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Guide for Reno Food Trucks and Farmer’s Markets this Summer

Reno Street Food – Party in the Park

Reno Street Food brings gourmet food to the people with over 20 artisan and gourmet food trucks, food trailers and pop-up restaurants. It’s the only weekly gourmet food truck event in Reno and has become a popular must-do on Friday nights.  In addition to the gourmet food selection, there are local and regional craft beer, mixed drinks, cider and wine.  Local musicians provide live entertainment each week!  Reno Street Food – Party in the Park takes place May 23 – Oct 3, every Friday from 5-9 pm at Idlewild Park, a little over a mile from downtown Reno. Check them out on Facebook.

Reno Street Food – Lunch at Midtown.  Another option for food truck junkies in the Midtown district of Reno.  Every Tuesday-Thursday (11am-2pm), starting April 1, there will be a permanent location for food truck in Midtown, (located at Statewide Lighting on the corner S. Virginia and Arroyo Food).

Sparks Food Truck Drive-in

A unique dinner and movie experience, the inaugural Sparks food drive-in takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Enjoy your favorite local food trucks, grab some popcorn, and stay for a free movie at the newly renovated Victorian Square amphitheater. Find more information on their Facebook page.

June 14 & 28th / July 12th & 26th
August 9th & 23rd / September 13th & 27th
October 11th & 25th

Feed The Camel

925 Riverside Drive EVERY Wednesday from May 7 through October. 5-8PM.

Reno’s HUMP DAY food and arts bazaar!

Reno’s newest food truck event is taking over the McKinley Arts and Culture Center! Happening EVERY Wednesday (May-October), Feed The Camel presents the best in food and art throughout the Truckee Meadows. Grab the kids, a blanket, and meet “under the Keystone bridge” for your favorite food truck eats, a glass of wine, and maybe a new necklace.

Feed your mind. Feed your belly. Feed The Camel. Visit their Facebook for current information.

Rastro of Reno logo

This isn’t your grandmother’s crafts and farmer’s market! Rastro Reno is reinventing the way people view outdoor vendors. There is food, crafts, sunglasses, art, jewelery, sports, and of course, FOOD TRUCKS! Rastro will be held every Sunday 9AM-3PM from April to September. The first one was a huge success, so don’t miss the next one (or the one after that!) Check out their website for more info.

Midtown Farmer’s Market

The Midtown farmer’s market is coming back June 5 and will be in the midtown district (1311 S Virginia Street) every Thursday from 10AM-2PM. Come to one of the most diverse and exciting areas of Reno this summer for great people, food, and fun! Go to their website for more information, and how to become a vendor.

Shirley’s Farmers’ Market

This Farmer’s market changes location, times, and dates in order to serve the entire Reno community. Check out their website for more information.

Cinco De Mayo Fiestas y Food

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

Hussong’s Cantina

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

Grand Sierra Resort

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

Circus Circus

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

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

Silver Legacy

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


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

Reno Mexican Food

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

Happy Grilled Cheese Day!

Saturday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese day! To some, a grilled cheese is just melted cheese between two pieces of toasted bread. But to Reno locals, a grilled cheese represents so much more, and is never plain. It is that loud crunch of  brown bread as you look upon the Truckee River. It is the warm gooey cheese that hangs onto the sandwich as you pull it away from your mouth. It is having a picnic with your friends at a food truck event at Idlewild Park or Victorian Square.

Whether you make it yourself, or buy one at a food truck or restaurant, April 12 will be a day for cheesy goodness. Here are a few locations that you can get a grilled cheese around Reno.

Gourmelt Food Truck- This mobile grilled cheesery is a Reno gem. Every local knows that Gourmelt means delicious fresh bread and quality cheese. With over 16 different options (including a dessert grilled cheese…what!?) there is never a shortness of options. Gourmelt was even mentioned in Via Magazine’s “Grilled Cheese Hotspots” among great grilled cheese locations around the country!

Silver Peak Grill and Taproom- Their grilled cheese is one of the most highly ranked sandwich in Reno and is a perfect pairing for one of their brews.

The Original Mel’s- A great spot for those who are looking for authentic goodness.

Sup – Their grilled cheese and soup combo is mouth-watering.

Easter Brunch in Reno Tahoe

Easter Dining at Atlantis

Reno Tahoe knows how to serve a phenomenal Easter Brunch to enjoy with family and friends. Check out these dining options to get a taste of what to expect:

Eldorado Casino Resort

The Buffet at the Eldorado is pulling out all the stops to serve guests a delectable Champagne Brunch this Easter Sunday. From traditional brunch favorites to special savory dishes, the wide variety of flavors is sure to impress.

This incredible Champagne Brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is just $24.99 for adults, $13.99 for children age four to 10 and $19.99 for Club Eldorado gold card members and above.

Silver Legacy

Celebrate with friends and family, and delight your senses with an irresistible array of taste sensations and unique offerings at Silver Legacy’s Easter brunches  served Sunday, April 20.

Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse’s Easter Champagne brunch is a plethora of astounding choices with service and ambiance that is unmatched!  Come experience Easter in style from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults dine for $40 and children ages 6 to 12 is $20.

Silver Baron Easter Sunday Brunch will be serving guests from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everything from crab legs and chilled shrimp to antipasto vegetable trays to “made to order” omelets. Additionally, choose roast leg of Sonoma lamb and slow roasted prime rib. This extensive buffet, just $25.99 for adults and $12.99 for children, ages 4 to 10, gives everyone what they want and more!

Flavor’s Easter Sunday Brunch, serving the Easter holiday guests from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., has options galore. Breakfast specialties include choices like Oriental Shrimp and Calamari salad, traditional Antipasto vegetables and crab legs and chilled shrimp. All this for just $25.99 for adults and $12.99 for children 6 to 12.

Café Central’s Easter meal is served from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for only $15.99 with a choice of soup or salad, roast stuffed leg of lamb with cabernet rosemary jus or honey glazed ham with gingered peach coulis. Choose from either creamy green onion mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes with herbs and Swiss cheese, fresh seasonal vegetables, homemade cross buns and rolls. Finish with chocolate banana bread pudding with banana foster sauce with tea or coffee.

JA Nugget

There is going to be an Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet in the Rose Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price is $22.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 5 to 11.  For more information, call (800) 648-1177 and ask for reservations. Other restaurants in The Nugget will also be changing up their menus for Easter brunch. Here are a few of the other restaurants and times.

  • Rotisserie Buffet – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Restaurante Orozko – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Trader Dick’s – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Rosie’s Café – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

The Atlantis Casino Resort will be having their special Easter gourmet brunch at their grand ballroom from 9AM until 2PM. Prices are $43.95 for adults and $16.95 for children 4-10. Try not to drool too much when you see this menu! Other restaurants in the Atlantis will be having special Easter menus as well! Click here for those menus and schedules!

• Jumbo Prawns & King Crab on Ice | Marinated Mussels with Mango Relish
• Chianti Braised Sirloin Tips | Petite Filet Mignon
• Orange Marmalade Glazed Ham
• Rack of Lamb Persille | Applewood Smoked Bacon | Maple Sausage Links
• Cheese Blintzes with Blueberry & Strawberry Sauce
• Tantalizing selection of hand crafted breakfast pastries, pies and desserts from our award-winning bakery
• And so much more!

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

The Lone Eagle grill will serve Easter brunch  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are $70, children 5 to 12 are $35, 4 and under are free. Tim Callicrate will be providing live music. The Lone Eagle Grille is located at 111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV. For reservations, call (775) 886-6899.

Circus Circus Reno

Enjoy an amazing meal and a visit from the Easter Bunny on April 20th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Courtyard Buffet is offering traditional dining options as well as some unique entrees for your holiday. Bring your cameras so you can catch photographs of your favorite bunny with the people you love.

Brunch runs from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. with Easter prices at $11.99 for adults and $6.99 for children age 4-11. Supper starts at 11 a.m. and adults are only $16.99 with children 4-11 only $9.99. Children under 4 are free.

Red Hawk Golf & Resort

If family friendly and fun is what you are seeking to celebrate Easter, look no further than the Red Hawk Event Center!  Easter Brunch in the Event Center features an incredible menu including everyone’s favorite omelet and carving stations as well as a kids only station. Brunch will be held between 10am and 3pm. Adult fare for this event is $26.95. Kids 5-12 are $15.95. Children 4 and under are free. Reservations are highly recommended for this event. For reservations, please contact at (775) 626-6000 ext. 1206

Line-to-Table Dining at Lake Tahoe

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.

Please visit and to keep up with daily updates on the restaurant.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Meals and Deals! knows that St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to enjoy libations with buddies. BUT as any well-seasoned drink connoisseur knows, it is important to pair special St. Paddy’s beverages with savory delicacies. Chefs, cooks, and bartenders from Reno Tahoe casinos have been hard at work concocting scrumptious meals and tasty cocktails for you to enjoy this upcoming weekend! And if you are looking for some activities to keep you occupied this weekend, check out this past blog post!

Circus Circus- At the Americana Café enjoy a fine meal for any Leprechaun. The meal includes soup of the day—creamy cabbage and potato leek soup; 8 oz of corned beef with cabbage; broiled red potatoes with olive oil, garlic and rosemary. Per person, the meal is only $9.95.  Visit the Courtyard Buffet where the carving station will feature braised corned beef, cabbage and bacon, red potatoes with olive oil garlic and rosemary, while also topping it all off with the popular creamy cabbage and potato leek soup.

Visit any Circus Circus Reno bar for a Luck of the Irish Margarita, green in color and made with Jose Quervo Tequila. Or enjoy a Red Bull over the Rainbow made with Red Bull and Jose Quervo Tequila. Corona Cornitas are also on sale, $3 each. Be sure to score a prize on the Midway with your St. Patrick’s Day luck or even visit the casino floor to try your hand at winning $250,000 in our Money Train Swipe and Win promotion.

