Autumn Food and Wine

Winners and Highlights

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Another great year for the 33nd Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival!
September 7–9, 2018 ~ Northstar California

For Immediate Release
Media Contact Jessica Pauletto
[email protected]


Winners Announced from 33rd Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

North Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Nev.—(Sept. 11, 2018)— The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and

Northstar California announce the 2018 culinary winners from the 33rd annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food

and Wine Festival, Sept. 7-9. Among over 20 total culinary events at the festival, winners were selected

from four major competitions: The Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition (Judges’ Awards and People’s

Choice Awards), Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off, Charbay Annual Release Party Bartender

Competition and the Mountain Kids Cook-Off.


The Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition challenged culinary experts in six food and beverage

categories, awarding one gold, silver and bronze recipient for each.

The pairing of Brewforia Beer Market & Kitchen with DNA Brewing Co. earned the gold category in both

the Judges Choice and People’s Choice Award for the Culinary Grand Tasting.

Chef Tiffany Swan of Manzanita Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe won the Blazing Pans

Mountain Chef Cook-Off. The chefs were tasked to create a two-course meal in under 45 minutes, using

a secret ingredient.


Youth chefs, ages 8-12, from “Team Purple Cactus” won the Mountain Kids Cook-Off, contributing to the

Tahoe-based non-profit Project MANA.


As the venue for the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, Northstar California partnered with

Clean Vibes, playing a key role toward Vail Resorts’ Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint initiative, which

commits the company to zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030 and zero net

operating impact to forests and habitat. Clean Vibes is dedicated to responsible on-site waste

management, including recycling, composting and proper waste disposal efforts.

See below for a full list of winners:


Best Pairing of Food & Beverage

● Gold: Brewforia Beer Market & Kitchen + DNA Brewing Co: Asian glazed pork rib with green

papaya salad with a Naut Red – Imperial Red Ale.

● Silver: Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats + Charbay Distillery: Whiskey soaked pork belly with a

Charbay Doubled & Twisted Whiskey, Reed’s ginger beer, pomelo sparkling water, lime twist.



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