Harrah's and Harveys in Stateline at South Lake Tahoe certainly know how to throw a party. The hotel-casinos proved it again last year with their Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival, which was over the top in a good way. Now plans are set for the third annual soiree, Oct. 5-7, which - judging by the lineup of events, celebrity chefs and wine experts - looks like more of the same.
If you missed the spectacular Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival held at the Northstar ski resort and the Ritz Carlton hotel Sept. 8-9, this one's for you.
Bet on a long list of food-and-wine pairings and tastings, multi-course dinners, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, seminars, live entertainment and contests. Among the highlights will be "Around the World with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay," hosted by master sommelier Jay James; "Sushi, Sashimi and Sake Tasting"; and "Decadent Desserts and Drinks."
Taking starring roles will be the Food Network's "Chopped" champion, Michael Gowland; celebrity chef Nathan Lyon, host of PBS' "Growing a Greener World"; Mark Estee, executive chef of the four-star Campo restaurant in Reno; and Caymus Vineyards founder Chuck Wagner.
The centerpiece of the festival will be the "Epicurean Expo" in Harrah's massive special-events center. Top chefs from Harrah's properties around the nation will gather to prepare their specialties, including grilled scallops, prime aged-ribeye roast, seafood gumbo, shrimp cervice and an array of desserts. Fine wines from Napa Valley (and beyond) will be poured, along with premium-brand spirits. Interactive entertainment will be nonstop (think jugglers, showgirls and bands).
To buy tickets and for more information: www.ltfoodandwine.com.