Gold Country Gourmet Goodies
Unique and exceptional examples of foods produced by the artisans in Gold Country. Simply a cut above!
Chunks of Heaven Cookie Company is a cookie bakery that has expanded to provide breads and incredible cinnamon buns. They work hard to make the devilish creations of Jaci, the owner and baker, who spends her life working to create the best tasting baked goods she can possibly make. Jaci goes to great effort to use local ingredients, organic items, and healthy stuff in her products. No preservatives, stabilizers, fillers, or artificial anything. Just the best ingredients and lots of love go into these products. They now offer several kinds of fresh breads like baguettes, 7-grain, beer bread, and even gluten free. There are even gluten free cookies. You can also get drinks like fruit smoothies, coffee drinks, or ice cream specialties. They are usually open from 10am to 3pm Wed thru Sat. However, if she is around, just bang on the door and she will open for you. Their products are also available next door at the take-and-bake pizza store. 530-333-1454 Located at 4860 Black Oak Mine Road in Garden Valley. Click here for Facebook Page.
Dedrick's Cheese, Food & Grocery is an old school gourmet cheese shop and it is the only one in Placerville. Dedrick's Cheese features the highest quality cheese products found throughout the the USA and the world. They carry not only cheese, but salami, olives, fresh bread, desserts, crackers, bread and a variety of other specialty food items. For those with an intolerance for cow products, Dedrick's has lots of options with goat and sheep milk cheeses. Everything from exotic bleu cheese, soft ripening brie, smoked gouda, local chevre, and hard grating cheeses like manchego or pecorino romano is in stock. Dedrick's cheeses are also available at various wineries, shops, and other locations in the Foothills and beyond. Located at 312 Main St. in Placerville. (530) 344-8282. Open Mon thru Sat 10am to 6pm and 11am to 6pm Sun. Click here for Facebook.
Jollity Farm is our entry into the California artisan goat cheese making movement. Jollity Farm is a small operation along the lines of its European counterparts. The goal is limited production of extremely high quality cheeses carefully overseen by Charley Cornell, the owner. The little facility creates some of the best award winning goat cheese in California. Jollity Farm is a place to go for cheese produced with heart and a breath of fresh air. All the products are hand-made in the old fashioned way from the Jollity Farm goats. Fresh cheeses include Chevre, Feta, Marinated Feta, and Ricotta. Aged cheeses include Princess, Gouda, Italian Farmhouse, Marigold Parm and Cajeta milk caramel sauce. Visits are sometimes available by appointment. Click here for details on purchasing the cheese. Click here for Facebook farmers market schedule.
Sierra Rizing Cafe & Bakery is the creation of pastry chef Teal Triolo who has worked with celebrity chefs in San Francisco. Fortunately for us, she brought her great talent to Gold Country where she works her magic and runs a charming little cafe where you can sample her baked goodies as well as other items and have a great coffee drink. Now, they even have dinner! The 2016 Holiday Season is now upon us so check the latest Holiday Menu for delicious items to make your celebrations something special. You can order pies, The cafe offers delicious breakfast items with daily creations based around local seasonal ingredients. Teal also creates incredible muffins, scones, croissants, desserts, and caramel sticky buns. They also do stunning wedding cakes and have custom catering available as well. Sierra Rizing is now also open for dinner and offers a great menu of sandwiches and paninis. Top that off with entrees like lasagna, tamales, or dinner salads, and you are set! Sierra Rizing also offers great items for the Holiday season to help make your entertaining extra special and save work. Check out the latest menu at their Facebook page. Sierra Rizing can also be found at several local farmers markets. Located at 7310 Hwy 49 in Lotus. Open 5:30am to 2pm daily with dinner Friday thru Sunday from 3:30pm to 9pm. Click here for the website. (530-642-1308)
Smokey Ridge Charcuterie is a welcome addition to Gold Country supplying specialty cured meat and other products that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Why? Because they are hand-made here with local ingredients, specialty recipes, and unique skills. Owners, Kara and Zach Taylor, are part of the Taylor family that operates Smokey Ridge Ranch in the Apple Hill Area that supplies many ingredients for the charcuterie products. Smokey Ridge Charcuterie products include a wide variety of hand made sausages, hams, pate', rillettes, and condiments Their products are sold at area farmers markets and at the seasonal farm stand at the farm. See the Facebook Page for current availability and locations. They also do catering and picnic baskets to order.
Winterhill Olive Oil produces truly fine certified extra virgin olive oils made from olives grown locally. Winterhill takes great pride in being good caretakers of the land using natural agricultural practices and crafting their oils with time honored traditions of quality. Their Shakespeare's Acre EVOO won a silver medal at the International Olive Oil Competition in New York against 700 oils from around the world. In addition to their olive oils, Winterhill offers artisanal honey, jams, jellies, balsamic vinegar, specialty coffee, and unique crafted items. Visit Winterhill’s online store to order a variety of oils and imported balsamic vinegars as well as gift boxes, limited edition art prints, or to join the Winterhill Club. Located at 321 Main Street in Placerville. Open Mon thru Sat 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm. (530-626-6369)