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Shannin Stein leaves Feeding Crane Farms to take position at Broderick

Shannin Stein, a leader in the local food movement in Sacramento, has left her position as general manager at Feeding Crane Farms to become the G.M. at Broderick Roadhouse in West Sacramento.

"I am extremely proud of the work I have done with Feeding Crane Farms and am eternally grateful for the opportunity I have had to collaborate with some of our area’s most talented farmers, chefs, restaurateurs and community leaders in building Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork identity," she wrote in an email. "Feeding Crane Farms will always to be very dear to me and I look forward to watching the farm continue to grow and thrive under new leadership."

Stein is coming on board just as Broderick is trying to make a transition to more "casual fine dining" with a farm-to-fork inspired menu, said co-owner Chris Jarosz. The restaurant plans to turn an empty lot on its land into an urban farm "in the shadow of the city."

"We figured, who better to do that someone like Shannon?" Jarosz said.

Stein has been at Feeding Crane for two years, during which time she positioned the farm at the forefront of the farm-to-fork conversation in Sacramento. She credited good timing in relation to the city’s initiative, important press converge, including a feature (now offline) by the Bee’s Blair Anthony Robinson, and key partnerships, such as the relationship Feeding Crane has with Neighborworks to provide produce for the Oak Park Farmers Market.

Jarosz said he co-owner Matt Chong also sought out Stein because she has 15 years of experience in managing restaurants, most notably two stints with the Paraguary restaurant group at Centro and Spataro.

"She’s got a ton of experience in restaurant management. Matt and I are more the food guys," he said.

Stein comes on to Broderick with a full plan ahead of her. In addition to the urban farm and the new menu, she and Jarosz are also planning:

  • An event space in the back of the restaurant that will look like a barn and be the site of "down home on the farm parties."
  • Patagonia-style ingrown barbeque pit with “full animal barbecues”
  • An outdoor kitchen with (perhaps) an outdoor pizza oven
  • Long family-style tables
  • Whatever produce the restaurant doesn’t use will be distributed to low income families via a partnership with the City of West Sacramento 

Stein would like to see the event space in place by Sept. 29, when the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau is holding a dinner with food from local chefs on the Tower Bridge.

“It would be great to give people the opportunity who couldn’t necessarily afford tickets to the bridge dinner to still be able to come and join us for a party… and celebrate local food as well,” she said. “So ideally, we’d be ready by the end of September, but there are definitely a few conversations that need to happen before I can commit to that.”

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