The Ridge Takes Center Stage as Spotlight Award Winner

Perched atop the Sierra Nevada mountains, The Ridge has remarkably set itself apart as the picturesque resort when visiting Lake Tahoe. It has always been considered a local gem, but now it has been recognized by Douglas County with the Spotlight Award in Tourism & Hospitality.

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The picturesque Ridge Tahoe as seen from our Prism Cam

For the last three years, Douglas County has awarded Spotlight Awards to businesses that have gone above and beyond to take care of their customers. There are seven categories in which businesses are awarded, including retail, restaurant, manufacturing and production, sports and recreation, entrepreneur, business and professional service, and tourism and hospitality.

It is not surprising that the Ridge has been recognized for its Tourism and Hospitality. When planning your vacation to Lake Tahoe, the Ridge has all your needs covered – and more!

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Relax in our pool at 7,600 feet.

The Douglas County Spotlight Awards are chosen by staff knowledge and business community organizations. The businesses that are awarded embody inspiring characteristics such as community involvement, uniqueness, employment growth opportunities and more. The Ridge sets an example for others in the South Lake Tahoe region because it always makes sure that visitors have an exceptional stay.

If you are looking for a resort vacation, the in-house amenities will offer something for everyone, regardless if you are on a family trip or a romantic getaway. Get some much need R&R at the indoor and outdoor pools or the full service spa. Play an exhilarating game of racquetball or basketball with the kids at the indoor sports complex. Feel like learning something new? Take one of the enriching classes offered, such as wine tasting or glass painting. You truly have everything you could ask for at your fingertips and that’s without leaving the premises.

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Jump in! The water’s just right in Lake Tahoe.

The Ridge is also an excellent starting point when exploring all Lake Tahoe has in store. Nearby you can access the Tahoe Rim Trail for an adventurous hike. Down the mountain, you can explore the many beaches, trails and watersports that are readily available. The Ridge even provides a free shuttle service to the Stateline Casinos at your convenience. The wonderful concierge services will help you plan fulfilling itineraries, ensuring that you take advantage of every opportunity.

 

 

Ski Season is Winding Down – Here’s How to Live It Up

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of snow bunnies and shredders mourning the end of a truly incredible winter season.

It’s hard to believe the ski season is coming to a close when Tahoe South has been pelted with new snow this past weekend, but it’s true – you only have a little over a month left to make your mark on the mountain of your choice (and there are so many in the Tahoe region). Heavenly and Northstar close April 17, Kirkwood April 10 and others will be announcing closing dates as time goes on.

While we may be sad that our days will soon be filled with sand instead of soft snow (we know we can’t really complain), there’s still time to make the most of winter. Here are our recommendations for giving winter the proper farewell.

Don your fanciest mountain gear

We’ve all seen them – the riders dressed in tutus, gorilla suits and capes cutting down the groomers. Many riders partake in a Gaper Day where they dress in their most outrageous clothing to ride, so why not join them? Riding is all about having fun, so don’t take yourself too seriously with this one and just go for it!

Take the express lane

Take the express lane via the Hilltrac Skier Express.
Take the express lane via the Hilltrac Skier Express.

Ski in and ski out of Heavenly’s Stagecoach Chairlift with the Hilltrac Skier Express, located only steps from your room at The Ridge Tahoe. This chairlift will deliver you, your friends and your gear right to the trails.

Eat your way through après

Celebrate a successful day on the mountain with great après at places like Base Camp Pizza and Azul Latin Kitchen among others. Himmel Haus offers German fare and huge beers to satiate any hungry rider, plus they host events like Blackout Bingo and Open Mic night to help you kick back after an adventurous day. The Divided Sky is another great option, as it is a locals’ favorite with a relaxed vibe and great sandwiches to refuel your stoke levels.

A Hot Toddy by the fire at Base Camp Pizza. Courtesy: Base Camp Pizza
A Hot Toddy by the fire at Base Camp Pizza. Courtesy: Base Camp Pizza

Consider enjoying your après at The Ridge with happy hour from 4 – 8 p.m. every day at the Tahoe Lounge.

Unbuckle and party

Nothing culminates an ending like a party and no one throws a party like Heavenly. Unbuckle at Tamarack is an adults-only party that combines thumping bass with adult beverages, tasty Tamarack-only treats and the Heavenly Angels. If you’ve never partied at 9,150 feet this is your time to do it.

Good luck with your last month of riding in Tahoe South!

