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Contents APRIL 2020

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CRITICAL MASH We’ve got lots of beer in town. Check out these newish spots for suds. By Daniel Barnes

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PUTTING THE “CRAFT” IN CRAFTSMAN A Fab 40s home gets a makeover. By Mari Tzikas Suarez

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PLAYING WITH PURPOSE Pianist Lara Downes grew up on activism, and it feeds her creativity today. By Sasha Abramsky

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SECTIONS 25 THE 916 Get Writing Flea Market Finds Cinema City Taking Rideshare

33 PARTY PICTURES

D E PA R T M E N T S 41 HEALTH There’s Nothing Selfish About Self-Care by Luna Anona

47 TRAVEL Two Monterey Valleys by Krista Minard

Mother-Daughter Tea Shrem’s Winter Gala Sac Children’s Home Crab Feed Nuts and Berries Fundraiser

83 FOOD & DRINK

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IN EVERY ISSUE 20 EDITOR’S NOTE Washed Up

75 ARTS & CULTURE

New Pho in Midtown

76 EVENTS CALENDAR

Celebrating Bogle

88 RESTAURANTS

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98 A LOOK BACK

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If someone you love needs high-quality care during the most vulnerable time of their life, call or email us at 530.758.5566, info@yolohospice.org. *Reported data as of January 28, 2020 on Hospice Compare. All quality scores available at https://www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Washed Up AS I WRITE THIS, I’VE JUST WASHED MY DRIED-OUT HANDS AGAIN. It’s been a season for this, thanks to two

separate cases of stomach flu in our house in one month (I know it’s not really the flu), and several colds blowing through since the holidays. Now we’ve got all this coronavirus frenzy. Aside from the handwashing routine, I’m not prepared. I missed my chance for hand-sanitizer hoarding and have only one stale bottle of lavender organic Dr. Bronner’s. I’m not sure why I’d need to stockpile a Matterhorn of Costco cases of toilet paper or keep my gas tank topped up. What I do understand is community health, and I’m ready to stay home if I get sick (with anything) and happy to keep my distance, just in case, from people who might be more vulnerable. We’re not planning any trips to visit my mother-in-law in memory care right now, for example, and I won’t get on a cruise ship even in good times. (Anyone seen Stephen Colbert’s “The Bug Boat” spoof?) Who knows where we’ll all be by the time this issue comes out—hopefully not quarantined at home, rationing toilet paper. Best case, we’ll be drinking some beer. Writer Daniel Barnes, host of Dare Daniel podcast and beer expert extraordinaire, takes us on a tour of some of the region’s new brewpubs. We’ve also got some favorite beers, which we chased down all over town and beyond. I popped into Mraz Brewing Company in El Dorado Hills on a cold weeknight evening for Window of Opportunity Belgian Tripel. “Just one can?” the guy said. “Yep, need to take a picture,” I said. He replied, “On the house!” This happened almost everywhere, a sign of the friendly vibe that exists in most of our local brewpubs. Also, Sasha Abramsky writes about pianist and Mondavi Center artist in residence Lara Downes—if you’ve not seen her perform, do. You’ll be treated to something magical. Dining editor Marybeth Bizjak visits the Handle District’s latest hot spot, Saigon Alley, where I went with my daughters recently for $3 happy hour specials (the calamari! the skewers!) and a wicked-good Vietnamese coffee with whipped coconut cream. In this month’s Health story, Luna Anona shares the ways several locals stay sane in stressful times. Self-care might be a buzzword these days, but these folks really have some good ideas. In fact, give them a try. Maybe they’ll help keep your immune system boosted—or at the very least, keep the panic from getting to you. Enjoy the issue!

AND THERE’S MORE . . . Have you voted in Pizza Madness? Our online bracket-style pizzeria competition runs through April 5, with the winner to be announced on Monday, April 6. Go to sacmag.com/ pizzamadness. Watch for the following upcoming issues from Sacramento Media: Sacramento Home’s spring issue, with a focus on family, and Our Wedding, with local wedding photos and tales of love. Available now: Sacramento Visitors’ Guide, produced by us for Visit Sacramento. The spring issue includes a roundup of great local tours (see Sac Tour Company’s Jenn Kistler-McCoy on the cover), tempting photos of yummy desserts, a list of things to do to fill a weekend, and more.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Joel Felix

A graphic designer and hand-lettering artist living in Northern California, Joel Felix is passionate about letters and all things design. He can often be found in his one-man studio sketching out work for a variety of clients both small and large, and sipping on a pint of Left Eye Right Eye from Track 7. Joel specializes in lettering, logos, packaging and custom illustration. His work has been featured in Communication Arts magazine, several lettering books and a variety of online galleries.

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Sasha Abramsky

“I have known Lara Downes for 15 years,” says writer Sasha Abramsky, “and continue to be amazed at the breadth of her musical and historical knowledge. (She) goes out of her way to engage with the community she is a part of.” Sasha is a London-born, Sacramento-based writer and a lecturer at UC Davis. His most recent book, “Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Superstar,” will be published in June by Akashic Books.

Kevin Fiscus

“Sun shining, dogs playing and lounging, cold beer and good friends—what’s not to love about an afternoon at the brewery?” says photographer Kevin Fiscus, whose work appears in this month’s beer feature. “I’m a West Coast IPA guy but I can appreciate the craft in all the craft beers.” Based in midtown, Kevin specializes in editorial portraits and corporate and commercial photography. He works with digital agencies to develop branded imagery for businesses.


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The 916 i n s i d e: Write On / Flea Market Finds / Movie Town / Sustainable Sac

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Finder, Keeper FRANKLIN JOHN KAKIES loves a good flea market. A Sacramento-

Get Write to It On a crisp Wednesday morning at Shine coffee shop in downtown Sacramento, eight or so writers are pecking away at their laptop keyboards, focused and fully caffeinated. They’re here for Shut Up & Write, a group formed to motivate writers to make progress on a specific piece of work while mingling with others who are there to do the same. Shut Up & Write was founded in San Francisco in 2007 and now boasts more than 250 groups in 44 countries. The Sacramento chapter meets at various spots around the city a dozen or more times in a given week, usually at cafes but also at libraries, comic book stores and community centers. Karen Durham, a former human resources officer and the organizer for this particular meetup, joined Shut Up & Write about four years ago. “When I’m not here, I usually work at home, either at my desk or the kitchen table or standing at the counter,” says Durham, who on this day is working on a short story for Kenyon Review. What does Durham get out of the meetup? For starters, productivity. “You have an hour. Because it’s called Shut Up & Write, once the timer starts there’s no more chitchatting,” she explains. “You’re pretty much forced to stare at your own pen for that hour. There are no distractions because you’re not talking to people. And it’s not like at home, where there’s laundry and pets that want attention.” It’s the sense of community, however, that keeps Durham coming back. “Writers come here to work on everything from poetry to Ph.D.s. It’s a lovely group of people. They’re supportive. They’re friendly. They inspire me. They have great ideas of their own that they’re working on, and we feed off of each other. We give each other hope and inspiration. It’s the opposite of my old job in HR, where most audiences were a hostile audience,” she says jokingly. Rachel Dickinson, who started attending the Wednesday-morning meetups last summer, also comes for the camaraderie. “A lot of times with writing, it’s a solo endeavor. It’s really nice to see friendly faces each week,” she says. Amid the cacophony of the espresso machine and the rock music playing not so softly in the background, Dickinson is able to accomplish a lot of writing in a short period. “Each week, I feel like I’m more productive in this one hour than I am at home.” Durham concurs. “There’s definitely an energy to having everyone at the table scratching on their keyboards. It’s certainly more invigorating than sitting by yourself.” —Catherine Warmerdam

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based interior designer with a deep reverence for history, Kakies is a veteran market-goer with a knack for spotting unusual items, often for a steal. His most beloved flea market find: an 18th-century English Georgian silver teapot crafted by a noted London maker. “I found it late one morning at the local flea and the sellers practically forced it on me, for a fraction of its fair-market value,” recalls Kakies. How could he say no? “The goal I set for myself in my early 20s—that my life should be filled with beautiful and amusing vintage objects—has played out in a wonderful way,” says Kakies, who also writes catalog descriptions for Witherell’s auction house. Here are a few places to find some treasures of your own. FOLSOM BOULEVARD FLEA MARKET Long-running market with more than 450 sellers and food booths. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 8521 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 383-0880; folsomflea.com SACRAMENTO ANTIQUE FAIRE 300 vendors from around the state selling antique and vintage furniture and decor, jewelry, garden accessories and more. 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m. second Sunday of the month. 2100 X St.; (916) 6009770; sacantiquefaire.com DENIO’S New and used items, antiques and specialty items. 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Sundays. 1551 Vineyard Road, Roseville; (916) 782-2704; denios market.com

GALT MARKET On Tuesdays, more than 400 vendors offering clothing, tools, pottery, rugs, blankets and more; on Wednesdays, vintage and collectible items. 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, plus special holiday hours. 610 Chibolla Ave., Galt; (209) 366-7161 ALAMEDA POINT ANTIQUES FAIRE California’s largest antiques show with more than 800 dealers; vintage and antique furnishings and decor, jewelry, art, pottery, books and collectibles. 6 a.m.– 3 p.m. first Sunday of the month. 3800 Main St., Alameda; (510) 5227500; alamedapointantiquesfaire.com —Catherine Warmerdam

Among Franklin John Kakies’ prized flea market finds are a 19th-century kimono basket; 1820s Italian Empire candlesticks; a Syracuse China plate from Robert’s Fish Grotto and Grill; a post-Prohibition-era Hollywood cocktail recipe book; a Japanese lacquered stand; a 1787 London silver fluted teapot and stand; a miniature portrait of a Mughal court beauty; and a Japanese Imari porcelain plate.

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Greta Gerwig on set directing Lady Bird

Actors Lucas Hedges and Saoirse Ronan in front of East Sac’s famous blue house in Lady Bird

Lights! Camera! Action? Is Sacramento ready for its close-up? Jennifer West, who was recently tapped to run the city’s newly formed film office, believes it is.

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ennifer West’s task is to attract filmmakers to shoot movies, television shows, commercials and more in and around the capital, a job previously undertaken on a part-time basis by Visit Sacramento. Local leaders were spurred to devote more resources to luring production companies to town after parts of “Lady Bird,” the Oscar-nominated film written and directed by Sacramento native Greta Gerwig, were filmed on location in Sacramento. The attention that followed the movie’s release got locals thinking they could attract more shoots to the area and reap some economic benefit. West anticipates that promoting more shoots here would be a boon to local filmmakers and crews, who could get hired by larger production companies, in turn growing and retaining the local talent pool. “I’m pleasantly surprised by the quality of the crew in the city and the amount of midlevel content that is currently being filmed here,” says West. “We need to build on that and create programs that inspire and hold people here in Sacramento instead of traipsing off to Los Angeles.” West believes the city has a lot to offer filmmakers looking for authentic backdrops: urban scenes, farmland, rivers, bridges, plus easy proximity to wine country, snow and more. “I feel our city could double as any city in America,” she says, noting that the architecture can depict different historical periods. Her office promotes local landmarks such as the State Capitol

building, Tower Bridge, Sutter’s Fort and Old Sacramento as film locations. A former manager with New Line Cinema, freelance accountant on films and staffer for Sacramento Councilmember Jeff Harris, West says she brings the right blend of industry, entrepreneurial and government experience to the position. She’s currently in the process of cataloging potential shoot locations and revamping the fi lm office’s website, which will “I FEEL OUR CITY COULD DOUBLE AS help her pitch Sacramento ANY CITY IN AMERICA.”− JENNIFER WEST to filmmakers. “How exciting will it be to drive down the street and see something filming, or to read an article about the next big movie being shot here?” she says. “I think that is energizing for people, and the fact that there can be an economic impact is a bonus.”

How would you like to see your home in a movie, TV show or commercial? The Sacramento film office keeps a database of properties available for location shoots. Jennifer West says she’s looking for all types of houses, from modest family homes to fabulous mansions—and everything in between. To get your home in the database, send an email to West at FilmOffice@cityofsacramento.org. Include your name, address, phone number and photos (exterior and interior) of your home.

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rail stop is farther away than you want to walk. Or maybe you suspect that once onboard a bus or train, you will encounter standing-room-only or some other irritation. Do you have an alternative? If you want to travel around within one of nine Sacramento regional areas and are not in a hurry, the answer is yes. In January, Sacramento Regional Transit unveiled its expanded SmaRT Ride service, which lets riders in those nine zones—Arden, Carmichael, Citrus Heights-AntelopeOrangevale, Downtown-Midtown-East Sacramento, Folsom, Franklin-South Sacramento, Gerber-Calvine, North Sacramento and Rancho Cordova—reserve spots on one of 42 small natural-gas buses and electric vans that officials say constitute the nation’s largest microtransit program. Customers can use an algorithm-driven free “IT'S A SHARED RIDE SERVICE AND mobile app to request being picked up one or two IF YOU HAVE TO BE SOMEWHERE blocks away. The app tells them the SmaRT Ride AT A CERTAIN TIME, THEN GET ON vehicle’s estimated time of arrival, and during the BOARD EARLY...IT DOESN'T WORK ride it maps out the vehicle’s progress, indicates FOR EVERYONE.”− SMART RIDE DRIVER where other pickups might occur, and estimates an arrival time. Fares are the same as for regular bus and light-rail service, $2.50 general and $1.25 for students and seniors one-way, plus there is a free option for a group of five or more riders who are going to the same destination. In the workweek that followed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I took SmaRT Ride from East Sacramento to my downtown job (a bit more than 3 miles away) three times, and back home once. I made morning reservations the moment that the app allowed me to, at 7 a.m. sharp. The four rides had similarities—only a couple of other riders, friendly drivers, comfortable seating—and the following differences.

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ride was abruptly and with no explanation, about 15 seconds after I agreed to it, canceled and I didn’t get picked up until 7:30. Due to two other people being dropped off before me and downtown’s one-way-street layout, the bus took me a full eight blocks past my workplace before circling back and dropping me off at 7:53. WEDNESDAY MORNING: The bus arrived

at 7:09, went more or less directly to work and dropped me off at 7:21. THURSDAY AFTERNOON: When I reserved

a spot to go home around 4 p.m., the app said pickup would be at 11th and N streets. However, the SmaRT Ride bus drove right past, hand-waving me to 12th and N, so I had to scurry to make it on time. (Bus drivers are instructed to wait up to two minutes for reserved riders.) Turns out the app changed the pickup location after my initial reservation, and I had not noticed. FRIDAY MORNING : An experience like Wednesday’s, and during which I had a few moments to talk with the driver. I asked if the newly expanded service triggered much feedback. “Not yet,” he replied. “I try to tell people— I have a couple of people on board looking at their watch. ‘Can you drop me off here?’ ‘Can you do this?’ But I have to follow the policies. I tell them, and I’m very honest with them, that it doesn’t work for everyone. It’s a shared ride service and if you have to be somewhere at a certain time, then get on board early. Or go on Uber, or something. It doesn’t work for everyone.” The people it seems to work best for, he said, “are working-class people in their 40s who have to get to work by 8 or 9, and they’re taking advantage. They’re pretty happy.” THE DETAILS The SmaRT Ride service, which is fully equipped to serve people with disabilities, is made possible through Measure A (a half-cent sales tax for transportation projects approved by voters in 2004) and a $12 million grant from the Sacramento Transportation Authority. Riders can make reservations via the free SmaRT Ride app, online or by phone. Find out more at sacrt.com/ apps/smart-ride


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There’s Nothing Selfish About Self-Care We asked some busy people to explain their self-care essentials.

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t’s 2020, and there is a lot to be excited about. As we cast our gazes elsewhere, though, our outlook can feel a little bit bleaker. The stress of our work seeps into our lives, the stress of our lives seeps into our work, and the two often blur into one intangible mass that slowly eats away at us. Worst of all, we never get a real break from it. Or perhaps we do, for a moment, as we take a moment to look away and glance at the news or an alert on our phones. There, we are hit with even more chaos and uncertainty: What kind of planet will our children inherit? Why is there still so much hatred and violence in the world? How did we set up a system where one man can earn in a minute more than three times what the median American worker earns in a year? Will the coronavirus get us? It’s overwhelming. We’d love to do something about it—any of it—but we’re too busy. When we ask someone if they take care of themselves, they might be quick to say yes. But when we ask them how they do it, there’s often hesitation. This is how some of the busiest Sacramentans engage in self-care, and most of it doesn’t cost a dime.

