Artisan pizza abounds in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee

THE ITALIANS WHO CAME TO THE FOOTHILLS in the Gold Rush-era brought winemaking to the region, but they also introduced the tradition of baking in stone ovens. Area restaurants and wineries have revived the tradition, from North Auburn to Grass Valley to Nevada City to Truckee. Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Wine Tasting room, just off […]

Pulled pork, ribs and chicken at Bam Dazy BBQ in Auburn

FOOTBALL AND BBQ GO TOGETHER: Besides tailgating, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Simms, NFL Hall of Fame player Randy White and Pro Bowl player Al “Bubba” Baker all own popular BBQ joints. Our region has its own top-notch BBQ restaurants, with their “low and slow” smokers primed for the football season. Some of our favorites are […]

Nevada County Restaurant Week is January 23-February 1

Nevada County Tourism, in partnership with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Greater Grass Valley Chamber, Nevada City Chamber, Penn Valley Chamber, South County Chamber, Truckee Chamber of Commerce and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, are excited to announce Nevada County Restaurant Week 2015. The event will be held in conjunction with Visit California’s statewide California Restaurant Month. During […]

Best Al Fresco dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

HERE ARE SOME ENJOYABLE OUTDOOR DINING spots in our region: DIEGOS Diegos has a charming outdoor patio, featuring original tile work, a trellis and colorful plantings. The eclectic surroundings are redolent of a neighborhood Latin America café, with food ranging from lomito sandwiches (roast, shredded pork) to fish tacos. 217 Colfax Ave., GV. DiegosRestaurant.com IKE’S […]

The Sierra Foothills’ Pizza Heritage

ONE OF THE CULTURAL TRADITIONS BROUGHT TO the Gold Country by the Italian immigrants was the tradition of baking in stone ovens, popular for pizza-making. Around 100 stone ovens dot the countryside where the Italians settled, according to the Sacramento Italian Cultural Society. Stella Restaurant in Truckee has a wood-fired oven, along with Sierra Knolls’ […]

Ol’ Republic Brewery to roll out bottled beer

DESPITE THE “ZOMBIE ECONOMY” OF 2011, three foothill craft breweries were born within months of each other: Berryessa Brewing Co. in Winters, Loomis Basin Brewing Co. and ol’ Republic Brewery in Nevada City. All of them are on a roll. Ol’ Republic has launched an expansion that will more than quadruple its production, which now […]

Food, Glorious Food: What’s new in our region

PINE STREET BURGERS This all-natural burger restaurant has opened in Grass Valley, and it’s one of the best burgers in the region. (We eat them all: at Burger Me in Truckee and Reno, Lefty’s Grill, Ike’s and Matteo’s Public in Nevada City, and Dine N Dash Cafe in Colfax, among others). Pine Street Burgers are […]

Fall Colors Getaways in Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee-Tahoe

WITH GRASS VALLEY AND NEVADA CITY AS A BASE, visitors can view fall colors in historic towns and along the “roads less traveled” — Hwys. 49, 174 & 20. Enjoy the splendor of fall, along with food & wine, arts & culture, history, shopping and recreation. NEVADA CITY Check into a B&B, inn or motel: […]

Lefty’s Grill Oktoberfest food and beer pairing on October 16

A special October evening dedicated to gourmet cuisine with a Germanic twist is planned for October 16 at Lefty’s Grill. Experience Chefs’ John and Chris’ artful creations, paired with ol’ Republic Brewery’s lagers, ales and stouts. Expect something exceptional, with local fresh foods, and a diverse range of taste-matched offerings. From scallops, to rabbit and […]

A hip food-lovers hangout may emerge in Nevada City, near its farmers market

Some of our favorite “foodie paradises” are in the Bay Area, and we are regulars. The Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco and the Rockridge Market Hall come to mind. The Ferry Building also is home to a popular farmers market where we used to shop. Now, we believe, this phenomena may be coming to […]

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