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Catherine Warmerdam


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...
sonya bradley

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...
david flanagan branding sacramento

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...
chef dave nelson

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...
kimberly garza

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...
jon stevenson

Character Study

Catching up with the founder of sock empire Trumpette. When Jon Stevenson, founder of the wildly popular children’s sock brand Trumpette, sold the company in 2017, you’d have thought he would kick up his stocking...
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...

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...
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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...