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Nevada City Winter Craft Fair ~ December 15, 2013 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ~ $3.00

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The Miners Foundry will present the Nevada City Craft Fair on Sunday, December 15, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The Fair will feature unique and local handmade artisans and vintage goods.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Admission is $3.00, children under 12 are free.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, in person at Briar Patch Co-Op, and at the door.

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This holiday season Shop Local! The Nevada City Craft Fair returns Sunday, December 15th 2013 to the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City, CA. The independent, juried craft fair showcases Northern California’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and house wares. Many of these vendors show at the esteemed Renegade Craft Fairs across the country.

Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationery items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and more. Over 60 vendors, reaching as far as Reno, Chico, Sacramento and San Francisco, plus local businesses.  We promise you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday list.

A full-bar, plus food & drinks by: Holy Mole Organic Mexican Cuisine ~ Mexican food made from scratch and using only organic ingredients, and Fable Coffee ~ a specialty micro-roaster serving; fresh, small-batch, single-origin, coffee varietals, roasted in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Make it a weekend! This year The Nevada City Craft Fair falls on the same weekend as one of Nevada County’s most beloved holiday events, Victorian Christmas. Victorian singers, bagpipers, living nativity scene, visits with Santa Claus, vendors in costume, hot roasted chestnuts, and hot cider all happening downtown historic Nevada City, Sunday 15th from 1:30 – 6 pm.

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The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County artisan community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

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Food & Film Series Menu Features 100% Organic Goodness – Sat, Dec 15th

Saturday, December 15th the Miners Foundry and Nevada City Film Festival present their final Food & Film Series of 2012 with the hilarious family holiday comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and a holiday feast from California Organics.  The series pairs a popular film with a unique dining experience.  The film and dinner, along with a full bar is served in the historic Osborn & Woods Hall, making it a lively and fun experience for the entire family.

For this Food & Film, California Organics puts an organic twist on the typical holiday feast with two sumptuous entrees including “Mama’s Meatloaf “Dinner with brown sugar glaze, garlic-rosemary potatoes and roasted veggies and the vegan and gluten free Sunshine Loaf Dinner, a sunflower seed loaf is topped with cashew gravy, garlic-rosemary potatoes and roasted veggies.  For dessert, pumpkin and apple pie, both100% organic and made from scratch, are available for purchase.

“We are proving that when other restaurants use “organic or local when possible” you can use organic all of the time,” explains Tristan McLarty, General Manager of California Organics.  “Even if that means coming up with the organic alternative on our own.”

Located in the 7-Hills-business district, California Organics is both a market and restaurant that features 100% certified organic meats, wild and sustainable caught seafood, produce and dairy products.  Eleven years ago, Chris Kysar purchased the natural food store then called Earth Song.  Deeply committed to quality, sustainable and organic food, Kysar sought certification to become a certified organic store, hence the new name California Organics.  Similar to the organic certification for food processing plants, organic stores ensure the organic integrity of the organic products they sell from the time they reach their stores until they are safely tucked into your shopping cart.

Since 2001, California Organics has grown to 40 employees. With consumers becoming more interested and educated about where their food comes from or how it is grown or prepared, McLarty prides the staff on being made up of people who have years of dinning experience that are passionate about food and knowledgeable about the ingredients in the dishes and want to share their enthusiasm for organic with the public

In addition to the market and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, the store offers a deli with all items made from scratch, catering for parties and wedding, and is also home to the “Family Meal Deal for 4 for $19.99”.

“Nowadays no one has the time to cook like they want to,” says McLarty.  “We want to provide our customers with as many affordable take out or dine in organic options as possible.  The Family Meal Deal is wildly successful for working moms and dads or anyone who doesn’t have the time to make dinner, but wants to eat well.”

One of the popular staples of the Family Meal Deal are California Organics’ signature dishes “Mama’s Meatloaf” and the “Sunshine Loaf”.  Other dishes they are known for include their Cabo Wrap and Fajitas that features their Chipotle Sauce, a perfect blend of sweet and sour; Fish and Chips made with fresh and wild caught Alaskan halibut served with hand stamped French Fries and coleslaw; and their Bison Burger, a healthy alternative to beef.

“We are just beginning to unpeel the layers and potential of organic food and “Cal-O”, says McLarty.

