2015 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine winners announced
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 30th anniversary of the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival ended Sunday, Sept. 13, with the much-anticipated Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting at Northstar California Resort.
Leading up to Sunday’s grand finale, Saturday hosted one of the festival’s most talked about events: the Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off.
This year, executive chef Jason Friendy of the Resort at Squaw Creek/Six Peaks Grille and executive chef Rob Wyss of Sunnyside competed in the hour-long competition producing three-course meals with this year’s secret ingredient, beer. Chef Friendy was awarded the title of Blazing Pans Mountain Chef champion.
Sunday’s Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting featured nearly two dozen restaurants paired with premium wines, craft beers or spirits.
The Judges’ Choice Award was granted to the winner of a blind win tasting by a panel of industry experts including professional wine judges, professional chefs, culinary experts and food and wine pairing experts.
The second competition, People’s Choice Award, was chosen by festival attendee’s ballot votes. Grand Tasting participants had the opportunity to cast votes on two different phases of competition during the event.
A complete list of the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice winners is included below:
Judges’ Choice Awards
Best Pairing of Food and Beverage
Gold: Northstar California Resort and Benziger Family Winery
Silver: Six Peaks Grille – Resort at Squaw Creek and Alaskan Amber Brewing Co.
Bronze: Granlibakken Resort and Emeritus Vineyards
Gold: Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique Restaurant
Silver: Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
Bronze: Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats
Best Red Wine
Gold: Emeritus Vineyards
Silver: Chappellet Winery
Bronze: Veedercrest Vineyards
Best White Wine
Gold: Gruet Winery’s Champagne
Silver: ZD Wines
Bronze: Lumen Wines
Best Beverage Other than Wine
Gold: Charbay Distillery & Winery
People’s Choice Awards
Best Beer: Goose Island Brewery’s Seasonal Oktoberfest
Best Other Than Wine: Charbay Distillery & Winery
Best White: ZD Wines
Best Red: Orin Swift Cellars
Best Table Presentation: Northstar California Resort
Best Food: Campo Reno
Best Pairing: Northstar California Resort and Benziger Family Winery
This article was submitted on behalf of Northstar California. For more information about the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival, visit http://www.TahoeFoodandWine.com.