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Love prevails and weddings will return, so we present 21 pages of inspiration for the big day.

Local chefs share favorite recipes from their home kitchens. By Marybeth Bizjak

Front-line workers help out the community during the pandemic. Photos by Kevin Fiscus

See how designers—and others— have embraced home offices during the shutdown. By Mari Tzikas Suarez and Luna Anona

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SECTIONS 15 THE 916 Backyard Bird-Watching Dance Revolution


Sac’s Podcasts

78 ARTS & CULTURE Point of Sail

Idle Curiosity




Meat Up


Cheese Love Books for Cooks

ON THE COVER Strawberry Shortcake from Ginger Elizabeth Hahn

D E PA R T M E N T S 19 HEALTH Can My Pet Give Me




Coronavirus? (And Other Questions) By Elena M. Macaluso

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PUBLISHER Dennis Rainey EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Krista Minard ART DIRECTOR Gabriel Teague E D I TO R I A L MANAGING EDITOR Darlena Belushin McKay DINING EDITOR Marybeth Bizjak CALENDAR EDITOR Kari L. Rose Parsell PROOFREADER Sara E. Wilson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sasha Abramsky, Luna Anona, Daniel Barnes, Diana Bizjak, Cathy Cassinos-Carr, Ed Goldman, Angela Knight, Anna Quinlan, Mari Tzikas Suarez, Catherine Warmerdam ART GRAPHIC DESIGNER Debbie Hurst CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Kat Alves, Gary and Lisa Ashley, Beth Baugher, Debbie Cunningham, Wes Davis, Terence Duffy, Kevin Fiscus, Aniko Kiezel, Ryan Angel Meza, Tyler and Christina Mussetter, Rachel Valley A DV E R T I S I N G NATIONAL ACCOUNTS MANAGER Lisa Bonk ADVERTISING MANAGERS Duffy Kelly, Victor Obenauf, Carla Shults SENIOR ADVERTISING DESIGNER John Facundo MARKETING & WEB DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND DIGITAL MEDIA Dan Poggetti MARKETING AND DIGITAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Nicole Kern A D M I N I S T R AT I O N ACCOUNTING/BUSINESS MANAGER Tracy Strong C I R C U L AT I O N CIRCULATION MANAGER Riley Meyers DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR Michael Decker PRODUCTION PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Stephen Rice SALES OFFICES SACRAMENTO 231 Lathrop Way, Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95815; (916) 426-1720



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Home Cooking MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME TO COOK. She taught other kids,

too, as a high school home economics teacher. We used to laugh about her picture in the yearbook: Mom, peering over the shoulder of an apron-clad teenager who held a long wooden spoon in a pan. “Now stir!” said the caption. As far back as my toddlerhood, I remember meals Mom made—two pans of enchiladas, mild for my big sister and me, spicier for Dad and her; one-eyed sailors for breakfast, with the egg fried within a cookie-cut hole in the bread; something called chippy fish that involved potato chips crushed up to coat thin pieces of sole. (It was the ’60s, man. She made a mean orange Jell-O salad with mandarins, too.) When I was big enough to respect the stove, she stood me on a chair to “now stir.” Mom watched The Galloping Gourmet and Julia Child, and our bookshelves sagged under the weight of many cookbooks. Every Christmas Eve, my sister and I became little sous chefs—chopping, stuffing, stirring, cleaning up—as Mom prepared appetizers, then a full meal for friends and family. One year, she made a beef Wellington, complete with puff pastry and the layer of duxelles (mushrooms, thyme, shallots and butter). By the time I was 10, Mom put me in charge of planning and cooking dinner for the whole family one night a week. My sister had a night, too. We weren’t allowed to fall into a rut—after my second week serving pork chops over Stove Top cornbread stuffing with some frozen vegetables, Mom said, “Get more creative.” So, thanks to Mom, I’ve always known how to cook—and I like it—and during stay-at-home orders, I’ve been even more creative. I get an organic produce box delivered every Saturday, and between those vibrant vegetables, some quick recipe Googling and the longstanding tips from Mom branded into my brain, we’ve enjoyed some darn good meals. Some favorites: balsamic-roasted fennel and Nantes carrots beside a grilled steak; the million-ingredient Asian chicken salad with cilantro, mint and basil; and on Thursdays (grocery shopping day), fresh wild fish, simple with lemon and butter and fresh parsley, with a big pile of veggies, like broccoli roasted with garlic and lemon zest. This month, our local chefs share some favorite recipes from their home kitchens. It’s inspiration for all of us home chefs. I’ll be making Ginger Elizabeth Hahn’s shortcake pictured on the cover, for sure.

AND THERE’S MORE . . . A special shout-out to a couple of our photographers this month: Kevin Fiscus and Stephanie Russo. Both of them tackled challenging features—during challenging times— with truly remarkable results. Kevin came to us with an idea to capture images of “hometown heroes” during Sacramento County’s stay-at-home orders. He put up a nomination form on his website and gathered information about people working hard on the front lines, whether for pay or not, then set up shoot after shoot after shoot. Also during the shutdown, Stephanie figured out how to safely interact with chefs and take gorgeous images of the dishes they make at home for their families. Food photography requires a special kind of artistry, and Stephanie has certainly brought it to the table for us this month. Some things haven’t changed— our Best of Sacramento ballot has gone up at Click on and cast your votes for your favorites in a variety of categories, including some specifically related to coronavirus times. Results will run in our October 2020 issue, and we’re still hoping to throw a big bash at DOCO on the evening of Oct. 8 to benefit Make-A-Wish.



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“To see chefs and their staff/families making the most of current conditions and coming together over the comfort of food was inspiring,” says photographer Stephanie Russo, whose work appears on the cover and in the recipes feature. “I was blown away by the conversation, graciousness and hospitality each chef showed me. The stories from past and present relating to their business, current affairs and their unwavering love for this city and its community were part of a dialogue that filled me with light in a time of uncertainty.”



Kevin Fiscus

“In the abundance of uncertainty, there will always be people looking to help others and they’re the ones I hoped to highlight,” says midtownbased photographer Kevin Fiscus, who spearheaded this issue’s pictorial about front-line workers. “In the midst of the stayat-home orders, so many people stepped up to help in an uncertain time. This project was a reaction to seeing so many of those people go uncelebrated. Knowing there’s no way I could photograph everyone, I aimed to include as many aspects of the volunteers and essential work as possible.”

Jennifer Berry

“I’ve been fascinated by birds all my life,” says Jennifer Berry, who offers tips for backyard birdwatching in this issue. “My mom said before I could speak, I would throw temper tantrums unless she took me outside to watch the birds. To me, they represent the wildness of nature that is accessible to everyone. While we primarily remain at home, I hope this brief introduction to birds [helps create] endless outdoor entertainment and exploration.” Her work as a freelance environmental writer has appeared in anthologies, numerous publications and on the air.

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Mother Nature Shows Her Stuff During this time of social distancing, we've been encouraged to go outdoors, breathe the fresh air and enjoy nature’s glory. On this hillside above Lake Berryessa, outside of Winters, California poppies bloom in the wild grasses as clouds splotch a mostly blue springtime sky.

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Backyard Birding Enjoy one of the wonders of nature without leaving home. BY JENNIFER BERRY USE YOUR OWL EYES. Owls are exceptional observers. They look

terful courters and nest makers, and some are givers of gifts. They’re highly social and communicative, singers of symphonic melodies and world travelers. As we’ve remained rooted to our homes during the pandemic, in our backyards the rhythms and routines of our local birds offer a sense of continuity and normalcy. Connecting with the natural world has the power to calm us, quiet our worries and instill wonder and joy. Maureen Geiger, chair of Sacramento Audubon’s Field Activities Committee and a birder for 40 years, helped put together the following tips for birding with kids—introducing their curious minds to nature and science—in their own backyards. But you don’t have to be a kid to love this.

straight ahead and still see what’s going on above, below and on both sides without moving their eyes, Geiger says, paraphrasing Jon Young, author of “What the Robin Knows.” She says, “The more you do that, the better an observer you are.”

FIND A SIT SPOT. Help kids select a location where they can easily

observe birds and blend into the environment with their back up against a tree, some bushes or a wall. Geiger suggests kids try to sit (without fidgeting) for at least 10 minutes at the same time every day to observe their surroundings. “The more we sit still, the more we become part of the landscape . . . and the birds will no longer consider us a threat,” she says.



LISTEN TO THEIR SONGS. Kids can train their ears to tune out

extraneous noise like traffic and train whistles and really begin to key in to the bird sounds, says Geiger. Challenge kids to identify three different bird sounds: peeps, chirps and trills. TOOLS YOU CAN USE. Binoculars (though all the birds on our

list can be seen without them), pen and notebook and a field guide (try National Geographic’s “Field Guide to the Birds of North America”) or an app like Sibley Birds, 2nd ed. WALK LIKE A FOX. Another one of Young’s fun descriptors, walking

like a fox is a gentle way of moving instead of walking quickly and swinging our arms like we normally do, says Geiger. Encourage kids to walk like a fox among the birds without scaring them away. RECORD WHAT YOU SEE. Scientists record the date, time, weather,

location and what they saw. “The scrub jay flew to the birdbath,

Bird photos by Ed Harper (1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9) and Jennifer Berry (2, 3, 6, 10)


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took a bath and flew up into the tree. That’s a great observation!” says Geiger. “When you put all those observations together, you’ll find you’ve learned a lot about how birds behave.” USE YOUR RESOURCES. Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s site Hundred's Unit photo: Khiry Moore

Bird photos by Ed Harper (1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9) and Jennifer Berry (2, 3, 6, 10)

1. ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD (4”) —They fly like bees 6. NUTTALL’S WOODPECKER (7½”) – These birds and the rapid beat of their wings sounds like a hum. are often seen hopping up and down tree trunks pecking at insects in the bark. Males have bright red on their head. 2. HOUSE FINCH (6”) – The shock of red on the throat, breast and head only appears on males. Notice the 7. NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD (10”) – Their tails often point upward, and they are known for their continuous thick bill for cracking seeds. songs of strung-together sounds. 3. BLACK PHOEBE (6¾”) – These bold little birds are 8. CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAY (11”) – Often mistaken often seen on perches like fences, waiting to snack on for a blue jay (not from California) or bluebird, this bird is flying insects. much larger, with white throat and chest and a white 4. WESTERN BLUEBIRD (7”) – Males are cobalt stripe above its eye. blue with a rich rust-colored chest and back. Females look 9. YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE (16½”) – This gorgeous almost dingy brown. California native bird with its bright-yellow beak and long tail 5. CEDAR WAXWING (7¼”) – Always found in thrives in flocks, often in parks and near our rivers. groups near the tops of trees, these birds have easily 10. TURKEY VULTURE (27”) – Look up for large, identifiable field marks: crests, black face masks, black soaring birds with wings that make the shape of a V. yellow-tipped tails and little red bulbs on their wingtips.

If you’ve ever dreamed of showing off your sweet dance moves in front of a live audience, you need to meet Venetia James. James is the founder of Hundred’s Unit, a troupe of amateur dancers who train and perform together, transforming lives along the way. James, a dance and fitness instructor as well as a hairstylist, got the idea for Hundred’s Unit when she started lifting weights as part of her fitness routine and noticed she was one of the few women of color doing so. “I wanted to know where all the women were, so I did some research.” James was troubled by what she learned: Women work out less than men, “I KNOW HOW AMAZING in general, because they are short on time, IT FEELS TO DANCE IN they lack the resources to join a gym and FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE, they aren’t sure of what exercises to do AND I WANTED TO GIVE once they get there. Most concerning to THAT OPPORTUNITY TO James, however, was discovering that OTHER WOMEN.” many women were too embarrassed about being out of shape to work out in public. “It made me think: What would encourage women to invest more in their health and wellness?” says James, a former professional dancer who appeared on BET for a decade. “What if you could be a part of an event that celebrated who you are and where you are? Dance is a universal language, so I thought that could be the hook.” Through Hundred’s Unit (the name comes from James’ vision of seeing a huge group of women dancing in unison), women sign up for a six-week workout session, during which time they also rehearse a dance routine together. At the end of the session, the group performs at a public event. Hundred’s Unit has wowed crowds at Kings games, the Mondavi Center, parades, festivals and more. “I know how amazing it feels to dance in front of an audience, and I wanted to give that opportunity to other women. The brand itself is about every woman, every shape, every size and ability,” explains James. “We’re about diversity and building each other up. We dance to everything—African, hip-hop, Latin, Bollywood. It allows us to learn about each other and develop lasting friendships with women who don’t look like us.” Women improve their fitness with each session, but the real change happens on the inside, according to James. “That is the whole point, to inspire and celebrate women to the point of changing lives. If you feel good about yourself, you’re going to be a better mother, wife and friend. Not only are you stepping outside of your comfort zone; you are also going after a dream that never was realized because of how you felt about yourself or maybe you didn’t have the training or the look. It’s less intimidating because you know you’re part of a community.” —Catherine Warmerdam

All About Birds ( for a comprehensive online resource on bird identification and behavior, activities, challenges and live bird cams. BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST. Once kids identify the birds they

see, they can be citizen scientists by going to—the largest citizen science database in the world—and entering the birds they saw, says Geiger. That information helps scientists make important discoveries and decisions. SACMAG.COM June 2020


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Sacramento Podcasts Given that stay-at-home orders shut down businesses, forced us all inside and left us to our own handheld devices, it’s no wonder podcasts have flourished in this era of boredom, confusion and curiosity. In the spirit of supporting local (another imperative from our time staying at home), here are a few Sacramento-based podcasts to entertain you, inspire you or simply take your mind off your worries.

THE DRIVE: Hosted by Katie McCleary and with Capital Public Radio backing, this motivating series of interviews with local leaders examines the personal experiences and intimate stories to illustrate how adversity and diversity spur on growth in individuals and their communities. DARE DANIEL: Sacramentobased film critic and journalist Daniel Barnes and comedian Corky McDonnell watch and review the movies so bad that listeners have to dare the hosts to sit through them. (Think “Norbit,” “Bio-Dome” and “Cats.”) DYING TO ASK: KCRA news anchor and reporter Deirdre Fitzpatrick interviews inspiring celebrities, businesspeople and scientists on topics ranging from how to declutter your home to what it’s like to go a year without sugar. GOOD BOTTLE PODCAST: Laid-back and conversational in style, this show from two alcohol-industry insiders offers insight into the spirits business as well as savvy recommendations for what bottles to buy next. DREGS OF CRAIGS: Three sharp-witted friends find endless ways to riff on some of the most hilarious and unbelievable listings they find on local Craiglist. KIDS CONSIDERED: Two pediatricians at UC Davis Children’s Hospital discuss recommendations and policies related to children’s health in an entertaining fashion and in simple, nonmedical language, with each episode dedicated to a specific topic relevant to parents or those interested in health care. PHIL MY HEART: In this irreverent comedy show, two Sacramento stand-up comedians recap and then riff on episodes of “Dr. Phil.” —Diana Bizjak





onsider how often you sit behind the wheel, with the engine running, your vehicle not moving. There are times when you can hardly avoid idling, such as when you are in stop-and-go traffic, or when your windows are so fogged up or iced over that you have no choice but to wait until the defroster does its job. Your conscience need not feel too guilty in those types of situations. However, if you are Car 7 in the drive-through line at Starbucks at Arden Way and Eastern Avenue, or you have pulled safely over to a shoulder on Winding Way near San Juan Avenue to read or answer a text, or you are waiting for your child to emerge from Caleb Greenwood Elementary School in River Park, do you really need to keep that engine running? And if you’ve just gotten into your vehicle while someone “IDLING YOUR VEHICLE else is waiting for you (in idling mode) to pull out or away TRULY GETS YOU NOWHERE.” from the parking space, and you fire up the engine and stare at your phone, are you being considerate? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Americans possess 250 million personal vehicles. Every year, those vehicles consume 6 billion gallons of fuel just by idling. This shoots some 30 million tons of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. “Eliminating the unnecessary idling of personal vehicles would be the same as taking 5 million vehicles off the roads,” the DOE reports. The agency goes on to say: “Idling your vehicle—running your engine when you’re not driving it—truly gets you nowhere. Idling reduces your vehicle’s fuel economy, costs you money, and creates pollution.” The Environmental Defense Fund suggests that you turn off the ignition if you know you won’t be moving for at least 10 seconds, because idling longer eats up more fuel than stopping then restarting the engine. “Frequent restarts are no longer hard on a car’s engine and battery,” the EDF says. “The added wear (which amounts to no more than $10 a year) is much less costly than the cost of wasted fuel (which can add up to $70–$650 a year, depending on fuel prices, idling habits and vehicle type). Idling actually increases overall engine wear by causing the car to operate for longer than necessary.” Sustainable America, an environmental nonprofit organization, lists 10 reasons why you should resist idling for more than 10 seconds. It saves gas (“four minutes listening to the end of an NPR story (burns) enough gas to drive six miles”), saves money, saves the planet (10 minutes of idling emits one pound of carbon monoxide), makes us healthier (by reducing pollution), makes us smarter (“breathing exhaust fumes can damage brain cells and may be linked to autism”), is good for your engine (“idling can damage engine components”), is quieter, is contagious (good habits rub off), doesn’t stink and is easy. For more information, visit the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition at cleancities


Can My Pet Give Me Coronavirus? (And Other Questions) We spoke with two locals—a veterinarian and a mental health professional—to get the lowdown on pets and your health. BY ELENA M. MACALUSO


f you have pets, you probably can’t imagine life without them. From companionship to unconditional love, pets are there for you, man. You know they can make you live a happier, more enriched life. But can they transmit diseases? How serious are those bites and scratches? What is considered OK, or normal, when it comes to grieving over a pet? We asked local experts to weigh in on some common pet-related health questions. LET’S ADDRESS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: CAN YOUR PET TRANSMIT CORONAVIRUS? “The Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention does have some cases of cats and ferrets getting it from us, but there is no evidence of us getting it from them,” says Ilana Halperin, DVM, a health sciences assistant clinical professor at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “If you have symptoms, try to limit contact with your pet,” she says. The findings are similar when it comes to the common cold and flu. “Animals do have their own forms of flu and upper respiratory infections, but we cannot get it from them,” Halperin

says, adding that for the most part we can’t give it to them, either. (The culprits, not surprisingly, are other animals.) “There is some evidence that some strains of a cold we can give to a cat or a ferret, but it’s really low risk.” GOOD TO KNOW: There’s no need to give your furry friend away to a shelter to protect yourself from COVID-19 or other illnesses, but do take care if you start exhibiting symptoms yourself. IS CAT SCRATCH FEVER A REAL THING OR JUST THE NAME OF A TED NUGENT SONG? According to Halperin, cat scratch

fever (also commonly referred to as cat scratch disease) is caused by Bartonella henselae, a bacterium that cats get from fleas. Once a cat is infected, the bacterium stays on its nails and teeth and can be transmitted to humans by scratching or if the cat licks your open wound or a hangnail. Symptoms include fever, headache and swollen lymph nodes and are most serious for those who are immunocompromised. Kittens have a higher propensity to be transmitters because they haven’t yet learned not to use their claws when playing, says Halperin. Most cat SACMAG.COM June 2020

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Health scratches will not result in cat scratch disease, according to the CDC, and, if contracted, the disease will most often resolve on its own. However, if you are scratched by a cat or it licks an open wound or hangnail, Halperin recommends flushing out the area with soap and water. If symptoms develop or if you are immunocompromised, see a doctor for antibiotics. WHAT TO DO: Keep up to date with flea medication protocols, even if your cat is indoor only; make sure your kitty gets regular “pawdicures” to trim those nails; cover up open wounds and take care of those hangnails; and train your kitten to play gently. WHEN THE DOG (OR CAT) BITES, WHEN THE BEE STINGS . . . Both dog and cat

bites should be checked out to see if there is a bacterial infection, especially if the skin is broken, according to Halperin. Cat bites are more known for causing bacterial infections, but if the dog or cat has rabies, you’ll want to treat that, she says. “If you don’t know if they have been vaccinated, definitely let your doctor know immediately,” she says. Also, big dogs with strong jaws can cause damage to the bone. Halperin says your extremities (hands and feet) and lower legs are more prone to infection. “They might not have as good of blood flow, so an infection can get worse in those areas,” she says. Protocol is the same as cat scratches: Flush out the wound and consider seeing a doctor. FOR THE RECORD: According to the CDC (we’ve heard a lot from these guys lately, haven’t we?), if a bee stings you, remove the stinger right away, wash the area with soap and water, and apply a cold compress. If you have a known allergy or if you start to see swelling, have difficulty breathing or feel nauseated, see a doctor. REASON #553 TO CLEAN THE CAT BOX DAILY—AND TO WEAR GLOVES: Cats may

excrete a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii in their feces—especially if they kill and eat birds and mice, according to Halperin. “The cats pass the organism shortly after they get infected, about a week, but the problem is we don’t know when they become infected, and they don’t always show symptoms,” she says. The parasite is most harmful if you let the feces sit a few days. The resulting disease, toxoplasmosis, is benign in most healthy people but can be harmful to fetuses or those who are immunocompromised. However, you can take some easy steps to avoid toxo-


plasmosis. “If you clean the litter box every day and wear gloves, it is relatively safe. But if a pregnant woman touches the feces, it could be harmful to the fetus,” she says. If you are pregnant or otherwise immunocompromised, take extra care and wear gloves when changing your cat’s litter box and wash your hands afterward. Of course, if you want to use this as an excuse to slough the litter box duty off to someone else, we’re ANIMALS CAN BE not going to judge.



