Sacramento calls itself the “Farm to Fork Capital,” but none of its restaurants will be written up in a Michelin Guide for the foreseeable future (we’re not included in any of the four California regions that get one of their own).

But that’s okay, because we’ve got a few NorCal natives who left town to work at Michelin-starred restaurants and are now coming back home with their Top Chef skills and creds, and opening up their own places here.

We’re having a major food renaissance in the Sacramento region, and for our first “Food for Thought” event of 2018, we’ve got three chefs playing a big part in making that happen. Come listen to them talk about all things food – their experience, skills, philosophy, favorite dishes and ingredients, their new restaurants, and whether “Michelin” and “Sacramento” belong in the same sentence.

Brad Cecchi – a Carmichael native who earned a Michelin star as executive chef at Solbar in Calistoga, and came back here to lead the kitchen at Canon, the East Sacramento restaurant that’s just a couple of months old but already killing it
Edward Martinez – a former gang member in Fresno who was spared an 8-year prison term by promising to enroll in a culinary program, then went on to pastry-chef excellence, most recently at the two-star restaurant Lazy Bear in San Francisco, and is bringing his skills to Sacramento at the soon-to-open eateries Beast + Bounty and Milk Money
Scott Ostrander – having a career crisis at age 30, he sold his Sacramento home, intending to backpack through Europe, but instead got a job at the three-star restaurant Alinea in Chicago, before returning here to blend Michelin skills with Farm-to-Fork philosophy at Paragary, then the Inn at Park Winters, now his “meaty” catering firm Foundation Fire, and soon at his own place, Origami Asian Grill in East Sacramento


Mon, January 29, 2018

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: CLARA Auditorium – 1425 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

$15 admission. Register for your spot today! CLICK HERE


Of course there will be food. And drinks. Details about all of those coming soon!

Organizer: California Groundbreakers

Organizer of Food for Thought: Local Chefs with Michelin-Star Skills

We’re a civic-engagement, community-focused organization putting together panels, interviews, discussions and events focused on cool people doing groundbreaking things and possibly causing earth-shattering change in California and beyond.

These are not your typical seminars held in Sheraton Ballroom C. Consider them “cocktail conversations.” We host regular events in fun, lively spaces around Sacramento for California’s innovators to talk about what they’re doing. And there’s always great beer, wine and libations on hand.

Come, listen, ask questions, mix and mingle with other interesting people, and get inspired to make your own change.

For more information, CLICK HERE