Campbell’s Tomato Juice “Box Top for Education” Helps Nevada County

Campbell’s Tomato Juice “Box Top for Education” Helps Nevada County

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Cirino's 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...

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Nevada City Hometown Hero, Alexander Rossi

Nevada City Hometown Hero, Alexander Rossi

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 0 comments

Alexander Rossi, our hometown hero, became America’s hero yesterday when he drove his way into the history books of the Indinanapolis 500. On the 100th anniversary of the ever-popular race, Rossi’s crew chief gambled on keeping the first-time driver out on the track, told him to conserve his fuel and as a result, he coasted his way across the finish line becoming champion of the most popular race in the world. Totally unpredictable. Totally a dream fueled by so many pieces falling into place. Born in Auburn, Rossi has called Nevada City home ever since. Rossi’s entry to racing was a go-karting class in Las Vegas when he was ten. “My mom always said when we went to Vegas it was gonna be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and then it turned into a preview of a lifetime,” Rossi said. A rookie once thought to be the great American hope in Formula One instead became the surprising winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500 in a car that somehow made it 36 laps during its final stint, then sputtered across the finish line, every drop of fuel drained from its tank. Rossi, 24 years old, never expected to be a driver in the race. He signed with Andretti Racing this past year and raced his way to his 11th starting position. On Sunday, he believed. Throughout the race, whether riding alongside the top 10 or dropping further back in the 33-car field by the halfway point, Rossi remained the same skilled, smart and patient race-car driver he’s been throughout his career. Not pressing too far too fast, but also not giving up ground. With 65 laps to go in the most famous race in the world — one with more than 350,000 people on hand, and millions more watching on TV around the globe — Alexander Rossi raced to first place. It was a brief lead, though one long enough to earn a mention for his hometown of Nevada City, California. Lap after lap, as he drifted further back in the pack, those cheering him on would have settled for what he had already accomplished on this day: a potential top 10 finish, a likely Rookie of the Year award and the fact he had actually led a lap of the famed Indianapolis 500. Congratulations Alexander for making your hometown...

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Taste of Carmichael 2016 Welcomes Cirino’s Bloody Mary

Taste of Carmichael 2016 Welcomes Cirino’s Bloody Mary

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 0 comments

The Taste of Carmichael is celebrating its 14th year this 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. This year marks the first year that Cirino’s Bloody Mary Mix will be participating in the event and 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 BeachHut 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 today it is found 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. 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 for the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael, benefiting schools and charities. La Sierra Community Center is at 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael. Tickets are $40.00 and can also be purchased at the door or you can call: 916.489.4476. Read more here:...

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Singer/Songwriter Jewel Comes to Nevada County

Singer/Songwriter Jewel Comes to Nevada County

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 0 comments

Nevada County has many facets that sparkle and glisten and on Saturday May 14th she will be adding another. Singer/songwriter and 4-time Grammy Award winner, Jewel, will be performing live at our Veteran’s Hall in downtown Grass Valley. The Center for the Arts has done an incredible job in bringing such talent to our beautiful community. As a result, the 8 p.m.show is sold-out. Jewel was born in Payson, Utah and began her musical career at age 6 in Alaska. At 15 she won a scholarship to a private school devoted to the arts, Interlochen, in Michigan. Both her parents were musicians and it was her father that taught her the singing technique of yodeling which she has frequently used in some of her songs. Eventually, Jewel moved to the San Diego area and honed her craft in various coffeehouses. One in particular, the Inner Change in Pacific Beach, became a steady gig. It was here that Jewel’s talent was discovered in 1994 by a representative of Atlantic Records.  Her debut album “Pieces of You” didn’t begin climbing the charts until 1996. To help promote her album Jewel toured endlessly even becoming the opening act for both Bob Dylan and Neil Young. The popular single “Who Will Save Your Soul” climbed to number 11 on Billboard’s Top 100 list followed by “You Were Meant for Me” and “Foolish Games”. In recent years, Jewel has released more albums including a rendition of Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the “Wizard of Oz” and has worked as an actress with director Ang Lee, alongside Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich, in the Civil War drama Rides with the Devil in 1999. As a proud sponsor of The Center for the Arts, we are quite excited with the calendar of events this year holds. We hope you take the time to enjoy all the amenities our small community has to offer.  ...

