36 Handles Public House EDH Creates Patio Oasis With New Koolfog Misting System

Does this heatwave have you craving an iced cold beer? Are you too hot to cook but don’t want to brave the elements? Don’t let COVID cabin fever get you down. Head on out to 36 Handles Public House in El Dorado Hills for a truly refreshing experience. The crew at 36 Handles has created a chill patio with a misting system to enjoy craft beers, fine cocktails and curated pub fare while managing social distancing guidelines with outstanding friendly service. 

On approach, you’ll be welcomed to a beautiful outdoor oasis filled with spaced out tables, lifted umbrellas, and awnings and pillars that seem to climb with greenery.  Open-air natural lighting mingled with ample shade allow guests to enjoy their surroundings and take the opportunity to get outside. 

 

El Dorado Hills Misting Systems

 

Misting System Helps Beat the Heat

On this particular day, the terrace was filled with people noshing on colorful plates and drinks while working on various activities. One person had their computer out for what appeared to be a working lunch. Another person was relishing in a solo lunch to read and a few tables were talking and laughing in celebration of COVID-19 deprived social interaction…all in 100-degree heat. Patrons didn’t seem to mind because their misting system was in full operation. Koolfog’s high-pressure misting system can cool ambient temperatures up to 30 degrees depending on outdoor conditions. 36 Handles Public House has used this technology to their benefit and has installed mist lines on their walkways, surrounding structures, and above their dining area to create a truly comfortable environment. So don’t let a heatwave stop you from sampling the many suds on draft. 

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.”- William Shakespeare —

36 Handles website boasts, “True to our name, we feature 36 draft lines. About 10 of our lines stay with the same staple brews while the other 26 are on a constant rotation.” California craft blends are aplenty such as local California State Fair winner, Folsom Dam Good Pilsner (Fort Rock Brewing, Rancho Cordova), and 805 Blonde Ale (Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles). Just as famed classics including Guinness Draught (Guinness, Saint James’ Gate, Leinster) can be found on tap. With a daily happy hour to kick back, blow off some steam and taste some amazing dishes, try dining under the misting system at 36 Handles Public House to restore the spirit!

Koolfog Taste Team Appetite:

  • Bar Cravings, Zucchini Fries
    • Frid Zucchini Sticks served with Buttermilk Dressing
  • Handhelds, Proper Bita
    • Stacked Bacon, Heirloom Tomato, Avocado, Little Gem Lettuce, Basil Aioli on Grilled Surdough
  • Love Handles, Chocolate Lava Cake
    • Warm Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream

Go to 36handles.com for more information.

 

 

Outdoor Misters Add to the Magic of Shangri-La Restaurant in Fair Oaks, California

Storytelling lore shares tales of an imagined paradise, isolated from the world, a utopian land of mystical happiness. So when Sommer Peterson, entrepreneur, and restaurateur, planned the opening of her next big project, she set her sights on creating a stylized escape in the concept of Shangri-La.

Peterson, founder of the famed Mini Bar SF and artistic genius behind the award-winning Mission Bowling Club, is no stranger to an inventive challenge. In fact, her tenacity and originality reflect a passion she has built her reputation on. She explains, “I love to create environments and design experiential spaces that go beyond the traditional dining establishment fare. Shangri-La Restaurant is my vision of an urban escape, a place to fully engage and immerse oneself in a ‘happy place’.

outdoor misting shangri-la

Finding potential in an old mortuary location, Peterson boldly opted on accessing the 1-acre plus setting to breathe life into an epicurean vacation spot while paying homage to one of her own favorite retreats…Palm Springs. Peterson liked the bones of the building’s architecture and repurposed it in mid-century modern fashion as a chic gathering place to welcome all who pass through its entry. Hidden behind a peek-a-boo fence, constructed for privacy, guests are dazzled by large windows that give an open-air detail extending to a patio filled with dining tables, a fire pit, bocce, and an intriguing indoor/outdoor bar service. Proving an exciting addition to the Sacramento region’s culinary scene, embracing the beauty that is Shangri-La is truly a treat.

