Winter Menus at The Firehouse

Winter is here, and so are the new menus at The Firehouse! Launched on January 24, Chef Deneb showcases his skillfully crafted menu items that are sure to warm the palates of all who set foot in The Firehouse this winter. The Firehouse offers the best fresh and seasonal ingredients from the Sacramento region, proving there is an option for everyone whether for lunch or dinner. In fact, it is the “wide array of local vegetables prepared with global culinary influences,” according to Chef Deneb that he believes guests at The Firehouse will enjoy the most.


Lobster-Parnsip Bisque

The fresh, local ingredients Chef Deneb refers to on the winter menu include the Lobster-Parnsip Bisque. This delectable soup with caramelized leeks, potatoes and fennel, and cream sherry-infused lobster velouté is a fantastic option as an appetizer for lunch or as a course to dinner. This dish is the perfect example of one with local vegetables (the leeks from Yolo County’s Del Rio Botanicals), and a “global culinary influence” with the French sauce, velouté. Chef Deneb is confident that this soup will warm guests during their dining experience, while satisfying any appetite.

Chef Deneb is not shy about embracing new ingredients for the shift to winter. When asked what his favorite winter ingredient is, he responded with, “Winter greens, hard squash, citrus, root vegetables, warm exotic spices…oh, that was more than one.” Essentially, the same amount of care goes in to each dish that Chef Deneb makes no matter which ingredients he is using. The cold smoked then chargrilled Boliche Pork Tenderloin is a prime model as it is cooked to perfection and served with Cuban spices (just one example of an exotic spice Chef Deneb is so fond of), and embellished with pepitas chorizo-black bean-red pepper-quinoa sofrito.


Boliche Pork Tenderloin

One of Chef Deneb’s preferred menu items is the Duck with Blood Oranges, although he said that he loves all menu items the same, because the same flawless attention goes into creating each item. The Duck with Blood Orange has blood orange molasses, coriander and roasted beets, and spiced sweet potato confit hash: a mixture of some of Chef’s favorite winter items!

To top off the best attributes of the lunch and dinner menu is the dessert menu created by Pastry Chef, Nichol Santisteven. What else completes a meal but dessert? The Black Forest Baked Hot Chocolate dessert is a melt-in-your-mouth delight. Kirsch baked hot chocolate, malted chocolate Chantilly served with dried cherry and pistachio biscotti complete this ensemble for a heavenly mixture of chocolate-y goodness.

The menus at The Firehouse change seasonally, and there is a lot of creativity that goes on behind the scenes to make these menus a steadfast representative of Sacramento’s most notorious restaurant. “It takes months of collaboration, trial and error, and perfecting each recipe,” said Chef Deneb. “The menus are something I work on 24/7. Some of my best ideas come in the middle of the night, or while I’m distracted with something completely unrelated to food. Mostly it’s my lifelong obsession with food, and learning what I don’t know that keeps driving new menus.”


Duck with Blood Oranges

The Firehouse has long been a Sacramento favorite in fine dining and cuisine, and Chef Deneb does not disappoint with the new winter menu options. “Our menus’ diversity is what sets The Firehouse apart from other restaurants,” said Chef Deneb. Truer words have seldom been spoken! To see the full lunch, dinner and dessert menus, please visit The Firehouse website.

Lindy Gervin

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The Firehouse Magnum Party is coming Saturday the 22nd!!!

Come one, come all!!!! This should be the one that started them all!! In many years in Sacramento and in the wine industry there have been great events here or there for wine and enthusiasts alike. Festivals for this harvest or viticulture area or fair and so on. But for the super wine geek or wine lover in most of us we know WHAT we like and love to share our opinions and experiences on this winery or that style or vintage and so forth. Why not have something that encompasses all of that. Let’s have a party where you come and show off your best wines and try everyone elses treasures.

Why not have two great Chefs get groovy with some awesome food that you do not need to have a seated dinner with, but to have with what they love and to have with wine? Well it is here on Staurday the 22nd @ 7 P.M. in the Courtyard at The Firehouse Restaurant. Chef Deneb Williams of the Firehouse and Chef Jay Veregge of Ten22 will have roasting pigs and giant seafood stations. Some of the greatest wine cheeses and charcutery as well as sweet wonderments as Mario and I have our Sommelier staff ready with the magnums of wine that you, yes you, the guests get to bring in and share the stories of the great bottles. The great memories of what happened with that winery or experience you had. By the way, I will have to say that Mario and I have a few friends that are coming as well from Frank Family, Silver Oak, Kevin and Mark from Kobalt, Linda Neal from Mellowood and Tierra Roja, Row Eleven Winery, Jeremy Nickel’s The Vineyard House, Master Sommelier Fred Dame, and Spoto wines will be here with their magnums (or BIGGER) as well!!!

