DSC_0447.jpgMeet Our Chocolatiers


We are so appreciative of the support of our local restaurants and chefs.

Our Chocolatiers are judged in the following categories:

  • Most Decadent
  • Creative Ingredient
  • Original Taste

Guests will have a chance to vote for their favorite chocolate and award the coveted People’s Choice Award!

Get to know our Chocolatiers!

 


Dorinda’s Chocolates

Dorinda, also known to some as the Duchess of Chocolate, is a mother of 4 boys. She homeschooled her sons until they reached high school, and when her last two sons were in 7th and 8th grade, Dorinda decided to pursue her dream and love for chocolate. She became a professional Chocolatier. Since the age of 12, Dorinda has been making her famous chocolate covered cherries. After studying and learning the science behind chocolate at Ecole Chocolat, a chocolate making program, and gaining experience in hands-on courses at Berry Callebaut, a chocolate academy in Chicago, Dorinda continues to hone her skills today. Dorinda has also received numerous awards. Upon receiving her first and most meaningful award, “Best Most Original taste” for her sea salt caramels, Dorinda realized that she had a taste for combining ingredients to create a decadent flavor.

dorinda-s-chocolatesDustin Vance

Dorinda’s youngest sons, Dustin and Austin, helped her every step of the way. At the time, Dustin’s favorite color was green, and Austin’s was purple, so these became the colors of Dorinda’s Chocolates. The boys spent endless hours helping her roll, dip, and box cherries. Dorinda wanted Dustin and Austin to feel they were a part of the business. To this day (5 years later) both sons still help with the business.

Dustin, who currently studies business at UNR, works with Dorinda full-time as the Vice President of Operations. Dorinda’s passion for chocolate has spilled over to Dustin, who makes the masterpieces alongside Dorinda, as well as packages, maintains the website, manages both stores, and ships orders out nationally. Dustin knows the business from every aspect, and will continue to help expand Dorinda’s Chocolates and take it to the next level.

 


The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Adjacent to the main hotel tower on the shores of Lake Tahoe, the award-winning Lone Eagle Grille welcomes guests to a world-class view and dining experience.
Lone Eagle Grille is ideal for lunch, dinner, and cocktails aprés ski (or beach). Enjoy Chef Mark May’s High Sierra Cuisine, an impressive wine list and breathtaking views of the lake. Start by savoring appetizers and cocktails in the Great Room lounge overlooking Lake Tahoe’s majestic peaks and incredible sunset views. Then head to the dining room for an exquisite dining experience prepared in the display kitchen. Experience our seasonal menus, featuring menu selections from wild game meats to fresh seafood, the finest in fresh local ingredients are used to prepare each dish.

lodge-from-waterAdam Gillis, Pastry Chef

bio coming soon!

 

 


Jake’s On The Lake

Since 1978, Jake’s on the Lake has embodied a carefree Tahoe spirit in a “Classic Waterfront Grill” offering superb service, a friendly and casual atmosphere and the finest and freshest food.

Located on the waterfront in the heart of Tahoe City, Jake’s boasts sweeping views of Lake Tahoe’s crystalline water and stunning mountain vistas.

Aaron Zilinski

Aaron has been part of the team at Jake’s On The Lake since 2009.  He got his start cooking in Pittsburgh, where he attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. He has worked in fine and unique restaurants across the country including Pittsburgh, Vail, Las Vegas, Reno, and now Lake Tahoe.  Locally, he has worked at LuLou’s, Squaw, and Wolfdale’s.  Aaron eventually found his home here at Jake’s where he was recently promoted to Executive Chef.


West Shore Cafe

Dedicated to sourcing our food from local and organic farms the West Shore Cafe’s menus change with the season.

west-shore-cafe-tahoe-waterfront-diningBen Deinken, Executive Chef

 bio coming soon!

 

Chef Q&A

What is your greatest strength in the kitchen?

I’m a great leader!

Who gave you your first break and believed in you?

My mom.

What word of food best describes you?

Sweet.

What is the best part of being chosen as a Chocolatier?

Making chocolate with Jennie!


West Shore Market & Deli

West Shore Market is a locally owned grocery and deli on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, in Sunnyside.  They offer the community nightly happy hour and dinner specials, a gourmet deli, craft beer and spirits, a wine cellar, organic produce from Tahoe Food Hub, fresh baked goods, a coffee bar and year-round gelato.  They are open daily from 7am to 9pm.

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Ariel Wiggins

bio coming soon!