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1409 R Street, Suite 102,
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 452-7594

Magpie Café offers food and menus inspired by the fresh, high-quality ingredients available to us seasonally, with an emphasis on those from the Central Valley and Northern California. The Café offers baked goods, sandwiches, salad and soup for lunch and full service dining in the evenings. Magpie is also a full service catering company with a wide range of offerings from breakfast drop-offs to private hors d’oeuvres parties and full service weddings. Magpie Caterers is continually looking for ways to make exciting cuisine both more sustainable and accessible. We use a mix of organic, seasonal and locally grown produce to create menus that reflect the cultural and culinary fabric of northern California. Magpie Café uses meats and poultry that are raised without hormones or antibiotics. We also use the Monterey Bay Aquarium SeafoodWatch list of sustainable fisheries when designing all menus.
(916) 568-7171
2225 Hurley Way,
Sacramento, CA 95825

Founded in 1991, The Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind culinary event that you will not soon forget! Chefs at The Kitchen serve a 6-course prix fixe menu to 50 guests each night for their one-seating, seasonal Chef’s Demonstration Dinners that are prepared before your eyes in a kind of theater-in-the-round. The ingredients are the best and freshest available and almost all local, and the chefs prepare their amazing, all-you-can-eat feasts with humor, excitement and a passion for real food, great wines, and unsurpassed hospitality. The Selland Family has been shopping the Farmers Markets of this region for 20 years for their restaurants, which also include Selland’s Market Café and Ella Dining Room and Bar, and they very well may have purchased more produce, meats, dairy and seafood from local and regional purveyors than any other area restaurateur or chef around. The Selland Family believes in the principles of Slow Food, and they put these beliefs into action every day in their lives and in their businesses. All of the Selland Family Restaurants are founding members of GRAS (Green Restaurant Alliance Sacramento), a local non-profit working to make Sacramento a leader in the green restaurant movement. The Selland Family invites you to enjoy the truly unique experience in food, family, friends and fun that is The Kitchen.
16th & Q Streets,
Midtown, Sacramento, CA
(916) 444-3000

HOT ITALIAN has made itself a model for sustainability among restaurants in Sacramento. Co-owners Andrea Lepore and Fabrizio Cercatore paid careful attention during their major restoration of the former retail space into a restaurant. Creating a business that is energy efficient with a solar thermal system for hot water and LED and CFL lighting, water conservative with low flow faucets and toilets, and sustainable by using recycled materials in the seating, tables, and other fixtures, helped them earn the region’s first restaurant and retail LEED Certification, the nation’s leading designation for green buildings. In addition, HOT ITALIAN composts all its kitchen waste on-site with a state-of-the-art Earth Tub composting system, pizza boxes are compostable, and there’s parking for 32 bicycles on-site. Best of all, HOT ITALIAN strives to use local and organic ingredients with a menu that changes seasonally to reflect nature’s cycle to make its salads, pizza and calzone, as well as its gelato and sorbetto by Naia that is organic and made of seasonally selected ingredients.

926 J Street,
Sacramento, 95814
(916) 492-4450

Grange’s menu showcases market-driven bounties selected from farms throughout the golden state and is best described as simple, seasonal, and soulful. With an authentic American brasserie style, Grange celebrates California with straightforward entrees, rustic artisan breads, and an all-California wine list. Also, all desserts are made in house by our pastry chef. Chef Michael Tuohy is frequently spotted shopping at the downtown farmers market located directly across the street from Grange. During market season, he hosts Lunch with the Chef, when he allows diners to accompany him on a shopping trip to the Wednesday farmers market followed by a specially prepared chef’s menu of ingredients selected from the shopping trip.

1131 K Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-3772

Founded in 2007, Ella Dining Room and Bar is part of The Selland Family of Restaurants, and it embodies their philosophy of serving quality food that is from local sources whenever possible with honest hospitality, and their passion for making the most out of life. These are the same beliefs they have put forth at The Kitchen and Selland’s for nearly 20 years now. Ella makes use of the great bounty of our region in their seasonal, ever-changing menus featuring many ingredients from local purveyors and from the Farmers Markets. Centrally located Downtown on 12th and K streets, they hope as a family to help revitalize Sacramento’s downtown with a restaurant that is at the same time community-oriented and world class. Ella serves lunch and dinner in an award-winning, elegant and remarkable space that invites you to linger over a great meal of the highest quality ingredients, with many small plate options to choose from. They have an extensive wine list and handcrafted cocktails made from many in-house prepared mixes and ingredients. These are the best and freshest cocktails in town. They also offer a raw seafood bar where you can linger over oysters, mussels, lobster, prawns and many other seasonal, fresh surprises. Ella is the perfect place to go for a special occasion, or just to stumble upon and explore, enjoying the best of the season and the Sacramento region.

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