At table with Sacramento news anchor Edie Lambert

Edie Lambert
Edie Lambert

Our list of lunch pals is eclectic and diverse, reflecting the restaurants we visit. For our recent outing, which you can read about Friday in the Counter Culture lunchtime-restaurant review column, we were joined by Edie Lambert, the Emmy-winning KCRA-Channel 3 news anchor.

She loves good food but, given her schedule (she’s a mother of two who works “five nights a week”), she “doesn’t have time to cook much.” Her husband, political consultant Lloyd Levine (“a fine cook”), often makes dinner for her to take to the TV studio, where she eats it “at my desk.”

On weekends, they dine at home on “a lot of wild salmon and roasted chicken with fennel,” she said. For birthday dinners, she favors her husband’s spaghetti Bolognese with wild mushrooms.

Restaurant-wise, two of her local go-to’s are Mulvaney’s B&L (916-441-6022, ) and, for more casual dining, Formoli’s Bistro (916-448-5699, Then there’s Edie’s comfort-food favorite, the bread pudding at Les Baux Bakery (916-739-1348, “If everything is going wrong in my world, that bread pudding will dig me out,” she said.

One more thing: Edie’s father-in-law, Larry Levine, is a foodie who maintains the website, a blog of restaurant recommendations written by him and others, based on their travels around California. His online magazine,, is a heaped plate of food-related musings, articles and recipes.

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