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Nov
29

A Look at the SacFoodies’ Thanksgiving 2016

By: The SacFoodies

For us at SacFoodies, comparing and contrasting the meals we make and eat tends to happen quite a bit, especially around the holidays. When comparing dishes for holidays like Thanksgiving, it initially seems simple in general: turkey, mashed potatoes, yams and cranberries. However, everybody does Thanksgiving differently, even if the differences are small. We all have a different method of cooking a turkey, some families serve dishes that aren’t typically seen as traditional Thanksgiving food and every table set up will look different.

To showcase our Thanksgiving celebrations, we complied photos from the SacFoodies and their various Thanksgiving spreads. Happy holidays!

Liz:

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Brandon:

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Shelly:

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Vanessa:

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Tricia:

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Harrison:

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Alexa:

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Jenna:

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Nov
21

Sacramento Food Drive Round Up

By: Harrison Reilly

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s always important to consider those who are less fortunate. Every year, thousands of food drives are conducted across the United States, and Sacramento is no exception.

With the season of giving kicking off, here are a list of food drives and fundraisers you can donate to in the Sacramento area:

Run to Feed the Hungry

The 23rd annual Run to Feed the Hungry has become a staple in Sacramento’s Thanksgiving Day festivities with the event now ranking as Sacramento Valley’s largest annual fun run/walk. With a fundraiser goal of $150,000, Run to Feed the Hungry supports the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

If you’re interested in being part of the 30,000 participants, visit the Run to Feed the Hungry website today to register. And if you can’t make it to Sacramento on Thanksgiving, Davis, Elk Grove, Folsom and Roseville all do their own local Thanksgiving fun runs.

The run will start on 6000 J Street on November 24th at 8:15 a.m. Registration is $40. For more information, visit Run to Feed the Hungry’s website.

Loaves & Fishes Annual Thanksgiving Meal

Every year, Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, a Sacramento based homeless shelter, hosts a Thanksgiving meal for 1,000 people in need. According to their organization, that requires 300 turkeys, 200 cans of yams, 400 pies and 100 gallons of apple juice. Yet, every year, the good people at Loaves & Fishes get it done!

The organization is currently accepting donations through November 23rd for their big feast. To donate, visit their warehouse on 1351 North C Street. For a list of items Loaves & Fishes is seeking and their hours of operation, visit their website at http://sacloaves.org/holiday/thanksgiving/.

River City Food Bank Drive

Our very own home of the Bank of the West Tower is helping out the River City Food Bank with a food drive of its own. If you happen to be working downtown, come visit the Bank of West tower and donate nonperishable goods.

If you are unable to donate this year, remember food banks and homeless shelters accept donations year round. They’re just as grateful for your donations in April.

Happy Thanksgiving from SacFoodies!

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Nov
18

An Evening at Empress Tavern

by The SacFoodies

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Beneath the historic Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento’s K Street district lies a haven for carnivores, wine connoisseurs and cocktail geeks with some of the best atmosphere in the area. We’re talking, of course, about Empress Tavern.

Empress Tavern opened its doors in September 2015 and has been catering to those looking for a stellar beverage program, along with high quality and excellently prepared meats and local produce. Ironically, this meat-centric eatery comes courtesy of Chef Michael Thiemann, who also owns Mother, a local favorite known for meatless takes on classic southern comfort food. But where Mother lacks in the meat department, Empress delivers with dishes like Cote de Beouf, rotisserie chicken, prime rib and French onion bone marrow. Chef Thiemann’s appreciation for seasonal produce also makes a strong impression on the menu.

We were given a surprise tour of Empress Tavern when we last took in K Street and have been dying to sink our teeth into the menu ever since.

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Oct
14

Sweet Pumpkins for a Sweet Pumpkin

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Remember the days of bringing in birthday treats for class? Cupcakes, cookies, brownies – or in the case of a certain little guy with an October birthday – crispy rice pumpkins with eyes and Tootsie Roll tops. He inherited the “theme gene” from his mom, so of course, I was happy to deliver birthday pumpkins during this fall-festive time of year.

Let us know your favorite memories for sweet birthday eats and class treats!

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Oct
11

Deschutes Street Pub

By: Harrison Reilly

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For the second year in a row, Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery took over the 1800 block of Capitol Avenue for their traveling Street Pub.  With 100% of the proceeds going to Runnin’ for Rhet, the event was an opportunity for Sacramento beer lovers to try unique brews, enjoy live music, eat great food and support a worthy and local cause.

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The Deschutes Street Pub has been visiting cities across the United States, offering fans the chance to try their wide ranging beer selection, including some rare releases. While I didn’t get to try the food, Deschutes’ head chef Jeff Usinowicz was creating custom dishes with help from local chefs Wesley Nilson from De Vere’s Irish Pub and Ryan Rose from Zocalo.

