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Dining News: Preview of Sunday's Tower Bridge Dinner Menu

Very few Sacramentans can afford the $175 per person to participate in Sunday's Tower Bridge dinner. But that doesn't mean we can't live vicariously and check out what they're serving.

On KCRA, Lisa Gonzales talks to Brian Mizner of Hook and Ladder and Jason Poole of Dawson's at the Hyatt about what they'll be serving and watch them prepare some quail with pork belly and roasted pear gastrique.

Via the Sacramento Bee, here's this year's complete menu.

Appetizer: Salumi, pate, cheese, mustard, olives, quince, honeycomb

First course: Heirloom bean salad of shelling beans, okra, heirloom cherry tomatoes, mint, red pepper cheese and organic olive oil sourced from Pedrozo Dairy, Seka Hills Farms, Yeung Farms, Dwelley Farm and Castaneda Brothers

Second course: Mesquite-grilled quail with Seckel pears, grapes, peppers, wild rice and pork belly sourced from Next Generation Foods, Del Rio Botanical, Tolenas Farms, Stillwater Orchards and Rancho Llano Seco

Third course: Smoked trout with fingerling potatoes, fennel arugula, herb vinaigrette dressing sourced from Passmore Ranch, Del Rio Botanical, Riverdog Farms and Fresh Origins Farm

Fourth course: Lamb shanks braised in Track 7 Hoppy Palm Pale Ale, indigo rose tomato, graffiti eggplant, vegetable flower honey and sage sourced from Matin Emigh Farm, Track 7 Brewery, Riverdog Farms and Fresh Origins Farm

The meal seems delicious. I might have to start saving money now so I can afford to go to next year's dinner.

More News:

Heirloom tomatoes star on many farm-to-fork menus - A beloved local has emerged as the star of Sacramento’s 2014 celebration as “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” – the heirloom tomato. Check out the three dozen or so participants in the “Restaurant Weeks” portion of ongoing farm-to-fork festivities, and you’ll spot heirlooms all over the special menus. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Sacramento Women Leading the Farm to Fork Movement - From honoring Sacramento women making history today to celebrating single young professionals, GOTG loves championing women kicking ass in their respective fields. So why should farm-to-fork be any different? And once we started digging, man oh man, were we flooded with recommendations on farmers, chefs and advocates that are leading Sacramento’s farm-to-fork movement. Laura Braden on Girls on the Grid.

Review: Great Wall Bar-B-Q - The Great Wall Bar-B-Q is a restaurant known for the buffet style noodle bar, which is all you can eat for dinner and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Great Wall Bar-B-Q is located on Howe Avenue and is fairly priced. Justyce Mirjanovic in the Sac State Hornet.

How Maggiano’s dropped calories, kept flavor on its menu - Maggiano’s Little Italy is known for its rich, indulgent Italian food, but the chain made a move in a different direction with the Sept. 8 introduction of its Lighter Take menu. The new menu features 11 of the Brinker International concepts’ dishes reformulated to have a third fewer calories or less. Bret Thorn in Nation's Restaurant News.

Markstein Beverage buys Nor-Cal beer distribution business - In a deal involving two major regional wholesalers, Markstein Beverage Co. of Sacramento said Tuesday it’s buying the beer distribution business of Nor-Cal Beverage Co. Inc...The deal expands Markstein’s beer distribution into Placer, El Dorado, Nevada and portions of Alpine and Sierra counties. Markstein already distributes in Sacramento, Solano, Yuba, Sutter and parts of Yolo County. Dale Kasler in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Roseville Churrascaria to Open on June 21


Flame & Fire, a Brazilian steakhouse in Roseville, is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 21, it announced on its Facebook Page.

For those unfamiliar with Brazilian-style steakhouses, it's generally all you can eat, with waiters coming by the table with all cuts of beef, pork, chicken, fish, etc. See something you like? They'll cut you a tate (or more) off their slab.

