22 Nov

Polly’s Paladar

Polly's Paladar Supper Club

Polly's Paladar, Nevada City Supper Club, photos by Erin ThiemPolly's PaladarHave you been to Polly’s Paladar?  The private supper club in the heart of downtown Nevada City offers a new chef and menu every month.  The November event was created by guest chefs Jesse Hanshaw and Nicole Regnier, from New Moon Cafe.  The 5 course meal included: biscuit with duck rillettes, poached quince, and duck bacon, spicy consommé with braised beef short ribs and kimchi, persimmon salad with pork belly rillons, bitter greens, pecans, and pomegranate, breaded pork shank torchon with celery root remoulade, mashed potatoes, and jus and popcorn panna cotta with salted caramel and caramel corn.

I’ve profiled the supper club on the blog before, click here,  here, here and here for previous supper clubs.  Culinary adventures have included: Argentian, Mexican, Italian, French, Japanese, Greek, Creole, Hawaiian and Wild Foods, to name a few.  Polly’s Paladar next event is Ember & Ice, a culinary journey through Iceland and Persia with Alina Hardin and storytelling by Izzi Tooinsky.

The Paladar has been profiled in Outside magazine and “started with a home kitchen and thrift store tables.  It also started with members signing up on a torn up piece of paper and now with the help of many technologically literate family and friends, it’s all automatic and online.  I have chefs emailing their resumes to me and actually adding Pollys Paladar on their own resumes. I have nearly 2000 members now and am floored by how this concept has taken off.  I genuinely do not believe that the supper club is mine. I feel that it belongs to all of us.  I hope that we continue to have the Paladar as a new type of gathering place and as a new way to interact with each other. The fact that Nevada City has embraced the supper club the way it has amazes me, ” says Megan Mccollam.  “We are still having fun, so much joy, how you could not be amazed by that?”

Post a comment and share your favorite Polly’s Paladar exerpience, if you’ve been.  If not, feel free to suggest to Megan future menu ideas or guest chefs.  Follow them on Facebook, Instagram or the website.

And the winners from last week’s blog giveaways, the gift certificate to Matteo’s goes to Katrina.  And the three winners from the Mi Pueblo Taqueria giveaway are:  Beth, Margaret Updegraff and Jenny.

Polly's Paladar, photos by Erin Thiem Polly's Paladar, Nevada City Supper Club, photos by Erin Thiem © 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

20 Nov

Golden Era Lounge

Golden Era Lounge, photo by Erin Thiem

Golden Era Lounge, Nevada City Cocktail Bar, photos by Erin Thiem

The Golden Era Lounge opened their doors tonight.  Located at 309 Broad Street, where Cirino’s, the new cocktail bar offers handcrafted cocktails, premium local wines, and craft beers.  Live music tonight by Leta’s Acid Lounge with Jacob Aginsky.  Examples of signature drinks include the Nevada City Swizzle (rum, pisco, lime, raspberry syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters and Seltzer), the Gold Rush Sour (Bourbon, lemon, vanilla syrup, orange bitters and egg whites) or the Grass Valley Girl (gin, lime, orange syrup, cucumber, seltzer and orange bitters).  Try the house red wine, a special blend from Nevada City Winery.  If you’re looking for a nonalcoholic option try their soda fountain drinks, ginger beer, cream soda or raspberry phosphate.  The new bar will be open Wednesday-Sunday and available for private parties on Tuesdays.  Leave a comment and welcome Golden Era to downtown Nevada City.  

