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Curtis Stone’s Culinary Tour, Lake Tahoe, Death Valley

Join Soterios Johnson on an audio trek up the California Coast, with detours to Lake Tahoe and Death Valley National Park

When Curtis Stone decided to showcase Central Coast wines at Maude, his 24-seat Beverly Hills hotspot, he knew he had to conduct some serious hands-on research. In other words: road trip! Stone and his culinary team ventured north from Los Angeles—tasting wines in Santa Barbara, visiting farms in San Luis Obispo County, and even riding along with a sea urchin diver who plumbs the depths in search of the seafood delicacy.

Also in this episode, host Soterios Johnson talks with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley about his favorite experience in Lake Tahoe and then maps out the perfect Death Valley National Park itinerary with author Matt Jaffe.


Curtis Stone, award-winning chef at Maude and Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

Jonny Moseley, Olympic Gold Medalist and host of Jonny Moseley’s Wildest Dreams

Matt Jaffe, journalist and author


Curtis Stone shares highlights of his culinary tour of California’s Central Coast.

Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant


California’s Central Coast

Santa Barbara dining

Stephanie Mutz, urchin diver

Stepladder Creamery

Central Coast wine region

Au Bon Climat

Mount Eden Vineyards

Jonny Moseley discusses his favorite activities in and around Lake Tahoe.

Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows)

Jonny Moseley’s Run

North Lake Tahoe

Truckee Bike Park

Donner Lake

Shirley Canyon Cascades Trail

Water Skiing in Lake Tahoe

D.L. Bliss State Park

Emerald Bay State Park

Jonny Moseley’s Wildest Dreams

Matt Jaffe unveils the ideal itinerary for a quick trip to Death Valley National Park.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Road Trip

Death Valley weather conditions

Zabriskie Point

Manly Beacon

Panamint Mountains

20 Mule Team Canyon

The Inn at Death Valley

Stovepipe Wells

Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes

Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

Ubehebe Crater

About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.