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Biz Beat: Former teacher now runs three Thai restaurants

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Those who are craving authentic Pad Thai should vist Thai Delight, a new Stateline restaurant.

La Eard Chong opened Thai Delight on Monday, and is anxious for more customers to try her food.

“It’s a tough time to come here, but I’m confident with the food quality and service,” Chong said.

Chong owns two other Thai restaurants: Thai Recipe in Incline Village, and Thai Jasmine in Gardnerville.

Chong’s son, Art Chong, will be in charge of running Thai Delight, since Chong has to look over the two other locations.

Before opening three restaurants, Chong was a teacher. She earned her doctorate at Iowa State University in human resources management, and then returned to Thailand and taught for 24 years. She came back to the United States after she finished teaching.

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Chong said she’s enjoying her second career as a restauranteur.

The most important details about a restaurant are the food, service and the price, Chong said. Thai Delight has a lunch special for $7.99 that includes an entree, green salad and choice of rice or Pad Thai.

For the rest of the month, Thai Delight will offer a free appetizer for every customer.

“The magic thing about Thai food is it has a lot of herbs for your health,” Chong said.

All the food Thai Delight offers is fresh and homemade. Chong said everything is made from scratch.

“I try to make my food simple, clean and fresh,” Chong said.

The restaurant is also open for dinner, with most entrees costing $10.99.

She also wants to share her recipes with others. Last year she published a cookbook called “Thai Recipe 1-2-3,” which contains all the dishes Chong serves at her restaurants.

The store also takes carry-out orders as well, Chong said.

Thai Delight is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It’s at 177 Highway 50, near the intersection of Kahle Drive and Highway 50. For more information, call (775) 588-5888.

Latin Soul wine dinner tonight

Alvaro Ochoa, executive chef at at Latin Soul restaurant in Lakeside Inn and Casino, has crafted a five-course dinner menu, with each dish influenced by regional flavors from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The meal will be paired with wines from Chile’s Casa Lapostolle, the 2008 Wine Spectator choice as Top Winery of the Year.

Ochoa and Joe Greber, Moet-Hennessy wine expert, will make a brief presentation on each pairing, discussing the regional attributes of the food and complementary characteristics of the wine.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. today. Tickets are available at Lakeside Inn and Casino for $50 per person. Seating is limited to 30 people. For more information, call (775) 586-7707.

Blockbuster provides free rentals, late fee forgiveness

Blockbuster Video has introduced an entertainment plan to help families.

With the plan, Blockbuster gives members one free rental per day, per account. The free rental is chosen from the 4,000-movie Blockbuster Favorites collection.

Another way the Blockbuster entertainment plan is helping families during this economic crunch is by forgiving all past-due late fees accrued before April 7. To receive forgiveness of late fees, members should come into the store, rent a movie and ask the manager to erase their late fees.

Chamber member lunch is Thursday

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce member lunch will be at Beach Hut Deli on Thursday.

The lunch is at noon at the deli at 1072 Emerald Bay Road, at the “Y” next to Starbucks and Booster Juice. Reservations are required. Call (775) 588-1728.

” Have information on your business you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or