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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 Late Fall

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

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.”

He doesn’t have to wait too much longer; the opening date is slated for mid-November — just in time to outsource dishes for holiday gatherings or to book your next party.

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.

Five Dining Spots to try this Fall in Reno Tahoe

Time to get wrapped up in scarves, PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes), fuzzy boots, changing leaves, and these de-lish fall favorites from these four local dining spots around Reno Tahoe!

  • Le Crepe Café: A delicious French spot serving sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches, salads, coffee and espresso. A pumpkin spice latte and a Nutella crepe will warm you up on a chilly fall day.
    • Review: “I love this place!! It is definitely my go to breakfast or brunch place. It is so gorgeous to go sit outside and have a crepe. I would highly recommend the Romeo and Juliet (banana, strawberry, Nutella), Banana Coconut Cream Pie (banana, coconut, vanilla custard, whipped cream) and their Hot Chocolate. Everything is out of this world! They also have some healthy crepes and salads.” –Jacqueline G.
  • Josef’s Vienna Bakery & Café: A small deli/bakery/breakfast spot that is sure to please. Seasonal Pie flavors for the month of October include Apple, Nutty Pecan, Chocolate Cream, French Silk Chocolate, and Key Lime. Plus, be sure to check their delicious soup schedule!
    • Review: “The first time I ventured in here was several months ago for a quick bite to eat and some pastries to go. Selection for treats is amazing. I wanted only one or two but left with maybe 5 different ones because everything looked so good.” –Sabrina B.
  • Batch Cupcakery: This cupcakery provides plenty of fall flavored cupcakes to satisfy any sweet tooth! Apple Streusel (apple filling in a cinnamon vanilla cupcake, cinnamon crumbles and cream cheese frosting), Roger Rabbit (carrot cake with cream cheese frosting), and the Pumpkin D Up! (Pumpkin puree, cream cheese frosting, cinnamon sprinkles). Their menu is complete with vegan, gluten free, and paleo options as well.
    • Review: “Batch is absolutely adorable. The atmosphere is so much fun! I love that there is chalk on the tables and that I can play! The variety of cupcakes is astonishing! I think it is so great to have a place in town that provides the healthier options and also meeting the needs of their consumers! I also think the price per cupcake is not bad at all! Very moderately priced I would say. My favorite cupcake is the gluten free pumpkin! Each time I have been there I have never been let down. So awesome!” –Jodie S.
  • Bowl: A small restaurant that focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients and providing customers with an exceptional dining experience. The menu changes regularly as ingredients go in and out of season so along with the daily specials there is always something new to try. Fan fall favorites include the duck confit with polenta and mushrooms, the Van Norman Ranch beef daube with mashed potatoes and an arugula-radish salad, and the abundance of vegetarian options are always crowd pleasers.
    • Review: “I’m glad I Yelp’d it! We had the Duck Confit and it was prepared perfectly. Then we sampled the Chicken Picatta and that was outstanding. Everything from salad to desert was some of the best food I have ever had on Reno. Definitely coming back to sample the rest of the menu!” –Rob O.
  • Jus: Serving pumpkin drinks at both locations! Get it as a juice or smoothie.
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Food for Thought for the Playa

With Reno being the closest major metropolitan area to Black Rock City, it is easily the most accessible place to get your supplies for Burning Man. Come early and stock up! Burning man has designated a number of shopping hubs along I-80 (East – West) and US-395 (North – South), which criss-cross each other near the middle of Reno-Sparks, so you can pick the most convenient one(s) for your trajectory. Other places around town are very accommodating to Burning Man.

Burning Man recommends these local stores for your grub at the Playa:

Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Ave – 775-786-2150

Whole Foods Market
6139 South Virginia Street – 775-852-8023

Trader Joe’s
5035 South McCarran Blvd – 775-826-1621

Great Basin Community Food Co-Op – the fastest growing co-op in the nation!
240 Court Street – 775-324-6133

10547421_695909463778428_7888469573934774611_nAlso, local eateries are providing “pre-packed specialties” for you and your camp if you’re more of a “glamper.” They are the best, right? This whole community gets behind burners to make your experience the best possible.

Great Full Gardens’ “Gino the Soup Man” has “JumbaPLAYA” ready to grab. So stop on by!

Food Tips:

-          Bring lots of Ziploc bags-  the Playa will get dust on everything and the best way to minimize ingestion of it is to prepare and portion out meals ahead of time.

