What’s Cooking in Sacramento this Thanksgiving


By: Shreya Suresh

Thanksgiving is centered around food, and visions of plates piled high with turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie come to mind. This Thanksgiving, if you have a sudden change of plans or are simply looking to enjoy a good meal without the hours of preparation and cleanup, you have a few options around Sacramento.

Firehouse’s Chef Deneb Williams has created a wonderful four-course traditional Thanksgiving menu, a vegetarian and vegan menu, and a three-course young patrons’ menu. Menu is priced at $54.95 per adult and $17.95 per child 12 years of age and under. The restaurant is open from 1 pm – 8pm, and the regular menu will not be available.

1112 2nd Street
(916) 442-4772

If you like kicking off your Thanksgiving with Artichoke Dip and a Vegetable Cocktail, then head over to Ten22 where they are mixing traditional fare like Maple-Brined Free Range Turkey and Pumpkin Pie with unique offerings such as Roasted Duroc Pork Shoulder and Apple and Romaine Salad.  Prices are  $34.95 per adult and $12 per child (under 12 years old). You can find a detailed menu here.

1022 2nd Street
(916) 441-2211
Going by the number of times we’ve talked about the Sacramento River Train, it’s no secret that the Sac Foodies are big fans. This Thanksgiving, enjoy a three-hour train ride, a champagne toast, and three courses of American fare with unlimited coffee and soft drinks. Seating is pre-assigned, so there is no rush to arrive and find a table. Throughout dinner, the train will roll along at a leisurely 10 to 15 miles per hour, covering a total of 28 miles of track. Tickets are priced at $93 per adult and $47 per child, and you can buy them here.

400 N Harbor Blvd
West Sacramento
(800) 866-1690

If you are a traditionalist looking for a Thanksgiving meal at an excellent local favorite for a screaming deal, then head over to 33rd Street Bistro where they are serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixins for $19.95 beginning at 3 p.m.  If you are also craving their Buffalo Style Chicken Wings fear not. The full menu will be available as well. You can find more details here.

3301 Folsom Blvd
(916) 455-2233

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Sac Foodies weekend picks

By: Shreya Suresh

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Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Turkey Drive

Help thousands of families in need celebrate Thanksgiving by dropping off a fresh or frozen turkey at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.  It’s TODAY and they are accepting turkeys until 7 p.m.

More information is available here.

Drive by and drop off a fresh or frozen turkey to help Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provide Thanksgiving groceries to thousands of families in need in Sacramento. 

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
3333 Third Avenue

2015 Sacramento Harvest Festival

The Sacramento Harvest Festival®, one of the nation’s top-rated craft shows, is returning to Cal Expo on November 20-22, offering attendees a full day of unique shopping, holiday inspiration, and fantastic live entertainment. The Harvest Festival showcases over 24,000 unique items which are all handmade in America – including original art, jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, pottery, toys, home décor and more. Learn more here.

Ticket prices range from $4 – $9, and you can buy them here.

1600 Exposition Blvd
(916) 263-3247

Cask and Barrel 50% Off Holiday Wine Sale

Cask and Barrel, formerly known as Enotria Cafe and Wine Bar, has been reputed for its extensive wine collection for the last two decades. On today between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., you can get the best wines from their cellar at 50% off. Special tastings are available for $10, and you can find more information here.

Cask and Barrel
1431 Del Paso Boulevard

(916) 922-6792

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Thanksgiving Snacks Worth Gobbling Up

By: Shreya Suresh

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to whip up some fun Thanksgiving-inspired treats to bring the family together. They’re fun for both kids and adults to make and we hope they get you in the spirit of the holiday. We rounded up a few of our favorite snacks from around the internet, just for you.

We can’t wait to try this healthy, easy, and amazingly cute fruit platter from HerCampus. How cute is that pear/turkey?

Fruit platter

Hope you still have some leftover candy corn from Halloween because we have the perfect usage idea for them, courtesy of The Krazy Coupon Lady. Oreo Pretzel Turkeys. You’re welcome.

oreo turkey

Not sure if these are an app or a dessert, but we think they are a must-make treat regardless. Thanks Honey Mommy for creating these yummy Nutter Butter turkeys. After all, Thanksgiving is all about turkey, right?

nutter butter turkeys

We love a good cupcake, and these adorable ones do not disappoint. Try these Thanksgiving-themed cupcakes from The Desserted Planet, alongside the mandatory pumpkin pie.


Looking for tasty ways to utilize leftovers? Try these Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs from The Kitchn for a Black Friday treat.

mashed potato bites

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SacFoodies Weekend Picks

By: Shreya Suresh SacFoodies_Weekend_Picks

Deschutes Street Pub Sacramento

Tomorrow (Saturday) between 2  p.m. and 10 p.m., head to Midtown Sacramento (18th & Capitol) for Deschutes Street Pub’s newest traveling event: Street Pub – Crafted for Community. You will see the 400+ foot bar set up creating a pub of epic proportions. Not only will there be a huge selection of Deschutes Brewery beers flowing from the Street Pub’s multitude of taps, but there will be great food to pair with it. Entry is free, and you can purchase beer tokens here.
1806 Capitol Ave.

