Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows is open for Thanksgiving

Following last week’s early-season snowfall, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is open for skiing, riding and activities seven days a week. The resort is operating 11 lifts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., giving skiers and riders access to 39 trails and 16 groomed runs. With terrain for all abilities, including the High Camp beginner area, […]

Emily’s Catering & Cakes: A “pop-up” bakery

LIKE FOOD TRUCKS OR FARMERS MARKETS, one of the fastest-growing trends in the restaurant business is “pop-up” dining. The temporary restaurants, whether at a private home or stylish loft space, are creating a new wave of entrepreneurs. Talented chefs can highlight their creativity without being tied “24/7” to a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Customers appreciate the spontaneity. […]

Fall cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

IN FALL, YOU CAN SAVOR THE LATE-SEASON fruits and vegetables from farmers markets, including apples, pears, persimmons and pumpkins. The markets are open until Thanksgiving, or year-round, allowing you to create a feast from the local bounty. Fall also is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class. The weather is cooler, and […]

Fresh, local feasts

“COOKING IS AN ART. CAREFUL SHOPPING, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need,” summed up the late British celebrity cook Keith Floyd. “There is one more thing — love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things, you can be an […]

Thanksgiving travel to reach highest level since 2007

AAA Travel projects 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase over 2013. Almost 90 percent of travelers (41.3 million) will celebrate the holiday with a road trip and likely will enjoy the lowest Thanksgiving […]

Sparkling wine is becoming an everyday wine

LIKE MANY OF YOU, OUR PARENTS USED to reserve sparkling wine and champagne for special occasions—Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and big events. But younger people are embracing sparklers as more of an everyday wine and drinking it year-round. On a trip to Italy this summer, we noticed scores of younger people drinking Prosecco, Italy’s […]

Joe Arpaio brags about serving inmates a 56 cent Thanksgiving dinner

“Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio took to Twitter on Wednesday to show off the “special” Thanksgiving meal his office served to inmates on Thursday. What made the meal special? The 56 cent cost per inmate,” TalkingPointsMemo.com is reporting. “‘Thanksgiving menu is all set!,’ Arpaio wrote on Twitter. ‘Hope the inmates give thanks for this special meal […]

Matteo’s Public will serve a Thanksgiving meal for people in need

“We will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal to those in need from noon-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day,” Matt Margulies, owner of Matteo’s Public in Nevada City, told us this week. “This our third year. We serve those in need every other year! We started in our first year in 1209. SPD Market and the […]