As for the beer, it didn’t disappoint. If I had attended during the evening hours, I would have given their porters and stouts a try. I’m a big fan of their aged stout, The Abyss, but the late afternoon heat called for some lighter beers.

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Here’s what I had:

  • Sagefight Imperial IPA: This double IPA was very smooth for having an 8% ABV. The sage was a great touch without it being overpowering.
  • The Dissident: Only poured in a 30 minute window, this limited production sour was a thrill to taste for die hard Deschutes fans in attendance. Although I’m not a big fan of sours, I really enjoyed this one and its wine-like qualities.
  • Armory XPA: Described to me as an “experimental pale ale”, this beer was the most refreshing of the three I tried on a surprisingly hot afternoon.

This was a fantastic event and a great addition to Sacramento’s fall events calendar. We hope Deschutes makes their third trip to Sacramento next October.

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Oct
07

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

by Brandon Smith

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“Fall into Friday” – First Friday Oak Park

All the wonderful colors  of fall will soon be covering the streets of Oak Park and what better place to take it all in than the Oak Park Broadway Corridor on First Friday.

First Friday is an exciting community-oriented event that celebrates all that Oak Park has to offer and transforms the Broadway Corridor into an evening full of shopping, dining, art installations and festive community celebrations.

Come celebrate the fall season with warm seasonal drinks from local coffeehouses, a pop-up park for kids and adults, food trucks featuring seasonal fall items, special sales at retail locations, live music and art activations from some of Sacramento’s top designers, artisans and muralists.

First Friday in Oak Park spans the Broadway Corridor from 37th Street to Alhambra, and is presented by the Oak Park Business Association and Unseen Heroes.

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October 7, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Broadway between 37th Street and Alhambra Blvd.

Oktoberfest presented by Sacramento Turn Verein

Couldn’t make it to Munich this year? Need an excuse to break out your lederhosen? Don’t worry! The Sacramento Turn Verein has you covered with their annual Oktoberfest celebration.

The Turn Verein in East Sac will be pouring authentic German beers and wine in their outdoor Biergarten and serving delicious German food while live music from three different bands and dancers transport you to Theresienwiese.

The festivities begin today, Friday, October 7, at 6:00 p.m. and go until Saturday, October 8 at 12:00 a.m.

Sacramento Turn Verein
3349 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Deschutes Brewery Street Pub

Deschutes Brewery is back for another visit to the Farm-to-Fork Capitol on Saturday, October 8. Street Pub is a family friendly one-stop shop to try a variety of Deschutes beers with over 60 taps featured – from Black Butte XXVIII all the way to year-round favorites like Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA. Deschutes will be pairing their beers with culinary creations from Deschutes Executive Chef, Jeff Usinowicz and a few local chefs as well. Street Pub will also feature local, live music from River City Radio (2-3:30pm), Brass Magic (4-5:30pm), Humble Wolf (6-7:30pm), & IDEATEAM (8-10pm).

And if an amazing selection of beers, delicious food and live music wasn’t enough to sell you on attending, what if I told you 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Runnin’ for Rhett?

Entry to the event is free and tokens good for one 16 oz. beer will be sold for $6. VIP tickets will also be available for purchase upon entry.

Deschutes Brewery Street Pub
October 8, 2016
1806 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA

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Oct
05

Vegetable Pie Recipe

by Harrison Reilly

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This is an old family recipe that is great to bake any time of year. Traditionally, my family makes it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but could easily be served cold as a summer dish. A pre-made crust works fine for this recipe and feel free to experiment with the vegetables used!

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Ingredients:

1 small onion

1 clove of garlic

1 bell pepper

4 tomatoes

4 zucchinis

¾ cup frozen corn or two ears of corn, kernels cut off

2 tablespoons of olive oil

6 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons of butter

Directions:

Sauté first six ingredients in olive oil in the order listed, just until the zucchini is still crisp. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cheese in the bottom of an uncooked pie crust; spread a layer of vegetable, dot with butter and more cheese. Repeat until all the vegetables are used. Finish with a topping of cheese.

Cook for 40 minutes in the oven at 375 degrees. You maybe want to spoon out some of the liquid before serving, which collects during cooking.

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Oct
04

Sacramento Kings Fan Fest

by Harrison Reilly

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Last week, SacFoodies gave you a look at the eats available around Golden 1 Center. This week, we’re giving you the scoop on some of the delicious offerings within the arena itself.

Eager to taste what we’ve been told is a concessions menu unlike any other arena, SacFoodies made sure to secure a few tickets to the Sacramento Kings Fan Fest this past weekend. This was one of the first opportunities to see the arena, and we were thrilled with what we saw. We were treated to an open Kings practice that included drills, a 30-minute scrimmage and a rookie dunk contest.

