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The original, Grammy-winning Celtic group Sun, Feb 16; 7:30 pm

LONESTAR An Acoustic Evening

Mon, Feb 17; 7:30 pm

Kenny Werner Trio With Ari Hoenig & Johannes Weidenmueler

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Fri, Feb 14; 7 & 9 pm Sat, Feb 15; 7 & 9 pm

Thu, Feb 27; 8 pm Fri, Feb 28; 8 pm Sat, Mar 1; 8 pm

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald Featuring vocalist Kim Nazarian Wed, Feb 26; 7 pm

One Night of Queen

Chita Rivera:

Performed by Gary Mullen and The Works

Accompanied by the Folsom Symphony

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The Broadway Legend!

A Legendary Celebration Mon, Feb 24; 7:30 pm Tue, Feb 25; 7:30 pm


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34 Meet 5 Local Interior Designers

20 The Arts

4 Editor’s Note 6 Click 7 What’s Up 8 Get to Know— Hatch and Taylor Graham 10 FYI 14 Local Matters 16 Calendar 18 Outtakes 44 Swag 46 Dine—Fountain Grill 48 Dine—The Cellar Wine Bar 50 Restaurant Guide 52 Taste 54 Word Play 56 Escape—Kona, Hawai’i 60 Introducing 62 The Where and Wears 66 Tom’s Take

Area style aficionados share their inspirations and personal favorites in everything from color palettes and textiles to ice cream flavors and kitchen gadgets.

40 10 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

What home improvements give you the most bang for your buck? Start with this list of smart upgrades sure to boost your bottom line.

El Dorado County Community Concert Association

22 Health & Wellness Epilepsy

24 Our Kids Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

28 Cause & Effect

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et again, I find myself in the same spot. Stuck in a design rut. A year has passed and I have done nearly nothing to redefine the interiors of my home. It’s perpetually listed on all my to-do Post-it notes—get paint swatches at Home Depot, replace living room area rug, move old dresser out of guest bedroom, buy planters for back patio… and the list goes on. It seems that I’m simply not a very good DIYer. I love the thought of repurposing various pieces of furniture around my house, I drool over the pretty pages of fancy design magazines, and I especially enjoy watching the magical room transformations on HGTV; but when it comes to the action, I’d rather go hide under my outdated comforter. When I question where to begin, intimidation follows overwhelming panic, and here my friends, is where I find myself in need of a professional. No, not a therapist (but perhaps not a bad idea), I’m talking about an interior designer—a home décor master. Lucky for me, and anyone thinking about revamping their home’s inner spaces with the assistance of a design professional—this month we get to know five local interior designers in Kristen Castillo’s “Faces Behind the Spaces.” See a glimpse into the minds of these artists of accommodations. Each offers their points of view relating to the world of design and beyond, including their favorite color palette right now, trends for 2014, favorite kitchen gadgets and more. For those of you who don’t necessarily need to transform, but instead want to add value along with pizzazz to your home, then head straight to Darren Elms’ “Home Improvement,” where you’ll find “10 Value-Added Upgrades” as suggested by area realtors, contractors and more. Perhaps you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, or you simply want to keep your place in tip-top selling shape—either way, this handy list of practical tips takes the thinking out of what to do so you can start hammering away at adding value to your property. After all that work around the house, I can’t think of a better reward (well maybe I can, but it’s not realistic) than something chocolate filled. Check out this month’s “Hit List” of the area’s top five “Something with Chocolate” submissions for dreamy cocoa-inspired menu items around town. If you need another reason to indulge, don’t forget that it’s cupid’s month of love and sharing—sharing chocolate, that is. If a reward such as a vacay to the Big Island of Hawai’i is realistic for you, don’t miss this month’s Escape to Kona, Hawai’i. If you haven’t visited this ever-popular destination, take a tour via the gallery of our aah-inspiring photos, and who knows, maybe you’ll find this is the spot for your dream home. Until next month, indulge with style! — Desiree




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FEBRUARY 2014 Publishers Terence P. Carroll, Wendy L. Sipple Executive Editor Desiree Patterson Managing Editor Megan Wiskus Editorial Interns Katherine E. Leonard, Emily Peter, Jazmin White, Alyssa Wong Contributing Writers Amanda Anderson, Jerrie Beard, Gail Beckman, Morgan Cásarez, Kristen Castillo, LeeAnn Dickson, Darren Elms, Amber Foster, Tina Helm, Linda Holderness, Rachel Lopez, Tom Mailey, Sharon Penny, Jacqueline Renfrow, Jennifer Resnicke, Richard Righton, Kirsten Vernon Art Director Gary Zsigo Graphic Designers George Kenton Design, 760.285.0686, Lesley Miller, David Norby, Aaron Roseli Staff Photographer Dante Fontana Contributing Photographer Justin Buettner 916.220.0159, Webmaster Ken White, Ixystems Advertising Director Debra Linn, 916.988.9888 x 114 Advertising Sales Representatives Eric R. Benson, 916.988.9888 x112 Bruna DeLacy, 916.988.9888 x118 Reg Holliday, 916.337.5107 Joanne Kilmartin, 916.607.9360 Lisa Warner/Warner Enterprises, 530.306.2011 Karen Wehr, 916.988.9888 x116 Advertising/Media Administration Doug Wuerth, 916.988.9888 x117 Social Media Maven Aimee Carroll Accounting Manager Kathleen Hurt Office Administrator Cathy Carmichael, Office Assistant Brenna McGowan Customer Service Associate Jarrod Carroll

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earn the unique art of creating glass mosaics at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in El Dorado Hills from noon until 3 p.m. during their Mosaic Art Class, offered on February 14 and 28. Materials cost $10. For more details and to reserve your space, call 916-933-1441...Don’t miss Dirt! The Movie at the Cozmic Café on February 12. The informative and entertaining documentary—part of a film series sponsored by the Sierra Club and Coalition for Change— explores our connection to soil, both historically and currently. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film starts at 6:30 p.m.; suggested donation is $3. For more details, email Marshall Hospital Auxiliary needs volunteers to help with numerous jobs. If interested, call Mary O’Brien at 530-677-3543 for an interview... Don’t miss the Used Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Branch Library on February 1. Proceeds will provide new books and support program activities. For more details, call 916-3583500...Grab your boots and hats and join the Main Street Strollers for weekly square dancing classes on Thursdays from 6:45-9 p.m. Free and no experience needed. Meet on the second floor of the Placerville I.O.O.F. Hall (467 Main Street). For more info, call Barbara Littley at 530-647-0852...Slideshow presentations of the El Dorado Camera Club will be shown at the Cameron Park Community Center on February 20 at 7 p.m., and will continue to be shown every third Thursday of the month. For more details, visit eldoradocameraclub. com...Get your groove on with DJ Jamie Faw at Dance Night— held every first Friday of the month (February 7)—at the Shingle Springs Community Center. A $5 donation is encouraged. For more details, call Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614...Head to Style’s Facebook page and cast your vote (through March 1) for the “Cutest Kids Contest.” The winners (one boy and one girl) will receive a family pack of gift certificates, including $30 to Starlight Starbright, and every child who enters will also appear in Style’s May 2014 issue (Folsom, El Dorado Hills edition)...Play Bingo every Tuesday night at the Pollock PinesCamino Community Center and win great prizes! Cost is $12 for the first 14 games, and dinner can be purchased. The second Tuesday of the month (February 11) is Big Money Bingo and the buy-in is $12. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the gaming starts at 6:15 p.m...Come get connected with your neighborhood during the Interact Community Breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on February 8 at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center. For more details, visit to the general public, Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s “Introduction to Local Wildlife,” will give attendees an overview of the natural histories of most species that SWR rehabs in El Dorado County. Sign up for the class taking place on February 8, from 1-3 p.m., by calling 530-621-2650...Looking to buy real estate? will host a Real Estate Auction at the El Dorado Fairgrounds (Marshall Building) on February 14 and 26 from noon until 5 p.m. For more details, call 800-793-6107...That’s all for now, but check back next month for Style’s annual Food & Drink feature. — Compiled by Katherine E. Leonard

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Hatch and Taylor Graham

Q&A Q: What advice would you give to your younger self? A: Taylor: Be patient. Pay attention to what’s around you. Live; Hatch: Start dating earlier. Q: What comes to you naturally? A: Taylor: Words and colors; Hatch: A love of nature and the outdoors. Q: Biggest life inspirations? A: Taylor: My dogs, wild places; Hatch: My dad’s creativity and versatility. Q: Best words of wisdom you’ve received? A: Taylor: Always have a project you love; Hatch: Love your fellow man.


he Grahams met in 1969, when Taylor—an aspiring poet with a passion for the outdoors—enrolled in an adult forestry class that Hatch—a Korean War veteran working for the forest service and teaching vocational classes in his spare time—happened to be instructing. Forty-one years later, the couple is still married, and they attribute their success to a mutual love of poetry, the outdoors, and—in particular—German shepherds. In 1975, when Hatch’s forestry service duties took him to Alaska, the couple adopted their first (of many) German shepherd puppies. They soon became involved in training programs for avalanche and mountain rescue missions. Over the years, the couple increasingly volunteered their time—and their dogs—for rescue missions 8 - Febraury 2014

across the U.S., going as far as Mexico City after the disastrous earthquake of 1985. Although they’re now retired and living in the Placerville region, Taylor and Hatch still volunteer their time to train rescue dogs, and it’s easy to see why: Both of them remember all of the successful rescues—the times when the dogs found people lost in the woods or buried under rubble. They also remember the importance of finding the people they couldn’t save, and giving closure to victims’ families. These days, Taylor is an accomplished poet, often writing ones that speak to her love and admiration for dogs. “It’s humbling being around dogs,” she says. “They know more than we give them credit for.” — Amber Foster

Q: What’s next? A: Taylor: Promote my new book of dog poems, and keep writing; Hatch: Make it at least another 10 years, and enjoy death with dignity.

