March of the Microbrews

ALONG WITH LOCALLY MADE WINES, craft beers are on a roll. Though American beer consumption is flat, the microbrew market is booming, with double-digit sales growth last year.
Craft brews have more than doubled their U.S. market share to nearly 6 percent in the past decade and 250 breweries opened last year. The more than [...]

Eat Your veggies! Vegetarian cuisine growing

THE RANKS OF VEGETARIANS and vegans are growing, thanks to increasing health awareness, environmental concerns and more locally sourced fruit and veggies.
As many as 10 percent of adults consider themselves vegetarians, even though they may eat fish or chicken occasionally, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group.
The foothills and Sierra are blessed with an [...]

Artists’ Studio in the Foothills: See creative artists at work

THE ARTISTS’ STUDIO IN THE FOOTHILLS (ASiF) is a 4000-sq.-ft. visual arts center featuring 12 private studios, three community studio/classrooms, a local artist gallery and gift shop, and classes for adults and children in a variety of media.
ASiF is a fully equipped studio arts facility serving as a resource for Nevada County visual artists. [...]

Winery dogs: “You can’t make a good wine without a dog”

DOGS ARE A WINEMAKER’S BEST FRIEND, providing companionship in the vineyard and at the winery. They romp among the vines, chasing balls and snacking on grapes. Many of them greet guests at the winery, as much a part of the experience as tasting wine.
There’s also a deeper connection. “Just like drinking wine, or pruning a [...]

“These are a few of our favorite things”

These are a few of our favorite things for the holidays:
Foothill Flowers
An institution since 1966, the Johnson’s family-owned shop creates exquisite arrangements with hand-picked flowers from the San Francisco Flower Mart. Foothill also offers a selection of fine wines to compliment your bouquet. The holiday window displays are among the best in the foothills.
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Sierra Master Chorale another reminder of our exceptional talent in the Sierra Foothills

Like Music in the Mountains, InConcert Sierra finished a highly successful year with an inspiring performance Sunday from its Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra.
The 70-voice auditioned choir performed under the Rotunda at the State Capitol in Sacramento the previous weekend — a high honor. “The reverberation was so great in the Rotunda, I had the [...]

The Ridge Tapestry Project at The Center for the Arts on December 11-January 14

The Ridge Tapestry Project at The Center for the Arts
Granucci Gallery
December 11 — January 14, 2013
The San Juan Ridge has been an active community for more than a century. In the last 40 years it has been home to a rich culture of individuals and gatherings that make it a unique and special place. [...]

Ol’ Republic beer now at Matteo’s Public in Nevada City

We headed to Matteo’s Public for dinner on Tuesday night — a regular hangout in our ‘hood — and to watch ol’ Republic tap their first keg (a Scottish-style Ale) outside of the brewery at Matt and Michelle Margulies’ restaurant and pub on Commercial Street in Nevada City.
The restaurant has made its mark in our [...]

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Festival’s 41st season of summer entertainment under the stars also boasts a Monday Night Showcase, expanded Café Table seating, and handling fee-free ticketing.
INCLINE VILLAGE, NV (December 10, 2012) – Extraordinary entertainment, fantastic food, family and friends will converge under the stars on the scenic shore of Lake Tahoe this summer as Lake [...]

Ol’ Republic-Matteo’s partnership shows boom in craft beer brewing

On Tuesday night at 7 p.m., Ol’ Republic will be tapping their first keg outside of the brewery at Matteo’s Public. It represents collaboration between two growing businesses, both located in Nevada City.
It also represents the boom in craft-beer brewing in our region. “I’ve hit mother lode up here,” Tom Dalldorf, a world-renowned beer expert [...]

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