Foodies and wine lovers are heading to Lake Tahoe for this weekend’s Food and Wine Festival held at Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe, Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. Top culinary names, including Anthony Bourdain, Chef Martin Yan and Chef Elizabeth Falkner plus highlight this inaugural event along with a lavish “epicurean expo.”
Events include food and wine discussions, presentations and demonstrations by celebrated experts like Gary Vaynerchuk, author and host of the video blog Wine Library TV; Elizabeth Falkner, master chef and owner of Citizen Cake patisserie and Orson restaurant in San Francisco; Anthony Bourdain, chef and author of bestsellers “No Reservations” and “Medium Raw” and host of the popular travel and food series, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations;” and Chef Martin Yan, host of more than 3,000 cooking shows including “Yan Can Cook” and author of more than 30 cookbooks.
— The Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival kicks into high gear on Friday night with an “Asian Delights Dinner” at Gi Fu Loh restaurant. Gi Fu Loh’s Master Chef Hung Wong and Master Chef Martin Yan will join forces to present an authentic, Cantonese-style five course dinner, presenting Asian specialties in an intimate setting.
— The festival moves to the South Shore Room at Harrah’s at 7:30 p.m. with Elizabeth Falkner.
— At Harveys 19 Kitchen • Bar, Gary Vaynerchuk hosts a wine-pairing dinner. Gary matches-up some of his favorite vintages with a multi-course meal prepared by the Harrah’s culinary team.
— Saturday’s events begin with “Beyond the Fork Epicurean Expo: An Affair for the Senses” at Harrah’s Special Events Center.
— Saturday afternoon is a “Wine Tasting with Gary Vaynerchuk” at Friday’s Station Steak & Seafood Grill. Vaynerchuk will be pouring some of his favorite wines and explaining what to look for when selecting wine for a variety of occasions.
— On Saturday night, Harrah’s South Shore Room will host an evening with Anthony Bourdain.
— A farewell brunch Sunday at Harveys 19 Kitchen, will feature a variety of dishes from the “Harrah’s Seven Stars Cookbook,” prepared by Harrah’s chefs.
For more information visit www.ltfoodandwine.com.