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Underwriter's Laboratory July 2016: Auburn Eats! KVMR Cuisine!

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Auburn Eats!  KVMR Cuisine!


The KVMR Community Radio listening audience resides from Truckee-Tahoe City to West Sacramento with our Heart in Nevada City/Grass Valley and Auburn. KVMR member-supporters and business-supporters also stretch the distances of our airwaves! Our station shines and thrives with the partnerships we create near and far.

This month's Underwriter's Laboratory looks to give nod and props to the handful of Auburn eateries that KVMR has earned the support of -- and is eager to support in return!


13470 Lincoln Way, Auburn


When driving up I-80, a quick exit east off of Forest Hill Road, lands you at this casual, but cozy stop for fresh, ethnic, Caribbean-inspired cuisine. 

Joe Gleason of Joe Caribe' Bistro & Cafe has been a generous supporter of KVMR for a number of reasons: The music. Independent media. And Community.

"I like the idea of KVMR because it is run with the Community in mind,” says Joe Gleason. “It is not corporate. I also like the mixed playlists the volunteer broadcasters create."

Joe Caribe has been a dedicated business supporter of KVMR Community Radio since 2011. And the fish tacos at Joe Caribe are extraordinary! Along with empanadas, Cajun catfish, jambalaya and sangria, soups, salads and sandwiches. . .

289 Washington Street, Auburn


The name says it all:  Fresh craft beer and ales. Eight, Year-Round brews; eight, Seasonal brews; and another ten, “Brewer’s Specials.”

Located in Old Towne Auburn, since 2007, Brewmaster Brian Ford and his wife Lisa have been cranking out tasty, award-winning craft beer in Northern California from their on-site brewery and Americana bar & grill restaurant. The alehouse is always “hopping” (get it!?) and restaurant is often packed with local and regional patrons, alike. Live music is occasionally offered on the back patio, especially during the summer, and the fish fry is one of the best around!

Auburn Alehouse has been a generous support of KVMR Community Radio in past years and just recently re-joined our family of underwriting business supporters in 2016. We are thrilled to have them back and dig the Gold Digger Pale Ale!

849 Lincoln Way, Auburn


If you want fresh, prepared-from-scratch-daily, high-quality, locally-sourced and mostly organic food, Nectar Café is the place to begin in Auburn.

The menu is vegetarian all the way. Vegans welcomed, too. The main ingredient? LOVE! Love of people, and our planet, to thrive. . .

Tomi Sue and Roy Cunningham are foodies. They love to make food that tastes delicious and helps the body feel great. The menu is created and updated by talented chefs who are trained in nutrition, raw, and vegan cooking, as well as fine dining.

Happy Hour is every day from 4 to 6 PM with daily dinner specials. Nectar Café also offers monthly multi-course Wine Pairing Dinners, which require reservations and consider vegetarian and gluten-free options to accommodate all.

805 Lincoln Way, Auburn


Monkey Cat Restaurant & Bar is the newest additional to our Auburn Family of Business Supporters. Monkey Cat is located in historic downtown Auburn (just around the corner from Nectar Café).  

For over 10 years now, Monkey Cat has offered Auburn locals and visitors a menu to entice all tastes, including Italian cuisine. Owner Jim Bril came to Auburn as managing partner of the famous Fior D' Italia in North Beach, San Francisco, known as "America's Oldest Italian Restaurant.” 

Since 2005, he has created a unique ambiance and a restaurant known as one of Gold Country's premiere restaurant for fine dining restaurants, also accommodating banquets, business gatherings and special occasions.

Serving lunch and dinner daily with a full bar, exotic drinks and tales of the elusive Monkey Cat, who’s piercing green eyes make the Monkey Cat legend so tantalizing. . . but not as much as the menu at Monkey Cat, itself. 

Please join us in supporting those who support KVMR Community Radio! Take a trip to Auburn! Grab some good food!  And tell them KVMR sent you!








June 2016

The Monte Vista Inn

Eat “Inn” for Fine, but Casual Dining.

Locally Owned & Operated by John & Abby Wardwell Since 1972!

And Underwriting KVMR Community Radio since 2004!

Are you a local out for a meal? Or looking to stop in for a quick cocktail at a bar? Looking for a short jaunt to “get-a-way” – just thirty minutes away from Nevada City or Grass Valley? Either way, you will receive good service, a comfortable setting and creative California cuisine at the Monte Vista Inn, Dutch Flat. Dine in “Old Sierra” comfort at a unique log roadhouse that is an historic Dutch Flat landmark. 

