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Bill Lavallie
5 days ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A Divine Affair attracted wine lovers and foodies alike to enjoy wine and food tasting at the Jackson Rancheria last weekend. The event featured Northern California wineries, specialty food vendors such as olive oil producers, specialty chocolate, cigar tastings and more. Plus, there were small bites from each of Jackson Rancheria’s five restaurants. Attendees also enjoyed a variety of live entertainment on three stages that included Latin Magic with Peter Castanon, specializing in Oldies,

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5 days ago
Chaw’se Day is this weekend, May 28 and 29. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Baker Street Players present the world premier of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the American Twins” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The show, which is directed by Beth Barnard, opened May 20 and runs Friday and Saturday evenings through June 11 at Baker Street West, located above Hein & Co. Bookstore on Main Street, in Jackson. All shows begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $30 and include dessert, and tickets for the opening and closing night galas are $40. Call (209) 223-2215 or email info@bakerstreetwest.com to... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
2 weeks ago
The event raised funds for Sutter Creek Elementary and Primary Schools. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie
Last Friday, Bella Grace Tasting Room, in Sutter Creek, hosted the annual Savor Amador fundraising gala, dinner and auction. The elegant event benefited Sutter Creek Elementary and Primary Schools, providing funds for essential programs like art, PE and music. The event was catered by R C Pizza Wagon of Pine Grove, with beer provided by Provisions of Sutter Creek and wine provided by Bella Grace. There was a live auction, raffle and silent auction. Many of the items available to win were beautiful pieces of art created by Sutter... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
The 136th Annual Italian Picnic and Parade will be June 3, 4 and 5. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie
Baker Street Players present the world premier of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the American Twins” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The show, which is directed by Beth Barnard, opened May 20 and runs Friday and Saturday evenings through June 11 at Baker Street West, located above Hein & Co. Bookstore on Main Street, in Jackson. All shows begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $30 and include dessert, and tickets for the opening and closing night galas are $40. Call (209) 223-2215 or email info@bakerstreetwest.com to... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
2 weeks ago
Some Shrimp Feed attendees came prepared for a big, tasty meal with their own bibs. Photo by Pam Greene

Last year at this time, Miners’ Bend Park was just an idea. The area where it now stands, almost complete, had been cleaned up a little bit, but the park itself was more of a dream than a reality. That was when the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation held its inaugural Shrimp Feed to raise money to begin its project, creating Miners’ Bend Park.

Now, a year later, SCCBF once again hosted its Shrimp Feed in order to raise the final funds to complete the park. Last Saturday’s dinner was hosted and sponsored by the Native Sons of...

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2 weeks ago
Mother Lode Harvest, a local foods and farm products association, is having its spring quarter open house at the farm of one of its producer members on Sunday, May 22, from noon. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at Casa de la Pradera, the farm of Alice Kaiser, 20161 American Flat Road, in Fiddletown. Mother Lode Harvest members, as well as local residents who would like to learn about sustainable agriculture and accessing local food, are invited to tour the farm and enjoy demonstrations, information and light refreshments. Other... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago

Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine on Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a day of wine, art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. It’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson!

The sixth annual Motherlode Cruise car show will take you back in time with 125 vintage cars, from Model “T”s to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy blues tunes by The Esquires Chicago Blues Party, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s unique shops and eateries.

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My AChome admin
3 weeks ago
Ray Stacey feeds a pair of his little Irish Dexter cattle. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Veal has had a bad name for many years, ever since the inhumane practices used in raising calves for veal became a national and international issue. Local Jackson Valley rancher Ray Stacey has been working to change the public’s perception of veal, by his gentle methods of dealing with newborn cattle.

Ray owns Big Horse Ranch and Little Cattle Company, on 40 acres of grazing land, near Lake Camanche, and he lets his calves stay with their mothers as long as the mothers want them. He also lets the young ones graze on the grass,...

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Steve Muni
3 weeks ago
Rain gear was the outfit of the day at the Four Fires event. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
Last Saturday, May 7, 2016, the day of this year’s second annual Amador Four Fires, began with an early rain that stopped around 10:30 a.m. By 11, the rain had started up again and I was sure that nobody was going to come. Attendance was sure to be dismal at this year’s festival at the Amador County Fairgrounds. Created to showcase the extraordinary quality and depth of Amador County wines, the wine and food festival, now in its second year, divides the wines by region, representing the origin of the grape varieties grown in Amador... [Read more]
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My AChome admin
4 weeks ago
You may recognize this photo of Tom and Thomas Dillian from the cover of this year’s Best of Amador section. Dillian won best winery and best tasting room. Photo by Kurt Anderson
Tom Dillian’s great-great-grandfather, Alessio Dal Porto, purchased the Dal Porto ranch off of Fiddletown Road in 1900. His cousin, Frank Dal Porto, Jr. lives there still, and he is 93. Then, in 1917, Alessio Dal Porto purchased the land that Dillian Winery sits on today off of Steiner Road. This is why it is their 100th year, but truthfully, they have been here even longer. The Tasting Room for Dillian Wines was modeled after the house his great-grandfather and grandfather built together. Tom said that many of the homes at that... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
Raquel Perez works as manager of Jose’s Cantina. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jessica Moore

In terms of small business success stories, Jose’s Mexican Restaurant in Jackson is practically a historical landmark. Thirty-three years ago, the Perez family opened the eatery, located at 609 Hwy 49, a remarkable feat, considering the majority of startups fail within the first five years.

