“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 [...]

“The best thing I ever ate” in Grass Valley and Nevada City

On Food Network, stars describe a different food they consider to be one of the best things they’ve ever eaten. Here are some of the best things we’ve ever eaten in our region:
FRESH-FRUIT PANCAKES,
TOFANELLI’S
Fresh blueberry, pecan, or banana pancakes dusted with powder sugar and served with butter and syrup. Tof’s also has 101 omelets. A [...]

Cooking classes in Sierra Foothills showcase spring’s bounty

“In just spring, when the world is puddle-wonderful.”
—E . E . CUMMINGS
FARMERS ARE PLANTING THEIR SUMMER CROPS and harvesting spring’s bounty. Spring lettuces are headed for the markets. April is a time for asparagus and artichokes. Fresh local onions, squash, peppers and eggplant are expected in May and June. Here’s a sampling of spring cooking [...]

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 in [...]

Brown Derby’s original Cobb Salad recipe

Brown Derby’s original Cobb Salad:
Cobb Salad
1/2 head lettuce, about 4 cups
1 bunch watercress
1 small bunch chicory, about 2 1/2 cups
1/2 head romaine, about 2 1/2 cups
2 medium peeled tomatoes
6 strips of crisp bacon
2 breasts of boiled chicken
3 hard cooked eggs
1 avocado
1/2 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese
2 [...]

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 Rowe [...]

Craft cocktail boom spreads to Foothills and Tahoe-Truckee

THE NEW-YORK BASED TELEVISION SHOW Sex and the City helped put craft cocktails on the map in the ’90s when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, regularly ordered “Cosmos” with her girlfriends.
“The idea that it’s not a date without cocktails was created by Sex and the City,” as Dale DeGroff, America’s foremost mixologist and a [...]

Japanese culinary adventure: Tsukiji market & sushi-making class

A COOKING CLASS IS AN IDEAL way to explore local culture. Last fall we visited Tokyo and signed up for a sushi-making class, using fresh ingredients from a tour of the Tsukiji fish market, the world’s largest seafood market. Tsukiji also sells fresh fruit and vegetables.
We toured the “inner market,” where 900 licensed wholesale dealers [...]

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