“The best thing I ever ate” in Grass Valley and Nevada City

On Food Network, stars describe a different food they consider to be one of the best things they’ve ever eaten. Here are some of the best things we’ve ever eaten in our region: FRESH-FRUIT PANCAKES, TOFANELLI’S Fresh blueberry, pecan, or banana pancakes dusted with powder sugar and served with butter and syrup. Tof’s also has […]

Old Italian food is “new again”

“ALL THOSE old Italian chestnuts, from meatballs to eggplant parm, are getting new focus,” observes Baum & Whiteman in Brooklyn N.Y., the preeminent food and restaurant consultant. “Fancy sandwich shops are nostalgically meaning them as hero sandwiches with social aspirations. Also growing: Consumer recognition of ancient and regional Italian grapes: bonarda, aglianico and negroarmaro.” We […]

Restaurants, grocers and artisan food makers that give back

MORE RESTAURANTEURS, GROCERS and artisan food makers are recognizing that community involvement counts. Our region has long been a leader when it comes to charity work and giving back. Here are some innovative examples: GRATITUDE BOWLS The Gratitude Bowls project partners with restaurants such as Matteo’s Public, South Pine Cafe and Java John’s, all in […]

Nevada County Penny Pitch is June 27 at Kane’s in Grass Valley

Now in its 8th year, the Nevada County Penny Pitch is a beloved Grass Valley tradition. This year’s Penny Pitch is Saturday, June 27 and dedicated to the memory of the late John Kane. The old-fashioned event is patterned after San Francisco’s 38-year-old penny pitch fundraiser. Nevada County’s version is on the patio and sidewalk in front […]

Eat like a local in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn

LUNCH AT BRIARPATCH DELI The deli at the BriarPatch Coop in Grass Valley offers fresh ready-to-eat meals, light meals, a salad bar, drinks and baked goods, all from the same ingredients sold in the store. A hot bar offers theme days, such as Indian cuisine. The “Patch” also is open for breakfast and dinner. BriarPatch.coop […]

Food & wine pairings for Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1

Click for larger image of map: The Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1, is one of the region’s premier wine and food pairing events. Spend the afternoon, from 1-4 p.m., strolling the shops and sites of historic downtown Grass Valley. Tickets are $45. The ticket includes unlimited wine tasting from foothill wineries […]

Kane’s restaurant: The best new lounge in the Sierra Foothills

Kane’s Family Restaurant in Grass Valley is one of the most inviting spots to gather for food, live music, Monday Night Football and fireplace dining, thanks to its expansive new lounge and bar. The elegant new space includes an expanded bar area with a 30-foot-long bar top (the longest in Nevada County); seating for about […]

Craft Cocktails: Martinis & more for holiday cheer

THE MARTINI’S ORIGINS CAN BE TRACED back to a miner who struck gold in California during the Gold Rush, at least according to one popular theory. During the days of the Gold Rush, a miner struck it rich and walked into a bar—in Martinez—for a special drink to celebrate. The bartender put together what he […]

Kane’s restaurant new patio, lounge and bar is open

The new lounge, bar and patio at Kane’s restaurant in Grass Valley is open after a much-anticipated remodeling. The elegant new space includes a new patio and fountain, along with an expanded bar area with a 30-foot-long bar-top, seating for about 60, skylights and a fireplace. A new front door reads “Kane’s” in a handsome […]

Lefty’s Grill opens at expanded location in Nevada City

Lefty’s Grill of Nevada City opened its new, expanded restaurant on Tuesday night, and we grabbed dinner there to check it out. Lefty’s — with the motto “casual, white tablecloth dining” — has been one of our favorite restaurants since it opened, both for weeknight and weekend dining. (Sometimes we order their pizzas “to go.”) […]

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