33rd Street Bistro 20th Anniversary Party

33rd Street Bistro has been an East Sac favorite for 20 years now. On Saturday, November 14th join in the anniversary celebration, complete with an art show, live music from Mercy Me, and drink and appetizer specials.

3301 Folsom Blvd
(916) 455-2233

Pie Making Class

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are your pie-making skills up to the task? If not, there’s still time to channel your inner Martha Stewart and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is there to help. Tomorrow (Saturday) from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., come learn how to make perfect buttery pastry. We will make a whole grain pie crust and a 100% whole wheat tart crust, covering the techniques for a versatile dough and how to roll and crimp. Learn about parbaking, egg washing and flavor combining to make the best pies of the year. Tickets are $49 ($40 for Co-op owners).

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op

1900 Alhambra Blvd

 (916) 455-2667

Perfect Holiday Pies

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10 Things You Don’t Know About…


Brittany at FNCE

  1. My favorite meal is hot dogs and baked beans. I also love sliced hot dogs mixed into baked beans (what I like to call beans and weenies). So first things first, now you know how classy I am.
  2. I’m originally from the Bay Area. I’ve lived in Santa Clara, San Jose, Campbell, Willow Glen, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Redwood City and San Francisco. I’ve lived in Sacramento for a little over a year and a half now—and I’ve managed to only move once in that time frame!
  3. I take my coffee with butter and MCT oil. See my SacFoodies post about Bulletproof Coffee and you’ll understand why.
  4. My dad and I share joint custody of my dog, Zoey. It sounds strange, and it probably is! It’s hard not to love my bossy, spoiled little American Eskimo/Pomeranian mix. We each take her for a few weeks at a time.
  5. I have a bachelor of science in agricultural business marketing. Part of my education included planting veggies and fruits, harvesting chickens (I actually hid in the bathroom for this part) and catching bugs. Go Mustangs!
  6. Snapchat is my latest obsession. I don’t know what took me so long to get on board. I will never get tired of sending and receiving photos of double and triple chins. Now you also know how mature I am.
  7. Cooking is not my forte, eating out is. Sure, I like to cook a meal here and there, but trying new restaurants is truly my thing. The “I’m new to Midtown” excuse will never expire, right?
  8. I was a caretaker for a year. The day after graduating from Cal Poly SLO, I moved in with my grandpa (who was diagnosed with sarcoma) to be his full-time caretaker. I’m proud to say that I temporarily got over my fear of blood and needles. Also proud that my “Papa” is very healthy now!
  9. Potatoes, grapes, pistachios and wine are always on my mind. I’m lucky enough to have a client mix ranging from fruits and vegetables to nuts and booze. All that’s missing is beef jerky. Call me.
  10. I have two brothers under the age of seven. There is Connor (7) and Dylan (4). They are the most loving, hilarious and intelligent little dudes and I can’t imagine life without them!


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SacFoodies Weekend Picks

By: Shreya Suresh

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Downtown Sacramento Holiday Ice Rink

Winter in Sacramento will officially kick off with the opening of the Downtown Sacramento Holiday Ice Rink. Today is Free Admission Day, so make sure you’re there between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. The ice rink will remain open to the public until January 18, 2016.

701 K St,
(916) 442-8575

Sacramento River Train – Beer Train

Be sure to catch the last Beer Train of the year this Sunday at 2 p.m., featuring beers from Sudwerk Brewing Co., Calicraft Brewing Company, Alaskan Brewing Co., and Anderson Valley Brewing Company.

Tickets are $45 and you can get them here and include a 3-hour train ride, souvenir tasting glass, eight tasting selections, and live music.

400 N Harbor Blvd
West Sacramento
(800) 866-1690

2nd Alarm Chili Cook-Off Benefiting the Firefighters Burn Institute

The Firefighters Burn Institute is hosting its “2nd Alarm Chili Cook-Off” charity fundraiser today at California Auto Museum. Tickets are $30 per adult and $15 per child (under 12) – you can get them here.  You can taste and vote for your favorite chili recipe while enjoying beer tasting, a silent auction, raffle and live music with dancing. All proceeds will benefit the Firefighters Burn Institute.

2200 Front St
(916) 442-6802



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Café Dantorels


Having lived in Land Park for well over 7 years now, I’m a little embarrassed that it’s taken me this long to try Café Dantorels in neighboring Curtis Park. This café has been on my “to try” list for years and I finally had just the right opportunity to walk over on a recent Saturday for lunch.

Entering the restaurant, I was surprised by the large space and abundance of seating options, both indoors and out. We ordered at the counter, grabbed our number, snagged a sunny patio table and settled in.

