“Passing the apron” at Tess’ Kitchen Store

Tess’ Kitchen Store store in historic downtown Grass Valley has been in continuous operations since 1931, when original owner Tess Hawkins had a gift and card shop. Since then, the store has relocated on Mill Street, each time to a bigger location. In 2010, Steve Rosenthal and his wife, Rachel, purchased what had become Tess’ […]

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 […]

Fine wine: A new offering at Tess’ Kitchen Store

TESS’ KITCHEN STORE IN HISTORIC Grass Valley has launched a wine program that includes retail sales, classes and two wine clubs. In April, Tess’ also expects to begin selling bottles of craft beer. It is a milestone for Tess’ and represents a growing trend, the morphing of food, wine, and kitchenware into one shopping experience. […]

Culinary adventures in Nevada County CA

FROM FOOD FESTS TO FARM tours to top-notch cooking schools, our region is capitalizing on the boom in culinary travel. Enjoy a culinary vacation, such as Stella’s underground dinners, or its five-day culinary “boot camp” — both at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee. Stella Culinary is led by Executive Chef Jacob Burton, a […]

Chez Panisse veteran signs on as a guest cooking teacher at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley

Alan Tangren, who spent his childhood summers on the family farm in Chicago Park, worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley for 22 years and has contributed to books with the restaurant’s owner Alice Waters, is going to be a guest cooking instructor at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley. ” I plan on utilizing his […]

Culinary Adventures – take a cooking class

“No one is born a great cook—one learns by doing.” -Julia Child,My Life in France In 1948, Julia Child found her true calling. She moved to France, developed a passion for French cooking and authored books that became essential for food lovers. In 1993, we recall attending the annual Western Cable Show and marveling at […]

Latkes for Hanukkah at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley

Our family enjoys cultural adventures, so we celebrated Hanukkah while cooking and eating Latkes at Tess’ Kitchen Store in downtown Grass Valley. Saturday was the first night of Hanukkah. Downtown Grass Valley was all aglow, decked out with holiday lights, colorful window displays and the sound of carolers. The town was bustling. The evening highlight […]

Tess’ Kitchen Store: Sampling their new cooking classes

On Wednesday night, we joined about 12 others for a cooking class at Tess’ Kitchen Store in downtown Grass Valley, a fun and educational experience. Starting next month, Tess’ will offer cooking classes for the first time in a new “restaurant quality” kitchen. They include “Holiday Entertaining,” “Comfort Foods,” a “Valentine’s Couples Dinner,” “Shellfish” and […]

Tess’ Kitchen Store: Expanding in Grass Valley

NOWHERE IS THE RESURGENCE OF downtown Grass Valley more visible than at Tess’ Kitchen Store, a longtime Mill Street merchant that will become an ultimate cooking store this spring with an innovative expansion. Tess’ has been in continual operation since 1931, when original owner Tess Hawkins had a gift and card shop. The store has […]

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