Winter cooking classes

Winter is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class in the foothills. We’re indoors more, thanks to the winter weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for the holidays—French cookware, a wok or a Vitamix. TESS’ KITCHEN STORE 115 Mill St., Grass Valley […]

Tess’ Culinary Adventures: Have wok will travel

IN HIS BEST-SELLING MEMOIR A YEAR IN PROVENCE, author Peter Mayle “transports us into all the earthly pleasures of Provençal life,” and the main character is the region’s cuisine. “The year began with lunch,” the book begins, detailing a menu that included foie gras, beef en croûte, salads dressed in virgin oil, hand-picked cheeses, and […]

Winemaker dinners: Showcasing our local bounty

NOWHERE IS THE BOUNTY FROM our local food shed—from fruits, veggies and wine grapes to free-range beef, pork and lamb—better showcased than at our region’s winemaker dinners. The gatherings are hosted by chefs, winemakers and caterers in exceptional venues: historic buildings, such as Julia Morgan’s North Star House in Grass Valley; in a wine cave […]

Alice Waters’ local ties: from a forager to a farmer

ALICE WATERS HAS BEEN A CHAMPION of the farm-to-table movement for over four decades. She is a national treasure, as is her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. We’ve admired Waters since our college days at UC Berkeley in the late ’70s: We’ve eaten at her restaurant on Shattuck Ave. (upstairs and downstairs), interviewed her in […]

Art Works Gallery’s world traveling local artists

“LOCAL ART BY LOCAL ARTISTS” IS THE MOTTO for Art Works Gallery in downtown Grass Valley. Artwork in the gallery regularly features the scenic foothills and mountains that surround our region, including the South Yuba River, rolling, oak-studded hills, and Lake Tahoe. But many of the over 30 juried visual artists that belong to Art […]

Foraging for flavor: Summer cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

DURING THE SUMMER, YOU CAN TAKE advantage of the bounty from farmers markets and farm stands or backyard gardens. Cooking classes feature summer fruits and veggies. In a popular class at Tess’ Kitchen Store, in-house chef Alan Tangren—who was a restaurant forager at famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley—shows you how to select the best fruits […]

“Kitchen Cabinets”: Friends & family who advise each other in a real kitchen

“Kitchen cabinet” politics is a group of unofficial advisers to a political leader—often more influential than the official cabinet. President Reagan’s “kitchen cabinet” included trusted old friends, as did the group assembled by Andrew Jackson in 1829. Next year, our new President will form his or her own “kitchen cabinet.” The same is true when […]

Winter: An ideal time to sign up for a cooking class

“No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.” — Julia Child WINTER IS AN IDEAL TIME TO SIGN UP for a cooking class in the foothills or Truckee. We’re indoors more, thanks to the wintry weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for […]

Culinary Staycations: World travel at home

MANY PEOPLE DREAM OF a culinary vacation to France, Italy, China or Thailand. But it’s also possible to explore the world from home, in a cooking class or a night out with ethnic cuisine. Our region offers a growing number of experiences to explore the cuisines of the world—from hands-on cooking classes, underground and “pop […]

Chef’s Table at Tess Kitchen Store: “Late Summer Treats”

For more than two years, Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley has offered an exceptional dining experience called Chef’s Table with expertly cooked meals by Alan Tangren, a 22-year veteran at the venerable Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Alan also helped co-author two books with Chez Panisse’s founder Alice Waters, who just received a National Humanities […]

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