Food & Drink

Consume: Our favorite food stuff this week


• Anchor California Lager

$8.99 per six pack; local retailers including Total Wine & More;

Summer is waning, but it’s still not cold enough to head into the dark beers yet. This malty lager, more full-bodied than most, is the perfect shoulder-season brew (and has a cool woodcut of the state bear on its label). Drink it and do good – part of its sales go toward supporting national parks.


• Better than Brittle

$1.99 per bar; Taylors, Corti Bros. and local farmers markets;

Softer than traditional brittle, this charming bar in its stylish polka dot wrapper is a faultless mix of savory and sweet. Made in a home kitchen in the foothill town of Paradise, this treat may make you feel like you’re a bit closer to cloud nine.


• Napa Jack’s BBQ Sauce

$6.99 for 15.7 oz. bottle; Taylors and other markets;

Mild enough for kids but with enough depth to please parents, this tasty mixture from Napa’s Wine Country Kitchens makes for a good dipping-and-basting sauce as well as a marinade. Try the merlot or chipotle cabernet version for something sweeter and more complex.


• Soil Born Farms Fundraiser

$60 per ticket; 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 3000 Hurley Way, Sacramento;

The list of local establishments taking part in Soil Born’s 12th annual fundraiser is long and illustrious – Magpie, The Waterboy, Ruhstaller and Two Rivers Cider, to name a few – and promises to make for a delicious and fun night on the farm. Get tickets in advance at or at the Sacramento Natural Food Co-Op. Tickets won’t be sold at the door.


• Seafood nachos at Lou’s Sushi

$13; 2801 P St.; 916-451-4700;

Not to be missed from Blair Anthony Robertson’s review earlier this year: “This witty little tour de force is meaty, creamy, crunchy and maybe crazy. It includes a spicy seafood of the chef’s choosing served atop smashed avocado on fried wonton triangles. It’s become one of my favorite appetizers in the city, suitable for sharing or hoarding.”

Bee staff