-          Keep the refrigerated food in your camp colder than 41 degrees at all time. Restock the ice frequently and use a thermometer to make sure it is staying cold. Also, label your coolers with contents. This will minimize unnecessary opening and closing.

-          Prep as much as possible in advance- this will come in handy so you’re not spending your time cooking.

-          Keep food surfaces in your camp as clean as you can. Wash your dishes in soapy water and rinse them in water that has 2 teaspoons of bleach added for every gallon of water. Dirty dishes can breed bacteria and make you ill.

-          Waste Not, Rot Not- make the most of your food.

Water:

Simply Water
1070 Gentry Way – 775-337-8111

Fresca Waterhouse
1196 North Rock Boulevard (north of I-80) – 775-358-9893

Important: Drink only bottled water or water that you know the origin of. Do not accept water from camps that you have doubts about, and do not share water bottles and canteens with other people.

Allot about 1.5 gallons of water per person per day.

Cheers, Burners!

A Food Lover’s Guide to Midtown

midtown eatMidtown District is a renovated old-town area that is unique to Reno; no other city has a place quite like it. Located in the heart of Reno, adjacent to downtown, Midtown transformed re-purposed houses and buildings full of character into a unique and original shopping venue that adds a breath of new energy into the city. In it, you can find a great variety of local shops, original nightlife entertainment… and of course, great eats! With a wide selection of one-of-a-kind restaurants, coffee shops, bars, cafés, and delis, the Midtown District has a taste for everyone. Put these Midtown eateries we’ve provided below (just a few of Midtown’s many treasures), on your next to-do, or rather to-eat, list and you won’t be disappointed!

Great Full Gardens Café & Eatery

Midtown’s newest addition, Great Full Gardens provides a complete array of the most unique & tastiest dishes in all of Reno. Furthermore, by using all natural and organic ingredients, this health-minded café has sprouted a dedicated following. If you have diet restrictions? No problem! The creative menu offers items for every appetite, including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options. Try one of GinoTheSoupMan’s local, handmade soups, munch on a Great Full Bowl, or stop by for breakfast for Connie’s Famous Fruit Omelet. The options are endless!

555 South Virginia St. #107

(775) 324-2013


Süp

One of Midtown’s first restaurants, Süp lives up to its name by offering some of the best soups in town. The restaurant focuses on healthy homemade recipes made from scratch daily, then adds fresh ingredients and great customer service to make it one of the most reputable restaurants in not just Midtown, but in all of Reno. Combine a soup with their delicious salads and sandwiches and you’ve got quite the meal!

669 South Virginia St.

(775) 324-4787


Laughing Planet Café

With a restaurant that prides itself on its “Burritos, Bowls, & Goofiness,” you know you’re in for not only good eats, but a good time when going to Laughing Planet. With its fun and quirky ambiance, Laughing Planet has a vibe that keeps people coming back for more. Try one of their famous burritos and bowls, their tasty soups and salads, their homemade smoothies and juices, or all of the above!

650 Tahoe St.

(775) 360-2592


Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen

Mari Chuy’s has brought a Midtown twist to Mexican cuisine with a menu that is unlike any Mexican restaurant you’ve been to before. The new restaurant features delicious, distinctive food including items like The Midtown Veggie Plate, while adhering to its Mexican, non-Americanized, specials. Come on in, grab a margarita or mojito with your meal, and see why Mari Chuy’s is considered one of Reno’s top Mexican restaurants.

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(775) 322-6866


Midtown Eats

Midtown Eats has become a favorite stop-in spot for locals and out-of-towners alike. Not only is the food delectable, but the setting, with a rustic, reclaimed aesthetic, makes your experience that much better. See what everyone is talking about and check out their wide-ranging menu full of tacos, sandwiches, and salads. Or order one of their distinguished burgers… and don’t forget that side of sweet potato fries!

719 South Virginia St.

(775) 324-3287

Redefining Local Food in Reno

Lyndsey Langsdale and Toni Ortega were serendipitously reunited in The Biggest Little City. The pair formed a strong friendship while studying at the University of Nevada, Reno, but were separated when they took different paths, however parallel, toward a future which would lead them right back into the heart of downtown Reno. With Ortega’s experience in the farming industry in New York and Langsdale’s work in community gardens in Arizona, they came together with a vision of creating an urban farm which could not only feed the surrounding community, but also create a cultural shift in how locals buy their produce.

