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Chapel Tavern Celebrates Northern Nevada’s Outdoor Lifestyle

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Outdoor films, nonprofit donations, awesome raffle prizes, and delicious drinks all around! Sounds like a total win, right? Well one of midtown’s most popular drink spots, Chapel Tavern is making it happen. Starting on January 28, Chapel will be introducing a new kind of party, one where everybody wins! We all know that Northern Nevada has been blessed with the kind of environment that allows for locals and visitors to create outdoor adventures year-round. Chapel’s new event, Reno Wild Life (RWL), will take place on the last Wednesday of every month and will serve as a celebration of all things outdoors. From 8 pm to 10 pm Chapel will be screening outdoor films featuring sports and activities that are popular in our area. For the inaugural event, Moment Skis will be screening “Twenty”, a Poor Boyz Productions film.

Chapel is asking guests to make donations at the event to benefit nonprofits that support the environment and the people who enjoy it. The organization that will benefit from the donations collected on opening night is The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. Guests who donate $5 or more will be entered into a raffle to win some cool gear. January’s offerings will include merchandise from Patagonia, a pair of Moment skis, and KTHZ-FM gear. Chapel will also be offering a keg of Great Basin Brewery’s limited release “Moment Deathwish” Pale Ale.

For more information on Chapel Tavern and RWL check them out online.

New Eateries in Reno

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Reno has been growing into a foodie paradise, and the list of delicious eateries that keep popping up around town won’t disappoint! Many new restaurants are exercising their creativity by serving funky, fun menus that you won’t find just anywhere. We’ve highlighted a few of the area’s newest restaurants and encourage you to try them all!

Newly added to the West Street Market, The Rawr Bar features a raw menu, meaning that everything on their menu (both plant and animal products) are served unprocessed and uncooked. The idea behind this concept is to allow customers to enjoy food in its purest state. Their menu is full of small-portioned plates that are meant for sharing and tasting. Their menu is broken up into four categories: garden (vegan options), sea, land, and flowers (dessert-like options). Some menu items include beet ravioli, striped bass, beef carpaccio, and vanilla ice cream. If you’re looking for a unique dining experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Reno, the Rawr Bar is the place to go!

The Depot Craft Brewery and Distillery recently opened its doors with the “pursuit and passion for transforming base ingredients into far more noble forms.” Located at 325 E. 4th Street, this new eatery has a lot to offer! The Depot brews their own beer inside the Brewhouse, where they combine old brewing traditions with experimentation and new techniques. They also dedicate time to distilling whiskey with a “farm to glass” approach, which includes the milling, cooking, and fermenting of locally farmed grains, and double distillation all on-site. Last but certainly not least, The Depot is serving up some delicious food as well! Their menu is full of items like cioppino, short ribs, and pork belly tacos, along with salads and “snacks” such as poutine and a cheese board. With a menu of spirits, beer, and food, like The Depot’s you’re sure to leave satisfied!

The brand new Centro Bar and Kitchen, which had its grand opening on January 9, will be serving up tapas and drinks in their location on California Avenue. LaVecchia’s Alberto Gazzola will be teaming up with chef David Stern and mixologist Ryan Harris to bring customers an exciting dining experience. The menu focuses on tapas-style small plates, which are meant to be sampled and shared, but you’ll also find experimental cocktails and larger plates for the hungry! Roasted baby beet salad, crispy quail and waffles, roasted bone marrow, and octopus are all things you will find on this exciting menu.

End 2014 With Special NYE Menus

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Special celebrations always call for great food, and many of our local restaurants are excited to provide some delicious New Year’s dining options to help you end 2014 full and happy!

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is offering a number of New Year’s Eve specials at their many eateries. Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille will host a New Year’s Eve Steak & Seafood Spectacular Champagne Dinner on December 31. This menu will feature bacon-wrapped fillet, hand-carved prime rib and ham, steamed snow crab legs, and lobster ravioli. Atlantis Steakhouse will serve a four course prix-fixe dinner will foods such as foie gras with sweet spices, Dungeness crab chowder, and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass with grilled prawns or petit filet mignon and lumb crab stuffed lobster, followed with a salted caramel and chocolate budino. Bistro Napa will also have a four course prix-fixe menu including bacon wrapped jumbo prawns, oxtail consome, wood fired king crab stuffed beef tenderloin, and Maine lobster. Atlantis’ Purple Parrot will be serving a three course dinner complete with a choice of house salad or soup du jour, filet Oscar, and chocolate treasures cake.

