Appetizers
October 20, 2011
Tahoe Food and Wine Festival gets ready to indulge

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Foodies and the culinarily curious are working up their appetites remembering last October's Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival. It was over the top in a good way, and past attendees are anticipating the next one.

Well, get ready. The fest returns Oct. 28-30 at Harrah's and Harveys hotel-casinos at Stateline at South Lake Tahoe. Bet on a long list of food-and-wine pairings, single-malt scotch tasting, multi-course dinners, live entertainment and contests, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, seminars and special presentations such as "The Wines of Napa Valley."

Sharing tips and anecdotes will be Adam Richman, traveling gourmand and host of the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" and "Man v. Food Nation." He'll take the stage the evening of Oct. 29 in Harrah's South Shore Room. What to expect? Let's just say the food enthusiast is also a veteran actor and comedian.

Also on the scene will be award-winning chef-restaurateur Michel Richard of Citronelle fame, and chef-cookbook author and veteran TV host Martin Yan. Look for their demonstrations. Last year, Yan boned a whole chicken in 18 seconds and used it in a fragrant stir-fry.

The centerpiece will be the Epicurean Expo inside Harrah's huge Special Events Center. At last year's extravaganza, premium wines and top-shelf liquors were poured, and sumptuous delicacies were served nonstop. Some of the dishes on offer were scallops and crab, seafood gumbo, prime aged-ribeye roast, shrimp cerviche and an array of desserts. As attendees nibbled and sipped, acrobats and jugglers on stilts performed in the background. Expect more of the same this time around.

To buy tickets and for more information: www.ltfoodandwine.com

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