D E FI N I N G SE LF- CAR E— What does it mean to become our own caretakers? Once upon a time, it might have been as obvious as taking care of ourselves the way we would take care of anyone else we loved: cooking a favorite meal or, perhaps, uttering a kind word. Then, advertising entered the conversation, eager to announce that this was, in fact, just another category of our lives with a glaring deficiency. Now, there are many tools on the market to help with such so-called shortcomings: self-care retreats, designer bath bombs, luxury meditation cushions. Do we need them? Maybe some of us do. But many of us are rejecting commercialized wellness, instead finding that the answer is simpler and more in line with the fundamentals. “Self-care to me is doing things that make you feel good,” says Aubrey Aquino, the host of “Your California Life” on ABC10. In other words, intentionally doing things that replenish and refuel you instead of drain you. (We do eventually sometimes have to do the draining things, too, but we won’t be tapping an empty well to do so.) SACMAG.COM April 2020

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and there is no federal law requiring paid those who embrace self-care often say it’s sick leave. selfish and unnecessary. The last thing While California State Treasurer Fiona we need is more navel-gazing, as we’re Ma is fortunate because she says she loves already too focused on ourselves, they her job, she is usually found working. “I’m might argue. But are we? Kristin Maasworking all the time except when I sleep. kamp, admin and volunteer coordinator It doesn’t matter what day of the week it of The Yoga Seed, Sacramento’s only nonis,” she says. profit yoga studio, recalls a phone conMost of us aren’t state treasurers, but versation in which her sister asked their most of us can relate to her: It’s not unmother what she wanted to do for her common to feel like we’re always working. birthday. Maaskamp’s mother hesitated, And if it’s not at our primary jobs, it’s often so her sister prodded: “Well, what makes work at our second or third jobs, houseyou happy?” Her mother didn’t have an work or work for our families, leaving us answer. And then Maaskamp realized feeling depleted and like we don’t have she, too, didn’t have the slightest idea anything left to give to anyone, let alone what made her happy. “I had no idea. I ourselves. had zero idea what made me happy,” When we’re there, sometimes the very Maaskamp says. first thing we can do for ourselves is nothClearly, if some of us can’t immediing. Stop doing everything and get into ately identify what even brings us joy, bed. we’re far from selfish. And if we can’t be WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, JUST DO NOTHthere for ourselves, we probably can’t fully ING: GO TO SLEEP— Pop quiz: What is be there for anyone else. “Charity begins associated with an increased risk of deat home,” says UC Davis Chancellor Gary veloping chronic health conditions such May. “In order for you to be effective and as obesity, diabetes, high be a benefit to other peoWHILE TREATING YOURSELF TO ple, you have to have a blood pressure, heart disAN UNINTERRUPTED NETFLIX sound foundation yourease, stroke and frequent MARATHON CAN CERTAINLY BE A self—physically, mentally mental distress? A lack FORM OF SELF-CARE, MAKE SURE and emotionally.” YOU TURN OFF THE TELEVISION IN of sleep, defined as sleep“If you can’t be kind to TIME TO GET SOME QUALITY REM. ing fewer than seven yourself, how are you hours per day. “[Selfgoing to be kind to other people?” asks care] means that you have to get sufficient Arthur Jey, M.D., an emergency room rest,” says May. physician at Sutter Medical Center. “Being Seven hours does seem to be the magic mindful of self-care is a huge deal.” number: “I do try to sleep enough,” Jey So, no. We are not being selfish. says. “Lots of people think they can survive on three or four hours, but most people WE’RE UNDENIABLY OVERWORKED— need a solid seven hours of sleep.” Historically, human beings are generally Even with frequent travel (Ma says she’s good at making tools, running long dison the road every day), she aims to replentances and thinking of the perfect retort ish come nightfall. “I try to sleep seven or anywhere from five minutes to five years eight hours per night,” she says. too late. We are not good at compartmenSo, while treating yourself to an unintalization, or dividing our lives, memories terrupted Netflix marathon can certainand feelings into tidy filing cabinets in ly be a form of self-care, make sure you our brains. What happens at home often turn off the television in time to get some comes with us to work, and what happens quality REM. at work often follows us home. We’re also GET BACK TO THE BASICS— Self-care working, a lot: According to the Internacan be as simple as being present in the tional Labour Organization, “Americans moment that you are currently in and work 137 more hours per year than Japafinding something in that moment to apnese workers, 260 more hours per year preciate. “I wake up every day, walk outthan British workers and 499 more hours side, breathe in some air, and I’m like, per year than French workers.” The Unit‘OK, this is a good start,’” says Kelly Mced States is the only industrialized counCown. McCown is the executive chef of try in the world without legally mandatThe Kitchen, the first restaurant in the ed annual leave (mandatory vacation),

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Sacramento region to be awarded a coveted Michelin star. “Self-care is getting back to who you are,” says Jey. For him, that means spending time with his children and Great Danes. Ma agrees, quickly citing the joy she gets from spending time with her chihuahua-terrier pup: “My husband and I love our dog, Nika. She loves getting dressed up and celebrating holidays.” In fact, a study published last year that analyzed 10 studies and data from more than 10 million participants found that dog owners were more likely to live longer than those without dogs, with a 24 percent risk reduction for death from any cause. While it’s unclear whether the biggest benefit is in the longer and more frequent walks dog owners take, the companionship and purpose a pet gifts us, or something else, caring for a dog certainly pays dividends directly into our well-being. MOVEMENT AS MEDICINE— Maaskamp

was in graduate school when she had to stop the program due to frequent autoimmune attacks. At the suggestion of her doctor, she began practicing yoga to restore her physical balance: The autoimmune disease affected her inner ear. Five months later, her sister underwent a bone marrow transplant that was unsuccessful, and a month later, Maaskamp filed for divorce. “I was just trying to survive,” she explains. “But having a [self-care practice] that included yoga helped me from hitting even more of a rock bottom.” After exhausting various “30 days for $30” yoga specials around the city and trying some free yoga options that were ultimately inaccessible due to physical limitations from her autoimmune disease, she found a sanctuary at The Yoga Seed, which brings accessible trauma-informed yoga, mindfulness and holistic health programming to diverse communities. The organization provides a sliding scale of memberships based on ability to pay (with an option as low as $0). “I felt like I was granted a golden ticket. I feel like it’s totally counterintuitive [to use yoga as a stress-management tool] only to be made more stressed and anxious at the thought of not being able to afford groceries for your family,” says Maaskamp, who now teaches yoga. A calming yoga practice isn’t the only path to wellness. Pushing yourself to your physical limits among like-minded ath-

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letes can also be immensely therapeutic and serve as a bonding experience. “When you’re feeling good about yourself physically, it’s easier to go about your day,” Jey says. An avid Crossfitter, he says he loves working out, and his box (Crossfit gyms are called boxes) companions have become his extended family. Sticking to a simple routine before the day hits can also provide tremendous results for your mental and physical health. May has a daily workout regimen, alternating between 3-mile runs and weight training at 6 a.m. to help his mindset for what lies ahead. “I get ready for whatever’s coming [that day],” he explains. REACHING OUT— If you want to go fast,

go alone. If you want to go far, go together. “Sometimes, you just have to get it out. I like to talk to my sisters and have them hear me—to have a safe space to talk about my thoughts and what’s going on with me,” says Aquino. May agrees. “Mentally, [self-care] means not holding things in, and having people you can vent to occasionally, or talk about

situations and problems with. It means not being ashamed or withdrawn.” He mentions the “traditional” upbringing that many men experience where they’re taught not to display emotions. “My dad always said ‘boys don’t cry,’” he recalls. “Not that I cry or want to cry often, but the message is, don’t tell people you’re being affected by situations. Over time, I’ve learned to let that go a little bit, and to not be ashamed of feeling things that bothered me. People also end up talking to me a lot about their issues and problems.” For Maaskamp, placing a phone call or meeting in person (as opposed to texting) has been a conscious form of self-care. “As a single parent to three kids, when I’m in the throes of motherhood’s challenges, I often struggle with feeling like I don’t have enough support and end up feeling lonely because of it,” she says, noting that her instinct is to retreat inward and ride out the struggle on her own. “I realize that when I do [that], I’m not doing anything proactive to change my feelings of lack of support. I’m actually just further perpetuating the feeling.” When she chooses to

reach out instead of shut down, she says, “I feel a sense of connection again, and don’t feel as lonely or overwhelmed. Of course, the circumstances in my life haven’t changed all that much, but my perspective and attitude have shifted.” QUIET REFLECTION—While looking out-

side of yourself is sometimes the answer, intentional quiet time can often be a welcome respite from the hustle of modern life. For McCown, an avid bicyclist and motorcycle enthusiast, self-care comes in the form of getting on two wheels. “[Riding my bike] allows me to blow off steam. It’s two or three hours a day where it’s just quiet and I don’t have to talk to anyone,” he explains. “I don’t ride with headphones and it allows me to think.” As for his motorcycle? “Setting up the next corner, the brake and the clutch, something about the combination is a very calming, meditative process,” McCown says. “But some people might find it terrifying.” SETTING BOUNDARIES— Jey describes

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t’s tempting to go to the Monterey-Carmel area and think only of the coastline. Cannery Row, fronting the bay. Pacific Grove, with its ocean-splashed trail and blooming ice plant. Carmel Beach, where dogs and children race down the sand hill to frolic in the waves, and Carmel-by-the-Sea, where little shops and courtyards and open-window restaurants are spritzed with sea breezes so fresh you can’t help but breathe deeply and vow to do a long hike out at nearby Point Lobos in the morning. It’s easy to ignore what’s inland. But for once, we didn’t. We started by driving about half an hour east on Highway 68 from Carmel, into the Salinas Valley. The wind whipped between the Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges, raising miniature dust devils that spun through dry fields lying fallow until the next round of planting. Row after row after row of greenery striped by—we couldn’t tell whether it was lettuce or spinach or strawberries or broccoli or maybe something else altogether. We passed a gigantic cut-out mural of a farmer holding a produce box—one of the notable murals by artist John Cerney; it welcomed us to Salinas, the Salad Bowl of the World.

Past the lettuce, past the strawberries and broccoli, soon we were among the wine grapes lining River Road, which runs along the west banks of the Salinas River. Stretching the length of the Santa Lucia Highlands American Viticultural Area, this tasting route includes a number of wineries. Our tour group blasted past all the River Road wineries (to return later) and up a bumpy, rocky, twisty hill to one farthest out: Chalone Vineyard. Because of the winds and the red flag warnings in effect that day, some of farther-out wineries had no power, and we wanted to be sure to see Chalone before it might close for the day. Chalone is special for several reasons. One, it’s the oldest producing winery in Monterey County, with history going back to 1919. Two, it’s its own AVA: Chalone, named for the indigenous Costanoan Native American tribe. Three, it’s 1,800 feet up above the Gabilan plateau, at the base of Pinnacles National Park (visible from the winery’s peak spots), which means views go on forever and grapes grow in limestone, just like in Burgundy, France. The tasting experience includes plenty of education, SACMAG.COM April 2020

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and lots of chardonnay and pinot noir, as ing jaunts; Vino Wine Tours, which spewell as some chenin blanc and syrah. cializes in boutique wineries; and Behind Back down the hill in the valley, where the Scenes Wine Tours, run by the Fransummer’s hot days create good syrah and scioni family that owns Puma Road wincool foggy nights bring on chardonnay ery. Also, while you’re in the area, see and pinot noir, wineries to visit include what’s going on at WeatherTech Raceway Odonata (winemaker Denis Hoey is a Sac- Laguna Seca—Sea Otter Classic cycling ramento native), Pessagno (where the festival is coming up April 16–19, for inon-site Highland House vastance, and the Trans EARTHBOUND FARM ORGANIC cation rental makes a terAm SpeedFest Pony FARMSTAND INVITES VISITORS TO rific sleepover option if you Car race happens WANDER AMONG THE GARDENS AND want to stay in the valley), May 1–3. ROWS OF VEGGIES, PICK BUNDLES Manzoni Estate (small but Carmel Valley— OF FRESH HERBS AND PURCHASE with its vineyards, mighty with only six acres SNACKS AND MADE-TO-ORDER of vineyards), Puma Road equestrian properties ITEMS AT THE CAFE. Winery (here, you can reand golf courses—lies serve the Silvio Home for a stay), Hahn about half an hour from Salinas Valley, (for $49, take an ATV tour of the vine- via a brief but potentially nauseating drive yards before a customized tasting) and over Laureles Grade. The other way in, Scheid (look for the 400-foot wind tur- picking up Carmel Valley Road from bine out in Greenfield). Highway 1 in Carmel, provides a couple Several wine touring outfits serve the of fun stops along the way. Earthbound Salinas Valley, including Ag Venture Farm Organic Farmstand invites visitors Tours, which leads half-day “salad bowl” to wander among the gardens and rows education tours, in addition to wine-tast- of veggies, pick bundles of fresh herbs

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and purchase snacks and made-to-order items at the cafe. A salad has never tasted fresher. If you’re up for a driving adventure, consider this: One of only three Land Rover Driving Schools in the country is located at Quail Lodge just off Carmel Valley Road. For $275 for one hour (with longer packages available), you can learn how to navigate back roads with log piles, steep descents and sharp inclines. A qualified instructor guides you through every hazard, and you’ll get some gorgeous views of the Santa Lucia back country while you’re at it. Also in this vicinity, Folktale Winery (formerly Chateau Julien) is a beautiful, lively place that goes way beyond just a tasting room. Its outdoor patio and grounds provide a convivial space for group tastings and snacks—the kitchen turns out flatbreads and salads and boards loaded with nuts and cheeses, and servers happily line up multitudes of flutes and goblets for wine pairings. Live music and

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fairy lights add to the charm. Take a walk as you ride out to the valley. Tours start out to the castle-like event space, which at $129 and may include tastings of wine, is lined with barrels and, when we were olive oil and balsamic, and a catered lunch there, was adorned with Harry Potter at the trolley stop in Carmel Valley Village. decor—it’s magical. More wine tasting abounds in Carmel While you’re in town, check out the Valley Village, where a cluster of tasting Moto Talbott Motorcycle Museum. With a rooms makes it easy to winery-hop. It is collection of some 150 motorcycles from literally less than a 15-minute walk be- 16 countries, the place is owned by Robb tween Chesebro and Massa Talbott, a lifelong motorcyGRAB SOME SANDWICHES Estate, with a dozen or so clist and artist. The bikes FROM JEROME’S CARMEL tasting rooms in between. on display span decades, VALLEY MARKET FOR A PICNIC Pace yourself! At the east restored, unrestored, some BESIDE THE RIVER LATER. end of Carmel Valley Bourare, some iconic, you name levard, a lineup includes Chesebro, Windy it. General admission is $12, and it’s open Oaks, Parsonage, Rexford and I. Brand, Thursday through Sunday. along with the relatively new wine bar, At Garland Ranch Regional Park, stop Village Wine & Tap Room. (Yes, you can get for a short hike along the Lupine Loop a local craft beer, too.) On the west end trail, a mile-and-a-half flat and sunof the village, near Big Sur Winery, Sangria drenched trek that skirts the Carmel River Wine & Tapas Bar—which opened about a and this time of year should include a year ago—has a collection of tasty goodwaterfall. Lupine Loop is also an on-ramp ies to pair with your drink, including for other trails in the park that lead into shadier, more wooded areas. Before you smoked salmon, cheeses and Spanish and Latin American small bites. go, grab some sandwiches from Jerome’s The Carmel Valley Wine Trolley makes Carmel Valley Market for a picnic beside tasting in this area even easier. Pick it up the river later. Spend the night at Bernardus Lodge & in Monterey, and learn plenty of history

Spa, one of the loveliest properties in the area, with Mediterranean-inspired guest rooms and suites that include such luxuries as soaking tubs for two, fireplaces, French oak floors and king-size featherbeds. Bernardus Winery has a tasting room in the area, too, and the award-winning wines are poured at the lodge. Relax by the lap pool, play a round of croquet or a bit of tennis, indulge in a massage or other spa treatment, and dig into a farm-totable meal at Lucia, where the menu celebrates the region’s bounty. Another sleepover option: Carmel Valley Ranch, also a luxury property, with several dining options, a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, spa and a full lineup of agritourism options. Suit up and explore a beehive—taste some honey, too. Get down and dirty in the on-site organic culinary garden. Pick up a trail guide and discover that you don’t even need to leave the property to get in a good hike. Best of all, all guest rooms are suites, with fireplaces, private decks and robes and slippers. Reserve one with an outdoor soaking tub, and you’ll never want to leave.

