June 20, 2007
A Starring Role for Dinner

After 25 years as a venue recognized more for its theater than its dinners, Garbeau's Dinner Theatre is swinging into a new era. Under the direction of new owners Mark Ferreira and Andrea Castel, Garbeau's now is serving dinner Tuesday through Thursday as well as before performances Friday through Sunday. Up to now, dinner was served weekends only.

Ferreira also is introducing an extensively revised and expanded menu, which runs largely to Mediterranean and New American dishes but also with touches of New Orleans, such as shrimp Creole ($18) and jambalaya ($16). Other entrees include pecan-crusted halibut ($33), horseradish-crusted prime rib ($26), and filet mignon with sauteed bay shrimp ($28).

Ferreira, a graduate of UC Davis in psychology and music, is hoping to create on weeknights the cabaret feel of the former Max's Opera Cafe in Sacramento, where he played piano, which he also does at Garbeau's.

Garbeau's, 12401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, now is open for dinner 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and at 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (shows at 8 p.m.). Sundays, brunch is being served at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. show. The current production is "The All Night Strut," a tribute to swing and jazz. More information: (916) 985-6361.

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