In an effort to raise money for childrens' charities such as Toys for Tots and the CA Fire Foundation, brick and mortar chefs are teaming with their mobile food counterparts to team up in a cooking competition tomorrow at noon. Each team consists of one brick & mortar chef and one food truck chef. They are required to create a cuisine that must include an entire pig and a gallon of honey.
The teams include:
- Oliver Ridgeway (Grange) and Robert Ramos (Coast to Coast Sandwiches)
- Mike Thiemann (Ella Dining Room and Bar) and Chando of Chando's Taco's
- Matt Brown (Golden Bear) and Donell Hendrix (Simply Southern Foods)
- Billy Ngo (Kru/Pork Belly Grub Shack) and Davin Vculek (Krush Burger)
- Pedro Depina (Ettore's) and Andrew "Drewski" Blaskovich (Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen)
Read more about the contest/fundraiser in the Sac Bee.
Smokin' Good 'Cue at T&R Taste of Texas - Lusting for some good barbecue? Check out the menu offerings at T&R Taste of Texas, located in Oak Park. Owner/chef Rodney Ray has been barbecuing since he was 12, and learned his craft from his Texan mom – “a fantastic cook,” he says. T&R stands for “terrific and reasonable” (price-wise), and Ray hits the mark on both counts. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.
Feeding Crane Farms/Lulu's Kitchen hosting open house - Feeding Crane Farms is on the move -- again. The organic farm and forward-thinking food operation based in Natomas is hosting an open house at its newest venture, Lulu's Kitchen. If you're into the food scene and curious about a young company on the rise, you'll want to stop by and get to know these folks. The event is this Tuesday (Dec. 4) from 5-8 p.m. It is open to the public, but those interested in attending are asked to RSVP via email, [email protected]. Several of the food companies that use the kitchen will also be on hand serving samples. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Mangia! - We all want to eat healthier but at some point you get sick and tired of making kale salads and farro casseroles in your kitchen. Or maybe you're getting carpal tunnel syndrome from all that online holiday shopping and need some respite and a bite to eat? Then head over to Mangia!. I recently visited this cute little eatery with my friend Gretchen and I was pleasantly surprised by the tasty sandwiches and salads they're churning out. They recently opened shop next to Paesano's on Capitol Avenue, where a Java City used to occupy. They're right on the corner, you can't miss it- just look for the outdoor seating and the big windows. Ally Gaffan on A Girl & Her Fork.
Minor in beer snobbery - Sacramento State University students, where’s your excuse for swilling warm PBR? That’s right, you don’t have one, because less than a mile from campus is Hot City Pizza. This hole-in-the-wall has a great fridge full of remarkable bottles—the vinous Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien sour, a couple Mikkellers, plus more affordable IPAs and the like. There are also killer drafts, such as offerings by Ontario, Ore.’s Beer Valley Brewing Company, or the Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, a tart Flanders red. And, of course, the hoppy stuff, including locals Berryessa Brewing Co. and Knee Deep Brewing Company. Plus, Hot City sells bottles to go; get a minor degree in beer snobbery. Hot City Pizza, 5642 J Street; (916) 731-8888; www.eastsacpizza.com. Nick Miller in Sac Mag.
Cafe Roma - Mark S. Allen was live from Cafe Roma near the State Capitol checking out the new menu and decor. On Good Day Sac.