Arena exec Tuohy: you're going to see some great things pic.twitter.com/esLuOdOOYo— Dale Kasler (@dakasler) October 17, 2014
Michael Tuohy, the current Executive Chef & Tastemaker of Lowbrau Sausage & Bierhall and Block Butcher Bar will leave that post to join the new arena as executive chef before Fall 2016. From their press release:
Chef Michael Tuohy will serve as the ESC’s executive chef. Tuohy is best known as the executive chef and tastemaker at LowBrau Sausage & Beer Hall and Block Butcher Bar. Prior, Tuohy was the founding executive chef of Grange Restaurant at the Citizen Hotel.
Advisory council comprised of Chef Tuohy and esteemed Sacramento restaurateurs Patrick Mulvaney, Randy Paragary and Randall Selland.
Click here for the entire press release.
I asked the Kings PR staff whether the job would be a full time job, or whether Chef Tuohy would be adding this to his current responsibilities. They told me that the job would be full time, and that it would start sometime before the downtown arena opens in Fall 2016.
I used Twitter's direct message function to ask Chef Tuohy about the timing of the change, and he didn't get back to me. We had previously communicated via Twitter's DM function for a previous post.
The Sacramento food community rushed to congratulate Chef Tuohy.
Real food at an arena? Start with a real chef. Congratulations to Michael Tuohy.. and to Sacramento. Read the... http://t.co/r58ff9n5jW— Magpie (@MagpieCafeSacto) October 18, 2014
Good moves & good news! With Michael Tuohy leading the kitchen at the arena, if the Sacramento Kings talent can... http://t.co/XtVgbNglpp— Yolo Brewing Company (@YoloBrew) October 17, 2014
Congratulations to Chef Michael Tuohy on being named the Executive Chef of the Kings arena by Legends Hospitality!... http://t.co/NvNDA2f3FJ— Food Literacy Center (@FoodLitCenter) October 17, 2014
Way to go Chef Tuohy! We can't wait to see what amazing venues you offer to the Sacramento community at the new... http://t.co/HjvDX6e6GP— Lisa Armstrong (@LocalRootsFood) October 17, 2014
Last season, Sac Bee food critic Blair Anthony Robertson called the food at the current Kings arena the "Great Sleep Train Robbery, a heist without ski masks or weapons but with plenty of hostages - more than 17,000 enthusiastic, possibly dumbfounded fans eager to support the home team at nearly any cost."
I have no doubt that under Chef Tuohy, the new Kings arena will get its consessions in order.
Kings Arena goes 'farm-to-court' - The upcoming arena will—you guessed it—embrace the city’s farm-to-fork movement. Chef Michael Tuohy of Block Butcher Bar and LowBrau will lead as executive chef, with restaurateurs Patrick Mulvaney, Randy Paragary and Randall Selland in advisory roles. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.
VIDEO: Farm to Fork now to be served at Sacramento Kings games - The Sacramento Kings announced their new concession plan that will feature locally raised food. Rob Malcolm on KCRA.
Audio: Farm To Arena To Fork - Michael Tuohy of LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar will serve as the arena's executive chef. He says there is a lot of work to do in preparation for the arena's opening night. "The time for me to come on board is really now to start laying the groundwork for designing the kitchen, finalizing the plans for that, laying out the operations for the type of restaurants that are going to be in there, and then really sourcing all the products, which is what I do. I'm local and I know all the local farms and where to find everything. That's what I do... besides cook." On Capitol Public Radio.
Cooking with Chef Rick Mahan on Oct. 30 - Mahan will be teaching a class through the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op on the evening of Oct. 30—offering attendees a unique opportunity to learn some valuable tips about the preparation of two of his most beloved menu items: risotto and gnocchi. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.