Food Trends: What’s hot for 2016

LOCAL SOURCING OF PRODUCE, meat and seafood are among the top restaurant trends for 2016, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual culinary forecast. The survey, focusing on the responses of nearly 1,600 chefs, also identified continued interest in environmental sustainability as a trend.
Locally sourced meat and seafood rank at the top of the list, [...]

Craft cocktail boom spreads to Foothills and Tahoe-Truckee

THE NEW-YORK BASED TELEVISION SHOW Sex and the City helped put craft cocktails on the map in the ’90s when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, regularly ordered “Cosmos” with her girlfriends.
“The idea that it’s not a date without cocktails was created by Sex and the City,” as Dale DeGroff, America’s foremost mixologist and a [...]

Craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee:
KANE’S
The martini menu with 16 choices. “The Perfect Ten Martini” is Tangueray #10 gin and dry vermouth, shaken and garnished with three olives. “Classic Cosmo-tini” is made with Ketel One Vodka, all-natural triple sec, cran- berry juice and [...]

Winter: An ideal time to sign up for a cooking class

“No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.” — Julia Child
WINTER IS AN IDEAL TIME TO SIGN UP for a cooking class in the foothills or Truckee. We’re indoors more, thanks to the wintry weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for the [...]

Adventure Towns: The new tech hubs

“MOUNTAIN BURGS AND CITIES WITH the perfect work-life balance aren’t just good for skiing, biking and hiking,” writes Outside magazine. “For years, these areas have reinvented themselves as outdoor-friendly tech alternatives to Silicon Valley.”
Outdoor-friendly tech towns with the lure of a work-life balance, along with a growing culinary and arts scene, offer the special ingredients [...]

Fresh, local feasts

“COOKING IS AN ART. CAREFUL SHOPPING, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need,” summed up the late British celebrity cook Keith Floyd. “There is one more thing — love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things, you can be [...]

Old Italian food is “new again”

“ALL THOSE old Italian chestnuts, from meatballs to eggplant parm, are getting new focus,” observes Baum & Whiteman in Brooklyn N.Y., the preeminent food and restaurant consultant. “Fancy sandwich shops are nostalgically meaning them as hero sandwiches with social aspirations. Also growing: Consumer recognition of ancient and regional Italian grapes: bonarda, aglianico and negroarmaro.”
We can’t [...]

Truckee wins “Ski Town of the Year” honor

“The battle for the Curbed Cup Ski Town of the Year was fierce, but in the end Truckee beat out Sun Valley by a margin of 369 votes,” Curbed Ski is reporting. “Everyone had a lot to say about the final match up, with one commenter arguing, ‘Sun Valley is amazing. As much as I’d [...]

Holiday Fairs & Festivals in the Sierra Foothills

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS IN NEVADA CITY
Sundays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 1:30-6 p.m.
Wednesdays, Dec. 16, 23, 5-9 p.m.
Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a Christmas card come to life.
The annual, family tradition features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, live entertainment, savory [...]

Morgans Lobster Shack in Truckee: wicked fresh fish

Known for its “wicked fresh fish,” Morgan’s Lobster Shack (MorgansLobsterShack.com) in Truckee is the place to go for fish and chips, an authentic New England lobster roll or an oyster po’ boy.
The restaurant and fish market offers fresh fish for the grill, including Alaskan halibut, swordfish, salmon, wild shrimp, scallops and live Maine lobster. It [...]

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