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Dining News: Sac Becomes 'Farm-to-Fork Capital'

In an effort to become a destination for foodies, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson proclaimed Sacramento as America's Farm-to-Fork Capital, reports Jake Ferguson and Jon Schuller of Sac Foodies.

Surrounded by a sea of white chefs’ coats, Mayor Johnson was joined by nearly three dozen of the area’s top culinary talent to announce the new proclamation to an excited crowd of media, local officials and foodie enthusiasts.

“Right here in Sacramento, we have a lot to be proud of,” said the former NBA star and Sacramento native. “This is the best of Sacramento. This is the Dream Team of chefs in Sacramento!”

In conjunction with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, the California Farm Bureau, and a coalition of local chefs, today’s proclamation is intended to market Sacramento as a farm-fresh culinary hub. According to the mayor’s office (and cited in today’s City Beat blog), the region is home to between 7,000 to 8,000 acres of “boutique farms” and touts more than 50 farmers’ markets.

Read the entire story on Sac Foodies.

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Rubicon Brewing offers special IPA for anniversary - Rubicon Brewing Co. is releasing a special edition single-malt, single-hop IPA on Friday, when the brewery turns 25, as part of a weeklong celebration marking the anniversary. Rubicon was one of the first breweries in the country to use an IPA as its flagship beer and it is the oldest functioning brewery in Sacramento, according to the brewery. Besides the anniversary beer release party on Friday, on Saturday Rubicon will host live music, guest beers and a pig roast. A “hangover party” is planned for Sunday. Guest beers will be available for special discounts. The weeklong celebration has also featured guest bartenders and special discounts to thank loyal customers. Melanie Turner in Sac Biz Journal.

A Brewer’s Life - I swung by Rubicon on Capitol and 20th around 3 p.m. to shoot the breeze with Scott Cramlet, brewmaster since 1990. Not quite happy hour, not quite the lunch rush, the patio remained lively as were the tables inside. The bartender Summer Quinn offered water or coffee. I must have looked like I needed freshening up. Two glasses of water deep when Scott sat down at the bar with me, an unspoken short pour of IPA was placed in front of him as he asked if I wanted a pint. I graciously accepted, requesting a Rosebud and used my choice as a transition into a curiosity I’d had since I first tasted the hoppy red ale, “Is the name a Citizen Kane reference?” Blake Gillespie on Submerge Mag.

Ella's executive chef to create "T.V. Dinner" at Verge gallery - Sacramento's been on a roll with creative culinary events, including the "Truck and Mortar Throwdown" coming Dec. 1. And now, a dinner coming to the Verge Center for the Arts (625 S St., Sacramento) on Nov. 8 will feature a multi-course dinner from Mike Thiemann, executive chef for Ella Dining Room & Bar, mixed with a multi-media experience. The event is dubbed "T.V. Dinner," but judging by the flyer it's a little ambiguous of what kind of food will be served. Will Chef Mike offer his interpretations of salisbury steak, corn and apple cobbler? Or, judging by this video from Ryan Donahue, a local photographer who's helping with the event, will Thiemann really have the audacity to take a bunch of actual TV dinner items and give them the sous vide treatment? Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Why Bake When You Can Bombe? - Tonight I discovered an adorable new ice cream parlor in Sacramento, La Bombe Ice Cream & More, and it reminded me of this incredibly simple but impressive dessert I used to make all the time! Sacramentans, I highly recommend you check this place out. They use Gunther’s ice cream (which is fabulous), have incredible flavor combinations, and the staff is delightful. Here are two of their finest combos…Tiffany Cascio on Girls on Food.

7-Eleven opens in downtown Sacramento, minus the alcohol - After a push by local residents, a 7-Eleven convenience-store chain opened a new location just across from the convention center on the corner of J and 14th streets. They'll serve Slurpees – but no beer, wine, or Lime-A-Ritas. The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau initially opposed the 7-Eleven, but changed its position when the store’s franchise owner, Imran Lohdil, opted to not offer alcohol at the new location. Cindy Baker in Sac Press.


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