Food

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

Sweet Treat: 25th Mountain Mountain 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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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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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 Amigo Bob Cantisano and his Gold Rush-era orchard

National Geographic features local organic farmer Amigo Bob 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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FoodWineArt Insider: What’s Up In Our Region?

FoodWineArt Insider: What’s Up In Our Region?

TOWER BRIDGE DINNER Culinary pioneer and celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower will lead the team of regional chefs and farmers to create the 2018 Tower Bridge Dinner in Sacramento on September 30. Recognized by Martha Stewart as “a father of American cuisine,” Chef Tower is renowned for leading the kitchen at Alice Waters’...

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Golden Era hosts a delicious pop-up dinner, paired with craft cocktails and local wines

Golden Era hosts a delicious pop-up dinner, paired with craft cocktails and local wines

The Golden Era Lounge in Nevada City is thinking about hosting monthly “pop up” dinners — pairing imaginative dishes with craft cocktails and fine wines —  and we joined a gathering of “friends and family” this week for a sneak preview. Since emerging over a decade ago, pop-up dinners...

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Hotelier Jordan Fife shares his imaginative plan for The Holbrooke

Hotelier Jordan Fife shares his imaginative plan for The Holbrooke

The summer issue of our quarterly magazine — circulating since last week — features a striking photo of downtown Grass Valley on the cover, with the headline “Historic Hotels,” among others. We also ran a newly assigned photo of The Holbrooke in Grass Valley on page 3. (Thanks to local Kial James for...

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Watershed: New American Cuisine

Watershed: New American Cuisine

IN LATE SUMMER, A NEW RESTAURANT called Watershed plans to open in downtown Grass Valley, practicing the art of approachable fine dining. The name Watershed fits the bill perfectly, bringing to mind a restaurant tied to locally sourced food. “Watershed also has a metaphorical meaning for us,” says co-owner and...

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Wine & Beer

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Iron Hub Winery: An Authentic Wine Country Experience

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Ol’ Republic joins Rancho Cordova Barrel District

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Art

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


Our Towns

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The Rebirth of Main Street

The Rebirth of Main Street

ONCE THE EPICENTER OF RETAIL, America’s malls are struggling: “An Ode to Shopping...


Truckee and Tahoe City: Arts, Culture & History

Truckee and Tahoe City: Arts, Culture & History

TRUCKEE-TAHOE BOASTS WORLD-CLASS scenery and a High Sierra setting that inspires...


“Typewriter Revolution” comes to Auburn’s State Theater on October 27

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“What’s old is new again.” “What goes around, comes around.” Both well-worn...


Nevada City: An Artsy Sensibility

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The Center for the Arts begins its multimillion-dollar upgrade

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The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley, one of the region’s premier performing...


Stucki Jewelers gets “Coolest Store in America” recognition for its cigar humidor

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Build a humidor and they will come. And they have. The creativity and innovation...


Summer 2018 Events: Nevada County Fair, Summer Nights, and Shakespeare Festival

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