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Sushi, sake course served at Benihana in Citrus Heights

Sep 11, 2012

The Benihana restaurant in Citrus Heights is hosting a class designed to help entrants learn the art of making sushi and pairing it with sake. The class, called "Sushi + Sake 101," will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at 5489 Sunrise Blvd. Under the gui...

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is a hit

Sep 10, 2012

The weather was unseasonably warm at the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort last weekend, but that didn't slow down the 2,000-plus foodies who sipped fine wines and sampled delectable small-plate dishes at the 27th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Fes...

Sacramento Burger Battle promises to be big, meaningful

Sep 10, 2012
Sacramento Burger Battle promises to be big, meaningful

If you're the least bit tied in the local food scene, you probably already know about the Sacramento Burger Battle event on Sept. 18 at Raley Field. How so? Rodney Blackwell, the man behind the upcoming extravaganza of sizzling beef and gooey cheese...

Mikuni to retire sushi bus, launch food truck

Sep 10, 2012

After more than a decade of rolling through Sacramento and beyond with its assortment of sushi, the Mikuni Sushi Bus will retire at the end of September. But, that doesn't mean Mikuni, the popular Sacramento-based sushi chain, will hit the brakes on pr...

Pajo Bruich and Enotria could be a great pairing

Sep 7, 2012
Pajo Bruich and Enotria could be a great pairing

I was excited to learn that Pajo Bruich, the artistic, modernist chef with the ever-growing reputation (but still rather thin resume) had landed a new gig as executive chef at Enotria. That's the restaurant with the stellar wine list that, at least t...

Top of Folsom art, food and wine event is Saturday

Sep 7, 2012

Just a reminder that Top of Folsom, the event featuring fine art with food and wine set atop the scenic rooftop of the parking garage in historic Old Folsom is Saturday (tomorrow) from 6-9 p.m. It should be quite an evening -- featuring 20 artists, 20...

Hook & Ladder to open in late September at 17th and S streets

Sep 7, 2012

Details are shaping up for the opening of Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co., a neighborhood eatery and bar located at 17th and S streets in the former Hangar 17 space. Look for Hook & Ladder to open in the next two to three weeks - that is, by the end of...

Which celebrity chefs make the most bread…uh, money?

Sep 6, 2012

How much money do chefs make each year? According to the trade magazine Nation's Restaurant News, executive chefs who run the kitchens at independent restaurants pull in around $71,000 a year. Now let's move to the next level - celebrity chefs. They'...

The smoke clears on winners of Best in the West Rib Cook-off

Sep 4, 2012

The 24th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off over the Labor Day weekend was a serious rib-cookin' throwdown between 25 professional cookers competing for cash, trophies and braggin' rights. Along the way, they sold a quarter-million pounds...

Enotria revamps kitchen staff, Pajo Bruich named exec. chef

Sep 4, 2012

Enotria Restaurant Wine Bar, which completed a $1.5 million renovation in 2011, has now undergone its most significant change in kitchen staff. Pajo Bruich, formerly of midtown's Lounge ON20, is now serving as Enotria's excutive chef. He's also helped ...