Monday, June 28, 2010

Boqueria California - An Idea Whose Time Has Come

I love living in Sacramento.  I love that we actually have seasons up here.  I love being in between Napa and Tahoe, with San Francisco just to the west.  And I really, really love being surrounded by the embarrassment of riches we have within arm's reach here - fruits, vegetables and nuts, artisan cheeses, olive oil, glorious honey, even locally-manufactured chocolate.  That's why I'm so pleased that a group of people with vision are trying to make that bounty a centerpiece for our city.

Boqueria California is a year-round marketplace and farmer's market concept and one of the components of The AuthentiCity, a mixed-use complex being proposed for the redevelopment of K Street, long a neglected area of downtown sorely in need of revitalization.  The people behind The AuthentiCity include Grange's executive chef, Michael Tuohy, and Rubicon Partners and Vitae Architecture, who worked together to renovate a historic office building and turn it into The Citizen Hotel, beautiful and modern but with an old soul.

The Boqueria would feature 35,000 sf of California grown produce and products from across the state.  There would be vendor stalls offering "street food" reflecting the diversity of cultures in our area.  Can you imagine?  Any day of the week you could go downtown and wander the stalls, picking and choosing from all the gorgeous fresh food layed out in front of you, stopping to eat a hand-rolled tamale and washing it down with a craft beer or locally-produced glass of wine.  Maybe, just maybe, there would be a stall where you could get artisan pastries!  I don't know about you, but that sounds like a little piece of heaven to me.

I've seen a lot of positive growth in the Sacramento food scene since moving here almost 10 years ago.  We have restaurants like Grange, Ella's and Mulvaney's, all showcasing local, sustainable, organic produce and artisan products.  We have a downtown farmer's market under a freeway(!) that's packed every Sunday.  The Slow Food Movement has chapters in Yolo and Sacramento counties.  Many of us get a box of organic produce each week from local farms as part the the CSA (community-supported agriculture) program.  Sacramento's citizens love good food and clearly support the farm-to-table movement.  Now we have an opportunity for an amazing multi-cultural food marketplace to fuel our passion for cooking and eating with great ingredients.  Please check out the Boqueria California website to learn more and show your support for this terrific concept (http://www.boqueriaca.com/).  Let's make it happen!

2 comments:

  1. Agh! That was on my to-do list today! It just totally slipped off the radar to go to that thing. Ugh. =(

    Also, locally produced chocolate in Sac? Where is this?

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  2. I was referring to TCHO Chocolate in San Francisco - within 100 miles of Sacramento ;)

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