Summer 2019: Nevada County Fair, Tower, Bridge Dinner, Loomis Eggplant Festival

NEVADA COUNTY FAIR, AUG. 7-11 Held under the shade of tall pine trees in Grass Valley, the Nevada County Fairgrounds are known as “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds.” This year’s theme is “Farms, Food & Fun,” featuring a poster by Kial James, whose photography is featured regularly in our magazine. The fair is the perfect opportunity […]

Sierra Starr wine featured at Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork celebration this weekend

Sierra Starr’s award-winning 2017 Sauvignon Blanc will be poured at a meet-and-greet with Chef Jeremiah Tower this afternoon in Sacramento, we have learned. It is a coup for Sierra Vintners winemakers. The gathering at the Sawyer Hotel is part of the popular Farm-to-Fork Celebration in Sacramento, which includes the Tower Bridge Dinner, Farm-to-Fork Festival, and […]

Imaginative restaurant designs in Placer County and Nevada County CA

“Dining out is rarely just about food. A simple meal seems that much more appetizing when paired with appealing furniture, finishes, and alluring lighting.” —Architectural Digest WE COULD NOT AGREE MORE, and our region’s restaurants — from fine dining to casual — have some imaginative and unique designs, thanks to our local professional and artistic talent. […]

Artisan cheese in the foothills: Dedrick’s, Wheyward Girl, Shaft’s

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS A storied cheese making history. Marin’s historic Rouge & Noire cheese company, now Marin French Cheese, has roots that go back 150 years. In the 1930s Gaetano Vella started Vella Cheese Company in Sonoma at the urging of local dairymen. And in the ‘90s, longtime friends Sue Conley and Peggy Smith founded […]

What’s new: California Distilled Spirits in Auburn and Pizza Bar in Truckee

LOCAL CRAFT DISTILLING California Distilled Spirits of Auburn, founded last year, is the first distillery to (legally) operate in Placer County since Prohibition. We wrote about the startup in our last issue, pointing out that it is available at Corti Bros. and Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, among other places. In the foothills it is available […]

Food Collaboration: how chefs, farmers, winemakers, beer makers get together

Collaboration is the name of the game in the New Year in the Sierra foothills —among chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, winemakers and craft-beer makers. Artists are joining the mix too, because wine and art also pair well together. Examples: ”GET CORKED!” Drop by the Grass Valley Wine Co. to try a few wines (or even have […]

Renowned Hawks gears up to open another restaurant in Sacto

We’ve been longtime fans of Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, and have written about it in our Sierra FoodWineArt magazine for several years. Hawks has won widespread praise in Food & Wine magazine, Bon Appetit magazine, Zagat and others. It has been a pioneer in the Sacramento area “foodie” scene. The Bee just wrote: “Hawks […]

Hawks elegant cuisine in Granite Bay

SUNDAY SUPPER BRINGS BACK of a relaxing meal enjoyed with family and friends, much like the famous scene Norman Rockwell painted in the Saturday Evening Post in the ’40s. Hawks in Granite Bay has recreated “Sunday Suppers” with a modern flair: fresh, local food served with understated elegance. The prix-fixe Sunday Supper menu changes weekly […]