The Olive Groove: Extra virgin olive oil & more

GLOBAL CONSUMPTION OF OLIVE OIL has almost doubled over the past 25 years, largely driven by the health benefits. “From lowering the risk of heart disease to delivering cancer-fighting antioxidants, the health benefits associated with extra virgin olive oil continue to grow,” according to the California Olive Oil Council. Our region is home to olive […]

Alice Waters’ local ties: from a forager to a farmer

ALICE WATERS HAS BEEN A CHAMPION of the farm-to-table movement for over four decades. She is a national treasure, as is her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. We’ve admired Waters since our college days at UC Berkeley in the late ’70s: We’ve eaten at her restaurant on Shattuck Ave. (upstairs and downstairs), interviewed her in […]

CineCafé: Nevada County’s first dine-in movie theater

DINNER AND A MOVIE HAS BEEN AN American entertainment tradition for decades. Now the quintessential “night out” is getting a makeover: dinner at the movies, with fresh, made-to-order food, friendly service, craft beer, and eclectic wine lists. Dine-in theaters, where guests can nibble on small plates and sip wine or beer while watching a flick, […]

Sierra Theaters in Grass Valley: local entrepreneurs since 1979

VINTAGE MOVIE THEATERS HAVE helped define the charm of Gold Country towns for decades, including ones in Angels Camp, Colfax, Auburn and Grass Valley. But in an era of Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV, movie theater owners face challenging times. Few have done a better job of upgrading their theaters to attract the iGeneration and […]

Tasting Notes: Andis, Avanguardia, Nevada City Winery & Sierra Starr

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 16th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food tasting events. Participants gather on Saturday, March 4, from 1-4 p.m., to sip wine from more than 20 foothills wineries while sampling delicacies from local restaurants, including favorite nibbles from their menus. […]

Tasting notes: Andretti, Andis, Bent Metal, Smith and Sierra Starr

INDY 500 WINNING TEAM INTO CALIFORNIA WINE Nevada City native Alexander Rossi won the 100th Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport this summer. He was the first Californian to win the race since 1955. As it turns out, the winning Indy 500 team is into California wine, not just race cars. Andretti Winery in Napa was […]

Art Works Gallery epitomizes art boom in Grass Valley

“THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS is the focal point of the new arts movement—one that can be traced from the emigration of hipsters and hippies to the high country in the 1960s and ’70s,” the San Francisco Examiner wrote in 1999, in an article titled “The arts boom in Grass Valley.” Nevada County is no […]

‘Tis the Season: Holiday events in the foothills

Cornish Christmas Fridays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; 6-9 p.m. Recapture the spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. Started in 1967 to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of the region’s most popular events. Mill and West Main […]

A visitor’s guide to downtown Grass Valley

“Take the scenic route to downtown Grass Valley.” Off the beaten path, the Gold Rush-era town is a heritage travel gem. Downtown Grass Valley is livable, walkable and historic. Whether you’re shopping, dining, staying or playing, you’ll find an abundance of options. Grass Valley’s historic downtown core—about 15 walkable blocks— continues to be the community’s […]

Wild & Scenic salmon in downtown Grass Valley

The 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the largest environmental festival of its kind, is January 15-18 in Grass Valley and Nevada City. Downtown Grass Valley is known for its creative window displays, and this week we noticed salmon popping up on the windows, with artistic flair. Some of them are photographed here. We […]

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