Foodie news | The dining smorgasbord in Truckee Tahoe
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; E-mail your dining news to email@example.com, subject: Dining news. Recipes, kitchen tips, gluten-free news, events are all welcome. Attach images as high-resolution jpegs with identification, description and photo credit.Stone Soup: Soup’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 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 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.Downtown Wine, Walk andamp; Shop seeks nonprofit beneficiaryThe Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk andamp; Shop is seeking beneficiary request applications from area nonprofit organizations to create a partnership that will benefit the selected organization. Set for Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, noon-4 p.m., this annual favorite, now approaching its ninth year, brings more than 1,000 locals and visitors to historic downtown Truckee to sip wine, taste scrumptious food samples and enjoy shopping. In years past, $2,000-$5,000 has been donated to the chosen nonprofit partner.Organizations may pick up an application at the Switchback Public Relations + Marketing, Inc. office, 10075 West River St., Ste. 206, Truckee, or call 530-550-2252 and request a copy to be sent via e-mail, mail or fax. Application deadline extended to Feb. 15, 2011 by 5 p.m.The Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk andamp; Shop is a fundraising event produced by Switchback Public Relations + Marketing, Inc. Visit http://www.truckeewinewalk.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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;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.