Girls off the Grid: The Palladio in Folsom
Last week Girls on the Grid had the opportunity to join with a few local foodies and bloggers to try out some new dining options at the Palladio in Folsom. The night included some delicious surprises to say the least. The challenge was limiting oneself to ‘sampling’ the food at each stop, instead of porking out on the generous portions all the restaurants offered.
Our first stop was the Palladio Luxe Cinema. When first you hear it is a dine-in theater, you conjure up images of the Studio Movie Grill. However, this place is a whole different concept. First of all, the theater is 21 and over after 5 PM. So if you don’t fancy crying babies or annoying teenagers while at the movies, this is the place for you. Palladio Luxe is as described, luxurious. The lobby is a lounge full of plush furnishings surrounding a gracious bar. The food is unlike anything you have ever seen in a theater. Check out this menu!
Next stop was Petra Greek. Opened for only three months, this location is owned by the same family that owns the Midtown eatery next to Firestone Public House as well as the location in the Golden 1 Center. We enjoyed some bites and Greek wine with founder Yianni Raptaki and son Michael. We heard about the family heritage and their desire to bring authentic Greek cuisine to Sacramento.
Lastly was a stop by the new Barnes & Noble Kitchen, one of four in the nation. Here we were hosted by Chef Sheamus Feeley who Barnes and Noble tapped to develop the menu for each of the locations. Here we were treated to a delightful selection of entrees, sides and dessert!
Like the Luxe, this restaurant is not what you would expect in a bookstore. The decor is accessible and comfortable, Scandinavian in its’ inspiration. In the restaurant, there are nice clusters of seating, community tables as well as a section with tables and chairs for a more traditional dining experience. The restaurant features everything from cappuccinos to light bites to delicious entrees, a variety to serve customers any hour of the day.
Before the evening’s end, we heard about the Palladio’s plans for Sac Beer Week. Chef Feeley has an amazing menu planned to pair with their Oak Park Brewery beers on tap. Many of the Palladio restaurants are participating, offering discounted tasting pours. Diners can participate by tasting at each of the six locations with a passport for a chance to win prizes!
There are also daily prizes for sharing on social media with the campaign hashtag #PalladioBeerWeek. Participating restaurants include Chicago Fire, Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble Kitchen, Chocolate Architect, Palladio Luxe Cinemas and another newcomer Grist Beer Hall.