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Crit ical Criti Mash BY DANIEL BARNES PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN FISCUS

WONDERING WHAT’S NEW IN BREW? HERE’S A LOOK AT THE LATEST BREWERIES AND BEER BARS IN THE SACRAMENTO REGION.

MORE THAN 1,000.

That’s the number of breweries that currently operate in the state of California. And it’s

not just golden-hued IPAs being poured across the Golden State. It’s crimson red ales, pitch-black pastry stouts, rainbow-colored sours and anything else the state’s talented brewers can imagine. The Sacramento metropolitan area alone hosts more than 70 breweries, with more slated to debut this spring. With so many openings and offerings, it can be easy to overlook a few breweries here and there. To get you up to speed, here are some of the best new beer spots in town, plus our picks for the tastiest local brews by style.

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At Ease Brewing Company MOST POPULAR BEERS: BEERS Fog of War Hazy IPA, Presidio West Coast IPA

Retired Army colonel and avid homebrewer Mike Conrad debuted this military-themed brewery in midtown this past May. At Ease incorporates the military theme into everything from the logo and beer names to design touches in the tasting room. But it never grows heavy-handed, and the tasting room is very cozy and laid-back. Not surprisingly, At Ease has earned a following among local military veterans, but Conrad’s primary customers are midtown families, pet owners and millennials. “If you’re here, you see everybody,” Conrad says. “The back patio area is the biggest draw.” Conrad initially vowed that he would never make a sour beer, but At Ease debuted its first kettle sour earlier this year. “We just felt like it was something that we had to do,” he says. “It turned out fine, and I’m planning another one.” After frequently rotating the taps early on, Conrad and his crew are zeroing in on their core beers. “We’re trying to structure our menu toward the feedback from our customers,” Conrad says. “We know which ones they want to come back, which ones don’t have the same following.” At Ease plans to bring in a mobile canning line this summer to release some of its most popular brews. 1825 I St.; (916) 431-7940; ateasebrewing.com

New England-Style IPA

MOONRAKER BUBBLE DUST

8% ABV, 50 IBU HOPS: Citra, Mosaic and Nelson AVAILABILITY: Seasonal release in cans and on draft Under head brewer Zack Frasher, Moonraker helped to popularize hazy IPAs on the West Coast. Frasher left last year to start Slice, but Moonraker still turns out some of the most crushable haze bombs in town.

WEST COAST-STYLE IPA

T R AC K 7 PA N I C I PA

7% ABV, 70 IBU HOPS: Amarillo, Centennial, Crystal, Simcoe AVAILABILITY: Wide release in cans and bottles and on draft In a move almost unimaginable in today’s hop-crazy craft-beer world, Track 7 didn’t feature a single IPA on tap when it debuted in late 2011. Released in August 2012, Panic IPA helped put the local brewing scene on the map, and it remains a Sacramento classic.

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The Filling Station MOST POPULAR BEER: BEER Volksbier Pilsner 

Fruited Beer

NEW GLORY PIEWAY TO THE DANGER ZONE

9% ABV AVAILABILITY: Rotating release in cans and on draft Just in time for the cinema release of “Top Gun: Maverick,” Pieway to the Danger Zone boasts an ensemble cast of pomegranates, mangoes, tangerines and cinnamon.

SOUR BEER

B U R N I N G BA R R E L T R I P L E BA K E D

13% ABV, 2 IBU AVAILABILITY: Limited release in bottles and on draft From Rancho Cordova-based Burning Barrel, this dangerously drinkable triple sour uses Mexican vanilla beans, cinnamon and hundreds of pounds of peaches to re-create the flavors of peach cobbler à la mode.

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When Red Bus Brewing Co. owner Erik Schmid opened a new Folsom taproom called The Filling Station this past October, he worried about the financial viability of running a satellite operation just a few blocks away from the brewery. “It was a way to introduce people to the brand, but at the same time, it was kind of scary,” Schmid says. “Am I going to increase my overhead just to serve the exact same customers?” As it turns out, the second location on Sutter Street only increased traffic at the brewery up the road. “The thought was that the environment down on Sutter Street is kind of its own thing, more touristy,” Schmid says. “A lot of the people walking around on Sutter Street have no idea that there is a brewery nearby.” Schmid has noticed differences in beer preferences between the two locations. While hazy IPAs rule the day at the Red Bus brewery tasting room, The Filling Station customers prefer Pilsners and West Coast IPAs. Building on the automotive theme of Red Bus, The Filling Station takes inspiration from 1950s gas stations. “It’s got a cozy feel to it,” Schmid says. “It’s a fun little spot.” 815 Sutter St., Folsom; (916) 292-9413; redbusbrew.com


DARK LAGER STYLES

U R BA N R O OTS LU N A D E M I E L

4.8% ABV, 20 IBU AVAILABILITY: Regular release in cans and on draft Urban Roots co-owner and brewmaster Peter Hoey originally brewed this Mexican-style amber lager for his wedding. Today, it’s a regular on tap at Urban Roots, where it typically gets served with a lime wedge.

Fieldwork Sacramento

Fieldwork beer: Fieldwork Brewing Company

MOST POPULAR BEER: BEER Pulp New England IPA

Berkeley-based Fieldwork Brewing Company currently operates six satellite taprooms, but the one in midtown Sacramento was the first. Local beer fans embraced Fieldwork from the beginning, packing the tiny tasting room since it opened in August 2016. On sunny days, it’s practically impossible to secure a spot on the postage-stamp-sized patio. “I’ve been blown away,” Fieldwork co-owner Barry Braden says. “Sacramento has been so good to us, and it’s a city that we love.” When the adjacent space formerly occupied by The Press Bistro became available, Fieldwork pounced on the opportunity to grow. “There was no question that we wanted to expand the current taproom,” Braden says. “Otherwise, we probably would have had to move somewhere else, because we’re just too small for the amount of business that we’re doing.” The expansion, which should be completed this spring, will more than triple the size of the taproom on Capitol Avenue. Along with an expanded patio and an indoor lounge, Fieldwork will roll out its new restaurant concept in Sacramento. Expect a simple, seasonal, beer-friendly menu centered around pizzas and salads. 1805 Capitol Ave.; (916) 329-8367; fieldworkbrewing.com/sacramento

Light Lager Styles

SUDWERK THE PEOPLE’S PILSNER 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU HOPS: Bavarian Hallertau and Tettnanger AVAILABILITY: Wide release in cans and on draft

In a craft-beer world dominated by ales, Sudwerk still believes in the humble lager. It’s not complex, but this traditional Northern German-style Pilsner is just what you want in a light lager style: clean flavors and a crisp, refreshing finish.

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Oak Park Brewing Co. MOST POPULAR BEERS: BEERS OPB IPA, Mystic Cloud Hazy IPA

After a four-year run on Broadway, the original Oak Park Brewing Co. closed its doors in July 2018. As the renovated 90-year-old building that housed the brewery lay vacant, it left a giant hole in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. Enter a group of investors that included Track 7 co-founders Geoff and Becca Scott, prolific restaurateur Chris Jarosz and former mayor Kevin Johnson. With a fresh slate of beers and a reimagined food menu, the new OPB officially opened on June 1. In the early months, most of the customers were neighborhood residents who had frequented the previous Oak Park Brewing. “They felt that there was a void when that left,” head brewer Geoff Scott says. “Now, I think we’re getting a bigger demographic of people coming from outside of Sacramento.” Credit the strong word of mouth to the OPB balance between approachability and creativity. “We try to focus on quality and consistent beer,” Scott says. “We also try to push the limits and do fun, creative things that other people may not have tried yet.” One of those boundary-pushing beers is a chocolate persimmon porter that OPB made in collaboration with Oak Park Farmers Market. Other community collaborations include a red lager that OPB brewed to benefit I Got Your Back, Patrick and Bobbin Mulvaney’s program to address mental health issues in the hospitality industry. The communal vibe extends to the tasting room. “It’s very chill. It’s a very diverse crowd,” Scott says. “We support diversity, and we push to bring more diversity into the craft beer industry as well.” 3514 Broadway; (916) 389-0726; opbrewco.com Brewer Roger Little

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Palm Tree Brewing Company

MOST POPULAR BEERS: BEERS Queen Palm Cream Ale, King Palm IPA

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With its 500-square-foot tasting room tucked behind a drive-through Adalberto’s, Palm Tree in Orangevale flew under the radar in its first year. However, it managed to amass a loyal following of locals, while owner and brewer Derek Clark kept turning out clean, delicious beers. “I don’t like harsh beers,” Clark says. “I draw my beers in the other direction.” In February, Palm Tree debuted a second tasting room, located just around the corner from the first one. Clark originally wanted to use the new space for a warehouse, but he found it would be more profitable to turn it into a tasting room. The second Palm Tree taproom is several times larger than the first, but it continues the island theme, including a 1940s wooden surfboard hanging on the wall. “It gives us some versatility with growing into some food, doing our own food, having food trucks,” Clark says. “I’m building a large patio out back so that we can have music.” Clark’s brewing journey started when he took a homebrewing class taught by Erik Schmid at The Brewmeister. However, the real turning point came in 2010. “I was on my Harley and got hit by a truck,” Clark says. “It was two years of recovery. I shattered 29 bones.” In need of a hobby, Clark got back into brewing, even designing and building his equipment and electrical panel. Palm Tree will expand distribution in its second year, first to nearby bars and restaurants. After all, it wouldn’t be a neighborhood brewery if it didn’t serve the neighbors. “We really go out of our way to make people feel like they’re part of our ohana,” Clark says. 8844 Greenback Lane, Orangevale; (916) 990-9000

KOlsch

CROOKED LANE VEEDELS BRAÜ

5.3% ABV, 27 IBU AVAILABILITY: Regular release in cans and on draft More and more craft breweries offer this classic German beer style, but Crooked Lane makes the most traditional and faithful version. It’s as crisp and clean as a pale lager, but with an added layer of fruity complexity. Crooked Lane serves Veedels Braü in the traditional stange, a 0.2-liter cylindrical glass.

BARREL-AGED BEER

F L AT L A N D Y E A R 4

16% ABV AVAILABILITY: Rare release in bottles Brewed for the Elk Grove brewery’s recent fourth anniversary, Year 4 redefines decadence. This cupcake batter in a glass spent a year in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels, then received treatments of cacao nibs, toasted coconut, coffee, maple syrup, vanilla beans and Ceylon cinnamon. Rather than a cacophony of flavors, everything works in perfect harmony. SACMAG.COM April 2020

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DarkHeart Brewing MOST POPULAR BEERS: BEERS Anne Bonny Blonde Ale, Wee Heavenly Scotch Ale

Owners Rick and Cynthia Lee

Last Labor Day weekend, pirate-themed DarkHeart Brewing debuted on a stretch of Auburn Boulevard dominated by auto repair shops. It didn’t take long for locals starved for a community gathering place to embrace the Carmichael brewery. “We’ve started to build a unique community out here,” co-owner Cynthia Lee says. Live music, open mic and trivia nights add to the family-friendly atmosphere. “There’s really nothing out here for anybody, so the neighbors come by and hang out.” The 2,500-square-foot taproom feels like an enormous rec room, albeit one with floor-toceiling pirate imagery. “We have people come in and bring us pirate ships and fun artifacts,” Lee says. “A little piece of them is here in the brewery.” DarkHeart beers tend to be more malt-forward and less hop-forward than beers from other area breweries. There’s always an IPA or two on tap, but the focus is on classic styles like Scotch ales, Irish red ales and Belgian dubbels. For Lee, the important thing is to adapt to the desires of her customers. “You open a business with an idea of who you think you are, and I think that it’s really important to be open to your community, and allow yourself to go from that starting point and evolve,” she says. “You adapt and move along, which is pirating.” 4339 Auburn Blvd.; (916) 333-1192; darkheartbrewing.com

THE WEEK WHEN BEER REIGNS SUPREME SACRAMENTO BEER WEEK, one of the longest-running regional craft-beer celebrations in the country, returns for its 11th year on April 24. Sacramento Beer Week 2019 featured more than 300 craft-beer events across the region. With more than 70 breweries currently operating in the area, 2020 promises to be even bigger. Throughout the region, breweries and beer bars will host sour beer events, IPA festivals, cupcake and doughnut pairings, tap takeovers, fun runs, golf tournaments and collaboration beer releases. One highly anticipated annual event is the Placer County FirkinFest, hosted by The Monk’s Cellar and now entering its fifth year. For more information, visit sacbeerweek.com.

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Slice Beer Co.

Belgian Styles

MOST POPULAR BEERS: BEERS Original Juice Hazy IPA, Extra Toppings Hazy Double IPA As the head brewer at Moonraker, Zack Frasher helped Sacramento beer drinkers get hooked on hazy IPAs. Frasher left Moonraker last year to form Slice Beer Co., a tiny brewery with a huge following. Although Slice only debuted in November, the Lincoln brewery has already surpassed Moonraker as the top-rated brewery in the region on Untappd. Frasher’s stellar reputation in the beer community certainly helped to build anticipation. Allstar collaborations with Bottle Logic, Cellarmaker, Moksa, Urban Roots and other highly regarded breweries didn’t hurt, either. Ultimately, the most considerable appeal lies in the fact that Slice turns out excellent beer. (In February, Slice became the first brewery in the 20-year history of The Bistro Double/Triple IPA Festival to win both awards.) The Slice tasting room holds fewer than 40 people, and it’s not as family- or pet-friendly as other breweries in the area. With limited brewing and storage space, Frasher focuses almost solely on pale ales, IPAs and Double IPAs. “About 95 percent of the portfolio has been hoppy beer, whether hazy or clear,” Frasher says. Of course, no one seems to mind. “Haze is king. We’re selling them really fast.” Slice doesn’t distribute, but the brewery’s Friday can releases bring the masses streaming into downtown Lincoln. “Being a brand-new company, we want to make sure we have enough beer for our tasting room,” Frasher says. “I want it to be fresh and constantly changing.” Expect more can releases and collaboration beers in the coming months. 665 Sixth St., Lincoln; (916) 4086889; slicebeer.com

MRAZ WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY BELGIAN TRIPEL 8.5% ABV, 35 IBU AVAILABILITY: Seasonal release in bottles and on draft

Classic Belgian styles were all the rage a decade ago, but trendier styles replaced the dubbels and quadrupels on most brewery tap lists. However, El Dorado Hills-based Mraz keeps faith with this exceptionally authentic Belgian tripel.

PASTRY STOUT

SLICE DRIPPING MOON

Slice images: Gabriel Teague

13.1% ABV AVAILABILITY: Limited release on draft While Slice specializes in hoppy beers, Zack Frasher crushed it out of the park with his first pastry stout. The delicious Dripping Moon blends hazelnuts, vanilla and coffee into an outrageously flavorful yet scarily drinkable beer. Head brewer Zack Frasher SACMAG.COM April 2020

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PUTTING THE “ CRAFT” IN

Craftsman New owners hired Miche Victoria, a designer with Benning Design Construction, to give a new look to a classic Fab 40s home. By Mari Tzikas Suarez Photography by Stephanie Russo

1 1. Entry door was existing and white. When the owners opted to paint the exterior a more neutral shade, Victoria suggested adding a pop of color for character. 2. Kitchen cabinets and backsplash were existing, so Victoria decided to create some crisp-but-elegant contrast by painting the island in black.

