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? 🙂


SacSmoothies Roundup

You know the SacFoodies LIVE for a fabulous breakfast – eggs benedict, bacon, biscuits, you name it. That being said, most weekday mornings don’t lend themselves enough time for a full-on cooked breakfast. We’ve discovered that smoothies are the perfect speedy snack for a busy morning and can be just as delicious as the full *breakfast experience.* There’s now a big group in the office that makes smoothies as their breakfast or mid-day snack and we’re highlighting some fun and easy smoothie recipes for our foodie friends.

For the next three weeks, we’ll show off our favorite morning smoothie recipes and will share our best smoothie-licious tips. Whether you’re working with a decade old Magic Bullet or a brand-new Vitamix, these smoothies are all easy to throw together, portioned for one (no messy leftovers here!) and a great way to kick start your weekday. Check back here each Wednesday for a new smoothie recipe, and follow along on Instagram to see us in action!

Pro Tip: If you make a smoothie every day, or even every week, we recommend buying some reusable straws. We like the silicone ones you can find here, but there are also stainless steel and glass options. It’s better for the environment and better for your budget in the long haul!

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Sacramento Farm-to-Fork All Stars

By Sidney Burt

Since proclaimed America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital in 2012, Sacramento is making its mark on the culinary map. With local chefs and restaurants regularly populating top 100 lists, the city is bustling with high-caliber food and top-notch talent. And finally, one of the food scenes most sought after events is giving Sacramento the recognition it deserves.

This year, Pebble Beach Food & Wine is hosting a collaboration of ‘Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork All Stars’. An event that will feature nine of Sacramento’s finest culinary heroes and highlight the beauty of Sacramento cuisine. Tickets are still available and undoubtedly, worth the hefty price, but, if you can’t swing the weekday getaway, no need to feel left out.

Lucky for Sacramento residents, you can venture to one of the featured chefs’ establishments just about any night of the week. No matter what you’re craving, or perhaps you just want to create your own ‘Sacramento Food & Wine’ adventure, don’t wait to visit one of these fine establishments.

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Mimi’s Café New Kids Menu


As parents of three kids under the age of 4, my husband and I have our hands full, to say the least. When it comes to dining out, I have an entire preparation strategy that I’ve perfected over the years. Extra crayons and coloring books to avoid boredom? Check. Water bottles in case the restaurant doesn’t have cups with lids? Check. Snacks to keep them busy when they’re starving before the food arrives? Check. Extra veggies in case there’s nothing on the kid’s menu that is somewhat healthy? Check. Check. Check.

When the folks at Mimi’s Café contacted SacFoodies and invited us to try their new “interactive” kids menu, I raised my hand (well, actually five hands for my family). On the day of our reservation, I did all of my usual pre-restaurant preparations and loaded up the kids into the car (Tupperware of carrot sticks in tow) to meet my husband at the Arden location.

Knowing we were representing SacFoodies, the staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a good experience from when we stepped foot in the restaurant, but I did also notice a similar level of pleasantry with other diners. (Full disclosure: Mimi’s provided our meals free of charge.) Great service aside, we were very interested in seeing this new kids menu. As usual, my 3 ½ year old was “staaaarving.” I hadn’t done any homework so wasn’t sure what to expect from the menu (I typically do a quick scan of the kid’s menu online before dining out to make sure there’s at least one thing my kids will eat).

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2018 Food Film Festival Fun!

It’s that time of year again – the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and Food Literacy Center’s annual Food Film Festival is about to kick off! The Food Film Festival supports Food Literacy Center’s mission to teach kids about healthy eating, and you get to enjoy a fun evening supporting a great cause. Have you bought your tickets yet? Read on for an overview of the different events and we hope to see you there!

Opening Night Film Screening
When: April 11, 2018 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Lucca Restaurant & Bar
Tickets: $65 – SOLD OUT
Film: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste – Nari Kye & Anna Chai
What: Enjoy an intimate dining experience while watching the feature film of the evening, with wine pairing available for purchase.

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
When: April 9, 2018 | 6:00pm
Where: Crest Theatre
Tickets: $15 – $20 – click here to purchase
Film: Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
What: Famed chef Jeremiah Tower will be at the Crest Theatre to present the food documentary about his storied career. Created by Anthony Bourdain, the film begins with Tower’s entrance into the industry and follows his rise and tumultuous times that made him into America’s first “celebrity chef.”