Here's more about this particular restaurant from a March 2014 article in the Sac Biz Journal:

[Owner] Peres has been working on the concept for four years. He almost decided to open a restaurant in the Bay Area, but then he and his investors liked the Roseville market better...

It's moving into a site previously used by Cloud 9 Restaurant and Ultra Lounge...

The price is fixed at $19.99 for lunch and $40 for dinner. Guests get a card which they put face up if they want to get more meat, and which they put face down if they don’t want more food.

I'm excited to try the place, but probably for lunch. In my more gluttonous days, I've eaten at similar style restaurants and overindulged. These days, I understand how hard it is to work off calories, and I'll probably sample a lot of their different meats.

Flame & Fire is located at 963 Pleasant Grove Blvd., and can be found online at http://www.flameandfire.com/.

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Two Not-to-Miss Local Beverages for Summer - Two Rivers Cider Company produces a refreshing, light huckleberry cider that’s perfect for summer—the easy-drinking potation offers a delicate, perfumey hint of sweet berry and a crisp, cleansing mouthfeel. And Auburn Alehouse’s fabulous PU 240 Imperial IPA knocked my socks off—first place winner at the 2011 California State Fair, this rich, explosively flavored brew is characterized by the company as a “hop bomb you didn’t see coming.” Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Volcano’s Union Inn does pub food perfectly - Union Inn pub is owned by Mark and Tracey Berkner, who also own the superb fine-dining restaurant Taste in Plymouth, about 20 miles away. If Taste brings big-city sophistication to small-town life, this pub is all about connecting with the Volcano community and welcoming visitors to embrace what’s special there. The feel of the place is relaxed and easy and fun. The large patio is ideal for outdoor dining. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Midtown juicery opening June 9 - Sun & Soil Juice Co., formerly known as The Cold Press Juicery, was among the finalists in the 2013 Calling All Dreamers retail business plan competition. Despite not winning the contest, business owners Tatiana Kaiser, Molly Brown and Chris Ryan moved forward with their business vision. The 1,400-square-foot space at 1912 P St. will sell a variety of cold-pressed juices, as well as smoothies and some hot drinks. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Coming Soon to Natomas - The Waffle Experience

The Waffle Experience, a restaurant serving sweet and savory waffles, will open in Natomas in three to five weeks, reports FOX 40.

Three of the "brains" behind the restaurant are three Marines, two of whom have known each other for nearly 30 years and another Marine who will be handling the coffee program.

Initially, they will only be open for breakfast and lunch, but expect to expand to dinner.

If you're ready to droll, you can check out their Instagram account where they have pictures of some of their creations.

The Waffle Experience is located at 4391 Gateway Park Blvd., Suite 650 and can be found online at http://thewaffleexperience.com/.

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Restaurant works to open on P Street - A vacant building in the 2100 block of Sacramento’s P Street is cooking up to be a spot for American-Italian cuisine. Adamo’s, a family restaurant slated to open its doors in June, will serve a variety of foods from chicken wings and pasta to burgers and sandwiches for lunch, said Kiara Adamo, whose father owns the property. Mozes Zarate in the Sac Bee.

Sac Brew Bike rolls into Midtown -  I had a blast, but I also worked my behind off (which was also quite sore the next day – I’m so not a bike rider).  Overall, I think Sac Brew Bike is a great new addition to our midtown activities. After my journey, I couldn’t help but think about the perfect group of people I’d want to take the ride with.  Those people included friends who would definitely keep pedaling.  But perhaps if the starting (and ending) point is not as far from the destinations, this wouldn’t matter as much? I would recommend the Sac Brew Bike, but with the following tips. On Girls on the Grid.

Peek at renovations for Broderick Roadhouse - Employees at West Sacramento’s Broderick Roadhouse can finally talk about the renovations they say will appear on a new cable network.The changes, unveiled to the the public Friday, mainly affect the bar area. Guests can expect a brand new look, according to restaurant partner Matt Chong. Among the new decorations? A vintage 1954 Cadillac grille on the wall. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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