Executive chef Jacob Burton nominated by Food & Wine for The People’s Best New Chef® award!
Burton, executive chef of Stella and The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, CA was nominated for The People’s Best New Chef
® on March 11, 2013. Burton graduated from the California Culinary Academy and worked in San Francisco and North Tahoe before joining Stella in March 2010. He is passionate about creating memorable dishes and sharing his knowledge through an in-depth online culinary school that is offered at no cost to culinary enthusiasts worldwide (check out https://www.stellaculinary.com/chef-jacob-burton)
. Visit www.foodandwine.com/peoples-best-new-chef/california.
The media took note!
Before Food & Wine eliminated access to the live standings, Inside Scoop SF
reported "In a huge upset over the city folk so far, the guy from Truckee is winning the vote in the early going."
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About the award
The award is an extension of the FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs program. The field of 100 nominees for The People’s Best New Chef award includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America.
The chef with the most votes in each region is named a finalist and the finalist with the most votes is "The People’s Best New Chef."
Announcing on-site classes at Cedar House Sport Hotel and “Dishing with Stella,” a culinary lecture series
Truckee, CA - Stella, Cedar House Sport Hotel’s on site restaurant run by Executive Chef Jacob Burton in Truckee, CA, is offering culinary adventures including classes and topics to engage the mind, hands and taste buds.
“We are committed to offering interesting, high quality programming to residents and visitors and are fortunate to have chef Jacob Burton. Expect more classes to be added to the series,” shares Patty Baird, owner of Cedar House Sport Hotel. Details are available on Cedar House Sport Hotel's new event calendar.
6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 The Evolution of Pizza: A Tasty History
Follow pizza's infancy from its Sicilian and Neapolitan routes to modern day Neo-Neapolitan pies, from New York style to Chicago, to California and beyond. The Evolution of Pizza covers authentic Neapolitan style pizzas baked in Stella's 800F degree wood-fire oven, Sicilian pizzas, New York style (for the home sick east coasters) as well as creative Californian style. Learn how to properly stretch dough for different styles of pizzas and there will be a sauce making demonstration. Recipes are included in this hands-on cooking class taught by Chef Jacob, and he promises you will learn how to recreate incredible pizzas in your home oven. Each attendee will have the opportunity to make at least one custom pizza and dinner will include pizzas created by the class, a seasonal salad and classic tiramisu. $75.00 pp. Beer and wine available with dinner at an additional charge. Limited to 16 participants. 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 Whole Roasted Chicken: The Sunday Supper Cornerstone
“As modern living continues to demand more of our time and attention, an art form is being lost. The Sunday Supper class will give you the tools and know-how to entice family and friends to your Sunday Super Table with a whole roasted chicken dinner complete with mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted vegetables, garden salad and a tasty dessert,” explains Chef Jacob. He adds, “ With the advent of the farmer's market and many supermarkets carrying high quality meats and organic vegetables, it is no longer the sourcing of ingredients that separates the home cook from the professional chef. The only barrier left is knowledge and technique. This class provides the tools necessary to crush through that barrier.” Receive a recipe handout, prepare a portion of the dinner and enjoy dinner. The cost for this hands-on class is $75.00 pp. Beer and wine are available at an additional charge. Limited to 16 participants.
The “Dishing with Stella” series offers intriguing lectures by Chef Jacob Burton and appetizers at an affordable price point. These presentations will take place across the patio from Stella in the Cervino event room. Wednesday, May 30 - Salt of the Earth
Learn about the types, usage and science of sea salt while sampling with Chef Jacob. Doors open 5:30. Lecture begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. $25 pp TBA - Vinegar 101
Learn about different types of vinegar and the science behind cooking with vinegar. Guests will take home a "Mother of Vinegar" the culture that allows you to make your own vinegar. Doors will open at 5:30. Lecture will begin at 6PM. Ends at 7:30 p.m. $25 pp
For reservations, call (530) 582-5655.
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Evoo tasting at Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee packed the event center on Sunday, Jan. 22. Feedback from attendees included the following:
"I loved last night's presentation. I left the presentation feeling like a more informed consumer. After having read the book about olive oil, it reinforced what I had read. My family and I will be planning a trip in November at Lucero's for the harvest. I will be spreading the word. Thank you, Nicole. I thoroughly enjoyed it."-Anna
"I very much enjoyed the presentation and feel I took home valuable information. I use olive oil because of the health benefits and it became obvious that not all oils are equal. I would love to attend the next presentation as I use Tahoe Tea but will be out of town. Will definitely be checking your web site." - Mollie
"Thanks again for a great presentation. Amy and I are Looking forward to the next tasting". - Chris
"We loved the evening - fascinating - where do we sign up for the Tahoe Tea?!"-Robin
"Great job! I really enjoyed it! Learned a lot too. In the process of tossing all my old olive oil! The only suggestion I would make would be to have a microphone available. Loved it - keep me on the mailing list!!" - Mary Ellen
"Thank you for bringing such a fun foodie event to town." - Lauren
"Wonderful event and your coordination was impeccable." - Kathy
Event coverage included articles in local papers and mentions in the Reno Gazette Journal, Sac Bee and San Francisco Chronicle as well as a online and calendar postings.
Olive Press courtesy of First Trip to Italy.
What does it take to be part of the UC Davis Tasting panel? Skill! The ability to smell, feel, taste and detect defects.
