Inaugural wildfire relief brunch to bring food, fun and support to wildfire victims at second annual truckee craw thaw music festival


    June 2, 2019 10:00 am

      “On Sunday, June 2, an alfresco farm-to-table brunch presented by Crux Events and Moody’s Bistro in partnership with Kitchen Collab will be offered as part of the second annual Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., brunch ticket holders, ages 21+, will be treated to a NOLA-inspired menu that includes adult beverages sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Proud Mary, Truckee Brewing and Campo Viejo. Brunch will be accompanied by a live one-of-a-kind performance by the Craw Mafia. Brunch tickets (Vegetarian [or] Omnivore) are available for purchase in advance for $100 per person and limited to 100 people, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the California Wildfire Relief Fund.

      Designed by local culinary entrepreneurs operating out of Kitchen Collab, a collaborative kitchen space and culinary incubator in Truckee, the menu will highlight creative dishes by MOGROG Rotisserie, EATS Catering, Cake Lady Tahoe and Platterfare. Courses will include:

      Table Spread: Pecan praline sticky buns, savory andouille and olive cake, French baguettes, cured meats, Cowgirl Creamery cheeses, fresh fruit, herbed butter and an assortment of jams

      First Course: Fresh vegetarian beignets

      Entrée: Smoked mushroom étouffée over cheesy grits with two eggs and ribboned asparagus salad [or] Fried oyster benedict with Creole hollandaise over two eggs on a country biscuit with ribboned asparagus salad

      Dessert: Lemon Doberge cake with vanilla bean custard filling and Sazerac buttercream

      Adult Beverages: Fireline Bloody Mary, Helitak Brass Monkey, Type Seis Michelada, Hotshot Mimosa

      The Wildfire Relief Brunch will be complimented by a unique, live performance by the Craw Mafia. Members include Jazz Mafia Co-founder and Director Adam Theis, Grammy award-winning Shaina Evoniuk (Jazz Mafia), Otis McDonald’s mastermind Joe Bagale, keyboardist Max Cowan (Atta Kid), plus surprise special guests.

      “There’s no shortage of creative culinarians in Truckee, so hosting an al fresco brunch event to support wildfire relief seemed incredibly appropriate,” said JJ Morgan, owner of Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats and Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival co-presenter. “Our goal is to raise $10,000, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the California Wildfire Relief Fund.”

      The California Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California Wildfires as well as preparedness efforts. Since 2003, the fund has granted more than $11 million to support relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the devastating California wildfires. Grants have supported those who were displaced or lost housing, belongings and/or employment and much more.

      Following brunch, matinee programming for the final day of the Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, with doors at 12 p.m. and music beginning at 12:30 p.m. featuring “Brass Mafia,” followed by the vintage-inspired rock and roll of “John Courage” and the captivating country/Americana sounds of “Frankie Boots.”

      Produced by Crux Events and Moody’s Bistro with the support of the Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID), the Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival (May 31-June 2, 2019) benefits the nonprofit Moody’s Jazz Camp and was designed to celebrate spring in the popular mountain town of Truckee, California. The event is free for guests of all ages, with food and beverages available for purchase. Access into the concert venue will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

      View the complete Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival schedule at, and learn more about what else there is to do in Truckee at


      About Crux Events
      Crux is a full-service event company with more than 10 years of experience producing events for clients such as Red Bull, Google, ESPN, WinterWonderGrass, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Wanderlust and the High Fives Foundation. A one-stop shop for all event needs, Crux services include full concert sound, lighting, and staging, portable power, artist procurement, audio visual production, on-site technical support, and much, much, more. Learn more at

      About Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats
      Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats is the place in Truckee for great food and atmosphere. Set in the warmhearted ambiance of the historic Truckee Hotel, Moody’s complements its fine dining with critically-praised, nationally-touring Jazz, Americana, Soul and Rhythm and Blues bands with a splash of Hip Hop.

      About Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District
      The Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID) is a benefit assessment district that helps fund marketing and sales promotion efforts to improve tourism. TTBID has the specific benefit of generating additional room night sales during shoulder seasons. The TTBID Committee works with a two percent assessment on all short-term rentals, hotels and property management companies in Truckee, which is collected by the property owner or manager in addition to the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). Amounts are remitted to the Town of Truckee, and the TTBID Commitee, overseen by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce, is responsible for determining its use in accordance with its enabling District Management Plan. Learn more at”