Chef opens catering business |

Chef opens catering business

Staff Reports

Gardnerville resident Aubrey King has returned to Carson Valley to open an in-home private catering company, Butter + Salt as the chef-owner.

King received her bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., where she was asked join the faculty as dining room manager and teacher’s assistant at the Caterina de Medici restaurant as part of a one-year fellowship, which she just completed.

She said she was encouraged with offers to stay in New York, but decided to return home.

King’s mother, Dawn King, serve as manager, and fiancé Tyler, also a graduate of the institute, is supporting the effort. King said she is thrilled to bring the best of classically trained New York style to Northern Nevada. Butter + Salt caters gourmet dinners for two, a party at home, work meetings, family celebrations and private cooking lessons.

To contact King, visit, email them at, or call 775-450-9111.

Gardnerville boutique hosts grand opening

Downtown Gardnerville’s newest boutique, Polka Dots is hosting its grand opening with a week-long party, offering the first 50 shoppers a sweet treat. Chocolate tea will be served through the week and shoppers will have the opportunity to register for a $100 candy gift basket. The grand opening will conclude Saturday the same day its sister store, Fresh Ideas celebrates its 19th anniversary with its annual birthday celebration featuring champagne and savory snacks.

Boutique owner Jodi Branson opened Fresh Ideas in 1994 and is pleased with the warm reception the Carson Valley has given her latest venture: “The town has really embraced Polka Dots. People are excited for a new place to shop with unique sweets and retail and they appreciate our made in America inventory.” She continued, “I am looking forward to the grand opening. It’s fun to see the reactions when shoppers come in for the first time and experience the vivid atmosphere and one-of-a-kind gifts. It will be a special end to the week with our 19th anniversary celebration at Fresh Ideas.”

Known for their “greets and sweets,” Polka Dots is a traditional candy and gift store featuring unique greeting cards, gifts, accessories, children’s toys and a scrumptious selection of distinctive treats, including truffles, caramel apples and petit-fours in addition to its selection of more than 50 candy varieties.

Polka Dots and Fresh Ideas are located in the Main Street Gardnerville shopping district at 1455 Highway 395. The boutiques are open 10 a.m. Monday – Saturday. For more information call (775) 782-4094.