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3. A formal living room sets the home’s transitional, comfortable and detail-rich tone. 4. Porcelain-slab shower, freestanding bathtub and backlit floating mirrors make a major master-bath statement. 5. Adjacent to the kitchen, the family room is flooded with natural light. Victoria layered in can and sconce lighting “so it can be moody toward the end of the day.” 6. Adding beadboard throughout the third-floor family room/office/craft room optically enlarged the space. “Because they are using the space for multiple purposes, it was important to create more depth,” says Victoria. 7. Landscaping and hardscaping done by Luxury Landscapes. The outdoor lounge area displays a steel fire pit for gatherings, which is surrounded by the softness of an ivy wall with a “secret garden” mirror that adds dimension and depth.

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reat bones, gorgeous design. Those are the signatures for this three-story Craftsman situated in the heart of East Sacramento. After moving from their longtime home in Rancho Murieta, the owners were eager to put their personal stamp on their new home, and they knew Miche Victoria, senior designer for Benning Design Construction,

could execute down to the very last detail. From reupholstered furniture to a ripped-out master bathroom, a top-floor refresh to a backyard overhaul, the home—and many of its comforts— experienced a wide range of updates that took just over a year to complete. The end result is a chic and charming home where they plan to live happily ever (cr)after. SACMAG.COM April 2020

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with purpose

World-renowned pianist Lara Downes releases her latest album with social justice on her mind.

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But it wasn’t all happy. Her father, a jazz-obsessed research biochemist born in Jamaica and raised in New York, got ill when she was 5, and for the next four years, until he died, the house was, in her words “centered around a sickbed.” As a result, music became for her not just a source of pleasure but a vital refuge. It was how the children got to interact with a world outside of sickness and stress. “We were with other kids in the conservatory on Saturday all day,” Downes recalls. “And the orchestra, also on weekends. By the time I was 10, I was practicing three hours a day.” It would only get more intense from then on. Decades later, Downes says that she remembers these years in memory fragments, with most of those revolving around music. In the early 1980s, shortly after her father died, her mother, an Ohio-born civil rights attorney, moved the family to Paris from San Francisco.

She wanted, Downes now surmises, a dramatic change of scene, a way of putting the pain of the recent past behind them. The family arranged a house swap with a family in the City of Lights, packed up their possessions and headed to Europe. It was originally only supposed to be for a few months, but they stayed for years. From Paris, the Downes sisters—Lara a pianist of prodigious talent, her middle sister a cellist, her youngest also a pianist—were outfitted by their mother in matching dresses and sent off to perform in some of the world’s most fabled concert halls: Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s South Bank Centre; Vienna’s Konzerthaus; La Salle Gaveau in Paris; courtly venues in Budapest and Prague in the dying days of Communism. They were like the child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, toured around Europe’s capitals by his father to perform before amazed audiences, or perhaps like the von Trapp siblings in “The Sound of Music.”

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Around Town WHERE YOU MIGHT SPOT LARA DOWNES

• DEEDA SALON • KECHMARA DESIGNS, for Moroccan rugs

• THE BAR AT

MULVANEY’S B&L

• KICKSVILLE VINYL &

VINTAGE—she recently picked up an LP of Aretha Franklin’s 1972 album “Amazing Grace”

• SUNDAY-MORNING FLEA MARKETS

• BEERS BOOKS • SCOUT LIVING, for antiques and vintage clothes

• RACKS VINTAGE BOUTIQUE

• MIEL APOTHECARY,

for little presents for friends— textiles, ceramics and more

• SUNH FISH CO.

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ow, more than 30 years later, Lara Downes is sitting in the living room of her Land Park home, talking about her eventful life. Her beautiful grand piano, framed by the latticed front windows, is off to her right; her husband, Rick Grosberg, a distinguished professor of evolutionary biology at UC Davis, is sitting at a desk, working on his computer one room over. He’s used to being asked what it’s like to live in a house filled with music, but he says it’s about much more than the music. It’s about living with someone “who’s always striving to cross boundaries—of her own and of the world she places her art in. I hear a lot of music, but also a lot of struggle and effort to make the world a better place, to build communities. She’s always exploring new ways of doing things.” This month (April), Sony Masterworks is releasing Downes’ latest album, “Some of These Days.” It is a gorgeous, lyrical album, built around old spiritual and civil rights songs, every track chosen with an eye to the fight for human rights and social justice in America.

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ownes, 46, is one of Sacramento’s most exciting classical music presences. She has a magnetic stage persona, a combination of deeply engaging and glamorous. She loves looking for chic vintage pieces in Sacramento’s myriad thrift stores, wears her wavy hair just below shoulder-length, and sports a wispy, almost nostalgic, dreamy smile and facial expression when she talks about her music. On a concert stage, she says, she feels enveloped by the music that she plays, and she’s intuitively aware of how her audience is reacting. “Different rooms have different feelings,” she says. On a good night, “it’s entirely possible that people start breathing together when they’re in that music moment. People physically lean in toward each other. Pulses synchronize. Breathing synchronizes. The cumulative effect is something you really do feel.”

2019 In the notes that accompany her CD, Downes explicitly links the themes from the album to the moral struggles of today—around the detention of child immigrants, rising racial tensions and so on. “We have to pick up where our parents left off; keep working and trying, keep our eyes on the prize of freedom and justice for all,” she writes. She will, over the coming months, be performing concerts based around pieces from her album at Mondavi Center in Davis, where she is an artist in residence, and in Sacramento, in September, at The Sofia performing arts center, as well as in several other towns around Northern California. She hopes to use the music to raise money for organizations working to defend human rights. She is about to start work with the Sacramento Philharmonic on an educational project intended to bring young artists from around the country to town to train not just in music but in engaging with—and bringing music to—local communities. She also is readying herself for a national tour that will take her to New York, Chicago and many other cities.

Like the great conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, one of her musical heroes and the subject of her 2018 tribute album “For Lenny,” Downes thrives in not only playing before an audience but in engaging with them. She rarely just sits down to perform at the piano cold, but usually talks with audience members about the works that she is performing, getting into conversations about the purpose of the music and the lives of the composers. As she sees it, “I really want, if you’re in the room with me, for you to get it, to understand the story I’m trying to tell.” The storytelling impulse has served Downes well. Throughout the past quarter century, first in New York City—where she moved as a young adult after leaving Europe in the early 1990s—and then in California, she has built up an extraordinary body of recordings, almost an archeological deep-dig into America’s past. Her first album,


“I really want, if you’re in the room with me, for you to understand the story I’m trying to tell.”

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“American Ballads,” was a survey of New Deal-era music. “I realized there were all the complex undercurrents and complexities about race that I’d never really confronted before,” she says. “I started reinvestigating music and where the music I cared about came from, connecting with the jazz tradition and investigating American music and all the pieces of it.” Increasingly, as a biracial woman in modern-day America, she grew dissatisfied with a narrow vision of classical music in which, as she puts it, “everyone was from the 18th or 19th century, had a beard and died of syphilis. The case for American music had to be different.” In recent years, as her two children have reached their teens and become more independent, Downes has only increased her pace, and her curiosity about the wellsprings of American music has grown deeper. She is, says her husband, “the most extraordinary force of nature I have ever met. There’s a deep humanity and compassion and empathy she brings to everything she does. ‘Enlightening,’ too, would be another word to describe her. She’s never dull.” Although Downes is Mondavi Center’s artist in residence, her work life does not revolve solely around Davis. At least once a month, she says, she flies to the East Coast. She mentors young musicians around the country. She also raises money for local causes here in Sacramento. Last year, for example, she held a benefit concert for a local group, Women’s Empowerment, that helps homeless women rebuild their lives, at Guild Theater in Oak Park. Downes played pieces from her album “Holes in the Sky”—highlighting American female musicians—and showed film footage of interviews with some of the organization’s clients. “The concert was such a gift for them,” says Women’s Empowerment executive director Lisa Culp. “It was a new cultural experience, one they spoke about for days and days afterward. She (Downes) is comfortable with everybody, because music is a universal language.” But it is in the realm of recording where Downes lately has been particularly active. In the past four years alone she has released “America Again,” an album based on the words and moral vision of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes; “For Lenny”; “Holes in the Sky”; a best-selling recording of Clara Schumann’s intensely romantic piano music titled “For Love of You”; and now, “Some of These Days.” This latest includes an extraordinary

song in which she juxtaposes her piano playing against a somewhat scratchy 1939 recording, which she discovered during research in the Library of Congress, of African-American women, imprisoned in the South in the 1930s, singing about the pain of being separated from their children. “There’s something so ghostly and haunted about the recording,” she says quietly, explaining why she was so drawn to it. “You start thinking about the layers of imprisonment. You listen to the text of that song and immediately, of course, you go to family separation that is happening today. That’s the recurrent theme. Spirituals are always about despair and hope at the same time, repression and freedom at the same time. It makes them timeless.” These albums, along with the many concerts that she performs around the world each year, have been written up in a slew of prestige publications. National Public Radio described Downes’ “smoldering reimagining” of spirituals in her “America Again” album and noted that one of her jazzier pieces “swings with cocksure virtuosity.” The Boston Globe has labeled her music “a balm for a country riven by disunion.” The pianist and educator is, at heart, a genre bender. Classically trained at some of the world’s top academies, she plays not only from the canon but also excels in finding lost music from female composers such as the African-American midcentury composer Florence Price. She dips into jazz, spirituals and gospel. She has performed and recorded a remarkable reimagining of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. She has collated the music of exiled composers across continents and centuries into “Exiles’ Cafe.” On May 7, she will perform at Mondavi Center with longtime activist and musician Judy Collins, who has been singing folk songs and spirituals about social justice since the early 1960s. “I feel there’s a lot I can do,” Downes says of her ongoing efforts, both educationally and through performances, to bring music to as many people as possible, especially in the town she now considers home. “My overall mission to ensure this musical tradition rightfully belongs to all communities and parts of society is something I want to play out in Sacramento. It’s such a diverse, multilayered community and represents all the pieces of my own story as a Californian, a person of diverse heritage. There’s something about this city and the way it sees itself that inspires me.”


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FOCUS: Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery specializing in lasers, injectables and CoolSculpting. With over 40 lasers and devices onsite, we have the ability to provide comprehensive care that is customized to the individual patient. EDUCATION: Medical Degree- UCD School of Medicine. Internship, Residency, Chief Resident- UCD School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology. Clinical & Research Fellow in Cutaneous Laser Surgery-Harvard Medical School Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine. AFFILIATIONS: American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), American Academy of Dermatology, AMA, AOA Medical Honor Society. HONORS: Elected to American Dermatological Association 2011. Elected to ASDS Board of Directors 2009. ASLMS: Board of Directors 1998-2001, President 2002, Secretary 2015-2018, Presidential citation for excellence in research and education with cutaneous lasers 2010, and Ellet Drake Lectureship Award 2009. Honoree Sturge Webber Foundation 2008. ASDS Iron Surgeon 2014 GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Three wonderful children. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: First female president of ASLMS. WHAT SETS THEM APART: Unsurpassed patient care and groundbreaking research including over 120 FDA clinical trials that have led to innovations in the treatment of wrinkles, scars, vessels, excess fat, birthmarks, tattoos and hair removal including the landmark studies for Laser Resurfacing, Thermage, Fraxel and Coolsculpting. CHARITABLE WORK: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Physicians for Hope, New Beginnings: Radiation Mark Removal Program. ADVICE: The truth always wins. CONTACT INFORMATION: 3835 J Street, Sacramento • (916) 456-0400 • lasercenter@skinlasers.com • www.skinlasers.com From L to R: Rebecca Sprague, NP-C, Susan Silva, M.D., Suzanne Kilmer, M.D., Vera Chotzen, M.D., Marla McClaren, M.D., Anne Zhuang, M.D.

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FOCUS: Our goal is to help people enjoy better self-esteem, happiness, and health by treating unwanted varicose veins and spider veins. Dr. Monahan is Board Certified in General Surgery and Phlebology and specializes in vein disorders. EDUCATION: UC Davis, BA, Zoology, 1976. Medical School: University of Hawaii, 1981, M.D. MEMBERSHIPS: American Venous Forum; American College of Surgeons, American College of Phlebology. PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Marrying my wife, adopting my kids. Spearing a 100+ lbs. grouper while free-diving in Baja. (These are ‘gifts’ more than ‘achievements’.) PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Published a research project which changed the understanding of varicose veins and treatment. INNOVATIONS: I treat varicose and spider veins in stages, reducing the amount and cost, resultant problems and improving results. All the most current knowledge and technology are used in our evaluation and treatment of patients with venous disorders. BEDSIDE MANNER: Patients frequently say ours is the friendliest medical office they have ever been to. We treat people personally, with compassion, and the best possible evaluation and treatment. OFF HOURS: Golf, fly-fishing, reading. CHARITABLE WORK: Long-time member of the area YoungLife committee; participate in YoungLife activities. ADVICE: People may think the treatment of vein disorders is purely for appearance or just for vanity. But how you feel about yourself is much more than “cosmetic.” It’s meaningful, confidence boosting and part of an overall health equation. Reach out for a consultation. You’ll be glad you did. CONTACT INFORMATION: Monahan Vein Clinic 1211 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Ste.120, Roseville (916) 791-8346 (VEIN) • Veinfocus.com

Kendall Homer, D.M.D. Eric Grove, D.D.S. FOCUS: General Dentistry, including cosmetics, implant restoration, and emergency dental care. EDUCATION: Dr. Homer completed his B.A. at Sacramento State and earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Washington University. Dr. Grove received a B.S. from Pacific Union College and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: Drs. Homer and Grove belong to the ADA/CDA/SDDS. Dr. Grove is also an active participant in the SDDS. WHAT SETS THEM APART: Dr. Homer’s and Dr. Grove’s patients’ appreciation is evident in client loyalty, with 40-year plus patients bringing their children and grandchildren in for treatment. CHARITABLE WORK: Dr. Homer supports Save Ourselves, an organization that provides counseling and peer support to people living with breast cancer. Dr. Grove has participated in overseas dental mission trips and also participates in the Smiles for Big Kids program in Sacramento. FREE ADVICE: Studies have linked diabetes, heart disease and stroke to gum disease. Oral health is a significant part of overall well-being. CONTACT INFORMATION: Kendall Homer D.M.D. / Eric Grove D.D.S. 9216 Kiefer Blvd., Suite 5, Sacramento (916) 363-9171 www.grovehomerdentists.com dentist@grovehomerdentists.com

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FOCUS: Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery is focused on aesthetic plastic surgery with an emphasis on breast enhancement, body contouring and comprehensive facial rejuvenation. We also offer an array of non-surgical options for aesthetic improvement. EDUCATION: Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kaufman received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and subsequently attended Stanford University for his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency. He is, however, most proud of his time at the U.S. Naval Academy and his active duty service as a Navy SEAL. Dr. Davis attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and also, completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. WHAT SETS THEM APART: A combination of exceptional training, extensive experience and a passion for excellence differentiates Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery. Supported by a team of caring, fun and energetic professionals, our goal is to make patients feel confident they are in the right place. For that reason, we strive for patients to feel like “extended family” and to be excited about the prospect of self-enhancement. OFF-HOUR ACTIVITIES: Both Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis are family men who love spending time with their wives and young children—preferably playing and exploring outdoors. CHARITABLE WORK: Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis work closely with Medical Missions for Children to provide life-changing surgeries for children born with cleft lips and palates in the developing world. Dr. Davis is also a volunteer surgeon for ReSurg International. CHECK US OUT: Still a single location practice, we invite you to visit us at our newly built, state-of-the-art, Folsom office. CONTACT INFORMATION: 1841 Iron Point Road, Folsom • (916) 983-9895 • www.thenaturalresult.com HCP 0420.indd 71

