The bar is heavy on bourbon, whiskey and scotch.
Co-owner Michael Hargis did much of the design, with work by local carpenter Steve Tiller and locally sourced —or upcycled — wood from New Helvetia Hardwoods.
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For months, midtown foodies have been buzzing about LowBrau’s second act, a butcher-centric eatery adjacent the wildly successful midtown craft beer and sausage destination.
Block Butcher Bar opened last week in the MARRS project at 20th and K streets, headed by highly regarded chef Michael Tuohy, whose background is in fine dining but whose skill set includes butchery and charcuterie.
A recent visit after work found a full house in the stylish room that has plenty of warmth and sophistication. Many will consider it one of the most attractive bar/eatery designs in town.
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Get ready for the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
The San Francisco International Chocolate Salon isnt messing around. If youre really serious about chocolate and serious about having some fun the 8th annual event is a go-to. As Chocolate Salons promoters say, its 55,000 square feet of chocolate, wine and confections.
A ticket buys chocolate tastings from 50 chocolatiers, wine pairings, new product launches, chocolate-making demonstrations, chocolatier panels, a wine and spirits taste-off, presentations by celebrity chefs and chocolate-makers, and random interviews of participants by TasteTVs Chocolate Television program. There will even be chocolate fashion and body-painting.
The all-things-chocolate extravaganza will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 at Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco; (415) 345-7500, www.fortmason.org.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults; $10 for children ages 6 to 12; free for 5 and younger. To buy tickets, watch videos from past events and for more information, visit www.sfchocolatesalon.com.
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The Sutter Street Grill in Folsom hand-forms its giant breakfast sausage patty.
Sure, Sacramento hosted the weeklong Bacon Fest in January in celebration of that smoky, crispy pork product that almost everybody loves.
But lets not forget about the glory of sausage, despite the old saying, Laws are like sausages it is better not to see them being made.
Breakfast links and patties, bratwurst, bockwurst, bangers, chorizo, linguica, kielbasa and good old frankfurters the list goes on, and theyre all good for carnivores, at least.
If youre looking for a great sausage patty to go with eggs, hashbrowns, toast and a glass of ice-cold milk, try the Sutter Street Grill in Historic Folsom. Its motto: Good ol home cookin. The patty is big, juicy and slightly greasy, with just the right seasoning. Did we say its big? As in huge.
Dutch Bros. Coffee
New location: Dutch Bros. Coffee opens its Granite Bay drive-through on Friday, March 7, 2014. The shop will celebrate with free coffee or other beverages for customers.
Get a free cup of coffee (or other beverage) Friday and you dont even have to leave your car.
Dutch Bros. Coffee opens its newest drive-through location Friday at 8663 Auburn Folsom Rd. in Granite Bay. To mark the occasion, that Dutch Bros. outlet will offer customers a free 16-ounce beverage from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
We are beyond excited to open in Granite Bay, said local co-owner Brian Place. We want to serve coffee and our community like no one else around.
Brian and Mattie Place, a husband and wife team, have been a part of the Dutch Bros. family since 2007. We look forward to sharing the Dutch Love, Brian said. Our customers fill our cup.
Chris Cook had camped out since 11:30 a.m. and endured the drizzly weather for more than four hours. All of this anticipation was for a mere 8 ounce pour of beer - but this wasn’t just any beer. On Tuesday afternoon, midtown’s PourHouse tapped a 5 gallon keg of Pliny the Younger, a Triple IPA from Russian River Brewing Co. that’s turned into a cult-ish craze on the craft beer scene.
The formula goes like this: Highly rated beer ( currently ranked #2 in the world by BeerAdvocate) + limited production (only six or so kegs are allocated in the area for Sacramento Beer Week) = a line stretching down Q St. for a taste at PourHouse. The entire keg was tapped within 32 minutes.
Despite all the folks pining for a taste of Pliny, the scene was actually a bit more subdued compared to last year at PourHouse. That keg in the 2013 edition of Sacramento Beer Week was emptied in a mere 17 minutes, and the line this year was only a couple dozen deep about an hour before a $7 pour of Pliny the Younger went on sale at 4 p.m.
Perhaps those who were curious about the elusive Pliny the Younger have received their taste by now, and while this is no doubt a fine and impeccably fresh brew, there might be better things to do than wait in line for hours for a small pour of beer. Call it the “been there, done that” syndrome?
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International House of Pancakes restaurants have been offering free pancakes on one day each year since 2006.
IHOP is flipping free pancakes Tuesday on National Pancake Day.
International House of Pancakes restaurants have been offering free pancakes on one day each year since 2006. Participating IHOP restaurants will serve a free short stack of three buttermilk pancakes to each person Tuesday.
The pancakes must be consumed on-site and IHOP requests leaving a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to children in the United States and Canada.
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The K Street site of the Broiler Restaurant, which closed in September, will be home to the new Brasserie Capitale.
A new restaurant and bar featuring classic French comfort food and an extensive beer and wine selection will take over the high-profile location at 1201 K St. that has been vacant since the Broiler restaurant closed in early September.
