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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for April 3

04/03/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for April 3

Some local tidbits: a top chef opens a fast-casual pizza place in North Sacramento and an art gallery owner launches a Mexican cantina in a midtown alleyway. Plus, an ice cream franchise, a sandwich shop and a food truck rally expand their presence in the region and a popular East Sacramento eatery shows Sunday diners the pasta-bilities. CREAM This popular ice cream sandwich shop, which playfully stands for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me,” specializes in personalized ice cream cookie sandwiches (with 10 cookie varieties and 20 flavors of ice cream), as well as shakes, malts and ice cream tacos. The store shuttered its Elk Grove location earlier this month, but is scheduled to open a new spot near Cal Expo this summer in the Howe 'Bout Arden shopping...

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Le Dîner en Blanc will return to Sacramento this October

03/29/17

Le Dîner en Blanc will return to Sacramento this October

If you weren’t one of the lucky 1,000 to score an invite to last fall’s Dîner en Blanc, you’ll get plenty more chances, as the event’s organizers have just secured a bid to host the super-secretive pop-up feast for three more years, making for a new annual tradition. On Oct. 8, 2016, guests clad all in white ghosted into Downtown Commons in front of Golden 1 Center while a harpist played, and quickly erected an outdoor banquet, complete with white tablecloths and candelabras. They dined, drank, danced and mingled, then disappeared into the night, leaving nary a trace of their passing. The phenomenon started in 1988, when bon vivant François Pasquier invited his friends to join him for a plein-air feast in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne and...

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A new Italian food truck will hit the streets of Sacramento this spring

03/17/17

A new Italian food truck will hit the streets of Sacramento this spring

Buon appetito! A new food truck serving up homemade Italian fare will be rolling into Sacramento beginning in late April, serving up traditional, well-plated dishes—like spaghetti alla carbonara, eggplant parmigiana and freshly baked focaccia stuffed with prosciutto—that defy typical greasy mobile fare. Che Buono (which means “how delicious!” in Italian) is the brainchild of Luciana Basile-Lewis of Elk Grove, a native of Modena in northern Italy, who moved to California 20 years ago and settled in the Sacramento area in 2015. “I come from a large family of Italians and I’ve been cooking since I was 7,” she says. “My background is in accounting and finance, but I’ve always kept this idea [for a food truck] in the back of my...

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The Sacramento Food Film Festival returns with a scrumptious selection of meals and reels

03/13/17

The Sacramento Food Film Festival returns with a scrumptious selection of meals and reels

Get ready for a visual feast as the Sacramento Food Film Festival returns for its sixth year April 1-8. The festivities—which pair cinematic experiences with culinary ones—kicks off with a free short films screening, during which top area chefs Chris Barnum-Dann of Localis, Patricio Wise of Nixtaco, Aimal Formoli of Formoli’s Bistro, and Billy Ngo and Tyler Bond of Kru will create small plates thematically aligned to the movies. On April 4, the culinary students of American River College will provide seasonal bites for viewers to nibble on while watching the 2016 food documentary Sustainable, followed by a Q&A with the film's director, Matt Wechsler. At the grand finale on April 8 foodie film buffs can sip cocktails mixed by the Sacramento Bartenders...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for March 10

03/10/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for March 10

Sweeten up your weekend with a midtown chocolaterie’s cupcake celebration and a coffee festival in Winters. Plus, check out the newly revamped Coin-Op, the latest poke bar in midtown, a new coffeehouse in Tahoe Park, and a Vietnamese street food restaurant that just opened its doors in Citrus Heights. Bo Urban Corner After 20 years of launching various restaurants around the Sacramento area and in his home country of Vietnam, Freeman Nguyen introduced this new venture in early January in Citrus Heights, serving up a simple menu of Vietnamese street food in a sleek, modern setting with bright red bar stools and wooden booths under lantern lighting. Patrons can choose between fresh spring rolls, rice bowls or banh mi sandwiches with their choice of protein (chicken, beef,...

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