FoodWineArt Insider: What’s Up In Our Region

A walkway in downtown Grass Valley has been dedicated in honor of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens—epitomizing the spirit of coming together in small towns.

The Chris Stevens Courtyard is a 10-foot wide by 100-foot long walkway, decorated with a bronze plaque and archway, in the middle of Mill Street. The location dates back to the original 1872 Grass Valley town site.

Stevens was one of four Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The ambassador was born in Grass Valley in 1960 and laid to rest in a local cemetery in November 2012.

His great grandfather worked in the mines, and his grandfather helped found the local hospital.

The Chris Stevens Courtyard was conceived to honor the memory of a man who “represented the best parts of who we are,” said Mayor Howard Levine in November.

Sierra Harvest presents the Sustainable Food & Farm Conference Feb. 7-10 at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley.

Learn from national and regional experts on what inputs and practices go into sustainable, organic, high-quality food, and connect with over 600 farmers, foodies and homesteaders. Visit for more information.

In a local food and art collaboration, Twelve 28 Kitchen in Penn Valley commissioned Sweetland Pottery on the San Juan Ridge to create some exquisite handmade porcelain bowls to showcase its culinary artistry.

“Our hamachi crudo with strawberry boshi, purple shiso and nori puffed rice got to break them in,” says Chef Zach Sterner.

Patrick Eidman has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. He has served as the Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds since March 2017 and as the acting CEO since July 2018. He brings more than 20 years of management, grant writing, fundraising, and event planning experience to the job.

Located in The Union newspaper’s former printing press area, 1849 Brewing Co. is run and operated by a father-and-son duo. The Krikorians are dedicated to creating high-quality American ales and other modern and traditional styles of beer.

Homewood Mountain Resort’s annual Beer & Gear test event returns March 16-17 with a new twist. Participating ski and snowboard brands will be matched with a brewery to create a ski and sip pairing. Demos, discounted gear, and craft beer will be available for purchase.

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