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Dining News: Another Restaurant Says No to Postmates

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Much like Uber and other sharing economy companies, Postmates, while growing quickly, is creating its fair share of enemies along the way.

The latest restaurant to announce it will not take orders from Postmates or other third party delivery companies is The Rind. Here's what they posted on Facebook late last week:

Dear Cheese Fans, due to concerns regarding THIRD PARTY DELIVERY SYSTEMS, including POSTMATES, we will be denying orders via these platforms.

We have recently discovered that Postmates has been delivering our product without our consent, thus delivering at less than the high standards that we believe you deserve. Additionally, we have been BULLIED recently by their representatives in our small restaurant in front of guests and lied to on the phone. This does not represent The Rind.

Yes, we all love a good delivery system, however we made a choice to not deliver in an effort to provide you a consistently delicious and beautiful product. Additionally, because Postmates has us on their platform in part because you love us, it is because we love you that we will have to deny Postmates as a delivery system in order to meet our mission. They may or may not take us off their platform permanently, so I apologize if you see us on it and think we are working with them. We are not.
PLEASE BE ADVISED, WE ARE NOT WORKING WITH POSTMATES OR ANY THIRD PARTY AND WILL DENY ALL ORDERS THROUGH THEM!

I have spoken to a representative and was informed that if an order is initiated and then denied, you will not be charged! We apologize for the confusion, and we hope you will continue to support us as we strive to consistently do what we have been doing for the past 2.33 years!

Thank you all for your support and understanding!

Sincerely your cheesiest friends in town,

Sara & Steve

In the comments to that Facebook post, The Rind clarifies that they do allow take out for their food, just not through Postmates and their ilk.

We are happy to do take out to guests and have been since day 1. Giving to a third party loses any assurances of food safety and quality control, thus the primary reasons to focus on giving the food directly to you instead of them. Thank you for understanding.

While I have great respect for the restaurant owners and they can run their business however they want, I'm not sure I understand why they would allow a customer to do take out while not allowing a third party to deliver the food for me.

I understand that there are foods that do well when delivered (burritos, sandwiches, cooked Asian food, etc.) and foods that don't do well (anything raw, charcuterie, cheese plates, etc.). The customer has to understand that when they order from Postmates. If their order is ruined, Postmates is to blame and not the restaurant's fault.

I also hear the argument that food is meant to be eaten the second it's served, but let's be honest - there are many reasons that doesn't happen. A friend will bring pizza over to your house, and it's 20 minutes old when you dig into it. You may grab lunch to eat at your desk, but get an important phone call delays your meal for 30 mins. A co-worker brings in doughnuts and bagles to share with the office and it sits for 2 hours before you see it. It happens all the time, and I don't see a flood of complaints blaming restaurants for the diminished food quality due to the passage of time.

I asked Postmates to comment, and a spokeswoman said that they are acting as an agent of the customer who is requesting a service. In addition, they are driving volume and revenue to restaurants who would otherwise not be able to serve that customer.

Thus far, the list of restaurants that I've seen who won't have said they prefer not to work with Postmates are:

  • The Rind
  • Kru
  • Fish Face Poke Bar (Technically, owner/chef Billy Ngo questioned "the safety of a third party transporting raw fish to customers" but hasn't explicitly said that they won't. I'll check during open hours.)
  • South
  • Mother
  • Pushkin's

Many of the restaurants on that list are very successful and probably don't need the extra revenue. I'll continue to eat in at those restaurants. But for us consumers, we can bring our delivery dollars elsewhere to restaurants who want our business and who will take our money.

Previously: Postmates Not Loved by Many Sacramento Restaurants

* Updated at 10:08 p.m. reflecting uncertainty over Fish Face's status.

More News:

Magpie Cafe: Free bird - In July, Magpie flew its cramped coop on R Street and opened a new location on the corner of 16th and P. The current space is not only larger, but more open, with lots of windows and a high ceiling...Fortunately, many of the stand-out menu items are still available. The California farmstead cheese plate ($16) has always been outstanding. You get five California cheeses paired with fantastic dried figs, fresh seasonal fruit (lately figs and nectarines) and plenty of crisp toasts. Ann Rolke in Sac News & Review.

