Sierra Master Chorale’s new maestro: A sign of the foothills’ growing arts & culture scene

“There’s a new Who in Whoville”!  I joked to my wife Shannon at the end of Sierra Master Chorale’s engaging Spring concert in Grass Valley this afternoon. Her name is Alison Skinner, and we were we delighted to hear Alison conduct the Chorale and its Orchestra for the first time this afternoon. We have been […]

Exclusive: Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee recommended for designation as Cultural Districts

Grass Valley-Nevada City in the Gold Country, and Truckee in the High Sierra are among the 14 finalists recommended for designation as State Cultural Districts, a major coup for the region, Sierra FoodWineArt has learned. The recommendation was included in an agenda packet for the California Arts Council’s upcoming board meeting, which was quietly posted […]

10 reasons why we built a mobile-friendly website

Editor’s note: We launched our mobile-friendly website in January. Just type www.SierraCulture.com into your iPhone or smartphone. Here are 10 reasons: 1. Mobile now accounts for 10% of internet usage worldwide (this has more than doubled over last 18 months) (The Next Web) 2. 1.08 of the world’s 4 billion mobile phones are smartphones (Source: […]

Pine Street Burgers in Grass Valley is open

Pine Street Burgers in Grass Valley is open. The menu features all-natural burgers, Casper hot dogs, deli sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, wraps, fresh salads, natural shakes, dairy-free shakes, french fries and sweet potato fries, among other items. We predict it’s going to be a big winner, based on the owner’s track record and the boom in […]

Gazpacho with fresh produce from Jardin del Rio

Ingredients and recipe: 3-4 pounds of fresh tomatoes (mix of varieties) 1 pound of fresh peppers (mix of varieties) 1 red onion 2 cucumbers (peeled, sliced and seeded) 4 cloves of fresh garlic handful of fresh cilantro handful of fresh basil 1 tsp. cardamom 1 tsp. celery salt 1 tsp. white pepper Squeeze of lime […]

Scoop: Pine Street Burgers (all-natural) to open in Grass Valley

Here’s an all-natural scoop: A restaurant featuring all-natural burgers and shakes — Pine Street Burgers — is going to open in Grass Valley in early to mid-July. We are confident it’s going to be a real winner too, judging from the success of its owners (South Pine Cafe) and a similar concept (Burger Me in […]

A call for artists at Sierra Festival of the Arts!

An afternoon in downtown Grass Valley where discerning patrons of the arts can mingle with some of the area’s most celebrated Sierra Foothills’ artists, Sierra Festival of the Arts will feature displays of photography, prints, sculpture, wood work, ceramics, stone work, jewelry and painting in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastels. Artists who wish to participate […]

We need a “Mini Mondavi” in western Nevada County

PERFORMING ARTS IS ON THE UPSWING in western Nevada County, thanks to invigorated leadership at The Center for the Arts, InConcert Sierra, Music in the Mountains, Nevada County Arts and other nonprofits—as well as enthusiastic audiences. As a result, what seemed like “Field of Dreams” thinking in the past, must become a top priority: Working […]

“New Gold Rush”: How chefs, farmers, winemakers & artists are resettling the Sierra Foothills

A new generation of chefs, farmers, winemakers and artists are resettling the region. They are adding new energy and sophisticated offerings for today’s travelers while honoring the region’s rich history. The foothills’ relaxed lifestyle, Mediterranean-like climate and stunning beauty is prompting them to open wineries; restaurants with fresh, local cuisine; and local art galleries. This […]

Real Food Chefs who are revitalizing Sierra Foothills dining

Meet the chefs, restaurateurs & caterers in the Sierra Foothills who are revitalizing dining in our Sierra FoodWineArt special report: Ike Frazee Ike is the chef and owner, along with his wife, Adrienne, of Ike’s Quarter Cafe in Nevada City. Now in its 11th year, Ike’s is a favorite for New Orleans-style cuisine, made with […]

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