SacFoodies

May
31

Food and Fútbol

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As a proud European, it’s in my blood to be a fútbol (soccer, to all you Americans) fan. That said, I am embarrassed to say that I’ve lived in Sacramento for two years and I’ve never been to a Sac Republic game! That all changed a few weeks ago when this SacFoodie was invited to a VIP experience for Republic FC vs Reno 1868.

The VIP section is right behind the south goal and offers a mix of high-top table seating and up close and personal bar seating. We chose to sit literally as close as possible to the action, because, you know, first game ever! Once we found our seats, we headed to the buffet (one on each side of the seating area) to chow down on some delicious Mayahuel dishes!

*Side note* You know how sometimes large catered events only give you lukewarm pasta and a slim slice of overdone tri tip? Well, the folks at Sac Republic have made an effort to change that by bringing in amazing local restaurants to cater their home games! Throughout the season they’ve invited Mayahuel, Tank House, Selland’s, Chando’s, Paesanos and Culinerdy to cater, and wow does it pay off!

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For dinner we had fantastic Pork Mole, Mushrooms in a Pistachio Sauce, Chicken Enchiladas and of course, flour tortillas and rice and beans. I was so impressed that they had a vegan option to be inclusive for all diets. In addition to the food (with a view) we enjoyed a pregame watermelon margarita that was the perfect amount of sweet and tart. Then during the game, we took advantage of the full bar with our two free drink coupons! So, if all of this has sold you on the VIP experience, visit SRFC VIP Tickets to purchase VIP packages for any upcoming home game, going through October 12th, or contact Chris Nasser at 916-307-6103 to purchase group tickets. Also – keep your eyes peeled on our Instagram for a special giveaway coming soon!

Most of all, I learned I love some Food and Sacramento Republic Fútbol. So, who wants to go to a game??

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May
09

This Kombucha Brand is Committed to Giving Back to First Responders

Organic hard kombucha brand, Flying Embers, announces their commitment to support fire safety programs and First Responders during Wildfire Awareness Week, taking place from May 6th through 12th, 2019.

Flying Embers was founded in Ojai, California in 2016, by Bill Moses, Co-Founder of KeVita Probiotic Drinks. Accompanied by a team of passionate entrepreneurs, Flying Embers set out on a mission to create innovative botanical brews that boast practical benefits.

In 2017, the massive Thomas wildfire threatened to destroy Ojai, Ventura, and the surrounding areas, as well as the home brewery of Flying Embers. For three days and nights the Ojai community banded together with the brave firefighters to fight the wildfires and thanks to their efforts, we were kept safe. During the course of the ordeal we witnessed first-hand the courage of the firefighters and were inspired to pledge 1% of their revenues to regional fire safety programs and First Responders.

“Experiencing the Thomas Fire in 2017 firsthand, has not only brought us a special appreciation for life,” says Bill Moses, “but it has also taught us the importance of teaming with our community. This experience has defined our brand and mission to support fire education and prevention organizations and those First Responders who risk their lives for their communities.”

Flying Embers has initiated this pledge with the Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council. WIlliam Castagna, their Board President, acknowledges, “The generous financial support we received from Flying Embers could not have come at a better time. With the Thomas Fire’s devastating effects still fresh on our minds, the Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council is being called to action by our community more than ever. These funds have provided a crucial boost to our capacity-building and community service efforts.”

Flying Embers Hard Kombucha uses the ancient alchemy of fermentation to create a better-for-you alcohol sparkling tea made with an adaptogen root blend. It is organic, gluten-free and zero sugar. Flying Embers’ current line of three flavors includes Ancient Berry (with elderberry, goji, and raspberry), Ginger & Oak, and Lemon Orchard (with lavender, mint, and ginger).

For more information on Flying Embers and locations where the Organic Hard Kombucha is sold please visit FlyingEmbers.com, follow @FlyingEmbersBrew on Instagram, or find them on Facebook.

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May
08

Sacramento State Fights Food Insecurity with Expanded Food Pantry

by Laurel Harrison

Last month, Sacramento State’s ASI (Associated Students, Inc.) officially opened its expanded Food Pantry, taking the next step to serve students faced with food insecurity. The newly-expanded pantry is three times larger than the original facility, has twice the number of shelving units, and has a commercial-size refrigerator for storing produce and perishable items. 

“We are seeing an 80 percent increase in users this year over last year, and we’re feeding more than 10,000 people, which includes family members that students share their food with,” said Reuben Greenwald, ASI’s director of Student Engagement & Outreach. “With our new Food Pantry, we will be able to serve more students and add refrigerated items and fresh produce to our list of offerings.”  

Sacramento State students can use their school ID to visit the pantry weekly and spend points on food and toiletries. In addition to the Food Pantry, ASI will operate an outdoor Pop-Up Pantry several times a month to give students access to fresh produce. 

