Food

Summer is prime time for farmers markets

Summer is prime time for farmers markets

SUMMER IS PRIME TIME FOR FARMERS MARKETS, in our region and all across America. The USDA’s 17th annual National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13, celebrating the role of farmers markets in local economies. The markets create local jobs; return more of their sales to the local economy than grocery stores; and provide...

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“Kitchen Cabinets”: Friends & family who advise each other in a real kitchen

“Kitchen Cabinets”: Friends & family who advise each other in a real kitchen

“Kitchen cabinet” politics is a group of unofficial advisers to a political leader—often more influential than the official cabinet. President Reagan’s “kitchen cabinet” included trusted old friends, as did the group assembled by Andrew Jackson in 1829. Next year, our new President will form his or her...

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Lefty’s Grill: Now serving “the perfect drink”

Lefty’s Grill: Now serving “the perfect drink”

IN 2008, TWO LEFT-HANDED chefs—John Cammack and Chris Duncan—opened “Lefty’s Grill” in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white tablecloth dining,” including burgers, flat-bread pizzas that won international honors, creative entrees and fresh salads. Five years later,...

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Boz Scaggs: A food, wine & art proprietor

Boz Scaggs: A food, wine & art proprietor

WE WERE IN THE HOUSE BACK IN 1988 when legendary rhythm and blues artist Boz Scaggs opened Slim’s nightclub and restaurant in San Francisco. Few people imagined Slim’s would help launch the city’s hip South of Market neighborhood (or “SoMa”), now home to the Museum of Modern Art (1995),...

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“The best thing I ever ate” in Grass Valley and Nevada City

“The best thing I ever ate” in Grass Valley and Nevada City

On Food Network, stars describe a different food they consider to be one of the best things they’ve ever eaten. Here are some of the best things we’ve ever eaten in our region: FRESH-FRUIT PANCAKES, TOFANELLI’S Fresh blueberry, pecan, or banana pancakes dusted with powder sugar and served with butter...

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Cooking classes in Sierra Foothills showcase spring’s bounty

Cooking classes in Sierra Foothills showcase spring’s bounty

“In just spring, when the world is puddle-wonderful.” —E . E . CUMMINGS FARMERS ARE PLANTING THEIR SUMMER CROPS and harvesting spring’s bounty. Spring lettuces are headed for the markets. April is a time for asparagus and artichokes. Fresh local onions, squash, peppers and eggplant are expected in May...

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Tofanelli’s ownership celebrates 10th anniversary

Tofanelli’s ownership celebrates 10th anniversary

April 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of ownership of Tofanelli’s casual Italian-American bistro and to celebrate, Tofanelli’s will offer a daily (except Sundays) $10 special on popular menu items such as prime rib tostadas, crab cakes, shrimp or chicken caesar salad and fish tacos. Husband and wife partners Frank...

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Brown Derby’s original Cobb Salad recipe

Brown Derby’s original Cobb Salad recipe

Brown Derby’s original Cobb Salad: Cobb Salad 1/2 head lettuce, about 4 cups 1 bunch watercress 1 small bunch chicory, about 2 1/2 cups 1/2 head romaine, about 2 1/2 cups 2 medium peeled tomatoes 6 strips of crisp bacon 2 breasts of boiled chicken 3 hard cooked eggs 1 avocado 1/2 cup crumbled Roquefort...

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Wine

Amador Vintners: from “Roots to Wine”

Amador Vintners: from “Roots to Wine”

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICRO-CLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from...


Food & Wine Festivals this summer in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Food & Wine Festivals this summer in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region this summer: SIERRA...


Smith, Sierra Starr, Avanguardia, Secret Ravine, and Amador wineries among big winners in State Fair Wine Competition

Smith, Sierra Starr, Avanguardia, Secret Ravine, and Amador wineries among big winners in State Fair Wine Competition

Foothills wineries won major awards at the prestigious, long-running California State...


