Food

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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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-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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Wine

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...


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....


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Art

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...


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 –...


KVMR Celtic Festival & Marketplace: Music, Magic & Medieval Jousting

KVMR Celtic Festival & Marketplace: Music, Magic & Medieval Jousting

THE 21ST ANNUAL KVMR CELTIC FESTIVAL & MARKETPLACE mixes Celtic music and magic...


Summer events in the foothills and Sierra

Summer events in the foothills and Sierra

Nevada County Fair Held under the shade of tall pine trees in Grass Valley, the Nevada...


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...


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