Click here for the Circus Circus dining website.

Silver Legacy- The Silver Legacy bars and restaurants will serve special Irish inspired drinks and cuisine from Friday, March 14 until Monday, March 17. Get a green draft beer for just $3 during Silver Legacy’s St. Paddy’s Week! Get a group together to celebrate with $4 “Lift My Kilt,” consisting of a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Fireball whiskey or a $6 “Dirty Leprechaun,” made with Jameson and Bailey’s dropped into a half pint of Guinness. And then there’s a $6 “Kiss My Shamrock,” come on in and find out just what this drink is all about!

Head to Silver Legacy for special Irish dishes! At Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, enjoy beef and barley broth or Irish Pub salad followed by Gaelic Steak; a marinated rib eye, seared and topped with creamy tomato and Irish whiskey sauce with a side of Calcannon Potato and Medley of Root Vegetables for just $49.  Traditional Irish dishes are also being served at Café Central, Fresh Express and Flavor’s the Buffet, including corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes and more.  At Flavors the Buffet try the Irish lamb stew, fisherman’s pie and Irish cream cheesecake.

Click here for the Silver Legacy dining website.

Eldorado- Eldorado Hotel Casino and Millies 24 wish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17, which just happens to be St. Patrick’s day, Millies at the Eldorado is serving corned beef piled high on braised cabbage with potatoes and soda bread. Then there is the choice of cheddar ale soup or a house salad. The meal includes a Guinness Stout chocolate cake with chocolate sauce for dessert. The entire meal is $12.99 a person and will be served from 11am to 11pm.

Click here for the Eldorado dining website.

JA Nugget-

Enjoy Irish food and drink specials and free live music! On March 17, enjoy $2 Jameson shots and $1 Coors Original & Coors Light in all non-restaurant bars at JA Nugget. Rosie’s Café will serve Corned Beef & Cabbage for dinner for just $9.95.

It’s the luckiest day of the year and the Nugget’s 59th anniversary! Get a free slice of anniversary cake with the purchase of any meal in Rosie’s Café, The Oyster Bar or the Rotisserie Buffet.

Click here for the JA Nugget dining website.

Atlantis Casino Resort-Enjoy your favorite Irish dishes at the Atlantis Restaurants. You can find Corned Beef and Cabbage in the Manhattan Deli and Purple Parrot. Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille has Irish Bangers, Guinness Brats, Shepherd’s Pie, Boiled Potatoes, and more! Your favorite Irish beers, Guinness, Killian’s Irish Red & Harp Lager, are available casino wide for $5 each. Irish specialty cocktails are available at the bars for $8 each.

The Atlantis is also offering a 1 or 2 night dine and stay package. Book a room at the Atlantis receive free dinner to Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille featuring all your Irish favorites. Click here for more on that offer.

Click here for the Atlantis dining website.

Don’t forget to check which of the bars are participating in the Leprechaun Crawl on Saturday night by going to

Reno has the fastest growing co-op in the Nation

What grows faster, the business of a Reno-based food cooperative, or the fruits and veggies it provides? Only the member owners of the Great Basin Community Food Co-op know that for sure!

The GBCFC had a sales growth of 38% last year, which is four times what the national cooperative association considers healthy. The total profit was almost $2.5 million. There is no secret initiative or planning method, other than just providing locally-grown whole foods without the use of nutrition labels. The people who provide this food are called member owners, and they have watched the cooperative grow since its conception nearly nine years ago.

For a list of the Great Basin Community Food Co-op’s shopping guidelines, click here!

Not only does the co-op provide healthy eating options, but it also serves as a great location for many community events. From yoga to art class, Reno locals and visitors can enjoy a space that cherishes community as well as encourages creativity.

Click here for a list of upcoming events!

Ky Plaskon, Sierra Reporter, Capital Public Radio, 90.5


Ten-year tradition continues to evolve with Chef Mark Estee’s chez louie

1488322_627210397314890_438319643_nchez louie, the newest offering from acclaimed Chef Mark Estee, takes Sunday brunch to a whole new level with its weekly Music Brunch at the Nevada Museum of Art. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. patrons are invited to enjoy museum exhibits, live music and French-themed menu specials including bottomless Bloody Mary and Prosecco bars. A drink and dance lounge is also provided for guests, bringing new and modern elements to the Reno dining scene.

Music Brunch is a long-standing tradition at the Nevada Museum of Art and chez louie continues to build upon these efforts by showcasing a wide variety of musical talent paired withexquisite food creations.

“Reno is a very strong breakfast and brunch city, so we wanted to add chez louie into the mix,” said Estee. “We are making Sun-Day-Fun-Day come to life with live music, drinks and food.  The team at chez louie is having a lot of fun with Sunday Music Brunch!”

Upcoming musical artists include:

The Socks! March 23 & April 27
Jill Cohn March 9 & April 13
Colin Ross March 16 & April 20

For more information on chez louie visit or visit the Facebook page.