The arena is a beautiful piece of modern architecture with glass windows, state of the art technology (like the 4K jumbotron and a Wi-Fi network that can handle 500,000 Snapchat uploads a second) and wide open, easily walkable concourses.

But, of course, we’re all about the food. Luckily the Golden 1 Center has plenty of options. One of the coolest features of the arena is the emphasis on local restaurants and the concessions they’ve inspired. From Café Bernardo and Block Butcher Bar, to Petra Greek and Mikuni, many of the stands represent restaurants you would recognize as a Sacramento resident. See the full list here.

Part of our pack decided to try the LowBrau stand, where we ordered chicken sausages on LowBrau’s famous pretzel bun. With the Golden 1 Center working hard to recreate the Sacramento dining experience within the arena, the sausages were just like what you can order at the restaurant.

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We paired our food with Sierra Nevada Torpedos, buying them from a conveniently located Sierra Nevada Draught House on the upper level. Another SacFoodie who joined us on our arena food tour opted for the red chili pork sandwich from Mulvaney’s B&L:

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We are confident that the Golden 1 Center will be a fantastic addition to Sacramento and we’re excited to try all the food options it has to offer. Be sure to let us know what you think of Golden 1 Center’s local menu offerings in the comments below!

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Sep
30

SacFoodies Survey: What is the one food you can’t live without?

While we love all foods here at SacFoodies, there are some dishes and ingredients we would choose above all others. Check out the results below of our latest office survey: What is the one food you can’t live without?

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Comment below and let us know what your answer is!

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Sep
29

Golden 1 Center Roundup

By: Harrison Reilly

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We at SacFoodies are very excited for the Golden 1 Center’s grand opening this weekend. We are not only excited to watch our hometown Kings play in a brand new arena, but for all the new restaurants and bars opening up downtown. With our office only a block away from the new arena, our plan is to review as many of these restaurants as possible. A new era is starting in Downtown Sacramento and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of it!

To get you ready for the Golden 1 Center’s opening, we have compiled a roundup of restaurants and bars opening up in and around the arena.

Inside Golden 1 Center

Let’s kick this list off with some delicious options within the arena itself. One of Golden 1 Center’s goals is to showcase Sacramento as America’s Farm-to Fork Capital. The arena plans to have at least 90% of their culinary ingredients sourced from within a 150 mile radius, taking advantage of the abundance of farming in the Sacramento Valley.

Local restaurants participating in the Golden 1 Center’s concessions are Café Bernardo, Block Butcher Bar, Centro, Lowbrau, Petra Greek, Mikuni Sushi, Star Ginger and many more. Out of town visitors and local foodies alike will be able to taste food from some of the city’s most established restaurants all within a central location.

WHIRED Wine, 410 L St.

Looking for a wine bar with small bites before heading to the game or concert? Look no further than WHIRED Wine Bar. Right across from Macy’s and the arena, WHIRED describes itself as “a wine bar for newbies and connoisseurs, cork-dorks and wine-geeks.”

Along with a large selection of whites and reds, WHIRED offers draft beers and small bites that include flatbreads, sandwiches and charcuterie plates.

The Foundation Restaurant & Bar, 400 L St.

Right next to WHIRED is The Foundation. This restaurant is a minimalist bar and eatery serving locally sourced American style dishes.

Their happy hour is perfect for a pre-game snack.  The happy hour menu includes house made potato chips with gorgonzola cheese sauce, Asian beef short rib skewers, BBQ chicken flatbread and fish tacos. Pair those items with a $5 wine happy hour special, it’s a great way to start the night.

Malt & Mash Irish Bar, 715 K St.

Malt & Mash prides itself in being a “high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that celebrates the beautiful history of Irish-American culture.” The bar features whiskey from around the world, classic pints and a new twist on pub food.

The cocktail menu includes a drink called the Dublin Gravy, which includes Guinness Drought, Chocolate Fish nitro coffee, topped with Irish whipped cream and a shot of Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey. Sounds like a dream for this Irishman.

El Rey On K, 723 K St.

Owned in part by former Sacramento Kings player Kenny Thomas, El Rey (“The King” in Spanish) is positioning itself as Sacramento’s premiere cantina, offering the “freshest Mexican street food experience” and a connection to the Kings.

Their menu includes smoked carnitas nachos, blistered peppers with sea salt, lime and garlic confit crème and a large selection of gourmet tacos.

These are just some of the restaurants that are open right now. Over 30 new restaurants are expected to open up along the K Street mall in the next year. So keep following SacFoodies for the latest and greatest on all the new eateries across the Downtown area.

Also, look out for a post next week about the Sacramento Kings Fan Fest at the Golden1 Center, where we will get to enter the new arena for the first time and have the opportunity to try some of the in-house food offerings.

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