Dining News: Mama Kim's a 'Really Good, Potentially Great' Restaurant
January 31, 2013
Mama Kim's first hit my radar when I tasted their catering business when I was looking for a wedding caterer. I didn't end up choosing them, but it wasn't because we didn't like their food. Since then, I've also tried and loved her food truck.
Now, Mama Kim has a new venture on Del Paso Blvd, and Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson takes a look.
The rack of lamb ($29), cooked perfectly medium-rare, was plated atop a delicious sweet potato hash, pairing something comforting and casual with a cut of meat that personifies fine dining. It's the priciest item on the menu, but it works as a kind of New Southern sensibility that Scott is masterminding here.
The fried chicken ($19) with greens and cheddar mashed potatoes had that same DNA. Tender and juicy on the inside, crisp and crunchy and golden-brown on the outside, the chicken is a recipe passed down, I'm told, from Rayburn's grandmother.
The grits were pretty amazing – smooth and creamy without being goopy, brimming with fresh flavor – and really are a must if you want to embrace the ethos that is Mama Kim Eats. I've lived in the Deep South and can't remember any grits that good in Alabama or Georgia. Scott tells me she sources them from Nevada County, of all places.
The brunch menu is so compelling that I wondered if I would create a commotion by ordering one of everything. Perhaps Rayburn could distract the patrons with his lovely rendition of "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" and super-smooth "L.O.V.E."
Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.
Sacramento chef Adam Pechal advances on ABC's 'The Taste' - After two episodes and nearly three hours of prime time TV, the anticipation is over. Congrats all around to Sacramento's Adam Pechal, who not only passed the audition phase on ABC's "The Taste" on Tuesday night, but wowed the entire judging panel. This new cooking show, which features such culinary luminaries as Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson as judges/mentors, debuted on Jan. 22 but with about zero air time for Pechal that first week. But that all changed Tuesday, when in the last 10 minutes of the show, Pechal whipped up some seared scallops with sweet corn hash and props went all around for the chef and co-owner of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant Thir13en. Pechal, who's already known around Sacramento as a veritable quote machine, also delivered the most memorable line of the night: "If food's your drug of choice, you have to figure out a way to become the dealer." Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
Dine Downtown Week: Dinner at Mulvaney's - As we finished our meal, the bill came in a vintage book that we were invited to sign. The comments left by other diners were charming remnants of pleasant dinner conversation, good company, and excellent meals. Ours: "Thanks for a memorable meal, Mulvaney's! Can't wait to come back." Stacy Grow on In Search Of The Finer Things.
A Tale of 2 Cheeseburgers: Feedback Lounge and Esquire Grill at Terminal B, Sacramento International Airport - The terminal has a few local spots including Burgers and Brew, Cafeteria 15L and Jack's Urban Eats. I've done quite a bit of traveling in the past year and Esquire is my favorite out of the bunch...As you can see from the image above, it's a bloody good burger. The tomatoes were plump and juicy and the top bottom bun ratio is just right. What I appreciate about this burger is the portion, it's one of those rare kinds that doesn't make you feel freakishly stuffed afterwards. I haven't tried their fries, because I do believe that's what kills you. I have had their famous Mac and Cheese, which are made of fun, spirally pasta and have the perfect crispy bread crumbs on top. Julianne Gabert on Girls on Food.
Wine conference covers everything from science to marketing
- More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the Unified Wine &
Grape Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center on Jan. 29-31. The
industry conference in downtown Sacramento is about all things wine,
from the science of growing a grape harvest to the marketing of cases of
wine. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.
VIDEO: Largest wine and grape trade show kicks off today - The three-day trade show showcases wine industry science, technology, business developments and industry research. On KCRA.