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Part of the appeal of Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is its prime location on the northeast shore of Lake Tahoe. Taking advantage of this locale, the resort will offer guests an opportunity to book a fishing charter on Lake Tahoe and enjoy their catch prepared freshly by Chef Shane Hammett at the award-winning Lone Eagle Grille.

2349417821_cbffb7e3a8_bFish are cleaned on one of the two charter boats — the 28-foot “Reel Action” or the 22-foot “Delta Angler,” both from Action Watersports. Guests then have the option of packaging the catch to bring home or hand-delivering it to Hammett, who discusses the best way to prepare the fish. Options include simply baking the fish whole in a Chinese style for a crisped skin, or filet grilling.

Combine the service with the panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and wines from the Lone Eagle Grille, and it’s an experience like no other on the North Shore.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino also recently completed major renovations to its luxurious Lakeside Cottages. The $3.6 million in upgrades, led by Simeone Deary Design Group, includes a total of 48 rooms in 12 lakeside buildings, with new millwork, refreshed wall coverings, new furniture and artwork, and decorative lighting.

“The recent upgrades to our Lakeside Cottages bring a new warmth and modern appeal to these one-of-a-kind accommodations,” said Fred Findlen, general manager of the resort. “We want to set the highest standard for our guests, and the refreshed cottages truly deliver that by providing a quintessential Lake Tahoe experience.”

The cottages range in price from $350 a night during the slow season to $1,899 during the summer high season.


Whitney Peak Hotel, which will open May 17, 2014 in downtown Reno, has announced a culinary partnership with acclaimed, Reno-based chef Mark Estee. As partner, Estee will oversee the hotel’s food and beverage operations, as well as serve as the exclusive manager of Whitney Peak’s new on-site restaurant, Heritage.

heritageThe 4,000-square-foot restaurant will draw heavily on locally inspired cuisine, using regional foods and practices that tie into Reno’s history. “This restaurant, along with all culinary operations at Whitney Peak, will embrace all that is Reno,” said Estee. “Northern Nevada and Reno have such a rich history and an abundance of amazing farmers and ranchers – all of which we want to showcase at Heritage.” The restaurant will also include an expansive bar serving craft beers, local wines, and unique cocktails, which will appeal not just to hotel guests, but also the local community.

In his role, Estee will oversee the final design and roll-out of Heritage, along with the ongoing management, operations, promotion and marketing of all of Whitney Peak’s food and beverage services related to the restaurant, room service and banquets and events.

Rob Hendricks, the new general manager for Whitney Peak, added: “Chef Estee’s passion for great food is evident in all of his culinary endeavors. Combined with his knowledge of – and love for – the region, we can promise a one-of-a-kind experience for our hotel guests, as well as Reno residents and visitors who come to Whitney Peak to dine or attend a performance.”

Estee has more than 20 years of distinguished experience in food and beverage. He is the current chef/owner of Campo Reno and Campo Mammothchez louie, a French inspired restaurant in the Nevada Museum of Art, Glenbrook Club, and two Burger Me! restaurants in Reno and Truckee, California. Each uses only the best organic, local and seasonal ingredients. Estee is a 2013 James Beard Award finalist and is a familiar face in some of the nation’s most respected restaurants and culinary events and festivals.

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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.


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.

Chez Louie eatery inside the Nevada Museum of Art

chez louie is a new French-inspired eatery located in the Nevada Museum of Art. It is fun, modern, and affordable bringing high-class cuisine to a comfortable, friendly, and truly unique setting. Gifted Tastemaker & Owner, Mark Estee complements the cultural fabric of the museum by highlighting seasonal ingredients and treating guests, volunteers, donors and members alike as family.chez louie

Hours of Operation

Wednesday – Friday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm (Perfect mid-week lunch portions!)

Thursday: 10am – 8pm (Museum and dinner date night, anyone?)

Sunday Brunch: 10am – 3pm (Hello, bottomless Bloody Mary and Prosecco bar!)

Closed: Monday – Tuesday

What foodies say on Yelp:

“…making a return visit to the museum sounds all the more enticing knowing that we could couple it with a good meal.” – Nate from Sacramento

“French onion soup and pear hazelnut salad for lunch.  The soup was the best French onion soup I have had in years.  Of course, I burnt the top of my mouth it was so hot, but it was too good to wait for it to cool.” – Earl from Reno

“Third restaurant in this location. This is the best so far. Very good food, smaller portions than a chain restaurant, yet it is an adequate serving size… I enjoyed my meal and will return. The place was packed yet we had great service.” – Linda from Reno

It’s a must-go!

New Restaurant in North Tahoe: Bilty’s Brew & Q

Bilty’s Brew & Q, the new BBQ smokehouse restaurant at the historical Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, is adding some new flavor to the North Shore this summer. More than just a BBQ restaurant, Bilty’s offers outstanding smoked meats, unique house-made barbeque sauces, homemade sides that tempt the palate, and a selection of 30 different craft beers for the beer connoisseur or anyone who enjoys a great beer they can’t find just anywhere around the lake. Their method is simple: offer a unique dining option to the North Lake with a menu that is committed to serving some serious flavor.

