Brew Bakers to open Califia Café at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is partnering with locally-owned Brew Bakers Coffee and Pastry House to open Califia Café – a coffee trolley serving coffee, specialty drinks, and baked goods – at Gate 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Califia Café will open to the public for the first time on Monday, August 1, from 11 a.m. [...]

Celtic music & magic: KVMR’s festival turns 20

THE 20TH ANNUAL KVMR CELTIC FESTIVAL & Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic September 30-October 2 in Grass Valley at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a bucolic setting on 100 acres among giant ponderosa pines.
The fairgrounds are transformed into a Celtic Village and concert venue, with eight stages and performance areas. The main stage hosts many [...]

Tasting notes: Sierra Starr, Naggiar, Smith, Pilot Peak and Bent Metal

NAGGIAR VINEYARDS
Naggiar is offering fully guided tours of its vineyard and winery in a new electric shuttle on weekends.
SIERRA STARR’S GOLD MEDALS
The winery has won double-gold or gold medals for most of the wines it has entered in tasting competitions this year. Sierra Starr won a double-gold for its 2012 Cabernet Franc at the Finger [...]

Foraging for flavor: Summer cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

DURING THE SUMMER, YOU CAN TAKE advantage of the bounty from farmers markets and farm stands or backyard gardens. Cooking classes feature summer fruits and veggies.
In a popular class at Tess’ Kitchen Store, in-house chef Alan Tangren—who was a restaurant forager at famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley—shows you how to select the best fruits and [...]

La Dolce Vita! Touring Italy like a local

Chef Gianfranco Maffezzoni and marketing director Stefano Landini have reenergized Trattoria Milano in Grass Valley, thanks to their passion for authentic Italian food and customer service. They have built a loyal following.
Now the two Italian-born epicureans have teamed up to offer “locals tours” of their native country, sharing la dolce vita (or the “sweet life”) [...]

Summer is prime time for farmers markets

SUMMER IS PRIME TIME FOR FARMERS MARKETS, in our region and all across America.
The USDA’s 17th annual National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13, celebrating the role of farmers markets in local economies. The markets create local jobs; return more of their sales to the local economy than grocery stores; and provide consumers with fresh, [...]

Direct-marketing farms have double the regional impact

By UC Davis
Sacramento-area farmers and ranchers who sell their products directly to consumers generate twice as much regional economic impact per dollar of output as do area food producers who don’t engage in direct marketing, reports a UC Davis agricultural economist and a team of UC Cooperative Extension researchers.
The newly released study of the four [...]

Sierra Stages’ “Little Shop of Horrors” is a “must see” show this summer

If you’re looking for a break from sobering TV and newspaper headlines and surreal national politics, go see Sierra Stages’ presentation of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City for some comic relief. It is funny, sweet, melodic and carries a cautionary tale (“Don’t feed the plant”). And the voice of [...]

7-Eleven provides first ever FAA-approved drone delivery of food in Reno

7‑Eleven, the world’s largest convenience retailer, and Flirtey, a leading independent drone delivery service, announced they have completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System. This delivery is the first time a U.S. customer has received a package to their home [...]

Amador Vintners: from “Roots to Wine”

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICRO-CLIMATES 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 cycling, hiking, fishing 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 acres [...]

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