￼￼NORTHERN CALIFORNIA INGENUITY HAS helped give rise to America’s coffee culture, now a booming $30-billion-a-year industry. More than 60 percent of Americans say they drink coffee, totaling 400 million cups per day. Coffeehouses and cafes now surpass fast-food restaurants in their growth.
The first wave of coffee began in the Gold Rush-era when Folgers Coffee was [...]
THE CALIFORNIA CRAFT BEER boom is expected to intensify in 2015, with last year recording the strongest growth year ever. “We have seen year after year of strong craft beer growth,” says Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association.
California recently passed the mark of 500 craft breweries, the highest in the nation, [...]
After five years of operation, Stella Restaurant, part of The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, is moving in a new direction, as we report in our spring issue. Under Executive Chef Jacob Burton, Stella Culinary is taking over the kitchen and offering hands-on cooking classes, underground dinner parties for the general public and creative [...]
SPECIALTY COFFEE ROASTERS, RETAILERS and coffeehouses are booming in the foothills and Sierra, enhancing our culinary scene, creating new community gathering places and bolstering the region’s economy.
Coffeehouses in Grass Valley and Nevada City sell award-winning “third wave” Temple Coffee from Sacramento. On the ski slopes of Northstar at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, Café Blue [...]
AMERICANS EAT AN ESTIMATED 300 million sandwiches every day—on average, about one a day for every person. The Quintessential Grilled Cheese sandwich at Serendipity 3 in New York goes for—get this—$214. It starts off with bread buttered with a white truffle spread. Inside are layers of rare Caciocavallo Podolico cheese with lobster. In Alaska, Zagat [...]
IN THE NEW YEAR, WE HAVE BEEN enjoying a fine-dining cooking method that is making its way into home kitchens, including ours: Sous vide. The words are French for “under vacuum.” It was adopted by Georges Pralus in 1974 for a restaurant in Roanne, France. In 2009 Thomas Keller wrote the acclaimed Under Pressure: Cooking [...]
WHEN HE WAS GOVERNOR THE FIRST time, Jerry Brown and singer Linda Ronstadt would eat at The Willo Steakhouse, a Nevada County institution on historic Hwy. 49. The Willo has served more than 1 million choice New York steaks, carefully aged and cut daily.
Comedian Andy Samberg also is a regular diner in our region. Andy [...]
LOCAL CRAFT DISTILLING
California Distilled Spirits of Auburn, founded last year, is the first distillery to (legally) operate in Placer County since Prohibition. We wrote about the startup in our last issue, pointing out that it is available at Corti Bros. and Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, among other places. In the foothills it is available at [...]
ALONG HISTORIC HWY. 88, THE route of pioneers such as John Fremont and Kit Carson, Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe is known for its scenic beauty and recreation. The valley is popular with fishermen and hikers in summer, leaf peepers in fall and skiers in winter.
Tucked away on the valley’s eastern edge, Sorensen’s Resort is [...]
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF marshmology? It is a term used at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe and refers to the art of making s’mores over an open fire, a longtime tradition. The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts of 1927.
In the [...]