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Dining News: Save $5 at Federalist, Hot Italian or Pizza Rock via Caviar This Month


It's National Pizza Month, and in honor of that, the food delivery app Caviar is trying to help you save a few bucks while enjoying a pie.

Order from local pizzerias Federalist, Hot Italian or Pizza Rock and save $5 off any purchase of $15 or more by using the code SACSLICE5.

I used the Caviar app for the first time on Friday evening and ordered a pizza from Hot Italian at about 6:33 p.m. and it arrived at my house at 7:12 p.m. The pizza was still piping hot, and I loved it. (I loved it even more since Hot Italian gave away free pizzas with the purchase of a pizza last week.)


You can download the Caviar app at (Disclosure: I get a few bucks in free Caviar credit if you click on that link.)

SlicedSeparately, Sacramento is in the midst of Sliced, where a loose confederation of pizza places have all decided to get together to offer pizza specials or host pizza events from Oct. 17 through Oct. 25. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a good Web site or Facebook page that lists all their events so I can't do a thorough post on it.

There's a partial list on Facebook if you want to check that out. Here are also a couple media hits the organizers have received:

AUDIO: Restaurants like the Federalist Come Together to Celebrate the Best Pizza in Sacramento - A special week for the Sacramento food scene begins Saturday. "Sliced: A Celebration of All Things Pizza" is a week dedicated to celebrating the best pizza in Sacramento, with nightly specials, chef competitions, instructional courses and even a Sac Brew Bike tour. Marvin Maldonado and Liza Madigan from Federalist Public House in Midtown are here in the studio with us for our Friday Food segment. Kitty O'Neal on KFBK.

VIDEO: Pizza Week in Sacramento - Sliced Pizza Week is October 17-25 and Gary is out getting all of the details. Local pizzerias -- Federalist Public House & Beer Garden, Hot Italian, Masullo, Chicago Fire, Buffalo Pizza, Urbano and more -- will be celebrating and demonstrating their craft for all to enjoy. There will be nightly specials, chef competitions, instructional courses and one crazy bike tour with Sacbrewbike for the first 60 people who sign up. Details for the Pizza Crawl can be found at Gary Gelfand on FOX 40.

Guide to Sliced - This is the first annual SLICED: A Celebration of All Things Pizza, so this week think not of present-day you. Think of future you. The you who’s going to have to explain to your future grandchildren why you don’t know what it was like during the first ever SLICED in Sacramento. Don’t do that to yourself. Don’t do that to posterity. Instead, help make history by hitting the open road in search of wood-fired, deep-dish, by the slice and thin-crust delights. Before you don your half-shell, though, pizza please peruse our extra cheesy guide. Cowabunga! Michelle Labi-Klonecke on City Scouts Mag.

VIDEO: Sacramento celebrates all things pizza - From October 17th – 25th, local pizzerias will be celebrating and demonstrating their craft for all to enjoy. From nightly specials, to chef competitions, instructional courses and even a bike pizza tour, featuring Ed Roehr of Magpie Cafe. On KCRA.

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Sacramento Reverse Food Truck - Thanks to fan favorites like Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and Bacon Mania, our waistlines are now intimately familiar with the concept of food trucks. But have you ever heard of a reverse food truck? Essentially, reverse food trucks collect quality food from local farmers markets and donate/deliver the food to local hunger relief organizations. Sacramento is now home to one, aptly named: Sacramento Reverse Food Truck. Laura Braden on Girls on the Grid.

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Dining News: Demand Outstrips Supply on Postmates Launch Day in Sacramento


Apparently, for most of us, there's no such thing as a free lunch.

If you tried to get a free Roxie Deli sandwich from Postmates for your midday meal, you probably didn't get one.

When the deal started at 11 a.m., I, apparently along with a legion of you, tried to get the free sandwich, as promised by Postmates to encourage people to use their app. According to their app's display, there were a half dozen drivers servicing the downtown area.


