Foodie news: River Ranch changes dinner pace with new menu |

Foodie news: River Ranch changes dinner pace with new menu

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Grant Kaye/ Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comPan roasted Duncan Ranch Elk served over a bed of mashed potatoes with a dried fruit port demi is a mouth-watering River Ranch specialty.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; For those who have not been to the River Ranch in awhile, they may be pleasantly surprised with the expanded dinner menu that reflects current culinary trends. The new small plate and appetizer section provides variety for those who like to share many dishes and the new entrees focus on fresh, seasonal, locally grown, organic food which Chef Julia Walter incorporates into all her menu items.

Chef Julia will be frequently updating the menu based on growing seasons so she is able to highlight fresh new dishes all year long. and#8220;I’m so excited about having the opportunity to play around with ingredients and create new dishes based on what’s available throughout the year. I think most people appreciate eating locally grown food and it creates excitement for those who dine frequently.and#8221;

The Caprese salad with Heirloom tomatoes is a favorite as well as the Petrale Sole stuffed with crab with a lemon beurre blanc and Dungeness crab salad. Small things and appetizers are now half of the expanded menu including mussels du jour, risotto cakes, fried quail, Ahi poke chips and more.

Wild game as always been a part of the River Ranch where they feature a Duncan Ranch Elk pan roasted with a dried fruit port demi. The wild game meat loaf with venison served over whipped potatoes and a portobello mushroom gravy is a great twist on a traditional dish.

With the location a perfect meeting place between Tahoe City and Truckee or Squaw Valley, the River Ranch provides restaurateurs with faire that matches their great setting on the river. Dinner is available starting at 5:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The River Ranch is located at the corner of Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road. For reservations call 530-583-4264.

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