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Dining News: City Approves New Location for Pre-Flite Lounge

20141027_211113916_iOSThe alley where the entrance to Pre-Flite Lounge will be. In the background is Insight Coffee Roasters on 10th St.

Pre-Flite Lounge, the hipster dive bar displaced by the new Kings arena, has found a new home, reports Ryan Lillis in the Sac Bee.

On Thursday, the city Planning Commission unanimously approved a permit for the Pre-Flite to open in the basement of 1011 10th St., a stately building just off J Street that once housed a Wells Fargo bank. It’s across the street from the upscale Grange restaurant and next to the trendy Parlare night club.

There’s nothing upscale or trendy about the new Pre-Flite. The door to the new space opens into an alley lined with dumpsters stacked against the side of a single room occupancy hotel...

There won’t be any windows in the new bar. They’re bringing back the piano and the old jukebox. Many patrons used to pose for photographs with an oddly dressed mannequin at the Pre-Flite. The mannequin will be back.

Read the entire article in the Sac Bee.

To get a good feel for the new space that Pre-Flite Lounge will occupy, CBS 13 takes a tour with owner Jason Yee.

The owner tells CBS 13 that he hopes to have the restaurant in 6 weeks.

Pre Flite Lounge will be located at 1011 10th St., and can be found online at http://www.preflitelounge.com/.

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Formoli’s Bistro nearly great, and getting better - While Sacramento’s dining scene has evolved in the eight years Formoli’s has been in business, this modest bistro has grown even more. Were it not for those mediocre desserts and minuscule missteps, it would be vying for a spot as a top-10 restaurant. For now, it’s very good – and very close. Because Formoli is so talented and his staff so professional, I’ve set the bar higher, and I expect just a bit more in the months and years ahead. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

West Sac Veggie Trike - Meet Collin, the mastermind behind the West Sac Veggie Trike. He pedals fresh fruits and veggies, local honey and eggs around the streets of West Sacramento, all for very reasonable prices. One day you may find him on the state streets and another out in the Bridgeway Island neighborhood. It’s always easy to find him thanks to Facebook and Twitter. Kim Bedwell in Sac Foodies.

Nutty noodles - Sacramento doesn't have a ramen burger yet, but last month Shoki Ramen House (whose owners happen to be friends with Shimamoto) debuted the Rapanada, a burrito-esque “ramen-empanada” at a few special events. Shoki's Facebook page says it will be available soon (if not already), but in the meantime, here are a few other options in town for people who want their noodles stuck in some buns. Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

Let's eat: Three places you might want to try - Looking for somewhere different to try for lunch or dinner? Our three places to try this week include a place to get banh mi, South Indian vegetarian food in Folsom and an Italian deli favorite. Featuring Huong Lan Sandwiches, Mylapore Restaurant and Sampino's Towne Foods. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

A Tale of Two Sacramento Restaurants - I wanted to blog about two restaurants I have visited lately. We have been trying to eat at home lately, so going out feels like a genuine treat and we choose our destinations carefully. The first stop was the new location of Bacon & Butter, which moved from midtown to Tahoe Park, and the second is The Cultured & The Cured in East Sac. Stacy Grow on In Search of the Finer Things.

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Dining News: Pieology, Replacing Monsoon at 16th & K, to Open in Mid-November

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Pieology, a player in the "fast pizza" space where you can get a custom pizza in less than 5 minutes, will open in mid-November, reports Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Pieology Pizzeria plans to open its new restaurant in midtown Sacramento in mid-November, according to a company spokeswoman.

The restaurant, which specializes in personal pizzas, fills the spot previously occupied by Indian restaurant Monsoon at 1020 16th St. It will be the Sacramento region's first Pieology location.

Guests select pizza elements such as sauce -- available in flavors ranging from barbecue to pesto -- and toppings, including options such as meats, cheeses and vegetables. Pizzas cost less than $8.

Read the entire story in the Sac Biz Journal.

In addition to the Sacramento location, Pieology recently opened a restaurant in Fairfield, and will open locations in Vacaville, Santa Rosa and Daly City, the business announced on its Facebook Page.

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Sactoberfest organizer to file for bankruptcy - In accordance with bankruptcy rules, he said his employees would be paid first, followed by independent contractors and larger businesses. He said it’s also unclear how much money there will be for the charitable organizations that supplied volunteers. In an Oct. 21 letter informing creditors and others of his plan, he said that most of the staff were hired as independent contractors. “I’ve never been in this position. I’m a guy who pays his bills,” said Clakeley, who started his Orangevale-based event company Finrich Events after a long career in events in San Diego. Ed Fletcher in the Sac Bee.