Golden Era Lounge, photos by Erin Thiem Golden Era Lounge, photos by Erin ThiemGolden Era Lounge, photos by Erin Thiem

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19 Nov

Mi Pueblo Taqueria

Mi Pueblo Taqueria

Mi Pueblo Taqueria, Mexican Food, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem
Mi Pueblo Taqueria, the downtown Nevada City version of El Agave opened today.  Owner Celenne Nungaray welcomes both locals and visitors to their new location.  The restaurant, located at 104 Union Street, next door to the Nevada City Chamber,  will be open 7 days a week starting at 9am till 9pm, open later on weekends.  Stop in for fajitas burritos, fish tacos, nachos, ceviche, chorizo & bean, taco salad, chimichanaga, carne asada, carnitas and sweet treats.  Or maybe you want a cold beer, margarita or horchata?  Now I’m sure we’re all hungry…  so post a comment on what you want and I’ve got three $5 gift certificate to giveaway away.  Winners will be announced on November 22nd.  (There’s still time to win a pint of beer from Matteo’s if you want to do a Nevada City restaurant tour).  Welcome to the neighborhood Mi Pueblo Taqueria, Nevada City is excited about having more options of authenic Mexican food (check out Fat Belly Taqueria and Los Mineros for more taco love).

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17 Nov

Matteo’s Public Beer Night

Matteo's Public Beer Night, photo by Erin Thiem

Matteo's Public Beer & Food Night, Tap It Brewery, photos by Erin Thiem

Matteo’s Public hosted one of their Beer & Food Pairing last night, combing a six course meal inspired by the season with Tap It Brewery craft beers.  Each course included a beer picked by Tap It Brewery brewmaster Ryan Aikens.  The menu included creamy carrot soup with apple and ginger (Pi Golden Ale), endive salad with smoked trout (Full Blown Stout), braised pork belly starter (No Soul Sour Red), roasted succotash (Pale Ale), local lamb shank (Cafe Noir Barrel Aged Coffee Imperial Porter) and a trio of candied apples (Ale Camino Amber).  Special palette cleansing sorbet specially made by Treats of Nevada City served as a refreshing treat between courses.  Matteo’s Public has the Tap It Pi Golden Ale currently on tap and will be rotating several of the other varieties of craft beers in the restaurant in the upcoming weeks.  If you want to come to the next beer and food pairing night, follow the Matteo’s Facebook page, currently in the works for late spring.  Now that you’re all thinking of beer, I’ve got a giveaway for you.  Post a comment on this blog post on your favorite type of beer and I’ve got one $5 gift certificate to giveaway to Matteo’s (perfect for the pint of Tap It or another variety of beer of your choice).  Winner will be announced on Sunday, November 22nd.

Beer Night, Matteo's Publc, Photos by Erin Thiem

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14 Nov

The Studio Collective

The Westside Collective, photo by Katie White Photography
Katie White Photography, Nevada City Wedding Photographer

Katie White Photography

Roots Reclaimed, photos by Erin Thiem

Roots Reclaimed, photos by Erin Thiem

Melaine Soleil Photography

Melaine Soliel Photography

Roots Reclaimed vintage rentals and The Studio Collective are hosting a Wedding Open House in Grass Valley.  Stop by their downtown Grass Valley space (603 Mill Street) on Sunday, November 15th between 10am-4pm. It is a great opportunity to meet local wedding vendors in a small intimate space.  Plus I hear there may be some special promotions and giveaways.  Click here to see photos from their spring open house.

Vendors will include: Amorroma Events,  Antonio Ayestaran CateringArt in Bloom Flowers,  Bungalow EventsBri McKi PhotographyKatie White Photography, Lenkaland Photography, Little Boy FlowersLydia Photography, Melanie Soleil PhotographyRoots Reclaimed Vintage Rentals, Stephanie Sobierski and The Westside Collective.

So for those of you planning your wedding or having a party, there are a lot of talented local wedding professionals.  If you’re looking for more online information about a wedding, check out this post, and this post for locations (or here), plus here and here for past One Fine Day events and here for my local weddings Pinterest board.  I also love sharing local weddings over on the Visit Nevada City Instagram feed.  So if you’re planning your upcoming wedding or a special event, there are a lot of resources in the Nevada City/Grass Valley area.  Feel free to post a comment and share if you have local tips or recommendations.

And the winner from the Nevada City Dance Festival ticket giveaway is Randi.

Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom, photo by Melaine Soleil and Lydia Photography

Lenkaland Photography

Lenkaland Photography

West Side Collective

West Side Collective, photos by Katie White Photography

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Katie White Photography, Lenkaland Photography, Melanie Soleil Photography, Erin Thiem

11 Nov

Nevada City Dance Festival

Nevada City Dance Festival, Miners Foundry

Miners Foundry, Nevada City

The Outside Inn and Miners Foundry have teamed up to offer an art and dance lovers ultimate getaway package.  Book one night at the Outside Inn between November 17-19th and receive 10% discount on your stay, plus 2 free tickets to the performance of your choice during the Nevada City Dance Festival*. The inaugural event features two professional dance performances by visiting companies including the exciting contemporary San Francisco ballet company, dawsondancesf on Tuesday, November 17, and the internationally renowned Afro-Cuban dancer, Kimberly Miguel-Mullen on Thursday, November 19, at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Last August, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center was awarded a grant by the California Arts Council to be used to support the production of the festival. These grants were awarded to smaller arts organizations for the purpose of providing project support and fostering equity, access and opportunity to arts programs in smaller communities.

dawson dance sf has been described as “raw, chilling physicality” and “So You Think You Can Dance” on steroids.”  For the November 17th performance, Dawson has choreographed a piece specific for the Miners Foundry’s beautiful Osborn/Woods Hall.

Kimberly Miguel-Mullen is an acclaimed choreographer and dance ethnologist.  The Los Angeles Times has described her movement as “spectacularly supple,” a well-crafted mixture of Silvestre contemporary dance and traditional techniques from the African diaspora.  She is considered one of the world’s best Afro-Cuban dancers and has performed in the USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Hong Kong.

On November 19th, Mullen will perform Yemanjá: Mother of the Deep, an inspirational performance piece; a creative interplay of live music, song and dance that will engage and transport its audience on a journey that evokes the transformative spirit of the sea.

Now for the giveaway, post a comment here on the blog to win a pair of tickets to one of the two shows.  Winner for the pair of tickets will be announced on Saturday, November 14th.

*The Outside Inn and the Miners Foundry have worked together to give a special promotion, book a room at the Outside Inn on Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday next week and receive 10% off your stay, plus the first three reservations will also receive 2 free tickets to the Nevada City Dance Festival.  For those locals who have been looking for a reason to have a staycation in Nevada City, this might be the perfect opportunity!

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© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem, Kat AlvesKial James/Nevada City Scenics and submitted by the Nevada City Dance Festival.

09 Nov

ASiF Artists Studio Smallworks Show

ASif Artists Studio Smallworks, photo by Erin Thiem

ASIF Artists Studio, Grass Valley art gallery, photos by Erin Thiem

The ASiF, Artists’ Studio in the Foothills, Smallworks Art Showcase opened on Friday.  the exhibit includes over 55 local artists showcasing their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed-media art, jewelry, mosaics, glass and sculptural pieces, all measuring under 12 inches.  ASiF owner Amanda Paoletti says this exhibit is a perfect opportunity to buy a “one of a kind piece perfect for your holiday gift giving.”  Since the show continues through December 23rd and works can be sold off the walls the pieces will change.  The holiday open house on December 12th and will have demos featuring Diana Fayt ceramics, Karen McKenzie jewelry and Allison Bischo-Berger, Wool scuplture.  The gallery, located at 940 Idaho Maryland Rd in Grass Valley is  open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm.
ASiF Studios Smallworks, photos by Erin ThiemArtists on display this year include: Leslie Alcott, Yvon Bartlett, Allison Bischo-Berger, Eileen Blodgett, Phil Brown, Odette Brush, Riki Colby, Caroline Courtright, Dallas Cruickshank, Mary K. Deleray-Russel, Yvon Dockter, Taryn Evans, Flo Fahrenheit, Diana Fayt, Chatelle Goldthwaite, Sharon Griffiths, Rob Grotke, Barbara Harris, Sarah CV Hendrickson, Karel Hendee, Sally Herring, Barbara Hoffman, Betsy Hufnagel, Claudia Jeffers, Marilynn Jennings, Kathleen Kershaw, Warren Knox, Betsey Marie Leach, Chick Lotz, Donna Levreault, Jill Mahanna, Lynda Malavanya, Juli Marks, David McKay, Karen McKenzie, Daly Merrill, Susan Michalski, Joan Michelau, Patricia McLean, Nancy Moles, Susan Muth, Jean PattersonLouise PryorJennifer Rain Crosby, Michelle Reynolds, Linda Roemisch, Nancy Salerno, Lin Schiffner, Lois Shelton, Cathy Tardif, Rebecca Taylor, Jessie Thatcher, Carol Twombly, Jane WellesDenise WeyKathryn Wronski.

