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 [...]

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 [...]

Gastropubs thriving in Sierra Foothills

THE BOOMING CRAFT BEER SCENE is contributing to a growing culinary trend called gastropubs. These eateries offer gastronomy, or the art of eating good food, in a bar or pub setting. Besides offering exceptional craft beer, gastropubs often emphasize the use of fresh, local ingredients in their cuisines.
Gastropubs originated in Britain in 1990 when two [...]

Ol’ Republic Brewery growing, bottling beer in Nevada City

THE REGION’S CRAFT BREWERIES are booming, largely due to talented brewers who are helping to revitalize the area, just like chefs, farmers and winemakers. They’re passionate about making the best craft beer, and they figure the customers will follow.
It has worked at Auburn’s Knee Deep Brewing Co., where brewmaster Jeremy Warren has created some of [...]

Pulled pork, ribs and chicken at Bam Dazy BBQ in Auburn

FOOTBALL AND BBQ GO TOGETHER: Besides tailgating, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Simms, NFL Hall of Fame player Randy White and Pro Bowl player Al “Bubba” Baker all own popular BBQ joints.
Our region has its own top-notch BBQ restaurants, with their “low and slow” smokers primed for the football season. Some of our favorites are Smokey’s [...]

Soups and Stews in Grass Valley and Nevada City restaurants

GRASS VALLEY’S NOTABLE residents include retired actor Clint Walker, best known for his cowboy role as “Cheyenne Bodie” in the TV series Cheyenne. We visited with Cliff earlier this year at Grass Valley’s Gold Rush Days and, among other topics, talked about the local restaurant scene.
Clint confirmed what we’d heard: He’s a fan of the homemade [...]

The Joy of Cooking in the Sierra Foothills

FAMILIES ARE SPENDING more waking hours in the kitchen than any other room. Kitchens have become a hub of family life, as a lounging room, dining room and study room, as well as for cooking.
The average kitchen has almost doubled in size since the 1920s. Besides appliances, modern kitchens have tables and chairs, flat-screen TVs [...]

Eat like a local in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn

LUNCH AT BRIARPATCH DELI
The deli at the BriarPatch Coop in Grass Valley offers fresh ready-to-eat meals, light meals, a salad bar, drinks and baked goods, all from the same ingredients sold in the store. A hot bar offers theme days, such as Indian cuisine. The “Patch” also is open for breakfast and dinner. BriarPatch.coop
A “POWER [...]

Craft beer boom helping to revitalize Sierra Foothills

IN 1848, FRENCHMAN, CLAUDE CHANA, who discovered gold in Auburn Ravine, planted the first grape vines in the region. Besides miners, the Gold Rush brought European winemakers who established larger vineyards. In the 1860s, Placer County had more vineyards and wineries than Sonoma and Napa combined.
Along with wine, the Gold Rush ushered in craft beer [...]

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