Foodie news: Dining for community causes | SierraSun.com

Foodie news: Dining for community causes

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Fireside Pizza Company to host Fall Fundraising Feast

Fireside Pizza Company in the Village at Squaw Valley will host the third annual Fall Fundraising Feast Monday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. A $10 donation at the door will provide an all-you-can-eat buffet, live music, drink specials and a live raffle. All proceeds go to Truckee Family Resource Center.

Music will be provided by Nick Denoia and other area musicians. Raffle prizes have been generously donated by local businesses. The Fall Fundraising Feast is the culmination of a year-long effort by Firesideand#8217;s staff and management to raise money and awareness for the Truckee Family Resource Center. For the past year the Fireside staff has donated change and a percentage of their tips. The restaurant also gave customers the opportunity to easily add a $1 donation to their bills. The restaurantand#8217;s owner Ray Villaman generously promised he would match the staffand#8217;s donations at the end of the year. and#8220;We are grateful to have this opportunity to give back to our community. I am particularly proud of our staff that has unselfishly donated hours of volunteer time toward this endeavor,and#8221; said Villaman.

In 2010 Fireside was able to raise more than $7,000 for Tahoe Safe Alliance. This year Fireside hopes to meet their goal of $10,000 for the Truckee Family resource Center. The staff of Fireside Pizza invites the North Tahoe and Truckee community to come join them in supporting an important local organization.

Slow Food swap

Slow Food is hosting a free Food Swap at Truckee River Winery, Oct. 30, 2-4 p.m. A food swap is an event where community members get together to trade homemade, homegrown and foraged food.

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The items are your currency to swap with other participants. Meet new friends and neighbors while stocking up with natural, homemade treats.

Find out more and sign up for the Food Swap at slowfoodlaketahoe.org. Slow Food is a global organization with supporters who link the pleasures of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. Slow Foodand#8217;s mission is to reconnect people to the enjoyment of food and educate the community about their role as co-producers. Slow food believes the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work. Contact Polly Triplat, pollytahoe@gmail.com, 530-412-0774.

Far West Nordic Auction/Raffle Party

The 26th annual Far West Nordic Auction/Raffle Party will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, 6-9 p.m. at the Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley. This is s and#8220;canand#8217;t missand#8221; event and Far West Nordicand#8217;s largest fundraiser for its Junior Nordic Programs. Please plan on attending and bidding on great prizes. Check for updates on the Auction page. Tickets are now available from your favorite Far West Nordic junior or at http://www.farwestnordic.org or, if it doesnand#8217;t sell out, you may purchase tickets at the door. Tickets will be available from juniors until Monday, Oct. 31 and online until Nov. 4. Mark you calendars! Visit http://www.farwestnordic.org or call 530-852-0879.

Time for giving 8th Annual Soroptishop Fundraiser

Join the Truckee-Donner Soroptimist for holiday shopping appetizers, wine and friendship Thursday, Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m. at the home of member Stephanie Piccirelli, $5 includes one raffle ticket. Tickets sold at the door. Complimentary valet parking. Bring friends and family. Soroptishop is a wonderful event for holiday shopping and hosting with 20 vendors at 12568 Union Mills Road. Truckee directions: Take Interstate 80, exit 190 Overland Trail, head north, take right on Union Mills Road, follow for about 2 miles, take left on Union Mills Road (again) after equestrian center, last house at end of street. Phone 760-815-0128. All proceeds go directly to Courage House, visit http://www.c2bu.org.

Fireside Pizza Company and Rubicon Pizza Bistro Local Hero Appreciation Nights

Fireside Pizza Company in Squaw Valley and Rubicon Pizza Bistro at Northstar are proud to announce the return of local hero appreciation nights every Thursday in until Thanksgiving. Local teachers, police officers, firefighters, nurses and paramedics are welcome to enjoy a free entree of their choice. Local hero appreciation night is an opportunity for Fireside Pizza and Rubicon Pizza to recognize and give back to the people who serve the North Tahoe Truckee community on a daily basis. Owner Ray Villaman started local hero appreciation night at Fireside Pizza in 2003 when he invited Squaw Valley fire fighters to come in for pizza. Rayand#8217;s generosity was so well received he decided to make it an official event. Since 2003, each fall and spring his restaurants have offered the communityand#8217;s public servants his gratitude by serving them a free meal. The restaurants kindly ask local heroes enjoy their meal sitting down in the restaurant, bring proof of employment and tip on the full amount.