Sierra Stages celebrates its 10th anniversary

THIS YEAR MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY season of Sierra Stages, an award-winning community theatre group in western Nevada County that has helped shape the area’s designation as a statewide cultural district. The 10th anniversary season includes two musicals and one classic American comedy: The zany and heartbreaking musical “A New Brain” by William Finn and […]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr and Avanguardia

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 17th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food events. On Saturday, March 3, from 1-4 p.m., participants gather to sip wine from foothill wineries while sampling chef specialties and sweets from local restaurants. One of the more decadent offerings has […]

A New Year for wine: Trends that will shape 2018

Five wine predictions for the New Year: CAB FRANC WILL GROW “Cabernet Franc is taking root in California,” according to Uncorkd.biz. “California wine makers have put their own spin on Cab Franc, with wines that boast flavors of big, ripe fruit. Cab Franc is primed to grow in popularity as wine drinkers honor California and […]

Loomis Basin Brewing: Exemplifies craft beer boom

INDEPENDENT CRAFT BREWERIES CONTINUED to grow in 2017, and the outlook is bright for the New Year, with over 6,000 breweries nationally. Beer tourism is growing, with the average craft drinker visiting 3.5 breweries near their homes. Our region is a prime example. Few of our area’s breweries have shined brighter than Loomis Basin Brewing […]

Insider: Old meets new in Grass Valley and Nevada City

OLD MEETS NEW IN GRASS VALLEY & NEVADA CITY The iconic Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley has sold, and the new owners have imaginative plans for the historic building. We’re excited about the potential for 131 Mill St., widely considered the second-most architecturally unique building in all of downtown Grass Valley behind […]

Culinary forecast for 2018

Menu trends that will be heating up in 2018 include street-food inspired dishes, healthful kids’ meals, heritage-breed meats and authentic ethnic cuisine. The list—based on a National Restaurant Association survey of 700 professional chefs — is a peek into which food, beverages and culinary concepts will be the new items on restaurant menus. TOP 10 […]

The Stone House: Farm-to-table food and craft cocktails

WHEN IT COMES TO FINE DINING, cocktails and entertainment, The Stone House in historic Nevada City belongs on a bucket list for the New Year—whether you’re local or a visitor. Under San Francisco entrepreneur Jonathan Rowe, who also has local roots, The Stone House — one of the town’s most iconic landmarks — underwent extensive […]

Lefty’s Fry House: Fish & chips, beignets and more

LEFTY’S GRILL CELEBRATES ITS 10TH anniversary in the New Year, and its owners are expanding with a “Fry House,” featuring the restaurant’s signature fish and chips and imaginative new dishes. In 2008, two left-handed chefs, John Cammack and Chris Duncan, opened Lefty’s in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white […]

California Cultural Districts

THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL’s cultural districts program aims to assist Californians in leveraging the state’s considerable assets in the areas of culture, creativity, and diversity. A CULTURAL DISTRICT IS GENERALLY UNDERSTOOD AS A WELL-DEFINED GEOGRAPHIC AREA WITH A HIGH CONCENTRATION OF CULTURAL RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES. “State-level designation of Cultural Districts, with California’s diverse geography and […]

Après Ski: Wine, beer, cocktails and fireside chats

“There’s something about the culture of après, whether it’s cocktails or a simple beer. It’s all about working hard on the mountain, getting your workout in, and then enjoying it and talking about it with friends.” —Joe Lang, Principal, Apres Ski Cocktail Classic ASPEN’S APRÈS SKI COCKTAIL CLASSIC in March is an annual slope-side celebration […]

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