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Celebrate life in the foothills with great food, wine and entertainment

Wine will flow, tasty food will be served, and entertainment is on tap this weekend, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and in downtown Grass Valley.

It all starts Friday night with an evening fit for king and queen gourmands. Nine Nevada County wineries and nine Nevada County restaurants are teaming up to present an elegant wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and gourmet six-course dinner event that culminates in great entertainment provided by singer Lorraine Gervais and the band Mumbo Gumbo. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

Reading the menu causes one to salivate: Oysters Florentine or Medallion of Venison with Blue Cheese in a Puff Pastry or Buffalo Fritter – Bison Short Ribs Braised in Sangiovese. And for dessert, there is chocolate torte with a vanilla bean crust. Each dish is paired with a special wine that complements it, and as an added bonus, the servers will be choir students from Nevada Union and Bear River, who will use the proceeds coming to them (tips encouraged) to fund upcoming concert trips.



Money raised will accomplish two main goals: to fund the efforts of the Nevada County Wine Association (NCWA) to promote Nevada County as a wine destination and to add value to the next day’s “Foothills Celebration,” which in turn is raising funds for Music in the Mountains. The Wine Association also produces “A Grape Affair” and the “Gold Harvest Wine Trail.”

Then, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday is an afternoon of boutiques and art galleries, wine tasting and food tasting, and entertainment provided by barbershop, jazz and Celtic performers. More than 20 wineries and 24 restaurants are participating.




At 3:30 p.m. at Dovetail Design (115 Mill St.), a raffle will be held that you probably will want to be a part of (although you don’t have to be present to win). Dinners and lunches at local places, overnight stays at hotels or bread and breakfasts and tickets to Music in the Mountains concerts are among the prizes.

As the organizers say, why drive to Napa when you can get such an exquisite experience right here in Grass Valley. “I think this is the best year yet,” says Howard Levine, executive director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association. “We have had such a terrific response from food and wine establishments, who have been calling to be involved in Foothill Celebration. There is a lot of creativity here, with the music, food, art and wine; it all comes together with such a verve and excitement that the energy is hard to contain. It is going to be a great day.”

What: The Nevada County Winery Association Presents Northern Sierra Winter Wine & Food Celebration

When: Friday, 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

Where: The Amaral Family Festival Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney, Grass Valley.

Admission: Individual $95; Couple $180; Table of 10, $800; Dance only $35

Information: Jon Katis, 913-4908 or jon@lucchesivineyards.com.

What: Fifth annual “Foothills Celebration”

When: Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Grass Valley

Admission: Tickets include unlimited wine tasting, a wine glass, four food tasting tickets (additional food tasting tickets can be purchased) and all entertainment for only $25 in advance (in Grass Valley at Citizens Bank, Odyssey Books, The Book Seller, GVNC Chamber of Commerce; in Nevada City at Citizens Bank, Music in the Mountains, Chamber of Commerce; in Penn Valley at Citizens Bank; in Alta Sierra at Alta Sierra Market; in Lake of the Pines at Citizens Bank; and in Auburn at Cherry Records) or $30 on the day of the event, starting at noon at the Old Post Office Building, 131 South Auburn St., across from Caroline’s Coffee Roasters or at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, 210 North Auburn St., just up and across the street from the Pine Street Café.

Information: 265-6124 (or 800 218-2188) for tickets or information; order online at http://www.musicinthemountains.org


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