Local Eats: “Farm to court dining”

THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT—from farmers markets to farm-to-fork dining to organic grocers—is becoming a year-round passion in our region. Our fertile soil and water resources are a real asset, along with the know-how of previous generations of farmers in our region, going back to the Gold Rush era. Sacramento has rebranded itself as a […]

Food & Drink: What’s new in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee

Food & Drink – What’s Up In Our Region: LOOMIS BASIN BREWING CO. OPENING A GASTROPUB The craft brewery plans to open its gastropub and smokehouse this summer. The restaurant is at 3640 Taylor Rd. in downtown Loomis, next to Taylor’s burgers. It expects to offer over 14 beers on tap. The pub and barbecue […]

Mountain Bounty Farm now growing its own winter veggies for CSA

By Mountain Bounty Farm New and exciting starting this fall, we are changing up our winter veggie share option. Instead of the boxes coming from Riverdog Farm, we will now be packing the boxes ourselves. Although our mountain location is inherently limited when it comes to winter growing, over the years we have been slowly […]

Foraging for flavor: Summer cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

DURING THE SUMMER, YOU CAN TAKE advantage of the bounty from farmers markets and farm stands or backyard gardens. Cooking classes feature summer fruits and veggies. In a popular class at Tess’ Kitchen Store, in-house chef Alan Tangren—who was a restaurant forager at famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley—shows you how to select the best fruits […]

Direct-marketing farms have double the regional impact

By UC Davis Sacramento-area farmers and ranchers who sell their products directly to consumers generate twice as much regional economic impact per dollar of output as do area food producers who don’t engage in direct marketing, reports a UC Davis agricultural economist and a team of UC Cooperative Extension researchers. The newly released study of […]

Food & Wine Festivals this summer in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region this summer: SIERRA VINTNERS SUMMER REGIONAL WINE TRAIL JULY 16 & SEPT. 24 A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on scenic backroads in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near one another, reducing the driving time. […]

A visit to the English Market in Cork

When we were growing up, we enjoyed visiting the Grand Central Market and Farmers Market in Los Angeles. It was a bustling scene, with food vendors, produce markets, florists and sit-down restaurants. Later, we enjoyed visits to Harrod’s Food Hall in London, the Bon Marche in Paris and the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. This week […]

Naggiar launching fully guided tram tours of its vineyard in June, a first in the foothills

Naggiar Vineyards in Grass Valley is launching fully guided, 13-person tram tours of its scenic vineyard starting in June in an ultramodern electric shuttle — a first in the Sierra foothills, our magazine has learned. The informative vineyard tours — literally a “vine to wine” experience — further distinguishes the Sierra foothills as a premier “destination” […]

Amgen tour of California spotlights Sacramento

The 2016 Amgen Tour of California will celebrate its finale in Sacramento, California’s state capital, on Sunday, May 22. Sacramento is centrally located in Northern California, nestled in a fertile valley between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. Named “The City of Trees” and “America’s Farm to Fork Capital” Sacramento is a beautiful and unique city […]

Iconic New Orleans restaurateur Ella Brennan documentary to debut on September 13

New Orleans restaurateur Ella Brennan, “Miss Ella,” changed the way America eats. “At age 18 she went to work at her brother’s bar on Bourbon street,” according to the Commander’s Palace website. “The New Orleans dining scene had no idea what was about to hit it. Turns out one of America’s greatest business coaches is […]

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