Editor’s note: Submit your dining news to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject, dining. You may include health tips, events, gluten-free recipes, whatever fires you up. Please include the 5ws: who, what, when, where and contact information. Submissions printed news space permitting.West Shore Caf to host Moonlight Mojito Cocktail ContestThe West Shore Caf is pleased to announce their second annual cocktail contest where participants were challenged to submit and help select the best recipe for the West Shore Caf’s new signature Moonlight Mojito cocktail. The top ten recipe submissions will be tasted, sipped, and scrutinized by attendees at the cocktail contest held at the West Shore Caf. Guests will purchase a voting and drink ticket ballot which will allow them to cast their vote for their favorite mojito entry. The winning recipe will be declared the West Shore Caf andamp; Inn’s signature summer mojito, or the “Moonlight Mojito.” Saturday, June 9, 2-5 p.m., 5160 West Lake Blvd., Homewood. Each ballot is $20 and contains 10 mojito sampling tickets and an official voting ballot. Call 530-525-5200 or email email@example.com for information. In addition to bragging rights, the Moonlight Mojito Cocktail Contest winner will receive a 2012/2013 season pass to Homewood Mountain Resort, as well as a two-night stay and $100 dining credit at the West Shore Caf andamp; Inn. Active adult dinner in Tahoe CityThe Tahoe City Parks and Recreation is in the beginning stages of launching a program for active and mature adults. The department received a generous grant donation from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and these funds were used to purchase new computers, games, exercise weights and more. In addition, special day outings and bingo events are being planned.On Wednesday, June 13, the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department will host a dinner social for seniors to come see what is being offered, meet other seniors in the community, and enjoy a nice meal. Dinner is $5 per person and will include main course, sides and beverages. Event is free if you would like to check out what is being offered and meet others in the community. The event will kick off at 4:30 p.m. at Rideout Community Center, 780 Timberland Road, Tahoe City. For more information call 530-583-3440 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The art of real foodJoanne Neft and Laura Kenny’s latest cookbook “The Art of Real Food: Seasonal Recipes for Every Week of the Year.” The cookbook, an inspiration for anyone who’s longed to connect with food and the farmers who grow it, guides readers through the seasons by offering recipes, ideas and cooking tips for fresh, in-season food for 52 weeks. Meet Joanne Neft co-author of “The Art of Real Food” in Truckee, June 13, at Dragonfly at the Slow Food Lake Tahoe event “Cooking Outside the Box.” The event will be held at Dragonfly, 10118 Donner Pass Road, Truckee and will help raise funds for Slow Food Lake Tahoe. It is $35 for Slow Food members and $40 for non members. Call 530-587-0557 to make a reservation.For more information or to get involved with Slow Food Lake Tahoe visit www.slowfoodlaketahoe.org or call Monica Bender at 417-686-0128.Tahoe City Wine WalkEnjoy “Wines With A View” and all the charms of Downtown Tahoe City, at the sixth annual Tahoe City Wine Walk, Saturday, June 23, noon-4 p.m.Promised to be “the most fun you can have in Tahoe City in one afternoon” the Tahoe City Wine Walk features 30 tasting locations at shops and businesses along the sidewalk and lakeside in Tahoe City. Premium wines will be paired with tasty morsels provided by area restaurants and caterers. Live music will be performed at three downtown locations to further enhance your day.Tickets are available online at www.TahoeCityWineWalk.com. The cost $35 in advance or $45 if purchased on Wine Walk day. Your ticket gets you admission, wine tastes and treats, a commemorative wine glass and a “gift bag” of coupons and gifts from sponsors.Tahoe City Wine Walk is the Tahoe City Downtown Association's Annual Solstice Festival highlight, produced by Wild West Communications Group and SDBX Studio for the Tahoe City Downtown Association to benefit Tahoe City. Call 530-525-5201 for more information.Resort at Squaw Creek offer Nine andamp; Dine golf and dinner dealWith the return of the “Nine andamp; Dine,” golfers once again have an affordable option to play nine holes on the scenic Squaw Valley-located golf course in late afternoon and follow the time on the