Beer Tasting Wednesdays and the Road to Cicerone

Every Wednesday evening in recent weeks at Ten22, Executive Chef Jay Veregge leads an entertaining hour of beer tasting. Known for its large beer selection, Ten22 wanted to create a program where beer enthusiasts can come learn more about their favorite beers, as well as fall in love with new beer and food pairings. With a different them each week, Beer Tasting Wednesdays have been a beer lover’s paradise.

But wait! There’s more! Beer Tasting Wednesdays just got infinitely more interesting as Chef Jay just passed his Certified Beer Server exam in the Cicerone Certification Program. Now beer enthusiasts, as well as beer skeptics, can come to Beer Tasting Wednesdays knowing they are listening to an expert! “It’s necessary in this business to understand and keep current with the ever-changing beer industry,” said Chef Jay. “I’m a beer enthusiast, and I wanted to test my knowledge on what I know.”

To become a Certified Beer Server one must have proficient knowledge of beer storage and service as well as some knowledge of beer styles which includes understanding of beer tasting, flavors and the basic brewing process and ingredients ( Doesn’t sound quite so simple for the first level, now does it? “The first test in the Cicerone Program was more difficult than I expected even with my expansive knowledge of beer,” said Chef Jay. “If you’re not completely into beer, you might have a hard time.”

Nevertheless, Chef Jay is confident he can give people the opportunity through Beer Tasting Wednesdays to become their own Cicerone if they should choose to do so. The information he imparts on Wednesdays on different types of beer leaves room for everyone to be educated in some capacity. It is extremely important to Chef Jay that everyone who comes to Beer Tasting Wednesdays has a good time, but also that they learn something. “Beer Tasting Wednesdays have fast become a place where people can come to have fun, and we’ve already developed a loyal following,” said Chef Jay. It is a good deal indeed to receive a fair amount of beer and food for $10!

For more information on Beer Tasting Wednesdays, visit our website.

Lindy Gervin

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Ten22 Celebrates its 4th Birthday and Benefits Food Literacy!

Ten22 honors its commitment to community and to local, quality food with a birthday party dedicated to food literacy. Join us as we shut down the restaurant for a private VIP cocktail reception featuring a signature farm to glass cocktail and seasonally-inspired food stations served with a side of food education fun facts to spark the conversation.

The nonprofit California Food Literacy Center will be on hand to announce this year’s winner of their kids’ recipe contest, whose sweet potato creation will become a new item on Ten22’s kids’ menu. Watch Chef Jay Veregge and the winning kid chef demo this dish as it’s unveiled to the public for the first time!

“I’m a proponent of food literacy. It is exceptionally important for children. My own kids know the importance of the garden, fresh food, and patience for the fruits of their labor. I love to see my kids enjoy blackberries and cherries and think of them as candy. When you start young, kids don’t know the difference. Sharing that message is beneficial to the future of their health,” said Executive Chef Jay Veregge.

California Food Literacy Center, based in Sacramento, supports kids to improve their knowledge, attitude and behavior toward food through community food education. The organization empowers K-5 students to explore new foods, learn to cook healthy, sustainable snacks and make smart choices and truly understand the impact of food choices on health, the environment, and the community.

The winner of California Food Literacy Center’s Kid Recipe Contest will also be announced during the celebration followed by a cooking demonstration of the winning dish alongside Chef Jay Veregge. The recipe will also receive placement on the restaurant’s kids menu.

“Food literacy education is the solution to inspiring a new generation of healthy food habits,” said Amber Stott, Executive Director of the California Food Literacy Center. “As a community we can make food education a priority. We are honored that Ten22, one of Sacramento’s premier dining destinations, is partnering with California Food Literacy Center to support these crucial programs.”

The celebration, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 at Ten22 located at 1022 2nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, will feature an expertly prepared seven course celebratory menu from Executive Chef Jay Veregge.

Tickets are just $40 with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting food literacy programs administered by California Food Literacy Center. Tickets can be purchased online at

Fall Menu Q & A with Chef Jay

Ten22 is about to launch an all new fall menu.  We sat down with Chef Jay for some Q & A to get the inside scoop!

The Fall Menu is going to launch soon.  What is different on this menu versus menus in the past?

This menu is a progression of everything we have been working towards.  We have enough trust and commitment to the community to come out with a great menu featuring new American cuisine.  This menu is American comfort food done creatively.  We strive for a continual commitment to organic, sustainable, and local ingredients, whenever possible.

What is your favorite item(s) on the menu? And why?

The duck is fantastic.  We are also going to have a wild game option that I am really excited about.  Another menu item I love is the Pork and Beans.  But this is no ordinary pork and beans…it has that new American twist.  Think house-made pork medallions and a pepper plum jus.

Are there any particular ingredients you’re excited to start using on this new menu?

Not necessarily the ingredients, but I am excited to work with the progression of how we are preparing the food.  From curing to smoking, this process is going to be totally different from what we have been doing in the past.

I see on the menu there is going to be a “Chef’s Daily Pizza.”  Can you give us a sneak peak to what one of these creations would be like?

Shaved lamb and feta pizza with fresh mint and roasted red peppers.  And also the muscle pizza.  Don’t judge it by the name.  Once you try it, it will be the best pizza you have ever had.

On the fall dessert menu, what is your favorite that our guests shouldn’t go home without trying?

You have to try the Bourbon Butterscotch Bread Pudding.  It is what people remember me for.  The biggest compliment I received for this dish was at a Louisiana bread pudding contest.  The judges had no idea it was made by someone in California. I ended up winning the whole thing.  Ever since then, I knew this was something special.


