Dinner Events at Thunderbird Lake Tahoe


Winemakers are pouring, chefs are fired up, and the views … doing their part to be astonishing! These fundraising dinners are the highlight of Lake Tahoe’s summer social season. And, they are always a sellout, so please make reservations early to confirm your spot!

(Check back here early next year for our 2019 events.)

THUNDERFAIRE LAKESIDE FOOD & WINE FAIR ~ Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 4 p.m.
Happy Father's Day

Beautiful grounds and an unparalleled sunset are the backdrop for an evening of delicious food and wine. Celebrated chefs and vintners come together to delight the palate as you roam throughout the grottoes and secret spaces of Captain George Whittell’s Thunderbird Lodge estate. Raffles, prizes, a silent auction, and entertainment will make our themed festival reminiscent of Old World elegance.

$245 per person ($175 of which is a charitable contribution)

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Thunderbird Winemaker's Dinner

Thunderbird Yacht

These elegant, gourmet dinners pair a celebrated California winemaker with one of the finest regional chefs to present a seated*, full-course evening in Thunderbird Lodge’s Lighthouse Room. The sunset views of Lake Tahoe are unparalleled!

$495 per person ($345 of which is a charitable contribution)

To buy tickets online click the button below or call 775-832-8750.
*To request special seating arrangements please reply to your order confirmation email.

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 5 p.m.
Wolfdale’s Chef Douglas Dale featuring Ric Forman’s amazing Napa Valley Cabernets
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 5 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe Executive Chef Mark Jeffers and Jeff Lede from Cliff Lede Vineyards
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For an additional donation, an optional VIP Reserve Winetasting aboard Thunderbird Yacht will precede these two events, subject to weather and lake conditions. See details below.

$1000 per person ($750 of which is a charitable contribution)

Join us for a VIP Yacht Cruise on the newly restored Thunderbird prior to either of the two Epicurean Seated Dinner events listed above. In addition to the Winemaker’s Dinner and VIP Tasting Cruise* attendees also receive:

  • Gate pass to “drive on” to the estate at 4 p.m. without taking shuttle bus
  • East shore cruise aboard Thunderbird Yacht
  • Private reserve and library wines paired with culinary treats hosted by select winemakers
  • Access to VIP seating area with our Castle Club and Flagship members
  • Recognition in the winemakers program
  • Arrival back at dock at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 4 p.m.

*Yacht cruise is contingent on weather and conditions. Thunderbird Lake Tahoe reserves the right to reschedule either of these cruises without notice.

AUTUMN HARVEST DINNER ~ Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 5 p.m.
Autumn Harvest Dinner

Thunderbird’s Chef Darren Weston will serve a multi-course Autumn Harvest inspired meal with professional sommelier pairings. This will be a seated* event served in the Lighthouse Room with spectacular views of the lake.

$495.00 per person ($345 of which is a charitable contribution)
*To request special seating arrangements please reply to your order confirmation email.

       SOLD OUT

Event Details

As our principal fundraising event to preserve Lake Tahoe’s Castle-in-the-Sky and the world famous Thunderbird yacht, Thunderbird Lake Tahoe hosts Dinner Events on the second Sunday of June through October. Tour this National Historic Site with a glass of wine in hand and share in its legacy while strolling magnificent lawns, gardens, and stone terrace vistas. Fine wine and food intersect as invited chefs work closely with winemakers to create the ultimate pairings. Certain evenings include a lively auction of exclusive items and events, and an opportunity to purchase selected wines.

To reduce the high cost of credit card fees, Thunderbird prefers payment by check. However, all major credit cards are accepted and you may book online using our secure shopping cart.

Dinners typically conclude by 9 p.m. Dress is business casual with a coat or wrap recommended as Tahoe evenings can turn chilly. Wear comfortable walking shoes. High heels are not recommended when strolling the uneven stone pathways of Thunderbird Lodge.

All ticket sales are final. No refunds, substitutions, or exchanges. All events and programs are subject to change without notice.

For information on the tax-deductible donation portion of each ticket purchased, click here. All proceeds support the preservation and educational programs of the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, a Nevada non-profit corporation having IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt status as a public charity (Tax Id 88-0434866).