Culinary forecast for 2018

Menu trends that will be heating up in 2018 include street-food inspired dishes, healthful kids’ meals, heritage-breed meats and authentic ethnic cuisine. The list—based on a National Restaurant Association survey of 700 professional chefs — is a peek into which food, beverages and culinary concepts will be the new items on restaurant menus. TOP 10 […]

The Stone House: Farm-to-table food and craft cocktails

WHEN IT COMES TO FINE DINING, cocktails and entertainment, The Stone House in historic Nevada City belongs on a bucket list for the New Year—whether you’re local or a visitor. Under San Francisco entrepreneur Jonathan Rowe, who also has local roots, The Stone House — one of the town’s most iconic landmarks — underwent extensive […]

Lefty’s Fry House: Fish & chips, beignets and more

LEFTY’S GRILL CELEBRATES ITS 10TH anniversary in the New Year, and its owners are expanding with a “Fry House,” featuring the restaurant’s signature fish and chips and imaginative new dishes. In 2008, two left-handed chefs, John Cammack and Chris Duncan, opened Lefty’s in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white […]

Winter cooking classes

Winter is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class in the foothills. We’re indoors more, thanks to the winter weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for the holidays—French cookware, a wok or a Vitamix. TESS’ KITCHEN STORE 115 Mill St., Grass Valley […]

Beyond the ski slopes: “Make your business about more than the snowfall”

“Make your business about much more than the snowfall” – Vail Resorts CEO Robert Katz THE “SNOWMAGEDDON” IN THE SIERRA last season — over 60 feet of glorious white stuff — reminded us of skiing’s glory days over 40 years ago when the sport boomed as a main- stream leisure activity. We were in high […]

Winter comfort food: Where to get it

CHEESE FONDUE FRIAR TUCKS Melted swiss gruyere & emmentaler cheeses, blended with wine and spices served with french bread, apples and mushrooms. 111 N Pine St., NC FriarTucks.com COQ AU VIN MATTEO’S PUBLIC Organic chicken breast with mushrooms in a delicate red wine sauce. Served with organic jasmine rice and seasonal vegetables. 300 Commercial St., […]

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, […]

Celebrating Mardi Gras

EARLIER THIS WINTER, WE VISITED NOLA for a vacation. We enjoyed the sight-seeing and authentic Cajun cuisine. We ate a famous muffuletta sandwich at Central Grocery & Deli in the French Quarter (a 10”-round Sicilian sesame loaf stuffed with ham, salami, provolone and a signature briny marinated olive salad filled with kalamata and green olives […]

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 […]

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