How many stars? Reviewing the new Tower Bridge Dinner chefs

Chef Oliver Ridgeway at Grange restaurant.
Chef Oliver Ridgeway at Grange restaurant.

The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the two local chefs who will lead the Tower Bridge dinner in September. Which brings up a question: How well did their restaurants fare in The Bee’s dining reviews?

But first: Chefs Oliver Ridgeway of Grange, the restaurant inside the boutique Citizen Hotel, and Ravin Patel of Selland Family Restaurants (Ella, The Kitchen) will orchestrate the gala meal for an expected 700 foodies in September. It will be the jewel in the crown known as Farm-to-Fork Week, a series of everyone-is-invited special events that punctuate Sacramento’s self-proclaimed (and justified) status as the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America.

So what did The Bee’s reviews of Grange and Ella have to say?

In part, the Nov. 1, 2014 four-star review of Grange enthused: “The best way to see Ridgeway at his most expressive is at dinner. The way he brings so much balance and character to each dish makes his style especially engaging. It’s Sacramento and Ridgeway on full display. It’s rustic. It’s elegant. It’s all very real. ... (It’s) some of the best food in town.”

Excerpts from the Sept. 28, 2013 four-star review of Ella exclaimed: “Under ... executive chef Ravin Patel, Ella has ... evolved into a near-perfect dining experience. It is casual. It is serious. It is beautiful. It is discerning. But it isn’t daunting. ... Ella, big and beautiful, has made a strong case for being the best restaurant in the Sacramento region.”

Reservations, anyone?

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