Calling Truckee home has advantages in all the obvious senses — unfettered access to the mountains, jewel-toned alpine lakes straight out of a postcard, and world-class skiing in every direction. As a creative who has made Truckee my base camp for work and play, there’s no better source of inspiration than the alpenglow on the Sierra. But what good are endless daytime adventures without the local watering hole to dish out tall tales après?
Meet Chef David Smith of Tahoe Donner’s Alder Creek Cafe. Bringing 30 years of culinary experience, Smith oversees the menu selection and kitchen operations for the restaurant located in the Alder Creek Adventure Center at Tahoe Donner’s Cross Country Ski Center.
Originally from upstate New York, Smith worked under top chefs at Chambers Landing and The West Shore Café,
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Larry Abney grew up cooking alongside his mother in the kitchen, but he didn’t consider becoming a professional chef until after college.
“Growing up I worked on a ranch and we would all go to a nice restaurant with the owner. It was the nicest restaurant in town, an Italian place,” chef Abney said.
In the kitchen of the fanciest restaurant in his small hometown,
Morgan’s Lobster Shack
East Coasters rejoice upon entering Morgan’s Lobster Shack, where they can find a lobster roll
just like back home, right in downtown Truckee, California or in Reno, Nevada.
Shawn Whitney is the owner of Morgan’s and he says he does everything from washing the
dishes to helping with the menu.
“I’m the highest and the lowest man on the totem pole,” he laughed.
Chef Will Burns brings magic to the menu at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats with his classic French technique and ability to offer a bit of everything, satisfying anyone’s craving.
“I went to a French culinary school and come from a technical French background but the main thing for me is to use seasonal, fresh and organic foods as much as possible,” he said.
Stella Pop-Up Dinners at the Cedar House Sport Hotel
Stella Pop-Up Dinners are a scene to behold – and taste – as some of North Lake Tahoe’s top chefs create one-of-a-kind presentations for one night only; save for a few recipes that have been repeated thanks to public demand.
On any given pop-up event Downing says the dishes are crafted with a global inspiration,
The Lodge Restaurant & Pub in Tahoe Donner
At the kitchen’s helm of The Lodge Restaurant & Pub in Tahoe Donner, is chef Lew Orlady. Orlady helped open the restaurant 12 years ago and has been serving families delicious, sophisticated dishes in a laid-back atmosphere ever since.
If you asked him what he wanted to be growing up, he wouldn’t have said a chef;