I tried continuously from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and failed, at times encountering a myriad of errors. At that time, my hunger exceeded my desire for a free sandwich and I ended up using Mother's Facebook app to order a panzanella salad for $10. (BTW: It was delicious, but it also wasn't free.) Imagine the horror as I was forced to walk a block from my office to Mother to pick up the lunch in person like everyone was forced to do in the pre-Postmates era.


That's not to say that there were no free lunches. Some lucky bastards were able to take advantage of the deal.

Many would be quick to swear off Postmates after their early hiccup. I won't. Launches are hard. Having enough supply of anything you're giving away for free is hard, let alone having enough drivers to deliver the free sandwiches.

So I'll try again tomorrow. According to social media, dozens of you were able to get the free sandwich, just not me. It also seems like they got better as the day went on.

Maybe I'll have better luck tomorrow, though I'm not sure they have the capacity to do something really important like pick up medicine from a pharmacy yet. Hopefully, they'll ramp up soon and fix all these glitches.

As a reminder, Postmates is offering a free sandwich from Roxie Deli from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday. Click here to learn more about the launch offer.

Visit Postmates to download the app. BTW: If you use the promo code t3bj, you'll get a $10 delivery credit and I'll get $10 after you use it. It's free to you. Why not help Cowtown Eats get a couple free deliveries?

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VIDEO: On-demand delivery startup Postmates launches in Sacramento - Postmates uses a network of about 14,000 independent contractors who pick up and deliver items. Gabrielle Karol on News 10.

Add foie gras to that burger - Christian Forte was so impressed by the dark-meat duck burger with a spread of foi gras ($38) at the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley that he reinterpreted it for his own restaurant, Fabian’s Italian Bistro. Essentially, the foie gras burger is Fabian’s classic burger ($15) with foie gras added for an extra $10. The classic burger is a hand-formed patty of Angus ground short rib and chuck topped with fontina cheese, red onion-pancetta-tomato jam, aioli, and butter lettuce on a Bella Bru brioche bun. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee. (Second Item.)

Palladio plans second movie palace -- with a twist - The general manager of Folsom's Palladio at Broadstone says having two different movie theaters at one retail center is "not necessarily the norm." But she thinks it'll work in Folsom. Plans are underway for Lux Theater, a new 15,000-square-foot, six-screen upscale movie theater at the center. It will be operated by Petaluma-based Cinema West, which has the existing Palladio 16 Cinemas. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

New locally owned coffee shop will include vegan treats - It's easy to find craft coffee in midtown or downtown Sacramento, but there aren't as many options in the Arden-Arcade area. That's why a husband-and-wife team is opening a new business, Secret World of Coffee, at 3355 Arden Way. Expected to open in mid-September, Jason Taylor will focus on the coffee part of the business. Sweet Sugar Vegan, his wife Tasneem Brown's bakery, will provide pastries. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Seafood Concept from Team Broderick?


This news nugget was hidden in the long 32 Sacramento Restaurants Opening in 2015 post, but I thought it deserved its own post.

Team Broderick is slowly growing its empire across Sacramento. It started with a food truck, then a brick and mortar location, and then taking over Capital Dime and Trick Pony. What's next? A new seafood concept, co-owner Chris Jarosz tells Comstocks Mag.

I want to do seafood really bad. I used to love going to Blackbird when it first opened up; they would toss an octopus salad in front of me, and I loved it. But a lot of people don’t; you really have to ease them into it. Having a surf-and-turf-style restaurant that has some seafood that’s approachable for people but that also has a little flare is what it’s going to take. I have a concept that I would really like to roll out in the next year.

It's unclear whether this would launch at a new location, or at one of their current locations. Given that Broderick appears to be a success and the recent critical love that the new Trick Pony's received, if they do it at one of their existing locations, my money is on Capital Dime. But that's purely a guess.

Read the entire interview in Comstocks Mag.

I've also covered this ground in the past, but Team Broderick has earned their success the old fashioned way - through hard work. While the rest of us were nursing hangovers on New Year's morning, Jarosz on Good Day Sac promoting the BBQ they'd have that day at Capital Dime.

