The 2013 Sacramento Bacon Fest

The 2013 Sacramento Bacon Fest is coming up in January.

How can anyone not like bacon?  It legitimately adds the post flavor to a dish than any other single ingredient.  I don’t care….salt, sugar, just nothing ramps the flavor level like good old pork fat!

When:                       January 20th to January 27th, 2013

Where:                     Various Sacramento locations

How can a Bacon Festival last for a whole dang week?  By having a lot of different activities including a Chef’s Challenge, a big Opening Night Party, a Kid’s Challenge, events and dinners and laughably the best activity of the week:   the 2nd Annual Kevin Bacon Tribute Night

Most of the events are free and even those that have a charge are inexpensive enough that most folks can attend.

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St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef At Corti Bros Meat Market And The Parade!

Butchers at Sacramento’s Corti Brothers meat market are preparing brisket and other cuts for corned beef now as Sacramento prepares for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

In the labyrinthian prep areas behind the Corti Bros. Market meat counter, Carroll trimmed and brine-injected beautiful briskets and other  cuts of beef (pictured),  then sank them under more house-made brine in stainless-steel barrels. There they will soak until Feb. 29, when they will be displayed in the meat department cold cases and sold to home cooks eager to bring a taste of Irelandinto their kitchens. Some of the brined cuts will likely still be available post-March 17th.

We’re injecting and barrel-brining more than 2,000 pounds of meat – choice, prime and Wagyu (Kobe-style) briskets, (leaner) eye of rounds, bottom rounds and prime Diamond Jims(from the shoulder), and a limited amount of pork shoulder and beef tongue.”

2,000 pounds!!!  That’s a lot of corned beef.
And Corti Bros also prepares and cooks their own corned beef in their family’s secret recipe for sale in their deli counter.
The beef is from premium wholesaler J.B.S Meats of Greenley, Colo., said Carroll, who has been with Corti Bros. for 34 years. What’s the difference between the beef cuts? “The texture of the meat,” he  said. “The briskets are chewier and more fatty, while the others are leaner and more tender. But my choice is always the brisket because it has the most flavor….
The water-based brine is made from a proprietary recipe, Carroll said. Some of the ingredients are cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and pickling spices, but “nobody else has this recipe.”
For the beef Carroll is brining now, prices will range from $4.99 a pound to $8.99 a pound, depending on the cut. Pre-order at (916) 736-3805 .
Read the full Sacramento Bee article at the link at the beginning of this post.
Corned beef may be the Irish St Patrick’s Day tradition (well, plus the green beer!!!) but Corti Brothers is the Sacramento meat market tradition.  (Plus Taylor’s meat market and we will check on their corned beef and plug it in to this post for you.
Wear your green on March 17th and eat your corned beef & cabbage.
March 16th:
Get ready!  The parade and festivities are in Old SSacramento tomorrowGet our little leprerhauns in their costumes, or paint shamrocks on their cheeks.
Count on local pubs with an Irish flavor, including de Vere’s Irish Pub and the Boxing Donkey, to go all out with corned beef and cabbage, music, pints of Guinnessand other prerequisite St. Patrick’s Day refreshments.”
Not everything will be in the pubs as you an see with the orti BBros info…such good Italian Irishmen the lads are!!
The parade starts at 1 pm….so much better than those 8 am parades.  Here is your route so you don’t lose your way:
 Bagpipes alert! Strike up the band and kick off your green-themed celebrations with Old Sacramento’s 16th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade starts at 1 p.m., with a route that starts at Second and L streets. Note that Old Sacramento’sstreets will be closed from noon to 3 p.m.  Saturday.• Green Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum (2701 Prospect Park Drive., Rancho Cordova; 916-952-6852 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              916-952-6852     end_of_the_skype_highlighting): No, we’re not talking about the Berkeley-based punk band. This “green day” at the Sacramento Children’sMuseum means kids get 50 percent off their admission if they wear green.• De Vere’s Irish Pub, 1521 L St., Sacramento, (916) 231-9947 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (916) 231-9947     end_of_the_skype_highlighting; and 217 E St., Davis; (530) 204-5533 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (530) 204-5533     end_of_the_skype_highlighting: Don’t expect any block parties in front of de Vere’s downtown location. De Vere’s will simply be hosting a good ol’ fashioned pub party at its two Sacramento area locations. Warm the belly with corned beef cabbage and special flights of Irish whiskeys, too. They’ll also be airing the Ireland vs. England rugby game starting at 10 a.m. Go Ireland!• The Boxing Donkey, 300 Lincoln St., Roseville; (916) 797-3665 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (916) 797-3665     end_of_the_skype_highlighting: Oh Danny boy, the pipes will be calling all day with live Irish music at this popular Roseville pub. You’ll also find green beer, clam chowder, shepherd’s pie and more at its Irish Faire. And judging by last week’s Counter Culture review, my colleague Allen Pierleoniwould recommend the fish ‘n’ chips and pork wings. The festivities begin at 6 a.m. and run until 2 a.m. – a good 20 hours of Irish revelry. $5 before 4 p.m., $10 after 4 p.m.• Gallagher’s Irish Pub, 1201 K St., Sacramento; (916) 444-3444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (916) 444-3444     end_of_the_skype_highlighting: Billed as “the closest thing to Ireland in Sacramento,” this pub will feature Irish fiddlers, drummers and pipers to keep everyone feeling green. This pub is inside the Broiler Steakhouse, with Gallagher’s taking over the lounge. Also check the menu for St. Patrick’s Day food specials.