FAVORITES Author/writer: Taylor: Gerard Manley Hopkins; Hatch: Rudyard Kipling, Tom Clancy Guilty pleasure: Taylor: chocolate; Hatch: pizza and beer Movie: Taylor: The African Queen; Hatch: My Fair Lady Place to buy a gift, locally: Taylor: Placerville News Company; Hatch: Placerville Hardware Annual event: Taylor and Hatch: Poetry Out Loud

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he month of love means things are heating up in Cameron Park! Head to the Reds, Whites and Jewels show on February 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center and find that one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for yourself or your sweetheart—all while wine tasting and enjoying light appetizers. Proceeds from wine tasting will benefit the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG). On February 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., don’t miss It’s A Wedding Affair at the Cameron Park Community Center. Admission is free! Affair of the Heart—a free public health event that’s co-sponsored by Marshall Medical Center and the Cameron Park CSD—will return to the Cameron Park Community Center on February 27 from 4-7:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy guest speakers, health club vendors, health screenings, nutritious food

sampling, wine tasting and more. Do you have a teenager who’s looking to earn some extra money as a babysitter? If so, a two-day Youth Certified Babysitting class will be held from February 11-12, as well as CPR for

Babysitters on February 13. Other activities this month include dance and fitness classes—ballet, tap and hula for the younger ones; and yoga, tai

chi, jazzercise, Zumba, barre, ballroom dance, and Middle Eastern dance for the older crowd. Broadway auditions will take place on February 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors are encouraged to attend a free donut social (sponsored by New West Haven) at the Community Center on February 14 at 10 a.m. The topic for the monthly Coffee, Tea and Friends program—held on February 11 from 1011:30 a.m.—is Health Care Reform: What You Need to Know. Additional activities for seniors include the Aging Well series, a senior game day on the fourth Tuesday of the month (February 25), bridge on Monday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., mahjong on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, and the card game hand and foot on the second Wednesday of the month from 1-3 p.m. ­— Tina Helm

For more information about these activities and events, plus others, visit, or call the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231.

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I’m planning a wedding and I’ve been told that food makes up the largest portion of a catering bill. Is this true?


I would say it’s a combination of food and service (i.e. labor). When it comes down to it, labor is the largest portion—it’s very intensive, from the beginning stages and behind-the-scenes planning to the purchasing, production, transportation and set-up (especially offsite catering) and then execution. Then, there is even more labor in the cleanup. Food costs can also be right up there, however. — Francie Cruz-Woessner Bocca Catering 916-834-3554

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Q: Is it true that you have to inflate a tire’s pressure to the number shown on its sidewall?


No. The pressure should never exceed the tire’s specification on the sidewall, which is the max pressure that the tires can safely hold, not the automaker’s recommended pressure. The automaker’s pressure recommendation gives you the best balance for braking, handling, gas mileage and comfort. The tire pressure should be consistent with the vehicle’s specification. Also, all tire pressures should be checked when it’s cold out (before being driven) or monthly after the car has been parked for some time. — Ross Mitchelson Automotive Excellence 4600 Missouri Flat Road, Suite 14, Placerville 530-622-2701

Cameron Park Community Services photo courtesy of El Dorado Camera Club’s members. Catering photo by Aaron Roseli, © Style Media Group.

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lacerville’s Town Hall is abuzz this month with a new season of fresh classes for all ages and abilities. If you’re wondering what to try first, read through the now-available Winter/Spring 2014 Activity Guide. Have you ever wanted to learn how to start your own veggie garden? Now you can! The objective of the new Vegetable Gardening class is to teach basic summer vegetable gardening skills with hands-on activities and didactic instruction. Try Bellyfit®, “the world’s leading holistic fitness system for women,” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. By blending the power and wisdom of ancient practices with the research technology and trends of the modern world, Bellyfit® classes offer much more than just “a workout.” It’s the myth-busting, spirit-soothing, booty-shaking workout designed by women, for women. Looking for creative kids’ classes? Between Spectacular Seasonal Art, Baton Twirling, Kids’ Cooking, Table Setting, Beginning Guitar, Group Voice Lessons, and numerous dance classes, there’s something for everyone. Did you or someone you know get engaged over the holidays? Register for the one-day “You’re Engaged! Now What” class and start planning on the right foot. — Amanda Anderson To learn more about these classes and others, call the City of Placerville’s Community Services Department at 530-642-5232, visit, or stop by 549 Main Street in Placerville.

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Two Cooks on Main

he namesake ladies behind Two Cooks on Main are two of the sweetest in the business! Combined with the fresh ingredients and traditional recipes, it’s one of my new favorite restaurants. Walking in, you experience the authenticity of a real Mom and Pop soup and sandwich shop—featured menu items are handwritten on a chalkboard above the counter where homemade pastries beckon you to try them. My mother and I stopped in for lunch recently and, although Thanksgiving was long gone, I ordered the Cranberry Turkey Sandwich to reminisce about my favorite holiday. The cranberries were tart and sweet, the turkey moist and unprocessed, and the bread fresh and soft. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving reunion for my taste buds! Mom ordered a bowl of Clam Chowder, which was thick and full of hearty ingredients. What’s more, the service was quick and the food well priced. Two Cooks on Main is a sweet little restaurant that leaves a lasting, delicious, impression. Two Cooks on Main, 374 Main Street, Placerville, 530-626-6546. — Jazmin White 12 - February 2014

the10 spot Valentine’s Day World Trivia Most countries have Valentine’s Day traditions that differ from those here in the U.S. Even so, “love” still remains as the holiday’s main theme. See how you score when it comes to international amoré! 1. Which country sees only women giving chocolate gifts to the men in their lives? 2. Approximately how many Valentine’s Day cards are sent around the world each year? 3. Which Scandinavian countries celebrate friendship rather than romance on February 14? 4. In which country is it customary to give heart-shaped gingerbread cookies to the one you love? 5. Valentine’s Day is also celebrated as National Chocolate Day in which country? 6. Which European city celebrates Valentine’s Day by organizing Romeo and Juliet-related events, such as a contest for the best love letter to Juliet? 7. Which country celebrates love on the 14th day of every month? 8. In the 1700s, what would single women in England pin to their pillows on the eve of Valentine’s Day in hopes of dreaming of their future husbands? 9. Which country’s government had to ban its Valentine’s Day tradition because it often ended up as a rowdy and dangerous bonfire with women burning pictures of the men who rejected them? 10. Which country celebrates Valentine’s Day with a senior citizens parade? — Emily Peter


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ack by popular demand, Affair of the Heart will take place on February 27 from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center. The second annual (free!)

event, presented by Marshall Medical Center and the Cameron Park Community Services District, focuses on the importance of heart health. “The event features many local restaurants and food vendors providing healthy and delicious samples, [as well as] products for sale, $5

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wine tastings, health screenings by Marshall health experts and health talks (presented by Marshall Medical Center Cardiologists Scott Yoder, M.D., and Scott Vasconcellos, M.D),” explains Public Information Officer Carrie Poggio. Additionally, watch a demonstration about healthy cooking by Chef John Evans of ZacJack Bistro, receive a free


The number of original counties in California. Formed on February 18, 1850, (just six months before California joined the union), El Dorado County was a part of the original 27. Coloma was the original county seat, but after the Gold Rush (in 1857) it moved to Placerville.


Tons of stone used to build the fireplace in the now-ruined Hotel Bret Harte. The owner, A.P.T. Elder, spent more than

chair massage or check out an exercise demonstration. This popular event promises something for the health nut in all of us! For more details, visit com or call 530-626-2811.



Best Local “Something with Chocolate” In no particular order

1. Mocha Mud Pie at Papa Gianni’s Ristorante. “With a chocolate crust holding rich fudge, mocha ice cream and real whipped cream, how can your sweet tooth not salivate? Here’s one dessert that never

disappoints.” 2. Belgium Chocolate Cake at ZackJack Bistro. “This six-layer moist masterpiece includes rich chocolate mouse and bittersweet Belgian Callebot chocolate ganache frosting. If you’re not already crazy for cocoa, you’re about to get hooked.” 3. Chocolate Croissant at Bakerie & Latte ChaMocha Mud Pie at Papa Gianni’s teau Arme. “I’ve been eating these fresh and Ristorante flaky croissants filled with decadent chocolate for years and it’s still the best I’ve ever had!” 916-939-0834 4. Dark Chocolate Enrobed Marzipan at Claudia Marie. “These gems of rich tastes pair so well together. Enjoy it with a locally made Port and your mouth will not stop smiling.” 5. Bittersweet Flourless Chocolate Torte at Sierra Rizing Café and Bakery. “This densely moist delight always results in chocolate euphoria. The best part? Gluten-free folks can stick their forks in too!” 14 - February 2014

$250,000 in 1920 building the hotel, after already establishing nearby Deer View Lodge. The hotel was never completed and never saw any guests (both buildings fell into disrepair soon after Elder’s untimely death in 1924). The ruins are located 16 miles outside Placerville on Mosquito Road. Source: Mountain Democrat spent by $130 Dollars the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation. (Wow, the price of gasstation roses has really gone up.)


Pounds of avocados mashed by Americans for Super Bowl Sunday guacamole, according to the California Avocado Commission.


The year of the first documented American reference to Groundhog Day, recorded in a February 4 diary entry by storekeeper Ned Ryerson. (Sorry, that was a Groundhog Day movie joke). Actually it was James Morris of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, according to Wikipedia. — Compiled by Sharon Penny

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SACRAMENTO MUSEUM DAY For the 16th year, visit nearly 30 museums for halfprice (including Fairytale Town) or free admission. Presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums, this day is designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the region’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife. For more details, call 916-808-7462.


16TH ANNUAL PIONEER VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS’ ASSOCIATION CRAB BANQUET At this fun- and food-filled event held at Skinner Winery, enjoy a six-course dinner including hors d’oeuvres, Dungeness crab, New England clam chowder, salad, bread, pasta and more. Dance to a live band and take part in auctions and raffles; seating starts at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Pioneer Fire District and local schools. To purchase tickets, call 530-306-4852.

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Come see the classic story of Swan Lake, returning after a sold-out performance last year. Artistic Director Sergei Radchenko—the former principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet— has led his company all over the world to stage fresh productions of timeless classics. For show times and to purchase tickets, visit


POETICA EROTICA The El Dorado Arts Council invites lovers everywhere to an adult only event at ArtSpace in Placerville at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Be prepared to blush, sweat and cheer as you listen to three vixens of verse perform their passionate poems of love, lust and longing. Chocolates and “aphrodisiacs” will be served. For more details, visit


FIFTH ANNUAL POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION From 7-9 p.m., see talented, young individuals from area high schools vie for the title of “Poetry Out Loud Champion,” as they interpret, memorize and perform classical poetry. Put on by the El Dorado Arts Council at Imagination Theater, doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. For more details, call Moira Magneson at 530-295-3496.



This popular chocolate, food and wine tasting event—hosted by Soroptimist of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Soroptomist of Placerville, and held at the El Dorado Fairgrounds from 6-9:30 p.m.—will benefit local women, children, community projects, scholarships, grants and more. To purchase tickets, visit For even more events happening in our area, log on to our website: stylemg. com and click on Calendar. And, be sure to check out our Blog! Send your events to

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MOTHER LODE LIONS ANNUAL CRAB AND SHRIMP FEED Get ready to grub! A no-host bar and dinner will be available at 6 p.m. at the Lions Hall (corner of Missouri Flat Road and Pleasant Valley Road). Start your meal off with an antipasto salad, and continue with pasta, crab, shrimp, a delectable dessert and coffee or tea. If you bring your own wine, expect a $10 corkage fee. To purchase tickets, head to the Lions Candy Shack or call 530-622-8130.