links with a prix fixe three-course dinner in Six Peaks Grille at Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley. The “Nine andamp; Dine” is offered for $59 per person, inclusive of tax, but excluding a gratuity and is available Thursdays starting June 14 through summer and fall with a round of golf beginning 4-5:30 p.m. Dinner in Six Peaks Grille is served until 10 p.m.For “Nine andamp; Dine” reservations, call 530-581-6637. The offer is subject to availability, and may not be combined with any other offer.Stella — Farmer’s market eventsFarmer’s markets are one of the best resources for chefs and foodies alike to purchase produce and artisan ingredients the season and community have to offer. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the selection and shear number of items available, you’re not alone. To get the most out of a farmer’s market, you must approach the selection process with an open mind, letting the ingredients dictate what you will be cooking, not a singular recipe. In this class, The Cedar House and Stella Restaurant Executive Chef Jacob Burton will lead a guided tour through the Truckee Farmer’s Market, discussing strategies for picking the freshest produce at the peak of its season. Once the produce is selected, accompany Chef Jacob back to the Stella kitchen where you’ll take part in designing and preparing a unique lunch menu, which you will then sit down and enjoy. July 17 and Aug. 21, 9 a.m., $85 per person plus tax, limited class size. Meet at Stella, visit Farmers Market. Return to Stella for group cooking class. Estimated finish time is 1 p.m. For reservations call 530-582-565 or visit www.cedarhousesporthotel.com.Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe “Grand Dining Adventure” RaffleThe Humane Society has joined forces with area restaurants to create the greatest adventure in dining you’ll ever enjoy for free.That’s right, for the ticket price of $10, you’ll have the opportunity to win 10 $100 gift certificates to the finest restaurants in the Truckee/Tahoe region. Second and third place prizes will have you enjoying dinners too.The lucky winner will receive $100 gift certificates to the following restaurants: Campo in Reno, Nev. Chocolate Bar at Northstar; Graham’s; Jake’s on the Lake; Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; Mikuni at Northstar; Pianetta; River Grille; Tahoe Mountain Brewing; and Wolfdale’s.Additional Grand Dining Adventure Prizes supplied by fine restaurants including: Soule Domain, Moody’s, Zia Lina, Fat Cat Caf, Auld Dubliner, Lakeside Pizza, Bridgetender, Hacienda Del Lago, Thai Kitchen, Hawaiian Grill and more.The winning ticket will be drawn at the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s featured nonprofit night at Truckee Thursday, July 12 at 8 p.m. They are selling a limited number of tickets, so your odds of winning are good. Of course, your odds increase with each ticket you buy and to help there are ticket-bundle-super-deals. You can score six tickets for $50 and 12 tickets for $100, so the more you buy, the more you get.All proceeds from the Grand Dining Adventure Raffle help HSTT continue saving the lives of homeless pets in our community. Call HSTT at 530-587-5948 to purchase tickets today.Sugar Bowl’s Lake Mary Cabin Dinner series returns, benefiting nonprofitsSugar Bowl’s popular Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series returns to Donner Summit featuring Chef Alan Davis’ French-inspired California cuisine, served in a stunning lakeside setting below a Palisades backdrop. Dining will be offered most Saturday and Sunday evenings July 22 through Sept. 16, with seating offered 5:30-9 p.m. In addition, each Sunday evening will showcase a different nonprofit partner from the Truckee/Tahoe community, with a portion of the evening’s proceeds benefiting their cause. This summer’s Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series dates, including special Sunday night non-profit partner evenings:July 22, Benefiting Donner Summit Historical Society)July 29, Benefiting YoungLifeAug. 12, Benefiting Truckee Trails FoundationAug. 19, Benefiting the Tahoe Institute for Natural ScienceAug. 25, TBAAug. 26, Benefiting the Truckee Donner Land TrustSept. 2, Benefiting Donner Summit Area Association)Sept. 16, Benefiting the Tahoe Forest Health System FoundationEvery evening is open to the public and reservations are strongly recommended by calling 530-426-7002. Visit www.sugarbowl.com/lake-mary-dinners for more information.
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