Sustainable Food and Farm Conference is Feb. 7-10 in Grass Valley

Every year, farmers and those who love local food come together for an extended weekend of learning and networking at Sierra Harvest’s Sustainable Food and Farm Conference. Beyond a fun reunion for foodies, the event is making a noticeable difference in Nevada County’s agricultural community, said Sierra Harvest’s Co-Executive Director Malaika Bishop. According to Nevada […]

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 […]

Sweet Treat: 25th Mountain Mandarin 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 first Mountain Mandarin […]

Fresh, local feasts

IN THE FOOTHILLS AND TRUCKEE-TAHOE, the possibilities abound for preparing a fresh, local feast for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s. We are blessed with local farmers and ranchers, farmers markets, a growing number of artisan food makers, and stores that feature local produce and meats. Here are suggestions for finding the ingredients and preparing […]

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 is cooler, […]

National Geographic features local organic farmer 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 certified organic vineyard […]

Good Eats: What’s new in dining

OUR REGION IS HOME TO A GROWING and vibrant restaurant scene — from farm-to-fork dining to roadhouses to burger joints. Here are some restaurants and delis that are opening this fall: OL’ REPUBLIC ROADHOUSE The restaurant is serving lunch and dinner along with its award-winning beer at what had been the Old Five Mile House […]

What’s in Season

Fall is our favorite time of year to enjoy the local bounty, artisan foods and seasonal dishes. Some examples: LOCAL APPLES Crisp, sweet and refreshing, the apple is redolent of the fall season. In our region, we enjoy visiting Bierwagen’s in Chicago Park and Machado Orchards in Auburn. Bierwagen’s grows heritage Arkansas Black apples. Machado’s […]

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’ Chez Panisse in […]

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 have become one of the fastest-growing […]

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