Squaw Valley Brew, Jazz & Funk Fest
Squaw Valley holds a special place in my heart; right next to the love I have for a great drink perfectly paired with a delicious meal. So when I showed up to Squaw Village on a recent Saturday afternoon to find the 6th annual Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest in full swing, I immediately found myself salivating.
This year’s festival was my first, but certainly will not be my last. The evening started the way my dining experiences usually end – with dessert. The appropriately named “Apple Pie Apple” is a treat for foodies everywhere, especially those with an insatiable sweet tooth like mine. It’s made from a green apple dipped in caramel, then white chocolate, and covered with a thin layer of cinnamon, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. After indulging with dessert first, my family and I headed toward the Blue Coyote Sports Bar and Grill to reward ourselves after a long day of adventure.
The patio seating of the Blue Coyote was ideal for a warm summer night in the mountains, and we were especially lucky to be entertained by the smooth sounds of funk artists Porter, Batiste & Stoltz, from the Meters. The food at the Blue Coyote was simple and All-American, perfect for an evening outdoors. I ordered the Chicken Caesar Salad, my go-to dinner of choice when the weather’s warm and I’m new to a restaurant. The salad turned out to be exactly what I needed; and the perfect fuel for the hour of sampling and dancing that was to follow.
As if having a great time amongst the best company isn’t enough, all proceeds from the event benefited the Truckee Tahoe Humane Society. Therefore, locals and visitors alike were encouraged to come out and “help and support Tahoe’s pets one beer at a time!”