TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Editor’s note: E-mail your dining news to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Dining news. Recipes, kitchen tips, gluten-free news, events all welcome. Attach images as high-resolution jpegs with identification, description and photo credit.Gourmet Ski Tour to benefitTahoe Cross Country Ski Education AssociationGlide along cross-country ski trails and work up a hearty appetite for gourmet grazing right on the trail! Ski or snowshoe visiting food stations for what is always an epicurean delight at the 11th Annual Gourmet Ski Tour, a fundraiser for the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association at the Tahoe Cross Country Center on Sunday, March 11 starting at 1 p.m. Dress in your favorite “snow dance” costume: disco, hip hop, ballet, etc. Winner of the costume contest wins a Tahoe XC ski season pass.Tickets are $32 for adults (includes a free half day trail pass), $27 for juniors ages 13-17. Children 12 and under can feast on complimentary hot dogs. Only a limited number of tickets are available at 530-583-5475. For more information visit www.tahoexc.org.Proceeds benefit young skiers each season who take part in the Strider Glider Program, Free Skiing for Schools Program, high and middle school ski teams and the Winter Discovery Center.On Tap at DragonflyBeer enthusiasts and Dragonfly fans, mark your calendars, call your friends and plan to attend the Beer andamp; Food Festival slated for Wednesday, March 7, 6-8:30 p.m. at Dragonfly Restaurant andamp; Sushi Bar in Truckee. Attendees can stop in anytime during the evening and roam the food and beer stations. Taking the beer and food pairing to a higher level, each of the six delectable food items are not only paired with a specialty beer from Firestone Brewing Co., but created using the beer as an ingredient as well. “I’m excited to partner with Firestone Brewing Co. to host this festival,” said Dragonfly owner and chef Billy McCullough. “The casual station set-up will offer guests a cool way to mingle, sip and sample.”Advanced tickets cost $35 are on sale now at Dragonfly for this interactive beer and food tasting event.While tasting the malts, smelling the hops and sampling the Dragonfly eats, Beer andamp; Food Fest participants will have a chance to sample six of Firestone’s favorite brews including; DBA a Double Barrel Ale, Pale 31 a California Pale Ale, Union Jack an India Pale Ale, Velvet Merlin an Oatmeal Stout, Double Jack an American Imperial Ale and Walker’s Reserve Porter a Robust Porter while enjoying live music by Ben and Kimba. Tickets are available at Dragonfly; advanced ticket purchase is recommended as these types of events often sell out. For tickets or more info call 530-587-0557.Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, in Downtown Truckee. For more information visit www.dragonflycuisine.com or like them on Facebook. For more info on Firestone Walker Brewing Co., log onto www.firestonebeer.com.Resort at Squaw Creek goes greenWhether it be Irish-inspired cuisine, or a “green-themed” twist on Tahoe recreation, the Resort at Squaw Creek is offering a variety of fun offers for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. In Sandy’s Pub, chefs will prepare a corned beef slider trio, with house-cooked corned beef on brioche mini buns topped with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, sauerkraut and Sandy’s Pub sauce ($10). To accompany the sliders, diners and bar patrons will find $2 green beer and Guinness ($5). Six Peaks Grille, the resort’s signature restaurant, will offer drink specials including Jameson Irish Coffee. At the Chuck Wagon, the outdoor dining venue at the base of the Squaw Creek chairlift, featured items include Guinness, Irish coffee, Jameson Irish coffee and a Cabo Wabo Mexican Leprechaun. All St. Patrick’s Day deals are valid Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18, 2012.St. Patrick’s at Jake’sWear green Saturday, March 17 for another three-venue huge throw down event, creating the “BARmuda Triangle” on North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City. The fun starts at Jake’s On The Lake with homemade traditional Irish food all day (full lunch, cafe and dinner menus also served), Happy Hour 4:30-6:30 p.m. and live music with Mark Wilson from 6 p.m. The party continues at Hacienda del Lago (upstairs) with a live band from 9 p.m., and DJ’s at Lakeside Pizza (next door) 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Bounce around from bar to bar, Bushmills Girls at all three venues. For more information call 530-583-0188 or visit www.jakestahoe.com.Dining for Schools Cards on saleRestaurants offering extended dates Need a night out? Don’t forget that several North Tahoe and Truckee restaurants honor Excellence in Education Dining for Schools cards during the extended period through March 29. Restaurants offering discount during extended period: Dining Room at the Lodge at Sugar Bowl, Graham’s at Squaw Valley, Jake’s on the Lake, JAX at the Tracks, Pizza on the Hill, Rainbow Lodge, Rosie’s Caf, Rocker@Squaw, Sandy’s Pub, Six Peaks Grille, Sunnyside, Summit Restaurant, The Lodge at Tahoe Donner, Soule Domain and West Shore Caf.Dining for Schools cards are good for 50 percent off entrees at more than 40 participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants. Cards cost $45 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use during the specified dates. The regular period dates for use of the Dining for Schools card are now April 15 through June 15, 2012 in addition to the extended period through March 29. Dining for Schools cards are available at Porters Sport locations (Tahoe City and Truckee), Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City) and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at www.ExinEd.org. Please call 530-550-7984 for inquiries.