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TableVine opened on Monday, it announced on Facebook.

The Sac News & Review's Janelle Bitker has more:

The exterior has been painted fern green. Inside, there’s a new cream-colored limestone wall, a pervading neutral color palette and vases full of burgundy-stained wine corks. It looks brighter, more open and gives off a wine country vibe, which is exactly TableVine’s goal.

The executive chef is Scott McNamara, who actually headed the kitchen at Bistro Michel during its most critically-acclaimed years. He left Bistro Michel to open Brasserie Capitale, which has also received generally favorable reviews. At TableVine, he’ll no longer be preparing classic French cuisine, rather, eclectic European fare. Farm-to-fork? Of course.

Read the entire story in Sac News & Review.

TableVine is located at 1501 14th Street, and can be found online at http://www.tablevine.com/.

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Feast Q&A: Dinner for 12, or a party of 150 - Sacramento caterers Dio and Terese Esperas are ready for the holiday-party season. The husband-wife owners of A Healthy Kitchen specialize in planning and cooking dinners at private parties for 12 to 150 guests. They also host group cooking classes and demonstrations in private homes, and teach cooking at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

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