Foodie news | Farm to table, Soroptimist Wine & Restaurant Faire, West Shore Caf cocktail contest announced |

Foodie news | Farm to table, Soroptimist Wine & Restaurant Faire, West Shore Caf cocktail contest announced

May is locals appreciation month at DragonflyDragonfly has rolled out its popular half-priced dinner menu available seven nights a week throughout the month of May. Locally owned Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar is the perfect place to celebrate spring with friends and family while taking advantage a great off-season deal.Dinner menu items, sushi, appetizers and all entrees are half priced continuing throughout the month of May.Owner and chef Billy McCullough is also offering half price on all wines by the glass and draft beers during lunch. Dragonfly is the perfect place to catch up with friends and to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather out on the deck overlooking downtown Truckee. Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee. Dinner is served from 5-9:30 p.m. Reservations for dinner are recommended. The Sushi Bar is first come, first served. Check out Dragonfly on the web at, find on Faceboook or call 530-587-0557.Dig 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 Foundation’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 to Table Dinner Event at Commons BeachTickets on sale nowThe Tahoe City Downtown Association (TCDA) announced reservations are now open for the Farm to Table Dinner, July 10 at Commons Beach. Only a limited number of tickets are available so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets by May 20 to ensure availability.The Farm to Table Dinner offers a unique and memorable lakeside dining experience prepared by four local guest Chefs: Douglas Dale of Wolfdales, Scott Yorkey of Jake’s, Elsa Corrigan of Mamasake and Lee Kresy of Sunnyside. The event begins lakeside at 6 p.m. where guests are treated to passed hors d’oeuvres and wine from the Foothill Wineries, followed by a fabulous four-course meal from these top-notch chefs. The elegant evening is rounded out with delicious desserts by Allison Sayles of Sugar Pine Cakery and live music by George Souza.The Farm to Table Dinner is a fundraising event for TCDA and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the costs associated with sustaining the popular Foothill Farmers Market in our community. Tickets are $125 per person, on a space available basis. Online reservations can be made at: Tickets may also be purchased at Wolfdale’s in downtown Tahoe City or at Suger Pine Cakery located in Lake Forest.Tahoe City Downtown Association’s mission is to enhance and promote a vibrant and prosperous commercial and social center for residents of and visitors to Tahoe City. The TCDA partners with the Tahoe City Public Utility District to ensure that key events and programs like Farmer’s Market, Concerts at Commons Beach, and the Fourth of July Fireworks Show are sustainable and continue to enhance the quality of life in Tahoe City.Visit or ‘like’ the Tahoe City Downtown Association’s Facebook page.Soroptimist Wine & Restaurant FaireAs one of the oldest & most successful events in the Truckee-Tahoe Region, Soroptimist ramps up for the Wine & Restaurant Faire to mark the 38th year, the most exciting yet, Saturday, June 2, 5-7:30 p.m. at Coyote Moon, 10685 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee.Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner, a global volunteer organization of business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, is pleased to announce the 38th year of its main fundraiser, the Wine & Restaurant Faire. It is the oldest and one of the best wine tasting events in the region, supporting the Truckee-Donner community by contributing funds to Truckee High School scholarships, youth education programs, families and children in need and senior programs. Last year SITD (Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner) raised over $20,000 dedicating 100 percent of all proceeds to supporting these and many other critical programs. The SITD Wine & Restaurant Faire is known for being a wonderful evening filled with leading wines from across California as well as a diverse offering of culinary favorites to inspire the ultimate experience. Topping off the evening is both a silent and live auction with gifts, services and prizes promised to pique many interests. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. All proceeds from both ticket sales and raffles prizes benefit local high school scholarships as well as other educational and service programs. Tickets are available at Dickson Realty, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Truckee Physical Therapy and at the door. For more information contact Sandy Horn at 530-414-0449.West 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 Caf’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 & Inn’s signature summer mojito, or the “Moonlight Mojito.” 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 & 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 “all our troops come home.” 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, “It doesn’t matter if there are 10,000 or 100,000 will hang them up, with pride.” You can also email your photographs to

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