Just about every month on Sacramento’s calendar features some kind of food week.

Sacramento-area chefs have learned to read their Yelp reviews, both good and biting.

Foie gras was meant to be forbidden following a ban that went into effect two years ago. But as many foodies know, this bit of fatty duck or goose liver can still be scored at restaurants if you’re in the know.

A much different business plan now shapes the Del Paso Boulevard restaurant.

Andrew Calisterio opened a package of fresh cod, eager to whip up some ceviche for dinner. But an uninvited guest quickly foiled those plans: A small, thin, wriggling worm found inside the packaging.

First Impressions visits dining spots in the region that are new or have undergone recent transitions. Have a candidate for First Impressions? Email us at taste@sacbee.com.

A star player on Sacramento Republic FC shares some of his food life.

A zero-taste ice is designed to pair with craft cocktails.

The feel-good nature of farm-to-fork is hard to deny. Sacramentans can easily eschew factory-farmed supermarket products by purchasing seasonal produce directly from growers or beef from local ranchers, and pat themselves on the back for eating healthfully, supporting the local economy and reducing their carbon footprint.

The parody of the “third-wave” coffeehouse experience goes something like this: You step to the counter while some know-it-all hipster who can’t wait to get off work for band practice takes your order. Ask for a drink like some Starbucks simpleton and expect plenty of eye rolls.

When it comes to shocking reversals, few stories rival that of California’s so-called “glove law.”

In Sacramento, McDonald’s will be testing if consumers want Shakin’ Flavor with their fries.

Employee of The Kitchen becomes the second wine professional to earn an advanced sommelier certification.

A spicy new option for Asian eats opens at the edge of midtown.

One of Sacramento’s landmark eateries can be yours for the proper amount of cash. Trails Restaurant, which has served meat-centric comfort foods to generations of Sacramentans, was recently put up for sale. The asking price: $500,000 for the 1,663-square-foot restaurant near Broadway and 21st Street.

Ramiro Alarcon was supposed to be preparing for his busiest dinner rush of the year: Monday’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Welcome to Sacramento, a town saturated with sushi spots, tacos and enough craft beer to seemingly fill Folsom Lake. Sacramento isn’t just the self-proclaimed City of Trees, but a town that teems with food options.

Cinco de Mayo’s less than two weeks away, but the thought of serving a small ocean of margaritas leaves bar and restaurant owners feeling especially sour this year. A lime shortage has quadrupled the price of this key citrus fruit, leaving business owners scrambling for backup plans and other ways to make do with less.

If you’ve ever sampled sushi in the Sacramento area, chances are the seafood industry’s caught you in some bait and switch.

Despite recent rains, the great parching of California continues, with much of Folsom Lake still resembling Burning Man’s craggy Black Rock Desert and Central Valley farmers preparing for a dust-bowl spring and summer.

Across Northern California, tiny buds are growing on grape vines and showing that spring has definitely sprung. Budbreak has arrived, signaling the yearly kickoff of a wine grape’s growing cycle.

Napa wine country will soon get a mighty pour of music, with the return of the BottleRock festival and the retooling of a historic venue.

Wine Buzz has bumped into Joe and Pat Harbison a few times over the past year, but didn’t quite realize how much of a splash their Harbison Estate Wines were making in the highly competitive world of Napa cabernet sauvignon.

Sacramento emerged as a star of Unified, and not just for hosting the event for more than a decade.

The queries come to “Wine Buzz’s” email each January: Where’s a good place to grab a bite and pop a bottle with a client during the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium?

The second installment of UC Davis’ ‘Vintage Wine Tasting’ will focus on top wines of Burgundy.

Two zinfandels, a tempranillo and syrah grapes from the region earn year-end praise.

Beyond the filling tucked in a bed of masa, the beloved tamale tempts in a variety of styles, flavors.

The San Francisco Chronicle has released its Top 100 Wines of 2013, a list culled by the esteemed Jon Bonne, and a round of cheers must be going around the Sierra foothills. A number of greater Sacramento-area producers – and wineries that sourced their grapes from the area – made the cut.

Last week’s Wine Buzz offered a rundown of Black Friday events in Amador County, including a tasting of the Easton 2011 Zinfandel Amador County at Terre Rouge/Easton (10801 Dickson Road, Plymouth).

Just thinking about the annual paean to consumerism that is Black Friday makes Wine Buzz want to hide from the frenzied crowds and curl up with a good glass of grape.

The Thanksgiving table’s set, the Raiders vs. Cowboys game is on in the background, and everybody’s ready for one righteous, all-American turkey feast.

UC Davis’ research winery may have all the latest equipment – including stainless steel fermenting tanks with high-tech sensors that download data in real time – but the vintages being poured there last week represented a blast from the past.

Here are some ideas to take local food to the next level.

The wines were bottled around the time the Beatles rocked “The Ed Sullivan Show” and Lyndon Johnson was president. Now they’re about to be uncorked to reveal how they’ve evolved over the decades.

Mile Wine Co. opens near UOP with 2,000-bottle inventory.

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” may be the title of a classic song, but it’s one of the last things winemakers want to deal with during harvest season.

David Hunt is a rare blind winemaker who clues into his other senses to create wines for his Hunt Cellars, an award-winning Paso Robles winery.

The summer of 2013 reached its symbolic end now that Labor Day weekend’s one for the books. But for those who love wine, there’s still plenty to savor with the arrival of September.

We all know wine has inspired many good books, whether “Sideways” by Rex Pickett or Benjamin Wallace’s fascinating “The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine.” If you’ve felt an epiphany stemming from a glass of your favorite vino, now’s the time to put that tale to paper — or into the word-processing program of your choice.

“Wine Buzz” hinted last week at a series of events that’ll appeal to lovers of white wine. Now we’ve got the full scoop on Summer of Riesling Sacramento, which celebrates the much-beloved riesling grape through September.

The calendar has barely turned to August but activity is well under way in the region's wine grape vineyards. The annual harvest has arrived about two weeks early compared with a typical year, because of significant summer heat spikes and the dry overall growing season.

Stuart Spoto felt his time was especially fruitful during Auction Napa Valley in June.

Dinner at Skinner: Skinner Vineyards, which is tucked among the high-altitude vineyards of Somerset, has transformed into one of El Dorado County’s star wineries over the past few years.

Sacramento's underground rappers have sold millions of CDs and you probably know little, maybe nothing, about them. Bee pop music critic Chris Macias and photographer Josť Luis Villegas spent five months exploring the south Sacramento hip-hop scene that is known across the country for its extreme lyrics, gangsta images and big beats.

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