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Experience Sacramento, CA

Savor a Slower-Paced Lifestyle, and a Bounty of Recreational and Entertainment Options

Sacramento is the capital of California – and was rated one of the “best cities to live, work and play” by Kiplinger magazine. The city’s Gold Rush roots are still evident in Old Sacramento, where historic buildings and canopied plank sidewalks lead to comedy clubs, candy stores, restaurants, pubs and bookstores. A short walk away in downtown and midtown, you’ll find modern megaplex movie theaters, well-known retailers, theater, art galleries, and night life. For fresh air fun, Sactown residents can hear free outdoor concerts all summer long, enjoy water sports on the Sacramento and American rivers, or take in the tranquility and scenery along the 32-mile American River bike trail that runs from downtown Sacramento to Folsom Lake. Especially attractive to culinary students, though, is the city’s up and coming culinary scene, which is growing in diversity and sophistication every day. Along with an array of restaurants for every taste, the city is home to “Squeeze Inn” and Café Rolle, which were featured on Food Network’s "Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives”. And, a short drive away, you can delight your appetite for food and fun in the culinary mecca of San Francisco; the Napa wine region; and the entertainment and recreational resorts of Tahoe and Reno.

Learn More About Sacramento

Find out more about this city's attractions and notable chefs by clicking on any of the options listed below.

Unique Attractions

  • Sacramento Capitol
  • Cosmopolitan Building (Nightclubs, cafes, theater)
  • Apple Hill Ranch/Farmer’s Markets
  • California Railroad Museum
  • Fairytale Town Theme Park
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
  • Music Circus at Wells Fargo Pavilion
  • Old Sacramento District
  • American and Sacramento Rivers

Social & Culinary Attraction

  • Sacramento Dinner Club (an underground foodie group many area chefs participate in)
  • Food Festivals
  • Garlic Festival
  • Asparagus Festival
  • Tomato Festival
  • Culinary Competitions at the California State Fair in Sacramento
  • Celebrity Chef Challenge (Annual culinary event where local professional chefs compete)

Sacramento Area Chefs

  • Chef Rick Mahon (The Waterboy; One Speed)
  • Chef Patrick Mulvaney (Mulvaneys B&L)
  • Pajo Bruich (Lounge on 20)
  • Kurt Spataro (the Paragarys Restaurant Group)
  • Randall Selland (Ella; The Kitchen)
  • Biba Cagioano (Biba’s)
  • Ginger Elizabeth (Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates)
  • And Much More!


Average Temperatures

  • January 39° – 55°
  • July 61° – 88°


  • City of Trees
  • Sactown


  • East Sacramento
  • Midtown (great social life and activities)
  • And More


  • Sacramento Regional Transit
  • Bicycle


  • Kings (NBA)
  • Heat Wave (ABA)
  • River Cats (Pacific Coast League - Baseball)
  • Capitols (World Team Tennis)

*Costs and financing options will be confirmed through the admissions & financial aid process, taking into account each individual's specific circumstances (transfer credits, need, 3rd party funding, etc.). An additional STRF fee is charged for schools in California. Future costs and financial aid estimates are subject to change. Results of the net price calculator are not guaranteed and special circumstances are review by the Financial Aid Office on a case-by-case basis. The accuracy of your estimated awards is based on the information you provide. It is intended for undergraduate domestic students. The estimated awards are based on the assumption that the student will complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Costs for online Bachelors programs based on online Associate Degree prerequisite. For more information visit our online culinary programs page.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.


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