Food & Wine

Auburn kid chef has Food Network recipe for success

Take Mason Partak out of the kitchen and he becomes just a regular Auburn kid. The E.V. Cain sixth grade student is apt to be talking about movies, immersing himself in Minecraft ...

Media Life: Dusty Baker manages baseball’s Nationals, Placer County vineyard

For one famous Placer County vintner, the release of that first sweet, fruity syrah was the precursor of a much bigger splash. When your name is Dusty Baker and you’re hired ...

Crispin Cider plant stays in Colfax with Jerry Brown’s help

Crispin Cider in Colfax is drinking in the sweet taste of success after an infusion of $1 million in state funding provided a fix for an Interstate 80 overcrossing  issue. Th ...

Goodbye legendary “No. 25 Thai Hot”

In deference to both the bold and the less adventurous, David’s Thai Cuisine has always left the choice up to the diner. There’s a graded scale of peppery heat that&rs ...

Eggplant recipes, cooking demonstrations highlight festival

A purple vegetable, considered by some cooks to be a tricky ingredient, was treated well Saturday at the 28th annual Loomis Eggplant Festival. The eggplant festival, which drew th ...

Award-winning culture brewing in Loomis

Placer High School grads Claire Dunlap and Sean Nash were tired of working for other people and they happened to be making what their friends said was the most delicious kombucha. ...

Media Life: National PBS show highlights Auburn 'pie place'

A new PBS documentary has Ikeda’s in Auburn in the spotlight for its pie-making. “A Few Good Pie Places” debuted in late-August, airing on PBS stations around th ...

Melon Mania draws thousands to rural garden

Scores of melon varieties drew thousands of attendees Saturday to a rural garden and farm that provides Loomis’ High Hand Café with produce. Lyn Bristol, head grower ...

Placer Food Bank hosts its community garden breakfast

Placer Food Bank hosted its first community garden breakfast at Sierra Christian Church in Loomis on July 31. The breakfast’s purpose was to bring awareness to the four Pla ...

Holman Ranch a place of weddings, retreats and its own wines

It’s tucked away but not off-grid. Fairly dripping with the nostalgia of Old California but embracing all that’s good about the new. The place is Holman Ranch. Growing ...

Loomis wineries highlighted at state fair

Ciotti Cellars, Le Casque, Popie Wines and Secret Ravine, all in Loomis, were among the 11 Placer County wineries winning a total of 52 awards in the California State Fair Commerci ...

Check out lavender and daylilies Saturday at Maple Rock Gardens

  Maple Rock Gardens in Penryn will open its gates Saturday to the public for the inaugural “Lavender and Daylilies, a Flower and Antique Festival.” The Penryn s ...

Media Life: Auburn syrah in wine mag winner’s circle

Forgive Wine Spectator magazine for pouring on some poetic license to top off its enthusiastic review of an Auburn wine. But when it’s from racecar driver Scott Pruett&rsquo ...

Winery growth issues fermenting in Placer County

There will be plenty of time and opportunities for vintners and grassroots groups to weigh in on winery rule changes that could be coming to Placer County this year. And the Place ...

Snow survey shows fourth year of Placer, state drought conditions likely

California’s latest snow survey found on Tuesday that the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal and could end up being the lowest on record in nearly 25 years. Snow sup ...