Three of Eldorado Resort Casino’s restaurants are serving New Year’s Eve meals. Roxy Restaurant & Bar has created a menu with crab spaghetti, creamed 5 onion soup, duck breast in brandy sauce, New York style blueberry cheesecake, and more. La Strada’s special menu includes Castel Franco radicchio and duck prosciutto, braised short ribs ravioli, pan roasted black cod, asparagus and lobster risotto, braised petite pork shank, and a pumpkin spice “Caprese” cake for dessert. The Prime Rib Grill will have lobster bisque, fillet mignon and half lobster tail scampi style with seasonal vegetables and scalloped potatoes, and triple chocolate mousse for dessert in addition to their soup and salad bar.

Peppermill Reno has an abundance of New Year’s Eve specials. Island Buffet menu highlights include gulf shrimp and cracked crab, smoked maple glazed Pacific salmon, classic ambrosia and walnut salad, champagne Jello-O with seafood salad, mushroom ravioli, champagne risotto, hoisin BBQ pork ribs, rotisserie turkey breast, shrimp scampi, and wood-grilled rib-eye steak, as well as an assortment of pastries, cakes, pies, and gelato for dessert. Oceano will be serving options such as Maine lobster bisque, pistachio-crusted sea bass, oakwood grilled New Zealand lamb chops, and Valrhona chocolate mousse cake. The menu at CHI will include peking duck, stir fried jumbo shrimp and scallops, beef steak Chinese style, or tender pork loin with spicy pepper salt, finished with five spice chocolate mousse. Cafe Milano will be serving up lobster bisque, grilled New York sirloin and scampi-style shrimp, and New York cheesecake with macerated champagne berries.

Stearling’s Seafood Steakhouse at Silver Legacy Resort Casino will have their own holiday menu. Guests will be served pan seared diver scallops with cabbage coleslaw and Tobiko caviar, forest mushroom soup or baby spinach salad, lobster tail thermidor with rice pilaf and fresh vegetables, and a lemon chiboust tower for dessert. Schrambsberg Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine will also be offered.

Resort at Squaw Creek is hosting their New Year’s Eve Grand Celebration and Dinner with a dinner buffet. Menu choices include smoked salmon on potato crepes with caviar and dill, Parmesan crusted asparagus, Bloody Mary oyster shooters, various cheeses and charcuterie, Pacific crab cioppino, olive oil poached salmon, crawfish and lobster risotto, rice noodle salad, firecracker shrimp, tri-peppercorn crusted New York sirloin, Grand Marnier sabayon with fresh berries, white chocolate and raspberry mousse parfaits, and assorted cheesecakes. For those who celebrate throughout the night, the buffet will also include breakfast items such as strawberry cream cheese filled donut holes, cheese blitz with wild berry compote, and Silver Dollar pancakes with sweet cherry maple syrup.

Please visit each restaurant’s website for times, prices, dress codes, and reservations.

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Holiday Treats!

If you’re on the hunt for some traditional holiday flavors, there are plenty of goodies around town! Here are a few of places that have the seasonal tastes you’re looking for: peppermint, pumpkin spice, ginger, and more!  The holiday season is all about splurging and indulging, so check out these local eateries for some holiday snacks; we won’t tell!

Dorinda’s Chocolates is a great place to start if you’re trying to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth. Here you will find peppermint truffles, made of peppermint butter cream dipped in dark chocolate; peppermint bark, and Pepper’ Minties. Dorinda’s also has eggnog brandy truffles, Jolly Bark, hot cocoa cones, and pumpkin caramel sauce, which will be delicious on just about anything!

