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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 Year’s Dining Guide

Reno’s Casino Resorts always outdo themselves with elaborate and delicious New Year’s fare! Here is a selection of their unique offerings that will be sure to make the evening a memorable one.


Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille
Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Steak & Seafood Spectacular Champagne Dinner, 3 pm – 9 pm. This special dinner will feature Bacon-Wrapped Filet, Steamed Snow Crab Legs, Lobster Ravioli and more! Reservations welcome for parties of 10 or more before noon and after 6 pm.

Atlantis Steakhouse
Dinner from 4 pm. Atlantis Steakhouse presents a Four-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner with a choice of Red Wine Braised Wagyu Shortribs, Serrano-Wrapped Chilean Sea Bass or Duet of Petite Filet Mignon & Maine Lobster Thermidor. In addition to our nightly menu. Reservations are recommended.

Bistro Napa
Dinner from 4 pm. Bistro Napa offers a Four-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner with your choice of Pan Roasted Arctic Char, Classic Beef Wellington or Five-Spice Roasted Maine Lobster. In addition to our nightly menu. Reservations are recommended.

Manhattan Deli
Lunch and dinner served from 11 am. Manhattan Deli offers a Three-Course Dinner featuring Prime Rib with Roasted Pepper & Squash Medley, in addition to our regular menu. Reservations are welcome for dinner.

Café Alfreso
Lunch and dinner served from 11 am. Café Alfresco features a Duet of New York Steak and Lobster Ravioli, in addition to our regular menu.

Purple Parrot
New Year’s Eve dinner served 11 am – 10 pm. Enjoy a Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner featuring Rib-Eye & Shrimp Scampi, in addition to the 24-hour menu.

Call 775.824.4411 for reservations.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget

New Year’s is a blast at John Ascuaga’s Nugget! All of our restaurants offer specially prepared New Year’s meals and the Celebrity Showroom turns into a big dance party with live entertainment. The party gets even bigger in the Casino, where there is a FREE champagne toast and countdown to midnight, complete with party favors.


Enjoy exquisite dining this New Year’s Eve at the Eldorado Hotel Casino! Delectable dishes are being created to make memorable meals at Roxy, La Strada and The Prime Rib Grill!


Diners begin with their choice of spinach ricotta ravioli with lemon chive butter sauce, toasted pine nuts and shaved parmesan or lobster bisque accented with crème fraiche. For the main course, choose from New Year’s Eve surf and turf featuring bone in filet mignon with veal demi-glace and roasted garlic maître d’ butter alongside lobster tail thermidor with white cheddar duchess potato; or seared scallops with tiny potato pancakes and caviar beurre fondue. The meal ends with warm chocolate lava torte with espresso cream and almond brittle crunch. The three-course meal is just $50 per person from 5 p.m. to close.

La Strada

A special four course dinner is being served from 5 p.m. for $52 per person. Begin with Treviso radicchio and arugula salad with Caciocavallo cheese, roasted beets, candied walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. Then guests will savor potato and pumpkin gnocchi with sausage meat sauce, shaved chestnuts and parmigiano as well as Prosecco wine risotto with lightly smoked ricotta cheese (made in house), peppercorns and toasted spices. Next, guests will be treated to pan seared scallop with toasted corn mashed potatoes and a dark cherry balsamic reduction plus roasted petite veal shank with roasted vegetables and veal au jus. For dessert, a caramel crusted marsala zabaglione semifreddo with chocolate sauce and Fleur de Sel.

Prime Rib Grill

The elegant and hearty three course meal begins with a trip to the famous soup and salad bar and a butcher’s board appetizer featuring country pâté, Thüringer, pork rillettes, pickled vegetables and house made crackers. Guests will then have a choice of prime rib with seasonal vegetables or roasted leg of lamb with pear honey and crispy shallots, both with choice of potato. The meal concludes with one of The Prime Rib Grill’s seasonal desserts all for just $28.95 starting at 5 p.m.

