May 15, 2007
The Big Tomato's Day in the Sun?

OK, Sacramento, here's your chance to let the rest of the world know all about the area's exciting restaurants, farmers markets, ice-cream parlors, bakeries, wine bars, butchers and the like.

Convinced that New York and San Francisco no longer have a monopoly on innovative chefs, artisan bakers, creative bartenders and so forth - they never did, of course, but news travels slowly in some circles - the editors of Food & Wine Magazine have created a Wiki site to let residents of smaller cities brag about their local food scene.

Starting with three Northeast communities to be highlighted in the magazine's June issue, editors are launching a year-long search to find the nation's emerging food cities. "'Food & Wine Across America,' which kicks off online today and in the June issue, will showcase dynamic food scenes in lesser-known cities and document how food in smaller American cities has dramatically improved in the last five years or so," says an emailed press release from the magazine.

Here's how it works: Visit the Wiki site, nominate Sacramento as your favorite food city if someone already hasn't, and then start adding your favorite local coffee houses, wine shops and so forth. Based on public participation, the magazine's editors are to profile the food scene of one of the nominated cities.

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