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Foodie news: dining happenings abound

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TAHOE/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.West Shore Caf andamp; Inn presentsAntinori wine tasting and dinner The West Shore Caf andamp; Inn will present a true taste of Tuscany Wednesday, Oct. 12 by hosting a special dinner evening featuring authentic Italian cuisine paired with world renowned Antinori wines.The eventandamp;#8217;s menu includes four courses of Italian dishes, such roasted pepper Bruschetta or prosciutto di Parma and melon for starters; cioppino (seafood stew with mussels, lobster, scallop, Dungeness crab, halibut, and shrimp) as a second course; bistecca Fiorentina (Tuscan porterhouse) as the entre; and pear and almond tart for dessert. Each course is carefully paired with select Antinori wines andamp;#8212; including a prosecco (Italian champagne), the Santa Cristina Sangiovese, the world-famous Tignanello, and a vin santo (Italian dessert wine).The Antinori family has been making wines since 1385. Wines presented at Wednesdayandamp;#8217;s event at the West Shore Caf andamp; Inn are the masterpieces of Piero Antinori, who is based in Napa Valley.Throughout the evening, renowned wine educator George Foote will present guests with compelling stories about each wine and explain how and why each was paired with its corresponding dish. The prix-fixe menu includes four courses and all wine pairings for $65 per guest. Reservations are required at 530-525-5200. A welcome reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and guests will be seated at 7 p.m. for dinner. Visit WestShoreCafe.com. Big Night Out at DragonflyWant to support local mentoring and have an amazing dinner while doing it? On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Dragonfly will donate a portion of all dinner proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters to benefit at-risk children in the Truckee/Tahoe area. Stop by Dragonfly for a andamp;#8220;Big Night Outandamp;#8221; between between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. for delicious food and live music from Split Rock (formerly Off the Grid) at 10118 Donner Pass Road in Downtown Truckee. For reservations call Dragonfly at 530-587-0557. For more information call Dena at 530-273-2777.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.Fireside Pizza Company and Rubicon Pizza Bistro announce Local Hero Appreciation NightsFireside 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 entre 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. Rayandamp;#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 communityandamp;#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. Slow Food food swapSlow 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.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 Foodandamp;#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.