Dine Downtown Week Begins Thursday!
Foodies of Sacramento REJOICE. This Thursday, January 7th will kick off Sacramento’s 10th Annual Dine Downtown Week – a 10-day dining collaboration where Sacramento’s finest restaurants open their doors and create tantalizing 3-course dinner menus priced at only $35 a person.
The event, which is sponsored by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), started 10 years ago as an effort to bring attention to Downtown Sacramento’s growing dining scene and drive traffic to local restaurants during a typically slow season for the industry. Since then, the event has blossomed into a “Farm to Fork” Sacramento sensation with 29 top-tier fine dining establishments participating this year.
Also, as if you couldn’t love #DineDowntown enough, for every Dine Downtown meal purchased, $1 will go directly to the Food Literacy Center, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that is dedicated to teaching low-income children about cooking, nutrition, and healthy food habits.
With so many amazing places to choose from and only 10-days to experience them, we asked our Girls on the Grid writers to share which Dine Downtown hot spots and menus they’re most excited about and why:
This Dine Downtown Week, I’ve got my heart set on two places – Paragary’s and Brasserie Capitale. Paragary’s is a true dining experience whenever you go, but their Dine Downtown menu, which offers three different main course options including duck leg confit and pork belly, makes me weak in the knees just thinking about it. I’m also going to head over Brasserie Capitale on 12th and K. Everything I’ve ever had at Brasserie has blown my socks off so I’d be remiss not to visit them at a price I can actually afford.
Every year I make it a point to taste the Dine Downtown menu at Ella Dining Room and Bar. The beautiful Sacramento restaurant offers a vegetarian menu for the celebration, forcing me to try and enjoy foods sans-meat. To mix things up, I’m also going to try Biba for the first time. Reading the menu makes me hungry for pasta at 9AM.
The first place I’m visiting this week is Empress Tavern. It’s my favorite restaurant in town, and my mouth is already watering thinking about the smoked cavatelli on their Dine Downtown menu. Next up will be Foundation Restaurant & Bar, where they have enough options to please even the pickiest of eaters – not to mention bacon braised brussels sprouts! Need I say more?
Ten22 is one of my favorite restaurants in Sacramento and their Dine Downtown menu is too good to pass up this year. With entree options like grilled New York steak with mashed potatoes and green beans, roasted pork rack with slaw, and butternut squash gnocchi, it’s kind of a no brainer. Plus it’s the perfect excuse for a date night. Win-win.
I’ve also still never been to Biba after living in Sacramento for over 7 years, so I think I can put off my resolutions a couple weeks longer to enjoy their Dine Downtown menu offerings. Cause pasta is delicious.
I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’ve lived in the Sacramento area for three years and never been to The Firehouse. Go ahead, judge me, I am. But, after this week, zip it, because my #foodgoals game will have just gained another pound, I mean, um, point.
After Firehouse, I plan to head over to the newly reopened Blackbird Kitchen + Beer Gallery to meet my seafood and beer quota for the month, and to enjoy what I remember as the best clam chowder I’ve ever had, anywhere in the world right here in our own Capitol City. If, by chance, I still own a pair of pants that fit and are decent to wear in public after this food excursion, I might revisit Biba, as it’s in walking distance of my house, or hit up a longtime favorite, Hock Farm & Craft Provisions because there’s a fried cheese selection on there that made me weak at first glance. Mmm. Food. Sacramento. Downtown. Eating. Is it Thursday yet?
I will be sure to check out Red Rabbit this week, as they always have a rock solid cocktail menu. However, this year, the item that sticks out most to me is their eggnog pudding with rum whipped cream. I am not sure I am ready to put away the holiday flavors just yet, and this dessert might be the closure I need!
This week is also a great opportunity to check out some new spots I have yet to visit, like Localis. I currently am having a love affair with anything farro, so I am looking forward to the second course of farro and braised beef cheeks with a blissful dessert consisting of coffee ice cream and a peppermint mocha…because who just orders one dessert?!
So just to recap:
Dine Downtown Week: 29 amazing restaurants, 3 courses, one fixed price of $35 per person. ($1 from each meal benefiting Food Literacy Center)
When: Thursday, January 7th through Saturday, January 16th
Where: Sacramento, CA
See a full list of participating restaurants here.
Props to: Sactown Magazine. Sacramento 365, Open Table, Yelp, California Restaurant Month, and Sacramento Magazine for sponsoring and making this year’s Dine Downtown Week possible.