Dine with foraging legend Hank Shaw at Stella
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Shaw spends his days exploring, thinking and writing about what to eat and ways to cook. He enjoys consuming anything that walks, flies, swims or crawls, and the Cedar House Sport Hotelandamp;#8217;s Stella is one of the stops including places as close by as San Francisco and as far away as New York City on Shawandamp;#8217;s book tour for andamp;#8220;Hunt, Gather Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast.andamp;#8221; Shaw explains the unique qualities of his book tour, andamp;#8220;Iandamp;#8217;ve set up events I hope you will find interesting enough to come to. Theyandamp;#8217;re short on standard book readings, long on eating. Isnandamp;#8217;t that as it should be?andamp;#8221;In the evening indulge in The Forgotten Feast designed and prepared by Stellaandamp;#8217;s Chef Jacob at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a book signing followed by a five-course tasting menu inspired by Shawandamp;#8217;s book. Enjoy Hankandamp;#8217;s elderflower martini, a Charcuterie Tray with duck pat, head cheese, duck galantine served with Stellaandamp;#8217;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 Stellaandamp;#8217;s garden with a touch of wild dandelion honey and charred Sierra Yampah. Enjoy the second course comprised of Madrone brined duck breast, duck andamp;#8220;sugoandamp;#8221; ravioli with confit gizzards, grayandamp;#8217;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 Hankandamp;#8217;s prickly pear syrup.The James Beard Foundation nominated Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, Shawandamp;#8217;s well-read blog, for Best Food Blog in 2009 and 2010 (visit http://honest-food.net). Read about an array of local ingredients including plants and animals on the Hunter Angler Gardener Cook blog and youandamp;#8217;ll come to understand how Shaw, a Sacramento resident, explains, andamp;#8220;I am the omnivore who has solved his dilemma.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;At Cedar House, we are committed to connecting and reconnecting to the environment through outdoor and culinary adventures. In todayandamp;#8217;s fast pace world where technology has influenced how we communicate and connect with one other, authentic ties to the natural world are far too rewarding and important to pass by,andamp;#8221; shares Patty Baird, co-owner of Cedar House Sport Hotel with her husband Jeff.Wholesome meets delicious at Stella, a restaurant that celebrates the complete dining experience. For more information, call 530-582-5655 or visit http://www.cedarhousesporthotel.com. Cedar House Sport Hotel andamp; Stella, 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee, http://www.stellaculinary.com
Foraging andamp; Feasting with Hank Shaw, July 16, 5:30 p.m., Forgotten Feast: Book signing and cocktail reception followed by five-course dinner with paired wines, $75 (plus 20 percent gratuity and tax)Summer Canaps andamp; Appetizers, Demonstration class, tastings, lunch and wine, July 23, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $55 Composed Salads, Demonstration class, tastings, lunch and wine, Aug. 20, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $55 Rustic Bread Program, Pick up between 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, price variesNote: Prices do not include tax or gratuity.