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Dinners served up Western-style at Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

GENOA, Nev. – Ranch-raised, grass-fed beef is the star of the show at the first of three Cowboy Dinners to be served at the inaugural Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. The four-day event will be held April 29 to May 2 in Nevada’s first settlement.

On April 29. the Trimmer Ranch One owners will roast beef raised on the first land claim in Nevada. J.B. Lekumberry, who with his wife, Lisa, and her family, operates the ranch, says the meat will be cooked on their barbecue/smoker grill.

“We’re going to slice it up thin and serve it with Basque beans and as much locally grown food that we can get,” Lekumberry said, including Winnemucca potatoes. “We’re trying to promote grass-fed beef and other local foods, so we’re all volunteering our time.”

Lekumberry, a co-owner of JT Basque Bar and Dining Room in Gardnerville, added that on May 15 the Douglas County Commissioners are set to declare May 2010 Carson Valley Meat Month in an effort to promote locally raised beef as well as lamb, pork and chicken.

Also on the Cowboy Dinner menu are salad, bread, dessert and one beverage for $20. Reservations must be made by April 26. The same price and deadline apply for the festival’s dinners on Friday and Saturday.

The Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba, or Basque Club, of Carson Valley will serve steak, lamb chops and paella on April 30, with master Basque chef Jesus Rey manning the barbecue. “The paella will have rice, chicken, pork, fish and vegetables,” Rey said, “so it should please just about everybody.”

Side dishes include green and macaroni salads and bread, with a traditional Basque dessert of hard cheese.

Genoa volunteer firefighters will cook Genoa resident Pete Quenzer’s special “rib-sticking” beef stew on May 1, according to fire chief Bill Hutchison. Proceeds from this meal and the GVFD’s breakfasts and lunches also on the festival schedule will be used to retrofit the department’s rehab trailer.

The Cowboy Dinners will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the town community center, the former Genoa VFD fire truck bay next to the Genoa Town Hall.

The festival includes concerts by top-rated cowboy poets and Western entertainers, a Native American Cultural and Historic Center, juried Western Art Show and 80 workshops offered in a dozen venues in and around Genoa.

For festival information or to dinner tickets, visit http://www.genoacowboyfestival.com or call the town of Genoa, (775) 782-8696, or the Carson Valley Arts Council, (775) 782-8207.


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