Bilty Brew and Q logo 10 With its new approach to dining, the Tahoe Biltmore wants to remind everyone that it’s more than just a hotel and casino by offering something original and uncommon to the lake. From mouthwatering fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs and jalapeno cheddar corn bread, to smoked gouda mac & cheese and southern style collard greens, Bilty’s is sure to please those pleasure-seeking foodies that want something with a bolder flavor.

Whether you’re looking for a new spot to take the family for dinner or passing through on your commute home, this place is ideal for anyone looking for a taste tantalizing meal in a casual setting. Complemented by a décor that speaks simplicity and comfort, with small touches of vintage Lake Tahoe photos exhibited throughout, the menu items are reasonably priced, but not at the cost of flavor (I can assure you).

Bilty’s is open Wednesday thru Sunday for dinner, 5pm – 10pm, and will be opening for lunch soon.

Peppermill and Atlantis Restaurants receive Wine Spectator’s 2013 Award of Excellence

bimini-steakhousePeppermill Resort Spa Casino’s Bimini Steakhouse and Romanza Italian have received Wine Spectator’s 2013 Award of Excellence, recognizing restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, pair well with the menu and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

Guests of Bimini and Romanza will find wine selections perfectly paired to the menus. At Romanza, enjoy exquisite Italian cuisine in a setting of romantic elegance. Dine beneath an enchanted sky dome while chefs skillfully prepare each course of handcrafted pastas, exotic sauces and seafood. Bimini offers hardwood grilled steaks, chops and seafood in an unparalleled atmosphere where high open spaces provide spectacular views of the pools and gardens. Wines from the expansive cellar pair perfectly with seasonal menus.

steakhouse-dining-smAtlantis Casino Resort Spa’s Atlantis Steakhouse and Bistro Napa receive the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

Capturing the essence of Chicago to San Francisco, the Atlantis Steakhouse is a five time recipient of the Award of Excellence. Atlantis Steakhouse proudly serves Allen Brothers meats, the nation’s finest steaks. Experience the art of traditional tableside dining, unsurpassed services and attention to detail. Classic cocktails, metropolitan martinis and over 336 selections of wine complete the experience.

Seven time recipient of the Award of Excellence, Bistro Napa serves contemporary cuisine inspired by the Napa Valley with emphasis on seasonal, organic ingredients. The Sommelier will help complement any Bistro experience with a thoughtfully chosen wine from the 4,000-bottle wine cellar.

To qualify for the Award of Excellence, a wine list must present complete, accurate wine information with vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass. Lists are judged on well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically these lists offer at least 100 selections.

A Breath of Fresh Air – Outdoor Dining Guide

Reno Tahoe USA offers a wide variety of top-notch dining options all year long, and now that summer is officially here, it’s time to pick up those savory dishes and head outside. Here are a few restaurants inviting you to take full advantage of the beautiful weather.

B. St. Café
Dining doesn’t get much more “outdoor” than at the newly opened B. St. Café in Victorian Square in Sparks. Created to bring a unique 100% outdoor dining experience to the Reno Tahoe area, B. St. Café offers a Latin American inspired menu served daily for lunch and dinner, as wells as a breakfast and brunch menu on the weekends.

Wild River Grille
Featuring an expansive patio overlooking the Truckee River, The Wild River Grille is one of Reno Tahoe’s top outdoor dining spots. Serving both lunch and dinner, it’s the perfect place to meet for a mid-day meal on a sunny afternoon or gather for drinks on warm summer night.

The Stone House Café
With individual dining sections that mirror various regions, The Stone House outdoor patio provides a distinctive atmosphere to enjoy a summer bite. Whether you’re in the mood for French toast in a chic Paris café or filet mignon on the timbered shores of Lake Tahoe, you’ll find the perfect setting to indulge in the fresh delectable fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Brasserie St. James
In addition to their ever changing menu and finely crafted brews, Brasserie St. James has opened up their patio seating, which happens to be located on the roof. The sprawling second story deck is complete with a beer garden barbeque, rooftop oyster bar and a refreshing summertime breeze – an unbeatable combination for an unforgettable meal.

Lakeside Beach Bar and Grill
Incline Village
Bask in the breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the surround High Sierra Mountains at the Hyatt Regency’s Lakeside Beach Bar and Grill. Barbeque favorites are served daily, and the best part is… you don’t even have to leave the beach! So swim, sunbathe and dig your toes into the sand while the chef’s grill up lunch.

Other outdoor dining options include:
Silver Peak Brewery
Rapscallion Seafood House

For a look what’s trending right now in Reno Tahoe USA, be sure to check out The Hive – the 10 most “buzz-worthy” things to see do according to our “What-To-Do Crew.”

