Help protect Lake Tahoe’s environment

Editor’s note: This is written by Joanne S. Marchetta, executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. As we celebrate Earth Day this April, let’s remember how important environmental stewardship is to the health of Lake Tahoe, and how important our individual actions are. Over the last two decades, public, private, and nonprofit partners have […]

CATS presents “The White Snake” on April 13-May 6 in Nevada City

TONY-AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT MARY ZIMMERMAN is a master at revamping literary classics and bringing them to the stage. Examples include “Metamorphoses, The Arabian Nights,” and “Journey to the West.” In 2013, Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra produced Zimmerman’s “Journey to the West,” which won five regional Elly Awards and 12 nominations. This spring, CATS […]

Art Works Gallery: A cultural experience

FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND ETSY ARE all opening up new opportunities for artists. To most art buyers, however, collecting art is more like performing arts than traditional retail. It is about an experience, not a process. Art collectors like to see the art in person, touch it—even meet the artist. They also enjoy visiting art galleries […]

Grape expectations: Some wine predictions for the New Year

FOCUS ON MILLENNIALS Millennials are fast becoming the largest wine-drinking population, eclipsing the baby boomers and accounting for 30 percent of wine drinkers. (For more on “Gen Wine,” see our companion website SierraCulture.com.) “What does this mean for wine in 2017?” asks Wine Cooler Direct. “Labels are continuing to get more creative and whimsical, biodynamic […]

Food trends: What’s hot for 2017

HYPER-LOCAL SOURCING Chefs are putting extra emphasis on the freshness of their produce. Produce Plus supplies Truckee and Tahoe chefs with fresh, local produce in winter from farms in Yolo County. Nevada City is debuting a winter farmers market the first Saturday of each month. Tahoe Food Hub is building “growing domes” to grow food […]

Monkey Cat restaurant: fine dining in Auburn

BAY AREA TRANSPLANTS SEEKING a more laid-back lifestyle have helped shape the “sense of place” in our foothills towns, including revitalizing the dining scene. Few have been more influential than Jim and Trish Bril, who own Monkey Cat, a sophisticated yet fine dining establishment in downtown Auburn. Jim worked at the famed Fior d’Italia restaurant […]

A Sense of Place

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening FEW PEOPLE DO A BETTER JOB OF creating a sense of place than Robert Frost—in his case, describing life in rural New England. In […]

Good Eats on I-80

A winter adventure up the interstate for skiing or snowboarding (or west-bound for a “snowless escape”) doesn’t mean you have to compromise when it comes to a road stop for lunch or dinner. Just like the old Route 66, you can “get your kicks” and enjoy fresh, local and well-prepared food along I-80 between Davis […]

Inaugural Sierra Poetry Festival draws renowned poets, writers

We were proud to support the inaugural Sierra Poetry Festival, which drew over 100 people to Sierra College’s Nevada County campus on Saturday. In his keynote address, Stanford graduate and award-winning poet Dana Gioia, currently the Poet Laureate of California, gave an upbeat assessment of funding for the arts — despite the philosophy of the […]

Taste & Rest in Plymouth: Exemplifies new culinary “Gold Rush”

SMALL TOWNS INCREASINGLY are joining the nationwide boom in four-star culinary innovation, including the foothills and Sierra. Examples we’ve written about include Trokay in Truckee, Carpe Vino in Auburn, and the New Moon Cafe in Nevada City. Now we’d like to introduce you to another superb restaurant in the foothills that rivals or exceeds any […]

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