Food

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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Artisan cheese in the foothills: Dedrick’s, Wheyward Girl, Shaft’s

Artisan cheese in the foothills: Dedrick’s, Wheyward Girl, Shaft’s

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS A storied cheese making history. Marin’s historic Rouge & Noire cheese company, now Marin French Cheese, has roots that go back 150 years. In the 1930s Gaetano Vella started Vella Cheese Company in Sonoma at the urging of local dairymen. And in the ‘90s, longtime friends Sue Conley and...

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Casa Las Katarinas: Real Mexican food in Grass Valley

Casa Las Katarinas: Real Mexican food in Grass Valley

WHEN LAS KATARINAS MEXICAN restaurant closed in historic Nevada City last fall, it was like losing an old friend. The food was delicious and authentic, and husband-and-wife owners Dave Francis and Delia Gutierrez were gracious hosts. During its 10-year run, the restaurant often was full, drawing locals and visitors...

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Pete’s Pizza & Tap House: fresh oven-baked pizza, craft beers

Pete’s Pizza & Tap House: fresh oven-baked pizza, craft beers

PIZZERIAS ARE BOOMING THROUGH-OUT our region. Award-winning Old Town Pizza plans to open a third restaurant in Roseville in late summer, and upscale Pizza Bar opened this spring in downtown Truckee. One of the most popular pizza restaurants in western Nevada County, Pete’s Pizza & Tap House in Grass Valley, just...

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Huck’s Hollow Farm: Pure crackers, pure flavor

Huck’s Hollow Farm: Pure crackers, pure flavor

Want crackers to go with artisan cheese? Try the ones from Huck’s Hollow Farm Homemade Goods, made in Grass Valley. The artisanal crackers are made with organic ingredients, are non-GMO and pack a massive crunch—all in plastic-free packaging. Some of them are gluten free. Owner Theresa Huck has been baking the...

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Wine

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,...


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...


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Art

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,...


Tahoe SummerFest: “Passport to a world of music” this summer

Tahoe SummerFest: “Passport to a world of music” this summer

THE NAMES ARE WORLD RENOWNED — New York Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony,...


KVMR Celtic Festival is October 2-4 in Grass Valley

KVMR Celtic Festival is October 2-4 in Grass Valley

THE 19th ANNUAL KVMR CELTIC FESTIVAL & Marketplace mixes Celtic music and...


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