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Chef Evan Elsberry of Evan's Kitchen restaurant in east Sacramento.

What’s Evan been smoking now? And do frogs have teeth?

Published: Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Sacramento chef Evan Elsberry is planning another of his popular themed dinners, this time in celebration of his daughter Stephanie’s 30th birthday. He’s calling it, “Dad, What Are You Smoking Now?” Cute, no?

Over the past year or so, Elsberry has matched ethnic cuisines with appropriate wines, resulting in some unusual twists. He sold out his Italian-, French- Spanish- and German-themed wine-pairing dinners, and his customers are still talking about his cheese-centric spread.

Now he’s got his smoked-foods menu ready to go, paired with wines from Frog’s Tooth winery in Murphys ( It’s planned for 6 p.m. July 14. The cost is $75 per person, with reservations at (916) 452-3896. Evan’s Kitchen restaurant is at 855 57th St., Sacramento, in the Antiques Mall;

The menu reads like this:

First course: Smoked salmon on potato pancake with avocado salsa, fried leeks and crème fraiche, paired with white meritage

Second: smoked duck salad arugula, spring greens, bacon and candied pecans, with pinot grigio

Third: smoked portobello mushroom lasagna, with zinfandel

Fourth: smoked short ribs with smoked jalapeno polenta, with la rana roja

Dessert: smoked peach and vanilla ice cream sandwich with white chocolate chip cookies, with dulcinea

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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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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