SLICED: A Celebration of All Things Pizza


All things pizza

A celebration of all things pizza, you say? I, for one, LOVE pizza, (refer to “
favorite food” in my SacFoodies bio), so I knew that I immediately needed to get the details on this Sacramento pizza celebration.

Over the next week or so, the SLICED Pizza Celebration will bring Sacramento pizza-lovers a wealth of opportunities to enjoy some of the best pizza the area has to offer, including slices from SacFoodies favorites like Federalist Public House & Beer Garden, Hot Italian, Masullo (my personal Land Park neighborhood pizza staple), Chicago Fire, Buffalo Pizza, Urbano and more.

From October 17th – 25th, these local pizzerias and more will be celebrating and demonstrating their craft for all to enjoy. From nightly specials, to chef competitions, instructional courses and even a bike pizza tour with Sac Brew Bike, there’s a pizza party for every personality, including the kids. Highlights include:

SLICED will be posting more details over the coming days on the SLICED event Facebook page, so be sure to check there for updates.  


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Round up: This Week’s Food & Drink News

By: Shreya Suresh

Welcome to Sacramento, where the perpetually hungry are never bored. This week, we decided to round up the most delicious bits of news around town:

Jersey Mike’s Plans to Expand

Jersey Mike’s opened its first Sacramento location about two weeks ago, and is already making plans to add more. Look out for five to six more locations in the region in 2016 – locations already locked-in include the Rocklin Commons shopping center and Folsom’s Commonwealth Square at East Bidwell Street and Wales Drive.

In the meantime, you can get your sub at 2912 Fulton Ave. in the Town & Country Village shopping center.

Photo Courtesy of Jersey Mike’s

Photo Courtesy of Jersey Mike’s

Dunkin’ Donuts Comes to Town

Dunkin Donuts opened its first store in the Sacramento region on October 6th. We’ve heard people lined up well before the store opened its doors at 5 am, and one man waited for more than three hours to get his donut. (Meanwhile in New England, a pedestrian walks past the fourth Dunkin Donuts in a half-mile radius.)

Get your coffee and donut on at 5010 Foothills Blvd.
Sac Foodies Tip: For a sweet, refreshing treat, try the French Vanilla Coolatta.

Photo by Oliver Hoffmann

Photo by Oliver Hoffmann


Coffee Roasting and Beer Brewing Together at Last

Midtown Sacramento could soon house its most exciting beverage concept yet – a combination of coffee roaster and craft microbrewery. An application has been submitted to the city for establishing Big Stump Brewing Co. at 1716 L Street, in a building owned by the operators of the neighboring Old Soul Co. coffee operation. The project narrative suggests Big Stump visitors might be able to walk through to the roastery.

It’s slated to open in the first quarter of 2016.

Photo courtesy of Big Stump Brewing Co.

Photo courtesy of Big Stump Brewing Co.

With all this great food action, is it any surprise that Sacramento is considered thesecretly coolcity?

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Spoonful of Chutney – Wordless Wednesday



Wordless Wednesday: South Indian filter coffee, before and after brewing. We South Indians are fiercely proud of our coffee, and for good reason. It’s aromatic, rich, and the best antidote to alarm clocks. You can try some at Mylapore in Folsom (which I’d earlier reviewed for its excellent dosa.)

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National Coffee Day

By: Shreya Suresh

Today marks an important day for coffee lovers across the country, but instead of celebrating with three extra-large cups of iced coffee (guilty), why don’t we give a shout out to our favorite cafe? At the FleishmanHillard Sacramento office we can’t get enough of our in-building coffee shop, Peet’s which is now open in Specialty’s on the ground floor of the Bank of the West building. It only opened a few months back, and we’ve already forgotten what our coffee-drinking lives were before that.

We recommend the iced coffee and caramel pecan pie (trust us on this one). Just today, you can use the promo code ‘NatCoffeeDay’ to get a free Peet’s coffee only at Specialty’s with a food purchase. So here’s wishing you a very happy National Coffee Day!

Photo courtesy of Specialty's Facebook

Photo courtesy of Specialty’s Facebook

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Spoonful of Chutney—Bombay Bar and Grill

By: Shreya Suresh

After what seemed like forever, this week there was finally rain in Sacramento! True to the stereotype of my people, I love the rains with all my heart and miss the Indian monsoon.

