FoodWineArt photographer nets new credit

Award-winning Nevada County artist Lisa Redfern of Redfern Photography — whose photos appear on the cover of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine — is really starting to come into her own.
Employing the distinctive techniques she’s christened as “transformative art,” her imaginative visual renderings on behalf of businesses has resulted in netting her another new credit: having [...]

FoodWineArt magazine and Grass Valley Wine Co. on KCRA TV in Sacramento

The latest issue of our magazine, Sierra FoodWineArt, was shown on KCRA television in Sacramento last night, as part of a news feature on the new Grass Valley Wine Co. The new downtown wine venture — featuring Bent Metal, Montoliva, Pilot Peak and Solune wineries — is on the cover of the summer issue.
The KCRA [...]

New sous chef at Dragonfly in Truckee

Dragonfly has welcomed a new addition to their staff, sous chef Chris Watkins. Watkins’ extensive background and many talents will help him bring new expertise and experience while continuing to push culinary boundaries with the rest of the Dragonfly team.
After graduating from Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Watkins began his culinary career at [...]

NEW: Read the Summer Issue!

Welcome to the summer issue of Sierra FoodWineArt, focusing on our thriving foothill wineries and the wealth of outdoor dining and cultural activities this time of year.
You can read an exact digital copy of the magazine here.
Despite the recession, many of our vintners are expanding, showing their bullishness about the future. “Baby boomers have [...]

NEW: Trails and Vistas Art Hike

Music, art, dance and poetry unite in the Sierra Nevada at 6,200 feet in the seventh annual inspiring art hike produced by Trails and Vistas on Sept. 11-12 at Squaw Valley USA in Olympic Valley (North Lake Tahoe), CA.
Audience members, led by an experienced guide, hike in small groups pausing at eight art venues, each [...]

Chilled Peach Soup

From the Placer County Real Food cookbook:
4 peaches, very ripe, cut in quarters
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup water
2 to 3 cups Champagne
In a small saucepan, heat the peaches with lime juice, honey, cinammon stock and water. Blend with a hand blender until smooth. Chill at least 1 hour.
To serve, slowly stir in Champagne until [...]

Fresh Apricot Cake

From Newcastle Produce —
1/3 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 1/2 lbs. apricots, halved and pitted
Cinnamon
Powdered sugar
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Combine dry mixture and milk alternately, a little at [...]

Monkey Cat: Foothill palapa dining

FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES, JIM BRIL helped run the word-famous Fior d’Italia restaurant in San Francisco. His regulars included Mayor Joe Alioto, Tommy Lasorda and Lance Armstrong.
Now Jim owns Monkey Cat restaurant in Auburn. He jokes that Lance will be visiting again—this time as he rides past the upscale bistro in the Amgen Tour [...]

Sinclair Family Farm for pasture-raised lamb

WITH ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT FACTORY farming, more people are looking for meat from animals raised in pastures on small farms.
The foothills provide many choices: Nevada County Free Range Beef, Coffee Pot Ranch for pork and Chapel Farm for buffalo.
Sinclair Family Farm in Penryn is the place to go for naturally raised lamb. [...]

PlacerGROWN: A bumper crop

PLACERGROWN HAS BECOME A POWERFUL voice in the foothills, thanks to its passion for farming, desire to conserve natural resources and commitment to grow fresh, local food.
The nonprofit group represents among the best of what the foothills offers in fruit and vegetable farming, Mandarin orchards, wine grape growing and all-natural meats.
Farmers such as [...]

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