Welcome the New Year at the Ridge Tahoe

The scene’s set for a wondrous welcome to 2016 with a slew of activities in Tahoe South, including a gourmet dinner and musical entertainment at The Ridge Tahoe.

The champagne will be flowing this New Year's Eve.
The champagne will be flowing this New Year’s Eve.

Via: TheVeenoCompany.com

Join us for the festivities on Dec. 31 to bid a fond farewell to 2015. Starting at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, The Hungry Bear Restaurant will host a three-course meal accompanied by live music. Come hungry to enjoy a mouthwatering three-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Stephen Moise. Chef Stephen’s unique pairings and marvelous flavors will surely leave you in high spirits for the night ahead of you.

An organic baby green salad topped with poached pears, candied pecans, brie cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette acts as a precursor to a fantastic duet of herb crusted filet of beef and butter poached Maine lobster tail. Chef Stephen concludes this symphony of flavors with a chocolate pavlova and champagne pastry cream.

After dinner, raise your complimentary glass of champagne as we celebrate the East Coast Ball Drop Celebration at 9 p.m.

Dinner is $70 per person. A children’s menu is available. Contact the Concierge at (775) 588-3553, extension 3105 for reservations and more information.

The night doesn’t have to end there: keep the party going at one of several celebrations, including an exclusive VIP celebration at The Loft that includes drinks, party favors and music from San Diego-based DJ Abe Lemus until 2 a.m. Experience the latest in electronica with the Sierra as your backdrop during the finale of SnowGlobe at Lake Tahoe Community College. Among SnowGlobe’s headliners are favorites Jack Ü, Kaskade, Chet Faker and Dillon Francis. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, head to the casinos for parties at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Peek Nightclub and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Regardless of how you end the night, start yours at The Ridge Tahoe and The Hungry Bear Restaurant.

From Our Chef: A Fall Recipe

The summer to fall season always seems to be such a fast transition, sometimes it feels like it happens overnight.  Summer food for me is always so abundant with amazing variety of flavors and textures.

Fall food is a change of the way I cook food, richness that seems to have to be coaxed out with slower more patient cooking techniques. Braising or stewing with root vegetables with deeper stocks tends to bring more of a comfort or authentic flavors to fall dishes.

You will see this soup served many times in the coming months at the The Ridge Club Bistro and the Hungry Bear restaurant. Enjoy!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ to 4 pounds Butternut squash
  • 2 cups medium diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups medium diced celery
  • 1 cup medium diced peeled carrots
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Sea salt / fresh ground Black pepper

Garnish

  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped chives

Method

  • Pre-heat convection oven to 350
  • Split squash lengthwise and coat flesh with olive oil, salt and pepper, leave seeds in
  • Place flesh side down on a baking pan lined with aluminum foil and cook for 45 minutes or till flesh is tender to touch (think baby food mush)
  • In a medium pan on medium heat cook onions, celery and carrots in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil till tender and set aside
  • In a blender or food processor place 2 cups of stock and half vegetables and puree, when smooth and the rest of the mix and add stock when needed
  • Remove seeds from cooked squash, scoop out with spoon and blend with vegetables in batches, adding liquid as needed
  • Adjust seasonings to taste and add thyme
  • Top hot soup with chive sour cream and serve
There's nothing better than a warm soup on a chilly autumn day.
There’s nothing better than a warm soup on a chilly autumn day.

The Ridge Club Bistro

Breakfast with Chef Jim is a great way to start your day at The Ridge Tahoe. The Ridge Club Bistro offers fresh baked quiche, muffins and danish and seasonal fresh fruit. Don’t miss the awesome breakfast burrito, egg sandwiches or bistro dishes for those who are looking for a familiar way to start your day. Organic fresh orange juice, and coffee and specialty drinks are always ready for you. Daily lunch specials along with sandwiches and salads are far from ordinary, and homemade soups and chili will warm you on the crisp autumn day.

Bear Trap Lounge

Tapas are the new light meal that are being met with great success. Check The Ridge guide for the day of service. Tropical Tuesday, Margarita madness Wednesday and on Thursday don’t forget to see Jim at the wine tasting. Happy hour every day from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, ask Jim or David for the daily drink special.

Hungry Bear Restaurant

Choice grilled steaks, fresh seafood and seasonal pasta dishes with a focus on creative and distinctive flavors are the cornerstone of our signature restaurant. Chef Paul’s daily early bird special and entre specials are not to be missed. Your pastry chef always has a sweet ending to your meal, warm fall cobblers and a pumpkin cheesecake that is to die for! Check The Ridge guide for open days and make reservations during your stay.