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“We believe in sustainable farming, and we wanted people to be able to see it in their neighborhood,” said Langsdale.

The women wrote out plans on cocktail napkins, while exploring how the future of urban farming would look and sharing a few beers at the nearby MidTown bar, Public House. Just a few blocks away, at the corner of Center St. and Moran St., the .87-acre lot of the future Lost City Farm sat disheveled with trash and former treasures strewn about; nearly an entire block of a black eye in the blossoming MidTown District.

Langsdale said she and Ortega fell in love with the location, and that they “wanted to steward a piece of land that was sad and lonely.”

After convincing the owners of this worthwhile endeavor, the duo worked with the City of Reno to pass the Temporary Urban Farm Ordinance, allowing the Lost City Farm to seed its first season in 2013. Now in its second year, Lost City Farm is producing roughly 30 varieties of vegetables, herbs and mixed greens, as well as bouquet flowers.  The farm provides produce to more than a half-dozen local restaurants, and donated more than 800 pounds of squash to feed the homeless in 2013, but the hope is that residents will be the primary customers. So stop by and say “hello” to your local urban farmers! The Farm Stand is open every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., July through October.

Dining Hot Spots during Hot August Nights

Cruise on over to one of these classic cool dining spots during Hot August Nights for a taste of of the de-lish Reno dining scene. From authentic diners that have turned back the clock to flavors of yesteryears, to restaurants with a front row view of the classic cars cruising down Virginia Street…. Here are a few hot picks to help keep your cool during one of the best car shows in the nation!

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Dig in at these diners:

Gold ‘N Silver Inn

As seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! This dining establishment has been a Reno landmark for over 50 years. No need to dress up here, you’ll find working stiffs all suited up, families celebrating a birthday, maybe a few politicians, and even the mayor.

The Nugget Diner

Arguably the most popular diner in Reno thanks to their Awful Awful burger, this is a dining hot spot during Hot August Nights. It’s located in downtown Reno, and open 24-hours! Talk about convenient.

Pneumatic Diner

Vegetarians and vegans pick this hidden gem in downtown Reno for its fresh ingredients, authenticity and menu selection! It’s so good, it even pleases the palate of the biggest meat-lovers with their big flavors.  “Slab tacos” are a favorite for locals.

Red Hut Café

Feeding Lake Tahoe since 1959, the long-time favorite, Red Hut Cafe, has opened in Reno. Take note of their well-known outrageously good service and waffles.

Beefy’s Diner

Located in MidTown Reno, this retro diner serves a mean milkshake and float. This place looks, tastes and feels like a diner.

Mountain House Diner

Located right inside Reno Tahoe International Airport, this hip diner is a great stop on the way in or out. Try the delicious buffalo burger for a wild western treat.

Dinner, drinks and a view:

Chapel Tavern

First, you will be blown away by their Bloody Marys. They take pride in mixing fresh drinks (juice is squeezed right before your eyes) with an incredible selection of liquors.  Take your drink to the patio for a seat right along Virginia Street!

Miguel’s Mexican Food

With plenty of window seats, you’ll surely spot classic cars cruising by. Verde salsa and chile rellenos are specialties at this hot Mexican restaurant.

Midtown Eats

You’re definitely not passing up flavor for a view at this joint. With prime location in MidTown, this rustic hot spot is a go-to during Hot August Nights. The Atomic burger is out of this world.

Süp

Their wooden deck will be a prime seat this week to enjoy a light meal and spot cruising classic cars. Salads, soups and sandwiches are their specialty!

Asian Garden Restaurant

If you’re looking to spice things up and go for Asian cuisine, this restaurant has a ton of window seating to enjoy dinner, and a show of classic Hot August Nights cars.

(Restaurants selected on Yelp)

Reno Chef Mark Estee Wins Guy’s Grocery Games and Donates Thousands of Dollars to Local Nonprofits

Continuing to bring notoriety to Reno and the local food culture, chef-owner and restaurateur, Mark Estee won Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network, bringing home $10,500 for three nonprofit organizations.

“I competed for Reno and am thrilled this platform provided an opportunity to support causes I believe in,” Estee said. “I see these organizations working tirelessly in our community and can attest to the positive impact they have had.”