Toxoplasma gondii parasite does not stay on the cat once it is excreted, so you are safe to cohabitate with your feline companions. However, keep your domesticated felines away from birds and mice to cut down on their risk of contracting the parasite. Indulge their hunting instincts with a toy instead. CAN PETS HELP US REDUCE ANXIETY AND FIGHT DEPRESSION? YES, BUT . . .

“Pets are very present. They are focused on the here and now, and that is the best management strategy for anxiety and depression,” says Delia Quinley, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Elk Grove and co-owner of M&D Quinley Professional Services, which offers counseling for individual clients as one of its services. However, for those dealing with depression, Quinley is quick to point out that while a pet may be helpful, it is not a substitute treatment for moderate to serious depression or anxiety. “It can be a treatment tool, though use of pets in the management of moderate to severe symptoms has to be used with the help of a mental health professional,” she says. BOTTOM LINE: A cherished pet can be a source of great comfort during trying times, but don’t let it stop you from seeking appropriate help. MOURNING THE LOSS OF A PET? YOU’RE NORMAL AND THERE’S HELP. Acknowl-

edging your grief and moving through it—on your own time frame—is important, say experts. “Validate and honor the fact that you are going to go through it and you don’t have to rush,” says Halperin about grief. “The key is honoring your feelings even if they don’t match what someone else expects.”

Halperin notes that grief is often compounded by the decision to euthanize your pet. “There can be pressure, guilt, problems with the family,” she says. “It can have a really profound effect on people.” According to Quinley, not dealing with the grief could be detrimental to you. “The thing with grief and loss is that, if these emotions are not dealt with or do not have an appropriate outlet, they get manifested in other areas. People may get physically sick or experience depression or anxiety.” Both Quinley and Halperin advise seeking help if needed. “Each person grieves differently, and as a professional you want to support that person based on their own individual grief process,” says Quinley. “It can be really life altering,” says Halperin. “We [UC Davis] have a pet-loss support group where people can reach out and get support that way. We also have a grief counselor on staff at the teaching hospital.” IN SUMMARY: Ignore the dolts who tell you to “just get another dog” or similarly unhelpful advice. Instead, grieve on your own timeline, look for online or in-person support groups, and don’t be reluctant to seek professional help if needed. A R E TH E R E I N STA N C E S W H E R E A PET CAN BE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR HEALTH? Quinley cautions people to con-

sider the responsibility involved before they commit to a pet. “Owning a pet is a very big responsibility. If this is your first pet, it can be overwhelming. It can easily become a source of frustration rather than a calming presence. ‘I have to walk the dog.’ ‘I have to take them to the vet.’ It can become another source of stress to those who are unprepared for pet ownership,” she says, adding that you do not necessarily have to own a pet to enjoy one. “One may consider volunteering at an animal shelter or may spend some time with a neighbor’s pet.” She also advises people to be mindful of the type of pet they select. Your overall household—and the health of everyone involved—should always be considered when choosing a pet, she says. “Smaller kids who are still learning appropriate boundaries may trigger pet aggression, especially in dogs. Or a very active pet may be unsafe for someone who may be frail, such as an elderly person,” Quinley says. “People generally get excited to own pets— they’re cute, they’re cuddly, they need com-


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need companionship. But they need to do their research.” WRAPPING UP: Animals can be wonderful sources of companionship, but they have very specific needs and personalities. Know what you are getting into before you bring one into your life.

Animals Gone Wild Two local pet lovers recall traumatic animal encounters.

Dianne McFarland grew up with animals—cats, chickens, ducks. “We always had a cat in the house,” she says. When she was a young teen, the family brought an older, feral kitten into the house in the hopes of domesticating it. One afternoon, McFarland, home alone, picked up the cat, which turned out to be a big mistake. “As I was holding it, it started attacking me,” McFarland recalls. “His whole head was striking at me.” The cat bit her left ring finger and her shoulder, cutting through her sweatshirt in the process. “I was in shock, literal shock. It was like I had been in a car accident. That type of shock,” she says. When McFarland’s parents returned home, they took her to the emergency room, where she was treated with antibiotics. Had she waited any longer, doctors said, her hand would have been forever immobilized—“like a claw,” McFarland says—due to the infection. “The incident itself was pretty traumatic,” she says. However, it did not squelch her lifelong love of cats. “I’ve had cats all my life and I love them,” says McFarland, who today shares her house with her husband, son and 17-year-old-cat, Dobie. “I just know not to mess with feral cats.”

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Lisa Sorensen was out walking her 13-year-old German shepherd mix, Brita, when a pit bull down the street cut loose from its young owner and came charging toward them. “The dog came flying and knocked my dog over and was gnawing away at her neck,” Sorensen says. As Sorensen tried to wrestle Brita free, the pit dragged her down, causing road burn on her knees and wrists, and bit her hand. Unsure of the dog’s vaccination history, Sorensen underwent a series of rabies shots. Brita’s injuries, combined with her age, proved too much for the dog, so Sorensen and her husband decided to put the dog down a few days after the attack. Sorensen was so traumatized by the incident she sought the aid of a therapist, her first time ever. One thing she knew, she would get another dog. “I’ve never been dogless,” she says. When she and her husband adopted Lily, a black Lab mix, Sorensen had to face her fears while walking the dog. “It was hard, but I just pushed through it. I pushed through and it faded with time,” she says, admitting she looked for escape routes while walking Lily in case another dog came charging their way. Sorensen says it took about year before the fear went away. Despite the ordeal, Sorensen says she holds no animosity toward pit bulls, especially ones she sees in shelters. “I feel so bad for these dogs, but I don’t want to own one.”—Elena M. Macaluso


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David Kaufman, M.D., FACS Drew Davis, M.D. Plastic Surgery

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 • HCP JUNE 2020.indd 23

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Daniel L. Monahan, M.D. 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) •

Granger Wong, MD, DMD, FACS Rachael Frazier, MSN, RN, CEN When experience and education matters Dr. Granger Wong welcomes Rachael Frazier, MSN, RN, CEN as their new Aesthetic Director. Rachael is highly trained and experienced in aesthetic injectables and laser treatments. At the Centre for Plastic Surgery, we bring our patients the ultimate in modern care by providing the most up-to-date surgical procedures and innovative approaches to restore beauty and function to the face and body. When experience and education matters, we provide all aspects of cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive procedures, including facelifts, browlifts, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, breast procedures, liposuction, and abdominoplasty. Mention this ad and receive a special offer, $50 off a Dysport treatment or $100 off one syringe of Restylane filler (one promotional offer per customer through the month of June) CONTACT INFORMATION: Centre for Plastic Surgery 576 N. Sunrise, Ste. 120 Roseville, CA 95661 (916) 791-7088

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Kenneth M. Toft, M.D. Toft Facial Surgery

FOCUS: Dr. Kenneth M. Toft is considered Sacramento’s expert in facial plastic surgery. EDUCATION: He began his surgical training at Stanford University, continued his studies as a Clinical Instructor in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA, and has been the Medical Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mercy San Juan Medical Center for thirteen years. This impressive pedigree is backed up with exceptional results. WHAT SETS HIM APART: Focusing entirely on the face, Dr. Toft has a reputation of giving patients natural appearing results with a quick recovery utilizing the most modern techniques available. Dr. Toft uses his expertise to minimize the signs of surgery so his patients can return to their active lifestyle looking refreshed, youthful and balanced. Not ready for surgery? Dr. Toft also personally performs all fillers, Botox®, Dysport®, and Photofacial treatments. In addition, a licensed Medical Esthetician can provide expertise in corrective peels, Dermasweep treatments, and pharmaceutical-grade skincare. If you are considering facial plastic surgery or would like to attend an informational seminar, make an appointment with “the expert” in Facial Plastic Surgery, Kenneth M. Toft, M.D. CONTACT INFORMATION: 959 Reserve Drive • Roseville • (916) 782-TOFT (8638)

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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

Travis T. Tollefson, M.D. MPH, FACS UC Davis Health

Dr. Tollefson is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery expert who has been serving the Sacramento and Northern California area for the last 15 years. He specializes in the full spectrum of pediatric and adult facial restorative and aesthetic surgery, such as rhinoplasty to reshape the nose, surgery after facial skin cancer removal, or reconstructive surgery of the face, ears, lip, palate, or nose in children and adults. Call to schedule a consultation with Dr Tollefson and his team to discuss possible non-surgical and surgical facial treatment options, ranging from fillers and Botox® to surgical procedures. CONTACT INFORMATION: 2521 Stockton Blvd., #6206, Sacramento, CA 95817• (916)734-2347

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Bar Baby Co.’s black 1973 horse trailer is one of the most striking of all the mobile bars in town, with its wraparound bar and brass-plated Perlick beer draught tower. But more than just being stylish, this bar fully delivers on its libations. Having come from backgrounds in restaurants and bars, owners Chase Daley and Abbie Crowther take pride in the quality of their ingredients. They use only fresh juice, all their produce comes from local farmers, and they forage around Sacramento for hard-to-find ingredients and unique garnishes. They have 60 cocktails in their ready-to-go arsenal, but they also like to play around and curate one-of-kind cocktails at a client’s request. They’ve recently been focusing on beer and wine cocktails like the Ricky Rosé, made of dry rosé, Lillet, hibiscus tea, lemon, Aperol and simple syrup. Bar Baby is dry-hire, but Daley and Crowther offer all-inclusive pricing, so there are no add-on charges for ice, cups, garnishes and the like. (916) 513-5244; BARBABYCO.COM




After more than 15 years in the wedding and events industry, Lauren Lundquist saw an opportunity and opened The Horseshoe Bar, Sacramento’s first mobile bar. Nestled inside a vintage two-horse trailer, this tiny bar offers a range of drink packages that far outperform its compact size. This “dry-hire” bar— meaning you provide the alcohol, their skilled bartenders mix and serve up the drinks—offers anything from beer to bubbles

on up to four signature cocktails. They collaborate with clients to create the perfect custom-designed tipples, and also offer a list of signature cocktails to choose from. According to Lundquist, one of their most popular drinks is The Mare, a light and refreshing gin cocktail with elderflower liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime juice and simple syrup. Add-on services include extra bartenders, custom-printed menus, glassware rentals or disposable drinkware, nonalcoholic drink and self-serve coffee stations, mixers, syrups, fresh-squeezed juices, garnishes, napkins and festive straws. (916) 597-0126; THEHORSESHOEBARTRAILER.COM ● BELLE


Meaning “beautiful adventure” in French, Belle Aventure goes big on looks with its original 1970s horse trailer-turned-bar, “Something Blue,” which is painted Tiffany Blue and features a hammered tin and dark wood interior and a hand-carved bar. While Belle Aventure is a dry bar, husband-and-wife team Jean and Alyson Pace help clients select the right alcohol with which to create one-of-a-kind cocktails. They offer beer from their kegerator, the client’s choice of wine and bubbles, plus a “full bar” package, which includes up to six cocktails. Clients may also choose to include a nitro coffee bar, nonalcoholic drinks, lawn games and a decorative vintage seating area. DIY drinkers can also request the “Black and Tan,” a new trailer bar with a high-gloss black exterior that allows parties to skip the mixologist entirely and pour beers directly from external beer taps. (916) 798-2130; BELLEAVENTUREEVENTS.COM OU R W E D D I N G M A G.C O M

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VIBE: Modern luxury perched atop a mountain CEREMONY SPOT: Choose between two main options for the ceremony and the reception, both of which can accommodate up to 250 people: the barn, a sleek and contemporary two-story space with industrial beams, black chandeliers, a balcony, lounge area and an eye-catching spiral staircase, or the estate house, a swanky ultra-modern mini-mansion on the hilltop. The sprawling estate also offers scenic vineyard locations. RECEPTION SPACE: The barn and estate house are available. The barn has a sound system, spacious dance floor, lush landscaping, fire pits, relaxing chair swings and multiple corn-hole games. The estate has a crystal infinity pool with a heated spa as well as two fire pits, an elegant and serene outdoor lounge area, big colored glow balls for the pool, a disco

ball, sound system inside and out and access to the entire hilltop, which offers incredible 360-degree views of vineyards, Gold Country and breathtaking sunsets. Of note, those who book the estate will also have access to the barn. ICING ON THE CAKE: The barn and the estate provide sumptuous quarters for the wedding party to stay overnight.



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VIBE: Sweeping views and elegant caves

VIBE: Barn venue with twinkling lights and the Delta breeze

CEREMONY SPOT: Both the spacious amphitheater behind the winery and the four-century-old oak tree and pond site nestled in the vineyards are available to wedding parties. Each space can be customized with stages, dance floors, arbors or tents, and provide rolling vineyards as an impressive backdrop.

RECEPTION SPACE: For a small affair, the custom-built wine cave, which seats 30, presents an opportunity for an intimate dinner. Also, the wine cave is the ideal location for live music given its unique acoustics. Larger parties can use the cave for cocktail hour before moving outside to the outdoor pavilion, which accommodates 175 people. Guests can wander up to the contemporary barn seated atop a hill to sip wine while gazing out at the surrounding vineyards. On cool nights, guests will appreciate the outdoor fireplace while they trek back and forth from the mobile custom wine bar. While the reception venue is all outdoors, the Helwig team can assist with putting up tents. ICING ON THE CAKE: Helwig’s wines match its beautiful views. Helwig is among the standout wineries in the Amador AVA and has racked up accolades in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco International Wine Competition and Wine Enthusiast.

CEREMONY SPOT: Choose between the vintage barn or gardens, which include a charming gazebo and wedding arches. The barn, with its bright white exterior, high ceilings and rustic wooden beams, makes an arresting backdrop for photography. The manicured lawn, flanked by flower beds and surrounding vineyards, adds a touch of refinement. RECEPTION SPACE: Up to 300 people can be accommodated. The barn, draped in fairy lights, has a covered patio that is perfect as the dining space on a warm evening. Both the garden and the barn are easily transformed into a dance floor. Children will enjoy the slough at the back of the property or the vintage Ford truck parked just outside the barn. ICING ON THE CAKE: Wilson offers a range of bonus options: a horse and buggy to deliver the bride and groom in a grand entrance, doves for a release during the ceremony, a harpist or classical guitarist for the ceremony or cocktail hour, engraved wine glasses as wedding favors, and custom-designed menu cards or note cards for guests.



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BACKROAD BEEKEEPING ALMOND INFUSED RAW WILDFLOWER HONEY—Sacramento-based company Backroad Beekeeping, run by Sacramento natives Sara and Jace Becker (who is a fourth-generation beekeeper), makes this raw wildflower honey from their family beehives. Sliced almonds add crunch—they’re also a nod to the Sacramento region’s reputation as the almond capital of the world. AVAILABLE AT BACKROADBEEKEEPING.COM.

GRACIAS CHOCOLATE SOUR CHERRIES & PISTACHIOS DARK CHOCOLATE BAR—When the dessert table is just not quite enough, guests will appreciate leaving the party with smallbatch, locally produced chocolate, like the sour cherries and pistachio dark chocolate bar from Auburn-based Gracias Chocolate. These bars are all soy, dairy and gluten free, but come with a decadent taste. AVAILABLE AT NUGGET MAR-

BURLY BEVERAGES MANDARIN-ELDERFLOWER SHRUB— Local soda and syrup slinger Burly Beverages crafts this shrub made from mandarins sourced from a ranch in Penryn along with elderflowers, vinegar, mandarin peel and turbinado sugar. Great as a mixer or consumed straight, it’s the perfect gift for guests who need a zesty pickme-up the day after the wedding.



MOONRISE GROVE CERTIFIED ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL—Given that some of the best produce in the farm-to-fork capital is grown in Capay Valley, send guests out with a memento of a fantastic wedding dinner in the form of a bottle of local olive oil, like this one from Capay Valley-based olive growers Moonrise Grove. AVAILABLE AT THE MIDTOWN AND DAVIS FARMERS MARKETS.

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en minutes from downtown Sacramento sits the city’s newest wedding venue: The Atrium at Woodlake Tavern. Named for the custom glass atrium built around the courtyard to provide year-round use, this indoor/outdoor space is always in season. Boasting a glamorous blast from the past, this open, airy space accommodates 180 guests and it’s one for the retro lovers: The Atrium is a fun and funky courtyard with pops of color, a shady oak tree, and built-in copper water wall feature. The

THE JONSTEEN COMPANY CALIFORNIA POPPIES GROW KIT—This vintage-style tin from The Jonsteen Company is actually a grow kit containing poppy flower seeds, a growing medium, a mini-greenhouse and detailed instructions. Guests will appreciate being able to head home from the state capital with the illegal-to-pick state flower in their pocket. AVAILABLE AT DISPLAY CALIFORNIA.

stylish spot also offers a private dining room for 32 inside the building, ideal for rehearsal dinners. Owned and operated by Deneb Williams and Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou, the seasoned duo behind Allora and WM Catering and Events, the venue includes a farm-tofork concept that accommodates a variety of cuisine preferences including Italian, comfort food, Pacific Rim, Latin fusion and others. Mandalou is one of only three CMS Advanced Sommeliers in the region, making this venue especially ideal for oenophiles seeking the perfect wine pairing on their


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Megan and Joey met at Crunch Fitness in San Francisco, where they worked as personal trainers. They bonded over their love for fitness and trying to make it in a big new city. Joey popped the question on a hike overlooking Donner Lake and the old Truckee railroad tunnels, near Megan’s family’s cabin. Megan’s parents’ home in Rescue was the perfect wedding venue, with a lovely rose garden and space to set up yurts on-site for the wedding party. Joey is Jewish and Megan was raised Catholic, so they incorporated traditions from both into their wedding, including the Hava Nagila dance, where guests lifted the couple and their parents into the air. One of the best aspects of their wedding: that it was not just a one-day event. “The most memorable part was having all our best friends and family members together in one place for a couple of days,” says Megan. PHOTOGR APHY: Juliana Aragon WEDDING PLANNER: Jenn Robirds Events HAIR: Lifted Salon MAKEUP: Shana Beals CATERING: Farm to Table DESSERT/CAKE: Karen’s Bakery FLOWERS: Arvo Floral Studio DÉCOR/SIGNAGE: Shimmer + Stain ENTERTAINMENT: Decades Band SHUT TLES: Neumann Enterprises



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10.26.19 CROCKER ART MUSEUM Erica and Michael met through a mutual friend at an A’s game. Michael proposed to Erica in front of the entire family during a family photo at Thanksgiving; they then were dogpiled by parents and siblings for a happy group hug. Some ways they personalized their wedding: by Irish tradition, drinking a toast together from a chalice (“awkward and messy, but funny,” says Erica); family-style dining (to celebrate their family closeness); even the venue—“Michael is a mahogany-smelling, Old Fashioneddrinking, Rat Pack kind of dude,” perfect for the Crocker Ballroom, said Erica, who describes herself as “more modern, clean lines, moody, not a lot of fuss.” The museum gave them both. Best advice they got came from their wedding planner: Do what you both like and make it yours.

