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Gourmet "hipster-hop" doughnut shop Milk Money sets opening date

10/15/18

Gourmet "hipster-hop" doughnut shop Milk Money sets opening date

For well over a year, foodie tongues have been wagging about the eagerly anticipated gourmet doughnut shop Milk Money that promises brioche doughnuts in wildly original flavors. And starting on Friday, Oct. 26, they can stop wagging and finally start eating when the bite-sized shop — doughnuterie? — will open its doors at the Ice Blocks in midtown, near the corner of 17th and R streets.  In August, pastry chef Edward Martinez, who had nurtured the concept throughout its prolonged pre-opening phase, departed the Milk Money team helmed by Michael Hargis and Brock Macdonald of Lowbrau, Block Butcher Bar, and Beast & Bounty, but accomplished pastry chef Rebecka Smith quickly stepped into Martinez's shoes. The shop will...

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Grange to celebrate its 10th anniversary with an all-star chefs' dinner

10/04/18

Grange to celebrate its 10th anniversary with an all-star chefs' dinner

Normally, 10 cooks in the kitchen might seem like too many, but not for Grange Restaurant & Bar's 10th anniversary dinner, which is bringing together 10 top chefs from around the region to create a 10-course gustatory extravaganza.  On Nov. 10, Grange will offer three seatings for its birthday dinner, during which patrons will be served 10 courses, each created by a different member or former member of the restaurant's team. While the menu will nod to the eatery's California-style cuisine, every dish will be influenced by the individual chef's specialties, which range in fare from Italian to British. "There really are no parameters," says executive chef Dane Blom, who will be preparing the meal’s second course comprising chilled spot...

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Two local brothers transform instant ramen into a healthy, protein-packed meal

09/21/18

Two local brothers transform instant ramen into a healthy, protein-packed meal

With their new locally based venture Vite Ramen, twin brothers Tim and Tom Zheng are using their noodle and reimagining instant ramen, turning the convenient college meal into an equally convenient, but nutrient-rich option for health-conscious folks on the go.  Each package of ramen—which comes in three flavors, garlic pork, soy sauce chicken and vegan mushroom shio (sea salt)—will contain noodles made with wheat and quinoa flour, and will boast 27 grams of protein (roughly equal to a 4-ounce piece of rib eye) and 25 percent of a person’s daily essential vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron and potassium. The siblings were inspired to develop Vite Ramen in 2017 during their senior year at UC Davis (Tim studied...

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A sneak peek inside Camden Spit & Larder

09/10/18

A sneak peek inside Camden Spit & Larder

While Camden Spit & Larder, the new restaurant from Oliver Ridgeway, formerly the executive chef of Grange Restaurant & Bar, is still weeks away from opening (the goal is to open sometime in October), its lead architect and interior designer Brendan Koon reveals what it takes to bring Ridgeway’s vision of a British haberdashery to Capitol Mall. “I wanted the design to be somehow uniquely tied to Oliver,” says Koon, a principal at VITAE Architecture, who also worked on the Old Soul Co. space next door, as well as Grange and the Citizen Hotel. “[Oliver’s] idea was to do something uniquely British without saying that this is a British restaurant.” “In my mind, it's like Downton Abbey and Kingsman map the...

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A pup-focused pub to open in South Land Park

08/30/18

A pup-focused pub to open in South Land Park

There are pet-friendly pubs, and then there is Mutts & Mugs.  The brainchild of married couple Alejandro Farias and Lauren Valenzuela, this “dog-centric restaurant” will inhabit a 28,000-square-foot South Land Park facility as early as next spring (the couple submitted plans to the city for approval earlier this month). Think neighborhood tavern meets dog park—a concept which Farias and Valenzuela, who currently live in Tracy (the two plan to move to the Pocket area, where Farias grew up) couldn't get out of their heads.    “We don’t have any kids, but we have two dogs,” explains Valenzuela. “We always want to take our dogs to the dog park after work, but it’s [always] too late and there is no...

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