STAND UP FOR KIDS Support the programs offered through the Boys & Girls Club while laughing the night away! Doors to the Cameron Park Community Center will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show—featuring a live performance by four comedians—will start at 7:30 p.m. Open seating, with a silent auction, raffle, and drink and appetizers will also be on tap. To purchase tickets, visit

Poetry Out Loud photo courtesy of Betty Sederquist. A Chocolate Affair photo courtesy of Laurie Edwards and Channel 2. All other photos courtesy of their respective organizations.


MORE EVENTS February 1 – Let’s Read Together Story Time. Bring your little ones to the Placerville Library at 10:30 a.m. for a reading of the book What About Bear? The first 30 families will receive a free copy of the book! For more details, call 530-621-5547. February 5 – PJ Story Time in Spanish and English. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy stories (in Spanish and English), songs, crafts and a snack. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Placerville Library. For more details, call 530-621-5547. February 7 – Lego Block Party. Put your building skills to use at this party for ages 5 and up at the Placerville Library at 3:30 p.m. Lego creations will go on display in the library. For more details, visit February 9, 13 – Folk Tales on the Farm. The rolling countryside near Coloma can be experienced by folk and fantasy tales narrated by storytellers Martha De Aquino and Leslie Rose in an educational and scenic hike from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Children ages 3 and up are welcome with the supervision of adults; strollers are acceptable. A $10 donation is suggested. For the meeting spot and to sign up, call Julie Andert at 530-621-1224.

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February 12-17 – Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After. Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols in a musical showcase on ice that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the Disney kingdom—all at the Sleep Train Arena. For show times and to purchase tickets, visit February 22 – El Dorado High School Boosters Cougarfest. Support the El Dorado High School Boosters at the El Dorado Fairgrounds (Mark Forni Building) from 5 p.m. until midnight and enjoy dinner, dancing, a raffle and a silent auction. To purchase tickets, email edhsboosters@ February 22 – Sierra Wildlife Rescue Classes. Come to SWR’s Wildlife Center on Newton Road in Placerville from 10 a.m. until noon for the “Rehabbing Baby Skunks” class, or from 1-3 p.m. For the “Rehabbing Squirrels” class. Courses are free to SWR members and a $5 donation is requested from the general public. Parking is limited; make reservations in advance by calling 530-621-2650. February 22 – El Dorado Ranch Hike. Enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada, the Sacramento Valley, a historical homestead, and a vast expanse of blue oak woodland during a hike from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the El Dorado Ranch—1,059 acres that fronts the free-flowing Consumnes River and is a working cattle ranch. Expect five miles of uphill climbs and rocky terrain; ages 8 and older are welcome with adult supervision, and a $10 donation is suggested. To sign up and for the meeting location, call 530-621-1224. February 22 – Women's Wellness Fair. Take part in this casual event at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints (3275 Cedar Ravine Road in Cameron Park) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can stroll through dozens of stations with experts providing information and tools women can use to improve their personal health. Admission is free and a healthy lunch will be provided at no cost. For more details, call 530-906-1265.

SAVE THE DATE March 1 – Winter Wine & Food Fest. Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, this year’s WWFF—held at the Sacramento Convention Center from 5-10 p.m.—will feature more than 120 wineries, breweries and restaurants. To purchase tickets, visit March 29 – Sugarloaf Stampede. In this first annual fundraiser to benefit the Sugarloaf Station Foundation, participants can choose from a 5K, 10K or 10-mile course on a part-paved, part-dirt course over what was once the historic Southern Pacific Railway line. For more details and to register, visit

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ists from around the world. In order to perform, artists must apply and then a small committee of board members makes the final selections. However, it all depends on how many members renew or join before offers are made. Clearly it’s the membership that drives this self-supporting nonprofit, and quoting a popular credit card advertisement, “Membership has its privileges.” For as little as $50 a year you can enjoy the year-round season of EDCCCA performances. Members may also participate in the reciprocity program, where they can attend more than 30 performances around northern California—from Turlock and Los Gatos to Red Bluff, and many communities in between. “Our memberships are a great value,” Maynard explains. “They are reasonably priced so nearly everyone can afford to join.” What’s more, EDCCCA offers special pricing for students of all ages. Maynard stresses that the association is looking for more families and young people to become members. As part of EDCCCA’s community outreach program and to demonstrate their strong commitment to bettering the community, EDCCCA provides several free concerts or workshops (depending on the musical group) for local students—a program that’s been very well-received by area schools. “It is important for young people to be exposed to all types of musical entertainment,” Maynard shares. “Music helps broaden their horizons and opens their eyes to the world.”

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artbeat Through March 9 – Book Club at Van Kleef’s. See several styles of artwork by this Bay Area artist “club” at the Harris Center’s Bank of America Gallery. The group has been meeting for the past nine years to discuss their art, life and politics; 14 of the members will display their work. For more details and gallery hours, visit

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ineteenth century German author Berthold Auerbach mused, “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Since 1951, the El Dorado County Community Concert Association (EDCCCA)—the oldest cultural organization in the county, now celebrating its 63rd season—has been helping local citizens do just that. The all-volunteer nonprofit brings together every genre of music to entertain and excite season ticket holders. Publicity Chairperson Jeannette Maynard explains the group originally presented only classical performances; however, they are progressing with the times. “Our musical choices have become more eclectic,” Maynard says. “We go for really good music—be it classical, blues, jazz, Celtic or a touch of country; top-quality and variety is our goal.” The six concerts per season are held at El Dorado’s Union Mine High School Theater—a perfect fit for the intimate, live performances given to season ticket holders. On February 20, Grammy-nominated and Sono Luminus recording artists, the Modern Mandolin Quartet, will hit the stage. This unique chamber music group, hailing from the Bay Area, plays instruments from the mandolin family and performs new and classic masterpieces from nearly every corner of the globe. On March 19, members will be treated to the legendary Dan Crary and Thunderation, local Placerville musicians who offer what’s described as “the sound of American music.” “We always offer a [wide] variety of quality, professional musical performances,” Maynard says. Playing for the members of EDCCCA is becoming very popular for art-

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Group in Roseville. Epilepsy can be genetic or it can develop from a head injury, a tumor, or in people who have abused drugs or alcohol. “A majority of seizures are idiopathic, meaning there is no specific cause that we can attribute to it,” says Dr. Khan. “The theoretical idea about those people is that the circuits in their brains, for some unknown reason, just don’t work properly.” A person with epilepsy will experience seizures, which can

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or many, the term “epilepsy” conjures up images of seizures and panic, along with the misnomer that people with the disease live a sheltered life. What’s more, many of us fear how to help if we witness an epileptic having a seizure. (Note: A person having a seizure cannot swallow his or her tongue, this is just a myth). In reality, medication and control of this disease has come a long way. You may be surprised to learn that one to two percent of the population, more than two million Americans, are living quality lives with epilepsy.

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manifest is several ways. They may just look “spaced While there are no homeopathic or dietary treatout”—staring and not responding to stimulation—or they ments for epilepsy, some neurologists recommend a may have an uncontrollable twitching of body parts. ketogenic diet. Similar to Atkins, it consists of conSeizures can also result in a person becoming suming foods that have minimal or no starches unconscious and shaking, or stiff throughout or carbohydrates and sugars, so the body FIRST AID: their entire body. “It can be very scary is forced to produce energy by breakHOW TO to look at,” says Dr. Khan. “But people ing down fats and proteins. As they’re HELP THE VICTIM don’t usually die from seizures.” broken down, fats and proteins If you witness someone having a seizure, produce ketones, which in some don’t panic. First and foremost, don’t put anyTREATMENT cases can stop seizures from octhing in the person’s mouth: The tongue will not The disease is treated in a variety curring. Dr. Khan also stresses roll back and choke the person. Second, make sure of ways—from medications to dethat those with epilepsy should the person is in a safe place so if he or she falls down, vices implanted into the brain and avoid dietary triggers, including they will not injure themselves. Third, if possible, lay the person on his or her side to avoid choking on laser surgery of the brain—deexcessive alcohol, caffeine and vomit. Dr. Khan says that a majority of seizures will pending on the frequency and senicotine. stop in a few minutes. Some epileptics carry mediverity of the seizures. While fewer “Most cases of epilepsy can be cation that can be injected into the rectum with and less severe seizures usually retreated quite well,” says Dr. Khan. a plastic syringe to stop a seizure. But if a seiquire medications, more severe cases If someone is having seizures, the zure goes on for more than five minutes, may require laser surgery on a part of first stop is a primary care doctor call 911. Afterwards, the person will the brain to stop the abnormal function. and then that person will be referred to be tired and it’s okay to let Seizures can affect an epileptic’s abila neurologist. In complex cases, a person him or her sleep. ity to drive, have a job, be in a relationship, may be referred to an epilepsy specialist. and sense of security. “A common misperception “For a majority of people, epilepsy starts in childis that if you have seizures, you cannot drive,” says Dr. hood and they grow out of it,” adds Dr. Khan. “Some will Khan. This is not true. “In California, doctors are required to continue having seizures and an even smaller percentage will report to the DMV if they know someone had a seizure and the [experience] some that are disabling.” license is suspended temporarily, until proven that the seizures are under control and treated.” Visit for more information.

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rik Henricson, M.P.H., has worked with patients affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and other neuromuscular diseases for more than a decade. As associate director for clinical research at the UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he is well aware of the hardships families face when caring for a child with DMD. “[It] continues to be among the diseases with the highest total cost of health and medical care of any chronic disease,” Henricson explains. “A familycentered approach to helping people with DMD is really necessary…I see parents all the time who selflessly put their needs far behind

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HOPE FOR RILEY On January 6, 2013, El Dorado Hills resident Nicole France posted the first entry on her blog, Finding a New Normal. “I keep hearing what I feel is normal and soon it will get easier and eventually I will fall into a ‘new normal,’” she wrote. Riley, her 12-year-old son, had recently been diagnosed with DMD. Within a month, France, a single mother of five, launched, a website dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Riley’s medical expenses and daily needs, most of which aren’t covered by insurance nor county, state and federal resources. “This was my way of reaching out to share our hopes of spreading the word about the fight families in my position face,” she explains. “We struggle each and every day to meet the growing needs of our children while trying to remain hopeful that a cure will be found…in their lifetime.” To that end, France has taken an active role in supporting Roseville’s branch of the MDA. “Over the last six months, two families have lost their 10-year-old sons to [DMD]…” she shares. “This should not happen, but it does, and the only way to save more lives is by providing support for not only research, but things like wheelchair-accessible vehicles, mobility equipment, [and] in-home services.”

