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First Bite: Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery

Posted on April 8

I had an opportunity recently to check out the new Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery, chef Carina Lampkin’s revamp of her former restaurant concept Blackbird Kitchen & Bar. Located in downtown Sacramento on 9th Street, the restaurant’s dark, edgy ambiance feels much the same, and the noise volume is as raucously elevated as I remember from my previous dining experiences in the space. Lampkin’s popular raw oyster bar has been replaced with a traditional drinking bar, and she has installed a dizzying array of tap handles—beer lovers will delight in the restaurant’s wide selection of suds. I was happy to see that Lampkin’s trademark “Captain’s Chowder” has remained on the new menu—creamy and satisfying, and chock-full of Pollock, squid, mussels and clams, this dish alone is worth a visit. Another appealing menu item was the salmon toro, prettily arranged on a plate with an array of lively pickled vegetables and flower petals. One improvement in “Blackbird 2.0,” as the servers call it, is that there is now a bar menu available offering more casual and approachable dishes such as a plate of “Norcal” tempura and fish tacos—and carnivores will be pleased to know that chef Lampkin has kept her first-rate Blackbird Burger on the menu. blackbird-kitchen.com

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All Youth Film and Education Day

All Youth Film and Education Day

Young filmmakers converged on Sacramento's Crest Theatre Friday, October 2 for the 19th Annual Youth Film and Education Day. The budding storytellers studied short films, learned about the future of their craft, and networked with industry professionals during the daylong celebration of visual arts.

Published: Monday, October 5, 2015