Hotel Sutter: Where history meets comfort

ALONG WITH WATERING HOLES and movie houses, Gold Rush-era hotels have long been economic anchors for Mother Lode towns. Just as saloons such as the Golden Era lounge in Nevada City are being restored, historic hotels also are being renovated—helping to revitalize the downtowns and their surroundings. The Hotel Sutter in Sutter Creek (Amador County) […]

Iconic Poor Red’s in El Dorado reopens

Three local residents have brought the historic “Poor Red’s” back to life. The Genovese brothers, Mike and Jeff have brought aboard Mike Hountalas, owner of the Purple Place in El Dorado Hills and part-owner of the Cliff House in San Francisco, to begin an adventure in renovating Poor Reds. People came from all over California […]

Lefty’s Grill: Now serving “the perfect drink”

IN 2008, TWO LEFT-HANDED chefs—John Cammack and Chris Duncan—opened “Lefty’s Grill” in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white tablecloth dining,” including burgers, flat-bread pizzas that won international honors, creative entrees and fresh salads. Five years later, Lefty’s outgrew its space and moved to 101 Broad Street, with views of […]

Tofanelli’s ownership celebrates 10th anniversary

April 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of ownership of Tofanelli’s casual Italian-American bistro and to celebrate, Tofanelli’s will offer a daily (except Sundays) $10 special on popular menu items such as prime rib tostadas, crab cakes, shrimp or chicken caesar salad and fish tacos. Husband and wife partners Frank Cooney and Susan Purdy purchased Tofanelli’s […]

2016 James Beard Foundation awards restaurant and chef semifinalists announced

The James Beard Foundation announced today its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the 26th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Selected from a list of more than 20,000 online entries, the prestigious group of semifinalists in 21 categories represents a wide range of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations in ten […]

Nevada City’s Stonehouse to become culinary arts destination under new owner

Jonathan Rowe, founder and CEO of event venue The Village and video production company Madrone Studios in San Francisco, has bought the historic Stonehouse building in Nevada City, he told our magazine. Rowe plans to revitalize the Stonehouse as a destination for culinary artistry, a tapas bar, visiting chefs, weddings and events. We spoke with […]

Morgans Lobster Shack in Truckee: wicked fresh fish

Known for its “wicked fresh fish,” Morgan’s Lobster Shack (MorgansLobsterShack.com) in Truckee is the place to go for fish and chips, an authentic New England lobster roll or an oyster po’ boy. The restaurant and fish market offers fresh fish for the grill, including Alaskan halibut, swordfish, salmon, wild shrimp, scallops and live Maine lobster. […]

Casa Las Katarinas: Real Mexican food in Grass Valley

WHEN LAS KATARINAS MEXICAN restaurant closed in historic Nevada City last fall, it was like losing an old friend. The food was delicious and authentic, and husband-and-wife owners Dave Francis and Delia Gutierrez were gracious hosts. During its 10-year run, the restaurant often was full, drawing locals and visitors alike. Now, after a brief hiatus, […]

Restaurant Trokay in Truckee: A four-star dining experience

FOUR YEARS AGO, JOHN AND NYNA Weatherson moved to Truckee from the East Coast, where John had graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY; worked as a station chef at a three-star Michelin restaurant in Manhattan; and honed his skills under renowned chefs such as Daniel Boulud. Nyna had […]

Dining out in Grass Valley

ALONG WITH OTHER FOOTHILL towns, Grass Valley’s dining scene expresses its own local traditions: Cornish pasties, Italian food and Asian cuisine from its Gold Rush heritage, along with fresh fruits, vegetables and free-range meats from surrounding farms and ranches. It also mirrors the trend of culinary innovation in small towns across America, including a chef’s […]

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