Grand Sierra Resort

New Year’s Eve Champagne Dinner at Elements Buffet

New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.|$22.99 adult / $14.99 child (10 & under)

Specials include: prime rib of beef, roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, pork loin, crispy duck, pan-fried tilapia, spicy shrimp, lemon pepper crusted tri-tip, Korean-style short ribs, grilled chicken breast, grilled rib eye steaks, crab legs, shrimp, oyster and mussels on the half shell, an assortment of desserts and more.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Grand Café

New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Menu from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.  $25.99 includes choice of soup/salad, entrée and dessert

Soup: Roasted Corn Chowder

Salad: Tossed greens with heirloom tomatoes, feta, dried apricots, herb focaccia croutons and champagne vinaigrette

Entrée: Petit filet mignon and 5 oz. lobster tail duet, served with au gratin potatoes and grilled vegetables

Dessert: Amaretto Crème Brûlée served with fresh berries

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak

New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Menu from 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

First Course Selections $18

Lobster stuffed crepes

Lobster tomato pan sauce

Main Course Selections $55

Lobster crusted filet mignon served with sweat pearl onions, sweet truffle jus and crispy carrots

Dessert $7

Espresso chocolate bombe served with dark chocolate sauce

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Briscola

New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Menu from 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Appetizers $9

Beluga lentil soup

House-made sausages

Pasta Courses $18

Maine Lobster Ravioli served with cherry tomato and lemon pan sauce

Main Course $42

Surf and turf, grilled filet and roasted lobster tail served with mascarpone mashed potatoes and honey glazed potatoes

Dessert $7

Pandoro, Grand Marnier soaked pandoro cake served with house-made vanilla gelato

New Year’s Day

For New Year’s Day dining, check out these enticing choices at the Grand Sierra Resort!

Grand Sierra Resort

New Year’s Late Night Breakfast at Elements Buffet

New Year’s Day from 12 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.|$9.99 adult / $7.99 child (10 & under)

Specials include: prime rib of beef, Denver scrambled eggs, hickory smoked bacon and sausage, crepes, French toast and pancakes, lemon pepper crusted tri-tip, Korean-style short ribs, grilled chicken breast, grilled rib eye steaks, peel and eat shrimp and more.

New Year’s Day Champagne Bruch at Elements Buffet

New Year’s Eve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.|$21.99 adult / $13.99 child (10 & under)

Specials include: prime rib of beef, roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, Denver scrambled eggs, hickory-smoked bacon and sausage, crepes, French toast and pancakes, crispy duck, pan-fried tilapia, spicy shrimp, lemon pepper crusted tri-tip, Korean-style short ribs, grilled chicken breast, grilled rib eye steaks, crab legs, shrimp, oyster and mussels on the half shell, an assortment of desserts and more.

New Year’s Day Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak

New Year’s Prix-Fixe Menu from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

First Course Selections $18

Lobster stuffed crepes

Lobster tomato pan sauce

Main Course Selections$55

Lobster crusted filet mignon served with sweat pearl onions, sweet truffle jus and crispy carrots

Dessert $7

Espresso chocolate bombe served with dark chocolate sauce

New Year’s Day Dinner at Briscola

New Year’s Prix Fixe Menu from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Appetizers $9

Beluga lentil soup

House-made sausages

Pasta Courses $18

Maine Lobster Ravioli served with cherry tomato and lemon pan sauce

Main Course $42

Surf and turf, grilled filet and roasted lobster tail served with mascarpone mashed potatoes and honey glazed potatoes

Dessert $7

Pandoro, Grand Marnier soaked pandoro cake served with house-made vanilla gelato

Christmas Dining 2013

Reno Tahoe chefs are checking their ingredients twice to make sure the menus are the perfect topping to Christmas Day. Check out the dining options below:

Eldorado Reno

6442745401_040d9f7a7f_zThe Eldorado family invites guests and their families to celebrate Christmas with a spectacular meal in a warm holiday setting.

