“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. [...]

Popular Fatbelly Taqueria debuts its food truck, a growing trend in the foothills

In less than a year, Fatbelly Taqueria has built a loyal following in downtown Nevada City. Last summer, entrepreneur and chef Chris Goodman debuted his street taco venture at ol’ Republic Brewery and sold hundreds of tacos the first night. Then Fatbelly set up in the doorway of Java Johns on Broad Street. Open from [...]

Ellu Gallery celebrates Earth Day on Friday

Ellu Gallery in Grass Valley is celebrating Earth Day by hosting an “Elements of Earth” reception on April 22 from 5-7 p.m. at 342 Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley.
The evening features the premiere exhibit of artist Dave Barter. Barter works with reclaimed wood producing sculptures and carved art pieces. Harpist Eah’s ethereal notes will fill [...]

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, [...]

Sierra Stages presents “The Last Five Years” in spring and “Little Shop of Horrors” in summer

THIS SPRING AND SUMMER, Sierra Stages continues its 2016 season with two diverse musicals that have developed a popular following since debuting Off-Broadway. “The Last Five Years” plays at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley April 28-May 8, and “Little Shop of Horrors” plays at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City July 14-August 6.
From [...]

Ellu Gallery: “Life is drab without art”

ELLU GALLERY OFFERS AN EXCITING approach to viewing, buying and living with art. The 5,000 sq.-ft. modern and contemporary art gallery opened quietly in late 2015 in Grass Valley. The Gallery hosts events, impromptu small-scale musical performances and other gatherings.
It epitomizes the booming art gallery scene in our area, which includes Art Works Gallery and [...]

Boz Scaggs: A food, wine & art proprietor

WE WERE IN THE HOUSE BACK IN 1988 when legendary rhythm and blues artist Boz Scaggs opened Slim’s nightclub and restaurant in San Francisco. Few people imagined Slim’s would help launch the city’s hip South of Market neighborhood (or “SoMa”), now home to the Museum of Modern Art (1995), ”live/work” lofts, Airbnb and Uber, the [...]

“The best thing I ever ate” in Grass Valley and Nevada City

On Food Network, stars describe a different food they consider to be one of the best things they’ve ever eaten. Here are some of the best things we’ve ever eaten in our region:
FRESH-FRUIT PANCAKES,
TOFANELLI’S
Fresh blueberry, pecan, or banana pancakes dusted with powder sugar and served with butter and syrup. Tof’s also has 101 omelets. A [...]

California WorldFest turns 20 in Grass Valley

CALIFORNIA WORLDFEST BEGAN IN 1996 to showcase the world’s finest artists performing music and dance. The summertime jam at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley was founded by longtime Chico residents Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers.
The couple also co-founded the popular Strawberry Music Festival and pioneered the concept of bringing the Bluegrass festival formula, [...]

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