Cedar House Sport Hotel definitely not Ho Hum
Ho, ho, ho, said Santa as he poured a guest a tummy-warming cup of aromatic hot-mulled wine. Santa was reignging over the festivities in the courtyard area between the Cedar House Sports new Stella (translated meaning star in Italian) restaurant and its newly completed meeting facilities building. A fire pit kept a small group warm that had gathered around it.Inside Stella Caf assistant Chef Domato flipped rounds of dough in the air as he assembled pizzas Napoletano before sliding them into the wood-fired pizza oven. Russ Jones poured red wine from his Truckee River Winery. About 200 locals converged at the unique, eco-friendly hotel to check it out while enjoying some holiday cheer as part of the Truckee-Donner Chamber mixer last week.The Cedar House Sport Hotel is not your average ho-hum hotel. People need a compelling reason to come up to Tahoe-Truckee, explained Patty Baird who, with husband Jeff, envisions offering guests a unique experience combining eco-lodging, special wine dinners, recreation packages, a farm to table concept (the landscaping will include edible plants), cooking classes and workshops. The innovative architecture of the hotel on Brockway Road showcases contemporary green building design with green roofs (planted with grass and plants) and a sleek Euro feel unlike any other lodging facility in our area.The couple has big plans for the property, but will let things evolve as they see fit, by keeping the restaurant open in the beginning just for hotel guests, to eventually offering take out and special event dinners to the public, sometime around March.Over in the meeting facilities, building head chef Chris Krotke set up a 5-stella spread of antipasti, complete with a fountain spouting champagne and limoncello. Everyone was raving about the food. Brinn Wellise of Switchback Public Relations presented the Special Friends program a check for $5,000 which was raised during the Wine, Walk, and Shop event last fall in downtown Truckee.Some of those seen at the mixer included Tony Lashbrook, Amanda Friedrichsen, Marianne Porter, Marti Reedy, Leslie Silva, Kerry Kautz, Joan and Russ Jones, Carole Sesko and Richard Anderson, Mark Brown, Anne Lindemann, Jenny Franklin, Katie Shaffer, Barbara Green, Julie Mauer and Dave Schotzko, Gary Davis, Lisa and Mike Krueger, Sally Mars Carey, Holly Verbeck, and Denise and Phil Mix.Vicki Kahn may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
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