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 […]

Restaurants, grocers and artisan food makers that give back

MORE RESTAURANTEURS, GROCERS and artisan food makers are recognizing that community involvement counts. Our region has long been a leader when it comes to charity work and giving back. Here are some innovative examples: GRATITUDE BOWLS The Gratitude Bowls project partners with restaurants such as Matteo’s Public, South Pine Cafe and Java John’s, all in […]

Things to do in Grass Valley

“VISIT CALIFORNIA” HAS A celebrity spokesman—actor Rob Lowe, who shares his love for the great outdoors, and the dining, arts and culture scene. As it turns out, Grass Valley has its own informal group of celebrity tourism ambassadors—the famous people who perform at The Center of the Arts and had a great visit. Besides performing, […]

Dining out in Nevada City

NEVADA CITY RESTAURANTS have been pioneers of farm-to-fork cooking before it became fashionable. We consider Peter Selaya of New Moon Cafe the dean of real food cooking in the foothills. Peter’s passion for cooking came from his dad, a longtime chef at well-known Bay Area restaurants. Peter’s creativity and flair with cooking has been an […]

First Italian Festa in Grass Valley

THE CORNISH INFLUENCE IN GRASS VALLEY is well known. Cornish tin miners were attracted to the city during the Gold Rush era, and the heritage is preserved with events such as Cornish Christmas. Though less celebrated, many Italians also helped settle the area. “If you look through the names of people who moved here during […]

South Pine Café for “breakfast, lunch or beer”

THE SIGN IN FRONT of the South Pine Café sums up its mission with humor: “Breakfast, lunch and beer.” The family run restaurant, with locations in Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City, has been dishing up fresh, homemade comfort food for years—making it a Sierra Foothills institution. Locals and out-of-towners line up for the good […]