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Your Guide to the Reno Craft Beer Week

RenoCraftBeerWeek_2Calling all beer aficionados! Get ready to immerse yourself in total beer culture at the first ever Reno Craft Beer Week, April 18 to 25. This week is a celebration of craft beer with the goal of increasing its awareness in the Reno-Sparks area. At this local beer festival, sample great local brews, learn more from local beer makers, meet other beer-lovers, eat some tasty bar food, and see all that Reno’s breweries and tap rooms have to offer.

Here’s your guide to the great Reno Craft Beer Week. There are fantastic, beer-focused events happening each day throughout the week, make sure to check them out!

Saturday, April 18:

Brewer’s Roundtable: Brian Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will be speaking at the Sierra Tap House about the history of the craft beer movement and where the future is headed. This is a free event.

Social Science: The Art of Beer: Head to The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum to explore the art of beer fermentation by sampling local beers, learning about how beer is made, examining different types of hops, and participating in fun beer games. Attendees can also enjoy wine and food from Whole Foods Market. This event is from 6 to 9 pm and tickets are $20.

Sunday, April 19:

Drinkable Reno Beer Week Bus Tour: From noon to 5 pm, take a tour of five of Reno’s favorite breweries and sample some of the finest brews Reno offers (which will be the equivalent of about 3 pints worth of tasters!). On the tour you will visit Great Basin Brewing Company, Pigeon Head Brewery, IMBIB Custom Brews, Silver Peak Grill and Taproom, and the High Sierra Brewing Company. Tickets for this event are $25, which also comes with free entrance to the Strange Brew Festival.

Strange Brew Festival: Enjoy live music and beers that will challenge and thrill your taste buds at this unique beer festival, from 3 to 7 pm at the Brewer’s Cabinet. Tickets are $50 ($40 presale) and are available in person at The Brewer’s Cabinet  or on their website. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Reno Rebuild Project.

Monday, April 20:

Almanac Beer Co. Tap Takeover Tap Room at Whole Foods Market: Starting at 5 pm, learn about the farm-to-barrel beers from one of Almanac’s master brewers. Tickets are $25 and include 5, 8 oz. beers and delicious finger foods. VIP Passholders will receive $5 off and a swag bag from Almanac and The Tap Room.

IPApril Brewmaster’s Pairing Night: Sample small food bites paired with IPAs and talk with the Great Basin Brewing Company’s Brewmaster and brewers. This event is from 5 to 9 pm at the Great Basin Brewing Company’s Reno location and tickets are $20. VIP Passholders will receive 15% off.

Our Bar High Sierra Tap Takeover: Our Bar, located in downtown Reno, is displaying their new Speakeasy Bar. At this free event, starting at 5:30 pm, you will be able to check out several rare and delicious beers!

Tuesday, April 21:

Craft Beer Cocktail Competition: Enter the competition by emailing the organizer by April 14th with your recipe for the best beer-based cocktail. The drink must include at least .75 oz of Great Basin Outlaw Milk Stout. The top 8 recipes will be selected to compete at the Tuesday event. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. Judging will take place at 1864 Tavern from 6 to 8 pm.

Drake’s Brewing & Great Basin Brewing Co. Collaboration Release: Drake’s Brewing and Great Basin are teaming up to make a unique beer especially for Reno Craft Beer Week. Starting at 5 pm, experience the tapping of the new beer’s first keg at this free event at Great Basin’s Sparks location.

Wednesday, April 22:

Pies & Pints: Taste delicious beer at the Wild Garlic in Reno.

Canned Derby presented by New Belgium Craft Wine & Beer: Get your creative juices flowing at the Canwood Derby. Drink a can of beer, decorate it, add wheels, race your new vehicle against others to win prizes! This is a free event, from 5 to 8 pm at Craft Wine & Beer.

High Sierra Brewing Co. Meet the Brewers Night: At this free event, you will be able to mingle with the brewers, taste special food and drinks, and get a free brewery tour, all in celebration of the new location. This event is from 5:30 to 8 pm at the High Sierra Brewing Co. inside Baldini’s Casino.

Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Tasting: The tap house is hosting a tasting of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beers from 5 to 9 pm. Admission to the event is free, but attendees must pay for what they drink.

Stone Brewing Co. Tasting at Ole Bridge Pub: Ole Bridge will be pouring unique beers from Stone Brewing Co. starting at 6 pm. Admission is free.

Thursday, April 23:

16 Candles – 16 Handles: Come to this all-day event, as Ole Bridge Pub is expanding their tap handle lineup. Starting at 1 pm, two new, rare beers will be poured every two hours. Entry is free, but attendees must pay for what they drink.

Brewer’s Cabinet Brewery Chef Series Beer Dinner: At this dinner event, every one of the Brewer’s Cabinet Chef Series brews will be paired with a delightful culinary creation by Reno’s favorite chefs. That means five special beers are being paired with five delicious dining options. This event will take place at Reno Provisions from 6 to 9 pm and tickets are available here for $50.

IMBIB Custom Brews: Tap, Taste & Tour: Get an inside look at IMBIB Custom Brews taste some initial brews, sample beers from their diverse barrel aging program, and get a tour of their brewery. Attendees will also get two pours from their taproom and snacks from a favorite local restaurant. Tickets are $2o and VIP Passholders will get 15% off. The event is from 6 to 9 pm at IMBIB.

Trail of Ale Poker Run: Take a stroll through MidTown, tasting beers and special release ales. Deal yourself into poker games at 40 Mile Saloon, Chapel Tavern, Craft Wine & Beer, and Reno Public House to participate in your chance to win cool prizes.

Friday, April 24:

Cerveza Chilebeso Bottle Release Party & Sparks Rotary End Polio Now Fundraiser: For the first time in history, Cerveza Chilebeso will be available in a bottle! Celebrate the release at Taps & Tanks with live mariachi music, games, prizes, food, and of course, beer. Entry to the party is free, but the proceeds from the event will benefit the Sparks Rotary as a part of Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative: End Polio. $1 from each pint purchased will go toward the cause, as well as proceeds from the silent auction and raffle items.

Saturday, April 25:

4th Annual Carson City Beer and Pizza Championships: Support local charities and enjoy tasty pizza and beer. During the event, experience live blues music and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will support local scholarships, charity organizations and other philanthropies from the Rotary. Tickets are $45 and available from any Carson City Rotary member or through this website. The event starts at 5:30 pm at the Carson City Mall.

Backwash: Come down to Freighthouse District at the Aces Ballpark from 3 to 7 pm to see brewers from as far as San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and more, are come together to showcase their unique beers and compete for the people’s and brewer’s choice awards. Take part in the judging to sample one-of-a-kind beers from all over the West. Proceeds of the event go toward a non-profit organization that aids under-resourced and under-served young people in our community. Tickets are $45 presale and available here, or $50 at the door and VIP Passholders get $10 off this event.

Reno Aces Craft Beer Week After Party: There is free admission to this after party at the Aces Stadium.

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Celebrate the Holiday: Easter Dining in Reno Tahoe

easter_diningSpring is here and Easter is on its way! If you haven’t had time to plan a meal at home, check out what local restaurants are serving that Sunday (April 5) for brunch and dinner. These restaurants have everything and anything to satisfy your wildest cravings. Spend your Easter holiday with family, friends, and fine Reno dining.

Eldorado Resort and Casino: The Roxy Restaurant and Bar is offering a prix fixe menu which starts at 3 pm. The meal includes a blood orange salad, a mixed seafood grill, and angel food cake. La Strada will have a delicious four-course Italian dinner menu starting at 3 pm, which will include a tomato flat bread or polenta soup, mushroom ravioli or baked crêpes, basil cod or Tuscan-roasted lamb, and for dessert, mango mousse. At the Buffet, brunch will be served 8 am to 3 pm, and there will be options such as turkey breast, veal, roast strip loin, glazed ham, pancakes with bananas foster, omelets, eggs Benedict, cheese blintzes, ham steaks, roast pork loin, crab cakes, mussels, mushroom ravioli, assorted pastries, gelato, and more.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa: Toucan Charlie’s Buffet and Grille will be having a champagne brunch and Easter dinner from 9 am to 3 pm and will have options such as prime rib, baked ham, pork ribs, crab, clams, scallop ceviche, pork loin, eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, and more. There will also be a gourmet brunch in the Grand Ballroom from 9 am to 2 pm with selections like prawns, crab, oysters, short ribs, filet mignon, ham, lamb, prime rib, cheese blintzes, pies, pastries, and more. For dinner, check out the Atlantis Steakhouse’s four course prix fixe starting at 4 pm and with your choice of braised Colorado lamb shank or wood grilled salmon, or check out Bistro Napa’s four course prix fixe also starting at 4 pm and with your choice of tapenade stuffed leg of lamb or soy and miso glazed salmon. Also for dinner, the Purple Parrot will be serving a three course holiday meal from 11 am to 10 pm.

