SacFoodies

Sep
10

Help Us Support Food Literacy Center!

Now that we’ve settled into September (raise your hand if you’ve already had a pumpkin spice latte . . .), we want to shine a spotlight on one of our favorite Sacramento institutions – Food Literacy Center. This month is Food Literacy Month, and we’re so excited to lend our support to our favorite foodie nonprofit.

Six years ago, Food Literacy Center worked with the California legislature to officially declare September as Food Literacy Month to raise awareness about the need for cooking and nutrition education for kids. Food Literacy Center brings essential food and nutrition programming to low-income elementary schools, teaching kids about how (any why) to love your veggies.

This September, help us support Food Literacy Center and their foodie mission by donating to our fundraising team, Team Carrot! The work Food Literacy Center does directly benefits our community and helps America’s Farm-to-Fork Capitol walk the walk and talk the talk. After all, what’s a foodie city without food literacy?

To donate, visit the fundraising page or text VEGGIES to 71777!

Aug
29

Something New at Bella Bru

By Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt

Bella Bru is a classic in the Sacramento area, we love their bread and we really love their desserts. Great news, we found, even more, to love during our recent trip to Bella Bru!

We visited the Carmichael Bella Bru with a few of our foodie friends  To say we were impressed with the new items that Chef Tony has created, would be a massive understatement. Each bite was absolutely delicious, the flavors clearly put together with care and experience and you just can’t beat the presentation! Chef Tony has spent quite a bit of time traveling and flavor inspiration from all over is evident in each bite. We’re excited to head back to Carmichael location for this AMAZING menu, and we suggest you come right along with us.

Just a few of our favorite bites below, head over to our Instagram (@sacfoodies) to see more!

 

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Aug
28

Tower Bridge Dinner Menu Preview

It’s that time of year again, when we all get a little green with envy at the thought of the ever exclusive Tower Bridge Dinner. This year, the envy is at an all-time high because the one and only Jeremiah Towers is hosting! I know, hold the applause. Traditionally, each chef chosen from the community brings one dish to the table that is specially created, cooked and plated. But this year, the Tower Bridge Dinner is celebrating community and the dinner will be a totally collaborative effort by all chefs, for a menu that is as cohesive as it is inspired. Oh, you’re gluten-free and dairy-free, you say? No worries, the chefs have made sure this dinner is inclusive for all.

Although we didn’t make the guest list, we were lucky enough to partake in the next best thing, the menu preview event! Five courses of beautiful, local, inspired and above all, delicious food. P.s. for more photos head to our Instagram.

So let’s start with the bread. Delicious, flavorful, sesame encrusted bread. Called Epi Bread, this really should have been called EpiC bread because let me tell you, that’s what it was. Served with olive oil and cultured butter, because, of course.

 

 

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Aug
28

The Village Feast 2018

September in Sacramento is one of our favorite times of the year, and it’s not just because the weather is FINALLY cooling down . . . it’s because it’s Farm to Fork Month! We’re preparing (emotionally, mentally, physically) for a month of non-stop foodie fun and we can’t wait to see what Farm to Fork Month has in store for us.

One of the events we’re most excited for is the upcoming The Village Feasta communal meal held outside at Central Park in Downtown Davis from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, September 29. The Village Feast will bring up to 350 people together for a meal highlighting local farmers and the bounty of the Sacramento region.

How does it work? You bring your own table settings (picnic baskets, plates, silverware, glasses and napkins) and sit down for a family-style meal of passed platters and local wines. This year’s menu includes heirloom tomatoes, grilled leg of lamb, local vegetables and a pear galette. For a full menu and wine list, take a look here!

This seasonal soiree benefits the Sacramento chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier and Davis Farm to School, two charitable organizations who work in support of education in food and agriculture. The Dames provide scholarships to women pursuing careers in food, wine and agriculture, and Davis Farm to School provides garden grants, field trips and support for local fresh food in schools.

At The Village Feast you get a fantastic local meal in a beautiful place and it goes towards a great cause. Is there a better way to celebrate Farm to Fork Month?

To purchase tickets (before they sell out!) click HERE.

Jun
08

Summer Salads with SacFoodies

We don’t know about you, but this summer weather makes us dread the heat and humidity that comes with cooking in the kitchen. Whether you live in a house with central A/C or a studio apartment with a feeble window unit, a Sacramento summer is no joke and we’re looking for every way to stay cool this season!

In an attempt to stay away from baking, roasting, and any sort of frying, we’ve whipped up some cool-as-a-cucumber salads that work as a workday lunch or for a family dinner – just adjust the measurements to fit your group.

Keep an eye on our story every Wednesday from now until the 27th for new salad ideas and how-to’s. First up? A kale salad that’s as simple as it’s delicious.

Oh Kale Yeah! 