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The Best Bloody Mary, Nevada City, CA

The Best Bloody Mary, Nevada City, CA

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 0 comments

It all started back in 1983 in Nevada City, CA. at Cirino’s Bar and Grill when owner Jerry Cirino concocted his first-ever Bloody Mary for patrons sitting on the other side of the bar. They requested a Bloody Mary and Jerry, never having made one, approached his endeavor as a chef as opposed to a bartender. The result was the “Best Bloody Mary”. Bloody Marys are either a passion, an acquired taste and for some who just don’t like the taste of tomato juice, an impossibility. Our Cirino’s Bloody Mary earned its slogan, “it’ll change your life” , to accommodate all of these facets. Jerry used the flavor balance he learned in cooking to create an experience that people craved. The history of the Cirino Bloody Mary has taken many twists and turns along the way. From its inception to present day, our Bloody Mary has traveled all over the world. We’ve had customers who have paid an overnight shipping cost through FedEx for $61.60 to get their private stash in time for the weekend. We had a customer who recently ordered a bottle to be shipped to her vacation destination in Hawaii, the Marriott Hotel, so she and her husband could enjoy one of our Bloody Marys every morning while sitting on their deck. Another packed it to a chateau in Paris, France for a private celebration for a group of Apple executives. All are wonderful stories. All are huge compliments. All would never have happened without the “word of mouth” our friends and customers have shared. There is another facet to our Bloody Mary Mix that has taken on a most unusual path. It is simply wonderful to cook with. Whether as a marinade for tri-tip, chicken and seafood or a flavor base for cioppino, shrimp and crab cocktail, soups, sauces and dips, our Mix has become a “go-to” item in the refrigerator. 309 Broad Street is now the home of the beautiful and elegant Golden Era Saloon. It was and is now the hub of Nevada City. The Sierra Foothills provide a most beautiful backdrop for several events throughout the year…Victorian Christmas, Hot Summer Nights, the Mardi Gras Parade, Nevada City Bicycle Classic (where Lance Armstrong was a participant and winner), the Constitution Day Parade and so many more. These events draw thousands and thousand of visitors, annually, many choosing to experience the small town charm of a great restaurant or popular bar. Foothill Magazine recently published  their March issue featuring this very fact. Please click on the attached link below and enjoy a beautiful expose on the Gold Country. You will truly enjoy the stories and the photographs. http://specialsections.goldcountrymedia.com/section/foothill-magazine-march-2016    ...

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Boz Scaggs Performs at California WorldFest 2016

Boz Scaggs Performs at California WorldFest 2016

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 0 comments

The Center for the Arts just released a press announcement that legendary Blues and Jazz singer and songwriter Boz Scaggs will be performing at the California WorldFest 2016 on Sunday July 17th. As the headliner, Scaggs will wrap up the 4 day WorldFest with his award-winning talents at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Raised in Oklahoma and Texas, Boz Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band in high school. They played together through college and went their separate ways before reuniting in 1967 in San Francisco where they created 2 record albums together. His solo debut in the U.S. was “Loan Me A Dime” featuring Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. In 1976, “Silk Degrees” moved up the Billboard Charts with “Lowdown”, “Lido Shuffle”and many more songs off the album. He also appeared as a contributing artist on the film soundtrack of “Urban Cowboy” with John Travolta and Debra Winger. The complete 4-day schedule includes over 40 performers on 8 stages, 50 workshops, kids activities and more. Other artists in the WorldFest lineup include Nahko and Medicine for the People, Third World, Delhi 2 Dublin, Rita Hosking and the Banana Slug String Band. This year the California WorldFest is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. The event runs July 14th -17th. Advanced tickets start at $65, on-site RV and tent camping are available. Special discount prices for teens and children. For more information, please visit their web-site at www.worldfest.net or call The Center for the Arts Box Office at 530.274.8384 ext. 14. As a proud sponsor of the Center for the Arts, we here at Cirino’s at Main Street hope you take the opportunity to witness for yourself the magic that makes this county such a spectacular community to live in....

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