“My plan is to own a bakery,” LaThomas Holmes says to a videographer, breaking into a smile as she recounts the compliments her pies and cakes have earned. Before LaThomas got to Plates Café and Catering, that dream was far from her reality. Like the other women at Plates, LaThomas is part of a 90-day program that teaches food-service skills to mothers experiencing homelessness, bringing them closer to self-sufficiency. The restaurant is run by St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children, which realized that its clients don’t just need housing—they need employable skills that will help them keep that housing. The shelter’s innovative response to this need, a training-oriented restaurant, has become a media-buzz magnet, earning televised praise from Good Day Sacramento and KVIE’s Rob on the Road and glowing printed words from the State Hornet and Sacramento Business Journal.
These profiles of Plates don’t just express admiration for the eatery’s mission; they also extol the deliciousness of its food. Though it prioritizes its social mission, Plates hasn’t neglected the art of crafting breakfasts and lunches from ingredients such as honey-roasted bacon, basil aioli, and pineapple chutney. Those desserts that bakery-destined LaThomas has perfected? They range from maple-pecan bread pudding to bittersweet chocolate Kahlua cake. The feasts arrive in a dining room that used to be a commissary for the US Army Depot, now redecorated in cheery shades of magenta and yellow. Plates doesn’t yet serve dinner in the dining room, but it does cater evening feasts, as well as earlier breakfasts, salad bars, and buffet lunches. Catered entrees rely on ingredients from local growers who engage in organic and sustainable practices, reflecting a commitment to the environment also seen in Plates’ biocompostable flatware, plates, and cups, which save diners the hassle of bringing their own pitchforks.
At Java City in Southeastern Sacramento, the beans are fresh and the roasts are bold.
Java City is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day.
Java City offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Sit outside at Java City and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Java City offers catering.
When it comes to parking, the coffee shop provides convenient options — diners can leave their vehicles in the lot next door or park in a nearby garage.
You won't get sticker shock from your bill at Java City — prices are usually less than $15.
Visit Ettore's for a freshly baked treat.
The sweet treats here may tempt you to skip lunch or dinner and head straight to dessert.
Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet.
Parents appreciate Ettore's' kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Ettore's' al fresco patio seating.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Ettore's' cooking from the comfort of their own home.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Ettore's.
A meal at Ettore's will typically set you back about $30.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Zinfandel Grille.
Healthy, fresh fare — including low-fat options — is readily available on Zinfandel Grille's menu.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Bring the whole clan to Zinfandel Grille — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
A great space for entertaining large parties, consider reserving the private room at Zinfandel Grille for your next big event.
The patio seating at Zinfandel Grille is perfect for those warm summer days.
Call Zinfandel Grille for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Zinfandel Grille, so plan your budget accordingly.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Each morning Nothing Bundt Cakes' kitchen whirs to life with the mixing of flour, eggs, butter, and cream cheese. Each ingredient is the genuine article. It's a commitment to quality and freshness that best friends and co-owners Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz subscribe to. They spent six months developing their bundt cake recipe for Nothing Bundt Cakes, and they won't stand for short cuts.
At any of their proliferating locations, chefs whip up the delectable cakes, including treats for special occasions, such as birthdays and bring-your-parole-officer-to-work day. Those cakes come in everything from bite-size to double-tiers. Melting in mouths, nine flavors tantalize and include white chocolate raspberry and red velvet. Their signature frosting adorns cakes in thick, frosted petals or a simple drizzle for those preferring a lighter touch. To go along with cakes, Dena and Debra outfitted their shop with gifts such as Jessie Steele aprons and Tumbleweed pottery.