Hot, hot and cold - Watch out for a new food truck from Hot Italian chef and co-owner Fabrizio Cercatore...It won’t be a mobile Hot Italian, rather, a Passione Pizza truck...Cercatore said he anticipates the food truck allowing him to offer more pizza crusts at events, including whole wheat and gluten-free. He’s currently working on sprouted grain as well. He’s working on a lot. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

The Sommelier & The City: “Let Me Introduce Myself” - Apparently, telling the guy you’re dating you can’t meet up until 1 am on a Tuesday night because your business dinner (with four men in tailored Italian suits) went three hours longer than anticipated (due to copious amounts of rare and very expensive Champagne) doesn’t really go over well. Who could blame this Vino Vixen for NOT turning down free spectacular wine (that costs as much as my monthly salary) with men that have the power to skyrocket my career? Come on, most men can’t even turn down a free room temperate can of Coors Light, let’s keep it real. I digress… to put it simply, dating a Sommelier is hard. Jienna Basaldu on Girls on the Grid.

Eat, drink and give back - Speaking of restaurants, downtown’s Mayahuel is the site of one of the area’s cooler fundraising events: #Network4Cause. One evening nearly every month, the eatery’s banquet room/tequila museum is made available for a different nonprofit organization to bring in guests and generate some cash. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee. (Second item.)

Bloggers conference here in 2016 - Riding the momentum of its burgeoning farm-to-fork reputation, Sacramento has landed the International Food Bloggers Conference – and all of that potential exposure in cyberspace – for July 2016. The conference, which attracts 300-plus attendees who routinely blog, tweet and use other social media to chronicle their food experiences, is considered the latest coup for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Meet & Eat to Replace Crepe Escape on Freeport

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After fire closed Crepe Escape in Land Park in 2013, Meet & Eat, by the owners of Cafe Dantorels in Curtis Park, will fill the space, reports Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Turns out it’s going to be called Meet and Eat and will have a mix of locally sourced menu options. The opening date? That’s still not certain. And a beer and wine license application for the place is still pending...

One employee, who asked not to be identified, said the new place will have a “European” feel with a smaller menu than Dantorels and will provide full service at dinner as opposed to the counter service offered at the Curtis Park location.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

If you've never been to Cafe Dantorels, here's what then-Sac Bee dining critic Blair Anthony Robertson said in May 2014:

My search for answers about why this restaurant is so crowded so often came up with the only one that makes sense: The people in the Curtis Park neighborhood really want it there and want to see it succeed. It’s certainly not a destination eatery, and I can’t say it’s worth driving across town to check it out. I do recommend it as a place for a quick bite and some good beer or wine. It’s also a good bet for breakfast with quality coffee.

But if Cafe Dantorels is going to maintain its momentum and embrace the obvious goodwill from the neighborhood, it must take a careful look at what’s missing in the kitchen and take meaningful steps to improve the food.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

If there's one thing going for it, Meet and Eat doesn't face strong competition in that part of town. I hope they find success.

More News:

Drinking with your dog: Canine-friendly breweries, wineries abound - Sacramento is fast becoming a dog-friendly city, with a dozen off-leash parks and a long list of restaurants allowing pooches on patios. For wineries and breweries, which typically don’t have the health complications of having food preparation on the premises, courting canines seems like a no-brainier. Many drinking establishments with outdoor areas easily accommodate pet lovers without degrading the experience for those with allergies or fear of dogs. Others have created special playpens to accommodate animals. All stress that owners are ultimately responsible for their dogs’ behavior. Featuring Track 7, Bike Dog Brewing, Oak Park Brewing and many others. Sammy Caiola in the Sac Bee.

