Exclusive: ol’ Republic in escrow to buy Old Five Mile House

Ol’ Republic Brewery is in escrow to buy the historic Old Five Mile House five miles east of Nevada City on Hwy. 20, Sierra FoodWineArt magazine has learned. The ol’ Republic Roadhouse & Brewery would mark another milestone in the stellar growth of this popular, award-winning brewery, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in March. This […]

Alice Waters’ local ties: from a forager to a farmer

ALICE WATERS HAS BEEN A CHAMPION of the farm-to-table movement for over four decades. She is a national treasure, as is her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. We’ve admired Waters since our college days at UC Berkeley in the late ’70s: We’ve eaten at her restaurant on Shattuck Ave. (upstairs and downstairs), interviewed her in […]

Farm-to-table pioneer Alice Waters to speak in Grass Valley in September

Alice Waters, the pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, is speaking at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on September 8, our magazine has learned. The event is presented by The Center for the Arts and sponsored by BriarPatch Co-op, as we’ve been reporting in our magazine this week. “A Conversation with Alice Waters” exemplifies […]

Polly’s Paladar: Art of the Gather

ONE OF THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL CULINARY EXPERIENCES in the foothills isn’t listed in a Zagat dining guide, bookable on OpenTable.com, or even marked by a sign on the door. It is found inside a cozy, 126-year-old miner’s cabin tucked off Broad Street in Nevada City. Each month, a reservation-only supper club called Polly’s Paladar serves […]

Mother Truckers, Natural Selection & The Country Store: “Local food from local people”

“LOCAL FOOD FROM LOCAL PEOPLE, since 1881” is the motto of the iconic Oakville Grocery in Napa Valley, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest continually operating grocery store in California. The foothills has its own share of country grocery stores with a storied past—most notably Mother Truckers on the San […]

Chef’s Notes: Emily’s turns 10, Stone House opens and more

OLIVE GROOVE The Olive Groove olive oil store in Grass Valley provides the freshest extra virgin olive oils, infused olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar’s on tap. The store is at 126 Mill St. in the heart of the historic downtown. Visit the store and sample over 70 different flavors of the freshest extra virgin […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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