The Chocolate Bar will also give you a sugar rush. Their hot chocolate comes in the classic chocolate option, but they also offer white chocolate and peppermint white chocolate to fit the season. Their list of chocolatey coctails are sure to please, as well. They have plenty of winter drinks, like the White Chocolate Raspberry or the Turtle Martini.

Wild River Grille is serving up some wintery cocktails. Their Gingered Apple Sparkler, made with apple liquor and ginger beer, reminds you of warm apple cider. The Mistle-Tonic, a mixture of gin, elderflower liquor, cranberries and mint, is definitely a holiday must. Wild River Grille also has two warm cocktails: the Rusty Apple (moonshine, elderflower liquor, apple cider, and a cinnamon stick) and the Wild River Cider (Captain Mogan’s Spiced Rum, house made orange brandy, and apple cider) that are sure to keep you nice and toasty during the cold season.

The menu at Homage Bakery is filled with yummy winter treats. They’ve got cinnamon danish rolls, maple bacon rolls, cranberry-creme rolls, and a pecan pie cookie that are sure to keep you happy! Homage also has a number of holiday pies and cakes available. “The Drunk Uncle” is a chocolate-bourbon cream pie that will satisfy all your relatives, “The Little Rascal” is a caramel apple streusel, and the Chai Spiced Apple Coffee Cake that will warm you right up!

Christmas Dining Around Town

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Are you looking for a delicious, festive holiday meal that requires you to do no cooking or preparation whatsoever? The holidays can be a very busy time, so many dining spots around town will be hosting Christmas dinners with holiday menus to make things a little easier on us all. Thanks to these locations (and many more around town), all you have to do is decide where you want to eat!

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is inviting the community to join them at a number of their eateries on December 25. The Grand Ballroom Gourmet Dinner (served from 11 am – 5 pm) will have traditional holiday foods such as herb crusted rack of lamb, corn husk smoked ham, and roast Tom turkey. There will also be house smoked scallops and trout, chicken marsala, mashed potatos, spinach and Caesar salad, mushroom ravioli, a dessert station, and more. The Atlantis Steakhouse will be serving a four course prix fixe dinner from 4 pm. This meal will include coriander seared ahi tuna, your choice of wild mushroom consommé or Alaska king crab salad, your choice of filet mignon and crab stuffed barramundi or pan-roasted breast of goose for your entrée, and dark chocolate candle for dessert. Bistro Napa will also have a four course prix fixe meal, which will include house cured gavlax, your choice of roasted chestnut bisque or persimmon salad, followed by either wood-fired mapleleaf duck breast or herb and bleu cheese crusted prime rib, and a yule log for dessert. Toucan Charlie’s Buffet and Grille, Purple Parrot, and Manhattan Deli will also have special menus for Christmas. Reservations are recommended for the Grand Ballroom Gourmet Dinner, Atlantis Steakhouse, and Bistro Napa. Call (775)824-4411 to make accommodations.

At Eldorado Resort Casino there will be a number of Christmas dining options. Roxy Restaurant & Bar will be serving a prix fixe menu for all guests. The first course is your choice of Belgian endive walnut salad or creamed 5 onion soup. For the main course there will be a choice of pan roasted wild striped bass fillet or classic beef wellington bordelaise, and dessert will be Robin’s Christmas dessert triumph. La Strada will have a prix fixe holiday menu (in addition to their regular menu), as well. The meal will consist of a butter lettuce and arugula salad, spinach and ricotta cheese “Fazzoletti” and shrimp ravioli, pan roasted black cod and NY steak “Tagliata, finished off with an Italian eggnog “semifreddo”. The Prime Rib Grill will have their regular soup and salad bar, along with your choice of Southern fried quail or steamed California sea bass and desserts from the dessert cart. The Eldorado Buffet and Millies24 will also have holiday menus, as well.