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Surgical & Aesthetic Dermatology FOCUS: Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgery and aesthetic dermatology. E D UCATION: UCSF School of Medicine, Internship Yale, Dermatology University of Minnesota, Advanced Dermatologic Surgery at OHSU. HONOR S: UC Regents Scholar, Frank H. Buck Scholar. WHAT S ETS H E R APART: Dr. Willey is a uniquely talented Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgeon and leader in aesthetic dermatology with expertise in laser surgery, facial and body contouring, and minimally invasive aesthetic surgery. I N NOVATION S: Advancing techniques in dermatologic surgery and expanding laser and light technology for restoring youth and preventing skin cancer. AFI LLIATION S: Fellow ACMS, ASDS, ASLMS, AAD. CONTACT INFORMATION: 2277 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Suite 402 Sacramento, CA 95825 T 916-922-SKIN F 916-922-MOHS andreawilleymd.com skin@andreawilleymd.com

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On His Own Terms SURE, PERRY KING WANTS YOU TO SEE “The Divide.” It marks

his debut as a feature film director, and he’s proud of it. But what he wants even more, he says, is for others to heed the lesson he took from the experience: Follow your dreams. “Don’t hesitate—just do it!” advises the 71-year-old King, who says he “almost waited too long” to fulfill his fantasy of making a Western on his own working cattle ranch in Cool. Though he’s had a remarkably successful 50-odd-year career as an actor (he’s probably best known from the hit ’80s television show “Riptide” and the 2004 film “The Day After Tomorrow”), King says making his own film on his own terms is the most satisfying work he’s ever done. Shot in black and white and a “very slow, quiet, esoteric film,”

as King describes it, “The Divide” tells the compelling story of an aging rancher (played by King himself) with Alzheimer’s. The film has earned multiple nominations and awards and has been the official selection of numerous film festivals. A native of Ohio and a Yale alum, King has enjoyed acting roles in almost every conceivable setting, from Broadway to radio, film and television. He even played Heather Locklear’s love interest on “Spin City.” But nothing, he says, beats doing his own thing. “It’s the first time in 50 years I can say, ‘Yes, I really like this,’” King says. “The Divide” is available for streaming and on Blu-Ray and DVD. Visit thedividemotionpicture.com.—CATHY CASSINOS-CARR SACMAG.COM April 2020

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Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza

CrockerCon: A Family Celebration

April 25

April 16

Contemporary works from the acclaimed Mexican choreographer. $12.50–$65. Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus, (530) 7542787, mondaviarts.org

An all-ages celebration of comics and pop culture, with live music, demos, cosplay and more. Wear costumes! $6–$12. Crocker Art Museum, 210 O St., (916) 808-7000, crockerart.org

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“Bandstand”

Meshell Ndegeocello

Broadway Sacramento presents the hit show about six soldiers who return from World War II and struggle with the psychological effects of the war. They form an all-veteran band to compete in a radio contest in this moving story. April 7–12. Tickets $26–$102. Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St.; (916) 808-5181; broadwaysacramento.com

A singer-songwriter, rapper and bassist, Ndegeocello seamlessly incorporates funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, rock and reggae into her music. Her latest album is “Ventriloquism.” April 5. Tickets $45. The Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave; (916) 4435300; bstreettheatre.org

April 7–19 April 7: Bollywood Boulevard, concert with music, dance and film; April 8: Drum Tao 2020, power Taiko drumming, dance and visuals; April 10–12: The Illusionists, high-tech magic; April 15–19: Reneé Taylor: My Life on a Diet. See website for tickets. Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom, (916) 6086888, harriscenter.net HOME & GARDEN

10th Annual Gardens Gone Native April 25 California Native Plant Society Sacramento Valley chapter hosts a self-guided tour of 20-plus area home gardens composed of at least 50 percent California native plants. Free. facebook.com/ gardensgonenative

33rd Curtis Park Home & Garden Tour April 25

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The Minimalists

Amy Grant

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus walked away from six-figure careers to find more meaning in their lives. They will record a live version of “The Minimalists Podcast” as they present an in-depth discussion. April 26. Tickets $25–$28. Punch Line, 2100 Arden Way; (916) 925-8500; punchline sac.com

The six-time Grammy winner has had a 30-plus-year career as a singer, songwriter, author, television host and speaker. April 1. Tickets $73–$88. The Center for the Arts, 301 W. Main St., Grass Valley; (530) 274-8384; thecenter forthearts.org

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It’s back! Tour of vintage homes and gardens in lovely Curtis Park, check out classic cars and enjoy food truck fare in the park. sierra2. org/event/hometour

20th Annual Gardens of Folsom Tour

37th Annual Sacramento Scandinavian Festival April 18 Scandinavian music, dance, food, children’s crafts and a marketplace, with Viking reenactors offering interactive fun. $5, younger than 12 free. Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St., facebook.com/ events/216371894 7262044/

UC Davis Picnic Day: Envisioning Tomorrow April 18 ASUCD’s 106th annual open house and citywide party promises a parade and 200 exhibits, competitions, music, demonstrations, entertainment and athletic events. Free. UC Davis campus, (530) 752-6320, picnicday.uc davis.edu

Sutter’s Fort Shop Traders Faire April 19 Shop till you drop at this annual pre-Gold Rush marketplace, with costumed artisans selling period-inspired goods and docents demonstrating pioneer skills and crafts. $5–$7. 2701 L St., (916) 4454422, suttersfort.org

Kids Art Festival

April 25–26

April 25

Folsom Garden Club presents a self-guided tour of six yards, plus artists in the gardens, a plant sale, a bake sale and master gardeners on hand. $20. Plant and bake sale at Murer House, 1125 Joe Murer Court, Folsom, folsom garden.org

Enjoy make-and-take craft stations, art show, music and dance performances, food trucks and more. Free. Hosted by Fair Oaks Rec & Park and San Juan Unified. Village Park, 4238 Main St., Fair Oaks, forpd.org/257/Kids-ArtFestival

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April 16: Holly Near; April 18: David Victor’s Super group; April 19: Mary Gauthier with Jaimee Harris; April 21: Keiko Matsui; April 24: Shelley Burns; April 25: Wake the Dead. See website for tickets. 2700 Capitol Ave., (916) 443-5300, bstreettheatre.org

“The Room Where It Happens” April 2–5 Sacramento Theatre Company’s Cabaret Series salutes songs from modern Broadway musicals: “Hamilton,” “The Book of Mormon” and more. $35. 1419 H St., (916) 446-7501, sactheatre.org

Mondavi Center Concerts April 3–26

Whitney Cummings, April 10 at the Crest Theatre

31st Annual Kids Day in the Park: Safari Adventure April 25 Cordova Community Council presents a festival for children (12 and younger) and their families, with rides, crafts, games, vendors and more. Free. Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, cordo vacouncil.org/kids-day

Woodland Celtic Games & Festival April 25–26 A celebration of Celtic culture, with athletic games, pipe and drum competitions, Highland and Irish dancing, clans, parades, a marketplace and Celtic band Tempest. $8–$23. Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1125 East St., Woodland, woodland celticgames.org

Sacramento Earth Day April 26 Hundreds of community groups, nonprofits and businesses offer information, goods and services that promote

living lighter on the Earth, plus vendors, music, kids’ activities and plant-based cuisine. Free. Southside Park, 700 T St., ecosacramento.net C O M E DY

Comedy at Crest Theatre April 4–25 April 4: Tig Notaro; April 5: The Capitol Steps: The Lyin’ Kings; April 10: Whitney Cummings; April 18: Patton Oswalt; April 25: Kevin Nealon. See website for tickets. 1013 K St., (916) 476-3356, crestsacramento.com FOOD & DRINK

Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival April 4–5 Saturday: Taste a variety of grilled cheese, craft beer, wine, plus music and games. 21 and older. $65–$80. Sunday: Live music, games, kids’ zone and grilled cheese samples for purchase. All ages. $10, 5 and younger free. Southside Park, T and Eighth streets, sacgrilledcheese.com

29th Annual Passport Event: The Great Out There

524-5138, sacramento filmfestival.com

April 17–19

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El Dorado Winery Association’s 25-plus member wineries host tastings with winemakers, food and wine pairings, tours, local artisans, live music and more. $45–$125 and up. eldoradowines.org

Harris Center Concerts

Ninth Annual Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival April 18 Enjoy chili cook-offs, local craft beer tasting, live music and more. $25–$40, free for children 10 and younger. Roosevelt Park, 1615 Ninth St., sacramento beerandchilifestival.com FILM

Sacramento International Film Festival April 27–May 5 A showcase of Northern Califonia film arts, featuring screenings, parties, awards and more. See website for schedule, venues and tickets. (916)

April 1–24 April 1: David Archuleta; April 2: Eddie Palmieri; April 4: Folsom Lake Symphony: The Planets, with violinist Ji in Yang; April 5: Daniel Rodriguez & The Highland Divas; April 5: VITA Academy Great Composers Chamber Music Series: Beethoven’s Birthday Part 2; April 9: Keyboard Conversations With Jeffrey Siegel: Celebrating Beethoven!; April 24: Carol Wincenc Flute Concert. See website for tickets. Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom, (916) 608-6888, harris center.net

B Street Theatre Music Series at The Sofia April 1–25 April 1: Polyrhythmics; April 3: Americana Night; April 4: Greg Adams and East Bay Soul; April 5: Meshell Ndegeocello;

April 3: Vladimir Feltsman, piano; April 5: Tamato, taiko drumming; April 9–11: Fred Hersch, piano and Miguel Zenón, saxophone; April 10: HellaCapella 2020: 16th Annual A Capella Showcase, featuring UC Davis’ The Spokes; April 17–19: Sandbox Percussion; April 26: Arlo Guthrie. See website for tickets. UC Davis campus, (530) 754-2787, mondavi arts.org

tickets. 1013 K St., (916) 476-3356, crestsacra mento.com

Sacramento Jazz Cooperative: Jazz at Dante April 15, 27 April 15: Tierney Sutton Trio. $40. April 27: The Dave Bass Trio. $25. Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., (916) 9935505, sacramento jazzcoop.org

Thom Yorke: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes April 16 The Radiohead frontman performs solo works, with guest James Holden. $55–$65. Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., (916) 808-5181, safecreditunionconven tioncenter.com

Camellia Symphony: Dreams and Dances April 25 Christian Baldini conducts Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto Op. 125, with cellist Amos Yang, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. $10– $35. C.K. McClatchy High School Auditorium, 3066 Freeport Blvd., camelliasymphony.org

Excision: Evolution

Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera: The Barber of Seville

April 7

April 25

DJ/producer Jeff Abel’s intense audiovisual experience, with guests Wooli, PhaseOne, Champagne Drip and Trampa. 18 and older. $49.50 and up. Papa Murphy’s Park, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., papamurphyspark.com

Christoph Campestrini conducts a cast of nationally known vocalists with the orchestra. $32–$52. Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., (916) 808-5181, sacphilopera.org

Golden 1 Center Concerts April 7–16 April 7: Celine Dion; April 8: Billie Eilish; April 16: Lauren Daigle. See website for tickets. 500 David J. Stern Walk, (916) 701-5401, golden1 center.com

Swanfest: Dance Gavin Dance April 25 The local hardcore rockers appear with numerous other bands. $50. Papa Murphy’s Park, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., papa murphyspark.com SPORTS & REC

Crest Theatre Concerts

40th Annual Sacramento Zoo Zoom

April 7–24

April 19

April 7: An Evening With The Monkees; April 9: Leela James; April 16: Robert Cray; April 22: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives; April 24: Sons of Champlin. See website for

Dress up like your favorite animal for this 5K run/walk, 10K run and kids’ fun runs. $15–$35. William Land Park, 3930 W. Land Park Drive, (916) 808-8556, sacramento zoozoom.com SACMAG.COM April 2020

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April 25 A 2K/5K for people and their pups followed by Bark in the Park Festival. $35–$45. William Land Park, Freeport Boulevard and Sutterville Road, (916) 504-6828, sspca.org TA L K S

Michelle Obama: A Moderated Conversation With the Former First Lady April 1 See website for tickets. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J. Stern Walk, (916) 701-5401, golden1 center.com

Maggie Haberman April 15 The Pulitzer Prizewinning New York Times White House correspondent and CNN analyst speaks about journalism in the current political climate. $12.50–$65. Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus, (530) 7542787, mondaviarts.org

Soledad O’Brien April 15 Sacramento Speakers Series welcomes the award-winning journalist and philanthropist. By series subscription. Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., (916) 3881100, sacramento speakers.com ART

Photography Month Sacramento April A month-long celebration of photographic arts, featuring workshops, field trips, exhibits at galleries, museums, colleges and universities, businesses and cultural venues throughout Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer and Nevada counties. For a list of participating galleries and events, go to photomonthsac.org.

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center April 7–30 Open Show Sacramento #12: Alumni Collection, works by 44 photographers from the past 11 Open Shows held at Viewpoint. Artists Reception April 10, 6–8:30 p.m. $15.

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Second Saturday Reception April 11, 5–9 p.m. 2015 J St., (916) 441-2341, viewpointgallery.org

John Natsoulas Gallery April 15–May 16 Art of Painting in the 21st Century, through April 11. New exhibit: 30 Ceramics Sculptors, annual exhibition held in concurrence with the 32nd Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts, May 1–3 in Davis. 521 First St., Davis, (530) 756-3938, natsoulas.com

Crocker Art Museum Through July 19 New exhibit: Dustbowl. Home. Land., Depression-era photography from the Crocker’s permanent collection, through Aug. 1. Continuing: Bill Viola: The Raft (video installation), through May 10; The Splendor of Germany: 18th Century Drawings, through May 10; Continuing: Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette, through May 17; American Expressions/ African Roots: Akinsanya Kambon’s Ceramic Sculpture, through July 5; Cool Clay: Contemporary Ceramics, through July 19. Community exhibit: Photography Month Voices, high school and college student photographs, through April 26. $6–$12. 216 O St., (916) 808-7000, crockerart.org

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Through January 2021 Stephen Kaltenbach: The Beginning and The End, through May 10; New Era, installation by Doug Aitken, through June 14; Gesture: The Human Figure After Abstraction, works by first generation UC Davis art department faculty, through January 2021. Free. 254 Old Davis Road, Davis, (530) 7528500, manettishrem museum.ucdavis.edu

1968: The Folsom Redemption, April 7–May 24 at Pence Gallery (show is part of Photography Month Sacramento) Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom, (916) 353-1001, sutter streettheatre.com

Roald Dahl’s “Matilda— The Musical” Through April 4 Mistreated by her parents and the school headmistress, a young girl uses her extraordinary mind to achieve a better life. River City Theatre Company presents. $12–$17. Hiram Johnson High School Auditorium, 6879 14th Ave., rctcweb.org

“Small Mouth Sounds” Through April 4 At a silent meditation retreat in the woods, six archetypal personalities escaping modern city life confront their inner demons and each other. $12–$18. Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd., (916) 960-3036, bigideatheatre.org

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“A Tailor for Ladies”

Through April 12

April 3–26

When the son of a white liberal couple sets his sights on an Ivy League,

A classic French romantic farce. $16–$24.

personal ambition collides with progressive values. Winner of 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. $28–$42. Capital Stage, 2215 J St., (916) 9955464, capstage.org

Young Jean Lee’s satire about privilege and family dynamics. $20– $47. B Street Theatre at The Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave., (916) 443-5300, bstreettheatre.org

“Byhalia, Mississippi”

“A Little Night Music”

Through April 12

April 22–May 17

In Evan Linder’s edgy new tale, a working-class white couple faces turmoil in their Southern town when their newborn turns out to be black. $20–$47. B Street Theatre at The Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave., (916) 443-5300, bstreet theatre.org

This Stephen Sondheim musical, which follows the romantic lives of several couples, features his signature hit, “Send in the Clowns.” $25–$40. Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., (916) 446-7501, sactheatre.org

“A Year With Frog and Toad” April 18–May 9

“Singin’ in the Rain” April 24–May 17

Lessons of friendship are learned through the seasons in this musical adaptation of Arnold Lobel’s children’s tale. $19–$24. B Street Family Friendly Theatre at The Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave., (916) 443-5300, bstreet theatre.org

This stage adaptation of the 1952 Gene Kelly movie musical features all the hit songs and dance numbers, and even some rain. $7–$25. Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland, (530) 6669617, woodland operahouse.org

“Straight White Men”

“Young Frankenstein”

