American Tapas comes to The Loft

Tastes’ charcuterie plate. | Courtesy The Loft

The Loft located in Heavenly Village introduces its new venture, Taste at The Loft, American Tapas Lake Tahoe, a dining experience unlike any in South Lake Tahoe, featuring tapas and small bites created by Frank Trotta.

“The inspiration for our new menu concept came from our space. The Loft is a really unique, modern and interesting venue and we wanted to come up with a food concept that was innovative and interesting just like The Loft itself.”
–Frank Trotta

“Frank is our VP of operations, head chef and sommelier. He has an extensive culinary background. We have a little bit of everything that reflects that on our menu,” says Chelsea Miller, marketing manager.

“The inspiration for our new menu concept came from our space. The Loft is a really unique, modern and interesting venue and we wanted to come up with a food concept that was innovative and interesting just like The Loft itself,” says Trotta. “The menu for Taste is influenced by a variety of factors. As the food and beverage director of the Stanley Hotel, I learned a lot about wild game. Working as an executive chef and food and beverage director in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Key West gave me a passion for Floribbean cuisine. And my Italian upbringing in the NYC area taught me how to utilize classic Italian ingredients.”

Chef Frank Trotta. | Courtesy The Loft

Trotta, who is originally from New Jersey, is co-owner of The Loft with Paul Reder.

Featured items include the roasted beet and burrata salad with basil and balsamic, yellow fin tuna and avocado ceviche and mini lamb chops with a mint, pomegranate balsamic glaze.

Selection of craft cocktails. | Courtesy The Loft

The menu has something for everyone including vegan and vegetarian fare. Starts include unique soups and salads, assorted charcuterie plates and antipasto, wild game tastes such as bison carpaccio with white truffle oil, capers, red onions and shaved Parmesan, and honey bourbon-glazed pork belly skewers.

“The presentation and sauces are well thought out by Frank and top notch,” says Miller. In addition to tapas and small plates, the restaurant boasts a number of desserts on the menu.

“In the kitchen and in the hospitality business in general, I am inspired by making people happy and trying to give them an overall wonderful experience. I love entertaining and hosting dinner parties and that’s what running a restaurant is like: having a group of people to your home to have a great time. In addition to being a CIA-trained chef, I am also a certified sommelier and craft cocktail enthusiast. That’s what we are striving for at The Loft, combining great food with the perfect glass of wine or craft cocktail,” says Trotta.

Taste offers a full bar, craft cocktails and has large wine selection. The bar offers magician-themed cocktails to fit in with the nightly magic shows, such as Sleight of Hand made with Benhams Gin, lavender-infused Lillet, tart cherry juice and dried lavender or The Illusionist, prepared with High West American Prairie bourbon, basil-infused Amaro, English breakfast syrup, lemon juice and angostura bitters.

In addition, The Loft hosts a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily, Whiskey & Wine Wednesdays and if you show up to Lipstick Lounge Thursdays come wearing lipstick, you’ll receive a complimentary Cosmopolitan, glass of house wine or champagne. | thelofttahoe.com