National Exchange Hotel Co. purchases the National Hotel for its flagship brand launch

Editor’s note: Managing Partner Jordan Fife, whose National Exchange Hotel Company is acquiring The National Hotel, emailed our magazine this press release: Famed historic hotel, The National Hotel, has been acquired by The National Exchange Hotel Company and will be the launch of the brand’s flagship location in Nevada City, CA, which has been named […]

ol’ Republic Brewery opening second location in Rancho Cordova’s “barrel district”

ol’ Republic Brewery, located in Nevada City,  is set to open its second location in Rancho Cordova this March. The new brick n’ mortar location will include a taproom open to walk-in customers. “To have a brewery of this caliber come to our city, and want to be actively involved in our new Barrel District, […]

Sierra Harvest presents Food and Farm Conference on February 9-11

Farmers and ranchers are coming from all over the West Coast to gather in Grass Valley on February 9-11 for Sierra Harvest’s 2018 Sustainable Food and Farm Conference. Over 500 farmers, foodies and homesteaders will come to learn first-hand from local and national experts in the sustainable food and farming movement, tour sustainable minded farms […]

Lefty’s Grill opening a “Fry House” in Grass Valley, with further expansion planned

The owners of popular Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City plan to open a new restaurant called Lefty’s Fry House in Grass Valley between late January and March, and future plans call for multiple locations in the region, co-owner John Cammack told our magazine for our upcoming winter issue. The casual eatery will be located next to […]

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 […]

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