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Freeze Your Pints Off this Weekend

It may be sunny and high 50s outside tomorrow, but the beer will be cold!

a25bb1_0e5f517a96924f968a5f1cb17a9a6594.jpg_srz_p_431_1326_75_22_0.50_1.20_0On Saturday, Feb. 21, Under the Rose Brewing Company will host the inaugural outdoor winter beer festival, Freeze Your Pints Off, in the back alley behind the popular brewery on Fourth Street. The event will feature more than 12 local breweries showcasing their strong beers, winter warmers and barrel-aged brews. The festival will also include music by DJ MoJo JoJo and three local food trucks. Tickets start at $45 and include beer tasting, a meal ticket and a commemorative tasting cup. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.undertherosebrewing.com.

“We are thrilled to put on an event that really showcases the incredible beers being created right here in Reno, Sparks and the surrounding areas,” said Scott Emond, owner and brewmaster at Under the Rose. “This is definitely going to be a unique event and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone decked out in their winter gear enjoying great beer, good food and fun entertainment.”

In addition to Under the Rose, participating breweries include BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse, Great Basin Brewing Company, High Sierra Brewing Company, Imbib Custom Brews, Pigeon Head Brewery, Stoneyhead Brewery, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company, The Brasserie Saint James, The Brew Brothers, The Brewer’s Cabinet, The Brewing Lair, The Depot Craft Brewery and more. Food options include Mellow Yellow Food Truck, Electric Blue Elephant and Full Belly Deli Food Truck and Hub Coffee will be serving up their finest roasts and hot chocolate.

“Northern Nevada is definitely at a turning point in terms of its growth and the burgeoning brewing industry is a prime example of that growth,” said Emond. “It’s an exciting time and Under the Rose is proud to be a part of it.”

General admission tickets are available on pre-sale for $45 and $55 day-of. VIP tickets are available for $65, pre-sale only, and include a one-hour early entry. Designated driver add-ons are $15 and include a meal ticket and unlimited coffee, hot chocolate and craft soda. Proceeds benefit the Nevada Craft Brewers Association which promotes the development of craft beer culture throughout the state. Tickets are available at www.undertherosebrewing.com.

Eat your heart out this Valentine’s Day

The recipe for love is in the hands of local chefs. They’ll delight you and your honey this Valentine’s Day with these culinary delights!

02-Couples-Dining-RomanzaPeppermill Reno will be offering up many Valentine’s Day menus for the perfect romantic dinner. Bimini Steakhouse will have special menu items such as open face Maine lobster ravioli and chocolate duo creme brulee, for example, but many other Peppermill Reno eateries will also be serving romantic dishes.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s A Valentine’s Affair will feature a show by R&B artist Color Me Badd, as well as performances by Legaci and Chikezie Okorie. The show will take place on February 14 at the Summit Pavilion.

Guests at the Eldorado will find culinary passion on the menus at Roxy, La Strada and The Prime Rib Grill this Valentine’s Day. For a truly magical evening, guests can cap off the night with Eldorado’s new show, “Madame Houdini,” enchantress of the elements, a sensational and sensual magic show appearing in the Eldorado Theatre through April 19. Tickets start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages available from $34.95. Performances will run at
7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa invites the community to join them for Valentine’s Day dining in Atlantis Steakhouse or Bistro Napa on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. At the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa guests will be treated to a four-course dinner and dancing featuring live music from Michael B. Levin as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Along with complimentary champagne, the Valentine’s menu will include items such as filet mignon with wild mushroom demi-glace and a heart-shaped raspberry and chocolate torte for dessert.

Heritage restaurant and bar will feature a full-course gourmet dinner for two for hotel guests, local residents and visitors. The special “Menu for Lovers” will be available Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15, at a cost of $80 per couple or $110 per couple with wine pairings (exclusive of tax and gratuity).

Enjoy a romantic dinner at the Steakhouse at Circus that includes a silky decadent chocolate marquise and orange salad with Grand Marnier vanilla sauce as a desert.

Doesn’t get much more romantic than dining on the shores of North Lake Tahoe. Lone Eagle Grille is offering an exquisite dinner menu for you and your Valentine.

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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.

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!

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

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!

