Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge 2013 -- Cafe Capricho

Cafe Capricho is one of the few participating restaurants that offers their Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge menu all day, so I headed over there for lunch today.

I ordered one of everything on their challenge menu. Since ordering is done at the counter, rather than through a server, this meant that all of my food arrived at the same time.

The first course was the Spicy Fruit Salad, consisting of mixed lettuce, jicama, orange, cucumber, mango, and pineapple, topped with chia seeds and spicy apricot chipotle dressing. The dressing had a kick to it, but it worked well with the refreshing fruit selection.

The main course was Revoltijo--The Mix. It was a bed of wild rice served with a mixture of garbanzo, fava, and green beans, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, butternut squash, and Swiss chard, then topped with pine nuts. This was a delicious and satisfying fall dish, combining a nice variety of tastes, colors, and textures.

After such a filling entrée, I was glad the dessert was fairly light. The Alegria--Joy was an amaranth pudding made with almond milk and agave, and topped with pecans, which added a nice crunch to the sweet grainy pudding.

Cafe Capricho is located at 3269 Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento, and their phone number is 916-457-3916. Their website address is http://cafecapricho.webs.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Capricho/163072603737644. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge menu will be available through October 20th.

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