Naggiar launching fully guided tram tours of its vineyard in June, a first in the foothills

Naggiar launching fully guided tram tours of its vineyard in June, a first in the foothills

Naggiar Vineyards in Grass Valley is launching fully guided, 13-person tram tours...


Sierra Vintners Wine Trails on May 14, July 16 and September 24

Sierra Vintners Wine Trails on May 14, July 16 and September 24

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


Cooper Vineyards: A “Barbera” dollar bill started things

Cooper Vineyards: A “Barbera” dollar bill started things

THE LATE ’60s AND ’70s LARGELY marked the start of Northern California’s...


Andis Wines in Amador County

Andis Wines in Amador County

AMONG ALL FOOTHILL WINERIES, ANDIS WINES is one of the most stunning. It is a state-of-the-art...


Amador Vintners: Fine wine & scenic vineyards

Amador Vintners: Fine wine & scenic vineyards

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from...


Tasting note: Smith Vineyard, Nevada City Winery, Montoliva, Bent Metal and Sierra Starr

Tasting note: Smith Vineyard, Nevada City Winery, Montoliva, Bent Metal and Sierra Starr

What’s new at the wineries: SMITH VINEYARD REUNITES WITH “AMIGO BOB” Amigo...


“Gen Wine”: More millennials drinking wine instead of beer

“Gen Wine”: More millennials drinking wine instead of beer

WE REGULARLY VISIT OUR REGION’S wineries to sip new varietals, taste from the...


Sierra Starr’s winemaker hosts a local wine professionals roundtable

Sierra Starr’s winemaker hosts a local wine professionals roundtable

LIKE A LITERARY ROUNDTABLE, a new generation of wine professionals in our region...


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Art

Shakespeare, storytelling & serenades this summer

Shakespeare, storytelling & serenades this summer

July 8-Aug.21 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Entertainment, food, family and friends...


Nevada County Arts presents Truckee Open Art Studios Tour on July 15-17, 22-24

Nevada County Arts presents Truckee Open Art Studios Tour on July 15-17, 22-24

THE ARTS AND CULTURE SCENE IS BOOMING in Truckee, adding a new dimension to its stature...


Visit Nevada City for an endless summer

Visit Nevada City for an endless summer

NEVADA CITY IS AN “ENDLESS SUMMER” destination. Located at 2,500-foot elevation,...


Nevada County Arts calendar for summer

Nevada County Arts calendar for summer

NEVADA CITY FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7 Find them on Facebook 20TH...


Sierra Stages presents “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”

Sierra Stages presents “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”

Sierra Stages continues its 2016 season with the devilishly delightful hit musical...


California Bluegrass Association’s Fathers Day festival is June 16-19 in Grass Valley

California Bluegrass Association’s Fathers Day festival is June 16-19 in Grass Valley

THE CALIFORNIA BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION presents its 41st Annual Fathers Day Festival...


Springtime in Nevada City

Springtime in Nevada City

SPRING IS A GLORIOUS TIME TO visit the Gold Rush towns in the foothills, and few...


Music in the Mountains’ 35th annual SummerFest: June 22-July 3

Music in the Mountains’ 35th annual SummerFest: June 22-July 3

NOW CELEBRATING ITS 35TH anniversary, Music in the Mountains has been a pioneer in...


InConcert Sierra bringing Vienna Boys Choir back to Grass Valley

InConcert Sierra bringing Vienna Boys Choir back to Grass Valley

InConcert Sierra is bringing the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir back to Grass Valley...


A “super bloom” of wildflowers this spring

A “super bloom” of wildflowers this spring

This spring is going to be a “super bloom” of wildflowers, thanks to welcome...


Sierra Master Chorale presents “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” on May 15, 17

Sierra Master Chorale presents “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” on May 15, 17

“THE ARMED MAN: A MASS FOR PEACE” was commissioned for the millennium...


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