Vote for Veggie of the Year!


It’s officially Food Literacy month — so you know what that means! It’s time to cast your vote for the 2016 Veggie of the Year! Here are this year’s contenders:

  • Tomato
  • Eggplant
  • Cauliflower
  • Cactus
  • Collards
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Squash

The polls are open now through this Thursday, September 8, so don’t delay. The top five vegetables with the most votes will be taken into a cook-off among local chefs at Leataata Floyd Elementary where more than 100 K-5th grade students will help determine the Veggie of the Year! What’s your veggie of choice?

FLC veggies

SacFoodies is bell-pepper proud to work with the Food Literacy Center on their efforts to inspire kids to each their veggies!

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Hawks Public House


Hawks Public House, which opened last year, sits on an unassuming corner on Alhambra Blvd.  Drive by and you may not even notice it – but if you’re in need of a bite, I’d suggest venturing out of midtown and stopping in. I’ve been in for both dinner and brunch and enjoyed both the casual atmosphere and tasty drinks and eats. (Tip: No wait for a table at brunch and there’s ample parking!)

Here are four reasons to try Hawks Public House:

  1. Spaghetti Carbonara. With an egg on it. For brunch.

You read that right! Dining with girlfriends a few weeks back, we had to try this dish. We left wondering why pasta with eggs and bacon hadn’t made its way to brunch menus sooner.


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A Hole in One: A Preview of Topgolf Roseville

By: Harrison Reilly


Photo by John Decker

Northern California is a golf hotbed with world-renowned courses like Pebble Beach, Olympic Club, Harding Park, Haggin Oaks and Darkhorse sprinkled across the area.  With so many great venues and a rich history of golf, it only makes sense that the first Topgolf location in California will open up in Roseville on September 2nd.

We at SacFoodies were lucky enough to attend a media preview of the facility and we are happy to say there is truly something for everyone at Topgolf, for experienced and new golfers alike.

First, a little background on Topgolf: initially established in Watford, England, the founders of Topgolf sought to liven up the driving range experience. In doing so, they made a driving range that included food, drinks, endless HDTVs, music and driving range games that are tailored to any skill level of golfer. Since 2000, they have moved their headquarters to Dallas, Texas and have opened up 29 locations across the globe. They plan to open seven to ten locations a year.

Open 363 days a year, the brand new Roseville location has 102 driving bays across three floors that can accommodate up to six people each. There are also two full service bars and over 200 TVs on the property. This is golf’s version of a bowling alley.

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Sacramento Cocktail Week 2016

by Brandon Smith

Bathrobe-clad bartenders, a hole-in-one, rum punch, Caribbean jerk chicken, a race against time and brandied cherries. What do all these things have in common? You probably experienced at least one of these things if you attended a Sacramento Cocktail Week event.

As we previously mentioned, Sacramento Cocktail Week is a week-long celebration uniting local bartenders, fine spirits, fresh products and artisan cocktails. Restaurants, bars, bartenders and patrons from around the greater Sacramento area came together to create, celebrate and of course, drink cocktails.

I jumped at the chance to be a part of the action. I had been looking for an excuse to get out and experience more of the incredible bar and craft cocktail scene in Sacramento and cocktail week seemed like the perfect opportunity. I made it a goal to attend at least five Sacramento Cocktail Week events to make the most out of the experience.

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SacFoodie Survey: Cocktail Week

by The SacFoodies


It’s no secret that the SacFoodies enjoy a good bevvy. From shaking up a Fresh Tomato-Mint Margarita to sipping a White Linen at The Shady Lady, we’re all in when it comes to boozy concoctions. In honor of Sacramento Cocktail Week, we decided to kick-off the first installment of our new series, SacFoodies Survey, with a question to our authors: “When it comes to cocktails, do you prefer a refreshing, sweet sipper? Or something more spirit-forward that packs a punch?”

The SacFoodies answered the call and the results were conclusive: If a SacFoodie is having a cocktail, make it a strong one!

