September 8, 2010
Harrah's, Harveys will host Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Fest

By Allen Pierleoni

Harrah's and Harveys hotel-casinos at Stateline at Lake Tahoe have a sure bet for a good time Sept. 30 through Oct. 3.

For foodies and the culinarily curious, the first annual Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival should be a jackpot. Included will be presentations by Anthony Bourdain, author ("Medium Raw") and host of the Travel Channel's series "No Reservations"; chef, cookbook author and veteran TV host Martin Yan; chef Elizabeth Falkner, owner of Citizen Cake patisserie and Orson restaurant in San Francisco; and Gary Vaynerchuk, host of the video blog "Wine Library TV."

The highlight will be the Epicurean Expo in Harrah's Special Events Center. There, many of Harrah's chefs from around the country will gather to cook and offer tastes of their kitchen magic. Wine-tastings, exhibitions, demonstrations and entertainment will be parts of the weekend.

Other highlights include a five-course Cantonese dinner at Gi Fu Loh restaurant at Harrah's; multi-course wine-pairing dinners at Harrah's and Harveys; and the "Tahoe Tech Talk Conference," with Vaynerchuk leading a panel of social-media innovators (

Dovetailing with the food-and-wine expo will be the West Coast release of "The Seven Stars Cookbook," edited by John Schlimm, with a foreword by Paula Deen (Chronicle Books, $45). It's a collection of 125 recipes from chefs at various Harrah's Entertainment properties. Some of the recipes will be prepared for the festival-ending farewell brunch at Harveys.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to For general information, call (775) 588-6611 or email

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

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