Saturday Night Shorts
When: April 14, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Historic Colonial Theatre
Tickets: $50 – click here to purchase
Short Films: Operation Apple (Giselle Kennedy); Food City: Feast of the Five Boroughs (Lars Fuchs & Matthew Fleischmann); Camelina (Lucas Bryce); Super Veggies (The Superha Family); Hand Picked (Casey Toth); Tuka (Ian Midgley)
What: This fast-paced evening features food from top chefs, short food films and a comedy pun-off. Featured chefs include Ernesto Delgado of Mayahuel and Edward Martinez of Milk Money, among others.

Broccoli HQ Night
When: April 21, 2018 | 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Leataata Floyd Elementary School
Tickets: $150 – click here to purchase
Film: Lunch Line
What: At Broccoli HQ Night, community leaders will gather for the first-ever public experience on the future Broccoli HQ site. The evening will showcase a preview of the architectural drawings of Broccoli HQ. This Food Film Festival finale event features small bites from an all-star cast of local chefs and a “school lunch” dinner prepared by Sacramento Unified School District’s Nutrition & Food Services team.
Featured chefs include Rick Mahan (Waterboy), Kurt Spataro (Paragary’s), Billy Ngo (Kru), Chris Jarosz (Patriot), Santana Diaz (UC Davis Health) and Whole Foods.

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Sweet Potato Taco Tuesday

By Jessi Gunn

Tuesdays are by far my favorite “food day” of the week. Why? Tacos! Usually, I’m a traditionalist because I believe simple tacos are the best tacos. Give me corn tortillas, carnitas, onions, cilantro and green salsa and I am thrilled. However, when Smitten Kitchen posted her family’s favorite roasted sweet potato tacos on Instagram, they looked so delicious I just had to try them. They not only taste great, but are so simple to make! Mix the potatoes and spices while the oven preheats and finish the laundry, tidy the living room, make a margarita and watch that episode of Queer Eye while the sweet potatoes are baking! The world is your oyster.

Head over to our Instagram for a play-by-play of this recipe being made in the #sacfoodies kitchen.

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Breaking the ‘Glass Ceiling’ with Sacramento’s Pink Boots Society

In belated celebration of International Women’s Day, the SacFoodies team wants to shine a spotlight on the work of the Sacramento Chapter of Pink Boots Society, a non-profit created to assist and encourage women in the beer industry.

Craft beer is an overwhelmingly male-dominated industry and the Pink Boots Society, along with founder Teri Fahrendorf, is carving out a space for women working in the beer world. From its inception in 2007, the organization has helped women in the beer industry connect with each other, build mentor/mentee relationships and access educational opportunities. Pink Boots Society has chapters across the nation, and our very own Sacramento Chapter took part in the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day for this year’s International Women’s Day.

Local Pink Boots Society members met earlier this month at West Sac’s Yolo Brewing Company to create a collaborative brew in honor of the occasion. Their creation, single-batch “Glass Ceiling,” is a Vienna Lager brewed with Vienna and Munich malts and Tettnang hops and will be available at Yolo Brewing later this spring.

Women from other Sac breweries, local beer supply representatives and the UC Davis Master Brewers Program participated in the “Glass Ceiling” brew day. A portion of the sales from this batch will go towards Pink Boots Society’s non-profit educational efforts. When asked how they chose the name “Glass Ceiling,” Sacramento brewer Steph Messina stated:

“I wanted the beer name to speak for itself. Women can sometimes be shrouded in the haze of modern beer culture, and I wanted us to be able to give a friendly wave to the public. We’re here, and we’re making beer. You just might not know it.”

Cheers to our friends making a difference in beer, both in Sac and around the U.S.! The SacFoodies are excited to try “Glass Ceiling,” but we can’t promise not to shatter it once we’re done. 😉

To learn more about Pink Boots Society and their work in the beer industry, visit their site here.


Bring on the Beer! Capitol Beer Fest 2018

This year’s Capitol Beer Fest marked the return of CBF to Capitol Mall after last year’s event on the 5th Street Bridge. Compared to last year’s unseasonably hot weather, this year felt much more like Sacramento’s usual mercurial March. Beautiful blue skies gave way to cold and rainy ones, but the beer stayed flowing and the crowd stayed happy for the sold-out event.

As expected, the Sacramento and California beer scene turned out in full force, with over 100 breweries lining Capitol Mall. Some of our favorites came as a surprise – I love beer and usually stay away from the more alternative craft options at festivals (cider, mead, etc.), but one of my top spots of the day was San Diego-based Boochcraft, a high-alcohol kombucha brewery. Full disclosure, I love kombucha anyway, but Boochcraft’s turmeric, tangerine and ginger brew was definitely a step above the rest and we made several stops by their tent during the day (it also doesn’t hurt that the ‘booch clocks in around 7% ABV).

