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Award-winning chef coming to Tahoe

Jean Eick
Special to the Bonanza

Nancy Oakes.

In 1993, Nancy Oakes opened a new restaurant called Boulevard on San Francisco's revived Embarcadero waterfront. The restaurant is located in a historical building believed to be the only structure to have survived the 1906 earthquake and fire.

The restaurant was created in partnership with designer Pat Kuleto, but its centerpiece is the hearty, flavorful and beautiful cuisine of Nancy Oakes.

Today, Oakes is one of the most recognized and celebrated chefs in America, and in 2012 Boulevard received the celebrated James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Award.

Boulevard is a culinary landmark and almost every reader's poll of San Francisco Bay Area publications names Oakes as the most popular chef.

"We cook at Boulevard because we love to feed people and also because we love the process of cooking," Oakes said. "From the first glimpse of raw ingredients, through all the stages of their transformation, we still get extraordinarily excited by the prospect of developing new dishes.

"We don't think for a minute that we've invented a new cuisine or discovered a new approach to cooking — only a never ending quest for what's delicious."

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Oakes and her Boulevard staff will be at the Shakespeare Ranch in Glenbrook on Sept. 6.

As the 2013 Celebrity Chef for The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation's Community Table event, Oakes will be preparing an exclusive dinner in the unbelievable setting of the barn at the Ranch.

One of the items to be auctioned during the evening is a private dinner at the home of Oakes and her husband Bruce Aidells. The home is located in the heart of wine country. All of the proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit Parasol.

To purchase tickets for the 2013 Community Table visit http://www.parasol.org/community or call Jean Eick at 775-298-0184.

Jean Eick is the communications manager for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.