Nevada City: A mix of old and new

Like other Gold Rush-era towns, “the past is always present” in Nevada City. The entire downtown is registered as a historic landmark. “Preservation has been the byword in Nevada City, and the town’s commitment to it began as a happy alternative to a threatening civil war between hippies from the Bay Area and the more […]

Celebrating Mardi Gras

EARLIER THIS WINTER, WE VISITED NOLA for a vacation. We enjoyed the sight-seeing and authentic Cajun cuisine. We ate a famous muffuletta sandwich at Central Grocery & Deli in the French Quarter (a 10”-round Sicilian sesame loaf stuffed with ham, salami, provolone and a signature briny marinated olive salad filled with kalamata and green olives […]

“Kitchen Cabinets”: Friends & family who advise each other in a real kitchen

“Kitchen cabinet” politics is a group of unofficial advisers to a political leader—often more influential than the official cabinet. President Reagan’s “kitchen cabinet” included trusted old friends, as did the group assembled by Andrew Jackson in 1829. Next year, our new President will form his or her own “kitchen cabinet.” The same is true when […]

Dining out in Nevada City

NEVADA CITY RESTAURANTS have been pioneers of farm-to-fork cooking before it became fashionable. We consider Peter Selaya of New Moon Cafe the dean of real food cooking in the foothills. Peter’s passion for cooking came from his dad, a longtime chef at well-known Bay Area restaurants. Peter’s creativity and flair with cooking has been an […]

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. “breaks bread” with Joan Baez

We are excited about the opening of Three Forks Bakery & Brewing in Nevada City. It is featured in our summer issue. We also write about the owners, David Cowie and Shana Maziarz, in a feature called “We’ve Got Talent.” “Dave and Shana are the co- owners and visionaries of Three Forks Bakery & Brewing […]

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 […]

Good Times Roll Below the Snowline

GRASS VALLEY IS A JEWEL among the foothill’s gold-rush towns. At times, the snow does fall, but most of the winter it is snowless. This season you can attend the Foothills Celebration food and wine festival on March 3 and a classic Car Show on April 28. Visitors can enjoy boutiques, gift shops and art […]

Green Eats at Ike’s Quarter Cafe in Nevada City

LOCALS CALL THE NORTH BERKELEY neighborhood where Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971 the “gourmet ghetto” because of its high concentration of restaurants that serve locally grown, organic food. In the Sierra foothills, the charming town of Nevada City is gaining fame for its own style of fresh, organic cuisine, with food that is […]