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 […]

Hotelier Jordan Fife shares his imaginative plan for The Holbrooke

The summer issue of our quarterly magazine — circulating since last week — features a striking photo of downtown Grass Valley on the cover, with the headline “Historic Hotels,” among others. We also ran a newly assigned photo of The Holbrooke in Grass Valley on page 3. (Thanks to local Kial James for both). We […]

Watershed: New American Cuisine

IN LATE SUMMER, A NEW RESTAURANT called Watershed plans to open in downtown Grass Valley, practicing the art of approachable fine dining. The name Watershed fits the bill perfectly, bringing to mind a restaurant tied to locally sourced food. “Watershed also has a metaphorical meaning for us,” says co-owner and chef Nate Overstreet. “This is […]

Grass Valley: A Food, Wine & Art destination

GRASS VALLEY, STEEPED IN GOLD RUSH history, is emerging as a destination for food, wine and art while honoring its cultural heritage. The downtown’s most important, historic and architecturally significant buildings are being renovated, helping to draw locals and visitors for shopping, dining and entertainment. Two years ago, the iconic tower and marquee at Art […]

Twelve 28 Kitchen: “Eat. Smile. Repeat.”

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL TO New York or San Francisco for first-rate food,” as The Wall Street Journal concluded recently in a front-page feature. “We are one great restaurant nation.” America’s culinary frontier is expanding to small towns for multiple reasons. This includes often prohibitive restaurant startup costs in big cities; a growing foodie […]

Local Pride

WE RECENTLY ENJOYED A “STAYCATION” in Sacramento, spending a few days at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel next to the gleaming Golden 1 Center. Our room had a picture-perfect view of the iconic Tower Bridge, home of the annual Tower Bridge Dinner on September 30. And as if on cue, The New York Times published […]

The New Gold Rush: Chefs help redefine local cuisine

A NEW GENERATION OF CHEFS, who enjoy the foothills’ laid-back lifestyle, lower costs, and seemingly endless bounty of fresh, local ingredients, is bringing renewed energy and sophistication to our region’s dining scene. Besides Zach Sterner at Twelve 28 Kitchen, others include Chef Jesse Hanshaw of The Stone House in Nevada City, owner-chef John Weatherson of […]

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 […]

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