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Greg Berger, Bread Baker

Sacramentan Greg Berger is out with a new cookbook, “Bread Baking Basics,” aimed at novice bakers. We chatted with him about his approach to putting new bakers at ease, where he seeks inspiration, and...
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Christy Hayes, Kitchen428 and Mojo’s Lounge

When Christy Hayes opened a new restaurant in 2012 in downtown Woodland where Morrison’s Upstairs had operated for a quarter century, she knew she had big shoes to fill. Morrison’s was an institution in...
Mireya Godinez-Valencia owner of Mezcal Grill

Mireya Godinez-Valencia of Mezcal Grill

When Mireya Godinez-Valencia opened her first restaurant, Mezcal Grill, in Natomas in 2009, she was a complete novice with no experience running a commercial kitchen. “She used to cook for us at home and...
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Nest: Practical Beauty

When a couple from Carmel approached interior designer Rebecca Ward about a makeover for a second home they’d purchased in Granite Bay to be closer to their grandson on the weekends, she didn’t balk...
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Diana Flores, Sac City Unified’s Central Kitchen

If you’ve ever had to feed a crowd a healthy, delicious meal on a super-tight budget, then you have an inkling of what Diana Flores accomplishes on a daily basis. As director of nutrition...
Green Phunque at C. Knight’s Steakhouse

C. Knight’s Steakhouse’s Green Phunque

Often a restaurant’s star dishes aren’t the entrées but the sides that accompany them. Take the “Green Phunque” at C. Knight’s Steakhouse in El Dorado Hills. “It’s definitely the dish that we’re best known...
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Better Half Bagel

When a New York Times food critic wrote last March that some of the country’s best bagels were being produced in—gasp!—California, it took a New York minute for the piece to ignite an East...
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New Restaurant: Midtown Spirits

Bringing a distillery back to Sacramento’s central city was a long time coming—there hadn’t been one in the city limits since Prohibition until Jason Poole and Dave Abrahamsen opened Midtown Spirits last November. But...
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Muralist Mary Sand

Occupation: Multimedia artist Hometown: The river towns of the Sacramento Delta Age: 27You were hired to paint a mural on the Gunther’s Ice Cream building. Knowing that there’s a lot of nostalgia wrapped up in this...
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New Restaurant: Nash & Proper

It’s safe to say that Nash & Proper founders Cecil Rhodes and Jake Bombard haven’t sat still since they first rocked Sacramento’s food scene with their food truck featuring Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches back...