Ballad of chicken hearts - All around, the flavors were simple but spot-on; the execution flawless...With the bustling open kitchen, large and striking full bar and ridiculous beer bottle list of something like 40 rare brews, Empress promises to be one of the hottest destinations in town. My only question: Can you eat too many chicken hearts? Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival sets a record — and it hasn't even started - This year, the festival features five live cooking demonstration stages, up from three last year. The festival is a chance to meet the region’s chefs, growers, farmers, grocers and other foodie-type groups in the community. The vendors include everything from food trucks to ranches and supermarket displays to restaurants and museums. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

New Galleria restaurant opened this week - A major new addition to the dining lineup at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville is almost ready to serve customers. Locally owned restaurant Land Ocean opened at 11 a.m. Friday, pending final approvals, according to a post on the eatery's Facebook page. It's the second location for Land Ocean, which is co-owned by Mark Platt and Karoline Platt. The restaurant serves entrees such as steaks, chicken and seafood. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

New wine bar to open downtown in October - Oenophiles, get ready to be wined (and dined). San Francisco restaurateur John Marco is adding to downtown Sacramento’s transformation with the opening of a new wine bar at 4th and L, next to Foundation Restaurant & Bar and one block from the Golden 1 Center. Whired Wine (which gets its name from the combination of “white” and “red”) is set to open its doors in mid-October, and will feature a rotating menu of local wines, along with six taps of regional beers and even sake. It will also serve small plates, cheese and charcuterie. Amanda Lash in Sactown Mag.

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Dining News: No Really. Go to Have an Offal Day on Sunday.

Offal

One of my favorite things about Sacramento's food scene is the accessibility of all the chefs, brewers and other movers and shakers.

I've run into Randall Selland at the Sunday's farmers market. I chatted with Dave Gull of New Helvetia at a fundraiser for Fairytale Town. I've said hello to Billy Ngo at an event for the Sacramento Zoo.

Before I come up to them, they have no idea who I am, but they're more than happy to spend a minute to say hi and answer any questions I might have.

Another one of these events where you can meet some of Sacramento's best chefs and eat great food not available in their restaurants is this Sunday's Have an Offal Day event.

I went to the first one and was blown away by the variety and quality of food. (For those of you who aren't familiar, offal generally refers to the "other," less popular parts of an animal, including feet, organs, tongue, ears, etc.) You have to be adventurous, but you're not forced to eat anything.

Here's the all star cast of chefs participating in this year's event:

  • Carina Lampkin (Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery)
  • Danny Origel (Roxy Restaurant)
  • Tyler Bond (Dirty Feet Dining, Kru)
  • Keith Breedlove (Culinerdy Cruzer, Food Network contestant)
  • Hank Shaw (well known blogger, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook)
  • Patrick Mulvaney (Mulvaney's B&L)
  • Brian Mizner (Hook & Ladder)
  • Brenda Ruiz (Biba's)
  • Brock MacDonald (Block Butcher Bar)
  • Wes Nilssen (de Vere's Pubs)
  • Don Dickonson (Yang's Noodles and instructor at IOT Culinary School)
  • Andrea Reiter (Capital Dime, soon The Patriot)

If you end up going, my advice is to eat it and then find out what it is. None of it will hurt you, but I can guarantee that most of it will be delicious.

I also spotted on Twitter today that there's a code to save $10 $5, via Hank Shaw, one of the participating chefs.

You can buy tickets here.

Want to learn more? Listen to Catherine Enfield's interview with Kitty O'Neal on KFBK.

Have an Offal Day will be held at Mulvaney's Next Door (1215 19th St.) from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16.

More News:

Land Ocean New American Grill - This popular Folsom seafood eatery is expanding with a new location in Roseville at the Westfield Galleria mall, which is set to open in late August. In Sactown Magazine.

Vinegary bubbly: Jade nectarine shrub soda, The Mill - Hip cafes no longer serve Italian sodas for good reason: they're sugary sweet and ultimately one-dimensional. An excellent alternative? Shrub sodas, which sub out the Torani for a fruit- and vinegar-based syrup. The Mill recently started serving shrub sodas in two seasonal flavors, apricot and jade nectarine. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Here’s the scoop - The City Council approved the lease for her shop, Cornflower Creamery, last month. The opening date is Sept. 1...Broughton said she will keep the shop open in the evenings, often until 11 p.m. That puts her in a group of merchants envisioning a different sort of downtown that’s alive long after state offices close, said Valerie Mamone-Werder, business development manager with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee. (Second item.)

