Happy New Year!

The New Year is here, a time of new beginnings and often a time when people have just become engaged to be married. To help you get started, this month’s issue features some wedding themed articles, photos and ideas.

Ports on Parade at Deaver Winery

Every year, Deaver Winery, in Amador County, invites customers to enjoy a port and food pairing at their beautiful winery. Offering six different ports with a choice of both savory and sweet foods for each, there was plenty to enjoy that afternoon.

January 2017 Around Town

On display for the very first time in California, guests of all ages will be fascinated by the dramatic and interactive Leonardo da Vinci “Machines in Motion” international traveling exhibit coming soon to the Aerospace Museum of California. Forty impressive machine replicas will be on special display, occupying nearly 9,000-square feet of space inside the Museum. All of the hands-on…

Ethereal Romance Wedding Theme

Ethereal Romance Wedding Theme

Honeymoon in the Maya Riviera

When it comes to honeymoon destinations, the Riviera Maya has it all: fun, adventure and romance. Stretching along Mexico’s Gulf Coast, the Riviera Maya runs from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. It’s fun in the sun year round, and is packed with things to do for all kinds of honeymooners.

Choosing a Wedding Photographer, 101

Your wedding day is approaching and there’s just one thing you can’t decide on…the photographer. You’ve met with a few, but it’s overwhelming and expensive and how do you choose the right one? Three recently married brides and a wedding planner (we will call them “Team Wedding”) tell you how to find a good photographer and why you won’t regret…

Three Real Sacramento Weddings

Stephen and Ashley were born and raised in the Sacramento area - Ashley from Carmichael and Stephen from Land Park. Although they both moved away for college and work, Stephen and Ashley eventually made their way back home to plant their roots. The couple now owns a home in Tahoe Park where they live with their six-month-old Australian Shepherd puppy…

Congratulations! You Just Got Engaged!

Congratulations! You got engaged! Now the real fun­—and work—begins: planning the wedding. Following are five things to do right after he (or she) puts a ring on it.

Art of the Car at California Auto Museum

California Automobile Museum celebrated their recent fundraiser and dinner extravaganza featuring world-renowned artist and car enthusiast David Garibaldi, farm-to-fork cuisine by Diane Wilkinson Catering, artisan cocktails, live entertainment by Ken Koenig and Spare Parts Band, and a silent and LOUD auction (including the art that David produces during his performance.)

Giving Back

Hello and Happy Holidays to our community of readers! It’s hard to believe that December is already here and the holiday season (my favorite time of the year) is in full swing. This month’s issue is not just about the holidays though; it is also about giving back. In this issue, you’ll meet Curt Rocca, a local executive and our…

December 2016 Around Town

This innovative exhibition reunites European drawings that have traveled across centuries and continents to different modern collections on the West Coast. By coincidence or by design, drawings by the same artist, for the same project, and even from the same sketchbook, have made their way separately into galleries and museums on the West Coast. Bringing these long-estranged drawings together again…

Sacramento Food Bank and HD Supply

HD Supply along with the Sacramento Area Vendor Association, partnered with the Sacramento Food Band and Family Services to sponsor a 3 month long canned food drive. Called "The Need to Feed - No Family Goes Hungry", the group celebrated a successful campaign at Sacramento Food Bank with a parade, music and luncheon.

Children’s Museum Buccaneer Ball

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sacramento Children's Museums celebrated their annual Buccaneer Ball. Families enjoyed Museum play, dancing, and pirates! This year over 100 pirates raised the mast and set a course on an exciting night of swashbuckling and treasured fun.

Real Wives of the Sacramento Area

When the rap of the gavel rings out in her courtroom, it may be the end of a court judgment, but not the end of the day for the on-the-go Justice Elena Duarte. Duarte met her husband, R. Graham Barlowe, Special Agent with the United States Department of Justice, while she was climbing the judicial career ladder as an Asst.…

Saint John’s is Making Real Changes for Homeless Women

Saint John’s has greatly evolved since its founding as a nonprofit in 1985—today it is a year-long rehabilitative program dedicated to the eradication of homelessness for each woman and child it serves. Program residents (and their children) live onsite in a communal housing setting and then in transitional housing. They are not required to pay rent, but must commit to…

Capital Cup 2016 Golf Tournament Ends With a Bang

Steve Fleming, president and CEO of River City Bank, was on the 18th hole of Capital Cup 2016 when hail started pounding the green at Granite Bay Golf Club. “There was a huge sonic boom and then a massive lightning bolt hit right behind him,” describes the tournament's founder, Curt Rocca. “I saw fear in Steve's eyes.”