Sactoberfest promoter apologizes for event's financial failure - The promoter behind this month's Sactoberfest has sent a letter of apology to nearly 100 contractors and creditors who were not paid at the end of the three-day event. Richard Clakeley said he is "mortified and deeply embarrassed" by the financial failure of the second annual beer festival which drew less than half the 8,500 paid attendees Clakeley had budgeted for. George Warren on News 10.

‘Sactoberfest’ Worker Alleges Pay Problems - The event employee says when she went to pick up her paycheck Friday, she and several others were told that because of lower than expected attendance, they would be paid 75 cents on the dollar. Ali Wolf on FOX 40.

Sactoberfest Organizer Admits to Not Paying Workers - The organizer of the Sactoberfest beer event admitted that he owes 100 workers money. “It’s not fair,” worker Anna Gaebe said. “We busted our humps.” Gaebe agreed to work as a bar manager for Sactoberfest for a flat $500. Marin Austin on FOX 40.

Bacon & Butter opens to large crowds and answers a key question about relocating - Bacon & Butter is back in business, filling seats, cranking up the kitchen and answering a big question on the minds of many: Can a popular restaurant remain popular when it pulls out of midtown and opens in a quiet neighborhood like Tahoe Park about 15 minutes away? Based on the super-busy brunch I witnessed Sunday and the one I heard about the week before, Bacon & Butter is doing better than ever in its new and improved digs at 5913 Broadway. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Lowbrau, Block Butcher Bar Exec Chef to (Eventually) Leave Post, Join Kings Arena

Michael Tuohy, the current Executive Chef & Tastemaker of Lowbrau Sausage & Bierhall and Block Butcher Bar will leave that post to join the new arena as executive chef before Fall 2016. From their press release:

Chef Michael Tuohy will serve as the ESC’s executive chef. Tuohy is best known as the executive chef and tastemaker at LowBrau Sausage & Beer Hall and Block Butcher Bar. Prior, Tuohy was the founding executive chef of Grange Restaurant at the Citizen Hotel.

Advisory council comprised of Chef Tuohy and esteemed Sacramento restaurateurs Patrick Mulvaney, Randy Paragary and Randall Selland.

Click here for the entire press release.

I asked the Kings PR staff whether the job would be a full time job, or whether Chef Tuohy would be adding this to his current responsibilities. They told me that the job would be full time, and that it would start sometime before the downtown arena opens in Fall 2016.

I used Twitter's direct message function to ask Chef Tuohy about the timing of the change, and he didn't get back to me. We had previously communicated via Twitter's DM function for a previous post.

The Sacramento food community rushed to congratulate Chef Tuohy.

Last season, Sac Bee food critic Blair Anthony Robertson called the food at the current Kings arena the "Great Sleep Train Robbery, a heist without ski masks or weapons but with plenty of hostages - more than 17,000 enthusiastic, possibly dumbfounded fans eager to support the home team at nearly any cost."

I have no doubt that under Chef Tuohy, the new Kings arena will get its consessions in order.

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Kings Arena goes 'farm-to-court' - The upcoming arena will—you guessed it—embrace the city’s farm-to-fork movement. Chef Michael Tuohy of Block Butcher Bar and LowBrau will lead as executive chef, with restaurateurs Patrick Mulvaney, Randy Paragary and Randall Selland in advisory roles. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

VIDEO: Farm to Fork now to be served at Sacramento Kings games - The Sacramento Kings announced their new concession plan that will feature locally raised food. Rob Malcolm on KCRA.

Audio: Farm To Arena To Fork - Michael Tuohy of LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar will serve as the arena's executive chef.  He says there is a lot of work to do in preparation for the  arena's opening night. "The time for me to come on board is really now to start laying the groundwork for designing the kitchen, finalizing the plans for that, laying out the operations for the type of restaurants that are going to be in there, and then really sourcing all the products, which is what I do. I'm local and I know all the local farms and where to find everything. That's what I do... besides cook." On Capitol Public Radio.

Cooking with Chef Rick Mahan on Oct. 30 - Mahan will be teaching a class through the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op on the evening of Oct. 30—offering attendees a unique opportunity to learn some valuable tips about the preparation of two of his most beloved menu items: risotto and gnocchi. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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Dining News: Sac Bacon Week 2015 Details Announced

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The fourth incarnation of Sac Bacon Week will be held from January 19 to 25, announced Sac Bacon Week co-founder and Sac News & Review co-editor Nick Miller.

Among the highlights:

  • The Bacon Fest Chef's Competition will be held on Sunday, January 25 at Mulvaney's B&L. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 12 noon at a yet undisclosed physical location for $40. Tickets will not be sold online, and this year, only 125 tickets will be sold, down from last year's 200.
  • The popular Kevin Bacon Tribute Night will return on January 23 at Old I.

More details will be announced before Thanksgiving. To stay updated, visit BaconFestSac.com.