30503_1800x624Peppermill Resort Hotel: Biscotti’s will serve a special Easter brunch menu, in addition to its regular menu from 9 am to 3 pm. The special menu includes prawns, crab legs, oysters, smoked salmon, Ahi Tuna, sushi platter, penne pasta, seafood fettuccine, scrambled eggs with mushrooms, onion and bell pepper hash, chicken, lamb chops, quiche, french toast, prime rib, pancakes, pastries, and more. The Island Buffet will be open 9 am to 9 pm and serving both an Easter champagne brunch and dinner. There will be shrimp, crabs, oysters, mussels, salad bar, eggs and omelets, prime rib, ham, lamb, salmon, turkey, sausage, risotto, chicken, swordfish, twice baked potatoes, Asian wok varieties, fajitas, enchiladas, taquitos, and numerous desserts.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino: Flavors Buffet will be serving 8 am to 2 pm and Silver Baron Buffet will be serving 9 am to 2 pm. At both buffets, you will able to enjoy an Easter menu that includes these items and more: crab legs, shrimp, calamari, salmon, pasta, salads, made to order omelets, bacon, sausage, french toast, waffles, cheese blintz, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, prime rib, ham, turkey, lamb, chicken, mussels, pork chops, shortribs, and a selection of desserts.

JA Nugget Casino Resort: In addition to the regular menu, Rosie’s Café will be offering Easter Sunday specials  from 10 am to 11 pm which will include glazed ham, salmon filet, and a chocolate mousse parfait. There will also be Easter specials at the Rotisserie Buffet from 8:30 am to 2 pm and a special brunch in the Rose Ball room from 10 am to 3 pm. Both will offer a salad bar, shrimp, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, omelet station, waffle station, prime rib, baked ham, bakery options, a variety of desserts, and much more.

Whitney Peak: Heritage will be offering a chef’s table and bottomless Bloody Mary and mimosa specials. Dig in to smoked salmon deviled eggs, the Heritage Benedict, and many more scrumptious specialties. You’ll be served some of freshest food around as many of the ingredients come from local farms!

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino: Briscola will be offering a three-course dinner special from 5 to 9 pm which will include manicotti and spinach, kale with roasted beets, mushroom soup, braised lamb shank, and cappuccino panna cotta for dessert. In addition to their regular menu, Charlie Palmer Steak House will also have an Easter dinner served from 2 to 9:30 pm that will include lobster stuffed artichokes, crab and lobster cocktail, leg of lamb, braised lamb ravioli, prime rib, and rhubarb and strawberry crisp for dessert. The Elements Buffet will have a champagne brunch served from 9 am to 3 pm with options like prime rib, roasted turkey, baked ham, leg of lamb, mint jelly, scrambled eggs, corned beef, made to order omelets, chicken and waffles, french toast, pancakes, rib eye steaks, grilled vegetables, pork tamales, chicken enchiladas, snow crab legs, oysters, artisan style pizzas, a salad bar, a variety of desserts, and much more.

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino: The Courtyard Buffet will start serving Easter brunch and supper at 11 am. Options will include eggs and omelets, salad bar, an Asian stir-fry and noodle station, pizza, beef, lamb roast, Easter ham, Easter pork roast, mussels and clams, seafood fettuccini, teriyaki chicken, and a variety of desserts including a chocolate fountain. The Steakhouse at Circus is offering a five course Easter meal which will serve an appetizer of pickled vegetables with aioli, lobster bisque, iceberg wedge salad, crab-stuffed shrimp, Tournedos Rossini with kabocha puree, soy-mirin truffle sauce, and Baked Alaska for dessert.

