Nevada County Welcomes Jackson Browne

By on Jul 11, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

As a sponsor of The Center for the Arts, it is quite an honor to continually watch the organization bring professional and talented artists to our community. On the heals of Boz Scaggs at California World Fest at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and Art Garfunkel, The Center has recently announced "An Evening with Jackson Browne" on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at The Veteran's Memorial Hall in Grass Valley. The show begins at 8 p.m. Browne was born in Heidelberg, Germany, where his father Clyde Jack Browne, an American serviceman, was stationed for his job assignment with the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Browne's mother, Beatrice Amanda (née Dahl), was a Minnesota native of Norwegian ancestry. Browne has three siblings. Roberta "Berbie" Browne was born in 1946 in Nuremberg, Germany and when he was 3 years old his family moved to his grandfather's famous house, Abbey San Encino in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles. In his teens he began singing folk songs in local venues such as the Ash Grove and The Troubador Club. He attended Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, California, graduating in 1966. After graduating in 1966, Browne joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, performing at the Golden Bear (Huntington Beach, California) where they opened for The Lovin' Spoonful. The band later recorded a number of Browne's songs, including "These Days", "Holding", and "Shadow Dream Song". He also spent a short time in his friend Pamela Polland's band, Gentle Soul. Browne left the Dirt Band after a few months and moved to Greenwich Village, New York, where he became a staff writer for Elektra Records' publishing company, Nina Music before his eighteenth birthday. He reported on musical events in New York City with his friends Greg Copeland and Adam Saylor. He spent the remainder of 1967 and 1968 in Greenwich Village, where he backed Tim Buckley and singer Nico of the Velvet Underground. In 1967, Browne and Nico were romantically linked and he became a significant contributor to her debut album, Chelsea Girl, writing and playing guitar on several of the songs (including "These Days"). In 1968, following his breakup with Nico, Browne returned to Los Angeles, where he formed a folk band with Ned Doheny and Jack Wilce,...

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Campbell’s Tomato Juice “Box Top for Education” and Bloody Marys

By on Jun 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

In our wildest dreams we never knew that the popularity of our Cirino's Bloody Mary Mix would have such a huge impact on our local schools but it has. You see, Campbell's Tomato Juice is our beverage of choice to accompany our signature drink. The flavors blend perfectly together. Well, add the "Box Tops for Education' coupon  to the Tomato Juice label and you have an unexpected gift. We have proudly collected thousands and thousands of these "Box Tops" each year and donate them to our grammar school system. The recipients are thrilled as are we when we see their excitement. It's a simple gesture on our part but the difference it makes is huge. Enjoy the story of how this little program began 20 years ago and how it has grown into something that provides our children with opportunity... It all started in California in 1996. General Mills wanted to create a program to help support education and benefit America’s schools – and so, Box Tops for Education™ was born. As part of the initial test program, Box Tops were only available on select Big G cereals, such as Cheerios™, Total™ and Lucky Charms™. The program was such a huge success that it soon launched on other General Mills products and expanded across the nation. By 1998, more than 30,000 schools were clipping Box Tops and earning cash to buy the things they needed: books, computers, playground equipment and more. Over the next four years, the Box Tops for Education™ program doubled to include brands such as Pillsbury™, Old El Paso™ and Green Giant™. By 2004, over 82,000 schools across the nation participated in Box Tops, earning more than $100 million. In 2006, for the first time, non-food brands began to participate; now families could clip Box Tops from Ziploc®, Hefty®, Kleenex® and Scott® products, too. As the program expanded, school earnings increased. By 2010, schools across the nation had earned over $320 million. Today, America’s schools have earned over $719 million, and you can find Box Tops on hundreds of products throughout the grocery store. So, you see, it really does make a difference. Take the time and inspect your grocery purchases to see if a "Box Top...

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Mussetter Distributing and Small Craft Beer: A Growing Trend

By on Jun 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

On May 29th, the Sacramento Bee wrote the following expose on Mussetter Distributing, the distributor that took our Bloody Mary as a new product this past March. The family-owned business must have incredible foresight as they diversified many years ago into the small-craft beer business. Their intuitiveness and ability to adjust to growing trends has opened doors for both them and the small under-exposed craft beer producers they now represent. Watching their numbers grow, Mussetter has stepped out even further with the signing of our product, Cirino's Bloody Mary Mix. The Bloody Mary movement is definitely on the move and what an honor it is to be a part of such an innovative company. Our partnership is the marriage of two family-owned business which give it their all each and every time. Please enjoy the following article on an incredible business... Back in 2007, the nation was sliding into recession and a seismic shift was occurring in the beer-distribution business. Big-name brewers that once depended on a wide network of relatively small, local distributors were shifting gears and turning to so-called mega-distributors who could handle millions of cases of beer on a grand scale. Jason Mussetter, barely out of his 20s and a second-generation employee of family-owned Mussetter Distributing in Auburn, studied the Northern California beer industry and decided that the local company needed to do some shifting of its own. He convinced the family that future success could be found in craft beers. THEY’RE VERY DEDICATED TO DOING THEIR BEST TO SUPPORT ALL THE BRANDS. YOU CAN TELL THAT THEY CARE ABOUT THE LOCAL CRAFT BEER SCENE. Bryan Crass, brewery manager of Out of Bounds Brewing Co. in Rocklin And the rest, as they say, is history. “Back then, craft beers were starting to grow, but I had no idea that it would get as big as quickly as it has in the greater Sacramento region,” said Mussetter, now 39 and general manager of the distributorship. Operating out of a 58,000-square-foot facility near Auburn Municipal Airport, the 26-employee Mussetter operation now serves 34 craft beer suppliers, plus another six in the rapidly growing ciders segment. Six fully refrigerated Mussetter delivery trucks are on the roll daily. They’re part of a fleet...

