Food

Coffee’s third wave: First Folgers, then Peet’s, now Temple and others

Coffee’s third wave: First Folgers, then Peet’s, now Temple and others

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA INGENUITY HAS helped give rise to America’s coffee culture, now a booming $30-billion-a-year industry. More than 60 percent of Americans say they drink coffee, totaling 400 million cups per day. Coffeehouses and cafes now surpass fast-food restaurants in their growth. The first wave of coffee...

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Craft Beer’s Best Year Ever

Craft Beer’s Best Year Ever

THE CALIFORNIA CRAFT BEER boom is expected to intensify in 2015, with last year recording the strongest growth year ever. “We have seen year after year of strong craft beer growth,” says Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association. California recently passed the mark of 500 craft...

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Stella Culinary: cooking classes, lunch-lectures and dinner parties for spring

Stella Culinary: cooking classes, lunch-lectures and dinner parties for spring

After five years of operation, Stella Restaurant, part of The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, is moving in a new direction, as we report in our spring issue. Under Executive Chef Jacob Burton, Stella Culinary is taking over the kitchen and offering hands-on cooking classes, underground dinner parties for the general...

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Finding the perfect cup of coffee in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee-Tahoe

Finding the perfect cup of coffee in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee-Tahoe

SPECIALTY COFFEE ROASTERS, RETAILERS and coffeehouses are booming in the foothills and Sierra, enhancing our culinary scene, creating new community gathering places and bolstering the region’s economy. Coffeehouses in Grass Valley and Nevada City sell award-winning “third wave” Temple Coffee from Sacramento....

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A New Generation of Sandwiches

A New Generation of Sandwiches

AMERICANS EAT AN ESTIMATED 300 million sandwiches every day—on average, about one a day for every person. The Quintessential Grilled Cheese sandwich at Serendipity 3 in New York goes for—get this—$214. It starts off with bread buttered with a white truffle spread. Inside are layers of rare Caciocavallo Podolico...

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Sous Vide Cooking: Coming to a Kitchen Near You

Sous Vide Cooking: Coming to a Kitchen Near You

IN THE NEW YEAR, WE HAVE BEEN enjoying a fine-dining cooking method that is making its way into home kitchens, including ours: Sous vide. The words are French for “under vacuum.” It was adopted by Georges Pralus in 1974 for a restaurant in Roanne, France. In 2009 Thomas Keller wrote the acclaimed Under Pressure:...

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Wine

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,...


Truckee River Winery wins two medals in prestigious S.F. wine competition

Truckee River Winery wins two medals in prestigious S.F. wine competition

Did you know that Truckee has its own winery? It does — and it just won two medals...


Sierra Foothills and Truckee wineries score in 2015 S.F. Chronicle tasting competition

Sierra Foothills and Truckee wineries score in 2015 S.F. Chronicle tasting competition

After receiving a record 6,417 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco...


BYOB and barrel tasting at foothills wineries

BYOB and barrel tasting at foothills wineries

BYOB Italy is a wine-lover’s paradise and locals buy it on tap (“alla Spina”),...


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Art

Japanese antique lights at Kodo Arts Show on May 2-10

Japanese antique lights at Kodo Arts Show on May 2-10

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques is displaying a unique range of old Japanese lamps and...


CATS’ “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” is a ‘must-see’ local production

CATS’ “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” is a ‘must-see’ local production

We thoroughly enjoyed the debut of CATS’ production of “Hotel on the...


Bonnie Raitt, Janis Ian and other stars performing in Grass Valley

Bonnie Raitt, Janis Ian and other stars performing in Grass Valley

ROCK IMPRESARIO BILL GRAHAM HELPED SPARK A musical renaissance in the ’60s in...


Sierra Stages’ new season includes Broadway hit The Producers

Sierra Stages’ new season includes Broadway hit The Producers

Nevada County theaters are going to be bursting with song and laughter in the new...


Art by local artists: Art Works Gallery and Artists’ Studio in the Foothills

Art by local artists: Art Works Gallery and Artists’ Studio in the Foothills

Art Works Gallery Five New Artists have joined Art Works Gallery, a co-op of more...


Singer-songwriter Randy Newman performing in Grass Valley on June 26

Singer-songwriter Randy Newman performing in Grass Valley on June 26

Music in the Mountains is going to present popular singer-songwriter Randy Newman...


Music in the Mountains unveils exciting, eclectic SummerFest program

Music in the Mountains unveils exciting, eclectic SummerFest program

“One festival, a world of music” is the theme for this year’s SummerFest...


InConcert Sierra hosts celebrated violinist Joshua Bell on October 18

InConcert Sierra hosts celebrated violinist Joshua Bell on October 18

Celebrated violinist Joshua Bell will perform in Grass Valley on October 18, kicking...


Full Circle Press in Nevada City

Full Circle Press in Nevada City

Judith Berliner grew up in Nevada City, worked in a printshop in Sacramento for 12...


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