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The MDA of Sacramento hopes to breathe new life into the local gala scene with its inaugural Blue Moon Bash, a social gathering to fund an additional 1,000 minutes of research for Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Set to take place this fall at the Four Points by Sheraton, Sacramento, the event promises to be a fun evening of elegant food, cocktails, auctions and activities. Organizers are currently seeking sponsorships, in addition to donations of floral arrangements, beverages and photography services. For more details, contact MDA Sacramento Executive Director Kym Hoffman at or 916-921-9518. the needs of their kids, and it’s our job to help them find ways to take care of themselves as well.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that DMD occurs among approximately 1 in 3,500-6,000 boys. It’s considered the most common form of muscular dystrophy amongst children and is

characterized by a lack of dystrophin, a protein in muscle cells. The disease, which only affects girls in rare cases, is a genetic disorder passed from female carriers with abnormal dystrophin on one of their X chromosomes to their children. DMD begins causing muscle weakness in the hips, pelvic area, thighs and shoulders between ages 3-5, and those affected can expect to experience weakness in their heart and respiratory muscles by the time they reach their early teens. Additionally, many patients begin to lose the ability to walk between 8-12 years of age, and most use a wheelchair full-time by age 14. According to Henricson, the major experimental approaches to “fixing” the dystrophin gene are “ways to trick the body into skipping over the bad pieces of genetic code to make a slightly smaller but mostly functional dystrophin protein. We’re not at the point of a ‘cure’ per se, but we are right on the cusp of being able to significantly reduce the impact of having DMD.” He adds that use of the steroid drug prednisone, supportive cardiac medications, and non-invasive ventilator supportive technologies have improved both overall survival rates and quality of life for patients. For more than 60 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has also worked to find treatments and cures for DMD, in addition to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. The nonprofit’s founders—a group of adults with muscular dystrophy and parents of children with the disease—set out to conquer neuromuscular diseases through a combination of research funding, comprehensive healthcare services, and support for families nationwide. According to Jamey Rosner, health-care services coordinator at the MDA’s Sacramento office, funds raised locally stay local and are contributed almost entirely by individual donors. “[The MDA] rallies local communities,” she shares, “to fight back through advocacy, fund-raising and local engagements to create more awareness about these rare diseases, as well as provide resources, support and programs that assist them directly with the diagnosis.” “Our team’s research shows that many people today with DMD are surviving well into adulthood and doing things that adults normally do, like going to college, getting jobs and getting married,” Henricson adds. “In the past, that simply did not happen, and it offers families more hope for their child’s future.”

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education guide This month, Style Magazine presents our Education special advertising section. From learning centers, tutoring programs and preschools to adult education, colleges and universities, our area scores high marks for the number of ways to enlighten and be enlightened. The following are some of the area’s premier educational resources. And when you visit these businesses or schools, tell them you saw their profile in Style!

Cedar Springs Waldorf School 6029 Gold Meadows Rd. | Placerville 530-642-9903 | Have you ever wondered what lies behind the classroom doors of a Waldorf School? Serving children from Early Childhood through Eighth Grade, Cedar Springs Waldorf School welcomes you to visit our campus to experience our inspired teachers and students in action. Waldorf curriculum is robust in academics enriched with foreign language, music, art, physical education, drama, gardening, woodworking, handwork, and meaningful parent education. Our five-acre wooded campus is conveniently located off Highway 50 between Placerville and Shingle Springs. Call to attend an Open Classroom Tour on February 11 or March 4 for a window into the wonder of Waldorf.

Guiding Hands School 4900 Windplay Drive | El Dorado Hills 916-939-0553 | Guiding Hands School just celebrated 20 years as a nondenominational Non-Public School (NPS) serving special needs children from preschool through high school, ages 2-21. Fully accredited for K-12 by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Guiding Hands is certified by the California State Department of Education and licensed by Community Care Licensing. Students are privately or district-placed. Students are taught by credentialed teachers in academically-based classrooms with an average of 15 students per class. Staff-to-Student ratio is 1-to-5 allowing for individualized and appropriate support focused on academic, social, self-help and positive behavioral growth. The high school offers diploma and certificate tracks. Services on campus include Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Guidance Counseling, Educationally-Related Mental Health Services, Behavioral Education, Social Skills Training, Functional Life Skills and Community-Based Instruction. Staff on campus includes Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed School Psychologist, and Pediatric & Adolescent Psychiatrist. Guiding Hands School has a hot lunch program, transportation option, and licensed childcare center with before and after school care for younger students. Teen Center on campus provides after-school program for all teens, including homework support, structured social interaction and scheduled outings.

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client wants, and [then] use their desires to create an appropriate treatment process.” The non-profit agency has doubled in size in the past six years and hopes to continue serving clients with the help of grants, donations and fundraisers like Mud Aide, a mud run and family wellness event taking place March 1 at the Placerville Fairgrounds. Clinical Director of Marshall Medical Center’s Community Care Network and IPC Board President, Penny Lehrman, B.S.R.N., has been involved with the organization for four years and says she strongly encourages families to take advantage of the IPC’s services. “My experience,” Lehrman explains, “is that early intervention is very important to the future of any child’s mental health and well-being.” “I have seen over and over again the struggles families face with older children, and when they tell their story, many of the difficulties started very early on, yet there was no one there to support them,” Gardey adds. “I know that preventative services and early intervention works. I am so thankful that I get to be part of the healing and growth that occurs here.” For Drew* and Shawna*, the IPC provided a fresh start following their son James’* placement in foster care while the couple received treatment for drug abuse issues. According to a client story prepared by Lehrman, when two-yearold James first came to the IPC, he didn’t like being touched, threw tantrums, and became anxious when separated from his parents. As a result, Drew and Shawna experienced a great deal of guilt.

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aving trained under Licensed Clinical Social Worker Ronald Henke for many years, Alison Gardey and Jennifer Kalsbeek were grateful to have their mentor’s support when launching their own starting agency. In 2008, the trio opened Placerville’s Infant Parent Center (IPC) to provide counseling services for children ages 0-5 and their families, and Henke supervised the project until his passing two years ago. “That journey alone is a gift I will treasure forever,” Kalsbeek shares. “Alison and I have been to numerous trainings with ‘the big guys and gals,’ and no one could touch Ron’s methods and practices. Now that we have taken the torch; our servant model will hopefully provide a lasting benefit to all we serve.” According to Kalsbeek, the IPC provides a safe and nurturing environment where families can receive professional and confidential counseling and supportive services, including family and individual therapy, home visitation, perinatal consultation, parent-child relationship assessments, and infant/parent psychotherapy at little or no cost. “Opening up and becoming vulnerable is one of the hardest things to do in life, especially with a stranger, and especially when it’s about being a parent,” Kalsbeek says. “We take the time to listen and strategize on what each 28 - February 2014

“As both parents forgave their past failures, set limits, and consistently became a part of James’ life, the tantrums occurred less frequently, James began to show joy and delight with his parents, and when upset, he would allow his mother to physically comfort him,” Lehrman wrote. “Where there was hopelessness, a family found healing through the loving support at the Infant Parent Center.” *Names have been changed by the IPC to protect client anonymity.

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be your own boss 6 Tips for Starting a Business by Linda Holderness


ou’re flush with compliments about the clever cupcakes you made for the holidays and say to yourself, “Wouldn’t baking be more fun than my day job?” Or you’re dreaming you could ditch your desk to escort bass fishermen through the Delta. Do you dare? Nearly everyone from time to time imagines starting a business doing something they love. Should you take the chance? These tips from local experts will help you decide.

1. BE PASSIONATE “Passion is number one,” says Darla Colson, CPA, MST, at Gilbert Associates, Inc. in Folsom. “You must believe in what you’re doing.” If your business goal is only about making money, and not about following your passion, “things can go south very quickly,” counsels Sherif Boctor, CPA at PSG Certified Public Accountants in Roseville.

Even when you love what you’re doing, running a business is hard work, says Roger Linn, attorney/principal at Barnett & Linn, Attorneys at Law in Roseville, who specializes in business formation. “You’ve got to find customers, collect money, pay your bills, keep records.” Be realistic, advises Colson: Are you willing and able to spend hours on tasks you don’t enjoy?

3. CAPITALIZE If the routine tasks don’t daunt you, you need to consider money. The biggest mistake new businesses make, says Linn, is not having enough capital. Starting on a shoestring may sound romantic, but it isn’t practical. Analyze your finances and figure out how much money you’ll need and where it’s going to come from—maybe including family or friends, urges Boctor. Don’t wait until your dollars run out before lining up new sources of accessible cash.

4. PLAN Small business owners rarely develop a business plan—and that’s a mistake, Boctor says. You may think you have everything in your head, but writing down your plans helps you anticipate problems and keeps you on track.

5. BUDGET Before you even open your doors, get accounting software and create a budget, advises Colson. Along with income and expenses, be sure to track tax deductions—these put real dollars in your pocket. Work-related lunches and miles you drive are deductible, for instance, and you might miss them without a budget.

6. ACT “AS IF” To be taken seriously, you must portray a professional manner from the get-go, Boctor says. Commission an identity package. Get classy business cards. If you work at home, find somewhere else to meet clients. If people perceive you as successful, it’s more likely you will be.

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SWEETIE PIE’S RESTAURANT & BAKERY, Patty Clark never dreamed how hard running a business would be when she and her husband, Ray, opened Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant & Bakery in Placerville 22 years ago. She knew she loved to bake—her cinnamon rolls are locally famous—but what she wasn’t prepared for, she says, “is that as your success grows, you have less time for what you loved in the beginning.” Even so, she discovered that every aspect of her work is rewarding in the end. Sweetie Pie’s sells baked goods and serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week in a homey environment. Success hasn’t come without mistakes, however. Her first, Clark says, was not having a business plan. “It’s important to get professional help to avoid the pitfalls every new business is going to make,” she advises. A second was underestimating the sacrifices. She sometimes slept in her car during the early months and missed family parties. A few years ago, Clark pondered whether or not to change careers. “I thought about it long and hard,” she says, “but there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do but be here. I love everything about this.”

