Mahogany Magic: Tahoe’s Concours d’Elegance and Maritime Museum

THE 44TH ANNUAL LAKE TAHOE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE is August 12-13 at historic Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, the birthplace of wooden boats on “Big Blue.” This year, North America’s premier wooden boat show features the marquee class of Chris-Craft racing runabouts.
The racing runabouts were first built 80 years ago. Only 50 of the pre-war 19-ft. [...]

Pure Liquid Fun! Our lakes and rivers are full

OUR REGION’S LAKES AND RIVERS, including Lake Tahoe, the Yuba and American rivers, are at their highest levels in years this summer, thanks to El Niño weather.
Though the prolonged drought is not over, the wet winter sets the stage for a stellar season for water sports: motor boating, sailing, water skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, [...]

A Lake Tahoe “bucket list”: boating, hiking, biking, festivals and more

Here are some things to do this summer in Lake Tahoe:
1 Try stand-up paddle boarding at one of the race series in North Lake Tahoe, including the 10th annual Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival August 12-14 in Kings Beach.
2 View antique and classic wooden boats at the 44th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance Aug. 12-13 in [...]

Wooden boats on parade at Lake Tahoe

“LAKE TAHOE IS WATER. CLEAR, cold, deep blue and majestic,” E.B. Scott writes in The Saga of Lake Tahoe (1957), a definitive book on America’s largest Alpine lake. But the lake also has a captivating past, led by its maritime history. The first boats on Tahoe were the Washoe on their “dugouts,” followed by steamships [...]

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 and [...]

La Dolce Vita! Touring Italy like a local

Chef Gianfranco Maffezzoni and marketing director Stefano Landini have reenergized Trattoria Milano in Grass Valley, thanks to their passion for authentic Italian food and customer service. They have built a loyal following.
Now the two Italian-born epicureans have teamed up to offer “locals tours” of their native country, sharing la dolce vita (or the “sweet life”) [...]

Summer is prime time for farmers markets

SUMMER IS PRIME TIME FOR FARMERS MARKETS, in our region and all across America.
The USDA’s 17th annual National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13, celebrating the role of farmers markets in local economies. The markets create local jobs; return more of their sales to the local economy than grocery stores; and provide consumers with fresh, [...]

“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 it [...]

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 gurgling [...]

Boz Scaggs: A food, wine & art proprietor

WE WERE IN THE HOUSE BACK IN 1988 when legendary rhythm and blues artist Boz Scaggs opened Slim’s nightclub and restaurant in San Francisco. Few people imagined Slim’s would help launch the city’s hip South of Market neighborhood (or “SoMa”), now home to the Museum of Modern Art (1995), ”live/work” lofts, Airbnb and Uber, the [...]

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