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A Therapy Horse? Of Course, of Course

Pure amazement. That’s the reaction that Mel Welcher, an animal therapy volunteer at Sutter Medical Center, inevitably gets when she and Lilly, her miniature horse, roam the halls and poke into the waiting rooms...

For Pete’s Sake

How friendship pulled a local mayor into the presidential campaign. When West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon first heard about a little-known mayor in the Midwest coming out as gay to voters, he was intrigued. “It...

Buzz-Free Bliss

Remember when teetotalers had to resign themselves to sipping a Pepsi while their dining companions indulged in a nice glass of wine or a craft cocktail? Those days are disappearing as bartenders explore a...
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A Chef’s Journey

How Sal Gutierrez discovered that his place is in the kitchen. You’ve gotta start somewhere. So says chef Sal Gutierrez, whose career can be traced to a humble dishwashing position at Carrows Restaurant in 1997....

How Convenient

Tasty finds and where you'd least expect them. Sometimes ambience is overrated. Consider these gems: humble convenience stores where customers can enjoy terrific food and quick, friendly service. At Don Chuy Birria Estilo Tijuana, don’t let...
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A Tourist in Her Own Town

As chief marketing officer at Visit Sacramento, Sonya Bradley promotes Sacramento as a desirable destination for tourists. So we wanted to know: How does she like to show off the capital city to out-of-town...
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Who Do You Think You Are?

The art of branding Sacramento. How does a city like Sacramento compete for visitors, investors and talent? It’s all about differentiation, says David Flanagan, whose marketing agency, Misfit, was hired by Visit Sacramento to lead...

The Terroir of Beef

The notion of terroir—a sense of place defined by soil, climate, weather and growing conditions—has long been a factor in understanding what sets a fine wine apart from a run-of-the-mill bottle. But does the...
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On the Inside

How a cooking class for inmates is changing lives. Chef Dave Nelson has taught the ins and outs of the restaurant industry to countless people from all walks of life during his long career in...
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Designing Women

What makes a city great? Landscape architect Kimberly Garza believes public spaces—our parks, waterfronts, plazas, gardens and other gathering spots—are the foundation of a vibrant city. The creative force behind Sacramento’s first urban dog...


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Eat Farm to Fork