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Estee will split winnings equally and distribute among the Northern Nevada Food Bank, the Green House Project and Urban Roots.

The show titled “Marshmallow Madness” aired Sunday, June 22. Three rounds of challenges included a Red Light Special where chefs incorporated marshmallows into their hearty lunch, Guys Grocery List where chefs created a taco night, and a last round where the final two chefs created a family favorite out of One Ingredient Per Aisle. Estee’s mouthwatering (and risky) lamb dish paired perfectly with his speedy shopping skills, making him a competition standout.

This is the second time in four years Estee has appeared on a Guy Fieri show, both of which aired on Food Network. Estee and Fieri first met when Estee’s Burge Me! was featured on Diners Drive-In’s and Dives. Later, Fieri ranked the Italian Stallion burger among the top 10 in the country.

About Mark Estee:

Mark Estee is driven by a love for authentic ingredients that create true connections between land, farmer, food and diner. Whether it is hand-choosing his restaurant’s produce or meat from a local farm or developing new dishes based on his “Whole Hog Philosophy,” Estee believes in building full-flavored food using every portion of every ingredient.

Estee’s reputation for supporting local farmers and food suppliers is ingrained into each restaurant concept and used as an example within the slow food movement. He is often heard asking, “Do you know where your food comes from?” He is a staple among the food community and his business practices are recognized as progressive, thoughtful and direct.

Where to Dine with Dad this Father’s Day

We all know that it’s a tradition to take Mom out on Mother’s Day, but hey, Dads like to be wined and dined too! So this Father’s Day instead of making Dad grill outdoors take him to one of Reno’s great restaurant options that might cater to a more “manly” palette!

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Men Wielding Fire

With a name like Men Wielding Fire you know that Dad is going to feel right at home! Well known for their tasty ribs and pulled pork barbecue, they also have delicious prime rib, salmon and chicken and some great side options. There’s even fried peanut butter sandwiches for the young set!

180 E. First St.Reno, NV 89501

775-324-3473

Father’s Day hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Santa Fe Basque

For a different but great dining experience head to Santa Fe Basque where you sit at family-style tables while Basque specialties like lamb stew, paella, oxtail stew and Santa Fe chicken are served. Of course, you can order a great steak or seafood here as well! The dessert offerings include Gateau Basque, flan and bread pudding. So sit down to a family table and enjoy a unique dining experience in a restaurant that has been pleasing customers for more than 50 years!

235 N. Lake St.

Reno, NV 89501

775-323-1891

Open Father’s Day 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Washoe Steakhouse

Does nothing please Dad more than a great steak? If so, then the Washoe Steakhouse may just be the perfect place for your Father’s Day dinner. Washoe prides itself on offering only the freshest local ingredients, and along with a great selection of steaks they also have an array of excellent seafood, pasta and burger options! They also have an extensive wine list and offer some great beers as well – and don’t forget dessert! You can enjoy all of this from a spacious dining room that offers superb views of the nearby mountains.

4201 W. 4th St.

Reno, NV 89523

775-786-1323

Father’s Day dinner service begins at 5 p.m.

Famous Dave’s

When you think about great ribs Famous Dave’s has to be near the top of the list – after all, they won the prestigious Best in the West Rib Cook-Off in 2013! The St. Louis-style ribs are their signature entrée, but the brisket, rib tips and barbeque chicken are equally tasty! There is a great steak available as well, and after adding some scrumptious sides just be sure to save room for some of their amazing homemade desserts!

4925 Kietzke Lane

Reno, NV 89509

775-826-7427

Father’s Day hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Great Basin Brewing Company

Is Dad a connoisseur of beer as well as a great meal? Then a trip to Great Basin is a must! With nearly twenty custom beers available, including some with names like Icky IPA, Bitchin’ Berry and Outlaw Milk Stout, there’s enough to please any palate. Oh, and the food’s pretty darn good too! They feature a very diverse menu with such staples as great burgers, sandwiches and some lees common fare such as shepherds pie and salmon tacos with fresh mango salsa. But the stars of the menu are the custom pizzas, and you can create your own with a selection of more than twenty toppings and custom sauces. With locations in both Sparks and Reno it’s an easy drive for a great Father’s Day dinner!

Reno

5525 S. Virginia St.

Reno, NV 89502

775-284-7711

Sparks

846 Victorian Ave.

Sparks, NV 89431

775-335-7711

Father’s Day hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.