Wining and dining at Northstar
Molly Evans and Anthony Radford won the Sierra Sun’s citizen journalism prize last week, earning them two tickets to the Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival on Sunday at Northstar. They then sent us this report from the day’s festivities.
During the past weekend, the Village at Northstar hosted the 23rd annual Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival. The event opened Friday with a grape stomp, pizza spinning contest and live music.
Saturday boasted an Iron Chef-like challenge and culinary demonstrations with a guest appearance from Top Chef’s Stephanie Izard. The Grand Tasting of the Autumn Food and Wine Festival featured 30 of the best restaurants around the area.
After arriving at the Village at Northstar, we were greeted by live music, friendly people. and array of delicious smells. The village even allowed dogs into the event, which created a very family-friendly “Tahoe” atmosphere. Even the dogs enjoyed the food!
We thoroughly enjoyed tasting everything! After a full day of eating, it was time to narrow down some of our favorites. Everything from asian-fusion, and Latin cuisine, to good ol’ barbeque was served which made our decision difficult. Our two favorites were the selections from Drooling Dog Barbeque and The Montreux Golf and Country Club.
Drooling Dog BBQ, out of Auburn, featured fried grits with an usual white barbeque sauce. Drooling Dog paired up with Fawnridge Winery, who poured a Sauvignon Blanc. The contrast of light and fruity to the richness of the grits was surprisingly delightful!
Also, the unusual white barbeque sauce provided for just the right amount of zing. Drooling Dog BBQ was one of our first stops, and remained memorable throughout the afternoon.
After hitting our “second-wind,” we mustered up enough of an appetite to take one more bite. Good thing! That’s when the pulled pork sandwiches were discovered from The Montreux Golf and Country Club.
The pulled pork was deliciously topped with a tequila-lime cole slaw, and paired with a selection of wines from Whitehall Lane. The Montreux Golf and Country Club is a private club at the base of Mount Rose. Unfortunately, we were too late to try the food from one of our favorite local spots, Fully Belly Deli, but with no surprise they walked away with a silver medal for pairing.
The wine selection was exclusive and extensive. The maker of M2 wines even told us he poured 1/500th of their private reserve at the event!
The Sauvignon Blanc from Vina Penalolen Winery, poured by Sol y Lago, was our favorite white wine of the day. It had a light fruity flavor, which made it tempting and refreshing for a hot summer day.
Mount Aukum winery poured a very interesting Bordeaux blend, paired with Farm to Belly’s spicy mocha pork and pickled radish. The Bordeaux blend offered just the right amount of spicy undertones.
We were very excited to find out that Chef Mike Trombetta of Farm to Belly won the Blazing Pans contest on the previous day. Moody’s offered a great dry rose, although we wished they would have prepared a dish that more describes the restaurant, since they are one of our favorites!
All in all, this was the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Some other attractions of the festival included art from Reds Regan, great shopping in the village, and of course a stop by our favorite store Lather and Fizz.
We have already saved the dates ” Sept. 11-13 “for next year’s Autumn Food and Wine Festival!
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