Judy Rodgers’ famous Zuni Cafe roasted chicken

Judy Rodgers, the influential chef-owner of Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, died this week. She was 57 years old and had been battling cancer. We were regulars at Zuni for years. Judy was one of the young chefs who were instrumental in creating “California Cuisine.” She inspired other chefs, including Traci Des Jardins, who founded […]

Washington Post writes about Truckee foodie scene, including Stella

The Washington Post published its annual U.S. ski guide this month and singled out the foodie scene in Truckee. In particular, it pointed to Stella at the Cedar House Sport Hotel, which our magazine has recommended for years. “The chef uses fresh produce from the restaurant garden to create simple regional cuisine. Entrees from $22,” […]

Fireside dining in the Sierra and foothills

“OH THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL, but the fire is so delightful.” Winter is the time to enjoy fireside dining, and the foothills and Sierra offer some of best places. Here are some of them: Kane’s Fine Food There’s a big fireplace in the dining room, a modern-looking design with a stylish “K” on the […]

Puttin’ on The Ritz at Northstar

THE SIERRA NEVADA’S FIRST RITZ-CARLTON hotel opened in December, a $300 million resort that is situated mid-mountain at the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski area. The new Ritz features 170 guest rooms, ski-in, ski-out access, a spa—and a signature restaurant perched on the slopes called Manzanita. “The name Manzanita seemed fitting for a restaurant in the Lake Tahoe […]