Cali-O “Mama’s Meatloaf” Recipe

-All Ingredients 100% Certified Organic-

Ground Chuck                  8 lbs
Bread Crumbs                  8 cups
Large Eggs                        6 each
Ketchup                             2 cups
Filtered Water                  1/2 cup
Worcestershire Sauce      2/3 cup
Ground Mustard Powder   2 tbs
Ground Black Pepper         2 tsp
Salt                                         2 tsp

Glaze:
Ketchup                              2 cups
Brown Sugar                     1/4 cup
Ground Mustard Powder  1 tsp

 

Instructions:

Mix Together first 9 ingredients and scoop out to appropriate loaf pans. Mix together glaze and generously top all scooped out loaves.

Bake at 350 degrees until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. Enjoy!

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Food & Film Series presents “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, Doors 7pm, Film 7:30pm
WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
TICKETS: Ticket includes film and one drink ticket, $12.00 Members / $15.00 Non-members.  Dinner for purchase and no-host bar. Dinner $12, Pie $5.
Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Nevada City Box Office, (530) 265-5462, www.nevadacityboxoffice.org or at Briar Patch Co-Op.
INFO: www.minersfoundry.org

 

Food & Film Series – CA Organics Puts An Organic Twist on the Typical Holiday Feast

Saturday, December 15, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival present “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, the ultimate family holiday film, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Randy Quaid.  Considered a modern classic, “Christmas Vacation”, with its laugh out loud moments and awkward family scenes, captures an undeniable and genuine Christmas spirit. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing popular movies with a unique and fun dining experience.

For our final Food & Film screening for 2012, California Organics puts an organic twist on the typical holiday feast with two sumptuous entrees including a Meatloaf Dinner with brown sugar glaze, garlic-rosemary potatoes and roasted veggies and one of their signature dishes a Sunshine Loaf Dinner with a sunflower seed loaf topped with cashew gravy, garlic-rosemary potatoes and roasted veggies. This option is vegan and gluten free.  And for dessert, pumpkin and apple pie that are 100% organic and made from scratch.  Located in the 7-Hils business district, California Organics is both a market and restaurant that features 100% certified organic meats, wild and sustainable caught seafood, produce and dairy products.  Dinner $12, Pie $5.

California Organics’ “Mama’s Meatloaf”

Get into the Yuletide spirit by wearing your ugliest holiday sweater or sweater dress and strike a pose with friends in our Holiday Photo Booth (yes, there will be prizes for best ugly sweater!), enjoy a full bar including eggnog and other traditional holiday drinks, and a delicious dinner.

WHAT: Food & Film Series presents “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, Doors 7pm, Film 7:30pm
WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
TICKETS: Ticket includes film and one drink ticket, $12.00 Members / $15.00 Non-members.  Dinner for purchase and no-host bar.
Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Nevada City Box Office, (530) 265-5462, www.nevadacityboxoffice.org or at Briar Patch Co-Op.

The Thin Man plus Dessert Bar by DeGroot’s Chocolates, Friday, November 16th

With only two screenings left, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Nevada City Film Festival will wrap up the 2012 season of their monthly Food & Film Series with the 1934 classic comedy-mystery, The Thin Man, Friday, November 16 and the holiday slapstick comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Saturday, December 15.

Friday, November 16, the Food & Film Series screens The Thin Man directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, the film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. Nick is a hard-drinking, retired private detective, and Nora a wealthy heiress.  Nick Charles (Powell), a retired detective, and his wife Nora (Loy) are attempting to settle down when he’s pulled back into service by a friend’s disappearance and possible involvement in a murder. The murderer is finally revealed in a classic dinner-party scene that features all of the suspects.

