Randy Paragary Honored at California State Fair


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The California State Fair and Food Festival will honor late Sacramento restaurateur Randy Paragary on Saturday.

Chefs who have worked in restaurants in Paragary will be there and prepare dishes. The chefs will also talk about their industry and the memories they have of Paragary.

“Randy will always hold a special place in all of our hearts, and he will be remembered not just for one day but for eternity at Cal Expo,” said Rick Pickering, Managing Director and CEO of Cal Expo.

According to Cal Expo, Paragary was a member of the board.

Anyone interested in learning more about Paragary’s life and career is welcome to go. Paragary’s family will also be present.

Paragary was part of the Sacramento restaurant scene for decades and died in 2021 at the age of 74. He opened his first restaurant in 1969, and since then his restaurant group has owned and operated many establishments, from Paragary’s Midtown to Café Bernardo.

Having spent over 50 years in the restaurant industry, Paragary is considered a pioneer in the revitalization of K Street. In February, Metro Chamber presented Paragary with the Mike Ziegler Lifetime Achievement Award in Memoriam.

The event, hosted by California’s Kitchen Cooking Theater, will take place from 1-4 p.m. at Cal Expo, Building B.

Adult daily admission to the State Fair is $14 and senior daily admission is $12. Parking is $15. The California State Fair will end on July 31.


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