Food

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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Farm-to-table pioneer Alice Waters to speak in Grass Valley in September

Farm-to-table pioneer Alice Waters to speak in Grass Valley in September

Alice Waters, the pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, is speaking at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley on September 8. The event is presented by The Center and sponsored by BriarPatch Co-op. “A Conversation with Alice Waters” exemplifies the growing food sustainability movement in our region. Waters...

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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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Astronaut adores mother-in-law’s cooking at Casa Las Katarinas

Astronaut adores mother-in-law’s cooking at Casa Las Katarinas

EARLIER THIS SPRING, SPACEX RELAUNCED a used Falcon 9 rocket that could lower the cost of space travel and help chart a course to Mars, said founder and chief executive Elon Musk. As it turns out, a popular foothills restaurateur has a link to the trail-blazing SpaceX program. Garrett Reisman, SpaceX’s director of...

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Farm Fresh Food

Farm Fresh Food

OUR AREA OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE OF fresh, local produce from dozens of small farms around Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Loomis and Newcastle. Truckee is served by some in Plumas County, such as Sierra Valley Farms, as well as ones in the foothills. The fresh, local fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and eggs are...

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Organic grocers: The pulse of the community

Organic grocers: The pulse of the community

“The bulletin board in any organic store is the pulse of the community. You can find yoga, massage, concert listings, bookstores, used van parts (crucial for a touring band), community political information and even lost cats.” — Michael Franti ORGANIC GROCERY STORES ARE BECOMING a hub in more communities,...

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Winemaker dinners: Showcasing our local bounty

Winemaker dinners: Showcasing our local bounty

NOWHERE IS THE BOUNTY FROM our local food shed—from fruits, veggies and wine grapes to free-range beef, pork and lamb—better showcased than at our region’s winemaker dinners. The gatherings are hosted by chefs, winemakers and caterers in exceptional venues: historic buildings, such as Julia Morgan’s North Star...

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Wine

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...


New craft beer breweries planned for Grass Valley

New craft beer breweries planned for Grass Valley

GRASS VALLEY BREWING CO. A new brewery and taproom is planned for 141-143 Main St....


Sierra Vintners’ wine trails on May 20, July 15 and September 23

Sierra Vintners’ wine trails on May 20, July 15 and September 23

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME exceptional wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”:...


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Art

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 –...


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...


Foothill theater groups rack up Elly nominations

Foothill theater groups rack up Elly nominations

Quest Theaterworks, LeGacy Presents, Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra and the...


Shakespeare, art hikes, classical music at Tahoe this summer

Shakespeare, art hikes, classical music at Tahoe this summer

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, JULY 8-AUG. 27 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s 45th anniversary...


Loomis: Revitalizing its Downtown

Loomis: Revitalizing its Downtown

DESPITE ITS SMALL SIZE, THE TOWN OF LOOMIS — just off I-80 in south Placer County...


Art & Soul ArtWalk is Sept. 16 in Truckee

Art & Soul ArtWalk is Sept. 16 in Truckee

TRUCKEE’S ARTS AND CULTURAL scene is booming, adding a new dimension to its popularity...


Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance on August 11-12: nation’s most prestigious boat show

Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance on August 11-12: nation’s most prestigious boat show

THE LAKE TAHOE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE celebrates its 45th year on August 11-12 at...


Nevada City: Focused on economic development

Nevada City: Focused on economic development

Thanks to the Gold Rush, Nevada City was once California’s third largest city,...


Fowler family named “Family of the Year” at Nevada County Fair

Fowler family named “Family of the Year” at Nevada County Fair

Brad and Alana Fowler have been named the 2017 Family of the Year by the Nevada County...


“Chicago”: One of Sierra Stages’ best productions in its nine-year history

“Chicago”: One of Sierra Stages’ best productions in its nine-year history

Our region’s arts and culture scene recently has been basking in the sunlight....


Our region’s leaders embrace state Cultural District honor: “A coming of age for us”

Our region’s leaders embrace state Cultural District honor: “A coming of age for us”

Our region’s civic, business and elected leaders embraced the statewide Cultural...


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