Resort at Squaw Creek’s Ristorante Montagna and Truckee’s Carmel Gallery |

Resort at Squaw Creek’s Ristorante Montagna and Truckee’s Carmel Gallery

Ruth Geresy and Lynn Saunders of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce had a hard time deciding what to order as everything sounded so yummy!

After tackling moguls and schussing down slopes all morning, a skier works up an appetite. Those looking for something a little more upscale to quell the hunger pains now have the wonderful option of lunching at the Resort at Squaw Creek’s Ristorante Montagna and Wine Bar located at the base of the Squaw Creek chair lift.

Last week the restaurant invited some local friends and movers and shakers to preview its new European-alpine influenced menu at a private luncheon. The restaurant’s new menu features such enticements as “Warm Up Run” items like gravlax with buckwheat blinis, cheese fondue and Old World raclette. “Steep and Deep” entrees like weiner schnitzel and croquet-monsieur, as well all American favorites including KT sliders and Red Dog mac and cheese. The “Final Run” desserts will finish you off with indulgences like sacher torte, linzer torte and creme brulee, to name a few.

Some of the lunching ladies and gents trying out the new restaurant fare included Ron Treabess, Jeremy Jacobsen, Judy Laverty, and Kym Fabel of the NLTRA, Keoki Flagg, Paul Raymore, Gail and Larry Tomlinson, Barbara and John Wilcox, Janet Zipkin, Erin Casey new ED of the Squaw Valley Institute, Jim Kercher of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Tom Murphy of Squaw Valley Ski Corporation, Liz Dugan of PlumpJack, Eric Brandt of Tahoe TV, Jennifer Merchant, Brinn Wellise of Switchback PR, Nicole Robichaud, Peter Brandt, Caroline Ross, Richard Lierman, Roger Beck and Laura and Ed Heneveld.

Truckee is very fortunate to be the home of two very talented, accomplished artists, Elizabeth and Olof Carmel. Last Saturday the industrious couple hosted the grand opening of their new gallery in the historic Schaffer house (built in 1895) around the corner from the Truckee Hotel in downtown Truckee. The eco-friendly restored building features beautiful recycled barnwood floors and two floors filled with breathtaking and inspirational fine art photograph, specializing in the local scenery of Truckee, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Sierras. There is something very special about the Carmel’s photography, which captures subtle details of nature and transfers them to large prints with dramatic clarity and color.

The Carmels welcomed a steady stream of guests to the open house reception, which offered wine tasting from Charles Krug and Truckee River Wineries with requisite hors d’oeuvres by Dragonfly. The 2,600 square foot gallery will be a real asset to downtown Truckee. Olof Carmel spent the last two years planning, designing and restoring the gallery’s new home. In addition to the Carmel’s photography, the gallery offers custom framing, a collection of Japanese antiques and fine wood work. The new gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Congratulations to Barbara Vogt and Jonn Melrose who recently announced their engagement. A May 3 wedding at the Squaw Valley Chapel is planned by the couple. Barbara is the daughter of Helen and Peter Vogt originally of Zurich, Switzerland and currently of Tahoe City. Barbara is a familiar face at the Tahoe House Bakery on the West Shore and Jonn is employed at the Tahoe Vista Post Office. The bride’s sister, Caroline, will be the maid of honor. Jonn’s best man will be Michael Olson of Phoenix, Ariz. The couple will honeymoon on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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