STEPHEN SMITH & SEAMUS COLLINS
THUNDER VALLEY CASINO RESORT1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln, CA 95648 • (916) 408-7777 • THUNDERVALLEYRESORT.COM
Two words sum up Thunder Valley Casino Resort Executive Pastry Chef Stephen Smith’s philosophy on pastries: Fresh Baked.
Each day Stephen and his team of pastry chefs prepare the delectable desserts available in the restaurants through the casino. Using the finest ingredients, the desserts are handcrafted from recipes Stephen developed from decades of experience in the food service industry. Before coming to Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Stephen dazzled palates at Alexis Park in Las Vegas and the Embassy Suites Maui among many other bakeries across the world. Today, he makes sure that every dinner roll, Danish & wedding cake is as enjoyable to look at as it is to eat. To hear Seamus Collins tell it, food preparation is as much about its sensory appeal as it is the inspiration that went into its preparation. Seamus is the Room Chef at The Buffet at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, where he instills the vision of “food as art” in all dishes. It was a long road to Thunder Valley’s weekly crab and prime rib buffets for Seamus, who started as a busser at restaurants in Santa Fe, NM and was inspired by the chefs he worked with. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, where he spent time as an Admiral’s Chef, Seamus earned his BA in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and now puts his years of experience to use each night impressing guests at The Buffet.
THAI PARADISE RESTAURANT 2770 East Bidwell Street, Folsom (916) 984-8988 • thaiparadisefolsom.com
Jarunee studied food preparation and cooking as an apprentice to her uncle, who was the Executive Chef at the 5-star Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. She has been a chef for 15 years and loves making people happy with her food. “I love to cook and see people enjoying my food,” Jarunee says. Her favorite dish to prepare is Thai Curries. The most challenging part of her job as a chef is managing the restaurant. Judging from the consistently long waiting lines on Fridays and Saturdays at Thai Paradise, the restaurant in Folsom owned by Jarunee and her husband, Alex, she seems to be handling the challenge quite well. When Jarunee is not cooking, you can find her enjoying growing flowers.
8941 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove
(916) 685-2220 www.blvdbistro.com
A family-friendly treasure tucked inside a quaint 1908 bungalow-style cottage, Boulevard Bistro features high-quality ingredients, locally-grown produce, and a stellar wine list. Frequently voted an Elk Grove favorite, local residents are still discovering this unique gem and its talented chef Bret Bohlmann in the wake of glowing reviews, culinary awards, and a lustrous Zagat rating. Bohlmann takes pride in the restaurant’s local flavor and unique dining experience, garnering the elegant eatery awards from KCRA-TV Channel 3, Sacramento magazine and many others. The lush yet friendly bistro has also been prominently featured in the Sacramento Bee. Passionate yet modest, Chef Bret is dedicated to offering Boulevard Bistro patrons distinctive seasonal menus and refined dishes packed with flavor. As “buy local” continues to gain in popularity there’s no better place to support local growers and a family-owned and operated business like Boulevard Bistro. Call for reservations and experience Boulevard Bistro soon—become a regular in no time!