The Owl Grill & Saloon for steaks, chops and seafood

STEAKHOUSES ARE A PASSION OF OURS. Over the years we’ve eaten at Peter Lugar in New York, a temple for beefeaters; Gorat’s in Omaha, Nebraska, where Warren Buffet regularly holds court; and the House of Prime Rib in San Francisco.
In the foothills, one of our favorites is The Owl Grill & Saloon in downtown Grass [...]

Chinese travel industry tour group visits the Sierra Foothills

“We just completed a fam tour of Gold Country for China Visit USA, with some dramatic surprises for both our Chinese and California participants,” said Lex Matteini, press manager of the Nevada City Chamber. “Here we’re being informed that this pair of antique banners, part of a private collection of Chinese Gold Rush artifacts, is [...]

Center for the Arts wins FestForums innovation award for California WorldFest

“Best of the Fests” is an annual awards ceremony recognizing industry leaders and North America’s festivals in the areas of innovation, sustainability, and charitable works. It is presented by FestForums, a festival conference in Santa Barbara for food, beverage, music and film festival industry leaders.
On Monday night, FestForums presented the music festival innovation award to [...]

Mandarin Mojito

Ingredients:
2 cups of mandarin or tangerine juice, from about 8-10 mandarins (depending on the size)
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 cup sugar cane juice (guarapo), or ½ cup simple syrup/sugar, adjust to taste
8 oz of mint leaves
1 ½ cups of chilled sparkling water or club soda, adjust more or less based on your preference
1 to ½ [...]

InConcert Sierra presents Vienna Boys Choir

INCONCERT SIERRA BEGAN AS THE TWIN Cities Concert Association 70 years ago, making it the oldest established performing arts organization in the foothills. The first concert, at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building in October 1946, featured Charles Kullman, tenor of the San Francisco Metropolitan Opera. “It is a delight to have an audience like [...]

Exploring Amador Wine Country

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak-studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year ‘round playground—for “leaf peeping,” cycling, hiking, skiing and other activities—the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes.
The majority of Amador’s 3,700 vine [...]

Nevada City: Festivals & Fall Foliage

NEVADA CITY IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR VIEWING FALL COLORS, in the leafy, Victorian neighborhoods surrounding the historic downtown and just outside of downtown.
“Leaf peeping” venues near town include Hirschman’s Pond, redolent of a golden pond in New England; the Deer Creek Tribute Trail, honoring the contributions of native Nisenan; Independence Trail; the wild and [...]

‘Tis the Season: Holiday events in the foothills

Cornish Christmas
Fridays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; 6-9 p.m.
Recapture the spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. Started in 1967 to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of the region’s most popular events.
Mill and West Main Streets are closed [...]

A visit to the 7th annual Nisenan Heritage Day: honoring our past

We enjoyed the 7th annual Nisenan Heritage Day at the Nevada County campus of Sierra College this weekend. The event continues to grow each year, raising awareness of California’s Native Americans, including the Nisenan, the indigenous people of Nevada County.
It draws people from throughout the region. “We’ve multiplied our resources and are getting stronger,” said [...]

Bottle your own at Nevada City Winery on Nov. 19

On Saturday, November 19, Nevada City Winery will be holding its popular kick off for the holiday season: Bottle Your Own.
Participants fill, cork, foil, and label their own wines. Winemaker Mark Foster and Founder Allan Haley have created two special blends, a Zinfandel and a Syrah.
The label continues the Artist Series for Bottle Your Own [...]

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