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Initially just co-workers, Amanda and Alan started as friends, then further bonded over sports (San Jose Sharks fans), music and beer. On a trip to the East Coast, Alan proposed in Maine—“Isn’t the Maine reason why we came here?” he began. They celebrated with beers at Maine Brewing and a lobster dinner recommended by a cop who had pulled them over earlier that day for speeding. At their wedding, Amanda surprised Alan (to a few tears) by walking down the aisle to “Then” by Brad Paisley, meaningful to them from concerts throughout their relationship, and they grand-entered their reception with music from San Jose Sharks games. YOLO Brewing custom-brewed and bottled a hazy New England-style IPA for their occasion—a hit with the guests.

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They met when Tim took Betsaida’s comedy improv class. Their first official date: Latin dancing. They proposed to each other—separately—on the same day: him first, in Southside Park after a city tour following his hand-drawn map; her second, with a neon sign “BetsTimi” glowing and two martinis on the table at home. For their wedding, they brought the Latin tradition of the lazo placed over their shoulders—theirs made of colorful flowers. They served BetsTimis—Limoncello/raspberry martinis. Betsaida carried a charm in her bouquet with a childhood photo of her and mother, Rosa, who had passed away two years prior. The wedding included neon signage, bright flowers, a bilingual (Spanish and English) program and Cuban food from a beloved restaurant. One of their favorite moments: Everyone on the dance floor with open fans (custom-dyed by Betsaida’s sister). “We felt like we were in a Havana Nights remake,” says Betsaida. PHOTOGR APHY: True Love Photo GOWN: Sparkle Bridal Couture CATERING: Havana Catering DESSERT/CAKE: Freeport Bakery FLOWERS: Amour RENTALS: Celebrations! ENTERTAINMENT: Maya Band



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Maya & Artem

Artem Krupotkin and Maya Medeiros

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Maya and Artem met on OKCupid and went to Burgers and Brew in midtown on their first date. Artem proposed in Barcelona on “a perfect summer night,” says Maya. For their wedding, they went with local vendors, and—“we’re big cheese fans,” Maya says— included The Rind’s famous cheese-wheel cake. One of their friends created a photo wall backdrop “complete with a garish candelabra and old family photos and one of Artem’s favorite soccer team, Arsenal,” Maya says. Memorable moments included their whirlwind photo session at Tower Theatre and, for Artem, seeing Maya walk down the aisle. Another is their best man’s toast about gouda, the most delicious of all cheeses, as a metaphor for their relationship, which had everyone in stitches. PHOTOGR APHY: True Love Photo GOWN: Miosa Bride BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES : David’s Bridal MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse BEER/WINE : Urban Roots, Revolution, Berryessa Gap DESSERT/CAKE: Freeport Bakery, The Rind FLOWERS: Bella Bloom RENTALS: Celebrations! ENTERTAINMENT: Contemporary DJs



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9.21.19 THE MAPLES Hannah and Doug met at Cal Poly SLO through mutual friends. They got engaged in Maui—they had rented a private cabana on the beach, and Doug dropped to one knee, said some sweet words and asked. Yes, she said. For the wedding, Doug’s family’s retired pastor, who had married his parents and older sisters, did the honors, marrying Hannah and Doug beneath a large, beautiful tree. “He said a blessing over our marriage,” says Hannah, “and it felt special to have a religious ceremony outside.” Décor included simple, elegant and bohemian elements, with lots of foliage, including pampas grass and eucalyptus. The reception included a near miss when they almost slid the cake off the stand during the cutting. Then: “We danced hard for the rest of the party,” recalls Hannah.

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, Brad Cecchi s Spring Pea Salad



by marybeth bizjak photography by stephanie russo

LOCAL CHEFS AND FOOD FOLK OPEN THEIR KITCHENS AND SHARE THEIR FAVORITE RECIPES. Chances are you’ve been doing a lot of cooking these past few months. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic that abruptly shuttered restaurants and changed life in so many ways, we’ve all had to discover our inner chef. Sacramento’s top chefs and leading food professionals are no exception. While many of them were busy transitioning to a takeout model or transforming their kitchens into commissaries to feed the vulnerable, they still found themselves with plenty of time to cook at home. So we reached out to a few and asked them to share their favorite recipes with Sacramento Magazine readers. These are dishes they cook at home with love for their families. Nothing fancy, just good home cooking.

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grilled branzino with grilled lemon and spring pea salad Brad Cecchi, the chef and part-owner of Canon in East Sacramento, hates to be stuck in the kitchen when the weather heats up. “The way I like to cook in summer is do cold or room-temp side dishes: pasta salads, cold salads, things I can prepare in the morning,” he says. “Then, while I’m outside playing yard games or hanging by the pool, I can pop my meat in the smoker or on the grill.” While the pandemic has turned Sacramento’s restaurant scene upside down, Cecchi says it’s been a net positive for him and his family, wife Mackenzie and their 2½-year-old daughter, Wallis. “I’m home by dinner time, so we can sit down together. Yes, there’s definitely a silver lining to this whole thing.” SERVES 4

Fish ¼ cup basil leaves ¼ cup parsley leaves ¼ cup tarragon leaves ¼ cup cilantro leaves 1 shallot, roughly chopped 2 cornichons 2 tablespoons lime juice ½ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon salt

Salad 1 half red onion, thinly sliced into rings ¼ cup thinly sliced radishes 3 tablespoons high-quality extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons high-quality red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons salt

1 whole branzino (you can also use whole bass or snapper) 2 lemons, cut in half Vegetable oil for seasoning the grill

1 tablespoon chopped toasted Marcona almonds ¼ cup torn mint leaves

8 ounces snow peas, stems and strings removed 4 ounces sugar snap peas, stems and strings removed 4 ounces pea sprouts

, , What s in Brad s pantry

Cobram Estate olive oil, Banyuls vinegar, tortillas

And in his freezer

“You gotta have popsicles. My kid loves these fruit-yogurt bars, so I’m always getting into them. That’s the best part of being a dad: You get the leftovers.”

His favorite condiment

“I have to have a wide variety of hot sauces. I like Cholula to put on my eggs, Sriracha for rice and noodle bowls, Tapatío for tacos and Crystal for potato salad. Trader Joe’s has this stuff in a jar called Chili Onion Crunch that’s so good.”

¼ cup torn parsley leaves

Fish Place basil, parsley, tarragon, cilantro, shallot, cornichons and lime juice in a blender and process until smooth. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a stream. Add salt to taste. In a large dish or bowl, pour the mixture over the fish and the lemon halves and refrigerate for 1 hour. Wipe excess marinade off the fish and lemon halves. Lightly season the fish with salt. Preheat the grill to medium high and brush it with vegetable oil. Place the whole fish on the grill and sear until skin is charred. Flip the fish and sear the other side until charred. Lower heat to medium, cover grill and leave the fish on the grill until it is fully cooked, about 2–3 minutes. Remove fish from the grill and turn the heat up to high. Place the lemons, cut side down, on the grill and leave them there until they are charred, about 45 seconds. Serve the fish on a platter with the charred lemons (for squeezing over the fish) and spring pea salad.

Salad Combine onions, radishes, olive oil, vinegar and salt in a bowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, toss and serve immediately.



strawberry shortcake You might expect that master chocolatier Ginger Hahn would serve nothing but chocolate desserts for her husband, Tom, and their three kids, Connor, 11, Charles, 9, and Cosette, 6. Instead, she usually brings home macaron ice cream sandwiches from her midtown shop, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, or whips up something simple by hand. “We have not even a mixer in my house kitchen,” she says. “Ever since the business started, all of my equipment always ends up in my professional kitchen.” This recipe for cream biscuits with fluff y whipped cream is something Hahn’s mom would throw together quickly when she got home from work. “The tradition has carried on at my house,” she says. “After a long day of making intricate desserts, I’m ready to make something amazing tasting and quick—simple, yummy soul food.” SERVES 9

2⅓ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup sugar, divided 2 tablespoons baking powder

1¼ teaspoon salt 4 cups heavy cream, divided 2 baskets strawberries, quartered and stems removed

To make the cream biscuits, combine flour, ⅓ cup sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add 1½ cups heavy cream. With a wooden spoon, mix just enough to form a loose, shaggy dough.

, , What s in Ginger s pantry

* “A very good bottle of soy sauce” * YOLO Press organic olive oil Organic * maple syrup for the kids * Grass-fed butter

Turn dough onto a lightly floured board. Knead and fold the dough until it comes together. Flatten into a 7-inch square and cut into nine square pieces. Brush the tops with 2 tablespoons cream and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake until golden brown, 20–25 minutes. To make whipped cream, place 2 cups heavy cream in a bowl. Add ∑ cup sugar. Using an electric mixer, whip on high speed until the cream thickens and forms medium peaks. To assemble, cut cooled cream biscuits in half. Spoon fruit and whipped cream onto the bottom layer of the shortbread. Top with the other biscuit half and serve immediately. SACMAG.COM June 2020


grilled beef and vegetable kebabs With two restaurants and three children, Molly Hawks and Michael Fagnoni have a lot on their plates. Even so, they still make time for family dinner every night. But nothing too cheff y for them. “We tend to cook straightforward but yummy meals at home,” says Hawks. “Protein, vegetables and some type of salad.” Since the shutdown, they’ve become solid customers of their own restaurants, Hawks (in Granite Bay) and Hawks Public House (in midtown), which now sell family-style meals for curbside pickup. These beef-andveggie skewers were a recent Hawks at Home offering. The recipe is based on one from Hawks’ childhood. “Anytime there was a summer birthday, that was the dish we requested,” she says. SERVES 4

2 pounds beef tenderloin or New York strip steak, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes Salt and pepper 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch dice 2 zucchini, cut into ½-inch rounds

12 cremini mushrooms, stems trimmed 1 cup homemade or bottled vinaigrette (we use Good Seasons Italian dressing at home) 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch squares Salt and pepper

Preheat grill. In a bowl, season the beef with salt and pepper and toss with ¼ cup vinaigrette. In a separate bowl, season the vegetables with salt and pepper and toss with ¼ cup vinaigrette. Thread the seasoned beef and vegetables onto skewers. (You can put the beef and vegetables on separate skewers or alternate the beef and vegetables on a single skewer.) Place the skewers on the hot grill and cook, turning periodically, until the meat is done, about 8 minutes for medium rare. Remove skewers from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Once rested, remove the meat and vegetables from the skewers and place them together in a bowl. Toss the meat and vegetables with the remaining vinaigrette and serve with couscous or quinoa tabbouleh.

, Molly s must-haves

* Strauss mint chip ice cream “Our kids all love mint chip ice cream. This one is organic and doesn’t contain the dye.”

* California avocados “They’re in season now!” * The Baker & the Cakemaker seeded wheat

bread “I’ll make a special trip to the farmers market for this. Goes great with my avocados.”

* Strawberries from Saeng’s Strawberry Stand in Granite Bay “They just taste so much better when they come from the local stand.”



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quinoa and grilled vegetable salad Cacio, a cozy Italian trattoria in the Pocket, is a true mom-and-pop operation. Jonathan Kerksieck oversees the kitchen and does most of the cooking, while his wife, Katie Kinner-Kerksieck, handles front-of-the-house duties. But despite the demands of running a popular restaurant, Kerksieck still manages to cook at home at least once a day. “My cooking style is actually fairly simple: Cook what’s in season, and don’t get crazy with the amount of ingredients in a dish,” he explains. “I may be German, but I cook very Mediterranean.” His recipe for quinoa and vegetable salad is very adaptable to whatever you have on hand. “We like zucchini, broccoli rabe and red onion, but you can use any vegetables you like. Additions such as toasted nuts or crumbly cheeses such as bleu or feta are also great.” SERVES 8

2 cups quinoa 4 cups water 1 red onion, peeled and cut into ¾-inch-thick rings 1 bunch green onion 1 bunch broccoli rabe or broccolini 1 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half

¾ cup olive oil, divided ½ cup vinegar (we use red wine, but balsamic, apple cider and sherry vinegar all work well) 1 shallot, minced 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, whole grain or not Salt and pepper

Rinse the quinoa under cold water and place in a saucepan with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes. Pour the quinoa into a strainer and rinse with cold water. Place quinoa in a large mixing bowl. Brush the vegetables with ∑ cup olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the vegetables over mediumhigh heat until soft and tender. Chop into bite-size pieces and add to the quinoa in the mixing bowl. To make the dressing, combine ∏ cup olive oil, vinegar, shallot and mustard in a small jar and shake vigorously. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and vegetables. Mix to combine and chill until ready to serve, or serve immediately.

, , What s inJonathan s pantry Olive oil, dried pasta, tortilla chips, canned tomatoes

In the fridge

Beer, milk, eggs, cheese

And in the freezer

“Some sort of frozen potatoes,” ice cream, pasta sauce, blueberries



pasta with tomato and arugula sauce At Land Park’s Masullo, Robert Masullo turns out ethereal, crisp-crusted Neapolitan-style pizzas from a wood-fired oven. But when he’s at home, he often likes to have a simple plate of pasta, like this dish made with ripe tomatoes and spicy arugula. “It’s my favorite vegetarian meal,” he says. SERVES 4

3 pounds ripe tomatoes 1 pound short macaroni like calamarata Salt 3 garlic cloves

½ cup olive oil, divided 1 large bunch of arugula Dried crushed red pepper Grated Pecorino Romano cheese or nutritional yeast

Quarter the tomatoes and place in a heavy-lidded pot. Cook over medium heat until soft, approximately 30 minutes. Pass the cooked tomatoes through a medium-disk food mill to remove seeds and skins. Return the tomatoes to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. As the sauce thickens, add ∑ cup olive oil to keep it from splattering. Once the sauce is thickened, keep it warm on low heat as you cook the pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.

Calamarata Pasta a traditional Neapolitan pasta shape. It gets its name from its shape, which resembles calamari or squid rings.

Meanwhile, halve and slice the garlic. Heat a wide sauté pan on medium-high heat. Add ⅛ cup olive oil and the garlic. Sauté the garlic in the oil until it is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Do not let it brown. Toss in the arugula and a spoonful of the pasta water, stirring to keep the garlic from burning. Cook until arugula is soft and wilted. Drain the pasta when it is almost but not fully cooked. Add the drained pasta to the tomato sauce and cook over medium heat until al dente, about 1–2 minutes. Add the arugula mixture and the remaining ∑ cup of olive oil to the pasta-tomato sauce mixture. Serve with hot chili flakes and a handful of Pecorino Romano cheese. You can use nutritional yeast if you want to keep the dish vegan.

Tomato sandwich: Callista Polhemus

burnt tomato sandwich Callista Polhemus is a Sacramento food-industry triple threat: She’s a marketer, a photographer and a cake decorator whose stunningly beautiful creations can be seen on her Instagram account, @semisweetcc. When summer rolls around, she loves nothing better than a burnt tomato sandwich. “It’s a recipe adapted from my Grandma Wengler. Ever since I can remember, this is what I’d ask her to make when I came to visit,” Polhemus says. “Now, my husband asks for it as soon as tomatoes come into season. It may seem wrong to burn the bread, but trust me: You really want to burn it, and burn it well. I have thought about elevating the recipe by making an aioli or using a different bread, but sometimes you just have to stick with the classics.” SERVES 2

Butter, softened 4 slices of white bread, thick-cut Mayonnaise

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Generously spread the butter onto one side of each piece of bread. Place the bread slices onto a pan or griddle and cook on high until the toasted side is sufficiently black and burnt. Remove and place burnt side up on the cutting board.

, Callista s food obsession

Apply a generous amount of mayonnaise to the burnt side of each piece of bread.

“Zhug is a Middle Eastern hot sauce similar to chimichurri. It’s packed with all the flavors I love: cardamom, cumin, garlic, chilies, good olive oil and lots of parsley and cilantro. Good Eats has a great recipe for it. A drizzle of zhug will instantly elevate any grilled dish, soup or even salad.”

Place a layer of tomato slices onto the burnt side of one piece of bread, then top with basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the other slice of bread, burnt side down. Repeat to make a second sandwich. Serve immediately.

“I’m obsessed with Alison Roman’s cookbooks lately. The recipes are so approachable and manageable.”

Her favorite condiment

Kid food

“My daughter is 3 years old and I would refer to her palate as charcuterie based: She loves cheese, cured meats and pickled things. I haven’t gotten her into tomatoes yet, but I’ve made it my goal to make it happen this summer.”

pantry pasta with heirloom beans At midtown’s Magpie, Ed Roehr and his wife, Janel Inouye, have attracted a cult following with their simple, farm-focused food. Heirloom beans are a particular favorite of theirs. “We are lucky to have cool heirloom beans from all around the Central Valley,” says Roehr, who uses a plump, nutty bean called Good Mother Stallard in this tasty vegan recipe. “The cool thing about the dish is that there is really nothing perishable about it. These are all pantry items. Making a great dish from things that don’t need refrigeration is something that is fitting for this time when we all don’t want to go to the store every day.” SERVES 4

1 pound heirloom beans, soaked overnight in 6 cups cold water ¾ cup good-quality olive oil, divided 4 onions, diced small 4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons dried herbs (I use savory and oregano) Salt and pepper 1 bay leaf 1 pound rigatoni pasta Place the beans and the soaking water in a large pot. Add bay leaf and salt. Bring the beans to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer and cook until the beans are soft and the insides are creamy. Once the beans are creamy, simmer 5 minutes longer. Drain the beans, making sure to reserve the liquid. Heat ∏ cup olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the chopped onions and cook slowly until the onions are soft, translucent and very sweet. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Season with salt, pepper and dried herbs. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until it is almost but not quite al dente, 1 or 2 minutes less than the instructions on the package. Drain the pasta and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil. To the pan with the vegetable mixture, add 3 cups cooked beans, 2 cups reserved bean liquid and the drained pasta. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is thickened and the pasta is perfectly al dente. Season to taste. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and serve with toasted bread.

, Ed s Bean Advice

Cook a large batch of beans. After cooking, strain the beans and cool them and the liquid separately. Before they are completely cool, recombine beans and liquid and store in the fridge. You can now use them like canned beans. They’ll last a week or longer.



pizza with the kids At downtown’s Camden Spit & Larder, Oliver Ridgeway presides over a chic London-style brasserie. But when he’s home with wife Tia and their kids, he enjoys simple, familyfriendly fare, with everyone pitching in. Making the dough, preparing the sauce, choosing the toppings and assembling the pie adds up to a “great learning moment,” he says. SERVES 4

1 tablespoon sugar 2¼ teaspoons dry active yeast 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3¾ cups all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoons salt 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce

1 6-ounce can tomato paste 1 tablespoon ground oregano 1½ teaspoons dried minced garlic 1 teaspoon ground paprika 1 pound mozzarella Vegetable and meat toppings of your choice

Place the sugar in a medium bowl and add 1⅓ cups warm water, whisking to combine. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the sugar-water mixture and set aside until the mixture foams, about 10 minutes. Stir in the olive oil. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Gradually stir to make a rough dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, dusting with more flour if necessary. Form into a large ball. Brush a large bowl with olive oil and add the ball of dough. Cover with a cloth and set aside at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the pizza sauce by combining the tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, garlic and paprika. Set aside until ready to assemble the pizza. Divide the dough into two balls. Working with one ball at a time, stretch the dough to form a 12inch circle and place onto a cookie sheet or pizza stone. Spread a small amount of the sauce onto the dough, then top with cheese and the vegetables and meats of your choice. Bake on the center rack of a preheated 425-degree oven until done, about 15–20 minutes.

