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5 questions for chef, author and food activist Alice Waters

03/08/17

5 questions for chef, author and food activist Alice Waters

Restaurateur Alice Waters pioneered the farm-to-fork movement long before it had a name. Her Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse opened in 1971, championing the use of organic, seasonal ingredients and sparking a revolution that would come to be known as California cuisine. The culinary icon makes an appearance at Folsom’s Harris Center on Sunday, March 12, inaugurating Folsom Lake College's new speaker series. We chatted with the acclaimed food activist and New York Times best-selling author about her big ideas for California schools, the locals who inspire her and her advice for eating organic. What can your audience expect from your upcoming talk at the Harris Center? I have big ideas I’d like to present. I really want to talk about education—edible education....

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Sample Sacramento’s must-eat dishes on new downtown food tour

03/03/17

Sample Sacramento’s must-eat dishes on new downtown food tour

It’s no secret that we at Sactown magazine love our local dining establishments and their gustatory gems. Over the past 10 years, we’ve written about the best local bacon, pizza, barbecue and brunches, and our covers have been splashed with mouthwatering images of local doughnuts, beer, coffee, sandwiches and pork dumplings. Our most recent cover story gives readers a glance at what we think are the “30 Things Every Sacramentan Must Eat,” featuring dishes from forever favorites like Squeeze Inn’s Squeeze with Cheese and Frank Fat’s banana cream pie to instant classics like Bacon & Butter’s flawless flapjacks and Hawk’s charcuterie plate. So when Local Roots Food Tours—which ranks as the No. 1 tour in Sacramento on...

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Empty Bowls event returns to help fight hunger in Sacramento

03/01/17

Empty Bowls event returns to help fight hunger in Sacramento

River City Food Bank will soon host its version of the Super Bowl: the 14th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser March 13 and 14 at the Sacramento Convention Center, which will feature hearty servings of soups from 10 popular regional restaurants. The two-day event includes a soup supper on March 13 prepared by Classique Catering, with wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Guests can enter a raffle for chances to win prizes like a diamond necklace from Hamilton Jewelers or a pair of tickets to the sold-out Lady Gaga concert at Golden 1 Center on Aug. 15. The next day, the food bank will offer two luncheons (one at 11:30 and another at 12:30), where guests can choose from more than 1,600 handmade bowls (which are theirs to keep) created by local artists and students...

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World of BrewCraft: A Sampling of Sacramento Beer Week 2017

02/27/17

World of BrewCraft: A Sampling of Sacramento Beer Week 2017

Our region was the largest hop-growing region in the nation before Prohibition, and with the recent beer renaissance, it is on track to reclaim its reputation as a major center of the industry. The capital city’s largest brewfest is back for another round March 2-12, as over 60 local breweries, joined by bars and restaurants, celebrate the craft beer community with more than 100 events, including showcases, tours and pairing dinners.  Kick off the week with a toast at the Brewer’s Showcase hosted by the California Automobile Museum on March 2, during which over 40 local breweries will pour craft beer made specifically for the event. Popular food trucks like Chando’s Tacos and Bacon Mania are lined up for this opening event.  Break out those bell-bottom...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Feb. 24

02/24/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Feb. 24

A popular Thai rolled ice cream chain makes its California debut in Land Park, a restaurant specializing in crepes and burgers opens in Citrus Heights, a modern pizza chain continues to expand throughout the region and a farm-to-fork eatery is set to open along the waterfront in Courtland. Plus, we’ve got the scoop on a buzzy new cafe in West Sacramento and a new coffeehouse in Fair Oaks. And who doesn't like a pie-eating contest? 8 Fahrenheit Ice Cream With locations in Georgia and Texas, this Thai rolled ice cream shop has expanded to its first California spot, which opened in Land Park in early February. Thai rolled ice cream, the trending Bangkok street food, promises to be an Instagram phenomenon this summer. When the craze hit the Bay Area last year people...

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