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Mason jar cocktails

Mason jar cocktails

Spend less time behind the bar and more time mingling with your guests when you serve up drinks you've already mixed in mini Mason jars! Simply scoop up some small Mason jars and sip on these cocktail recipes perfect for those half-pint-sized containers... Read More

Farm to Fork Week - An Assessment, Part 2

Farm to Fork Week - An Assessment, Part 2

Please read Part 1 on Sacpress.com regarding the successes and some problems with Farm-to-Fork Week events.

Sell it to the locals
When Mike Testa gave his speech last spring and talked about selling it to the locals first, it made a lot of sense. Sacramentans, he said, need to understand the message so that when they travel to other cities they can talk about it and spread the word with enthusiasm. It’s Sacramentans themselves who have to be the biggest cheerleaders, it can’t all be on the shoulders of the Sacramento Conventions and Visitors Bureau and the restaurants... Read More

“Ales on the Rails” Sunset Train Ride – October 5!

“Ales on the Rails” Sunset Train Ride – October 5!

All aboard as California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum celebrate the new fall season in rail-related style with a special, one-night-only “Ales on the Rails” brew sampling event. The second annual sunset train ride takes place on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Saturday evening, October 5, when adult passengers will have the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy views of the Sacramento River.  As the train rolls along, guests will sample tasty appetizers provided by Crisp Catering, and three signature artisanal brews -- Beeline Blonde, Panic IPA and Daylight Amber -- will be provided by one of Sacramento’s newest breweries, Track 7 Brewing Company.  

The special evening begins with boarding at 6:15 p.m. as the train departs promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Farm-to-Fork Week Events

Farm-to-Fork Week Events

Sacramento will spend the next week showing exactly why it’s America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

Railroad Museum & Raley’s to Showcase the Deep Roots of Railroads & Agriculture

Railroad Museum & Raley’s to Showcase the Deep Roots of Railroads & Agriculture

All aboard from Farm-to-Fork!

Coinciding with the inaugural Farm-to-Fork Capital of America initiative, California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation and Raley’s Family of Fine Stores will showcase the important role the region’s railroads have played in supporting agriculture.  On September 28 & 29 -- during the final weekend of regular season excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad -- a shipment of locally-grown pears donated by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores will be stacked in crates on the Freight Depot platform in Old Sacramento State Historic Park and offered free to train riders all weekend long (while supplies last).  

The recreated farm-fresh scene is reminiscent of the early 1900s when the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad transported pears, asparagus and other products to market from Delta communities such as Isleton, Walnut Grove, Hood and Freeport.  Pears, in particular, were once cons

Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

If you’re more than a little obsessed with pumpkin and see autumn as the perfect time to eat all. the. pumpkin. things., this recipe will likely be your bliss.

I stumbled upon Bree Hester’s Halloween bark late last year, which planted a seed for this year. And when I saw the new Pumpkin Spice M&Ms, I knew I had to create my own take on Bree’s recipe. Stat.

Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

Ingredients:

  • Pretzel sticks
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate morsels
  • 12 ounces white chocolate or white candy melts
  • 1 bag Pumpkin Spice M&Ms
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Orange sugar sprinkles

 

Directions:... Read More

California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Eat Semifreddi’s Biscottis

California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Eat Semifreddi’s Biscottis

Sept. 19, 2013 – Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, today warned consumers with milk or soy allergies not to eat “Semifreddi’s Almond Biscotti” and “Semifreddi’s Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti.”... Read More