A Tale of Two Shannons

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Foodie couple Shannin Stein and Shannon McElroy share more than a first name: They both have a long history in Sacramento’s bar and restaurant scene. Before landing at the Sloughhouse- based fish farm Passmore Ranch, Stein most recently did stints at Broderick Roadhouse and Feeding Crane Farms. McElroy, who heads up the kitchen at Federalist Public House & Beer Garden, has worked everywhere from the Delta King to Masullo. They are passionate advocates for the local food movement who also know how to have a good time. 

SHANNIN STEIN

SHANNON MCELROY

  
AGE: 39 AGE: 48
  
HOMETOWN: Sacramento HOMETOWN: Colfax
  
OCCUPATION: Director of business operations and communications at Passmore Ranch  OCCUPATION: Executive chef at Federalist Public House & Beer Garden  
  
FAVORITE SACRAMENTO PRODUCT: Passmore Ranch caviar and Preservation & co. Bloody Mary Mix “I love Jason Poole and I love what he makes. I’m sending gift baskets of Preservation & co. products to friends all over the country.”  FAVORITE SACRAMENTO PRODUCT: Preservation & co. Bloody Mary Mix 
  
FAVORITE BARTENDER: Chris Tucker at Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. “I will go anywhere he is because he can always tell by my moods what I need to drink.”  FAVORITE BARTENDER: Steve Alvarez at Round Corner Tavern “I trained him. I know he knows how to bartend. It’s my neighborhood bar that I basically grew up in for the last 27 years. I was the bar manager there, so he’s my protege.”
  
RESTAURANT OR BAR YOU WISH WERE IN SACRAMENTO: “More middle-age-friendly music venues with a bigger variety of music, a place where I can hear some fantastic jazz or blues and don’t feel like I’m having to jockey for a dirty bathroom.”  RESTAURANT OR BAR YOU WISH WERE IN SACRAMENTO: “In San Francisco, they have a laundromat and bar and grill in one. You can bring in your laundry while you’re watching a game and eating, all in one shot. I’d love to see Sacramento get something like that.” 
  
FOOD HERO: Amber Stott of California Food Literacy Center  FOOD HERO: Chef-owner Robert Masullo of Masullo Pizza and food writer/activist Peg Tomlinson-Poswall 
  
IDEAL NIGHT OUT: “A great night out for us is going to one of our friends’ restaurants and letting the chef cook for us, just saying, ‘We’re hungry. Feed us.’”  IDEAL NIGHT OUT: “Oysters and champagne, a multicourse dinner paired with wines, maybe the theater afterward or a comedy show, and dessert.” 
  
ONE THING YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND IN YOUR FRIDGE: Wine  ONE THING YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND IN YOUR FRIDGE: Fresh vegetables