FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region

BREWBILT: MADE IN NEVADA COUNTY In 2008, Jef and Erin Lewis launched BrewBilt in Nevada City to fabricate brewery equipment, one of their passions. We wrote about BrewBilt last year, as part of ol’ Republic Brewery’s ongoing expansion. BrewBilt is continuing to grow, opening a new 8,000 sq.-ft. facility. It also built additional tanks for […]

Brew Bakers to open Califia Café at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is partnering with locally-owned Brew Bakers Coffee and Pastry House to open Califia Café – a coffee trolley serving coffee, specialty drinks, and baked goods – at Gate 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Califia Café will open to the public for the first time on Monday, August 1, from 11 […]

A $15 cup of coffee generates buzz in the Bay Area

Marin County’s Equator Coffee & Teas is generating a buzz with a $15 cup of coffee. And it is selling out. The coffee is called Finca Sophia from Panama. “Finca Sophia is a coffee farm owned by our very own Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell (the owners of Equator Coffee & Teas), along with Willem […]

Preview Super Bowl 50 ads: from the “Wiener Stampede” to “Avocados from Mexico”

A 30-second advertisement during this year’s game costs $5 million. Commercials in the first Super Bowl in 1967 cost $42,000.After previewing the Super Bowl 50 commercials, we figured America is all about beer, coffee, cars, trucks, avocados and wiener dogs. Here are some samples: Watch the extended version of the Heinz Ketchup Game Day 2016 […]

These are a few of our favorite things

Our Favorite Things for the Holidays CRAFT COCKTAILS Traditional cocktails and craft distilling are making a comeback. A new lounge is opening this fall in Nevada City called Golden Era, specializing in craft cocktails. In Auburn, California Distilled Spirits’ Darjeeling Gin is making a splash. It is served at Tofanelli’s in Grass Valley, among other […]

Coffee’s third wave: First Folgers, then Peet’s, now Temple and others

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA INGENUITY HAS helped give rise to America’s coffee culture, now a booming $30-billion-a-year industry. More than 60 percent of Americans say they drink coffee, totaling 400 million cups per day. Coffeehouses and cafes now surpass fast-food restaurants in their growth. The first wave of coffee began in the Gold Rush-era when Folgers Coffee […]

Finding the perfect cup of coffee in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee-Tahoe

SPECIALTY COFFEE ROASTERS, RETAILERS and coffeehouses are booming in the foothills and Sierra, enhancing our culinary scene, creating new community gathering places and bolstering the region’s economy. Coffeehouses in Grass Valley and Nevada City sell award-winning “third wave” Temple Coffee from Sacramento. On the ski slopes of Northstar at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, Café […]

Coffee house boom: Foxhound Espresso to open in Nevada City

We like to write about local entrepreneurs and job growth in our community, so we’re glad to report that Nevada County native Steffen Snell plans to open Foxhound Espresso (d.b.a. “FoxHound Expresso & Coffee Broaster”) on Spring Street in Nevada City, next to Nevada City Winery and Sushi in the Raw, in January. With sushi, […]

These are a few of our favorite things for the holidays

CAROLINES COFFEE ROASTERS GIFT BASKETS We drink Carolines Coffee each morning: It is fresh roasted, in-house. But we also adore their gift baskets—filled with coffee, chocolate-covered espresso beans, waffle mix, real maple syrup, local jams, shortbread, English breakfast teas and more. The gourmet items are wrapped in baskets or wooden gift crates, with a festive […]

Carolines Coffee Roasters is Grass Valley Downtown Association’s “Business of the Year”

We enjoyed the annual holiday party of the Grass Valley Downtown Association at 151 Union Square on Mill Street on Wednesday night. It was a good turnout, showing that the merchants are working together. In many ways downtown Grass Valley is “firing on all cylinders.” The local restaurants donated some great-looking food, along with local […]

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