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Enotria taps French Laundry and Per Se star as new GM

Jan 17, 2013
Enotria taps French Laundry and Per Se star as new GM

Pajo Bruich has made no secret of his mission to provide a "Michelin-caliber" experience at Enotria, where he is the new executive chef earning all kinds of accolades. Thing is, the vaunted restaurant guide doesn't assess restaurants in the Sacrament...

$2 specials for Star Ginger’s second anniversary

Jan 17, 2013
$2 specials for Star Ginger’s second anniversary

Lunch on Wednesday meant scarfing down an order of Star Ginger's tasty pad thai at my desk, and hello, looks like I'll be back again soon. Star Ginger, operated by Mai Pham of Lemon Grass fame and a noted cookbook author, is celebrating its upcoming ...

Passmore Ranch hosting entire staff of Michelin 3-star restaurant

Jan 17, 2013
Passmore Ranch hosting entire staff of Michelin 3-star restaurant

Just after 6 a.m. today, I chatted by phone with Michael Passmore, owner and operator of Passmore Ranch, where raises six species of fish in eco-friendly ponds in Sloughhouse. He was already in the office, and with good reason. Passmore was tending ...

Randy Paragary’s Cafe Bernardo will open in Pavilions

Jan 16, 2013
Randy Paragary’s Cafe Bernardo will open in Pavilions

The speculation is over. After sitting vacant since July 2011, the Market at Pavilions has a new tenant. That would be Sacramento restaurateur Randy Paragary (pictured), who has signed a lease and plans to renovate the space and open a Cafe Bernard...

Who are top 50 most powerful people in the food biz?

Jan 16, 2013
Who are top 50 most powerful people in the food biz?

Those arbiters of all things food and drink at the Daily Meal have announced their third annual "America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food" list, and it's a cornucopia of tasty bites. "These are the men and woman who have made a substantial impact o...

Drewski’s to expand with second food truck, new brick and mortar cafe

Jan 15, 2013
Drewski’s to expand with second food truck, new brick and mortar cafe

Here's a tip of the chef's toque to the Munchie Musings blog, which first reported this news. Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen, the popular local food truck, is in the midst of a significant expansion mode. Look for a second Drewski's truck to hit the road ...

See’s Candies has a special lineup for Valentine’s Day

Jan 14, 2013
See’s Candies has a special lineup for Valentine’s Day

Bee photograph by Tim Reese Chocolate is tempting and resistance is futile.That's why See's Candies does such a landslide business throughout the year, especially when its special limited-edition batches of seasonal goodies hit the shelves in it...

Chef Mike Thiemann to leave Sacramento, become culinary director for Tyler Florence

Jan 11, 2013
Chef Mike Thiemann to leave Sacramento, become culinary director for Tyler Florence

Just about a year to the date which Mike Thiemann took over as executive chef for Ella Dining Room & Bar, he will be leaving Sacramento in early February. Thiemann has accepted a job as culinary director for Tyler Florence, the Food Network celebrity...

Seasons 52 to open Jan. 28 at Arden Fair

Jan 11, 2013

Hey, good news for you hungry shoppers. When a bunch of knuckleheads aren't putting Arden Fair Mall in lockdown mode, there's a new place to grab a bite. Seasons 52 is set to open Jan. 28, at the site of the former Fresh Choice at the mall. For those n...

Sactown may be a beer town, but it fails to make this Top-10 list

Jan 11, 2013

As many of you know, Sacramento was once a very significant beer town, home to several respected breweries prior to Prohibition. I'm writing this, by the way, from The Bee newsroom -- our building at 21st and Q was once the home of the Buffalo Brewing ...

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