Now to me, this sounds like it is shaping up to be a Party. Todd Morgan & The Emblems will be playing some incredible music for dancing under the stars and help set the musical tone for the special night. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the California Musical Theatre. The First Magnum Party in Sacramento. The one to start them all. So get your wine enthusiasm ready to share. Get a magnum of wine. Come down and have a night to remember in which we will have everyone else saying ” I just drank a 1973 BV with a Master Sommelier? AWESOME!!!” Sacramento deserves to have their special wine event that everyone talks about. A wine event. A Magnum Wine Party. Starting to smile yet? Let’s get the PARTY started.

I really hope to see you here ready to have a lot of fun, sharing stories, making a new one with me and Mario for a great, great cause. Call to confirm, tickets are $125 per person and icludes tax, tip, and valet parking, just bring your Magnum of wine. -P

Paul Marsh, C.S.

Published in: on June 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Firehouse Closed on January 27

This Sunday, January 27, The Firehouse will be closed for our staff appreciation party.  The Firehouse takes time each year to celebrate the hard work from all of our employees.


Although The Firehouse will not be open, we encourage you to dine at our sister restaurant, Ten22.  Ten22 is open and located only one block north at 1022 Second Street.  We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests.

Published in: on January 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Celebrate Christmas Eve at The Firehouse

The Firehouse invites you to celebrate Christmas Eve with your family and friends at Sacramento’s “Best Special Occasion” restaurant.

This Christmas Eve, The Firehouse will be open for lunch from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, and for dinner from 4:30 pm – 10 pm.  Guests will be treated to an evening of sophistication and luxury as Chef Deneb showcases his talents with exquisite dinner specials that include:

Lobster Bread Pudding

bacon-leek savory pudding with sauce béarnaise

Maine lobster with candied orange salad



Balsamic-Glazed Sea Bass

pan seared with roasted cauliflower-olive relish

confit Yukon potato coins and sunchoke soubise



Filet Oscar

chargrilled beef tenderloin

potato risotto with roasted fennel demi jus

Dungeness crab and sauce béarnaise



Harissa-Spiced Tofu

chargrilled with saffron quinoa, cipollini onion

wilted spinach, tomato-apricot chutney

cilantro yogurt



Bûche de Noël

chocolate génoise cake and hazelnut cream filling

coated in rich ganache with candied hazelnuts

meringue “mushrooms”



Artisanal Cheese Plate


Marin County Triple Cream Brie

Cow’s Milk – USA

Roaring Forties Blue

Cow’s Milk – Australia

Humboldt Fog

Goat’s Milk – USA


Sheep’s Milk – France


The regular menu will be available as well as the following exclusive wine flights.

Wine Flights

2-oz pours

Silver Oak Flight

2003 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

2004 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley


Champagne Flight

Deutz Brut Classic, Ay

Gosset Brut Excellence, Ay

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Blue Label Reserve Particuliere, Epernay


Reservations are required for dinner and can be made here or by calling the restaurant directly at 916.442.4772.  Valet parking will be available for guests.

Published in: on December 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Holiday Gift Packages at The Firehouse


The holiday season is already upon us which means shopping for Christmas gifts is in full swing.  I’ve come to notice that there is always one person on my list that seems impossible to buy for.  They already have everything from the latest gadgets to the coolest clothes.  And while gift cards seem to be an easy fix most of the time, this year I find myself turning to the next best thing…wine.  Who doesn’t love a great bottle of wine?  I know I do.

This year at The Firehouse, our Sommeliers have put together some incredible wine packages at great prices to fit every wine lover on your list.  These wine packages start at just $99 and range from 2-bottle sets to 4-bottle sets.  The Firehouse is also offering unique package options such as the “Silver Oak Vertical” and “Magnum Party” sets.  Click here to see the full list of holiday wine packages.

To place your order, come in and visit us or call us at
(916) 442-4772.  Happy Holidays!

Published in: on December 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dine & Donate at The Firehouse


The Firehouse is proud to announce a special Dine & Donate program with Northern California Shriners Hospitals for Children!   Dine with us from October 8 through 14, and 15% of the proceeds generated at The Firehouse will be donated to this very important cause.  This is the second consecutive year that The Firehouse is partnering its Dine & Donate program with Northern California Shriners Hospitals for Children.

