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A Fusion of Fresh

Winter 2014-2015       By Susan D. Rock      

Tahoe Vista's fresh, sophisticated Cedar Glen Lodge

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Tahoe’s Best Backpacking Recipes

Best of Tahoe 2015       Written By Susan D. Rock      

TQ went to the experts to find out what’s tastiest on the trail

You know the feeling. Rolling into camp after a big day on the trail and the mere thought of one more freeze-dried, highly salted, shrink-wrapped meal in a shiny package…

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Q&A with Jacob Burton, executive chef at Truckee’s Stella

Summer 2014       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Chef shares his influences, desire to help young culinary hopefuls

A native of Cool, California, and graduate of California Culinary Academy, Chef Jacob Burton began his cooking career at Michelin-starred La Folie in San Francisco. A small-town guy at heart,…

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A Homewood-Cooked Meal

Summer 2015       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Chef Kristi Ritchey brings fresh, new flavor to the West Shore Cafe

Along a certain stretch of The Lake the locals like to boast, “The West Shore is the best shore.”       Indeed, of the many fine reasons to chart a course…

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Packing Heat

Winter 2013       Written By Susan D. Rock       Written By Jen Schmidt      

This Heavenly Village destination may be named for a famous bump run, but dining here is nothing but smooth

Gunbarrel Tavern & Eatery has nothing to do with firearms, and everything to do with slaying the profound hunger that strikes after a day shredding the slopes. Named after Heavenly…

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On Track at JAX

Ski & Ride 2016       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Classic Truckee diner is big on portions and people   The folks at JAX at the Tracks have figured out that mountains make us hungry. Really, really hungry, at all…

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Restaurant Review: Park Prime steakhouse

Ski & Ride 2015       Written By Susan D. Rock      

New steakhouse at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hits all the right notes

Michael Jackson’s glove. B.B. King’s guitar. Elvis’s jumpsuit. South Shore’s new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses an extensive collection of rock and roll memorabilia (the King actually performed 106…

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Spots for Spot: Dog Friendly Dining in Lake Tahoe

Best of Tahoe 2016       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Enjoy Tahoe’s dog days at these pet-friendly places

Everything in Tahoe is more fun with your four-legged furry friend—even grabbing a bite, so to speak. With the Health Department happier if hounds hang outside, many area eateries welcome…

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Chopping Block: Q&A with David Smith, Executive Chef, Cottonwood

Winter 2014-2015       Written By Susan D. Rock       Written By Jen Schmidt      

Q&A with David Smith, executive chef, Cottonwood

Overlooking Old Town Truckee, Cottonwood restaurant, which opened in 1988, occupies a 1928-era warming hut built for the local ski club with wood salvaged from a Martis Valley logging operation.…

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Chopping Block: Q&A with Steve Anderson, Executive Chef, Northstar California

Winter 2015-2016       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Steve Anderson helms the culinary ship at Northstar California

Born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Northstar California executive chef Steve Anderson has 26 restaurant openings under his belt, including the resort’s flagship Zephyr Lodge in…

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Tahoe Recipe: Reconstructed Berry Pie by Jacob Burton

Summer 2014       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Find out how to make Chef Jacob Burton's reconstructed berry pie

by Jacob Burton   This “reconstructed” berry pie is a simple play on a traditional favorite. I love macerated berries in the summertime, and who doesn’t like a good berry…

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High-elevation Aloha

Winter 2016-2017       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Kalani’s in South Lake Tahoe warms winter with Hawaiian Island fare   Snowboards, surfboards, sushi. The Tahoe-Hawaii connection is a well-travelled one, and the shortest distance between the two happy…

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Chopping Block

Ski & Ride 2013       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Q&A with Chris Banovich, owner of Truckee-based North Tahoe Catering Company and Bano’s Icework

Chris Banovich, owner of Truckee-based North Tahoe Catering Company and Bano’s Iceworks, has lived in the Tahoe area for nearly 25 years. A California Culinary Academy graduate, the Castro Valley native…

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Chopping Block: Q&A with Tiffany Swan, executive chef at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Ski & Ride 2016       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Born and raised in a fishing and hunting family in a small town surrounded by strawberry farms near Portland, Oregon’s Columbia River, Tiffany Swan, the newly elevated executive chef of…

