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Mar
26

Sacramento Food Film Festival Launch

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Last Thursday I had the delicious opportunity to attend the launch of the Sacramento Food Film Festival at Goldfield Trading Post, presented by the Food Literacy Center. It was a fun evening of unique bites provided by Jay Veregge of Ten 22, Aimal Formoli of Formoli’s Bistro, Michael Thiemann of Mother, Brian Mizner of Hook and Ladder and Hank Shaw, a James Beard Award-winning author. With such great names collaborating, the food definitely shared center stage with the film. By far, my favorite dish was the spicy cauliflower from Mother, a spicy Asian-inspired creation so full of savory flavors and satisfying texture that I didn’t even miss the meat.

On the film side, the selection of shorts shown throughout the evening was an eclectic and entertaining mix, but the kicker bit of entertainment for me was having each course served by a mini chef in uniform. It was great to see that the Food Literacy Center gave the children they provide services to a role in the event as fledgling foodies themselves, doling out each delicious bite as they balanced a full platter above their stiff white hats.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Sacramento Food Film Festival’s events, running through March 29. Get the full schedule here or check out our March 19 SacFoodies post  with the events roundup.

IMG_2241My favorite bite of the night. Spicy cauliflower from Mother.

FullSizeRender (7)A mouth-watering, sweet berry and wafer concoction I could have eaten a platter of.

FullSizeRender (8)Attendees enjoy film shorts presented at Goldfield Trading Post.

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Mar
23

My Blue Apron Experience

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I recently took up a discount offer from Blue Apron and finally had my first food subscription experience. Undeniably, I was just plain thrilled about the idea of having three days’ worth of (good) dinner ingredients and recipes delivered right to my door step! You can choose from the “2-person plan” or the “Family Plan” and can request that your box be delivered on any day, Tuesday-Friday.  The recipes are different each week and you can always opt to skip out on certain weeks when you don’t want a box. I was able to cook two of the three recipes I received with my “2-person plan” and then I gave the third to a friend, as I had dinner plans and didn’t want to risk the final recipe ingredients for the Tilapia Meuniere going bad.

My recipes:

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Braised Lettuce, Kimchi & Maitake Mushrooms

Lamb & Beef Shawarma with Creamy Radish Salad

Tilapia Meuniere with Moroccan-Spiced Lentils & Rainbow Chard

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The recipe concepts were a little intimidating, I’ll admit, but the recipe sheets in your box clearly outline every detail, not to mention the ingredients are already pre-measured and individually labeled. I was also pleasantly surprised to find all ingredients, from meat to herbs, were totally fresh!

photo 2_chickenphoto 4 shawarmaA subscription like this is convenient not only for people with no cooking skills at all, but also for people with an experienced palette who just want easy-to-cook, quality meals. I loved that this particular selection of recipes were concepts that I would have never thought to whip up myself, yet now I know how to do it on my own. The Crispy Chicken Thighs and Lamb & Beef Shawarma were amazing and there was plenty for two people. I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to try the tilapia, but I have no doubt it was just as delicious.

I would definitely order again, but most likely only for a special occasion, such as right before a trip so that I wouldn’t have to stock up on groceries. If you’re interested, you can easily sign up online and/or take a look at their recipes online!

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Mar
20

March Madness Munchies

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So, you can’t catch a flight to see the NCAA games up close and personal at one of the venues across the country, but you’ll be watching in the comfort of your own faux leather recliner – your bracket clutched tightly in one hand, an ice-cold beverage in the other. Why not up the ante, so to speak, and make the home-watching experience as memorable as some of the March Madness moments that are sure to come over the next few weeks?

We scoured our favorite food inspiration sites and found some new ways to celebrate bracket wins on an extremely full belly.

Game-on snacks – Here are 50 ideas (yes, 50) for some easy starters for your gathering. Don’t forget the chips!

Photo Courtesy of Hungry Happenings

Photo Courtesy of Hungry Happenings

Mini CheeseburgersA little involved, but we love the thematic element. Plus, you just can’t go wrong when potatoes and cheeseburgers are mentioned in the same sentence.

Photo Courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

Photo Courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

Indulgent Mac ‘n Cheese – Feeding a crowd? Check out Pioneer Woman’s recipe for mac ‘n cheese with some indulgent fixings. P.S. “Ice-cold beverage” could also mean chilled Chardonnay, which is a great pairing with mac ‘n cheese.

Photo Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Photo Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Don’t Forget Dessert The dessert “bar” is open for business! Deliciously sweet one-pan dessert bars equal minimal fuss. And in our book, that’s a slam dunk.

Tell us about your go-to snacks during March Madness.

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Mar
19

Sacramento Food Film Festival

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Food + film, you say? We call that a perfect pairing. The Sacramento Food Film Festival kicks off tonight and we have the scoop.

