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Biz Beat: Elegant Affair wants to keep new events center affordable

Sara Thompson

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Elegant Affair catering has a new events center at the former location of the Cedar Room in Round Hill.

The company acquired the location in June. Now, as outdoor temperatures cool and catered events move indoors, the business is focusing more on the new site, said Greg Osborne, Elegant Affair operations director.

Osborne said the event center is perfect for receptions, rehearsal dinners and parties for any occasion.

The room can seat up to 80 comfortably or accommodate 125 people for a cocktail reception, he said.

Osborne said he wants to reserve the venue for events and not open it up as a restaurant. That way, he can keep rates affordable.

“With the state of the economy, a big focus of ours is affordability,” Osborne said. “We want to keep it attractive for locals.”

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With the holidays approaching, Osborne said he wants to have the center open for business holiday parties.

Besides catering special events, one goal is to start offering wine dinners, where winemakers could attend and talk about their wines, Osborne said.

The Elegant Affair Events Center is near the corner of Elks Point Road and Highway 50, across from Lake Tahoe Oil company.

For more information, call (775) 588-7110, or visit

The Center for Carbon Trading and Resource Marketing will host an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today.

The center’s owner, Billy Barnwell, lives at the South Shore and was born at Barton Memorial Hospital.

The 5-year-old company has helped reduce greenhouse-gas emissions overseas. Barnwell said he’s working on renewable-energy projects in Vietnam, Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece and Ukraine.

At the open house, Barnwell will describe how his projects help lower emissions.

What Barnwell’s company does is help qualify projects and analyze potential greenhouse gas-reduction credits as defined by the U.N. Framework Convention for Climate Change.

“The key is to get though the certification phase,” Barnwell said.

Most project developers know how to install the technology they’re providing but don’t know how to navigate through the bureaucracy to register the project to generate greenhouse gas-emission credits.

The company knows this process and can help fund domestic and international projects.

Barnwell said the South Shore has the resources to take the casinos off the power grid by powering them with biomass. This would reduce emissions in the basin.

The business is at 100 McFaul Way, Suite 123, behind the Round Hill Safeway. For more information, call (530) 725-0797, or see

Greg Campbell and Patricia Schille were named general managers for the Marriott Vacation Club locations at the South Shore.

Campbell will oversee operations for the Marriott Grand Residence Club and Marriott’s Timber Lodge, while also serving as a liaison for city and county government.

Schille will be responsible for daily operations at Marriott’s Timber Lodge.

The South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce will meet today.

The board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpine Room at the Horizon Casino Resort, and the regular meeting starts at 7 p.m.

For more information, call (530) 542-5060.

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