Guests can ditch the dishes and dine out beginning at 11:30 am on Christmas Day at The Buffet. Adults enjoy a Christmas feast for $26.99. Fine bistro dining with a bit of Christmas cheer can be found at Roxy, where diners can enjoy a special three-course meal offered in addition to the regular menu for only $48 starting at 4 pm. In addition to the regular menu, the Eldorado’s signature restaurant, La Strada, will offer guests a special Christmas menu with an Italian twist all for just $44 per person, beginning at 4 pm. The Prime Rib Grill offers hearty classics from 4 pm until close with a special three-course Christmas dinner for $28.95. Tivoli Gardens will re-open after a remodel and concept change as Millie’s 24.  Millie’s 24 will feature an American coffee shop menu but with a modern ambiance. Specialty items will be available on Christmas Day from 11 am to 11 pm.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Bring your family and your appetite this Christmas at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, where world-class chefs will be serving an array of festive feasts!

Guests will discover limitless options in the all-you-can-eat feasts prepared for the Rotisserie Buffet and the Rose Ballroom Buffet. The price is $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 5-11. Restaurante Orozko will also be serving a gourmet Christmas buffet. The price is $32.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 5-11. Trader Dick’s special three-course menu will feature a variety of choices. The price is $32.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 5-11. The Steakhouse Grill will also serve a special three-course meal. The price is $35.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 5-11. Rosie’s Café will feature a choice of Roasted Turkey, Virginia Baked Ham or Salmon Frangelico for $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children ages 5-11.

Silver Legacy

Evoke the spirit of the season with magical menus at Silver Legacy this Christmas.

For a dining experience that is both elegant and imaginative, make a reservation at Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse for a four-course meal. This impressive Christmas dinner is just $48 per person beginning at 5 pm. Café Central’s Christmas menu combines delicious selections with wonderful flavors, sure to please. Serving dinner from 11 am until 10 pm for $13.99 plus tax, dinner is served whenever you’re ready! Flavors! the Buffet has all your favorites, serving Christmas dinner from 11 am until 10 pm. Adults dine for $24.99 and children 6-12 feast for just $11.99, so bring the whole family!

Circus Circus Reno

Spend Christmas with your family at Circus Reno, not in the kitchen!

Looking for something in The Steakhouse? They have a specialty three-course meal for only $36.00 a person starting at 5pm. Join the Circus Circus dining extraordinaires Christmas Day in the Courtyard Buffet for $19.99 for adults and $10.99 for children below the age of 11 starting at 11 am. Try Thanksgiving at Dos Geckos Cantina with the Feliz Navidad Holiday Family Platter! $12.95 per adult and $8.95 per child six years and under starting at 5pm. At the Americana Café you will enjoy a three-course meal at the low price of $14.95 per person starting at 11 am.

Peppermill Reno

Join the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino for a variety of Holiday Dining celebrations on Wednesday, December 25.

Biscotti’s is serving a Christmas Buffet Extravaganza from 11am-9pm for $35.95 for adults and $15.95 for children (ages 4-11). Click here for menu. Island Buffet will have a variety of traditional Christmas options 4:30pm – 9:30pm for $24.99 for adults and $12.99 for children (ages 4-11). Click here for menu.

Atlantis Reno

There’s always something delightful at Atlantis for Christmas!

Gourmet Christmas Dinner at the Grand Ballroom has the spectacular all-you-care-to-eat gourmet dinner, noon – 5 pm. At Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille, enjoy the Champagne brunch, 9am -3pm, or all-you-can-eat dinner feast, 3pm – 9pm. Atlantis Steakhouse serves a Christmas four-course prix-fixe dinner from 4 pm. Bistro Napa offers a Christmas four-course prix-fixe Dinner. Manhattan Deli begins serving lunch and dinner served at 11 am. with a three-course holiday dinner available. At Purple Parrot, enjoy a three-course prix-fixe holiday dinner from 11am-10pm, in addition to the 24-hour menu.

Local Foodie Feature: Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee Holiday Blend

Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee announces its Holiday Blend, a medium, lively roast with a note of caramel, a luscious creaminess, and the subtlest wisp of apple.

