California Arts Council holds public meeting in Nevada City on June 7

Nevada County Arts Council invites the community to a significant meeting on Thursday, June 7, at 10 a.m. The California Arts Council will hold one of its five annual public meetings here in Nevada County. Council Members – among them those appointed by Governor Jerry Brown – along with senior staff members including California Arts Council’s […]

Nugget Fringe Festival holds a Gratitude Dinner

 Twice a year, the Nugget Fringe Theater Festival offers an eclectic mix of cutting-edge performances on multiple stages in Grass Valley. This past winter, there were 40 different Fringe shows and 120 live performances.  On Saturday night, May 19, Nugget Fringe co-founders, Scott and Lois Ewing held a Gratitude Dinner for the top donors and […]

Good Eats: Our booming culinary scene

SAN FRANCISCO HAS LONG BEEN Northern California’s culinary capital, but it is facing more competition. “Sacramento’s on the cusp of making it as a must-visit town for anyone who loves food,” Thrillist, the popular food and drink website, declared in January. “It’s the hub of America’s most abundant agricultural region and is finally attracting talent […]

Our local bounty: Farm to you

NEVADA AND PLACER COUNTIES ARE home to a growing, healthy and vibrant base of local farms, rivaling the Central Valley, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo. From fruits and vegetables (Riverhill Farm and Machado Orchards, for example) to grass-fed beef (Nevada County Free Range Beef and Sinclair Family Farm) — from olive oil, jams and honey […]

Olive Oil: Fresh, local and booming

OLIVE OIL IS ONE OF CALIFORNIA’S FASTEST-GROWING agricultural products, and our region is a major contributor. It is home to olive orchards, award-winning olive-oil producers, the prestigious UC Davis Olive Center, and some exceptional olive-oil merchants such as The Olive Groove in Grass Valley. The accolades continued this spring when Wild Groves of Newcastle won […]

Farm Fresh Food: Where to get it

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 sold […]

FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region?

YUBA BUS A convenient new bus service is offering local winery and brewery tours, as well as shuttles to the South Yuba River in the summer. With the motto “the river starts here” painted on its side, the 20-passenger bus picks up passengers in Nevada City and Grass Valley. Itineraries include a tour of Auburn […]

Spring cooking classes

Local farmers are planting their summer crops and starting to harvest spring’s bounty. Spring lettuces are headed for the markets. April is a time for asparagus and artichokes. Fresh local onions, squash, peppers and eggplant are expected in May and June. Here’s a sampling of spring cooking classes in our region, often featuring this year’s […]

Ol’ Republic joins Rancho Cordova Barrel District

THE BARREL DISTRICT IN RANCHO CORDOVA is one of the region’s fastest-growing locations for craft beer, craft cocktails and mead, also known as honey wine. It also has the only two distilleries in the region since Prohibition and the only meadery. Now ol’ Republic Brewery of Nevada City is coming out of the foothills to […]

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.: From grain to beer

FROM GRAIN TO BEER — Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. of Nevada City has forged a full-circle relationship with a local farm, AM Ranch in Penn Valley. After Three Forks brews its award-winning beers, AM Ranch picks up its spent beer grain. Then the grain is fed to […]

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