The 30 seat restaurant will be a small, neighborhood-style restaurant, in contrast with some of the mega sushi restaurants that are dominate Midtown.
Per a Sacramento Press article in 2011, Valente has nearly two decades as a sushi chef.
Sacramento church opens restaurant to make money for sanctuary - El Manà sits on a small, wedge-shaped island at the corner of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Manzanita Avenue. The taqueria is thought to be one of few eateries in the Sacramento region – if not the only one – owned and operated by a faith group. Several congregations run coffeehouses, but they do so on church grounds with limited hours and aren't licensed to cook and serve food, Sacramento County officials said. El Manà, by contrast, is seven miles from the Arden Arcade church that lends worship space to Martinez and his 150 parishioners. It is the group's fourth church location since the Guatemalan immigrant moved from Los Angeles to launch the Sacramento congregation nearly a decade ago. Jan Ferris Heenan in the Sac Bee.
Lou Valente has been a Sushi chef for 16 years. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and then to Sacramento in 2000 with a brief stopover for five years in San Francisco.
"I got into the food industry when I was 14, washing dishes in Philly at a banquet hall. In L.A., I was part of a catering crew, then got a spot at a Japanese restaurant in Malibu. It was then that I found a love for creating what I do now."
Valente studied at the California Culinary Academy and did his apprenticeship there with Kiyoshi Hiyakawa (Koo). When he moved to Sacramento in 2000, he opend Sushi on the River. He was a partner there for two years, sold his investment and did some travelling.
VIDEO: Where is your beer grown? Calif. hops make a comeback - Growers plant a roadside farm near Davis by J.E. Paino, owner of Ruhstaller Beer. David Bienick on KCRA.
R Street warehouse development gets OK for alcohol, tasting - Local investors who want to redevelop the former Fred Rader Mill Supply building in midtown into retail and offices received city approval for beer and wine tasting and alcohol sales. Despite much concern from neighborhood residents, the Sacramento Planning and Design Commission voted 11-1, with Rommel Declines dissenting, to support the proposal for the building at R and 26th streets. Kelly Johnson in the Sac Biz Journal.
First Impressions: Zia's does Italian deli food - Mama mia, now that's a good sandwich! We started with the straightforward yet tasty Toscana, which was served on an impeccably soft French roll. Paired with a side salad of mozzarella, grape tomatoes, basil and olive oil, this was a tangy and fresh combination that satiated yet didn't risk a food coma...Plenty of other sandwiches looked tempting on the menu, including the three-meatball sandwich and the Milano with its core of mortadella, salami and Muenster cheese. Next time we'll also sample some delicious-looking desserts that feature gelato imported from Milan. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
AUDIO: Friday Food Featuring Ginger Elizabeth's - There's chocolate....and there's chocolate....the kind that is so creamy, dense and rich and so beautifully designed and wrapped it can only be considered gourmet and elegant. That's what Ginger Elizabeth makes at its busy boutique chocolate shop on L Street in midtown Sacramento...You'll see people continually going into the shop to grab a treat throughout the day and evening...Kitty O'Neal on KFBK.