Good Eats: Our booming culinary scene

SAN FRANCISCO HAS LONG BEEN Northern California’s culinary capital, but it is facing more competition. “Sacramento’s on the cusp of making it as a must-visit town for anyone who loves food,” Thrillist, the popular food and drink website, declared in January. “It’s the hub of America’s most abundant agricultural region and is finally attracting talent […]

Polly’s Paladar: Art of the Gather

ONE OF THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL CULINARY EXPERIENCES in the foothills isn’t listed in a Zagat dining guide, bookable on OpenTable.com, or even marked by a sign on the door. It is found inside a cozy, 126-year-old miner’s cabin tucked off Broad Street in Nevada City. Each month, a reservation-only supper club called Polly’s Paladar serves […]

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 Center for the Arts in Grass Valley on September 8. The event is presented by The Center and sponsored by BriarPatch Co-op. “A Conversation with Alice Waters” exemplifies the growing food sustainability movement in our region. Waters also is expected to break bread […]

Clean Eating: How the Sierra Foothills’ region shines

FORGET THE OLD ADAGE ABOUT cleaning your plate, which dates back to the Herbert Hoover era of the government’s “clean plate club” cam- paign. Clean eating refers to making what’s on your plate “clean”—or free of processed or refined foods. The emphasis is on eating whole natural foods, including generous portions of fruits and vegetables […]

Destination dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

GREAT FOOD IS A PART OF EVERY adventure. In our region, imaginative chefs and restaurateurs are invigorating the dining scene, and a growing number are winning rave reviews—from the James Beard Foundation, OpenTable, respected restaurant critics and food magazines. Farm-to-fork restaurants are a way of life in the foothills, not a fad, thanks to an […]

Narsai’s marinade with fresh, local lamb from the Sierra Foothills

Editor’s note: Easter is a time to enjoy fresh, local lamb. Ours is from Sinclair Family Farm in Penryn or the James Ranch in Penn Valley. One of our favorite marinades comes from Narsai David, who ran a restaurant in the small East Bay community of Kensington when I was in college at UC Berkeley. […]

Artisan Foods at Farmers Markets

THE BOUNTY AT FARMERS markets includes more than seasonal fruit and veggies. Artisan food also is offered, including bread, cheese, jams, sausage, pâté, meats and fish. Some examples we enjoy from the Foothill Farmers Market (at one or more locations): cheese from Dedrick’s Cheese in Placerville; sausages from Smokey Ridge Charcuterie in Placerville; chicken, lamb, […]