, Oliver s tips for making pizza at home

* If you’re running short on time, feel free to use jarred marinara sauce. * Let the kids choose the pizza toppings. “Then they will be vested in eating the pizza.” * Any good melting cheese will do. He prefers mozzarella. * Pepperoni is his top meat choice, but salami, bacon and ham are also good options. SACMAG.COM June 2020


risi e bisi Kathi Riley Smith has had a long and storied career in the food industry, first as a chef at San Francisco’s famed Zuni Cafe, later as a restaurant consultant and high-end caterer. These days, she serves as the culinary supervisor for American River College’s highly regarded culinary program, overseeing the student-run Oak Cafe. When ARC’s campus shut down for the pandemic, she found herself cooking a lot at home. “It’s what’s keeping me sane right now,” says Riley Smith, who lives in River Park with her husband, Bob. This recipe for risi e bisi (Italian rice and peas) is one of her summertime favorites. A simple dish from Italy’s Veneto region, it’s made with freshly shelled peas and short-grain rice (preferably Carnaroli), which combine to create a soupy, flavorful risotto-style dish. She likes to steep the pea pods in the vegetable stock for additional flavor. SERVES 6–8

4½ pounds English peas in their pods or approximately 5 cups shelled peas 10 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock 4 tablespoons olive oil 5 tablespoons butter, divided 1½ cups white onion, diced small 6 ounces pancetta, chopped

2¾ cups Carnaroli rice 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 tablespoons Italian parsley, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons mint, coarsely chopped ⅔ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated Freshly cracked black pepper to garnish

Separate the peas from the pod, reserving the pods for flavoring the stock. Simmer pods and vegetable or chicken stock together for 10–12 minutes. Remove from heat and strain, discarding the pods. Reserve the stock and keep it at a simmer over low heat. In a heavy-bottomed 4-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil and 3 tablespoons of the butter over low heat. Add chopped onions and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add the pancetta and cook 5 minutes. Add the rice to the pan and stir for 2 minutes, coating every grain in the fat. Add enough stock to the pan to just cover everything. The first addition of stock will absorb and evaporate quickly. The heat should be very low so that the stock is not absorbed too quickly. Stir occasionally for the next 10 minutes or so and add a ladle of stock every time the rice looks parched. After 10 minutes and with the addition of the next stock, add the peas, salt and half of the parsley. Taste and add more salt if needed. Keep in mind that the Parmesan will add a little salt to the dish. Cook another 5 minutes or so. The rice should still have a little bite, and the mixture should be runny. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan, the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, mint and parsley. Cover the pan and let rest for a few minutes. Taste for seasoning and garnish with black pepper.

, , What s in Kathi s pantry

* Agrumato lemon olive oil “It’s sold at Corti Brothers. I think it just makes everything better.” * Pistachios “I love the shelled raw ones. I toast them and put olive oil and salt on them. It’s our snack.” Rustichella d’Abruzzo artisanal pasta “They have one called garganelli. It’s an egg pasta, so it cooks up * differently than a regular pasta: I’ll sauté some zucchini, garlic and basil and put it on top.” tomatoes “I always have really good canned tomatoes on hand from Muir Glen or DiNapoli. I buy * theCanned whole peeled ones, because I like to cut or squish them up myself.”



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cold carrot curry soup Sara Arbabian, the co-owner of midtown’s The Rind and La Crosta in West Sac, came up with this recipe for cold carrot curry soup during the COVID-19 shutdown, when going to the grocery store was a challenge. “I happened to have carrots, corn and onions in the house, and a cold curried soup sounded like a fun idea,” she says. She roasted the vegetables, threw them in her NutriBullet and added broth and cream for a cool, refreshing, easy-to-prepare soup. Arbabian suggests serving it with grilled bread for a light meal, or with grilled shrimp with lime and cilantro for a heartier repast. SERVES 8

1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 cups yellow corn kernels 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock 1 cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons curry powder 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon mustard powder 1 teaspoon celery salt ½ teaspoon cayenne (or to taste) Salt and pepper 4 ounces Laura Chenel chevre for garnish Cilantro leaves for garnish Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place carrots, corn and onion on a large baking sheet. Drizzle vegetables with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven until slightly soft and golden, approximately 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Place roasted vegetables, garlic, stock and heavy cream in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Add curry powder, smoked paprika, mustard powder, celery salt and cayenne to the soup. Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour the soup into a container and chill in the refrigerator at least two hours. To serve, pour into a bowl, top with a dollop of chevre and garnish with cilantro leaves.

, , What s in Sara s pantry Quinoa, arborio rice

Quarantine cuisine building blocks

Cream, eggs and cheese. “Those are my basics. I’ve been making a lot of kitchen-sink quarantine food. I’ll take mixed greens, top with scrambled eggs, then add tater tots, cilantro, Sriracha, cheese and vegetables. It sounds weird to have eggs over greens, but it’s really good.”



green bean and asparagus chicken stir-fry

, , N Gina s must-haves Chicken, olive oil, wine, pepperoncinis


“I eat salad for breakfast sometimes.”

As the co-owner of South restaurant, N’Gina Guyton is closely associated with decadent dishes like fried chicken and biscuits dripping with honey butter. But when it comes to cooking for herself and her two kids, Guyton prefers a lighter menu. “I recently lost 40 pounds, and that was due to me cooking more and being mindful of the ingredients and quality of food,” she says. “I eat mostly organic and plenty of veggies.” Daughter Izzy and son Isaac are big fans of this stir-fry, which Guyton adapted from a recipe from The Modern Proper website. “The blistered veggies are the kids’ favorite part of the dish,” she says. “They will literally eat all the veggies, then eat the chicken.” SERVES 4

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch cubes 3 tablespoons cornstarch ¼ cup sesame oil, divided 6 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces 6 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces

3 large garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari 1 teaspoon ground fresh chili paste Sesame seeds for garnish Cilantro for garnish

In a medium-sized bowl, toss chicken cubes in cornstarch. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil over medium heat until glistening. Working in small batches, add chicken to the pan and sauté, turning, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Repeat until all the chicken is cooked, adding more oil only if necessary. Remove from pan and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of sesame oil to the pan and heat over high heat until the oil is glistening and almost smoking. Add green beans and asparagus to the oil and stir constantly until the vegetables are blistered with little dark spots and just barely tender. Remove the green beans and asparagus from pan and set aside. Allow skillet to cool slightly. Over medium-low heat, add garlic, ginger, soy sauce and chili paste to the pan. Cook, stirring, until all ingredients are combined and the garlic is fragrant. Add chicken and vegetables back to the pan, stirring until coated in sauce. Top with sesame seeds and cilantro and serve over jasmine rice. SACMAG.COM June 2020
























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1. Erika Figueroa, Sacramento City Unified School District, passes out school lunches. 2. Chheavy and Chris Lema, Elk Grove’s Martinizing Dry Cleaners, provide workspace for mask makers, and clean and distribute masks. 3. Kermit Schayltz, Stones Gambling Hall, drops food to St. John’s Program for Real Change.


4. Jarrett Flink, Citrus Heights Water District, keeps water coming. 5. Mike Harris, Willis Webster and Berry Accius, 3 Black Chefs, prepare meals for the Meadowview community. 6. Ava Chatterson, Sacramento Ballet dancer, makes masks. 7. Paramjit Khaira, Kavinder (Kinny) Chatkara, Samarjit Malhi, Baljit Khinda and Gowri Kowtha, American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association, run gas stations and markets.


8. Veronica Cervantes, Sheriff’s Activities League, hands out food with Sac Food Bank at Encina Preparatory High School. 9. Erin McDowell, Sac City College student, makes shields at Hacker Lab. 10. James Lombardo donates blood and platelets. 11. Caroline Winata and Josh Daniels, Giggle & Riot Funbooths, donate face shields and masks to Sacramento area hospitals. 12. Tara Taylor, Single Mom Strong, provides child care. 13. Kate Mosey, works with Family Meal Sacramento.


14. John Masia and Jesus Hernandez, UC Davis Medical Center Food & Nutrition Services, cook for patients and health care providers. 15. Randy Stannard, Root 64, operates a farm stand in Oak Park. 16. Julia Ward Brandenburg, RVs4MDs, coordinates quarantine RVs for doctors and nurses who must maintain distance from family members. 17. John Belko, M.D., Kaiser Permanente Roseville Pediatric Infectious Disease Department, treats patients. 18. Keno Grigsby, SMUD, keeps power lines up and running.




19. Jaswinder Shergill and Balwinder Dosanjh, American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association, run Arco gas station.

20. Sarah Grose, DaVita nurse, treats patients. 21. Kendric Steller, Erica Steller and Ryan Racz, Dry Diggings Distillery, have pivoted from making spirits to creating hand sanitizer for first responders and hospitals. 22. Jita Buño, UC Davis Health Supply Chain Management, oversees inventory of protective masks, gowns and gloves for the health care teams and coordinates donations of homemade masks and food received for workers treating patients. 23. Micheline Manapul, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Respiratory Therapy, treats patients. 24. Officer Scott Benton, Sergeant Sabrina Briggs, Officer Hakeem Dyson and Officer Karl Chan, Sacramento Police Department, keep the community safe.

36. Jeremy Rokser, RN, stays outside his home in an RV provided by RVs4MDs while he provides nursing care to COVID-19 patients. 37. Jason Holland, Sacramento City Unified School District, oversees warehouse operations, including coordinating food deliveries to school sites; also has helped coordinate delivery of Chromebooks for implementation of distance learning. 38. Diana Saetern, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Environmental Services, helps maintain safe, sanitized medical facility. 39. Natali Plasencia, Martin Rodriguez and Rafael Medrano, La Esperanza Bakery, provide baked goods to South Sacramento neighborhood. 40. Angel Lujan, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, checks in patients.

25. Felipe Silva, Urban Charter Schools Collective (with son Felipe Silva Jr.), teaches fourth grade online.

41. Deneb Williams, Allora, creates dishes and provides meals through Family Meal Sacramento.

26. Zane Lopez, Downtown Partnership, deep-cleans high-traffic areas.

42. Pamela McCormick, RN, Kaiser Permanente Roseville, provides ICU nursing care.

27. Caity Maple acquires and installs washing stations and provides food drops for people experiencing homelessness.

43. Kerrie Jacobsen works with Family Meal Sacramento.

28. Kevin Ritchie, Mulvaney’s B&L, creates dishes for Family Meal Sacramento.

44. Eulogio Huerta, Produce Express, delivers ingredients to Camden Spit & Larder for Family Meal Sacramento.

29. Cris Steller, Dry Diggings Distillery, makes hand sanitizer for first responders and hospitals. 30. Marnie Musser, Dawn Foster, Lauren Breen, Kristi Maryman and Jessica Behrens, SPCA PAWPantry, hand out pet food via drive-through. 31. James Kirkman, Anthony Fletcher, Spencer Price and Michael Gandolfo, Apex Site Solutions, work on cell towers. 32. Danielle Blaschke, Sacramento Metro Fire, helped create a system that brings mobile COVID-19 testing to high-risk, lowmobility individuals. 33. Jessica Falkenstein, Woodlake Tavern, creates dishes for Family Meal Sacramento. 34. Linda Slavik makes masks in her quilt room. 35. Jalmeen Kaur, Daman Singh Bhangu, Harvir Singh Uppal, Sunny Dosanjh and Jaskarn Singh Johal, SEVA, make food drops to high-risk populations.

45. Gina Garcia, Sacramento City Unified School District, oversees meal pre-pack line that assembles 7,500 meals each day. 46. Kenton Fong, Raley's, helps customers. 47. Andrey Kovalenko, Sac City College student, makes face shields at Hacker Lab. 48. Alan Puccinelli engineers medical face shields at Hacker Lab. 49. Frank Miranda, Clint Johns, Oliver Ridgeway and Jere Caden, Camden Spit & Larder, provide meals for Family Meal Sacramento. 50. Logan Perez-Zurawski, Sacramento City Unified School District, delivers food to school sites. 51. Kelsey Nederveld, Sacramento City Unified School District, helps coordinate logistics, operations and administrative functions for nutrition department. 52. Teferra A. Teferra, LVN, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, provides nursing care to patients.
















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Interior designer Rebecca Plumb transformed a formal living room into her office.



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ot all home offices are filled with leather-bound books or drowning in a menagerie of materials—at least not for these Sacramento-area interior designers. Sometimes they’re as simple as an organized tabletop. Other times, they’re mini havens of inspiration. From provisional to permanent, here’s a glance into their work-from-home (WFH) setups to give you ideas on how to add functionality and personality to your own. Plus, we take a peek into the workspaces of some Sacramento professionals who’ve moved their operations home.

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WFH SETUP: Recently converted the original formal living room into Studio Plumb headquarters

“I brought in a huge conference table that a few people can work around and that I can spread projects out on. I also have a traditional desk setup with an extra monitor to maximize my productivity. My daughter loves to build forts under the conference table, and both her and the dog enjoy dragging toys in to ‘redecorate.’”


WFH SETUP: Recently redecorated

“I created a sanctuary—a place where I feel relaxed and inspired. I find myself wanting to go into my office, because I enjoy the vibe so much. I have all of my favorite things in here: design books and magazines, art, pictures of my family, plants and my favorite candles. It’s similar to a lot of client spaces that I do—clean lines, colorful and lots of personality.”



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Kerrie Kelly Design Lab WFH SETUP: Has been working from her home office for two years

“The ‘everything has its place’ and ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach allows for my nights and weekends to be filled with friends and family activity. For example, the secretary desk that I work from can go from full-blown ‘KKDL Central’ to a makeshift bar in a snap!”

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Design Shop Interiors WFH SETUP: Temporary and tranquil

“I am definitely an introvert, which helps me be more self-sufficient and super focused. What I love about working from home is the serenity and peace it gives me. I love to have my windows open, looking out to my neighborhood. I make it very Zen with lit candles, incense sticks, calm music and a cup of tea.”


Design Alchemy WFH SETUP: Temporary and transitional—from the couch to the kitchen table

“My vibe is ‘make it work.’ I clear some space and set up. I have a tray with all of my paperwork and samples that comes out when it’s time to get in the zone. At the end of the day, the tray and materials are put away, and the space is reset and accessorized for the evening.”



LORI BRAZIER House of Brazier

WFH SETUP: Her permanent office is detached from her home

“I designed it to be functional for all of my work and necessary storage and also a fun, inspiring and creative place to design. I have two desks for work space, as well as a coffee table. I also put in a sofa, because it feels more inviting, and sometimes I’d rather be a bit more comfortable than sitting at a desk. It gives me options.”


PepperJack Interiors WFH SETUP: Has always worked from home (since launching in 2003)

“Interior design is full of papers, books, samples and more paper. So I can never have enough horizontal space to spread out, think and do my best work. Like many others in creative fields, the IKEA filing and bookcases are my go-to storage pieces. I also fashioned an IKEA kitchen island into my office workbench.”

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Co-Owner, P2O Hot Pilates and Fitness



Playing my music a little louder.

I actually love working with my wife. She has been banished to the house for work as well, and both of us work really well together. We don’t normally get to spend a ton of time together because of our busy schedules, so it’s been nice spending time with her. (Although she shushes me a lot because she has been on way too many Zoom conference calls.)

Chief Marketing Officer, Visit Sacramento

Owner, Strapping Store in Oak Park




Sleeping until my body tells me to wake up.


I miss my P2O Hot Pilates & Fitness “family” so much! I’m used to connecting with an amazing community of people, in person, daily. It’s very different to be outside of that routine.

I’m not around the greatest work team that anyone could ever ask for.

I never stop working. I seem to roll out of bed and start working and forget sometimes to stop. We are basically reimagining our business by putting everything online for customers, so there is always something to do.


We have had to quickly implement a live virtual studio. I am surprised at how awesome the virtual classes really are. Even though I don’t get to see everyone in person, I am still able to connect with familiar faces, faces of past members who have moved to all areas of the country, and new faces. I still feel like I am able to coach not just to the group, but individually.

It’s more tiring than I thought it would be.

I thought I would be distracted and lazy, but I’m working a lot. Here’s a dumb thing: I realized my cats have an actual schedule, and I know now when all of their nap and play times are.

Getting through a few more books a little faster—and a lot more People magazine.

Trying to get a little sunshine. I’m a big golf nerd, so I try to hit golf balls in the backyard. (I have a net.) I also love video games, so when I give myself the time, I love to play games.

It’s simple, so it’s mostly still a salad, but with a few more tasty morsels.

I’m just a big child that loves a PB&J. I’ve been eating a lot of mixed nuts— I like to pretend that I’m a ’50s businessman with a bowl of mixed nuts and a drink in a fancy glass while I work on the computer. I’m a total dork.


Creating my own personal look book: Polaroids of outfits on the back of my closet door so that I never again say, “I have nothing to wear!”


Egg and cauliflower wrap, kale, slice of vegan cheese, Beyond Burger, egg fried in coconut oil, pink Himalayan salt.



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Parks and Recreation Director, City of West Sacramento

and many of them come with built-in co-workers: four-legged friends, kids, spouses and an invisible new hire who keeps making a mess. For those who have been forging a digital path, there have been more challenges, like being unable to turn

AUBREY AQUINO Host, ABC10’s “Your California Life”

off work and missing their usual teams, as well as a few perks, like sleeping in and spending extra time with loved ones. Here’s how Sacramentans are faring in their home offices during COVID-19, plus a peek at what those workspaces actually look like.


Owner/Appraiser, Lundquist Appraisal Company

Being with my family, especially my boys, all day.

Sleeping in later— and comfy pants!

Five years ago, I built a home office after we moved to a different house. Previously I had an office in a bedroom, but this space is totally separate from the main house, and it makes a huge difference because there is a sense of peace and no kids yelling in the other room while playing Call of Duty.

Being with my family, especially my boys, all day.

When my cat freaks out every time I close the door, or cries and bats at the door during serious moments in my sessions.

It’s not always easy to turn work off when my office is right there. Also, while I like not having a commute, sometimes having a few minutes to detox after a long day would be nice rather than jumping straight into family life.

It has been an easier transition than I expected!

It’s felt more natural than I expected, and I’ve gotten to be a “fly on the wall” and learn more about my husband’s work.

I’ve had a home office in one form or another for 17 years now, so there aren’t too many surprises, but sometimes neighbors don’t always understand that I’m actually working even though I’m home.

Walking around the neighborhood, doing live workouts on Zoom, schooling my kids and bingewatching my favorite shows and movies.

Going for two walks a day, sitting in my backyard reading (currently reading “There There” by Tommy Orange), Zooming and having a beer with friends, watching season three of “Ozark,” or debating with my husband about how many carbs I’m bringing into the house and what steps to take to sanitize our groceries.

Probably scrolling Twitter too much, taking my dog Ollie for a walk, running so my pants still fit when this is all over, and doing as much woodworking in the garage as possible.

Trader Joe’s premade salads or a frozen Amy’s meal.

I never plan lunch and just sort of grab whatever is easiest at the moment. Today it was a piece of fruit and some lunch meat.

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1. I’m the janitor. 2. I miss the companionship of my colleagues.

Seeing neighbors walk by that I never knew existed!

Binge-watching “Tiger King,” teaching/taking yoga classes online, walking my dog during daylight hours, and finding lots of new house projects for my husband to take on. I just ordered a Peloton and I can’t wait to start using it!

Leftovers from whatever my husband made the night before, or I order takeout from local restaurants.


Director/Owner, Thrive Therapy and Counseling

Yesterday’s leftovers or tomato soup and a grilled cheese.

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JUNE 2020

Arts & Culture

Point of Sail An artist passes through the Sacramento Delta, painting along the way. BY CATHERINE WARMERDAM MARTIN MACHADO IS PROOF THAT CREATIVE inspiration

can strike at any time. The San Francisco-based artist was trying to avoid freeway congestion after visiting family in Sacramento when he opted for a backroads route through the Delta region, stumbling upon landscapes and vistas he had never before seen. “I was just blown away by how beautiful it was as I followed the river and saw all these little towns,” he says. It was then that Machado, an experienced sailor as well as a painter, resolved to sail from San Francisco to Sacramento, stopping along the way to paint what he observed. “I kept seeing sections of water that looked sailable, and that sparked my interest in making the trip.” With his 26-foot sloop rig packed with oil paints and canvases, a camp stove and a cooler full of frozen soups, Machado set sail in March just as Bay Area residents were being ordered to shelter in place due to the pandemic. He rushed through the


first leg of the trip, managing to reach the shelter of the Delta before a storm barreled through the area. Over the ensuing days, Machado was beset by challenges, from inclement weather to hands bleeding from the arduous task of pulling up anchors. A malfunctioning motor took as long as 90 minutes to get working each morning. As soon as Machado docked in Sacramento, the motor died for good, the victim of a cracked valve. A friend fetched a new one in the Bay Area while he painted in the shadow of the Tower Bridge. Between the daily grind of managing the boat and worries about what was happening with his wife and children back home, “there were definitely added layers of tension and stress,” says Machado. “It was not exactly easy to get the artistic juices flowing.” Yet he managed to soak in the beauty of the terrain as he meandered through places like Georgiana Slough and Pirate’s Lair. “I loved experiencing twilight along the river. I saw amazing trees, small towns, people camping along the shoreline sitting


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by the fire,” he says. “Passing people, they don’t know you and you don’t know them. It was good practice being challenged by the physicality and limitations of time, testing my body until I was super sore and exhausted, trying to squeeze some art out of it.” That art—a handful of moody, pointillistic oil paintings from the expedition—along with some sailing ephemera was turned into an exhibition titled “Bows and Bends,” which showed at Public Land, a gallery space in Sacramento. Gallerist Austin McManus said the work was the result of a “unique endeavor,” adding, “I don’t know too many artists who paint while on a sailboat.” Machado, who has ambitions of repeating the trip someday, possibly with his son, remains inspired by the experience. “I know I’ll continue making work about the trip for a long time. I have a lot of paintings in my mind.” SACMAG.COM June 2020

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On the following pages, you’ll meet participating members of the Masters Club who have achieved club criteria during the year 2019 and have paid to support this section. You’ll also learn about the importance of using a REALTOR® and what it means to be a Masters Club member, and discover how REALTORS® support their communities. We thank participating Masters Club members and their associations for their support in this section.

