Food

Beer & Brats: Oktoberfest

Beer & Brats: Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST IN MUNICH IS ONE of the world’s largest and oldest festivals. This two-week celebration— dating back to 1810—draws 5.6 million visitors who consume 1.6 million gallons of beer and 240,000 sausages, according to a new report in WalletHub. (For traditionalists, some 50,000 pork knuckles are eaten too.) “But...

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Tess’ Culinary Adventures: Have wok will travel

Tess’ Culinary Adventures: Have wok will travel

IN HIS BEST-SELLING MEMOIR A YEAR IN PROVENCE, author Peter Mayle “transports us into all the earthly pleasures of Provençal life,” and the main character is the region’s cuisine. “The year began with lunch,” the book begins, detailing a menu that included foie gras, beef en croûte, salads dressed in virgin...

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The Sweetest Season: Mountain Mandarins

The Sweetest Season: Mountain Mandarins

As fall arrives, Placer County’s hills are aglow with ripening Mountain Mandarins. More than 40 Mandarin growers are nestled in the hills around Penryn, Newcastle, Loomis, Lincoln and Auburn. They have been providing tree-ripened, hand-picked Mandarins since the 1880s. “Mandarins are the signature fruit of the...

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Alice Waters’ call to support our farmers

Alice Waters’ call to support our farmers

Restaurateur and chef Alice Waters “Tweeted” a few words for Amazon’s CEO in the wake of its $13.4 billion buyout of Whole Foods Market: Dear Jeff Bezos, With the acquisition of Whole Foods — and the ubiquitous network of Amazon – you have an unprecedented opportunity to change our food system overnight. It...

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The Olive Groove: Extra virgin olive oil & more

The Olive Groove: Extra virgin olive oil & more

GLOBAL CONSUMPTION OF OLIVE OIL has almost doubled over the past 25 years, largely driven by the health benefits. “From lowering the risk of heart disease to delivering cancer-fighting antioxidants, the health benefits associated with extra virgin olive oil continue to grow,” according to the California Olive Oil...

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The Stone House: A sign of the “New” Culinary Gold Rush

The Stone House: A sign of the “New” Culinary Gold Rush

IN THE NEW GOLD RUSH, CHEFS, RESTAURATEURS, farmers, winemakers and artists are resettling our region, adding new energy and sophisticated offerings for today’s travelers while honoring the region’s rich history. Nowhere is this more apparent than at The Stone House in Nevada City, an iconic stone and wood building...

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Polly’s Paladar: Art of the Gather

Polly’s Paladar: Art of the Gather

ONE OF THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL CULINARY EXPERIENCES in the foothills isn’t listed in a Zagat dining guide, bookable on OpenTable.com, or even marked by a sign on the door. It is found inside a cozy, 126-year-old miner’s cabin tucked off Broad Street in Nevada City. Each month, a reservation-only supper club called...

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FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region?

FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region?

MEZCAL AT GOLDEN ERA “Barely a month passes without a Mezcal bar opening in some American city,” The New York Times wrote in May. Now the Golden Era lounge in Nevada City has launched a new cocktail class to discuss and explore the agave-based spirit, a smokey cousin of tequila. The course is taught by bar- tender...

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Wine

Tasting notes: Smith Vineyard turns 30, Nevada City Winery’s premium wines, Halloween Wine Walk

Tasting notes: Smith Vineyard turns 30, Nevada City Winery’s premium wines, Halloween Wine Walk

SMITH VINEYARD 30th ANNIVERSARY IN 1980, DR. WAYNE SMITH FULFILLED his desire to...


The Big Crush: Wet winter leads to a fruitful harvest

The Big Crush: Wet winter leads to a fruitful harvest

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST WAS remarkably normal compared with past years,...


Ol’ Republic Roadhouse in the works

Ol’ Republic Roadhouse in the works

ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING “ALE TALES” for a brewery in our area goes to ol’...


