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Second annual Tahoe City Grill Fest rewards foodies

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A bodacious barbecue spread was on display at the Oct. 11 Grill Fest in Tahoe City.

North Tahoe residents and visitors came out in force to enjoy great BBQ and pick their favorites from some of the area's best grill masters at the second annual Tahoe City Grill Fest on Oct. 11

Fragrant aromas rising from the grills on a gorgeous fall day at the lake made for a great day of food and fun and music.

Grill masters from Tahoe City and Truckee competed for a variety of honors. Big Blue Q was the day's big winner, taking home plaques for Best Ribs and Best Tri-Tip. Jake's On The Lake won Best Chicken for the second year in a row, and Dockside 700 won the "Tahoe Open" category with their lamb chops.

The coveted Peoples' Choice award was shared by Moe's Original BBQ and Big Blue Q.

The North Tahoe Grill Society was thrilled with the turnout.

"It was another tasty and fun day for our guests and participants at the Grill Fest. We enjoyed seeing all the happy faces and sticky fingers," Dave "DR" Richardson from Dockside 700. "Our Grill Masters fought hard for the judging honors, and it was great to have the Peoples' Choice award as well. We really appreciated all the volunteer help, without which the event could not happen."

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The team from Smokey's Kitchen came over from Truckee to add a welcome regional flavor to the BBQ smackdown. Look for more grill masters from around the area to join next year's event.

This year's Grill Fest marked a new partnership between the North Tahoe Grilling Society and the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team.

"The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team is honored to have been selected as the non-profit partner for the 2014 Tahoe City Grill Fest," said, Chris McConnell, president of Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. "The North Tahoe Grilling Society's generosity helps make our mission of saving lives easier by helping the team purchase much needed new gear with their donation."

The North Tahoe Grill Society is already planning next year's event, tentatively slated for Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.

The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue team was conceived in 1976 as a response to the death of a boy lost off the backside of Northstar-At-Tahoe ski area during a blizzard. There was, at the time, no organized backcountry ski team to help search for the boy.

Desperate phone calls to some local Nordic skiers produced a search party that eventually located the youth, but only after it was too late. This group of skiers, along with the boy's father, who today still remains on the Nordic team, learned there was an important void to be filled. Thus, the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team was born.

Thirty-nine years later the all-volunteer non-profit team has rescued over 500 individuals and responded to over 300 calls for help. Based in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area, the Team has matured considerably after these many years but the goals remain the same: Conducting fast, safe rescues and educating the public on winter safety. Visit to learn more.

This article was submitted to the Sun by the North Tahoe Grilling Society, which is an affiliation between local caterers and restaurants dedicated to serving authentic barbecue at regional events. Members pride themselves on delivering tasty food and fun to residents and visitors alike, while competing for best-of-breed honors.