Fall Road Trips: Bierwagen’s, Machado and Otow Orchard

FALL IS THE IDEAL SEASON FOR A ROAD TRIP. The trees are ablaze in fall colors, fresh local apples are being pressed into apple cider, the fields are full of pumpkins, and the wineries are less crowded. Here are some places to go:
Just off I-80 in Auburn, visit its fifth annual Apple Festival—October 17. [...]

Farmers Markets flourishing in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee

OUR AREA OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE OF fresh, local produce from dozens of small farms around Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Loomis and Newcastle. Truckee is served by some in Plumas County, such as Sierra Valley Farms, as well as ones in the foothills.
The fresh, local fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and eggs are sold at [...]

Monkey Cat: Fine dining in Auburn

OUR AREA IS HOME to some of the most experienced and enthusiastic restaurateurs. For the past 11 years, Jim Bril and his wife, Trish, have owned the popular Monkey Cat restaurant in downtown Auburn. Jim also has partnered with Gary Capps, a longtime local, to open Tre Pazzi, an authentic Italian trattoria in Auburn.
“I started [...]

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 [...]

What’s new: California Distilled Spirits in Auburn and Pizza Bar in Truckee

California Distilled Spirits of Auburn, founded last year, is the first distillery to (legally) operate in Placer County since Prohibition. We wrote about the startup in our last issue, pointing out that it is available at Corti Bros. and Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, among other places. In the foothills it is available at [...]

Mountain Mandarin Festival is November 21-23

THE MOUNTAIN MANDARIN Festival marks the start of Placer County Mountain Mandarin season. This three-day celebration from November 21-23 draws more than 20,000 visitors from as far away as the Bay Area and Reno.
Festival attendees can sample fresh mandarins hand-picked by Mountain Mandarin Growers’ Association members, as well as a variety of mandarin-based products including [...]

How “New Domesticity” is revitalizing our cooking culture

“WE’RE ALL BAKING BROWNIES AGAIN.” In the popular book Homeward Bound, author Emily Matchar writes about “new domesticity”—our longing for the old-fashioned, the homemade, the authentic.
Nowhere is it more prevalent than in our food culture, which often leads to more time in the kitchen (for both genders). “The motivations behind New Domesticity are varied: an [...]

Exclusive: A farm-to-fork theme mulled for California State Fair in 2014

A fresh, local food theme, such as “From Our Land to Your Table,” is being considered for the California State Fair on July 11-27, 2014, we’ve learned.
No final decision has been made, but it reflects the boom in the fresh, local food movement that is spreading throughout Northern California.
We’d certainly applaud that theme. Our magazine [...]

2013-14 official Placer County Welcome Guide is being circulated

The 2013-14 official Placer County Welcome Guide is now being circulated. All told, there are 70,000 copies and a digital version. We will have many thousands distributed ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
The digital edition is here.
This is an ideal collaboration between our magazine and the Placer County Visitors Bureau, Placer County Board of Supervisors, [...]

PlacerGROWN week is October 8-14

Bring your hat and grab your shoes in celebration of fresh grown food throughout Placer County highlighted during PlacerGROWN Week Oct. 8-14, 2012.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors supported PlacerGROWN Week with a Proclamation approved at the September 25th Board meeting officially recognizing Oct. 8-14, 2012 as “Celebrate PlacerGROWN Week” in Placer County.
PlacerGROWN Week highlights [...]

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