And we have two winners from last week’s giveaways; the coffee goodies go to Diane Richards and Judith C won the Falsettos tickets.

ASiF Artists Studio, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem

05 Nov

Sierra Stages Falsettos

Falsettos, Sierra Stages, photo by Erin Thiem
Falsettos, Sierra Stages, Off Center Stage, Grass Valley
Falsettos, Sierra Stages, Off Center Stage, Grass Valley
Sierra Stages bring you Falsettos, a musical about family drama, relationships and love.  Falsettos is the 1992 Tony Award-winning musical by William Finn and James Lapine, directed by Sandra Rockman, musical direction by Ken Getz and dance direction by George Jayne. The production features an all-local cast of Nevada County actors Jonathan Hansard, Danny McCammon, Ken Miele, Nancy Haffey, Kate Haight, Tinley Ireland and Graham Bennett.  The show kicks off their 3-weekend run at the Off Center Stage tonight with a sold out benefit Performance for PFLAG Nevada County.  Performances continue on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm ($25 General Admission; $35 Reserved Seating) through November 22.  Click here for general admission tickets.  The Outside Inn blog has 2 tickets to give away to a performance (November 13th, 14th or 15th), post a comment if you’re interested in seeing the show and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, November 9th.
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02 Nov

Outside Inn Travel Coffee Mugs


Outside Inn travel coffee mugs

The Outside Inn recently restocked our travel coffee mugs.  Stop by and check out the new 12 oz vacuum insulated stainless mug.  The outside of the cup stays cool while the beverage stays hot.  You can stop by the office and purchase one, they’re $15, including tax.  But, since we know I love giveaways, thanks to my friends at Carolines Coffee Roasters I’ve got a giveaway complete with Carolines Special Blend coffee, Market Spice loose tea, chocolate covered espresso beans and an Outside Inn travel mug.  If you’d like to win this fun little giveaway please post a comment here and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, November 9th*.


*Prize may be collected at the Outside Inn or mailed, but winner must contact us within 7 days of wining the contest.

31 Oct

Happy Halloween

Outside Inn Haunted Pathway, photo by Kial James Photography

Nevada City Halloween, photos by Kial James and Erin ThiemNevada City Halloween, photos by Erin Thiem & Kial James

Are you ready for Halloween?  The Outside Inn’s haunted pathway is done, our resident ghosts, Dracula and witches are waiting for you to stop by and say hello this evening.  There will be lots of fun for Nevada City tonight: Miners Foundry Fright Night, trick or treating in the neighborhoods, Rocky Horror Hallowfest at Ol Republic, or if you’re really up for a fright, the haunted house in town.  If you’re looking for Halloween daytime activities today, check out the Nevada County Fairgrounds Halloween Carnival.  Thanks Kial James for stopping by the other evening and helping me capture some of the Halloween magic.  If you’re on Instagram, I’d love to see your photos of the Halloween fun, use #VisitNevadaCity and #NevadaCityHalloween to share pictures.  Or if you stop by the Outside Inn’s haunted pathway, feel free to share the photos on our Facebook page.  Happy Halloween!

Nevada City Halloween, photos by Erin Thiem Nevada City Halloween, photos by Kial James Photography

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem and Kial James/Nevada City Scenics