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Foodie news |What’s happening at Tahoe Truckee restaurants

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Editorandamp;#8217;s note: E-mail your dining news to aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject: Dining news. Recipes, kitchen tips, gluten-free news, events all welcome. Attach images as high-resolution jpegs with identification, description and photo credit.Live acoustic music at Jakeandamp;#8217;sJakeandamp;#8217;s On The Lake, Boatworks Mall, North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Kip Yager plays acoustic guitar and sings classic rock/folk favorites in Jakeandamp;#8217;s cafe/bar. Free show begins 7 p.m. E-mail whatshappening@jakestahoe.com, call 530-583-0188 or visit http://www.jakestahoe.com.Family Pizza Night School FundraiserTake the family for an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad buffet, benefiting the Kings Beach Parents Co-Op at Tomaatoandamp;#8217;s Restaurant, 120 Country Club, Incline Village, Nev., Jan. 11, 5 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Co-Op. Cost is $15 adults, $10 5 to 12-year-olds and free under 5-years-old. E-mail lorelei@kingsbeachparentscoop.org or call 530-546-7519 for information.The Kings Beach Parents Co-Op is a nonprofit school for children from preschool through fifth grade. The Co-Op educates children in a nurturing and sensory-rich environment, driven by licensed teachers and a dedicated network of parents. Nordic Olympic Trails Fundraiser The West Shore Caf andamp; Inn invites all to the Nordic Olympic Trails Fundraiser Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m. As part of a full week of Lake Tahoe Olympic Heritage celebrations, the Nordic Olympic Trails Fundraiser contributes to the preservation of the Nordic trails built and designated for the eighth Winter Olympic Nordic events held at what is now the Ed Zandamp;#8217;Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park near Homewood and Homewoodandamp;#8217;s West Shore Caf andamp; Inn. The Nordic Olympic Trails Fundraiser will host a meet-and-greet with past winter Olympic athletes, live local music, ski and historic 1960 Olympic memorabilia, and a silent auction. Special presenters, including renowned author and Tahoe historian David Antonucci and members of the North Lake Tahoe Historical Societyandamp;#8217;s Gatekeeperandamp;#8217;s Museum will offer fascinating insight about the Lake Tahoe region and its Olympic roots. The West Shore Caf andamp; Inn will offer guests favorite hors dandamp;#8217;oeuvres from its new winter menu, as well as a no-host bar. Tickets to the Nordic Olympic Trails Fundraiser are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Advance ticket purchase is available at West Shore Sports in Homewood; Granlibakken Resort, North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, or the Gatekeepers Museum (all located in Tahoe City). Tickets may also be purchased in advance online by visiting AIYEvents.com.For additional information visit WestShoreCafe.com, call 530-525-5200 or contact the Nordic Olympic Trails Fundraiser organizers at 530-583-3074.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.