Taking inspiration from the legendary Parker Hotel of Palm Springs, Shangri-La Restaurant boasts splashes of bright yellow, a terrace dotted with umbrellas, and sports outdoor misters to cool as well as add to the ambiance. Peterson says enthusiastically, “I wanted a dining destination that has a colorful, fun vibe that screams, ‘I have arrived’. I believe we’ve curated elements that make the experience feel like a quintessential Palm Springs resort. With the convenience and comfort of outdoor misters, guests can celebrate the best of California’s laid back luxe lifestyle”

Outdoor Misters Can Be As Essential As AC for the Food Service Industry Operating in the “New Normal”

Covid-19 has put unprecedented stress upon the restaurant and entertainment industries, impacting almost every facet of their business. While foodservice has overcome this ever-changing landscape, it has vacillated between indoor, curb-side, and now, ostensibly, outdoor dining,

Restaurant owners have had to rapidly pivot to accommodate Covid-19 public health initiatives. With outdoor spaces subject to extreme and seasonal climate changes, the health of both staff and guests remains a priority.

Peterson understands this dynamic and contends, “With the pandemic raging, I’ve basically had to turn an inside restaurant… to an ALL outside experience. Keeping customers and staff healthy and happy is my most important goal. While I can’t control the outdoor weather, the installation of outdoor misters has off-set the heat. Kind of like climate control for outside. It’s as essential as an indoor AC.”

Palm Springs and Sacramento regional areas share a common seasonal phenomenon… it’s sizzling hot in the heat of summer and this stifling heat is a deterrent to businesses that have no option but to operate outdoors. Thus, outdoor misters have become an important part of Peterson’s successful re-opening of her business during Covid-19 by offering the ability to seat more customers comfortably, offering her hard-working staff a much-needed respite, and staying true to the Shangri-La atmosphere she has manifested.

Shangri-La is an Al Fresco Foodie Find

If the description of this seemingly ideal scene doesn’t lure curious adventurers, the food is a slice of heaven that cannot be overlooked. Shangri-la Restaurant specializes in seasonal, contemporary American fare and handcrafted cocktails. With a host of veggie and gluten-free options, you’ll want to indulge and imbibe in the finest sourced ingredients.

Must-Have:
The Shangri-La SLUSHEEZ
“citrusy, layered, focused” citrus green tea-infused vodka, fresh-squeezed lemonade”

SHANGRI-LA BURGER
(served with fries or salad)
Pliny beer cheese, house pickles, aioli, crispy onion strings
– add bacon, heirloom tomato or avocado
– Gardenburger patty available upon request

As those in the know have come to appreciate:

”Leave the world behind and enjoy the fresh air on our expansive patio”

And don’t forget to make reservations to dine under the outdoor misters!!

Shangri-La is located at 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. For reservations and connections please go to shangrilafairoaks.com or phone 916-241-9473.

Please be advised of the Shangri-La COVID HOUSE RULES:
• Please practice social distancing and help do your part to keep guests and employees safe.
• Masks must be worn at all times while moving throughout the restaurant.
• If you get up from your seat, your mask must be on.
• Furniture cannot be moved.
• 2-hour time limit on all tables.

Outdoor Misting Systems Transform Seasonal Traditions into Year Round Opportunities

Amidst the changing colors of tree leaves and a nod to the onset of chillier moods, the autumn season has a vibe all its own.  Fall, typically, heralds a break from summer temps offering a new set of flavorful foods and beverages to suit the weather.  As climate change continues to confuse Mother Nature, higher temperatures are lingering throughout the Greater Sacramento Region.   Unseasonably hot temps means locals can drink a cold craft brew or enjoying a bratwurst in the sunshine.  If you prefer a patio or garden setting to sip and sample tasty Fall traditions, you may want to choose a pub or restaurant featuring comfortable outdoor misting systems. 

“Oktoberfestivities” and Outdoor Misting Systems

Der Biergarten, located in Midtown Sacramento is a unique site that has been designed as a full outdoor beer garden experience. The festive atmosphere is meant for mingling with Corn Hole, Foosball and Ping Pong arranged to start the conversation.  Der Beirgarten’s setting has traditional Biergarten tables with a large bar and restroom convenience area made out of cargo containers. While the month of October, signals cheer for those who adore the German folkfest of lore, Oktoberfest, Sacramento beer lovers can enjoy authentic German beers and sausage year round. With outdoor misting systems at the ready during warmer days, patrons at Der Biergarten won’t sweat their Lederhosen to party outside.

