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Foodie news | Dining out and about town

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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.The Ritz-Carlton Pahlmeyer Wine Maker DinnerVisit Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe for the Pahlmeyer Wine Maker Dinner Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. featuring a four-course tasting menu with wine pairing for $135 per person. Menu features Dungeness crab, veal cheek, Colorado rack of lamb and molten lava cake. Advanced reservations recommended by calling 530-562-3050 or reserve online at http://www.opentable.com/rest_profile_newdesign.aspx?rid=38110. February Food andamp; Wine Pairing at Jakeandamp;#8217;sEnjoy a delicious four-course menu created by Executive Chef Scott Yorkey, paired with wine poured by featured winemaker, Wente Vineyards, Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. Cost is $38 per person, space is limited, guaranteed reservations required. Please call 530-583-0188 for reservations. Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake is located in the Boatworks Mall, North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City.Come as you are to Tahoe Neighborhood TableThe United for Action Collaborative invites the community to andamp;#8220;Tahoe Neighborhood Table,andamp;#8221; a community spaghetti dinner Monday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m., St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 855 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. This event is free and open to the public; however donations to Project MANA will be accepted.In addition to this event there will be two other community meals, so save these dates and come to table. There will be a Tahoe Neighborhood Table meal Monday, March 26, at the Assumption Catholic Church on Deer and Steelhead in Kings Beach and another Friday, April 20, at the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, 7000 Latone Ave., Tahoe Vista (off National Avenue). All gatherings will run 6-8 p.m., so come whenever and stay as long as you like. If you are interested in volunteering please call Meera at 775-230-1066.Support a worthy cause at DragonflyDragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar has paired up with Northern Nevada Childrenandamp;#8217;s Cancer Foundation to help raise money for children battling cancer. Enjoy a delicious Basa meal prepared by chef and owner Billy McCullough and $3 of the sales will be donated to this foundation to alleviate the burden for three Truckee families.The Northern Nevada Childrenandamp;#8217;s Cancer Foundationandamp;#8217;s vision is to reach every family affected by childhood cancer in the Northern Nevada and Eastern Sierra regions. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by providing financial assistance and compassionate support programs. andamp;#8220;In keeping with the Truckee spirit to help when there is a need and I am happy to be affiliated with this worthy organization,andamp;#8221; said McCullough.Take advantage of this chance to assist local families with children who are battling cancer through Feb. 28. Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee. Visit http://www.dragonflycuisine.com or andamp;#8220;likeandamp;#8221; them on Facebook.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.Soup andamp; Chili Showdown 2012Cold temperatures and early sunsets means its time for a warm evening along side friends, neighbors, the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and the Tahoe City Recreation Department. Join us for an evening of tasty soups, delicious chilies, and full stomachs!The Soup and Chili Showdown is going into its third year at the Rideout Community Center and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Tahoe City Recreation Department is inviting all amateur and professional cooks to show off their culinary talent in this yearandamp;#8217;s event which will feature a variety of different categories in both the soup and chili division. Dig out those ancient family secrets and take your chances at this years top honors. For more information call 530-583-3440, ext. 14.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!The first Stone Soup of the 2012 season took place Sunday, Jan. 22, 5-7 p.m., at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Downtown Truckee, Stone Soup is a community based, volunteer staffed evening of soup and friendship. 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: Feb. 23, New Belgium Brewing Company and 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.