Winter food, wine, art and music festivals in the foothills and Sierra

Winter festivals include Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year in Nevada City, the Foothills Celebration food-and-wine pairing event in Grass Valley and, for the first time, WinterWonderGrass in Squaw Valley.
MARDI GRAS
NEVADA CITY, FEB. 14-15
A downtown parade, Masquerade Ball and Carnevale are featured, as this colorful foothills town again celebrates Mardi Gras. Weekend activities open Saturday [...]

2015 food, drink, home and garden trends on Pinterest

The Pinterest 100 predicts lifestyle trends for the new year, based on popular “pins:”
CAULIFLOWER IS THE NEW KALE IN FOOD & DRINK
Where to find it:
Foothill Farmers Market, Placer Co.
FoothillFarmersMarket.com
BriarPatch Co-op, GV
BriarPatch.coop
Tahoe Central Market, Lake Tahoe
TahoeCentralMarket.com
West Shore Café, Lake Tahoe
WestShoreCafe.com
WOODWORKING IS HAVING A MOMENT IN DIY
Don Augstein, Art Works Gallery GV
IndigoWoodandMetal.com
Tom Beebe, Artistry in Wood Truckee
TruckeeWoodworking.com
GROWING [...]

ARTspace in Auburn and Rocklin for teaching and learning

ARTspace for teaching and learning has expanded. There are now two locations, to provide opportunities for the artistic experience.
ARTspace is designed to bring artists and student artists together in a teaching and learning environment.
ARTspace provides a variety of ongoing workshops and classes for students of all levels.
Auburn ARTspace continues to offer Classes in the Studio [...]

A Baker’s Dozen

CELEBRATED FRENCH CHEF Alain Ducasse helped put San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery on the map when he wrote about it in Harvesting Excellence. It helped set off a decade-long artisan baking craze in Northern California, with bakeries such as Della Fattoria Café in Petaluma or Thomas Keller’s Buchon Bakery in Yountville.
Now the bakery boom is being [...]

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 [...]

A night out in Auburn: Carpe Vino and Auburn Symphony

WHEN YOU THINK OF DINING at a four-star restaurant, going to the symphony and strolling amid festive shopping displays, a “big city” experience comes to mind. But look no further than Auburn, which has all of the above.
CARPE VINO RESTAURANT
Under Chef Eric Alexander, Carpe Vino has been honored with some of the nation’s most [...]

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 [...]

These are a few of our favorite things for the holidays

CAROLINES COFFEE ROASTERS GIFT BASKETS
We drink Carolines Coffee each morning: It is fresh roasted, in-house. But we also adore their gift baskets—filled with coffee, chocolate-covered espresso beans, waffle mix, real maple syrup, local jams, shortbread, English breakfast teas and more. The gourmet items are wrapped in baskets or wooden gift crates, with a festive bow.
128 [...]

Little Fish Co. expands its growing business

Editor’s note: Finding fresh fish from “The Coast” can be a challenge, such as Dungeness crab, but we’ve enjoyed “The Little Fish Co.” at the Farmers Markets in Nevada City, Auburn and Tahoe City, along with places such as Ikeda’s in Auburn and Morgan’s Fish Market in Truckee. We are regulars. Now the “The Little Fish [...]

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