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Tim’s been roasting Holiday Blends since 2006. This year he changed his creative process a bit and came up with his best Holiday Blend yet. He explains, ”Normally, I have a flavor profile that I’m trying to achieve. I put the coffees together and try to determine the best way to get the profile.” This year, he took the opposite approach, finding inspiration in a particular coffee and adding two other varietals to enhance its strengths. He was taken with the brown-sugar sweetness, hint of orange-like acidity, and subtle earthy tones of a creamy Honduras. He added Nicaraguan beans to enhance its earthy character and blended in Ethiopian beans to emphasize the bright, lively acidity. He dark-roasted the blend over an apple-wood fire. It’s flavor is full and round, brightened by a delicate acidity, and capped with a briefly lingering finish. “But like a good friend, it knows when to leave,” says Tim.

Enjoy Holiday Blend by the cup in Reno at Dish Cafe, Hi Point Coffee and Café, Joe’s Good Java, or Daughters Cafe.

Holiday Blend will be available from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31 (or while supplies last) from Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee headquarters, 30 Ohm Pl., Reno or online at

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Best time to serve: Any time. It’s a wonderful, well-rounded coffee for breakfast or after dinner.

Best way to brew: Any method works well. French press brings out flavors to their very fullest.

Best way to use in a coffee cocktail: Holiday Roast with Baileys.

Best food pairing: Pumpkin pie.

What?! “World Vegan Month” and “Local Pizza Place” in the Same Headline?

580100_433329773352988_1445854376_nYou read it right, November is World Vegan Month, and Noble Pie Parlor is ready! Among the many creative menu options are some excellent vegan items, like handcrafted pizzas or calzones with Daiya Vegan Mozzarella Shreds that melt, ooze, bubble, and stretch, much like regular mozzarella.

Vegan pizza and calzones are just the tip of the iceberg. Noble Pie Parlor is always look for ways to offer healthful options that meet their over-the-top quality standards. Love of food-science, health and pizza have created these delights:

Vegan Pesto — Handmade daily with local, organic basil from Reno’s own Sterling Farms, organic walnuts, fresh garlic, our house recipe sun-dried tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil. Hungry yet?

1451526_681149605236485_163426209_nTruly Gluten-Free Pizza 12″ gluten-free crusts prepared on thick parchment paper so the crust never touches any surface that’s had flour on it to avoid contamination, even the oven. (The gluten-free crusts are also vegan.)

Gluten-Free Specialties Fries, signature salad, and award-winning wings are all made gluten-free!

Organic + Local Ingredients Fresh, locally sourced, organic ingredients are used as often as possible; including, organic basil from Sterling Farms, local eggs from, organic produce from Great Basin-Food Co-Op, high quality natural meats from Sierra Meat & Seafood, and local beers including Brasserie Saint James Kolsch and Great Basin Wild Horse Amber Ale.

GMO-Free Ingredients NPP works with suppliers to avoid using foods identified as GMO.

To learn more about Noble Pie Parlor’s vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and GMO-free menu items and other healthful options, call (775) 622-9222, visit, or drop by for brunch, lunch, dinner, or a late-night pizza feast, at 239 West Second St., Reno.

Thanksgiving 2013 in Reno Tahoe

Atlantis Casino Hotel ResortInvite the family to give thanks and feast in Reno Tahoe this Thanksgiving! Send the kids to the ski slopes while mom enjoys a world renowned spa day, dad hunts, grandma shops, grandpa museum hops, and best of all… no need for “noes goes” for doing the dishes! And, here are a few menus to preview:

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

The Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at Biscotti’s will feature  bountiful gourmet selections including carved herb crusted breast of turkey and classic sides such as sweet yams. Café Milano offers a Thanksgiving menu of roast Tom turkey with sage dressing and giblet gravy and mashed potatoes. For dessert, traditional pumpkin pie with whipped cream will be served. The Island buffet will offer a chilled seafood bar of shrimp, crab and oysters, roasted Tom turkey, and all the traditional fixings. Bimini will present a four-course feast featuring roasted turkey or brown sugar glazed ham. Pumpkin cheesecake house-made cinnamon gelato is served for dessert. Oceano offers a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with wood grilled fillet of beef and all the trimmings. A classic turkey dinner will also be offered with pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. Thanksgiving at Romanza Ristorante will feature traditional roasted Tom turkey with rosemary scented jus, Italian sausage and apple sage dressing, orange glazed yams with Pumpkin cannoli served for dessert.