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Another Successful Year! FOR SACRAMENTO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® MASTERS CLUB 2019 was a successful year for the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Masters Club which welcomed 720 Members. This number represents the top 9.7% of all Sacramento Association of REALTORS® members.

productivity of its members, and to recognize the achievements of the top REALTORS® who apply for membership and who have earned a requisite level of excellence in real estate sales.

The purpose of the Masters Club is to support the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® in providing programs and services that enhance the competency, professionalism and

The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Masters Club is active in supporting community activities by donating monies and services to a wide range of local charities. Masters Club raised $24,000 at their Annual

golf tournament in 2019 which benefited the following charities: Foster Youth Education Fund, Women’s Empowerment, and Wind Youth Services. Make your move to team up with the best in real estate, your Masters Club REALTORS®! Congratulations to all the outstanding producers who achieved Masters Club Membership during 2019!


2019 STEERING COMMITTEE Jim Amen, Amen Real Estate Karen Berkovitz, Lyon Real Estate Katie Butler, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Betty Brody, Keller Williams Realty Jared Cartwright, Coldwell Banker Angela Gitt, Lyon Real Estate Lori Logan, Better Homes and Gardens Realt Estate Patti Martinez, Lyon Real Estate

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Dennis McCarthy, Keller Williams Realty Amy Morris, Lyon Real Estate Sean Palmer, Palmer Real Estate Kelly Pleasant, Keller Williams Realty Yuri Ramirez, eXp Realty of CA Inc. Brandon Shepard, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Inc. Paula Swayne, Dunnigan, REALTORS® Cynthia Woods, Galster Group

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Placer County Association of REALTORS® is a real estate membership based organization focused on being the leading advocate of the real estate industry, serving the communities in which we do business and building valuable alliances locally and statewide to promote private property rights.

“Masters Club” Placer County’s 2019 Top Achievers Congratulations to the 2019 Masters Club recipients for the Placer County Association of REALTORS® (PCAR)! This exceptional group of real estate professionals have demonstrated a proven record of hard work and excellent client service throughout the year, landing them in the prestigious Club. “At PCAR, we are dedicated to providing the necessary education, support and network to help our members achieve success throughout the year,” said PCAR CEO, Dean Anderson. “To see so many of our members qualify for this award is a testament to their commitment to excel and a dedication to the success of the industry as a whole.” 2020 marks the 45th year that PCAR has celebrated its prestigious and accomplished Masters Club. Members of Masters Club are REALTORS® who have met the previous year’s sales and transaction qualifications set by the Masters Club committee. In 2019 REALTORS® were required to reach a total sales volume of $5 million with at least 8 closed transactions or a total of 20 closed transactions. “Each year the Masters Club committee meets to determine the criteria for membership based on analysis of the market and PCAR membership,” noted Masters Club Committee CoChair, Cheryl Keller. “This group of REALTORS® demonstrated exceptional results in 2019 and were able to meet, or exceed, the expectations set forth by our committee.

Masters Club Committee CHAIR: Cheryl Keller, RE/MAX Gold Tracy Young, The Advantage Group

COMMITTEE: Teena Budd, Better Homes & Gardens Michele Colombo, Better Homes & Gardens Gail Hargis, Windermere Granite Bay Mimi Kim, Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Nichole Moody, Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Amy Rivers, NextHome Cedar Street Realty Cathy Ruiz, Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty Nick Sadek, Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty Chris Sheffer, Sheffer & Associates Kim Tucker, Better Homes and Gardens Sherri Walker, Keller Williams Realty CONGRATULATIONS, PLACER COUNTY MASTERS CLUB MEMBERS!

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Participants who qualify for Masters Club represent the top 10-15% of PCAR members. This year, 474 Masters Club members qualified and represented the top 13% of the REALTOR® membership which totaled 3,751 at the close of 2019. The Masters Club is comprised of the following classes; First year members (70), Continuing members with 2-4 years in the club (110), Life Members with 5-9 years in the club (151) and Outstanding Life Members with 10+ years in the club (143.) “While we typically recognize our Masters Club recipients with a large gala each year, the current government guidelines have prohibited us from executing this event. However, our team is working to craft a fun and exciting plan to ensure that our PCAR Masters Club achievers are celebrated and acknowledged for their hard work,” said Tracy Young, Masters Club co-chair. With a strong line-up of sponsors already secured, PCAR will announce, in the coming days, their plans to recognize 2019 Masters Club members. “Our sponsors are so supportive of this group each year, and we look forward to creating an experience dedicated to the Masters Club members and our valued sponsors,” said 2020 PCAR President, Ashley Haney.


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PRESIDENTIAL MEMBERS An individual who has achieved club criteria for a total of 25 years or higher.

Barbara Frago Lyon Real Estate DRE# 00580837 | SAR (916) 425-3637

Glenda Hill

Jaclyn Jones

Coldwell Banker (916) 761-7548 DRE# 00666365 SAR

Better Homes Realty DRE# 00769015 | PCAR-SAR “Making Moves Happen” (916) 837-3555

Vivian Daley I have been in real estate in the Sacramento area for more than 47 years and with Lyon RE over 37 years, moving here from Georgia in 1970. I have worked in New Home sales for Robert Powell in Campus Commons, East Ranch, Wyndgate and Maddox Ranch. Prior to real estate I was in banking and in the 60’s a Flight Attendant for Eastern Airlines, which nurtured my love for people and eagerness to assist them. I’m lucky to be doing what I love and strive to be the BEST for my clients. Let us all keep an attitude of gratitude. Lyon Real Estate, Vice President DRE# 00475888 | SAR (916) 849-7314

Gil A. Albiani

Brian Kassis RE/MAX Gold DRE# 00989626 | “Your REALTOR® for Life!” (916) 539-9555

Shirley Kistler, Broker I would like to PERSONALLY THANK my current clients, friends and my past clients for their business and help in my success as a Real Estate Broker. My 43 years in the business has offered me many friendships in Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento Counties. It is my customers that have made my business successful and a pleasure. Whether you decide to purchase a mobile home or a million dollar plus family home, we are here to represent you with the highest level of integrity. Stay safe and healthy in 2020. Realty World A+ Real Estate DRE# 00684000 | (916) 296-1295 I am grateful for such wonderful clients.

Judy Schoer

We have been blessed with clients who continue to call upon us to help with their real estate needs. Again this year lots, land, estate homes and small commercial properties comprised a major part of our business. We look forward in 2020 to providing professional real estate services to our loyal and new clients.

Achieving the status of Presidential Membership in the SAR Masters could not have happened without the support of wonderful customers and my fellow real estate professionals. Thank you! I am proudly celebrating 45 years of successfully meeting the needs of buyers and sellers in greater Sacramento. Integrity, hard work and knowledge of the marketplace and community are crucial to creating longevity as a REALTOR®! I strive to demonstrate my commitment to provide top quality service. Taking extra precautions to keep buyers and sellers healthy and safe during these challenging times. May I help you?

Albiani Real Estate Group DRE# 00584962 | SAR (916) 425-0330

REALTOR® Emeritus, Broker, GRI, SRES, ASP DRE# 00513104 | SAR Judy Schoer REALTORS® Call: (916) 966-2221 • Text: (916) 716-0558

The Albiani Group.


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Nick LaPlaca

Kathy Papola

Tracey Saizan

Gloria Knopke

DRE# 00842218 | SAR Berkshire Hathaway Drysdale Properties (916) 764-7500

Network Real Estate DRE# 00498457 | PCAR (530) 271-3815 | (530) 913-9879 Cell

DRE# 00797804 | SAR Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove (916) 761-8180

Lyon Real Estate DRE# 00465919 | SAR (916) 616-7858

Dee Schwindt, REALTOR® Emeritus

Idelle Claypool My passion for real estate and dedication to my clients for the past 29 years have developed a base of diverse, loyal clients. Let me bring my professionalism and care to your next sale or purchase. CRS, GRI, CNE, SRES DRE# 01097766 | SAR (916) 730-8895

Specializing in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo Counties - Dee has built her business with great care and attention to detail. Aimed at achieving her client’s complete satisfaction, she takes a “Clients First” approach when guiding them through the Real Estate world. For 35 years Dee has been a consistent award winner and top producing agent. Coldwell Banker (916) 341-7852 | (916) 704-0718 DRE# 00498850 | SAR

Jon Nastro Broker • Over 30 Years in the Local Market • CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) • e-PRO • Internet Certified* CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) • Masters Club Outstanding Life Member (25 Years) • REO • Bank Owned Properties • PREVIEWS International Specialist • Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce Member • Over 3,000 Homes SOLD Contact Jon at 916-405-5757 Keller Williams Realty DRE# 00969663 | SAR (916) 205-SOLD


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Karen M. Hoberg, Broker/Owner ENERGY. PASSION. COMMITMENT. Karen’s love of people, genuine concern, exuberant personality and great business sense has made her one of Sacramento County’s Top Residential Real Estate Brokers year after year. For 42 years, her clients have recognized her market knowledge, tireless attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to results. Throughout the years, generations of families remain loyal and utilize Karen’s talents and expertise to help them buy and sell again and again. Karen enjoys living and selling homes in Rancho Murieta, and is the Top Producing agent in her community. She also has a proven track record throughout Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Amador Counties. It’s very important to Karen to give back; she continues to contribute to her many favoritie charities: Weave, Red Cross, Kiwanis, Happy Tails, Jacob’s Angels and to firefighters and victims of fire throughout Northern California.


Rancho Murieta Homes & Land, Inc. DRE# 00670687 | (916) 947-6910 |

CUSTOM 4 BEDROOM, 3.5 BATH HOME WITH RECREATION ROOM PLUS POOL & SPA OVERLOOKING GREENBELT Spacious yet cozy home has vaulted ceilings, wood casing, crown molding and marble entry. New flooring includes Bamboo, hand-scraped hickory and water-resistant laminate. Great Room w/ granite fireplace, dining area, wet bar and slider to deck. Large Island Kitchen w/ granite counters, double ovens, bar seating and nook. Den w/ wood-burning fireplace and slider to deck. Romantic Master Suite has 2 walk-in closets, spa tub & walk-in shower. Three-car garage plus golf cart or 4 car Garage plus large workshop. Heated Pebble Tech Pool & Spa with Waterfall. Call Karen Hoberg (916) 947-6910

6827 Terreno Dr., Rancho Murieta

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY HOME WITH POOL, SPA, WATERFALL AND PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE 17TH FAIRWAY 6,008 sf. custom home on .38 lot has 4 Bedrooms, exercise/bonus room & separate office area, 4 full and 2 half baths. Dramatic design of curvilinear lines, interior atrium, 20 ft. ceilings, walls of glass and skylights. Extensive use of marble, slab granite, designer tile, imported German cabinets, a 12 ft. circular wet bar. Romantic master suite w/ fireplace & office, walk-in closet, deck & views of championship golf course. Separate lower level has two private masters, deck and access to pool. 4 car & golf cart garage. Call Karen Hoberg (916) 947-6910

6858 Domingo Dr., Rancho Murieta



EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOM HOME ON PRIVATE .31 AC WITH VIEWS OF WINDING CREEK, ROLLING HILLS AND HERITAGE OAKS Four bedroom, 3 bath, 2,884 sf. w/ panoramic views of mature trees & peaceful creek in family-friendly Fair Oaks. Superb craftsmanship, extensive hardwood & engineered Bamboo floors, wood beam ceiling, Beadboard wainscoting + designer Travertine, marble & slab granite counters. Decorator interior & exterior paint + plantation shutters throughout. Entertainer’s dream with two kitchens, slab granite counters, large pantry + built-in dining booth. Master suite has romantic fireplace & french door to private balcony. Solar panels + whole house fan. Short walk to Bannister Park, Sacramento Waldorf School & the American River Parkway. Call Karen Hoberg (916) 947-6910

7648 Southcliff Dr., Fair Oaks



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OUTSTANDING LIFE MEMBERS An individual who has obtained Life Membership and has achieved club criteria for a total of at least ten of 15 consecutive years.

Suzanne Volkman

Jennifer & Steve Burke

Sherri Patterson

DRE# 01140834, # 01430787 | SAR Burke Realty Group (916) 801-1562 | (916) 812-7522

Physician Relocation Specialist

DRE# 01273462 | EDCAR, SAR, DRS (916) 801-1105

Augustine & Associates

When it comes to the purchase or sale of real estate, you want a caring, knowledgeable professional. When that property is in the greater Sacramento area you want Suzanne Volkman. In Suzanne you will find not only an experienced communicator and negotiator but an advocate in your real estate transaction who just doesn’t give up, no matter the obstacle. Simply put, you want her on your side. Whether buying or selling call Suzanne today. You will be glad you did! Broker Associate - CRS, PMN DRE# 00702179 (916) 773-1028

Trey Bonetti • Managing Broker • Active REALTOR® • Property Manager with over 300 units managed • Real Estate School on site • Serving the Greater Sacramento Area for over 30 years

Bernadette Augustine

Keri Sternberg

Melissa Shrout

Dana Gray

Let Our Experience Guide You Home

• Masters Club Outstanding Life Member • Relocation Services, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Cook Realty 4305 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, 95822 DRE# 00999899 (916) 768-9360

We would love to be your REALTOR®! We love this area we call home. So much, that it drives us everyday to work hard for those finding their new home or selling their own here. These are our neighbors. We would be thrilled to have the opportunity to do the same for you. Please contact us for anything real estate you need! Bernadette Augustine (916) 541-1607 DRE# 01311232

Keri Sternberg (916) 402-9492 DRE# 01506074

Melissa Shrout (916) 798-8989 DRE# 01939979

Dana Gray (916) 247-2349 DRE# 01971825

Nancy Arndorfer Nancy has been a REALTOR® for over 40 years. As a native Californian and a Sacramento resident since 1964, Nancy served as President of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® in 2004 and was SAR REALTOR® of the Year in 2002. She is a certified Military Specialist, a Delta Gamma Alumnae and a volunteer with The Assistance League. As a top producer for many years, both of her children followed in her footsteps and are agents today. DRE# 00443547 (916) 838-1763


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George Mijares

Patti Baumert

GM Realty Retired Sac Police Lt. Sac State University, BA (916) 764-3333 Broker | SAR

Realty One Group Complete DRE# 01203016 | SAR, PCAR

Patti B-sells

Becky Lund

Kandace Mulvaney Broker Associate, MS, GRI, SRES Knowledge is power! In today’s challenging real estate market, knowledge and experience are more critical than ever. So is getting the job done with energy, enthusiasm, and attention to detail. At every critical turn in your real estate journey I am there to explain your options and answer your questions. Take the first step by calling me today! Miller Real Estate DRE# 01401950 | SAR (916) 717-4828

Andy Thielen

Hard work & commitment to my clients’ best interest has allowed me to be the #1 Fair Oaks Agent. For 20 yrs I’ve been blessed to work with great people who trust me to guide them through one of the most monumental times of their lives. Having the opportunity to work with so many great people has resulted in my business growing into a thriving real estate team. As a team, all members share the same commitment to our clients but we are now able to utilize our individual strengths and then work together to ensure the best outcome. We look forward to providing personal professional service to new & loyal clients. RE/MAX Gold DRE# 01297999 | SAR (916) 531-7124

Angela Heinzer

Linda Wood

Patti Martinez

DRE# 01227077 | SAR Lyon Real Estate (916) 230-3778

DRE# 01004189 | SAR Coldwell Banker (916) 212-1881

Dunnigan REALTORS® DRE# 01129438 | SAR PRESIDENT 2018 (916) 802-8042

Lyon Real Estate DRE# 00588974 | SAR (916) 768-3157

Angela Gitt

Jim Naulty

DRE# 01132561 | SAR Lyon Real Estate (916) 224-5843

DRE# 01383376 | SAR Newpoint Realty (916) 337-4969

Parmis Pourarian Parmis is a seasoned REALTOR® since 1999 who specializes in luxury estates and investment properties. She brings her extensive history of success to each unique relationship utilizing her skills and knowledge. Parmis is a Top 1% Keller Williams Agent & a Lifetime Masters’ Club Member. Parmis services Placer, Sacramento, & El Dorado Counties. Keller Williams Realty DRE# 01262320 | PCAR (916) 416-0999


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Franco Garcia

Susan Harrold

DRE# 00925201 | SAR | Past President Garcia Realty (916) 206-3802

DRE# 5500973 | SAR Lyon Real Estate Senior Executive Associate (916) 802-1489

Geoffrey Poulos, Broker Residential Brokerage DRE# 00856022 | PCAR (916) 213-0909

Carla Layton DRE# 01395619 | PCAR Coldwell Banker Realty (916) 580-8018

Glenn Fong Teresa Chapo

Caroline Cruz

DRE# 01345491 | SAR, PCAR Better Homes Realty (916) 600-1300

3T Homes DRE# 01357222 (916) 825-5481

It’s my privilege to serve fabulous clients from all of the world over the last 30+ years! I continue to work for wonderful families and individuals on their real estate needs, providing a positive experience and outcome. As a life long resident of the Greater Sacramento area, it is an exciting opportunity to work for you! DRE# 00932673 Better Homes Realty CA Gold (916) 899-7373

Chris Sheffer My Clients are saying: “We reached out to Chris 18 months before we decided to list our home. We met several times and took all her advice. By following her advice, we had seven offers in 5 days and closed under 30 days!!! Trust us, she is a MASTER at this.” —Mike Wells Sheffer Sells Real Estate (916) 300-5835 PCAR

Shaun Alston Shaun Alston has been called a triple-threat to his 5000+ competitors. To his clients, he is three experts in one, a one-stop shop and a powerhouse in the real estate industry. Builder, Interior Designer and leading Real Estate Broker with decades of experience. That’s why he’s consistently the Sacramento area’s leading real estate agent. DRE# 01191824 | SAR, South Lake Tahoe Association of REALTORS® Bay Area Association of REALTORS®, Eagle Realty (916) 698-4646

Patty Gillette Lyon Real Estate Broker-Associate DRE# 00472483 (916) 601-3678

Traci L. Petersen Coldwell Banker DRE# 01267649 | SAR (916) 224 -1515 Making you feel like you’re her only client!


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Rhonda Holmen For 25 years I’ve advocated for my clients on the biggest financial and emotional transactions of their lives. Whatever your real estate goals, my expertise and enthusiasm can work for you! GRI, CRS, CNE, SRS DRE# 01189785 | SAR (916) 296-8886

Georgia Mikacich

Dana Miller

NAR REALTOR® Emeritus Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage DRE# 00570810 (916) 947-6638

RE/MAX Gold DRE# 01472899 | PCAR, SAR (916) 716-9046

Patricia Seide Pat Seide’s passion, acclaimed expertise in negotiating tactics, pricing strategies, managing complex transactions and building a powerful statewide and national network of agents, buyers and sellers has added value and created a formula for success for hundreds of clients. Pat is a long time member of statewide luxury market referral networks from the Bay Area to Southern California. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage DRE# 00892540 | ECAR, PCAR, SAR (916) 712-1617

Paula Swayne The process of purchasing or selling a home should be about you. It should be fun. It should be exciting. In the end, you should be comfortable and knowledgeable about the way the process worked. These are the goals that I have for you. Helping clients since 1995, I understand how stressful and chaotic home selling or purchasing can be. However, with patience, empathy, and knowledge, it can actually be a great adventure! Let’s travel this road together!

