Dragonfly to host a Beer Tap Takeover, a night for beer, music and foodBeer buffs and Dragonfly fans, mark your calendars for the Beer Camp Tap Takeover; an all you-can-eat and drink Beer andamp; Food Festival slated for Thursday, Sept. 20, 6-9 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 five delectable food items are not only paired with a specialty beer from Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Beer Camp, but created using the beer as an ingredient in each menu item as well. Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp feature beers specially crafted by brewers from across the country. The beers crafted at the annual Beer Camp event are taking over all of the taps at Dragonfly.For $38, not including tip and tax, guests will be entertained with live music by Ben Martin at this all you-can-eat and drink event. Meet the brewers, participate in a Sierra Nevada Brewery swag raffle. Tickets are available at Dragonfly; advanced ticket purchase is recommended as this event often sells out. For tickets or more info call 530-587-0557.Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, downtown Truckee. Visit www.dragonflycuisine.com or www.sierranevada.com.Cooking at the CastleLake Tahoe-themed Cooking Classes with Chef Anne Wiles. Learn to cook like a pro at Lake Tahoe’s Castle-in-the-Sky. Expanding on its cultural education program, Thunderbird Lake Tahoe now offers gourmet farm-to-table cooking classes. In each hands-on session, Chef de Cuisine Anne Wiles demonstrates ingredient selection, portion control, kitchen safety, wine pairing, accompaniments, and presentation. After class, you will graduate to the sumptuous meal you prepared, paired with specially selected wines from the famous Thunderbird cellars surrounded by a panoramic Lake Tahoe view.Limited seating remains available for 2012 classes on Monday, Sept. 24 and Monday, Oct. 22. The September class introduces the French Cuisine of Elia Whittell just in time for the anniversary of Captain George Whittell’s birthday, and October is all about a Tahoe Harvest featuring locally grown produce and meats. Special rates are available at $250 per person for Thunderbird Flagship and Castle Club Members ($150 is tax deductible), $350 for others ($250 is tax deductible). Pricing includes instruction, wine, beverages, supplies, and dinner. Following selected classes, a spouse or one guest may join you for dinner priced at an additional $100 per person. Limited availability, 10 per class. Private group cooking classes and dinners are available for special occasions and gatherings year-round. Purchase tickets online at www.ThunderbirdTahoe.org or call 775-832-8752. eLearning Caf FundraiserBenefit eLearning Caf Scholarship Program, Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m., Hacienda de la Sierra, 931 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village. Special menu will be at the Hacienda on Sept. 25, with a portion of each dinner going to the eLearning Caf. Adult menu: $14.95 dinner, chips and salsa, margarita, beer, or soft drink. Children’s menu, 7.95 dinner, chips and salsa, soft drink or milk. Raffle prizes: Google Nexus 7, 4-hour use of Cobalt, gas included. Music provided by Terry Pitman and Jim Baldwin. Support the eLearning Caf. For more information contact the eLearning Caf at 775-831-2423.Resort at Squaw Creek announces Harvest Festival Resort at Squaw Creek announced plans for the second annual Harvest Festival Oct. 5-14. Featuring bluegrass music, hayrides, pumpkin painting, pie-eating contests, pumpkin bowling and other games, glow ball golf, autumn-themed spa treatments, local arts and craft fair, a beer garden with live music, and fall-flavored dining specials in Sandy’s Pub and in Six Peaks Grille, the festival offers something for the entire family. Activity passes for non-hotel guests for hayrides and other Harvest Festival activities on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Saturday Oct. 13 are available for $5 per person. Passes include access to horse-drawn hayrides, face painting, pie-eating contests, pumpkin painting and more. Activities for kids begin at 1 p.m., with the hayrides taking place 3-6 p.m. In addition, a fall artisan arts and crafts faire will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 6, noon-4 p.m. during the Harvest Festival. A variety of local vendors will display their arts, crafts and handmade wares. Admission to the craft faire and beer garden is free.Free music performances include the Slide Mountain Band playing bluegrass tunes on Friday, Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 12, 5-7 p.m. in the resort lobby. On Saturday, Oct. 6 and 13 on the Sandy’s Pub Deck from noon to 4 p.m., singer, songwriter J.J. Von Briesen will perform her original material.An autumn celebration would not be complete without fall harvest cuisine and beverages taking a central role. Guests will find a prix fixe menu in Six Peaks Grille for $30, excluding tax and gratuity, that features scallops with pumpkin ravioli and star anise butter, or veal cheek with pumpkin potato rosti, asparagus and cinnamon port. The meal is completed with pumpkin cheesecake with juniper berry glace and tarragon syrup.For lodging reservations, utilize promo code HARVRSC, and call 800-401-9501, or book online at www.visitsquawcreek.com. See the events calendar for complete Harvest Festival details.
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