Nevada City Mardi Gras and Ike’s Quarter Cafe

GAILY MASKED CHARACTERS, JESTERS and Cajun cookin’ come to the foothills in midwinter as Mardi Gras is celebrated in historic Nevada City. The city’s main drag, Broad Street, becomes Bourbon Street as spectators fill the downtown for the annual Mardi Gras parade. Now in its 19th year, it is one of the largest Mardi Gras […]

Good Eats along I-80 this winter

A WINTER JOURNEY UP THE INTERSTATE for skiing, snowboarding or tubing (or west-bound for warmer weather) doesn’t mean you have to compromise when it comes to a road stop for lunch or dinner. Just like the old Route 66, you can “get your kicks” and enjoy fresh, local and well-prepared food along I-80 between Sacramento […]

Colfax Chamber Hosting Snow Train to Reno

The Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its third annual overnight train trip to Reno. The train will depart from the historic Colfax depot at noon on March 18 on a 4-hour ride through the infamous Donner Pass. The bus will leave the following afternoon on March 19 after a leisurely day in Reno. […]

BriarPatch sponsors local farmers at EcoFarm conference

I received this from the BriarPatch: It’s the slow season for farming in Nevada County, and young farmers Andrew Meyers and Maisie Ganz are putting their off-season time to good use. Thanks to scholarships from BriarPatch Co-op, both recently attended the EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove. Ganz, 27, came home from the conference full of […]

Snow’s Citrus Court is PlacerGROWN’s farm family of the year

I enjoyed PlacerGROWN’s food and farm conference this past weekend, meeting with all the growers as well as attending and speaking at the workshops. We learned that the Snow family of “Snow’s Citrus Court” was the 2011 Farm Family of the Year. Here’s their story: “A little luck and a lot of hard work sums […]

Grass Valley Wine Co. finds new location

More wineries are expanding in downtown Grass Valley, and the county’s wine association has a new name, showing industry growth despite the economic downturn. The Grass Valley Wine Co. — a venture of Bent Metal, Pilot Peak and Solune wineries — has found a new location, at 128 Mill St. in the historic downtown. The […]

Placer County wineries win 20 awards

Here’s a press release from the Placer County wineries: Placer County Wineries Win 20 Awards at SF Chronicle Wine Competition Placer County Wins Big for Big Wines at America’s Largest Wine Competition (Auburn, CA) – It’s another big award-wining start to 2011 for Placer County wineries. To the delight of local vintners and wine enthusiasts, […]