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sly park Natural and Historic Beauty Abounds


irst inhabited by Native Americans, the Sly Park area has a colorful history and continues to draw locals and tourists to its natural beauty. In times past, members of the Maidu and Miwok tribes inhabited lush meadows—now covered by Jenkinson Lake— gathering acorns and other foods during the summer and fall. When the lake is low, grinding rocks can still be seen along the shoreline. In 1848, the Mormon Battalion stumbled upon the area on their way from Placerville to Salt Lake City. The group, consisting of 45 men, one woman, 17 wagons and 150 each of horses and cattle, was led by Captain James Calvin Sly who gave his name to the area. The battalion cut a trail to Carson Pass over what is now Mormon Emigrant Trail, a route that would later be used by other emigrants. In 1853, Hiram O. Bryan and William Stonebreaker each claimed a 160-acre homestead east of the present main dam, calling their agricultural endeavor Sly Park Ranch. Luther Cutler bought the ranch in 1857 and built the first sawmill in the area. The meadow was a favorite stopping place for drovers driving cattle and sheep back 32 - February 2014

and forth to the high country. Cutler saw opportunity in these migrations and built a 15-room hotel to accommodate cattlemen, teamsters and emigrants. Sly Park was teeming with lumber mills in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the Phippins Mill, Hazel Valley Mill, and Placerville Lumber Company. The Blair family of Pollock Pines also operated a large mill east of the dam. A foundation and chimney can still be found on the eastern shore of the lake. In 1889, the Sly Park School District was established for children of mill workers; in 1927, the school property was sold. The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) first looked at Sly Park as a site for a res-

ervoir in the 1920s. In 1944, Walter E. Jenkinson, the secretary manager of the district, asked the Bureau of Reclamation to investigate possible water storage sites in the county. Their study indicated the Sly Park/Hazel Valley project would be the most feasible. Spearheaded by Congressman Clair Engle, the dam was constructed as part of the American River Division of the Central Valley Project. Construction began in 1951, with water storage beginning in 1954. The current lake has a capacity of 41,000 acre-feet, providing the county with a two-year water supply. In 2013, EID celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its purchase of the Sly Park Unit for $8.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation. The purchase included the Sly Park Dam, Reservoir and Recreation Area; Camp Creek Diversion Dam and Tunnel; and all associated pipelines, conduits, tunnels and pumping plants—a purchase that gives EID control of 80 percent of its water supply and provides a secure source of water for the county. Sly Park also provides recreational and tourist opportunities, which are valued at $2.4 million annually and have become a sought-after location for shooting commercials and films.

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Favorite materials or textures: Right now— antique mirror, brass and distressed leather. Favorite designers/architects: Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe—they were not only great architects but influential furniture designers; also, Kelly Wearstler, because she’s not afraid to play with scale and pattern and luxurious materials. Advice for aspiring interior designers: Surround yourself with talented, hardworking people who you can learn from. Design project that has the most impact in a home: Kitchen—it’s where everyone ends up hanging out and can add great value to your home. Tool you can’t live without: My iPhone. Favorite color: Black. I know it’s a bit cliché, but black will accentuate any color! Favorite ice cream flavor: Coconut. I remember my first homemade coconut paleta on the beach in Puerto Vallarta when I was young—it brings back great memories. Coffee or tea: I’m a big fan of both depending on the day—a delicious latte or a London fog.

Are you colorblind when it comes to the hues that’ll work best in your home, or at a loss for what design style suits you? Read on for advice and inspiration, as we introduce you to some of the area’s top interior designers and experts in form, functionality and, yes, fun!

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1. I see a lot of trends in color inspired by the fashion industry.


“I’m really into natural wood tones mixed with classic black and white. I typically use a lot of color, so the striking contrast of black and white mixed with the simplicity of warm wood looks great!”


Molly Fitzpatrick has been a professional interior designer for more than eight years, working in both commercial and residential design. She’s certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), as well as a LEED (Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional. While Fitzpatrick has worked on a variety of projects, she says her “true aesthetic is downright country chic.” Her portfolio shows spaces with layered textures, shapes and color in a way that, she says, “feels super hip and really cozy.” Fitzpatrick loves “shopping vintage and reusing pieces in a modern setting.” She splits her time each week between San Francisco and Placerville, calling it “the best of both worlds!”

Top 3 Trends For 2014 2. Designing a space is just like styling a look! Gold and brass are back and are great finishes to accessorize a room. I have a love for grey tones in paint.


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Favorite local restaurant: The Independent in Placerville.

3. Vintage pieces mixed with a few new modern lines.

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Molly Fitzpatrick

Favorite kitchen gadget: My soda stream. I’m a huge fan of sparkling water.




“I like combining neutrals with grays. It encourages the warmth clients desire with neutrals that allow them to stay current with style.”

Advice for aspiring interior designers: Understand that design is 30 percent design and 70 percent business. It’s not just fun and games— you must be wise with your time to allow for paperwork, follow up, accounting, etc. Design project that has the most impact in a home: The family room is where most of the members come together, so you need to maximize comfort and personal style. Next would be the kitchen (to help with ease of prep and enjoyment of the space). The powder room is where you can be daring. It’s the only space your guests will have on their own to judge your style. Be bold. Tool you can’t live without: My iPhone—it has allowed me to copy and paste a design piece last minute and keeps the communication instant. I’m amazed how much I utilize the Internet for my resources and manufacturers I offer. Favorite color: Smoke blue makes me feel warm and reminds me of the sky. Favorite ice cream flavor: Starbucks Java Chip—creamy, rich and decadent with espresso chocolate…yummy!

Tami Teel

Tami Teel Designs Tami Teel designed more than 20 episodes for HGTV and the DIY Network, including the 99th and 100th episodes of House Crashers, which were filmed last year in Orangevale and Lincoln. Teel started her business in 2000, a natural extension of her lifelong interest in interior design, and is a member of the National Bath and Kitchen Association, as well as Distinctive Designs. She now has three locations, including her latest, which has a full-spectrum studio filled with samples, textures and products. A native of northern California, Teel focuses on “creating inviting, innovative spaces and dispelling the myths that surround interior design.”

Q&A Photo by Dante Fontana.

Design motto: When you’re passionate about what you do, it will be evident with fantastic results for your clients. Favorite materials or textures: I enjoy bringing in several layers that will be based on the overall design. My favorite material is Mohair and leathers. If a client’s design calls for it, I will add a touch of cowhide. Favorite designers/architects: Frank Lloyd Wright was a brilliant architect and designer that I have used as my inspiration for incorporating the outdoors into the home or commercial spaces. A current designer that I share a similar design style with is Candice Olson—she maximizes space and offers comfortable modern spaces.

Coffee or tea: I need both. My morning starts with a hot cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer, and I enjoy iced tea with lunch. My ultimate choice is water…so refreshing! Favorite kitchen gadget: I use my coffeemaker the most, with my blender for smoothies a close second. Favorite local restaurant: I go to Paul Martin’s American Grill and Skipolini’s Pizza most often.

Top 3 Trends For 2014 1. Using texture on walls in lieu of accent paint. There are many options: tile, rock and wall coverings. 2. Hanging multiple light pendants to create a bouncing effect of lighting and glass in the room. I love all of the Edison bulbs for added character. 3. Porcelain wood tile creates the same look as wood floors but allows for children on roller skates and a dog rushing to the door with its sharp nails. It prevents scratching and requires no maintenance. February 2014 - 35

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Q&A Design motto: Everyone deserves great design™. Favorite materials or textures: Chrome, seagrass and washed linen. Favorite designers/architects: Hands down, Mr. Ralph Lauren. Advice for aspiring interior designers: Be flexible. Design project that has the most impact in a home: A fresh coat of paint is affordable and can change the whole look and feel of a space quickly. Tool you can’t live without: Needle nose pliers and my DeWalt drill—my parents gave them to me when I started in visual merchandising for Nordstrom and they are still with me today! Favorite color: Purple, as it relates to our brand, and black for wardrobe. Favorite ice cream flavor: Baskin-Robbins’ Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Coffee or tea: Illy’s Medium Roast is in our espresso machine, but I always love Chocolate Fish’s flat white, too! Favorite kitchen gadget: My tomato-cutting knife from my sister. Favorite local restaurant: Tres Hermanas for quick and easy; Ella for lunch and celebration.

Top 3 Trends For 2014 1. A menswear look is making a comeback via pinstripe fabrics, herringbone accents and detailed upholstery stitching. 2. Organic glamour is also hitting a strong stride via natural fiber rugs and wall coverings paired with the shine of Lucite and mixed metals.

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3. Colorful, luxurious brights through upholstery fabric, and drapery contrasted with crisp white COLOR PA are also a front leader E T when creating room RI “We recently L scenes. moved to a larger Design Lab space and used Sherwin Williams’ Gutsy Grape, Essential Gray, Alabaster, and Folkstone; we love the look!”


An award-winning interior designer, author and multi-media consultant, Kerrie Kelly founded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995. A certified interior designer, she graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix. Kelly is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), as well as IIDA (International Interior Design Association). She has received several awards, including: California Paints Exterior Palette Challenge, Jason Wu for Brizo Blogger-19 Challenge, Houzz’s Best of Remodeling Award for 2012, and Best of Design and Customer Satisfaction Award for 2013. Kelly was named the 2012 recipient of ASID’s Nancy Vincent McClelland Award for Interior Design Education. The author of two books, Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, published by Oxmoor House and My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education, Kelly opened the newly expanded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab location in East Sacramento in January 2014.


Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

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Kerrie Kelly


“I am really drawn to navy blue and white right now!”



Q&A Design motto: “In real decorating there are no precedents. Every house, every room is different, and you cannot be sure of the exact position any object should occupy until you try it out.”—Billy Baldwin Favorite materials or textures: Anything organic and natural. Favorite designers/architects: David Hicks. Advice for aspiring interior designers: Learn all the rules but follow your instincts. Design project that has the most impact in a home: Kitchens are the heart and soul of the home and nothing makes a bigger statement about a household. A well thought-out and designed kitchen can sell a home. Tool you can’t live without: My tablet computer. Favorite color: It depends on the project I’m currently working on. I get so immersed in a project that I gain a real affection of all of its elements, including color. Favorite ice cream flavor: My husband’s homemade lemon ice cream.

Jane Reed

Photo by Dante Fontana.

Brush Strokes Inc. Jane Reed grew up in the homebuilding and design world as her grandfather and father were respected builders of custom homes and her mother worked in the fashion industry. She developed great interest in architecture and history and learned a lot from touring stately homes and buildings throughout Europe and in Britain, where she was born. Reed formally trained at Chichester College in West Sussex, England, where she gained a flair for both contemporary and traditional European styles. She married Mike, a contractor who learned his trade working alongside his grandfather on the very homes that Reed so admired. The couple formed their successful remodeling and design business in England more than 20 years ago before selling and moving to Folsom in 2000. They formed Brush Strokes Inc. that same year. In 2006, they opened Decorating Den Interiors. Their work has been published in several magazines and they’ve won many awards for their remodeling and interior design projects.

Coffee or tea: I may be British but I drink coffee. Favorite kitchen gadget: A Kitchen Aid mixer that I use to make all of our bread. Favorite local restaurant: Too many good ones—anything that is not a large chain.

