Nevada City: Yuba River Town

NEVADA CITY IS HOME BASE FOR THE SOUTH YUBA RIVER, WHICH FLOWS JUST NORTH OF THE HISTORIC TOWN. IN 2012, OUTSIDE magazine named Nevada City one of the “best river towns in America,” citing its connection to the sun-soaked, granite-lined Yuba. Few people know the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) was founded in an […]

Acclaimed Bay Area chef Moniz, community leader Senum to open authentic taqueria in Nevada City

Two years ago this month, we wrote exclusively that a bakery and brewery called Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. was in the works on lower Commercial Street in Nevada City, helping to create a hip food-lovers hangout near its farmers market. Three Forks just celebrated its first anniversary, and now Wheyward Girl Creamery, Nevada […]

Crowdfunding for food startups grows in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee

CROWDFUNDING, RAISING MONEY FROM a large number of people on the internet, is democratizing entrepreneurship. In recent years, the crowdfunding economy has more than tripled to more than $5 billion. Nowhere is the practice better suited than to our region, where entrepreneurs can launch their businesses with community donations. This includes becoming a “new bank” […]

Chef’s Notes: The Farm Table, Wheyward Girl Creamery

THE FARM TABLE The Farm Table is Placerville’s new restaurant and market. It uses the best local and seasonal ingredients and offers gluten-free and vegetarian options. The restaurant offers house-made specialty meats, pickled seasonal vegetables, preserves and condiments, local and imported craft beer and wine, and gourmet gifts and souvenirs. The restaurant’s owners are Zach […]

Cooking up a storm at BriarPatch and Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley

“No one is born a great cook; one learns by doing.” —Julia Child BRIARPATCH EXPANDS COOKING SCHOOL BriarPatch Co-op’s Cooking Class series in Nevada City is expanding. “People love cooking classes,” says Hilary Dart, a BriarPatch manager. “They love to taste new flavors.” With classes costing $30 for BriarPatch member-owners and $35 for others, attendees […]

How “New Domesticity” is revitalizing our cooking culture

“WE’RE ALL BAKING BROWNIES AGAIN.” In the popular book Homeward Bound, author Emily Matchar writes about “new domesticity”—our longing for the old-fashioned, the homemade, the authentic. Nowhere is it more prevalent than in our food culture, which often leads to more time in the kitchen (for both genders). “The motivations behind New Domesticity are varied: […]

Breaking bread at Tess’ Kitchen Store

I enjoyed the bread-making class tonight at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley! It’s a small world: My “classmates” wound up including friends such as Jim Pyle (https://www.facebook.com/jim.pyle1) and Dayton Faraco of Community Canvas. We promote Community Canvas and Nevada County Arts in our magazine. Jim kept us apprised of tonight’s Giants’ game, and we […]

Culinary Adventures – take a cooking class

“No one is born a great cook—one learns by doing.” -Julia Child,My Life in France In 1948, Julia Child found her true calling. She moved to France, developed a passion for French cooking and authored books that became essential for food lovers. In 1993, we recall attending the annual Western Cable Show and marveling at […]