August 27, 2010
Food, wine and the High Sierra: Three events to offer the best

By Allen Pierleoni

If you're a foodie (and aren't most of us?) longing to go on culinary safari, get ready to take some tasting notes at three upcoming special events:

- Food-and-wine pairings, cooking seminars and demonstrations, gourmet marketplace, grape stomp, celebrity chef cook-off, and a cocktail party and dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Highlands are lined up as part of the 25th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. More than 2,000 gourmands are expected to attend, Sept. 10-12 at the Village at Northstar ski resort.

Some events are free, others are ticketed ($15 to $85). For details and to buy tickets:

- In conjunction with that festival is the inaugural Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, Sept. 5-12.

The deal: About 30 restaurants around the lake and in Truckee will offer three-course prix fixe meals for $20, $30 or $40 per person. "No passes, tickets or coupons are required," said event organizer Pettit Gilwee. Be sure you make reservations, though.

At, you'll find a list of participating restaurants (from family-run to high-end), menus, maps and contact info.

- Truckee's seventh annual Wine, Walk & Shop will bring more than 1,000 visitors to the mountain town for wine- and food-tasting and, of course, shopping at the many stores that line the main street.

"We bring in the best restaurants and caterers in the region, and our downtown restaurants will also participate," said event co-coordinator Katie Shaffer. By the numbers, that means 15 food venues and 30-plus wineries for the sampling.

Plan on noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 in downtown Truckee. Tickets are $30 advance (, $40 the day of the event. Details are at or (530) 550-2252.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.

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