Top 3 Trends For 2014 1. The Pantone color of the year is radiant orchid, a very pinky-purple, but I am seeing a lot of blue (cobalt and French blue). 2. Standalone baths in the master bathroom, or removing the bath altogether. 3. Mixed height counters and floating shelves in the kitchen.

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Q&A Design motto: Keep an open mind. Favorite designers/architects: Ray Eames— smart, timeless design and part of a team, but a woman who made her endless creativity known worldwide. Advice for aspiring interior designers: Be a good apprentice: watch, do, learn! Design project that has the most impact in a home: Personally, paint is my friend, as are pillows, area rugs and moving “stuff” around. Tool you can’t live without: My smartphone—yes, I have become one of “those.” Second is my trusty tape measure. Favorite color: That’s akin to choosing a favorite child or, worse, grandchild. There is something to love in every single color. Favorite ice cream flavor: Vanilla—it goes with everything and you can choose any topping! Coffee or tea: Strong coffee.

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Alice Welborn has an extensive background in sales, managerial jobs, budgeting, and now, a passion and delight for mid-century and modern furniture. “I have a very good ‘eye’ for color and style but a ‘true, pro’ interior designer has great training,” she says. “I sell ‘modern design for all’ in the form of furniture, mirrors and lighting.” Welborn started her own company so she can “offer high-quality reproductions of some of the best thought-out, longest-lasting, smartly designed and executed furniture ever made.” Welborn and her former business partner loved a particular furniture line and decided to “focus on this contemporary and mid-century modern line.” That partnership ended but she says with “incredible support from many other women in the building,” the company is still “very much ‘2 Women.’” Her focus? “I like to think that I am making ‘WOW’ affordable,” says Welborn, who is a board member with Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center. She’s also involved in the American Association of University Women and the local Natomas Business Chamber.

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Favorite local restaurant: Brewpubs and The Waterboy.

Top 3 Trends For 2014 1. Bright colors 2. Nubby materials 3. More wood


Photo by Dante Fontana.

Alice Welborn

Favorite kitchen gadget: Sharp knife and silicone mitts.


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1. CURB APPEAL First impressions are everything. They set the tone for a buyer of a home and are lasting. Your home’s appearance could be the difference between someone walking into the open house or just doing a drive-by. “On many occasions, I’ve had buyer’s wave at me to keep driving and not stop at the property we were suppose to view—just because they didn’t like its curb appeal,” says Bill Sadek of Realty West in Roseville. “Basically, there was none.” Checklist for home sellers: • Is there oil in the driveway? • How does the grass and landscape look? • Is the exterior paint fading and chipping? • Is the color outdated? When your property is inviting from the outside, it automatically adds value and extends the desirability of your home. “The front entry is especially important,” says Nick Sadek of NRS Real Estate in Roseville. “Try dressing up the exterior with either new landscaping or nice garage doors.”

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ooking to sell your home in the near future? Or do you just want to increase the equity you already enjoy? There’s never a bad time to add value to your home, especially in today’s competitive market. But what home improvements give you the most bang for your buck? Before you go installing a brand new swimming pool, let’s take a look at 10 smart upgrades that not only attract buyers, but also give you more leverage with the selling price.



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Although it’s in the same category as curb appeal, exterior paint is an important improvement on its own. James Higgs of Higgs Construction in Folsom suggests making sure all windows are caulked, wood trim is kept up and painted, and any cracks in the stucco are caulked and painted. “Maintaining your exterior will save you money in the long run,” he says. If budget is an issue, you can also do something as simple as putting a bright coat of paint on the front door, or adding a few plants to the porch. Even if you can’t afford to give the whole house a new paint job, the front should be clean and neat and the landscaping trimmed and tidy.



It may seem kind of obvious, but I can’t tell you how many open houses I’ve walked into that either had stained or faded walls, or a bright color that would immediately turn off buyers. No matter how many times you tell someone it can be painted over, the image of floor to ceiling bright magenta will haunt his or her dreams. Save them some sleepless nights and give your walls a fresh coat or two of a neutral paint color. The lighter and fresher the color, the bigger and brighter the room will appear.



According to Higgs, due to the age of many homes in our area, valley tile needs to be removed and valley tin cleaned due to dirt and leaf build-up. “If not cleaned, debris will build up and create a dam, causing the rainwater to flow over the effected area and leak—resulting in water damage.” Higgs also suggests routinely cleaning all gutters and down spouts so that water can flow easily from them.



A new kitchen is probably the most profitable investment you can make to a house. As the home’s heart and soul, there is no substitution for an impeccably designed and constructed kitchen space; bathrooms, however, take a close second. “Homeowners should concentrate on the rooms they use the most,” advises February 2014 - 41

Nick Sadek. “Open floor plans with big great rooms are in high demand; also, light and bright rooms and high ceilings will make people feel good.” If a kitchen or bathroom’s floor plan is laid out well and top-of-the-line finishes are used, then the value can be passed on from one owner to the next. Consider adding an additional bathroom (if your home currently has only one) for added value. For an easy, low-cost shower upgrade, Ron Bunce of The Grout Medic in El Dorado Hills suggests removing the non-sanded grout, cleaning the tile face, removing mildew caulking and replacing the grout. “The shower will

look almost brand new and it’s a fraction of the cost of ripping out the existing tile and grout,” Bunce says. As these jobs can be large, expensive and time consuming, be sure to consult with several contractors to make sure you find the best match for your schedule and wallet. Be smart in your counter and cabinet selections—look for good quality materials and a classic design that will appeal to more buyers. The good news? Even after weeks of dust and expenditures, your new kitchen or bathroom may be the prime selling point to a potential buyer.



Ditch the dusty old curtains for some permanent fixtures sure to dazzle visitors. Cheryl De La Campa of Affordable Furniture and Blinds in Placerville suggests two kinds of window treatments. “Covering your

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windows with plantation shutters adds an instant and dramatic modern update,” she says. “The timeless beauty of shutters, along with their custom framework and clean lines, make a boring sheet-rocked window opening look fabulous. They also make your home stand out from the rest with head-turning curb appeal. Roman shades can also add a pop of color and texture to any room in your home, without the heavy, crowded feel of draperies and valances. Choosing soft, neutral colors to complement your sofas or bedding will tie your windows to the rest of the room, or you can choose a bold accent color to make those windows stand out.”

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Energy Efficiency photo © Iriana Shiyan/ DIY Fixtures photo © gavran333/ Floors photo © Arpad Nagy-Bagoly/ Simplicity photo © EpicStockMedia/


If water heaters are at the age for replacement, it’s time for an upgrade. “Installing a 95-percent efficient water heater or a tankless unit will save you money in the long run,” says Higgs. Ecoconscious and energy-efficient appliances can also be a big draw for many potential buyers. Waiting a lifetime for hot water to get to the bathroom on the second floor? Higgs suggests installing a Watts recirculating pump and setting the timer to when the family needs the hot water—no more wasted water waiting for it to get hot, and you can save up to 15,000 gallons per year. Additionally, installing low-flow showerheads will save 25-60 percent of the water usage, and a new dual flush toilet for a family of four will save up to 7,000 gallons per year.



If your budget can’t accommodate a dramatic bathroom or kitchen makeover, you can add interest by swapping out some of the fixtures yourself. Replace outdated cabinet handles and knobs, faucets, toilet paper holders, light switch plates and more with something shiny and new. Keep countertops uncluttered and clean. Even if you can’t make the upgrade yourself, give buyers a chance to envision one for themselves.



Is that dingy old carpet weighing your home down? Consider replacing it with a nice durable substitute that won’t break the bank. Like an unsightly interior wall, dirty or outdated carpet can be a visual eyesore for buyers. If you really want to step up your game, consider redoing existing hardwood floors or adding an affordable alternative. With today’s aesthetically-inclined home shoppers, a nice hardwood floor makes a solid impact. According to Bunce, installing ceramic/porcelain tile in the bathroom is key. “Removing existing linoleum or carpet from a bathroom, laundry or master bathroom floor is much more affordable than you think. [What’s more], ceramic/porcelain tile is waterproof and epoxy grout is stain resistant and waterproof, so you are adding the security and value of a waterproof floor to your home.”

10. SIMPLICITY One of the most inexpensive ways to improve your home is to scale back before the open house. Even if you haven’t moved out of the home, it may be wise to clean up and make the home as visually appealing as possible. That means removing unneeded furniture, eliminating clutter, cleaning the garage, and letting natural light in. There’s nothing that turns buyers off more than a dark, crowded home. Help them imagine the room as their own with some thoughtful rearranging and clearing of space!

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Jonathan Adler Tomato Pop Candle, $32 at Talisman Collection, 4357 Town Center Boulevard, El Dorado Hills. 800-274-9868,

Innova Mid-Range Disc, $7.99 at Big 5 Sporting Goods, 284 Placerville Road, Placerville. 530-295-8290,

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Vintagique Greeting Cards, $4 each at Winterhill Olive Oil, 321 Main Street, Placerville. 530-626-6369,

JWOWW Mad Hot Tingle Bronzer, $59.07 (13.5 oz.) at Tan Central, 3964 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville. 530626-8264,

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Fountain Grill Lunch Like No Other by Cherise Henry Photography by Dante Fontana


ucked away on Historic Main Street in Placerville’s Creekside Place, lies a luncheon gem—Fountain Grill. On a recent visit to Old Hangtown, the two-year-old eatery was my first stop for a much-needed “food” fuel up. With the kitchen, checkout counter and three small tables all within close proximity to one another, the interior exudes cozy comfort, while the outside’s café-style seating allows for additional guests. The menu is packed with gourmet paninis, grilled sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, and dessert crêpes. Avoiding my typical “dessert before lunch” tendencies, I decided on the mixed greens salad and Tuscan turkey sandwich. As Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Monika Geczy worked her magic in the kitchen just a few feet away, my mouth watered at the sight, sound and, of course, smell of the dishes being prepared. Thankfully for me, lunch was served within just a few minutes. Opting to grab a seat outside and enjoy the surprisingly warm winter afternoon and fountain, my fork first met the salad—chock-full of mixed greens and topped with fresh seasonal fruits, tomatoes, sliced onion, toasted walnuts and chunks of feta cheese. The eclectic mixture of ingredients, both sweet and savory, was just what my appetite ordered. In between salad bites, the Tuscan turkey sandwich warmed my belly with its marinated artichoke hearts, gooey Provolone cheese, fresh spinach, spiced basil pesto and soft focaccia roll. Not a typical turkey sub, this one offered an exciting mix of flavors and textures. Just when I thought lunch was wrapping up, I remembered the sweet and savory crêpes. Oh, crêpes! Owners Thomas Rosa and Monika Geczy (the aforementioned chef) suggested I try the ever-popular strawberry variety, which featured the juicy fruit in a light and refreshing strawberry spread, with whipped cream and a drizzling of chocolate sauce. After a few bites of the elegant—and decadent— dessert, our lunch ended on such a sweet note. Note: Fountain Grill is open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

...the Tuscan turkey sandwich warmed my belly with its marinated artichoke hearts, gooey Provolone cheese, fresh spinach, spiced basil pesto and soft focaccia roll.