There are a few must-have Indian snacks when it’s raining outside, and most of them are best paired with hot chai (spiced tea with milk). So I went to Bombay Bar and Grill, in the heart of Midtown Sacramento, and ordered a box of paneer pakora to go.

Also called “pakoda” or “pakodi” in different parts of the country, pakoras are fried snacks dipped in chickpea batter. Most Indians like to fry vegetables in the batter, but some others also fry fruit or meat. The best variation of pakora, in my opinion, is paneer pakora. It’s made with cottage cheese, and is the perfect combination—crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

This fall, why don’t you add some hot Indian snacks to the chilly evenings?


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Pete’s Pizza & Tap House


Looking to get out of town for a quick day trip? Even though it’s September, we’re all still looking for ways to beat the Sacramento heat, so take a day trip up to the Sierra foothills to Grass Valley, one of the area’s most famous Gold Rush towns.

While you’re there, check out Pete’s Pizza & Tap House for some handmade, stone-baked pizzas and a great local brew collection, featuring ol’ Republic Brewery, Loomis Basin, Knee Deep and more. Their motto –“That’s how we roll!” – is very fitting for their eclectic and fresh ingredient menu, friendly and down-to-earth staff, and casual and welcoming environment.

From wings and subs to calzones and pizza by the pie or slice, there’s something on the menu for everyone. We tried the Yuba (Oh, Yeah!), with garlic and olive oil, bacon, pepperoni, pineapple, and jalapeño-topped cheddar cheese. (When I say “we” I mean I only had a bite; as you know, jalapeños scare me!). My favorite was the summer Peach Pizza special, topped with mozzarella cheese, thinly-sliced and locally-grown peaches, bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, fresh arugula, and balsamic reduction.


Jalepeno Pizza

Piece of Peach


While you’re there, be sure to say Hi to owners Aaron and Lorri. If they’re in, they will most likely be pouring beers or helping in the kitchen but will welcome the shout out. And ask what their favorites are, because they’ll make some recommendations and guide you to what’s good and fresh that day. Enjoy!

Pete’s Pizza & Tap House

New Location:
114 West Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 274-9600


239 Commercial Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 264-7004


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Round-Up: Our favorite Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Events in September


This time of year in Sacramento has quickly become our favorite. With harvest in full swing and the Farm-to-Fork initiative in full effect here in the region, we couldn’t be prouder to be living, working, eating and drinking in America’s Farm to Fork capital!

Because there are so many events and dinners going on this month, we captured some best local events in the round-up below to help you make the most of the festivities..  

September 10 – 27

Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks presented by Lexus
A portion of all proceeds made during the two-week event will be donated to the Food Literacy Center. To view participating restaurants and learn more about Restaurant Weeks, visit America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital’s website.

September 12

Fruit-to-Root Food Literacy Fair presented by Raley’s
In partnership with America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Raley’s, the Sacramento Public Library with NeighborWorks and the Food Literacy Center will host the Fruit-to-Root Food Literacy Fair, a free community event inspired by Chef Dan Barber’s best-selling book, “The Third Plate.”

California Craft Brewers Showcase
The California Craft Brewers Association presents the Golden State’s signature beer festival with over 150 brewers pouring their coveted and unique beers in front of the California State Capitol.

Friends on the Farm Dinner presented by Track 7 Brewing Co
Track 7 Brewing Co.’s second annual Friends on the Farm dinner will be on the family farm at Hood Hops Ranch. This is an all-you-can-eat and drink affair with dinner prepared by Oliver Ridgeway of Grange paired with rare Track 7 brews.

September 14

Urban Brewery on the Urban Farm presented by New Helvetia Brewing Company
Join New Helvetia Brewing Co. at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Demonstration Garden for an evening of local craft beer, urban farming tips, and food truck cuisine from Cowtown Urban Eatery.

September 16

Whole Foods 5% Day
Shop at participating Whole Foods Market locations on September 16 and Whole Foods will donate 5% of the day’s net sales to the
Food Literacy Center.

September 17
Legends of Wine
Wine-lovers will have the unique opportunity to sample and discover more about some of the region’s most celebrated varietals, as selected by two of Sacramento’s internationally recognized culinary powerhouses – Darrell Corti and David Berkley. Sip a wide array of award-winning wines paired and presented with artisan cheeses and more local delights.

September 19

2nd Annual Smoke on the River
The Sacramento Artists Council, Inc. in partnership with The Grid Agency and Dad’s Kitchen are hosting the 2nd Annual Smoke on the River. The event will feature a People’s Choice tasting, live entertainment, and unlimited beer tastings provide by local breweries.

