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Carolyn Schmitz
7 days ago

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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Carolyn Schmitz
7 days ago
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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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Carolyn Schmitz
7 days ago
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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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago

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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2 weeks ago
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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Carolyn Schmitz
3 weeks ago

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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3 weeks ago
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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Carolyn Schmitz
3 weeks ago
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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Carolyn Schmitz
3 weeks ago
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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3 weeks ago

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
4 weeks ago
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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Bill Lavallie
05/21/2015 11:23 AM

Sutter Creek Parent Teacher Organization fills in budget for art, music and physical education

This past Saturday four of Amador County’s winemaking families came together for a sold out evening pairing Amador County wines with farm-to-fork tapas to raise funds for Sutter Creek Elementary.

Savor Amador was held at the Bella Grace tasting room in the middle of downtown Sutter Creek. Charlie and Michael Havill graciously donated their beautiful tasting room for the evening and poured their wines.

There was perfect, balmy...

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05/21/2015 9:53 AM

It’s a great time of year to celebrate spring, fine wine, delicious and innovative food and toe-tapping music at Jackson Rancheria’s annual “A Divine Affair,” on Saturday, May 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Grand Oak Ballroom and Garden Terrace.

Taste award-winning Amador County wines, divine chocolate, flavorful olive iol and bold cigars. Sample specialty food pairings from the fine chefs at Jackson Rancheria, including grilled artisan flatbreads and Sausage Wellington.

Enjoy the indoor ambiance of the Grand Oak Ballroom as the...

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Carolyn Schmitz
05/07/2015 12:28 PM

While founding fathers of the Amador Four Fires inagural event are still in the clean-up phase after last Saturday’s fete, some numbers have been calculated. The event, designed to celebrate the flavors of the four wine regions that influence Amador County wine growers and wine makers, had 41 wineries pouring 140 wines for nearly 2,200 guests. The county’s most inventive chefs spent the day cooking on open flames, serving fun, cleverly presented foods that pay homage to those wine regions.

The event layout had each of the four...

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05/07/2015 12:23 PM
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This is the 22nd year of the Amador Farmers Market. The founders, Greg Motch and Susan Bragstad, are still on the market board and fully participating at the markets. This year, the market has a new president, Ron Antone, and several new board members. The market has hired a new events and promotions person, so look forward to a bunch of new and exiting things happening at the markets.

The farmers market has beautiful, healthy fruits and vegetables, local olive oils, plants, baked goods, herbal creations and crafts. There will be...

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Craig Baracco
05/07/2015 9:36 AM
The first Summer Concert Series night at BellaGrace on May 1. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Sutter Creek City Council approved a permit for a concert series at Bella Grace Winery on Main Street and gave final approval to a reworking of how the city cites violators of city codes at their meeting on Monday Night.

Many members of the public were present to speak on behalf of the Bella Grace concert series, which will run on Friday nights for the next four months. In recent years, the city of Sutter Creek has struggled with how to handle amplified sound in the downtown business area, revising their noise ordinances twice...

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04/30/2015 1:43 PM
Fridays After 5:00: Something new is coming to Sutter Creek. Starting May 1, you can shop late, sip wine and enjoy “Fridays After 5:00.” At least five of the nine tasting rooms will stay open late every Friday through October. Bella Grace begins its summer outdoor concerts May 1, with delicious food catered by Hotel Sutter. Almost all of the shops are going to stay open late every Friday, too. And, there will be some great music on the sidewalk at Hotel Sutter. When you get off work or have guests coming for the weekend, head to... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
04/30/2015 1:33 PM
The Turkey Avocado Wrap comes in a 6-inch or 9-inch sandwich. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Beth Barnard

Togo’s Eateries are serving up the same delicious sandwiches that have satisfied diners since 1971 with a new, health-conscious twist — Togo’s has gone gluten-free. Without too much extra fuss, staff at many of the Togo’s Eateries in California will specially prepare your favorite sandwich, minus the gluten. There are also several new gluten-free sandwiches added to the menu to tempt your taste buds.

Amador Ledger Dispatch employees were recently invited to sample Togo’s new gluten-free menu, which looks and tastes a lot like its...

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Via Press Release
04/23/2015 1:13 PM

Amador Four Fires Festival, the much-talked-about new wine and food festival that celebrates wines and foods inspired by the four great wine regions of the world, happens Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Amador County Fairgrounds, located at 18621 Sherwood Street, in Plymouth. Tickets are on sale now, at Amadorfourfires.com. All-Access Experience tickets $85 each, and include wine and food, all activities, a souvenir glass and parking. Designated Driver tickets available.

FOUR Wine Regions. Amador Four Fires...

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04/23/2015 12:54 PM
Farm fresh and organically grown farm-to-fork dining comes the Gold Country. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Take-Out Or Dine-In Great Organic Food In The Gold Country

Thursday and Friday nights are looking up for foodies living in or visiting Amador County.

Lucy’s Spice Box is a community supported commercial kitchen located in Volcano and built into a 40-foot shipping container. Lucy prepares delicious, nourishing meals available as take-out or eat-in from the newly opened Sutter Creek Provisions on Thursdays, or Feist Wines’ tasting room, in Amador City, on Fridays.

Pair small-lot, artisan wines with Lucy’s dinner at Feist. The...

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