Iorns receives 2015 Elza Kilroy Award

This press release was emailed to me from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce: “Owner of Nevada City Crystal & Glass, David Iorns has been named recipient of the 2015 Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award, established in 1969, annually to a citizen … Continue reading “Iorns receives 2015 Elza Kilroy Award”

A visit to Los Mineros for its grand opening in Nevada City

We were invited to Los Mineros in downtown Nevada City on Wednesday night ahead of its grand opening at 5 p.m. The authentic taqueria is a venture between community leader and former Nevada City Mayor Reinette Senum and acclaimed Bay Area Chef Jason Moniz, as previously reported. Jason’s culinary resume includes opening-day chef at well-respected … Continue reading “A visit to Los Mineros for its grand opening in Nevada City”

Fall issue of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine

Our fall issue — which we’re calling “Yuba River Journeys” — is now circulating. A link to our enhanced digital edition is here. Our reporting includes the longtime efforts to preserve the South Yuba River, including some rare historical photos, such as hydraulic mining in the 1800s, fishing on the river in the ’20s, and … Continue reading “Fall issue of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine”

“The Hill Witches of Nevada County”: A Journal of Healing

I first met Steve Giardina in 2015, when the longtime local bought the Cirino’s restaurant building on Broad Street in Nevada City and turned it into a swank cocktail lounge. The Golden Era has become a premier local destination for handcrafted cocktails, regional wines, award-winning local craft beers — and an imaginative small plate menu. I … Continue reading ““The Hill Witches of Nevada County”: A Journal of Healing”

Hotelier Jordan Fife shares his vision for The Holbrooke

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine: The summer issue of our quarterly magazine — circulating since last week — features a striking photo of downtown Grass Valley on the cover, with the headline “Historic Hotels,” among others. We also ran a newly assigned photo of The Holbrooke in Grass Valley on page 3. (Thanks to … Continue reading “Hotelier Jordan Fife shares his vision for The Holbrooke”

The Union reports “a heated debate” in Nevada City but doesn’t back it up

Wonders never cease with The Union newspaper. This weekend it is reporting (on the front page, no less): “The blockade of a passageway next to a 150-year-old building in Nevada City lounge bar thrust its owners into the center of a heated debate in town and on social media.” “A metal gate now stands at … Continue reading “The Union reports “a heated debate” in Nevada City but doesn’t back it up”

Acclaimed Bay Area chef Moniz, community leader Senum to open taqueria in Nevada City

  From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine: Two years ago this month, we wrote exclusively that a bakery and brewery called Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. was in the works on lower Commercial Street in Nevada City, helping to create a hip food-lovers hangout near its farmers market. Three Forks just celebrated its … Continue reading “Acclaimed Bay Area chef Moniz, community leader Senum to open taqueria in Nevada City”

Scoop: Popular Las Katarinas restaurant to reopen in Alta Sierra

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine: Las Katarinas Mexican restaurant, a fixture in Nevada City for the past 10 years, is reopening at the entrance to Alta Sierra in Grass Valley on Hwy. 49, where Schiedel’s Old European restaurant once stood, our magazine has learned. Owner Dave Francis and his wife, Delia Gutierrez, who … Continue reading “Scoop: Popular Las Katarinas restaurant to reopen in Alta Sierra”

Spring cleaning to make Nevada City sparkle more

I’m more optimistic about Nevada City nowadays than in the recent past. Think about it: We’ve got the Spring Street revitalization, including the new KVMR building; bustling Lower Commercial,  including the Farmers Market, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. and planned Wheyward Girl Cremery; and now the proposed Golden Era cocktail lounge on Upper Broad, filling a vacant space. … Continue reading “Spring cleaning to make Nevada City sparkle more”