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Think outside the bun this summer at the 2018 Sacramento Taco Festival

04/12/18

Think outside the bun this summer at the 2018 Sacramento Taco Festival

Sacramento, get ready for Taco Saturday during the fifth annual Sacramento Taco Festival, which will take place June 2 and is expected to draw more than 10,000 people. The feast-ival, founded by Adrian Perez (who also started the online publication SacLatino Magazine), will once again take over Del Paso Boulevard in North Sacramento, with over 25 taco makers, including Masa Guiseria and Azteca Street Tacos slinging both traditional tacos and fusion versions of the popular Mexican street food. During the week leading up to the gathering, folks can cast their vote for their favorite local taco joint at sactacofest.com, and then at the event, they can also vote for the best taco of the day. Winners of both competitions will be announced at the festival. In addition to noshing...

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Golden 1 Center chef Michael Tuohy departs Sacramento

04/04/18

Golden 1 Center chef Michael Tuohy departs Sacramento

Chef Michael Tuohy, Golden 1 Center's food and beverage general manager, has announced that he will be leaving Sacramento for a new career opportunity across the country. On Tuesday evening, Tuohy told Sactown he will soon be heading up the food and beverage program at a five-star boutique hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. He declined to name the property until it officially announces his new position in the coming weeks. “It was not an easy decision, but it was an opportunity I ultimately couldn’t pass up,” Tuohy says. “Sacramento is a place that is super connected to food and agriculture and it is always going to be near and dear to my heart.” A former head chef at local hot spots like LowBrau and Grange, Tuohy has also held stints at the...

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

04/03/18

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

Hope you're hungry. Sacramento welcomes a dessert food truck and a new pastry chef at one of its oldest restaurants, while Folsom hosts a new location of a popular bistro and a taphouse with a 10,000-square-foot beer garden, and a Middle Eastern fast-food chain and a Chinese food truck launch in Davis. Let's dig in. Back Bistro After 10 years on Blue Ravine Road in Folsom, Back Bistro will relocate to the Palladio at Broadstone in mid-April. The 45,000-square-foot location will almost double the size of the previous spot, but will maintain the restaurant’s signature industrial-chic atmosphere and feature a sweeping L-shaped white quartz bar, where front-of-house manager Jason Brandin will serve up libations from a new craft cocktail menu that will include drinks...

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Two Paragary alums to launch a farm-to-fork Asian restaurant

03/29/18

Two Paragary alums to launch a farm-to-fork Asian restaurant

Origami Asian Grill, the new concept from chefs-owners Scott Ostrander and Paul DiPierro, is set to open the first week of May. Located in East Sacramento next to V. Miller Meats on Folsom Boulevard, Origami will be a fast-casual restaurant, in which patrons will walk up the counter, order a base dish (like a leafy green salad, cold noodle salad, sandwich, rice or ramen), and then add a protein (such as chicken, pork belly or tofu), seasonal vegetable (think baby bok choy, baby corn and fava greens), and sauces. "Imagine a Chipotle, where you'll pick a ramen and say, 'I'll take pork belly with that,' and the person next to you is like, 'I want [ramen], but I want seasoned tofu,' or something like that," says Ostrander, who previously served as...

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Echo & Rig steakhouse opens at Downtown Commons

03/29/18

Echo & Rig steakhouse opens at Downtown Commons

Echo & Rig, the New American steakhouse at the base of the Kimpton Sawyer hotel, is set to open Monday, April 2.  The second location of chef-owner Sam Marvin's meat-focused establishment—which launched in Las Vegas in 2013 and has been described as a “protein-packed wonderland” by Food & Wine—Sacramento's Echo & Rig outpost will not feature an attached butcher shop like its Vegas sister spot, but will continue to embrace the concept of nose-to-tail dining. Its extensive lineup of meats will include cuts like bavette, rib eye cap and spencer (aka a boneless rib eye), which come with sauce choices like blue cheese, lemon chimichurri and red wine demi-glace. In addition, the menu will highlight small bites like portobello fries with herb...

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