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Tuscan Turkey Sandwich

Strawberry Crêpe

Mixed Greens Salad

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The Cellar Wine Bar Find Pairing Perfection by Jennifer Resnicke Photography by Dante Fontana

The Brie melted into a creamy mess, and with the crisp apple and fruity quince paste, it tasted like dessert.

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Charcuterie Plate

Three Cheese Mac and Cheese Double Fudge Brownie

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ome combinations are just made for each other—peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper…how about brownie and Barbera? Well, as my husband and I discovered on a recent evening at The Cellar Wine Bar, it’s truly a wonderful duo. After making our way to a table fireside, a group of women laughed heartily over their half-empty glasses of wine—unaware of the contrast between their warm spirits and the frigid, almost freezing, weather outside. We warmed up by devouring the three cheese mac and cheese appetizer, which, I never would have guessed, turned out to be entirely gluten-free. After studying the tapas-style menu, we ordered both a prosciutto and pear pizza and the charcuterie plate. The chewy crust, decadence of the truffle oil, and juxtaposition of the sweet pear and savory Gorgonzola made us wonder why we don’t order this pie combination more often. The highlight of the meal, however, was the charcuterie. Ours included Gorgonzola dolce from Italy, Domaine de Vallage triple cream Brie from France, prosciutto from Italy, bread, quince paste, green apple slices and more. Most of our dining fun came from building different arrangements of flavors, and then pairing those with either my Foris Gewurztraminer, or my husband’s beer selection of Delirium Tremens. My personal favorite was a green apple smothered with Brie and quince paste; the Brie melted into a creamy mess, and with the crisp apple and fruity quince paste, it tasted like dessert. But you won’t want to miss the real dessert. There’s an amazing homemade brownie topped with rose petal whipped cream and caramel sauce. Our recommendation is to get it with the Roxo Barbera dessert wine. You could go with a traditional Port, but the fudge-like brownie (with chewy caramelized edges) is even better with the dryer, full-bodied Barbera that helps to counteract the sweetness. Another great pairing we discovered? The Cellar Wine Bar and Saturday night—definitely worth a try!

Rak Fried Rice photo by Aaron Roseli.

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restaurantguide Featuring restaurants and eateries in the El Dorado County Foothills ** = MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTION POINT • AMERICAN / CAFÉ / DELI Back Forty Texas BBQ 3977 Durock Road, #205 Shingle Springs | 530-676-4040 Hours: Tue.-Thrs. 11:00a.m.-8:00p.m., Fri-Sat 11:00a.m.-9:00p.m., Sun. 11:00a.m.- 8:00p.m. Cards Accepted: V, MC, D, AmEx We serve authentic Texas recipes. We’ve been voted number one caterer and number one ribs in El Dorado County. Dine-in, Carry-out and Catering services are available. All of our dishes are made fresh from scratch daily. Our meats are slow smoked on our southern pride pit. Please come join us for a Texas-size meal. Bricks Eats and Drinks 482 Main Street Placerville | 530-303-3480 Burger Barn ** 6404 Pony Express Trail Pollock Pines | 530-344-7167 Buttercup Pantry 222 Main Street Placerville | 530-621-1320 Café Luna 451 Main Street Placerville | 530-642-8669 Caffé Santoro ** 2531 Merrychase Drive Cameron Park | 530-387-4432 Centro ** 385 Main Street Placerville | 530-626-5500 Crystal Basin Bistro 3590 Carson Road Suite B Camino | 530-303-3749 Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Everyday Cards Accepted: V, MC, D, AmEx Crystal Basin Bistro is Highway 50’s Best Stop with a 5 Star Yelp Rating! Located 5 miles east of Placerville, we bring tasty, wine-friendly food to Camino. Our Shareable Plates are all priced between $7 and $9 and feature tasty culinary stars like our Reuben Hoagie, Stuffed Mushroom Caps and our Carnitas Tacos. Every Friday night, we feature live music and a 3-course dinner for $17. For Valentine’s Day - local crooner Bob Rawleigh will sing songs of love at the Bistro. Two seatings - 5pm and 7:30pm. $75 per couple or $80 with a bottle of Bubbly. RSVP at 530 303-3749. Cuppa Coffee and More ** 442 Main Street Placerville | 530-626-9600 Diamond Springs Hotel 545 Pleasant Valley Road Placerville | 530-621-1730 The Forester Pub and Grill ** 4110 Carson Road Camino | 530-644-1818 Heyday Café ** 325 Main Street Placerville | 530-626-9700 Hog Wild BBQ ** 38 Main Street Placerville | 530-622-3883

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The Independent Restaurant & Bar 629 Main Street, Suite 102 Placerville | 530-344-7645

• CHINESE/MONGOLIAN China City Restaurant 4100 Cameron Park Drive Cameron Park | 530-672-9888

Log Cabin Café 3220 Pondorado Road Camino | 530-644-0345

Diamond Chinese Restaurant 570 Pleasant Valley Road Placerville | 530-622-8188

Mr. Pickles ** 4601 Missouri Flat Road Placerville | 530-642-1677

Dignity Dragon Restaurant 415-A Placerville Drive Placerville | 530-622-4293

New Haven ** 6396 Pony Express Trail Pollock Pines | 530-644-3448

Grand China 4340 Golden Center Drive Placerville | 530-626-5679

Old Town Grill 444 Main Street Placerville | 530-622-2631


Placerville Brewery ** 155 Placerville Drive Placerville | 530-295-9166 Shingle Springs Coffee Co. ** 4068A Mother Lode Drive Shingle Springs | 530-676-2623 Snooty Frog ** 3300 Coach Lane Cameron Park | 530-677-9025 Sweetie Pies ** 577 Main Street Placerville | 530-642-0128 Join us to feast on specialty scrambles, omelettes, pancakes and Belgian waffles hot off the griddle for breakfast. For lunch enjoy our best-seller chile relleno casserole, sandwiches and paninis galore, and delightful salads made with the freshest vegetables and fruits to pair with our hearty homemade soups. Don’t forget to leave room for our wonderful homemade desserts! Torino’s Bar & Grill 251 Main Street Placerville | 530-622-7500 ZacJack Bistro 3275 Coach Lane Cameron Park | 530-676-2969 Hours: Monday: Closed Tues.-Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.: 8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sun.: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Credit Cards Accepted: V, M, A Conveniently located off highway 50 in Cameron Park, ZacJack Bistro, the new restaurant concept from the chef/owner team at Zachary Jacques, serves fresh California bistro cuisine using traditional French and new cooking methods. Open six days a week for lunch and dinner, and serving award winning (Style Magazine Favorite Brunch 2012) breakfast Friday through Sunday. House made artisan breads, Kobe beef burgers ground daily, and fresh ketchup punctuate our focus on locallysourced, all-natural, organic food. Come visit ZacJack Bistro to see how everyday can be gourmet. Z Pie 3182 Center Placerville Drive Placerville | 530-621-2626

Allez! ** 4242 Fowler Lane, Suite 101 Diamond Springs | 530-621-1160

• ITALIAN Papa Gianni’s Ristorante ** 3450 Palmer Drive Cameron Park | 530-672-2333

• JAPANESE Amerikan Ichi Sushi 1234 A Broadway Placerville | 530-621-2100 Kobe Surf & Turf ** 3300 Coach Lane, #C-1 Cameron Park | 530-672-9210 Shilla Sushi Bar 2943 Paul Bunyon Road Placerville | 530-644-5047

• MEXICAN Cascada Restaurante & Cantina 384 Main Street Placerville | 530-344-7757 Casa Ramos ** 6840 Greenleaf Drive Placerville | 530-622-2303 Que Viva ** 3300 Coach Lane Cameron Park | 530-577-3330 Taqueria Carnival 4340 Golden Center Drive Placerville | 530-344-7246

• SEAFOOD Powell’s Steamer Co. & Pub 425 Main Street Placerville | 530-626-1091

• THAI Taste of Thai 1160 Broadway Placerville | 530-621-9559 If we’ve omitted your favorite restaurant or you find an error, let us know via email:

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taste MUSSELS WITH CREAM, SAFFRON AND ANGEL HAIR From Fish by Cree LeFavour; photographs by Antonis Achilleos (Chronicle Books, 2013, $27.50)

• 3 lb. mussels, cleaned and debearded, if necessary • 1 cup white wine • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced • 1 small shallot, chopped • 6 strips lemon zest, julienned • 6 sprigs fresh thyme • 1 lb. angel hair pasta, cooked in boiling, salted water until al dente • 3 tbsp. butter • 1 fennel bulb, tough outer layer removed, slivered, with fennel fronds removed • 1 cup heavy cream • 1 to 2 tsp. saffron, lightly crushed • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley • Flaky or coarse salt and black pepper In a large Dutch oven or pot with a lid, combine the mussels, white wine, garlic, shallot, lemon zest and thyme, and set over high heat for 10 minutes or until all the mussels are open. (Discard any that have not opened.) Turn off the heat and use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer the mussels to a mixing bowl. Reserve the cooking liquid in the pot. Once the mussels are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the shells and set aside. (Discard the shells.) Once the pasta has cooked, toss it with the butter. Set aside. Return the cooking liquid from the mussels to medium heat and reduce for 5 minutes, or until about 1-1⁄2 cups of liquid remain. 52 - February 2014

dinner date Food and Wine for the Season Add the fennel bulb, cream and saffron, and reduce for 2-3 minutes over high heat. Just before serving, add the parsley and return the mussels to the sauce to reheat. Line four pasta bowls with pasta and portion out the sauce and mussels over the top. Finish with the fennel fronds, lightly torn, a pinch of flaky or coarse salt, and a generous grind of black pepper. Serves 4.

2012 CHATEAU DU JAUNAY MUSCADET SEVRE In order to be given the moniker “Muscadet,” this wine must come from France’s Loire Valley. The French have had plenty of time to perfect this vino made with Melon de Bourgogne, a grape introduced to the Valley in the early 17th century. The 2012 Chateau du Jaunay Muscadet Sevre is a wine that can be found locally for under $12 a bottle, which is a steal for such a good French white. The low alcohol content (it has to be less than 12 percent, by law) and acidity allows it to pair amazingly well with mussels, oysters and lobster. Crisp and light-bodied with flavors of melon, grapefruit and lime, it features a completely different profile from a California-grown white wine; instead, it’s more similar to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. For a pleasant (and palate) surprise, pair it with this month’s Mussels with Cream, Saffron and Angel Hair. —Richard Righton Owner, 36 Handles and Relish Burger Bar

Cookbook and recipe photos courtesy of Chronicle Books. Wine bottle photo by Aaron Roseli.

