Jan
20

Sacramento Bacon Fest is Back!

By Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt

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Bacon: a food that needs no introduction. It is not only one of the most delicious foods, but also one of the most versatile. Bacon can be a key ingredient from breakfast to dessert and everything in between.

Starting Monday (Jan. 23) and going until Saturday (Jan. 29), bacon will be getting its annual recognition as a true delight with the kickoff of Sacramento Bacon Fest.

Sacramento Bacon Fest has been bringing the best of bacon to Sacramento for years and this year is no different. Each day of the week promises an event filled with fun, good drinks, good food and of course, bacon. Listed below is the schedule of events and almost certainly something that will please your palette. The year’s closing event, the 6th Annual Chef’s Challenge, is unfortunately sold out at this time, but tickets will be given away at other events throughout the week, so make sure you attend one of those for your chance to win a sought-after ticket!

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Jan
13

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

By: Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt

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Midtown Bizarre

Identity Coffees is serving up more than a great latte this Saturday as they host the first Midtown Bizarre of the year. The Midtown Bizarre showcases a wide range of handmade goods and products from Sacramento locals.

Burly Beverages, a locally owned company that specializes in small batch sodas and soft drinks, will be in attendance. They’ll be serving a soda made with locally sourced ingredients and brewed with care by owner Gabriel Aiello.

Conscious Creamery will be dishing out six of their dairy-free gelato flavors. All of their products are all natural and vegan made with produce from local growers.

Grab a directly-sourced coffee, sip, shop and enjoy.

January 14, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Identity Coffees
1430 28th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95816

Midtown Arts

Midtown is known for its eye catching murals and thriving art culture as the neighborhood continues to open new restaurants offering a variety of menus and tastes. The Local Roots Food Tour explores not only the art and culture that encompasses the Midtown area but also gives guests a chance to try some of the great places to eat.

The food tour focuses on restaurants that embrace farm-to-fork and farm-to-glass to ensure that all tour goers get a taste of everything Midtown has to offer.

Grab your walking shoes and your appetite and immerse yourself in Midtown.

Tours take place every day from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The tour, presented by Local Roots Food Tours, spans the Midtown area, and you must purchase your ticket in advance.The cost is $78 per person, $74 for children and military and $70 for seniors (65+)

Midtown, Sacramento, CA 95816

Dine Downtown (January 12-22, 2017)

Sacramento has made a name for itself in foodie circles. There are so many fine dining areas Downtown, it is hard to decide which one to try. Now there are no limitations as the 12th annual Dine Downtown has kicked off.

For the next 10 days, 35 downtown restaurants will be offering special 3-course experiences for $35. Not only will you get to experience all that the Downtown dining scene has to offer, one dollar of each meal purchased with Dine Downtown will be donated to social services and food literacy programs, like the Food Literacy Center

Odds are, one of the 30+ participating restaurants has what you are looking for. Book online to save some time and enjoy your experience.

The cost is $35 for a 3-course prix fixe meal.

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Dec
28

A Seasonal Selection at Paragary’s

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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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Dec
21

Wordless Wednesday: South

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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 www.weheartfriedchicken.com.

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

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Dec
19

Toffee from McFaddy Candy Co.

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“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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Dec
08

Cast a Vote Today for Soil Born Farms!

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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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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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Harrison:

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Alexa:

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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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