Lone Eagle Grille: is offering an Easter buffet menu from 10 am to 3 pm which will include assorted breakfast pastries, egg benedict, baked bananas foster, omelet station, prime rib, lamb osso bucco, chicken with morel mushroom sauce, seared scallops, salad buffet, assorted cheeses, cauliflower and leek soup, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon on bagels, traditional paella, and assorted desserts.

Wild River Grille: will be serving an Easter brunch menu from 9:30 am to 3 pm with options like eggs Benedict, vegetable quiche, crab Louie, prime rib, plum chipotle salmon, assorted desserts, muffins, and more. There will also be a special kids menu offered.

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St. Patrick’s Day Dining You Won’t Want to Miss!

Most people dedicate St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) to drinking like the Irish, but why not dine like them too? Chefs at local restaurants are putting together traditional St. Patrick’s Day dishes to make your day even more festive. Reno Tahoe restaurants and pubs are prepared to show off their Irish spirit, so get ready to chow down!

Atlantis Casino Resort will have a variety of special dishes at their restaurants. The Purple Parrot will be serving beef and Guinness pub pie and corned beef and cabbage. The Manhattan Deli is offering Irish lamb stew. Bistro Napa will have braised lamb shepard’s pie. There will also be drink specials offered that night.

Circus Circus Reno is offering a number of specials at their various restaurants. At the Americana Café, enjoy bangers and eggs or corned beef and cabbage with roasted potatoes. The Main Street Deli is offering corned beef on thick cut rye bread. Smokin Geikco’s BBQ has corned beef and Swiss cheese sliders. The Courtyard Buffet is offering a variety of dishes to try: corned beef with steamed cabbage, steamed red potatoes and carrots, colcannon (a traditional Irish potato dish), saffron rice, salmon with horseradish and leek sauce, and shepherd’s pie. But if a traditional meal isn’t your style, Kokopelli’s Sushi has the O’Paddy Roll with smoked salmon and green cabbage with cream cheese and whole grain mustard.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino has a full menu for St. Patrick’s Day. At Charlie Palmer Steak, they will have corned beef slider, truffle potato leek soup and Guiness braised short ribs. At Elements Buffet, there will be traditional corned beef and cabbage, creamy horseradish, Irish lamb stew, shepherd’s pie, Dublin coddle, sliced beef brisket boiled baby, roast pork loin, Irish whiskey raisin sauce, pan fried salmon, parsley butter, beer batter cod, Irish soda bread, O’Brien potatoes, red and Yukon gold potatoes, fresh broccolini, honey glazed carrots and steamed jasmine rice. The Grand Café will have corned beef and cabbage and chocolate Guinness cake.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino is serving a number of great Irish favorites at their restaurants. At Café Central there is a meal of corned beef and cabbage with parslied red potatoes, carrots, and creamed horseradish and county Armagh apple cake to top it off. In addition to their regular buffet, Flavors Buffet will also have corned beef and cabbage, Irish lamb stew, parslied potatoes, colcannon, shepard’s pie, Irish soda bread, and trifle, Irish cream cheesecake, and chocolate orange Guinness cake for dessert! Sterling’s is offering an Irish pub salad or Gaelic steak with colcannon and roasted root vegetable.

10959122_797047217032514_7046625377003865096_nIf you’re looking for a more traditional atmosphere on St. Paddy’s day, there are some pubs offering festive foods. Ceol Irish Pub in Reno, will have Brother’s BBQ serving Shepard’s pie and corned beef sausage sandwiches. McP’s Taphouse Grill in South Lake Tahoe has a full menu of Irish food favorites. The Auld Dubliner in Squaw Valley, offers corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and champ as their traditional Irish fayre. Also be sure to check out O’Cleary’s Irish Pub in Sparks and Filthy McNasty’s Irish Bar in Reno for more festive ambiance.

For more events going on for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, check out this link.

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