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Modern Mixologist brings vodka tour to Citrus Heights

Oct 8, 2014
Modern Mixologist brings vodka tour to Citrus Heights

Learn how to make creative cocktails with pioneering mixologist and author Tony Abou-Ganim on Saturday afternoon at BevMo! Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim will share some of his secrets to memorable cocktails during an appearance in Citrus Heights.

Pumpkin pie record comes with megadose of sugar

Oct 8, 2014
Pumpkin pie record comes with megadose of sugar

Pro eater Matt Stonie won Sunday’s Elk Grove contest with 20 pounds 13 ounces in eight minutes. What does that add up to in terms of calories, fat and sugar?


Pro eater Mary Bowers, ranked 38th in the world by Major League Eating, waves to the crowd before the World...

Stonie upsets Chestnut in Elk Grove pumpkin pie-eating contest

Oct 5, 2014
Stonie upsets Chestnut in Elk Grove pumpkin pie-eating contest

Major League Eating stars come to Elk Grove’s Giant Pumpkin Festival and set a world record.


Matt Stonie hold up his championship belt after competing during the Elk Grove Pumpkin Festival at the world championship of pumpkin pie eating contest on Sunday Oct. 5, 2014 in Elk Grove, Calif.

Sacramento region’s warm and dry weather continues

Oct 5, 2014
Sacramento region’s warm and dry weather continues

Sunday’s high is expected to be 95 degrees, 12 degrees above normal.


Despite the presence of Hurricane Simon, shown in this NOAA satellite image 450 miles west of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, western skies – especially those over California – are clear and expected to remain so...

Feast Q&A: Champion eater Miki Sudo is ready for pie in Elk Grove

Oct 4, 2014
Feast Q&A: Champion eater Miki Sudo is ready for pie in Elk Grove

The top female competitive eater takes on Joey Chestnut and other pros in the first pumpkin pie eating world championship in Elk Grove.


Miki Sudo celebrates after winning the 99th annual Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest in July on Coney Island. She ate 34 hot dogs with buns in...

But wait, there’s more — dump cake

Oct 1, 2014
But wait, there’s more — dump cake

Island Delight cake can use fresh mangoes or canned peaches.


Cathy Mitchell’s “Quick & Easy Dump Cakes and More” has sold more than 1 million copies.

Go gourd crazy at annual festival

Sep 24, 2014
Go gourd crazy at annual festival

Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse hosts this family event devoted to hard-shelled squashes.


Gourd artwork — priced from $1 to as much as $1,000 — was on sale at the annual Gourd Festival at Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse. The sixth annual festival will be held this weekend.

Family flourishes in Victorian that’s retained original charms

Sep 22, 2014
Family flourishes in Victorian that’s retained original charms

This restored and lively Victorian is part of today’s Sacramento Old City Association tour.


A decade ago, Pete and Samara Palko bought this midtown Victorian largely because they appreciated its retention of many original features.

Ruth Palko, 9, works on her homework as her brother Petey...

Industry toasts Auburn distributor for its work with craft beers

Sep 10, 2014
Industry toasts Auburn distributor for its work with craft beers

Mussetter Distributing Inc. specializes in bringing more variety and flavor to greater Sacramento area.


Craft beers’ growing popularity has helped Auburn-based Mussetter Distributing Inc. attract national attention —and honors.

Historic Woodland ready for annual Stroll

Sep 8, 2014
Historic Woodland ready for annual Stroll

Annual tour showcases Victorians and Beamer Park on next Saturday.


Walking tours in Woodland’s Stroll Through History will include First Street, site of this Italianate Victorian.

The Gable Mansion will be a star attraction of Woodland’s Stroll Through History.

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