The new business, to be called Brasserie Capitale, will be owned and operated by the owners of Aioli, the tapas restaurant on L Street in midtown that will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year.
While full details are still in the works, the chef will be Christophe Cornet, a classically trained French chef from the Bordeaux region who has experience at a Michelin two-star restaurant in France and was the private chef for the Maloof brothers, the former owners of the Sacramento Kings.
I hope to be open by this summer, said Azziz Belarbi-Salah, whose father, Reda Balarbi, opened Aioli with his then-wife Jennifer Sparks in 1994. Belarbi-Salah has become a prominent fixture at both Aioli and the nearby wine bar, The Grand, which opened in 2007.
Did you make it to the California Auto Museum last night for Beer Week’s brewers showcase? The Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson was there to sip and savor what was on tap, including Bike Dog’s people’s choice winning pale ale.
But if you weren’t there to sample the goods from 27 local breweries, don’t sweat it. Sacramento Beer Week runs through March 9 with hundreds of events big and small, so there are plenty of opportunities to experience amazing beers from our region and beyond.
Speaking of which, we want to see what you’re drinking during Beer Week, whether it’s IPAs, porters, imperial stouts, sours, saisons – or the elusive (yet somehow overexposed?) Pliny the Younger. Tweet your photos using the #sacfeast hashtag. We’ll use them in upcoming Appetizers posts and perhaps include a select few in an upcoming edition of the paper. Cheers!
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Sacramento’s dining scene hasn’t made a mark with Michelin, but it’s getting some help from Yelp.
For the first time, Yelp.com has complied its list of 100 best places to eat in America, and two well-regarded Sacramento restaurants have made the cut: The Kitchen (No. 30) and Cafe Rolle (No. 36).
Yelp’s rankings are based on reviews from the site’s millions of users. They take “into account both star rating and number of reviews to reveal which spots not only have top-notch ratings, but also which are most popular in the Yelp community,” according to the company. They also reflect a crunching of the site’s “rich wealth of data,” using a technique called the Wilson Score.
Rankings from Internet companies are a dime a terabyte these days, but what makes Yelp’s list compelling is its intriguing high-low sensibility. Sure, haute cuisine is represented, but so are more, shall we say, democratic establishments that Yelpers seem to love, including taco, barbecue and pho joints.
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The “Clam Dynasty” team from Carmichael’s Serritella’s restaurant triumphed with their chowder recipe in Santa Cruz.
The cooks at Serritella’s restaurant, the neighborhood favorite on Fair Oaks Boulevard, better known for their lasagna, pizza and minestrone, are now champs when it comes to clam chowder.
Bonnie Prophet, Robert Contreras and their two children placed first in the category “Best Professional Boston Chowder” at the 33rd Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off and Festival.
Dubbing themselves “Team Clam Dynasty,” they donned costumes of fake black beards, hats and camouflage t-shirts on Saturday for the contest at the beach boardwalk in Santa Cruz ( www.beachboardwalk.com/clamchowder).
“Everybody wears costumes so we thought we would do a spoof on Duck Dynasty,” said Prophet said in a press release. “And since it was our second year we knew a bit more what to expect. But we never in a million years thought we would win.”
Charles Bamforth, UC-Davis professor of malting and brewing sciences, stars in a documentary that won a TASTE award.
If California has a Mr. Beer, its got to be Charles Bamforth. The UC-Davis professor of malting and brewing sciences is known around campus as the the pope of foam, which tells us a whole lot about his cred.
Bamforth stars in a documentary titled The Art and Science of Beer, which recently won a TASTE award for Best Mini-Film or Documentary.
The Office of the President was commissioning some films to illustrate what goes on in the University of California as a whole, Bamforth told the California Aggie, the UC-Davis campus newspaper. They selected two topics from Davis and we were one of them.
Bamforth is known for holding forth on the topic of beermaking, and told the Aggie, Its an art form as far as it speaks to a quality of life. Its not just the science of making the beer, its the imagery of that beer, its the presentation of the beer (and) its the circumstances of which you drink it.
Davis Farmers Market
Davis Farmers Market manager Randii MacNear, dressed as Ms. Piggie, admires a piggie pal from the petting zoo. The 23rd annual Pig Day is Saturday.
The venerable Davis Farmers Market helped pioneer the farm-to-fork concept long before it became a formalized local movement. But produce isnt the only thing on its vast menu of goods.
On Saturday, it will host the 23rd annual Pig Day, celebrating all things pork. Bring your appetites for individually priced items from vendors, including breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork), pigs-in-a-blanket, fried pork with couscous and vegetables, pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, piggy pops (French bread on a stick shaped like a pigs head), pig cookies and bacon-flavored frozen confections.
If youd rather cozy up to a pig than eat one, try the petting zoo of piglets. Other childrens activities will be on site, as well.
For some context, listen to market manager Randii MacNear: This year, our Pig Day celebration falls on the actual date of National Pig Day. It was founded in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. Pig Day is part of the Davis culture. It celebrates the pigs rightful place as one of mans most intelligent and useful domesticated animals. Its also the only event of its kind in California.