“Belonging”: Exploring Local Perspectives

THE NEVADA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL, WITH a new grant from California Arts Council, has commissioned artist-in-residence Ruth Chase to create “Belonging.” Belonging is a community arts initiative led by Chase and funded in part by California Arts Council. “Belonging is about our vulnerable mountain home, and the people who tend it, love it and depend […]

Sierra Harvest presents Food and Farm Conference on February 9-11

Farmers and ranchers are coming from all over the West Coast to gather in Grass Valley on February 9-11 for Sierra Harvest’s 2018 Sustainable Food and Farm Conference. Over 500 farmers, foodies and homesteaders will come to learn first-hand from local and national experts in the sustainable food and farming movement, tour sustainable minded farms […]

What’s in season: Farm, Food & Drink

NEPTUNE’S DELIGHT The Bloody Mary’s simple, two-ingredient base—tomato juice and vodka—lends itself to countless interpretations. We’ve sampled this cocktail in our region, and the “Neptune’s Delight” served at Morgan’s Lobster Shack in midtown Reno is a standout. The 22-ounce cocktail-meal consists of Chopin vodka and house-made Bloody Mary, topped with a crab leg, shrimp, Berkshire […]

Polly’s Paladar: Art of the Gather

ONE OF THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL CULINARY EXPERIENCES in the foothills isn’t listed in a Zagat dining guide, bookable on OpenTable.com, or even marked by a sign on the door. It is found inside a cozy, 126-year-old miner’s cabin tucked off Broad Street in Nevada City. Each month, a reservation-only supper club called Polly’s Paladar serves […]

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 […]

Farm to school lunches in Nevada County

SCHOOL CAFETERIA FOOD HAS become a “cuisine” in its own right but not in a desirable way. It conjures up images of unhealthy, unimaginative and unsatisfying meals. A survey by a group called “Fed Up” showed a majority of students threw out part of their lunches multiple times per week. But a “farm to school” program […]

Farm-to-table lunches at Nevada Union High School

We ran into our friend Malaika Bishop, co-director of Sierra Harvest, at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Co. in Nevada City on Sunday. We attend some of their “potlucks” during the growing season Their goal is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food. We talked about “back to school,” […]