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Lake Tahoe’s Best Brewpubs

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Tahoe's best brew pubs

Written by TQ Staff Originally published in Best of Tahoe, 2011 Benjamin Franklin once said “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” A simple formula—malts,…

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Craft Brewery Boom

Best of Tahoe 2016       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Reno-Tahoe's beer scene is buzzing, pushed forward by entrepreneurs and innovators

Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be hoppy. While there is no proof Ben Franklin actually uttered those words, we do hold this truth to be…

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Tahoe Restaurant Review: The Sunnyside of Life

Summer 2014       Written By Susan D. Rock      

New chef adds flair, keeps classics in this favorite Tahoe lakeside summer spot

Fish tacos and zucchini sticks, margaritas and mai tais, all served on a hopping lakeside deck on a Tahoe summer day. Sunnyside Restaurant is all that, and lately, a lot…

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Prime Time Performance

Ski & Ride 2013       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Squaw Valley USA’s PlumpJack Café hits all of its marks

     Borrowing its name from Shakespeare’s roguish and rotund character of large appetites, the PlumpJack Café at Squaw Valley USA indeed feels like part of a professional and polished production.…

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Chopping Block: Q&A with Peter Brinckerhoff

Summer 2015       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Talking with Peter Brinckerhoff, executive chef for Gar Woods, Riva Grille and Bar of America

Interview by Susan D. Rock  •  Photography by Dylan Silver Born in Glen Cove, New York, and raised on Long Island and in Sarasota, South Shore–based Peter Brinckerhoff is corporate…

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Serious, and Scrumptious

Summer 2016       Written By Susan D. Rock      

With proprietors who take their craft seriously, this Truckee spot serves up quality plates Earnest. That might best describe the Truckee Tavern & Grill and its proprietors, Chris St. Martin…

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Get to the Greek: South Lake Restaurant has Mediterranean Flair

Ski & Ride 2014       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Celebrity chef Maria Elia and her globally renowned culinary skills land in South Lake

Smashing plates evoke images of ouzo, “oopah!” and Anthony Quinn. It is also the title of the latest, much-lauded cookbook from British celebuchef Maria Elia, who just happens to be…

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Chopping Block: Q&A with William Burns, executive chef at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats

Winter 2016-2017       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Q&A with William Burns, executive chef at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats     Executive chef at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats in Truckee since 2012, William Burns grew up…

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Chopping Block: Q&A with Justin Kaplan, executive chef of Cold Water Brewery & Grill

Summer 2016       Written By Susan D. Rock      

A native of Princeton, New Jersey, Justin Kaplan launched Lookout Lodge at Martis Camp in Truckee, Nine41 Eatery & Bar in Incline Village and Cold Water Brewery & Grill in…

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Peak Flavor

Winter 2015-2016       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Resort at Squaw Creek’s signature restaurant stands up to the scenery

Dramatic mountain views. A warm fire. Cleverly crafted cocktails. Fine dining without the fuss. Six Peaks Grille, the Resort at Squaw Creek’s signature slopeside restaurant, is all that.       Named…

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Keep Tahoe Crafty

Best of Tahoe 2013       Written By Julia Mueller      

Tahoe’s craft beer & spirits are making local and long-distance waves

Lake Tahoe is renowned for its unparalleled beauty. What it has not been known for until recently are its microbreweries and distilleries.  Local companies are servicing the trendy and growing…

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Rolling in the Dough

Best of Tahoe 2015       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Estee, tireless champion for simple, seasonal, fresh and local makes his mark

Mark Estee loves food—nose to tail, root to stalk. The ever-enthusiastic chef-owner of Campo, Burger Me!, Reno Provisions, Nevada Museum of Art’s chez louis, and managing partner of Heritage at…

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Chopping Block: Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe’s Stanley Miller

Ski & Ride 2015       Written By Susan D. Rock      

Q&A with Stanley Miller, executive chef, the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Born and raised in rural northwestern Ohio, Stanley Miller graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, and most recently worked at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes, as…

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