Twelve 28 Kitchen: “We get asked for our recipes all the time”

LIKE MORE AND MORE LOCALS, we have enjoyed our dinners at Twelve 28 Kitchen in Penn Valley. Under Chef Zach Sterner, who has been cooking for 18 years as a private chef at small restaurants and at a Michelin-starred dining room, Twelve 28 Kitchen turns out imaginative and memorable meals. Though a relative newcomer to […]

Drought encourages Tahoe to focus on year-round activities

WE LOVE CELEBRATING OUR REGION’S year-round lifestyle centered around farm-fresh food, fine dining, local wine and beer, art and music and outdoor recreation — and it’s becoming a bigger draw for vacations, staycations and relocations. Tahoe and Truckee have deep roots in winter sports, going back to Sugar Bowl in the ’30s and the 1960 […]

Monkey Cat: Fine dining in Auburn

OUR AREA IS HOME to some of the most experienced and enthusiastic restaurateurs. For the past 11 years, Jim Bril and his wife, Trish, have owned the popular Monkey Cat restaurant in downtown Auburn. Jim also has partnered with Gary Capps, a longtime local, to open Tre Pazzi, an authentic Italian trattoria in Auburn. “I […]

Destination dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

GREAT FOOD IS A PART OF EVERY adventure. In our region, imaginative chefs and restaurateurs are invigorating the dining scene, and a growing number are winning rave reviews—from the James Beard Foundation, OpenTable, respected restaurant critics and food magazines. Farm-to-fork restaurants are a way of life in the foothills, not a fad, thanks to an […]

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 […]

Tahoe’s West Shore Cafe: New chef, innovative menu

THE LAKE TAHOE AREA’S NATURAL beauty and laid-back lifestyle has long been a draw for accomplished chefs and restaurateurs from all over. Back in the ’70s, Douglas Dale, the chef and owner of Wolfdale’s in Tahoe City, worked in big cities but he said he was “bedazzled” at Lake Tahoe’s “jaw-dropping” beauty and decided to […]

Winter farm-to-table at Stella and Trokay restaurants, thanks to Produce Plus

Though the ground where Stella restaurant’s garden grows was frozen solid, we recently enjoyed a four-star meal with fresh, seasonal ingredients, thanks to Chef Jacob Burton and his staff. The ingredients ranged from microgreens, to Maitake and Shitake mushrooms, to baby vegetables cultivated for perfection. Across town, Restaurant Trokay chef John Weatherson and his team […]