Food

Sustainable Food and Farm Conference is Feb. 7-10 in Grass Valley

Sustainable Food and Farm Conference is Feb. 7-10 in Grass Valley

Every year, farmers and those who love local food come together for an extended weekend of learning and networking at Sierra Harvest’s Sustainable Food and Farm Conference. Beyond a fun reunion for foodies, the event is making a noticeable difference in Nevada County’s agricultural community, said Sierra Harvest’s...

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The Olive Groove: Partnering with local artists, farmers and chefs

The Olive Groove: Partnering with local artists, farmers and chefs

“Partnering with local artists, farmers, and chefs is a big part of why we love this work. By focusing on local talent, we are able to offer unique products for our customers and support the thriving creative scene in Nevada County.” — Christina West, owner of the Olive Groove The Olive Groove located in downtown...

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Sweet Treat: 25th Mountain Mandarin Festival is November 16-18

Sweet Treat: 25th Mountain Mandarin Festival is November 16-18

MANDARINS HAVE BEEN GROWN IN THE FOOTHILLS surrounding Newcastle since the late 1800s. The first commercial Mandarin endeavors were started in the 1950s by Frank Aguilar, Ed Pilz and Harold Struble, and there are now over 80 growers in Placer County. When organizers in the bucolic foothills town of Newcastle held their...

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Fresh, local feasts

Fresh, local feasts

IN THE FOOTHILLS AND TRUCKEE-TAHOE, the possibilities abound for preparing a fresh, local feast for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s. We are blessed with local farmers and ranchers, farmers markets, a growing number of artisan food makers, and stores that feature local produce and meats. Here are suggestions...

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Cooking Classes in the Foothills

Cooking Classes in the Foothills

FALL IS THE SEASON TO SAVOR the late-season fruits and vegetables from farmers markets, including pumpkins, apples, pears, and persimmons. The markets are open until Thanksgiving, or year-round, allowing you to create a feast from the local bounty. It also is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class. The weather...

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National Geographic features local organic farmer Cantisano and his Gold Rush-era orchard

National Geographic features local organic farmer Cantisano and his Gold Rush-era orchard

“Amigo Bob Cantisano, managing partner of the Heaven and Earth Farm on the San Juan Ridge, is one of the most influential figures in California organic agriculture,” as we wrote in the spring 2016 issue of our magazine. We discussed Amigo Bob’s role in working with Smith Vineyards to tend their 10-acre...

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Good Eats: What’s new in dining

Good Eats: What’s new in dining

OUR REGION IS HOME TO A GROWING and vibrant restaurant scene — from farm-to-fork dining to roadhouses to burger joints. Here are some restaurants and delis that are opening this fall: OL’ REPUBLIC ROADHOUSE The restaurant is serving lunch and dinner along with its award-winning beer at what had been the Old Five...

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What’s in Season

What’s in Season

Fall is our favorite time of year to enjoy the local bounty, artisan foods and seasonal dishes. Some examples: LOCAL APPLES Crisp, sweet and refreshing, the apple is redolent of the fall season. In our region, we enjoy visiting Bierwagen’s in Chicago Park and Machado Orchards in Auburn. Bierwagen’s grows heritage...

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Wine & Beer

Rombauer Vineyards acquires Renwood Winery facility in Sierra Foothills

Rombauer Vineyards acquires Renwood Winery facility in Sierra Foothills

Rombauer Vineyards, one of Napa Valley’s premier, family-owned wineries, announced...


The Big Crush

The Big Crush

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST HAS been a celebratory one, thanks to a “picture-perfect”...


Craft Cocktails

Craft Cocktails

SOUTH FORK VODKA A locally made vodka called South Fork Vodka was released this fall...


Wines for the Holidays

Wines for the Holidays

  Thanksgiving Dinner Set on Rustic Table in Vineyard Pair your holiday menus...


Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian tradition....


Amador Vintners: Barbera Festival and Big Crush

Amador Vintners: Barbera Festival and Big Crush

AMADOR VINTNERS HOSTS THE 8TH annual Barbera Festival on September 15 from 11 a.m.-4...


Iron Hub Winery: An Authentic Wine Country Experience

Iron Hub Winery: An Authentic Wine Country Experience

IRON HUB WINERY ILLUSTRATES WHY we love Sierra Foothills wineries: The Amador County...


What’s Brewing

What’s Brewing

“Liquid Poets” Six breweries in our region — in Truckee, Auburn, Davis and...


Sierra Starr wine featured at Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork celebration this weekend

Sierra Starr wine featured at Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork celebration this weekend

Sierra Starr’s award-winning 2017 Sauvignon Blanc will be poured at a meet-and-greet...


Food & Wine Festivals: Sip, Savor & Stroll

Food & Wine Festivals: Sip, Savor & Stroll

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


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

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

NEVADA CITY WINERY’S WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY The winery presents Wine Down Wednesday...


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Art

Nevada Chamber Music Festival: Classical Music by Candlelight

Nevada Chamber Music Festival: Classical Music by Candlelight

TWENTY OF THE WORLD’S FINEST classical musicians gather in Reno to perform at the...


Sierra Master Chorale names new music director

Sierra Master Chorale names new music director

InConcert Sierra is pleased to welcome Alison Skinner as the new music director of...


David McKay Photography

David McKay Photography

Most people know David McKay through his captivating photographs and his award-winning...


Music in the Mountains’ Holiday Concerts

Music in the Mountains’ Holiday Concerts

THIS DECEMBER, THE MUSIC IN THE Mountains orchestra and chorus kicks off “the most...


Phoenix Humidor: Helping to revitalize downtown Grass Valley

Phoenix Humidor: Helping to revitalize downtown Grass Valley

LESS THAN A YEAR AGO, Stucki Jewelers opened Phoenix Humidor, the biggest walk-in...


Hotels & Wineries Double as Art Galleries

Hotels & Wineries Double as Art Galleries

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is becoming an “art hotel.” Embracing the recent...


Stucki Jewelers: Free if it snows

Stucki Jewelers: Free if it snows

“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas” – Bing Crosby Imagine...


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

Located at 231 Broad Street in downtown Nevada City, the gallery also incorporates...


Placer Arts Studios Tour Nov. 9-11: Celebrating Local Art

Placer Arts Studios Tour Nov. 9-11: Celebrating Local Art

IN THE 1990’S, LOCAL BATIK ARTIST Helen Phillips attended the Sonoma County...


Our Towns

Our Towns

THORTON WILDER’S CLASSIC “OUR TOWN”chronicles life in a small New...


Meet the Rainmakers: People who are bolstering our food, wine & art economy

Meet the Rainmakers: People who are bolstering our food, wine & art economy

Our small towns are thriving, thanks to some innovative entrepreneurs, chefs, winery...


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