Today, the family celebrates a second dream come true. Adjacent to the restaurant now stands, Jose’s Cantina. The aspiration to open a bar grew for twenty years with a liquor license already in tow. Once their grandchildren grew older, the...

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4 weeks ago
The musicians and vocalists from last weekend's "Broadway and Beyond." ALD photo by Caitlyn Schaap
Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents Hank Williams: The Lost Highway from April 1 through May 15 at the Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington Street in Columbia. Country-Western icon Hank Williams touched millions in his short career. This spectacular musical biography will break your heart and lift your soul as it recounts his rise to country-music stardom and his demise at age 29 from hard living and bad luck. Williams’ legend lives on through songs that celebrate tenderness and hope. Jam-packed with 20 classic hits including... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
The event will showcase Amador County’s rich wine and culinary offerings. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Tickets are still on sale for the highly anticipated Amador Four Fires wine and culinary event on May 7.

The second annual Amador Four Fires Festival, held at the historic Amador County Fairgrounds, will ignite senses and provide attendees an opportunity to experience the region’s rich wine and food culture with a history dating back to the California Gold Rush. The unique outdoor festival celebrates parts of the world that have influenced Amador’s winemaking and food culture: Southern France, Italy, the Iberian Peninsula and...

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Steve Muni
04/28/2016 2:16 PM
Corinne Moore offers her Rhone-style wines at Wine Tree Farm’s off-the-grid tasting room. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Steve Muni
Wine Tree Farm is a very small winery, set on the hill overlooking the north end of the Sutter Creek Bypass, on Hwy 49. The first thing you notice is that the tasting room is rather dim. There’s one little bulb, located way up high in the middle of the room. And if the connecting door to the winery is open, you’ll notice that the winery itself is in darkness. Electricity is a rare and precious commodity at Wine Tree Farm. You’ll soon realize that you are in the first completely solar-powered winery in California, and the only one... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
04/28/2016 1:54 PM
Pablo Valle is the owner and Patricia Santana is the manager of Sutter Creek’s new Mexican restaurant. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
don’t know what the ratio of resident to restaurant should be, but I suspect Amador is above that average. To further prove my lack of research, I’ll go out on a limb and say our county offers more choices of Mexican cuisine than any other, except pizza. If American is a category and includes fast food outlets, diners, hamburger joints, delis and coffee shops, I stand corrected, again. A tourist destination attracts a bigger customer base, which translates into a better chance of survival in the notoriously ruthless business. It... [Read more]
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04/28/2016 12:53 PM
Southern Drawl will play at Sutter Creek Theatre on May 6.
Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents Hank Williams: The Lost Highway from April 1 through May 15 at the Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington Street in Columbia. Country-Western icon Hank Williams touched millions in his short career. This spectacular musical biography will break your heart and lift your soul as it recounts his rise to country-music stardom and his demise at age 29 from hard living and bad luck. Williams’ legend lives on through songs that celebrate tenderness and hope. Jam-packed with 20 classic hits including... [Read more]
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Lisa Lucke
04/21/2016 1:23 PM

We’re all busy in our own way. My way is work, four teenagers who play sports and a husband who coaches, so on any given weeknight, I may be in a neighboring county, or beyond, when you factor in pre-season tournaments. This presents a problem when it comes to meal preparation.

Since I work from home, on most days, I can make adjustments (work at night or weekends or early morning) in order to be where I need to be, including the kitchen. I can even work from a deck overlooking a lake, or poolside with an umbrella drink next to me...

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04/14/2016 2:03 PM

Tickets are on sale now for Mother Lode Harvest’s first Farm-to-Fork dinner on Saturday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Abbondanza Farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Summer Solstice celebration includes a Mediterranean-inspired dinner prepared from locally grown foods, music, solstice festivities and a silent auction.

Dinner will feature lamb or vegetarian options. Appetizers, salad and the main course will abound with spring and early summer vegetables from local farms, followed by seasonal fruit shortcakes for dessert. Local wines...

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Caitlyn Schaap
04/14/2016 12:44 PM
The final performance in the Wildflower from Ashes concert series will be tomorrow night, April 16 at Bret Harte theater. ALD photo by Caitlyn Schaap
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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04/14/2016 12:34 PM
Sunday, April 17, the ACUSD Jazz Band is playing at Drytown Cellars for their “Wet Ones Spring Pick Up Party”. The ACUSD (pronounced accused) Jazz Band is the Amador County Unified School District Jazz Band under the direction of educator emeritus, Hank King. The jazz band is a self-supporting club comprised of highly motivated and talented students from the county’s two high schools and two jr. high schools. They meet three mornings a week at 7 a.m. to practice. ACUSD Jazz Band has an unmistakably professional sound; if you’ve heard... [Read more]
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