Chef Joe Thompson Hits a Homerun with Capital Cuisine

Beginning as a child, Joe Thompson’s drive in life has been to see people happy. Since this restaurant owning chef believes most people are delighted around food, he’s able to bring joy to others on a daily basis. “They get excited when they see it and smile when they eat it!” claims Chef Joe, especially when he’s the one cooking…

What’s Shaking

To help you get ready for the holidays, we’ve gathered up a few drink recipes from some of our favorite restaurants in town. The next time you're entertaining at home, impress your friends with one of these craft cocktails!

Holiday Gift Guide

This Cherry Oval Dutch Oven can be used to slow roast a main course, simmer side dishes, and cook your favorite all day spaghetti sauce recipe. Meats turn out incredibly tender in this kitchen staple. It’s versatile and essential, at a remarkable price. With a stylish and durable cherry red enamel finish and sturdy handles, you’ll find yourself looking for…

Sacramento International Horse Show

Horse lovers enjoyed the annual Sacramento International Horse Show in Rancho Murieta. With plenty of competition and showmanship, beautiful horses and riders, plus a wide variety of food and drink, this show was a big hit with everyone.

Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra

Many Americans, especially in the Baby Boomer and earlier generations, grew up with choral music as part of their weekly church services. Whether Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, or many other denominations, most churches had a choir and hymnals, and choral music was part of everyday life. Now with praise and other types of worship music replacing traditional choirs in most churches,…

Home Issue

Hello and Happy November! Thanksgiving is on the horizon and the start of the holiday season is almost here. November is our Home Issue and we are very excited to feature the home of Colleen Barker and Adam Mrotek. These two creative individuals purchased a two bedroom, one bath house on 7th Avenue in the bucolic, tree-lined neighborhood of Land…

November 2016 Around Town

November 4, 2016, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. The California Automobile Museum is proud and excited to present Art of the Car starring David Garibaldi to be held on Friday evening, November 4, 2016.

Traditional Charm: Land Park Home Remodel

The white brick house on 7th Avenue in Land Park is not the largest property in the neighborhood, but its charming curb appeal has passersby literally stopping to compliment the owners. “Your house is so cute! I drive by it every day and just love it,” says one neighbor driving through the tree-canopied street. With colorful impatiens encircling sycamore shade…

Growing the Good Life in the Gold Country

When the November sun rises above Rattlesnake Bar in Newcastle, CA, its glorious rays reach out to kiss the abundance of “Mountain Candy” growing throughout the foothills. That sweet deliciousness is the Satsuma mandarin at it’s prime, and growing it in their prime are the owners of North Fork Mandarins.

Monte Carlo Night at the Dante Club

HD Supply along with the Sacramento Area Vendor Association, partnered with the Sacramento Food Band and Family Services to sponsor a 3 month long canned food drive. Called "The Need to Feed - No Family Goes Hungry", the group kicked off the campaign with a Monte Carlo night at the Dante Club.

A Day in Historic Oak Park

Every Saturday during the cool morning hours, neighborhood volunteers and artisans, food vendors and farmers set up shop at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market held in McClatchy Park. Baskets of sweet berries and bunches of leafy greens decorate dozens of merchant tables followed by tents with fresh-cut wildflowers, savory and sweet locally baked goods, and the aroma of piping hot…

Tales and Ales at Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town celebrated its 57th anniversary with an all-ages fundraiser featuring beer tastings, food trucks and live music. Participants tasted craft beers while enjoying live music on the Mother Goose Stage. Proceeds from Tales & Ales will support Fairytale Town’s education programs and park improvements.

Real Wives of Sacramento: Melissa Dixon

When mom and wife, Melissa Dixon, isn’t crocheting novelty items or working tirelessly for The Alternative Arts Collective (TAAC), you can usually find her acting in a film or on a stage, such as the Geery on L Street in Sacramento.

Celebrating 40 Years of Helping Those in Need

November is a special month for Sacramento’s main food bank. Thanksgiving Day will start off with the 23rd annual Run to Feed the Hungry, the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the nation. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) owns the event and all funds raised directly benefit its programs and services. Last year showed a record-breaking count of 28,644…

California Craft Beer Summit 16 Beer Festival

This year's California Craft Beer Summit 16 ended with a Beer Festival on Capitol Mall. With perfect weather, good friends and over 160 breweries to choose from, the Summit Beer Festival was a huge success.

Hops and Vines

We take you through Sonoma County on a journey of exceptional wine tasting experiences, including a sensory tasting at Sbragia Family Vineyards, a gourmet food and wine pairing at Rodney Strong Vineyards, and an indulgent Serenity and Wine Brunch at Keller Estate. Next we head over to Phifer Pavitt Winery in Calistoga to hear the sweet tale of their origins…

Sacratomato Festival at Sutter’s Fort

Celebrating the Sacratomato Festival, a free, family festival in Midtown's Sutter District with music, craft beers, fresh fruits and a variety of delicious food served up by nearby restaurants.

