Food

Good Eats: Our booming culinary scene

Good Eats: Our booming culinary scene

SAN FRANCISCO HAS LONG BEEN Northern California’s culinary capital, but it is facing more competition. “Sacramento’s on the cusp of making it as a must-visit town for anyone who loves food,” Thrillist, the popular food and drink website, declared in January. “It’s the hub of America’s most abundant agricultural...

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Our local bounty: Farm to you

Our local bounty: Farm to you

NEVADA AND PLACER COUNTIES ARE home to a growing, healthy and vibrant base of local farms, rivaling the Central Valley, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo. From fruits and vegetables (Riverhill Farm and Machado Orchards, for example) to grass-fed beef (Nevada County Free Range Beef and Sinclair Family Farm) — from olive...

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Olive Oil: Fresh, local and booming

Olive Oil: Fresh, local and booming

OLIVE OIL IS ONE OF CALIFORNIA’S FASTEST-GROWING agricultural products, and our region is a major contributor. It is home to olive orchards, award-winning olive-oil producers, the prestigious UC Davis Olive Center, and some exceptional olive-oil merchants such as The Olive Groove in Grass Valley. The accolades continued...

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Farm Fresh Food: Where to get it

Farm Fresh Food: Where to get it

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...

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Spring cooking classes

Spring cooking classes

Local farmers are planting their summer crops and starting to harvest spring’s bounty. Spring lettuces are headed for the markets. April is a time for asparagus and artichokes. Fresh local onions, squash, peppers and eggplant are expected in May and June. Here’s a sampling of spring cooking classes in our region,...

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Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.: From grain to beer

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.: From grain to beer

FROM GRAIN TO BEER — Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. of Nevada City has forged a full-circle relationship with a local farm, AM Ranch in Penn Valley. After Three Forks brews its award-winning beers, AM Ranch picks up its spent beer grain. Then the grain is fed to steers that...

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Our New Gold Rush

Our New Gold Rush

PROSPERITY HAS COME TO OUR region in different forms, starting with the Gold Rush. “Gold was discovered just to the south of here in January 1848. You could literally pick it up in the creeks,” recalls author Jordan Fisher Smith in a recent documentary called “Redefining Prosperity: The Gold Rushes of Nevada...

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The Stone House in Nevada City: Food, drinks & music

The Stone House in Nevada City: Food, drinks & music

JONATHAN ROWE EPITOMIZES the new group of entrepreneurs who are helping to revitalize our region’s dining, entertainment and hospitality scene, making it a destination for food, wine and music lovers. At the same time hotelier Jordan Fife is renovating the historic National Hotel in Nevada City, Rowe is breathing...

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Wine & Beer

Ol’ Republic joins Rancho Cordova Barrel District

Ol’ Republic joins Rancho Cordova Barrel District

THE BARREL DISTRICT IN RANCHO CORDOVA is one of the region’s fastest-growing...


Tasting Notes: Sierra Starr, Montoliva and Sierra Knolls

Tasting Notes: Sierra Starr, Montoliva and Sierra Knolls

FOOD, WINE & MUSIC AT SIERRA KNOLLS The winery has a new commercial kitchen,...


Pilot Peak and Stucki’s Phoenix Humidor team up for food, wine, cigars, jazz and chocolate on June 2

Pilot Peak and Stucki’s Phoenix Humidor team up for food, wine, cigars, jazz and chocolate on June 2

Come enjoy a very special night at the Peak! Pick out a fine cigar provided by Phoenix...


Raise a Glass: Foothills Brewfest on May 5, and Truckee Brew Fest on June 9

Raise a Glass: Foothills Brewfest on May 5, and Truckee Brew Fest on June 9

MUNICH OKTOBERFEST BEGAN with the celebration of a royal wedding in October 1810,...


Sierra Vintners Wine Trail on May 19

Sierra Vintners Wine Trail on May 19

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


Amador Four Fires Festival

Amador Four Fires Festival

Amador Vintners presents the Amador Four Fires Festival on Saturday, May 5, from...


Tasting Notes:  Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr and Avanguardia

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr and Avanguardia

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 17th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown...


A New Year for wine: Trends that will shape 2018

A New Year for wine: Trends that will shape 2018

Five wine predictions for the New Year: CAB FRANC WILL GROW “Cabernet Franc is...


Loomis Basin Brewing: Exemplifies craft beer boom

Loomis Basin Brewing: Exemplifies craft beer boom

INDEPENDENT CRAFT BREWERIES CONTINUED to grow in 2017, and the outlook is bright...


Après Ski: Wine, beer, cocktails and fireside chats

Après Ski: Wine, beer, cocktails and fireside chats

“There’s something about the culture of après, whether it’s cocktails or a...


Amador Vintners: Expanding in the New Year

Amador Vintners: Expanding in the New Year

The Amador Vintners Association is expanding in the New Year with the acquisition...


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Art

FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region?

FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region?

YUBA BUS A convenient new bus service is offering local winery and brewery...


Events Calendar: Spring 2018

Events Calendar: Spring 2018

SPRING CALENDAR Nevada City April Springtime at Ananda The annual event has become...


Strawberry Music Festival features Bruce Cockburn, Lindsay Lou

Strawberry Music Festival features Bruce Cockburn, Lindsay Lou

NOW IN ITS 37TH YEAR, NORTHERN California’s iconic Strawberry Music Festival takes...


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art plans grand opening on June 1

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art plans grand opening on June 1

After three years of operating her own gallery for the first time in downtown Nevada...


The Center for the Arts rolls out programming during its renovation

The Center for the Arts rolls out programming during its renovation

The Center for the Arts, one of Nevada County’s premiere performing arts organizations,...


InConcert Sierra: Encouraging youth through music

InConcert Sierra: Encouraging youth through music

BESIDES PRESENTING WORLD-RENOWNED artists including violinist Joshua Bell, pianist...


Nevada County Arts Council presents Sierra Poetry Festival on April 28

Nevada County Arts Council presents Sierra Poetry Festival on April 28

The Nevada County Arts Council presents the 2018 Sierra Poetry Festival on April...


“Belonging”: Exploring Local Perspectives

“Belonging”: Exploring Local Perspectives

THE NEVADA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL, WITH a new grant from California Arts Council, has...


LeeAnn Brook, Kodo Arts present “Japanese Inspired” May 4-27

LeeAnn Brook, Kodo Arts present “Japanese Inspired” May 4-27

KODO ARTS JAPANESE ANTIQUES HOLDS its annual nine-day spring show and sale May 5-13...


The Sierra Poetry Festival highlights our booming arts and culture scene

The Sierra Poetry Festival highlights our booming arts and culture scene

Locals and visitors from “all walks of life, of different ages and varied interests”...


Boomtowns: Redefining the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe region

Boomtowns: Redefining the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe region

IN THE PAST DECADE, SACRAMENTO HAS been emerging from San Francisco’s shadow. Once...


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