Winners Announced from 32nd Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

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Winners Announced from 32nd Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

North Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Nev.—(Sept. 13, 2017)— The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and

c California announce the 2017 culinary winners from the 32nd annual Lake Tahoe Autumn

Food and Wine Festival, Sept. 8-10. Among over 20 total culinary events at the festival, winners were

selected from three major competitions: The Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition (Judges’ Awards and

People’s Choice Awards), Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off and Mountain Kids Cook-Off.

The Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition challenged 19 chefs in six food and beverage categories,

awarding one gold, silver and bronze recipient for each. Martis Camp earned the Gold Judges’ Award for

Best Food & Beverage Pairing, while Copper Lane Café and DNA Brewing Co. received the Gold People’s

Choice Award.

Returning champion and Executive Chef William Burns of Moody’s Bistro, Bar and Beats won the Blazing

Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off for his second consecutive year vs. Chef Brynn Madden of Nourish Natural

Foods. Chefs were tasked to create a two-course meal in under 45 minutes, using the challenging secret

ingredient, grapes.

Youth Chefs Sofie Wasson, Sasha Penwarden and Laurel Anderson of “The Incredibles” won the

Mountain Kids Cook-Off Finalists—a succession of the pre-qualifying event, Aug. 6. Using the secret

ingredient, cinnamon, two teams of three chefs, ages 8-12, received 30 minutes to create a 1 course

meal.

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:

GRAND TASTING & CULINARY COMPETITION – JUDGES’ AWARDS

Best Food & Beverage Pairing

● Gold: Martis Camp | Luli Wines | 2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands | Pan seared Sonoma

Duck Breast with Wild Mushroom, Golden Beet and Bing Cherry Mole

● Silver: Chalet View Lodge Kitchen & Bar | Rodney Strong Vineyards |, 2014 Merlot,

Napa/Sonoma | Beef al Sugo Goat Cheese Ravioli with Chimichurri

● Bronze: The Union Carson / Liberty Food & Wine | Mettler Family Vineyards | 2014,

“Epicenter” Ole | Bentley Ranch Beef Heart Anticucho Skewers with 3 Sauces: Peruvian

Chimichurri, Calabrian Aioli and Ancho Chile Steak Sauce

Best Food

● Gold: Martis Camp | Pan seared Sonoma Duck Breast with Wild Mushroom, Golden Beet and

Bing Cherry Mole

● Silver: Copper Lane Cafe | Pulled Pork, Slaw and Imperial Red Ale Reduction on Thick Potato Chip

● Bronze: Ardent Mills | Traditional Japanese Rice Congee w/Teriyaki Chicken fresh cilantro, Thai

Basil, Green Onion Ginger Sauce, Seasonings and Cashews

Best Dessert Pairing: Silkwood Winery | Marich Chocolates | 2008 Petite Sirah, Central Valley California

| Chocolate Coconut Toffee Macadamia Nuts

Best Red Wine

● Gold: Luna Vineyards | 2014 Winemakers Red Blend, Napa Valley

● Silver: Luli Wines | 2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

● Bronze: Rodney Strong Vineyards | 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley

Best White Wine

● Gold: Charles & Charles | 2015 Riesling, Washington State

● Silver: Illanta Wines | 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

● Bronze: ZD Wines | 2015 Chardonnay, California

Best Beverage other than Wine:

● Gold: Charbay Distillery | Green Tea Vodka Cocktail

● Best Beer: DNA Brewing Co | Red Imperial Ale

GRAND TASTING & CULINARY COMPETITION – PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Best Food & Beverage Pairing

● Gold: Copper Lane Café |DNA Brewing Co. | Red Imperial Ale | Pulled Pork, Slaw and Imperial

Red Ale Reduction on Thick Potato Chip

● Silver: Ardent Mills | Charbay Distillery | Green Tea Vodka Cocktail| Traditional Japanese Rice

Congee | Teriyaki Chicken Fresh Cilantro, Thai Basil, Green Onion Ginger

● Bronze: Sunnyside Resort | Pride Mountain Vineyards | 2014 Merlot |Sweet and Spicy Pork

Belly

Best Food

● Gold: Copper Lane Café | Pulled Pork, Slaw and Imperial Red Ale Reduction on Thick Potato Chip

● Silver: Granlibakken | Indonesian Curried Shrimp with Butternut Squash, Mango, Lime, Fresh

Cilantro, Coconut Milk on a Fried Wonton

● Bronze: Ardent Mills | Traditional Japanese Rice Congee w/Teriyaki Chicken Fresh Cilantro, Thai

Basil, Green Onion Ginger Sauce, Seasonings and Cashews

Best Red Wine

● Gold: Pride Mountain Vineyards | 2014 Merlot, Napa/Sonoma

● Silver: Cooper Vineyards | 2014 Barbera Riserva, Amador County

● Bronze: Silkwood Wines | 2008 Petite Sirah, California Central Valley

Best White Wine

● Gold: ZD Wines | 2015 Chardonnay, California

● Silver: Charles & Charles | 2015 Riesling, Washington State

● Bronze: Orin Swift | 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Best Beverage other than Wine

● Gold: Charbay Distillery

Best Beer

● DNA Brewing Co.

Best Booth Presentation

● Copper Lane Café & DNA Brewing Co.

BLAZING PANS CHEF MOUNTAIN COOK-OFF CHAMPION

William Burns | Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats

MOUNTAIN KIDS COOK-OFF CHAMPIONS

Group Name: The Incredibles | Sofie Wasson, Sasha Penwarden, Laurel Anderson

About North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

Lake Tahoe is a crown jewel of the Sierra. Formed approximately two million years ago, it is the

largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest in the United States. North Lake Tahoe

spans two states and boasts two dozen beaches, twelve ski resorts, hundreds of miles of biking trails, half

a dozen communities, and a growing number of nationally recognized human-powered events, races and

festivals. 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. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe

Boulevard in Incline Village. For the latest deals, check out the Deals tab on www.gotahoenorth.com .

About Northstar California Resort:

Northstar California Resort™ is a four-season destination offering effortless family adventure. The Village

at Northstar features boutique shopping, elevated dining experiences, a year-round outdoor skating rink,

conference centers, movie theatre, alpine-chic lodging and more. During the winter months Northstar

California is home to meticulously groomed runs, award-winning terrain parks, and alpine activities

including as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer transforms the mountain into the

largest, lift-served bike park on the West Coast alongside a network of hiking trails, the Kid Zone, and a

family-friendly golf course. Northstar California is located on Highway 267, six miles north of Lake Tahoe

and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784)

or visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com .

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