Artisan pizza abounds in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee

THE ITALIANS WHO CAME TO THE FOOTHILLS in the Gold Rush-era brought winemaking to the region, but they also introduced the tradition of baking in stone ovens. Area restaurants and wineries have revived the tradition, from North Auburn to Grass Valley to Nevada City to Truckee.
Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Wine Tasting room, just off Hwy. [...]

Tahoe’s West Shore Cafe: New chef, innovative menu

THE LAKE TAHOE AREA’S NATURAL beauty and laid-back lifestyle has long been a draw for accomplished chefs and restaurateurs from all over. Back in the ’70s, Douglas Dale, the chef and owner of Wolfdale’s in Tahoe City, worked in big cities but he said he was “bedazzled” at Lake Tahoe’s “jaw-dropping” beauty and decided to [...]

Winter farm-to-table at Stella and Trokay restaurants, thanks to Produce Plus

Though the ground where Stella restaurant’s garden grows was frozen solid, we recently enjoyed a four-star meal with fresh, seasonal ingredients, thanks to Chef Jacob Burton and his staff. The ingredients ranged from microgreens, to Maitake and Shitake mushrooms, to baby vegetables cultivated for perfection.
Across town, Restaurant Trokay chef John Weatherson and his team was [...]

2015 food, drink, home and garden trends on Pinterest

The Pinterest 100 predicts lifestyle trends for the new year, based on popular “pins:”
CAULIFLOWER IS THE NEW KALE IN FOOD & DRINK
Where to find it:
Foothill Farmers Market, Placer Co.
FoothillFarmersMarket.com
BriarPatch Co-op, GV
BriarPatch.coop
Tahoe Central Market, Lake Tahoe
TahoeCentralMarket.com
West Shore Café, Lake Tahoe
WestShoreCafe.com
WOODWORKING IS HAVING A MOMENT IN DIY
Don Augstein, Art Works Gallery GV
IndigoWoodandMetal.com
Tom Beebe, Artistry in Wood Truckee
TruckeeWoodworking.com
GROWING [...]

A Baker’s Dozen

CELEBRATED FRENCH CHEF Alain Ducasse helped put San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery on the map when he wrote about it in Harvesting Excellence. It helped set off a decade-long artisan baking craze in Northern California, with bakeries such as Della Fattoria Café in Petaluma or Thomas Keller’s Buchon Bakery in Yountville.
Now the bakery boom is being [...]

Nevada County natives return home to start new businesses

THE LURE OF THE BIG CITY IS costly to communities in the foothills. The talented young people often move away. “Bring them home” campaigns seek to persuade natives to come home for local careers—no easy task given the lack of jobs, relatively low pay and high cost of living (also known as the foothills’ “pine [...]

Homewood Ski Resort for lakefront skiing at Tahoe

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, LAKE TAHOE’S West Shore is “the place” for skiers seeking a more relaxed vibe, unspoiled scenic beauty, lakeside views, the solitude of cross-country skiing and awesome tree skiing—all at an affordable price.
Sugar Pine Point State Park was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics cross-country skiing and biathlon events. The [...]

Food meets wine: Tess’ Chef’s Table and Solune Winegrowers

FOOD AND WINE ARE ageless companions, and two masters of marrying the two in a sophisticated yet approachable style are accomplished locals.
Meet Tess’ Kitchen Store in-house chef Alan Tangren, who worked at the venerable Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley for 22 years, and Solune Winegrowers’ owner-winemaker Jacques Mercier, an experienced vintner who has judged regularly [...]

Celebrities praise Nevada County restaurants

WHEN HE WAS GOVERNOR THE FIRST time, Jerry Brown and singer Linda Ronstadt would eat at The Willo Steakhouse, a Nevada County institution on historic Hwy. 49. The Willo has served more than 1 million choice New York steaks, carefully aged and cut daily.
Comedian Andy Samberg also is a regular diner in our region. Andy [...]

Nevada County’s first creamery store to open in late spring

Wheyward Girl Creamery plans to open in late spring, making it the first creamery to open as a store in Nevada County in recent memory.
Artisan cheese is a big trend. Examples include Shaft’s Cheese in Roseville, Cowgirl Creamery at Point Reyes Station and stalwarts such as Vella Cheese in Sonoma. In Nevada County, Tess’ Kitchen [...]

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