Emily’s 10th anniversary pop-up bakery on Good Day Sacramento

We have been fans of Emily’s Catering & Cakes since it was founded 10 years ago, writing about it regularly in our magazine. Chef Emily Scott and her husband, James Arbaugh, are a shining example of youthful, homegrown talent, who gained experience in big cities, including coastal California and Europe, and returned to the foothills to […]

Chef’s Notes: Emily’s turns 10, Stone House opens and more

OLIVE GROOVE The Olive Groove olive oil store in Grass Valley provides the freshest extra virgin olive oils, infused olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar’s on tap. The store is at 126 Mill St. in the heart of the historic downtown. Visit the store and sample over 70 different flavors of the freshest extra virgin […]

Cocktail 101 at Golden Era

COCKTAIL CLASSES AT GOLDEN ERA Starting March 6, the award-winning mixologists at Golden Era lounge in Nevada City— led by Eric Giardina and Darren Crawford—will begin hosting comprehensive craft cocktail classes. It is a first for the foothills, reflecting the region’s more refined food and drink scene. “Don’t make a drink; make a masterpiece.” Golden […]

Emily’s Catering & Cakes: A “pop-up” bakery

LIKE FOOD TRUCKS OR FARMERS MARKETS, one of the fastest-growing trends in the restaurant business is “pop-up” dining. The temporary restaurants, whether at a private home or stylish loft space, are creating a new wave of entrepreneurs. Talented chefs can highlight their creativity without being tied “24/7” to a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Customers appreciate the spontaneity. […]

A New Generation of Sandwiches

AMERICANS EAT AN ESTIMATED 300 million sandwiches every day—on average, about one a day for every person. The Quintessential Grilled Cheese sandwich at Serendipity 3 in New York goes for—get this—$214. It starts off with bread buttered with a white truffle spread. Inside are layers of rare Caciocavallo Podolico cheese with lobster. In Alaska, Zagat […]

Marshmology: the art of making s’mores over an open fire

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF marshmology? It is a term used at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe and refers to the art of making s’mores over an open fire, a longtime tradition. The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts of 1927. In […]

A Baker’s Dozen

CELEBRATED FRENCH CHEF Alain Ducasse helped put San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery on the map when he wrote about it in Harvesting Excellence. It helped set off a decade-long artisan baking craze in Northern California, with bakeries such as Della Fattoria Café in Petaluma or Thomas Keller’s Buchon Bakery in Yountville. Now the bakery boom is […]

Nevada County natives return home to start new businesses

THE LURE OF THE BIG CITY IS costly to communities in the foothills. The talented young people often move away. “Bring them home” campaigns seek to persuade natives to come home for local careers—no easy task given the lack of jobs, relatively low pay and high cost of living (also known as the foothills’ “pine […]

Fable Coffee coming to Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley

Fable Coffee is coming to Mill Street in Grass Valley, at the corner of Mill Street and Neal Street, next to the historic Del Oro Theatre. “I just secured the spot with a sweet little deposit,” Fable’s owner Amanda Daley wrote on Facebook — increasingly the source of breaking community news. Fable has built a […]

Colfax Avenue: Grass Valley’s up and coming neighborhood

IN THE FOOTHILLS, MOST VISITORS ARE drawn to the historic downtowns—in Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee. But off the beaten path, Grass Valley has an up-and-coming neighborhood called “The Avenue.” Located a few blocks east of downtown Grass Valley, the Colfax Avenue corridor is walkable, architecturally intriguing and dog friendly. It has plenty […]

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