April 21–May 31

April 24–May 17

Davis Musical Theatre Company presents the monster musical based on Mel Brooks’ 1974 horror comedy classic. $16–$18. Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis, (530) 756-3682, dmtc.org

“Saint Joan” April 24–May 23 George Bernard Shaw’s take on the Joan of Arc’s saga, modernized and performed by an all-female cast. $12–$18. Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd., (916) 960-3036, bigidea theatre.org

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Through May 3 In 1967 San Francisco, a white liberal couple’s progressiveness is challenged when their daughter wants to marry an older black doctor. Sacramento Theatre Company presents. $25–$40. 1419 H St., (916) 446-7501, sac theatre.org

“With June Carter in the Folsom Prison Yard, Jan. 13, 1968,” by Dan Poush, Courtesy of the John R. Cash Revocable Trust

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Food & Drink i n s i d e: New-Age Pho / Bogle Bows / Toast Levels Up

Rise and Shine Fruit on a waffle? That’s a no-brainer. But at the newly opened MORGAN’S MILL in downtown Sac, you can order a pizza waffle, a green apple and goat cheese waffle or a meat lover’s waffle, made with ham, bacon and sausage cooked into the batter. This coffee, beer and wine bar also serves avocado toast, soft pretzels and charcuterie boards. 1026 K St.; morgansmill.co

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Chicken rice plate and a jasmine Old Fashioned

Pho Sure At midtown’s Saigon Alley, Vietnamese food gets an infusion of fusion. BY MARYBETH BIZJAK HERE, PEOPLE ARE USED TO TREKKING

to South Sacramento when they have a hankering for authentic Vietnamese food. Mymy Nguyen and her husband, Jimmy Voong, envisioned something different: a hip restaurant in a hip part of town serving modern Vietnamese tapas and cocktails. That’s how they came to open Saigon Alley Kitchen + Bar in midtown earlier this year. The couple, both first-gen Americans, have executed an admirably modern twist on the Vietnamese restaurant of their parents’ era. The Instagrammable interior is majorly minimalist, with simple, modern furnishings and a neutral color palette punctuated by two pastel murals, by Roseville artist Madelyne Joan Templeton, depicting romanticized images of rural Vietnam. The bar serves craft cocktails tinged with Asian flavors, along with alcoholic versions of Vietnamese coffee and bubble tea. And the menu is a mash-

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The cocktails have clever names like the up of traditional Vietnamese noodle and rice dishes and millennial-friendly offer- Long Thailand and even cleverer preparaings such as banh mi tacos and vegan pho. tions. For instance, the Pho No. 1 is made Saigon Alley took over the two-tiered with gin milk-washed with sous-vided pho space on L Street that once housed Saddle spices. Finished with hand-whipped coRock and, before that, L Wine Lounge & conut cream, it tastes like a cold bowl of Urban Kitchen. The ground floor is a firstpho. The nonalcoholic egg soda is really come, first-serve lounge that gets slammed strong Vietnamese coffee topped with a during happy hour (4–7 p.m. daily), when raw egg white hand-frothed to a meringueappetizers such as sugarcane shrimp, fried like consistency. quail and salt-and-pepper squid are $3 Saigon Alley is Nguyen and Voong’s apiece. (There’s also reverse happy hour third restaurant on the 1800 block of L from 9 p.m. to close.) Expect to wait an Street. In 2012, they opened Wrap N’ hour (or more) for a table. Roll, one of the THE PHO IS AN UMAMI BOMB THAT city’s first sushThings are a bit more sedate TAKES 72 HOURS TO PREPARE AND in the dining room upstairs, irito joints. Three THAT IS POURED TABLESIDE INTO where you can sit and linger at a A BOWL OF NOODLES AND RIB-EYE. years later, they turned it into a table. The pho has gotten the lion’s share of attention from diners for its poke place called Make Fish. Now, with broth, an umami bomb that takes 72 hours poke so ubi-quitous that even Costco sells to prepare and that is poured tableside it, they’ve closed Make Fish to focus on into a bowl of noodles and rib-eye. The Saigon Alley. With their talent for tapping pho costs $13—a shocking sum for people into the dining zeitgeist, I wouldn’t be accustomed to South Sac prices, but hard- surprised to see Vietnamese tapas-andly out of line for midtown. An entire section cocktail bars everywhere in a few years. of the menu is devoted to vegan dishes, such as a plant-based banh mi, a vegetarSAIGON ALLEY KITCHEN + BAR ian stir-fry and two items—pho and banh mi—made with Impossible Burger meat 1801 L St.; (916) 758-6934 saigonalley.com substitutes.

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Toast of the Town

Ryan, Jody and Warren Bogle

Big Honors for Bogle Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg is a hometown gem with national clout. Named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast in 2019, Bogle has been producing great wines at crowd-pleasing prices for more than 50 years. We spoke with Jody Bogle about the past, present and future of her family’s award-winning business.—CATHERINE WARMERDAM Congratulations on being named American Winery of the Year. How did it feel to receive that news? My family is completely honored. My brothers and I are the third generation to run the winery. I know that our parents and grandparents never would have imagined that someday we’d be receiving this award. There’s a lot of pride in carrying on with what our grandparents started and what we watched our parents build. Bogle has been around since 1968, which is an accomplishment in itself. What’s the secret to its longevity? First, we would not be here today without our employees. We have a tremendous group of people who come to work every day with the real desire and dedication to make the very best wine they can. The other thing is that we have put a priority on quality since we first started making wine. Overdelivering at the price that we’re “THERE’S A LOT OF PRIDE IN at is something we’ve tried to achieve with every single CARRYING ON WITH WHAT OUR vintage, and the wines just keep getting better and better.

GRANDPARENTS STARTED

Do you have a favorite memory of growing up around AND WHAT WE WATCHED OUR the vineyard? PARENTS BUILD.”— JODY BOGLE When I was a kid, the offices were in our house. Our dad would be out in the vineyards and managing the fields. I used to go out and ride on the tractor with him. Or we’d get on the harvester with our grandfather. Our mom would do the books at night. It was just a fledgling company then, but watching our parents devote everything they had to it was a tremendous way to grow up.

What’s the best thing since sliced bread? It might just be brick toast, the over-the-top dessert that starts off looking like breakfast but is anything but. Pillowy milk bread—hollowed into a cubed bowl, sliced into extra-thick slabs or carved into sturdy blocks—is toasted to golden perfection, then topped with endless combinations of ice cream, fruit, whipped cream, glazes, chocolate, you name it. Brick toast was first popularized in Japan, but it’s the Taiwanese version that reigns at boba and dessert shops across the Sacramento area. “We start with a really good-quality Taiwanese milk bread, then we brush it with our special butter and put it into the oven to get a nice crispy, crunchy taste,” explains Darren Ly, manager at SnoBites, a brick toast mecca in Elk Grove. Hot from the oven, the toast is crowned with a scoop of Gunther’s ice cream and a decadent array of toppings. “We make everything fresh to order and using the best ingredients we can find,” says Ly. “The bricks are meant to be shared with two or three people. We have a lot of people come in to have birthday parties here because they are so fun to eat.” Customers at SnoBites can invent their own brick toast combo or go with a creation from the menu, such as the Green Machine (green tea and vanilla ice creams, green tea macarons, condensed milk and mini mochis) or Chocolate Fever (vanilla and chocolate ice creams, M&Ms, chocolate chips, Oreo cookies, wafer cookies, mini mochis and chocolate glaze). Whatever you choose, you’ll never look at toast the same way again.—CATHERINE WARMERDAM

I suspect many people have idealized notions about the lifestyle associated with owning a winery. What is the reality? It’s just like any other job. My brothers and I all have young families, so we’re trying to drive carpool and run someone’s lunch to school when they forget it and get to soccer games, and in between we’re taking meetings and checking in with our winemaking team. My brothers and I are all very hands on, so we work with all of the departments to make sure they continue to feel that family connection. What’s next for Bogle? Do you envision the next generation going into the business? We all hope that some of our kids will be interested in the business, but it certainly isn’t assumed. Our kids are all so young: The oldest of the cousins is just 14. We’re allowing them the opportunity to be involved in the company if they’d like to. I worked out in the fields as a kid and hated every minute of it and couldn’t wait to go away to college. But that family pull— that pride in seeing your name on a bottle of wine and knowing all the hard work that went into that—is pretty powerful. So I hope some of our little ones will come back someday.

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Restaurants As a reader service, Sacramento Magazine offers the following list of noteworthy restaurants in the Sacramento region. This is not intended to be a complete directory, and not all restaurants profiled appear every month.

ARDEN ARCADE CAFE VINOTECA Located in Arden Town Center, Cafe Vinoteca serves some of the loveliest Italian-inspired cuisine in the city. 3535 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 4871331; cafevinoteca.com. L–D. Italian. $$$ FAMOUS KABOB Meat kabobs are the starring attraction here. Smokily delicious, the meats are served with fluffy basmati rice and grilled tomatoes. 1290 Fulton Ave.; (916) 483-1700; famouskabob.com. L–D. Persian. $–$$ THE KITCHEN Part supper club, part theatrical production, part cocktail party: This is like no other restaurant in Sacramento, and it’s Michelin starred. You need to make reservations months in advance for the multi-course dinner. The food is complex and mindblowingly creative. 2225 Hurley Way; (916) 568-7171; thekitchenrestaurant.com. D. American. $$$$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY Go for the ice cream, all made on the premises and used in shakes, malts and towering sundaes. 2333 Arden Way; (916) 920-8382; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ TEXAS WEST BAR-B-QUE This no-frills establishment serves slow wood-cooked meat in big portions. Dig into the tender Western-style pork spareribs and beef brisket or the smoky chicken. 1600 Fulton Ave.; (916) 483-7427; texaswestbbq.com. L–D. Barbecue. $–$$

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SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFÉ Choose from an array of appetizers and hot items along with crowd-pleasing side dishes and pizza. This high-quality takeout food can be a real lifesaver on nights when you’re too busy to cook. 915 Broadway; (916) 732-3390; sellands. com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ TOWER CAFE This place is a hot spot on weekend mornings. Regulars swear by the New Mexico blueberry cornmeal pancakes and the thick-cut, custardy French toast. Breakfast is all-American, but lunch and dinner have a global flavor. 1518 Broadway; (916) 4410222; towercafe.com. B–L–D. World fusion. $$

CAPAY ROAD TRIP BAR & GRILL This family-friendly joint serves up classic roadhouse fare, from salads and burgers to chops. 24989 State Highway 16; (530) 796-3777; roadtripbg.com. B–L–D. American. $–$$

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MARK & MONICA’S FAMILY PIZZA The pizzas here are belly filling and hearty. 4751 Manzanita Ave.; (916) 487-1010; markandmonicaspizza.com. L–D. Pizza. $$

BISTRO 33 DAVIS This attractive restaurant, located in historic City Hall, offers an appealing menu of Pacific Northwest-inspired dishes. 226 F St.; (530) 756-4556; bistro33davis.com. B–L–D. New American. $$

MATTEO’S PIZZA & BISTRO The menu is compact, and there’s no skimping on first-rate ingredients. The pizza crust is damned good, attaining that chewycrispy-airy trifecta. You also can order pasta, steak or a burger. 5132 Arden Way; (916) 779-0727; pizza matteo.com. L–D. Pizza/American. $$

CITRUS HEIGHTS LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 7910 Antelope Road; (916) 729-4021; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ SAM’S CLASSIC BURGERS At this drive-up burger shack, the burgers wonderfully. 7442 Auburn Blvd.; (916) 723-7512. L–D. Burgers. $

BURGERS AND BREW The casual, publike restaurant uses high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and serves an interesting selection of beers and ales. 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; burgersbrew.com. L–D. Burgers. $ CAFE BERNARDO For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 234 D St.; (530) 750-5101; cafeber nardo.com. B–L–D. New American. $ CREPEVILLE This bustling creperie serves many variations on the crepe theme, from entrée to dessert. 330 Third St.; (530) 750-2400. B–L–D. Crepes. $ DMIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 500

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REAL PIE COMPANY At this homey shop, pies are made with all-butter crusts and seasonal fruit sourced from local farms. In addition to dessert pies such as jumbleberry and butterscotch banana cream, you can order savory pot pies, shepherd’s pies and dishes like mac and cheese. 2425 24th St.; (916) 838-4007; realpiecompany.com. L–D. American. $

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Restaurants First St.; (530) 756-2111; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ THE MUSTARD SEED Dinner selections feature elegant California cuisine, and range from crab-stuffed Idaho trout to shrimp and sun-dried tomato risotto. Wines are reasonably priced and exclusively from California. 222 D St.; (530) 758-5750; mustardseedofdavis.com. L–D. New American. $$–$$$ PAESANOS For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 139 G St.; (530) 758-8646; paesanos.biz. L–D. Pizza/Italian. $ SEASONS This attractive, upscale restaurant showcases seasonal products; the menu changes every three months. Pizzas are great; so are the bountiful salads. But you’ll find the kitchen’s real talent in its appetizers and entrées. 102 F St.; (530) 750-1801; seasonsdavis.com. L–D. New American. $$–$$$ YAKITORI YUCHAN This busy little restaurant focuses on skewered grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. Most items are meant to be shared; bring an adventurous palate and a group of food-loving friends. 109 E St.; (530) 753-3196; yakitoriyuchan. com. D. Japanese. $–$$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN This casual, Italian-style deli makes hot and cold sandwiches, salads and hot entrees such as lasagna, penne with creamy tomato sauce and tortellini with pesto-cream sauce. 616 Third St.; (530) 750-7870; ziasdeli.com. L. Deli. $

DIXON CATTLEMENS This classic Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings: shrimp cocktail and loaded potato skins. 250 Dorset Court; (707) 678-5518; cattlemens.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$

DOWNTOWN BAWK! FRIED CHICKEN This casual fried chicken joint has a noble pedigree: Its young owners are affiliated with some of Sacramento’s best restaurants, including Ella, The Kitchen, Selland’s Market-Café, Urban Roots and Pangaea. Along with crispy chicken coated with a red spice mix that kicks it up a notch, you can order oysters on the half shell, chilled Gulf prawns and black-eyed peas. 1409 R St.; (916) 4658700; bawkfriedchicken.com. L–D–Br. Southern. $$ BRASSERIE CAPITALE This beautifully designed restaurant is based on a traditional French brasserie. The menu hits the high points of the brasserie canon, everything from onion soup to steak frites. 1201 K St.; (916) 329-8033; brasseriecapitale.com. L–D. French. $$–$$$ BURGERS AND BREW The casual, publike restaurant uses high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and serves an interesting selection of beers and ales. 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; burgersbrew.com. L–D. Burgers. $ CAFE BERNARDO The menu offers straightforward fare guaranteed to please just about everyone. Breakfast includes eggs Bernardo, drizzled with housemade hollandaise sauce. Lunch and dinner feature chewycrusted pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and substantial entrées such as pan-seared chicken breast with mashed potatoes. 1431 R St.; (916) 930-9191; cafe bernardo.com. B–L–D. New American. $ CAFETERIA 15L Go to Cafeteria 15L for modern comfort food in a casual yet stylish environment. The menu emphasizes fun fare, such as mac ’n’ cheese, truffle tater tots, and fried chicken and waffle with

