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Eagle Club Rib Cook-Off may become annual event

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Warren Kocmond and Janet Pahl hosted the inaugural Eagle Club Rib Cook-Off this past weekend at their home in Incline Village.
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On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Sierra Nevada College Eagle Club celebrated the end of its summer event season with a BBQ Rib Cook-off hosted at the Incline residence of club members Warren Kocmond and Janet Pahl.

Featuring local celebrity chefs Andy Brimm of Brimm’s Catering, Stanley Miller of the Ritz-Carlton’s Backyard BBQ, Aaron Zendner of Sierra Nevada College and Mr. Z’s Confections, and host Warren Kocmond, the contest was a taste-test among the chef’s best baby-back rib recipes.

Fifty club members and their guests arrived in Western gear to inspire the chefs properly and tasted ribs between 5-6 p.m. When the votes were tallied, Kocmond took away the first-place trophy and bragging rights.

The event was conceived by SNC President Lynn Gillette, who has been attending the Nugget Rib Cookoff since 2010, and who wanted to bring the fun spirit of that event to Lake Tahoe and incorporate it into the Eagle Club’s calendar of events.

Though this was the first time the club has hosted the Cook-off, Eagle Club co-chairs Pahl and Erika Gillette heard from many of Sunday’s guests that it was the season favorite.

“I think we have to make this an annual part of the Eagle Club program,” Pahl said. “People just had so much fun with it.”

The Eagle Club is a social membership society that supports Sierra Nevada College with membership dues of $2,500 per couple and lines up VIP access to Tahoe’s best summertime events.

Earlier in the season, this year’s Club members attended the Red, White and Tahoe Blue Wine and Dine event, an exclusive performance of the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony at Sierra Nevada College, had VIP seats for Dr. Zahi Hawass’ summer lecture on campus, and a private reception and tickets to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s “As You Like It.”

For more information about joining next year’s club, contact Erika Gillette at egillette@sierranevada.edu.