Erin Stumpf

Jay Feagles

DRE# 01706589 | SAR Coldwell Banker (916) 342-1372

Dunnigan REALTORS® Sierra Oaks DRE# 01316781 (916) 204-7756

Steve & Sue Galster As owners of Galster Real Estate Group, Sacramento’s premier real estate company, Steve and Sue have built their sterling reputation on the personal bonds they make with their agents, office support staff, friends, neighbors and you! They offer a level of personalized agent support that is unmatched. When you combine Steve’s enthusiastic style and business savvy and Sue’s caring follow-through and attention to detail, it’s easy to see how they’ve made such a lasting impact with their agents and in the market.

Dunnigan REALTORS® DRE# 01188158 (916) 425-9715

DRE# 01325532 | SAR Galster Real Estate Group (916) 718-1471

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

— Helen Keller


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Cheryl Keller

Judy Black

Coldwell Banker Realty CRS, GRI, PMN, AHWD, GREEN, ABR, SRES Military Relocation Professional DRE# 01129479 | SAR (916) 533-3344

Laurel Davies

Century 21 Select Real Estate, Inc. 915 Howe Ave, 95825 FiveStar Pros | DRE# 01049869 | SAR (916) 952-6813

Cynthia “CJ” Sergeant Diez & Sigg Properties DRE# 01411090 | SAR (916) 616-6070

Jan Detrick

RE/MAX Gold DRE# 01290197 | PCAR, SAR (916) 768-4408

Carlotta Diaz

Realty World - Westcamp Realty BROKER | GRI DRE# 01171717 | SAR (916) 601-5898


DRE# 01208861 | SAR Outstanding Life Member Coldwell Banker Realty Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) (916) 812-8180

Cheryl is very proud to have achieved Outstanding Life membership. She loves all her clients and is very thankful for their trust trust and referrals over the years. Cheryl believes in treating all of her clients like gold with many of them becoming clients and friends for life. She is also passionate about being involved in organized Real Estate to stay educated and protect homeownership rights. It is important to her to be the best REALTOR® she can be while giving back to the industry and community.

Toddy Schultz DRE# 01483530 | SAR Lyon Real Estate (916) 342-3573

Josh Blackwood

Maggie Frisch

Granite Creek Realty DRE# 01801610 | SAR (916) 741-8720

DRE# 01000718 | SAR Lyon Real Estate (916) 996-8050

Shelly Long-Welborn Shelly Long ROCKS! She absolutely LOVES what she does and it shows ... Google her. Her honestly and integrity shine through in every transaction. Consistently selling homes locally for over 20 years she can honestly not think of a more fulfilling position. She’s committed to equally serving people from all walks of life, including the LGBTQ community. Realty ONE Group DRE# 01219426 | PCAR, SAR (916) 806-HOME (4663)

Tad Thompson Tad Thompson believes membership in the Masters Club is not so much a recognition as a responsibility. It means maintaining higher standards, offering superior service, and adhering to a strict code of professional behavior. Long after the transaction is over, the character of the REALTOR® endures.

Lenora Harrison

DRE# 01034942 | PCAR Windermere Granite Bay REALTORS® (916) 765-2200

Broker Associate Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Real Estate DRE# 01229917 (916) 765-4188


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Mona Gergen Dunnigan REALTORS DRE# 01270375 | SAR (916) 247-9555 ®

Terrie Hunt

Broker/Owner River Ridge Realty DRE# 01213387 | SAR (916) 663-6300

Julie Burks

Jim Anderson

DRE# 01019816 | SAR Riverpoint Realty (916) 225-0707

DRE# 01268030 (916) 806-4061

Congratulations to the 2019 top producing REALTORS ® on your accomplishment for achieving Masters Club! We would like to thank all the members of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS ® Masters Club and the Placer County Association of REALTORS ® Masters Club for participating in this years’ section. We would also like to thank SAR and PCAR for their continued partnership with Sacramento Magazine.

Tammy Yu

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Elite Realty Services Speaks Chinese, Mandarin and Cantonese DRE# 01365718 | SAR (916) 600-2098

LIFE MEMBERS An individual who has qualified for Masters Club at least five out of seven consecutive years.

Sonya M. Dixon Coldwell Banker Realty DRE# 01828462 | SAR (916) 595-5704

Victoria Witham Witham Real Estate DRE# 01456452 | SAR (916) 718-1751

Personable. Knowledgeable. Professional.

Lisa Rothfels

Shanda Lusich

Lyon Real Estate DRE# 01726096 | SAR (916) 996-8877

Coldwell Banker Realty DRE#.01070238 | SAR (916) 214-8479


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Ann Caminiti GRI, Masters Club Cal BRE# 00498200 Broker-Associate EXP Realty of CA, Inc. | SAR, PCAR (916) 591-9999

Connie Peel Dunnigan REALTORS® DRE# 00970815 | SAR (916) 718-9470 (916) 484-2030 Office

Tanya is a top producing REALTOR® of 14 years with Lyon Real Estate. She has a positive mindset and is committed to providing high-touch, superior service. Tanya has represented hundreds of buyers and sellers and has a passion for helping others that sets her apart. She is active in multiple local charities. Learn how Tanya can help you realize your real estate dreams at

Kathy Sroka “ReMax Hall of Fame” DRE# 00991722 | SAR, PCAR (916) 201-3380

Tecca Wysk

ABR, CRS, GRI Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage DRE# 01308218 | SAR (916) 205-8973

Paula Wilhite Paula Wilhite & Associates Real Estate Team Inc. DRE# 01163855 | SAR, NAREB - SRA (916) 202-1594

Nadia Zierke

Coldwell Banker Cal DRE# 01721230 | SAR (916) 206-0063 Masters Club Life Member

Nick Sadek Broker/Owner CEO of Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty. Today Nick is renowned as the go-to REALTOR® for luxury properties. His knowledge of the local area, commitment to his clients and complete integrity have propelled his success. He understands the unique needs of the luxury market and high-net-worth buyers and sellers know that they can trust his professionalism. Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Home Specialist DRE# 00970410 | SAR, PCAR, EDCAR (916) 966-4444

Steffan Brown DRE# 01882787 | SAR Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (916) 717-7217

Rindy Merrifield Mike Bailey Rindy Merrifield | Broker/Owner DRE# 01208294 | PCAR | (916) 276-1010 Mike Bailey | Broker Associate DRE# 01505985 | (916) 622-5540


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Cynthia Woods, Broker DRE# 01749720 | SAR Galster Real Estate Group (916) 743-6611

Larry Pearson Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Real Estate DRE# 01938527 | PCAR (916) 521-6516

Christina Ellermeyer

Kareen Newman

Coldwell Banker Realty DRE# 01714452 | SAR (916) 548-2053

DRE# 01806429 | PCAR Lyon Real Estate Services (916) 677-9932

Mark Delgado Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Realty who has been helping buyers and sellers through the real estate process since 2004. Coldwell Banker Realty DRE# 01411594 | SAR

Tiffany Tate

Lisa Auble Lyon Real Estate DRE# 01369531 | SAR (916) 719-6381

Kelly Upchurch Broker, SRES, REALTOR®, StoneBrook Realty Group DRE# 01040512 | SAR (916) 601-4225

Laura Miller

• 50 Year Native Sacramentan • Top 1% Single Producing Agent • 2018 & 2019 Keller Williams Top Producer Agent for Northern California and Hawaii • Top 1000 Real Estate Agents in the Country • 600 + Homes Sold I pride myself on being an expert problem solver, excellent communicator and polished professional. I strive for the highest quality staging and photography at no cost to the client, as well as a robust marketing campaign including virtual/walking tours, social media, and print materials, while offering continual communication throughout the entire process. Your goals are my goals, plain and simple.

Keller Williams Realty Capital Valley DRE# 01504107 | SAR (916) 718-5166

Tiffany is a Top Producer at Newpoint Realty. She prides herself on creating a low-stress, top quality buying and selling experience for all of her clients. She enjoys working with firsttime home buyers looking for their first big purchase as well as retirees who are ready to slow down and find the perfect forever home. Tiffany also works with numerous out-of-thearea clients who are relocating to the Sacramento/El Dorado/ Placer region. Her dedication to these clients through constant communication and previewing homes sets her above the rest. Tiffany is proud of her 2019 success and is looking forward to another fun year of Real Estate in 2020. Newpoint Realty DRE# 02009988 | PCAR, SAR (916) 541-8813

Sandy J. King I cover the greater Sacramento Area and Placer County. I have been an active REALTOR® since Oct 2006. Whether you need help finding your first home or selling a longtime residence, my training addresses the needs of home buyers and sellers of all ages. Combined with my thorough approach and natural compassion I help you succeed in Real Estate by being In Tune With You. Contact me today. (916) 878-0101 CA BRE #01403682 Certified Distress Property Expert, E-PRO, SRES, DRE# 01403682 LIFE - SAR


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Sally Haff Keller Williams Realty | Haff Real Estate Group DRE# 02017818 (916) 599-2302

This is the highest priced estate sold in Placer, Sacramento and El Dorado Counties in 2020 to date.

Beautiful French Chateau in Wexford Granite Bay

5030 Waverley Ct, Granite Bay Offered at $1,849,000

6100 Terracina Ct, Loomis $3,350,000 SOLD

Mimi Nassif CEO/Broker

Mimi Nassif Luxury Estates, Inc.

916.612.7772 DRE #01918236 SOLD

6100 Terracina Ct, Loomis $2,764,000


10000 Quail Hill Dr, Newcastle $1,895,000


4480 North Forty Rd, Lincoln $1,279,000


5002 Coronado Dr, El Dorado Hills $2,135,000


466 Montridge Way, El Dorado Hills $2,125,000


8915 Los Lagos Cir S, Granite Bay $1,725,000


7515 Olive Glen Ct, Granite Bay $1,265,000


263 Powers Dr, El Dorado Hills $1,480,000


6145 Via Madrid, Granite Bay $1,262,000


6105 Terracina Ct, Loomis $2,100,000


429 Powers Dr, El Dorado Hills $1,349,000


4115 Rockwood Ct, Granite Bay $1,130,000


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CONTINUING MEMBERS An individual who has achieved club criteria more than once, has not had a gap in membership of over 3 years, and may look forward to the goal of being a Life Member.

Joel Perez

RE/MAX Gold DRE# 01467711 | PCAR, SAR Top Achiever for EDCAR Cell: (916) 997-7393 Office: (916) 537-2400

Chip Dusseau

Chip has been a full time REALTOR® for Coldwell Banker since 2002. During that time he’s helped hundreds of homeowners successfully attain their real estate goals. Aside from local moves, one of his specialties has been serving corporate transferees. He’s perfected assisting them with the daunting task of buying or selling while they try to maintain their personal life and business focus. A sampling of Chip’s clients come from Intel, ISO, Microsoft, Chevron, Sprint, Boeing, Nike, IBM and General Dynamics to name a few. Join his long list of satisfied clients and let Chip do the heavy lifting. Coldwell Banker Realty DRE# 01908517 (916) 934-8444 mobile

Tim Comstock

Nelson Lund

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage DRE# 01879462 | SAR (916) 548-7102

DRE#02013954 | SAR (916) 704-5101

Terri Malone Terri has lived in the Sacramento area her entire life and takes personal pride in her work. She is professional, experienced and 100% committed to her clients. Terri is dedicated, ethical, caring, trustworthy and a lot of fun to be around. She makes buying or selling a home really enjoyable and her clients often become lifelong friends! DRE# 01812546 | SAR The Malone Group Inc. (916) 813-0810

Clifford Lynch Cliff’s clients say it best, “Cliff is down to earth, approachable and accessible. He communicates clearly. He’s always thinking about ‘What if’ so that no matter what happens he’s ready with a Plan B. In every way he exceeded all our expectations!” Impeccable Reputation • Exceeds All Expectations • Strong Negotiator Consistently Closes Escrow Punctually • Accessible Probate / Tax / Divorce / Lien & Title Issues DRE# 01783153 | SAR (916) 470-7777

Michelle Gallagher Michelle started with Lyon Real Estate in 2003, and immediately realized she had found a niche for assisting people with their Real Estate needs. Whether it’s finding your first home, selling your current home, or interested in taking the next step of your life, Michelle can help you through the entire process. She strives to be as knowledgeable and professional as possible to give you the most up to date information, and make this as easy as possible for you! Lyon Real Estate DRE# 01382218 | SAR (916) 541-0540


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NEW MEMBERS First year member. This is a very exciting achievement.

Brandon E. Lower • Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Masters Club member • Has sold homes in five Sacramento-area counties • Available to customers anytime, day or night Brandon has been involved in various facets of real estate for nearly 20 years, including property management and home mortgage loans. In just his second year of selling homes, he became a member of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Masters Club. Brandon has sold homes in Sacramento, Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter and Yolo counties. Born and raised in Sacramento, he has a lifetime of knowledge about the area and vows to work day or night to get you the best deal. Whether you’re looking for your first home or are experienced in buying real estate, his passion for real estate and helping his clients makes him a great candidate to get you the house you’re looking for.

Representing buyers and sellers throughout the Sacramento region and Northern California

REALTOR® BRE #02033008 | (916) 812-0209


We specialize in customized full-service real estate and property management transactions tailored to fit the needs of homeowners, buyers, sellers, investors, landlords and tenants. With both a legal and MBA background, Armando understands the financial intricacies and ramifications of an everchanging market and provides the client with the greatest guidance and confidence in their financial decisions. The best of outcomes for the client, both personally and financially, are his top priority. 1117 33rd Street - $799,000


Nestled in Historic East Sacramento, this charming 3 bedroom, 3 bath house sits on a sprawling lot. It features beautifully refinished hardwood floors, a chef’s dream kitchen, quartz countertops, all new appliances, custom tile, and a pot filler faucet. Energy efficient features include a new roof, dual pane windows, tankless waters heater and Ecobee internet thermostat. Must see the commercial-sized garage with 4 bays and room for RV / boat parking. Easy access to CSUS, Sutter, Mercy and U.C. Davis hospitals and McKinley park. Call Armando Ramos (916) 919-5347

Armando Ramos & Associates, Inc DRE#01943454


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Cover Represented by ANDREA DUANE The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. Š2020 Coldwell Banker. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker logos are trademarks of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. The Coldwell BankerŽ System is comprised of company owned offices which are owned by a subsidiary of Realogy Brokerage Group LLC and franchised offices which are independently owned and operated. The Coldwell Banker System fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. CalRE License #01908304.

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El Dorado Hills | $1,059,000 Impressive 5 bed, 3 ba home is set on a one of a kind resort style approx. 1.84 acres offering owned solar, local and lake views. Featuring a chef’s kitchen, great room concept, huge bonus room, and private downstairs master retreat. Every day is a vacation in this expertly designed backyard offering pool/spa, outdoor kitchen w/ BBQ, pizza oven, 3 pergolas, vineyard, garden and RV/boat storage. Andrea Duane 916.365.3697 | CalRE #01466952

Folsom | $949,950 This American River Canyon North home is located on almost a half acre lot and offers local views. Enjoy a gourmet kitchen with plenty of storage, built-in refrigerator and a Miele Coffee system. Sensor lighting on the staircase automatically lights the way! The master bedroom suite has a jetted tub and a walk-in closet. The rear yard has two covered areas, a built-in fireplace and a garden swing. Patti Brecht 916.768.9892 | CalRE #01476740

Carmichael | $600,000 Approximately 1.45 acres of flat, usable land in the heart of Carmichael. This property consists of three adjacent lots being sold together in one sale. Builders, here is your chance to build a small in-fill project among other sought after million-dollar homes in this neighborhood. Homeowners, here is your chance to create a unique mini ranch with a rural feel but a short distance to the city. Mary Grebitus 916.342.1282 | CalRE #01483498 Coldwell Banker.indd 98

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Sacramento | $2,495,000 Beautiful curb appeal sets the tone for this home in Old Sierra Oaks with a spacious kitchen. The master suite has its own staircase with a fireplace and a spa like bath. There is a guest house, pool and outdoor kitchen.

Sacramento | $2,395,000 This gated Arden Oaks estate has stunning features including four bedrooms, four and 1/2 baths, and a gourmet chef's kitchen. Enjoy the backyard complete with an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and an oversized swimming pool.

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 | CalRE #01004189

Tom Phillips 916.799.4571 | CalRE #01401556

Carmichael | $1,695,000 Tucked away in Del Dayo Estates this modern yet traditional gem features 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, gourmet kitchen and a downstairs master en-suite. The entertainers backyard has a covered bbq, fireplace and pool.

Sacramento | $1,500,000 This One of a Kind Tudor features a vaulted ceiling, artisan stained glass, brick fireplace and rich dark wood floors. It offers a chef's kitchen, formal dining room, family room, two master suites and studio apartment.

Tom Phillips 916.799.4571 | CalRE #01401556

Sue Olson 916.601.8834 | CalRE #00784986

Carmichael | $1,395,000 Tucked away on a private lane this 5br/4ba home has been beautifully remodeled and updated. Enjoy a pool, a loggia with a sitting area, built-in kitchen and spa, a firepit, patio, garden area and outdoor fireplace.

Portola | $1,150,000 Supremely luxurious and comfortable home with mountain views. Features upgraded appliances, stone fireplaces,

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 | CalRE #01004189

The Deardorff Group 530.587.5133 | CalRE #01010677 Coldwell Banker.indd 99

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Rescue | $1,125,000 Located on approximately five gorgeous acres. The main home features three bedrooms, two and one-half baths and an office. There is also a guest house, RV/boat barn, built-in pool and spa plus an outdoor kitchen.

Shingle Springs | $1,099,000 2 immaculate custom homes to enjoy spacious, hilltop living and stunning nature views. Owned solar, pool, garden and RV/Boat storage on approx. 5-acres. These homes both offer easy living and modern conveniences.

Debi Ambroff 916.425.9930 | CalRE #01017131

Andrea Duane 916.365.3697 | CalRE #01466952

Fair Oaks | $949,000 This beautiful custom home sits on over 3/4 acres and is tucked away in a serene neighborhood in Fair Oaks. This home features a permitted detached ~ 900 sqft accessory dwelling unit and oversized separate pool house!

Sacramento | $925,000 Charming 4 bd 2 ba brick Tudor in East Sacramento w/approx 2,595 sq ft. Harwood floors & fireplace. Master w/sitting area & walk-in closet. Bonus room upstairs. Wine tasting room in basement. 2-car detached garage.

Lisa Rayman 916.307.9903 | CalRE #02088214

Cindy Leathers 916.803.5481 | CalRE #02014889

Sacramento | $875,000 Gem in the sought after community of Sierra Oaks with high end finishes, top of the line appliances, crown molding and gleaming hardwood flooring. Enjoy a chef’s kitchen and a backyard oasis with pool and covered patio.

Rancho Murieta | $848,000 Located in The Fairways, this three bedroom, two and one-half bath home has a gracious living room, a formal dining room, den and a family room with a fireplace. The gourmet kitchen has an island and backyard views.

Sandy Foster 916.204.4513 | CalRE #00790863

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Sacramento | $775,000 Elliiott built Silver Springs 4 bd 3 ba on -.96 acre lot close to Wildhawk Golf Course. It features a master suite with master bath, living room and family room with vaulted ceilings and fireplaces and a great kitchen.

Placerville | $775,000 This Craftsman/ranch home in a rural setting can be your peaceful retreat offering privacy while still close to city amenities. Enjoy the clean air & natural surroundings with plenty of privacy. Over 6 acres w/ views.

Richard Landrey 916.205.6639 | CalRE #01017177

Michelle Thompson 916.804.2981 | CalRE #01850154

Sacramento | $749,000 Modern home boasts a master bedroom ensuite with a fireplace and private deck and 2 additional bedrooms with a dual bathroom. It offers a formal living room with fireplace, kitchen with newer appliances and patio deck.

Roseville | $724,999 From custom built-ins, hardwood floors to the stunning pool, curb appeal is just the beginning. Enjoy kitchen, living room and private master retreat.

Christina Ellermeyer 916.548.2053 | CalRE #01714452

Peggy Urieff 916.622.3787 | CalRE #01441446

Foresthill | $715,000 This energy efficient property with owned solar offers 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, and a huge shop. Amenities include: wine cellar, spa, dog run, three-car attached garage plus a detached garage on over three acres.

Folsom | $700,000 This incredible Folsom home has been well maintained and customized. It offers an updated kitchen, large family room with gas fireplace, private master bedroom with luxurious master bath and stunning backyard with pool.