Renowned Chef Willem DeGroot of The Truffle Shop in Nevada City will complement the cocktail party theme with an array of decadent truffles and tortes. All truffles are created with an imported Belgian chocolate and not only taste amazing they are small works of art. Truffle Tortes contain two layers of a rich truffle filling (ganache) layered with dark chocolate cake, covered in a smooth chocolate glaze, and topped with the appropriate decoration. Truffle Tortes are available in Cafe Mocha, Raspberry and Hazelnut. Chef Willem DeGroot’s products have been sent to the White House, the Vatican, and other discriminating customers around the world.  The Truffle Shop will also be serving their famous Nevada City Ice Cap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Food & Film Series presents “The Thin Man”
WHEN: Friday, November 16, Doors 7pm, Film 7:30pm
WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
TICKETS: Ticket includes film and one drink ticket, $12.00 Members / $15.00 Non-members
Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Nevada City Box Office, (530) 265-5462, www.nevadacityboxoffice.org or at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Labyrinth – Fun Facts, Trivia & Video Clips

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival presents “Labyrinth” (rated PG) the Jim Henson cult classic starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, Friday, October 19 at the Miners Foundry.  To get you in the mood we’ve compiled some fun facts and trivia about Labyrinth the movie and labyrinths in general. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing popular films with a fun and unique dining experience. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the film beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 for Miners Foundry or Magic Lantern Film Society members, and $15.00 for non members, $5 for kids under 12.  Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.  The ticket price includes one drink ticket.  Enjoy and we’ll see you on Friday!  Get your tickets here! 

The screenplay for Labyrinth was written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones!

 

The “upside-down staircase” ending of Labyrinth is inspired by an MC Escher painting.

The seven Jareth faces are supposed to signify him being all knowing and all seeing.  See if you can spot them all.

15 years later, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop did special effects work on “Harry Potter & The Sorcere’s Stone”, and certain links can be found between this film and Labyrinth.

Michael Jackson and Sting were also considered for the role of Jareth.

Jennifer Connelly was only 14 years old when she played the role of Sarah.

When recording the Magic Dance song for the Labyrinth Soundtrack, the baby wouldn’t provide the necessary coos and giggles. David Bowie ended up making the baby sounds himself!

 

What’s the major difference between a maze and a labyrinth?

A labyrinth only has one path that winds around. Labyrinths are thousands of years older than mazes and although historians and anthropologists debate their original purpose, most cultures share the same basic design and layout for labyrinths. The first recognizable labyrinths date to 2500 BC, though some historians say that cave drawings in Australia and Greece, of spirals and labyrinthine structures, predate that time by 1000 years or so.

A labyrinth is a combination of what two shapes?

Circle and spiral. The earliest recognizable pictures of labyrinths appear on caves in Sardinia dated to 2500 BC. Older spirals that hint of labyrinths appear in Australian aboriginal pictographs and in caves in the American southwest.

Mamma Mia! Soundtrack List for Friday, September 21

Do you love ABBA as much as we do?  Well get ready, Friday, September 21st, right after the Food & Film Series presents “Mamma Mia!” starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried, we will host an ABBA dance party.  Based on the hit play which wowed audiences in more than 170 cities worldwide, “Mamma Mia!” the musical film features 17 catchy tunes by ABBA including Dancing Queen and SOS performed by the actors.  The evening also features a no-host full bar, plus Mediterranean dishes and Greek wines.  Let us know if you have any other ABBA songs you’d like to add to the list before and we’ll see you Friday, September 21st!

 
Doors 5:30pm, Film 6pm, Food, Full Bar and ABBA dance party 8pm Food will be available for purchase along with a full bar Tickets are $12.00 for Magic Lantern Film Society and Miners Foundry Members and $15.00 for Non Members. The ticket price includes one complimentary drink ticket.  Tickets are available online here, in person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Mamma Mia! Soundtrack List:

1) Honey, Honey – (Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)
2) Money, Money, Money – (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
3) Mamma Mia – (Meryl Streep)
4) Dancing Queen – (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
5) Our Last Summer – (Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried & Meryl Streep)
6) Lay All Your Love on Me – (Dominic Cooper & Amanda Seyfried)
7) Super Trouper – (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
8) Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! – (Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)
9) The Name of the Game – (Amanda Seyfried)
10) Voulez-Vous – (Full cast, Philip Michael, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters & Stellan Skarsgard)
11) SOS – (Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)
12) Does Your Mother Know – (Christine Baranski & Philip Michael)
13) Slipping Through My Fingers – (Meryl Streep & Amanda Seyfried)
14) The Winner Takes It All – (Meryl Streep)
15) When All is Said and Done – (Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)
16) Take a Chance on Me – (Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth, Philip Michael & Christine Baranski)
17) I Have a Dream – (Amanda Seyfried)

“Labyrinth” ~ Friday, October 19, 2012 ~ 7:00 p.m. Doors / 7:30 p.m. Film ~ $12.00 Members / $15.00 Non Members / $5.00 12 & Under

 

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival presents “Labyrinth” (rated PG) the Jim Henson cult classic starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, Friday, October 19 at the Miners Foundry. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing popular films with a fun and unique dining experience. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the film beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 for Miners Foundry or Magic Lantern Film Society members, and $15.00 for non members, $5 for kids under 12.  Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.  The ticket price includes one drink ticket.

