Jennifer Fergesen is senior editor for Comstock’s magazine. She writes about food for publications around the world and has received awards for her reporting on the restaurants of the global Filipino diaspora. See her work at jcfrgsn.journoportfolio.com and globalcarinderia.com.
The West End Revival, a ticketed dinner organized by the Last
Supper Society, evoked the people and businesses that were
displaced to make way for the Capitol Mall Project — a cautionary
tale for modern developers and city planners envisioning the
future of Sacramento.
After the three-year pandemic hiatus, Our Street has grown into a tightly choreographed event that brings in visitors as far afield as the Bay Area. We asked Yellow Brick Group co-owner Shawn Kahan for his post-event takeaways.
Every morning, Caravan Uzbek Cuisine co-owner Farkhod Soatov
wakes up early to make plov. The rice and meat dish, with
roots in Persian pilaf, has changed little since the days of the
Yolo County’s most photogenic crop is facing a barrage of challenges, including supply issues related to the war in Ukraine, global currency volatility and drought.
Midtown Association’s Street Food Sacramento grant
is helping to better represent the city’s
diversity in the business district and the thriving Midtown
Concessions prices are higher than they were at the last California State Fair in 2019, but fairgoers are still spending money on the summer indulgences they missed.
With Vite Ramen, co-founder and CEO Tim Zheng set out
to create a nutritious instant food product. He also
manufactured it ethically and designed the recipe to be faithful
to classic Japanese ramen styles.
Law manages a team of faculty and entrepreneurs-in-residence who create programming designed to make innovation and entrepreneurship more accessible for people from all of the Capital Region’s diverse communities.
A celebration of inclusivity and diversity was on full display at the Sac Pride March, where local organizations and the businesses turned out to support the Sacramento LGBT Center and its community.
The competition’s inventions included a medical device that detects fetuses’ oxygen levels, a machine-learning tool that analyzes livestock health and a healthy take on boba milk tea.
After two quiet years, concerts and music festivals are thumping through the Capital Region once again. While the COVID-19 pandemic has not ended, many are ready to see live music at outdoor venues.
The California Honey Festival returns with vendors, music and neighborhood restaurants celebrating the state’s sweetest product.
Companies and researchers are finding ways to use mycelium,
the vegetative body of fungi, to solve problems including
plastic waste, greenhouse gas emissions, antibiotic residue in
water supplies and more.
We’ve rounded up some of our previous Art Exposed interviews with photographers to learn how local artists make a living out of drawing with light.
The Boulevard Park corner cafe serves Brazilian baked goods such as cheese bread and fried dumplings, as well as an assortment of sandwiches and beverages.
After five years of planning, Aggie Square has broken ground in Oak Park. We chat with Chancellor May about how the project’s partners are responding to concerns and what Aggie Square aims to bring to the region.
The frozen meal company expands its operations following an increase in demand for delivered food options.
As a woodworker and metal fabricator, Nancy Sayavong uses her
training both for art and remodeling jobs. Her work is
interested in the contrast between the romantic ideal of the
home and its lived reality.
State government leaders take a break from making California laws to make California rolls for the Capitol Roller Competition, part of a recent summit for rice industry stakeholders.
Gloria Salazar is preparing to ride off into the sunset as she
retires from a robust career in public
Sarah Hemly is the president of Hemly Cider, an
award-winning cider company that uses fruit from one of the
oldest family-run orchards in the Capital Region.
The market-kitchen hybrid offers Afro-Caribbean favorites like jerk chicken, curry goat and oxtail.
PODCAST: Young restaurateurs in the Capital Region are rewriting the definition of authenticity.
Capital Region restaurant owners with mixed backgrounds are
channeling their points of view into creative dishes.
After more than 20 years selling Korean specialty items, the owners of Smile Food Market opened Smile Market 2, which serves fresh dishes like spicy seafood noodles and sweet-and-sour pork.
We interviewed a local banking expert about how optimistic
national trends are being reflected in the Capital Region.
From an homage to a burned Delta restaurant to a history of Cornish pasties, here are this year’s most-read stories.
The Chulla’s Cafe menu borrows influences from African,
Asian, Latin American, South European and Pacific coastal
At Kehaulani’s Cafe in Vallejo, the loco moco starts with short
ribs braised for 12 hours.
This fast-casual restaurant serves a cuisine that germinated in
Kolkata’s Chinatown and is now popular across the
A first-of-its-kind credit program is helping to fund the
redevelopment of a former soup factory in south
From the corporate world to a rolling piece of land, a
husband-wife team runs Bella Grace Vineyards in Amador
“It all started with the sausage,” says Christine Chang, the
second-generation owner of Taiwan Best Mart.
Small, iconoclastic wineries, vineyards and bars may be set to impact the California wine scene in the same way the microbrewery boom challenged “Big Beer.”
The University of the Pacific’s three campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco have reopened — with COVID-19 vaccinations required.
Deneva Shelton, the Sacramento community manager of JPMorgan
Chase, wants to use her expertise to increase Sacramentans’
Anyone who has visited the coffee houses of Vienna will see the
resemblance between those venerable institutions and Konditorei
Austrian Pastry Café in Davis.
Margaret Wong, a leader in U.S.-China trade for over three
decades, used to travel between the two countries up to eight
times a year. Here’s how she shifted gears when the borders
Gaspachos in south Sacramento does not serve gazpacho, the
Spanish chilled tomato soup. Here and in Morelia, Michoacan,
gaspacho is something else entirely.
A new generation of entrepreneurs is bringing fresh concepts to restaurant and bar spaces that shuttered in 2020.
Juliana Almanza is chief of staff of the West Sacramento-based construction trade association Associated General Contractors of California.
Growing the Table is a statewide initiative that connects farmers
from underserved communities with families in need.
The Woodland Opera House reopened June 15, 1896 after a fire destroyed the original building. On June 15, 2021, it reopened after a different crisis.
Amazon Grill is operated by the nonprofit Brazilian Center for
Cultural Exchange of Sacramento, which serves as a hub for the
Capital Region’s Brazilian community.
Comstock’s spoke to Wardell-Ghirarduzzi about what she plans to
achieve at her alma mater.
A startup incubator aims to bring a new generation of food and
agricultural technology innovators to the Yolo County
To walk along Elena’s deli counter is to explore the diversity of
the former Soviet republics.
Comstock’s stories, designs, photographs and illustrations won
awards in 14 categories in the California Journalism Awards,
hosted by the California News Publishers Association. Here’s a
list of all our awards, with links to the winning content.
Cornish pasties are an edible trace of the gold rush, connecting
Grass Valley to a global history of migration and
Aria Afghan Restaurant in North Highlands serves a cuisine that
hails from the crossroads of South and Central Asia,
including one dish that takes over 10 hours to make.