Our local bounty: Farm to you

NEVADA AND PLACER COUNTIES ARE home to a growing, healthy and vibrant base of local farms, rivaling the Central Valley, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo. From fruits and vegetables (Riverhill Farm and Machado Orchards, for example) to grass-fed beef (Nevada County Free Range Beef and Sinclair Family Farm) — from olive oil, jams and honey […]

FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region?

YUBA BUS A convenient new bus service is offering local winery and brewery tours, as well as shuttles to the South Yuba River in the summer. With the motto “the river starts here” painted on its side, the 20-passenger bus picks up passengers in Nevada City and Grass Valley. Itineraries include a tour of Auburn […]

Food trends: What’s hot for 2017

HYPER-LOCAL SOURCING Chefs are putting extra emphasis on the freshness of their produce. Produce Plus supplies Truckee and Tahoe chefs with fresh, local produce in winter from farms in Yolo County. Nevada City is debuting a winter farmers market the first Saturday of each month. Tahoe Food Hub is building “growing domes” to grow food […]

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, […]

What’s new: Morgan’s Lobster Shack and Fish Market expands to mid-town Reno

MORGAN’S EXPANDS TO MIDTOWN RENO For three years, Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market has been the most popular location in Truckee for “wicked fresh” fish, shellfish, lobster rolls, decadent lobster bisque, and creamy clam chowder. The fresh fish arrives almost daily, and the lobsters are flown in live from Maine. We are regulars. Opening […]

Fresh, local feasts

“COOKING IS AN ART. CAREFUL SHOPPING, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need,” summed up the late British celebrity cook Keith Floyd. “There is one more thing — love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things, you can be an […]

Nevada County’s music scene this summer: Benoit to Baez

LANDING THE ICONIC STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL at its Fairgrounds in September is a major coup for Nevada County. While extraordinary, the local arts and culture community already deserves credit for establishing the County as a year-round arts and music destination, thanks to its performing-arts nonprofits and many others. The music scene includes: The Center for […]

Emily’s Catering & Cakes is moving to Colfax Avenue neighborhood in Grass Valley

Emily’s Catering & Cakes is moving to 421 Colfax Hwy., Grass Valley, formerly the location Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli in 2014. The new location will feature a retail display case with fresh never frozen cakes, cupcakes, pies and other specialty desserts. For the first time ever, Emily’s will have a storefront featuring cakes and […]

SYRCL’s wine and beer tasting fundraiser on April 20: “Wild for the Yuba”

The South Yuba River Citizens League, the local nonprofit dedicated to uniting the community to protect and restore the Yuba River, invites you to get “Wild for the Yuba” at their 3rd annual wine and beer tasting fundraiser happening Saturday, April 20, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall. This event not only […]

Lefty’s Grill opens at expanded location in Nevada City

Lefty’s Grill of Nevada City opened its new, expanded restaurant on Tuesday night, and we grabbed dinner there to check it out. Lefty’s — with the motto “casual, white tablecloth dining” — has been one of our favorite restaurants since it opened, both for weeknight and weekend dining. (Sometimes we order their pizzas “to go.”) […]