A network of 22 non-profit hospitals across North America, Shriners Hospitals for Children offer state-of-the-art treatment for adolescents 18 years or younger with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries or other special health care needs, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.  Working to become the world leader in caring for children, employees from the Shriners Hospitals for Children pride themselves on offering these services in a collaborative, compassionate and family-centered environment.

Help support one of California’s most vital non-profit organizations while enjoying the best food and wine Sacramento has to offer.

Reservations are recommended and can be made online at or by calling the restaurant directly at 916.442.4772.

Published in: on October 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wine of the Month

We sat down with Lead Sommelier and Night Dining Room Manager Paul Marsh to get his wine recommendation for September!

2006 Favia Quarzo Syrah, Amador County 

Here’s what Paul had to say about this special wine:

Beautifully integrated complex syrah from just 40 miles outside Sacramento?  You bet.  Meet Favia Quarzo Syrah from Amador.  Deep garnet color with medium body, tight blackberry and blueberry notes, minerality and cigar box flavors that uncover hints of nutmeg and blackberry jam.  The wine finishes with long, smooth tannins that beg to be paired with our Delmonico, somewhere around medium rare. This is a great wine from our friends Annie Favia and her husband Andy Erickson.  Join us and enjoy a small production gem sourced just a short drive away. 


Published in: on September 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

California Wine Month at The Firehouse


Did you know there is an entire month dedicated to celebrating wine?  September is California wine month and dozens of wineries and restaurants plan to hold special events and tastings throughout the month.  The Firehouse is celebrating with a very special Chef’s Tasting Menu, and will feature a different California wine each Wine Tasting Tuesday.

Chef’s Tasting Menu:

Chef Deneb’s Tasting Menu features five delicious courses paired with exquisite California wines.  From the Dungeness Crab Cocktail paired with the 2008 Luna Pinot Grigio from Napa Valley to the Fromage Blanc Cheesecake paired with the N.V. Laetitia Brut Cuvée from Arroyo Grande Valley, there is something special for every palate.

Click here to view September Chef’s Tasting Menu.

Wine Tasting Tuesdays:

Join in the fun while learning!  Our sommeliers lead the tasting with a different theme every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 pm.  Only $15 per person . . . or win two free passes during our weekly Facebook Trivia Contest.   For more information visit our website.

September 4: Napa’s Mountains

September 11: Coastal California

September 18: SoCal Wines

September 25: California’s Bubbles

Published in: on August 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dine & Donate in Support of McKinley Park Playground


The Firehouse and Ten22 Restaurants’ Goal to Donate $25,000

The Harvego family restaurants, The Firehouse and Ten22, are pitching in to help rebuild the beloved McKinley Park playground after a devastating fire recently destroyed a third of it.  The goal is to contribute $25,000 to the rebuilding effort. From Sunday through Saturday, August 19-25, 15% of the revenue generated at both restaurants will be donated to help restore the neighborhood playground.

Since its construction in 1994, the playground at McKinley Park has grown to be a community gathering place, and the Harvego family is proud to aid in the fundraising efforts to recover from the community’s loss.

Help support the McKinley Park fundraising efforts while enjoying the best food and drink Sacramento has to offer! Join us at The Firehouse and Ten22.  For more information about the Rebuild McKinley effort, see

Published in: on August 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Father’s Day at The Firehouse

The Firehouse is offering its regular menus with a twist this Father’s Day!  Specially created by Chef Deneb and Pastry Chef Nichol, the restaurant will feature delicious dinner and dessert specials.

Duck Tataki
flash seared then marinated in soy sauce and plum wine
cucumber parchment and pickled plum umeboshi


 Rack of Lamb
honey mustard and heirloom tomato-lavender jam
warm red potato-chèvre salad and Pommery demi jus


 Wild King Salmon
chargrilled with peppercorn-fennel rub
Tuscan white bean purée
and confit Yukon potato
heirloom tomato-olive relish


Black & White
chargrilled filet mignon with Maine lobster tail
garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables
sauce bordelaise and beurre monté


Guinness Malted Ice Cream Sandwich
layers of chocolate cookie and malted milk ice cream
cocoa foam, Guinness sauce and crushed malt balls


Awarded “Best Outdoor Dining” restaurant, The Firehouse’s courtyard is the perfect place to celebrate dad!  Indoor seating is also available in the Main Dining Room.  Reservations are recommended for this Sunday, June 17, and can be made here or by calling the restaurant directly at 916.442.4772.

Published in: on June 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm  Leave a Comment