Collaboration is the name of the game in the New Year in the Sierra foothills —among chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, winemakers and craft-beer makers. Artists are joining the mix too, because wine and art also pair well together. Examples:
Drop by the Grass Valley Wine Co. to try a few wines (or even have a pre-dinner [...]
Here are our top food, wine and beer trends for the new year and where to find them in our Sierra foothills:
1. ARTISAN FOOD
Hand-crafted food sales are booming. Food lovers crave artisan cheese, crusty bread and dry-cured meats. New laws, such as California’s Homemade Food Act, will spur further growth.
• Smokey Ridge Charcuterie
Artisan sausages [...]
AUBURN IS FAMOUS FOR ITS gold mining history. What’s less known, is the city’s leading role in bringing skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn Ski Club was formed in 1928 by resident Wendel Robie. At Cisco Grove, the Auburn Ski Club built ski jumps, ski trails and a lodge (much of it now covered by [...]
OUR FAMILY SKIED AT Northstar when it opened in the ‘70s. We were suburban teens (think “That ‘70s Show”) and our parents rented a condo. We hit the slopes in K2 skis and “stars- and-stripes” powder pants. It was a glorious vacation.
Much has changed (including skis and ski fashion) since Fibreboard Corp. opened Northstar [...]
IN MAY 2011, THE CEDAR HOUSE SPORT Hotel acquired Tahoe Trips & Trails, the area’s oldest and most established guide service, rounding out its offerings as a popular destination for lodging, fine dining and outdoor adventure in the Sierra.
Cedar House’s Alps-inspired boutique hotel, exceptional restaurant Stella and in-house touring company—with new “Create Your Tahoe” [...]
FOR YEARS, SCHEIDEL’S OLD EUROPEAN Restaurant was a stalwart at the entrance to Alta Sierra in Grass Valley on Hwy. 49, drawing locals and visitors. Now Fia’s Bistro has opened at the same location and is building a loyal following. With a motto “food from a farm,” Fia’s serves authentic bistro fare with fresh, local [...]
MARDI GRAS, OR “FAT TUESDAY,” is celebrated annually around the world—in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nice, France; and New Orleans. In the “Big Easy,” hundreds of thousands of people crowd the streets.
The foothills has its own Mardi Gras celebration February 9-10 in colorful Nevada City, just named one of the best “river towns” in [...]
DOWNTOWN TRUCKEE HAS A RANGE OF quality dining options, from the avant-garde creativity of Stella at Cedar House to the ‘50s-style Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats to the Asian influences of Dragonfly. The juicy grass-fed beef burgers at Burger Me are delicious.
For a bowl of homemade New England clam chowder, chile, mac ‘n’ cheese, [...]
“No one is born a great cook—one learns by doing.”
-Julia Child,My Life in France
In 1948, Julia Child found her true calling. She moved to France, developed a passion for French cooking and authored books that became essential for food lovers.
In 1993, we recall attending the annual Western Cable Show and marveling at a new channel [...]
Last year, restaurateur Shawn Randazzo was crowned world-champion pizza maker at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas for his authentic Detroit-style recipe. It is the pizza industry’s most prestigious award.
Now the award-winning pizza is coming to downtown Grass Valley, at KJ’s Pizza & Lunch Express at 121 Neal Street. KJ’s pizza-makers are being [...]