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Luxury Mountain Resort Welcomes Foodies for Weekend of Gourmet Culinary Experiences Led by Executive Chef Mark Jeffers

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – August 14, 2018 – The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, the first and only AAA Five Diamond resort in the Lake Tahoe region, will welcome culinary enthusiasts to the property on September 7-9, 2018 to celebrate the 33rd Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. Over the course of the three-day foodie festival, the resort will partake in festivities by hosting special events highlighting its outstanding food and beverage program, including Art of Mixology, The Backyard Brick Oven Experience, Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner and Sunday Champagne Brunch.

“The Autumn Food & Wine Festival is a beloved event in the community and I feel very fortunate to lead our culinary team in representing The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe,” said Mark Jeffers, executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. “We have planned some truly memorable festivities throughout the weekend and look forward to welcoming our guests near and far.”

Special events the resort will participate in include:

  • Art of Mixology
    Friday, September 7 | 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | $60 per person

    This entertaining, educational experience will feature freshly cut herbs and classic ingredients (such as bitters and infused liquors) to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. Guests will enjoy this workshop al fresco at The Backyard Bar & BBQ. Advance purchase of tickets is required. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis. Price inclusive of tax, minimum age applies for participation.
  • The Backyard Brick Oven Experience
    Friday, September 7 | 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | $15 per child pizza (ages 12 and under)

    The resort’s culinarians will teach children the art of building their own gourmet pizzas in this interactive experience. The young chefs will work with the culinary team to stretch dough, choose toppings and fire their creations in the backyard brick oven.
  • Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off ©
    Saturday, September 8 | 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Complimentary

    Guests of Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival are encouraged to spectate at one of the most anticipated events of the weekend – Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off ©. Held at The Beach, The Village at Northstar, Chef Tiffany Swan of Manzanita will compete against William Burns of Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats. The two local chefs will prepare two courses of restaurant-quality dishes within 45 minutes, and each chef will have to incorporate a secret ingredient which will be revealed just before the clock starts ticking. During the event, Charbay Artisan Distillery will be on-site serving a delicious signature cocktail, available for purchase.
  • Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner
    Saturday, September 8 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | $155 per person

    Prepared by Executive Chef Mark Jeffers of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe
    LongTable Harvest Dinner will feature a family-style dinner presentation of a special harvest menu that incorporates the freshest, locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients. This farm-to-table dinner with wine pairings will seat guests together at a long table on the outdoor Manzanita Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.
  • Champagne Brunch
    Sunday, September 9 | 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | $79 Adults and $29 Children (Ages 3 to 12)

    Enjoy a seasonally-focused brunch menu at Manzanita featuring a chilled seafood display, a carving station, salads, cheese and charcuterie, along with breakfast favorites and desserts. Unlimited Champagne and Bloody Mary Bar included. Advance reservations are recommended by contacting Manzanita at (530) 562-3050.
  • Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition
    Sunday, September 9 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. | $75 per person
    advance/$95 day-of
    The most anticipated and popular event, the Grand Tasting held at The Village at Northstar and The Overlook features premium wines, spirits and brews in a battle to present the best marriage which includes participation from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe culinary team. Judged by a panel of food and wine industry experts, pairings are available for ticketholders to enjoy. Tickets can be purchased and more information about the weekend’s event can be found online at

For more information or to purchase tickets for these special events, please visit the Northstar California website at

To confirm hotel reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, please contact your travel professional, visit or call reservations toll-free at 800-241-3333. To make dining reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, please call 530-562-3000.