▪ CREAM Elk Grove
Free; Noon-8 p.m. Saturday; 8469 Elk Grove Blvd.; www.creamnation.com
Cult ice-cream sandwich shop CREAM (based in Millbrae) has a day of free treats planned for its new Elk Grove shop. Stop by and mastermind your own concoction. Its menu includes fresh baked cookies such as double chocolate chip, butter sugar, turtle, lemon heaven (as well as vegan and gluten-free options), and ice cream flavors such as salted caramel, banana walnut fudge, peaches ’n’ cream and chocoholic, among many others. Mix and match!
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▪ Morant’s smoked turkey
$4.98 per pound ($1.98 if you bring in your own turkey); www.morants-sausage.com
Every November, food magazines are crammed with articles about The Turkey Problem: how to cook the bird so that the dark meat is done but the breasts aren’t dry. One year, it’s brining. Another, deep frying. Now spatchcocking is all the rage. An easy solution is to just buy a smoked turkey from Morant’s Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen. It comes perfectly cooked, so there’s no getting up at 4 a.m. to turn on the oven. And if you’re worried you’ll miss that crispy golden skin, don’t. You can pop it in the oven before serving to give the outside some extra crackle. Call ahead to reserve. 5001 Franklin Blvd. Sacramento; (916) 731-4377.
▪ Fall Chocolate Salon
Nov. 22; San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center; (415) 345-7500; www.fortmason.org
At San Francisco’s fifth annual Fall Chocolate Salon, chocolate lovers will find dozens of chocolatiers offering artisanal and gourmet delights, while live music plays and premium reds and whites are poured. The tasting party is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at Fort Mason Center (Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco). Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The fall fest is the “little sister” to the annual San Francisco Chocolate Salon in March at Fort Mason.
▪ Super Grains
$29.99; Hamlyn; 192 pages
Whole grains are good for you, but some recipes seem so austere that eating the results sounds like a chore. Not so with English author Jenni Muir’s new book, filled with unusual, easy and delicious dishes like Grunkohl (a Scottish oat and bacon stew), Persian-style barley soup and spicy shrimp and quinoa cakes – all tasty and healthy.
▪ Curtis Park Small Business Passport
Free; through Nov. 28; celebration/drawing 3-5 p.m. Nov. 29; Franklin Boulevard
Grab a free “passport” from any of the local businesses – including eateries such as Freeport Bakery, Pangaea Bier Café and Gunther’s Ice Cream – along Freeport Boulevard, Broadway or Franklin Boulevard this month and have it signed when you make a purchase. Then bring it to the Nov. 29 block party (near Gunther’s, 2801 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento) to win prizes – a cool reward for buying local.
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