S.F. Chronicle: “Cook like a caveman”

Truk Jantz, founder of Conscious Course, shows how he builds his oven and kitchen on the flat rocks near Lake Spaulding in Nevada County. (Photo: The Chronicle)

A wonderful writeup on our oldest nephew in San Francisco Chronicle this morning.

“This summer, Jantz, who’s 29 with a mountain-man beard, began offering an experience he thinks will resonate: guided backpacking trips centered on eating fresh, locally raised food and understanding food’s connection to the land. He calls it Conscious Course.”

“Jantz is no stranger to creative cooking: For six years, he worked as a cook at Nevada City’s New Moon Cafe, arguably the nicest restaurant in a town full of nice restaurants.”

When I worked at The Chronicle in the ’90s, the nephews would come down and we’d take them out to dinner at the Buckeye Roadhouse. “I’ll have the filet mignon from the adult menu,” Truk would tell the waiter. And his two brothers joined with the same order (now $35.50 per plate and in the $20s then). It was a big bill. lol.

Now Truk, an alum of New Moon Cafe, is cooking gourmet meals on rocks! I love watching our nephews and nieces grow up. All different paths: Our oldest niece is a CPA for startups in S.F.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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