Foodie news | A sampling of dining events | SierraSun.com

Foodie news | A sampling of dining events

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comEnjoy a wine and food pairing Jan. 26 at Jake's on the Lake in Tahoe City.
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Stone Soup: Soup’s On!The first Stone Soup of the 2012 season will take 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 wine pairing at Jake’s on the LakeEnjoy a sensational experience: Four inspired courses of Executive Chef Scott Yorkey’s delicious creative cuisine paired with wines poured by featured winemaker, Michael David Winery (7 Deadly Zins, Petite Petit, and more), Thursday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m. Cost is $38 per person, age 21+. Space is limited, guaranteed reservations are required. Call 530-583-0188 to reserve your spot. Jake’s On The Lake is located at 780 North Lake Blvd., Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City visit http://www.jakestahoe.com.Food and beer pairings at Northstar CaliforniaOn the last Thursday’s of each month (Januaryandamp;#8211;March), The Northstar Brew Master Dinner Series will take place at 6 p.m. in Northstar’s TC’s Pub. Each month a different brewery will join forces with Northstar’s own TC’s Pub and Banquets Executive Chef Debbie Finn, to create a mouth-watering 5-course interactive meal paired with some 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: Jan. 26, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; 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.Fourth Annual Black Tie andamp; TailsJoin the 4th Annual Black Tie andamp; Tails Gala celebrating community, canines and compassion, Saturday, Feb. 18, 5:30-11 p.m. and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. At this one-of-a-kind, black-tie optional event, over 300 guests will be greeted by a Hollywood-style red carpet entry, immediately followed by the swankiest of champagne and hors d’oeuvre receptions complete with passed appetizers for your dogs, an elegant dining experience only the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe could provide, music, dancing and unexpected entertainment. Tickets for Black Tie andamp; Tails are $150 per person. This event sells out every year, so don’t delay, round up your guests today. Visit http://www.hstt.org/events/2011blacktietailsgala for tickets.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;Don’t worry, we’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 Cottonwood’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 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 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.