Peppermill Reno will have a Christmas Buffet Extravaganza from 11 am – 9 pm at Biscotti’s along with their regular menu. Chilled items include jumbo prawns and crab, Italian cheeses with grilled bruschetta and breadsticks, arugula salad with grape tomatoes and red onions, chipotle grilled chicken salad with black beans and corn, and seafood ceviche salad. Some hot item choices include penne pasta tomato parmesan cream, ham, wild mushrooms, and peas; roast white and dark turkey with traditional dressing and gravy; roast pork loin with apple confit and pan gravy; Yukon gold smashed potatoes with bacon, sour cream, and green onions; and broiled salmon steaks with asparagus and sun-dried tomato Hollandaise. Roasted Tuscan sirloin of beef and golden roast breast of turkey will be available at the carving station, and there will be an assortment of pastries, pies, cakes, tortes, and artisan breads.

Flavors! The Buffet at Silver Legacy Reno will be offering some traditional Christmas foods, too. From 11:00 am – 10:00 pm guests can enjoy a holiday menu that includes snow crab legs and chilled shrimp, herb crusted leg of lamb with garlic white beans and rosemary jus, a carving station with turkey, ham, and prime rib, and traditional holiday desserts. Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse will have a dinner opening at 5 pm. Their menu will include sautéed shrimp with truffled mashed potatoes, baby arugula and radicchio salad with pancetta lardons, individual beef wellington filled with fresh mushroom duxelle, and a Gianduja tower.

The Nugget is also inviting guests to join them for Christmas dinner. The Rose Ballroom will be serving a Christmas menu from noon to 6 pm. Some menu items include smoked salmon and trout platter, gourmet cheese board, ambrosia salad, roasted turkey with celery sage stuffing, fillet of salmon with grapefruit hollandaise, Nugget’s fried chicken, holiday rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, Famous rock salt roasted prime rib of beef, mustard glazed Virginia ham, Christmas yule log, eggnog custard pie, lemon angel food cake, and ice creams. Gilley’s Christmas menu will consist of house salad greens or ginger spiced sweet potato soup, roasted turkey or honey glazed BBQ ham, pumpkin pie or apple pie. The Steakhouse Grill will have dinner from 3 pm to 8 pm on December 25 and will be serving cream of smoked duck soup with vegetable brunoise, roasted free range turkey or roasted prime rib of beef, and warm raspberry Linzertorte with vanilla ice cream and brandy sauce for dessert. The Nugget’s Rosie’s Café and The Rotisserie Buffet will also be serving Christmas menus.

If you want to take a trip up to the lake, Crystal Bay Casino will also be hosting a Christmas dinner in the Steakhouse both Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The first course will be winter heirloom squash soup with feuilletine crumble, followed by bibb lettuce salad and tomato confit. Entrees are a choice of either roast prime rib of beef with vegetables and roasted garlic mashed potatoes or grilled whole Dungeness crab with potatoes and cauliflower gratin. Dessert will be a traditional apple pie a la mode.

Grab a Bite to Eat at Legends Outlets in Sparks

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If you’re out doing some shopping at the Outlets at Sparks be sure to get a table at one of it’s many restaurants! Two of  Legend’s newest restaurants, O’Cleary’s and CBQ have taken over the space formerly occupied by Cadillac Ranch and Rack N Pinz on the second floor at the Sparks IMAX Theater, and they both opened their doors last April.

O’Cleary’s has made it their mission to bring a traditional Irish Pub experience to the Reno-Sparks area. Their pub will feature Irish specialties and gastropub style cuisine along with a large selection of over 40 craft beers, Irish whiskeys and scotch. The pub will have more than 20 large TV’s, six lanes of bowling, billiards, and darts for all the sports lovers. Their menu is filled with traditional Irish favorites and contemporary comfort foods such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, Irish lamb pastries, and hickory-smoked bacon pizza. The concept of O’Cleary’s is designed to evoked the type of social gathering and experience found at real Irish pubs. If you’re looking for an authentically Irish good time, make your next dinner reservation at O’Cleary’s!

CBQ is a casual barbecue restaurant that has an authentic Kansas City and Texas feel. On their menu you will find traditional barbecue favorites like baby back ribs, pulled pork, and grilled sausages. All of CBQ’s meats are smoked for up to eight hours over hickory wood to achieve their delicious dishes. They chose hickory wood to smoke their meats because it burns slower and gives meat a bit of sweetness and a hickory flavor. Dishes are accompanied by your choice of four homemade sauces. To enhance the experience, CBQ will host live entertainment each weekend with popular local and regional bands along with monthly line dancing parties!