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Best Bloody Brunch In Alexander Rossi’s Hometown~Nevada City

By on May 31, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

“It’ll change your life!” -Cirino’s Well it hasn’t changed my life but I would have to say it’s one of the best “no tomato” Bloody Mary mixes I’ve had yet. The newest thing in Bloody Mary’s and mixes seems to be the liquid mixes that all you do is add tomato juice. Bloody Mary Mix without the tomato juice…seems crazy huh? Well it really isn’t. These new companies that seem to be popping up all over and are pretty genius. They don’t expire like regular mixes and not only can you add them to Bloody Mary’s but all sort of cooking dishes too. We added Cirino’s to our Bloody Mary’s and also made our own Micheladas with them. The Micheladas turned out fantastic. I also added a little mini recipe below. Cirino’s Michelada Recipe: 2 part beer 1 part vodka 1 part tomato juice 1 splash of Cirinos 1 splash of Tabasco Pour over ice Overall I think this is the best “no tomato” mix I’ve tried yet and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Get some! The web-site Best Bloody Brunch wrote the above words in a review after tasting our mix last year.Our Cirino's Bloody Mary Mix was created back in 1983 at 309 Broad Street in Nevada City. For 30 years. patrons enjoyed our mix at Cirino's Bar and Grill. Herb Caen, the popular columnist in the San Francisco Chronicle, once wrote an expose on the ever-popular concoction. It drew thousands and thousands to come in, sit at the  bar and order up a chance to "change their life". It seems that changing your life and Nevada City have another commonality and that is with yesterday's winner of the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, Alexander Rossi. For a small mining town in the Sierra Foothills, such successes are quite an achievement. It all starts with finding your passion and having the courage and conviction to follow your dream. We want to congratulate Alexander Rossi for the pride, respect and professionalism he carries himself, making him the champion he is today. Thank you for the opportunity of witnessing a life changing moment....

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Taste of Carmichael 2016 and SaveMart Welcome Cirino’s Bloody Mary

By on May 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

This year marks the first year that Cirino's Bloody Mary Mix will be participating in The Taste of Carmichael. The one of a kind mix will proudly be served in the SaveMart booth. After signing a distribution deal with Mussetter Distributing in March, Cirino's Bloody Mary Mix can now be found on SaveMart shelves, as well as selective Beach Hut Delis, The Glass Turtle, Auburn Valley Country Club, The Ridge Country Club, The Winchester Country Club, Rancho Cordova Casino, Dingus McGee's, SPD Markets, The Northridge Country Club, Final Gravity, Placer County Farm Supply, The Daily Egg, Craft Beer Vault and Longs Bottle Shop. If you've never heard of or tasted the mix, it promises to "change your life". It has been an underground cultural movement in Nevada County dating back to 1983. Founder/owner and creator of the mix, Jerry Cirino, finally gave in to his customer's demands to bottle the mix and sell it and as a result, today it is served in 46 states and 6 countries. The wild popularity of his concoction also makes a killer marinade for meat, chicken and fish or flavor base for soups, sauces, cioppino, dips and just about anything is the saute pan. This year marks the 14th year of The Taste of Carmichael. It will be held Friday May 13th from 5:30-8:30 at the La Sierra Community Center. The celebration kicks off a season of summer festivals for the Sacramento area which include delicious food, good cheer and great friends. Wineries, breweries and 16 restaurants, among them Matteo's Pizza & Bistro, El Papagayo and Firebird will be serving their ever popular fair. Raley's will have a huge spread, including jambalaya, but it is the SaveMart booths that should hold your attention. Please stop by and say hello. We would love to pour you a sample of our mix and share a recipe secret from the Cirino Family Kitchen. You can even plan a day trip up to the beautiful and quaint mining towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City and visit our restaurant, Cirino's at Main Street. Live entertainment, raffles, a silent auction and a display of vintage cars will add to the fun and excitement. The event is a fund-raiser...

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Jewel Concert Sold Out in Nevada County

By on Apr 21, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

When you read of one's success, it always seems as though their success happened overnight. Singer/songwriter, Jewel, has a story that is very similar to that cliche. One day no one knew of her and then suddenly her name was everywhere. She became so well known that her identity was linked to just one word...her first name. Much like Adele, Madonna, Cher, Beyonce, Usher, Sting, Bono and Prince, Jewel's musical talents catapulted her into a different stratosphere in entertainment. Born in Payson, Utah Jewel moved, at an early age, to Homer, Alaska where her grandparents had 600 acres of land they homesteaded back in the 1940's before Alaska became a state. Life on the farm was tough. No running water, no heat and their survival depended on living off the land. At age 6, Jewel began singing with both her musical parents. Her dad taught her the technique of yodeling which she eventually used in many of her songs. At 15, she won a partial vocalist scholarship to Interlochen, a private school devoted to the arts. Struggling to fund the remainder of her scholarship, she performed at her high school auditorium where the town raised the additional $11,000.00. It was during a spring break that Jewel scraped even more. All students had to leave campus and unable to afford a ticket back to Alaska, she boarded a train and used her musical talents to earn money along the way until she got cross-country, landing in San Diego. She crossed the border to Tijuana and then hitchhiked to Cabo San Lucas where she took a ferry across the Sea of Cortez and adventured through Central Mexico. All along her journey, she wrote a song..."Who Will Save My Soul". After graduation, she drifted landing finally back in San Diego. Homeless, she continued writing songs and performing in local coffeehouses. It was at the Inner Change Cafe on Pacific Beach that her following grew. A radio station put a bootleg of her music on the air and in 1994, a representative of Atlantic records signed her. "Pieces of You" was her debut album which featured the very song she wrote on that long lost trip of self-discovery. Initially, the album didn't catch on so she worked...

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