Kathy Scopin, First Trip to Italy's Tour Director, was inspired after completing a two-day course on olive oils in Santa Barbara in 2005. Shortly after the class, she was honored to receive a letter noting that she had the skills of an "expert taster." Fast forward to 2009. After a rigorous four month training program at UC Davis, Kathy was selected as an apprentice for the UC Davis Olive Center tasting panel. Quite an honor! Kathy will share highlights from her experiences at our informed tasting on Sunday, Jan. 22. I plan to begin sharing PR case studies, what I love about social media, how to connect through compelling pitches. Really I do. I'm just so excited about our Winter 2012 Event Series at Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, CA. When I'm not working on client projects, my time is consumed reading fascinating articles about extra virgin olive oils, diving into interesting pieces about cooking with tea and planning our March 2012 event, Play Again.
Our vision is to foster enlightening experiences related to sustainability and the natural world – events that are interesting, educational, fun and, more than that, include a hands-on or interactive component. Expect an experience that inspires you to talk about something your heard, saw or learned. Ideas for 2012 include an information-rich session about olive oils including a tantalizing tasting (just take a peek at the California Olive Oil Council or UC Davis Center to get excited about this one!); a well-received documentary about tea and, of course, time for sampling a variety of teas; workshop related to forest gardening; a thought provoking film on screen focused teens getting into the great outdoors and a dynamic speaker. Have you heard about a recent film related to the natural world that you would especially like to see explored or have a topic you'd like to see us highlight at Cedar House Sport Hotel? If yes, Please comment here or email Nicole.
An inspiring night at Cedar House Sport HotelAn event by NC Communications | Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 A big note of thanks to John Miller, Patty and Jeff Baird, Slow Food Lake Tahoe, the Shaw Family, Jocelyn Maddux from Lone Buffalo Vineyards and everyone who participated! Evening highlights included . . .
• John Miller, http://www.millerhoneyfarms.com/MillerHoney/Home.html
• The beekeepers lament: How one man (John Miller!) and half a billion honey bees help feed America
• Honey Stinger (energy chews and more!) - http://www.honeystinger.com/
• Project Apis m - A new vision to fund honey bee research on managed colonies
• “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” - 10 things you can do for bees
• Shaw Family Farm - http://www.shawfamilyfarm.com/
• Nevada County Beekeeper’s Association - http://www.countryrubes.com/nevadacobeekeepersassociation/membershipsignup.html
• Kings Beach Common Ground – Find out about plans for the new Pollinator Park in Kings Beach, CA
• Slow Food Lake Tahoe – Upcoming events and Slow Food highlights and news
We're planning additional social and thought provoking events with a focus on our surroundings, the environment and sustainability. Please contact NC Communications with comments, feedback and to suggest follow-up and new program ideas.
Dare to get spooked during the third annual Historical Haunted Tour in Truckee on Thursday, Oct. 20 or Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. The 2011 tour will entertain guests from near and far with spooky legends and unsolved mysteries. Begin at Moody’s Bistro & Lounge with a glass of wine and experience downtown like never before: Expect attention-grabbing stories and tales you’ve never heard from characters of days gone by. Plus, KidZone Museum in Truckee will offer activities and a pizza dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 so you can your sweetheart can enjoy a night out. The cost is $20 per child / $15 for additional siblings for Historical Haunted Tour attendees (call 530 587-5437). With 200 tickets available, the tour is expected to sell out.
Book two nights at The Richardson House and enjoy a 50 percent discount on your third night (10154 High Street, 530-563-6874). Stay at the River Street Inn for $130 (10009 East River Street, 530-550-9290) or The Truckee Hotel at 25% off (10007 Bridge Street, 800-659-6921).
Imagine a juicy, information-packed, trustworthy cooking resource accessible anytime and anywhere. A place where you can ask questions from the most basic to the complex. A place to learn the correct way to dice, chop and cut and watch demonstrations by a professional chef from your own kitchen.
Welcome to Stella Culinary. The Stella Culinary School Podcast strives to inform with top rated lectures reinforced by in-depth HD video series. Current offerings also include tested recipes, a forum and blog posts by Stella’s chef, Jacob Burton.
Yet, Stella Culinary is even more than a free online cooking school. According to owner Patty Baird, “It is an idea. It’s a manifestation that supports life long learning and advocates for those who are fighting the good fight in the culinary industry. It is both a destination and a journey.”
Stellaculinary.com grows with you, adding fresh content on a regular basis based on users’ questions, experiences and imagination. Baird and Burton believe in sharing their knowledge freely and, to this end, Stella Culinary is continually evolving based on visitors’ interests.
Fortunately, there is also a very real-life, hands-on, on-site component. Stella - the restaurant - offers the opportunity to cook, dine, drink and explore in the Sierra Nevada. There are wine dinners, hikes fueled by Stella's Endurance Lunch, a menu that makes the most of seasonal ingredients and more throughout the year.
Take a peak at what's happening in Truckee, CA.
IF YOU GO
Cedar House Sport Hotel
10918 Brockway Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Serving dinner 5:30pm to 8:30pm Wednesday - Sunday
Reservations recommended. Call (866) 582-5655.
A few things I'm looking forward to:
Check out the pictures from Hank Shaw's foraging hike
on Donner Summit that took place before Chef Jacob's Forgotten Feast at Stella in Truckee last week and see today's article by Reno Gazette Journal's
restaurant critic Jonathon Wright.