“Cooked”: Exploring culinary experiences in the Sierra Foothills

AWARD-WINNING FOOD AUTHOR Michael Pollan and Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney are receiving widespread praise for their Netflix documentary Cooked. In Cooked, Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Each episode examines one of the physical elements used throughout the ages for cooking: fire (barbecue), water (pot cooking), air (bread making), and earth […]

Where to get real BBQ in the Sierra Foothills

Our region has its own top-notch barbecue restaurants, with their “low and slow” smokers primed for summer. Some of our favorites: BAM DAZY BBQ The real deal: St. Louis-style pork spare ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken. The meats are slow cooked in a Cookshack SM360 smoker—14 hours for the pulled pork alone—often using peach […]

Pulled pork, ribs and chicken at Bam Dazy BBQ in Auburn

FOOTBALL AND BBQ GO TOGETHER: Besides tailgating, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Simms, NFL Hall of Fame player Randy White and Pro Bowl player Al “Bubba” Baker all own popular BBQ joints. Our region has its own top-notch BBQ restaurants, with their “low and slow” smokers primed for the football season. Some of our favorites are […]

Foreign Car Show & BBQ in Penn Valley on August 16

Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley hosts a Foreign Car & Motorcycle Show and BBQ Battle on August 16. The United Way of Nevada County is collaborating with Sierra Sports Car Group to display exquisite foreign cars and motorcycles. BBQ teams from all over compete for prizes. Bam Dazy BBQ in Auburn was a previous […]

What’s new in dining: Fresh fish in Truckee, BBQ, craft beer and more

SIERRA FOOTHILLS CHAMPION ON WHEATIES BOX Nevada City snowboarder Evan Strong, who recently won a gold medal at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, became the first elite para-athlete to appear on an iconic Wheaties box. “Despite my injury, I never stopped challenging myself to grow and reach new milestones,” says Evan. “I hope my story […]