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Video submissions sought for Tahoe-Truckee Mountain Kids Cook-Off

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Northstar California and Project MANA are joining forces on an exciting new kids' culinary competition.

Children ages 8-12 are invited to submit a video telling why they should be one of the lucky teams selected to battle it out at the inaugural Mountain Kids Cook-Off.

Ten teams will be selected to cook in the semi-final round on Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Northstar Zephyr Lodge. Teams will be given a platter of secret ingredients and will have to create a dish to excite the judges.

All participants will receive a logo apron, and two lucky teams will be selected to compete in the finals on Sept. 12 during the 30th anniversary of the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar.

The two final teams will battle it out on the Village Stage in front of their friends and families for the winner's trophy and other prizes.

The semifinal round will also be a fundraiser for Project MANA, a local Tahoe-based non-profit. Project MANA's mission is to reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families, the community and the region.

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In addition to providing hunger relief, the nonprofit has developed programs designed to alleviate the causes of hunger and promote nutrition through education and awareness.

Families, friends and spectators will be invited to attend the semifinals to cheer on their teams during the on-mountain luncheon. Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 per child. All proceeds will go directly to Project MANA.

Complementary tickets will be available on an as needed basis to a limited number of families.

Videos for consideration must be submitted to Northstar Executive Chef Steve Anderson at SAnderson1@vailresorts.com by Friday, July 17.

For more info on the contest and rules for applying, visit http://www.projectmnana.org or contact Kari Sindberg at karis@projectmana.org or 775-298-0112.