Jan Wechsler 530.305.7827 | CalRE #01435253

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Sacramento | $699,900 Stunning circular entry into approx. 4,000 square foot home. Nestled in sought-after Natomas Park w/upgrades throughout. 5 large bedrooms And 2 bonus rooms. Backyard oasis w/koi pond, gazebo, and space to play/entertain!

Placerville | $695,000 Cape cod residential home nestled in oaks on approx. 3.73 usable acres has community commercial zoning with a multitude of possibilities where you can live where you work!

Nicki Kalteis 916.214.2049 | CalRE #02102682

Debi Ambroff 916.425.9930 | CalRE #01017131

Folsom | $679,000 Located in Folsom’s American River Canyon, this single story jewel offers updates galore. Beat the summer heat with a sparkling built in pool with waterfalls and a 60 ft. lap lane. Porcelain tile floors throughout.

Roseville | $675,000 Boasting approx. 2066 sq ft, a chic one story home with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 3 car garage. It features an open floor plan, living/dining rooms, gorgeous kitchen and private rear yard on a beautiful greenbelt.

Janet Hayden 916.207.1277 | CalRE #00770040 Tracie Colamartino 916.765.0581 | CalRE #01185269

Debi Ambroff 916.425.9930 | CalRE #01017131

West Sacramento | Price Upon Request This four bedroom, three bath gem has an open floor plan with high ceilings, owned solar and smart home technology. Enjoy a spacious downstairs master suite. The backyard has a covered patio, sitting area and RV access.

Sacramento | $619,000 Zoned as a triplex on approximately .3 acres. The main structure is a duplex and the third unit is a converted garage. Downstairs: move-in ready with 2 beds and 1 bath. Upstairs: 1 bed and 1 bath with hardwood floors.

Jessica Parker 916.256.8024 | CalRE #02066425

Richard Goore 916.870.6896 | CalRE #02019995 Coldwell Banker.indd 102

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Rocklin | Price Upon Request This incredible single-story home has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and RV storage all on an approximately .36 acre lot. This home has an open floor plan and a wonderful kitchen. Owned Solar! No HOA! No Mello Roos!

Roseville | $600,000 Located in the Heart of E. Roseville, this 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home boasts a 3 car garage and a beautifully updated kitchen. The backyard is approx 1/4 of an acre with a spectacular built-in pool and a covered patio.

Beth Bryant 916.996.1268 | CalRE #00903372

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

Elk Grove | Price Upon Request Beautiful 5br/3ba home in the prestigious Stonelake community features a remodeled kitchen, master retreat, covered patio, outdoor kitchen and pool.

Folsom | Price Upon Request This single-story corner lot Elliott built home has three bedrooms, two baths and a three-car garage. Relax in the inviting low maintenance backyard!

Michele Mihalko 916.690.4433 | CalRE #02027278

Jill Chauvet 916.769.9793 | CalRE #01704582

Elk Grove | $575,000 This Lakeside Adams model has three bedrooms, an office, and two and one-half baths. The kitchen has updated appliances and granite counters. The backyard is adorned with succulents and a covered patio.! Luxury Living!

Sacramento | Price Upon Request Located in a quiet Pocket neighborhood is this two-story, three to four bedroom, two and one-half bath home with updates throughout including kitchen, baths and low-maintenance, water-wise landscaping front and back.

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238

Sabra Sanchez 916.508.5313 | CalRE #01820635 Coldwell Banker.indd 103

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Carmichael | $550,000 Updated home featuring bonus living room, large dining room, huge family room with wood-burning fireplace and kitchen with updated stainless appliances. Enjoy the master suite, pool and well maintained backyard.

Sacramento | $525,000 This large 2,483 sq. ft. single-story home in Natomas Park has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 Bath, and a 3 car garage. The open kitchen has upgraded cabinets and the backyard is stunning. The community has a clubhouse, gym and pools.

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218

East Roseville | $520,000 This 2 story home with recent updates has 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and mature landscaping. Amenities include engineered hardwood flooring, newer carpeting, an updated kitchen, a wood burning fireplace and a storage shed.

Sacramento | $519,900 Tasteful three bedroom, two and one-half bath roomy condo. Features include an oversized master suite, wood-like flooring, shutters, and private rear patio. Gated, underground parking with storage. Pet friendly!

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

Steph Baker 916.775.3447 | CalRE #01402254

Elk Grove | $495,000 Sought after floor plan is over 2100 sq ft and boasts 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and is situated on a cul-de-sac. It features an open floor plan and a master bedroom with extra large walk-in closet and slider to the pool.

Citrus Heights | $491,000 Cute and clean single story home features 3 bedrooms, plus a formal room. It offers a master suite with walk-in closet, double sink vanity and shower. Enjoy a fire pit, covered patio & beautiful well maintained Swim-Spa.

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238

Michael Alumbaugh 916.718.8270 | CalRE #01317257 Coldwell Banker.indd 104

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Sacramento | $474,990 Delightful 2 bedroom, 2 full bath charmer features hardwood floors, fireplace and built-ins. Spacious kitchen with quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the generous backyard with covered patio.

Sacramento | $470,000 This home is located in the community of Four Seasons, a gated community with a clubhouse nestled next to a small lake. Amenities include 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a dreamy kitchen and a family room that opens to the yard.

Steffan Brown 916.717.7217 | CalRE #01882787

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218

Rocklin | Price Upon Request Beautifully updated home with spa-like master bathroom, kitchen has updated quartz counter tops, and stainless steel appliances, family room with fireplace and formal dining area. Enjoy the firepit & newer landscaping!

Sacramento | $465,000 4br/2.5ba updated home in Riverbend community of Natomas. Kitchen w/island, granite countertops, pantry, SS appliances & fridge. Loft upstairs w/lots of potential. Master suite w/dual sinks, soaker tub & walk-in closet.

Susan Slavik 916.873.0935 | CalRE #01967494

Tiegen Boberg 916.747.0773 | CalRE #01964215

Sacramento | $449,000 Beautiful bungalow in Downtown Sacramento features laminate wood floors, an updated kitchen with granite and a newly remodeled bathroom. The backyard sun deck overlooks the tasteful landscaping including many trees.

Roseville | $429,900 Fantastic East Roseville home is located in a prime location within the Eureka Union School District. The home has newer paint, low maintenance landscaping, newer stainless steel appliances and stacked stone fireplace.

Christina Ellermeyer 916.548.2053 | CalRE #01714452

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Sacramento | $428,000 Special 1-story with 4 bedrooms, including master suite with outside access and 2 baths in a premium location. Features a tiled interior entry, living room w/ vaulted ceilings, well-designed kitchen and exterior decking.

Roseville | Price Upon Request Immaculate 3 bedroom home with an additional downstairs room is in the sought after Villemont Community. It features stainless appliances, granite counters and blinds throughout. Enjoy a large private rear deck.

Jonathan Baker 916.973.4523 | CalRE #00484212

Laura Moore 916.716.9069 | CalRE #01247653

Sacramento | $409,895 Wonderful single story home features a great floor plan, family room w/ fireplace, bonus room, Master Suite with French Door & Newly installed engineered wood. Backyard is a private oasis w/lush landscape & covered patio.

Rocklin | Price Upon Request This delightful home is tucked away with great curb appeal, colorful landscaping, an updated great room plan, vaulted ceilings and newer windows. Step out to a covered rear patio, yard, citrus, garden and two workshops.

Shaun Dashti 916.380.8172 | CalRE #01975061

Joellinda Hannigan 916.773.7566 | CalRE #01039089

Fair Oaks | $390,000 Beautiful Fair Oaks home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with open kitchen, dining room with tile floors and family room with wood burning fireplace. Backyard has a large deck, covered patio and raised covered bar space.

Elk Grove | $383,000 Handsome, hard to find 4 bd 2 ba, single-story home in Laguna Creek Village. Move-in ready. Vaulted ceilings & engineered hardwood floors. Updated kitchen & stunning master bath shower. Great location!

Tim Pantle 916.834.6376 | CalRE #01377493

Rick Keltner 916.686.6747 | CalRE #00847569 Coldwell Banker.indd 106

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Sacramento | $380,000 This home in pristine condition features an open floor plan, three bedrooms, two baths and a two car garage. It offers a contemporary style kitchen, beautiful courtyard and is located across from a park.

Sacramento | $369,900 This meticulously maintained three bedroom, two bath home has a remodeled kitchen, newer flooring throughout plus fresh paint inside and out. Relax in the nicely landscaped private backyard with a covered patio.

Tecca Wysk 916.205.8973 | CalRE #01308218

Lee Mahla 916.761.0400 | CalRE #01899823

Elk Grove | $369,000 Don’t miss this three bedroom, two and one-half bath home in Laguna! Features include a formal dining area, a great kitchen and a separate family room with a fireplace. Unwind in the backyard complete with mature trees.

Soda Springs | $329,000 This quaint cabin is the ideal get-a-way and very private. Enjoy the wonderful expansive deck and tree house. This classic cabin has wood floors and ceilings, expansive windows, newer pellet stove and spacious loft.

Traci Petersen 916.224.1515 | CalRE #01267649

Lynn Richardson 530.412.0706 | CalRE #00937210

Sacramento | $325,000 An extremely well cared for home in the heart of Rosemont featuring a fireplace in the dining room, crown moulding, master bedroom with slider, Carrier HVAC system, covered patio, landscaped backyard and gardener’s shed.

Sacramento | $143,000 This affordable two bedroom, one bath, one-car garage condo has an updated kitchen and low HOA fees that include the pool and exterior maintenance. Amenities include wood-looking floors downstairs and dual pane windows.

Richard Goore 916.870.6896 | CalRE #02019995

Nancy Beland 916.206.5007 | CalRE #01392600 Coldwell Banker.indd 107

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Placerville | $995,000 Stunning approx. 65-acre ranch in Placerville includes 3 parcels and original 2 br/1ba farmhouse! Endless possibility - gentle land, pond, views.

Davis | $850,000 This amazing home features a downstairs bedroom and full bath, inside laundry, family room, living room, formal dining room & private backyard.

Foresthill | $655,000 Beautifully updated custom 4br/2.5ba home w/ spacious yard plus 1br/1ba guest house w/attached garage, gated entry and private fenced-in yard.

Elk Grove | $624,126 This expansive 4br/2.5ba home offers a sun flooded kitchen, formal dining room, open-plan family room and outdoor living area with pool.

Andrea Duane 916.365.3697 CalRE #01466952

Wendy Starr Sanchez 916.837.7700 CalRE #01966743

Jane Miller 916.799.7397 CalRE #00640671

Craig Buntin 916.897.7856 CalRE #01494440

Sacramento | $620,000 Country living w/ everything you'd need. It features a spacious kitchen, a living and family rooms, a 3 and 4 car garage. All on over 2 acres.

Elk Grove | $525,000 This 3br/3ba home has a wonderful open kitchen and a lovely backyard. Stonelake amenities include a clubhouse, gym and pools!

Woodland | Price Upon Request Wonderful 4br/3ba home featuring open floor plan, chef’s kitchen, formal dining rm, loft, laundry rm, master suite & landscaped backyard.

Roseville | Price Upon Request Premium Gold Course Lot! Designer touches & stunning views! Sun City 55+ community Shasta model 2 bd home. Covered patio & indoor laundry.

Steve Murray 916.203.7365 CalRE #01195233

Robert Graham 916.229.7831 CalRE #01950494

Veronica Hunter 916.398.0128 CalRE #01905685

Cheryl Harding 916.223.9685 CalRE #01463180

Sacramento | $506,000 Well-maintained 5br/3ba home on an oversized lot. Open concept floor plan. The kitchen includes Bosch SS appliances & granite counters.

Galt | $499,999 Beautiful home with 5br/3ba features a living room w/ fireplace, kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, master suite and beautiful backyard.

Sacramento | $475,000 Enter The Islands at River Lake! Offers living/dining room combo, kitchen w/stainless gas cook top, master suite and low maintenance backyard patio.

Roseville | $470,000 The home lives like a single-story with4br/2ba downstairs. The large bonus room and one bath are upstairs. Possible RV parking.

Michele Mihalko 916.690.4433 CalRE #02027278

Miyo Santana-Freeman 209.482.6702 CalRE #01405445

Sue Olson 916.601.8834 CalRE #00784986

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Orangevale | Price Upon Request Lovingly maintained single-story features a kitchen w/ granite counters, woodburning fireplace, master suite and dream worthy backyard.

Elk Grove | $465,000 Beautiful home in Monterey Village w/ tons of upgrades offers a gorgeous white kitchen with upgraded SS appliances and paver back yard.

Lincoln | $455,000 This stunning approximately five acre parcel offers beautiful rolling views and is ideally located in Meadow Creek Ranch, close to Ciotti Winery.

Rancho Cordova | Price Upon Request Come see this beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home backing up to the bike trail. It has and open floor plan with a park across the street.

Suzanne Volkman 916.773.1028 CalRE #00702179

Destiny Slothower 916.806.2207 CalRE #01883204

Jane Miller 916.799.7397 CalRE #00640671

Patti Delgado 916.505.1012 CalRE #01098280

Sacramento | $449,950 Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1915 high water bungalow in the heart of historic North Oak Park. It offers a spacious kitchen, private spa & fruit trees.

Vacaville | $435,000 This darling remodeled 3br/2ba home includes an updated kitchen and baths. Outside has nice landscaping, a slab patio and RV access.

Sacramento | $400,000 This 3br/2ba home has a living room with a fireplace and a nice kitchen. The backyard has a solar heated pool, covered patio and shed.

Sacramento | $396,600 This 3br/2.5ba renovated gem has an updated kitchen, newer hardwood flooring, crown molding and modern fixtures throughout.

Steffan Brown 916.717.7217 CalRE #01882787

Barbara Silva 916.718.6244 CalRE #00986087

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 CalRE #01095218

Rob Cameron 916.549.9049 CalRE #01218824

El Dorado Hills | $390,000 Come make this single-story 3br/2ba your own! Enjoy a fabulous front porch, a nice open layout and a large deck in the backyard.

Galt | $389,000 Updated home offers hardwood floors, separate living/family rooms, newer carpet upstairs, custom kitchen, master bedroom & landscaped yards.

Sacramento | $387,900 Beautiful & meticulously well cared home offers updated flooring, SS appliances, luxurious master suite, loft and low maintenance yard.

Sacramento | $375,000 3br/2ba home with indoor laundry, vaulted ceilings, a spacious two-car garage and a backyard complete with a variety of fruit trees.

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 CalRE #00994757

Kelsey List 916.708.0802 CalRE #01969247

Lisa Rayman 916.307.9903 CalRE #02088214

Jillian Robinson 916.642.3633 CalRE #01982012 Coldwell Banker.indd 109

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Sacramento | $375,000 Fall in love with this updated four bedroom, two bath home featuring a newer kitchen, fresh paint and luxury vinyl flooring. This is a must-see!

Sacramento | $350,000 3 bd 2ba single-family home in Elk Grove Unified School District. Open floor plan, tile roof & 2-car garage. Well-maintained. Convenient location.

Elk Grove | $349,900 Beautiful 3br/2ba home on a corner lot located in a desirable community. Bright open floor plan with lots of natural light on over 1800 sq ft.!

Sacramento | $339,900 Gorgeously remodeled Semi-Custom 3br home features a bright floor plan, updated kitchen w/ SS appliances, family room and bonus room.

Barbara Silva 916.718.6244 CalRE #00986087

Rick Keltner 916.686.6747 CalRE #00847569

Sande Blevins 916.718.6099 CalRE #01291035

Sande Blevins 916.718.6099 CalRE #01291035

Folsom | $325,000 Move-in-ready 2 bed, 2 bath ground floor condo features family room with gas fireplace, tranquil master retreat and attached 1 car garage.

Carmichael | $325,000 Adorable Carmichael 3br/1ba home features an open layout, remodeled kitchen and remodeled bathroom, and a large lot. Quiet dead-end street!

Kings Beach | $325,000 Meticulously maintained 2br/2ba end unit. Enjoy the Creekside setting from 2 private decks. Amenities include pool, tennis, BBQ area & boat storage.

Sacramento | $305,000 Nicely updated 3 bed, 2 bath home. Features a bright open floor plan, a spacious family room with fireplace and huge backyard with over-sized patio.

Andrea Duane 916.365.3697 CalRE #01466952

Erin Stumpf 916.342.1372 CalRE #01706589

Tom Mills 530.318.1376 CalRE #00756102

Sande Blevins 916.718.6099 CalRE #01291035

Fair Oaks | $299,000 Enjoy one of the largest, 3br/2.5ba townhomes you will find in Fair Oaks at this price with a patio and 3 balconies in the gated Provence Village.

Sacramento | $294,000 This mid-century 2br/1ba home has been restored with no detail overlooked. Enjoy the re-imagined kitchen. This is the one you've been waiting for.

Sacramento | $267,500 This multi-level condo at Serenade in North Natomas offers 2br/2.5ba, a wonderful kitchen, a private balcony and two-car tandem garage.

Sacramento | $229,000 2br/2ba home offers Vinyl & tile floors, fresh interior paint, kitchen w/ granite counters and large backyard.

Melissa Quade 916.936.8855 CalRE #02012631

Matt Jones 310.903.7724 CalRE #01891116

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 CalRE #01095218

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Food & Drink i n s i d e: The Meat of the Matter / A Flair for Cheese / Books for Cooks

Who Needs a Supermarket? The pandemic has made shopping at the grocery store a whole lot harder (and scarier). To ease the burden, restaurant wholesaler PRODUCE EXPRESS now sells its products directly to consumers. The company offers 11 “consumer boxes,” including an Italian-themed box filled with pasta, Arborio rice, polenta, Italian cheeses, marinara sauce, portobello mushrooms, garlic, basil oil and Italian herbs. Order a box by phone and pick up from a local drop point or the company’s warehouse near Power Inn. The boxes are sold at wholesale prices, ranging from $20 for a vegetable box to $50 for an allorganics box. (916) 446-8918;

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Holy Cow While restaurants struggle during the pandemic, a whole-animal butcher shop finds a new kind of success. BY MARYBETH BIZJAK IN MID-MARCH, WHEN COVID-19 forced the shut-

down of pretty much everything, business was booming at V. Miller Meats in East Sacramento. The shop, which normally sells about 400 pounds of ground beef in a month, moved 380 pounds the first week of the state’s stay-at-home order. The second week, it sold 500 pounds. Owner Eric Miller and his employees jokingly dubbed it Ground Beef and Toilet Paper Week. These days, Miller is only half-joking when he says it took five years and a universal pandemic for his artisanal butcher shop to become an essential business. While the coronavirus is pummeling the restaurant industry and highlighting weaknesses in the nation’s food chain, V. Miller Meats has thrived, attracting new customers with its locally sourced, whole-animal-butchery model. The shop was a passion project for Miller, who had worked as a chef at Lucca, Mulvaney’s B&L and Michelin-starred Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco. When he became a dad, he gave up the restaurant life to be a cooking instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Natomas. Thrown into teaching students how to butcher, he began to toy with the idea of opening his own shop—one that would allow him to connect with local growers and participate in a transparent, sustainable farm-to-consumer system. Miller already knew how to break down pigs, lambs, ducks and chickens, but beef, he says, was “the missing piece.” So he apprenticed at an artisanal butcher shop in Massachusetts, then worked for a bit at San Francisco’s legendary Dave the Butcher before opening V. Miller Meats in 2015. Like gems in a high-end jewelry boutique, V. Miller’s chops, roasts and steaks are lovingly arrayed behind sparkling glass in display cases. There’s grass-fed, grass-finished beef from Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales. Pork from Rancho Llano Seco in Chico. Lamb from fourth-generation Dixon sheep rancher Martin Emigh. Pasture-raised chicken from Fogline Farm in Santa Cruz. Miller can trace the origins of every piece of meat in his shop, down to the exact animal it came from. Shopping at a whole-animal butcher shop like V. Miller can be a bit of a crapshoot. If your heart is set on a nice, fat rib-eye steak and somebody else snags the last one, you’re out of luck: There’s no crate of rib-eyes lurking in the back of the shop.

