Fresh, local feasts

IN THE FOOTHILLS AND TRUCKEE-TAHOE, the possibilities abound for preparing a fresh, local feast for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s. We are blessed with local farmers and ranchers, farmers markets, a growing number of artisan food makers, and stores that feature local produce and meats. Here are suggestions for finding the ingredients and preparing […]

What’s in Season

Fall is our favorite time of year to enjoy the local bounty, artisan foods and seasonal dishes. Some examples: LOCAL APPLES Crisp, sweet and refreshing, the apple is redolent of the fall season. In our region, we enjoy visiting Bierwagen’s in Chicago Park and Machado Orchards in Auburn. Bierwagen’s grows heritage Arkansas Black apples. Machado’s […]

Our local bounty: Farm to you

NEVADA AND PLACER COUNTIES ARE home to a growing, healthy and vibrant base of local farms, rivaling the Central Valley, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo. From fruits and vegetables (Riverhill Farm and Machado Orchards, for example) to grass-fed beef (Nevada County Free Range Beef and Sinclair Family Farm) — from olive oil, jams and honey […]

Winter comfort food: Where to get it

CHEESE FONDUE FRIAR TUCKS Melted swiss gruyere & emmentaler cheeses, blended with wine and spices served with french bread, apples and mushrooms. 111 N Pine St., NC FriarTucks.com COQ AU VIN MATTEO’S PUBLIC Organic chicken breast with mushrooms in a delicate red wine sauce. Served with organic jasmine rice and seasonal vegetables. 300 Commercial St., […]

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, […]

2015 food, drink, home and garden trends on Pinterest

The Pinterest 100 predicts lifestyle trends for the new year, based on popular “pins:” CAULIFLOWER IS THE NEW KALE IN FOOD & DRINK Where to find it: Foothill Farmers Market, Placer Co. FoothillFarmersMarket.com BriarPatch Co-op, GV BriarPatch.coop Tahoe Central Market, Lake Tahoe TahoeCentralMarket.com West Shore Café, Lake Tahoe WestShoreCafe.com WOODWORKING IS HAVING A MOMENT IN […]

Visit Grass Valley: Things to do

DOWNTOWN GRASS VALLEY IS A TOP DESTINATION for entertainment in the Sierra foothills, thanks to The Center for the Arts, Del Oro Theatre and downtown restaurants and wine tasting rooms that offer live music. “The vibe going on in Grass Valley is fantastic,” says jazz legend Wynton Marsalis after he performed at The Center this […]

Summer Thyme’s expansion exemplifies boom in fresh, local movement

THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT IS BOOMING in our region. BriarPatch Co-op is expanding in Grass Valley, Tahoe Central Market just opened, and farmers markets and CSAs are going year-round. Nowhere is the boom more apparent than with the new expansion at Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli in Grass Valley, a local institution for real […]

Sneak peek at Summer Thyme’s new dinner menu

It’s sneak peek week at Summer Thyme’s new location at 231 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley on January 6-12. Email reservations@SummerThymes.com. Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli will begin serving dinner, and it will have an espresso bar and juice bar. A look at the new menu is here. The dinner items, along with others, are […]

Let’s Picnic

The Sierra and its foothills are ideal for picnicking with all the parks, canyons, rivers and lakes: GOURMET PICNIC SUPPLIES SUMMER THYME’S in Grass Valley offers homemade sandwiches piled high with fresh, local ingredients on freshly baked bread. Examples include Bacon Turkey Gorgonzola, Roasted Turkey or Veggie Pesto. Homemade salads and desserts too. SummerThymes.com NEWCASTLE […]

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