Food Trends: What’s hot for 2016

LOCAL SOURCING OF PRODUCE, meat and seafood are among the top restaurant trends for 2016, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual culinary forecast. The survey, focusing on the responses of nearly 1,600 chefs, also identified continued interest in environmental sustainability as a trend. Locally sourced meat and seafood rank at the top of the […]

Chef’s Notes: Farm to Fork, Treats, Tahoe Central Market, Carolines

FARM-TO-FORK DINNERS Our region is going to offer more farm-to-table dinners this summer. The third annual Nevada City farm-to-table banquet is August 16. It is downtown on Commercial Street, which has become a foodie paradise, thanks to the Nevada City Farmers Market, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. and now Wheyward Girl Creamery. At Lake […]

Gastropubs thriving in Sierra Foothills

THE BOOMING CRAFT BEER SCENE is contributing to a growing culinary trend called gastropubs. These eateries offer gastronomy, or the art of eating good food, in a bar or pub setting. Besides offering exceptional craft beer, gastropubs often emphasize the use of fresh, local ingredients in their cuisines. Gastropubs originated in Britain in 1990 when […]

Fall Colors Getaways in Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee-Tahoe

WITH GRASS VALLEY AND NEVADA CITY AS A BASE, visitors can view fall colors in historic towns and along the “roads less traveled” — Hwys. 49, 174 & 20. Enjoy the splendor of fall, along with food & wine, arts & culture, history, shopping and recreation. NEVADA CITY Check into a B&B, inn or motel: […]

Artisan Foods at Farmers Markets

THE BOUNTY AT FARMERS markets includes more than seasonal fruit and veggies. Artisan food also is offered, including bread, cheese, jams, sausage, pâté, meats and fish. Some examples we enjoy from the Foothill Farmers Market (at one or more locations): cheese from Dedrick’s Cheese in Placerville; sausages from Smokey Ridge Charcuterie in Placerville; chicken, lamb, […]

Artisan Treats: Nevada City rocks the food world

Nevada City offers an idyllic lifestyle. Now, thanks to innovative entrepreneurs and laws such as the California Homemade Food Act, it is home to more artisan foods. Some examples: From Beans to Bar In 1997, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker helped revolutionize our appreciation of fine chocolate. It changed chocolate from being seen as a mere […]