Foodie news | A day at the races, celebrating Mom and Appetizers for the Arts |

Foodie news | A day at the races, celebrating Mom and Appetizers for the Arts

Editorandamp;#8217;s note: Email your dining news to, subject: Dining news. Recipes, kitchen tips, gluten-free news, events all welcome. Attach images as high-resolution jpegs with identification, description and photo credit.Kentucky Sombrero Party at Jakeandamp;#8217;sSaturday, May 5, doors open at 11:30 a.m. with affordable food and drink specials all day to celebrate both The Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Join the festivities 1-4 p.m. for best hat contest and pick your pony to win a prize. Watch the 138th Kentucky Derby on two flat screen TVs. Featuring mint juleps, margaritas, cervezas, chicken posole, tamales, carnitas, tacos, and more. Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake is located at 780 North Lake Blvd., Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City. For more information call 530-583-0188 or visit theyandamp;#8217;re off: Race Day at the River RanchDress your best ladies and gentleman itandamp;#8217;s the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5 where an afternoon soiree will take place at the River Ranch bar in honor of the historical day starting at noon.The Kentucky Derby is an American institution andamp;#8212; itandamp;#8217;s the longest-running sporting event in the country. An event since 1875, and the first jewel in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horse racing, the Kentucky Derby is held annually on the first Saturday of May in Louisville, Ky.Celebrate at the River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant with a Best Derby Hat contest, mint juleps, a traditional Kentucky Hot Brown, an open-faced sandwich with hot turkey, bacon, and grilled tomatoes topped with mornay sauce that originated in the 1920s at the Brown Hotel in Louisville Kentucky.Two flat screens in the bar will show pre-race activities starting at noon with the big finale at 3:30 p.m. Call 530-583-4264 for information.Save the Date for InnerRhythms Appetizers for the Arts!Save the Date for InnerRhythms signature event Appetizers for the Arts andamp;#8212; andamp;#8220;Cabernet and Cowboy Boots!andamp;#8221; on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. The Tahoe-Truckee Airport will again host this evening of culinary and performance excellence. Regional restaurants and wineries will be featured along with a performance by InnerRhythms Dance Theatre.For more information, please call InnerRhythms at 530-550-8464 or stop by the dance studios located at 12047 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.Gourmet Motherandamp;#8217;s Day brunchP.J.andamp;#8217;s Restaurant at Grayandamp;#8217;s CrossingAs May flowers bloom each spring, husbands, sons and daughters find themselves asking the same question. What should we do for Motherandamp;#8217;s Day? This year families in the Truckee Tahoe area have a delicious option. P.J.andamp;#8217;s restaurant is serving up Motherandamp;#8217;s Day brunch fit for a queen. P.J.andamp;#8217;s brunch offers something to please the palates of every mom. From traditional brunch favorites such as eggs Benedict to smoked salmon and roasted prime rib the menu is diverse and expansive. P.J.andamp;#8217;s chef will also creative twists on classics like cheese blintzes with a Grand Marnier strawberry compote. Seafood-loving moms will enjoy crab legs, wild Alaskan halibut, and Dungeness crab salad, as well as fresh sushi. The brunch menu is rounded out with a sumptuous dessert spread including mini crme brulees.The brunch is affordably priced at $30 per person for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Reservations are required. Seating from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday May 13, call 530-550-5801. P.J.andamp;#8217;s is located on the golf course at the Grayandamp;#8217;s Crossing and opened to the public last year. P.J.andamp;#8217;s boasts a chic but relaxed atmosphere with tremendous mountain views. Visit;#8217;s Day Lunch and Brunch on the LakeSunday, May 13 treat Mom to panoramic views of Tahoe and a delicious meal at Jakeandamp;#8217;s. Complimentary mimosa for Mom! Jakeandamp;#8217;s will serve brunch specials ($7.50-$18.50) as well as a variety of lunch menu favorites. Deck seating requests, weather permitting. Open 10 a.m. Evening menu available after 4 p.m. Reservations recommended at 530-583-0188. Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake is located at 780 North Lake Blvd., Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City. Visit food and wine pairingThursday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. taste four wines poured by featured winemaker Michael Keenan Winery paired with four courses of gourmet cuisine created by Executive Chef Scott Yorkey at Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake. Cost is $38 per person age 21+. Space is limited, guaranteed reservations required. This is the last of Jakeandamp;#8217;s Winter/Spring wine pairing series. Call 530-583-0188 to reserve your spot. Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake is located at 780 North Lake Blvd., Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City. Visit out your Dining for Schools card and put it to useDig out your Dining for Schools card and enjoy one of your favorite local restaurants. Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundationandamp;#8217;s Dining for Schools cards, which give diners a discount at select Tahoe Truckee area restaurants, are valid at all participating restaurants, Sunday-Thursday, through June 15. Dining for Schools cards are valid for 50 percent off entrees at participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants. Cards cost $45 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use during the specified program dates. The cards are available at Porters Sport locations (Tahoe City and Truckee), Save Mart and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at Shore cocktail contestThe West Shore Caf is pleased to announce their second annual cocktail contest where participants are challenged to submit and help select the best recipe for the West Shore Cafandamp;#8217;s new signature Moonlight Mojito cocktail. Recipe submissions for the cocktail contest are now live on the website where participants are welcome to submit their favorite mojito recipes for consideration until Tuesday, June 5. The top 10 recipe submissions will be tasted, sipped, and scrutinized by attendees at the cocktail contest held at the West Shore Caf. Guests will purchase a voting and drink ticket ballot which will allow them to cast their vote for their favorite mojito entry. The winning recipe will be declared the West Shore Caf andamp; Innandamp;#8217;s signature summer mojito, or the andamp;#8220;Moonlight Mojito.andamp;#8221;In addition to bragging rights, the Moonlight Mojito Cocktail Contest winner will receive a 2012/2013 season pass to Homewood Mountain Resort, as well as a two-night stay and $100 dining credit at the West Shore Caf andamp; Inn. Saturday, June 9, 2-5 p.m., 5160 West Lake Blvd., Homewood, call 530-525-5200 or email info@westshorecafe.comEach ballot is $20 and contains 10 mojito sampling tickets and an official voting ballot.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

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