On the heels of the Sept. 9-11 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival - where Hawks of Granite Bay took gold and silver medals in the Culinary Competition, versus 22 other restaurants - comes the second annual Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, Oct. 2-9.
Experience has taught us it's never too early to make lunch or dinner reservations, especially when it comes to a culinary safari with an army of other foodies intent on mountain dining.
With that in mind, go to www.tahoerestaurantweek.com for details, including lodging packages, menus, maps and contact information (or call 530-525-1164). Meanwhile, this will get you started:
About 60 restaurants around the lake and in Truckee will offer three-course prix fixe meals for $20, $30 or $40 per person (tips and taxes not included). "No passes, tickets or coupons are required," said program organizer Pettit Gilwee. "It's an opportunity to try new restaurants and visit old favorites."
Dining venues range from historic resorts to gleaming new bistros, from the casual to the high-end. Among the high-rollers are the four-star Plumpjack Cafe in Olympic Valley, 19 Kitchen and the Sage Room at Harveys at South Lake Tahoe, Friday's Station at Harrah's at South Lake Tahoe, Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton above the Northstar ski resort, and Wolfdale's in Tahoe City.
Did we mention reservations?