Der Biergarten Celebrates Traditional German Brew and Fare

With 32 beers on draft, including their own brew, Der Biergarten pours German, Belgium, Craft, Stout/Porter, IPA’s and more. They also offer cocktails such Tito’s Moscow Mule that pairs well with some of their famous “Belgies”.  Belgies are an interesting mix of meats, veggies and cheeses served on a “savory” waffle accompanied by Sauerkraut, a pickle, and a choice of Cucumber or German Potato Salad. The menu, also, highlights an assortment of traditional German food including a sausage platter, customer favorite, a Kasespatzle (German Mac & Cheese) and the perfect dough to dip into your beer…the internationally recognized, Pretzel!

Koolfog Taste Team Faves:

Der Biergarten Schofferhofer Starbust

Experimental Beer 4.o% ABV

A truly unique beer. A tale of two beers. The bottom is grapefruit befeweizen and then topped with local two rivers pomegranate cider

Dog Haus Dog

Old Fashioned Fruankfurter with Sauerkraut,Mustard, Tomatoe & Onions on a German Roll

Apple  Strudel

Traditional German Strudel served warm

Garden Party Fun All Year Round!

Visitors to Der Biergarten don’t have to fret that the end of October is coming. Guests to this amazing venue can imbibe, nosh and socialize in any month. You can also book a party to share the array of mouthwatering eats and beyond basic beers.  These folks take their hops seriously!   Just check out their website for specifics but if it’s cold out they have Winter hours and if it’s hot they have Summer hours…even more time to grab a seat under the outdoor misting systems to a swig a pint or two.

 Der Biergarten is located at 2332 K Street, Midtown Sacramento; www.beergardensacramento.com

 

Exploring the Sierra Foothills: Sacramento Day Trippin’

Just a quick beat from downtown Sacramento (about an hour or so drive), Amador County is home to a wonderful blend of history and natural wonder as well as host to modern culinary sip, sup, and sightsee adventures.  The region is one of California’s Gold Country treasures with over 40 wineries set amongst a splash of charming vintage towns that were built from the area’s rock mining boom.  For a cool day trip, check out the town of Sutter Creek on your way to the Black Chasm Cavern in Volcano to discover one of California’s recognized National Natural Landmarks.

Just off Highway 49, the town of Sutter Creek beckons visitors with its historical charm. Established in 1854, Sutter Creek is a quintessential Gold Country town with buildings that line the street reflecting early 19th & 20th Century architecture. Main Street is full of boutique stores, restaurants, and tasting rooms to enjoy.  On a sunny day, take leisurely stroll down Main Street and you can’t miss the billowing mist floating from the balcony of Hotel Sutter.  Koolfog installed a high-pressure evaporative misting system so that guests on the balcony area could be comfortable while enjoying a beverage with a front row view of the happenings on Main Street. Sutter Creek does get quite warm in Spring and Summer months, so those traveling to the area can refresh under the outdoor patio misters. While there is no table service on the balcony, drinks can be ordered from the bar. Hotel Sutter bar includes a selection of wine, beer, and spirits with their house lemonade a perfect SIP to quench your thirst:

 

Lavender Lemonade

A fun and refreshing twist on a lemonade made with signature housemade lavender syrup and house lemonade, served with a sugared rim

Hotel Sutter is a Gold Rush inspired hotel that gives lovely homage to the region and features an intriguing basement style lounge space for events and live music. In addition, the hospitable gourmet restaurant cultivates locally sourced, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients to enhance its menu. The Koolfog taste team recommends you try this mouthwatering starter to SUP:

 

“Pig, Fig, & Goat  

Prosciutto, fig jam, herbed goat cheese, and candied pecans with an oversized pretzel

Just a few miles away is the famous Black Chasm Cavern located in the small town of Volcano.  As you pass the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, follow a signs through a wooded area that clears at your destination.  Visitors enter into a museum type of gift shop to await a guided tour of this remarkable cave.  An experienced naturalist leads a group into three different chambers located beneath the earth’s surface while educating and entertaining guests with stories of California’s culture and history. Curious scientists, budding gemologists, and those interested in truly unique experience will be dazzled by the mystery and beauty of these caves.

 

Entering the mouth of this phenomenon one is struck by the beauty and depth of the rock formations that date back over several million years.  Descending several flights of stairs, platforms have been constructed to study the different stalactites and stalagmites that grace the cavern. It is important to note that the tour has been designed with special care in lighting and attention to the environmentally friendly access points so as not to disturb the caves integrity. Rare rock formations called “helictites” grow throughout this cavern and while found in many different caves the proliferation and abundance of these “gravity defying” crystals has led to the declaration of Black Chasm Cavern as a National Natural Landmark.

