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Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back on 2016’s most exciting restaurant news

01/05/17

Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back on 2016’s most exciting restaurant news

2016 was a major game changer for Sacramento’s food scene. Golden 1 Center opened, becoming a local food mecca and helping spawn a ripple effect of new restaurant openings throughout downtown and the region. Sactown brought you news as big as the city's first Jewish deli launching on K Street and as small—but no less significant—as Tower Cafe adding its famed custard French toast to its dinner menu. As we enter the new year, we bring you the gastronomic highlights from the past year. Dig right in. JANUARY Inspired by the addictive nature of the The Mill’s made-to-order Liège-style Belgian waffles, which debuted in January, we began highlighting our favorite comfort food dishes in a new series called Craving of the Week. Since then,...

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Score three-course meals for a steal during Dine Downtown

01/05/17

Score three-course meals for a steal during Dine Downtown

Get ready to eat your heart out, Sacramento. The 12th annual Dine Downtown, which is returning to the capital city for 10 days from Jan. 12-22, will feature three-course meals at 35 restaurants in downtown and midtown for a fixed price of $35 each. During last year’s Dine Downtown, Sacramento restaurants served over 12,000 meals to hungry patrons, and in the past 11 years, the event has racked up over $4 million in revenue for participating restaurants and charities. This year’s roster includes hot spots like Iron Horse Tavern and Empress Tavern and Sacramento classics like Biba and Frank Fat’s, as well as new places like Skool on K. A dollar from each meal will be donated to the Food Literacy Center and other Sacramento social programs. “I like that the...

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Swine and dine at the sixth annual Sacramento Bacon Fest

01/04/17

Swine and dine at the sixth annual Sacramento Bacon Fest

Porkophiles rejoice! Sacramento Bacon Fest is back, from Jan. 23-29, during which area chefs will prepare all things porcine by incorporating bacon into specialty dishes throughout the week. The festival kicks off on Jan. 23 at Aimal Formoli’s eponymous East Sacramento restaurant, where the chef-owner will serve six bacon-centric apps—some of which will highlight house-made lamb bacon using lamb from Superior Farms in Dixon—and a complimentary wine spritzer ($30). Other highlights of the week include a bacon-themed burger battle at Empress Tavern on Jan. 25 ($5), during which three chefs will flip their best bacon cheeseburger using mystery ingredients revealed at the competition. This Chopped-style...

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Selland’s on Broadway to open as early as March

01/03/17

Selland’s on Broadway to open as early as March

If you work or live near downtown Sacramento and find yourself craving a cupcake from Selland’s bakery, your treat will soon be just a quick walk, drive or bike ride away. About a year after announcing he would be opening a Selland’s Market-Cafe along the Broadway corridor, local restaurateur Randall Selland says he is shooting for a March 2017 opening for this latest venture. Selland’s on Broadway will become the company’s third cafe; its flagship spot in East Sacramento opened in 2001 and its El Dorado Hills outpost launched in 2012. “The best thing about the new location is that it’s like a bulls-eye for the region,” says Josh Nelson, CFO of Selland Family Restaurants. At 9th and Broadway across from Old City Cemetery and just blocks...

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Mother’s popular chef’s tasting menu makes a comeback

12/30/16

Mother’s popular chef’s tasting menu makes a comeback

Sacramento foodies can end 2016 on a high note, as Dec. 31 marks the return of a much-loved local dining phenomenon, the chef’s tasting menu at Mother. The popular vegetarian restaurant on K Street, owned by chef Michael Thiemann (formerly of Ella), his wife Lisa and Ryan Donahue, introduced its original $45 prix fixe “Chef's 10” menu shortly after opening in January 2014. The service for two was then composed of 10 highly inventive dishes that arrived to the table at once. At the time, Donahue says, “Mother started as an incubator for Empress,” the team's sister restaurant a few doors down in the same Crest Theatre complex, so the kitchen was full of talent itching to experiment. With Empress opening in 2015, the team decided to shelve...

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