Win 2 VIP Tickets to Sunday's Capitol Beer Fest

1Capitol Beer Fest, one of the highlights of Sac Beer Week, is being held this Sunday afternoon at Railyards.

The event features 125 brewers, 15 food trucks and live music, with proceeds going to the Runnin' for Rhett Youth Fitness Program. Click here for a list of the breweries participating along with the beers they plan to bring.

Cowtown Eats readers can win two VIP tickets to the event, a value of $65 each. VIPs can enter the event starting at 12 noon (one hour earlier than those with general admission tickets), along with token-less beer tastings and a collectible glass.

General admission ($40) starts at 1 p.m., and they also receive token-less tastings and a collectible glass.

Loyal Cowtown Eats readers can win a pair of tickets to this Sunday's event.

You can enter three different ways:

  • On Twitter: Send the following message on Twitter. "I can't wait to try XXX at @SacBeerWeek_'s @capitolbeerfest on Sun. Get your tix at #CowtownEats" Replace the XXX with whatever brewery that you're excited to sample.
  • On Facebook: Comment on the Cowtown Eats Facebook Page (preferably, the post that links to this contest) and tell us what brewery you can't wait to try.
  • Leave a comment below with which brewery vendor you're excited to sample.

You can enter once per medium. All those who enter via any of these three means will by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 10 will be entered to win the two VIP tickets. A winner will be selected by random drawing. I'll contact you via whatever means you entered to let you know how to claim your tickets.

As for me, I'm looking forward to trying Flatland Brewing Company from Elk Grove. I haven't had a chance to make it out to check them out yet.

For tickets or more information, visit Pro Tip: Buy them in advance. Prices go up on Sunday.


* Congrats to @NJPelczar, who won the two VIP tix. Please e-mail for details.

Pop-Up Ramen Cart at Hook & Ladder on Tuesday


Sacramento has a number of top notch restaurants serving ramen, including Shoki, Ryujin and Raijin. I've also heard good things about the ramen at Kyoto on Broadway, though I haven't had the chance to try it myself.

But for one night, these esteemed ramen houses will face a mew competitor -- the Ramen Cart at Hook and Ladder.

For $10, new executive chef Matt Masera will be serving:

  1. Kalbi Rib Ramen with grilled broccolini, wood sorrel butter and a six minute egg.
  2. Vegetarian Ramen with mixed vegetables.

Both options include a beer.

Service runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Hook and Ladder patio. Cash only.

Hook & Ladder is located at 1630 S Street.

How to Enjoy Kansas City BBQ & Beer in Sac on Saturday


One of the best things about traveling is trying regional cuisine. But getting on a plane and spending a weekend in a new city costs lots of money.

A couple years ago, I went to Kansas City for a wedding and was blown away by their BBQ scene, which is probably best known for their sweet and tangy tomato-based sauce on burnt ends.

This Saturday, your taste buds can be transported to Kansas City at Smoke on The River at Miller, a state championship and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned event. The event will feature a People’s Choice BBQ tasting, People’s Choice for Best Beer and Best Cider, live entertainment and unlimited beer tastings provide by local breweries.

You'll also be eating for a good cause. The event is a fundraiser for Sacramento Artists Council and will raise money for art programs that assist at-risk children, children of homeless families and fund adopt a school art programs for Sacramento Regional Schools.

Don't let the weather discourage you - it'll be 70 degrees on Saturday and isn't likely to rain on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at


How Much Food Will Cost at Golden 1 Center?


The Golden 1 Team has spent months hyping the food served at the new arena. It's going to be locally sourced. It has a top notch Executive Chef in Michael Tuohy. They're going to involve local restaurants. But they've always kept quiet about the prices.

Over the weekend, I was one of the 100,000 Sacramentans who got to visit the Golden 1 Center. Here are some quick thoughts about their food.

1. Food Prices: If you've eaten at other sporting venues, you won't be surprised. An entree will cost somewhere between $10 and $15. For example: three tacos from Centro cost $10 at Golden 1. (See a more detailed comparison below.) Even though it's pricey, games won't start until 7:30 p.m., so if you really want, you can grab something before the game and save a few bucks.

Here's a breakdown by restaurant:

2. Drink Prices: This is where they're really looking to make money. Beer cost $13 at most stands, regardless of whether it's a domestic macrobrew or a local craft brewery. I had a Sierra Nevada and a Monkey Knife Fight during my visit. A bottle of water was $5. Honestly, though, I don't blame them . They just spent more than a half billion dollars building the arena. They have to make up their money back one way or another and it's better that they profit off beer than food.

3. Lines for Food: While they deserve a lot of credit for having diverse cuisines to choose from, the stand with by far the longest lines was El Jefe, serving carnitas nachos. While the local restaurants may have bigger names, maybe all people really want at a game is delicious nachos? One person on twitter reported a 45 minute wait for food. While I understand that Saturday was really a soft opening, hopefully they increase the speed at that stand or replace one one of the "Dog House" hot dog stands with another El Jefe.

Want more detail? Check out all the menus after the jump.

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RIP Cornflower Creamery


Cornflower Creamery, which had billed itself as a "farm-to-scoop" ice cream experience, closed on Friday.

Located at 1013 L Street, the eatery that offered coffee, grab and go lunches and featured great paintings of cows in addition to ice cream, was open for just a little under a year.

Here's what they posted on Facebook this morning:

We are immensely grateful for our customers and patrons!

We have had to close our L Street location due to low traffic and the failure to renegotiate our lease with the City. We are looking for: another location, investors, partners, etc. to help us take our business to the next level at various pop up locations around Sacramento.

I give my team 5 Stars for their commitment, enthusiasm, and awesome customer service.

I work a block from there and enjoyed their ice cream occasionally. I'll miss the place during my monthly splurge for an afternoon sweet treat.

Mimi's Cafe Adds Guest-Created Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop to Fall Menu Starting Monday


Mimi's Cafe, the restaurant that offers "French-inspired American comfort food" has added a Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop as a seasonal specials menu starting Monday, Sept. 19, one of the 175+ recipes submitted by guests as part of a contest.

The lead judge was Ellise Pierce, author of “COWGIRL CHEF: Texas Cooking with a French Accent” and, and she helped select the recipe by Michael Watz of Evanston, Illinois, who won a trip for two to France.

Here's how Mimi's describes the dish:

Center-cut pork chop lightly glazed with honey, herbs de Provence and lavender and paired it with a mixed green salad with green apples, cranberries, goat cheese, toasted walnuts and roasted potato croutons tossed with balsamic dressing.

I was give the opportunity to preview the dish last week. I hadn't been to a Mimi's in over a decade, and jumped at the chance to revisit the restaurant. Now that I have a baby, it's the type of restaurant that I may find myself eating at more often. (Full disclosure: The dish and the rest of my meal were comped by Mimi's Cafe.)

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