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5 days ago

If you are like most gardeners, tomatoes are number one in your heart. Most of us eagerly anticipate the first delicious fruit of the season. We are all looking for the perfect tomato. Saturday, August 22, is your chance to put your tomatoes to the ultimate test! The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are sponsoring a tomato judging and tasting contest at the Sutter Creek Farmer’s Market.

Bring at least one washed tomato of each variety (at least five cherry tomatoes) to the Sutter Creek Farmers Market by 9:45 a.m. on...

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The UCCE Master Food Preservers of Amador and Calaveras counties announces its training for this fall. This is for anyone who enjoys volunteering, learning and teaching our communities about safe home food preservation methods. We are holding two orientation meetings to learn about the Master Food Preserver Program, our community involvement and volunteer participation requirements. The next meeting is Tuesday, August 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the UCCE office in Jackson. RSVP for either session with Robin Cleveland, at (530)... [Read more]
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5 days ago

This Sunday, food and wine enthusiasts will flock to the streets of Volcano for the culinary party of the year. On August 2, Consolation Street is the site of the first annual Supper under the Stars. The evening will consist of entertainment and cuisine extravaganza, while highlighting the local bounty and thriving community that generate the pulse of Amador County.

Over 200 attendees are expected to attend, all dressed in white, where they will feast at an enormous dining table. Guests will wine and dine, while enjoying local...

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2 weeks ago
The UCCE Master Food Preservers of Amador and Calaveras counties announces its training for this fall. This is for anyone who enjoys volunteering, learning and teaching our communities about safe home food preservation methods. We are holding two orientation meetings to learn about the Master Food Preserver Program, our community involvement and volunteer participation requirements. The next meeting is Tuesday, August 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the UCCE office in Jackson. RSVP for either session with Robin Cleveland, at (530)... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
The view from Helwig Winery during the day and at sunset. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Farms of Amador and the Amador Farmers Market present a family style farm dinner in Amador County on Saturday, August 22 at Helwig Winery.Before dinner, a self-guided Amador County farm tour will begin at noon and highlight an ancient olive orchard, Amador Olive Oil, two local artist farms, Abbodanza and Mahoney’s Poor Farm and two Amador County wineries: Terre Rouge and Helwig.

Lucy’s Spice Box has created an intricate, engaging menu with the theme of Cuisine du Terroir showcasing the ingredients of Amador County and its...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 weeks ago
Slade Rivers Band will entertain guests at Boot Scootin’ BBQ For The Arts. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Boot Scootin’ BBQ will be a night of live perfectly-performed country western music by the unequaled Slade Rivers Band, line dancing, a full western-style dinner, a local wine and beer bar, and bocce ball. On Saturday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m., herd your friends to the cool, protected outdoor area of the Italian Picnic Grounds, Sutter Creek in Amador County for this annual fundraiser for the arts. Expect cowboy hats and boots, red-checked tables with summertime bouquets.

Tickets, which include a BBQ dinner, one drink,...

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4 weeks ago

Association Gears Up For Another Great Year

The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills is once again sponsoring the Plymouth Farmers Market, held every Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m., from Aug. 6 through Sept. 24, on the shady grass of McGee Park on historic Main Street, in Plymouth.

The Plymouth Farmers Market is known as a pleasant gathering place to not only purchase fresh produce, but to enjoy live music while having a glass of wine and small plate dinner — all in a grassy, shaded park. The ambiance of the park setting creates a...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 weeks ago

Pine Grove Farmer’s Market is a delightful place to spend a Wednesday afternoon shopping, socializing and being entertained by local musicians. The market currently encompasses both the park’s playing field and the parking lot. The playground area is still free for the children to enjoy. This once-a-week opportunity to buy local, fresh, fruits, vegetables, olive oils, baked goods, live plants, honey, flowers and handmade clothes is fun to attend. The hours are Wednesday afternoons, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Pine Grove Farmer’s Market is...

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07/02/2015 1:34 PM
Mandolin Orange — Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin — bring honky tonk to Amador County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, together Mandolin Orange, are set to return to Feist Wines on Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

The Feists discovered these rising stars on NPR’s Folk Alley where they performed the iconic “Waltz About Whiskey.” The song swings like a honky-tonk and seems to apply to Amador County living. Marlin and Frantz plead, “Won’t someone dance with me to a waltz about whisky and turn my sad songs to lullabies?”

The duo was looking for stops on their “This Side of Jordan Tour,” and Feist booked them as the...

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06/25/2015 3:12 PM

A Pickling and Fermenting class — Pucker Power — is being offered by the UCCE Master Food Preservers of Amador and Calaveras Counties. The class will take place on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., at the Amador County GSA building, located at 12200-B Airport Road, in Martell. No reservations are required and the class is free.

Sauerkraut, beer, wine, vinegar, soy sauce, cheese and apple cider are all common fermented foods. Come for this free class and learn about the fermentation process and how it differs from...

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06/25/2015 2:57 PM
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Join us this Friday, June 26, as we tap into two rare beers from Firestone Walker Brewing.

