Shaw explains the unique qualities of his book tour, “I’ve set up events I hope you will find interesting enough to come to. They’re short on standard book readings, long on eating. Isn’t that as it should be?” He will lead an anecdote-rich hike on Donner Summit at 10 a.m. on July 16. The hike leaves from Cedar House Sport Hotel and includes a fulfilling lunch on the trail. This walk in the woods highlights appropriate foraging techniques and includes recommendations for cooking local flora and fauna ($65).
In the evening indulge in The Forgotten Feast designed and prepared by Stella’s Chef Jacob. The Forgotten Feast begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a book signing followed by a five-course tasting menu inspired by Shaw’s book.
Enjoy Hank’s elderflower martini, a Charcuterie Tray with duck paté, head cheese, duck galantine served with Stella's wood fire sourdough plus Ceviche trout, homemade Chalupa shells, hell fire aioli, balsamic glazed venison hearts, caramelized onion brioche, fresh Lovage from the garden. The first course will be buttermilk fried rabbit roulade with summer greens from Stella's garden with a touch of wild dandelion honey and charred Sierra Yampah. Enjoy the second course comprised of Madrone brined duck breast, duck “sugo” ravioli with confit gizzards, gray’s Lovage and the third course featuring roasted venison loin, wild morels, mountain Muilla, foraged greens, elder flower gastrique. The dinner culminates with macerated blackberry tart, Manzanita berry sorbet and Hank’s prickly pear syrup ($75 plus 20% gratuity and tax).
The James Beard Foundation nominated Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, Shaw’s well-read blog, for Best Food Blog in 2009 and 2010. Check it out and you’ll understand why Shaw explains, “I am the omnivore who has solved his dilemma.”
For more information, call (530) 582-5655 or visit www.cedarhousesporthotel.com.