Farmers Markets flourishing in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee

OUR AREA OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE OF fresh, local produce from dozens of small farms around Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Loomis and Newcastle. Truckee is served by some in Plumas County, such as Sierra Valley Farms, as well as ones in the foothills.
The fresh, local fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and eggs are sold at [...]

Chef’s Notes: The Farm Table, Wheyward Girl Creamery

THE FARM TABLE
The Farm Table is Placerville’s new restaurant and market. It uses the best local and seasonal ingredients and offers gluten-free and vegetarian options.
The restaurant offers house-made specialty meats, pickled seasonal vegetables, preserves and condiments, local and imported craft beer and wine, and gourmet gifts and souvenirs.
The restaurant’s owners are Zach and Kara Taylor, [...]

Monkey Cat: Fine dining in Auburn

OUR AREA IS HOME to some of the most experienced and enthusiastic restaurateurs. For the past 11 years, Jim Bril and his wife, Trish, have owned the popular Monkey Cat restaurant in downtown Auburn. Jim also has partnered with Gary Capps, a longtime local, to open Tre Pazzi, an authentic Italian trattoria in Auburn.
“I started [...]

Carpe Vino in Auburn: Named one of America’s best restaurants

AUBURN, ONCE CONSIDERED A PIT STOP on I-80 between Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area, is now redefining itself as a fine dining destination, thanks largely to Carpe Vino in Auburn.
Carpe Vino epitomizes the trend of small cities increasingly “expanding the culinary frontier from a few urban enclaves,” as The Wall Street Journal wrote recently. [...]

Destination dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

GREAT FOOD IS A PART OF EVERY adventure. In our region, imaginative chefs and restaurateurs are invigorating the dining scene, and a growing number are winning rave reviews—from the James Beard Foundation, OpenTable, respected restaurant critics and food magazines.
Farm-to-fork restaurants are a way of life in the foothills, not a fad, thanks to an abundance [...]

Tasting Notes: Tahoe City Wine Walk, Smith Vineyard’s new labels

NOW FOUR GENERATIONS STRONG
Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Wayne Smith fulfilled his desire to farm when he planted a vineyard in Grass Valley. The winery, housed in a restored red barn, opened in 1987. Nowadays Wayne’s grandsons, the third generation, work alongside their parents, Gary and Chris, at the winery.
Gary and Chris are now honoring the [...]

Our region’s counties and towns named among America’s best in new analysis

Nevada and Placer Counties are ranked among America’s 50 best counties for outdoor activities, according to a new analysis by Niche.com.
Placer County ranked #36, Nevada County ranked #47 and El Dorado ranked #49 in the nation, according to Pittsburgh-based Niche, which runs a ranking and review site. The methodology for the rankings, which also include [...]

Racers depart Nevada City on the Amgen Tour of California (video)

Cavendish wins Stage 2 from Nevada City to Lodi
Our lifestyle magazine has a keen interest in the Amgen Tour of California, because it is like a virtual postcard for California, including our region. Now in its 10th year, the race has come to the Sierra Foothills, Auburn, Nevada City, Grass Valley, Truckee and Lake Tahoe. [...]

Craft Beer’s Best Year Ever

THE CALIFORNIA CRAFT BEER boom is expected to intensify in 2015, with last year recording the strongest growth year ever. “We have seen year after year of strong craft beer growth,” says Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association.
California recently passed the mark of 500 craft breweries, the highest in the nation, [...]

SIP multi-winery tasting room in Auburn

AUBURN HAS BECOME a sought after food and wine destination, thanks to Culinary Institute of America-trained chefs at Carpe Vino and Bootlegger’s, former San Francisco restaurateurs such as Jim Bril of Monkey Cat and award-winning wines, such as Viña Castellano’s Tempranillo. The winery won a prestigious “Best of Class” honor in the San Francisco Chronicle [...]

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