Food fest raises funds for local schools |

Food fest raises funds for local schools

Ryan Johnson

Michael Rock / Special to the TribuneFood and wine were highlighted at the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation's 2012 Fall Food Fest, which took place Saturday at Harveys Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation raised more than $30,000 for education through Saturday’s 2012 Fall Food Fest.

According to LTEF president Nancy Rollston, more than 400 people attended this year’s event, which she said has been the most successful festival the organization has held. The event raised funds for the local schools through ticket sales, a silent auction and a live action.

No matter what the appetite called for, there was something for everyone. MacDuff’s served its signature bread pudding, Mo’s Place brought its ribs and chicken wings for the meat lovers, Jalisco’s with their gringas and homemade salsa, along with other fare offered by local restaurants.

The live jazz music added a little extra flavor, and for the die-hard Giants fans, there was a large TV screen for the viewing of Game 3 of the World Series. For much of the night, Giants fans herded around the screen to watch another win.

The silent auction had a variety of items including gift packages to local businesses, as well as local art and photography pieces. The auction also gave local, up-and-coming photographers a chance to showcase their finest work from the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation’s recent Digital Photo Institute, which took place in July.

The host of the auction, local celebrity Dreu Murin, enticed people with extravagant getaways to Hawaii, Montana, and some great places around Lake Tahoe, as well as wheelbarrows full of wine, dental packages and a fly fishing excursion.

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