Gastropubs thriving in Sierra Foothills

THE BOOMING CRAFT BEER SCENE is contributing to a growing culinary trend called gastropubs. These eateries offer gastronomy, or the art of eating good food, in a bar or pub setting. Besides offering exceptional craft beer, gastropubs often emphasize the use of fresh, local ingredients in their cuisines.
Gastropubs originated in Britain in 1990 when two [...]

Soups and Stews in Grass Valley and Nevada City restaurants

GRASS VALLEY’S NOTABLE residents include retired actor Clint Walker, best known for his cowboy role as “Cheyenne Bodie” in the TV series Cheyenne. We visited with Cliff earlier this year at Grass Valley’s Gold Rush Days and, among other topics, talked about the local restaurant scene.
Clint confirmed what we’d heard: He’s a fan of the homemade [...]

Nevada County Restaurant Week is January 23-February 1

Nevada County Tourism, in partnership with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Greater Grass Valley Chamber, Nevada City Chamber, Penn Valley Chamber, South County Chamber, Truckee Chamber of Commerce and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, are excited to announce Nevada County Restaurant Week 2015.
The event will be held in conjunction with Visit California’s statewide California Restaurant Month. During Nevada [...]

Best Al Fresco dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

HERE ARE SOME ENJOYABLE OUTDOOR DINING spots in our region:

DIEGOS
Diegos has a charming outdoor patio, featuring original tile work, a trellis and colorful plantings. The eclectic surroundings are redolent of a neighborhood Latin America café, with food ranging from lomito sandwiches (roast, shredded pork) to fish tacos. 217 Colfax Ave., GV. DiegosRestaurant.com
IKE’S QUARTER CAFE
Ike’s tree-covered [...]

Our Sierra Foothills “Beer Barons”

FROM THE GOLD RUSH TO PROHIBITION, our region was the West Coast beer capital. With easy access to mountain spring water, locally grown hops and barley, and refrigerated rail cars for shipping, it’s easy to see how Sacramento once was home to the largest brewery west of the Mississippi.
Now craft beer is booming in the [...]

Nevada County’s music scene this summer: Benoit to Baez

LANDING THE ICONIC STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL at its Fairgrounds in September is a major coup for Nevada County. While extraordinary, the local arts and culture community already deserves credit for establishing the County as a year-round arts and music destination, thanks to its performing-arts nonprofits and many others.
The music scene includes: The Center for the [...]

Nevada City restaurants offer “Gratitude Bowls” to hungry people in need

The Gratitude Bowls project is starting off as a 100 bowl pilot program beginning in March 2014 in a California community.
The Gratitude Bowls project is partnering with restaurants to provide free, nourishing meals to people in need. Cooks use ingredients they have in abundance to create the gratitude bowls meals.
Depending on seating availability [...]

Food & wine pairings for Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1

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The Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1, is one of the region’s premier wine and food pairing events. Spend the afternoon, from 1-4 p.m., strolling the shops and sites of historic downtown Grass Valley.
Tickets are $45. The ticket includes unlimited wine tasting from foothill wineries and five [...]

Matteo’s Public will serve a Thanksgiving meal for people in need

“We will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal to those in need from noon-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day,” Matt Margulies, owner of Matteo’s Public in Nevada City, told us this week.
“This our third year. We serve those in need every other year! We started in our first year in 1209. SPD Market and the [...]

Fall Wine Tours: Barrel Tasting & Leaf Peeping

LIKE THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD movement, wine tasting in the Sierra foothills is becoming a year-round passion. Downtown tasting rooms are open, but more wineries are staying open year-round.
Naggiar Vineyards is extending its wine and food events year-round. Smith Vineyards, with its iconic red-barn winery building, is opening its vineyard on Saturdays in October—including a [...]

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