Cathie Anderson

Taylor’s Kitchen in Sacramento names new executive chef

Taylor's Kitchen at 2900 Freeport Blvd., in Sacramento, Thursday, 16, 2009.
Taylor's Kitchen at 2900 Freeport Blvd., in Sacramento, Thursday, 16, 2009. mjones@sacbee.com

Casey Shideler told me that she kept her head down and worked hard in Sacramento’s restaurant scene over the past four years, and now all her labor has paid off with a job as executive chef at Taylor’s Kitchen.

Shideler, 29, worked for restaurateur Patrick Mulvaney at Mulvaney’s B&L and for Blackbird Kitchen & Bar’s co-owner and chef, Carina Lampkin, before joining the team at Taylor’s about a year ago. She replaces Justin Lower as Taylor’s management brings the emphasis back to dishes that diners would love to have a chef prepare in their homes.

Taylor’s Kitchen manager Keith Fergel said the restaurant had seen a decline in supper counts as Lower put an emphasis on artistic plating and gastronomic experimentation. “Justin was a great chef,” Fergel said, “but it just wasn’t the right fit.”

What can diners at the Land Park institution, 2924 Freeport Blvd., expect from Shideler? Well, she loves that she can pick out prime cuts of meat and seasonal produce from Taylor’s Market next door. On one recent evening, she prepared a meal for two featuring rack of lamb and a curried potato puree, carrots, turnips, mushrooms, mint chutney and tzatziki sauce. But Shideler said she also likes to take everyday foods and elevate them to the level of fine dining.

“Right now, we have baked beans on the menu with fresh cranberry beans ... little baby Thumbelina carrots, baby fennel and pearl onions,” she said. “We take something like pork and beans and make it really nice, using all our fresh produce and fresh beans and fresh everything.” ...

Victory lap for Miyamoto: West Sacramento’s Miyamoto International took the Global Best Project award from Engineering News Record for a third year for its work on one of Italy’s great sculptures: Michelangelo Buonarroti’s Rondanini Pietá, a life-size marble statue of the Virgin Mary cradling the body of Christ.

The multinational civil engineering firm created a foundation between the statue and the earth beneath it that will work to keep the valuable piece from toppling over amid seismic and traffic-related vibrations. Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet” featured the $2.1 million retrofit of the piece, viewed as Michelangelo’s final work. Devis Sonda and Marco Cossu of Miyamoto Italy led the team working to preserve the statue. ...

Unique’s soccer goal: McClellan resident Unique Torres, 30, returned home from playing in the Homeless World Cup in Scotland on July 18, charged up and ready to put her goals on fast forward.

“Whatever I lived for the past 10 days, I wanted to live like that every day for the rest of my life,” she told me.

The reality, she said, is that she will have to work her 30-, 60- and 90-day plan in order to complete her education, get a job, establish credit and ultimately find a place for her family to live outside transitional housing at Serna Village. She said she also plans to help Street Soccer Sacramento leaders Lisa Wrightsman and Tiffany Fraser to promote their organization, so other women can have this opportunity.

Torres and the other women on the U.S. national team placed eighth out of 16 global teams this month at the Homeless World Cup, the best showing yet for the U.S. women. ...

Never tease a PR guru: Laine Himmelmann, the public relations officer at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, sent a note to her Facebook friends announcing that two of her real-life friends had gotten engaged at the California State Fair.

This Inside Business columnist couldn’t resist a Facebook comment: “Will there be a news release on this today?”

One hour and three minutes later, Himmelmann emailed me: “I wasn’t sure if you were serious or not about a news release, but just in case you were, here is the scoop!”

In short order, Himmelmann laid out how Rick MacGuidwin, the managing partner at Sacramento IT consulting firm Capio Group, had insisted on a group photo at the fair entrance, then whipped out a “giant ring,” bent down on one knee and asked elementary schoolteacher Nina Gray to be his wife. The couple, who have been together for about three years, are looking at a July 2017 wedding, according to Himmelmann’s news release.

“Rick has apparently had the ring for quite some time and was waiting for the right moment to pop the question,” Himmelmann said. “For reasons unknown, he felt that perfect place was the fair!”

One thing’s for certain: Journalists and wannabe grooms shouldn’t underestimate how much public relations people love their work. ...

Those three little dots: Dear reader, take note that the three little dots are back, so once a week, this column will again compile succinct items on the latest business news: openings, closings, leadership changes, humorous observations and more. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to call or email with tips from a region that spans from Winters in the west to Pollock Pines in the east, from down south in Galt to up north in Yolo.

Cathie Anderson: 916-321-1193, @CathieA_SacBee

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