Thursday, May 14, 2009

North Shore September 09 Food and Wine Fest

For Immediate ReleaseTAHOE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF EVENTSTickets on Sale June 1(NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nevada) – North Lake Tahoe will host a parade of first-class chefs this fall when food lovers, culinary aficionados, oenophiles and hungry travelers gather September 11-13 for the 24th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival at the Village at Northstar in Truckee.Traci Des Jardins, one of the country’s most acclaimed and respected chefs, joins the festival this year, leading the celebrity chef luncheon at Wild Goose in Tahoe Vista. Des Jardins is known for her French-California-style cuisine and owns Jardiniere, one of San Francisco’s top restaurants. She is also creating and opening the signature restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, which is slated to open in the fall mid-mountain at the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort in Truckee.“We’re thrilled and honored to have Traci be a part of this year’s festival,” Judy Laverty, special events manager of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, said. “She’s a true standout among a sea of amazing chefs.”Chef Lars Kronmark of the Culinary Institute of America will be returning to give a lively Japanese grilling demonstration and John Ash, nationally renowned wine and food educator and author, will prepare and discuss sustainable seafood. Local favorite Mark Estee of Moody’s Bistro and Lounge and the new Baxter’s Bistro will demonstrate the roasting of a whole hog (with tasting and wine pairing).Additional events include an artisan cheese paring with Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars led by wine educator Kim Caffrey and renowned cheesemonger, John Raymond, Charbay annual release party (featuring a new line of tequila blanco), grape stomp and alfresco luncheon, Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off, sushi rolling, pizza making, kids’ activities and gourmet marketplace. The festival will also highlight the Sierra Nevada’s scenic and artistic side, as it coincides with North Tahoe Plein Air Painting Event. Nearly 40 artists have been selected to paint on location throughout North Lake Tahoe from September 9-11. The judging, public exhibit and sale of the paintings will follow September 12-13 at the Village at Northstar during the festival.The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting and Culinary Competition, when dozens of regional chefs serve their finest creations paired with premium California and international wines. A live auction of unique wines and libations follows.Tickets will range from $10 to $150 for festival events and will be available June 1. For more information, call 888-229-2193 or go to Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is a fundraiser for the Community Fund of North Lake Tahoe through the 501c(3) Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. The 24th annual festival is produced by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association in partnership with Northstar-at-Tahoe; the Northstar Foundation; The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club; Audi of North America; Standards of Excellence Appliance Showrooms; Sunset magazine; Nothing to It Culinary Center in Reno; Charbay Winery and Distillery; and Tahoe Quarterly.North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. For lodging reservations, recreation and event details, call North Lake Tahoe at 1-877-949-3296 or visit Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.

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