Grass Valley: Winning Praise from Star Performers

HISTORIC GRASS VALLEY draws outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, food and wine lovers—and increasingly, huge stars in music and entertainment. Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Judy Collins and others all have performed in our foothills town, thanks to The Center for the Arts, a regional hub for performing arts. Audiences love the shows, but the feeling is […]

We need a “Mini Mondavi” in western Nevada County

PERFORMING ARTS IS ON THE UPSWING in western Nevada County, thanks to invigorated leadership at The Center for the Arts, InConcert Sierra, Music in the Mountains, Nevada County Arts and other nonprofits—as well as enthusiastic audiences. As a result, what seemed like “Field of Dreams” thinking in the past, must become a top priority: Working […]

JAX in Truckee: Authentic, affordable & decadent diner food

DOWNTOWN TRUCKEE HAS A RANGE OF quality dining options, from the avant-garde creativity of Stella at Cedar House to the ‘50s-style Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats to the Asian influences of Dragonfly. The juicy grass-fed beef burgers at Burger Me are delicious. For a bowl of homemade New England clam chowder, chile, mac ‘n’ cheese, […]

Culinary Adventures – take a cooking class

“No one is born a great cook—one learns by doing.” -Julia Child,My Life in France In 1948, Julia Child found her true calling. She moved to France, developed a passion for French cooking and authored books that became essential for food lovers. In 1993, we recall attending the annual Western Cable Show and marveling at […]

Award-winning pizza & burgers in the foothills

Last year, restaurateur Shawn Randazzo was crowned world-champion pizza maker at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas for his authentic Detroit-style recipe. It is the pizza industry’s most prestigious award. Now the award-winning pizza is coming to downtown Grass Valley, at KJ’s Pizza & Lunch Express at 121 Neal Street. KJ’s pizza-makers are being […]

Expanding Eateries: Innovative, reasonable fare

THOUGH MANY RESTAURANTS, cafés and caterers have run into the economy’s buzz saw, we’re glad to tell you about some that are expanding in our region. They include Kane’s Family Restaurant in Grass Valley, Lefty’s Grill and Emily’s Catering & Cakes in Nevada City, Café Zorro in Loomis and Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, […]

Beer & Food Pairings: “We want a lively dance”

EVEN WINE LOVERS HAVE learned that craft beer has an amazing ability to pair with food. Beer-and-food tasting events have multiplied, and more restaurants are offering “beermaker” dinners, pairing beer with menu items. Some people say lager is like white wine, and ale is like red. “When matching beer and food, the most important thing […]

Carpe Vino in Auburn: The best of food & wine

DO YOU NEED EXCEPTIONAL BUT affordable wines to pick up on the way to the high Sierra for a winter getaway? Visit Carpe Vino in Old Town Auburn. Better yet, stop for dinner, a foodie’s delight, with fresh, local ingredients. But be sure to reserve a table. (Guests must be 21 years of age or […]

Art Works Gallery: Meet the Artist

MORE ARTISTS ARE JOINING ART cooperatives to help sell their artwork. They can show their work year-round, share their knowledge and pool ideas. We like the co-ops because we get to meet the artists, who agree to volunteer some of their time in the galleries. It’s a more personal experience, just like meeting a winemaker. […]

InConcert Sierra: A new season and “Bach to the future”

“IS CLASSICAL MUSIC DYING?” THE New York Times recently asked in a blunt tone, creating anxiety in the music world. (We excused the hyperbole, figuring they were simply tired of being asked “Are newspapers dying?”) No, like newspapers, classical music isn’t dying—it’s just breaking away from its inherent conservatism and redefining itself: embracing casual classic […]

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