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New Roseville doughnuts are healthy, but how do they taste? - The business boasts "the world's most delicious and nutritious doughnuts." Tasha Richard, its CEO, says her doughnuts are healthy because they're steamed, not fried...But can you have the tasty satisfaction of a doughnut when your order includes multiple references to chia seeds? The short answer: Yes, but if your sweet tooth is strong, you'll have to add lots of toppings. Or go somewhere else. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Hook & Ladder draws diners with housemade pasta, pizza and happy hour - With cocktails, wine, beer and bites all for under $6, the happy hour is one of the city's most popular. But it's also worth it to pony up the $10 for one of the many house cocktails crafted by bar manager Chris Tucker and his team of bartenders. The drinks menu changes about eight times a year to keep things seasonal. Presently until Christmas, the restaurant is running a "12 days of toddys" special, with a different hot toddy on the menu every day. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

Try It: Oak Park Brewing Company’s Irish Fries - I had a delightful dinner recently at the new Oak Park Brewery on Broadway. The highlight of the evening was the kitchen’s irresistible “Irish fries,” smothered with rabbit gravy and melted Provolone cheese. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Fahrenheit 250 has new additions and deals - One of our go-to ‘cue restaurants, Fahrenheit 250, has made some recent additions and added some deals. Yes, it’s known for its smoked brisket, pulled pork and St. Louis-style pork ribs, but let’s look at the menu add-ons. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Midtown Sacramento toy boutique, run by owners of food truck Wandering Boba, closing - A designer toy store in midtown Sacramento is closing, but will continue to operate as an online retailer. Dragatomi, which sells designer toys and art inspired by pop culture, announced in a Facebook post that its store at 2317 J St. will close Wednesday. Sonya Sorich in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: 'The Pit' at TBD Fest Explained

TBD Fest is this weekend's much-hyped music festival in West Sac. While it's mostly about music, under the direction of Block Butcher Bar & LowBrau chef Michael Tuohy, 14 chefs will compete in The Pit, an open fire cooking competition.

Per the FOX 40 interview above, 14 chefs (including Tuohy) will cook 350 bites in just 3 hours. Two chefs will compete at a time in a Friendly Fire competition, with Tuohy and Grange Chef Oliver Ridgeway kicking it off on Friday. Two pairs total will compete on Friday, three pairs competing on Saturday and the remaining two rounding out the weekend on Sunday.

Here's the schedule for Friendly Fire, via the Sac Biz Journal.


  • 3 to 6 p.m. Michael Tuohy of LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar vs. Oliver Ridgeway of Grange
  • 7 to 10 p.m. Noah Zonca of Zonca's vs. Shannon McElroy of Federalist Public House


  • 12 to 3 p.m. Ian MacBride of Lucca vs. Carina Lampkin of Blackbird
  • 4 to 7 p.m. Jason Kupper of Urban Heritage in Napa vs. Matt Brown of Forester Foods
  • 8 to 11 p.m. Brian Mizner of Hook & Ladder vs. Mike Fagioni of Hawks


  • 12 to 3 p.m. Dennis Sydnor of Ten22 vs. Jason Azevedo of Mighty Tavern
  • 4 to 7 p.m. Mike Thiemann and Matt Masera of Mother vs. Kurt Spataro of Paragary Restaurant Group

In addition, the Biz Journal reports there will be food trucks including Fusion Eats, Volks Waffle, Drewski’s, Krush Burger and Cruzin Crustacean.

Read the entire story in the Sac Biz Journal.

Tickets start at $69 per day, or $159 for all three days. Click here to get tickets.

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TBD Fest treats local chefs like rock stars - Moby, Blondie and dozens of other musicians will provide an earful of sounds at West Sacramento’s TBD Fest, which runs Friday through Oct. 5. But the festival is also designed to fill the stomach, with an array of local food and drink vendors to help satiate the appetites of the expected 5,000 daily attendees. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Breaking Bread with Chef Michael Tuohy - Sacramento is lucky enough to be cradled alongside what is often referred to as the nation’s breadbasket, the San Joaquin Valley. What better way to celebrate this doughy moniker than stuffing it with house-made sausage, or layering on cured meats and artisanal cheeses? I recently sat down with Michael Tuohy, a man who is making just such a dream possible. Michelle Labi-Klonecke in The City Scouts.

