Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tahoe's Wine and Food Fest really cooks

It's not just another food fest. The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival always makes an effort to spotlight the latest culinary trends. This year, the September 11-13 gourmet gathering at the Village at Northstar in Truckee is focusing on Asian grilling techniques. Plan ahead to attend the fest and who knows, you may end up to be a better backyard barbecuer.

Your guide to the mysteries of grilling: Lars Kronmark of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. Kronmark, a regular at the 24th annual festival, says that the difference between Asian grilling (Yakitori) and grilling as Americans know it, is the focus on high heat, thin cuts, and marinades, similar to a skewering style. Kronmark recently returned from a chef tasting tour in Japan where he was inspired by the growing popular spin on grilling and small-bite dishes.

Yakitori – The Secret to Great Japanese Grilling is a free event at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival and takes place Saturday, September 12, at 11 a.m. And there are lots more freebie demos.

Details: Call 888/229-2193 or go to Some events are free (like the Gourmet Marketplace), others cost, because the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is a fundraiser for the Community Fund of North Lake Tahoe through the 501c(3) Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. My old pals at Sunset Magazine are a co-sponsor of the event.

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