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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:00 am

No one will leave the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa hungry on Wednesday night, Dec. 4 as the Resort hosts one of Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce signature events, the Taste of Lake Arrowhead. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The eagerly anticipated event will showcase more than a dozen local restaurants. The chefs will feature their best fare to a throng of guests as they compete for Critic’s Choice Award, the Best of Taste and the Most Creative Display.

The Taste of Lake Arrowhead begins with champagne in the Resort lobby after which guests will stroll between the ballroom and the Lakeview Terrace room, where they will meet the geniuses behind the fabulous fare—the chefs—many of whom have spent decades studying and honing their extraordinary culinary skills and creations.

Stone Creek Bistro’s seasoned Chef Sam Perry will be serving a “taste” of shrimp agnolotti and Mexican lava cake truffles. Rib fans need to be sure not to miss Bill’s Villager. Tudor House Productions Chefs Tina Love and Cliff Larsen are keeping their “tastes” under wraps as is the new executive chef of the Lake Arrowhead Resort, John Garcia. Chef Garcia has worked side by side with some of the most celebrated chefs in the world, including time spent as a guest chef at the renowned James Beard House in New York City.

The “Taste” will be further enriched by the music of the fabulous Rim High jazz ensemble, directed by Karen Tomlinson.

Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce and Sysco Foods, each contributing $500, will award a $1000 scholarship to a Rim graduating senior planning to go into food services or the culinary arts.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for chamber members), plus a toy or gift card for Operation Provider. Holland Lowe, founder and executive director of the nonprofit, is grateful to the Taste of Lake Arrowhead guests for their generosity.

“We rely on our own community for support,” she said. There is always a great need, Lowe said, for gifts for teenagers.

“This promises to be a lot of fun,” said Ginny Durand, owner of The Tea & Coffee Exchange, who is chairing the event with Nicole Stufkosky, one of the owners of Papagayo’s, and Gina Richardson, director of catering at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa.

The Taste of Lake Arrowhead, Durand added, “is a great place to meet friends and visit for the holidays.”

To purchase tickets or make reservations, call the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce at (909) 337-3715 or visit

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