The Original Margarita Creators, Hussong’s Cantina, Opens in Reno

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!

As summer quickly approaches, Hussong’s is the place to cool down with the original margarita, always served on the rocks.

img18Hussong’s isn’t just a bar. It’s a landmark….a legend…a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed experience. It has this certain mystique. It’s famous. People all over the world know about it. It’s popularity has never waned in all these years. It’s also the place where the Margarita was invented back in October, 1941.

Today, the cantina remains in the very same building in which it opened in 1892, and little has changed since it opened. The Hussong family still owns and operates the cantina.

The Riverwalk just got Munch, Munch, Munch Tastier!

Dine The District Food Tour

May 4th, 2013 1pm-4pm

To kick off the spirit of spring, the merchants of downtown Reno’s Riverwalk District have teamed up for a third time to organize the “Dine The District” Self-guided Food Tour on Saturday, May 4th 2013, 1pm to 4pm. Not only will guests have an opportunity to enjoy entertainment, and a variety of culinary delights from the best restaurants in the Reno area, the proceeds will help support the continued development of the Riverwalk District. Wearing your best Kentucky Derby hat is highly encouraged!

dining_logo2The Riverwalk Dining District is where Foodies come to feast on the many options of culinary excellence located in the Heart of Reno, Nevada. The Riverwalk features unique options in dining & entertainment showcasing selections from around the world. Adding the title of Northern Nevada’s new “Dining District” is one more attraction for the community.

The cost is $20 per person pre-sale and $25 day of the event, FREE for children 10 years of age and under. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.renoriverorg/dining_district.html or during the day of the event. Tickets sales are limited to 600. Redeem tickets by presenting receipt at the new Reno Tahoe Visitor Center located in the Reno eNVy store, at 135 North Sierra Street Reno, during the day of the event, you will receive a food tour map as your formal admission to the self-guided tour during the day of the event.

The first “Dine The District” Self-guided Food Tour hosted by the Riverwalk was held on June 9th, 2012 and was an incredible success with tickets selling out two hours before the event began. With the already very popular monthly Wine Walk the Dine the District food tours will provide another opportunity for the community to enjoy the area. Some of the food tours participants include Wild River Grille, Java Jungle, West St. Wine Bar, Campo, Noble Pie Company, Fuego for Tapas & Vino, Bumble Bee Blooms & Boutique, Imperial Bar & Lounge and an estimated 15 other merchants already located within the Riverwalk.

All the funds raised by the Riverwalk Merchants Association will help establish a safer, cleaner and more vibrant downtown area.


To purchase tickets online visit: Or visit Reno eNVY the day of the event.


135 N. Sierra Street, Suite C, Reno NV, 89501- (775) 682-3800

To find out more information about the Riverwalk, how you can help or donate online email, or call 775-825-WALK (825-9255).

NOBLE PIE Expansion

NOBLE PIE Parlor Celebrates Third Year in Business with Multi-Faceted Expansion

Noble appetites throughout northern Nevada are happy. NOBLE PIE Parlor (NPP) partners Trevor Leppek and Ryan Goldhammer have expanded the artisan pizzeria’s features with an expanded interior, full cocktail bar, new weekend brunch hours and offerings, plus event space in the historic Trocadero Room.

mg_4056NOBLE PIE Parlor has added a “Bar Nook,” built from eco-conscious reclaimed wood and whiskey barrels, which will serve up specialty, beer-based and classic cocktails created from housemade mixers and selections from the full bar, along with their handpicked beer and wine selection. The new Bar Nook provides a feeling of enclosure for up to 10 people, with additional standing room available for up to 6 more.

Expanded seating can also be found in their dining area, which was reconstructed to increase capacity to 50 people. Raw oak slabs recreated the banquet seating along Noble’s interior walls, which themselves showcase a wider array of local art – including a large mural paying homage to their signature pie-faced icon.

Beginning mid-March, an expanded brunch menu is offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. To wash down the slices, wings and other mouthwatering plates, guests can choose from $10 bottomless mimosas, or create the perfect Bloody Mary from their new Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar.

mg_4095Already located in one of the most historic locales in downtown Reno, the El Cortez Hotel, NPP will revitalize the Trocadero Banquet Hall and Showroom directly behind the restaurant, which in its heyday had the likes of the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley, and many other musical legends perform on its stage. Leppek and Goldhammer will breathe new life into the showroom by adding new lighting; curtains; a small, full-service bar; and satellite bar with beer, wine and shots. The space will host Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo weekly.

Known for their handcrafted and oven-fired pizzas, high-quality ingredients, award-winning wings, NOBLE PIE Parlor makes nearly every item served from scratch using locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible.  Located at 239 West Second Street in downtown Reno, hours are: 11 a.m. – midnight, Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.* on Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 a.m.* Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit or call 775-622-9222.