Dining news for Truckee and Tahoe: Passport to Dining, lobster night and more | SierraSun.com

Dining news for Truckee and Tahoe: Passport to Dining, lobster night and more

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TAHOE CITY/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Editorandamp;#8217;s note: E-mail your dining news to aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject: Dining news. Recipes, kitchen tips, gluten-free news, events all welcome. Attach images as high-resolution jpegs with identification, description and photo credit.Passport to Dining shows off the best of Tahoeandamp;#8217;s food and drinkTickets are on sale now for the 7th Annual Passport to Dining, North Tahoeandamp;#8217;s biggest restaurant showcase of the year, Thursday, Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m., at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. Tickets are $30 for pre-purchase, $40 day of the event. Tickets include entrance, tasters from more than 25 local restaurants, breweries and wineries, live music by pianist Dave Lingensjo, silent auction, raffle, grab bag and a commemorative glass. andamp;#8220;Passport to Dining is a community favorite,andamp;#8221; said Cheri Sprenger from the North Tahoe Business Association. andamp;#8220;It is a great event that offers tastes from local restaurants, beer, wine and other beverages all under one roof for a great price, with a great crowd of friends and neighbors!andamp;#8221;This yearandamp;#8217;s event will raise money for the Tahoe Rim Riders 4H Club, in addition to the North Tahoe Business Association.Participating restaurants and wineries include Bella Affair Catering, Bonzai Coffee Company, Cable Car Ice Cream, Cafe Biltmore, Caliente! CBandamp;#8217;s Pizza andamp; Grill, Conradandamp;#8217;s Steak, Chops and Seafood, Great Basin Brewing, La Casona, Jasonandamp;#8217;s Beachside Grill, Kings Beach Liquor, Lanzaandamp;#8217;s Restaurant, Las Panchitas, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Lucchesi Vineyards, Shenandoah Vineyards, Sobon Estates, Soule Domain, Spindleshanks, Steamers Beachside Bar andamp; Oven, Tahoe Teas, The Grid Bar andamp; Grill and more!Raffle and silent auction prizes at the event include passes to local ski resorts, a Stand-up Paddleboard from Wai SUP.com, overnight stays, a one-week timeshare vacation, a huge wine basket, artwork and much more.Tickets are available at the NTBA offices at the North Tahoe Event Center, the Tahoe City Visitors Center and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce office and http://www.NorthTahoeBusiness.org. For more information about Passport to Dining and the North Tahoe Business Association, call 530-546-9000. Lobster Night is back at Dragonfly! After last monthandamp;#8217;s wildly popular Lobster Night dinner, Chef Billy McCullough will again fly in live Maine lobster Friday, Oct. 14. Lobster Night at Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar offers a fresh New England lobster dinner experience smack dab in the middle of Truckee. The three course meal, priced at $42, includes New England Clam Chowder (a prize winning recipe from the Boston Chowder Festival that has been served at The White House and in Buckingham Palace to the Queen of England!), one and a half pound Maine Lobster with all the fixings, followed by a decadent dessert. Diners can also order the lobster entre plate with all the fixings a la carte for $37. Maine lobster is renowned for its naturally delicious sweet flavor and unique texture and color due to the clean water and rocky coastal habitat in which it is raised. Savor the thought and then call to reserve your spot. Reservations are a must for Dragonflyandamp;#8217;s Lobster Night as the fresh Maine lobsters will be ordered and flown in special for the dinner. Those interested are encouraged to get their orders in no later than Tuesday, Oct. 11.Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, in Downtown Truckee. For more information visit http://www.dragonflycuisine.com or andamp;#8220;likeandamp;#8221; them on Facebook.Winemakerandamp;#8217;s Dinner Thunderbird LodgeThe Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe pairs with Palmaz Vineyards Sunday, Oct. 9 for the final 2011 Winemakerandamp;#8217;s Dinner Series at the historic Thunderbird Lodge. Always a sell-out, donandamp;#8217;t miss Lake Tahoeandamp;#8217;s popular fundraiser to help preserve the 1930s Whittell Estate. An unforgettable evening starts with an Old Lodge reception and includes estate tours, a sunset dinner, exciting auction items, raffle drawings and vignettes by family member Florencia Palmaz, and Ritz-Carltonandamp;#8217;s Chef Ruben Garcia. Four dinners are presented every second Sunday in July through October. Visit http://www.thunderbirdlodge.org for information or to book a dinner.Tahoe City Rotary 29th Annual Benefit AuctionTahoe City Rotaryandamp;#8217;s 29th Annual Dinner and Auction, Oct. 15, at the Resort at Squaw Creek will benefit Tahoe Safe Alliance in partnership with North Tahoe Family Resource Center. Silent auction, no-host bar, an complimentary hors dandamp;#8217;oeuvres, 5:30-7:30 p.m. From 7:30-10 p.m., enjoy a four-course dinner with premium red and white wines, raffles and live auction by Jim Simon, dancing to the North Tahoe High School Jazz Band. Tickets are $75 each, call 530-546-7231.Visit http://www.northtahoefrc.org and http://www.tahoesafealliance.org for information about the two beneficiaries.Dining for Schools Cards on saleTahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundationandamp;#8217;s Dining for Schools cards are on sale, offering card-holders entre discounts at 43 local restaurants. Each card purchase raises money for the Foundation, which supports the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. The Foundation is pleased to welcome three new restaurants to the program this year, West Shore Caf, Stella at the Cedar House and Rocker@Squaw. The Dining for Schools Card costs $45 and entitles the bearer to 50 percent off any individual dinner entree at each participating restaurant in the Truckee and North Tahoe area. The card is non-transferable but may be used an unlimited number of times at any participating restaurant during the valid period. Cards are valid Sunday through Thursday only, (holidays excluded) through Dec. 15, 2011 and April 15-June 15, 2012. Several restaurants offer an extended period from Jan. 8-March 29, 2012.Participating restaurants include: Blue Agave, Caliente, Cottonwood, Christy Hill, Dining Room at Sugar Bowl, Dragonfly, El Toro Bravo, Evergreen, Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co., Fireside Pizza, Gar Woods Grill andamp; Pier on the Lake, Grahamandamp;#8217;s at Squaw Valley, Jakeandamp;#8217;s on the Lake, Jasonandamp;#8217;s Beachside Grille, JAX at the Tracks, Las Panchitas, Mamasake, Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton, Mikuni Japanese Restaurant andamp; Sushi Bar, Moodyandamp;#8217;s Bistro andamp; Lounge, Pacific Crest, Pianeta, Pizza on the Hill, PlumpJack Caf, Rainbow Lodge, River Grill, River Ranch, Rocker@Squaw, Rosieandamp;#8217;s Caf, Rubicon Pizza, Sandyandamp;#8217;s Pub at Squaw Creek, Summit Restaurant at Soda Springs, Stella at the Cedar House, Sunnyside, Six Peaks Grille at Squaw Creek, The Soule Domain, Twenty-Two Bistro andamp; Bar, The Lodge at Tahoe Donner, Village Pizzeria, West Shore Caf, Wild Goose, Wolfdaleandamp;#8217;s and Zanoandamp;#8217;s.The cards are available at Porters Sport locations (Tahoe City and Truckee), Save Mart (Tahoe City and Truckee) and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at http://www.ExinEd.org. Please call 530-550-7984 or visit http://www.ExinEd.org for inquiries.Celebrating its 17th year, Dining for Schools raises more than $40,000 annually for the Foundation. Funds generated through the program go directly back to local school programs through grants and partnerships to benefit students, teachers and the educational community as a whole. The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that supports quality public education within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Each year the Foundation raises money and provides grants, resources and partnerships to benefit students, teachers and the educational community as a whole.