EAT well. ENJOY thoroughly. RETURN often.


Sure, we’re biased but we’re not alone:
PlumpJack Cafe is widely regarded as Lake Tahoe’s premier dining destination. Fine dining and exceptional wines are in our heritage, and we’d love to share our passion with you on your next visit.

Under the guidance of Executive Chef Jack Connell, our menu changes each season so that we can take advantage of the bounty of fresh produce available to us locally. Our award-winning wine list provides the perfect complement to your meal, and renowned winemakers join us throughout the year for wine dinners and special events.
 
 

Meet the Chef

 

Executive Chef

Jack Connell

 
Executive Chef Jack Connell focuses on a New American culinary approach utilizing modern techniques. Working for many notable chefs including Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand at Tru and Paul Kahan at Blackbird influenced him to take his culinary skills to the next level. His wanderlust took him to Lake Tahoe where he had his first stint at PlumpJack Cafe as sous chef for three years. Soon after he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Excelling among his peers he graduated with the highest cumulative GPA in his accelerated class. After the CIA, Jack went to Philadelphia where he worked with Certified Master Chef Oliver Andreini at the Merion Cricket Club. In 2015, Jack was promoted to Executive Chef at PlumpJack Cafe where he and Chef de Cuisine Shawn Arney lead a team of talented chefs. He is passionate about the outdoors and has several hobbies that fit into the Tahoe lifestyle including skiing, sailing, hiking, biking, and camping. He also enjoys music, lasers, thrift store shopping, antique bicycles, and his expansive cookbook collection.