perfect friday getaway
The extremely talented and entertaining Kepple Family will be performing live this Friday night, Aug. 10, then again Aug. 24 and Sept. 7, at Big Springs Gardens. Every Friday beginning at 5 p.m., they feature live music during a happy hour and hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by a lavish barbecue served buffet style with chicken, baby back ribs and prime rib and all the sides at 6 p.m. Now, a little about the property: Owner Don Phillips has created a tranquil mountain garden that offers visitors 30 acres of unparalleled natural and planted beauty woven with strolling and hiking trails — all within the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Buttes. Having visited for the first time last week, we now understand why Sierra Heritage magazine calls it the “Monet of the Mountains.” The facility also serves buffet lunches Wednesday through Saturday and a Sunday buffet brunch. Reservations are required for all meals: 862-1333. You’ll find Big Springs Gardens on Highway 49 between Basset Station (Gold Lake Road intersection) and Sierra City. See the feature story in this week’s Quincy and Portola newspapers.
organic wines feature at pairings
Award-winning executive chef Sean Conry is going organic with two special wine pairing dinners in August. Rhone-style wines from a California central coast winery, Qupé, will be featured Aug. 10. They farm organically and biodynamically using French techniques to making award-winning wines.
Friday, Aug. 31, Tres Sabores winery will bring their organically certified wines from vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Owner/winemaker Julie Johnson will present the artisan wines.
Conry will serve a five-course gourmet menu with selected wine pairings with each course. Seating is limited, reservations are required. Call 836-1111.
too busy to pack a picnic lunch?
Carol’s Cafe and West Shore Deli in Prattville at Lake Almanor is offering a rather unique August special: made to order picnic lunches. Just call ahead or come in with your picnic basket (they will box it if you wish). The menu selections include deli sandwiches, chips, drinks and dessert. This season, longtime owner Carol Franchetti continues to offer her theme dinners every other Friday night (call for reservations) and her legendary Sunday night fried chicken prepared the old fashioned way.
working together, this happens
Wes and Diane Sanders have their first anniversary under their belt as the owners of Pioneer RV Park. You’ll find the attractive park nestled quietly amid the towering pines near the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in East Quincy. Diane reports that they have had a great year so far and have become a regular destination for RVers attending the annual High Sierra Musical Festival.
Chester Veterinary Clinic is celebrating 17 years this month. Dr. Roberta Wiederholt bought the practice in 2008. She and Dr. Suzanna Elkjer offer services including routine vaccinations, spaying and neutering, surgical knee repairs and dental work for your pets. They also have boarding kennels at their Main Street facility.
Joseph and Kathryn Fisher are celebrating their 10th anniversary as owners of Bullet Information Technology Solutions (BITS) in Quincy.
They provide an array of computer services that includes maintenance and repairs, networking solutions and software support. Kathryn also offers mobile notary services throughout Plumas County. They are two of several professionals located in the complex above the post office in Quincy.