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, [...]

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 [...]

A night out in Auburn: Carpe Vino and Auburn Symphony

WHEN YOU THINK OF DINING at a four-star restaurant, going to the symphony and strolling amid festive shopping displays, a “big city” experience comes to mind. But look no further than Auburn, which has all of the above.
CARPE VINO RESTAURANT
Under Chef Eric Alexander, Carpe Vino has been honored with some of the nation’s most [...]

Fall colors and food & wine tours in the foothills and Sierra

HISTORIC HIGHWAY 40
Weather permitting, take an old time Sunday drive at slow speed along Old Hwy. 40 from Rocklin to Donner Pass and Truckee— or a “leg” or two—instead of Interstate 80. The fall colors are spectacular.
“You will see the parade of rich history that formed California: the path of the Native American petroglyphs and [...]

Auburn booms as a food, wine & art mecca

AUBURN HAS BEEN REVITALIZED and is no longer a “pit stop” on I-80 but a destination for dining and entertainment, as we’ve observed.
It has some top-notch restaurants and restaurateurs, such as Jim Bril’s Monkey Cat and Gary Moffat’s Carpe Vino; good ethnic food, like
Bobo Cafe for Vietnamese or Royal Thai; and Tre Pazzi Italian trattoria, [...]

Auburn: Après Ski in a Gold Rush Town

AUBURN IS FAMOUS FOR ITS gold mining history. What’s less known, is the city’s leading role in bringing skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn Ski Club was formed in 1928 by resident Wendell Robie. At Cisco Grove, the Auburn Ski Club built ski jumps, ski trails and a lodge (much of it now covered by [...]

“Lettuce” Welcome Spring: Newcastle Produce and Foothill Flowers

WITH A LONG, WET WINTER BEHIND them, farmers are planting their summer crops and harvesting spring’s bounty.
Spring lettuces, such as Red Leaf, Romaine and Oakleaf, are headed for the Foothill Farmers Market in Auburn and Roseville, just in time for seasonal salads.
April is a time for the “A” crops, such as asparagus and [...]