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)

Cinco De Mayo Fiestas y Food

Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated by use of sombreros, fake mustaches and a decent supply of margaritas. But let’s not forget about the delicious Mexican FOOD! There are so many different food and drink deals during the first weekend of May in Reno Tahoe (preceding Cinco de Mayo on the following Monday). Here is your guide to delicious Mexican food and festivities going on at the beginning of May:

Hussong’s Cantina

As inventors of the margarita! Hussong’s Cantina has stayed true to its authentic yet quirky roots since its 1892 opening in Ensenada, Mexico. As the story goes, in 1941 bartender Don Carlos Orozco whipped up a combination of tequila, lime juice and Damiana liquor for a regular, Margarita Henkel. She loved it and since then the margarita has become a staple in bars worldwide. Now Hussong’s is moving north and opening its third location in Reno!

Grand Sierra Resort

This party is widely regarded as Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of Latino heritage. The entire party will be held at the parking area of the GSR May 2 from 3-8 & May 3 from 11-7. The party costs $5.00 for ages 12-65 years. Children under 12 and seniors 65+ get in absolutely free. The event is catered by Big Daddy’s Barbecue, and there are almost too many options. There will be chile rellenos, fajitas, fully loaded nachos, and almost every type of meat you could possibly dream of! Besides the food, there will be games, contests, boxing matches, carnival rides, and even dancing horses! By the way, if you prefer American food, Big Daddy’s also has ribs, sandwiches, and other BBQ treats. Click on the event picture for the whole menu and more event details!

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The extended happy hour schedule in honor of Cinco de Mayo will runon May 2-5 from 2-7 p.m. with a whole different type of happy hour schedule. Enjoy amazing drink deals such as buckets of regular Corona priced at 4 for $15, and you keep the Corona metal bucket! Also, Premium Jose Cuervo Gold Margaritas for only $5, enjoy all our Mexican premium drafts for $4 (including Modelo, Pacifico, Dos Equis and Modelo Negra), top tequila shots for only $2 (including Espolon Reposado, Campeon, El Sagrado Anejo and Toro de Lidia Extra Anejo) and complimentary tortilla chips and house-made red and verde salsa.

The food specials are a basket of Jalapeño Poppers for only $1.99 or house-made mini tacos in soft tortilla with your choice of chicken or pork for only .99 cents each. In the Dos Gecko’s Cantina restaurant on Cinco de Mayo only, bring in your family, friends or the entire neighborhood for Dos Gecko’s specialty foods and our famous family style platters for $12.95 per person ($8.95 for children under 6). For those over 21, enjoy a $1 margarita with each order. The kids won’t be left out; they each can get a real Mexican celebration sombrero while supplies last!

Silver Legacy

You’ve been to the Great Rib Cookoff at the JA Nugget, but do you know about the Great Reno Margarita Mixoff? Rum Bullions Island Bar at the Silver Legacy is hosting their first ever Margarita mixing competition this Friday May 2, 2014. Celebrity judges will choose the “Best Specialty Margarita,” concocted by professional bartenders from all the bars at the Silver Legacy! The competition is sure to be fierce as they compete for bragging rights and the right to wear the Championship Sombrero! Hussong’s Cantina®, the birthplace of the Original Margarita serves a full menu of tasty twists on Baja Mexican cuisine and will be featuring a “built-your-own” nacho bar and taco specials during the competition on the back patio. Somehow the word “delicious” does not seem to capture the thought of loaded nachos and a cold refreshing margarita.

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Offering $1 margaritas all month long in Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille.

Reno Mexican Food

The Grand Sierra and Dos Geckos are not the only places with Mexican food in Reno. There are many other places to get your chimichanga fix this Cinco de Mayo. Here is a list from renotahoe.about.com of the top Mexican restaurants in the Reno area.

A Nouveau Beaujolais Emerges on Riverside Dr.

Longstanding Local French Bistro Gets New Look, Feel and Location

After 11 years on West Street, it was time for an upgrade in scenery for the longtime French hotspot, Beaujolais Bistro. The restaurant’s new setting along the Truckee River in downtown Reno perfectly complements the historic French Bistro ambiance inside. Items on the menu will instantly transport diners to France – yet with a more approachable price tag.

Watch the culinary team at work through the window of the open kitchen, or the bustling Riverwalk goers just outside; both add a dynamic element to the dining experience.

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Wrapping around the kitchen, a new bar offers small plates that allow patron to enjoy Beaujolais’ enticing, everyday French fare more often than just on special occasions. The bar’s drinks are modernizations of the classic from the French cultures of New Orleans and the French Caribbean.

Beaujolais is now located at 753 Riverside Drive, and will be open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner beginning at 5pm, with small plates and drinks available in the bar and lounge areas at 4pm.