Looks like the 18-year-old Enotria Cafe & Wine Bar is once again transmogrifying, this time into Cask & Barrel, due to open in February.
Since it closed in January 2014, Enotria has served as an events facility, hosting weekend private parties, dinners and winetastings. The wine bar was open Thursdays and Fridays to “maintain the liquor license,” said managing partner-pastry chef Cristel Flores on the phone today.
“Now we want to fully commit to the wine bar space and create something cool and exciting,” she said. “We’ll definitely focus on whiskey, wine and local beers.”
Flores will work with veteran chef Gabriel Glasier in the kitchen. The two partnered in the catering company Chef and Baker, and previously worked together at Maranello restaurant in Fair Oaks, which closed October 2013.
Cask & Barrel’s mission statement is on its Facebook page, and says in part, “Our goal is to create a comfortable place to celebrate our community and (Sacramento’s) amazing bounty.”
The menu is intriguing, with wings, mussels, pork rinds, catfish nuggets, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, smoked ribs and brisket, cheddar sausage and more.
Glasier has long been a star of the local culinary scene, an innovative chef who helped pioneer the early seasonal-local-sustainable dining concept, which has come to be called “farm to fork.” He opened the popular Redbud Cafe in Cameron Park in 2006, and later served as executive chef at the fine-dining restaurant Slocom House in Fair Oaks, which closed in 2011.
Enotria/Cask & Barrel is at 1431 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 922.6792, www.enotria.com.
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