Stack'd Everyday Napkins–Now at Broad Street Inn!

We love to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as we love promoting local businesses. Now we’ve found a way to do both! We have supplied our rooms with Stack’d reusable party size napkins. They’re eco-friendly, very practical (they make great coasters!) and best of all come in a variety of fun prints, including seasonal patterns.

These earth friendly napkins are made in Nevada City of 100% cotton and come in a variety of sizes such as party, lunch, beverage and appetizer. You can purchase Stack’d Everyday Napkins at the A.P.P.L.E. Center and HAALo in Nevada City as well as ASiF Studios in Grass Valley. Stack’d Everyday Napkins can also be found on Etsy. During the holidays we will also be selling their holiday-themed napkins.

Winemaking at Nevada City Winery

 

Have you ever stopped to think about the work put into the making of your glass of wine? Today when I was downtown, I saw the staff at Nevada City Winery work on one of the first steps of winemaking. The grapes came from a vineyard in Clarksburg, CA. The grapes are white grapes and were being made into Chardonnay. Although you can grow grapes to make Chardonnay in Nevada County, it is a little too warm, according to someone from Sierra Starr Winery who was waiting to pick up his grapes. He explained the process to me. It starts with a bin containing just under one ton, or 2,000 pounds, of grapes. The grapes are slowly dumped into a hopper where the stems and leaves are removed. From there, they fall into a crusher where the juicing process begins. The juice that the grapes make is called must. It contains the skins and isn’t filtered, so it’s pretty thick. The must is pushed to the last step, the press, where the skins are removed and the must is filtered. The product is moved inside where they begin to ferment it. Mark, the very experienced winemaker for Nevada City Winery, was outside helping with this process. If you would like to watch this in action, you can see it all from the deck at Nevada City Winery. If you want to taste the end product, both Sierra Starr and Nevada City Winery uses these grapes to create Chardonnay. Click on the photos below to view them larger or visit our Flickr to see them.

 

 

Constitution Day Parade and Celebration

Celebrate the 45th annual Constitution Day Parade, the oldest and largest in western America! It’s a big weekend in Nevada City, and all the fun events are free, unless otherwise noted. Saturday, September 10, starts off with a pancake breakfast at Seaman’s Lodge at Pioneer Park. The breakfast is only $6 per person and goes from 7:00-10:30 a.m. The first Civil War reenactment starts at 1:00 p.m. at Pioneer Park. We recommend bringing chairs or a blanket to sit on, and if you have young children or are sensitive to noise, you might want to bring earplugs as well. At 2:30 p.m., a Military Uniform Fashion Show will be taking place at the Pioneer Park Bandshell. The second reenactment of the weekend starts at 4:00 p.m., also at Pioneer Park. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., you can catch the Nevada County Concert Band on North Pine Street.

On Sunday from 7:00-10:30 a.m., the pancake breakfast returns to Seaman’s Lodge, still only $6 per person. At 11:00 a.m., the last reenactment takes place at Pioneer Park. This is the only Sunday showing, but is before the parade so you don’t miss out on anything. Watch the historic reenactment of the signing of the United States Constitution at Broad and Pine Streets at 1:30 p.m. At 2:00 is the Constitution Day Parade which starts at the top of Broad (right in front of the inn!) and makes its way down to the bottom of Broad.

If you can’t find parking in town, there is free parking at the Nevada County Government Center at Hwy 49 and Maidu Ave. Take the shuttle into town and Pioneer Park for $3 (all day pass). If you dress up in historical costume, the shuttle service is free! You can also choose to walk, it’s about 0.5 miles to downtown, and about 1.0 mile to Pioneer Park.

Enjoy your weekend!

Update: Here are some photos from the weekend, but you can see more on our Flickr site!

Elevensies – Homemade Organic Crepes

Elevensies Homemade Crepes opened yesterday in Nevada City where the hot dog stand once was. Owners Cole and Ari make delicious crepes (gluten-free options, and possibly vegan options later) from organic ingredients. They named their crepe stand after the meal that Hobbits (from Lord of the Rings) eat between second breakfast and lunch.

They offer both sweet and savory crepes. Yesterday I tried the strawberry chocolate crepe, made with Belgian chocolate and fresh strawberries. Today I got the Sam Chase, which is ham and white cheddar, and my mom got The Mamas crepe (a delicious combo of Meyer lemon curd, poppy seeds, blackberries, and topped with whipped cream). They have all been so tasty! It’s been a little tricky to photograph, but here are a few pictures.

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Uncorked–A Success!

