Iconic Poor Red’s in El Dorado reopens

Three local residents have brought the historic “Poor Red’s” back to life. The Genovese brothers, Mike and Jeff have brought aboard Mike Hountalas, owner of the Purple Place in El Dorado Hills and part-owner of the Cliff House in San Francisco, to begin an adventure in renovating Poor Reds.
People came from all over California to [...]

Nevada City in running for Outside magazine’s “best towns” list

“Picking the contestants for our sixth annual Best Town Ever contest wasn’t easy,” according to Outside magazine.” We looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and, of course, a good beer scene—all while excluding the winners and runners-up from the past three years to make room for hidden gems, [...]

“Kitchen Cabinets”: Friends & family who advise each other in a real kitchen

“Kitchen cabinet” politics is a group of unofficial advisers to a political leader—often more influential than the official cabinet. President Reagan’s “kitchen cabinet” included trusted old friends, as did the group assembled by Andrew Jackson in 1829. Next year, our new President will form his or her own “kitchen cabinet.”
The same is true when it [...]

Art Garfunkel performs in Grass Valley on September 17

Music legend Art Garfunkel performs at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on September 17, thanks to The Center for the Arts.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 1; members of The Center for the Arts can buy tickets on May 3.
Blessed with what the New York Times described as a [...]

Sierra Vintners Wine Trails on May 14, July 16 and September 24

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME ENJOYABLE wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County, “Big Crush” in Amador County, and “Passport” in El Dorado County, among others.
Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, is offering three regional wine trail experiences in 2016— in May, July and September. [...]

Lefty’s Grill: Now serving “the perfect drink”

IN 2008, TWO LEFT-HANDED chefs—John Cammack and Chris Duncan—opened “Lefty’s Grill” in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white tablecloth dining,” including burgers, flat-bread pizzas that won international honors, creative entrees and fresh salads.
Five years later, Lefty’s outgrew its space and moved to 101 Broad Street, with views of gurgling [...]

Popular Fatbelly Taqueria debuts its food truck, a growing trend in the foothills

In less than a year, Fatbelly Taqueria has built a loyal following in downtown Nevada City. Last summer, entrepreneur and chef Chris Goodman debuted his street taco venture at ol’ Republic Brewery and sold hundreds of tacos the first night. Then Fatbelly set up in the doorway of Java Johns on Broad Street. Open from [...]

Ellu Gallery celebrates Earth Day on Friday

Ellu Gallery in Grass Valley is celebrating Earth Day by hosting an “Elements of Earth” reception on April 22 from 5-7 p.m. at 342 Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley.
The evening features the premiere exhibit of artist Dave Barter. Barter works with reclaimed wood producing sculptures and carved art pieces. Harpist Eah’s ethereal notes will fill [...]

Cooper Vineyards: A “Barbera” dollar bill started things

THE LATE ’60s AND ’70s LARGELY marked the start of Northern California’s modern winemaking era: Robert Mondavi opened his winery in Napa Valley, the Silverado wine trail was born, and California wines topped some of France’s finest in a blind tasting competition dubbed the “Judgment of Paris.”
The foothills also experienced a milestone in wine grape [...]

Andis Wines in Amador County

AMONG ALL FOOTHILL WINERIES, ANDIS WINES is one of the most stunning. It is a state-of-the-art winery with “green” design, panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley and a 20-acre vineyard.
Most of the vineyard is zinfandel, planted in 1978. Andis also buys fruit from local growers. Andis’ estate-grown zin has won a double-gold and its sémillon [...]

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