Al Fresco Dining

Enjoyable outdoor dining spots in our region: TOFANELLI’S GOLD COUNTRY BISTRO Tofanelli’s handsome outdoor patio is a popular spot in the historic downtown. In summer, a stainless steel, slow-cook smoker is cranked up to offer barbeque ribs, chicken, tri-tip steak or pulled pork. 302 W. Main St., GV. Tofanellis.com IKE’S QUARTER CAFE Ike’s tree-covered patio […]

Our Local Bounty

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 […]

Spring 2019: Cooking Classes

LOCAL FARMERS ARE PLANTING their summer crops and starting to harvest spring’s bounty. Lettuces, asparagus and artichokes are headed for the markets. Fresh local onions, squash, peppers and eggplant are expected in May and June. Spring cooking classes in our region often feature this year’s first harvest. BRIARPATCH CO-OP COOKING SCHOOL 648 Zion St., Nevada […]

FoodWineArt Insider: The Ham Stand, Treeline Coffee, Dedrick’s, Lefty’s

  THE HAM STAND “I’ve always wanted to open a salumeria,” said Jason Jillson, owner of The Ham Stand in Nevada City. Last year, he opened The Ham Stand, and it now has a loyal following. In a small store once occupied by the BYOB wine shop, Jason is preparing house-cured meats such as salami, […]

Economic Renewal in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

SPRING IS A TIME TO REGENERATE, and our region is experiencing its own growth and renewal — throughout the Sierra Foothills and in the High Sierra. New restaurants and cafes are opening, award-winning wineries and craft breweries are expanding, and the arts and culture scene is booming. Our region is unique in California as a […]

Good eats at Lefty’s Fry House in Grass Valley

Lefty’s Fry House in Grass Valley opened this afternoon, and we were one of the first customers. We ordered “to go,” and I squeezed some details into our magazine at the 11 hour as it went onto the presses. Then we ate. The casual dining restaurant is located at 840 East Main Street, near Sierra […]

Ten 2019 Food Predictions: From Pacific Rim flavors to Phat Fats

SEASONED TREND-SPOTTERS FROM WHOLE FOODS Market compiled this report based on more than 100 years of combined experience in product sourcing, studying consumer preferences and participating in food and wellness industry exhibitions worldwide. TOP 10 FOOD TRENDS PACIFIC RIM FLAVORS Flavor inspiration from the Pacific Rim (think Asia, Oceania and the western coasts of North […]

Farm Fresh Food

OUR AREA OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE of fresh, local produce from dozens of small farms around Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Loomis and Newcastle. Truckee is served by some in Plumas County, such as Sierra Valley Farms, as well as ones in the foothills. The fresh, local fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and eggs are sold […]

All in the Family

Meet some of them: fathers, sons, mothers & daughters who are coming together to help our “food, wine, art economy” prosper: THE GIARDINAS The family owns the Golden Era Lounge in downtown Nevada City, arguably the most inviting cocktail lounge in the footills. Golden Era is located in the old Cirino’s building on Broad Street, […]

What’s New in Truckee for Winter

TRUCKEE IS ON A ROLL. IT RECENTLY WAS NAMED one of the “coolest, under the radar” ski towns by The Wall Street Journal. “Unsurprisingly, thanks to its location, this old logging town has morphed into a sporty tourist center over the years,” The Journal reported. “These days it’s better equipped to wine and dine those […]

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