Cooking demonstrations on Thursdays are a free offering to see, feel and taste how we prepare your food and give insight about how we do what we do.

Please make your reservations ahead of time for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we book up fast.

On behalf of Simon and my staff, I want thank you for all your comments and support and we look forward to seeing you this coming season.

Chef Stephen Moise

Tahoe’s Own Farm to Fork Festival Returns for Its 6th Year

Come hungry. Leave happy.

So you’re coming to Tahoe South for Labor Day. There’s certainly no shortage of activities for what most consider the last weekend of summer, and one in particular you won’t want to miss. Sample the Sierra. This event highlights the talent of the Sierra Nevada through food, wine, beer, spirits and arts.

Sunday, Sept. 6 head over to Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. and treat your taste buds to local goodness. We recommend getting there early so you can try everything. Twice.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra. Photo: Tiara Wasner.
The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.

Here are a few names you might recognize that are participating in the 2015 Sample the Sierra: Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries: Boeger Winery, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, Great Basin Brewing Co., Lava Cap Winery, Madrona Vineyrds, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Tahoe Blue Vodka and Tahoe Moonshine Distillery. Restaurants & Chefs: Beach Hut Deli, Blue Angel Café, Boathouse on the Pier, Coldwater Brewery & Grill, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Kalani’s, MacDuffs Pub, Primo’s Italian Bistro, Riva Grill, Sierra Pizza and The Getaway Café.

There will be no shortage of deliciousness. But we know it’s not all about the food. Sample the Sierra brings some of the best local entertainment to the party. In addition to live music throughout the event, Joanne Neft, starter of the first PlacerGROWN Farmers Market over 25 years ago, will be putting on cooking demonstrations at the Sierra Chef Stage.

Speaking of the Sierra Chef Stage, make sure you find your way back there for the 4th Annual Sierra Chef Challenge. Four competing chefs will be given mystery boxes filled with local ingredients. They’ll have 45 minutes to come up with a delicious, creative and confident dish where presentation matters. This year’s contenders include: Chef Peter Brinckerhoff, Riva Grill; Chef Salvador Delgado, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; Chef Glenn Simpson, Blue Angel Café; and Chef Justin Kaplan, Cold Water Brewery & Grill.

The festival marketplace includes locally made goods such as jam, soap, honey and olive oil along with specialty products.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the event and are $40 or $30 if someone is under 21. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted at the event and by the majority of the vendors.

Wind Down Your Daytime Outdoor Adventure with Happy Hour Food and Drink Specials

You’ve spent the morning hiking or biking Tahoe’s famed switchbacks and found that one vista with the backdrop that made for the picture-perfect selfie that says: I climbed a mountain at Lake Tahoe.

Cap off the day, quench your thirst and figure out itinerary options for the next day over an ice cold pint of beer or tangy cocktail at the Bear Trap Bar, The Ridge Tahoe’s Happy Hour spot open late afternoons and evenings. Daily happy hour and drink specials are a great way to relax after a day in nature’s playground. Set in a casual atmosphere with a relaxed setting, cool off, order a plate of nachos delivered to the bar via the Clubhouse Bistro, and enjoy your favorite libation from 4 – 8 p.m.

Chances are you can find Happy Hour every hour in Tahoe South. Chances are you can find Happy Hour every hour in Tahoe South.

If you’re off the hill, here are some of our favorite South Shore happy hour places:

  • Azul Latin Kitchen: Who doesn’t love a good margarita? Azul fresh squeezes their juices and infuses tequila. No sweet and sour here. Just fresh juice and booze. Oh, and they have tacos. If you can stand the heat try the Thai Chicken Curry taco. Happy hour just got happier.
  • Base Camp Pizza Co.: Everyone loves pizza. Everyone loves Base Camp Pizza. They offer Happy Hour from 2 – 6 p.m. daily. Beer specials, food specials – and how about a personal pizza and draft beer for $12. There’s dinner. Enjoy daily live music by their fire pit or make friends with the bartender inside. Where ever you choose to post up you will be comfortable and receive friendly service. You really can’t go wrong.
  • Blue Angel Café: This relaxed, cozy hotspot features comfy couches by a fireplace, bar seating, Wi-Fi and dog-friendly outdoor summer seating. Happy Hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. featuring daily specials, house wine by the glass, dollar off draft beer and food specials.
  • Chart House Lake Tahoe: Drink specials, food specials and amazing views. Welcome to Happy Hour at the Chart House. Just down the street from The Ridge Tahoe you can indulge in Happy Hour after a long hike or a relaxing day at The Ridge. Happy Hour runs from 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday, so go ahead, get happy.
  • Cold Water Brewery and Grill: Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. South Lake Tahoe’s all-grain brewery featuring hand-crafted beer brewed on site, California comfort food and a great selection of seasonal guest handles. Cold Water has a full service bar, 5 huge TVs and late night dining options on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour favorites are Shishito Peppers, bacon wrapped dates, speciality fries, Pigs N Blanket, mussels or the chicken wings. Beer lovers will dig the Tahoe Cross IPA or the Preacher’s Pale Ale.
  • Lakeside Inn & Casino, Casino Bar and The Tavern Bar: Happy Hour 4 p.m. – midnight. Considered by locals as one of the best happy hours at Lake Tahoe because their bars have daily drink specials. Say “Buck Off” at any of the bars between the hours of 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, and 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily, Lakeside takes $1 off any drink (excluding Pabst Blue Ribbon as it’s only $2 as it is). If you’re hungry, place an order of hot wings, deviled eggs, nachos, tacos and fries for a perfect sip and eat combo.
  • Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger: The Lucky Beaver is a 24 hours sports bar in the casino corridor that also offers video poker and a large menu full of great – no, AMAZING – burgers, sandwiches, salads and an appetizer menu with chicken wings and the famous Tower of Onion Rings. Its happy hour 24/7 at the bar. All of the Lucky Beaver’s 1/2 lb. burgers are made with a combination of short ribs and chuck roast and are tall and juicy. The large screen TVs will help out of towners find the game they’re looking for.
  • Off the Hook Sushi: Happy Hour celebrated Monday through Friday, 4:30 – 6 p.m. The well-stocked happy hour menu features 20 different discounted sushi rolls (crunchy granola, crunchy granola) and several small plates. The drink specials are even better with $3 draft beers and $2.50 Small Carafe Hot Saki. Far from a traditional sushi bar, Off the Hook celebrates happy hour with upbeat reggae, classic rock and bluegrass in the background. If you like discounted sushi, this is the place for you.
  • Steamers Bar & Grill: A local’s joint with happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Sunday and features beer and cocktail specials, delicious tacos, nachos and fish taco Fridays. Steamers offers outdoor dining, flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi

Make Delicious Dining Part of Your Ridge Tahoe Experience

Gourmet burgers, mouthwatering steaks, pastas, specialty salads and decadent desserts are on the menu daily menu at The Ridge Tahoe.

Dining is an important component to The Ridge Tahoe experience. On site there is the Hungry Bear Restaurant, the recently renamed Mountain Side Eatery and the Bear Trap Lounge.

Dining onsite at The Ridge Tahoe and offsite in Tahoe South won't disappoint.
Dining onsite at The Ridge Tahoe and offsite in Tahoe South won’t disappoint.

Cap off the day, quench your thirst and figure out itinerary options for the next day over an ice cold pint of beer or tangy cocktail at the Bear Trap Bar, The Ridge Tahoe’s Happy Hour spot open late afternoons and evenings. Daily happy hour and drink specials are a great way to relax after a day in nature’s playground. Set in a casual atmosphere with a relaxed setting, cool off with your favorite libation from 4 – 8 p.m.

If you’re hungry for some nachos or a burger as you sip your favorite beverage, you can place an order directly from the Bear Trap Bear to the Mountain Side Eatery where they will deliver the food right to you.

The Mountain Side Eatery is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the lighter side. The Mountain Side Eatery offers a casual and innovative menu that you can eat-in or take back to your room. Dinners vary daily and include favorites like salmon with wild rice, prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, fried chicken with roasted vegetables, giant chicken burritos, and other tempting dishes. Pizzas, burgers, and homemade soups are available throughout the day.

The Hungry Bear offers seasonal menus with true Sierra cuisine – simple food prepared perfectly with locally-fresh ingredients to complement the resort’s peaceful and homey vibe. Open some evenings for dinner, the restaurant, led by Executive Chef Stephen Moise, serves steak, seafood, chicken, pasta and a variety of appetizers and beverage choices. For the bear cubs there’s a children’s menu, too, plus a full array of desserts, coffees, and after dinner port wines and cognacs.