Eldorado Hotel Casino

The Buffet prepares classics like maple glazed ham and roasted rosemary leg of lamb plus deep fried turkey with Southern extras. Guests will also find traditional Thanksgiving dinner trimmings like buttermilk whipped potatoes, oven baked candied yams with marshmallows and pecans, and corn bread stuffing with bacon and sage.  Dessert rounds out the meal with pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, apple-pear-cranberry crisp, chocolate cream pie and bread pudding with rum sauce. Roxy will be serving a special three-course Thanksgiving dinner with pumpkin ravioli with toasted hazelnuts, shaved parmesan and brown sage butter, roasted turkey roulade with porcini mushroom, chestnut-sausage stuffing, Duchess sweet potato-mallow brûlée and English cheddar corn soufflé. Pumpkin pie crème brûlée with Bourbon whipped cream and peach praline tops off the meal. The Prime Rib Grill menu starts with deviled eggs spiked with Black Forest ham and a trip to the famous salad bar followed by slow roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, orange-glazed carrots and served with a platter of stuffing, yams and cranberry sauce with pumpkin pie for dessert.  At Tivoli Gardens, Thanksgiving Day specials will be offered like the roast turkey dinner, Thanksgiving macaroni and cheese made with roast turkey, peas and carrots in a white cheddar cheese sauce, baked with a crispy stuffing topping.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Gourmet Thanksgiving Dinner, Grand Ballroom proudly presents the spectacular all-you-care-to-eat gourmet dinner. At Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille enjoy the Champagne brunch. Atlantis Steakhouse is serving a Thanksgiving Four Course Prix-Fixe Dinner with a choice of Slow Roasted Tom Turkey or Wood-Fired Chilean Sea Bass. Bistro Napa offers a Thanksgiving Four Course Prix-Fixe Dinner with your choice of Classic Southern Turducken or Oven Roasted Prime Rib. Manhattan Deli features a Turkey Deli Platter, “Big Apple” Turkey Sandwich or Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich. Purple Parrot offers a Three Course Prix-Fixe Dinner featuring Traditional Turkey Dinner with Apple-Pecan Cornbread Stuffing. Oyster & Sushi Bar on the Sky Terrace will have fresh sushi, fantastic seafood, and fabulous views.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Feast on limitless options at The Rotisserie and Rose Ballroom buffets. Entrées include Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, Filet of Salmon, Candied Yams, House-made Mashed Potatoes, Fried Chicken and more. The Carving Station will serve up the Nugget’s Famous Rock Salt Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and Honey Glazed Ham. Live music will complete the celebratory atmosphere. The Steakhouse Grill will serve a limited specialty three-course menu, beginning with a choice of Roasted Pumpkin and Indian Corn Chowder or Mixed Field Greens with Candied Walnut Vinaigrette. For your entrée, choose Traditional Roast Turkey, Line Caught Salmon Filet, or Guinness Braised Short Ribs. For dessert, enjoy your choice of Pumpkin Cake or Turtle Cheesecake. Celebrate Thanksgiving Polynesian style at Trader Dick’s and enjoy a Mai Tai with your turkey! A special three-course menu will feature your choice of Ginger Spiced Pumpkin Soup or Trader Dick’s Salad, along with an entrée choice of Roasted Tom Turkey, Sweet and Sour Sea Bass or Asian Duet of Beef Tenderloin & Scallops. For dessert, enjoy Turtle Cheesecake or Pumpkin Cake. A gourmet buffet at the impeccable Restaurante Orozko offers Roasted Tom Turkey, Top Sirloin, Oven Roasted Leg of Lamb, Field Mushrooms and Ricotta Risotto, and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. The carving station features the Nugget’s Famous Rock-Salt-Crusted Prime Rib of Beef and Virginia Dry-Cured Glazed Ham. Rosie’s Café will also serve a three-course selection, featuring Roasted Tom Turkey, Virginia Baked Ham or Maple Glazed Baked Salmon.

