STELLA RESTAURANT BECOMES STELLA CULINARY
After five years of operation, Stella Restaurant, part of The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, California, is moving in a new direction. Under Executive Chef Jacob Burton, Stella Culinary is taking over the kitchen and offering hands-on cooking classes, underground dinner parties for the general public and creative custom dining options for families and groups.
“Patty and Jeff Baird, owners of The Cedar House, have always been forward thinking in their approach to doing business. With their concept of an active lifestyle hotel centered around outdoor adventure, luxury accommodations and the culinary arts, I saw the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a destination property that has the vision to offer a cohesive experience,” explains Burton.
Stella Restaurant has amassed a loyal following, critical acclaim and been featured in many national publications such as Food & Wine and Sunset Magazine. While the restaurant will end its nightly dinner service on April 19, there are many new opportunities to dine at Stella.
“Stella Underground,” an innovative and fun twist on traditional dinners, is Stella’s spin on the pop-up restaurant concept and will be offered several times a month. For example, Ramen Underground, offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 5, will feature Chef Jacob’s hand rolled alkaline noodles that were developed over a full year of research and development with a laid back, mutli-course, community style event including vegetarian and vegan options. On July 2, American Classics Re-imagined will be the theme of Stella Underground. In addition, “Create Your Evening” is a custom dining option for families and groups of up to 100 guests who are celebrating special events.
“Whether it’s a hands-on cooking class with Stella Culinary, guided wilderness escape through T3 Adventure, our in house touring company, or simply a carefree weekend exploring Lake Tahoe’s stunning landscape, The Cedar House provides an organic and relaxed setting where life is always an adventure,” shares Patty Baird.
Stella Culinary will host educational programs, ranging from single day courses to weeklong boot camps. In 2012, Chef Burton launched his first culinary boot camp to an established online audience at StellaCulinary.com, an educational website that focuses on the hows and whys of cooking. The boot camp - five days of intensive hands-on training - became an immediate hit. Last year’s event sold out in just 23 hours.
Stella Culinary will launch its upcoming event calendar this spring (see attached).
Visit cedarhousesporthotel.com and stellaculinary.com to view course information and to register for event notifications. Please call The Cedar House at 530.582.5655 for reservations and more information.
Chef Burton launched Stella Culinary online in May 2011. Receiving over 80,000 unique visitors a month, Stella Culinary has an active community of passionate cooks who ask and answer questions, share successes and failures, and help each other on their journey to become better cooks. Stella Culinary hosts over 170 instructional videos with topics ranging from basic knife skills, kitchen prep, and bread baking to instructions on making professional level sauces, charcuterie, and even a popular food science series. The videos have amassed over five million views and Chef Burton’s educational podcast, The Stella Culinary School, has been featured on the front page of iTunes and boasts over one million downloads.
About Cedar House Sport Hotel
Named as one of Lake Tahoe’s Best Hotels by US News and World Report for 2014 and 2015, The Cedar House Sport Hotel has received numerous design and hospitality awards. With 40 rooms that embody eco-simplicity with a luxurious twist, the property also features a small event center, ideal for business meetings, and other group functions. The Cedar House Sport Hotel is located at 10918 Brockway Road in Truckee, CA. For more information, call 530.582.5655 or visitcedarhousesporthotel.com.