Mar
18

Wordless Wednesday: Grange

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Dinner and dessert at Grange Restaurant & Bar.

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Grange Restaurant & Bar
926 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Mar
10

13th Annual Folsom Wine & Jazz

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Feeling like enjoying a little wine and jazz? Head to the Folsom Community Center this Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM for the annual Folsom Wine & Jazz event, featuring the Folsom High School jazz band and jazz choir, as well as the Sutter and Folsom Middle School jazz bands. Organized by the Folsom High School Music Boosters, this event supports excellence in music education at Folsom High School.fwj-online-ad-2015

There will be a wide variety of regional wines, such as Carvalho Family Winery, Clos du Lac Cellars, Renwood, Sobon Estate and so many others. There will also be local beers to taste, from both Lockdown and Sudwerk Brewing Cos., as well as food from La Huaca, Sutter Street Steakhouse, Back Wine Bar, India House, Great Harvest Bread Co., Hawks, Willow Cafe and Sweetery, and Jake’s Desserts – to name a few.Restaurant Tables

For a full list of vendors, and for tickets which are $40 each, go to FolsomMusic.org.

Cheers!

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Mar
09

Blaze Pizza

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logo 2Blaze Pizza is taking the nation by storm. After opening 50 locations in the last year, the chain is quickly gaining attention for its chef-driven recipes and “build-your-own pizza” assembly-line format.

Often compared to Chipotle and described as the ‘modern’ pizza joint, I had heard nothing but rave reviews since Blaze opened in Gold River.  So, when the opportunity came up to tour the kitchen and meet Executive Chef, Bradford Kent, this lucky Sac-Foodie jumped at the chance.

Upon arrival, we dove right in to discussing everything from the local food scene to the history of Blaze. Brad ran through every ingredient, where it was from, and why he selected it for Blaze. It’s not often that you associate chains with fresh, local and health-conscious ingredients but quality is the cornerstone of Blaze Pizza’s whole operation. They even have vegan and gluten-free options on the menu, so no patron is left without a pie of their own.  Pizza 1

When it came time to customize my own personal pizza, I chose the white cream sauce, mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese, turkey meatballs, salami, artichokes, black olives and spinach to top my masterpiece.image3

After a few quick minutes of waiting for the pizzas to be “fast fire’d,” we had our pies, and they were glorious. The baguette-style crust bubbled beautifully and my selected toppings had all the fresh flavor one could ever hope for.

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Blaze is also known for their S’more pies

Overall, Brad was the perfect host with a clear passion for pizza – we even got to do an impromptu olive oil tasting! Yum! Visit the Blaze Pizza nearest you and tell us how you personalize your pie.

Blaze Pizza
2137 Golden Centre Ln.
Gold River, CA 95670

10325 Fairway Dr.
Roseville, CA 95678

(Coming Soon)
212 F St.
Davis, CA 95616

Mar
05

Employee Appreciation Day + Hock Farm Craft & Provisions

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Hock Farm Craft & Provisions

Photo courtesy of Hock Farm Craft & Provisions

Tomorrow is Employee Appreciation Day, and here at SacFoodies we know there’s no better way to say thanks to your loyal staff than offering up the chance to enjoy some top-notch food and spirits.

Yes, you CAN become the most beloved boss of all time tomorrow – simply invest in some tickets to Hock Farm Craft & Provisions’s Ruhstaller five-course dinner with beer pairings, running through Saturday. Dole these coveted tickets out with all the grace of the benevolent leader you are, and your gift of grub will pay you back tenfold with all those hours of extra, happy productivity.

Tickets run $65 a pop, but what expense is too large when it comes to showing appreciation for your fellow man? With each ticket comes a delicious showcase of the best local fare, punctuated with delicious items like beer risotto and beer-braised Angus beef (you see the Sacramento Beer Week theme here).

So get your tickets now, and go down in history as the favorite CEO, “Culinary Experience Offer-er.”

I know. I challenge you to come up with a better acronym.

Feb
25

Wordless Wednesday: Lola’s Lounge

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Paella from Lola’s Lounge in Old Town Elk Grove.

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Lola’s Lounge
9085 Elk Grove Boulevard
Elk Grove, California 95864

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Feb
24

Sacramento Beer Week #SBW2015

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Attention Sacramento: Sac Beer Week 2015 has arrived. If you frequent any of the local establishments in town, you’ve probably seen fliers touting the specialized events and menus that will be popping up across Sacramento from February 26-March 8.

Sacramento Beer Week is flanked by two “main events.” First, the Sacramento Brewer’s Showcase is taking place this Thursday, February 26 at the California Auto Museum from 5:30 – 9 p.m. In addition to sipping local brews, attendees can peruse the over 150 cars on display at the museum. Admission will grant you unlimited tastings at the over 30 local breweries in attendance and tickets start at $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Designated drivers can get in for $10 and you can also upgrade your ticket cost for $10 to include special IPA flights during the event. Click here to purchase.

Finally, Beer Week wraps up on Sunday, March 8 with the Capitol Beer Fest spanning four blocks on Capitol Mall from 2-5 p.m. The day will include tastings at over 100 craft breweries, live music and a variety of food trucks to keep your taste buds happy while sipping. Tickets for this event also start at $40 in advance and $45 at the door and can be purchased here.

The event options at local restaurants and bars are seemingly endless, so you may want to choose wisely. Thankfully, the folks at Sacramento Beer Week have put together a super handy listing of events that highlight the special offerings and menus throughout the week. Check it out here.

