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Wild Goose is public: Lakeside venue offers a private room suited for intimate gatherings

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Vance Fox Photography/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasGuests dine on the deck at Wild Goose in Tahoe Vista. Private room, limited boat valet are also available.

TAHOE VISTA, Calif. and#8212; Wild Goose, located in Tahoe Vista, opens its doors to guests May 25 for another season. For 2011, Wild Goose will offer extended hours starting mid June.

Chef Jason Di Guilio, featured on Channel 2 Reno News with culinary expert and cookbook author Jennifer Bushman returns again this year. Di Guilio plans to work more extensively with sustainable seafood along with his continued use of fresh regional ingredients primarily from family farms. His passion is for New American Cuisine that focuses on style and emerging concepts. New American Cuisine, known for its upscale contemporary cooking, features the creative use of fresh in-season produce and sauces often incorporating influences from Latin America, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

and#8220;Like tomatoes and Meyer lemons, every fish has its season. Knowing what to eat, and when to eat it, is key to eating sustainably,and#8221; said Chef Di Guilio. and#8220;Some of the sustainable seafood guests might see on the menu this summer is California Albacore Tuna, Alaskan Halibut, California Dungeness Crab, California Black Cod, White Sturgeon and Alaskan Salmon.and#8221;

Newer dishes include seared diver sea scallop with pomme puree, Szechwan pepper sauce and popcorn shoots; mussels a la plancha with jalapeno pepper, bread crumbs and clarified garlic herb butter, and an oven roasted chicken dish served with a warm panzanella salad, fried artichoke, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano and aged balsamic.

To complement Di Guilioand#8217;s culinary creations is an extensive wine list. and#8220;Guests have often said to me, and#8216;Here I enjoy an exceptional wine at a fair price paired perfectly with my food,and#8217;and#8221; said Pat Hedderman, beverage manager, Wild Goose.

The Wild Goose wine list is comprised of 340 selections and a wine cellar containing more than 4,800 bottles. This simple accounting only hints at the breadth and depth of the offerings and efforts involved in the acquisition of Wild Gooseand#8217;s wines. Wild Goose serves wines from California regions, complemented by American and international wines. Wines are divided between a regular and reserve wine list each expressing different wine philosophies.

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Guests can also look forward to an assortment of bottled beers, micro-brewed, beers on tap, classic cocktails, fresh juices, Peetand#8217;s Coffee and a few featured cocktail specialties like the Goosetail made with Stoli Vanilla Vodka, two rums and fresh lemon and lime juices. Cocktails are made with fresh ingredients.

Wild Goose also offers the public an upstairs private dining room for parties of 40 people or less. This special room features a private bar area, the entire Wild Goose menu, a professional wait staff along with a lake view.

Wild Goose is open Wednesday and#8211; Sunday, late May through mid-June. Starting in mid June, Wild Goose is open six days a week, closed on Tuesdays.

Dinner service starts at 5:30 p.m. The bar opens at 4 p.m. with the bar menu available. Saturday and Sunday the bar opens at 2 p.m.

Call 530-546-3640 for reservations, walk-ins welcome. Visit http://www.wildgoosetahoe.com.

Wild Goose is located at 7320 N. Lake Tahoe Blvd., Tahoe Vista.

Planning to arrive by boat? Limited valet boat docking is available. Call North Tahoe Marina at 530-546-8248 ext. 2 prior to arriving.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com