Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Next Time You're In Tahoe - Wild Goose Now Open

Wild Goose, located in Tahoe Vista, opens its doors to guests May 25 for another season of serving what many say is “the finest and freshest food” found at the Lake, and pouring an array of wines from California and around the world. For 2011 Wild Goose will also offer extended hours starting mid June.

Chef Jason Di Guilio, featured on Channel 2 Reno News with culinary expert and cookbook author, Jennifer Bushman, returns again this year. New for 2011, Di Guilio plans to work more extensively with sustainable seafood along with continuing his use of fresh regional ingredients primarily from family farms. His passion is for New American Cuisine that focuses on style and emerging concepts. New American Cuisine, known for its upscale contemporary cooking, features the creative use of fresh in-season produce and sauces often incorporating influences from Latin America, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

“Like tomatoes and Meyer lemons, every fish has its season. Knowing what to eat, and when to eat it, is key to eating sustainably,” says Chef Di Guilio. “Some of the sustainable seafood guests might see on the menu this summer is California Albacore Tuna, Alaskan Halibut, California Dungeness Crab, California Black Cod, White Sturgeon and Alaskan Salmon.”

Newer dishes this year include Seared Diver Sea Scallop with Pomme puree, Szechwan Pepper Sauce and popcorn shoots; Mussels Ala Plancha with jalapeño pepper, bread crumbs and clarified garlic herb butter, and an oven roasted chicken dish served with a warm panzanella salad, fried artichoke, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano and aged balsamic.
To complement Di Guilio’s culinary creations is one of the most extensive wine lists offered at any restaurant on the Lake. “Guests have often said to me, ‘Here I enjoy an exceptional wine at a fair price paired perfectly with my food,’” said Pat Hedderman, beverage manager, Wild Goose.

The Wild Goose wine list is comprised of 340 selections and a wine cellar containing over 4800 bottles. This simple accounting only hints at the breadth and depth of the offerings and efforts involved in the acquisition of Wild Goose’s wines. Wild Goose serves wines from California regions, complemented by American and international wines. Wines are divided between a regular and reserve wine list each expressing different wine philosophies.

Wines are available by the glass and half bottles. Guests can also look forward to an assortment of bottled beers, micro-brewed, beers on tap, classic cocktails, fresh juices, Peet’s Coffee and a few featured cocktail specialties like the Goosetail made with Stoli Vanilla Vodka, two rums and fresh lemon and lime juices. Cocktails are made with fresh ingredients.

Wild Goose is also very pleased to be able to offer the public an upstairs private dining room for parties of forty people or less. This special room features a private bar area, the entire Wild Goose menu, a professional wait staff along with a lake view. A spot like this is a rarity around Lake Tahoe, making this attribute of Wild Goose a hidden gem for people planning a rehearsal dinner, anniversary or monumental birthday.
“Wild Goose is truly a place that guests look forward to returning to, and we can’t thank them enough for making 2010 such a great year. That’s why we decided to extend our hours this year,” says Debbie Casey, managing partner for Tahoe Mountain Club, operator of the restaurant.

Wild Goose is open Wednesday – Sunday, late May thru mid June. Starting in mid June, Wild Goose is open six days a week, closed on Tuesdays.

Dinner service starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday – Friday the bar opens at 4 p.m. with the Bar Menu available. Saturday and Sunday the bar opens at 2 p.m.

Entrees include a selection of Alaskan Halibut; Painted Hills Filet Mignon; Pappardelle Pasta; Turkey Meatloaf; Lobster Pot Pie; Eco “Veggie” Burger. Price range: $14 – 36.

To make a reservation, call 530.546.3640. Walk-ins welcome. For more information:, or visit us on Facebook.

Wild Goose is located at 7320 North Lake Tahoe Boulevard, Tahoe Vista, California, 96148.

Planning to arrive by boat? Limited valet boat docking is available. Call North Tahoe Marina at 530.546.8248 ext. 2 prior to arriving.

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