A few weeks ago I got to attend a special lunch for local food bloggers at Grange, one of my favorite restaurants in Sacramento. Grange is located in downtown Sacramento, inside the beautiful Citizen Hotel.
Grange focuses on using local ingredients and turning them into simple, seasonal, and soulful food. I love that they not only utilize seasonal produce but also sustainable seafood and organic meat as well. They also have an all-California wine list and handcrafted cocktails made with local ingredients.
The restaurant recently hired a new Executive Chef, Oliver Ridgeway. To introduce him to the local food blogging community, Grange held a soup recipe contest and invited us all to the restaurant for a meet-and-greet with the chef and try some of the new dishes he created. Along with my friend Lauren, we joined Kimberly of Poor Girl Eats Well, Garrett of Vanilla Garlic, Ann of SN&R and California Food Literacy Center, Melissa of Pretty Yummy Foods, Dawn of Kitchen Travels, and Amber of Awake at the Whisk and California Food Literacy Center.
We enjoyed three small courses before they presented the winning soup:
Everything was wonderful: flavorful, fresh and with a simple, clean presentation. Plus the service, as always, was friendly and attentive. After hearing a bit about Chef Ridgeway and enjoying his dishes, we finally learned which soup was the winner…
Congrats again, Ann! It is a great soup for winter – comforting and satisfying, full of mushrooms, bread, cheese and onions. If you want to try it for yourself, visit Grange from January 9-18 during Dine Downtown Restaurant Week. Along with many other restaurants, Grange will have a special 3-course menu for $30. Their offerings will include Ann’s panade, along with several other tasty options.
After meeting Chef Ridgeway and enjoying the food and company, we got to take a tour of the kitchen and the upstairs area of the restaurant.
Overall, it was a great afternoon and the first of what I hope to be many more blogger events at Grange. I’m looking forward to returning to the restaurant and trying more of Chef Ridgeway’s menu.