Collaboration is the name of the game in the New Year in the Sierra foothills —among chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, winemakers and craft-beer makers. Artists are joining the mix too, because wine and art also pair well together. Examples:
Drop by the Grass Valley Wine Co. to try a few wines (or even have a pre-dinner [...]
Here are our top food, wine and beer trends for the new year and where to find them in our Sierra foothills:
1. ARTISAN FOOD
Hand-crafted food sales are booming. Food lovers crave artisan cheese, crusty bread and dry-cured meats. New laws, such as California’s Homemade Food Act, will spur further growth.
• Smokey Ridge Charcuterie
Artisan sausages [...]
We wrote about beer and food pairings in our magazine’s current issue, including a link to a beer and food pairing chart. This is a growing trend.
Some people say lager is like white wine, and ale is like red. “When matching beer and food, the most important thing to look for is balance,” says Garrett [...]
We enjoyed dinner at Matteo’s Public in Nevada City this week and were glad to see the artwork of Jerianne Van Dijk hanging on the walls.
Jerianne’s work is widely featured throughout the region, from the Art Works Gallery in Grass Valley to her murals in restaurants and homes.
Our Artist Profile of Jerianne is [...]
MARDI GRAS, OR “FAT TUESDAY,” is celebrated annually around the world—in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nice, France; and New Orleans. In the “Big Easy,” hundreds of thousands of people crowd the streets.
The foothills has its own Mardi Gras celebration February 9-10 in colorful Nevada City, just named one of the best “river towns” in [...]
EVEN WINE LOVERS HAVE learned that craft beer has an amazing ability to pair with food. Beer-and-food tasting events have multiplied, and more restaurants are offering “beermaker” dinners, pairing beer with menu items.
Some people say lager is like white wine, and ale is like red. “When matching beer and food, the most important thing to [...]
Meet the chefs, restaurateurs & caterers in the Sierra Foothills who are revitalizing dining in our Sierra FoodWineArt special report:
Ike is the chef and owner, along with his wife, Adrienne, of Ike’s Quarter Cafe in Nevada City. Now in its 11th year, Ike’s is a favorite for New Orleans-style cuisine, made with [...]
ALONG WITH LOCALLY MADE WINES, craft beers are on a roll. Though American beer consumption is flat, the microbrew market is booming, with double-digit sales growth last year.
Craft brews have more than doubled their U.S. market share to nearly 6 percent in the past decade and 250 breweries opened last year. The more than [...]
THE RANKS OF VEGETARIANS and vegans are growing, thanks to increasing health awareness, environmental concerns and more locally sourced fruit and veggies.
As many as 10 percent of adults consider themselves vegetarians, even though they may eat fish or chicken occasionally, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group.
The foothills and Sierra are blessed with an [...]
We headed to Matteo’s Public for dinner on Tuesday night — a regular hangout in our ‘hood — and to watch ol’ Republic tap their first keg (a Scottish-style Ale) outside of the brewery at Matt and Michelle Margulies’ restaurant and pub on Commercial Street in Nevada City.
The restaurant has made its mark in our [...]