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RSVP now for Lake Tahoe’s biggest and best Farm to Table Dinner yet

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Next week's Farm to Table Dinner at Squaw Valley will feature the best meals the Squaw-Tahoe area has to offer.
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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Enjoy an evening of culinary delights, delectable wines and live music as you dine alfresco at the fourth annual Farm to Table Dinner next week.

Presented by the Squaw Valley Institute, this popular event returns to the historic and picturesque Poulsen Estate on Thursday. Aug. 27, at Squaw Valley.

This year’s meal features an Argentinean theme and highlights locally sourced organic ingredients from the Tahoe Food Hub, and the culinary creativity of five regional chefs in an effort to raise awareness of sustainable farming.

In line with the Squaw Valley Institute’s desire to inspire uncommon conversations, this event emphasizes the progressive movement toward the use of fresh ingredients, seasonality and sustainable local farming. A variety of gluten free and vegan items are also included in the menu.

Featured chefs will include John and Nyna Weatherson of Trokay, Dan McCabe of Rocker at Squaw, Jack Connel of PlumpJack’s Squaw Valley Inn, Tiffany Swan of Squaw/Alpine Kitchen, and Charlie Trexel of Six Peaks Grille at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

New this summer, the five-course meal is being expertly paired with an extensive wine selection from the Nicholson Ranch winery. This small, family-owned artisan winery is noted for their sumptuous Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and their esteemed estate vineyards in the rolling hills of Sonoma.

Beer connoisseurs can sample hand crafted local brews from Incline Village based Alibi Ale Works. Their beer line-up varies between traditional European styles, fresh interpretations of hop-forward American beers, and innovative one-offs that aim to expand your beer horizons.

Learn about the extraordinary history of the Poulsen Estate, as Wayne Poulsen Jr. treats guests to a personal and historical tour of the property while he shares many extraordinary tales of the valley.

The evening will also feature live jazz music, an auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit the Squaw Valley Institute and Squaw Valley Institute Kids 2015 fall educational and cultural program schedule. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Tahoe Food Hub.

Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Farm to Table tickets are $125 per person for SVI Members and $150 for the general public. Tickets include all food and beverages for the evening as well as gratuity.

Advance ticket reservations are strongly recommended. Seating is limited. Visit squawvalleyinstitute.org to purchase.