Food

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 Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on September 8. The event is presented by The Center for the Arts and sponsored by BriarPatch Co-op. “A Conversation with Alice Waters” exemplifies the growing food sustainability movement...

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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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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 Fresh Food

Farm Fresh Food

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 are...

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Organic grocers: The pulse of the community

Organic grocers: The pulse of the community

“The bulletin board in any organic store is the pulse of the community. You can find yoga, massage, concert listings, bookstores, used van parts (crucial for a touring band), community political information and even lost cats.” — Michael Franti ORGANIC GROCERY STORES ARE BECOMING a hub in more communities,...

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Winemaker dinners: Showcasing our local bounty

Winemaker dinners: Showcasing our local bounty

NOWHERE IS THE BOUNTY FROM our local food shed—from fruits, veggies and wine grapes to free-range beef, pork and lamb—better showcased than at our region’s winemaker dinners. The gatherings are hosted by chefs, winemakers and caterers in exceptional venues: historic buildings, such as Julia Morgan’s North Star...

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Exclusive: ol’ Republic in escrow to buy Old Five Mile House

Exclusive: ol’ Republic in escrow to buy Old Five Mile House

Ol’ Republic Brewery is in escrow to buy the historic Old Five Mile House five miles east of Nevada City on Hwy. 20, Sierra FoodWineArt magazine has learned. The ol’ Republic Roadhouse & Brewery would mark another milestone in the stellar growth of this popular, award-winning brewery, which celebrated...

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Alice Waters’ local ties: from a forager to a farmer

Alice Waters’ local ties: from a forager to a farmer

ALICE WATERS HAS BEEN A CHAMPION of the farm-to-table movement for over four decades. She is a national treasure, as is her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. We’ve admired Waters since our college days at UC Berkeley in the late ’70s: We’ve eaten at her restaurant on Shattuck Ave. (upstairs and downstairs),...

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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....


Sierra Vintners’ wine trails on May 20, July 15 and September 23

Sierra Vintners’ wine trails on May 20, July 15 and September 23

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


Golden Era’s Cocktail 101 class

Golden Era’s Cocktail 101 class

“WE’RE GOING TO SHAKE, MAKE AND measure together,” said veteran bartender Eric...


Foothill wineries win “double gold,” “best of class” and other top honors at State Fair wine competition

Foothill wineries win “double gold,” “best of class” and other top honors at State Fair wine competition

FOOTHILL WINERIES EARNED numerous awards in the 2017 California State Fair wine tasting...


Naggier: Wine, food, music and vineyard tours

Naggier: Wine, food, music and vineyard tours

A VISIT TO NAGGIAR VINEYARDS & Winery, nestled in the rolling hills between Auburn...


Grape expectations: Some wine predictions for the New Year

Grape expectations: Some wine predictions for the New Year

FOCUS ON MILLENNIALS Millennials are fast becoming the largest wine-drinking population,...


What’s brewing: Sierra Nevada’s $2 million gift to UC Davis and ol’ Republic’s Barrel Club

What’s brewing: Sierra Nevada’s $2 million gift to UC Davis and ol’ Republic’s Barrel Club

OVER 5,000 U.S. BREWERIES In the 1870s, America had over 4,000 breweries. Before...


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Art

Music in the Mountains 2017: SummerFest and Amaral season

Music in the Mountains 2017: SummerFest and Amaral season

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS HAS BEEN A pioneer in shaping the region’s performing arts...


Gold Country Vintage Road

Gold Country Vintage Road

Gold Country Vintage Road is a remarkable collection of shops providing the vintage...


Sierra Stages presents “Chicago” from July 13-August 5 in Nevada City

Sierra Stages presents “Chicago” from July 13-August 5 in Nevada City

SIERRA STAGES BRINGS THE excitement of the hit musical “Chicago” to Nevada City...


Bluegrass Festival on June 15-18: Grandaddy of Musical Gatherings

Bluegrass Festival on June 15-18: Grandaddy of Musical Gatherings

THE CALIFORNIA BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION presents its 42nd annual Father’s Day Festival...


Strawberry Music Festival on May 25-28: Returning to Grass Valley

Strawberry Music Festival on May 25-28: Returning to Grass Valley

When Charlie Cran started the Strawberry Music Festival in 1982, “there was a bit...


California WorldFest on July 13-16: Celebrating World Cultures

California WorldFest on July 13-16: Celebrating World Cultures

AMERICA IS HOME TO SOME ICONIC MUSIC festivals: Lollapalooza in Chicago, the New...


Nevada County Arts: First Friday Art Walks, Garrison Keillor and more

Nevada County Arts: First Friday Art Walks, Garrison Keillor and more

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The First Friday Art Walk celebrates Nevada City’s diverse...


Arts & Culture Calendar

Arts & Culture Calendar

KODO ARTS SPRING SHOW, MAY 6-14 Scouring Japanese countryside auctions and morning...


InConcert Sierra: Pianists and pop-up dinners

InConcert Sierra: Pianists and pop-up dinners

PIANIST SAM HAYWOOD, WHO performed alongside renowned violinist Joshua Bell last...


Earth Art: A Year-Round Endeavor

Earth Art: A Year-Round Endeavor

IN THE ’60S, RACHAEL CARSON awakened environmental consciousness with her book...


Kodo Arts features Japanese ceramics, art and more at its May 6-14 sale

Kodo Arts features Japanese ceramics, art and more at its May 6-14 sale

Contemporary Japanese ceramics are in vogue as evidenced by numerous ongoing exhibits,...


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