For the stout fans out there, Fifty Fifty Brewing from Truckee had a great showing with their Maple Vanilla Eclipse. It was a fitting beer for a blustery day, and the taster size was just enough to satisfy the flavor profile without feeling too heavy.

Another personal favorite was Einstock Beer Company’s Icelandic White Ale. I’ve had this beer a few times in the past and it never disappoints – it always fits the bill and I was excited to see their tent!

Capitol Beer Fest sets the standard for Sacramento beer fests, and we love attending an event that supports such a worthy cause with Runnin’ for Rhett. It’s great to see such a huge event go towards a good cause, and it makes the day that much more enjoyable when you know every sip supports nurturing a healthy community.

Cheers, and we hope to see you there next year! You can check out last year’s Capitol Beer Fest recap here.

(top photo courtesy of @SacFoodandBooze)


2018 St. Patrick’s Day Roundup

By. Jessi Gunn

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, March 17th to be exact, and thankfully Sacramento has plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Do you have a favorite annual event that didn’t make it onto the list? Leave us a note (and an invite) in the comments!

Cafeteria 15L
Local dining hotspot Cafeteria 15L is adding classic Irish dishes to their brunch menu on St. Paddy’s Day only! If you follow SacFoodies on Instagram you’ll know that we are quite partial to Sunday brunch at 15L, (Bacon Jam Bennie and bottomless mimosas, yes please!) but the corn beef hash special sounds so good I might be tempted to switch it up. Hey, this does only happen once a year!

Old Sacramento Parade
This annual parade unites hundreds of colorful marchers, highland dancers, bagpipers and drum bands, and re-enactors in traditional Irish and Celtic outfits for a day of entertainment you won’t want to miss. Events begin at 11:30 a.m. with the parade starting at 1:00 p.m. Arrive early to get a front row seat to the action.

de Vere’s Irish Pub
For Irish food you can find year-round, head to de Vere’s Irish Pub. They have traditional, yet elevated, dishes such as Bangers and Mash and Irish Stew. Before celebrating the holiday on Saturday, head to de Vere’s on Monday the 12th for their annual St. Baldrick’s Rock the Bald event to raise money for St Baldricks foundation.

Fox & Goose
Fox and Goose is bringing Irish music to town with performances from bagpipers, Irish folk singers, The Pikeys, and The Spicy McCormicks. Plus, Irish beer is on tap all night and delicious Irish bites are served until 10:00 p.m. All ages welcome until 10:00 p.m., and 21+ from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Malt and Mash
Downtown restaurant and bar Malt and Mash is hosting their second annual St. Pat’s Block Party. They will be featuring an outdoor beer garden, four bars and live music.  Want a side of bagpipers with your Guinness? Malt and Mash will make that happen. Open from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Streets Pub and Grub
Streets Pub and Grub will be hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day party featuring live entertainment, Irish beer, and peanut butter car bombs. Not to mention Irish Tacos (which I think I definitely need to try). Wear green and get ready to celebrate with the self-proclaimed “OG’s of St Paddy’s Day.”

Pizza Rock
Pizza Rock on K Street is serving their specialty Sausage and Stout pizza in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. With dough made with honey malted stout beer and toppings including beer sausage, carmelized onions, fontina cheese, scallions, beer salt and a sweet Guiness reduction, ths is the perfect dish to celebrate the holiday. Pizza Rock only make 23 of these pizzas a day, so get yours before it’s gone!

Wherever you go on St. Patrick’s Day remember to celebrate responsibly and treat-yo-self to some corn beef and cabbage, I know we will!

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New Year, New Food Goals

By Jessi Gunn

It’s one month into 2018 and I don’t know about you, but my resolution went out the window weeks ago. I made a resolution to read more, sounds easy, right? Turns out a busy schedule and all my favorite TV shows coming back (I see you, Grey’s Anatomy!) doesn’t make for a whole lot of free time to curl up with a good book.

That being said, one thing I am trying to stick to, beyond the first month of the New Year, is a 2018 food goal! This year I am trying my hardest to branch out with what I cook at home. I want to try new flavors and ingredients, both in my own kitchen and when I am out to dinner. I checked in with some of my FleishmanHillard coworkers to find out what their 2018 foodie goals are!


Some of our favorite foodie moments of 2018…so far! 

Gabby – “My food goal is to try one new restaurant every month, and I am already off to a hot start! Recent crossed both South and Moxie off my list.”

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