The flavor of these plump bivalves is brilliant when gently paired with butter, cream and spices. Saffron and mussels are as natural together as oysters and Champagne. Add a little cream, a bit of crispy fennel, and some delicate pasta, and you have a luxurious yet uncomplicated meal.

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kona, hawai’i A Breath of Fresh Big Island Air by Terry Carroll


omeone recently asked me, “What’s the best thing about living in California?” The answer is easy—Hawaii (well, at least access to it). I’ve traveled to Hawaii many times over the years, visiting pretty much all of the islands and staying at many of the top resorts. However, this was my first trip to Hawai’i, the Big Island. The minute I stepped off the plane and felt a cool breeze and very little humidity, I knew I was going to like it. While it might not be this way year-round, or even on the other side of the island, it was a perfect Big Island introduction. Check out the following 4-day 56 - February 2014

itinerary for the rest of this tropical story.

DAY 1 My travel companion and I packed light and were able to jump into the hotel shuttle within 20 minutes of landing. Our destination was the Hilton Waikoloa Village

Aerial view of Hilton Waikoloa Village

Outdoor cabana at Kohala Spa

the property, enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery and coastline I’ve ever encountered in Hawaii. That evening we had a nice dinner at the poolside café and enjoyed another stroll.

Photos courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa Village.


( We couldn’t help but notice the interesting terrain between the airport and the hotel: lava rock. Before we knew it, we were checked in, getting changed and off to lunch. We caught a quick bite at the pool and then it was time for our first activity—a couple’s massage

at the Kohala Spa. Although situated on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, I was a tad reticent at first; however, that melted away after one minute on the outdoor cabana table. It was truly an enjoyable experience, especially with my significant other. We then took a stroll around

The next morning we enjoyed a “Big Island breakfast” at the hotel’s buffet, which offered just about everything an appetite can imagine. The server was an extremely nice man who gave us lots of ideas about what to do around the resort. Following lunch at the on-property Boat Landing Cantina, we set sail for our scheduled Dolphin Quest. I’ve seen a number of resorts where you can swim with dolphins, but this one was more focused on learning about and respecting the beautiful mammals, as well as getting an up-close look at them interacting with humans—an amazing experience. We learned an awful lot about them and came away with a healthy respect for how the Hilton and its staff take care of the creatures. Later, we met up with a close friend at his home and decided to have dinner at the Kona Inn—an iconic Kailua landmark for more than 50 years. As expected, the food was excellent, the service attentive and the ambience pure Hawaii. February 2014 - 57

KPC at sunset

Dophin Quest

Kona coffee is known worldwide as being one of the richest and most flavorful in the world and, while you can buy Kona blends at almost any store in California, there’s something different about enjoying it before it’s exported. It may sound crazy, but it just tastes better. (Similar to the taste of Guinness in Dublin versus the U.S.) While there, visit the coffee country and be sure to bring some home.

Mahogany canal boats

COWBOY COUNTRY A short trip north will take you up to the area known as the North Kohala Coast and Waimea—made popular for its lush rolling green pastures, cattle ranchers and, of course, cowboys—known in Hawaii as paniolos.

MOLTEN MAGMA Lava from Kilauea meets the sea

A paniolo demonstrates skillful roping on horseback

DAY 3 After another delicious breakfast at the buffet, we hit the road to see the area and visit with newfound friends. Upon our return, we dressed and went for a spectacular dinner at the resort’s premier restaurant: KPC (Kamuela Provision Company). Perched at the edge of a rock wall with the ocean below, we both enjoyed cooked-to-perfection lobster and an excellent California Pinot Noir (which, by the way, is the second best thing about the Golden State).

DAY 4 Did I mention that one of the best things to do in Hawaii is relax? Our final full day there, that’s exactly what we did—sat by the pool and the four-acre saltwater lagoon soaking in the beautiful atmosphere and weather. The resort is big, big enough that there’s a tram, as well as a canal with boats traveling from one end to the other—a wonderful way to see the property and get a feel for all that it has to offer. We decided to do a little shopping at the King’s Shops, just a short walk away from the resort’s entrance. Here you’ll find stores and boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Tommy Bahama, Tori Richard, Tiffany and many more, as well as restaurants like Roy’s and Three Fat Pigs among notable others. 58 - February 2014

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park can be found in the southeastern side of the island, 30 miles southwest of Hilo. The park is more than 333,000 acres and boasts over 150 miles of hiking trails, scalded deserts and rainforests. There are two active volcanoes—the last of which erupted in 1984, and the second, Kilauea, which has been erupting since January 3, 1983, and has added more than 490 acres of new landmass to the island.

While this trip was more about relaxation than sightseeing, we plan to return and really see the rest of the island—particularly Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Plus, there’s something to be said about just kicking back and hanging out without a busy agenda. I highly recommend it.


KPC sunset, Dolphin Quest and Mahogany canal boats photos courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa Village. Horseback photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Japan. Lava photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority/Kirk Lee Aeder. Kona Coffee photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority.


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Describe your business. I’m a criminal defense attorney who primarily handles the defense of driving under the influence and narcotics cases. What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience? I worked in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for more than nine years and then in the El Dorado District Attorney’s Office for more than 15 years. I handled cases ranging from murder and sexual assault to theft, driving under the influence and controlled substances. I learned that there are two sides to every case; I think that’s what makes a great prosecutor or defense attorney. How are you involved with both the community and your customer? I support our local businesses and am a member of the El Dorado County Bar Association. What life accomplishments are you most proud of? My 26-year marriage to my incredibly supportive husband who I met in law school, and my two daughters—one’s in Davis hoping to become a veterinarian, and the other is in middle school hoping to become a Marine and FBI agent. Where do you go when the going gets tough? The gym. What’s your favorite place to eat out locally? Café Campanile and Bistro 33 in El Dorado Hills. Where do you and your family go locally to have fun? Dimple Records—we miss record and video stores. If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why? George Carlin—he was a comedic genius and I think it would be entertaining to meet him. What’s your favorite local business other than your own? Lazio in El Dorado Hills. And finally, customer service is…? Achieving the best results for my clients, while upholding the integrity of the legal justice system.

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Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you? It was a combination of both. It started out as a charity idea to transport kids from Gold Trail School to the local Boys and Girls Club, and later I offered to take some friends wine tasting. After people saw us taking trips and asking if they could do a wine tour, it all came together and soon became what it is today. What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience? I was a gas station attendant at George Turnboo’s station (across the street from the former Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q in El Dorado). I learned to get out of the gas station business! What life accomplishments are you most proud of? My three children, but a close second would be my accomplishments in go-kart racing as a youth, and later sports car racing as an adult. In addition, there are the hundreds of homes, stores, restaurants and churches I’ve built as the owner of M.J. Pettibone Builders over the past 22 years, as well as my involvement with Kiwanis. Where do you go when the going gets tough? To the front line—I try to solve problems and put out fires before they get out of hand. Handling things that come my way in both business and life is best done up-front, head-on and timely. What’s your biggest job perk? I get to enjoy people on their day off! What’s your favorite place to eat out locally? Cascada in Placerville. Where do you and your family go locally to have fun? The pasture at my parents’ ranch in Shingle Springs—a hot bonfire, a cold beer, and family gathered around are my most cherished things. And finally, customer service is…? Our biggest priority!

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hat makes love work? In my case, it’s my wife Vickie. I’ve never been able to prove it, but I’m pretty sure she gets some sort of secret charitable tax credit for staying with me. Nothing else explains it. Nearly 24 years together and from our first day on, I still wake up every morning pleasantly surprised she hasn’t ditched me for some dude with a Harley. But in this month of flowers and chocolates, what makes it work for others? Jana Jarvis says she and Mark, her husband of 29 years, couldn’t do it without humor. “We laugh. A lot. A lot, a lot, a lot.” While they aren’t always on the same page, she says they’ve learned to “enjoy the differences instead of being frustrated by them.” She also notes their relationship has clearly defined roles. “I am the heart; he is the head.” In my case, I believe I would be

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the part you sit on, but I’m off point. Humor in fact, comes up a lot. Rich Carlson notes his wife Jen “...laughs— even when the jokes aren’t funny.” And Vickie Caputa’s husband, Steve, “makes [her] laugh no matter how bad the circumstances are.” Given that Steve has survived cancer and no less than a heart transplant, that’s saying something. While staying in touch is key for the busy lives of school teacher Kristi Kandt and her corrections officer-husband Darral—“we work hard to communicate and say ‘I love you’ often”—she says they also are sure to “...make time for each other. With kids, work and insane schedules, I love knowing we can reach for each other and let everything else go for a while.” Some were able to sum it up in one word.

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According to Susan Mauer-Sullivan, it’s integrity. “I trust him and he trusts me. We both know we’re not going anywhere.” Just knowing that, she says, makes it easier to pull through the rough patches. For Kathy Tobin Rogers, it’s loyalty. “As the wife of a law enforcement officer, I’ve seen more than my share of marriages fail. Chris has never faltered—never given me any reason to doubt his love and commitment to our family and me. We took our wedding vows to heart and we’re in it for the long haul.” Carlson says if he were to narrow it down to just one thing, it wouldn’t be a word but an action. After 35 years, he says his wife, Jen, “...still stands next to me. Not in front or behind, next to me, no matter what the circumstance. That’s pretty darned cool.” He also brings up another common sentiment among the guys. “I never forget to use those three little words that seem to work magic...‘I was wrong.’” Ron Dockswell agrees. “Not necessarily saying but demonstrating that when I screw up, ‘ were right and I’m sorry.’” Todd Ostrander put it more succinctly. “It helps being able to admit when I’m an idiot.” And 41-year marriage veteran, Tony Asaro, says it’s “all about hope, faith, commitment and forgiveness.” Also among the fellas, recognizing who is boss helps too. Bill Forslund says he’s learned to “...just smile and do what you’re told,” and Derek Beaulieu says he tries to adhere to the saying “...a happy wife is a happy life.” All of these were great answers, and anyone in a successful relationship can relate to at least a few of them. But I think my favorite overall response was the shortest. It came from eight-year marriage veteran Kirsten Vernon. She emailed to say her husband, Jake, “pauses the TV to look at me when I talk to him.” Now that’s love. But still, don’t forget the flowers and chocolates.





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