Golden Era hosts a delicious pop-up dinner, paired with craft cocktails and local wines

The Golden Era Lounge in Nevada City is thinking about hosting monthly “pop up” dinners — pairing imaginative dishes with craft cocktails and fine wines —  and we joined a gathering of “friends and family” this week for a sneak preview. Since emerging over a decade ago, pop-up dinners have become one of the fastest-growing […]

Watershed: New American Cuisine

IN LATE SUMMER, A NEW RESTAURANT called Watershed plans to open in downtown Grass Valley, practicing the art of approachable fine dining. The name Watershed fits the bill perfectly, bringing to mind a restaurant tied to locally sourced food. “Watershed also has a metaphorical meaning for us,” says co-owner and chef Nate Overstreet. “This is […]

Grass Valley: A Food, Wine & Art destination

GRASS VALLEY, STEEPED IN GOLD RUSH history, is emerging as a destination for food, wine and art while honoring its cultural heritage. The downtown’s most important, historic and architecturally significant buildings are being renovated, helping to draw locals and visitors for shopping, dining and entertainment. Two years ago, the iconic tower and marquee at Art […]

The Olive Groove launches Instagram photo contest and teams up with Polly’s Paladar

The Olive Groove is a proud sponsor of Polly’s Paladar and is thrilled to announce their products will be incorporated in Tropicali, a July 13 and 14 event. The store also is hosting an Instagram photo contest starting July 1. The winner will receive a $60 gift card eligible for in-store and online purchases. In […]

The Pepper Festival is June 23 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn

The inaugural Pepper Festival will be held at the beautiful 32-acre Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn on June 23. The family-friendly Pepper Festival features amazing food from local area food trucks and restaurants, live music performed by upbeat, seasoned local and national acts from many genres, all local breweries and wineries and an incredible variety […]

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 […]

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