s much-anticipated food hall The Bank, which is expected to debut on Sept. 1. "We're doing a smaller-scale [version] at The Bank, so we figured that we'd just cut the number 16 in half," says co-owner Trinh Le, referring to the Station 8 name. “We’ll do it like Station 16, but with a little bit of a twist to it." He and his wife Minnie Nguyen, the restaurant's executive chef, who also own Firehouse Crawfish in South Sacramento together and opened Station 38 Coffee in East Sacramento earlier this month, want to cater to the in-and-out downtown crowds by offering a fast-casual menu with items like bao burgers...

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