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Top chefs come together to benefit Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation



With the summer season and the 13th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux quickly approaching, the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation – the non-profit organization that operates the annual PGA TOUR event – has teamed up with famed chef Charlie Palmer and the Grand Sierra Resort to offer northern Nevada an entertaining evening of food and wine. On Friday, June 17 from 6 – 9 p.m. the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation takes center stage during Napa’s Backyard, a food and wine pairing competition featuring delectable dishes from Charlie Palmer’s celebrated chefs matched with wines from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards including Arger-Martucci, Duckhorn, HALL and Rombauer.

The Reno-Tahoe Open and Grand Sierra Resort invite the community to join these acclaimed chefs from across the nation during a competition to win “Top Pairing” – a challenge to create the most unique and delicious small plate and Napa-Sonoma wine pairing. The event also includes a silent auction with funds benefitting the Foundation as well as other local charities: High Fives, KNPB and the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project.

Tickets to this exclusive wine pairing event are $75 and may be purchased online at www.GrandSierraResort.com/entertainment/calendar/napas-backyard or by calling 800-648-3568. Reserved VIP tables of 10 including full wait staff service are also available for $1,000 by calling the Tournament Office at 775-322-3900.

Chefs competing at the 2nd annual Napa’s Backyard event include:

  • Stefan Bahr, Métrazur, New York
  • Matt Hill, Charlie Palmer Steak, Washington DC
  • Scott Romano, Charlie Palmer at the Joule, Dallas
  • Vincent Pouessel, Aureole, Las Vegas
  • Steven Blandino, Charlie Palmer Steak, Las Vegas
  • Ira Gallon, The Stirling Club, Las Vegas
  • David Holman, Charlie Palmer Steak, Fin Fish and Briscola
  • Dustin Valette, Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg, Calif.
  • Seakyeong Kim, Charlie Palmer, Costa Mesa, Calif.

During Napa’s Backyard, each culinary creation is paired with a wine of the chef’s choosing, selecting from wineries including:

  • Arger Martucci
  • Benessere
  • Beuhler Vineyards
  • Clos du Val
  • Crew Wine Co.
  • Dierberg Vineyards
  • Duckhorn Vineyards
  • Dunn Vinyards
  • E&J Gallo
  • Ehlers Estate
  • Frog’s Leap Winery
  • Groth Vineyards
  • HALL Wines
  • Keenan Winery
  • King Estate
  • Kobrand
  • Ladera Winery
  • Langtry Wines
  • Majestic Mkt.
  • Michael David
  • Palmez Vineyards
  • Paul Hobbs Winery
  • Pine Ridge
  • Precept
  • Pride Mt. Winery
  • R&B Cellars
  • Rombauer Vineyards
  • Row 11 Winery
  • Schweiger Vineyards
  • SFWE
  • Silver Oak Winery
  • Steele Wines
  • The Prisoner
  • Titus Vineyards
  • Trefethen Winery
  • Trentadue
  • Tres Sabores
  • Truchard Winery
  • Venge Vineyards
  • Whitehall Lane Winery
  • Wilson Daniels

“We’re so thankful to the Grand Sierra Resort and Charlie Palmer for allowing us to be a part of this tremendous event,” said Jana Smoley, executive director of the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation. “Benefits like this are a huge part of the success of the Reno-Tahoe Open each year and we encourage all members of the community to come out and enjoy some amazing food and wine for a great cause. It’s events like this that have allowed us to give back to our community to the tune of $2 million.”

For more information on the 13th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, including ticket sales, vacation packages, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.RenoTahoeOpen.com or contact the tournament office at 775-322-3900.

The 13th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place Aug. 1 – 7, 2011 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is a full-field stop during the PGA TOUR Regular Season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally-televised tournament brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3 million purse. The Reno-Tahoe Open is operated and managed by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, comprised of key sponsors including Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.

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