What’s in season: Farm, Food & Drink

NEPTUNE’S DELIGHT The Bloody Mary’s simple, two-ingredient base—tomato juice and vodka—lends itself to countless interpretations. We’ve sampled this cocktail in our region, and the “Neptune’s Delight” served at Morgan’s Lobster Shack in midtown Reno is a standout. The 22-ounce cocktail-meal consists of Chopin vodka and house-made Bloody Mary, topped with a crab leg, shrimp, Berkshire […]

Explore Amador County: Food, wine and art

A FALL ROAD TRIP IN THE SIERRA and the surrounding foothills is an ideal getaway: Brilliant fall foliage, historic Gold Rush towns, fruit orchards, pumpkin patches, and wine and beer tasting. Bring along your mountain bike, hiking boots, and bird-watching binoculars to complete the experience. Some of our favorite road trips include Old Hwy. 40 […]

Beer & Brats: Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST IN MUNICH IS ONE of the world’s largest and oldest festivals. This two-week celebration— dating back to 1810—draws 5.6 million visitors who consume 1.6 million gallons of beer and 240,000 sausages, according to a new report in WalletHub. (For traditionalists, some 50,000 pork knuckles are eaten too.) “But much like it’s always five o’clock […]

Tess’ Culinary Adventures: Have wok will travel

IN HIS BEST-SELLING MEMOIR A YEAR IN PROVENCE, author Peter Mayle “transports us into all the earthly pleasures of Provençal life,” and the main character is the region’s cuisine. “The year began with lunch,” the book begins, detailing a menu that included foie gras, beef en croûte, salads dressed in virgin oil, hand-picked cheeses, and […]

Down home, hearty cuisine from restaurants in the foothills and Sierra

Some of our favorite fall dishes: SALCEDO DIEGOS RESTAURANT The sandwich features shredded pork or steak, topped with house-made coleslaw and peach barbecue sauce on a homemade Amasado bun. Diego’s Chilean-inspired South American cuisine includes sandwiches, street-style tacos, empanadas, grilled meats and fresh fish, all made fresh local, organic ingredients whenever possible. 217 Colfax Ave, […]

The Sweetest Season: Mountain Mandarins

As fall arrives, Placer County’s hills are aglow with ripening Mountain Mandarins. More than 40 Mandarin growers are nestled in the hills around Penryn, Newcastle, Loomis, Lincoln and Auburn. They have been providing tree-ripened, hand-picked Mandarins since the 1880s. “Mandarins are the signature fruit of the foothills,” observes Cindy Fake of the UC Cooperative Extension […]

Alice Waters’ call to support our farmers

Restaurateur and chef Alice Waters “Tweeted” a few words for Amazon’s CEO in the wake of its $13.4 billion buyout of Whole Foods Market: Dear Jeff Bezos, With the acquisition of Whole Foods — and the ubiquitous network of Amazon – you have an unprecedented opportunity to change our food system overnight. It is time […]

The Olive Groove: Extra virgin olive oil & more

GLOBAL CONSUMPTION OF OLIVE OIL has almost doubled over the past 25 years, largely driven by the health benefits. “From lowering the risk of heart disease to delivering cancer-fighting antioxidants, the health benefits associated with extra virgin olive oil continue to grow,” according to the California Olive Oil Council. Our region is home to olive […]

The Stone House: A sign of the “New” Culinary Gold Rush

IN THE NEW GOLD RUSH, CHEFS, RESTAURATEURS, farmers, winemakers and artists are resettling our region, adding new energy and sophisticated offerings for today’s travelers while honoring the region’s rich history. Nowhere is this more apparent than at The Stone House in Nevada City, an iconic stone and wood building in the historic downtown that dates […]

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 […]

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