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Bill Lavallie
4 days ago

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.

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4 days ago

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
3 weeks ago

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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3 weeks ago
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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
3 weeks ago
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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4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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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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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04/23/2015 12:48 PM

All Amador citizens are invited to join the members of the Amador County Democrats for their annual spring dinner on Thursday, April 30, at the Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Conference Center. Featured guest speakers are Eric Bauman, Vice Chairman of the State Democrat Party and Kimberly Ellis, Executive Director of Emerge California, an organization dedicated to promoting and training women for election to public office.

Tickets are $60 each for the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., and they may be purchased by calling Liz, at (209)...

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04/23/2015 12:37 PM
Red Barn at Karmère Winery. Photo Courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Saturday, May 16, at 6 p.m., Karmère Winery joins Drytown Cellars, Feist Wines and BellaGrace Vineyards to support art and music in the Sutter Creek Elementary Schools.

Karmère Vineyards and Winery, of Shenandoah Valley, is a result of five generations of farming and a love of the land and rural life.

Marilyn K. Hoopes, co-founder of Karmère, grew up in Teton Valley, Idaho, on a potato farm on the Teton River, in full view of the Grand Tetons. In 1978, at age 26, she moved to Amador County and fell in love with the bucolic...

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Tessa Marguerite
04/10/2015 1:09 PM
Springtime Punch. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As winter finally fades and spring begins to bloom, it’s time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the warmer temps and longer days. Elevate your festive seasonal brunches with springtime sips featuring St-Germain French artisanal elderflower liqueur!

Whether it’s an Easter brunch, spring fling, or a stylish garden party, St-Germain lends any daytime occasion a touch of class and sophistication. With hints of floral and fruit notes, St-Germain liqueur-based sips provide an elegant alternative to the usual daytime tipples. The...

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04/10/2015 10:23 AM
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The California State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual Commercial Wine Competition which will be held June 3 through 5. First held in 1855, the State Fair’s wine competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine event in North America. More than 700 wineries and 2,800 entries were part of the 2014 competition. It is the only competition dedicated to evaluating and selecting the best wines from all California wine regions.

The online entry system makes submitting wine into the competition easier than ever. Entries will...

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04/10/2015 10:20 AM
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Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine, Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a day of wine, art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. Plus, a day of special Car Show discounts at Jackson restaurants. It’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson.

The fifth annual Motherlode Cruise Car Show will take you back in time with 125 vintage cars, from Model Ts to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy blues tunes by The Esquires, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s...

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04/10/2015 10:14 AM
Amador Brewery’s Will Pritchard. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues
The thirsty wait is over. Amador Brewing Company is officially opening Saturday, April 18,, 11:30 to 8 p.m. I met brewer Will Pritchard on a recent breezy sunny afternoon and after short introductions he immediately started explaining the brewing process which starts with cracked barley malt and hot water in the large brew tanks located in direct view of the tasting room. Through a weave of sparkling pipes running up walls and across ceilings, the barley and water “tea” is moved to the next tanks where the yeast is added and finally... [Read more]
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04/10/2015 12:59 PM
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April 10

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: Kicking off its 2015 Outdoor Concert Series, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo to the Outdoor Concert Venue Stage tonight, Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m. Their single, “Heartbreaker,” according to Benatar, “was the catalyst for it all.” Other hits include, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Promises in the Dark” and “We Belong.” Will Call opens at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. Tickets...

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04/03/2015 9:58 AM
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It is time again for all ladies (and gents) to visit Sutter Creek for the annual Spring Ladies Night, on April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., with the drawing promptly at 8:30 p.m. This wonderful event is free and is the Sutter Creek merchants’ way of saying, “Thank you for your patronage.”

Enjoy an evening of authentic charm and hospitality as you stroll the streets of Sutter Creek. Visit each participating business and enter the drawings. More than $1,000 worth of prizes and gift certificates donated by participating merchants will be...

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04/03/2015 9:49 AM
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Amador Brewing Company will be hosting a release party on Lone Wolf Restaurant & Lounge’s terrace on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

You’re invited to the Amador Brewing Company Release Party. Amador County has been long awaiting the opening of Amador Brewing Co. and this is your chance to try some of its beer before it even opens its doors. Be the first to try “Amador Light,” a light pale ale, refreshing and balanced. This beer will cleanse the pallet while delivering complexity. This mini-tap take over will showcase Amador Brewing’s...

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04/03/2015 9:21 AM
Farmers harvest bok choy and garlic for delicious farm-to-fork goodness. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
A special spring harvest Farm to Fork dinner will be held at Rosebud’s Café, in Jackson, on Thursday, April 16, to benefit Mother Lode Harvest, a local association of agricultural producers and customers that, since 2010, has offered weekly CSA boxes to county residents. Mother Lode Harvest also has a website from which seasonal, fresh and organic produce items can be ordered each week. The 18 current producers who participate in Mother Lode Harvest follow Certified Naturally Grown standards, and offer everything from beef and lamb... [Read more]
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04/02/2015 12:02 PM

April 4

Rail Road Flat Elementary Fundraiser: Rail Road Flat Elementary’s popular fundraising event, Tiger Fest Dinner, will be Saturday April 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Rail Road Flat Community Hall, located at 250 Rail Road Flat Road, in Rail Road Flat. Each year, a different theme is followed for the homemade food, decorations and entertainment. This year’s international flavor takes guests South Of The Border with a filling menu of pork fajitas, grass-fed beef chili, beans, rice, chips, salsa and all the accompaniments, plus...

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