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Chris Macias

Sacramento bars savor Negroni Week

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Ah yes, the negroni, one of the most classic of cocktails. Its ingredients are but a few - gin, vermouth, Campari and garnished with a bit of orange peel - yet the drink can take on all kinds of twists. Perhaps it’s been barrel aged, like a version poured at Hook & Ladder (pictured above). Or, perhaps it comes bottled with a touch of spritz like the one featured at The Golden Bear.

There are a few of the cocktails you can find around town as Sacramento participates in national Negroni Week, which kicked off Monday and lasts through Sunday. This cocktail celebration not only places a spotlight on one of the classics, but also helps raise money for charity. In Sacramento’s case, proceeds from these negronis will benefit the California Food Literacy Center, one of Sacramento’s leading outposts for promoting healthy eating habits.

Thirsty yet? A list of watering holes around the nation that area partaking can be found via this link. Here’s a list of Sacramento bars participating in Negroni Week:

* Shady Lady

* Ella Dining Room & Bar

* Fieldhouse American Sports Pub

* Hook & Ladder

* Hot Italian

* The Golden Bear

* Block Butcher Bar

* The Porch

* Capitol Garage

* Hock Farm

* Grange

* Red Rabbit

* Broderick Roadhouse

* Trocadero

* Scott’s Seafood

* Foundation


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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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