Burning Man sanctioned event coming to Nevada City in March

Editor’s note: The foothills increasingly are becoming a popular destination for Burning Man devotees — well before the “main event” in the Nevada desert. Here’s an example, a Burning Man sanctioned event coming to Nevada City this spring:
“BURNAL EQUINOX NEVADA CITY – NEVADA CITY, CA – MAR 3-4
Burnal Equinox Nevada City
Saturday, March 3, 2012 noon [...]

Pizza & Pasta: Where to get it

ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKING WILL TAKE its place at the table as a top food trend in 2012, predicts Saveur magazine. Regional Italian food also is high on the list. Some menu items and area restaurants that serve notable ones are:
LASAGNA Tofanelli’s Lasagna is made in-house from a recipe handed down from generations, with layers of [...]

Sage-stuffed Leg of Lamb

Ingredients:
1 large onion (minced)
2 large stalks celery – including some leaves – (finely chopped)
3 T olive oil
3 to 4 T minced fresh sage leaves
Fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 cups coarse soft white bread crumbs
Sea salt
1 leg of lamb ( 5 to 6 lbs. boned but not tied)
1 cup good red wine (like Ophir’s Syrah)
Instructions:
Preheat oven to [...]

2012 Food Trends: What’s hot?

LOCALLY GROWN MEATS, fruit and produce, gluten-free food and signature sandwiches will be among the hot trends this year, according to “What’s Hot,” the National Restaurant Assn. survey of 1,800 chefs. “Local sourcing—from meat and fish, to produce, to wine and beer—is a big trend,” says Joy Dubost of the Restaurant Assn. Other trends are [...]

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Tasting Notes: What’s new at foothill wineries

SIERRA FOOTHILLS WINERIES WON HIGH HONORS in the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the world’s largest competition of American wines.
Sierra Vintners wineries that won medals included Avanguardia Wines, Lucchesi Vineyards, Montoliva Vineyard, Naggiar Vineyards and Pilot Peak Winery.
Montoliva won “Best of Class” for its 2008 Sierra Bella. “Now try to tell me [...]

Teahouse of The August Moon on April 12-May 5

“Pain makes man think.
Thought makes man wise.
Wisdom makes life endurable.”
SAKINI
THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON, a Tony-award winning comedy from the ‘50s, is coming to the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City on April 12-May 5. It is being produced by the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS).
The play was adapted from the [...]

Art Works Gallery: Nearly 2-years-old and growing

IN MAY, ART WORKS GALLERY WILL CELEBRATE its second anniversary in historic downtown Grass Valley, a sign of its ongoing success. The co-op of 35 local artists continues to grow, drawing locals as well as visitors from all over: the foothills, Truckee/Tahoe, Reno and Sacramento.
The gallery, in a newly renovated 19th-century building at 113 [...]

Corn and Basil Salad

6 ears corn
1 bunch basil, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp butter
3 summer squash, small diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
In a large bowl, shuck corn and slice kernels away from the cobs. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine
basil and oil until well blended. [...]

2nd annual Barbera Festival is June 9

(PLYMOUTH, California) – Wine aficionados take note.
Tickets for the 2nd Annual Barbera Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at Cooper Ranch in Plymouth, California (Amador County), will go on sale March 1. The inaugural event was a complete sellout with more than 1,800 attendees taking part, and raised more than $10,000 in net proceeds for [...]

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