John Wardwell, and his wife Abby, “accidentally” entered into ownership of the Monte Vista Inn in June of 1972. The inn, which was built in 1929 by a local craftsman using native time and stone, offered lodging and a coffee shop experience with breakfast through dinner dining, daily back then. John was sourced by a friend to “do the numbers” to assess viability of the existing business, while he was finishing up his MBA at UC-Berkeley. The numbers looked good, the business seemed solid, and then his friend’s potential business partner backed out.

John, originally from Detroit, Michigan via Colorado, was receiving many potential-job opportunities after completing his MBA, but the opportunities were “all back east.” California was where he and his native California wife wanted to remain. So they “gave it five years” and joined into a business-partner relationship -- and into the restaurant-food-tourism business.

Ten years later in the early 80s, with much of the initial business investment nearly paid up, and, evidently, much satisfaction in applying a Midwestern work ethic to the business, the next “logical” step was to renovate and expand the restaurant and continue to grow their business. So much for giving it only five years. . .

Today, the Monte Vista Inn is no longer an inn, but a gracious restaurant offering fine, but casual dining, nightly. The menu is created from scratch. Many of the desserts are made in-house by their daughter, Holland. “The floor” is manage and supported by John and Abby’s other daughter Alli. The occasion grandchild, as young as 2nd grade, pitches in to help. The eldest grandson, Brandon, waits table. The Monte Vista Inn is a family affair.

The menu at the Monte Vista Inn ranges from salad, sandwiches and sides to entrees of pastas, certified Angus steaks and seafood & fish, which the restaurant is “expected” to have per their many customers whom travel from a 25 mile radius – and at times more. Customers come for consistent quality and to enjoy the ever changing specials menu and attentively homemade cuisine.

“We offer really good fresh seafood and our customers come to expect it,” says John. “And we also look to provide specials that rotate weekly, sometimes twice a week, including prime rib on weekends.”

The special menu often looks to include exotics such as bison or elk. The preparations include almond-crusted fish, or beurre butter shrimp scampi with fresh garlic or stuffed feta & artichoke chicken breast – exquisite and intriguing entrees – which make it challenging to choose just one. Oh, and don’t forget the “to die for” hand-whipped honey butter with daily, house-made French bread.

One diner, a young man named Aiden Cook, offered his endorsement, “this place should get 5-stars for the awesome honey butter, alone.”

Abby has contributed to the family business in many ways over the years, and most creatively in enhancing the ambiance with seasonal and holiday décor themes – up to nine times a year. Great pride taken in re-transforming the rustic space of the near 100-year-old inn, into an enchanting and quaint, country-charmed and welcoming space, all the way down to the details of hand-sewn, cloth napkins to match the décor.

KVMR’s “Back Roads” host, Larry Hillberg, is nearly a weekly regular customer and fan of the Monte Vista Inn, as is “Kani Kapila” host, Michael Keene. Both “Back Roads” and “Kani Kapila” are show really special to John and Abby. And the Monte Vista Inn has been underwriting then for over a decade.

The Wardwell’s support KVMR Community Radio, as they know it is good for their business and connects them to the Community that they serve -- from the ski crowd & Tahoe-bound tourists to residents of Placer and Nevada Counties. They also support KVMR Community Radio because they believe in what KVMR offers our Community. They recognize the importance of giving and contributing to the asset that has helped create and support their local Community, too.

The Monte Vista Inn can seat up to 100 guests and is available for private parties and catering. Reservations for parties of six or more is greatly appreciated. The Monte Vista Inn is easy to find at Ridge Road & Interstate-80 – Exit 145, Dutch Flat, CA, which is just 10 minutes east of Colfax. See you there soon!

PS> The Jack Daniels pie is amazing, too! 

The Monte Vista Inn -- Supporting our Community and Community Radio since 2004!

Monte Vista Inn:

Ridge Road & Interstate-80 – Exit 145, Dutch Flat, CA

32106 Ridge Road, Dutch Flat, CA 95714

530-389-2333 / montevistarestaurant.com

Open daily. Monday – Thursday 5P to 8P / Friday – Saturday 3P to 9P / Sunday 3P to 8P