The question itself is fairly open to interpretation, so we asked three of our authors to give some insight into their drink (or drinks) of choice.

Check out the infographic above for all the data and featured responses. We’ll have a full recap of  Sacramento Cocktail Week as well as more great SacFoodies Survey results in the near future.


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SacFoodies Weekend Picks

By: Harrison Reilly

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Fantasy Food Truck Showdown

Presented by Beers in Sac, season #2 of the Fantasy Food Truck Showdown comes to a close tonight, Aug. 19, at Yolo Brewing Company. From 4 to 9 p.m., Cali Love, Cecil’s Taste, Dojo Burger, North Border Tacos and Voyager World Cuisine will battle it out for your SacFoodie heart in a bracket-style points competition.

The food trucks will be provided with a mystery ingredient box and have to prepare a dish that pairs with craft brews from Yolo Brewing.

The event is free to the public and will feature live music by Kamikaze Music Ensemble. If you would like to sample fare created during the competition and vote for the best food truck, you can buy the “Hungry Man” ticket for $25, which includes five small plates and a beer. For more information, visit the Beers in Sac website.

Yolo Brewing Co.

1520 Terminal Street

West Sacramento, CA, 95691


Ice Cream Safari

The 32nd annual Ice Cream Safari at the Sacramento Zoo will take place this Saturday, Aug. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. A ticket includes all-you-can-eat Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream in cones, sundaes and floats and unlimited Coca-Cola beverages. This is a great event for kids and adults alike.

Tickets to explore the 14-acre zoo with delicious ice cream treats are $15 for children ages 2-11 and $20 for adults. Purchase your tickets at the Sacramento Zoo website.

Sacramento Zoo

3930 West Land Park Drive

Sacramento, CA 95822


Slow Beer On a Hot August Night

We have all heard of Slow Food, but what about Slow Beer? Slow Food Sacramento invites you to try this new concept at Magpie this Sunday, Aug 21st at 4:00 p.m.

According to Slow Food Sacramento, “Slow Beer is our link to the Ark of Taste, which is the topic of the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto extravaganza being held in Turin, Italy, this September. Terra Madre is the most important international event dedicated to food and gastronomy. From educational forums to conferences to a grand marketplace, this is where international food communities meet. This is where ideas turn into actions.  This is where biodiversity reigns and is celebrated. And five Sacramento delegates will be there, including Magpie owner Ed Roehr.”

Tickets are $40 and proceeds with help raise money to send Slow Food Sacramento’s delegates to Italy in September.


1601 16th Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Wordless Wednesday: Beet Salad



This is my my go-to beet salad. There are no strict measurements, only six simple ingredients: beets, fennel, leeks, pistachios, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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Sacramento Cocktail Week is back!

by Brandon Smith

The 9th annual Sacramento Cocktail Week is officially underway! If you’re unfamiliar with Sacramento’s established cocktail scene, this is the perfect opportunity to catch up on what you’ve been missing. The event series and celebration is all about uniting local bartenders, fine spirits, fresh products and artisan cocktails.

We’ll be attending all of the featured events and providing you with a full recap of the action later this week. In the meantime, check out the schedule below and let us know which event you’re most excited about!

Monday, August 15th – “The Tavern on the Green” at Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.

Tuesday, August 16th – “It Takes Two to Tiki” at The Red Rabbit Kitchen + Bar

Wednesday, August 17th – “2016 SCW Cocktail Competition” at Harlow’s Restaurant & Night Club

Thursday, August 18th – “Sacramento Bartender’s Guild Presents: Wild West Cocktail Extravaganza” at Sacramento River Train

For a complete list of all the events taking place during Sacramento cocktail week, visit

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Weekend Food Getaway: Outside Lands

by Harrison Reilly

The annual Outside Lands music festival was held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this past weekend and I was lucky enough to attend all three days. In between watching bands like Radiohead, Third Eye Blind and Duran Duran, I was able to try food from vendors across the Bay Area. It was a SacFoodie’s dream!

With help from my lovely sisters, I complied this list of the best food we tried at Outside Lands.

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