Food, wine and nature | SierraSun.com – California News

Food, wine and nature | SierraSun.com – California News

For the 32nd year in a row, the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival brought foodies from near and far for three days of culinary excellence.

“Each year, I am blown away by the generosity, hard work and excitement that surrounds this truly remarkable and delicious event,” said Amber Burke, events and communications manager for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

“Participants experienced inspiring outdoor adventures paired with industry leading wines, brews and spirits, making it an experience unique to the natural backdrop of North Lake Tahoe,” she added.

More than 20 culinary events included wine and brew walks, hands-on learning seminars, and plenty of opportunities to taste food.

Three major competitions put chefs of all ages head-to-head in hopes of going home this year’s champ.

The Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition challenged 19 chefs in six food and beverage categories.

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The gold judge’s award for Best Food & Beverage Pairing went to Martis Camp.

As executive chef Steve Anderson of Northstar California stated ahead of the event, it’s often times the People’s Choice awards that are most highly regarded among the culinary artists.

Gold judges awards for People’s Choice food went to Copper Lane Café, while the People’s Choice beverage was awarded to DNA Brewing Co.

Returning champion and executive chef William Burns of Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats won the Blazing Pans segment, cooking against chef Brynn Madden of Nourish Natural Foods. The two cooked against one another for 45 minutes in front of a live audience and needed to incorporate the secret ingredient — grapes — at the last…

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