Food

Local Eats: “Farm to court dining”

Local Eats: “Farm to court dining”

THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT—from farmers markets to farm-to-fork dining to organic grocers—is becoming a year-round passion in our region. Our fertile soil and water resources are a real asset, along with the know-how of previous generations of farmers in our region, going back to the Gold Rush era. Sacramento...

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The Owl Grill & Saloon for steaks, chops and seafood

The Owl Grill & Saloon for steaks, chops and seafood

STEAKHOUSES ARE A PASSION OF OURS. Over the years we’ve eaten at Peter Lugar in New York, a temple for beefeaters; Gorat’s in Omaha, Nebraska, where Warren Buffet regularly holds court; and the House of Prime Rib in San Francisco. In the foothills, one of our favorites is The Owl Grill & Saloon in...

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Restaurants booming in the Sierra foothills

Restaurants booming in the Sierra foothills

WARNINGS OF ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY isn’t stopping restaurants from expanding. Sixty-four percent of restaurateurs told the National Restaurant Association they recently made a capital expenditure, and 62 percent said they plan to spend more in coming months. Sales of food services are double the pace of retail...

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CineCafé Opens at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley

CineCafé Opens at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley

Sierra Cinemas opens its new CineCafé just in time for the holidays, adding beer, wine, and food to the offerings that moviegoers can enjoy. As movie theaters across the nation add amenities to lure audiences out of their living rooms and into the cinema, Sierra Theaters’ owners asked themselves what they could...

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Emily’s Catering & Cakes: A “pop-up” bakery

Emily’s Catering & Cakes: A “pop-up” bakery

LIKE FOOD TRUCKS OR FARMERS MARKETS, one of the fastest-growing trends in the restaurant business is “pop-up” dining. The temporary restaurants, whether at a private home or stylish loft space, are creating a new wave of entrepreneurs. Talented chefs can highlight their creativity without being tied...

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Fall cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

Fall cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

IN FALL, YOU CAN SAVOR THE LATE-SEASON fruits and vegetables from farmers markets, including apples, pears, persimmons and pumpkins. The markets are open until Thanksgiving, or year-round, allowing you to create a feast from the local bounty. Fall also is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class. The weather is...

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FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region

FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region

BREWBILT: MADE IN NEVADA COUNTY In 2008, Jef and Erin Lewis launched BrewBilt in Nevada City to fabricate brewery equipment, one of their passions. We wrote about BrewBilt last year, as part of ol’ Republic Brewery’s ongoing expansion. BrewBilt is continuing to grow, opening a new 8,000 sq.-ft. facility....

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BriarPatch turns 40: “We own it, let’s grow it”

BriarPatch turns 40: “We own it, let’s grow it”

NATURAL FOOD COOPERATIVES are booming across America. The 150 food co-ops of the National Co-op Grocers operate more than 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of $2 billion. Food co-ops have led to a boom in organic foods, now the fastest growing sector of the grocery business. One of the food co-op stalwarts...

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Wine

Tasting notes: Andretti, Andis, Bent Metal, Smith and Sierra Starr

Tasting notes: Andretti, Andis, Bent Metal, Smith and Sierra Starr

INDY 500 WINNING TEAM INTO CALIFORNIA WINE Nevada City native Alexander Rossi won...


Amador Vintners

Amador Vintners

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


Honoring “everyday” heroes: military personnel, police officers and firefighters

Honoring “everyday” heroes: military personnel, police officers and firefighters

THE CLIENTELE OF A RESTAURANT OR watering hole typically mirrors its community, including...


Exploring Amador Wine Country

Exploring Amador Wine Country

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


Nevada County’s oldest wine in existence shown at Fair

Nevada County’s oldest wine in existence shown at Fair

Our magazine enjoyed attending the opening ceremonies at the Nevada County Fair in...


Tasting notes: Sierra Starr, Naggiar, Smith, Pilot Peak and Bent Metal

Tasting notes: Sierra Starr, Naggiar, Smith, Pilot Peak and Bent Metal

NAGGIAR VINEYARDS Naggiar is offering fully guided tours of its vineyard and winery...


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”:...


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Art

Gary Snyder & Tom Killion: The Art of Friendship

Gary Snyder & Tom Killion: The Art of Friendship

LIKE NATURALIST JOHN MUIR, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gary Snyder’s words about...


The Sierra and its surrounding foothills: A model for sustainability

The Sierra and its surrounding foothills: A model for sustainability

“Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best,”...


Bar Art: Gold Rush-era Craftsmanship

Bar Art: Gold Rush-era Craftsmanship

MANY OF THE RESTAURANTS AND BARS in the foothills are steeped in history. They are...


Nevada City on cover of Sunset: praised for its arts scene

Nevada City on cover of Sunset: praised for its arts scene

Nevada City has been named in a number of “best of” lists, including...


Art Works Gallery epitomizes art boom in Grass Valley

Art Works Gallery epitomizes art boom in Grass Valley

“THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS is the focal point of the new arts movement—one that...


Nevada County Arts

Nevada County Arts

What’s Happening – Nevada County, CA is the creative pulse of the Sierra. Here...


Chinese travel industry tour group visits the Sierra Foothills

Chinese travel industry tour group visits the Sierra Foothills

“We just completed a fam tour of Gold Country for China Visit USA, with some...


Center for the Arts wins FestForums innovation award for California WorldFest

Center for the Arts wins FestForums innovation award for California WorldFest

“Best of the Fests” is an annual awards ceremony recognizing industry...


InConcert Sierra presents Vienna Boys Choir

InConcert Sierra presents Vienna Boys Choir

INCONCERT SIERRA BEGAN AS THE TWIN Cities Concert Association 70 years ago, making...


Nevada City: Festivals & Fall Foliage

Nevada City: Festivals & Fall Foliage

NEVADA CITY IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR VIEWING FALL COLORS, in the leafy, Victorian neighborhoods...


‘Tis the Season: Holiday events in the foothills

‘Tis the Season: Holiday events in the foothills

Cornish Christmas Fridays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; 6-9 p.m. Recapture the spirit...


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