2015 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine winners announced | SierraSun.com

2015 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine winners announced

Much of this weekend's festival will focus on fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced produce, grains and meats.
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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

Best Food

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.

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