 

 

Restaurant Misters at Relish Burger, El Dorado Hills

Tucked into the corner of Montano De El Dorado Retail Plaza, Relish Burger and Bar is a local favorite that draws a stellar crowd seeking good food, excellent craft beers, superb cocktails, and a fun atmosphere. Known as a casual hang out, Relish Burger Bar’s patio beckons as the perfect spot to bring your friends and enjoy the views with restaurant misters creating a cool and comfortable atmosphere. 

Relish Burger Bar has extensive menu items including Salads, Signature Sandwiches and Signature Burgers to satiate hungry appetites.

May We Suggest these amazing dishes:


Salad Choice:

  • Relish Wedge Trio

Tomato, basil, feta cheese with balsamic. – Bacon, blue cheese, red onion with ranch. – Avocado, hard boiled egg, crispy onions with lemon vinaigrette.

 

Signature Sandwich Choice:

  • L.T.A.

Smoked pork belly, lettuce, tomato, avocado spread, A-1 aioli. Served on grilled Parmesan sourdough.

 

Signature Burger Choice:

  • The Hills Bacon Cheeseburger

8 oz. patty, Applewood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, roasted A-1 aioli, lettuce, tomato.

 

 Koolfog “Taste Team” Favorite bite off the NIBBLE’s Menu:

  • Pickle Fries

Crispy pickle spears, serviced with avocado ranch.

Montano De El Dorado Retail Plaza is beautiful enclave situated within the Sierra Foothills. Similar to the Italian Tuscan inspired architecture that dots the region, this shopping and dining space is reminiscent of the inviting palazzo’s found across the Mediterranean countryside.  The center welcomes with an array of boutiques and restaurants designed to take advantage of California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle boasting a rich landscape that includes water fountains, lush greenery, and a wonderful perch to enjoy a sunset over the Central Valley.

relish burger el dorado hillsRelish Burger Bar’s courtyard has both high and low dining umbrella tables that surround a stunning cabana bar area.  Music softly fills the air and as diners look to the sky, market lights hang ready to twinkle in the evening hours while misters are positioned to cool customers when temperatures rise.  The evaporative misting system above this festive patio provides comfort when the party gets started. 

Relish Burger Bar is located  at 1000 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CA; relishburgerbar.com or call 916-933-311 

In the know:

  • Kids Eat Free Every Sunday
  • Tuesdays = Trivia from 7pm-9pm
  • Check their Facebook event calendar for live entertainment.

 

 

 

 

Dining Under the Misters: Cool off at Crawdads On The River!

Summer in Sacramento sizzles… and we are not just talking about the heat. As temperatures rise so does the Sacramento Valley restaurant and dining scene, attracting patrons seeking amazing food, refreshing cocktails and robust entertainment. With local fresh farm fare, mixologists at the ready and a lively riverfront, eateries located near the Riverbank Marina make a splash.

Established in 1986, Crawdads On River is a restaurant & bar sporting sensational sunset views and a festive riverside vibe. It’s reputation has grown into a known hot spot that caters to a diverse crowd seeking a great location to hang out, unwind, and savor the best of this quintessential California inland waterfront experience. Crawdads On The River’s contemporary menu serves up daily specials, seafood and traditional American pub plates with a bit of Cajun influence to create their “River Staples”, and a patio with misters to keep you cool when dining outdoors.

Koolfog “Taste Team” Favorite:

BUCKET O’ CRAWDADS
• Crawdads, corn on the cob, red potato, andouille sausage & creole seasonings

Did you know?
• Crawdads are fresh water crustaceans.
• Also, known as Crayfish, there are over 330 species in North America.
• They can be found in Northern California’s ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers.

May We Suggest these mouth-watering dishes:

CRAWDADS CHOWDER FRIES
• French Fries, Crawdads Clam Chowder, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, green onions and Parsley

CREOLE BURRITO
• Cod, Andouille sausage, crawdads, cabbage, rice, creole aioli, sour cream & cotija Cheese

SEAFOOD SIMMER
• Crawfish tails, clams, mussels, and cod simmered in creole broth. Served with toast points

Of course, our Koolfog “Taste Team” prefers dining under the misters with discreet fog nozzles artfully placed for optimum guest comfort. The outdoor patio is a colorful atmosphere that offers up cool Delta breezes with the whisper of gentle waves mingling with the buzz of the crowd and the hum of boats cruising along the waterway. Top that with our Koolfog evaporative misting system and the environment is perfect place to relax, refresh, and enjoy some happy hour specials or a blended, frozen treat.

