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Foodie news | Discover Valentine's Day dining delights

Valentine’s Day at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe Manzanita. Their signature restaurant, Manzanita, created by renowned chef Traci Des Jardins will be offering a $95 prefix menu with wine pairing at $135 per person. The package will include a rose for the ladies, in addition to a champagne toast. The restaurant will be offering an A La Carte menu that evening. Starter, Dungeness crab salad, Blood Orange, Kumquats, Watermelon Radish, Micro Herbs; Middle, Heirloom cauliflower voluteBeet Chips, Micro Crouton, Truffle Essence; Entree, Prime Filet Mignon Puff Pastry, Foie Gras, Baby Turnips, Bordelaise and Dessert a Symphony of Chocolate and Spice Wild Berry Coulis, Champagne Foam. Call 800-542-8680 for reservations, or visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

Woo your Valentine at Jake'sJake's On The Lake offers a romantic lakefront setting to wine and dine by candlelight with your special someone. Chef Scott Yorkey has created a sensational Valentine's dinner menu of three delicious courses for $79 per couple Tuesday, Feb. 14. Jake's entire dinner menu will also be served. For reservations or more information call 530-583-0188 or visit www.jakestahoe.com.Second annual Vegan Valentine's Dinnerat Fredrick's Fusion Bistro Fredrick's Fusion Bistro, 907 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, Nev., known for its Asian infused cuisine, has teamed up with High Sierra Veggies andamp; Vegans to host their second annual gourmet vegan Valentine's dinner. The five-course, gourmet menu will be made without animal products or by-products and will be inspired by Asian infused, seasonal, organic ingredients. A cash bar with special drinks including a Valentine's champagne drink, champagne by the glass and bottle. A chocolate martini will be offered. Featuring live music by Spanish guitarist Milton Merlos, www.MiltonMerlos.com.Valentine's Day is all about love and the event's theme encourages that: Love your body; love the animals; love the earth. A vegan diet reduces your carbon footprint, improves your health, reduces world hunger, and saves the lives of more than 100 animals a year from the horrors of factory farming cruelty. Said Keaven Van Lom, of High Sierra Veggies andamp; Vegans, “Last year's first vegan Valentine's event at The Crest Caf was a resounding success. People are literally hungry for healthy, cruelty-free and environmentally conscious dining options. We are encouraging people to take this opportunity to try delicious foods, and there is simply nothing more powerful one can do to improve health and to help our planet than to eat consciously and compassionately.”The dinner is Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. An optional $5 charitable contribution will go to two animal sanctuaries. Reservations are required by calling Fredrick's at 775-832-3007, or visit www.facebook.com/veganvalentinesday. Also visit www.fredricksbistro.com and www.hsvandv.org. Lover's dining specials at the River RanchThinking of where to go for your special evening? At the River Ranch Lodge andamp; Restaurant enjoy great ambiance and delicious cuisine overlooking the Truckee River or cozy in by the river rock fireplace. Executive Chef Julia put together lover's specials including an oysters on the half shell appetizer as well as a seared Ahi tuna entre and filet mignon. Chocolate-dipped strawberries will be available for dessert. The River Ranch will pour complimentary champagne with any dinner entre.A perfect plan for a perfect night that will surely make for a memorable holiday evening. Call 530-583-4264 for reservations that start at 5:30 p.m. The River Ranch is located at the corner of Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road. Gourmet Valentine's Dinner at Six Peaks Grillepours on the romanceChef Chad Shrewsbury at Tahoe's Six Peaks Grille has been hard at work creating a special gourmet Valentine's dinner, to be paired with wine for only $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Available from 5-10 p.m. on Feb. 14, the prix fixe menu includes three courses.Love at First Sight is beet salad, goat cheese mousse, grapefruit, crispy shallots and mustard vinaigrette paired with Sterling sauvignon blanc. True Love is pan-seared Muscovy duck breast, potato rosti, wilted arugula, Camembert cream sauce paired with