Spring issue going out this week

The Spring issue of Sierra Food WineArt is going out this week — our biggest yet. It will be distributed at 200 locations in Reno, Sacramento, Tahoe/Truckee, the Foothills and Butte County.
A digital version, which you can read like a print magazine, also is online at our new website, sierraculture.com. The digital version also includes [...]

New wine bar planned in Grass Valley

Here’s a FoodWineArt magazine scoop: It’s hard to keep a secret when you put a big sign in the window about your business — though there’s not much “gumshoe” reporting going on anymore.
As it turns out, Pilot Peak Winery and Solune Winery — two of the county’s popular wineries — have a big sign in [...]

New conductor debuts at Music in the Mountains

We headed to the Amaral Center last night to check out conductor Gregory Vajda in his inaugural season at Music in the Mountains — this time conducting Viennese waltzes.
Even if you’re not a regular concert-goer, this season is an MIM milestone: Vajda is only the second conductor in MIM’s 28-year history, inheriting the baton from [...]

Foothills Harpist Joanna Newsom in NYT magazine

Foothills harpist and music sensation Joanna Newsom is getting more ink nowadays, ranging from the New York Times magazine to People magazine.
Newsom — the daughter of doctors Bill and Christine Newsom — is profiled in a lengthly article in the New York Times magazine.
The Times calls Joanna one of indie music’s “leading lights.” It refers [...]

BriarPatch and Cal Organics also for meat eaters

We’re big fans of fresh local food. We eat lots of fruit and veggies, but we also eat beef.
We like to go to the BriarPatch for “green” food but also for meat and poultry. The same goes for California Organics, which touts the nation’s only 100 percent organic meat counter, where we go to the [...]

Welcome to sierraculture.com

We’re proud to announce the launch of sierraculture.com to compliment our print magazine, Sierra FoodWineArt. We think it is the most complete regional offering to promote food, wine and art in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee/Tahoe. We aim to be a “go-to” publication to draw people to our region from Sacramento, Reno and Butte County.
We [...]

SXSW in Austin draws Foothills locals

The South By Southwest “geekfest” begins in Austin on Friday night, a gathering that is growing in importance.
The 17-year-old, two-week festival is booming despite the recession.
“Austin, Texas! We meet again,” Jesse Locks, business development director of the Nevada City Film Festival, wrote on her Facebook page.
The festival pumped about $99 million into the Austin economy [...]

Vienna Boys Choir wows crowd in Grass Valley

The Vienna Boys Choir, one of the world’s most famous singing groups, wowed a sell-out crowd of 475 people here on Tuesday night.
The acoustics in the Seventh-day Adventist Church — a more intimate setting than a big concert hall — were spectacular for the performance that lasted about 1 1/2 hours.
The choir has been [...]

Nevada City Seafood opening in historic downtown

Nevada City Seafood will open its new store on March 15 at the Nevada City Marketplace at 115 South Pine St. in the historic downtown — part of a ongoing transition to make the town more appealing to locals, not just tourists.
The fresh-fish store will be an anchor tenant to the “year-round farmers market” [...]

Grass Valley food and wine tasting event packed, a hopeful sign

The Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley this weekend was a sellout — a hopeful economic sign.
The annual event during the late winter doldrums lets you sip wine from local wineries and taste food from area restaurants. One decadent example: Strawberries dipped in chocolate from a fountain, courtesy of Lazy Dog ice cream. Tickets sold [...]