151 Union Square and Club 141: A Touch of Class

THE FOOTHILLS’ BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE HAS attracted veteran chefs, caterers and event planners from all over, melding talents that would prevail in any food obsessed city. Among them is Jim Eckardt, owner of JimE’s Catering & Event Co. in Nevada City and Grass Valley.

“JimE,” as he’s known to the locals, has been the caterer and special events coordinator for longtime popular events ranging from Starry, Starry Nights at the historic Empire Mine State Park to celebrity parties at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. He’s just as comfortable (and skilled) catering a more informal Christmas buffet or outdoor picnic.

Now Eckardt is branching out to expand his Club 141 in picturesque Grass Valley into a top-notch events venue and cooking school. Club 141, at 141 E. Main St., is a cozy, intimate setting that is ideal for groups of 20 to 30 people. Its well-equipped kitchen is an ideal “classroom” to showcase Eckardt’s culinary talents.

There’s more to JimE’s expansion, though, bringing his catering to another stylish location. Club 141 is teaming up with a larger events center—151 Union Square in Grass Valley—to offer catering and events for groups of 15 to 130.

“We’re a full-service caterer to meet all your special event needs at either location,” says Eckardt, a graduate
of the prestigious California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.

In the heart of the downtown Grass Valley, 151 Union Square is more than just your typical restaurant. There’s wine tasting, craft beers on tap, lunch, and the venue is host to some of the area’s best parties. “We do it all,” says Owner Rich Fuxjager, and he’s right.

The loft-style setting in the historic Union Building is surrounded by murals and other original artwork. There’s also a handsome mahogany bar.

Four local wines are featured: Montoliva, Naggiar Vineyards, Coufos Cellars and Double Oak Winery. Fuxjager’s restaurant also features microbrews on tap, including seasonal beers.

The lunch menu includes salads, wraps, vegetarian nachos, sandwiches and gourmet chile.

Union Square’s live music is enticing, ranging from flamenco guitar to acoustic folk rock. And with “JimE” as the house caterer, 151 Union Square is an ideal venue for a festive holiday gathering. It all adds up to make 151 Union Square one of the finest gathering places in the foothills.

Club 141
141 E. Main St., GV
530-273-3600
JimEsCatering.com

151 Union Square
151 Mill St., GV
530-205-9513
151UnionSquare.com

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