• Streets of London Pub, 1804 J St., Sacramento, (916) 498-1388 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (916) 498-1388     end_of_the_skype_highlighting; 649 E. Bidwell St., Folsom, (916) 984-3706 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (916) 984-3706     end_of_the_skype_highlighting; and 2200 Lake Washington Blvd., West Sacramento, (916) 376-9066 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (916) 376-9066     end_of_the_skype_highlighting: This British-themed pub should rename itself “Streets of Londonderry” in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, but either way, you’ll find a whole lot of festivities at its three area locations. Jell-O shots, car bombs (a potent mix of Guinness, Jameson whiskey and Baileys Irish Cream), plus the prerequisite corned beef and cabbage will all be for the devouring.

5Hundy Pub Crawl: Test your St. Patrick’s Day stamina with a nine-hour pub crawl through 19 local establishments. The festivities start at 2 p.m. at Blue Cue, 1004 28th St., Sacramento; (916) 441-6810 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (916) 441-6810     end_of_the_skype_highlighting, and wind their way through the central city before wrapping up at 11 p.m. with music by Arden Park Roots at Shenanigans, (705 J St., Sacramento; (916) 442-1268 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (916) 442-1268     end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Check www.5hundy.net for the full itinerary.

Golden Bear, 2326 K St., Sacramento; (916) 441-2242 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (916) 441-2242     end_of_the_skype_highlighting: The Golden Bear goes green starting with a cocktail competition starting at 1 p.m. Also look for special food items, including corned beef banh mi, a beer garden with live music and more partying at 10 p.m. with DJ Shaun Slaughterin the mix. $10.

All aove from the Sacramento Bee artile at the link.  Have tons o’ fun!
March 18th:
Sacramentan’s celebrated St Patrick’s Day with the wearin’ o’ the green in big numbers on a very gray day.
It was cold and rainy when it wasn’t just gray and gloomy in Sacramento but that didn’t stop people from ining up for the parade in large numbers when things dried out for a bit, doing the good old pub crawl in Od Sac and in downtown/East Sacramento and other spots, as well as eating every single morsel of corned beef and cabbage avaiable to them!!
A roster of 1,500 participants marched in the parade, and ranging from the young cheerleading group AlphaOmegaCheer.com to Chapter 500 of Vietnam Veterans of America.One of the more unusual participants was 20-something Aimee Alejandre, whose lower body was encased in quivering mermaid green.To the uninitiated, her sea-worthy mermaid suit looked just like a once-a-year St. Patrick’s Day prop.But this suit is serious business. Alejandre is a practicing mermaid at Sacramento’s Dive Bar, which she was representing at the parade.

Saturday afternoon, she waved from the back of a pedicab powered by her boyfriend – fellow merman Antwan Lashay. Both work night swim shifts at the Dive Bar, where they entertain from a 40-foot-long saltwater tank above the bar. ”

Read more at the links above.
See who was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento.  125 photographs.
Do not pinch??  That is great!
There are 122 more photos at the link above.  Are you in them?? 

The Inaugural Bacon Fest, 2012 Sacramento

It is almost here people!!

What you ask?

Well, Sacramento‘s Inaugural Bacon Fest for 2012.

Everything just goes better with a little bit of bacon.  Well, more than a little bit.

It’s all about bringin’ home the bacon!!

When:          Friday, January 20th at 11 a.m. thru Sunday, January 22nd at 9 p.m.

Where:        Mulvaney’s B & L, Pig Next Door—19th & L Streets

What:          Food, bacon small plates, beer and wine and Celebrity Judges

This is the very first Bacon Fest in Sacramento.  Get ready for “Three days of Bacon in your face!!”

Where to buy bacon?  There are a lot of excellent smokehouses that you can find with little effort especially if you want packages delivered to your door.  There are 100-year-old smokehouses like Dakin’s Farms Cob Smoked Bacon in Vermont, Nueske’s excellent apple-wood smoked meats in Wisconsin and others in Minnesota as well as  the southern hill country of South carolina and others.

Locally, in a restaurant, Mulvaney’s is a great choice.

What about great local bacon?  In stores, I love Taylors for all things meat market.

Also, take a short drive and check out a place out in the town of Jackson called Swingle Meat Co. (www.swinglemeat.com), whose bacon offerings include honey-cured, maple, pepper, apple cinnamon, country-style, beef, and Canadian, which is not known as Canadian bacon in Canada (they call it back bacon, or at least we did growing up in Ottawa).

And do a check for Irish Back Bacon.  Kind of between American slab bacon and Canadian Bacon.  Something good to try.

Check out the bacon festival.  Your mouth will thank you!!

January 23rd:

Sacramento’s Bacon Fest was a HUGE success!!!  Restaurants are in “Hog Heaven”.

Today marks the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, but around Sacramento it might as well be the Year of the Pig. The inagural Bacon Fest ran from Friday through Sunday, with some two dozen Sacramento area restaurants participating, and marked by packed events and food shortages from the bacon-hungry hordes. Pangaea Two Brews Cafe reported its busiest day ever due to its Saturday Bacon Fest event which featured bacon and beers specials. Because of this whopping success, Pangaea was closed on Sunday for an employee appreciation day.

Founded by local musician and bacon aficionado Brian Guido and Nick Miller, managing editor of the Sacramento News & Review, just five official events were planned when Bacon Fest was announced two weeks ago. Once word got out, that number jumped to 24 participating venues, including  Samuel Horne’s Tavern in Folsom, the Shady Lady and Lucca restaurant.”

Read more about the successful event at the link above.

 

We used to have a restaurant on Alhambra Boulevard that was named Pig Heaven.  A BBQ place.  I loved it and hated when they closed.  Eventually Luis’ opened and was a Mexican hit for like 20 years.  Now it is closed too.  I will be 60 in April and there have only been two restaurants there in my lifetime.  That is success.  Now it sits closed.