Both of these restaurants have great food and lots of fun to offer, so whether you’re hungry after a day of shopping at the outlets, on a dinner and a movie date at the IMAX, or just looking for a new experience O’Cleary’s and CBQ should be your next stop!

Reno Tahoe’s Guide To Eating Out For Thanksgiving 2014

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Do you love Thanksgiving but want to avoid all the fuss that comes with preparing a Thanksgiving dinner? There are many locations in the area that are offering special menus for the upcoming holiday that will make your life much easier on Thanksgiving! Read on to discover some great Thanksgiving specials, and be sure to visit each website for full menus, prices, and more information.

Many Atlantis eateries will roll out special menus for Thanksgiving guests. Their Grand Ballroom Gourmet Brunch will have delicious selections like roast Tom turkey with natural gravy, herb crusted rack of lamb, and butter whipped mashed potatoes. The Steakhouse will have a fixed price four course menu with grilled Texas quail, roasted apple and almond bisque or smoked duck breast & wild arugula salad, slow roasted Tom turkey or American Wagyu classic beef Wellington, and pumpkin crème brulee or rustic apple torte. Bistro Napa will offer oak fired diver scallops, soup or salad, spiced bourbon & cider brined roasted Tom turkey or cedar planked crab crusted arctic char, and pumpkin crème brulee or rustic apple torte. Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille will feature both a Champagne Brunch and Thanksgiving Dinner with hand carved Thanksgiving station with prime rib, ham, and roasted turkey, roasted duck, roast pork loin, green mussels with papaya mango salsa, and grilled shrimp kebabs.

The Eldorado is getting into the Thanksgiving spirit, as well. Thanksgiving dessert pre-orders are available from The Sweet Shoppe & Bakery at Milies24. Pies available for pre-order include harvest pumpkin, Dutch apple, and bourbon pecan. They also have strawberries cream cake, Eldorado pumpkin cheesecake, one-pound boxes of almond rocha, and holiday yule logs in mocha or chocolate fudge. The Buffet will feature New York strip steak, maple glazed ham, roast turkey, and roasted rosemary leg of lamb at the carving station. There will also be shrimp, chilled crab legs, broiled sirloin steak, blackened salmon, ravioli, and traditional Thanksgiving treats such as whipped potatoes, candied yams, and stuffing. Dessert includes assorted pastries, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, apple pear cranberry crisps, chocolate cream pie, and bread pudding. Roxy will feature a three-course Thanksgiving dinner with: a choice of either a fall harvest salad with mixed lettuces, apples, walnuts and beets with a creamy dill dressing; or butternut squash bisque with crème fraiche, toasted pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds. The second course is a turkey ballottine. Individual apple or pumpkin pies with spiced whipped cream finish off the meal.

The Peppermill’s restaurants and eateries will be hosting multiple Thanksgiving menus on November 27. Biscotti’s Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet has a number of traditional Thanksgiving treats, along with some unique dishes: Roasted turkey with traditional dressing and giblet gravy, sweet yam gratinee, honey mustard glazed ham, buttery mashed potatoes, melon and prosciutto salad, fresh oysters, roasted salmon with a cranberry pecan relish, roasted Tuscan sirloin of beef, and an assortment of pastries, pies, cakes, tortes and breads. Bimini Steakhouse is having a fixed price menu. Their Thanksgiving meal will consist of pumpkin bisque, spinach salad, roasted Tom turkey or brown sugar glazed ham (served with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, sausage and pecan dressing), and apple walnut tart and French vanilla gelato. For those who are interested, wine will be paired with every course at an additional cost. Oceano’s menu will be offered from 3pm to 9:30pm on Thanksgiving. Guests will be offered: arugula and roasted beets or creamy roasted sweet pepper bisque, maple brined Pacific salmon or roasted breast of Tom turkey, and pumpkin cheesecake with Bouchon whipped cream.