While you don’t have to leave The Ridge Tahoe, we understand you might want to explore Tahoe South. Within walking distance to The Ridge Tahoe is the Fox & Hound, known for their outdoor summer dining with a menu of hearty burgers, award-winning ribs and pizzas. Further down Kingsbury Grade is Mott Canyon Tavern and Grill, a local’s pub grub, craft beers, and indoor and outdoor dining.

Off the hill there are dozens of restaurants — from casual to fine dining — with their own specialties and hot-off-the-menu items.

Among some of our favorites listed here alphabetically are:

Artemis Lakefront Café, Azul Latin Kitchen, Base Camp Pizza Co.,  Blue Angel Café, Chart House, Ciera Steak + Chophouse, Cold Water Brewery, Edgewood Tahoe, Friday’s Station Steak & Seafood Grill at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Getaway Café, Jimmy’s at The Landing, Kalani’s, Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger, MacDuff’s Pub, Primo’s Italian Bistro, Riva Grill, The Naked Fish, The Timbers at Lakeside Inn & Casino and Toast Tahoe.

What are your favorite dining spots in Tahoe South?

Lake Tahoe Summer To-Do List

Tahoe, where the lake sparkles sapphire blue against the Sierra and the sweet-scented pine trees whisper through the summer’s gentle breeze. Lake Tahoe is where the sun up to sun down adventurous spirit takes hold and never disappoints.

But what if it’s your first time visiting and you’re not sure what to do? Our summer to-do list will inspire. While you may not be able to do it all in one trip, you can certainly plan a return to The Ridge Tahoe and finish what you started.

  1. See Justin Timberlake get his groove going on the golf links during the American Century Championship.
The American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe is an event you won't want to miss. Photo: Amazing Imagery.
The American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe is an event you won’t want to miss.
Photo: Amazing Imagery.
  1. Enjoy Old Tahoe from the historic lakefront Heller Estate during the 36th annual Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival.
  1. Party with South Tahoe locals at Live at Lakeview, a free weekly concert series featuring a venue with amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Lakeview Commons.
Beach, beers and live music in Tahoe South - there is nothing better. Photo: Lauren Lindley
Beach, beers and live music in Tahoe South – there is nothing better.
Photo: Lauren Lindley
  1. Meet up with the Bard at iconic Sand Harbor State Park during the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival July 10 – Aug. 23.
  1. Hit the beach, soak in the rays and take in the panoramic views at any number of hidden coves and public parks around Lake Tahoe.
Don't forget to hop in the lake while you visit The Ridge!
Don’t forget to hop in the lake while you visit The Ridge!
  1. Get a passport to a world of classical music at Lake Tahoe SummerFest’s in Incline Village.
  1. Paddle a kayak or skim the waves behind a ski boat or Jet ski.
  1. Improve the odds and kiss the dice in one of the Stateline casinos.
Take in a little gambling action during your trip to The Ridge Tahoe.
Take in a little gambling action during your trip to The Ridge Tahoe.
  1. Reel in a monster Mackinaw on a fishing boat charter or find your secret spot off the shelf to catch some nice size trout.
  1. Tee it up and get 10 extra yards on your drive (higher altitude does that) at any number of Lake Tahoe area golf courses.
  1. Grab an energy bar, pack a water bottle or three and head out to a network of back-country hiking trails that will lead you to a happy place.
  1. Have a World Famous Rum Runner on the beach at the Beacon Bar and Grill at Camp Richardson.
  1. Find your balance and earn zen points on a standup paddle board.
  1. The adventure doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Dance the night away at one of Tahoe South’s nightclubs.
Dance the night away at a Tahoe South nightclub.
Dance the night away at a Tahoe South nightclub.
  1. Saddle up on two wheels and take a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or peddle your way across a network of biking trails that zig-zag through South Shore.
  1. Soar through the trees along a network of ropes courses and ziplines at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
  1. Enter or catch the parade at the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic featuring dozens of classic wooden boats on display at one of the largest gatherings of vessels in Northern California.
  1. See the West’s best sculpted bodies vie for cash prizes at the Tahoe Show.
  1. Pick a race and enter the Lake Tahoe Marathon, which offers a 5K or 10k, half marathon, 18-milers, 144 milers around the lake, or a four-day, 288 mile run.
  1. Put the pedals to pavement at the 13th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue, a Ride to Cure Diabetes.
  1. Rock out or put on your hat and boots with a summer full of A-list concerts at Harveys Outdoor Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
  1. Roar like a flapper in the 1920s at the annual Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site.
  1. Speaking of flappers, see where the rich and famous lived while at Lake Tahoe on a tour of the Pope House at the Tallac Historic Site.
  1. Sample the Sierra at the 6th annual farm-to-fork festival with pairings of Sierra Nevada wine makers, brewers and restaurants, regionally grown fresh produce, entertainment, storytellers and acoustic music.
The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra. Photo: Tiara Wasner.
The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.
  1. Miss the July 4 fireworks display? No worries. Book a stay at The Ridge Tahoe and catch the Labor Day Lake Tahoe fireworks show.
  1. Make the big throws and take the long putts at Lake Tahoe’s most challenging disc golf courses.
  1. Work up an appetite and satisfy your thirst at any number of South Shore restaurants and pubs.
  1. Show the folks at work how you spent your summer vacation by bringing a piece of Tahoe home with you with the perfect souvenir.
  1. Catch the boldest, bawdiest and hottest names in comedy every week at The Improv at Harveys.
  1. After a full day of adventure, work those muscles out at Elevation Spa at The Ridge Tahoe.

