Autumn Food andamp; Wine Festival: Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe events to benefit Project MANA |

Autumn Food andamp; Wine Festival: Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe events to benefit Project MANA

Elizabeth Carmel/community submitted photoThe Meadows at the Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe will play host to the Sept. 10 25th Anniversary Welcome Party, a lively early evening affair with great food, great chefs and music by Ruckatan beginning at 5:30 p.m. Corzo tequila mixologist Manny Hinojosa will pair Corzo cocktails with food stations. Station 1 promises a tasty start: Chips, salsa (three types), Guacamole, Pepitas and Corzo Silver La Perla: Corzo Silver, Prickle pear, Mezcal, fresh lime juice and epazote.

NORTHSTAR/TAHOE andamp;#8212; The silver anniversary of Tahoe’s culinary extravaganza, the Autumn Food andamp; Wine Festival will fill the Village at Northstar’s cobbled terraces Sept. 10-11. Coinciding with Lake Tahoe Restaurant week, the festivities include the 7th Annual Village Grape Stomp and Vineyard Luncheonary competitions, Mikunis’ Sushiology class, mountain chef cook off, the Tahoe Plein Air art show, live music, children’s activities and naturally, the Grand Tasting at the Village at Northstar.The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe’s Chef de Cuisine Reylon Agustin took gold in 2009 for best food, serving pork belly sliders and summer pepper preserve. In true Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe style, the now fully operational luxury resort will offer an expanded venue and additional events, mid-mountain at Northstar, accessed by a free cable car ride from the Village.The Ritz-Carlton is a culinary wine destination, a natural pairing for the Food andamp; Wine Festival. andamp;#8220;This is a signature culinary event partnership with Northstar and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association,andamp;#8221; said the Ritz-Carlton’s Director of Public Relations Steven Holt. Through the philanthropic Community Footprints program, several Ritz-Carlton inaugural Autumn Food andamp; Wine Festival events will benefit Project MANA, the local hunger relief agency in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Each Ritz locale employees choose what organization to support, within guidelines: Address hunger and poverty, conserve and protect the environment or enhance children’s lives. andamp;#8220;Project MANA fits into the Footprints program on so many levels,andamp;#8221; said Holt. andamp;#8220;We were looking for ways to support an under-served population.andamp;#8221;The Friday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. Dinner with Traci Des Jardins and Friends will donate $25 of each ticket to Project MANA. Proceeds from the Saturday, Sept. 11, Edible Reno-Tahoe Fall Edition Release Party, 6-8:30 p.m.For information, visit, or

Friday, Sept. 10, 5-7:30 p.m., Autumn Food andamp; Wine 25th Anniversary Welcome Party presented by Corzo Tequila. Kickoff party co-hosted by The Ritz-Carlton Highlands (mid-mountain at Northstar) and presented by Corzo Tequila. Corzo mixologist Manny Hinojosa will pair Corzo cocktails with food stations on the stunning Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton. The event promises to be lively, social and delicious with silver tequila cocktails, live music, a great outdoor vibe and stunning mountain views, cost $75.Friday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., Dinner with Traci Des Jardins and Friends, Manzanita inside The Ritz-Carlton Highlands. Join James Beard award-winning chef and Autumn Food andamp; Wine host Traci Des Jardins of Manzanita, Chris Cosentino of San Francisco’s Incanto, Lisa Lu of Jardiniere, Mark Estee of Moody’s and Amy Simpson of Tahoe’s Jack Rabbit Moon as they create a locally inspired five-course dinner and wine pairing at Manzanita. Cost, $175 with $25 of each ticket will be donated to Project MANA, a local hunger relief agency serving the North Lake Tahoe region.Saturday, Sept. 11, noon – 2:30 p.m., Traci Des Jardins Celebrity Chef Luncheon, Manzanita. Join James Beard award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins and Reylon Agustin, Chef de Cuisine of Manzanita. Des Jardins will prepare a market fresh three-course luncheon with matching wine pairings. Limited seating. Reserve early for this fabulous celebration of food and wine. Cost $85. Saturday, Sept. 11, 6-8:30 p.m., Edible Reno-Tahoe Fall Edition Release Party, The Pines Terrace and Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton Highlands. Eat local food, drink organic wine and meet local farmers and winemakers at the edible Reno-Tahoe fall edition release party. Taste organic, natural and biodynamic wines from more than 10 wineries. Enjoy food prepared with local products and produce by Ritz-Carlton Highlands’ chefs. Learn about local food and natural wine in short educational seminars. Down-tempo house music deejayed by Reno resident Patrick Mulligan. Proceeds from the event will benefit Project MANA, cost $40.

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