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The owners of LowBrau to open new restaurant at the Ice Blocks called Beast + Bounty

05/15/17

The owners of LowBrau to open new restaurant at the Ice Blocks called Beast + Bounty

The folks behind LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar are planning to open their newest restaurant venture titled Beast + Bounty by the end of this summer at the Ice Blocks development on R Street. Beast + Bounty will occupy part of the former Orchard Supply Hardware building at 17th and R streets, where co-owner Michael Hargis and executive chef Brock Macdonald (who currently heads up the kitchen for LowBrau and Block) plan to offer an elevated yet approachable menu that highlights proteins and vegetables equally, something Hargis felt was missing from his restaurants in midtown. “I’d go out [in Sacramento] with a group of friends, and I’d have a group of vegans and vegetarians, and a group of meat eaters, and I was like, ‘Where do we go?’” says...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for May 5

05/05/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for May 5

In this week's food news: a poke eatery that celebrates Hawaiian culture is launching near Sacramento State, a kabob and gyro spot opened in Carmichael, and a hot new restaurant planned for Folsom will dish up burgers and wood-fired pizzas. Plus, get your just desserts at the Milagro Centre's new cake shop. Jaynee Cakes This new bakery, the first brick-and-mortar location of owner Melissa Archuleta’s custom cake company, opened April 22 at the Milagro Centre, which is also home to Mexican restaurant Mesa Mercado, Ghiotto Gelato and the latest outpost of Insight Coffee. A self-taught baker, Archuleta has been making lavish wedding and celebratory cakes out of her home in North Highlands for the past six years, and customers can now watch her prep those towering...

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Treat Mom to one of these five great Mother's Day brunches

05/04/17

Treat Mom to one of these five great Mother's Day brunches

If Mom would fancy attending a tea party or running a 5K, check out our list of festive Mother’s Day events throughout the region. But if a scrumptious brunch is more her speed, look no further than these five restaurants, which will be serving up everything from honey-buttered biscuits to honey walnut prawns. Formaggio Taverna & Patio This elegant restaurant in Rancho Cordova will be dishing out a buffet with creative breakfast and lunch entrées for the occasion, such as eggs Benedict with prosciutto or whole roasted snapper served in banana leaves and spiced with ginger, chili and onions. Check out the paella station with saffron rice and offerings like chorizo and chicken, or dig into a seafood feast of crab legs, fresh tuna poke, shrimp and oysters. Book a...

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La Cosecha in Cesar Chavez Plaza will open in May

05/03/17

La Cosecha in Cesar Chavez Plaza will open in May

La Cosecha, the newest eatery from restaurateur Ernesto Delgado, who owns downtown's Tequila Museo Mayahuel and Carmichael's Mesa Mercado, will open its doors Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, from noon to midnight each day for a special weekend Cinco de Mayo celebration in Cesar Chavez Plaza, and will hold a soft opening the following week, beginning with lunch on Wednesday, May 10.  (Read more about La Cosecha here and here.) Chef Adam Pechal, formerly of Pour House and Tuli Bistro, is leading the restaurant’s kitchen and has developed a small menu of tacos for the opening weekend—carnitas with tomatillo salsa and pickled onion, achiote-marinated chicken with jicama slaw and avocado crema, and carne asada with charred onion salsa and cotija cheese. For...

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The third annual Chocolate Week sweetens Old Sacramento

04/26/17

The third annual Chocolate Week sweetens Old Sacramento

Take a bite out of the sweet life as the third annual Chocolate Week rolls into Old Sacramento from May 8-14 for seven full days of chocolate tours, tastings and candy-making demonstrations throughout the historic district. This year's festival will boast some brand-new events, like a chocolate scavenger hunt on Monday, May 8, during which searchers can pick up a map at the Old Sacramento Visitors' Center to guide them through the streets and shops, stopping to solve clues that lead to a secret chocolate prize at the end. Earn more brownie points on May 9 at The Old Fashioned Candy & Confectionary’s arcade night, where retro game lovers can play complimentary rounds of Pac-Man while munching on Big Hunks, chocolate toffee and Gold Rush-themed candies....

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