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Katie Kinner-Kerksieck Cacio

Master Servant

Watching Katie Kinner-Kerksieck run the front of the house at Cacio, a popular Italian restaurant in Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood, is like taking a master class in customer service. Don’t have a reservation? She’ll happily...
Allora

Mood Enhancers

Three takes on the art of restaurant ambience. The most memorable restaurants and bars don’t just excel at serving great food and drinks. They craft a particular ambience—through furnishings, lighting, music, table settings—to immerse customers...
board room

My Space

A collective aimed at elevating women creatives opens in midtown. Sacramento makers have a new spot to call their own thanks to Claire Curley and Shevaun Zakhir, two enterprising capital city natives who launched Broad...
hummus

Let’s Hear It for Hummus

Hummus is enjoying its turn in the culinary spotlight thanks in part to acclaimed chefs Michael Solomonov and Yotam Ottolenghi, who’ve put it front and center in their restaurants and cookbooks. In the right...
Shrimp Scampi Logtown Social Club

Bite Club

A members-only dining room where everybody knows your name. Chef Carolyn Kumpe spent nearly two decades cooking for big-name restaurants in San Francisco and elsewhere, but she’s since turned her attention to the pleasures of...
Osteria Moto Octopus

Killer App

A chef deconstructs his popular octopus dish. Andy Chavez had been working in the kitchen of a popular Italian tavern on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when the restaurant’s owner tapped him for the executive...
homeless population

A Way Forward

Homelessness is at epidemic levels across Sacramento County, but those working to end the crisis say there is hope for solving it—if the community has the will to do it. In 2016, Donald Powell was...
whiskey bone marrow

Throw Me a Bone

At Empress Tavern, the winners are lugers. As if beef bone marrow weren’t a decadent enough dish, the folks at Empress Tavern have dialed things up a notch or two by adding a whiskey-shot luge...
the bank

In Food We Trust

A variety of dining options fill the lavish concourse inside The Bank. One of downtown Sacramento’s landmark structures, the grand D.O. Mills Bank Building on the corner of Seventh and J streets, has been given new...
gardening

Dig This

A pair of journalists sows their gardening expertise online. It’s been said that all politics is local. Same goes for gardening. That’s why two former Sacramento Bee writers have launched a blog focused on providing...

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