Oh Canada – Dinner at Polly’s Paladar

Bear Yuba Land Trust is pleased to announce the second in a three-part series of fine dining experiences at Nevada City’s private supper club, Polly’s Paladar.

This month’s dinner will feature food from across the Great White North by Chef Rob Brown. Live music will be provided by Fast Rattler with an art show by Heather DeViveiros. Proceeds benefit Bear Yuba Land Trust and land conservation. There are four seatings – two on Friday, Jan. 19 and two on Saturday, Jan. 20.

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Sorry, no specific dietary preferences can be accommodated this month. Better be an omnivore, think and eat like a Canuck!

The Menu

Smoked Salmon Blini
Halifax Style Donair Pita
Marinated Mussels & Potato Bread
Pork Tourtiere
Pierogi with Seared Cabbage & Kielbasa
Carrot Sorbet
Strip Steak, Fanciful Potato & Corn on the Cob
Maple Bacon Beavertail Doughnut

About Polly’s

Polly’s Paladar is—in true paladar fashion—a private supper club in the heart of downtown Nevada City dedicated to encouraging enthusiasm for the shareable food movement. Owner Megan Hart collaborates with organic farmers, chefs, and artists to provide a fusion of delectable delights in a unique atmosphere: her home. Every month features a distinctly crafted culinary theme and a guest chef.

About the Chef


Rob Brown spent his childhood in the mountains outside of Calgary. Born into an outdoorsy family imbued Rob with a love of nature. His early adulthood was spent working various jobs to pay for his climbing, hiking, camping and scuba diving in Southern Alberta and Southern California.

Rob enrolled in the Professional Cooking Program at the Southern Alberta School of Technology (SAIT). While striving for the Red Seal Certification, he had the privilege of working at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts in Banff. There Rob assisted renowned chef, Dany Lamote of Todos Santos, Mexico. Later, he spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons as the Sous Chef at the Lake O’Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park.

He subsequently worked as a Saucier at one of the top restaurants in Calgary, Blink Restaurant and Bar under Chef Chris Dewling, a slew of eateries across the land, and lastly at Ox and Angela in Calgary before going to the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Here he uses game meat and the most “local” produce they can find, 250 miles away in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

The Music 


Brendan Phillips, son of Utah Phillips, wears his influences on his sleeve. For the better part of a decade, Brendan has been traveling and touring with a rotating and eclectic cast of musicians; he dubbed Fast Rattler. Drawing from his pop’s catalog (including songs Utah never recorded or performed) and the universe of American Folk music that he grew up listening to around campfires and at festivals all over the US and Canada, Brendan Phillips and Fast Rattler represents a collaboration of kindred spirits, inspired by all things Utah. Encompassing a wide range of musical influences; from Americana and Bluegrass to gypsy-jamming’ wood-punk, Phillips and Fast Rattler pay homage to the songs of Utah while also adding their spin, reimagining Utah’s songs in a string band format. Sometimes they all play together, and sometimes a song is sung alone, it’s an ebb and flow, tied to the moment, always attentive to what the song needs. This format lends itself to a dynamic performance, at times intimate, at times raucous, but still keeping with the spirit of collaboration and ever true to the music.

Fast Rattler made it’s record debut on the 2009 Grammy-nominated album “Singing Through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips” which included artists like Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton. The release of 2011“Linger On: Celebrating the Songs of Utah Phillips” marked Fast Rattler’s first full-length debut. In 2006, Fast Rattler played Winterfolk for a capacity audience at Portland’s historic Aladdin Theater. In 2007, they joined Utah at the Vancouver Folk Festival, playing the songs while Utah told the stories. After Utah passed away, Fast Rattler returned to the Vancouver festival to perform as part of a Utah Phillips memorial. In 2011, Fast Rattler played at the annual Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival alongside acts like Mavis Staples, Great American Taxi, and Los Lobos. Since the release of Linger On, Fast Rattler has played on stages large and small all over Oregon, Washington, and California.

Current Line-up
Brendan Phillips, guitar, banjo, vocals
Travers Clifford (Dakota Sid and Trav) on Mandolin and Dobro
Dylan Hennings (Belfry Brothers) on upright bass.

The Art


Heather’s inspiration for her paintings come from lines, patterns and shapes she sees in the natural world around her. She leans toward the decorative and has been dramatically influenced by the Japanese Edo period, especially the panel screens and art of Ogata Korin, Watanabe Shiko, and Sakai Hoitsu. Klimt, Vuillard, Bonnard, and Van Gogh have also influenced her work.

“I love it when a finished painting “feels” right, but it is the process of painting that is my focus. The process is intuitive. I usually start with a basic idea or image, but then let the painting itself and my feelings dictate what happens next.”

Creating art has always been a part of her life. Born and raised in the greater Bay Area of Northern California, both of her parents are artists, and her father taught at California College of Art. She has always leaned toward the unconventional and finding her way, with no formal training except for lessons from her dad. When it came time for college, he encouraged Heather to keep doing her art. Heather became serious about painting in 2003 and had shown work in many venues in Northern California.

Heather paints acrylic on wood panel. She likes the durability and hard surface of door skin (what is used to make hollow core doors). It also keeps the paintings themselves relatively light. She uses a lot of bright paints, which don’t necessarily translate into photographs.
What she is interested in, is exploring the texture, color, and form of her inner world, dipping her paintbrush into her essence. She wants the painting to speak of the emotional tone, the pure and raw perspective of her inner emotions, imagery, and nature. It is not realism that propels her, but her interpretation of the world.

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