College students across the U.S. face food insecurity, and it makes us proud to see the Sac State community rising up to combat the issue. Thank you to the Sac State ASI and director Reuben Greenwald for leading the charge and making a difference for students facing food insecurity in our community! 

To learn more about the expanded ASI Food Pantry, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit the Food Pantry website here

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Apr
24

Sol Blume 2019: Everything You Need to Know

by Laurel Harrison 

For the second year in a row, Sol Blume is coming to Sacramento! If you didn’t make it to Coachella (slowly raises hand), here’s your chance to get your fill of music, art, tasty food, and ~chill vibes~. 

Sol Blume is happening this Saturday, April 27, in Cesar Chavez Plaza, with doors opening at 11:00am. Artists include Miguel, Masego (our personal favorite), Tierra Whack (fresh off a set at Coachella), Queen Naija, Jessie Reyez, Tobi Lou and Snoh Aalegra, among others. Full set list available here.

Some of our absolute favorite food trucks will be serving up their specialties throughout the fest, and we can’t wait to visit Nash & Proper for a spicy fried chicken sandwich (medium spice – trust us), and Hefty Gyros for falafel. If you’re looking for something vegan or plant-forward, Bambi Vegan Tacos has your back. Other options? Wandering Boba, CA Street Tacos, Ma Sarap, India Jones, and Yolanda’s Tamales will all be there, so come hungry! 

Keep an eye out for your IG influencer-worthy photo op at the multiple art installations throughout Sol Blume. These include a flower wall, the Sol Child flower mascot, live mural painting, All Good Apparel‘s national park-themed pallet lounge, and Hella Good Company‘s living-room inspired installation. 

To buy your tickets or find more information on schedules, event rules and attendance details, visit the official Sol Blume website here

We hope to see you there! Stop by and say hi if you see us! 

 

Mar
05

Tacos + Margs = Happy Foodies

by Laurel Harrison

If you haven’t tried out the recently-opened Mas Taco Bar on R Street, they have a new offering that should pique your interest (and satisfy any late-night cravings)! As of this week, Mas Taco Bar is serving $2 dollar tacos and $5 margaritas from 9pm to close on Friday and Saturday nights.

We’ve tried Mas Taco Bar before and always enjoyed the inventive taco options and refreshing drinks, but this late-night taco/marg situation has definitely raised the bar! Whether you like to get adventurous with the Banh Mi Shrimp taco or keep it classic with a Pork al Pastor, there’s something for every palate on the menu.

Our favorites right now (ask us again in a week) are the Korean Fried Chicken taco and the Jalapeño Cilantro margarita. That said, we’re planning on working our way through this menu as the evenings get warmer and the days get longer – late-night tacos are a must-have in our 2019 summer schedule!

For more information and for the full Mas Taco Bar menu, visit their website here.

Feb
06

New Year, New Recipe!

by Laurel Harrison

Happy Lunar New Year, foodies! The Year of the Pig is upon us and we’re celebrating in style with a new recipe and tradition from our friends at Food Literacy Center.

Food Literacy Center celebrates Lunar New Year with Yu Sheng, a Singaporean salad dish meant to bring good luck for the new year. A salad of fruit, vegetables and fish, the dish is made and shared to ensure a lucky, prosperous and healthy year.

Each ingredient in Yu Sheng symbolizes a specific hope or wish.

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Jan
07

If You Don’t Like That, Then You Don’t Like King’s Basketball

By Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt

…and, in this case, the “that” is the Sacramento King’s official tequila sponsor, Milagro.

We had the opportunity (thanks Milagro!) to experience the King’s newly announced tequila sponsor during an awesome night filled with delicious food and drinks, once in a lifetime experiences and best of all, a W for the Kings!

We started off our night on the court, Swipa, Bogi and Giles were greeted by the smiling faces of these foodies (we’re pretty sure we were the night’s good luck charms!). Seeing the Kings up close and personal was such a fun experience that we will cherish forever.

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Jan
07

J.J. Pfister Distilling Tasting & Tour

by Laurel Harrison

Last week, the SacFoodies attended a tour and tasting at J.J. Pfister Distilling, a recently-opened craft distillery in Rancho Cordova. The craft beer boom took Sacramento by storm, and we were excited to see a new side of the craft beverage coin – a family-owned and operated local distillery. Since launching their initial potato vodka in 2017, J.J. Pfister Distilling now makes and sells vodka and gin, with an additional gin variety, rum, bourbon and rye whiskey all on the way.

The visit opened our eyes to a whole new world of craft beverages, and it made us happy to know that we can enjoy a cocktail and support local business and innovation. A tasting at J.J. Pfister is also a great alternative for the non-beer lovers out there, or those of us who just want to try something new. Don’t we all have that one friend who doesn’t like beer, no matter how many fruity sours you throw their way? J.J. Pfister’s tasting room brings the casual, friendly vibe of a brewery while offering up spirit options that are downright delicious.

