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Checking in with Chando

Checking in with Chando

It had been well over a year since I last saw Chando Madrigal. We had met in the early days of the gourmet truck movement here in Sacramento, at the time when we founded SactoMoFo. Chando was one of the first Sacramento trucks on the scene, close on the heels of Krushburger (then Miniburger) and Drewski's.

I was lucky in that my office building where I now work was hosting a luncheon for the tenants and they called in Chando's to cater it. I was happy to see that Chando himself arrived on site and we were able to take a few minutes to catch up... Read More

Summer Food Events - What will you eat this summer?

Summer Food Events - What will you eat this summer?

The great thing about Sacramento is that we have food events all year long.  Our name of Farm-to-Fork Capitol is appropriate with everything from Baconfest to the Banana Festival. In fact, sometimes competition is fierce for your attention and your dollar.

We are also blessed to be in the middle of so many destinations. With Napa, Tahoe, Reno, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey/Carmel, and Yosemite so close by, there are events to select from throughout Northern California.

Below is the Foodie Calendar through September's Farm-to-Fork Festival. The ones with comments are my favorites that I return to year after year.

July 17-18 Marysville Peach Festival
July 18 Capay Organic Tomato Festival 
July 24-26 Gilroy Garlic Festival... Read More

Midtown’s Sutter District Presents 2nd Annual Sacratomato Week & Festival - 7/20-25!

Midtown’s Sutter District Presents 2nd Annual Sacratomato Week & Festival - 7/20-25!

Get ready to savor the tomato when Midtown Sacramento’s Sutter District presents the second annual “Sacratomato Week” July 20-25, 2015.  New this year, the food-focused week will culminate with a FREE family friendly festival that will take place on the grounds outside of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) on Saturday, July 25, from 4 to 8 p.m.   The weeklong celebration of Sacramento’s signature commodity is presented by the Sutter District and sponsored by SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utilities District) with support provided by the Midtown Business Association (MBA).

All Sutter District bars and restaurants are participating in “Sacratomato Week,” including:  Barwest, Biba, Cafe Bernardo, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, INK Eats & Drinks, Monkey Bar, Paragary’s Midtown and Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar.

Sacratomato Week -- July 20-25

Great Idea: DIY Summer Bars

Great Idea: DIY Summer Bars

Elizabeth Leader Smith

Kimchi Burgers

One of the most memorable summer afternoon parties I’ve attended included a DIY cocktail bar with a muddle station. There were homemade simple syrups, berries and herbs to add flavor to the liquor of our choice. We muddled, tested and tasted until the sun went down perfecting our personalized cocktails... Read More

"Live With the Chef" at Arden Hills on Wednesday Evening!

"Live With the Chef" at Arden Hills on Wednesday Evening!

Amazing appetizers help to kick-start any party, family gathering or summer get-together! 

To learn some fresh and fun new ideas for those summer socials, mark your calendar to attend  the next “Live With the Chef” cooking class at Arden Hills on Wednesday evening, June 24, when Wellness Chef Lothar Wakefield shares his recipes and preparation techniques to get your culinary and creative juices really flowing.  This  special monthly cooking class is focused on incorporating fresh ingredients  designed for a healthy and well balanced diet.  You're invited to join this ongoing adult cooking series and couples are welcome, too!

Due to the popularity of this class, space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, please call 916-482-6111; for more information or visit http://www.ardenhills.me/calendar.php?display=FullCalendar&id=1432674043
 

Ngaio Bealum: Best Medicine Show

Ngaio Bealum: Best Medicine Show
Ngaio Bealum: Best Medicine Show
06-17-2015 - 06-17-2015
Punch Line Comedy Club
http://www.punchlinesac.com/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/eventdetail&eventId=1C004EB3F927977A&oid=15155
Admission: $15 Ages 18+ *Two drink minimum
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