There's something to be said about eating clean, fresh and organic. We -- buy organic, shop at the farmers market, participate in a crop share, and attempt to grow a summer veggie garden (it's not easy in Tahoe) -- that's just scratching the surface. It's not just a trend, but a lifestyle and it takes work.
In Tahoe we are starting to see local restaurants buy local produce/meat and offer seasonal menus. The Tahoe Chamber introduced Sample the Sierra, a farm to fork festival, in 2010 and it's been a hit ever since.
Of course we couldn't miss the 4th annual Sample the Sierra over Labor Day weekend. Sunday was a perfect day to sample wine and food from the region. The smoke from the rim fire (near Yosemite) had cleared a decent amount so we assembled our bike renegade (of three) and headed to Ski Run Blvd. Sorry -- all my photos are from my iPhone.
|Lovely Ladies: Arica, Erin and Yours Truly|
So how does it work? For $30 we were able to enjoy samples from 15 wineries/breweries/distilleries and 15 local chefs/restaurants. Each dish was paired with either wine or beer. See the full list here.
The winning dish! The secret ingredient was bacon flavored pop-rocks -- I'm not joking.
|The winning dish...Chef Peter from Riva Grill.|
...and the other dishes
So there you have it. South Shore's farm to fork festival. Mark your calendar now for Aug. 31, 2014 it's a Tahoe South event not to miss.