FoodWineArt Insider: The Ham Stand, Treeline Coffee, Dedrick’s, Lefty’s


“I’ve always wanted to open a salumeria,” said Jason Jillson, owner of The Ham Stand in Nevada City. Last year, he opened The Ham Stand, and it now has a loyal following.

In a small store once occupied by the BYOB wine shop, Jason is preparing house-cured meats such as salami, calabrese, prosciutto, ribs, bacon, sausage, bratwurst and hot dogs.

He also sells delicious sandwiches such as the “Ham Standard” (cold cuts, olive salsa and provolone on olive bread). The store also offers catering, pop-up dinners and cooking workshops.

Two Nevada County women own Treeline Coffee, a popular Bozeman, Montana coffeemaker that recently was included in a Food & Wine magazine feature titled “The Best Coffee in Every State.”

“Treeline feels like a Bozeman fixture. In 2018, Natalie Van Dusen and partner Deejay Newell opened a café at the heart of the city, inside the popular Lark Hotel,” Food & Wine wrote this spring. It added that the business comes with a “great backstory: woman-grown, woman-imported, and finally, woman-roasted (coffee beans).”

Nevada City has a new historical landmark, the Golden Era Lounge. In March, the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission unveiled a plaque at the historic building at 309 Broad St.

The plaque reads: “Buildings on this site have housed bars and saloons since the Gold Rush era.” The building was renovated by Steve and Cindy Giardina, who reopened it as the Golden Era Lounge in 2015. It has many historical features, including a bar that is over 120 years old.

Tess’ Kitchen Store in downtown Grass Valley has brought back Dedrick’s Cheese. Tess’ has partnered with Dedrick’s to offer cheese, olives, salamis and crackers. Dedrick’s Cheese maintains a storefront on Main Street in Placerville, as well as locations in Truckee, Homewood and wineries in El Dorado and Amador counties. Tess’ is located at 115 Mill St. in the historic downtown.

The two left-handed owners/chefs of Lefty’s Grill, John Cammack and Chris Duncan, have opened a new restaurant in Grass Valley. Lefty’s Fry House is casual dining with an imaginative menu, including fish and chips, fried chicken, sandwiches and salads, among other items. The “Hill Billy Beignets” are delicious. It is at 840 East Main St., next to Sierra Cinemas.

(Photo: Stacy Townsend)

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