North Star House master plan for restoration in the works

By Joe Heckel, President, North Star Historic Conservancy In 2003, a building sat vacant. It was in poor condition and deteriorating to the point of collapse. Rain poured into the building from a failing roof and through open windows. The interior had been vandalized, with all fixtures stripped and graffiti covered the walls. Piles of […]

Julia Morgan Festival at North Star House on October 13

From Sierra FoodWineArt magazine: Julia Morgan is California’s most famous architect—designing over 700 buildings, including Hearst Castle, parts of the UC Berkeley campus, Asilomar near Monterey, and North Star House in Grass Valley. A 6-week festival called Julia Morgan 2012 launched October 1 at buildings she designed throughout the state. Exhibits and activities vary from […]

The new “Art of Real Food” cookbook and farmers markets

WHEN IT COMES TO PLANNING DINNER, the answer should be a simple enough: “What’s in season?” Once a challenge in the “boomer” era of processed food, that’s changing rapidly, thanks to the growth of local farms, farmers markets, food co-ops, CSA “veggies in a box”—and education. In The Art of Real Food: Seasonal Recipes for […]