But if you’re willing to hand yourself over to Miller or one of his knowledgeable butchers, they will steer you to something just as good. It could be a bavette, an intensely flavorful cut from the cow’s belly; or a picanha, aka sirloin cap, typically served as a flaming sword of meat at Brazilian steakhouses; or even a pork rib-eye, a super-tender, well-marbled piece of top sirloin that eats like a chicken thigh. Whole-animal butchers must be ingenious in order to sell what Miller calls “all the bits and pieces.” At V. Miller, a lot of the trim and cuts that aren’t pretty or popular enough for the meat case are turned into sausages, pates, terrines and jerky sticks. The beef bones are used to make bone broth. Offal becomes dog food. A freezer case is stocked with pork lard and beef tallow, meat-and-tomato “Sunday sauce” and pork stew, delicious chicken pot pies encased in puff LIKE GEMS IN A HIGH-END pastry, and soups like JEWELRY BOUTIQUE, chicken noodle or beef V. MILLER’S CHOPS, ROASTS and faro. Whatever’s left AND STEAKS ARE LOVINGLY goes into the nightly ARRAYED BEHIND GLASS “dinner box,” a $25 IN DISPLAY CASES. ready-to-eat meal that feeds two generously. The boxes feature comfort foods like meatloaf and mashed potatoes—nothing too cheffy, says Miller. “Hot, brown and lots of it” is how he describes the meals. Before the pandemic, V. Miller also sold hot breakfast sandwiches and house-made hot dogs on weekends from a grill on the sidewalk. The smell of sizzling bacon and barbecued sausages reliably brought new customers crowding into the store. With social distancing, Miller has discontinued those sales for the time being. But COVID-19 has brought new opportunities as well as challenges for V. Miller. More people are cooking at home, which means more demand for meat. Coronavirus outbreaks at large meat processing plants have raised consumer fears about food safety and availability. “Our supply chain is really small, direct and clean,” Miller says. “I can trace an animal from pasture to processor straight to me.” And while many of his friends in the restaurant industry are struggling, Miller is busier than ever. “I’m not giddy,” he says. “I’m exhausted. It’s like Christmas every week.” Yet he’s grateful to be part of a still-functioning local food chain. “We’re needed.”

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Sacha Laurin DAY JOB: Cheesemaker for Winters Cheese Co. HIDDEN TALENT: Making vegan leather from kombucha

for her fashion business, Kombucha Couture

LIVES IN: Davis, California

When did your love of cheese begin? I lived in New Zealand and Australia before moving to the Brie region of France when I was 22. That’s where I fell in love with eating cheese. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t lived in France for nearly 15 years and seen the incredible amount of cheese that is made there and how important it is to the culture. Before that, it was Kraft cheddar for me. The hardest thing about leaving France was leaving the cheese. Did you think then that you wanted to be a cheesemaker? At that point, I still didn’t know I could make cheese. It just became an interest of mine to learn everything I could about it. I was a flight attendant for United based in Paris. In the golden era of the ‘friendly skies,’ I worked first class and would learn about all these amazing cheeses while working the cheese cart back when it was silver service. And because cheese is relatively cheap in France, even as a pretty poor flight

attendant I could have 20 cheeses in my fridge and it wouldn’t break my bank. Is there a cheese from France that you miss? We’re really lucky that we get a lot of really good cheese in the United States now, especially in the last 15 years. The one thing that I really miss, though, is the fresh French goat cheeses. They’re made with raw milk and are soft with a bloomy, brie-like rind. The minute my husband and I get off the plane in France, we run to a market to buy some watercress and some of that cheese and a baguette and some lardons and make a sort of sandwich out of it. That is our most favorite meal in the whole world. How have you put your stamp on the cheeses at Winters Cheese Co.? They have given me amazing leeway to be creative and do what I would like. They let me do any kind of

rind I like on the cheeses. I think I have a sort of French flair that I bring to things. Where do you find inspiration for your cheesemaking? Having been a flight attendant, I’ve still got wings, if you will, and I’ve used cheese as my launchpad for travel. My favorite trip so far was to Italy. I went to five different creameries in Tuscany. I got to know all of the cheesemakers. It was one of the most inspiring trips I ever did. They are so old world and are such intuitive cheesemakers. They do everything that we’re taught not to do in the United States.—Interviewed by Catherine Warmerdam

Can’t Cook? Crack a Book What’s an aspiring chef to do when the restaurant industry they dreamed of being a part of is turned upside down? Kathi Riley Smith, a veteran chef (she worked at San Francisco’s Zuni Cafe) who is now a culinary supervisor at American River College, offers some sound advice for culinary students. “Keep your head down, work hard, keep studying,” she suggests. Also, don’t get too carried away with trying to become the next Food Network star. “A lot of students say they want to be a celebrity chef, but those are one in a million,” says Riley Smith. “What students really need to do is to find the passion inside of themselves and get their reward from that instead of waiting for someone else to appreciate them.” Another thing: Even when restaurant and classroom kitchens are shuttered, there are plenty of opportunities for a culinary student to expand their knowledge of food. “You can actually learn a lot from reading cookbooks and recipes. I spent my first couple of years reading cookbooks cover to cover without ever cooking from them, just trying to get a sense of what combinations of things are classics, what techniques can I build on,” she says. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to read really good, well-written cookbooks.” Riley offers this shortlist of her favorite cooking tomes, which appeal to adventurous home cooks and diligent students alike. “The Zuni Cafe Cookbook” by Judy Rodgers. “It’s beautiful but challenging and encyclopedic in nature.” Any of James Beard’s cookbooks. “They are fundamental for any cook.” Anything by Yotam Ottolenghi (“Jerusalem,” “Plenty,” “Ottolenghi Simple”). “He’s one of my favorite cookbook writers. His rise has been a long time coming.” “The Foreign Cinema Cookbook” by Gayle Pirie and John Clark. “It’s fantastic. Their chapter on sauces and condiments is just incredible.”—CATHERINE WARMERDAM



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Restaurants When this issue of Sacramento Magazine went to print, many California restaurants were still closed for dine-in service because of the pandemic. However, many of the restaurants listed below are offering takeout and curbside service— and some really great deals. Give them a call or check their websites for details.

ARDEN ARCADE 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; 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; L–D. Barbecue. $–$$

BROADWAY ANDY NGUYEN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT This bastion of Buddhist-inspired vegetarian cuisine serves food that is fresh and flavorful. 2007 Broadway; (916) 736-1157; L–D. Vegetarian/Asian. $ REAL PIE COMPANY At this homey shop, you’ll find the pies of your dreams, 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 and dishes like mac and cheese. 2425 24th St.; (916) 838-4007; L–D. American. $ 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. $$ TOWER CAFE This place is a hot spot on weekend mornings. Regulars swear by the New Mexico blueberry cornmeal pancakes and the thick-cut, custardy French toast. Breakfast is all-American, but lunch and dinner have a global flavor. 1518 Broadway; (916) 4410222; B–L–D. World fusion. $$

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; B–L–D. American. $–$$

CARMICHAEL MARK & MONICA’S FAMILY PIZZA The pizzas here are belly filling and hearty. 4751 Manzanita Ave.; (916) 487-1010; L–D. Pizza. $$ MATTEO’S PIZZA & BISTRO The pizza crust at this restaurant is amazing, attaining that chewy-crispyairy trifecta. You also can order pasta or a burger, and there’s no skimping on first-rate ingredients. 5132 Arden Way; (916) 779-0727; L–D. Pizza/American. $$


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DAVIS 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; L–D. Burgers. $ DE VERE’S IRISH PUB For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 217 E St.; (530) 204-5533; de L–D. Irish pub. $$ THE HOTDOGGER A well-loved Davis institution, The Hotdogger dishes up a delectable assortment of frankfurters and sausages. 129 E St.; (530) 753-6291; L–D. Hot dogs. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 500 First St.; (530) 756-2111; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ 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 entrées such as lasagna, penne with creamy tomato sauce and tortellini with pesto-cream sauce. 616 Third St.; (530) 750-7870; 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; D. Steakhouse. $$$

DOWNTOWN BURGERS AND BREW For description, see listing under “Davis.” 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; L–D. Burgers. $ DE VERE’S IRISH PUB Don’t head to de Vere’s if you’re


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CATTLEMENS STEAKHOUSE & SALOON Serving exclusively Harris Ranch “Natural Beef”, Cattlemens ages and hand-cuts all beef selections on site. Signature steaks include the famous “Sizzling Prime Rib”, “King of Steaks” 32-oz. Porterhouse, New York Strip and Filet Mignon. Other popular items are Baby Back Pork Ribs, Grilled Salmon, Chicken and Pasta. All entrees are served up with all the fixin’s — All-You-Can-Eat tossed salad, hot sourdough bread and ranch-style beans. A popular spot for “More Beef for Your Buck” weeknight dinner specials and kid friendly dining. Seven days a week, Happy Hour is 4-6 pm in the saloon with savory small plates and thirst quenching handcrafted cocktails served nightly. Full banquet and reception facilities are available for both day and evening events. Reservations accepted. Open at 4 p.m. seven days per week. 2000 Taylor Rd., Roseville | 916-782-5587 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova 916-985-3030 Hwy 80 at Currey Rd., Dixon | 707-678-5518

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Restaurants 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. L–D. Irish pub. $$ FOX & GOOSE PUBLIC HOUSE This tavern plates up some of the best breakfasts in town, along with pub staples like beer-battered fish and chips, a Cornish pasty or Welsh rarebit. 1001 R St.; (916) 443-8825; B–L–D. English pub. $ FRANK FAT’S Downtown Sacramento’s oldest restaurant, Fat’s is a favorite of the Capitol crowd. The restaurant is well known for its steaks—especially Frank’s Style New York Steak—and its brandy-fried chicken. This is Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated. 806 L St.; (916) 442-7092; fatsrestaurants. com. L–D. Chinese. $$$ 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 are organic, and almost everything is made in-house. For a fun experience, sit at the six-person ramen counter and chat with the chefs. 718 K St.; (916) 426-8863; L–D–Br. Japanese/ ramen. $$–$$$ MAS TACO BAR Tasty little tacos are the headliners at this eatery. They come with all sorts of delicious fillings: braised short rib, Korean fried chicken, banh mi shrimp and, for veg heads, roasted cauliflower. You can also get Latin-flavored rice bowls, salads and starters such as elote (Mexican street corn) and habanero fire balls (a mixture of chilies, cream cheese, bacon and pepper jack, rolled into balls and fried). 1800 15th St.; L–D–Br. Mexican. $$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR This hip sushi bar serves its sushi with a side of sass. There are three sushi bars and a dense menu of appetizers, rice bowls, bento boxes and sushi rolls. 1530 J St.; (916) 447-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ 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 L–D. Pizza/Italian/American. $$ URBAN ROOTS BREWING & SMOKEHOUSE At this casual brewery, a massive smoker turns out succulent meats—brisket, ribs, turkey and sausage—in the tradition of the great barbecue houses of Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Sides include collard greens, mac and chees and poblano cheese grits. 1322 V St.; (916) 7063741; L–D. Barbecue. $$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN For description, see listing under Davis. 1401 O St.; (916) 441-3354; ziasdeli. com. L. Deli. $

EAST SACRAMENTO 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; Global/New American. D–Br. $$$–$$$$ JUNO’S KITCHEN AND DELICATESSEN This tiny eatery serves some of the best sandwiches in town. Owner Mark Helms also offers a selection of salads and “pan” dishes such as shrimp mac ’n’ cheese. But you can’t


Prime rib from Cattlemens go wrong with the smoked trout sandwich or the grilled chicken sandwich. Though there’s only a handful of tables, takeout is a tasty option. 3675 J St.; (916) 456-4522; L. Bistro. $

taurant serves a spicy Thai chicken soup that is a delicious bargain. 3101 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 231-8888; L–D. Pan-Asian. $

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; krurestaurant. com. L–D. Japanese. $$$–$$$$


OBO’ ITALIAN TABLE & BAR This casual Italian eatery is beautifully designed and efficiently run. There are hot dishes and cold salads behind the glass cases, ready for the taking. But the stars of the menu are the fresh pastas and wood-oven pizzas. There’s also a full bar serving Italian-theme cocktails. 3145 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 822-8720; L–D. Italian. $$ ONESPEED Chef Rick Mahan, who built his stellar reputation at The Waterboy in midtown, branched out with a more casual concept at his East Sac eatery. The open bistro has a tiled pizza oven that cranks out chewy, flavorful pizzas. 4818 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 706-1748; B–L–D. Pizza. $$ ORIGAMI ASIAN GRILL This fast-casual eatery serves Asian-flavored rice bowls, banh mi sandwiches, salads and ramen, along with killer fried chicken and assorted smoked-meat specials from a big smoker on the sidewalk. 4801 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 400-3075; L–D. Asian fusion. $–$$ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFÉ For description, see listing under Broadway. 5340 H St.; (916) 736-3333; L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ STAR GINGER ASIAN GRILL AND NOODLE BAR Offering affordably priced dishes inspired by the street foods of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, this res-

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; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $–$$ MILESTONE This unstuffy eatery serves great takes on comfort-food classics like pot roast and fried chicken. It’s straightforward, without pretense or gimmickry, and the service is warm and approachable. 4359 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 934-0790; L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$ RELISH BURGER BAR This burger place offers so many enticing choices, it’s hard to avoid order paralysis. We’ll make it easy on you: Get the teriyaki burger. The beef patty is embellished with slices of warm grilled pineapple, fried onions and melted Swiss cheese. A copious splash of teriyaki sauce rounds out the flavor of this delectable burger. 1000 White Rock Road; (916) 933-3111; relishburgerbar. com. L–D. Burgers. $

ELK GROVE LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 8238 Laguna Blvd.; (916) 691-3334; L–D. Sandwiches/ ice cream. $


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Restaurants MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 8525 Bond Road; (916) 714-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$

PAESANOS For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 8519 Bond Road; (916) 690-8646; paesanos. biz. L–D. Pizza/Italian. $ 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; L–D. Thai. $$

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

FOLSOM 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 this charming little bistro out of the park. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1201; (916) 986-9100; backbis D. New American/Mediterranean. $$–$$$

FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR 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; L–D. Pan-Asian. $$

GARDEN HIGHWAY CRAWDADS ON THE RIVER This riverfront restaurant draws crowds looking for a great place to party on the water. Boats pull up to the restaurant’s deck, where you can sip a cocktail, and 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. $$ THE VIRGIN STURGEON This quirky floating restaurant is the quintessential Sacramento River dining experience. In summer, a cocktail pontoon is connected to the restaurant, where you can drink and enjoy the breezy proximity to the water below. Best known for its seafood, The Virgin Sturgeon also offers weekend brunch. 1577 Garden Highway; (916) 921-2694. L–D–Br. Seafood/American. $$

MIDTOWN AÏOLI BODEGA ESPAÑOLA Aïoli features lusty Spanish cuisine. Tables are covered with burlap and brown butcher paper, and the patio is intimate. The main focus of the menu is tapas, and the selection is broad. 1800 L St.; (916) 447-9440; L–D. Spanish/tapas. $$


Citrus blossom from Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi 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; L–D–Br. Burgers. $$ CHICAGO FIRE For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 2416 J St.; (916) 443-0440; chicagofire. com. L–D. Pizza. $ THE GOLDEN BEAR Remember the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Keep it in mind when you come here. You may have to wave cigarette smoke away from your face as you cross the patio, and you might even have to dodge a leashless dog to get in the door. But once inside the dim bar, you’ll find a surprisingly sophisticated menu. 2326 K St.; (916) 441-2242; L–D–Br. Gastropub. $$ 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; L–D–Br. Mediterranean gastropub. $$$ HOOK & LADDER MANUFACTURING COMPANY Located in a Quonset hut, this restaurant is both hip and cozy. Despite the barlike ambience, Hook & Ladder is serious about food. All the pastas and desserts are made in-house. 1630 S St.; (916) 442-4885; L–D–Br. Californian. $$ 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; L–D– Br. Beer hall. $ MIDTOWN SUSHI This intimate restaurant has the feel of a convivial dinner party. On the menu: traditional sushi rolls, nigiri and house specialties such as seafood nachos. 2801 P St.; (916) 451-4700; mid L–D. Sushi. $$ PAESANOS Paesanos is a festive spot to settle in for a casual meal of pizza, pasta or salads with friends or family. 1806 Capitol Ave.; (916) 447-8646; paesan L–D. Pizza/Italian. $ THE RIND At this cheese-centric bar, you can savor cheese in a number of ways. The menu includes variations on macaroni and cheese, cheese boards and creative grilled cheese sandwiches. 1801 L St.; (916) 441-7463; L–D. American. $$ 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). A big draw is the $3 happy hour, featuring banh mi taco, chicken wings and taro fries for $3 each. 1801 L St.; (916) 7586934; L–D. Vietnamese. $$ SQUEEZE INN This fast-food place regularly tops polls for the best burger in town. 1630 K St.; (916) 492-2499; L–D. Burgers. $ THE WATERBOY Thi 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,

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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; L –D. Pizza. $


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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; L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 1180 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 788-2800; L–D. Chinese. $$ ZOCALO For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 1182 Roseville Parkway; (916) 788-0303; L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

SIERRA OAKS ETTORE’S This bakery is a convivial spot for a casual meal. It’s hard to take your eyes off the dessert cases long enough to choose your savory items. But you’ll soon discover the kitchen’s talent extends to the wonderful pizzas, cooked in a wood-burning oven, hearty sandwiches and burgers, and fresh salads. 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 482-0708; ettores. com. B–L–D. Bakery/New American. $–$$ ROXY RESTAURANT AND BAR From the cowhide booths to the sparkling light fixtures in the bar, Roxy is a class act that happens to also serve chili and fried chicken. The innovative New American menu is seasonal and locally focused, with many of the ingredients sourced from area farms and ranches. 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 489-2000; roxyrestau L–D–Br. American/Californian/ steakhouse. $$

WEST SACRAMENTO Deep-dish pizza from Chicago Fire ravioli or a simple piece of fish, finished with butter and fresh herbs. You’ll also find French classics such as veal sweetbreads and pomme frites. 2000 Capitol Ave.; (916) 498-9891; L–D. Mediterranean. $$$$ ZELDA’S ORIGINAL GOURMET PIZZA Zelda’s is legendary for the greatness of its pizza and its attitude. But that’s part of Zelda’s charm, along with the dark, dingy atmosphere. It’s all about the food: old-school, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza that routinely wins “best pizza” in local polls. 1415 21st St.; (916) 447-1400; L–D. Pizza/Italian. $$ ZOCALO This Mexican restaurant is one of the best places to spend an evening with friends over margaritas. The sidewalk patio is one of the most popular spots in town. The menu has regional Mexican specialties such as tacos de cazuela, a concoction of steak, chorizo and cheese. 1801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 441-0303; L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

OAK PARK FIXINS SOUL KITCHEN This bustling place 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. B–L–D–Br. Southern. $$

RANCHO CORDOVA CATTLEMENS For description, see listing under “Dixon.” 12409 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 985-3030; cattle D. Steakhouse. $$$

ROCKLIN ANATOLIAN TABLE The menu here is lengthy, with an enticing lineup of kebabs and “oven foods” such as kusbasi pide, a Turkish dish similar to pizza. 6815 Lonetree Blvd.; (916) 772-3020; L–D. Turkish. $–$$ RUBINO’S RISTORANTE This intimate restaurant serves classic Italian fare such as veal scallopine, fettuccine Alfredo and shrimp scampi. It also offers a fine selection of steaks. 5015 Pacific St.; (916) 6243401; L–D. Italian. $$$ ZEST KITCHEN Everything served at this casual cafe is vegan, and most of the dishes are gluten-free. 2620 Sunset Blvd.; (916) 824-1688; L–D. Vegan/vegetarian. $

ROSEVILLE CATTLEMENS For description, see listing under “Dixon.” 2000 Taylor Road; (916) 782-5587; cattle D. Steakhouse. $$$ CHICAGO FIRE For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 500 N. Sunrise Ave.; (916) 771-2020; chi L–D. Pizza. $ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 1500 Eureka Road; (916) 787-3287; L–D. Pan-Asian. $$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 1565 Eureka Road; (916) 797-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$

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; 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) 423-0971; L–D. Pizza. $$ LA CROSTA PIZZA BAR From the people behind The Rind in midtown Sacramento, this casual pizza joint serves first-rate pies baked in a wood-burning oven, along with inventive flatbread sandwiches and a small selection of Italian entrées. 330 Third St.; (916) 389-0372; L–D–Br. Pizza. $$–$$$ 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 6, June 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

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