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Hailed as a masterpiece of puppetry and special effects, Labyrinth has delighted and amazed audiences of all-ages for over twenty-five years. George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) produced and Jim Henson (The Muppets), directed this gothic fantasy, which pits living and breathing actors Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and David Bowie (who, along with Trevor Jones, provides the film’s music) against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. The film centers upon teenage Sarah (Connelly), who lives in a fantasy world of myth and magic, evil spells, and wondrous enchantment. She is baby-sitting her little brother when she cavalierly wishes that goblins would take him away. She gets her wish, and a coterie of goblins abduct him. She then encounters Jareth (David Bowie), the ruler of a mystical world one step removed from reality. He tells Sarah that the only way to get her brother back is to find her way through a M.C. Escher-like labyrinth and find the castle at the center. As she makes her way through the maze, she faces a number of horrific challenges (like the Bog of Eternal Stench) before she finds her way to the gravity-defying castle, where her brother is being held by the evil goblins.  Henson creates a fantasy and largely without computer-generated effects instead relying on detailed puppetry, excellent visuals and a phenomenal set design.  This was Henson’s final feature film before his death in 1990.

“Labyrinth” will screen in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure.

Get into the fantastical Halloween spirit by dressing up as Bowie’s Jareth (oh that jacket and hair!) or Connelly’s Sarah (remember her rainbow eyeshadow) from the ballroom scene.  Enjoy an array of chocolates, candy, popcorn, cotton candy, and other treats and “Labyrinth” themed cocktails from the full bar before, during and after the film.

 

Food & Film Series Starts Off with a Big Night

The Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry kicked off their “Food & Film Series”, Saturday, April 14th with a sold-out audience of 200 people, some traveling from as far as San Francisco and Lake Tahoe/Truckee to attend.  This exciting, and unique cinematic, dining, and cultural experience featured the 1996 award-winning film “Big Night” starring a then young, up and coming cast of Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rosellini and Marc Anthony. “Big Night” is the story of a failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers who gamble on one special night to try to save their business.  Following the film guests were treated to a fantastic traditional Italian feast, just like the one in the film, prepared by Owner/Chef Robert Smith of the Old 5 Mile House.

The Miners Foundry’s beautiful Stone Hall was the perfect setting for the evening’s festivities.  Miners Foundry staff and former caterers from the Stonehouse Hospitality Academy, Dustin Fernandez and Donald Johnson, along with the Foundry’s Event Coordinator Kat Kress and Nevada City Film Festival volunteer Jill Locks created a beautiful and elegant dining room that included fresh flowers, soft light from candles and antique chandeliers, and music from Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Claudio Villa, Lou Monte, Jerry Vale, and Rosemary Clooney. At the end of the evening it was Clooney’s version of “Mambo Italiano” that ignited a jubilant mambo line that circled around the hall with guests dancing and laughing.

Full Circle Press designed and pressed exquisite menus for guests to take home and savor the evening.  Photographer and artist Darlene Freitas, owner of Freitas Studio Gallery in Nevada City, donated a stunning image taken during her three month journey of exploration and enlightenment in Italy.  Mr. Stephen DeSena, President of the Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation presided over the evening as Master of Ceremonies.

Thank you to everyone who attended; to our amazing volunteers – Molly, Warren, Willow, Chris, Gretchen, Seth, Gayle, Ed, Larry, and Jill; KNCO Newstalk 830am; the Nevada County Italian Festival; Full Circle Press, Darlene Freitas, Robert Smith and his staff at The Old 5 Mile House, the hard-working staff at the Miners Foundry and the Nevada City Film Festival!  For more photos from the event go to our Facebook page.

The next event in the “Film & Food Series” is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on Saturday, May 12th.  For more information and to reserve your tickets go to www.minersfoundry.org