Nevada City Uncorked was a great success this past weekend. Locals and tourists filled the streets, wine glass in hand. For $40 at the door, patrons received a commemorative wine glass (also used for tasting), 5 food tickets that could be redeemed at any of the locations, and wine tasting from 21 different wineries (and a couple breweries). Over 300 tickets were sold. Wine tasters had a great time at Broad Street Inn. We set up chairs, tables, and umbrellas for the patrons. Solune Winegrowers were serving the wine, and Broad Street Bistro was serving the food. To read more about the event, click HERE.

Here are a few pictures from the event. See more on our Flickr, or click HERE.

Nevada City Uncorked

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners present Nevada City Uncorked, a Food and Wine Experience. This Saturday, August 6, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., over 20 wineries, restaurants, and venues will participate in this event. After some last minute changes, we have been added as a venue! Similar to the Wine Stroll in June, patrons will walk from venue to venue, taste wine, and eat. All of the locations are walking distance and include Broad, Commercial, Spring, and Pine Streets.
Some of the wineries that will be attending include Nevada City Winery, Szabo, Lucchesi, Pilot Peak, and many others. Friar Tuck’s, Deer Creek Inn, J.J.Jackson’s, as well as plenty of other locations, will be serving food and wine. Food will be provided by several different restaurants and caterers, including Sopa Thai, Way Yum Sushi, and Fudenjuice.
Tickets for Sierra Vintners Wine Club Members are $25. Tickets for non-members are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Your ticket includes a commemorative wine glass for wine tasting, and 5 food tickets. Additional food tickets are available for 2/$5 or 5/$10.

Sierra Storytelling Festival

Tomorrow is the start of the 26th annual Sierra Storytelling Festival. The family-fun event is in North San Juan (about 30 minutes from Broad Street Inn–Google Map) and is from July 22-24. The stories are from African, Jewish, and Native American traditions as well as heart-warming folk tales. Nationally and internationally known storytellers present at the festival, including Antonio Sacre, Farrell Cunningham, and Awele Makeba. New to the festival is a Story Slam, which is similar to an open mic, and each teller has 5 minutes to tell a story (plus a one minute grace period to wrap up). The full schedule for the weekend is available HERE. The festival takes place at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on Tyler Foote Road with an outdoor amphitheater and old schoolhouse as a beautiful setting.

Now Playing: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Sierra Stages is putting on a production of the comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” starting this Thursday, July 14, at Nevada Theatre. We saw the production and were laughing the whole time. It’s great for the whole family, although older kids might enjoy it more. The music was catchy and upbeat and the costumes were fun and colorful. The Stephen Sondheim musical, which has a live orchestra, will be playing every weekend through August 7. Visit SierraStages.org, call the box office at 530-346-3210, or stop by BriarPatch Co-op or The Book Seller for tickets. Don’t forget to look for Sierra Stages’ “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” coming in October, playing at the Miners Foundry.

Advance Ticket Prices for “Forum”:
July 14 & 15 Preview Performances: $15
Thursday Performances at 7 PM: $20
Friday and Saturday Performances at 8; Sundays at 2: $25

Read more about the production HERE.

Summer Nights in Nevada City

Summer Nights 2011 FlyerSummer Nights has been a tradition in Nevada City for many years now. The fun street fair is entertaining for both children and adults. Broad and Commercial Streets are shut off to vehicles so the streets are open for vendors and patrons. The stores and restaurants are open and vendors line the streets with art, fresh veggies, and hot dinners. At the top of Broad Street, a live band is always playing where visitors usually start dancing. There are pony rides for kids as well as a craft table set up outside of My Favorite Things where Tina, the owner, sits with kids (and adults) and provides all of the glitter, glue, and all of the girlie supplies you need. At the bottom of the hill, the food court sits in the Bank of America parking lot. Calla Lily Crepes serves fresh, hot crepes (sweet or savory options) using organic ingredients from local farms. Many other food vendors fill up the lot, including a beer booth and homemade kettlecorn. There is no admission to the street fair, but definitely bring your wallet for dinner, ice cream, and goodies from the vendors. Parking is limited in Nevada City, especially since Broad and Commercial are shut off to vehicles. We recommend arriving early, or carpooling, if you are coming from out of the area.

Summer Nights takes place in downtown Nevada City for three Wednesdays, July 13, 20, and 27 from 6:00-9:30. For questions or more information, call the Nevada City Chamber at 1-800-655-NJOY or 530-265-2692.

Happy Fourth of July!

We wish everyone a very happy and safe Independence Day! Looking for a way to spend the holiday? A parade begins this morning in downtown Grass Valley. Later, the fairgrounds hosts the largest fireworks show in the Sierra foothills! Read more about it HERE.