January snowfall tops 45-year historic record at Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows

More than 15 feet of snow has fallen at Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows since the beginning of the New Year, topping the resort’s 45-year historic record for January snowfall of 175 inches during the 1981-82 season.
The resort has already reached two thirds of its average annual snowfall of 450 inches with months left to go in [...]

Sinkhole in Grass Valley now seven-stories deep

Extreme weather in January has led to flooding and several sinkholes in the Sierra Foothills. One in Grass Valley is now seven-stories deep, according to city officials. On Tuesday, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors ratified “a Proclamation of a Local Emergency in Nevada County due to Extreme Weather from an Atmospheric River Event and [...]

Local Eats: “Farm to court dining”

THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT—from farmers markets to farm-to-fork dining to organic grocers—is becoming a year-round passion in our region. Our fertile soil and water resources are a real asset, along with the know-how of previous generations of farmers in our region, going back to the Gold Rush era.
Sacramento has rebranded itself as a farm-to-fork [...]

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 [...]

Restaurants booming in the Sierra foothills

WARNINGS OF ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY isn’t stopping restaurants from expanding. Sixty-four percent of restaurateurs told the National Restaurant Association they recently made a capital expenditure, and 62 percent said they plan to spend more in coming months.
Sales of food services are double the pace of retail sales. And employment at restaurants and watering holes has been [...]

CineCafé Opens at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley

Sierra Cinemas opens its new CineCafé just in time for the holidays, adding beer, wine, and food to the offerings that moviegoers can enjoy.
As movie theaters across the nation add amenities to lure audiences out of their living rooms and into the cinema, Sierra Theaters’ owners asked themselves what they could do here in Grass [...]

Emily’s Catering & Cakes: A “pop-up” bakery

LIKE FOOD TRUCKS OR FARMERS MARKETS, one of the fastest-growing trends in the restaurant business is “pop-up” dining. The temporary restaurants, whether at a private home or stylish loft space, are creating a new wave of entrepreneurs.
Talented chefs can highlight their creativity without being tied “24/7″ to a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Customers appreciate the spontaneity. Examples [...]

Fall cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

IN FALL, YOU CAN SAVOR THE LATE-SEASON fruits and vegetables from farmers markets, including apples, pears, persimmons and pumpkins. The markets are open until Thanksgiving, or year-round, allowing you to create a feast from the local bounty.
Fall also is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class. The weather is cooler, and the [...]

FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region

BREWBILT: MADE IN NEVADA COUNTY
In 2008, Jef and Erin Lewis launched BrewBilt in Nevada City to fabricate brewery equipment, one of their passions. We wrote about BrewBilt last year, as part of ol’ Republic Brewery’s ongoing expansion. BrewBilt is continuing to grow, opening a new 8,000 sq.-ft. facility. It also built additional tanks for Three [...]

BriarPatch turns 40: “We own it, let’s grow it”

NATURAL FOOD COOPERATIVES are booming across America. The 150 food co-ops of the National Co-op Grocers operate more than 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of $2 billion. Food co-ops have led to a boom in organic foods, now the fastest growing sector of the grocery business.
One of the food co-op stalwarts [...]

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