Salad:

1 bunch of kale
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1 medium-boiled egg

Dressing:

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 pinch of salt
1 tbsp red chili flakes
lemon juice to taste

Instructions: 

This salad is delish and is best prepped in advance so the kale can soak up the dressing. Kale is a tougher green and can hold a heavier dressing than lettuce, making it an ideal make-ahead work lunch.

Make the dressing and boil the egg the night before if time allows! This will save you time the next day and allow the dressing flavors to meld and intensify.

To make the dressing, peel and smash 3 garlic cloves and toss into a mason jar. If you like a heavier garlic flavor, add more! Combine the olive oil, balsamic, salt, red chili flakes and lemon juice to taste in the same mason jar. Shake to combine and set aside. Read more »

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May
18

Best Vegan Hot Spots in Sacramento

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Sacramento – the city of trees and farm-to-fork living – is quite accommodating to its vegan friends. While not many restaurants are 100% vegan, you can often find totally vegan menus or offerings at many most-loved hot spots.

“Root Awakening Wrap” from Vibe Health Bar.

After going vegan about a year and a half ago, I’ve eaten my way through the city to find the best of the best—well, and the worst—but I won’t talk about that today.

Below are my tried-and-true top vegan picks for any occasion. Looking for a recommendation that wasn’t covered here? Leave a comment; I’m here to help!

Best Baked Goods: Pushkin’s Bakery

If you’re a Sacramento native, this will absolutely come as no surprise. Holy moly does Pushkin’s do vegan goodies well. If you have time to spare, my best piece of advice is to visit on a Sunday when they offer an array of vegan doughnuts. The line around the block is proof of their goodness!

Best Brunch: Hook & Ladder

While I absolutely love everything at Pushkin’s Restaurant, no brunch is a true brunch without a Bloody Mary. And Hook & Ladder does it well. And fortunately, they have a yummy vegan menu for that other important part of the brunch deal.

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May
17

Lazy Dog Spring Menu

The SacFoodies love trying new restaurants, especially on a sunny spring day. When we were invited to lunch at Lazy Dog, we quickly “barked” yes! The foodies (and puppy foodies in training) headed out to Roseville to try the spring menu.

Jessi: To start, I had the Huckleberry Mule! I’m a big fan of mules, especially when they are served in a metal mug (as every good mule should be). This mule contained craft vodka, ginger beer, lemon, soda, and huckleberry puree. I really loved how fruity this drink was without being too sweet. As my first course, I had the slow-cooked lentil soup. This thick and flavorful soup was a great starter! It was delicious during lunch and even more delicious leftover when the evening got a little chillier. For my main course, I had the BBQ Veggie Burger. Now, I am very picky when it comes to veggie burgers, because it’s just so easy for them to be dry and boring. This burger, however, was delicious and moist thanks to the combination of black beans, ancient grains, and beets. Plus, it was topped with roasted garlic, pickles, and fried onion strips which are my all-time favorite burger toppings. I would 100% order again! The spring menu was very well put together and you could tell a lot of thought went into curating this collection. I’ll definitely be back! Read more »

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May
12

Sacramento Mother’s Day Spots

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There are countless ways to celebrate Mom this weekend: brunch, flowers, a handwritten card, you name it. Being in a city like Sacramento is a blessing and a curse because there are just so many fantastic options to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming at times. To help you choose, the SacFoodies asked for a little inspiration from the rest of the team here at FleishmanHillard Sacramento.

Jessi: This year I’m taking my Mom to Fox and Goose for brunch! My family is British, and the authentic UK fare at this pub is a welcome reminder of home. You can’t go wrong with the Full English Breakfast with eggs, British bangers, and baked beans.

Amanda: I’ll be sharing Mai Tais with my mom on the beach in Maui! **Pro-Tip** If you can’t quite make the trip to Hawaii, a cocktail from Jungle Bird is a great option!

Liz: I’m taking my mom for a Mother’s Day lunch to Lucca. I haven’t been there in years, but I love their outdoor seating area and thought it would be perfect for Sunday – just the right mix of a casual setting yet upscale food. And also hopefully not quite as crowded as some other spots around town!

Laurel: I love buying Full Belly Farm flower bouquets from the Sacramento Co-op as Mother’s Day gifts! They’re seasonal, local and absolutely beautiful. Usually you can find a variety of sizes and color options depending on what Mom loves, so it’s a great choice for Mother’s Day. You can also find succulents from @thepricklypear in the same section of the Co-op, and the little Bell jars they come in are adorable. If you or your Mom have allergies, a little succulent can be a great alternate.

Alexa: I actually won’t be with my mom this Mother’s Day (sad!) but if I were, I’d take her to my fave brunch spot, Pushkin’s Restaurant.

Harrison: This year, I got my mom a wine opener! **Pro-Tip** Take your mom for a glass of wine at Revolution! They do amazing wine flights and have a special brunch menu on Sunday.

