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Lakeside Inn to hold Latin Soul food and wine pairing

For the Tahoe Daily Tribune

For the Tahoe Daily TribuneExecutive chef, Alvaro Ochoa has created a five-course menu for Latin Soul's food and wine pairing dinner, April 22, highlighting delicacies of Latin America.

STATELINE ” Latin Soul, South Lake Tahoe’s popular new restaurant is spicing up the traditional wine dinner experience with sizzling pan-Latin American flair.

The only restaurant of its kind at Lake Tahoe will serve a five-course dinner, with each dish influenced by regional flavors from Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean, paired with wines from Chile’s Casa Lapostolle, the 2008 Wine Spectator choice as Top Winery of the Year. Tickets to the Wednesday, April 22 dinner at Lakeside Inn and Casino are just $50 per person.

 Executive chef, Alvaro Ochoa, crafted the event’s menu, pairing each course with a signature wine from Casa Lapostolle winery. Wine Spectator magazine awarded Casa Lapostolle the “2008 Top Winery of the Year”. The winery also received the 2008 Wine Star Award for “New World Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast. Ochoa and Moet-Hennessy wine expert, Joe Greber, will make a brief presentation on each pairing, discussing the regional attributes of the food and complementary characteristics from the wine.

 The menu begins with Mariscada, a seafood platter that includes a fresh-shucked oyster with mango-habanero salsa, crab cake with chipotle dressing, poached scallop with purple Peruvian potato causa and sugar cane skewered shrimp, served with a 2008 Rapel Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

 The second course features a guava-glazed chicken breast, wrapped in Serrano ham and stuffed with sauteed wild mushrooms, corn and epazote. It is complemented with quinoa, watercress and seasonal berry salad. This course will be paired with a 2007 Casablanca Valley Chardonnay. Pear sorbet will follow as a pallet cleanser.

The next course features a savory braised oxtail in a red wine sauce with a cheese and loroco (an edible flower that grows in Central America) tamale, served with grilled plantain maduro bananas and a 2005 Las Kuras Vineyard Syrah.

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The fourth course serves up pan-roasted loin of lamb with yucca and roasted jalapeno puree, mint mojo (a Caribbean sauce) and rosemary jus, accompanied by a 2006 Apalta Vineyards, Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

The meal is complete with dessert – a chocolate Mayan pyramid with coffee creme a l’Anglaise.

 “We wanted to create an experience centered around Latin American cuisine and highly acclaimed wine, but at a price point that will appeal to locals and visitors,” said Lon Rusk, president at Lakeside Inn and Casino. “This event is all about having fun while trying new food and wine.”

 Seating is limited and only 30 tickets are available for the April 22 wine dinner at Latin Soul. Reservations are required and available by calling 775-586-7707. For general information, or to book lodging, visit

Latin Soul is one of two dining venues at Lakeside Inn and Casino. Located on the “Nevada” end of South Lake Tahoe’s casino corridor, Lakeside Inn is known as the “local’s choice” for gaming, dinning, generous promotions and accommodations. Call 1-800-624-7980 or visit