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Dining News: RIP Sammy's Island Bar & Grill (Again)

Sammys

Sammy's Island Bar & Grill in Roseville has closed, the restaurant announced on its Web site.

Sammy’s Island Bar & Grill closes its doors

February 16, 2015 – I’m saddened to announce to the Roseville community, our loyal customers and fans that Sammy’s Island Bar & Grill will be closing its doors. We were honored to play a part in their downtown revitalization program and are proud of what we’ve achieved together including raising more than $15 thousand dollars for the Placer Food Bank from our free outdoor concert and events.

As my fans and customers know, when our restaurants are successful we donate our profits back to local charities — that’s always been our overall goal with The Island restaurant but regretfully after almost two years we have not been able to achieve that in Roseville.

I’m very grateful to our staff, family and friends who have supported us. It’s been a great ride.

-Sammy

Sac Biz Journal editor Jack Robinson has a little more context.

Rocker-turned-restaurateur Sammy Hagar has closed his restaurant in downtown Roseville — only five months after it reopened....

The news is a blow to efforts to boost downtown Roseville, where the restaurant served as an anchor.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

More News:

Galleria fills planned Sammy Hagar spot with new restaurant - Land Ocean, a locally owned restaurant, will fill the space once expected to be a Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. It will be the second location for Land Ocean, which is co-owned by Mark Platt and Karoline Platt. It joins a location in Folsom. The Platts also own Sienna, a bar and restaurant in El Dorado Hills. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Federalist Public House: Not quite revolutionary - Sacramento is currently inundated with pizza restaurants, although they vary widely in style and substance. The team at Federalist wisely hired Shannon McElroy as executive chef, gaining his years of experience as sous chef at the highly regarded restaurant Masullo. While the website might still be under construction, and promises of high-tech ordering have yet to materialize, the pizzas are winners out of the gate—which is fortunate, since they dominate the menus. Coming out at about 13 inches in diameter, these pizzas are great for sharing. They lean Neopolitan in style, with a chewy, slightly charred crust and minimal but high-impact toppings. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.

First Bite: Rick’s Dessert Diner - If you haven’t heard, Rick’s Dessert Diner moved recently to a new and much bigger location on J Street in midtown Sacramento. Longtime fans of the landmark establishment will be glad to know that owner Ahmed Eita has carefully replicated the 1950s vibe in this new space, complete with a jukebox, black-and-white checkered floors and a large painting of Marilyn Monroe on a back wall. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Try It: A Birthday at Mikuni - A dining experience at midtown’s Mikuni is often raucous and upbeat—but I really appreciated the restaurant’s festive ambiance recently at a family member’s birthday...When it came time to celebrate the birthday guest, restaurant staff members brought out a large prize wheel which she was able to spin, awarding her a pretty pint glass she could take home. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

The 4th Sacramento Food Film Festival is just around the corner - Four and a half years ago I had a small idea. Have a film festival for all the food documentaries that I never seemed to catch in Sacramento. At the time I figured I would need funding, so if I could get one big sponsor to say it was a good idea, I would pursue. Luckily my friends at Whole Foods Sacramento and they agreed to sponsor. That first year was one day's worth of films and I pretty much handled the entire thing on my own. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

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Daily Dining Deals: Land Ocean New American Steakhouse

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Building off their success with Sienna Restaurant in El Dorado Hills, owners Mark and Karoline Platt opened a second restaurant, Land Ocean New American Steakhouse in Folsom. I haven't had the chance to try the food yet, but happy hour at Sienna was great. If you live out in Folsom or are looking for a way to give them a try, you can now do it half off.

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Happy Hour at Land Ocean New American Steakhouse

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Land Ocean New American Steakhouse
2720 E Bidwell St
Folsom, CA 95630
916-983-7000

Web site: http://landoceanrestaurants.com/

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/lo---land-ocean-new-american-steakhouse-folsom

Happy Hour

Monday to Friday
3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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