Circus Circus Reno is offering guests the choice between two three-course meals and a buffet dinner for Thanksgiving. The Steakhouse at Circus Circus starts with house salad or oyster and butternut squash chowder. The second course gives you the choice of traditional New England roast turkey, filet mignon served with Maine lobster and sea scallops, or wild Atlantic cod with oysters and pumpkin ravioli. Dessert is homemade pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie with eggnog ice cream. American Café’s three-course meal is just as good! Turkey and traditional Thanksgiving sides: stuffing, honey-glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and butternut squash soup or a house salad. Dessert for this meal is pumpkin or apple pie. The Courtyard Buffet will feature a traditional Thanksgiving buffet, along with some unique options such as pizzas and stir-fry. Dessert is offered in the form of a chocolate fountain, bread pudding, and fresh baked pies.

Squaw Valley will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner at the Terrace at High Camp. The menu will offer many traditional foods, including rosemary roasted turkey, honey roasted ham, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and apple, pumpkin, and sweet potato pies with vanilla ice cream. Full bar and wine bottle specials will also be available.

Noble Pie Parlor will be offering a holiday calzone for the month of November. Their Thanksgiving Calzone is stuffed with free-range ground turkey, rosemary garlic mashed potatoes, house-made gravy, and sausage stuffing. It is topped with an orange cranberry gastrique. Starting in December they will release their The Lord is My Shepherd’s Pie Calzone, which is stuffed with Durham Ranch Angus Beef, organic veggies, mashed potatoes, and maple bourbon gravy.

chez louie celebrates one-year anniversary at Nevada Museum of Art

Congratulations to chez louie on their one-year anniversary at the Nevada Museum of Art!

It doesn’t get much better than being served a fresh, seasonal dish with a side of the finest art in the state of Nevada. The name chez louie can be loosely translated to mean “at the home of family,” and that warm welcome is exactly what has kept guests returning to the Nevada Museum of Art’s dining hotspot. Mark Estee, owner and tastemaker, compliments the fine art in the museum with his own artistic abilities in the kitchen that guests can appreciate on their plates and taste buds. Whether you’re dining for lunch, Wednesday through Saturday, dinner on Thursday, or brunch on Sunday, you can be assured you’re eating some of the finest seasonal, local and freshest foods in the region.

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Whenever you’re in need of a venue for an event or reception, the views from the rooft0p of the museum are unbeatable… especially when paired with catering from chez louie and a glass of wine.

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After getting a taste of chez louie’s current and upcoming menu items, guests are able to visit the Nevada Museum of Art’s exhibits, such as  Late Harvest (pictured below), which juxtaposes contemporary art made with taxidermy, and historically significant wildlife paintings.  20141023_18570320141023_18594720141023_185733

Reno Provisions: Opening December

New $1.6 million downtown Reno building will house bakery, butcher, pasta production.

Reno Provisions is open starting December 2! The short version of Reno Provisions is simple: Cafeteria, Market, Retail, Demo, Events, Butcher Shop, Pastry and Bread Production. The long version paints a bold and much deeper picture; one that adds new layers to the sustainable food movement chef Mark Estee presides over in Northern Nevada. This multifaceted property is the first of its kind in Reno and as the city continues to revive and reinvent itself, the downtown location solidifies Reno’s progression as a culinary community.

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Cafeteria dining sounds uncharacteristic but the name was purposefully chosen to describe a multitude of menu options, all of which are grab-n-go and maintain Estee’s standard of simple, fresh, seasonal and local. From 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., 7 days a week, guests can dine-in or take-home packaged restaurant staples along with new and craveable additions, each integrating whole animal butchery and root to stalk philosophies. House specials will be featured daily along with deli sandwiches, gelato and cold-pressed juice. Love the tomato sauce at Campo? The homemade pastas, the salad dressings, the pizza dough? Want a Burger Me! bun or house-made salumi at your next party? No problem. The market is stocked with high-quality ingredients so customers have the ability to craft their own dishes at home.

