‘Tis the Season: Holiday events in the foothills

Cornish Christmas
Fridays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; 6-9 p.m.
Recapture the spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. Started in 1967 to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of the region’s most popular events.
Mill and West Main Streets are closed [...]

PlacerArts announces new location in Auburn

The Arts Council of Placer County, doing business as PlacerArts, will be moving to a new location in Auburn effective December 1, 2016. As part of PlacerArts “Moving Forward” effort, the non-profit arts group is relocating to 910 Lincoln Way, Auburn. The new location will provide enhanced street visibility, display, gallery space and a classroom.
Larry [...]

Gold Country Vintage Road: A scenic loop designed with vintage shoppers in mind

GOLD COUNTRY VINTAGE ROAD is a scenic loop designed with vintage shoppers in mind.
Starting in Auburn, it winds its way through Gold Country, connecting a remarkable collection of shops, featuring up-cycled furniture, quirky accessories, vintage clothing, chalk style paint, hand-crafted jewelry and more—all at a fraction of what you’d pay in the “big city.”
A “Vintage [...]

Nevada City’s ol’ Republic Brewery and Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. win major honors in State Fair craft beer competition

Ol’ Republic Brewery of Nevada City won a first place “best of show” award in the 2016 California State Fair commercial craft brew competition for its Dead Canary, a Dortmunder / Export Lager style beer. The brewery’s Dead Canary beer also won first place in the “light lager” category.
In addition, Three Forks Bakery and Brewing [...]

“Kitchen Cabinets”: Friends & family who advise each other in a real kitchen

“Kitchen cabinet” politics is a group of unofficial advisers to a political leader—often more influential than the official cabinet. President Reagan’s “kitchen cabinet” included trusted old friends, as did the group assembled by Andrew Jackson in 1829. Next year, our new President will form his or her own “kitchen cabinet.”
The same is true when it [...]

Sierra Vintners Wine Trails on May 14, July 16 and September 24

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME ENJOYABLE wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County, “Big Crush” in Amador County, and “Passport” in El Dorado County, among others.
Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, is offering three regional wine trail experiences in 2016— in May, July and September. [...]

A “super bloom” of wildflowers this spring

This spring is going to be a “super bloom” of wildflowers, thanks to welcome El Niño rains after a prolonged drought. The biggest explosion of wildflowers in a decade is expected at Death Valley, one of the hottest and driest places on Earth.
In April, orange-and-gold California poppies carpet the hillsides in the foothills around Auburn, [...]

Spring events: Amgen bike race in Tahoe, art & wine walks, Nevada City soapbox derby, tulips

Springtime Events
Nevada City
April 9-10, 16-17
Springtime at Ananda
The annual event has become a Northern California tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to see the more than 16,000 tulips and flowering trees, set amid mountain vistas at Ananda Village near Nevada City.
CrystalHermitage.org
June 5
Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Cars compete on creativity and team spirit, not just speed. Teams race nearly [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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