Epicurean delights await this fall

The perfect balance of fall colors and winter white on display in Hope Valley. | Photography by Marty Gollery, TahoePhotography.net, @LakeTahoePhoto

Epicurean delights await this fall
Fall is the perfect time for hiking, mountain biking and taking in the fall colors in the Tahoe Sierra. But it’s also a favorite time to enjoy dining out and it’s the season for some of the region’s best culinary events from wine tastings and chocolate festivals to pub crawls and indoor farmers’ markets, and much more, all featured in our Tahoe Taste Guide in this edition.

You won’t want to miss “Priya’s Pick & Tips,” as our long-time Food Editor Priya Hutner shares some of her favorite places to dine from fine dining to great local happy hour deals. Kayla Anderson has tried a lot of burgers for us over the last 5 years and you’ll find her picks for “The 25 best burgers in Tahoe” in the guide, along with her picks for “Tahoe’s top 5 ski-in cocktails.”

Thank you to our Patrons
I want to thank everyone who has joined our Patron Circle membership program during its inaugural month.

It’s been a rough road for publications like Tahoe Guide since the pandemic and many newspapers, online news organizations and magazines have folded in the last few years. Many others have been gobbled up by hedge funds and large media conglomerates who have laid off local workers or shuttered some publications completely. It’s harder than ever to continue to operate small, local publications, so I appreciate the support. You can join our Patron Circle by donating any amount, even as little as $5 a month, at tahoeguide.fundjournalism.org.

As a thank you to our Patrons, we’re giving away two tickets to both the North Tahoe Business Association’s Passport to Dining fundraiser and to Sierra Community House’s Chocolate & Wine Festival fundraiser. Anyone donating at least $125 by Oct. 29 will be entered into the drawing for those tickets and will also receive a free one-year mail subscription.

Passing of an icon
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Tahoe ski legend, “Squallywood” author and all-around fantastic human Robb Gaffney, who died on Sept. 22. He was an extraordinary human being full of compassion for this community, and his family and friends. Tahoe Guide is honored to have interviewed Robb for a number of stories through the years, including Tim Hauserman’s story “Confronting the dangers of extreme sports” on his efforts to help kids find balance and practice safety as they grow up in a culture that idolizes extreme sports (available at YourTahoeGuide.com).

Robb also graced the cover of Tahoe Guide many times through the years, including the one next to this column that was taken by Matt Bansak as dawn rose over Lake Tahoe on New Year’s Day in 2015 (one of my personal favorites). We shared a few others on our Facebook and Instagram pages in memory of Robb. You can help his family by donating at gofundme.com.