From March 19 to 29, there will be pairings of food and food-related movies at unique locations throughout town. There are a number of events to meet every taste and budget, with prices ranging from free to $70.

Hungry for more? Below are the bites to expect at some of the key events in the coming weeks. Visit Food Literacy Center online for the complete list of event details, locations, costs and to purchase tickets!Food Film Festival

Thursday, March 19
Sacramento Food Film Festival Premiere (Goldfield Trading Post)
• Chefs will be pairing bites with each film. While the chefs are secretive about their dishes, it’s a safe bet to guess that Michael Thiemann of Mother will be creating a cauliflower recipe for the winning American short film, “How Does It Grow: Cauliflower.” James Beard Award-winning Chef Hank Shaw will be creating a dish for the South African film short in the International category, “Stand Up.” Based on Shaw’s time spent in South Africa as a journalist, we can expect something traditional and delicious.

Friday, March 20
Soul of a Banquet (Frank Fat’s Catering Facility)
• Chef Mike Lim is trained in authentic Asian cooking, and it shows! Attendees are in for an entirely new spin on what is traditionally thought of as Chinese food. Expect lotus leaf-wrapped rice, chicken, seafood treasure hot pot, stir fried vegetables with grass-fed lamb, mushrooms.

Saturday, March 21
Urban Farm Short Films and Urban Ag VIPea Bus Tour (McClatchy Park)
• While the chefs haven’t made their menu public yet, we know that Payam Fardanesh will be on board the bus to share his newest Silk Road flavor: ginger!

Sunday, March 22
The Farmer & The Chef (Ruhstaller Brewery + Tap Room)
• Not only will they have bites—the chefs will also be performing live demos on stage! Demos include: a beet cracked with a hammer to form beet chips, pig’s head butchery demo, and that’s just the beginning.

Tuesday, March 24
Federalist (Federalist Public House)
• Chef Shannon McElroy will be throwing down pizza creations using plenty of farm fresh ingredients. Tables will be garnished with a new twist not typical at the restaurant: jars of pickled produce!

Wednesday, March 25
Terra Firma (Central Library Gallería)
Hot Italian will create farm-fresh pizzas, while Ginger Elizabeth will provide Plum Jasmine Macarons with plums from Ferrari Farms.

Wednesday, March 25
Hundred Foot Journey (Lucca)
• Attendees will enjoy a full four-course Indian-inspired menu based on the film, with dishes including Shrimp Pakora, Lamb Tartare and Yogurt Crème Cuite.

Thursday, March 26
The Way Back to Yarasquin (Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters)
• The entire menu will be coffee-inspired! Celebrated pastry Chef Elaine Baker is creating a sticky toffee-coffee cake and a chocolate coffee cream tartlet. One Speed will be serving up coffee-pork sliders.

Friday, March 27
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Family Movie Night & Dinner (Clunie Community Center)
Selland’s Market-Café will be serving up their popular spaghetti dinner and adding a slice of blueberry pie for dessert, inspired by the character Violet Beauregarde’s three-course meal chewing gum.

Saturday, March 28
Sriracha (Preservation & Co.)
• Attendees will enjoy one of Sacramento’s best bloody Mary’s using mix from Preservation & Co. alongside bites by chef Matt Brown of Forrester Foods.

Sunday, March 29
Food Chains (Turn Verein)
• Chips and salsa donated by Chipotle will be served alongside beer and Food Literacy Center’s famous popcorn with seasonings made by the kids, including a spicy Southwest mix.

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Mar
18

Wordless Wednesday: Grange

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Dinner and dessert at Grange Restaurant & Bar.

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Grange Restaurant & Bar
926 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Mar
10

13th Annual Folsom Wine & Jazz

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Feeling like enjoying a little wine and jazz? Head to the Folsom Community Center this Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM for the annual Folsom Wine & Jazz event, featuring the Folsom High School jazz band and jazz choir, as well as the Sutter and Folsom Middle School jazz bands. Organized by the Folsom High School Music Boosters, this event supports excellence in music education at Folsom High School.fwj-online-ad-2015

There will be a wide variety of regional wines, such as Carvalho Family Winery, Clos du Lac Cellars, Renwood, Sobon Estate and so many others. There will also be local beers to taste, from both Lockdown and Sudwerk Brewing Cos., as well as food from La Huaca, Sutter Street Steakhouse, Back Wine Bar, India House, Great Harvest Bread Co., Hawks, Willow Cafe and Sweetery, and Jake’s Desserts – to name a few.Restaurant Tables

For a full list of vendors, and for tickets which are $40 each, go to FolsomMusic.org.

Cheers!

