Nevada County Restaurant Week is January 23-February 1

Nevada County Tourism, in partnership with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Greater Grass Valley Chamber, Nevada City Chamber, Penn Valley Chamber, South County Chamber, Truckee Chamber of Commerce and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, are excited to announce Nevada County Restaurant Week 2015. The event will be held in conjunction with Visit California’s statewide California Restaurant Month. During […]

Food & wine pairings for Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1

Click for larger image of map: The Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1, is one of the region’s premier wine and food pairing events. Spend the afternoon, from 1-4 p.m., strolling the shops and sites of historic downtown Grass Valley. Tickets are $45. The ticket includes unlimited wine tasting from foothill wineries […]

Artisan Foods at Farmers Markets

THE BOUNTY AT FARMERS markets includes more than seasonal fruit and veggies. Artisan food also is offered, including bread, cheese, jams, sausage, pâté, meats and fish. Some examples we enjoy from the Foothill Farmers Market (at one or more locations): cheese from Dedrick’s Cheese in Placerville; sausages from Smokey Ridge Charcuterie in Placerville; chicken, lamb, […]

“These are a few of our favorite things”

These are a few of our favorite things for the holidays: Foothill Flowers An institution since 1966, the Johnson’s family-owned shop creates exquisite arrangements with hand-picked flowers from the San Francisco Flower Mart. Foothill also offers a selection of fine wines to compliment your bouquet. The holiday window displays are among the best in the […]

A Moveable Feast

There’s no better place to picnic than the Sierra and its foothills, with all the parks, canyons, rivers and lakes. Here are some stores for gourmet food and wine: SUMMER THYME’S offers a box lunch with any sandwich and deli salad, a cookie and cold drink. The deli makes all of its menu items on […]

Sweet Treats: Artisan ice cream in the foothills

FOR ARTISAN ICE CREAM, HAND-DIPPED CHOCOLATES AND MORE… Treats features artisan ice creams, seasonal sorbets, gelato, sundaes, and vegan and sugar-free selections. Other tasty treats made from scratch include decadent fresh-baked cookies, cupcakes, zesty lemon squares and some gluten-free choices. Treats uses local, organic and seasonal ingredients and also offers gluten-free cones. Stop by to […]

Bear River Pasta Co. epitomizes “buy fresh, buy local”

IN THE OLD DAYS IF YOU WANTED groceries, shoes or clothes, you could amble down Main Street and find what you were looking for, rather than hunt for a parking spot in a crowded mall, anchored by a mega supermarket. Historic downtown Grass Valley offers that old-fashioned shopping experience. Take Bear River Pasta Co., for […]

Pizza & Pasta: Where to get it

ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKING WILL TAKE its place at the table as a top food trend in 2012, predicts Saveur magazine. Regional Italian food also is high on the list. Some menu items and area restaurants that serve notable ones are: LASAGNA Tofanelli’s Lasagna is made in-house from a recipe handed down from generations, with layers of […]

Bear River Pasta Co: Homemade right down to the noodle

“BENVENUTO,” READS A SIGN WHEN YOU walk into the Bear River Pasta Co. in Grass Valley. It’s fitting to welcome customers in Italian: The new store features fresh pasta, sauces, gourmet meals to “eat in” or to go, gelato and imported Italian delights. Opened in March, the Bear River Pasta Co. is helping to create […]