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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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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...
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Sheldon Wine Shop

One of the area’s best-loved wine shops is located where you’d least expect it: inside an AM/PM convenience store on Sheldon Road near Highway 99 in Elk Grove. “It’s extremely unconventional,” admits Lori Alaniz,...
Che Buono Trattoria Pizzeria owner Luciana Basile-Lewis

Che Buono Trattoria Pizzeria

A new restaurant from chef and food truck veteran Luciana Basile-Lewis and her husband, Jesse Lewis, offers a unique take on Italian food, with influences from California, Mexico and beyond. Che Buono Trattoria Pizzeria,...
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In It Together

As restaurants have endured on-and-off closures, lost revenue and head-spinning pivots during the pandemic, the purveyors who supply them with ingredients likewise have been forced to rethink how they do business.At Sunh Fish Company,...
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That’s the Spirit!

The first distillery to open in the city since Prohibition is generating plenty of buzz in spite of not opening its doors to patrons for most of the winter due to pandemic restrictions.Midtown Spirits,...
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Navigating Grief’s Choppy Waters

In 2014, Margo Fowke’s 21-year-old son, Jimmy, died after an eight-year battle with brain cancer. A year later, her mother died. In 2017, the Loomis resident started the website Salt Water (findyourharbor.com). The website is chock-full of blogs...
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15 Minutes With Davina Smith

In January, Davina Smith became Sacramento city’s cannabis program manager. A lawyer, she started her career in Humboldt County as a deputy district attorney and later served as deputy county counsel. There, her focus was on land-use and code-enforcement matters. Since it was Humboldt, a lot of...
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15 Minutes With Zachary Dierdorff

Day job: General manager and ale curator at LowBrau Bierhalle Age: 26 Claim to fame: At age 22 ½, Dierdorff was one of the youngest people to become a certified cicerone, the beer equivalent of a...
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By the Numbers

When chef Paul Jansen opened Fourk Kitchen in Lincoln last March, he had a clear vision of the concept: a reservations-only restaurant serving four courses four nights a week for $44. The compact eatery,...