California Brewers Festival Presented by Rotary Club of Point West
Come enjoy a great day of beer tasting from over 65 breweries, delicious food truck delicacies, and live music bands in support local charities. The 2015 festival will benefit WEAVE, Inc.

September 20

The Handle District’s Dirt-to-Dish
This year’s event will showcase local food, produce, meats, wines, beer, and entertainment in the heart of Midtown. The event will feature a classic BBQ throwdown between Broderick Roadhouse and Mulvaney’s B&L. Donations will be accepted at the gate to benefit “Plates-2-Go.”

September 26

Farm-to-Fork Festival
The free festival hosted on the Capitol Mall boasts a selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, five live cooking demonstration stages, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more.

September 27

California Pear Bridge Dinner Presented by California Pear Advisory Board
This special dinner event is being held simultaneously with the incredibly popular Tower Bridge Gala organized by the America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital program. In the heart of one of the largest pear-growing regions in California, the Pear Bridge Dinner takes place on the small, historically named Dead Horse Island Bridge near the Delta community of Walnut Grove. Third generation owners of Giusti’s Place in Walnut Grove, will prepare the meal using locally-raised meats and other Delta-grown crops such as corn, tomatoes, endive, and, of course, pears. Delta area wines will be served along with local beers and other specialties prepared by select Sacramento Farm-to-Fork restaurant chefs.

Did we miss something? Shoot us a note!

For a comprehensive list of food events in Sacramento, visit the Farm-to-Fork website at http://farmtofork.com/.
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Spoonful of Chutney— Finding Favors from Home

By: Shreya Suresh

Growing up, I always thought Indian food was disastrously complicated to make. As a result, I stuck to instant noodles and mac ‘n’ cheese for a few weeks when I moved abroad. When they lost their charm, I made many long distance calls to my mother, asking her for recipes and ignoring time zones. As it turns out, she wasn’t appreciative of my late night phone calls and asked me to get creative. I did the next best thing—I found these great food blogs to copy from. They feature simple Indian recipes using ingredients you’d find anywhere.

Chitra Agrawal, of ABCDs of Cooking, mixes traditional, vegetarian, Indian recipes with influences from around the world. A bona fide ABCD (“American Born Confused Desi”—a term used to describe South Asians raised in the U.S.), her recipes include old family favorites mixed with the best of whatever’s in season. She’s been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Real Simple, among many others and is working on her first cookbook.

Anupy Singla, of Indian as Apple Pie, got her blog’s (and now also her company’s) name from her approach to cooking: Indian food from an American point of view. She caters to homesick Indian foodies all over the world, and keeps her recipes healthy and delicious. Her first two books, The Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooking, remain best-selling Indian cookbooks in North America.

Mallika Basu, of MallikaBasu.com, started out like most Indian kids who move abroad. Armed with a total of two recipes, she moved to England for college. Since her master’s degree, she has tried to replicate the comforting taste of her home in Kolkata, in India’s West Bengal. Her shortcuts, cookery tips, and tricks fit simple Indian recipes into busy schedules.

Anjali Shah, of The Picky Eater, features recipes from across the world, including a large variety of Indian entrees. Raised as an obsessively healthy eater, she ended up married to a “white bread guy” from Chicago. She bridged the wide gap in their eating habits by cooking healthier versions of the food her husband enjoyed. She guarantees that the recipes on her blog are delicious—after all, they’re certified by a couple with a “picky palate and picky food preferences.”

Happy cooking!


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Just Add Blue (Cheese!)


Need some inspiration for the holiday weekend?! We just completed a photo shoot for a client (Pacific Cheese) and came up with nine ways to “Just add blue!” to your next recipe. Check out our list below and tell us your favorite ways to add blue cheese. And look for cave-aged Pacific Blue Crumbles available at a Costco near you soon!

Just add blue to…

  • Sweet potato fries
  • Burger toppings
  • Crudite
  • Figs and honey
  • Wedge salad
  • BBQ potato chips
  • Charcuterie
  • Pears and walnuts
  • CrostiniBlue cheese
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Wordless Wednesday: Crazy Crab’z Sandwich from AT&T Park


Crab Sandwich at ATT Park

Giants fans agree that the $17 is worth it for the fresh Dungeness crab sandwich on garlic-butter brushed grilled Sourdough. My advice: share it with a Giants-loving friend!

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