FoodWineArt Insider: What’s Up In Our Region

CHRIS STEVENS COURTYARD A walkway in downtown Grass Valley has been dedicated in honor of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens—epitomizing the spirit of coming together in small towns. The Chris Stevens Courtyard is a 10-foot wide by 100-foot long walkway, decorated with a bronze plaque and archway, in the middle of Mill Street. The location dates […]

Our Favorite Things

SWEETLAND POTTERY We enjoy our Three Forks ceramic coffee mugs, the handiwork of Paul Steege of Sweetland Pottery on the San Juan Ridge. Paul’s fine porcelain pottery also includes cups, bowls, and tea pots (including one with a handsome manzanita twig handle). “I enjoy the challenge of making pots that are pleasing to the eye […]

Organic grocers: The pulse of the community

“The bulletin board in any organic store is the pulse of the community. You can find yoga, massage, concert listings, bookstores, used van parts (crucial for a touring band), community political information and even lost cats.” — Michael Franti ORGANIC GROCERY STORES ARE BECOMING a hub in more communities, including the ones in our region. […]

Mother Truckers, Natural Selection & The Country Store: “Local food from local people”

“LOCAL FOOD FROM LOCAL PEOPLE, since 1881” is the motto of the iconic Oakville Grocery in Napa Valley, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest continually operating grocery store in California. The foothills has its own share of country grocery stores with a storied past—most notably Mother Truckers on the San […]

Local Eats: “Farm to court dining”

THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT—from farmers markets to farm-to-fork dining to organic grocers—is becoming a year-round passion in our region. Our fertile soil and water resources are a real asset, along with the know-how of previous generations of farmers in our region, going back to the Gold Rush era. Sacramento has rebranded itself as a […]

Arts & Culture: An economic engine in Nevada County, CA

A HALF CENTURY AGO, NEVADA County— long known for its rich gold mines and Wild West feel—experienced an arts and culture revolution that has reshaped the local economy well into the 21st century. The county also continues to influence the statewide arts scene. Starting in the ’60s, Beat Generation member and “deep ecology” poet Gary […]

Wild for the Yuba

From movies to public murals, the Yuba River is intertwined in our region’s culture. Here are some examples: PRELUDE FOR YUBA SALMON Music in the Mountains’ Young Composers Project teamed with the Sierra Streams Institute and focused on the plight of the salmon and their importance to the Yuba watershed. The curriculum included both lab […]

Stewards of the Yuba River

“It takes a village” to protect the Yuba watershed. Here are some of the locals who have been part of the effort—from all walks of life: JOHN OLMSTED Naturalist and Conservationist Inspired by John Muir, Olmsted worked tirelessly to create wild areas, open space, trails and parks in our region. He preserved parcels that became […]

Nevada County CA’s booming arts and culture scene

CALIFORNIA IS WORLD RENOWNED FOR ITS arts and culture — from Hollywood, the Getty Museum and Walt Disney Concert Hall in the south to San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, the Mondavi Center and Crocker Art Museum in the north. Our region, though smaller than a big city on the coast, is gaining more visibility as […]