October 2016 Around Town

Claire Falkenstein (1908 - 1997) was one of America's most experimental and productive 20th century artists. Relentlessly exploring media, techniques, and processes with uncommon daring and intellectual rigor, she moved from one art center to another, working first in the San Francisco Bay Area, then Paris, and New York, and finally, Los Angeles. Her reputation today rests primarily on her…

Sonoma County – Five Exceptional Wine Tasting Experiences

For most of us wine tasting simply occurs when we stop at a winery, belly up to the bar, and have a few sips. Sometimes the wine tasting room is crowded, noisy and you have to practically elbow your place at the bar to be served. This may be okay for most of us, but there is another way to…

West Sacramento’s Bike Dog Brewing Co.

Let’s pretend you’re a loan officer in a bank and the following occurs: four young guys walk into your office and say that they want a loan to start a craft brewery. They happily respond to all of your follow-up questions: No, they don’t have any professional brewing experience, or even restaurant experience to speak of. No, they’re not going…

Downtown’s Long Anticipated Golden One Center Comes to Life

When you overhear people talking about dribbling, do you instinctively reach for your smartphone to share photos of your baby or grandchildren, only to be met with sets of glaring eyes in shades of purple, baby blue, and silver-and-black?

Date Night Day Dreams Come True for the Phifer Pavitt Winery

As fajitas sizzled in the cast iron skillet on their Calistoga car-camping campfire, Suzanne and Shane Pavitt sipped and savored a glass of wine, while day dreaming out loud. It was a beautiful time on their newly purchased property, and its possibilities overflowed with promise.

Sacramento River Train’s 
”Old Vine Express”

Board at a train station that doesn’t look like a train station, but don’t let that fool you. Once you get on, the wine starts flowing and the band starts playing, and the train keeps a rolling all afternoon. Welcome to the Sacramento River Train’s “Old Vine Express.” This fun and entertaining excursion features a three-hour train ride with wine…

Wine and Produce Passport Weekend in the Delta

Enjoying the Wine and Produce Passport Weekend on the Delta Farm and Winery Trail. Farms and wineries along CA Scenic Hwy 160 participated, a chance for visitors to experience what the rural delta life is like.

Crocker Art, The Next Generation

Close your eyes and picture an art gallery. What do you see? It is a serene space filled with professionally-dressed gray hairs quietly observing the latest exhibit, or is it a building bursting with boisterous, costume-clad young adults and children dancing to live music?

First Annual 
Reader’s Choice

Summer is waning, fall is almost here and Sacramento Lifestyle Magazine is now in our 12th month! Many thanks to our advertising partners and our faithful readership.

2016 California State Fair Home Wine Competition Awards

Home winemakers from throughout California sharing their award winning wines at the California State Fair Home Wine Competition award ceremony.

Around Town

The California Craft Brewers Association's (CCBA) signature event, the California Craft Beer Summit and Beer Festival, returns to Sacramento for the second year in a row. The hands-on craft beer experience will take place in downtown Sacramento, September 8-10, and includes educational events, receptions and the largest beer festival in the state, featuring 400 rare and specialty beers crafted by…

Twilight Thursday at the Sacramento Zoo

Enjoying good food, good music, family and friends, and warm summer evenings at the Sacramento Zoo.

Crafts and Cocktails at the Crocker Art Museum

What better way to spend an evening than making crafts and enjoying craft cocktails at the Crocker Art Museum?

Real Wives of Sacramento – Katy Carlsen, MD FAAP

Mother, wife and foster care advocate, Katy Carlsen is a pediatric doctor who shows that there’s more to life than just “giving at the office.” Over 30 years ago, Katy met the love of her life, founder and past CEO of Sleep Train, Dale Carlsen. As for her marriage to the Sacramento State alumni, she recounts, “(It) occurred after quite…

Sacramento Children’s Museum

Don’t let the definition of a museum sway your thoughts about taking the kids to the Sacramento Children’s Museum. Merriam-Webster describes a museum as “a building in which interesting and valuable things, such as paintings and sculptures or scientific or historical objects, are collected and shown to the public.” The experiences of infants to eight-year-olds (and beyond) at the 7,000-square-foot…

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

Caterina Yac is a single, fiercely independent woman who owns a three-acre farm at an elevation of 4,000+ feet in Santa Clara Laguna, Guatemala. Her main crop is coffee, though she also grows a variety of other crops to eat and barter with neighbors. When she brews some of her homegrown coffee to offer to guests, she’s probably not thinking…

Reader’s Choice 2016

Thank you Sacramento! When we put out the call for your favorite businesses on our ​Sacramento Lifestyle Magazine ​Facebook page, you responded in full force. All of the businesses were nominated by and voted on by you. With nearly 30,000 votes from June 25 to July 11, 2016, the results are in.