Rodney Strong cabernet sauvignon or crispy skin Branzini sea bass truffle asparagus risotto, wild mushroom ragout paired with Chateau Ste. Michelle chardonnay Happily Ever After is sugared brioche, strawberry rhubarb ice cream, chocolate sauce paired with Domain St. Michelle brut. For reservations, call 530-581-6615. In addition to the dinner, Resort at Squaw Creek is offering an exclusive “Amore Under the Stars” ice skating session 6-10 p.m. with romantic music and hot cider for $25 per couple, including skate rentals. For more information, visit www.visitsquawcreek.com.Valentine's Day Specialat the Crystal Bay Steak andamp; Lobster HouseThe Crystal Bay Casino Steak andamp; Lobster House will feature a special Valentine's Day dinner for two on Feb. 14 in addition to the regular menu. Reservations are recommended at 775-833-6333, cost is $70 per couple, tax and gratuity not included. Appetizer: Fresh asparagus in puff pastry shell, topped with hollandaise sauce, onion soup gratinee. Entre: Choice of seared filet of salmon with raspberry beurre blanc or grilled New York steak with Bordelaise sauce. Entrees served with creamy mashed potato and fresh seasonal vegetables. Dessert: Chocolate fondue with fresh strawberries and blackberries. Also available Feb. 11-14, the Border House V-Day Getaway.This package includes accommodations at the Border House at Crystal Bay, a welcome amenity to be delivered upon arrival and a breakfast voucher valued at $12 to be redeemed at Bistro Elise.Cost for this package is $112 plus tax based on two people. You may add a second night for $89, plus tax room only.Contact Sylvia at 775-833-6333, ext. 1205 or www.crystalbaycasino.com.Homewood's West Shore Caf andamp; Inn Valentine's DayRomantic getaway package and menu aphrodisiacsThe West Shore Caf andamp; Inn invites all to enjoy fine dining at the shores of Lake Tahoe this Valentine's Day. In addition to the new winter 2012 menu, the Caf will offer special shared plates Tuesday, Feb. 14 in honor of the holiday of love. Sumptuous Valentine's Day plates offer four prix fixe courses of romance-inspired options such as kissing tempura prawns or baked oysters; little gem wedge salad or mixed winter greens; filet with truffle potato puree and creamed spinach or king salmon with quinoa risotto, tomato jam and champagne butter and chocolate fondue for two. The special Valentine's Day menu is available for $100 per couple. Known for its romantic lakefront setting, the West Shore Caf andamp; Inn presents the Romantic Getaway package Feb. 14. From $179, Romantic Getaway includes lodging at West Shore Caf andamp; Inn as well as a choice of either two adult lift tickets valid at Homewood Mountain Resort or a $50 dining credit valid at the Caf. The dining credit may be used any day, including Valentine's Day. Lake Tahoe's West Shore Caf andamp; Inn, a lakefront restaurant and inn adjacent to Homewood Mountain Resort offers a romantic, lake-view setting with seasonal cuisine. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the surrounding scenery while stylish interiors feature warm leather accents, custom finishes, rich woods and charming touches including black and white photographs of old Tahoe, cozy fireplaces and outdoor balconies. Valentine's Day dinner and lodging reservations are strongly recommended at 530-525-5200 or e-mail innkeeper@westshorecafe.com. Cocktail hours are 3-5 p.m. with dinner reservations available 5-9:30 p.m. The West Shore Caf andamp; Inn is located at 5160 West Lake Blvd., Homewood.Mountaintop Valentine's Day Dinner PackageThis Valentine's Day, take your sweetheart up Squaw Valley's aerial tram to High Camp, elevation 8,200 feet and enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding snowcapped peaks of Squaw Valley while you dine. The dinner package includes a rose for the lady and sparkling cider on the tram ride up the mountain. Once at High Camp, guests will enjoy a delectable three-course meal complete with a glass of wine while a live pianist sets a romantic mood. Indulge in the seared diver scallops or another option for your main course. Top it off with a warm molten chocolate cake. The Valentine's Day Dinner is $99 per couple ($50 per person), with the option to purchase two-for-one tram tickets ($29 per couple), not included in price. The dinner package is by reservation only at 530-452-7278 or e-mail abarker@squaw.com.


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