Lone Eagle Grill at Hyatt Lake Tahoe

So many options to choose from with their wide variety of food stations! From the classic carvings station, enjoy slow roasted Prime Rib of Certified Angus Beef with au jus sauce and horseradish cream and butter milk potatoes, or Tom Turkey, orange-cranberry relish, Sausage and sage stuffing, maple butter glazed sweet potatoes with spiced pecans and green bean casserole. Or head over to the Pumpkin Patch Action Station for pumpkin gnocchi, pumpkin and goat cheese risotto, and pumpkin ale braised short ribs. The dessert station will be serving pumpkin, pecan and apple pies, spiced walnut pumpkin Cognac cheesecakes, tiramisu panna cotta,  brioche sticky buns and more! Plus they have a kids corner for food specifically made for your little ones’ liking.

Circus Circus

At the Americana Café you will enjoy a three-course meal with turkey and all the Thanksgiving favorites: stuffing, honey glazed carrots, white cheddar mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry pear relish and your choice of butternut squash soup or a house salad. Top off this meal with dessert; old-fashioned pumpkin pie or apple pie. The Steakhouse will start the amazing meal with either a house salad or the decadent lobster bisque. For your entrée, you have your choice of traditional New England roast turkey, filet mignon or wild Atlantic cod served with honey glazed baby carrots, roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallows and candied pecans, pearl onion and hickory bacon spinach and parmesan gratin asparagus. Finish this delectable meal with homemade pumpkin cheesecake or warm pecan pie served a la mode with eggnog ice cream. Thanksgiving in the Courtyard Buffet will be carving a giant steamship of beef, fig and orange glazed ham served with assorted mustards and cherry-wood smoked beef brisket. There will also be some unconventional options like our pizza station, South-of-the-border station and the stir-fry and noodle station. Save room for the chocolate fountain with all the amazing dippables. For a Thanksgiving south of the border, Dos Geckos Cantina with serve sizzling turkey fajitas, white cheddar mashed potatoes, jalapeño “spiked” green bean casserole and your choice of spicy tortilla soup or a house salad. Finish it off with homemade pumpkin cheesecake made in our bakery.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Thanksgiving Brunch specials at Elements Buffet include prime rib of beef, slow roasted turkey, maple-glazed ham, lemon pepper crusted Tri-Tip, Korean-style short ribs, shrimp and scallop Alfredo, pan-seared Muscovy duck breast, grilled New York steak, crab legs and oysters. Charlie Palmer Steak has a fine selection of options, like Maine lobster crepes, a colossal prawn cocktail, or lobster and corn ragout for starters; main course options include a free range turkey dinner, Yukon gold pomme puree, roasted sweet potatoes, and traditional or cornbread sausage stuffing; and be sure to save room for dessert – chocolate pecan pie, maple ice cream and pumpkin pie are a few of the options.  Grand Cais dishing a Turkey or Prime Ribe entree with choice of soup or salad, and dessert. The menu at Briscola boasts butternut squash ravioli, prosciutto wrapped grilled pears and roasted pumpkin with toasted pumpkin seeds in the selection for the first course – main course and dessert selections are similar to Charlie Palmer Steak.

This is just a sampling of what’s on the menu around Reno Tahoe USA! Happy Thanksgiving!

Foodie Fervor Ignites During 2nd Annual Reno Bites Restaurant Week

Food lovers will unite to celebrate the 2nd annual Reno Bites restaurant week, taking place October 20-27, 2013 at approximately 20 locally owned Reno restaurants.

