Founder Chris Banovich has been a chef in the Tahoe area for 20 years managing high quality resorts, such as the Resort at Squaw Creek, Royal Gorge and Northstar at Tahoe, where he held Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine positions. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco in 1988, Chris ran Tourelle Café in Lafayette and Blackhawk Country Clubs in the bay area in addition to sous chef on a luxury cruise liner in Hawaii. Chris has worked positions in the front of house to link the whole picture of the production. He has been responsible for catering parties for celebrities and other VIP’s such as Lou Gosset Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Devito, Francis Ford Coppola, just to name a few.
While Executive Chef of Northstar at Tahoe, he was also responsible for the wine puchasing and pairing for all outlets and educating staff and guests alike with a great series of winemakers dinners.
Chris also owns Bano’s Iceworks, the premier, award winning ice sculpture company in the Tahoe area providing incredible ice bars, luges, food presenters, centerpieces and more. Let Bano’s Iceworks put your event over the edge.