Chef’s Notes: Emily’s turns 10, Stone House opens and more

The Olive Groove olive oil store in Grass Valley provides the freshest extra virgin olive oils, infused olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar’s on tap. The store is at 126 Mill St. in the heart of the historic downtown. Visit the store and sample over 70 different flavors of the freshest extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegar from around the world. The store also offers olive skin care products, loose leaf teas, hand-blended smoked salts, rubs and bread dipping sauces.

Emily’s Catering & Cakes in Grass Valley celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring. The celebration includes one of Emily’s “pop-up” bakeries on April 27-29, featuring cupcakes (dozens of kinds), cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, fudge and other treats, as well as cake walks, music, prizes and more. Emily’s baked goods are always available by special order by calling 530-271-CAKE or visiting

Artisan chocolate-maker Cello Chocolate is now selling a chocolate bar made with cocoa beans from Fiji. The cocoa comes from the Mataswalevu Cocoa Farm on the island of Vanua Levu. Its description: “Hot cocoa notes with a creamy marshmallow finish.” In June, Cello chocolate owners Ned and Debi Russell are going to Turrialba, Costa Rica, to visit the Peralta Cocoa Farm.

Owners Genevieve Crouzet and Kirk Valentine proudly mix their heritage, world travels and years of dining experience to focus on old-style meals mixed with French country cooking. They select organic and natural foods whenever possible. Twice a month on Friday nights, the Classic features popular local musicians Beaucoup Chapeaux and a tapas and European menu.

The Stone House in Nevada City is opening this spring after an extensive renovation. The seasonal menu is based on fresh local ingredients. The bar offers small bites and craft cocktails. The first musical show was an album release for a local band.

A new restaurant has opened in Penn Valley called Twelve 28 Kitchen featuring new American cuisine made from fresh local ingredients, as well as craft beer and wine. It is located in the Gateway Center, 10118 Com- mercial Ave., in Penn Valley.

Treats ice cream of Nevada City plans to relocate to the historic Tinnery Building at 205 York St., next to New Moon Cafe, in the Gold Rush-era town.

(Image: Kathryn Wronski)

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