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Chef Jacob Burton brings a creative and harmonious style to the Cedar House Sport Hotel’s, Stella.

“Before I started culinary school, I realized there were many books, websites and shows devoted to cooking, but very few ever teach you how to cook. Every one of them was ‘a pinch of this, a teaspoon of that, simmer for 20 minutes and it will be the best (fill in the blank) you’ve ever tasted.’  For me, that just wasn’t enough. I had to know the whys and hows of cooking.

Being frustrated by the lack of cooking technique available to the general public, and always having the dream of someday being a professional chef, I took out a student loan and attended culinary school in San Francisco. While there, I was lucky enough to beg my way into a high end French restaurant and work as an intern.”

While enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Burton started experimenting with different fresh ingredients, eventually growing his own herbs, vegetables, and greens. Realizing that cooking was his calling, he volunteered on the staff of the renowned La Folie, a Michelin Star winning French eatery. There, he fine-tuned his cultivations at the CCA, and started blossoming in his own right.

“As I moved on and graduated, eventually becoming an Executive Chef at Stella, I never forgot my roots. I never forgot what is was like to crave technique over recipes.”

 

Stella offers an intimate dining environment that is truly like no other in the Lake Tahoe region.  On par with top dining experiences around the world, guests enjoy the open kitchen, patio seating and, most of all, absolutely memorable dishes and excellent service.  Balancing produce grown from on-site gardens with ingredients from regional farms, Stella offers food that is comforting and inviting.

Chef Jacob thrives on excellence.  The result is a loyal and avid following from guests who return to Stella time and time again, and many who have become loyal users of Chef Jacob’s StellaCulinary.com, a frequently updated online cooking school offered at no cost.  Recognized as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s People’s Choice for Best New Chef, executive chef Jacob Burton leads an exceptional culinary team.

 


book1Stella is open Wednesday – Sunday, and because of its smaller size, offers two seating’s each night for dinner.
The first seating is: 5:30pm – 5:45pm and 6pm   |   The second seating is: 7:45pm – 8pm – 8:15pm and 8:30pm.
Parties of 5 persons or more are limited to the 5:30pm and 8:30pm seating times. Stella cannot accept parties larger than 8 persons.
Your online reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. To reserve a table by phone, call 530.582.5655.  

HOLIDAY DINING SCHEDULE

Closed Monday 12/22/14 – Thursday 12/25
Open Friday 12/26/14 – Saturday 1/3/15
Closed Sunday 1/4/15
Normal Wednesday – Sunday dining schedule resumes Wednesday 1/7/15

download dinner menu  |  download wine list

Tasting Menu $69 per person | Choose one item from each of the four categories.  Optional Wine Pairing $40 per person
Guests can order a la carte as well, and choose from our extensive wine list.
Vegetarian Tasting Menu available upon request.

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book1Stella is open Wednesday – Sunday, and because of its smaller size, offers two seating’s each night for dinner.
The first seating is: 5:30pm – 5:45pm and 6pm   |   The second seating is: 7:45pm – 8pm – 8:15pm and 8:30pm.
Parties of 5 persons or more are limited to the 5:30pm and 8:30pm seating times. Stella cannot accept parties larger than 8 persons.
Your online reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. To reserve a table by phone, call 530.582.5655.

HOLIDAY DINING SCHEDULE

Closed Monday 12/22/14 – Thursday 12/25
Open Friday 12/26/14 – Saturday 1/3/15
Closed Sunday 1/4/15
Normal Wednesday – Sunday dining schedule resumes Wednesday 1/7/15

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Stella Culinary is more than just the physical location of a Lake Tahoe restaurant.

It is an idea; a thought that says we must all be life-long learners, we must advocate for those who are fighting the good fight in the culinary industry and we must share our knowledge freely and with abandon.

Our website’s purpose is to be an ongoing educational site. Our flagship show, The Stella Culinary School Podcast, strives to replicate the same lectures you would find at a top rate culinary school, starting with the most basic concepts, with each subsequent episode building on the last. These lectures are reinforced by in-depth HD video series, such as knife skills, kitchen prep and cooking techniques. You can even reinforce your knowledge on a certain subject by taking the associated quiz, asking a question on the forum or even submitting your “home-work” that’s assigned at the end of most audio lectures.

 

Video Podcasts


Endless Recipes


User Forum


Audio Lectures


Unlike regular culinary schools, Stella Culinary is always growing and evolving.

