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Stella Culinary: cooking classes, lunch-lectures and dinner parties for spring

Stella Culinary: cooking classes, lunch-lectures and dinner parties for spring

After five years of operation, Stella Restaurant, part of The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, is moving in a new direction, as we report in our spring issue. Under Executive Chef Jacob Burton, Stella Culinary is taking over the kitchen and offering hands-on cooking classes, underground dinner parties for the general public and...

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Finding the perfect cup of coffee in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee-Tahoe

Finding the perfect cup of coffee in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee-Tahoe

SPECIALTY COFFEE ROASTERS, RETAILERS and coffeehouses are booming in the foothills and Sierra, enhancing our culinary scene, creating new community gathering places and bolstering the region’s economy. Coffeehouses in Grass Valley and Nevada City sell award-winning “third wave” Temple Coffee from Sacramento. On the ski slopes of Northstar at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, Café...

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Sous Vide Cooking: Coming to a Kitchen Near You

Sous Vide Cooking: Coming to a Kitchen Near You

IN THE NEW YEAR, WE HAVE BEEN enjoying a fine-dining cooking method that is making its way into home kitchens, including ours: Sous vide. The words are French for “under vacuum.” It was adopted by Georges Pralus in 1974 for a restaurant in Roanne, France. In 2009 Thomas Keller wrote the acclaimed Under Pressure:...

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What’s new: California Distilled Spirits in Auburn and Pizza Bar in Truckee

What’s new: California Distilled Spirits in Auburn and Pizza Bar in Truckee

LOCAL CRAFT DISTILLING California Distilled Spirits of Auburn, founded last year, is the first distillery to (legally) operate in Placer County since Prohibition. We wrote about the startup in our last issue, pointing out that it is available at Corti Bros. and Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, among other places. In the foothills it is available...

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Exploring Hope Valley

Exploring Hope Valley

ALONG HISTORIC HWY. 88, THE route of pioneers such as John Fremont and Kit Carson, Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe is known for its scenic beauty and recreation. The valley is popular with fishermen and hikers in summer, leaf peepers in fall and skiers in winter. Tucked away on the valley’s eastern edge, Sorensen’s Resort...

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Marshmology: the art of making s’mores over an open fire

Marshmology: the art of making s’mores over an open fire

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF marshmology? It is a term used at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe and refers to the art of making s’mores over an open fire, a longtime tradition. The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts of 1927. In...

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The Snowball Express

The Snowball Express

IN THE 1930S, VISITORS TRAVELED from the Bay Area and Sacramento to Truckee on Southern Pacific railroad’s “Snowball Express.” Now our magazine calls the internet the “Snowball Express”—to spread the word about our region’s burgeoning food, wine and beer, and music and arts scene, with a “snowballing effect.” This is one reason we also have...

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Stella in Truckee to become destination for culinary arts

Stella in Truckee to become destination for culinary arts

Stella Restaurant Executive Chef Jacob Burton on Saturday announced a plan to “take Stella Culinary to the next level” that will make it a destination for culinary arts: not just dining but hands-on cooking classes, themed dinner parties and a full scale R&D kitchen for culinary enthusiasts. We also interviewed Jacob about the changes, which...

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Artisan pizza abounds in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee

Artisan pizza abounds in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee

THE ITALIANS WHO CAME TO THE FOOTHILLS in the Gold Rush-era brought winemaking to the region, but they also introduced the tradition of baking in stone ovens. Area restaurants and wineries have revived the tradition, from North Auburn to Grass Valley to Nevada City to Truckee. Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Wine Tasting room, just off...

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Winter food, wine, art and music festivals in the foothills and Sierra

Winter food, wine, art and music festivals in the foothills and Sierra

Winter festivals include Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year in Nevada City, the Foothills Celebration food-and-wine pairing event in Grass Valley and, for the first time, WinterWonderGrass in Squaw Valley. MARDI GRAS NEVADA CITY, FEB. 14-15 A downtown parade, Masquerade Ball and Carnevale are featured, as this colorful foothills town again celebrates Mardi Gras. Weekend activities open...

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