Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival
Getaway to Lake Tahoe for the Food & Wine Festival – Oct 1, 2, 3.
Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner returned from a trip to Italy with her mother just in time to appear on stage Friday night in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Elizabeth prepared a gourmet ice cream dessert on stage and shared it with her grateful audience.
Meet Chef Falkner, Martin Yan, Anthony Bourdain, and other culinary experts on Saturday at the Festival of Food & Wine’s “Beyond the Fork Epicurean Expo: An Affair for the Senses” at Harrah’s in Stateline, Nevada on Lake Tahoe’s south shore.
Stroll through the Epicurean Expo and enjoy the multifarious tastes of Harrah’s best restaurants from around the country, plus local favorites and samplings from the best wineries in Napa Valley and beyond. There’s plenty of entertainment and exhibitions too, featuring Chef Martin Yan’s popular Yan Can Cook demonstration, among others. Chef Falkner will be there and the Expo marks the official West Coast launch of the “Harrah’s Seven Stars Cookbook.” A full afternoon of culinary delights! See event schedule.
Elizabeth Falkner is one of the most recognizable faces of the Bay Area culinary world. Elizabeth was a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters in 2009 and has also appeared as a judge on Top Chef Masters and Top Chef. Elizabeth was a competitor on Iron Chef America in 2006 and has appeared as a guest on Simply Ming with Ming Tsai, Tyler’s Ultimate with Tyler Florence, Rachael Ray’s $40 a Day, Martha Stewart Living, and more.
Elizabeth founded Citizen Cake, as a retail bakery South of Market in 1997. Citizen Cake was an immediate hit, and after a few years, she moved it to Hayes Valley, on the corner of Grove and Gough Streets, in May of 2000, and expanded it into an elegant restaurant, bar, and patisserie. Citizen Cake helped spearhead the development of Hayes Valley into a citywide destination for fine dining, shopping, and socializing. Citizen Cake was awarded recommendation by Michelin in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and has scooped up numerous awards from both local and national media, including Best Dessert for the past three years from 7×7 Magazine.
Citizen Cake will be moving to Fillmore Street opening in Summer 2010 and will be revealing the next generation of patisserie in San Francisco and beyond.
Along with Citizen Cake, Elizabeth is also the chef/partner of the popular and sexy SOMA restaurant bar and lounge. Elizabeth’s expertise is now widely acknowledged to have bridged the gap between sweet and savory. “We utilize all of the vibrant products the Bay Area has to offer and we apply what is familiar and also what is exotic. We strive to make great food with our own stories or signatures.”
Before starting her own businesses, Falkner was an acclaimed pastry chef at Rubicon, working with chef Traci Des Jardins. Prior to Rubicon, she honed her craft in the kitchens of Masa’s and Elka, and with pastry mentor, Mary Cech.
Throughout her career, Falkner has been both a leader and a mentor to many other chefs, working closely with Les Dames d’Escoffier and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR), who awarded her their Golden Bowl for Pastry in 2003. She has been named the city’s “Best Pastry Chef” by San Francisco magazine and a Rising Star Chef by the San Francisco Chronicle. Bon Appetit magazine hailed her as one of America’s 10 top pastry chefs in 2003, and named her Pastry Chef of the Year in 2006. In 2005, she was nominated for the pastry chef of the year award by the James Beard Foundation and has been a featured guest chef for JBF hosting dinners for the foundation. Elizabeth currently serves on the board of directors of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.
Falkner’s dramatically architectural “cakescapes” and whimsically deconstructed desserts have been featured in dozens of magazines, including Pastry Art and Design, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Food and Wine, Travel and Leisure and Epica, Japan’s travel magazine. Demolition Desserts, her first cookbook, was published by Ten Speed Press in 2007. Using vivid manga-inspired graphics, Demolition Desserts lays out the elements of Falkner’s multi-part contemporary desserts to make even the most inventive combinations easily accessible to home chefs. Demolition Desserts was a finalist for IACP’s Julia Child, Best First Cookbook award in 2008 and was selected “favorite book”, by the students of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, also in 2008.
A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute with a particular interest in film, Falkner often finds culinary inspiration in film, art, and sculpture. For benefits and celebrity events, she has created striking interactive “dessert performances” like the Man-Powered Taffy Pull, Chocolate-Painted Models, and the World’s Largest Pavlova, displayed in Union Square in spring 2006.
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Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival Schedule
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