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Chef Oliver Ridgeway's been at Grange for almost exactly a year. How's the restaurant after he's had the time to put his own stamp on it? Sac News & Review's Becky Gruenwald takes a look.

Because it’s a hotel restaurant, it pulls off the difficult feat of serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. It has to be all things to all people, which—for many hotels—results in a generic menu on which every dish trends toward the mediocre.

Grange is not immune to this pull, which is mostly reflected in the restaurant’s edgeless, modern décor, and you won’t find any “challenging” dishes on this menu. But what you will find is reasonably priced local and seasonal food that is surprisingly delicious.

The restaurant’s chef of one year, Oliver Ridgeway, has put together a menu in which he is taking creative risks with flavor combinations and fall-inspired dishes.

Read the entire review in Sac News & Review.

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Sacramento's Second Annual Vegan Chef Challenge - I can tell you from personal experience that food does not have to have meat or have anything to do with animals to taste good. Don’t believe me? Decide for yourself when dining at a handful of participating restaurants now through the end of the month. Participating chefs at 22 local restaurants will be creating vegan appetizers/soups, entrées and desserts as part of Sacramento’s Second Annual Vegan Chef Challenge. Elena M. Macaluso in Sac Mag.

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