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Echo & Rig’s brisket hash gravy and pecan butter. 1116 15th St.; (916) 492-1960; cafeteria15l.com. L–D. Californian. $$ CAMDEN SPIT & LARDER Highly regarded chef Oliver Ridgeway opened this swank brasserie in a modern building near the Capitol. It appeals to lobbyists, lawyers and legislators with its gin-forward cocktails and a menu that’s a mash-up of British chop-house classics, English schoolboy favorites and elevated pub fare. 555 Capitol Mall; (916) 619-8897; camden spitandlarder.com. L–D. Steakhouse. $$$–$$$$ DE VERE’S IRISH PUB Don’t head to de Vere’s if you’re seeking a quiet evening—the raucous, high-energy pub is noisy and packed with revelers. The wood bar (imported from Ireland) is enormous, and the food is high-quality pub fare. 1521 L St.; (916) 231-9947. deverespub.com. L–D. Irish pub. $$ ECHO & RIG Located in the lobby of The Sawyer hotel, this outpost of a Vegas steakhouse is sleek and unstuffy. Prices are considerably gentler than at most other steakhouses, but the quality of the meat is high. In addition to standard cuts like filet, NY steak and rib-eye, you’ll find butcher cuts such as hanger, bavette, skirt and tri-tip. 500 J St.; (877) 678-6255; echoandrig.com. B–L–D–Br. Steakhouse. $$$ ELLA This stunning restaurant is an elegant oasis compared to the gritty hustle and bustle outside. From the open kitchen, the staff turns out innovative dishes and old favorites. The emphasis is on seasonal, local and artisanal. 1131 K St.; (916) 443-3772; elladining roomandbar.com. L–D. New American. $$$$ EMPRESS TAVERN Located in the basement of the Crest Theatre, this restaurant has a catacomb vibe. It’s a modern version of an old English carvery: whole chickens, prime rib roasts and hams turn slowly on

a rotisserie in the open kitchen, and diners can order sides like whipped potatoes with pork gravy. The bar features a gin-focused cocktail menu and a long beer list. 1013 K St.; (916) 662-7694; empresstavern.com. L–D. New American carvery. $$$ FOUNDATION RESTAURANT & BAR Located across from the Golden 1 Center, this downtown hangout serves modern-style comfort food, along with old favorites like burgers, fish tacos and hot wings. 400 L St.; (916) 321-9522; foundationrestaurantandbar. com. L–D. American. $$–$$$ FOX & GOOSE PUBLIC HOUSE This tavern plates up some of the best breakfasts in town, along with pub staples like beer-battered fish and chips, a Cornish pasty or Welsh rarebit. 1001 R St.; (916) 443-8825; foxandgoose.com. B–L–D. English pub. $ FRANK FAT’S Downtown Sacramento’s oldest restaurant, Fat’s is a favorite of the Capitol crowd. The restaurant is well known for its steaks—especially Frank’s Style New York Steak—and its brandy-fried chicken. This is Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated. 806 L St.; (916) 442-7092; fatsrestaurants. com. L–D. Chinese. $$$ GRANGE RESTAURANT & BAR Located in The Citizen Hotel, Grange proves that a hotel restaurant doesn’t have to be pedestrian. The menu changes frequently and spotlights some of the area’s best producers. At dinner, the ambience in the stunning dining room is seductive and low-lit. 926 J St.; (916) 492-4450; grangerestaurantandbar.com. B–L–Br. Californian/American. $$$$ KODAIKO RAMEN & BAR Partly owned by Kru’s Billy Ngo, this below-ground ramen shop takes the Japanese noodle soup to a whole new level. Ingredients

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The Sacramento County Bar Foundation is hosting it’s signature event that provides the legal community and the community-at-large an opportunity to literally play for charity. This black-tie affair will be hosted at the Sacramento Zoo and feature casino tables, animal encounters, music, food, and a live auction. Attendees can commemorate the occasion with a branded photo at the photo booth, try a signature cocktail from our bar sponsor and enjoy the sights and sounds of the animal kingdom. April 25, 2020 Register at www.sacbar.org or contact Danielle Laughter at (916) 604-9724 or dlaughter@sacbar.org

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2k/5k Dog Walk & Pet Festival Join us on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at William Land Park. Registration opens at 7:30 am, the 2k/5k walk begins at 9:00 am and the “Bark in the Park” festival immediately follows. Now in its 27th year, the event has grown to become the largest dog walk and pet festival in Northern California and is a fun-filled day that offers something for everyone. Funds raised at Doggy Dash support the Sacramento SPCA in providing lifesaving care to homeless animals and giving more than shelter to more than 35,000 animals in our community each year. Register at sspca.org/dash today!

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Restaurants are organic, and almost everything is made in-house. For a fun experience, sit at the ramen counter and chat with the chefs. 718 K St.; (916) 426-8863; ko daikoramen.com. L–D–Br. Japanese/ramen. $$–$$$ MAGPIE CAFE This restaurant has a casual, unassuming vibe, and its hallmark is clean, simple fare that tastes like the best version of itself. 1601 16th St.; (916) 452-7594; magpiecafe.com. B–L–D. Californian. $$ MAS TACO BAR Tasty little tacos are the headliners at this casual eatery. Fillings include braised short rib, Korean fried chicken, banh mi shrimp and roasted cauliflower. You can also get Latin-flavored rice bowls, salads and starters such as elote and habanero fire balls (a mixture of chilies, cream cheese, bacon and pepper jack, rolled into balls and fried). 1800 15th St.; mastacobar.com. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$ THE MELTING POT Fondue goes upscale here. Try the Wisconsin Trio cheese fondue, prepared at your table with fontina, Butterkase and Gorgonzola cheese. 814 15th St.; (916) 443-2347; meltingpot.com/sacramen to. D. Fondue/American. $$–$$$$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR This hip sushi bar serves its sushi with a side of sass. There are three sushi bars and a dense menu of appetizers, rice bowls, bento boxes and sushi rolls. 1530 J St.; (916) 447-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE From cozy, candlelit booths and stunning, glass-enclosed wine room to the crisply outfitted chefs, Morton’s oozes Special Occasion. Red meat is the star here. 621 Capitol Mall; (916) 442-5091; mortons.com/sacramento. D. Steakhouse. $$$$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO With its lofty ceilings, striking artwork and sweeping staircase, this is the place to come if you’re seeking a little glamour with your Asian cuisine. The extensive menu offers dishes whose origins spring from many regions throughout China but that reflect a California sensibility. 1530 J St.; (916) 288-0970; pfchangs.com. L–D. Chinese. $$ PIZZA ROCK The narrow space is loud, but there’s a sense of festivity in the air, and the pizza is darned good. Choose from five different styles of pizza: Classic Italian, Classic American, Neapolitan, Sicilian and Roman. 1020 K St.; (916) 737-5777; pizzarock sacramento.com. L–D. Pizza/Italian/American. $$ TIGER This casual, late-night hangout serves casual salads, sandwiches, burgers and bowls, along with a nice selection of craft cocktails. 722 K St.; (916) 3829610; tiger700block.com. L–D–Br. $$ URBAN ROOTS BREWING & SMOKEHOUSE At this casual brewery, a massive smoker turns out succulent meats—brisket, ribs, turkey and sausage—in the tradition of the great barbecue houses of Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Sides include collard greens, mac and cheese, yams and poblano cheese grits. Sit indoors or out at long picnic tables. 1322 V St.; (916) 706-3741; urbanrootsbrewing.com. L–D. Barbecue. $$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN For description, see listing under Davis. 1401 O St.; (916) 441-3354; ziasdeli. com. L. Deli. $

EAST SACRAMENTO BACON & BUTTER Lively and delightfully urban, the place is packed with fans of chef Billy Zoellin’s homey flapjacks, biscuits and other breakfasty fare. 3839 J St.; (916) 475-1801; baconandbuttersac.com. B–L. Breakfast. $–$$

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Pepperoni pizza from Obo’ Italian Table & Bar CANON With Michelin-starred chef Brad Cecchi at the helm, this breezily chic restaurant offers an ambitious menu of globally inspired sharable plates. Much of the menu is vegetarian, vegan or gluten free, but you can also order from a small selection of hearty meat, poultry and fish dishes. 1719 34th St.; (916) 469-2433; canoneastsac.com. Global/New American. D–Br. $$$–$$$$ CLUBHOUSE 56 This is your classic sports bar, from the multiple TVs and two giant screens broadcasting games via DIRECTV to the local sports memorabilia on the walls. The food, too, is classic sports-bar fare: burgers, sandwiches and apps such as tacos and jalapeño poppers. The place is dark, casual and convivial, Sacramento’s very own Cheers. 734 56th St.; (916) 454-5656; ch56sports.com. Br–L–D. Sports bar. $$ KRU Kru turns out exciting Japanese fare, and there’s a craft cocktail bar, outdoor patios and an omakase bar. 3135 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 551-1559; krurestau rant.com. L–D. Japanese. $$$–$$$$ OBO’ ITALIAN TABLE & BAR At this casual Italian eatery, there are hot dishes and cold salads behind the glass cases, ready for the taking. But the stars of the menu are the freshly made pastas and woodoven pizzas. There’s also a full bar serving Italiantheme craft cocktails. 3145 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 8228720; oboitalian.com. L–D. Italian. $$ ONESPEED Chef Rick Mahan, who built his stellar reputation at The Waterboy in midtown, branched out with a more casual concept at his East Sac eatery. The open bistro has a tiled pizza oven that cranks out chewy, flavorful pizzas. 4818 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 706-1748; onespeedpizza.com. B–L–D. Pizza. $$ ORIGAMI ASIAN GRILL Most of the time, this is a

fast-casual eatery serving Asian-flavored rice bowls, banh mi sandwiches and ramen. But on Friday and Saturday nights, the talented chefs offer an elevated tasting menu for a handful of lucky diners at the counter. (By reservation only.) 4801 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 400-3075; origamiasiangrill.com. L–D. Asian fusion. $–$$$ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFÉ For description, see listing under Broadway. 5340 H St.; (916) 736-3333; sellands.com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ STAR GINGER ASIAN GRILL AND NOODLE BAR Offering affordably priced dishes inspired by the street foods of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, this restaurant’s spicy Thai chicken soup is a delicious bargain. 3101 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 231-8888; stargin gerrestaurant.com. L–D. Pan-Asian. $ 3 HERMANAS With the 2018 opening of this little Mexican eatery, all three Saenz sisters now have their own Sacramento restaurants. Like its sibling restaurants, Tres Hermanas and Three Sisters, this one serves hearty, classic Mexican along with vegan and vegetarian options. 3260 J St.; (916) 382-9079; 3her manasonj.com. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

EL DORADO HILLS AJI JAPANESE BISTRO This casually elegant restaurant offers an innovative menu of Japanese street food, interesting fusion entrées, traditional dishes such as teriyaki and tempura and sushi. 4361 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 941-9181; ajibistroedh.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $–$$ C. KNIGHT’S STEAKHOUSE An upscale dinner house serving steaks, chops and seafood, this restaurant

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Restaurants offers classic American fare that’s stood the test of time. Make sure to order the Green Phunque, a tasty side dish that’s like creamed spinach on steroids. 2085 Vine St.; (916) 235-1730; cknightsteakhouse. com. D. American steakhouse. $$$$

MILESTONE This eatery serves takes on comfort-food classics like pot roast and fried chicken. It’s straightforward, without pretense or gimmickry. The setting is like a Napa country porch, and the service is warm. 4359 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 934-0790; milestone restaurantedh.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE For description, see listing under “East Sacramento.” 4370 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 932-5025; sellands.com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ SIENNA RESTAURANT A luxurious Tuscan interior features a large bar and pretty patios. The menu includes a playful melange of global cuisine, including fresh seafood, steaks, stone hearth pizzas, and inventive appetizers. Live music Thursday–Saturday nights. Sunday brunch includes a made-to-order omelet bar and unlimited mimosas. 3909 Park Drive; (916) 941-9694; siennarestaurants.com. L–D–Br. Global. $$–$$$

ELK GROVE BOULEVARD BISTRO Located in a cozy 1908 bungalow, this bistro is one of the region’s best-kept dining secrets. Chef/owner Bret Bohlmann is a passionate supporter of local farmers and winemakers, and his innovative food sings with freshness and seasonality. 8941 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 685-2220; blvdbistro. com. D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 8238 Laguna Blvd.; (916) 691-3334; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ ice cream. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 8525 Bond Road; (916) 714-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ THAI CHILI This plain restaurant offers an entire menu just for vegetarians, plus interesting meat and fish dishes. 8696 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 714-3519; thaichilielkgrove.net. L–D. Thai. $$

Fish tacos from Crawdads on the River this charming little bistro out of the park. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1201; (916) 986-9100; backbis tro.com. D. New American/Mediterranean. $$–$$$ CHICAGO FIRE Oodles of melted cheese blanket the pizzas that fly out of the kitchen of this busy restaurant. Here, you get to choose between thin-crust, deep-dish and stuffed pizzas. 310 Palladio Parkway; (916) 984-0140; chicagofire.com. L –D. Pizza. $

MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 4323 Hazel Ave.; (916) 961-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$

FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR This glamorous restaurant looks like a set from an Indiana Jones movie, with tall palm trees and an enormous golden Buddha atop a water fountain. The menu focuses on Asian cuisine, from Mongolian beef and Hong Kong chow mein to Thai chicken satay served with a fiery curry-peanut sauce. 2585 Iron Point Road; (916) 983-1133; fatsrestaurants.com. L–D. Pan-Asian. $$

SUNFLOWER DRIVE IN This casual spot serves healthful, wholesome vegetarian and vegan fare. Faves include the Nutburger, the egg salad sandwich and fruit smoothies. 10344 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 9674331; sunflowerdrivein.com. L–D. Vegetarian. $

LAND OCEAN The menu hits all the steakhouse high notes: hand-cut steaks, lobster, seafood and rotisserie, entrée salads and sandwiches. 2720 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 983-7000; landoceanrestaurants.com. L–D–Br. New American/steakhouse. $$$

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FOLSOM BACCHUS HOUSE WINE BAR & BISTRO With a seasonal menu packed with innovative, globally influenced dishes, this restaurant has plenty to choose from. 1004 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 984-7500; bacchus housebistro.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ BACK BISTRO A warm pocket of coziness and urban sophistication in a retail center, this place offers an appealing menu of casual nibbles and swankier entrées. But it’s the wine program that really knocks

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SAMUEL HORNE’S TAVERN At this friendly pub on Historic Folsom’s main drag, the ambience is purely utilitarian, from the rough wood tables to the beer barrel seating. The menu focuses on suds-friendly fare such as chili, burgers and sandwiches. Yes. 719 Sutter St.; (916) 293-8207; samhornes.com. L–D. Pub. $–$$ SCOTT’S SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR This restaurant offers a solid menu of delicious seafood, from crab cakes and calamari to roasted lobster tail. 9611 Greenback Lane; (916) 989-6711; scottsseafood.net. L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$

THAI PARADISE Standouts on the extensive menu include spring rolls, tom kha koong (coconut milk soup with prawns), green curry, spicy scallops and pad thai. Try the fried banana with ice cream for dessert. 2770 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 984-8988; thai paradisefolsom.com. L–D. Thai. $$

GARDEN HIGHWAY CRAWDADS ON THE RIVER This riverfront restaurant draws crowds looking for a great place to party on the water during warm-weather months. Roll-up doors blur the line between indoors and out. The Cajun-inspired menu includes fish tacos and several fun entrées. 1375 Garden Highway; (916) 929-2268; saccrawdads.com. L–D–Br. Cajun/American. $$ THE VIRGIN STURGEON This quirky floating restaurant is the quintessential Sacramento River dining experience. In summer, a cocktail pontoon is connected to the restaurant, where you can drink and enjoy the breezy proximity to the water below. Best known for its seafood, The Virgin Sturgeon also offers weekend brunch. 1577 Garden Highway; (916) 921-2694. L–D–Br. Seafood/American. $$

GRANITE BAY HAWKS One of Placer County’s best restaurants, Hawks is known for elegant cuisine and beautiful interior. Owners Molly Hawks and Michael Fagnoni are committed to locally sourced ingredients, and the seasonal menu is full of delicious surprises, such as seared scallop and sea urchin. 5530 Douglas Blvd.; (916) 791-6200; hawksrestaurant.com. L–D–Br. New American/French. $$$–$$$$

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Restaurants GREENHAVEN/POCKET SCOTT’S SEAFOOD ON THE RIVER Located in The Westin Sacramento, Scott’s has a patio and a view of the river. Breakfast dishes include crab cake Benedict, and lunch entrées range from petrale sole to a prawn Caesar salad. For dinner, splurge on a lobster tail or choose a more modestly priced grilled salmon. 4800 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 379-5959; scotts seafoodontheriver.com. B–L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$

LAND PARK RIVERSIDE CLUBHOUSE The busy kitchen focuses on a solid menu of American classics. Beautifully designed, the restaurant features a stunning outdoor waterfall and a tri-level fireplace. 2633 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 448-9988; riversideclubhouse.com. L–D–Br. American/New American. $$ TAYLOR’S KITCHEN Step inside the cozy space and you’ll notice the focal point is an open kitchen where the chefs prepare meats and produce sold at Taylor’s Market next door. 2924 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 4435154; taylorskitchen.com. D–Br. American. $$$

LINCOLN HIGH STEAKS This Thunder Valley Casino restaurant is a meat lover’s paradise, offering up everything from an 8-ounce prime filet to a 26-ounce bone-in New York steak. The kitchen sources some of the best products in the country, including Wagyu beef. 1200 Athens Ave.; (916) 408-8327; thundervalley resort.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$$ MERIDIANS Located in Sun City Lincoln Hills’ Orchard Creek Lodge, this elegant restaurant offers comfort and reliability. The dining room has live piano music and a patio overlooking rolling green hills and waterfalls. The menu is American to its core, featuring classic dishes such as grilled pork chop and pot roast. 965 Orchard Creek Lane; (916) 625-4040; meridiansrestaurant.com. B–L–D. American. $$$.