“Complication hides flaws, simplicity adds focus.”

Published in: on October 2, 2012 at 10:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Eat. Drink. Give! at Ten22


Ten22 has partnered with UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) of Sacramento and Northern California for a very special Eat. Drink. Give! program.

From Sunday through Saturday, September 23-29, 15% of the revenue generated at Ten22 will be donated to UCP of Sacramento and Northern California.

UCP provides services to people with over 20 types of developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, intellectual disabilities and many more.  Exceptional programs such as the Autism Center for Excellence, Saddle Pals and Adult Day Programs empower both children and adults to live life without limits.

So come out and enjoy a wonderful dining experience while supporting one of the area’s most deserving non-profit organizations!

Published in: on September 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Celebrate Gold Rush Days with Ten22!

Get out your cowboy boots and gold mining pans and celebrate Sacramento’s 13th annual Gold Rush Days!  This Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 3, people will gather on the streets of Old Sacramento, stepping back into the California Gold Rush era as Sacramento’s historic district is transformed into a scene straight out of the 1850s.

Festivities for the weekend include parades, live music, pony rides, craft demonstrations and of course great food.  Join Ten22 as Chef Jay mans the BBQ and cooks up a delicious BBQ lunch that includes brisket, ribs, corn bread and macaroni salad for only $16!  This lunch special is available Friday-Monday (August 31-September 3), 11:30 am-4:00 pm.

Coming to town early? Starting Thursday and running through Monday, (August 30 – September 3), Ten22 will offer the following unique and tasty specials:

BBQ oysters-with Tabasco butter ~ $2 each

Grilled Sausage- house made garlic sausage with creole mustard ~ $6 each

Crawfish Boil-Crab boil fish with red hot jus ~ $12

Gold Rush Days:

Friday 10 am-6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am-7 pm
Monday 10 am-5 pm

Cost: FREE!

Ten22 will be open normal business hours.

Published in: on August 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ten22 Announces Facebook Fundraiser

Ten22 has partnered with the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services for a very special Facebook fundraiser! From June 11-15, the Food Bank will receive a $1 donation from Ten22 for every new “like” the restaurant receives on Facebook.

With a staff of 40 and a volunteer force of more than 4,000, the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provides free emergency goods and services to nearly 15,000 people each month.  A local, nonprofit agency committed to combating hunger, improving literacy, strengthening families, educating children, mentoring parents and providing hope, the organization offers eight diverse programs and services at no cost to individuals.

Published in: on June 12, 2012 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Treat Dad to Brews, Bourbon & BBQ This Father’s Day!

Join Chef Jay on Ten22’s  spacious, all-brick patio, as he mans the grill, honoring dads everywhere with tasty all-day BBQ specials!

Ribs or Brisket
sweet potato corn bread and potato

BBQ Oysters
with Tabasco-citrus butter
$2 each

Guests can also enjoy a selection of Ten22’s best brews and bourbons at discounted Happy Hour prices.  Regular lunch and dinner menus will also be available.

With hearty BBQ specials, 24 beers on tap and three flat-screen TVs in the restaurant’s bar area, Ten22 is the perfect place to celebrate dad!

Reservations are recommended for June 17, and can be made at or by calling the restaurant directly at 916.441.2211.

Published in: on June 8, 2012 at 11:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Enjoy Easter at Ten22!


Ten22 is celebrating Easter with extended hours and delicious food specials!

In addition to most items from our regular spring lunch menu, guests can also choose from several of Chef Jay’s Easter specials, including:

Walnut Levain French Toast
with chicken-apple sausage and fresh brandied peaches

Dungeness Crab Omelette
with fresh spinach, pepper jack cheese,
lemon thyme red potatoes and citrus hollandaise

Spanish Pepperiade “Hash”
with Spanish sausage, red pepper sauce,
sliced Mahon cheese and ciabatta

Ten22 will also offer two all-day specials.

Grilled New York Steak
with buttermilk mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus
and peppercorn sauce and

Roasted Leg of Spring Lamb
with rosemary red potatoes, balsamic-roasted sprouts
and natural pan jus.

Easter specials will be available from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 8, with all-day specials available from 11 am to close.  Ten22 will also serve a modified version of its regular dinner menu from 4 pm to close.  Reservations are recommended.

Published in: on April 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spring into Flavor at Ten22!

Celebrate the beginning of spring with some of Chef Jay’s most delicious creations!  Launching today, March 28, Ten22’s new lunch and dinner menus feature the best in fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.

“We’re staying true to what we do,” Chef Jay said.  “We’re highlighting a farm-to-table product that’s driven by local, organic farms as much as possible.  And it’s very local for spring – a lot of our ingredients actually come from West Sacramento.  We’re trying to show our customers that they don’t have to go to the bay area for delicious, quality food.”

Guests can also enjoy four rotating lunch specials from our recently launched Lunch Rush menu for only $9.95 each!  The Lunch Rush menu is available Monday-Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Published in: on March 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Let Ten22 Cater to You!

We’re bringing the restaurant to you!  Thanks to the recent launch of Ten22’s new catering service, guests can enjoy Chef Jay’s delicious creations from the comfort of their own homes!

Taking its mission of providing the best in fresh, local and seasonal ingredients on the road, Ten22’s new catering menu offers everything from small bites and party platters to complete lunch and dinner packages, full-service, staffed events and delivery!

Specializing in American classics with a modern twist, Ten22’s quality, affordable catering menu can be customized to fit all needs and budgets.

Whether it’s a private party, corporate event, kids’ party or small gathering, Ten22 has the  ingredients, cuisine and passion necessary to make any affair a success!

Published in: on March 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment