Food

Acclaimed Bay Area chef Moniz, community leader Senum to open authentic taqueria in Nevada City

Acclaimed Bay Area chef Moniz, community leader Senum to open authentic taqueria in Nevada City

Two years ago this month, we wrote exclusively that a bakery and brewery called Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. was in the works on lower Commercial Street in Nevada City, helping to create a hip food-lovers hangout near its farmers market. Three Forks just celebrated its first anniversary, and now Wheyward...

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Drought encourages Tahoe to focus on year-round activities

Drought encourages Tahoe to focus on year-round activities

WE LOVE CELEBRATING OUR REGION’S year-round lifestyle centered around farm-fresh food, fine dining, local wine and beer, art and music and outdoor recreation — and it’s becoming a bigger draw for vacations, staycations and relocations. Tahoe and Truckee have deep roots in winter sports, going back to Sugar Bowl...

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Placer and Nevada County CA ranked tops in nation for recreation

Placer and Nevada County CA ranked tops in nation for recreation

WHETHER IT’S BIKING, HIKING, camping, swimming or picnicking, Placer and Nevada Counties are ranked among America’s 50 best counties for outdoor activities, according to a new survey. Placer County ranked #36, Nevada County ranked #47 and El Dorado ranked #49 in the nation, according to Niche, which runs a popular...

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Lakes that survived the drought: Tahoe, Rollins, Donner and Scotts Flat

Lakes that survived the drought: Tahoe, Rollins, Donner and Scotts Flat

SURE, CALIFORNIA HAS A drought, which is impacting recreation on some of its most popular rivers, lakes and reservoirs. But with trillions of gallons of water, Lake Tahoe — the nation’s second deepest lake — is poised to welcome water enthusiasts from all over this summer. The same goes for most other lakes in...

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Imaginative restaurant designs in Placer County and Nevada County CA

Imaginative restaurant designs in Placer County and Nevada County CA

“Dining out is rarely just about food. A simple meal seems that much more appetizing when paired with appealing furniture, finishes, and alluring lighting.” —Architectural Digest WE COULD NOT AGREE MORE, and our region’s restaurants — from fine dining to casual — have some imaginative and unique designs,...

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“New Boomer” Economics

“New Boomer” Economics

Call them millennials, the iGeneration or “New Boomers.” Though our region is known for attracting retirees, we think this younger generation can also help invigorate the area. The rest of us need to do our part to attract them and retain them—creating more job opportunities, for example. But we offer many attractions...

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Active lifestyle lodging: Truckee’s Cedar House and Tahoe’s Cedar Crest Cottages

Active lifestyle lodging: Truckee’s Cedar House and Tahoe’s Cedar Crest Cottages

IN OUR GRANDPARENTS’ DAYS, the “grand dames” defined America’s hotel business. Nowadays, active lifestyle hotels are becoming more popular, thanks to the rise in millennial travel. The hotels have European flair and offer innovative food, the latest in technology and locally inspired experiences — from hiking...

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Sierra Brewfest, Downieville Brewfest and California Craft Beer Summit

Sierra Brewfest, Downieville Brewfest and California Craft Beer Summit

Our region will host popular beer festivals this summer, including one of California’s oldest. Here are some of them: SIERRA BREWFEST, SEPTEMBER 5 Music in the Mountains Alliance presents the 26th Annual Sierra BrewFest at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. As one of the state’s oldest beer festivals,...

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Where to get fresh, local food in Placer County and Nevada County CA

Where to get fresh, local food in Placer County and Nevada County CA

“MILLENNIALS ARE CHANGING food as we know it,” writes Forbes magazine, citing a report that young adults are willing to pay more for fresh, local food and will go to great lengths to find it. Their preferences have helped fuel a boom in organic food, which broke a record last year, totaling $39 billion in sales. More...

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Culinary adventures in Nevada County CA

Culinary adventures in Nevada County CA

FROM FOOD FESTS TO FARM tours to top-notch cooking schools, our region is capitalizing on the boom in culinary travel. Enjoy a culinary vacation, such as Stella’s underground dinners, or its five-day culinary “boot camp” — both at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee. Stella Culinary is led by Executive...

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Generation Organic: Young farmers in the Sierra Foothills

Generation Organic: Young farmers in the Sierra Foothills

For decades, the average age of farmers has been rising—to 57 years old, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But American agriculture is benefiting from youthful vigor, at least when it comes to small farms. Here are some examples in our region: BOORINAKIS HARPER RANCH A “little family farm that...

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Chef’s Notes: Farm to Fork, Treats, Tahoe Central Market, Carolines

Chef’s Notes: Farm to Fork, Treats, Tahoe Central Market, Carolines

FARM-TO-FORK DINNERS Our region is going to offer more farm-to-table dinners this summer. The third annual Nevada City farm-to-table banquet is August 16. It is downtown on Commercial Street, which has become a foodie paradise, thanks to the Nevada City Farmers Market, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. and now...

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Wine

Tasting Notes: Sierra Starr celebrates 20th harvest, Nevada City Winery turns 35, winery dogs

Tasting Notes: Sierra Starr celebrates 20th harvest, Nevada City Winery turns 35, winery dogs

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR WINE WINNERS Gold-medal winners in the 2015 California State...


Tuscan-inspired Montoliva Winery more than doubling its vineyard

Tuscan-inspired Montoliva Winery more than doubling its vineyard

SOME OF THE ORIGINAL SETTLERS OF CHICAGO Park, a bucolic hamlet nestled between...


Wine and food tasting abounds in Placer County and Nevada County CA this summer

Wine and food tasting abounds in Placer County and Nevada County CA this summer

For savory eats and award-winning wines, these festivals offer eclectic tastings,...


Cab Franc: “The next big thing” in Sierra Vintners’ wines

Cab Franc: “The next big thing” in Sierra Vintners’ wines

“THE ERA OF CABERNET FRANC is nearly upon us,” Wine Spectator Associate Editor...


Tasting Notes: Tahoe City Wine Walk, Smith Vineyard’s new labels

Tasting Notes: Tahoe City Wine Walk, Smith Vineyard’s new labels

NOW FOUR GENERATIONS STRONG Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Wayne Smith fulfilled his...


Sierra Vintners’ three wine trails for as little as $18 each:  May 16, July 18 and Sept. 26

Sierra Vintners’ three wine trails for as little as $18 each: May 16, July 18 and Sept. 26

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME ENJOYABLE wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”:...


Naggiar Vineyards’ Winefest: food, wine & music starts this spring

Naggiar Vineyards’ Winefest: food, wine & music starts this spring

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME SPLENDID destination wineries: Viña Castellano in Auburn...


SIP multi-winery tasting room in Auburn

SIP multi-winery tasting room in Auburn

AUBURN HAS BECOME a sought after food and wine destination, thanks to Culinary Institute...


Tasting notes: Nevada City Winery sparkler, Naggiar’s golds and Katoa Cellars startup

Tasting notes: Nevada City Winery sparkler, Naggiar’s golds and Katoa Cellars startup

NEVADA CITY WINERY SPARKLER Sparkling wine is becoming an everyday wine. In the foothills,...


Food meets wine: Tess’ Chef’s Table and Solune Winegrowers

Food meets wine: Tess’ Chef’s Table and Solune Winegrowers

FOOD AND WINE ARE ageless companions, and two masters of marrying the two in a...


Sierra Vintners report early bud break: two weeks ahead of last year

Sierra Vintners report early bud break: two weeks ahead of last year

“Ah, it’s that beautiful time of year again- skies are blue, the air is mild,...


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Art

CATS, Sierra Stages, LeGacy and Quest all nominated for Elly Awards

CATS, Sierra Stages, LeGacy and Quest all nominated for Elly Awards

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra is a leader in nominations for Elly Awards...


Water-wise landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

Water-wise landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

AN ABUNDANCE OF LAKES, RIVERS, streams and ponds have defined our region’s geography...


Nevada County CA’s booming arts and culture scene

Nevada County CA’s booming arts and culture scene

CALIFORNIA IS WORLD RENOWNED FOR ITS arts and culture — from Hollywood, the Getty...


Art Works Gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary on August 8

Art Works Gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary on August 8

THE ART MARKET IS HOT, FROM NEW York auction houses to the internet to Main Street...


Lake Tahoe Music Festival is August 18-22

Lake Tahoe Music Festival is August 18-22

Bring lawn chairs, picnics and your favorite beveragevto the annual Lake Tahoe Music...


43rd annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance is August 7-8

43rd annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance is August 7-8

LAKE TAHOE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE returns to the historic Obexer’s Boat Company...


Tahoe Maritime Museum expanding in Tahoe City

Tahoe Maritime Museum expanding in Tahoe City

THE TAHOE MARITIME MUSEUM, WHICH began as a small seasonal display at Sugar Pine...


Truckee Open Art Studios Tour, Trails & Vista and Fall Colors Open Studios Tour

Truckee Open Art Studios Tour, Trails & Vista and Fall Colors Open Studios Tour

ART TOURS TRUCKEE OPEN ART STUDIOS TOUR Nevada County Arts presents the first annual...


InConcert Sierra kicks off new season with famed violinist Joshua Bell

InConcert Sierra kicks off new season with famed violinist Joshua Bell

JOSHUA BELL IS ONE OF THE most celebrated violinists of his era, and he’s performing...


Sierra Stages presents Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” this summer

Sierra Stages presents Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” this summer

THIS SUMMER, SIERRA STAGES presents the over-the-top Mel Brooks musical comedy The...


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Romeo & Juliet, The Fantasticks

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Romeo & Juliet, The Fantasticks

THE LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, a premiere summer event in the Tahoe region,...


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