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Foodie news | Dining events out and about

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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.St. Paddyandamp;#8217;s Day Pies at Best Piesandamp;#8220;When the moon hits your eye like a green pizza pie, thatandamp;#8217;s amore!andamp;#8221; Thatandamp;#8217;s right. Green. Best Pies, located in little Downtown Truckee on Commercial Row, will be celebrating this St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s Day, Saturday, March 17, with huge, green, fresh pesto pizzas for $15. Thereandamp;#8217;ll also be green beer, Guinness and Smithwicks, an Irish red ale from Kikenny, Ireland. Best Pies will be open St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s Day until 2 a.m., so stop in to toast the Luck of the Irish, or anything else for that matter. Call 530-582-1111.Resort at Squaw Creek goes greenWhether it be Irish-inspired cuisine, or a andamp;#8220;green-themedandamp;#8221; twist on Tahoe recreation, the Resort at Squaw Creek is offering a variety of fun offers for St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s Day weekend. In Sandyandamp;#8217;s Pub, chefs will prepare a corned beef slider trio, with house-cooked corned beef on brioche mini buns topped with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, sauerkraut and Sandyandamp;#8217;s Pub sauce ($10). To accompany the sliders, diners and bar patrons will find $2 green beer and Guinness ($5). Six Peaks Grille, the resortandamp;#8217;s signature restaurant, will offer drink specials including Jameson Irish Coffee. At the Chuck Wagon, the outdoor dining venue at the base of the Squaw Creek chairlift, featured items include Guinness, Irish coffee, Jameson Irish coffee and a Cabo Wabo Mexican Leprechaun. All St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s Day deals are valid Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18, 2012.St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s at Jakeandamp;#8217;sWear green Saturday, March 17 for another three-venue huge throw down event, creating the andamp;#8220;BARmuda Triangleandamp;#8221; on North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City. The fun starts at Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake with homemade traditional Irish food all day (full lunch, cafe and dinner menus also served), Happy Hour 4:30-6:30 p.m. and live music with Mark Wilson from 6 p.m. The party continues at Hacienda del Lago (upstairs) with a live band from 9 p.m., and DJandamp;#8217;s at Lakeside Pizza (next door) 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Bounce around from bar to bar, Bushmills Girls at all three venues. For more information call 530-583-0188 or visit http://www.jakestahoe.com.Brewmasterandamp;#8217;s Dinner at Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The LakeThursday, March 22, 5:30 p.m. A variety of five handcrafted beers by Gordon Biersch will be paired with four delicious plated courses of cuisine created by Chef Scott Yorkey to complement each brew. $38 per person 21+. Space is limited, guaranteed reservations required. Please call 530-583-0188 to reserve your spot. Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake is located at 780 North Lake Blvd., Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City.Jakeandamp;#8217;s andamp;#8220;Mountain Aloha Tuesdaysandamp;#8221; through April 3Doors open at 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday night through April 3 at Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake for a Hawaiian themed apres ski party. Happy Hour until 6:30 p.m., and specials on Mai Tais and Hawaiian pu-pus until 8 p.m., in addition to weekly charity raffles for lift tickets, gear and prizes. Need not be present to win. Raffle proceeds benefit Disabled Sports USA Far Westandamp;#8217;s adaptive ski program. Co-sponsors include Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts, Mountain Lotus Yoga, Tahoe City Chocolates, Big Truck Hats, Noble Hats, SnoHoe, Gravity Shop, Tahoe Daveandamp;#8217;s, Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City Martial Arts, Tubbs, Toiyabe Adventure Outfitters, Mountain Hard Wear, Elan Skis, N.U.T.S. New andamp; Used Tahoe Sports, Trilogy Spa, Clearwater Day Spa, and Tahoe City Marine Supply. Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake is located at 780 North Lake Blvd., Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City. Call 530-583-0188 http://www.jakestahoe.com.Save the Date for InnerRhythms Appetizers for the Arts!Save the Date for InnerRhythms signature event Appetizers for the Arts andamp;#8212; andamp;#8220;Cabernet and Cowboy Boots!andamp;#8221; on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. The Tahoe-Truckee Airport will again host this evening of culinary and performance excellence. Regional restaurants and wineries will be featured along with a performance by InnerRhythms Dance Theatre.For more information, please call InnerRhythms at 530-550-8464 or stop by our dance studios located at 12047 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.Dining for Schools Cards on saleRestaurants offering extended dates Need a night out? Donandamp;#8217;t forget that several North Tahoe and Truckee restaurants honor Excellence in Education Dining for Schools cards during the extended period through March 29. Restaurants offering discount during extended period: Dining Room at the Lodge at Sugar Bowl, Grahamandamp;#8217;s at Squaw Valley, Jakeandamp;#8217;s on the Lake, JAX at the Tracks, Pizza on the Hill, Rainbow Lodge, Rosieandamp;#8217;s Caf, Rocker@Squaw, Sandyandamp;#8217;s Pub, Six Peaks Grille, Sunnyside, Summit Restaurant, The Lodge at Tahoe Donner, Soule Domain and West Shore Caf.Dining for Schools cards are good for 50 percent off entrees at more than 40 participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants. Cards cost $45 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use during the specified dates. The regular period dates for use of the Dining for Schools card are now April 15 through June 15, 2012 in addition to the extended period through March 29. Dining for Schools cards are available at Porters Sport locations (Tahoe City and Truckee), Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City) and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at http://www.ExinEd.org. Please call 530-550-7984 for inquiries. Until they all come home… This past holiday season, in lieu of a Christmas tree at Truckee dining icon Wagon Train, owners Brian and Siobhan Smart encouraged families of our actively serving military to send in pictures of their loved ones oversees to hang in their coffee shop. The response was so overwhelming, with pictures arriving from veterans who had served in World Wars as well as those on active duty, the Smarts decided to keep hanging the photographs until andamp;#8220;all our troops come home.andamp;#8221; Show your respect and love for your hero and stop by Wagon Train, 11080 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee, across from the Depot) with a photograph of your hero to add to the tribute. Said Siobahn Smart, andamp;#8220;It doesnandamp;#8217;t matter if there are 10,000 or 100,000 will hang them up, with pride.andamp;#8221; You can also email your photographs to smartwagontrain@yahoo.com. Big Night Out – Disco!Annual KidZone Museum Fundraiser at Dragonfly Restaurant, Saturday, April 28, 2012 5:30-11 p.m.-ish. Get your groove on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Dragonfly Restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Museum. Tickets cost $40 per person in advance, $45 at the door.Cost includes three complimentary beer or wine drinks, dinner, dancing, silent and online auction, a raffle and prize for the best 70s attire.Bring a friend the night of the event and receive a free signature cocktail!Tickets on sale at the Museum in Truckee and http://www.facebook.com/events/306316392743308/ for auction and event updates on Facebook. On-line bidding coming soon. Major sponsor: Dragonfly.Friday Night Martinis andamp; OystersEnjoy freshly shucked oysters (raw, shooters, or Rockefeller) and $5 specialty martinis from Jakeandamp;#8217;s new martini menu every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to close through March. Closing time may vary, please feel free to call 530-583-0188. Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake, Boatworks Mall, North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.Stone Soup: Soupandamp;#8217;s On!Stone Soup is a community based, volunteer staffed evening of soup and friendship, at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Downtown Truckee Sundays from 5-7 p.m. A different business or organization sponsors this weekly event, the volunteer group chopping, dicing, sauting and cooking a huge pot of soup to share with anyone who walks through the door. Soup is free, donations welcome! Stone Soup, a weekly soup night in Truckee, melds a powerful combination of homemade soup, friends, family, conversation and community.Food and beer pairings at Northstar CaliforniaOn the last Thursdays of each month through March, The Northstar Brew Master Dinner Series will take place at 6 p.m. in Northstarandamp;#8217;s TCandamp;#8217;s Pub. Each month a different brewery will join forces with Northstarandamp;#8217;s own TCandamp;#8217;s Pub and Banquets Executive Chef Debbie Finn to create a mouth-watering five-course interactive meal paired with classic and seasonal ales. The menu will be comprised of fresh, seasonal ingredients to excite and delight all while partnering with a variety of beers to enhance the flavors. In addition to the food and beer there will be prizes and giveaways. The event is for ages 21+ and tickets are $55 per person in advance. If space is available, tickets will be on sale the evening of the event at the door for $65 per person. Brewmaster schedule: March 29, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. For more information visit http://www.northstarattahoe.com/info/ski/brew-master-series.asp, or call 1-800-GO-NORTH for more details. Do your snow dance for theelusive winter storm warning watchBecause there is no better place to gather and watch a good winter storm roll in, the Cottonwood restaurant in Truckee will be turning on the Happy Hour light in the bar for the duration of any Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the region. Intrepid winter customers will enjoy $3 microbrews, $1 off all wines by the glass, $6 French margaritas, and discounts on appetizers, salads, and entrees, all because Mother Nature is in a low pressure mood. andamp;#8220;Donandamp;#8217;t worry, weandamp;#8217;ll get you home in time to wax the skis and set the alarm for the powder day to follow,andamp;#8221; said Mike Blide, Cottonwood owner and snow removal guru. andamp;#8220;Of course, we may have to curtail things if the power goes off or the clock strikes twoandamp;#8221;.This new program is in addition to Cottonwoodandamp;#8217;s daily happy hour which runs until 6 p.m., and the andamp;#8220;Acoustic Thursdayandamp;#8221; happy hour which runs all night in the Bar and Fireplace Rooms, along with free acoustic music from many talented local artists and touring musicians.Cottonwood is a family-owned fine dining restaurant with spectacular views of historic downtown Truckee. Housed in an historic ski lodge, constructed in 1928 to serve as a warming hut for the town of Truckeeandamp;#8217;s ski and toboggan hill, the restaurant is a virtual museum of historic photos and artifacts. It has often been voted Truckee and North Lake Tahoeandamp;#8217;s andamp;#8220;Best Restaurantandamp;#8221; by local patrons. 2011 awards included Best Fine Dining, Best Happy Hour, Best Bar, Best Restaurant View, Best Place to Take a Date, Best Chef, Best Server, and Best Outdoor Dining.For more information, visit http://www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com or call 530-587-5711.Gluttony deliversGluttony is providing North Tahoe with the wonderfully unique experience of delivered Lake side picnics. These baskets are full of edible treasures including: full size and assorted tea sandwiches, finger sweets, homemade crackers, jams, pies and tarts.Using fresh ingredients from the local farmers markets, they also offer a pie and tart delivery service. Full size and personal, sweet and savory. To place orders call 530-448-0315, Gluttony Catering.