Black Bear Inn to host pop-up brunch, yoga |

Black Bear Inn to host pop-up brunch, yoga

Claire Cudahy
After yoga on the lawn, chef Peter Brinckerhoff will be preparing a four-course brunch, including crab cake eggs benedict.
Courtesy / Black Bear Inn |

Yoga, champagne and brunch — the trifecta of a Sunday well-spent and the agenda for Black Bear Inn’s first pop-up event under new ownership.

“We really want to be able to open the space up to the community and since the lodging piece doesn’t make sense for the people that live here — and we have an amazing dining space and restaurant-sized kitchen — we thought the pop-up style event would be a great way to bring people in,” said Rachel Carlson, who took over the Black Bear Inn with her husband Greg this March.

The Mother’s Day brunch will include a four-course meal, champagne and a pre-meal yoga class on the inn’s grassy lawn.

“Prior to brunch you can get your stretch on with Jenay [Aiksnoras] from Lake Tahoe Yoga,” said Carlson.

The meal will be prepared by chef Peter Brinckerhoff, former corporate executive chef of Tahoe Restaurant Collection and Chef D’Cuisine at Lone Eagle Grill and two-time winner of the Chef Challenge at Sample the Sierra.

Brinckerhoff, now a personal chef, will kick off the brunch with a citrus salad, featuring orange and grapefruit segments over butter lettuce with kiwi and candied walnuts.

While sipping a glass of champagne, enjoy the second course — strawberry stuffed crepes with chantilly cream, bacon lardoons and bourbon maple syrup. A savory course of crab cake eggs benedict drizzled with sauce choron follows.

The final course is a surprise take-home dessert.

The brunch will take place on Sunday, May 14, and costs $65 per person. Yoga starts at 9 a.m. and brunch at 11 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling the Black Bear Inn at 530-544-4451.

“We also have our ribbon cutting, which we are really excited about on June 1 at 4:30 p.m.,” said Carlson. “We’re inviting the whole community to come have beer and wine, and we’ll be sampling some of our breakfast-based good and playing lawn games.”

Black Bear Inn is located at 1202 Ski Run Blvd.

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