Astronaut adores mother-in-law’s cooking at Casa Las Katarinas

EARLIER THIS SPRING, SPACEX RELAUNCED a used Falcon 9 rocket that could lower the cost of space travel and help chart a course to Mars, said founder and chief executive Elon Musk. As it turns out, a popular foothills restaurateur has a link to the trail-blazing SpaceX program. Garrett Reisman, SpaceX’s director of space operations […]

Son-in-law of Grass Valley restaurateur is link to the Space X launch

A Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space X lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, with 5,500 pounds of supplies, experiments and cargo headed to the International Space Station. The Dragon cargo capsule is expected to arrive at the Station on Wednesday. “I feel very confident of 2018,” Musk said on Twitter. […]

Restaurants booming in the Sierra foothills

WARNINGS OF ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY isn’t stopping restaurants from expanding. Sixty-four percent of restaurateurs told the National Restaurant Association they recently made a capital expenditure, and 62 percent said they plan to spend more in coming months. Sales of food services are double the pace of retail sales. And employment at restaurants and watering holes has […]

Casa Las Katarinas: Real Mexican food in Grass Valley

WHEN LAS KATARINAS MEXICAN restaurant closed in historic Nevada City last fall, it was like losing an old friend. The food was delicious and authentic, and husband-and-wife owners Dave Francis and Delia Gutierrez were gracious hosts. During its 10-year run, the restaurant often was full, drawing locals and visitors alike. Now, after a brief hiatus, […]

Exclusive: Popular Las Katarinas restaurant to reopen in Alta Sierra

Las Katarinas Mexican restaurant, a fixture in Nevada City for the past 10 years, is reopening at the entrance to Alta Sierra in Grass Valley on Hwy. 49, where Schiedel’s Old European restaurant once stood, our magazine has learned. Owner Dave Francis and his wife, Delia Gutierrez, who live in Grass Valley, expect the restaurant […]

Real Food Chefs who are revitalizing Sierra Foothills dining

Meet the chefs, restaurateurs & caterers in the Sierra Foothills who are revitalizing dining in our Sierra FoodWineArt special report: Ike Frazee Ike is the chef and owner, along with his wife, Adrienne, of Ike’s Quarter Cafe in Nevada City. Now in its 11th year, Ike’s is a favorite for New Orleans-style cuisine, made with […]

Sublime Mexican desserts

MOST PEOPLE FILL UP ON TORTILLA chips and salsa at Mexican restaurants and are too full for dessert. But Mexican desserts are a treat worth waiting for, with recipes dating back to the Colonial Era. Flan is a famous Mexican dessert—cool and creamy and ideal for summer. It is a simple but rich custard, topped […]

Vegetarian Mexican cuisine at Las Katarinas in Nevada City

MEATLESS DINING IS ON THE RISE, WITH nearly a quarter of Americans eating more vegetarian or vegan entrees than they did a year ago, according to recent dining surveys. As a result, restaurateurs are dishing up more meatless meals across a wide spectrum of cuisines—American, Chinese, Italian and Mexican. In the foothills, Las Katarinas Mexican […]