A Seasonal Selection at Paragary’s



If you’ve done any exploring in Sacramento’s picturesque Midtown, we can pretty much guarantee that you’ve spotted the California bistro Paragary’s. Nestled on the corner of 28th and N, you’ll enter a warm and inviting space filled with a staff that has an attention for detail. The restaurant has been a staple of the Sacramento food scene since 1983 and re-opened in June 2015 after a remodel.

SacFoodies was given the opportunity to join other Sacramento influencers to taste Paragary’s current seasonal menu of pizzas, cocktails, desserts and so much more. Their menu is designed to showcase the different bounties available in Sacramento at any time of year. So what you’ll enjoy in the winter will be completely different than what you’ll find in the summer.

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Wordless Wednesday: South



The Fried Chicken Sandwich with sliced cucumbers, fresh basil and buttermilk dressing; the Debris Po’ Boy of roasted brisket, sliced green tomato, shredded lettuce and spicy aioli; and a side of mac ‘n’ cheese. Oh, and a glass (or two) of rose. Find South online at

2005 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 382-9722

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Toffee from McFaddy Candy Co.



“Would you like to sample some handmade toffee?” Now, there’s an offer we can’t refuse.

When Katherine Ellis, owner of McFaddy Candy Co. offered the SacFoodies a sampling of her handmade toffee, we gladly accepted – and we’re glad we did. Among custom/seasonal flavors (such as Pecan Pie), she offers Salted, Himalyayn Dark, Hawaiian Macadamia Nut, Strawberry Kiss and Matcha Green Tea toffee flavors.

‘Tis the season for indulgent treats and we can’t get enough of salty/sweet combinations these days, so toffee fits the bill (especially around 3pm).

If you’re looking for a small gift for a business associate or even a hostess gift, you can’t go wrong with a jar of handmade toffee.

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Cast a Vote Today for Soil Born Farms!



The good folks at Soil Born Farms are in the running for a $5,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation. Consider casting a vote to help them reap a harvest of funding!

If you aren’t yet familiar with Soil Born Farms, they are an urban agriculture education initiative that is worth getting to know. They operate a lovely farm at 2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova where they grow a wide variety of fruits and veggies. This American River Ranch location also plays host to a variety of educational events, such as the upcoming “Art of Home Cooking: Condiments – Homemade Gifts” and “Herbs for the New Year” workshops. If you are in and around the Sacramento area, check ‘em out…and don’t forget to vote!

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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!

















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Sacramento Food Drive Round Up

By: Harrison Reilly


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

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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An Evening at Empress Tavern

by The SacFoodies


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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Sweet Pumpkins for a Sweet Pumpkin


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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Deschutes Street Pub

By: Harrison Reilly


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.


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.


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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SacFoodies Weekend Picks

by Brandon Smith


“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.

First Friday Oak Park
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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