July 10, 2013
Orangevale's 8-year-old healthy food advocate meets Obama

nicolasobama.JPG Nicolas Come, Orangevale's 8-year-old healthy eating advocate, managed to snag an interview few reporters ever experience: Face time with the nation's president.

While at the White House for Tuesday's Kids State Dinner hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, Nicolas met President Barack Obama and interviewed him for his website, The second grader also pitched his kid-friendly health-eating mobile application.

The White House press corps posted a photo of Nicolas (shown here; he's wearing the hat) talking to Obama with the caption, "Hey Mr. President, let me tell you about my app. Your wife will love it!"

Wednesday, Nicolas was on his way home with a tape recorder full of interviews for his website.

Also in Washington, D.C., Nicolas met with Rep. Doris Matsui, the Sacramento Congresswoman who coordinated his trip and cleared the way for his White House access as a correspondent to the Kids State Dinner, which gathered youth ages 8 to 12 from around the nation. Nicolas spent almost an hour with Matsui, discussing Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork movement, community gardens and how kids can get more involved.

Matsui also arranged for Nicolas to meet Dr. Robert C. Post, associate executive director of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Nicolas introduced Post to his Nicolas' Garden mobile app, which is available for free download from iPhone App Store and Google Play.

"What a great way to inspire more kids to make healthier eating a lifetime habit!" Post said.

Post is responsible for Mrs. Obama's "My Plate" program, which advocates healthy food choices.

"Kids my age and their families like mobile apps," Nicolas said. "You can be anywhere in the world and share important information on a digital platform. I think if all kids shared recipes and other healthy links using my Nicolas' Garden app, they would learn that growing and eating good food and being healthy can be fun!"

July 3, 2013
Streets of London to launch food truck

A new addition to Sacramento's fleet of food trucks is expected to start rolling by late-July. Look for the Big Red Bus, a food truck fashioned like a double-decker bus to be run by Streets of London. The popular English-style pub with midtown and West Sacramento locations will feature a menu of fish 'n' chips, plus "global burritos" with fillings that reference Italian and Indian cooking and an English breakfast burrito. Kabobs are also expected to be included among the Big Red Bus' offerings.

The final design touches are being applied to the Big Red Bus, which is nicknamed "Jeeves," like a classic English butler.

"Whatever the bus needs to do, the bus will do," said Marty Hutton, executive chef for Streets of London.

We'll keep you posted soon with more updates on the Big Red Bus ... until then, toodle-pip!


* SactoMoFo 6 matches record attendance

April 27, 2013
Live blog: SactoMoFo6: Sacramento food truck festival

April 25, 2013
Live chat: Making the most of SactoMoFo6

August 9, 2012
Pour House to open Friday

A few weeks back, "Appetizers" gave readers a sneak peek of Pour House. This spot at 19th and Q streets is the former location of Whiskey Wild, and features one of the area's more novel bar concepts. Some of the booths come with tap handles for beer and whiskey, so you can get a drink without leaving your seat. Meanwhile, the food program is being run by the folks behind Coast to Coast Sandwiches, the popular local food truck.

Pour House is now all ready to go, and its grand opening is set for 11 a.m. Friday. Along with its in-booth beer and whiskey taps, look for one of the area's more extensive bourbon and whiskey selections. The food will include an expanded version of Coast to Coast's menu, including smoked tri-tip and pulled pork.

For more information, visit Pour House's Facebook page.

June 21, 2012
Local chef vying for $250,000 grant to launch farm-to-table food truck idea

David Hill, owner of the popular and much-respected restaurant The Chef's Table in Rocklin, has an idea for a food truck - and he's looking for public support to help him land one of 12 $250,000 grants available to get the truck up and running and heading out to area farmers markets.

The catch? Plenty of stiff competition across the country for one of the slices of start-up funding from a $3 million pie. The program is the result of a partnership between Chase bank and LivingSocial.

I caught up with Hill to ask him about his vision for a food truck. Turns out, the restaurateur and former culinary instructor has been thinking about food trucks for years.

April 20, 2012
MiniBurger food truck changes name to Krush Burger

For those looking to grab some sliders from the MiniBurger truck at Saturday's SactoMoFo 4, take note: From Saturday on out, MiniBurger will now be known as Krush Burger. The name change occurred with owner Davin Vculek having troubles trademarking the name "MiniBurger," which turned out to be too general.

Vculek will also debut a second truck, possibly by mid-May, but will feature a different name and food concept than MiniBurger/KrushBurger. Vculek won't say just yet what the theme of this truck will be. Looking down the road a little further, with a tentative opening of late-September or early-October, Vculek will open a brick-and-mortar version of one of his food truck businesses.

In the meantime, look for a new Krush Burger app for the iPhone and Android. The free app will include the truck's latest locations, menu, coupons and more.

March 30, 2012
Food trucks: Do you have some new favorites?

Last year, I reviewed three of the new food trucks that had quickly made their mark in and around Sacramento.

But plenty has changed since then -- there are several new trucks, and it's only fitting that I take a look at what they are up to. As most foodies know by now, SactoMoFo is fast approaching (April 21).

Let us know in the comments section about some of your favorite new trucks, as well as some of the menu offerings you think we should try.

Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.

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