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Honey tasting panel will help create new flavor wheel

Apr 14, 2014
Honey tasting panel will help create new flavor wheel

I am one of 20 people on a honey tasting panel at UC Davis whose feedback will help the the school’s Honey and Pollination Center create a flavor and aroma wheel.


Before tasting honey, volunteers sniffed the aromas of all kinds of things in cups.

Eye openers

Apr 11, 2014
Eye openers

Mother rolled out its brunch menu last weekend for the first time. Chefs Michael Thiemann (owner) and Matt Masera (executive chef) prepare dishes at their vegetarian restaurant Mother.

Knee Deep scores big at Bistro IPA Festival

Apr 7, 2014
Knee Deep scores big at Bistro IPA Festival

The Hayward festival is a reliable indicator of who is making some of the best India pale ale in the U.S. Jeremy Warren, the brewmaster at Knee Deep Brewery Co., with a brewing tank.

Can a restaurant’s acoustics impact the way you feel about your meal?

Mar 31, 2014

I recently posed the question on Twitter: How important is it to you that a restaurant has manageable acoustics?

Enotria makes a surprising return to the Sacramento dining scene

Mar 26, 2014
Enotria makes a surprising return to the Sacramento dining scene

Enotria, the fine-dining restaurant and wine bar that won raves for its modernist cuisine before closing abruptly in January, will reopen Friday with different business model – as a wine bar and event space, with comfort food provided by a catering company.


The rebranded Enotria will host monthly wine events,...

Is Sacramento erasing its cultural food boundaries?

Mar 24, 2014
Is Sacramento erasing its cultural food boundaries?

This Sunday, I reviewed a place called Lou’s Sushi. It is a new neighborhood restaurant owned and operated by a man whose name happens to be Lou Valente.


Served during a recent omakase meal at Lou’s Sushi, two cuts from the same tuna each offer a different experience. The...

Passmore Ranch hires former manager of Feeding Crane Farms

Mar 17, 2014
Passmore Ranch hires former manager of Feeding Crane Farms

Many in the local culinary community were disappointed in the demise of Feeding Crane Farms, which burst onto the Sacramento scene as an urban organic farm with all kinds of progressive ideas. While the farm didn’t last, for various reasons, the work of its manager, Shannin Stein, had an impact on many.

Silver Oak wines: Beloved, maligned, coveted or scorned?

Mar 17, 2014
Silver Oak wines: Beloved, maligned, coveted or scorned?

If you’re into wine, where do you come down on the never-ending Silver Oak discussion? Is it very good wine? Or over-hyped? Is the big, luscious fruit something you appreciate? Or is it simply too obvious and lacking in character?


Label for Silver Oak’s 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Brand new Block promises to become a desitination for charcuterie, whiskey

Mar 7, 2014
Brand new Block promises to become a desitination for charcuterie, whiskey

The midtown restaurant in the MARRS project at 20th and K streets is headed by highly regarded chef Michael Tuohy.


The bar is heavy on bourbon, whiskey and scotch.

Co-owner Michael Hargis did much of the design, with work by local carpenter Steve Tiller and locally...

French cuisine coming to K street

Mar 3, 2014
French cuisine coming to K street

Brasserie Capitale will open in the former Broiler location on K Street. The K Street site of the Broiler Restaurant, which closed in September, will be home to the new Brasserie Capitale.



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