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 [...]

Fall Colors Getaways in Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee-Tahoe

WITH GRASS VALLEY AND NEVADA CITY AS A BASE, visitors can view fall colors in historic towns and along the “roads less traveled” — Hwys. 49, 174 & 20. Enjoy the splendor of fall, along with food & wine, arts & culture, history, shopping and recreation.
Check into a B&B, inn or motel: the Broad [...]

Craft beer booming in Sierra Foothills, Truckee-Tahoe

THE FOOTHILLS AND TAHOE-TRUCKEE are becoming a mecca for taphouses, brewpubs and craft beer breweries.
Ol’ Republic Brewery in Nevada City just won city approval for an expansion that will quadruple its production. It will begin selling bottled beer this fall.
Knee Deep Brewing received approval from the city of Auburn to expand operations to a new [...]

Best Al Fresco dining in the Sierra Foothills and Sierra

Enjoyable patio dining spots in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Auburn and Tahoe-Truckee:
Ike’s tree-covered patio with brightly colored flowers is one of the finest outdoor din- ing spots in the foothills. Ike’s specializes in Creole food, using fresh, organic ingredients. 401 Commercial St., Nevada City 530-265-6138
A newly completed 900 sq.-ft. expansion [...]

Historic Nevada City debuts a farm-to-table banquet on Sunday night

Editor’s note: For years, we’ve been regulars at the Argentinian Lamb Asado at the Quist Estate on the shores of Lake Tahoe. It is a fundraiser benefiting ski racers from North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. The food, setting and attendees (many of whom are our friends) are sensational.
Now we’re looking forward to this first-time event: [...]

Pine Street Burgers in Grass Valley is open

Pine Street Burgers in Grass Valley is open. The menu features all-natural burgers, Casper hot dogs, deli sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, wraps, fresh salads, natural shakes, dairy-free shakes, french fries and sweet potato fries, among other items.
We predict it’s going to be a big winner, based on the owner’s track record and the boom in all-natural [...]

Join the farm-to-table banquet on August 11 in downtown Nevada City

Has it ever been on your bucket list to take part in a festive farm to table dinner in the streets of your hometown? How about in the historic district of Nevada City, sitting among Italian linens and sunflowers, as a menu of farm fresh cuisine is served family style to your table?
For the [...]

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