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EXCEPTIONAL: Festival infuses Northstar with crowds

From Left: Mike and Sharon Dixon, Neil Cunningham, Mike and Carla Brown, and Sue Cunningham sipped wine from Dogwood Cellars and sampled food from Full Belly Deli.
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Who ever said Too many cooks spoil the broth obviously hasnt been to Lake Tahoes Autumn Food and Wine weekend at Northstar, where the more chefs, the better. Scores of them were on hand throughout the weekend cooking up a perfect storm for all the foodies and visitors who swirled around the Northstars village in search of his or her next sensory delight. In its second year in partnership with the smart folks at Northstar, the festival exceeded everyones expectations with its winning recipe for success.

The festival is no longer an autumn event (it was originally started to attract visitors to the North Tahoe area in the off season). Now that its at Northstar and held outside (rather than inside as previously done at the Resort at Squaw Creek), it needs warm weather, thus moving up the date to the weekend after Labor Day. The weather was indeed hot, which was just what organizers wanted. Folks milled around the village which is Northstars epicenter where condos, luxury residence clubs and homes throughout the development are sprouting up faster than dandelions in a well-irrigated lawn.

Fridays grape stomp luncheon at Rubicon Pizza sold out, Saturdays classes and wine tasting seminars also sold out. Also on Saturday, the culinary stage was set up outside in the ice skating rink area where TVs Top Chef Stephanie Izard gave a demonstration followed by our own local top chef Douglas Dale, showing audience members how to cook a pho broth, Japanese glazed duck and goi cuon. On Sunday, after parking above the village area and taking a shuttle bus down, hundreds of food and wine aficionados flocked to the popular Grand Tasting Event for an afternoon bursting with hedonistic, flavorful food and wine offerings.



There werent many locals amidst the visitors venturing to the village on a beautiful summer afternoon, but a few were spotted in the crowd: Ellen Petteroe, Heidi Shaughnessy, Dave Schotzko, Patti and Al Multon, Rabbi Ann Persin, Yudi Nadler, Veronica and Ben Kaufman, Sue and Neil Cunningham, Debbie Casey, Pettit Gilwee and Katrina Paz working the PR angle, Sally Lyon holding down the wine auction fort, Maurine Turner, Brad Carter, Ron Treabess, Benita and Greg Tiller volunteering, auctioneer/attorney Jim Sim, and NLTRAs event organizer Judy Laverty.

Vicki Kahn can be emailed at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net


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