Weddings at the Big Water Grille

A Spectacular Setting with Spectacular Culinary Creations and a Renaissance-Man Manager

Before we get to the Grille, let’s find out a little something about the man who runs the show there.  Jack Chinn is no ordinary restaurateur – we think the term “Jack-Of-All-Trades” must have been named after him!

Jack grew up in Southern California, and majored in Music at California State University Northridge.  He was introduced to the hospitality industry at the tender age of 18, when Jack got his first “taste” of food & beverage service at a Chili’s Restaurant in SoCal.  In subsequent years, Jack bounced (no pun intended) from restaurant to restaurant and bar to bar, working just about every position within the restaurant industry.

But Jack is a man of many interests, so he took a break from the hustle and bustle of Southern California and landed a job with the Boy Scouts as a backcountry employee at Philmont Scout Ranch.  For those of us who have never heard of it, Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts’ premier High Adventure base, set in 214 square miles of rugged wilderness in New Mexico, offering backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades and training programs. Who wouldn’t want to be a Boy Scout if you could go there!? 

After a few years, California was calling again, and Jack’s sense of adventure was still flaming hot, so he became a wildland firelighter for CalFire!  Unfortunately, Jack got injured on the job and needed to consider other career opportunities at that point.  But this is where the good news begins for engaged couples – in 2016, Jack landed the most amazing job at the Big Water Grille as their General Manager and Event Coordinator!

Perched above Lake Tahoe’s shores in Incline Village, the Big Water Grille is widely known for being a premier restaurant around the lake.  Jack has an amazing, dedicated team and an unmatched commitment to be of service to you and your wedding guests.  For your wedding, they create culinary memories that last, because the cuisine is exquisite – seasonal, fresh and local.  Chef Manny Baez works diligently with each wedding couple to create an award-winning menu.

Photo credit:  Jon M Photography

For ceremonies, The Big Water Grille can accommodate your guests outdoors on their deck overlooking the lake, or in front of their large river rock fireplace for cozier winter days.

Photo credit: Fifth and Chestnut Photo Company

Immediately after the ceremony, your reception will begin with butler passed hors d’oeuvres and premium cocktails from their bar.  Dinner is served in their multi-level dining room with spectacular views. 

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Sunset from the Dining Room

After your scrumptious dinner, you can celebrate in style on the dance floor.

Photo credit: Fifth and Chestnut Photo Company

Jack promises you uncompromising attention to detail and an “elevated” dining experience for your North Lake Tahoe wedding!  For more information about having your celebration at the Big Water Grille, please call Jack at 775-833-0606.

Helping Napa-Sonoma Wedding Couples Affected by the Wildfires

Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the horrific Wine Country wildfires. Included among those who have been impacted by this terrible devastation are venues that host weddings, and couples who booked their weddings at these venues.

Many couples in this situation are now wondering what they should do next, if their venue can no longer host their wedding. First and foremost, review your venue contract. Typically, there is a standard clause in your contract that addresses this kind of circumstance.

This clause might be labeled “Termination,” “Force Majeure,” “Acts of God” or “Impossibility.” It allows you and the venue to terminate your obligations (the venue’s obligation is to provide space, and your obligation is to pay the venue) without liability, if it is impossible to have the wedding at the venue due to Acts of God, which include fires, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes or hurricanes.

So if you have a clause like this in your contract and your venue is not able to host your wedding, you may terminate the contract and receive a refund of the payments you have made to the venue. Once the contract is terminated, you can look for a new venue for your wedding.

The community of wedding professionals in the North Lake Tahoe area are here to help you if you need to find a new location for your wedding.  In the words of Caity Hunt, Senior Event Sales Manager for the Hyatt Lake Tahoe Resort, “We are so saddened to watch what is happening in the Napa/Sonoma area, and would absolutely love to help if we can.”

Photo:  Nina · Photography

 

Below we have compiled information from wedding venues in North Tahoe that may be able to host your wedding.  Clicking on the venue name will link you to the venue’s website. When specific available dates are provided by venues, this information is accurate as of October 12, 2017, but is subject to change as bookings take place.

 

BIG WATER GRILLE

Contact Jack Chinn, General Manager, 775-833-0606, [email protected] to inquire about available dates. Jack was once a Firefighter for Cal Fire and wants to help.

 

GAR WOODS GRILL & PIER

Contact Amy Grigsby, Group Sales Manager, 530.546.3366, [email protected]

All Saturdays are available for the next few months with the exception of 10/28 and 12/2.

 

GATEKEEPER’S MUSEUM

Contact Marnie Carr, Executive Director of the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, 530-583-1762, [email protected]

We have full availability for the rest of this month at the Gatekeeper’s Museum. Saturdays in April, May and October 2018 are still available, but June – September are fully booked. We also have quite a few Fridays and Sundays available if anyone is interested.

 

GRANLIBAKKEN TAHOE

Contact Meaghen Lottman, Wedding Coordinator, 530-581-7567[email protected]

Here are the available dates for the rest of the year:

November 25th

December 2nd

December 9th

December 16th

Dates for 2018:

January 13th

January 20th

January 27th

February 3rd

February 10th

February 24th

March 3rd

March 10th

March 17th

May 12th

 

HYATT REGENCY LAKE TAHOE RESORT, SPA AND CASINO

Contact Caity Hunt, Senior Event Sales Manager, 775.886.6681, [email protected]

Below are Saturday dates available for the remainder of the year and first part of 2018. Size of group we have availability to take, and also the specific venue location may vary between each of these dates:

11/4/17 – up to 80 Guests

11/11/17

11/18/17

11/25/17

12/23/17

1/6/18

1/13/18

1/27/18

2/3/18

 

JAKE’S ON THE LAKE

Contact Danielle McCord Padgett, Banquets Manager, 530-583-0188, [email protected]

A buyout of the restaurant required for groups over 70, a banquet room is available for groups under 70.

