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Dining announcements | Foodie news you can use

Editor’s note: Submit your dining news to aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject, dining. You may include health tips, events, gluten-free recipes, whatever fires you up. Please include the 5ws: who, what, when, where and contact information. Submissions printed news space permitting.It’s always lobster season at Dragonfly Santa’s red sleigh isn’t the only thing flying into Truckee this December. Chef Billy McCullough is flying in fresh main lobsters for Dragonfly’s Lobster Night, a traditional three-course Maine lobster bake on Friday, Dec. 7.Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar hosts Lobster Night every first Friday, so plan ahead.The three course meal, priced at $42, begins with New England clam chowder. This chowder recipe, a prize winner at the Boston Chowder Festival, has been served at The White House and in Buckingham Palace to the Queen of England. Second course is a one-and-a-half pound Maine lobster with all the fixings, followed by fresh fruit sorbet. Lobster is available a la carte for $37 without fixings.Reservations are a must at 530-587-0557 by Tuesday, Dec. 4.Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road in downtown Truckee. Visit http://www.dragonflycuisine.com or “like” them on Facebook.A Benefit for LaddieA benefit for long time Tahoe resident Matthew “Laddie” Hodge who was seriously hurt in an accident with a hit and run driver will be held at Pete N’ Peter’s Sports & Spirits in Tahoe City on Sunday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Live music, a spaghetti dinner and a raffle with great prizes. Raffle ticket are $10 for five tickets which are available at Pete N’ Peters, Blue Agave, Rosie’s Caf, Bridgetender, Jake’s & Cornice Cantina. Need not be present to win. Laddie is back at home – all proceeds from the benefit will go to help him with medical and living expenses.Friday Evenings The Art of the Cocktail Join us in The Living Room to discover the art of creating the perfect cocktail, where you will be treated to an experience designed to educate and entertain. Includes a flight of three cocktails and canaps. Advance reservations are required. Offered from 4-5:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee. Call 530-562-3000 for information or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com.Shop, Dine and Ski Free at Squaw Valley and Alpine MeadowsThis holiday shopping season brings the return of the shop, dine and ski free program at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. From now until Dec. 26, spend $500 at any Village at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows shop or restaurant and receive a complimentary lift ticket valid for the 2012-13 winter season (one adult lift ticket valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday) or two Aerial Tram tickets for use this winter or summer.To redeem, save all receipts from any (non-lift ticket/non-ski pass, non-activity) purchases you make at the Village at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows restaurants and retail stores, including Olympic House and Cornice Cantina. Take receipts to the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows to redeem for a free lift ticket.For more information visit http://www.squaw.com or http://www.skialpine.com or call 800-403-0206.Truckee’s Cottonwood Restaurantbrings back “Stormy Weather Get Togethers”Because there is no better place to gather and watch a good winter storm roll in, Cottonwood will again 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 $1 off all microbrews and wines by the glass, $6 French Margaritas, and discounts on appetizers, salads, and entrees, all because Mother Nature is in a low pressure mood. “Don’t worry, we’ll get you home in time to wax the skis and set the alarm for the powder day to follow,” said Mike Blide, Cottonwood owner and snow removal guru. “Of course, we may have to curtail things if the power goes off or the clock strikes two.”This program is in addition to Cottonwood’s daily Happy Hour which runs until 6 p.m., and the “Acoustic Thursday” 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 Truckee’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 Tahoe’s “Best Restaurant” by local patrons – 2012 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.Visit http://www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com or call 530-587-5711.Locals Appreciation Month at Dragonfly extendedDragonfly is pleased to announce they will extend their popular locals appreciation month to celebrate and support the local Tahoe/Truckee community. Local residents are invited to indulge in half off all dinner items Dec. 2 and 3. November’s locals appreciation month was so popular this year that chef Billy McCullough decided to reward his loyal patrons with two additional nights of half-priced dining. Dinner menu items including all sushi, appetizers, and entrees will be half priced. This is sure to be a popular weekend at Dragonfly so call ahead and make a reservation at 530-587-0557.Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, downtown Truckee. Dinner is served 5-9:30 p.m. The Sushi Bar is first come, first served. Check out Dragonfly at http://www.dragonflycuisine.com, find them on Facebook or call 530-587-0557.Mindful Movie Mondays at Sawtooth Ridge CafeSawtooth Ridge Cafe, 877 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 6:30 p.m. Mindful Movie Mondays is a new, ongoing event at Sawtooth Ridge Cafe. Every Monday a different independent film will be show on a wide variety of topics, beginning at 7:30 p.m.Socializing is strongly encouraged before and after each film. The event will be set-up in the fashion of outdoor movie showing. People are invited to bring sand chairs and blankets to sit on. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and a full bar menu will be available.Visit Sawtooth Ridge Cafe on Facebook for a full schedule of movies and Mindful Mondays “Like Us” bar specials. Please feel free to request the showing of a independent film via Facebook message. For information, call 530-583-2880.

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