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Autumn Food & Wine Festival to benefit Project MANA

Amy Edgett
Tribune News Service

NORTHSTAR/TAHOE – The silver anniversary of Tahoe’s culinary extravaganza, the Autumn Food & Wine Festival, will fill the Village at Northstar’s cobbled terraces Friday and Saturday. Coinciding with Lake Tahoe Restaurant week, the festivities include the 7th annual Village Grape Stomp and Vineyard Luncheonary competitions, Mikunis’ Sushiology class, mountain chef cook off, the Tahoe Plein Air art show, live music, children’s activities and the Grand Tasting at the Village at Northstar.

The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe’s Chef de Cuisine Reylon Agustin took gold in 2009 for best food, serving pork belly sliders and summer pepper preserve. In true Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe style, the now fully operational luxury resort will offer an expanded venue and additional events, mid-mountain at Northstar, accessed by a free cable car ride from the Village.

The Ritz-Carlton is a culinary wine destination, a natural pairing for the Food & Wine Festival. “This is a signature culinary event partnership with Northstar and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association,” said Steven Holt, director of public relations for the Ritz-Carlton.

Through the philanthropic Community Footprints program, several Ritz-Carlton inaugural Autumn Food & Wine Festival events will benefit Project MANA, the local hunger relief agency in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Ritz local employees choose what organization to support, within the following guidelines: address hunger and poverty, conserve and protect the environment or enhance children’s lives.

“Project MANA fits into the Footprints program on so many levels,” Holt said. “We were looking for ways to support an under-served population.”

The 7:30 p.m. Friday dinner with Traci Des Jardins and friends will donate $25 of each ticket to Project MANA. Proceeds from the 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday Edible Reno-Tahoe Fall Edition Release Party will also benefit MANA.

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