FoodWineArt Insider: Sacramento Shake Shack, world traveler Lexie Alford

LEXIE LIMITLESS An adventurous local woman — 21-year-old Alexis Alford of Nevada City — this spring announced she had become the youngest person to travel to every sovereign nation. “I traveled to all 196 countries by 21 years old. My ultimate goal is to show people that the world is not a scary place and […]

Bodega Bay Cioppino

Ingredients: .75 cup olive oil extra virgin 8 cloves garlic, 6 finely chopped, 2 whole 3 peppers jalapenos, seeded and minced 2 peppers red peppers, finely chopped 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 bay leaf 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 can 28 ounce peeled tomatoes, finely chopped, juice reserved 4 bottles 8 oz. each clam […]

What’s in Season

Fall is our favorite time of year to enjoy the local bounty, artisan foods and seasonal dishes. Some examples: LOCAL APPLES Crisp, sweet and refreshing, the apple is redolent of the fall season. In our region, we enjoy visiting Bierwagen’s in Chicago Park and Machado Orchards in Auburn. Bierwagen’s grows heritage Arkansas Black apples. Machado’s […]

Food trends: What’s hot for 2017

HYPER-LOCAL SOURCING Chefs are putting extra emphasis on the freshness of their produce. Produce Plus supplies Truckee and Tahoe chefs with fresh, local produce in winter from farms in Yolo County. Nevada City is debuting a winter farmers market the first Saturday of each month. Tahoe Food Hub is building “growing domes” to grow food […]

Video: How to crack and clean fresh Dungeness crab

The fresh Dungeness crab season is in full swing. We’ve already enjoyed crab from the Little Fish Company at the Foothill Farmers Market in Auburn. Ideka’s in Auburn also is one of our favorite places for crab, along with Whole Foods Market in Roseville. This year’s season is expected to last longer than usual, thanks […]

Fresh Dungeness crab lands in the Foothills

The much-anticipated Dungeness crab season opened Friday, with optimism for a crab bounty. Last year was one of the best hauls on record. Restaurants and fish markets were busy placing orders for the tasty crustacean, popular from Thanksgiving to Christmas and into the New Year. Sierra Foothills crab connoisseurs can begin purchasing the fresh crustacean […]