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I enjoyed the Amsterdam Chicken Burger which came complete with all the fixins’ including cheddar cheese and bacon – plus a side of fries, of course. My dining companion was in a brunch mood and selected the Athens Scramble with spinach, mushrooms, onions and feta cheese, along with house potatoes and toast on the side.

The meals hit the spot and the ambiance was perfect for a leisurely Saturday afternoon meal. We walked back to Land Park with bellies full. I’ll definitely be returning to Dantorels in the near future!

Have you tried Café Dantorels? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Café Danotrels 
2700 24th St. 
Sacramento, CA 
(916) 451-2200

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10 Things You Don’t Know About…


Any US Weekly fans out there? Yeah, us too. The tabloid’s “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” is one of our faves. We thought it would be fun to do a little riff off that, as a way to get to know the names behind the SacFoodies on a personal level. Some stuff will relate to food, some not. Either way, here we are… and I’m up first!

  1. I’m one of the original SacFoodies and I’ve never lived in Sacramento. When I joined FH Sacramento 9 years ago I lived in Lodi (cue your favorite CCR song), and then Davis for 6 years. Now, I work remotely from Sonoma County, specifically Windsor. I affectionately refer to my office as FH Sonoma County.
  2. Family of four. On Sacfoodies we don’t really talk about our family life. Well, I have one, and it’s quite busy! My husband’s a firefighter with CalFire, so my job is to juggle his ever-changing work schedule with mine, plus throw two littles in the mix: Kenley (4) and Warren (1). It’s a good time.
  3. I hate being cold. Like waaaay more than the average person. Misery.
  4. My retirement plan includes living in a van down by the river. My husband and I have an ‘86 VW Westfalia camper van. These days we go on camping trips with our family but we dream of selling our home and traveling the country gypsy-style once we retire. We have the van, show me the river!
  5. Wine is in my blood. My whole family is in the wine industry: my brother is an assistant winemaker for a winery in Napa, my parents are grape growers (Chardonnay!) and I work for FH’s food and wine group. It’s a family affair.
  6. Beer is in my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I love wine, live in wine country, it’s my world. But I have a special place in my heart for craft beer and beer culture.
  7. I’m a country girl. I grew up on property in the outskirts of Sonoma Valley – grapes, cows, pigs, horses, rabbits, you name it. I roamed free and built tree forts most of my childhood. Now I raise my children on 2 acres in the country just outside of Windsor.
  8. Cooking is my getaway. It’s my “me” time. Cooking, baking, meal planning I love it all. Except for grocery shopping, that’s a chore. You gotta draw a line somewhere, I guess.
  9. My favorite music genre is early ‘90s country. The Judds, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn… I get so happy listening to those artists. Country music is just different these days.
  10. I can sing every word to several Snoop Dogg songs. And Warren G and Nate Dogg. I might have been into gangsta rap when I was in middle school. Annnd, I still kind of like it.
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SacFoodies Weekend Picks

By: Shreya Suresh


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Halloween is sure to be a frightfully good time. Since we’ve all caught the Halloween bug, we dug up some fun happenings going on this weekend.

Track Seventies Nights

Tonight, head on over to Track 7 Brewing Co. at 7 p.m. to celebrate Halloween Eve with a ‘70s costume contest, a Halloween scream contest, and a disco ball, of course.

3747 W Pacific Ave., Suite F

(916) 520-4677

Rancho Roble Hallow-Wine Party

On Saturday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., head on up to Lincoln for the first-ever Ranch Roble Hallow-Wine Party at Rancho Roble Vineyards. Adults tickets ($20) include a vertical wine flight, tacos and treats, and a costume contest. Kids can come as well ($10, under 5 are free). 

Rancho Roble Vineyards 
340 Fleming Rd 

(916) 645-2075

Día de los Muertos at the Sacramento Children’s Museum

Saturday and Sunday kids will have the opportunity to decorate sugar skulls, traditional Mexican Folk Art, at the Sacramento Children’s Museum to celebrate a Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

2701 Prospect Park

Rancho Cordova

(916) 638-7225

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Spoonful of Chutney – Masala Popcorn

By: Shreya Suresh

Of late, I’ve been nostalgic for the popcorn of my childhood – a little spicier and a little less buttery. Then I visited a cousin who told me it’s quite easy to make at home. I could’ve waited until the weekend to enjoy it with a late night movie, but my impatience got the best of me and I made it on a Monday night.


Without further ado, here’s the recipe for Masala Popcorn.

Masala Popcorn


¼ cup popping kernels  

1 tablespoon oil

Salt to taste

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

½ teaspoon red chili powder

½ teaspoon ground cumin

Curry powder (adjust according to how spicy you want it)

Add all the ingredients to a thick-bottomed pot and place over a medium heat. Keep the pot partially covered with a lid and shake around from time to time. When the popping slows down, pour into a large serving bowl.

Enjoy with hot tea and a movie!


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