Work Up an Appetite for 2016

A taste of what we’re looking forward to in 2016

Old SoulIt’s shaping up to be an incredible year in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. From new restaurants, to exciting events, and even a Farm-to-Fork arena, we can’t wait to take a bite (get it?) out of 2016. Here’s a sample of some of the exciting things to come:

Exploring new tastes: Sacramento was recently named America’s next great food city by Southwest Magazine, and judging by some of the new restaurants set to open this year, we’re definitely living up to that title. From the Selland Family’s Italian eatery, Obo (currently under construction in the old Andiamo space), to Ernesto Delgado’s La Cosecha coming to Cesar Chavez Plaza, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2016…man, are we hungry.

Spilling the beans: The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization announced that 2016 is the International Year of Pulses…meaning dried beans.  And, it’ll be easy to enjoy locally-sourced, protein-packed beans right here at home this year. It’s a little-known fact that one of the most prolific heirloom bean farms in the country can be found right here in the Sacramento region. Farmers Chip and Bobbie Morris of Elegant Beans and Beyond are groBridge Dinner Dessert Sac Sign 2015wing delicious varieties that can be found in some of Sacramento’s finest restaurants, as well as area grocery stores. Eat up!  (We were proud to have them featured on our 2015 Tower Bridge Dinner menu!)

Exploring the ag tech frontier: It’s no secret that the Sacramento region is home to agricultural innovations, with powerhouse UC Davis leading the charge. As the region’s profile continues to rise, leaders like Greater Sacramento’s Barry Broome are working hard to position Sacramento as the hub for agricultural technology, and we’re optimistic that more ag tech companies will choose America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital as their home base in 2016.

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Eating Farm-to-Fork…court-side: When the Golden 1 Center opens this fall, fans will be treated to thrilling sports, electrifying entertainment….and delicious, locally-sourced food. Legends Hospitality’s Michael Tuohy was tapped as Executive Chef of the arena before the first piece of steel was erected, and he’s been busy ever since scoping local farms to fuel Golden 1 Center’s hungry patrons. It only makes sense that in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, even your hamburger at a Kings game will be fresh and deliciously local.

Convening food leaders: With so many food and ag leaders in one place, it’s no surprise that the Sacramento region is becoming a coveted location for major food events. In July, food bloggers from around the world will convene in Sacramento for the International Food Bloggers Conference, and the attendees will be getting a taste of our food scene while simultaneously writing about their experience. And there’s more to come in the fall, from the return of the CA Craft Beer Summit, to a new food conference in September that’s sure to make headlines. Be sure to check back for more on these exciting events!