Old Italian food is “new again”

“ALL THOSE old Italian chestnuts, from meatballs to eggplant parm, are getting new focus,” observes Baum & Whiteman in Brooklyn N.Y., the preeminent food and restaurant consultant. “Fancy sandwich shops are nostalgically meaning them as hero sandwiches with social aspirations. Also growing: Consumer recognition of ancient and regional Italian grapes: bonarda, aglianico and negroarmaro.” We […]

Destination dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

GREAT FOOD IS A PART OF EVERY adventure. In our region, imaginative chefs and restaurateurs are invigorating the dining scene, and a growing number are winning rave reviews—from the James Beard Foundation, OpenTable, respected restaurant critics and food magazines. Farm-to-fork restaurants are a way of life in the foothills, not a fad, thanks to an […]

Celebrities praise Nevada County restaurants

WHEN HE WAS GOVERNOR THE FIRST time, Jerry Brown and singer Linda Ronstadt would eat at The Willo Steakhouse, a Nevada County institution on historic Hwy. 49. The Willo has served more than 1 million choice New York steaks, carefully aged and cut daily. Comedian Andy Samberg also is a regular diner in our region. […]

New video: Campo Chef-Owner Mark Estee shares his “whole hog” culinary philosophy

Mark Estee is driven by a love for authentic ingredients that create true connections between land, farmer, food and diner. Whether it is hand-choosing his restaurant’s produce or meat from a local organic farm or developing new dishes based on his “Whole Hog Philosophy,” Estee believes in building full-flavored food using every portion of every […]

Washington Post writes about Truckee foodie scene, including Stella

The Washington Post published its annual U.S. ski guide this month and singled out the foodie scene in Truckee. In particular, it pointed to Stella at the Cedar House Sport Hotel, which our magazine has recommended for years. “The chef uses fresh produce from the restaurant garden to create simple regional cuisine. Entrees from $22,” […]

Stella Restaurant’s Jacob Burton a finalist for “Best New Chef” honor

For years, Sierra FoodWineArt magazine has chronicled Truckee’s budding food scene and the top-notch cuisine prepared at Stella Restaurant at The Cedar House Sport Hotel by its chef, Jacob Burton. “Several years ago, we discovered a Tahoe-Truckee retreat that combines a passion for food and wine with European-style lodging and a love of the outdoors […]

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 […]

March of the Microbrews

ALONG WITH LOCALLY MADE WINES, craft beers are on a roll. Though American beer consumption is flat, the microbrew market is booming, with double-digit sales growth last year. Craft brews have more than doubled their U.S. market share to nearly 6 percent in the past decade and 250 breweries opened last year. The more than […]

Eat Your veggies! Vegetarian cuisine growing

THE RANKS OF VEGETARIANS and vegans are growing, thanks to increasing health awareness, environmental concerns and more locally sourced fruit and veggies. As many as 10 percent of adults consider themselves vegetarians, even though they may eat fish or chicken occasionally, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group. The foothills and Sierra are blessed with an […]

Truckee: What’s new in this rich, historic town

TRUCKEE, HIGH IN THE SIERRA, is a small town that grew up along the first transcontinental railroad route. It was named after a saloonkeeper, at least at first. Truckee boomed as a railroad town and winter sports destination. The Squaw Valley Winter Olympics in 1960 established it as a major resort destination. Now, Truckee is […]

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