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 […]

CineCafé Opens at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley

Sierra Cinemas opens its new CineCafé just in time for the holidays, adding beer, wine, and food to the offerings that moviegoers can enjoy. As movie theaters across the nation add amenities to lure audiences out of their living rooms and into the cinema, Sierra Theaters’ owners asked themselves what they could do here in […]

“Cooked”: Exploring culinary experiences in the Sierra Foothills

AWARD-WINNING FOOD AUTHOR Michael Pollan and Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney are receiving widespread praise for their Netflix documentary Cooked. In Cooked, Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Each episode examines one of the physical elements used throughout the ages for cooking: fire (barbecue), water (pot cooking), air (bread making), and earth […]

Nevada City’s ol’ Republic Brewery and Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. win major honors in State Fair craft beer competition

Ol’ Republic Brewery of Nevada City won a first place “best of show” award in the 2016 California State Fair commercial craft brew competition for its Dead Canary, a Dortmunder / Export Lager style beer. The brewery’s Dead Canary beer also won first place in the “light lager” category. In addition, Three Forks Bakery and […]

Winter: An ideal time to sign up for a cooking class

“No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.” — Julia Child WINTER IS AN IDEAL TIME TO SIGN UP for a cooking class in the foothills or Truckee. We’re indoors more, thanks to the wintry weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for […]

Adventure Towns: The new tech hubs

“MOUNTAIN BURGS AND CITIES WITH the perfect work-life balance aren’t just good for skiing, biking and hiking,” writes Outside magazine. “For years, these areas have reinvented themselves as outdoor-friendly tech alternatives to Silicon Valley.” Outdoor-friendly tech towns with the lure of a work-life balance, along with a growing culinary and arts scene, offer the special […]

Old Italian food is “new again”

“ALL THOSE old Italian chestnuts, from meatballs to eggplant parm, are getting new focus,” observes Baum & Whiteman in Brooklyn N.Y., the preeminent food and restaurant consultant. “Fancy sandwich shops are nostalgically meaning them as hero sandwiches with social aspirations. Also growing: Consumer recognition of ancient and regional Italian grapes: bonarda, aglianico and negroarmaro.” We […]

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 […]

Stewards of the Yuba River

“It takes a village” to protect the Yuba watershed. Here are some of the locals who have been part of the effort—from all walks of life: JOHN OLMSTED Naturalist and Conservationist Inspired by John Muir, Olmsted worked tirelessly to create wild areas, open space, trails and parks in our region. He preserved parcels that became […]

Our Wild & Scenic River

“I am foremost a person of the Yuba River Country in the Sierra Nevada.” —Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Gary Snyder Our region is known worldwide as home to Lake Tahoe, “the fairest picture the whole earth affords,” as Mark Twain wrote in Roughing It. Tahoe is one of the oldest, deepest and purist lakes in the […]

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