Chef and owner Charlie Abowd approaches cooking with great love and passion.
“A lot of love goes into everything we do here,” he said. “And I think that's a big part of what people feel when they come to enjoy a meal at Café at Adele's.”
As a fourth generation chef, Charlie's interest in food is truly rooted in family, having virtually grown up in a restaurant.
His philosophy about food and life is simple: Use only the best ingredients and don't mess it up.
To that end, Charlie uses organic, hormone-free beef, chicken and lamb, as well the finest sustainable seafood. Organic and locally grown produce is a mainstay on his menus and Charlie is an avid backer of Carson City's farmer's markets and buys much of his produce from nearby farms. Charlie has also developed strong relationships with the best fishmongers around and this love of fresh seafood is evident on his menus, which regularly feature creative dishes based on the best seafood available.
Charlie's culinary skills are known well beyond Carson City. He was invited to cook at the legendary James Beard house in New York City, a huge honor and challenge. Charlie and his crew delivered a wonderful meal to rave reviews. You can watch a video of the memorable evening here.
Charlie's love of good food is matched by his love of music and art. He enjoys using the restaurant as a showcase for the arts hosting the Summer Concerts on the Veranda Series and Concert Under the Stars: A Benefit for The Greenhouse Project each summer as well as presenting other musical talent throughout the seasons. Café at Adele's also presents the Celebrity Chef and Merriner Cancer Cottages dinners each year and both he and Karen spend many Sundays with The Loving Hearts Club, feeding the area's homeless at Record Street in Reno.
Charlie believes good food, music and the arts are key to enjoying life.
Karen Abowd's passion for food is matched only by her passion for helping the community; she's the driving force behind many Carson City projects. The next time you admire the beautiful flower baskets that now line Carson Street, thank Karen for launching that initiative.
She has also been the driving force behind The Greenhouse Project, a beautiful example of what can grow from having a dream that includes a commitment to education, sustainability and helping others. While Karen's accomplishments are diverse, this latest addition is an achievement whose scope is far reaching.
Her involvement with children's organizations through the years, both through her work as a CCD teacher 18 years at St. Teresa of Avila and in other community outreach made her keenly aware of how many children had little or no access to fresh produce.
Working tirelessly, she assembled an array of public and private organizations and businesses to build The Greenhouse Project, located on the campus of Carson High School. The completely self-sustaining greenhouse is the first of its kind in Nevada and provides fresh produce to area schools and food banks. The educational aspect of The Greenhouse Project, reintroduces agricultural classes to Carson High School, while promoting understanding of where food comes from and the importance of sustainable and organic farming to school children of all ages. The realization of this dream and its continuance has taken place thanks to the support of the city and other community groups. To learn more about The Greenhouse Project, how to volunteer, donation and support opportunities, visit www.carsoncitygreenhouse.org.
In addition to serving as The Greenhouse Project president, Karen is also a Carson City Supervisor and interior designer, a talent which she has brought to bear at Café at Adele's.
Robin Shriver joined the Adele's family as General Manager in June, 2012. She brings over 25 years of success in food and beverage management, along with her passion for excellence in customer service.
After serving as Carson Valley Inn's Director of Food & Wine in the late 1990's, Robin spent over 10 years commuting to and from Tahoe, so she is happy to be back closer to the home in Minden she shares with her husband, David, a local realtor. Robin has been active in National Geographic's Sierra Nevada Geotourism Map Project, promoting tourism that sustains or enhances the environment, culture, heritage and esthetics distinctive to a particular place, also incorporating the concept of sustainable tourism. While participating on the local Geocouncil, she nominated Adele's for a place on the map, so the offer of a position at Adele's seemed like an especially good match.
Robin oversees daily restaurant operations and scheduling, as well as special events. You will recognize her as your gracious hostess. Robin loves good food and wine, and likes to experiment in her own kitchen. When she's not working, Robin enjoys creative home projects and a variety of outdoor activities including gardening, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and tennis. (BTW: she is always looking for a tennis partner.)