Created to encourage foodies to explore and patronize locally owned restaurants, plus foster community among local restaurateurs and chefs, Reno Bites is now in its second year boasting a larger array of participants and events.

Reno’s first ever restaurant week event was built to encompass local eateries of all sizes and offerings, with participating restaurants presenting one or more of the following: a Signature Item, or specialty price point for something they regularly offer; a three-course, prix fixe menu at a lower price point; a Signature Event which showcases an out-of-the-box menu, or something their chefs may excel at preparing.

Participating Restaurants:

Beaujolais Bistro, Bowl, Campo, Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen, Crème, First Bite Gourmet, Gold ‘N Silver Inn, La Vecchia, Lanna Thai Café & Culinary School, Men Wielding Fire, Noble Pie Parlor, Old Granite Street Eatery, Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar, Rounds Bakery, SoDo, Süp, The Blue Plate, The Cheese Board and Wild River Grille.

Reno Bites LogoKicking off the weeklong culinary extravaganza is an event featuring many of the participants providing small bite samplers from their menus, and taking advance reservations for their Signature Events.  Additionally, culinary demonstrations will be presented, and Nevada Grown will also be on-hand with free produce samples to educate people about sustainable, healthy eating and the importance of supporting local farmers and ranchers. The Reno Bites kick-off event will take place at the Washoe County School District’s Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology located at 380 Edison Way in Reno, and proceeds from the event – which costs $30 to enter for all you can take in small bites, beverages and demonstrations – will benefit the school’s culinary program for career-driven high school students.

Aside from their Reno Bites menu offerings that week, select establishments’ Signature Events will not leave anyone hungry. Bowl will pay tribute to local female farmers at their Farm Bites event on Monday, October 21; Campo will show off some of Chef Mark Estee’s more unusual skills at their Offal Offal Experience on Tuesday, October 22; SoDo will bring the wine country to Reno with Icons of Napa on October 23, an evening hosted by Reno Gazette-Journal’s Food & Drink Editor Johnathan Wright; Wild River Grille pairs an array of wild game with whiskeys at Wild & Whiskey on Thursday, October 24; and Rapscallion will provide a Friday feast on October 25.

Chowdown plus get the lowdown on some renowned chefs’ techniques at the Chefs Showdown on Saturday, October 26 at 3 p.m. At this year’s expanded event, eight of Reno’s best chefs will showoff their culinary prowess to a crowd on the full gourmet kitchens at event sponsor and host Czyz’s Appliance, located at 9738 S. Virginia St., Suite AB in Reno. One chef will come out on top after preparing a dish from three mystery ingredients, then presenting it to a panel of judges. This event is free to spectators, with reserved tables – including some with prime kitchen-side viewing – available for purchase.

Reno Bites is sponsored by Nevada Grown, KTVN Channel 2 News, Reno Media Group, RGJ Media, The Dining Show and Registered Ink. For full information, visit or call 775-772-8447.

All About Pumpkin

Best places for everything pumpkin in Reno Tahoe USA, according to real reviews on

Bangkok CuisinePumpkin Curry

“I had the special, it was pumpkin curry.  The color was a vibrant as Halloween.  Sorry my cell phone could not pick up that color in the restaurant.  The bowl was severed with chunks of pumpkin in the bowl, sitting next to the chicken and some bell peppers.   I loved that meal!”

“Always delicious, pumpkin curry!!”

Hi Point Coffee & CaféPumpkinPumpkin Pie Latte

“I ordered a pumpkin pie latte (made with REAL pumpkin) which was absolutely amazing.”

“Fun place. Love the coffee. I especially enjoyed the pumpkin pie latte. Yummmmm!”

Scooper’s Drive-InPumpkin Pie Milkshake

“I love pumpkin pie, so naturally, I was thrilled when I saw that they offer a pumpkin pie milkshake. It was literally, like drinking a slice of grandma’s pumpkin pie. Wonderful place.”

