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Fireside Pizza hosting fundraiser for Tahoe Food Hub

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Fireside Pizza in the Village at Squaw Valley is hosting a fundraising dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m.

The event honors its 2014 nonprofit partner, Tahoe Food Hub. All proceeds will benefit Tahoe Food Hub's Farm to School program, which helps to bring local, farm food into school meals.

For $10, supporters can feast on a pizza, pasta and salad buffet. Drink specials are available with $4 draft beers and $5 house wines.

Live music will keep folks entertained, with local bluegrass provided by The McAlindin Brothers. A raffle will offer attendees an additional opportunity to support Farm to School.

Prizes include: lift tickets to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, winter apparel from Squaw merchants, dining gift certificates to restaurants that source from the Tahoe Food Hub, and even a gas BBQ grill donated by Western Nevada Supply.

For seven years, Fireside Pizza and its sister restaurant, Rubicon Pizza, in The Village at Northstar, have chosen a nonprofit partner to support for an entire 12 months.

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Fireside Pizza had a variety of ways for guests to contribute this year, from purchases at the outdoor pizza cart, drink specials and adding a $1 to their bill.

The year-long fundraiser culminates with a fundraising dinner in the fall to make the campaign a huge success.

The Farm to School fund will be used by the Tahoe Food Hub to purchase food for school meals from small, family farms within 100-miles of North Lake Tahoe.

It ensures farmers get a fair price for their food. In return, students develop a stronger connection with where food comes from and how their food purchases can impact their environment, community and their own health.

"Local restaurants are where we distribute most of the regional food we source. It is a great way to communicate our mission to consumers which is why we were thrilled to be chosen as Fireside Pizza's non-profit partner for 2014," said Susie Sutphin, executive director of Tahoe Food Hub. "Over the past year, we've worked with Fireside Pizza to add a Tahoe Food Hub special to their menu made of locally-sourced ingredients."

Tahoe Food Hub is working to restore local food distribution by building a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe. It serves as a foodshed council, educating the community on the environmental, economic and social health benefits of a regional food system.

Visit tahoefoodhub.org for more information.