Omnivore - Sacramento paper reviews Michael Tuohy

Former Atlanta chef Michael Tuohy gets a rave review in Sacramento

Michael Tuohy, former chef-owner of Woodfire Grill, received a rave review for his new Sacramento, Calif., restaurant, Grange Restaurant and Bar. Among comments made by the Sacramento Bee's dining critic:

Tuohy pretty much had me at hello, slipping into town with a reputation as one of Atlanta's best chefs and as a pioneer in that city's farm-to-table and Slow Food movement.

After 22 years in Atlanta, the Bay Area native sold his widely admired Woodfire Grill over the summer and headed west.

He was a key hire for the San Francisco-based Joie de Vivre Hotels. The restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, will anchor the new 198-room Citizen Hotel. (Grange was already decided upon as the name, but it cleverly reflects Tuohy's way of thinking; it refers to the fraternal organization formed by 19th century American farmers.)