Silver Peak Restaurant & BreweryPumpkin Beer

“If you show up and pumpkin beer is on the menu? Order seven. Then take a cab home.”

Red Hut CaféPumpkin Pancakes

“Best pumpkin pancakes!”

La VecchiaPumpkin Ravioli

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Famous Dave’s BBQ Takes First Place at the 25th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off

Famous Dave’s took top honors at the 2013 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada over Labor Day weekend. In all, 24 barbecue teams and more than 500,000 people from around the country converged on Victorian Square and John Ascuaga’s Nugget for the six-day event that is widely considered to be the biggest, most prestigious rib-cooking event in the United States.


“Winning the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is one of the most exhilarating wins, especially when you’re competing against the top pitmasters in America,” said Famous Dave Anderson. “This is a remarkable experience!”

The top five winners were:

First place: Famous Dave’s BBQ from Plymouth, MN, $7,500

Second place: Texas Outlaw BBQ, from Elizabethtown, KY, $3,000

Third place: Kinder’s Custom Meats, from Concord, CA, $2,000

Fourth Place: Porky ‘N’ Beans, from Port St. Lucie, FL,  $1,000

Fifth Place: Desperado BBQ & Rib Co, from Hinckley, OH,  $500

People’s Choice Award: Chicago BBQ Company, from Burr Ridge, IL, the winner of last year’s Rib Cook-Off.

Best Sauce: Porky-N-Beans, $500                                                             .

More than the cash prize, rib cookers say it’s the bragging rights they compete for at the cook-off. Cookers who do well in the competition generally see increased sales at the cook-off the following year.

Congrats all!

America’s Top Rib Cookers Return for the 2013 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Twenty-four of America’s most decorated and talented rib cookers are at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada, to compete for the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume competitive barbecue. In addition to bragging rights, the cookers compete for a total cash purse of $14,500 at America’s biggest rib cook-off, held every extended Labor Day weekend. More than 500,000 visitors and 233,400 pounds of ribs were served in 2012 at the six-day event.

The 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will run Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, 2013 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort. This must-attend culinary, music and craft festival is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free!

The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off brings in top-notch entertainment, rides and a carnival area, and, of course, the best BBQ in the country. The rib cook-off draws thousands of people to Victorian Square in Sparks, Nevada every extended Labor Day weekend.

In 2012, Chicago BBQ Company, from Burr Ridge, IL, took home the title of “Best in the West,” their first time winning the grand prize after 24 years at the invitation-only event. Second place went to Sweet Baby Ray’s; Famous Dave’s took third place; Porky ‘N’ Beans took fourth place; Checkered Pig took fifth place.  Another top honor – the 2012 People’s Choice Award was given to Back Forty Texas Barbecue.

The winners of 2013’s competition will be announced on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the West End Stage.

2013 Rib Cookers:

Armadillo Willy’s – Los Altos, CABest in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Aussom Aussie – Pittsburgh, PA

Back Forty Texas Barbecue – Pleasant Hill, CA

BJ’s Barbeque – Sparks, NV

Bone Daddy’s BBQ – Midland, MI

Bourbon Q – Westport, KY

Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ – Mt. Laurel, NJ

Carson City BBQ – Carson City, NV

Checkered Pig BBQ – Martinsville, VA

Chicago BBQ Company – Burr Ridge, IL

Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co. – Hinckley, OH

Famous Dave’s BBQ – Plymouth, MN

Joey’s Texas Thunder – Euless, TX

Johnson’s Bar-B-Que – Chesapeake, VA

Just North of Memphis – Annandale, MN

Kinder’s Custom Meats Inc. – Concord, CA

Memphis Championship Barbecue, Las Vegas, NV

Porky ‘N’ Beans BBQ – Port St. Lucie, FL

Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. – Plymouth, IN

Smokehouse Specialties – Dos Palos, CA

Sweet Baby Ray’s – Chicago, IL

Texas Outlaw Barbecue – Elizabethtown, KY

The Barbecue Company Inc. – Phoenix, AZ

Uncle Bub’s – Westmount, IL

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