Frothy competition

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Offseason exhibition: SPLAT, or the Sacramento Public Latte Art Tournament, won’t start for another month or so, but Temple Coffee Roasters (2827 S Street) will help baristas remain in top pouring shape with its Latte Art Throwdown starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13. SPLAT board member and Temple’s Director of Education, Kelly Hill, said these competitions are a point of pride for baristas, while also providing “a way to let off steam” (pun, I hope, intended).

During SPLAT, baristas usually have to pour milk hearts, tulips and rosettas into espressos as they work their way through the head-to-head rounds. But feeling a little fatigued of the rules, Hill said that this throwdown will be a free-for-all. Baristas can pour whatever shapes they want. If you think participants get a little raunchy with this liberty, you’d be right.

With a $10 buy-in for a 48-spot bracket, Hill said that all proceeds will go to the International Women’s Coffee Alliance that has 22 chapters around the world and seeks to empower women at all points of the supply chain—from the women who pick the beans to those who brew the coffee to those who own (or aspire to own) their own roastery.

Donations by companies such as Baratza will provide a deluxe coffee grinder to the winner. For the viewers, there’ll be pizza, beer and free admission to watch the creation of drinkable art.

R Street substitution: Camellia Coffee Roasters will be taking over Metro Kitchen + Drinkery’s spot within the WAL Public Market (1104 R Street). The roasters should have opened their first brick-and-mortar location across the way from Fish Face Poke Bar by February 8, said co-owner Ryan Harden.

He and his business partner Robert Watson bring experience from Old Soul Co. and Insight Coffee Roasters, respectively, and their new space will feature millennial pink, indoor greenery and taps for pouring “good beer,” Harden said, adding that they hope to start roasting at their second location (429 12th Street) in March.

Hey there, Delilah: Specializing in Hawaiian cuisine, Delilah’s Market Cafe by Make Fish has expanded to a second location in the Arden area (1229 Howe Avenue) in addition to its original Delilah’s spot (4400 Freeport Boulevard) and Make Fish Poke & Sushi Burrito in Midtown (1801 L Street).

Using high-quality fish soaked in Hawaiian marinades, Delilah’s serves poke in the traditional style: over sushi rice with no other toppings. They also have other island-comfort favorites like Spam Musubi—spam and rice wrapped in seaweed ($2)—and Dole Whip ($5.50), soft serve ice cream mixed with pineapple.