Evan Elsberry has been cooking around town for more than 30 years, with a resume that includes the Limelight Cafe and the Delta King. In past years, he has taken first and second places in several California State Fair Professional Chef Challenges.
The fare at Evan’s Kitchen in East Sacramento is hearty, with prime rib, stuffed filet mignon and bacon-wrapped scallops at dinner. His breakfast menu is locally famous for its Benedicts.
One twist in the program is his wine dinners, which match seasonal and ethnic foods with appropriate vinos. Coming up is “Hot Off the Grill,” a summer celebration of new and original recipes, 6 p.m. Monday, July 25 at 855 57th St., Sacramento, in the Antique Row. The cost is $80 per person. Reservations are required: 916-452-3896.
The menu goes like this:
First course: grilled jumbo prawns with candied ginger drawn butter, served with Markham chardonnay
Second: grilled portobello a mushroom on greens tossed in a champagne grape vinaigrette, with Kim Crawford pinot gris
Third: grilled duck breast on grilled-apricot dressing, finished with grilled plum chutney, Saved red blend
Fourth: grilled Angus filet mignon with grilled scallion smashed potatoes over a black cherry demi-glace, with Dreaming Tree pinot noir
Dessert: grilled peach crumble with house made vanilla bean ice cream, with Pacific Rim Gewürztraminer