I snacked on a sausage sandwich at Low Brau last night. It was one locally delicious dog.
Low Brau’s F2F BLT Dog is the beer hall-sausage parlor’s special salute to Sacramento Farm to Fork Restaurant Week, which is sponsored by the Sacramento chapter of the California Restaurant Association in conjunction with the Sacramento region’s celebration of its agricultural and culinary bounty.
The F2F BLT Dog costs $8.50, a pricey snack to be sure, but consider its contents:
- Italian sausage from Preferred Meats, a family-owned Oakland specializing in heritage breeds of pigs and cows;
- Ray Yeung Farms’ West Sacramento heirloom tomatoes;
- applewood-smoked bacon from Smokey Ridge, an artisan charcuterie producer on Hill;
- and Bibb lettuce from Azola Farm in East Nicolaus.
All on a Freeport Bakery roll with character — soft in the middle, a bit sturdier outside, making you work a little for each bite while holding the dog’s contents intact.
For my tastes, the red, green and yellow tomatoes that topped the dog were chopped too big. I had to tuck and smash them between the sausage and the roll. But a small matter. Chewing on the kitchen’s knife skills gave me time to think about Ray Yeung’s heirloom tomatoes. I enjoyed them in a salad at Hook & Ladder on Monday and I’ve seen them on many Sacramento restaurant menus this season.
When I Googled and found the farmer’s picture, I realized I know Ray Yeung, not just his West Sacramento tomatoes. I worked with Ray Yeung’s wife on the sports desk at the Sacramento Bee a lifetime ago.
It’s a small Farm to Fork Capital of America, after all.