Exclusive: ol’ Republic in escrow to buy Old Five Mile House

Ol’ Republic Brewery is in escrow to buy the historic Old Five Mile House five miles east of Nevada City on Hwy. 20, Sierra FoodWineArt magazine has learned. The ol’ Republic Roadhouse & Brewery would mark another milestone in the stellar growth of this popular, award-winning brewery, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in March. This […]

California WorldFest on July 13-16: Celebrating World Cultures

AMERICA IS HOME TO SOME ICONIC MUSIC festivals: Lollapalooza in Chicago, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Telluride Bluegrass in Colorado and Norfolk Folk Festival in Virginia, among others. In the West, the annual California WorldFest in historic Grass Valley has built a loyal following and is growing in stature. Last November, WorldFest received […]

Nevada County Arts: First Friday Art Walks, Garrison Keillor and more

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The First Friday Art Walk celebrates Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, as well as its artistic and creative community. Participating downtown businesses are open 5-9 p.m. and many of them host receptions with local artists, trunk shows or performances. Many shops also […]

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 […]

Alice Waters’ local ties: from a forager to a farmer

ALICE WATERS HAS BEEN A CHAMPION of the farm-to-table movement for over four decades. She is a national treasure, as is her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. We’ve admired Waters since our college days at UC Berkeley in the late ’70s: We’ve eaten at her restaurant on Shattuck Ave. (upstairs and downstairs), interviewed her in […]

Farm-to-table pioneer Alice Waters to speak in Grass Valley in September

Alice Waters, the pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, is speaking at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on September 8, our magazine has learned. The event is presented by The Center for the Arts and sponsored by BriarPatch Co-op, as we’ve been reporting in our magazine this week. “A Conversation with Alice Waters” exemplifies […]

Mother Truckers, Natural Selection & The Country Store: “Local food from local people”

“LOCAL FOOD FROM LOCAL PEOPLE, since 1881” is the motto of the iconic Oakville Grocery in Napa Valley, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest continually operating grocery store in California. The foothills has its own share of country grocery stores with a storied past—most notably Mother Truckers on the San […]

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 […]

Earth Art: A Year-Round Endeavor

IN THE ’60S, RACHAEL CARSON awakened environmental consciousness with her book “Silent Spring.” In the ’70s, Earth Day — on April 22 — was founded as a worldwide environmental “teach-in.” Now over 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the world’s largest civic observance. Artists have long been involved in […]

Art Works Gallery: A cultural experience

FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND ETSY ARE all opening up new opportunities for artists. To most art buyers, however, collecting art is more like performing arts than traditional retail. It is about an experience, not a process. Art collectors like to see the art in person, touch it—even meet the artist. They also enjoy visiting art galleries […]

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