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Celebrity chefs to showcase talents at Labor Day farm-to-fork fest

Sample the Sierra announced a schedule of celebrity chefs for a series of farm-to-fork events Labor Day weekend in Lake Tahoe. Up-and-comers Whitney and Josh Deri of Blend Catering have been added to the lineup, as well as cookbook author Joanne Neft.

Sample the Sierra will kick off Labor Day weekend with a four-course pop-up dinner prepared by Blend Catering. Located in Reno, Nevada, Blend Catering specializes in gourmet food created with sustainable and fresh ingredients. They will create a menu of garden-fresh ingredients from regional farms with each course paired with a local wine or spirit. The culinary adventure continues on Sept. 6 with the sixth annual Sample the Sierra, Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival. All festival guests will enjoy a range of culinary offerings from regional restaurants, wineries, distilleries, breweries and producers, as well as live music, an extensive festival marketplace and the fourth annual Sierra Chef Challenge, featuring regional chefs battling one another in a rapid-fire cook-off using a mystery box of local produce.

Neft will headline a demonstration during the festival that focuses on “waste not, want not” principles by creating a dish using all parts of a vegetable or fruit. Neft believes “we are what we eat” and promotes a healthy lifestyle that includes real, local and in-season ingredients. She features her recipes in “The Art of Real Food” and “Placer County Real Food Cookbook,” which details Neft’s yearlong journey to create a fresh recipe using local farmer’s market ingredients every week.

“You can either pay the farmer today or pay the doctor tomorrow,” Neft said.

Visit http://www.samplethesierra.com for tickets and more information. Tickets cost $75 per person.

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