MIDTOWN BEAST + BOUNTY The beating heart of this chic restaurant is its open hearth, where meats and vegetables are roasted over a wood fire. The meaty rib-eye, served over potatoes roasted in the meat’s fat, is meant to be shared. So is the pizza, thin, flat and seductively charred from the wood-burning pizza oven. 1701 R St.; (916) 244-4016; eatbeast andbounty.com. L–D–Br. American. $$$ BIBA Named for its founder, famed cookbook author and restaurateur Biba Caggiano, this upscale restaurant serves authentic regional Italian fare. Sure bets include the stuffed pasta and the ricotta gnocchi (both made in-house daily) and the 10-layer Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese, served Thursdays and Fridays only. 2801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 455-2422; biba-restaurant.com. L–D. Italian. $$$ BLOCK BUTCHER BAR This modern salumi bar serves first-rate sandwiches, salads and meat and cheese boards, along with whiskey-based craft cocktails. 1050 20th St.; (916) 476-6306; blockbutcher bar.com. L–D. Charcuterie bar. $$ BRODERICK MIDTOWN This midtown outpost of West Sac’s divey Broderick Roadhouse serves the same fare, but in slightly nicer digs. The menu is dominated by burgers. Wings, fries and beer round out the bro-friendly menu. 1820 L St.; (916) 469-9720; broderickroadhouse.com. L–D–Br. Burgers. $$

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Ahi tuna lettuce wraps from Paul Martin’s American Bistro CHICAGO FIRE For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 2416 J St.; (916) 443-0440; chicagofire. com. L–D. Pizza. $ CREPEVILLE For description, see listing under “Davis.” 1730 L St.; (916) 444-1100. B–L–D. Crepes. $ ERNESTO’S MEXICAN FOOD This midtown favorite offers robust Mexican fare in an exuberantly cheerful environment. 1901 16th St.; (916) 441-5850; ernestos mexicanfood.com. L–D. Mexican. $ 58 DEGREES & HOLDING CO. This wine bar showcases an astonishing number of wines by the glass— all available in 3- and 6-ounce pours. There’s also an abbreviated menu of small plates designed to complement and enhance the wines. 1217 18th St.; (916) 442-5858; 58degrees.com. L–D. Wine bar. $$ HAWKS PUBLIC HOUSE At this sophisticated gastropub, the menu includes beautifully executed dishes like country pâté and baked rigatoni. The pastas are made in-house, and even the burger is top-notch. 1525 Alhambra Blvd.; (916) 588-4440; hawkspublic house.com. L–D–Br. Mediterranean gastropub. $$$ HOOK & LADDER MANUFACTURING COMPANY Located in a Quonset hut, this restaurant is both hip and cozy. Despite the barlike ambience, Hook & Ladder is serious about food. All the pastas and desserts are made in-house. 1630 S St.; (916) 442-4885; hook andladder916.com. L–D–Br. Californian. $$ INK EATS & DRINKS Drop by this hip lounge for a first-rate meal. The kitchen whips up some of the best huevos rancheros in town, and the restaurant stays open late. 2730 N St.; (916) 456-2800; inkeats.com. L–D–Br. New American. $

KUPROS This fun gastropub is housed in a beautifully renovated 1910 Craftsman building. Belly up to the ground-floor bar for a pint of beer, or head upstairs for a seat in the dining room or the outdoor balcony, where you can tuck into fare such as steak frites or pot roast. 1217 21st St.; (916) 440-0401; kuproscraft house.com. L–D–Br. New American/gastropub. $$ LOCALIS This upscale restaurant is a pleasant surprise. Localis (Latin for “local”) is a dinner-only restaurant with a tiny, inventive menu of ingredientdriven dishes. Chef Christopher Barnum-Dann works with local farms to source most of the menu within 100 miles. 2031 S St.; (916) 737-7699; localissacra mento.com. D. Californian. $$$–$$$$ LOWBRAU BIERHALLE This chic yet casual watering hole serves house-made sausages, duck fat fries and stand-out beers. Long communal tables make for an experience that’s noisy and convivial. 1050 20th St.; (916) 706-2636; lowbrausacramento.com. L–D–Br. Beer hall. $ MULVANEY’S BUILDING & LOAN Distinctive and cozy, this topflight restaurant exudes the generous affability of its owner, chef Patrick Mulvaney. The menu changes frequently and is focused on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. 1215 19th St.; (916) 441-6022; mulvaneysbl.com. L–D. Californian. $$$ PARAGARY’S This legendary restaurant focuses on elegant, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. 1401 28th St.; (916) 457-5737; paragarys.com. L–D–Br. New American/Californian. $$–$$$ THE PORCH RESTAURANT AND BAR The menu here is built on a core of Lowcountry staples and Southern fare: shrimp po’ boy, crawfish boil, buttermilk fried

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chicken, smoked brisket and cornbread. 1815 K St.; (916) 444-2423; theporchrestaurantandbar.com. L–D–Br. Southern. $$ THE RED RABBIT KITCHEN & BAR The menu is a playful jumble of dishes, some robustly American, others with an Asian, Latin or Mediterranean influence. 2718 J St.; (916) 706-2275; theredrabbit.net. L–D–Br. New American. $$ SAIGON ALLEY KITCHEN + BAR This hip restaurant and bar serves modern versions of Vietnamese street food, such as a “Pho-rench” dip (a French dip with pho flavors) and a “banh mi” burger (a rib-eye burger garnished with pickled daikon and carrot on a baguette). A big draw is the $3 happy hour, featuring snacks like banh mi taco, fish sauce chicken wings, taro fries and sugarcane shrimp for $3 each. 1801 L St.; (916) 7586934; saigonalley.com. L–D. Vietnamese. $$ SQUEEZE INN This fast-food place regularly tops polls for the best burger in town. 1630 K St.; (916) 4922499; squeezeburger.com. L–D. Burgers. $ THE WATERBOY This restaurant produces perhaps the finest cooking in the region. Chef/owner Rick Mahan honors local farmers with his commitment to simply prepared, high-caliber food. You can’t go wrong if you order one of the lovely salads, followed by the gnocchi, ravioli or a simple piece of fish. You’ll also find French classics such as veal sweetbreads and pomme frites. 2000 Capitol Ave.; (916) 498-9891; waterboyrestaurant.com. L–D. Mediterranean. $$$$ ZOCALO This Mexican restaurant is one of the best places to while away an evening with friends over margaritas, and the wraparound sidewalk patio is one of the most popular spots in town. The menu has regional Mexican specialties such as tacos de cazuela, a casserole-ish concoction of steak, chorizo, and cheese. 1801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 441-0303; zocalo sacramento.com. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

NORTH SACRAMENTO SOUTHPAW SUSHI Famed sushi chef Lou Valenti, former owner of Lou’s Sushi, opened this new operation in 2019. Here, the rolls are simpler and the fish, simply first rate. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.; (916) 550-2600; southpawsushi.com. D. Sushi. $$$ WOODLAKE TAVERN This restaurant offers a seasonal take on barbecue. The menu includes brisket, ribs, roasted chicken, shrimp and grits, and rustic drop biscuits that are crunchy, savory and buttery. 1431 Del Paso Blvd.; (916) 514-0405; woodlaketavern. com. D. Barbecue/American. $$–$$$

OAK PARK FIXINS SOUL KITCHEN This bustling place, partly owned by former mayor Kevin Johnson, serves up friendly Southern hospitality along with delicious Southern fare, including chicken and waffles, gumbo, fried catfish, and shrimp and grits. 3428 Third Ave.; (916); 999-7685. fixinssoulkitchen.com. B–L–D–Br. Southern. $$ LA VENADITA This inviting, casual taqueria has a concise menu that includes inventive street tacos, a brightly flavored ceviche and an enchilada with rich mole sauce. It also boasts a full bar and an enticing menu of craft cocktails. 3501 Third Ave.; (916) 4004676; lavenaditasac.com. L–D. Mexican. $$

OLD SACRAMENTO THE FIREHOUSE Since opening in 1960, this has been Sacramento’s go-to restaurant for romantic atmo-

sphere and historic charm. The outdoor courtyard is one of the prettiest in town, and its trees sparkles at night with tiny lights. The food is special-occasion worthy, and the wine list represents more than 2,100 labels. 1112 Second St.; (916) 442-4772; firehouseold sac.com. L–D. Californian/American. $$$$ RIO CITY CAFE Located on the riverbank, the bustling restaurant offers stunning views of Tower Bridge. The menu changes seasonally and offers a wide selection of creative, solid dishes. 1110 Front St.; (916) 442-8226; riocitycafe.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$

ORANGEVALE BLUE NAMI This pretty little restaurant is a hidden gem serving elaborate sushi rolls and a great lineup of appetizers. 8807 Greenback Lane; (916) 988-2300; bluenamisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $–$$ KOLBEH KABOB The kabob entrées here easily feed two people and include the koobideh (ground beef kabob) and the vegetarian kabob (mushrooms, squash, and onions). 8700 Greenback Lane; (916) 990-0233; kolbehkabobrestaurant.com. D. Persian. $$

ROSEVILLE CATTLEMENS For description, see listing under “Dixon.” 2000 Taylor Road; (916) 782-5587; cattle mens.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 1500 Eureka Road; (916) 787-3287; fatsrestaurants.com. L–D. Pan-Asian. $$ LA PROVENCE RESTAURANT & TERRACE This elegant French restaurant offers some of the region’s loveliest outdoor dining. The seasonal menu features items such as bouillabaisse and soupe au pistou. 110 Diamond Creek Place; (916) 789-2002; laprovencerose ville.com. L–D–Br. French. $$$–$$$$ MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Sophisticated seafood restaurant with a large menu. 1194 Roseville Parkway; (916) 960-4875; mccor mickandschmicks.com. L–D. Seafood/American. $$–$$$ PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN BISTRO The bustling, comfortable restaurant is a local favorite. The kitchen offers a great list of small plates and robust, approachable entrées. 1455 Eureka Road; (916) 7833600; paulmartinsamericangrill.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE This swanky dinner house serves some of the tastiest meat in town. Expertly cooked steaks are seared at 1,800 degrees. Don’t miss the cowboy rib-eye or the fork-tender filet mignon. 1185 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 780-6910; ruths chris.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$$

SIERRA OAKS PIATTI The culinary focus is on Italian cuisine with an American influence, and the menu includes delightful variations on Italian staples—margherita, pesto or chicken pizzas; ravioli, pappardelle and fettuccine pasta dishes. 571 Pavilions Lane; (916) 649-8885; piatti.com/sacramento. L–D. Italian/ American. $$ ROXY RESTAURANT AND BAR From the cowhide booths to the sparkling light fixtures in the bar, Roxy is a class act that happens to also serve chili and fried

chicken. The innovative New American menu is seasonal and locally focused. 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 489-2000; roxyrestaurantandbar.com. L–D–Br. American/Californian/steakhouse. $$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE For description, see listing under “Roseville.” 501 Pavilions Lane; (916) 286-2702; ruthschris.com. L (Fridays only)–D. Steakhouse. $$$$ WILDWOOD RESTAURANT & BAR Owned by the Haines brothers of 33rd Street Bistro fame, this chic restaurant serves New American and global cuisine, with naan, ahi poke, pancetta prawns and rock shrimp risotto sharing the menu with an all-American burger. The spacious patio is a great place to grab a drink and listen to live music. 556 Pavilions Lane; (916) 922-2858; wildwoodpavilions.com. L–D–Br. American/global fusion. $$$ ZINFANDEL GRILLE Open for more than two decades, Zinfandel Grille is an enduring dining favorite, serving wood-fired pizzas, pasta, fish and other Mediterranean entrées. 2384 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 485-7100; zinfandelgrille.com. L–D. New American. $$$

TAHOE PARK BACON & BUTTER For description, see listing under “East Sacramento.” 5913 Broadway; (916) 346-4445; baconandbuttersac.com. B–L. Breakfast/American. $–$$

WEST SACRAMENTO BRODERICK ROADHOUSE Burgers rule at this appealingly scruffy bar/restaurant. In addition to the juicy beef burgers, there’s also a selection of more avant-garde versions, including the duck burger. 319 Sixth St.; (916) 372-2436; broderickroadhouse.com. L–D–Br. Burgers. $ DRAKE’S: THE BARN Located in a stunningly modern indoor-outdoor structure along the river, Drake’s serves excellent thin-crust pizzas, along with a few salads and appetizers. You can get table service indoors or on the patio. But if you prefer something more casual, grab a folding lawn chair, find a spot at the sprawling outdoor taproom and order a pizza to go. It’s fun galore, with kids, dogs, fire pits and a tap trailer serving beer. 985 Riverfront St.; (510) 4230971; drinkdrakes.com. L–D. Pizza. $$ LA CROSTA PIZZA BAR This casual pizza joint serves first-rate pies baked in a wood-burning oven, along with inventive flatbread sandwiches and a small selection of Italian entrées. 330 Third St.; (916) 3890372; lacrostapizzabar.com. L–D–Br. Pizza. $$–$$$ VIENTIANE RESTAURANT This dynamic spot offers some dishes you might not find at other Thai restaurants, such as garlic quail, deep-fried and lavished with pepper and garlic. 1001 Jefferson Blvd.; (916) 373-1556. L–D. Thai/Laotian. $ Subscription rates: $18 for one year, U.S. only. All out-of-state subscribers add $3 per year. Single copies: $4.95. Change of address: Please send your new address and your old address mailing label. Allow six to eight weeks’ advance notice. Send all remittances and requests to Sacramento Magazine, 5750 New King Drive, Suite 100, Troy, MI 48098. Customer service inquiries: Call (866) 660-6247. Copyright 2020 by Sacramento Media LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Prices quoted in advertisements are subject to change without notice. Sacramento Magazine (ISSN 0747-8712) Volume 46, Number 4, April 2020. Sacramento Magazine (ISSN 0747-8712) is published monthly by Sacramento Media, LLC, 231 Lathrop Way, Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95815. Periodical postage paid at Troy, MI and additional offices. Postmaster: Send change of address to Sacramento Magazine, 5750 New King Dr., Suite 100, Troy, MI 48098 SACMAG.COM April 2020

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SINCE PHOTOGRAPHY MONTH SACRAMENTO TAKES PLACE in April, it’s a fitting time

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to honor notable photographers of our region’s past, such as Sacramento Bee photojournalist Robert Handsaker, who’s poised for a shot in this circa 1935 photo. Handsaker served the Bee for 41 years, part of that time as chief of the photography department, where he was known to have affinity for aerial shots. For example, he boarded an aircraft to cover “Operation Haylift, the U.S. Air Force’s effort to deliver food to isolated herds of cattle in Nevada during the harsh winter of 1948–1949. Hansaker died in 1989.—DARLENA BELUSHIN MCKAY

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Sunday June 7, 2020 California State Capitol

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Women’s Fitness Festival race registration* includes these premium features: • Medals for 5K and 10K finishers • Coveted race tee • Tiaras for 1/2 mile fun run (girls 12 and under) • Health & Fitness Expo

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