 

NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA

Contact Brett Fox, Wedding Sales Manager, 530.562.3830, [email protected]

For wedding groups of 75 guests or less, the Tavern 6330′ restaurant has available dates.

 

THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE TAHOE

Contact Amber Kijanka, Catering Sales Manager, Direct: 530.562.3014, [email protected]

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe does have availability for various dates for this Fall Winter 2017 and next summer 2018.

 

SUGAR BOWL RESORT

Contact Allison Keasal, Weddings & Special Events Manager, Direct: 530 426 6769; Mobile: 334 444 2697, [email protected]

Below are our available dates for 2018 on the weekends.

Open weekends for The Village Lodge, 2018:

June 2nd, 9th, 16th

July 7th

August 25th

September 15th, 22nd, 29th

October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Open weekends for Lake Mary, 2018:

July 14th

August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

September 15th, 22nd, 29th

October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

 

SUNNYSIDE RESTAURANT & LODGE

Contact Courtney Loring, Special Events Coordinator, 530-583-7200, [email protected]

We’d love to help out as much as possible. Unfortunately we don’t have anything in October available. In November we have the first weekend 4th and 5th, 18th and 19th, and 25th and 26th. We are also available for rehearsal dinners as well.

 

TAHOE DONNER

Contact Lisa Tomasi, Group Sales and Events, Phone 530-582-9643, [email protected]

For 2017, we can offer up the following:

Alder Creek Adventure Center

Up to 100 people for full sit down meal, and 150 people for stations

10/28

11/4

11/18

ANY Friday/Sunday

 

The Lodge

Up to 65 people availability

10/28

11/4

11/11

11/18

We could offer up a full buy-out of the Lodge, which can accommodate 175. Site Fee TBD. Same dates apply as above.

 

TAHOE VISTANA INN

Contact Leah Rumon, General Manager, Phone 530-546-2529, [email protected]

We are definitely open to helping and can offer our venue as an option, and would love to talk further with the couples.

Venue: Outdoor Ceremony & Reception

Event Guest Count: (up to 130)

Lodging: On-Site Accommodations (up to 105-110)

Alcohol & Catering: BYO

Kings Beach: Not Your Ordinary Cup of “Joe”

Many visitors to North Tahoe get their first view of the Lake’s awesome beauty as they drive over the Brockway Summit on California State Highway 267.  If you continue down to the road’s end by the shoreline, and turn left onto Highway 28, you will be entering the lively lakeside town of Kings Beach.

With such a magnificent waterfront, you might think Kings Beach was named after royalty, but its name actually came from a regular Joe who turned out to be not so ordinary.  Joe King moved to the North Tahoe area in the Roaring 1920’s, and he landed a job in Truckee as a Bouncer at the Pastime Club, which featured a “Game Room” with slot machines and poker tables.  There, Joe apparently honed his poker-playing skills, and according to local legend, he won the land that now bears his name during a high-stakes game against a wealthy real estate magnate.

Joe was instrumental in shaping Kings Beach into a bustling community, and over the years, the town’s landscape continued to change as times changed.  Here’s one interesting example:  Joe King originally had a shopping center built by the Lake, then it was subsequently converted into a bowling alley in the 1960’s. Incredibly, this bowling alley began hosting live concerts featuring iconic bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Grateful Dead.  But the music venue shut down at the end of 1968, and the building was completely renovated.  Today, this building is the North Tahoe Event Center, which is one of the area’s most popular places for weddings.

Photo credit: Ciprian Photography

But of all the changes that have come to Kings Beach over the years, perhaps the most significant was the recently completed “Commercial Core Improvement Project.”  This $50 million upgrade of roads, sidewalks, parking areas, and landscaping has improved pedestrian safety, increased the clarity of the Lake water, and greatly enhanced the overall experience for visitors.  So this makes Kings Beach a better place than ever to bring your group for your destination wedding!

There are an abundance of attractions to enjoy in Kings Beach.  Let’s start with the beach itself.  Due to its south-facing shoreline, Kings Beach gets more hours of summer sunshine than any other beach on Lake Tahoe.  And the water near the shore is relatively shallow, which means that it’s typically warmer than other beaches.

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For group activities at the beach, you can rent kayaks and paddleboards at Adrift Tahoe, North Tahoe Watersports or Tahoe EcoSports.  On Friday evenings between mid-June and early September you can listen and dancing to free live music performances at a concert series called  Music on the Beach.  Across the road from the beach, another fun group activity is Kings Beach Miniature Golf, where your guests can not only enjoy a round of putt-putt golf, but there is also space available to rent for a casual party.

Among the numerous dining options in Kings Beach, check out the Log Cabin Caffe for breakfast, then grab a burger at the Char-Pit for lunch.  Dinner options include Jason’s Beachside Grille and Caliente’s Southwestern cuisine.  You could even have your rehearsal dinner at Caliente with a buy-out of the restaurant.

There are a wide range of overnight accommodations in Kings Beach.  The Brockway Springs Resort offers a collection of well appointed condominiums along a half mile of private shoreline.  Another popular beachfront lodging choice is Ferrari’s Crown Resort.  For your friends who are paying off their college loans, they can check out and check into Hostel Tahoe.  And finally, there are numerous options for rentals of private homes or condos by visiting websites like VRBO and FlipKey.

So whatever you have in mind for your North Tahoe wedding, Kings Beach provides great opportunities for your guests to have an unforgettable experience.