Tess’ Kitchen Store: Sampling their new cooking classes

On Wednesday night, we joined about 12 others for a cooking class at Tess’ Kitchen Store in downtown Grass Valley, a fun and educational experience. Starting next month, Tess’ will offer cooking classes for the first time in a new “restaurant quality” kitchen. They include “Holiday Entertaining,” “Comfort Foods,” a “Valentine’s Couples Dinner,” “Shellfish” and […]

The Center for the Art: Visual arts is a cornerstone

THE CENTER FOR THE Arts in Grass Valley has become a hub for arts throughout the Sierra foothills, drawing world-class talent to the region. Performers have included Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Aaron Neville, Brandi Carlile, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Will Durst, Judy Collins and the Smothers Brothers. In more than 150 performances a year, The […]

Wynonna and Dana Carvey coming to Grass Valley in the New Year!

The Center for The Arts in Grass Valley is planning two big shows early in the New Year — Wynonna and Dana Carvey — Sierra FoodWineArt magazine has learned. Wynonna further cements The Center’s ability to land prominent Country Western stars, while Carvey will help kick off a comedy series. Watch for more top-notch comedy […]

Holiday Cheer: Shows, concerts and sing-alongs

DURING THE HOLIDAYS, YOU CAN revisit music or theater you enjoyed as a child and share it with friends and family. Some shows are familiar while others are “variations on a theme.” SIERRA MASTER CHORALE Holiday Concerts, December 15-16 The Sierra Master Chorale’s Holiday Concerts have become a winter treat. Maestro Ken Hardin brings joy […]

Colfax Hwy. Wine Tour: Visit Montoliva and Solune

LIKE SAMPLING CHEESE, we enjoy savoring Sierra Vintners’ wineries in “small bites”: A trip along Hwy. 49 to visit Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Wine Tasting room and Naggiar, for example; or a drive along McCourtney Road outside Grass Valley to visit Bent Metal, continuing along Indian Springs Road into Penn Valley, stopping at Pilot Peak. […]

Good Times Return to Wine Making

NATURE HAS BEEN KIND TO CALIFORNIA WINEMAKERS this year. It has been a splendid growing season, starting with a quick bloom this spring and ending with warm days and cool nights during the harvest. This has led to renewed optimism for winemakers, who have contended with topsy-turvy weather and economic hardship in recent years. A […]

Tasting Notes: Barrel Tasting, Gifts, “Holiday in the Hills”

BARREL TASTING This is a unique opportunity to sample wine straight from the barrel before it is finished. It gives you a chance to learn how wine ages. The wine is drawn from the barrel with a long glass tube, or “thief,” and poured into your glass by the winemaker. Sometimes barrel tasting is a […]

Arts & Prosperity: Fueling an economic rebound

“ART WASHES AWAY FROM THE soul the dust of everyday life,” Pablo Picasso once said. As it turns out, arts and culture also are sparking needed economic activity during sluggish times. Despite the recent recession, the arts and culture industry is generating $135.2 billion of economic activity annually, 4.13 million jobs and $22.3 billion in […]

“A Glass Act”: Nicholson Blown Glass; and Artistry in Wood

THE FOOTHILLS ABOUND WITH TALENTED artists: painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and more. Their work is displayed at galleries and on studio tours, including the Autumn Art Studios Tour in Placer County and Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour in Nevada County. Participants include Rick and Janet Nicholson of Nicholson Blown Glass in Auburn—part of the […]

PlacerArts and North Tahoe Arts: Art in all degrees

PLACERARTS AND PLACER ARTS 360 PRESENT quality visual arts exhibits, tours, events, and professional performing arts and community theatrical performances year-round. The Autumn Art Studios Tour is an annual highlight. It takes place each fall and features artists from throughout western Placer County. This year the 19th Annual Tour is November 9-11. Artists show and […]

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