UDBA - Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale is 100% fermented in new American oak barrels and is left unfiltered. This is the beer that is blended with stainless fermented beer to make standard Double Barrel Ale.

Stickee Monkee - A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad. A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending. Turbinado brown...

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06/25/2015 2:44 PM
Amador Farmers Market. Photo by Robin Fuller

The Pine Grove Farmers Market has two new coordinators to make sure vendors and customers are finding what they need. Bianca Burton and Jamie Taylor both share a booth together in the market and participate as vendors, and will now be available to manage any issues that may come up during the market.

Burton was instilled with her love of gardening by her mother and grandmother, who were both avid gardeners. Upon moving to the foothills, she began to grow vegetables. Together with her husband Roy Carl, they grow produce at their...

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06/18/2015 10:45 AM

The Fifth Annual Barbera Festival was successful in every aspect. This sold-out event was held at the beautiful Terra d’ Oro winery. The weather, although warm, was accompanied by a delta breeze that cooled off the afternoon. A total of 72 wineries poured tastings of Barbera wines from all over California and Nevada Saturday.

Five years ago, when Brian Miller and Deirdre Mueller approached the Amador Community Foundation as beneficiaries of The Barbera Festival, the goal was twofold: to raise awareness of the varietal and raise...

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06/18/2015 9:30 AM
Fun times for a good cause at Whiskers and Wine. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
It was all about the animals at the Whiskers and Wine celebration. The humans were on their best behavior, too. Bidding was fierce with auctioneer Beth Barnard cajoling participants to give to the program of their choice. Up for auction and support were five A-PAL programs: The “Save the Kittens” program, which has saved more than 8,000 kittens to date; “Twin Cedar K9 Second Chance Dog Rescue,” which has trained and placed over 255 dogs; “Pit Bull Dog Free spay/neuter,” which has altered 856 dogs, “Community Cats” program, which has... [Read more]
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06/11/2015 12:50 PM

Amador Cancer Research Foundation invites you to its annual Spaghetti Western, benefitting Amador Cancer Research Foundation, on June 20, at 6 p.m., at Cooper Vineyards, located at 21365 Shenandoah School Road, in Plymouth.

More auction and raffle items have been added to the growing list of exciting items, which include a four-day wine cruise to Mexico with Terra d’Oro winemaker Chris Leamy, a 50-year Golden Jubilee Ford tractor, a second vintage Ford tractor with a bucket loader, a two-night stay at the spectacular private...

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06/11/2015 12:44 PM
Fridays After 5:00 Something new has hit downtown Sutter Creek allowing you to shop late, sip wine and enjoy Fridays After 5:00. More than half of the town’s tasting rooms and nearly all the shops will stay open late every Friday through October. When you get off work or have guests coming for the weekend, head to Sutter Creek to get your weekend started with great live music, fine edibles and a stolen hour or two in town before heading home again. It is a great way to support local businesses and have a lot of fun. Come and play.... [Read more]
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06/11/2015 12:38 PM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Great news for the first 50 guests in line at Jackson’s new Carl’s Jr./Green Burrito restaurant on Wednesday, opening day, as they received food coupons for a free menu item every week for a year.

Premium burger chain Carl’s Jr. continues to grow in Northern California with the opening of its first location in Jackson. The new location is also the first in Amador County. Carl’s Jr. is known for its premium menu selections including 100 percent Black Angus beef thickburgers on fresh baked buns, including the new all-natural burger...

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06/11/2015 12:24 PM
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (left) and Senator Tom Berryhill (right) pose with Ken Deaver receiving his award. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Senator Tom Berryhill honored Deaver Vineyards, of Plymouth, as the 2015 Small Business of the Year. The California Small Business Association today also recognized Ken Deaver, the winery owner, at its annual Small Business luncheon in Sacramento.

Deaver Vineyards was selected by Senator Berryhill for its longstanding support of the community, steadfast commitment to customer service, and high level of business ethics. Deaver is deeply respected throughout the community for his service as an Amador County Supervisor, as well as...

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06/10/2015 2:28 AM

Great news for the first 50 guests in line at Jackson's new Carl's Jr./Green Burrito restaurant on opening day as they will receive free food for a year.

Premium burger chain Carl’s Jr. continues to grow in Northern California with the opening of its first location in Jackson on Wednesday, June 10. The new location is also the first in Amador County. Carl’s Jr. is known for its premium menu selections including 100 percent Black Angus beef thickburgers on fresh baked buns, including the new all-natural burger and most American...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/04/2015 1:04 PM
Popcorn shrimp dipped in a smooth sauce. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Bill Lavallie

Stanley’s Steakhouse, in Jackson’s iconic National Hotel, has relaunched its lunch service with a totally revamped and affordable menu including creative takes on classic lunch fare designed to entice local diners and provide a delicious and elegantly presented lunch they will want to experience again and again.

From refreshing, crisp, meal-sized salads, grilled chicken selections and mouthwatering, slow-roasted prime rib, featured in the prime-rib Philly ($12) and prime rib French dip ($11), locals are quickly establishing their...

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