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Foodie news | Tahoe Truckee dining announcements

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Cold temperatures and early sunsets means its time for a warm evening along side friends, neighbors, and the Tahoe City Recreation Department. Join them for an evening of tasty soups, delicious chilis, and full stomachs!The andamp;#8220;Soup and Chili Showdownandamp;#8221; is going into its third year at the Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City and will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, 6-8:30 p.m. The Tahoe City Recreation Department invites all amateur and professional cooks to show off their culinary talent in this yearandamp;#8217;s event which will feature a variety of different categories in both the soup and chili division. Entry into the friendly competition is free but pre-registration is required. For more information contact Shaun, recreation coordinator for the Tahoe City Recreation Department at 530-583-3440, ext.14.Friday Night Martinis andamp; OystersEnjoy freshly shucked oysters (raw, shooters, or Rockefeller) and $5 specialty martinis from Jakeandamp;#8217;s new martini menu every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to close through March. Closing time may vary, please feel free to call 530-583-0188. Jakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake, Boatworks Mall, North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.Stone Soup: Soupandamp;#8217;s On!The first Stone Soup of the 2012 season took 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 beer pairings at Northstar CaliforniaOn the last Thursdays of each month through March, The Northstar Brew Master Dinner Series will take place at 6 p.m. in Northstarandamp;#8217;s TCandamp;#8217;s Pub. Each month a different brewery will join forces with Northstarandamp;#8217;s own TCandamp;#8217;s Pub and Banquets Executive Chef Debbie Finn to create a mouth-watering five-course interactive meal paired with 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 dandamp;#8217;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 donandamp;#8217;t delay, round up your guests today. Visit http://www.hstt.org/events/2011blacktietailsgala for tickets.Come as you are to Tahoe Neighborhood TableThe United for Action Collaborative invites the community to andamp;#8220;Tahoe Neighborhood Table,andamp;#8221; a community spaghetti dinner Monday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m., St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 855 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. This event is free and open to the public; however donations to Project MANA will be accepted.Tahoe Neighborhood Table is an offshoot of the successful Tahoe Community Thanksgiving and hopes to become a regular part of community offerings. They seek to build community in the North Tahoe Area by gathering together for a shared meal while developing stronger relational ties.In addition to this event there will be two other community meals, so save these dates and come to table. There will be a Tahoe Neighborhood Table meal Monday, March 26, at the Assumption Catholic Church on Deer and Steelhead in Kings Beach and another Friday, April 20, at the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, 7000 Latone Ave., Tahoe Vista (off National Avenue). All gatherings will run 6-8 p.m., so come whenever and stay as long as you like. A website is in the works at tahoeneighborhoodtable@blogspot.com and will have more information posted soon. If you are interested in volunteering please call Meera at 775-230-1066.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;Donandamp;#8217;t worry, weandamp;#8217;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 Cottonwoodandamp;#8217;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 Truckeeandamp;#8217;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 Tahoeandamp;#8217;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.