Chef’s Notes: Stonehouse could be revitalized in New Year, cocktails at Lefty’s

Here’s a sampling of what’s new in our region’s dining scene:
STONEHOUSE
The historic Stonehouse building, across the street from Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City, could be revitalized in the New Year as a destination for culinary artistry, a tapas bar, visiting chefs, weddings, events and more, we’ve learned. Jonathan Rowe, founder and CEO of The Village, [...]

Food Trends: What’s hot for 2016

LOCAL SOURCING OF PRODUCE, meat and seafood are among the top restaurant trends for 2016, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual culinary forecast. The survey, focusing on the responses of nearly 1,600 chefs, also identified continued interest in environmental sustainability as a trend.
Locally sourced meat and seafood rank at the top of the list, [...]

What’s new in Placer County and Nevada County CA in Winter 2016

Lake Tahoe
Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4: Friday Night Tubing
Tube under the lights this winter at Tahoe Donner Snowplay until 6:30 p.m. TahoeDonner.com
March 3-13: North Lake Tahoe SnowFest
North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day event TahoeSnowFestival.com
April 1-3: WinterWonderGrass Festival
Music, brews and mountains is the theme for the WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival, [...]

Craft cocktail boom spreads to Foothills and Tahoe-Truckee

THE NEW-YORK BASED TELEVISION SHOW Sex and the City helped put craft cocktails on the map in the ’90s when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, regularly ordered “Cosmos” with her girlfriends.
“The idea that it’s not a date without cocktails was created by Sex and the City,” as Dale DeGroff, America’s foremost mixologist and a [...]

Craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee:
KANE’S
The martini menu with 16 choices. “The Perfect Ten Martini” is Tangueray #10 gin and dry vermouth, shaken and garnished with three olives. “Classic Cosmo-tini” is made with Ketel One Vodka, all-natural triple sec, cran- berry juice and [...]

Boutique Hotel in Auburn

The developer-operator behind the Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Grass Valley is proposing to build an 80-room boutique hotel, conference center and parking garage for about 120 cars in Old Town Auburn. It is at 150 Folsom Rd. “Auburn could benefit from an additional hotel property for special events, as well as [...]

Fine wine: A new offering at Tess’ Kitchen Store

TESS’ KITCHEN STORE IN HISTORIC Grass Valley has launched a wine program that includes retail sales, classes and two wine clubs. In April, Tess’ also expects to begin selling bottles of craft beer.
It is a milestone for Tess’ and represents a growing trend, the morphing of food, wine, and kitchenware into one shopping experience. Carpe [...]

Fresh, local feasts

“COOKING IS AN ART. CAREFUL SHOPPING, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need,” summed up the late British celebrity cook Keith Floyd. “There is one more thing — love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things, you can be [...]

Clean Eating: How the Sierra Foothills’ region shines

FORGET THE OLD ADAGE ABOUT cleaning your plate, which dates back to the Herbert Hoover era of the government’s “clean plate club” cam- paign. Clean eating refers to making what’s on your plate “clean”—or free of processed or refined foods.
The emphasis is on eating whole natural foods, including generous portions of fruits and vegetables and [...]

These are a few of our favorite things

Our Favorite Things for the Holidays
CRAFT COCKTAILS
Traditional cocktails and craft distilling are making a comeback. A new lounge is opening this fall in Nevada City called Golden Era, specializing in craft cocktails. In Auburn, California Distilled Spirits’ Darjeeling Gin is making a splash. It is served at Tofanelli’s in Grass Valley, among other places.
GoldenEraLounge.com and [...]

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