The Flock Has Landed: Blackbird Kitchen & Bar

Source: Nicholas Wray

By Amanda Kimball

If you’ve walked down 9th street recently, you may have seen a mural of blackbirds on the front of the new Blackbird Kitchen & Bar.

Starting tonight, you can be among the first to eat at this new local restaurant. Blackbird is sure to be a hit, offering a unique seafood experience with a lively atmosphere.

Chef/Owner Carina Lampkin boasts a raw oyster bar that will provide a changing selection of sustainably harvested crustaceans and other shellfish, as well as a full bar emphasizing modern, unique cocktails, American craft beers, awesome whiskeys and badass tequilas. The cuisine features organic dishes, highlighting seasonal produce from local farms such as Full Belly and fish from Passamore Ranch.

Located at 1015 9th Street, across from Temple Coffee, the building’s interior and exterior design provides a visual reference to what blackbirds love best about Sacramento: the trees. The artisan-crafted bars and tabletops are all reclaimed from a 145 year old sequoia redwood that was found dead standing in a grove at a private residence in Tahoe Park.

The restaurant officially opens tonight with an open-to-the-public benefit for local 501(c)(3) New Leaders Council. With an all-star lineup, this reception is not to be missed.

In attendance will be guests of honor California Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, California Teacher of the Year Dr. Khadir Rajagopal, and Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy Founder Jim Corbett. Congresswoman Doris Matsui will also be honored. Be the first to support the new local restaurant Blackbird Kitchen & Bar while supporting California at the same time.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Come enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks from 5-8pm. Tickets are $20 each or $35 for two. Purchase tickets online. New Leaders Council is a non-profit organization that provides leadership training to community-minded young people and seeks to support the local community. The Sacramento Chapter was started in 2009. The class of 2012 Fellows will also be in attendance at Wednesday’s event.

Guest blogger Amanda Kimball has lived in the Sacramento area for 10 years and works as a Research Specialist at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where she authors an annual study of California Women Business Leaders. She is a 2012 Fellow with the New Leaders Council and spends her free time being active in her church and participating in Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group.

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