It would be nearly impossible to make it to every event, so I’ve decided to narrow it down to two options and go from there. First, the Ruhstaller and Santos Brewing Beer Flights and Cheese Pairings starting at noon at The Rind, this Saturday, February 28. Second, Steal the Glass Night at Der Biergarten, from 3-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in which the beer stein is yours to keep with purchase of a beer.

Overall, Sacramento Beer Week is sure to be a great time for beer lovers and supporters of the local food scene alike. Which events will you be checking out?

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Feb
13

The Sweetest Valentine’s Day Brunch

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So, who out there procrastinated and missed out on all the hot dinner reservations for tomorrow night? Anyone willing to admit it? Well, instead of feeling bad about it, make it up to your sweetie with a beautiful Valentine’s Day brunch! Just think how wonderful it will be to start off the day with the one you love, sipping bubbly (or a Bloody Mary, whatever your fancy) and enjoying some delicious breakfast together in your pajamas. If you ask me, brunch + mimosas + pajamas are the recipe for a perfect day and much better than a cliché dinner date, anyways. Actually, now that we’ve talked about it, bonus points for thinking outside-the-box this Valentine’s Day. Aww, how sweet are you?!

Below is a great coffee cake recipe from Barbara Bakes I recently made using Meyer lemons from my tree. Sweet, tart, light but rich, serve this with some eggs, bacon and fruit and you have a meal that screams “I love you.” Enjoy!

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Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted

Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
1 – 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions
Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9-inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray with flour. Prepare crumb topping and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and milk. Mix in lemon zest. Add flour mixture and mix just until combine. Stir in blueberries.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with crumb topping.

Bake at 350º for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and remove ring. Drizzle icing on cake. Cool completely before serving. (Unless you’re like us and would rather eat it hot even though the cake doesn’t cut as well.)

Crumb Topping
In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, and butter. Mix until mixture is crumbly.

Icing
Whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice to create a thin glaze.

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Feb
11

It’s a Macaron Renaissance

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Can’t afford to take your Valentine to Paris this year, huh?  Why not create a little Parisian romance with a bite-sized French cookie that’s all the rage – the French macaron.  Not familiar with these sweet little confections? From simple ingredients like confectioners’ sugar, almond flour and egg whites emerges a dainty dessert that will impress your Valentine. These are definitely a step above a ho-hum box of chocolates!

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You can make your own macarons, and there are a number of easy-to-follow recipes, but it’s the technique that makes the cookies light and chewy and the filling flavorful and lush. This Martha Stewart video does a nice job of breaking down the steps to create an authentic macaron experience.

However, if you’re more of a “pick it up at the bakery” kind of person, you’re in luck. Estelle’s Patisserie in downtown at 9th and K has delicious macarons (the pistachio one is unbelievable), as does Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates at 18th and L (the salty caramel one sounds amazing – hint, hint). Even Trader Joe’s carries macarons in the frozen section, and if you’re on a budget this Valentine’s Day, these are perfect – $4.99 for 12 chocolate and vanilla macarons (and, yes, they are good!).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Feb
06

No-Bake Oreo Truffles for Valentine’s Day

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Need an easy sweet-treat recipe for your sweetheart? Or maybe just for yourself? We’ve got you covered. Introducing: Oreo Truffles! Now, the last time I whipped these up, it was for a Sacfoodies gathering. Needless to say, the whole tray was gone in no time at all and I had several foodies ask me for the recipe! For that batch I only used milk chocolate and white Oreo cookies, but for Valentine’s Day I’d recommend using a combination of white and dark chocolate depending on your preference. If you’re feeling really romantic, add heart-shaped sprinkles!  While everyone else is out buying store-bought chocolates, you can take pride knowing that you put your heart into yours.

The recipe I used is from Something Swanky blog and it couldn’t have been easier. So, do yourself and your special someone a favor and make sure this Valentine’s Day is a little sweeter for the both of you:

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Ingredients

18 ounce package Oreos

8 ounces cream cheese

pinch of salt

2 cups chocolate melting candy (like Candiquik, Ghirardelli, Hershey’s, or Wilton’s)

Optional: additional melting candy for drizzling, sprinkles, approximately 30 toothpicks*

Instructions

Crush the Oreos in a food processor or blender to form fine crumbs. Use a stand mixer to mix together the Oreo crumbs, cream cheese, and a pinch of salt until there are no loose crumbs and no visible white from the cream cheese.

Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper, wax paper, or silicone. Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon) to scoop out balls of the “dough” onto the cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes (this is important!).

Remove the cookie sheet from the freezer and roll each ball between your palms to smooth and round. Place cookie sheet back in the freezer for 5 minutes. Melt the chocolate according to package directions. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate, allowing excess chocolate to drip off, and place on a fresh piece of parchment paper, wax paper, or silicone to cool and harden.

Drizzle with additional melting candy and add sprinkles before the drizzle hardens.

Recipe courtesy of SomethingSwanky.com.

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Feb
03

Valentine’s Day Specials 2015

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For many, Valentine’s Day is one of those love/hate holidays. We love the food and quality time with those we care about, but sometimes the hype and planning for a special evening can get overwhelming. To help you out, here are our top picks for a swanky (and straightforward) V-Day date night:

Note: These options are for special Prix Fix Valentine’s Day Menus, and may have specific seating times. Call for reservations.