Farm-to-table lunches at Nevada Union High School

We ran into our friend Malaika Bishop, co-director of Sierra Harvest, at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Co. in Nevada City on Sunday. We attend some of their “potlucks” during the growing season Their goal is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food. We talked about “back to school,” […]

Where to go for summer drinks in the Sierra Foothills and Tahoe

CAROLINES COFFEE ROASTERS When the “Good Day Sacramento” television crew recently was visiting western Nevada County, it knew where to go for a good cup of coffee: Carolines Coffee Roasters in downtown Grass Valley. Now that summer has arrived, we recommend a Mocha Freeze from Carolines. The drink is a blend of homemade mocha mix […]

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 […]

“Happy” Jamaica Blue coffee on Christmas morning from Carolines

We are starting our Christmas morning with Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee from RSW Estates. It is a real treat to drink such an exotic cup of coffee — but well worth it. My wife joked that she hid the bag of coffee in the back room, so we wouldn’t open it until Christmas morning. We […]

Fairs and Festivals in Grass Valley and Nevada City

GRASS VALLEY Historic Grass Valley is brimming with fall and holiday activities: Safe Trick or Treat for Preschoolers Thurs., October 31, pre-school aged children tour Mill St., closed to traffic, and receive candy from merchants. Holiday Open House Sat., November 9, a downtown Grass Valley holiday shopping event with store specials, food, music and more. […]

“Be Fair” When You Shop & Cook

EATING TOGETHER AS A FAMILY IS NOT just about food. It helps teach children to listen and take turns. Family meals also can lower the risks of teen drug use and raise a child’s academic performance, studies show. Eating can also teach us to be fair. Fair trade refers to trade where fair prices are […]

“Farm-to scoop” edibles abound

You’ve heard about farm-to-table and farm-to-fork dining. Now a “farm-to-scoop” movement is underway—referring to desserts that are made from fresh, natural or organic ingredients. Summer is the best time to make the natural treats because of all the fruits and veggies growing in the foothills. Think rhubarb ice cream or ice pops, for example. The […]

Eat like Lance at Amgen bike race in May

You might not be riding in the Amgen Tour of California bike race when it rolls through the Foothills, but you still can eat like a champion bicycle racer. Endurance cyclists get their energy from healthy eating: grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and meat — but not too much. They eat plenty of […]

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