Food

Our visit to China: Pandas, Peking duck — and Mandarins

Our visit to China: Pandas, Peking duck — and Mandarins

WE FEATURE THE SWEET MOUNTAIN MANDARIN in our fall issue, so it’s fitting we’re writing the introduction while vacationing in China — where a version of the seedless, easy-to-peel fruit likely originated centuries ago. It’s “fall break,” and we decided to visit this exotic destination to explore its rich...

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Our holiday gift ideas

Our holiday gift ideas

EMILY’S CATERING A first-rate, full-service caterer with imaginative dishes made from scratch using fresh, local ingredients. Some of Emily’s pies were used in the 2019 film “Pie–The Movie not 3.14.” Emily’s also offers delicious homemade baked goods, desserts and gift packages at its “pop-up” bakeries:...

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Mountain Mandarins: A Sweet Crop

Mountain Mandarins: A Sweet Crop

WHEN ORGANIZERS IN NEWCASTLE — nestled in the foothills near Auburn — held their first Mountain Mandarin Festival 26 years ago, they never imagined that it would grow to a three-day event that now attracts up to 35,000 people from throughout the West. Visitors to the Mountain Mandarin Festival — held on the weekend...

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Shop at Briarpatch for barbecues and picnics

Shop at Briarpatch for barbecues and picnics

AH, SUMMERTIME! LONG, WARM DAYS, camping trips, lakeside picnics and backyard dinner parties. In growing numbers, people are turning to BriarPatch Food Co-op for whatever they need for their summer adventures. BriarPatch’s food is nutritious, organically grown and free of artificial additives — good for our health...

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Twelve 28 Kitchen: “We get asked for our recipes all the time”

Twelve 28 Kitchen: “We get asked for our recipes all the time”

LIKE MORE AND MORE LOCALS, we have enjoyed our dinners at Twelve 28 Kitchen in Penn Valley. Under Chef Zach Sterner, who has been cooking for 18 years as a private chef at small restaurants and at a Michelin-starred dining room, Twelve 28 Kitchen turns out imaginative and memorable meals. Though a relative newcomer...

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Longtime Carpe Vino chefs to open Josephine in Auburn

Longtime Carpe Vino chefs to open Josephine in Auburn

AUBURN HAS GONE FROM A quaint outpost for antiques to a vibrant city bubbling with young doers and creative outdoor types making Auburn happen,” according to ExploreAuburnCA.com, an economic development website dedicated to the foothills town. Josephine is a shining example — a restaurant that Chefs Eric Alexander...

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FoodWineArt Insider: Sacramento Shake Shack, world traveler Lexie Alford

FoodWineArt Insider: Sacramento Shake Shack, world traveler Lexie Alford

LEXIE LIMITLESS An adventurous local woman — 21-year-old Alexis Alford of Nevada City — this spring announced she had become the youngest person to travel to every sovereign nation. “I traveled to all 196 countries by 21 years old. My ultimate goal is to show people that the world is not a scary place and every...

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Foraging at the Farmers Market

Foraging at the Farmers Market

ALICE WATERS HAS BEEN a champion of the farm-to-table movement for over four decades. Alice and her world-famous Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley have ties to our region, thanks to local chef Alan Tangren, a 22-year Chez Panisse veteran. Alice credits Alan “for foraging our relationships with scores of mostly...

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Wine & Beer

Sierra Vintners’ Fall Wine Trail is October 12-13

Sierra Vintners’ Fall Wine Trail is October 12-13

  KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA WITH 15 WINERIES AND OVER 40 VARIETALS, the...


Nevada City Uncorked: Sip and stroll in a Gold Rush town

Nevada City Uncorked: Sip and stroll in a Gold Rush town

NEVADA CITY HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN as the Queen City of the Northern Mines. Nevada City’s...


Tahoe Tasting: Cruise Big Blue and sample our region’s wines

Tahoe Tasting: Cruise Big Blue and sample our region’s wines

TOURING BIG BLUE ABOARD TAHOE TASTINGS’ Golden Rose — a 1953 Chris-Craft Venetian...


Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr, Pilot Peak and Andis

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr, Pilot Peak and Andis

NEVADA CITY WINERY’S FIVE NEW RELEASES The winery is releasing five new vintages...


Amador’s Barbera Festival on Sept. 14 and Big Crush on Oct.  5-6

Amador’s Barbera Festival on Sept. 14 and Big Crush on Oct. 5-6

BARBERA FESTIVAL Amador Vintners hosts the 9th annual Barbera Festival on September...


Wine vs. Beer at Lake Tahoe’s West Shore Cafe

Wine vs. Beer at Lake Tahoe’s West Shore Cafe

You came, they poured. We’re nearing the end of our five-week music series,...


Beer Notes: Slice Beer, Grass Valley Brewfest and State Fair awards

Beer Notes: Slice Beer, Grass Valley Brewfest and State Fair awards

SLICE BEER CO. The former head brewer at Moonraker Brewing Co. in Auburn is helping...


Bottoms Up!  Craft cocktails in the Sierra Foothills

Bottoms Up! Craft cocktails in the Sierra Foothills

GOLDEN ERA LOUNGE Golden Era serves perfect hand-crafted cocktails (with names such...


Food & Wine Festivals this summer and fall

Food & Wine Festivals this summer and fall

HERE’S A SAMPLING OF FOOD AND WINE FESTIVALS IN OUR REGION AUTUMN FOOD & WINE...


Amador Vintners: World-class wines in the Sierra Foothills

Amador Vintners: World-class wines in the Sierra Foothills

WHETHER YOU VISIT OVER a weekend on your own or participate in one of its signature...


From Grapes to Glass: Life Cycle of a Wine Grape

From Grapes to Glass: Life Cycle of a Wine Grape

FROM GRAPES TO GLASS THE LIFE CYCLE OF A WINE GRAPE BUD BREAK The first tender buds...


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Art

InConcert Sierra: A new season featuring world-class talent

InConcert Sierra: A new season featuring world-class talent

INCONCERT SIERRA IS ONE OF THE area’s arts and culture pioneers. The nonprofit...


Music in the Mountains: Bringing Music to Life

Music in the Mountains: Bringing Music to Life

NOV. 3: A CELEBRATION OF SONG MIM presents “A Celebration of Song” at Peace Lutheran...


Stucki Jeweler’s “Free if it Snows” promotion: “One of our favorite things”

Stucki Jeweler’s “Free if it Snows” promotion: “One of our favorite things”

“Silver and gold, silver and gold. Everyone wishes for silver and gold.” —BURL...


Placer Arts Studio Tour: A catalyst for arts and humanities

Placer Arts Studio Tour: A catalyst for arts and humanities

THE 26TH ANNUAL PLACER ARTISTS STUDIOS TOUR — one of the biggest and longest running...


Sierra Stages wins nine Ellies — tops among the region’s performing arts groups

Sierra Stages wins nine Ellies — tops among the region’s performing arts groups

Sierra Stages, based in Nevada City, received nine Elly Awards on Sunday night —...


The Center for the Arts announces inaugural season lineup for “The New Center”

The Center for the Arts announces inaugural season lineup for “The New Center”

The Center for the Arts announced its inaugural 2019/2020 season lineup on Monday...


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art hosts Michelman and Coley exhibits in September

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art hosts Michelman and Coley exhibits in September

WHO: Barbara Michelman and Nicholas Coley WHAT: “Of Land and Sky” WHEN: September...


Nevada City: A mix of old and new

Nevada City: A mix of old and new

Like other Gold Rush-era towns, “the past is always present” in Nevada City....


Grass Valley: Revitalizing the historic downtown

Grass Valley: Revitalizing the historic downtown

NOWHERE IS THE THEME “what’s old is new again” more prevalent than in Grass...


A “summer bucket list” for Truckee

A “summer bucket list” for Truckee

WITH A MOTTO “BASE CAMP for a big life,” Truckee and the surrounding area offers...


Explore the East Shore Trail and the Water Trail at Lake Tahoe

Explore the East Shore Trail and the Water Trail at Lake Tahoe

New adventures await on Lake Tahoe this summer — on foot, on a mountain bike, or...


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