New video: Campo Chef-Owner Mark Estee shares his “whole hog” culinary philosophy

Mark Estee is driven by a love for authentic ingredients that create true connections between land, farmer, food and diner. Whether it is hand-choosing his restaurant’s produce or meat from a local organic farm or developing new dishes based on his “Whole Hog Philosophy,” Estee believes in building full-flavored food using every portion of [...]

Free Grass Valley wine tasting event on May 2 features new releases

It’s time for another Friday Wine Event in downtown Grass Valley on Friday, May 2, from 4-7p.m.
All four of the winery’s downtown tasting rooms will be releasing a new wine for you to taste:
•Sierra Starr will be releasing our first ever Syrah. This 2011 vintage is full of rich ripe fruit.
•Smith will be releasing [...]

Tie the knot at a California State Park

From the famous Wedding Rock at Patrick’s Point State Park to the historic gardens at Empire Mine State Historic Park to the bluffs at Crystal Cove State Park, many couples choose state parks to be the place where they say “I do.”
That’s why CSPF thinks that California’s state parks are great places to … “Tie [...]

“Only The Essential”: A 5-month, 2,668-mile journey on the Pacific Crest Trail

In the summer of 2013 Casey Gannon and Colin Arisman thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand. “Only The Essential” is the story of their 5-month, 2668-mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon and Washington.
The full length film will be available to stream for free online, [...]

Video: Watch Nevada City snowboarder Evan Strong win gold at Winter Paralympics

Nevada City snowboarder Evan Strong’s gold-medal performance at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has now been recorded in a YouTube video. Evan’s family owns The Fix for Foodies restaurant in Nevada City:

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New poster for the 2014 Mountain Mandarin Festival

The new gold in Placer County is growing on trees as the County has become known for their intensely flavored, sweet, Mandarins. The annual Mountain Mandarin Festival, November 21-23, 2014, will celebrate the new crop.
Placer County growers will sell thousands of pounds of fresh Mandarins and gift baskets, accompanied by all the free samples you [...]

Why the Sierra and its foothills are a world-class destination

Recent accolades that make our region a world-class destination:
Cool Small Towns
Nevada City was just named the sixth coolest small town in America in Budget Travel’s 9th annual America’s Coolest Small Town contest. “Residents value the Gold Country town for its music and art scene, food and proximity to some of California’s amazing rivers, lakes and [...]

Narsai’s marinade with fresh, local lamb from the Sierra Foothills

Editor’s note: Easter is a time to enjoy fresh, local lamb. Ours is from Sinclair Family Farm in Penryn or the James Ranch in Penn Valley. One of our favorite marinades comes from Narsai David, who ran a restaurant in the small East Bay community of Kensington when I was in college at UC Berkeley. [...]

Popular singer-songwriter Jewel performing in Grass Valley on July 17

Jewel, the singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and actress, is going to perform at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on July 17, the Center for the Arts announced on Tuesday.
Jewel has has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 27 million albums worldwide.
Here’s the rundown from the Center’s website:
From the remote ranch of [...]

Tahoe Trips and Trails offers summer adventures

Panoramic vistas and the opportunity to climb 1,500 feet in elevation over a short distance are the biggest draws for adventure seekers from as close by as the San Francisco Bay Area and as far away as New York and Europe. Active adults who have a zest for adventure are looking for outdoor adventure concierge [...]

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