Gail and Kevin Keck, distillery owners and parents to the master distiller Brian Keck, greeted us warmly with a beautiful charcuterie board and signature cocktails made by Dru, the resident mixologist.

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Dec
13

An Afternoon of Holiday Cheer at Séka Hills

This year, the FleishmanHillard and SacFoodies team left the big city and headed out to the Capay Valley to celebrate the holiday season. Séka Hills welcomed us with open arms for an afternoon of food, drinks and good cheer!

We started our afternoon with a tour of the surrounding Yocha Dehe farm land. The tribe grows 16 crops on over 2,000 acres including almonds, sunflower, olives, and walnuts. Plus, Yocha Dehe has a herd of 700 cattle in the hills and surrounding valleys. The tour was beautiful and a perfect way to kick off the afternoon.

  

We then indulged in a little charcuterie and Séka Hills Voignier on the patio! The weather was perfect and it was a nice treat for the office.

After our time on the patio, we headed inside to our table in the milling room, where olives from the farm are milled and transformed into award winning olive oil. The table was beautiful and the decor was so festive.

  

Yes – that sign says “Deck The Halls with Cheese and Wine”… you can see where our priorities lie!!

The menu was full of delicious local produce from start to finish, plus they were so accommodating to our team members with dietary restrictions. We started with a Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad with Olio Nuovo Dressing, Shaved Local Duck Egg, Crispy Bread Crumbs & Aged Parmigiana. This was served with a Séka Hills Sauvignon Blanc.

Next we indulged in a family-style spread of Red Wine Filet Mignon with Tuluk’a & Pomegranate Demi, Roasted Root Vegetables, Sous Vide Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Chicken Breast with Herb Jus, and Wild Rice Pilaf with Leeks. All of the dishes on the menu were cooked with Séka Hills olive oil and balsamic vinegar products! This course was served with Séka Hills Tuluk’a.

  

Last but certainly not least, we enjoyed some truffles and fromage with Séka Hills Tribal Reserve.

Overall, our day at Séka Hills was perfect. We got to experience the beauty of the Yocha Dehe farmland and the amazing farm to table food and wine that they offer. But don’t take my word for it! Enjoy these words of praise from the FleishmanHillard and SacFoodies team.

“Séka Hills was everything that I love about California rolled into one, beautiful scenery, farm to table food and delicious wine! Not to mention learning a bit more about the tribe and their traditions was amazing. I can’t wait to go back for the sunflower tour and perhaps a bit more of the Tuluk’a ;).”

“Such a beautiful getaway. I will definitely be going back in spring for the bloom tour.”

“The food was incredible with so many amazing local fall flavors, each pairing perfectly with Séka Hills wines. I can’t wait to plan my next visit and tasting.”

For more information on Séka Hills, visit their website.

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Nov
21

Fall in Love with Lazy Dog

By Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt and Jessi Gunn

There’s a chill in the air, leaves on the ground and the holidays are fast approaching; it is officially fall!  I don’t know about you, but this weather makes me want to cuddle up and eat good home cooking, but the desire to watch Netflix all day sometimes outweighs the desire to cook. That’s where Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar comes in! You may remember us paying them a visit for brunch with our furry friends in tow this spring. That day we discovered what an amazing hidden gem Lazy Dog is, and our latest visit only solidified its place in our hearts!

We visited Lazy Dog to give the new fall menu a try and haven’t stopped thinking about it since! Their attention to detail with their special menus continues to amaze us, not to mention the quality of their ingredients. All of the Lazy Dog ingredients are sourced from local farmers!  The fall menu is filled with all the best comfort foods but with a delicious twist.

As you can see the menu is AMAZING! So it was pretty hard to pick a favorite dish. If you told us before we went to Lazy Dog that we would have a dining experience where the Spaghetti Squash and Beetballs were among the favorites, we wouldn’t believe you. However, the Spaghetti Squash and Beetballs were truly amazing, all the flavors of one of our favorite childhood dishes and completely vegetarian-friendly!

We also got the chance to try some delicious starters like the Crispy Deviled Eggs and the Winter Veggies with Burratta.

Onto the mains, we indulged in the most delicious and perfectly cooked Cornish Game Hen. Oven-roasted and served with a fantastic stuffing, this was to die for! We also tried a delicious, and different, PB&J Burger! We were skeptical of the peanut butter at first, but the candied bacon and grape jelly swayed us, and it was delicious. Sometimes those unique flavors have a big payoff.

We finished dinner with a delicious gluten free dessert!

Next time you don’t feel like cooking, visit your local Lazy Dog for some truly amazing fall food. That’s our plan!

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