Sacramento’s all-new TBD Fest is a go; Music, food, art shopping and more—organizers behind TBD Fest aim to reflect and refine Sacramento’s growth - TBD is a reflection of Sacramento’s growth, particularly in the creative worlds of architecture, art, music, design and food. It even includes a series of show posters designed by local artists such as Laura Matranga, John Conley, and Benjamin Della Rosa. Hargis says he hopes it’ll one day become synonymous with Sacramento. He also hopes it can be a nationally tastemaking event, similar to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in its earliest days. With more than 80 scheduled acts, TBD Fest’s lineup also features plenty of lesser-known bands—but Hargis predicts big things for them. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

5 reasons to stop screwing around and buy a ticket to TBD Fest - 4. A foodie stage and unshitty beer. There’s a food competition at TBD called “The Pit.” It’ll work like this: Restaurants like Hook & Ladder, Block, Mother, Lucca, Grange, Hawks, Ten22, 58 Degrees and more will prepare small bites in an open-fire kitchen. Attendees will taste these for free and vote for the winner. I’m also told there’ll be a grip of awesome eateries serving up fare. No hot dog for you. Bonus: Chef Michael Tuohy from Block Butcher Bar is in charge, and he doesn’t drop the ball. As for the brew: Track 7, Yolo, Bike Dog, Woodfour, Heretic, Ruhstaller and Berryessa will be poured in the special craft beer area. If you like to swill piss, I’m sure there’ll be some Bud Light out there, too. Nick Miller in Sac News & Review.

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Dining Deals: Dive Bar, Sandra Dee's, Pizza Rock


Saving money on drinks at happy hour is one thing, but it's also great to save money off an entire meal. Here are a couple places offering half off deals:

Cap City Sips, with $2 Beer & $3 Wine, Starts Today

Every Wednesday from today through the end of August, the Downtown Partnership has organized its annual Cap City Sips event, where restaurants all over the downtown grid offer $2 Beers, $3 wine and $4 cocktails from 3 to 7 p.m.

Participating restaurants include:

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Dining News: Changes Detailed for Skybox Grill


As first reported in Cowtown Eats, Skybox Grill (formerly MVP Sports Grill at 21st & L streets) is under new management and is revamping its menu.

Sac Press's Jared Goyette has the details on what its new menu will look like.

"We're going to get with the times and get a lot more consistent, a lot more local" he said. "The menu is going to be a lot more fresh, with made-to-order items."

Skybox will, as the name suggests, still be a sports bar with wall-to-wall TVS, but one where there is a greater emphasis on quality food with fresh and local ingredients. You can still get your onion rings or fries, but they'll be fresh, not frozen, and there will be healthier options on the menu as well – like veggie sandwiches or falafel. The restaurant has already started to implement some changes, and a new menu should be finished in the next few weeks.

Goyette also reports that the new restaurant will have its grand opening on June 24.

Read the entire story in Sac Press.

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Beard Papa's cream puffs coming to Roseville - Cream puff connoisseurs and sweet-toothed Sacramentans can soon try a new brand of pastry desserts. Beard Papa's will open sometime between the summer and fall seasons in Westfield Galleria at Roseville. Morgan Searles in the Sac Bee.

de Vere’s: Go For the Brunch - Any beer lover will tell you that de Vere’s Irish Pub is one of the liveliest, friendliest, most distinctive spots in town to guzzle a mug of ale, watch your favorite televised sport and play an entertaining (and competitive) game of trivia. But they may not know that de Vere’s also plates up some of the heartiest, most flavorful brunch fare in the neighborhood. I have thoroughly enjoyed brunch on several occasions at this L street pub. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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