Tricia: My brother made my mom a garden cart for her new garden and we (the whole fam and our sig. others) plan on spending the weekend painting it into a custom piece of art so every time she uses it, she will have a wonderful memory attached to it. **Pro-Tip** For the less artistic gardeners, The Plant Foundry has beautiful gift’s for mom and her garden.

Vanessa: I’m making brunch for my mom! But my plan is to make two breakfast casseroles the night before, chill overnight, bake in the morning and enjoy so I’m not having to (really) cook on Mother’s Day. I’ve chosen two recipes, one sweet and one savory, from Taste of Home: Overnight Asparagus Strata and Bananas Foster French Toast.

Shelly: Definitely feeling the love this Mother’s Day weekend. Flowers arrived from my boys yesterday, and there is a rumor of some fun plans for the weekend. I’m not sure what they have in store, but anything will be great…as long as there are waffles. Rumor is  Meadowlands in Sloughhouse has the best brunch around. Hint. Hint.

Cheyenne: My mom and I both have a love for a good mimosa! Our favorite place to grab mimosas and brunch is Cafeteria 15L. A table on the patio, enjoying the fresh air and yummy food is how we plan on spending Mother’s Day.

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May
07

Put Your “Backbone” Into It: New Lunch Spot on J and 8th Brings Fresh Life to the Area

by Laurel Harrison

If you work or live in Downtown Sac (like the SacFoodies), you know that the neighborhood has been growing by leaps and bounds since the Golden 1 Center opened its doors in late 2016. Construction is everywhere, food trucks abound and new restaurants are popping up as fast as we can try them.

One newcomer is Backbone Café, located near the corner of J St. and 8th St. You might’ve noticed the striking mural on the face of the restaurant. A previously nondescript wall, the storefront is a now an arresting shade of burgundy, decorated with a spine that meets an abstract pineapple at the top. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll know it when you do. The SacFoodies started hearing about Backbone a few months ago and were excited to see that this hip, seemingly Midtown-esque eatery was putting down roots in the heart of Downtown. We’re always looking for an easy and delicious workday lunch spot, and it seems like Backbone fits the bill.

Backbone is run by brothers Joey and Tomas Woolston, who decided to open the restaurant after a spinal injury derailed Joey’s focus on martial arts. If you were wondering where the name came from, Chef Joey freely tells the story of how he fell off a giant pineapple (yes, you read that correctly) at Burning Man and broke his back. Months of rehabilitation turned into a focus on wellness and healthy cooking, which subsequently turned into a restaurant featuring all wellness foods. Backbone Cafe’s menu doesn’t ascribe to a specific diet or health fad, but every dish on the menu could be something out of an athlete’s book – lean proteins, tons of veggies and made-from-scratch sauces. Read more »

May
02

We Have Our Eyes on the Fries

If you follow the blog, you know that SacFoodies love attending Sacramento food festivals. They’re the perfect environment to try new restaurants and food trucks, all while surrounded by fellow foodies. The Sac Fry Fest, held at Roosevelt Park in late April, gathered Sacramento’s tastiest loaded fries into one spot, along with beer and cider, live music, and more! We tried fries from three different trucks, and they all exceeded our expectations. Here’s a lineup of the fries we tried:

Sisig Fries from Wandering Boba – Crisp shoestring fries topped with citrus-pepper marinated pork, ground chicharrones, diced white onion, jalapenos, and the crown jewel: an over easy egg. These fries were a game-changer. The spicy jalapeno, onion and luscious egg yolk went together wonderfully. They didn’t skimp on pork either, which was much appreciated.

Hefty Fries from Hefty Gyros – Grilled chicken on top of crinkle fries with tzatziki sauce, mild sriracha BBQ sauce, special seasoning, pepperoncinis and feta cheese. We had our eyes on these fries from the moment we got tickets to the festival. Something about tzatziki and feta with a bite of sriracha is unbeatable. These fries were so delicious!

Loaded Pizza Fries from On the Fry – Crispy fries topped with marinara sauce, melted mozzarella, pepperoni, and heaps of fresh basil. Yeah, you read that right. This pizza/French fries hybrid was cheesy and the perfect amount of spicy. Who knew pizza was 10 times better served on fries instead of crust?! These fries were also available on potato skins, if you’re feeling crazy.

Last but not least, we washed our meals down with some Bike Dog IPAs. All the proceeds from beer and cider sales benefited the Friends of Front Street Shelter, so we enjoyed our beverages while helping animals in need. Truly a win-win.

Overall, this festival was a huge hit! Granted, anything involving the words “loaded fries” can’t be bad, but the set up of this festival made it all the better. Buying tasting tokens at the door made for zero lines at any food trucks, and the large open space offered plenty of seating. #SacFryFest, we can’t wait til next year! Until then, does anyone know if these food trucks deliver? 🙂