All in the Family

Meet some of them: fathers, sons, mothers & daughters who are coming together to help our “food, wine, art economy” prosper: THE GIARDINAS The family owns the Golden Era Lounge in downtown Nevada City, arguably the most inviting cocktail lounge in the footills. Golden Era is located in the old Cirino’s building on Broad Street, […]

Dining out in Grass Valley

ALONG WITH OTHER FOOTHILL towns, Grass Valley’s dining scene expresses its own local traditions: Cornish pasties, Italian food and Asian cuisine from its Gold Rush heritage, along with fresh fruits, vegetables and free-range meats from surrounding farms and ranches. It also mirrors the trend of culinary innovation in small towns across America, including a chef’s […]

Grass Valley’s eclectic dining scene

THE DINING SCENE IN GRASS VALLEY is among the most vibrant in the Sierra foothills. Restaurants offer a wide range of fare—pizza, pasta, steaks, chicken, sushi and fresh, local food—all at affordable prices. The ambiance of the restaurants is memorable, ranging from the open kitchen at Kane’s Family Restaurant to the carved cherry wood bar at […]

Sixth year of KNCO/Kane’s Penny Pitch

PENNY PITCHING HAS BEEN around for ages. Though the coins have changed, the game was played by the Ancient Greeks. Some historians contend this game was part of the first ancient olympics and led to the idea of a Gold Medal. San Francisco is home to one of the most famous penny pitching events, held […]

Real Food Chefs who are revitalizing Sierra Foothills dining

Meet the chefs, restaurateurs & caterers in the Sierra Foothills who are revitalizing dining in our Sierra FoodWineArt special report: Ike Frazee Ike is the chef and owner, along with his wife, Adrienne, of Ike’s Quarter Cafe in Nevada City. Now in its 11th year, Ike’s is a favorite for New Orleans-style cuisine, made with […]

Penny Pitch: New tradition in a gold-rush town

NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, THE KNCO/KANE’S Penny Pitch is becoming a Grass Valley tradition—like the town’s annual Pasty Toss, honoring its Cornish heritage. This year’s Penny Pitch is on Saturday, June 23. “The ‘pitch’ is an entertaining afternoon for individuals, groups and businesses and for friends and family of all ages,” says Joe Hevia, […]

KNCO/Kane’s annual Penny Pitch on June 18

THE ANNUAL PENNY PITCH AT SAN Francisco’s Washington Square Bar & Grill, or the “Washbag,” has been a famous fundraiser for decades. Now in its 33rd year, the event has moved to MoMo’s restaurant, just across from the Giants’ ballpark. The “pitch,” started in North Beach by late restaurateur Ed Moose, drew big crowds and […]

Let’s meet at Tofanelli’s

ASK SUSAN PURDY WHY TOFANELLI’S Gold Country Bistro is one of the most popular restaurants in Nevada County and she answers without hesitation. “Good food,” she says. “That has always been what is most important.” And when Purdy says always, she is reflecting on six decades and four generations of combined experience with partner Frank […]