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Sacramento’s top pastry chefs star in a savory-meets-sweet prix fixe dinner - Five of the top pastry chefs in the region are pooling their talents to host a dinner extravaganza that promises to provoke questions about the role of sweet and savory in a modern eating experience. Tickets for this Nov. 9 10-course tasting menu dinner went on sale recently at Eventbrite.com. Tickets are $115 per person, plus a $7.52 service charge. There will be two seatings for this dinner, each limited to 30 people. Mother Restaurant is hosting the event, but it will not be restricted to vegetarian dishes. As the dinner’s promotional poster states, the meal is expected to “blur the line between sweet and savory.” Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery opens in Elk Grove - A third Sacramento-area Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery opened last week at 8234 Laguna Blvd., Suite 130, in Elk Grove. The franchise chain also has bakeries in Sacramento and Roseville. Mark Glover in the Sac Bee.

Let's eat: Three places to check out - Looking for somewhere different to try for lunch or dinner? Our three places to try this week include the long-awaited re-opening of a breakfast and brunch favorite, a place to grab pizza and watch football and the newest place to grab fish tacos. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

Goldfield Trading Post: Bring yer dancin’ boots - The thick-cut pork chop was flat-out fantastic, oozing juicy flavor from its fire-kissed crust. House-made cinnamon applesauce for dunking was a perfect accompaniment (paging Peter Brady?). A slew of red-skinned country fries on the side rounded out the hearty portion. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.

Carcass-free contest commences! - There may not be enough time—or money in my tiny little wallet—to dine at every single restaurant participating in this year’s Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, but that seems like a good problem. This year, several new restaurants have joined the carcass-free competition, including Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant, Broderick Roadhouse, Shine, and Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. Shoka in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Bacon & Butter Opens New Location on Monday

Bacon & Butter will finally open its new Tahoe Park location on Monday, it announced last week.

Originally scheduled to open on Father's Day, Bacon & Butter's move from its original midtown location took 114 days longer than expected due to permitting, contruction, health and other delays. (Click here to learn more about the delays.) Whatever the reason, it's now open and ready for you to get in line for a table outside of.

In its previous location, because it shared a space with a bar and nightclub, Bacon & Butter was only open during the days. In the new location it will also add dinner. I'm excited to give the new place a try.

Bacon & Butter is located at 5913 Broadway, and can be found online at http://baconandbuttersac.com/.

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Sacramento dessert pros to make dinner at hot-ticket Sweet & Savory event - A limited number of tickets go on sale Monday for Sweet & Savory, an intimate new tasting event in which five of the region’s best pastry chefs and chocolatiers will converge to provide a uniquely flavorful dining experience for a good cause on Nov. 9. Featuring Ramon Perez (Puur Chocolat), Ginger Elizabeth Hahn (Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates), Matt Masera (Mother), Edward Martinez (Bourbon Steak) and Jane Anderson (Ella Dining Room and Bar). Jessica Rine in Sactown Magazine.

Former Streets of London in midtown gets new owner, name - The Streets of London Pub in midtown Sacramento gained a new owner, and lost most of the words in its name. The business at 1804 J St. is now simply called Streets, but customers shouldn't expect radical changes in daily operations. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Sacramento Cool Treats for the Fall Heat! - One thing we at GOTG love are cool and delicious treats.  There’s nothing like a cold treat on a hot day and while it is technically Fall now with yesterdays teaser rain, it is forcasted to be in the high 80’s for the next week! The Girls on the Grid contributors are sharing a round up of  our favorite local cool treats that you should get your hands on before the weather officially cools down. Featuring The Parlor, Cleary's Ice Cream and Cream Nation. On Girls on the Grid.

Sactoberfest Happens Oct. 10–12 - Promising “all of the traditional elements of Germany’s famed festival,” the lively event will include premium German beer and food, a full “familiennachmitagen” (family-friendly) carnival with rides, and an entertaining lineup of live music. Kira O'Donnell in Sactown Mag.

Farm to Fork celebration was quite a dish - Sacramento’s second annual Farm to Fork Week was a hit, and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau has the numbers to prove it. The SCVB acted as producer of the celebration, which ran Sept. 13-28 and showcased our region’s unique position as “the largest producing state of agriculture in the nation.” Four events in particular highlighted F2F, and their attendance set new records over last year’s inaugural. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Bacon & Butter Opening Delayed Again (Updated)

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Last Week, Sactown Mag reported that Bacon & Butter would be on on Saturday. Bacon & Butter announced this evening that it still won't be ready on Saturday. Here's a snippet from their e-mail:

Sactown Magazine had originally reported that we'd be open this weekend on September 27. As much as we'd love to be open this Saturday, we will still be closed, formulating menus and putting the final touches on our new home this weekend.

Click here to read their entire annoumcement.