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Mar
09

Blaze Pizza

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logo 2Blaze Pizza is taking the nation by storm. After opening 50 locations in the last year, the chain is quickly gaining attention for its chef-driven recipes and “build-your-own pizza” assembly-line format.

Often compared to Chipotle and described as the ‘modern’ pizza joint, I had heard nothing but rave reviews since Blaze opened in Gold River.  So, when the opportunity came up to tour the kitchen and meet Executive Chef, Bradford Kent, this lucky Sac-Foodie jumped at the chance.

Upon arrival, we dove right in to discussing everything from the local food scene to the history of Blaze. Brad ran through every ingredient, where it was from, and why he selected it for Blaze. It’s not often that you associate chains with fresh, local and health-conscious ingredients but quality is the cornerstone of Blaze Pizza’s whole operation. They even have vegan and gluten-free options on the menu, so no patron is left without a pie of their own.  Pizza 1

When it came time to customize my own personal pizza, I chose the white cream sauce, mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese, turkey meatballs, salami, artichokes, black olives and spinach to top my masterpiece.image3

After a few quick minutes of waiting for the pizzas to be “fast fire’d,” we had our pies, and they were glorious. The baguette-style crust bubbled beautifully and my selected toppings had all the fresh flavor one could ever hope for.

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Blaze is also known for their S’more pies

Overall, Brad was the perfect host with a clear passion for pizza – we even got to do an impromptu olive oil tasting! Yum! Visit the Blaze Pizza nearest you and tell us how you personalize your pie.

Blaze Pizza
2137 Golden Centre Ln.
Gold River, CA 95670

10325 Fairway Dr.
Roseville, CA 95678

(Coming Soon)
212 F St.
Davis, CA 95616

Mar
05

Employee Appreciation Day + Hock Farm Craft & Provisions

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Hock Farm Craft & Provisions

Photo courtesy of Hock Farm Craft & Provisions

Tomorrow is Employee Appreciation Day, and here at SacFoodies we know there’s no better way to say thanks to your loyal staff than offering up the chance to enjoy some top-notch food and spirits.

Yes, you CAN become the most beloved boss of all time tomorrow – simply invest in some tickets to Hock Farm Craft & Provisions’s Ruhstaller five-course dinner with beer pairings, running through Saturday. Dole these coveted tickets out with all the grace of the benevolent leader you are, and your gift of grub will pay you back tenfold with all those hours of extra, happy productivity.

Tickets run $65 a pop, but what expense is too large when it comes to showing appreciation for your fellow man? With each ticket comes a delicious showcase of the best local fare, punctuated with delicious items like beer risotto and beer-braised Angus beef (you see the Sacramento Beer Week theme here).

So get your tickets now, and go down in history as the favorite CEO, “Culinary Experience Offer-er.”

I know. I challenge you to come up with a better acronym.

Feb
25

Wordless Wednesday: Lola’s Lounge

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Paella from Lola’s Lounge in Old Town Elk Grove.

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Lola’s Lounge
9085 Elk Grove Boulevard
Elk Grove, California 95864

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Feb
24

Sacramento Beer Week #SBW2015

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Attention Sacramento: Sac Beer Week 2015 has arrived. If you frequent any of the local establishments in town, you’ve probably seen fliers touting the specialized events and menus that will be popping up across Sacramento from February 26-March 8.

Sacramento Beer Week is flanked by two “main events.” First, the Sacramento Brewer’s Showcase is taking place this Thursday, February 26 at the California Auto Museum from 5:30 – 9 p.m. In addition to sipping local brews, attendees can peruse the over 150 cars on display at the museum. Admission will grant you unlimited tastings at the over 30 local breweries in attendance and tickets start at $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Designated drivers can get in for $10 and you can also upgrade your ticket cost for $10 to include special IPA flights during the event. Click here to purchase.

Finally, Beer Week wraps up on Sunday, March 8 with the Capitol Beer Fest spanning four blocks on Capitol Mall from 2-5 p.m. The day will include tastings at over 100 craft breweries, live music and a variety of food trucks to keep your taste buds happy while sipping. Tickets for this event also start at $40 in advance and $45 at the door and can be purchased here.

The event options at local restaurants and bars are seemingly endless, so you may want to choose wisely. Thankfully, the folks at Sacramento Beer Week have put together a super handy listing of events that highlight the special offerings and menus throughout the week. Check it out here.

It would be nearly impossible to make it to every event, so I’ve decided to narrow it down to two options and go from there. First, the Ruhstaller and Santos Brewing Beer Flights and Cheese Pairings starting at noon at The Rind, this Saturday, February 28. Second, Steal the Glass Night at Der Biergarten, from 3-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in which the beer stein is yours to keep with purchase of a beer.

Overall, Sacramento Beer Week is sure to be a great time for beer lovers and supporters of the local food scene alike. Which events will you be checking out?

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