How many of these can you check off your to-do list?

Expand Your Cooking Horizons with The Ridge Tahoe Executive Chef Moise

Many chefs keep their cooking traditions a secret. The Ridge Tahoe Executive Chef Stephen Moise prefers to share them freely with guests.

Part demonstration, part cooking lesson, The Ridge Tahoe guests are invited to sit in with him and the staff every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. to learn how to prepare a three-course meal Sierra-style.

Join Exectuive Chef Stephen Moise in his setting from 4 - 9 p.m. every Tuesday.
Join Exectuive Chef Stephen Moise in his setting from 4 – 9 p.m. every Tuesday.

 

It is often said talent begins at an early age. Moise began cooking at the age of 12 among some of the greatest chefs in the world, first at his father’s New York restaurant and then later at the famed Tavern on The Green, where he hosted hundreds of guests at different New York City area events.

Chef Moise has a passion for food and an ability to share his love of food with everyone. His strategy for great cooking: start off simple and use the best ingredients.

“There’s no shortcut for success and the basics are simple – first, identify what the highest standards are and always strive to achieve them,” said Moise. “Second, use only the best quality products because you can’t make champagne out of vinegar. Oh and let’s not forget cook with reckless abandon and have fun doing it.”

Experience the chef’s cooking philosophies and when you’re at The Ridge by signing up for the class. There are 10 spaces available each Tuesday night and they fill fast. The cost is $99 per guest. Call the Concierge Desk at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150 to reserve your spot.

Guests who sign up will learn some of the chef’s techniques while preparing a Tahoe-style three course meal. At the end, guests can enjoy their creations and sample wines from around the region in a family-style, sit-down gathering with fellow classmates and Chef Moise.

Ridge guests have had plenty to say about the class. Guest Peg writes: “Took the cooking class and love it! I learned so much about thinking (of) the food itself, the textures, the smells, the blending of flavors. I especially loved Chef Stephen’s passion, it is infectious! I can’t wait for my next dinner party.”

Here’s what Ridge guest Nancy had to say: “The cooking class was different than I expected, in a good way! Less fancy knife techniques and more of a philosophy of food, flavor and artful presentation. A holistic approach to cooking, ingredients, mindfulness and entertaining. Overall, an excellent experience with so much to think about, it will stay with me for a long time and inspire me to seek to be a calm and thoughtful host/cook for my family and friends.”

Dining is an important component to The Ridge Tahoe experience. On site there is the Hungry Bear Restaurant, the recently renamed Mountain Side Eatery and the Bear Trap Lounge. The Hungry Bear offers seasonal menus with true Sierra cuisine – simple food prepared perfectly with locally-fresh ingredients to complement the resort’s peaceful and homey vibe.

Open evenings for dinner, the restaurant, led by Executive Chef Stephen Moise, serves steak, seafood, chicken, pasta and lots of appetizer and beverage choices. For  the bear cubs there’s a children’s menu, plus a full array of desserts, coffees, and port wines and cognacs.

Will your stay at The Ridge Tahoe include a lesson from Executive Chef Moise?

The favorites are in: now it’s up to you to pick the new Deli name

The Ridge Tahoe has selected its three favorite names of the entries submitted over the last couple of weeks. They are:

Ridge Peak Bistro

Blue Horizon Café

Mountain Side Café

It is now up to the fans, locals, and tourists to vote on which name is most appealing and suiting for the Ridge’s Deli. Which name will be best for the fresh, simple, natural food the deli has to offer?

Enter here with your name, email, and pick for the deli.

Stay tuned for the winning entry!