In a normal culinary school, you’re expected to get through a certain amount of curriculum in a defined period of time. Stella Culinary aspires to grow with you, adding fresh content on a weekly basis, much of which is spawned from questions and requests from readers like you. Best of all, all of the information on Stella Culinary is absolutely free.

All of the recipes offered on this site have been tested by the Stella Kitchen Staff, certified by Chef Jacob, and served at Stella. This, however, should in no way inspire you to follow our recipes. In fact, the whole purpose of this site is to give you the knowledge and techniques required to create your own recipes. It’s the difference between learning how to read music and how to write a song, or maybe even a symphony.

Beyond our commitment to freely sharing knowledge, what really makes Stella Culinary unique is that we’re an actual working restaurant where you can come in for dinner or take private, in person cooking classes. All of our lesson plans are laid out by Executive Chef Jacob Burton, and most of our video is shot in the Stella Kitchen.


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Stella is open Wednesday – Sunday, and because of its smaller size, offers two seating’s each night for dinner.
The first seating is: 5:30pm – 5:45pm and 6pm   |   The second seating is: 7:45pm – 8pm – 8:15pm and 8:30pm.
Parties of 5 persons or more are limited to the 5:30pm and 8:30pm seating times. Stella cannot accept parties larger than 8 persons.
Your online reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. To reserve a table by phone, call 530.582.5655.

HOLIDAY DINING SCHEDULE

Closed Monday 12/22/14 – Thursday 12/25
Open Friday 12/26/14 – Saturday 1/3/15
Closed Sunday 1/4/15
Normal Wednesday – Sunday dining schedule resumes Wednesday 1/7/15

…the 29-year-old is a culinary wunderkind who has taken his formidable talents to a boutique hotel near Lake Tahoe.

The People’s Best New Chef  |  Food & Wine Magazine top 100  |  Summer 2013

Sometimes it seems that California has more celebrity chefs than palm trees.  But just beyond the limelight, there is another crop of talented toques – California’s crop of rising-star chefs that are a true testament to the depth of talent in the Golden State.

VisitCalifornia.com  |  Almost Famous: Ten California Chef’s to Watch |  February 2014

Other than prep tables, which are in use, the kitchen is completely open. The live action here is better than Food Network. While Chef Jacob Burton supervises, his staff is busy, mixing, stirring, chopping, cooking.

Sandra Macias  |  Edible Reno Tahoe Article  |  Summer 2012

At Stella restaurant in Truckee, everything from foraged food to digital media contributes to the feast!

Johnathan L. Wright  |  Reno Gazette Journal Article  |  July 2011

 …Truckee’s budding food scene and the top-notch cuisine prepared at Stella Restaurant at The Cedar House Sport Hotel by its chef, Jacob Burton.

Jeff Pelline  |  Sierra Culture Article  |  March 2011

Home cooks are not the only ones taking notice of the 29-year-old Cool, CA native.  Patrons come from as far away as Chicago and Canada to either dine or take culinary classes with Burton…

Cathie Anderson  |  Sacramento Bee Article  |  March 2013


book1Stella is open Wednesday – Sunday, and because of its smaller size, offers two seating’s each night for dinner.
The first seating is: 5:30pm – 5:45pm and 6pm   |   The second seating is: 7:45pm – 8pm – 8:15pm and 8:30pm.
Parties of 5 persons or more are limited to the 5:30pm and 8:30pm seating times. Stella cannot accept parties larger than 8 persons.
Your online reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email To reserve a table by phone, call 530.582.5655.

HOLIDAY DINING SCHEDULE

Closed Monday 12/22/14 – Thursday 12/25
Open Friday 12/26/14 – Saturday 1/3/15
Closed Sunday 1/4/15
Normal Wednesday – Sunday dining schedule resumes Wednesday 1/7/15


book1Stella is open Wednesday – Sunday, and because of its smaller size, offers two seating’s each night for dinner.
The first seating is: 5:30pm – 5:45pm and 6pm   |   The second seating is: 7:45pm – 8pm – 8:15pm and 8:30pm.
Parties of 5 persons or more are limited to the 5:30pm and 8:30pm seating times. Stella cannot accept parties larger than 8 persons.
Your online reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email To reserve a table by phone, call 530.582.5655.

HOLIDAY DINING SCHEDULE

Closed Monday 12/22/14 – Thursday 12/25
Open Friday 12/26/14 – Saturday 1/3/15
Closed Sunday 1/4/15
Normal Wednesday – Sunday dining schedule resumes Wednesday 1/7/15