Amador County: Fine wines on “roads less traveled”

Amador County: Fine wines on “roads less traveled”

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from...


Tasting Notes: Naggiar, Smith, Nevada City Winery and Sierra Starr

Tasting Notes: Naggiar, Smith, Nevada City Winery and Sierra Starr

NAGGIAR: WINE, MUSIC AND VINEYARD TOURS The winery’s new releases include a 2016...


28th annual Sierra BrewFest is August 26 in Grass Valley

28th annual Sierra BrewFest is August 26 in Grass Valley

“TASTING OUR WAY THROUGH a medley of IPA, lagers and seasonal brews, the sun on...


Sip, Savor & Stroll at Food & Wine Festivals

Sip, Savor & Stroll at Food & Wine Festivals

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region: AUTUMN FOOD & WINE...


Naggiar Vineyards: Wine, food and music

Naggiar Vineyards: Wine, food and music

A VISIT TO NAGGIAR VINEYARDS & Winery, nestled in the rolling hills between Auburn...


Tahoe Tastings: Sip wine while cruising “Big Blue”

Tahoe Tastings: Sip wine while cruising “Big Blue”

IMAGINE STANDING ON A LOVINGLY restored, 40-foot “woodie” on Lake Tahoe, holding...


Tasting notes: Wine, pizza and music

Tasting notes: Wine, pizza and music

SIERRA KNOLLS: WINE, PIZZA & MUSIC “What’s Up Friday?” returns April 21...


Amador Vintners: Fine wines on roads less traveled

Amador Vintners: Fine wines on roads less traveled

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from...


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Art

Auburn Symphony turns 30

Auburn Symphony turns 30

The Auburn Symphony celebrates its 30th anniversary with an impressive lineup. Under...


Arts Calendar: Evolution of Organic, Pink Martini, and Wild & Scenic Art

Arts Calendar: Evolution of Organic, Pink Martini, and Wild & Scenic Art

EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC FILMMAKER MARK KITCHELL (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green...


The Center for the Arts’ plan for a dynamic, $3.8 million makeover

The Center for the Arts’ plan for a dynamic, $3.8 million makeover

FRESH FROM HELPING NEVADA COUNTY become a prestigious state Cultural District, The...


The Stages at Northstar: A regional arts center for Truckee-Tahoe

The Stages at Northstar: A regional arts center for Truckee-Tahoe

LIKE GRASS VALLEY AND NEVADA CITY, Truckee also has been designated as a state Cultural...


“Our Sierra Stages”: A catalyst for economic growth

“Our Sierra Stages”: A catalyst for economic growth

IN THE EARLY ELIZABETHAN ERA, English acting troupes performed in inns, college halls...


Stucki Jewelers opening foothills’ biggest premium cigar humidor

Stucki Jewelers opening foothills’ biggest premium cigar humidor

“There’s something about having a great bottle of wine and a great cigar. Nothing...


InConcert Sierra: An imaginative new season

InConcert Sierra: An imaginative new season

Spencer Myer INCONCERT SIERRA PRESENTS another stellar lineup for its 2017-18 season,...


Truckee Art Haus & Cinema: breaking ground in 2018

Truckee Art Haus & Cinema: breaking ground in 2018

DOWNTOWN TRUCKEE IS THRIVING. This summer the Truckee Town Council approved the development...


David Lance Goines illustrated cookbooks for Alice Waters

David Lance Goines illustrated cookbooks for Alice Waters

Legendary restaurateur and chef Alice Waters and renowned graphic artist David Lance...


Quest Theaterworks wins four Elly awards, a major coup

Quest Theaterworks wins four Elly awards, a major coup

Quest Theaterworks won four Elly awards at the 35th annual Elly awards during a ceremony...


Kodo Arts antiques sale is Sept. 30-Oct. 8 in Nevada City

Kodo Arts antiques sale is Sept. 30-Oct. 8 in Nevada City

The upcoming Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques Fall Warehouse Show and Sale, Sept. 30 –...


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