Entertainment options are plenty at this cantina including Karaoke Thursdays and a summer season filled with live music on Saturday’s, sponsored by Mastercraft.

Crawdads On The River is situated at 1375 Garden Highway, Sacramento. For hours, reservations, brunch & special event info be sure to visit saccrawdads.com.

 

Photo Courtesy @madisonhudson for Crawdads On The River

Dining Under the Misters: Out of Bounds Folsom!

Warmer weather is here and as temperatures rise in the Greater Sacramento area, al fresco aficionados don’t have to worry about hiding from the heat!   During the summer months, Sacramento’s culinary scene sizzles with opportunities to enjoy a refreshing patio dining experience under the comfort of fine outdoor misting systems.  

Out of Bounds Folsom, Craft Kitchen & Biergarten is one such hotspot that delivers a delicious food menu, amazing craft beer, wine & cider selections as well as a spirited patio to chill under the misters.  This popular restaurant has an open and airy feel that immediately feels welcoming.  Activities and games abound in both the indoor and outdoor spaces where guests can watch their favorite sports on one of the many TV screens or lounge on the ample outdoor seating to socialize, play bocce, partake in a corn hole toss, or listen to live music.

You won’t want to miss the Out of Bounds Folsom Summer Music series Live on their Biergarten Stage hosted Saturday Nights and Sunday Afternoons. Here’s a peak at the June line up:

Saturday, June 1st 
The Nickel Slots 

Sunday, June 2nd
Aud-Man Out

Saturday, June 8th
Two Step

Sunday, June 9th
Ryan Hernandez

Want to feel, exceptionally, cool at this local favorite? Hang out on the patio under the misters!   Celebrate the best of California Central Valley lifestyle on the courtyard featuring a refreshingly casual, yet, hip party vibe.  And the patio, well, of course, we are partial to this fun outdoor setting sporting a miraculous outdoor misting systems.  Koolfog cool water mist provides comfort and cooling to create a relaxing ambiance for customers to enjoy their meal and the view. Sitting under the patio misters at Out of Bounds Folsom, Craft Kitchen & Biergarten is the perfect place for grabbing a drink, noshing on good eats, people watching and friendly conversation.

Out of Bounds Folsom, Craft Kitchen & Biergarten offers a mouth-watering menu and our Koolfog “Taste Team” highly recommends a trip to explore this immersive sensory extravaganza. 

Pizza lovers stay cool in Northern California

Paxti’s pizza in Dublin, CA just installed Koolfog misters on their outdoor patio to help keep dining guests cool! Customers are already raving about the results – a satisfied customer left a 5 star review on Yelp, citing the misters as one of their favorite features of the restaurant!

Misting systems are a great way to keep outdoor diners cool and comfortable. Koolfog systems have the ability to cool an outdoor area by as much as 35 degrees, which can be critical in the hot summer months. Our mist evaporates as dry “fog”, so your diners never have to worry about getting wet! You’ll see tables turning over like never before once you install one of our mister systems at your establishment. Keeping guests comfortable is key to returning customers and a successful business. Patio misters are a great way to get you there!

We’re so glad Paxti’s is enjoying their misters! If you’re ready to install some misters at your own restaurant, contact us today!

Ronald McDonald House Charities Patio Misters

The Ronald McDonald House Charities in Sacramento now has cool, new patio misters by Koolfog! Installed to a covered structure, the misting system performs efficiently to cool this outdoor space. Visitors and residents of the Ronald McDonald House are sure to love this system, which will keep them comfortable during the hot summer months. Koolfog is proud to partner with such a great charity and we hope they enjoy their system! If you’re interested in installing a system at a residential or commercial site, contact us.

Summer Day at Der Biergarten

A wonderful summer day at Der Biergarten! A Koolfog patio misting system provides a cool atmosphere while temperatures soar in the Sacramento Valley. Guests and visitors are bound to return when they realize how comfortable they can be sitting outdoors! Our systems don’t leave any wet residue behind, which means your tables and customers will stay dry yet cool. Adding a misting system is a great way to extend your summer hours and get more guests to visit your restaurant. If you’re interested in installing a system in your outdoor space, contact us to get started.