This is just the latest in a series of delays. I'm going to look on the bright side. We've waited since Father's Day. What's a couple more days while they get things right?

Update: In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Bacon & Butter clarified the status of their opening date.

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Try It: Juno’s Wild Arugula Salad - Friendly little Juno’s Kitchen & Delicatessen in East Sacramento never fails to impress me. The teeny space cranks out a number of creative, spectacular sandwiches (don’t miss the panko-crusted eggplant sandwich, a nosh I’ve been mildly obsessed with for a couple of years) – and the sandwiches are mostly what the shop is known for. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

A Fine Opportunity; One trio’s quest to finance fine dining in Placerville - It was a question they’d asked themselves time and again. Could Placerville support fine dining? Would the little town of 10,000 people, known for mining and quiet foothill living, embrace a $14 salmon burger or $18 fried chicken? Surely, they thought, the market for their envisioned eatery, The Independent Restaurant and Bar, must exist. Douglas Curley in Comstocks Mag.

A Little Bit of Everything (Todo un Poco) - Marie Mertz had been friends with Manny Singh for several years when he half-jokingly suggested they open a restaurant together. He knew the food business; his family operated a pizza place. She loved international cuisine. So she humored him with a supportive response that day but was later shocked to find that Singh had secretly signed a lease in an Elk Grove strip mall. “I got us a restaurant,” he said. Laura Coyne Steel in Comstocks Mag.

Blending care and time at Miraflores Winery - Due to the climate and the terrain, the Miraflores vineyards are well suited to Southern Rhone varietals. Some of the Rhone wines that Miraflores produces are syrah, petit syrah, mourvedre and viognier, as well as a wine called Clone that’s inspired by Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Other wines include zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. A couple of Argentinian and Italian varietals are produced as well; malbec and barbera, respectively. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

Miguel Unzueta, patriarch of Caballo Blanco restaurant, dies at age 88 - A staple of Mexican food in south Sacramento has lost its patriarch, Miguel Unzueta, the owner and founder of Caballo Blanco restaurant. He died Friday, Sept. 12, at age 88. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Finally - Bacon & Butter to Open on Saturday

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Our long regional nightmare is about to come to an end. Beloved brunch (and now dinner) spot Bacon & Butter will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 27 in its new Tahoe Park location, reports Sactown Mag.

I stopped by on Sept. 10 to check out where they were in their construction process. As of 11 or 12 days ago, they were putting in flooring. It looked like a lot of the finish work to turn a room into a restaurant had yet to take place.

When I asked the construction crew there when the restaurant would open, they told me that it would be a "couple weeks."

Bacon & Butter closed its midtown location in mid-May. At that time, they said they would open the new location by Father's day. Then, they thought it might be in July, early August, late August, mid-September.

Per the Sac Bee, the restaurant's opening was delayed due to permitting issues, unexpected construction needs and a health issue with the architect.

Given the talent of chef & owner Billy Zoellin, I think it'll be worth the wait. I'm excited to give the new place a try, starting on Saturday.

Bacon & Butter will be located at 5913 Broadway, and can be found online at http://baconandbuttersac.com/.

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Sacramento Burger Battle Wows the Crowds (and our stomachs!) - The people walking outside of Cesar Chavez Park and unable to get in to the sold-out Sacramento Burger Battle on Thursday must have been jealous, because, oh wow, did it smell amazing! The scent of flame-cooked burgers wafting in the smoky haze of grilled goodness filled the air as over 1000 people roamed the park sampling burgers all-you-can-eat-style. Bethany Harris in Sac Press.

Burger Battle proves buzz is as important as what's between the buns - As I debated the merits of a burger topped with peanut butter, grape jelly and Sriracha sauce, I knew there was no turning back. Strangely, I was OK with that. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

VIDEO: Sac Burger Battle Preview - Sac Burger Battle is coming up this Thursday, September 18 at Cesar Chavez Plaza and Taro of Mikuni's Sushi is competing! On Good Day Sac.

Week Two of Farm-to-Fork Celebration: Dinners, Festivals, and Drinks Rule Finale Week - With week one of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration behind us, week two promises to be just as exciting and jam-packed with great farm-centric events. The two-week event is Sacramento’s 2nd annual celebration of locally grown products. Serving also as a nod to our declaration of being America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, it shows how using real products and supporting and building relationships with local farmers, chefs, vintners, and breweries is good for both our community and our tables. Bethany Harris in Sac Press.

Farm-to-fork calendar: Events include culinary neighborhood tours - Not all Farm-to-Fork events are just about sitting at a table to enjoy local victuals. Several tours offer participants a look at the folks behind the food...Some of the big draws are sold out, but the number of farm-to-fork events happening all over the region has expanded since the inaugural farm-to-fork celebration last year. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.

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