About Us

Our Story

The Wooden Spoon has been the Gold Country’s favorite kitchen store for almost 40 years. We’re still locally owned and operated, and we’re seen by many as a vital part of our community. 

We started out as a funky little storefront in downtown Grass Valley. Today, we’re practically an institution–a true destination for all things culinary. Centrally located between Grass Valley and Nevada City, we’re the go-to place for home cooks, culinary adventurers and professional chefs. We truly are A Toy Store for Cooks. Stop by and see why. 

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Four good reasons to shop here. 

1. Huge Inventory. 
We have it all. Anything–15,000 things, to be exact–your heart desires. All under one brick-and-mortar roof. Why is that important? For starters, we think it’s important to get hands-on experience with our products and take advantage of the most highly trained and knowledgeable staff in the area. 

2. The most experienced staff anywhere. 
No matter what your culinary issues, our pros can help you solve them. They have over 150 years of experience in cooking, baking, catering, cutlery and gourmet retail. They’ll help you find the right tools, share kitchen tips and recipes, and they’ll do everything they can to make your visit rewarding and fun. 

3. Best prices in town. Or anywhere else. 
Think the internet has the best prices? Think again. We’ll match any price, as long as it’s not below our cost. Which simply means you’ll get the best shopping experience: terrific service, professional advice and the best price. It doesn’t get any better than that. 

4. The full service experience. 
To round out your Wooden Spoon experience, we also offer a number of in-store services. Our cutlery department has professional knife sharpening. We have a helpful gift registry with a personal concierge service. And we offer complimentary gift wrapping. 


Our Services

Gift registry for all occasions:
View our registry page to learn more about our complimentary services.

Complimentary gift wrapping:
A small token of our appreciation for your business.

Professional knife sharpening:
  • $7 per knife
  • $14 per pair of shears
  • 24-hour turnaround
Our shop is open 7 days a week to help accommodate your busy schedule.

Hi, I'm Linda Valli. Welcome to my store. 

I bought the Wooden Spoon in 1987 out of my passion for good home cooking and all things culinary. I’ve always had a love of good food and the joy of gathering around a table to share fine cuisine and friendship. 

One of my roles in the store is to search the world for innovative and hard-to-find kitchen items. 

In my spare time I love to golf, bike and kayak our magnificent Sierra mountains. I’m very involved in our amazing local food, wine and arts scene. And, I like giving back to our community, so I support a number of important local nonprofits.

The companies we keep. 

Here’s a partial list of the kitchenware and accessories brands we carry. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask. 
We know where to find it. 
  • Fagor
  • Toddy
  • WellnessMats
  • SodaStream
  • Le Creuset
  • Emile Henry
  • Bormioli Rocco 
  • Microplane
  • OXO Good Grips 
  • Kuhn Rikon 
  • Staub
  • Matfer
  • Paderno 
  • Joyce Chen 
  • Dansk
  • Vance Kitira 
  • Rabbit 
  • Norpro 
  • Anchor Hocking 
  • Primo
  • Masontops 
  • Umbra 
  • EcoVessel 
  • BlenderBottle 
  • Mason Cash 
  • William Bounds 
  • Peugeot
  • FINEX 
  • Nordic Ware 
  • Now Designs 
  • USA Pans 
  • Totally Bamboo 
  • Hydro Flask 
  • Chantal 
  • Charcoal Companion 
  • Bee's Wrap 
  • InterDesign 
  • Luminarc 
  • Oggi

Giving back. 

Here are some of the local nonprofits we support. 
  • Music in the Mountains
  • Sierra Nevada 
  • Memorial Hospital Foundation 
  • Nevada County Fair 
  • Nevada Union High School 
  • Bear River High School 
  • Lions Clubs Rotary International
  • Grass Valley Little League 
  • Sierra Services for the Blind 
  • North Columbia Schoolhouse Center for the Arts 
  • KVMR Public Radio 
  • Kare Crisis Nursery
  • Soroptimists Injured Vets 
  • American Association of University of Women 
  • League of Women Voters 
  • Planned Parenthood Southern 
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
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