Want to enjoy gourmet food and gorgeous views, all while helping a local nonprofit organization? Then you’ll want to attend one of Sugar Bowl Resort’s Lake Mary Cabin dinners. Located on Donner Summit in a newly remodeled cabin, the dinners are held on the patio with sweeping views of the high alpine lake and surrounding mountain vistas. The cabin has been owned by Sugar Bowl for years and was formerly used for employee housing and more recently for weddings, but this is the first time the ski resort — which uses Lake Mary’s water for snowmaking in the winter — has opened it up to the public.

‘We wanted to get people up to Donner Summit to have a dining experience off the beaten path from downtown Truckee, and to enjoy the dining and the view,’ said Sugar Bowl Marketing Manager Jennie Bartlett, adding that the remodel included installing a fancy commercial kitchen, as well as a fire pit and horseshoe pit.

Five percent of the proceeds from each dinner go to a different organization. The dinners, which started in July, have benefited such groups as the Truckee Donner Historical Society, KidZone Museum, Sugar Bowl Academy, and Arts for the Schools. The cabin seats around 60 people, and the dinners have sold out almost every night. With the event proving to be so popular, Sugar Bowl added three more nights in September. The remaining two nights — Sept. 11 and 25 — benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the Sierra Avalanche Center.


The French-inspired California cuisine is prepared by Chef Al Davis. Appetizers range from $8 to $13 and include dishes such as wild mushroom profiteroles, Dungeness crab croustade, and Caesar salad. Pan-seared salmon, grilled chicken penne pasta, and slow-roasted beef short ribs make up some of the entrees, which cost $18 to $26.

If you can’t attend this year’s dinner series, don’t worry. Sugar Bowl hopes to continue the popular event next summer.

Dining hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. (530) 426-7002, sugarbowl.com/lake-mary-dinners


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