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Biba Still Dazzles


Posted on November 5


As the Sacramento restaurant landscape continues to expand, our dining choices become ever more numerous. As a food writer, I’m always tempted to patronize new restaurants—both recently opened establishments as well as eateries that have eluded me in my culinary peregrinations.

But a recent meal at Biba reminded me that it can be very rewarding to re-visit some of our region’s well-established local restaurants. I took a friend who had never eaten at this venerable Sacramento dining institution, and our meal was a dazzler.

The Cappe Sante alla Griglia con Cavolfiore e Uvetta Sultanina appetizer paired fat, juicy grilled scallops with teeny roasted cauliflower florets and sweet and sour raisins – an inspired, captivating combination of flavors and textures, and a lovely introduction to our main courses. The kitchen’s Pizzoccheri con la Zucca—velvety, housemade buckwheat noodles punctuated with chunks of roasted butternut squash and bits and smoked ham—was rustic and absolutely delicious; and the Brasato di Coste di Manzo con Chianti Classico e Polenta, melty-tender, oven braised beef short ribs served up with soft polenta, was wonderfully flavorful and perfect for a crisp fall evening.

 

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Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest

Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest

Images from the Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Guests were treated to food and drink from nearly 100 local eateries and bars. Other vendors auctioned off wares and services ranging from hand-woven free trade baskets to modern art work and vintage photographs. Proceeds from the event went to the charity’s mission of arranging experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2015