“We cook with spirit and passion,” said Estee. “We seek and share delicious food, we value the products and people who inspire celebration and unite our food chain. There is contagious momentum in Reno right now and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront.”

reno provisionsThe ambiance at Reno Provisions is tasteful and sleek with an Art Deco theme that draws on recycled and local pieces. Furniture can easily be removed and re-arranged should the entire 6,000 square feet of floor space need to be transformed for a private event. A $1.6 million renovation was completed to the 1956 building, which among other improvements now has larger windows to highlight the city’s energy and allow for ample natural light. That aside, Estee is committed to morphing with the neighborhood as it changes and evolves.

“Reno Provisions is the culmination of a dream and vision, but this is for our community as much as it is for our team,” explained Estee. “The collective response from our other properties, the ability to collaborate with chefs and local businesses, and the continued relationship building and product sourcing with farmers paved the way for this growth.”

Moving past the market, guests will find a retail area filled with unique pantry items, kitchen tools, cookbooks, and local artisan works. Hand selected by team members of the Local Food Group, Estee’s overarching restaurant brand, Reno Provisions also becomes a go-to for gifts and last minute must-haves.

Directly adjacent to the retail area is the demo kitchen, which features a state of the art cooking facility for recipe testing, education and demonstration, cook-offs, hi-definition filming and more. A hub for culinary creativity, the space will serve up learning opportunities for even the youngest of chefs.

Down a wide set of stairs, inner workings of the entire operation commence: butcher shop, bakery and pasta production. This 12,000-square-foot section of the building vertically integrates the supply chain of Local Food Group establishments, and is where Estee and his team exercise quality control and consistency.

“Reno Provisions is a beginning and final destination under one roof,” said Estee. “Our goal is to adapt and implement the simple principals of vertical integration to food, beverage and service, while creating a first-of-its-kind culinary experience in downtown Reno. It stands as a model of a community working together. We could not be more excited to open these doors.”

See you at the Grand Opening in December – just in time to outsource dishes for holiday gatherings or to book your next party.

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Reno Bites Celebrates Reno’s Vibrant Food Culture

The 3rd annual Reno Bites, a weeklong, citywide festival, celebrates the diversity and innovation of Reno’s exuberant restaurant and foodie culture.

October 13-19, a diverse array of more than 25 locally owned restaurants—including Beaujolais Bistro, Bistro 7, Campo, Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen, Homage Bakery and Wild River Grille, among many others—will offer prix fixe menus, special items and price points.

Reno Bites diningChefs will also flex their creative muscles and show their artistry at themed dinner events such as Speakeasy Cocktails and Bites at Campo, Bites and Brews Block Party at Wild River Grille, the Tequila Tasting and Dinner at Uncork’d, a cheesemaking class at SouthCreek Pizza Co., Great Basin Brewing Company’s brewery tour and beer pairing dinner, and “Pop-up” restaurant Tournant reprises its Dining in the Dark blindfolded culinary event.

Festivities begin with a kickoff party and chef meet and greet at the new Pignic Pub + Patio, where guests will mingle with some of the participating chefs and restaurateurs while sampling items from both the new Pignic and Dough Catering, and picking up another new feature of this year’s event: Yelp’s Passport to Reno Bites.

Diners can pick up the free new event guidebook at the meet and greet event on October 9, and any participating restaurant during the week. Collect a sticker from each establishment visited that week, and bring the passport to the Chef Showdown October 18. Those with the most stickers will be eligible for prizes such as restaurant gift certificates, an overnight package and dinner from Nakoma Golf Resort and Spa, a cooking class for 10 at Lanna Thai or the grand prize: private catered dinner for 10 from Tournant Pop-Up Restaurant.

Don’t miss the Chef Showdown, a Reno Bites tradition in which eight of Reno’s top chefs compete on the gourmet kitchens at Czyz’s Appliance under pressure to make their best meal from secret ingredients revealed to them as the event begins.

Event schedule, links for purchasing tickets and a complete list of participating restaurants can be found at RenoBitesWeek.com, with up-to-the-minute info found at Facebook.com/RenoBites.