TAHOE/TRUCKEE — The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe announced the full calendar of events hosted at the mountain resort during the annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food andamp; Wine Festival, Sept. 7-9, 2012. New events include a mixology competition, handcrafted cocktail class and master chef’s dinner, along with the participation in the highlight of the weekend — The Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting by the team from Manzanita. “We have invited a great roster of talent to create fun, innovative events both locals and visitors will want to experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe,” said Steven Holt, market director of public relations for The Ritz-Carlton. “Autumn Food andamp; Wine is a great weekend to explore the region’s restaurants and wineries,” he continued. Selected schedule of eventsMix it up!Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $20 per person (Includes $5 donation to Project MANA) Edible Reno-Tahoe and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe toast the Autumn Food andamp; Wine Festival and hot cocktail culture with an exciting mixology competition. Bartenders from Lake Tahoe, Reno and San Francisco vie to shake up the most delicious and innovative cocktail creations. Mixologist Camber Lay from Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco will join Natalie Handler from Old Granite Street Eatery in Reno, Nev.; Nicole Barker from Cin Cin at Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno, Nev.; Gail Oversteg from Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; Greg Stone from Jardiniere in San Francisco; Kelley Luchs from West Shore Caf and Inn in Homewood; and a bartender from Truckee’s own Bar of America. San Francisco Mixology Saturday, Sept. 8, 1:15-2:30 p.m., $40 per person including three cocktailsManzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake TahoeAccessible by Gondola from Northstar California ResortMs. Camber Lay from Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is the featured mixologist in the first mixology seminar held during the Festival. Camber brings contrasts to her cocktails — bitter to dry, sweet to spicy — focusing on seasonal ingredients and bringing the kitchen to the cocktail. Jump on the gondola for a scenic ride up to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe at mid-mountain, and enjoy this tasty, informative and entertaining seminar. Please contact Manzanita directly for reservations at 530-562-3050. Must be 21 years of age.Master Cooking Class at Manzanita RestaurantSaturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9, 5-7:30 p.m., $70 per person including three-course dinner Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe (Northstar California)(Accessible by gondola from Northstar)Experience the taste of style and share your passion for cooking in this informative cooking class presented by the chef de cuisine of Manzanita designed to indulge your senses and tempt your palate while increasing your culinary knowledge. Work alongside a professional chef in the open kitchen in Manzanita to learn cooking techniques that will make you a “star chef” in your own kitchen. Ticket price includes a three-course dinner. Very limited seating. Please call for more information and reservations at 530-562-3050 or www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe. Culinary Competition and Grand TastingSunday, Sept. 9, 1-4 p.m.Chef Austin Green and Sommelier Gail Oversteg will represent Manzanita in this annual culinary competition. More than 30 of Tahoe’s finest restaurants, caterers and chefs to develop a dish that perfectly pairs with a single varietal and vintage of wine/beer/spirits. These pairings are judged by a panel of professional food and beverage industry experts. It is a blind judging where the panel does not know the name of the restaurant and they are only told the varietal of the wine. There have been some magnificent pairings over the years. The judges then vote for the Judge’s Choice Awards.Attendees will have the opportunity to sample all the food and wine/brew/spirits pairings in an afternoon filled with ultra premium wines, brews, fantastic food, live music and the company of good friends. The Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting is the epic food and wine event in the Sierra and is the perfect welcome to the fall season. Held outdoors at the Village at Northstar, the days are sunny and warm, and evenings crisp and cool. Tickets available at www.tahoefoodandwine.comTo confirm hotel reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe please contact your travel professional, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe or call reservations toll-free at 800-241-3333. For more information about events at The Ritz-Carlton, call 530-562-3050. For more information about Autumn Food andamp; Wine visit www.tahoefoodandwine.com.The Ritz-Carlton, Lake TahoeThe Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is the first AAA Five Diamond resort in the Lake Tahoe area and the newest resort to be built in the region in decades. The 170-room resort, mid-mountain on Northstar California is a contemporary mountain retreat featuring slope-side ski-in, ski-out access in winter and mountain concierge services for golfing, mountain biking and hiking in the summer. The hotel's signature restaurant, Manzanita was created by James Beard Award-winning San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins and features her seasonal French-inspired California cuisine. The Highlands Spa is a 17,000-square-foot spa and fitness center with treatments and therapies themed around water and the woods. Guests will also enjoy preferred tee times and access to Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing Golf Courses in the nearby historic town of Truckee. An inter-mountain gondola connects guests between the nearby Village-at-Northstar and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe resort, situated a short 10-minute drive from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.