The Sac Burger Battle, a fundraiser for the Chron's & Colitis Foundation of America, was held last night at Caesar Chavez Park.
In previous years, the event was held at Raley Field and organized by Rodney Blackwell, probably best know for his Burger Junkies site.
As in previous years, the awards were broken down in two categories - People's Choice and Chef's Choice
People's Choice Awards:
- de Vere's Irish Pub (Sacramento & Davis)
- Broderick Roadhouse (West Sac)
- The Chef's Table (Rocklin)
Chef's Choice Awards:
- Dawson's at The Hyatt (Sacramento)
- Krush Burger (Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, Dubai)
- The Chef's Table (Rocklin)
Dawson's at The Hyatt was represented by Chef Jason Poole (who is also one of the leaders of the upcoming Tower Bridge Dinner) and chef de cuisine Michael Grande. Because I was scheduled to be out of town for work, I didn't get to attend the Burger Battle on Thursday night. However, I was able to sample Chef Grande's food when The Hyatt invited me to one of their recent Craft Beer dinners.
Chef Grande is a real up and comer in the Sacramento food scene. His food at the beer pairing dinner was inventive, precise and delicious. I suspect that winning the Sac Burger Battle championship belt is the first of many accolades for Chef Grande.
The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs - “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream puffs and that’s kind of the same thing,” reads a handwritten message on a chalkboard inside The Parlor, located on Fair Oaks Boulevard near Loehmann’s Plaza. With the ice cream puff, owners Lani Tran, 26, and Martin Nguyen, 33, are bringing you a whole new craving for something sweet. Amy Serna in Submerge Mag.
3 ‘abuelitas’ always in the mix at Sacramento’s Centro Cocina - Julia Rogel, Martha Jimenez and Micaela Gonzales-Garcia – all three of whom are now abuelitas, or grandmothers – have worked 18, 17 and 14 years respectively in Centro’s kitchen at 2730 J St. At Centro, Jimenez carefully assembles the mole negra from about 30 ingredients whenever she’s working, and as sous chef, she trains other kitchen staff. And daily, for the last 14 years, either Rogel or Gonzales-Garcia has made the tortillas. They also poach the chicken, roast the pork, mix masa and prepare salsas. Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.
New Location for Bangkok Garden Unveiled in Natomas - Rumors of a Bangkok Garden revival in Natomas have not been exaggerated, according to signage installed at a new location Monday night. The popular Natomas eatery – which closed abruptly in June 2014 – is slated to reopen next month in the Arena Marketplace adjacent to Tapioca Express, Maestro Cafe and Mountain Mike’s Pizza. On Natomas Buzz.
Let's eat: Three restaurants to check out this week - Looking for somewhere different to try for lunch or dinner? Here's three spots to try. Featuring Maggiano's Little Italy, Double Nickle Smokehouse in Elk Grove and Willow Cafe & Sweetery in Folsom. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.
The Farm Table sells gourmet meals, specialty meat in downtown Placerville - After gaining a following at farmers markets and in Apple Hill, a local couple opened a new retail location -- and filled a long-vacant downtown Placerville space in the process. The Farm Table, which specializes in charcuterie platters and hand-crafted meats, is now open at 311 Main St. The approximately 2,000-square-foot space was previously occupied by Gelato D'oro Cafe, which closed years ago. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.