Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers Behind the Scenes Tours of the kitchen offered daily until Nov. 16 between 7 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Guests can take an exclusive look at the kitchens of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe led by a culinarian while they indulge in a sampling of tastings along the way. The price is $20 per person. Advance reservations are required.
The Art of Mixology is an entertaining, educational experience featuring freshly cut herbs and classic ingredients such as bitters and infused liquors to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. The price is $60 per person and it is open only to those age 21 and older. The class is offered on Sundays until Nov. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Manzanita. Reservations are required. | (530) 562-3050
Learn cookie decorating
Cookie Decorating class for ages 13 and older is at Kahle Community Center in Stateline, Nev., from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 14 and Nov. 11. Topics include the tools and techniques needed to use royal icing, basic outlining, flooding and decorative piping. Students get recipes, a booklet of instruction and newly decorated cookies. The fee is $40 per class. | (775) 586-7271
Fifty/Fifty earns gold
Truckee’s FiftyFifty Brewing Co. recently took top honors at one of the world’s most prestigious beer competitions for the third year in a row. The 2017 European Beer Star Awards awarded the Gold Medal in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer category to Eclipse, FiftyFifty Brewing Co.’s acclaimed barrel-aged Imperial Stout. This makes four out of the last five years that FiftyFifty has taken gold in this category.
The European Beer Star is one of the most recognized beer competitions in the world, committed to the traditional European art of brewing. Beers are judged by a 133-person, international jury, consisting of master brewers, beer sommeliers and beer connoisseurs from 26 countries.
The 2017 varieties of Eclipse Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout are due to be released for purchase at the brewery on Dec. 8. In addition, this year Eclipse will be distributed to markets in the U.S, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Spain and Denmark. | fiftyfiftybrewing.com
Dining for schools’ cards
Three new local restaurants have joined more than 40 participating in the Excellence in Education Foundation’s Dining for Schools fundraising program this year. Hacienda Del Lago in Tahoe City, Whitecaps Pizza in Kings Beach and Yamakai Fish and Sushi Co. in the Village at Northstar are the most recent additions. Each Dining for Schools cardholder receives 50 percent off an individual dinner entrée at participating restaurants. Some restrictions apply.
Mountain Valley Meats in Truckee is another new addition. It will offer a 15 percent discount on in-store purchases made Sunday through Thursday during the valid non-holiday period.
Dining for Schools Cards are available for $50 per card and are non-transferable. All proceeds benefit the Excellence in Education Foundation. Cards are valid Sunday through Thursday only (holidays excluded) from Sept. 24 through Dec. 14 and from April 15 through June 14, 2018.
Several restaurants offer an extended period from Jan. 7 through April 5, 2018. Cards may be used for an unlimited number of times at any participating restaurant. They are available at Safeway in Truckee and Kings Beach, Save Mart in Truckee and Tahoe City, Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee, The Store in Tahoe City and online. | exined.org
Dining on track
Virginia City, Nev.
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad will offer a variety of themed train rides from summer to fall for epicureans of the railways. The Toast of the Canyon steam train rides are on Oct. 14. | vtrailway.com
Virginia City, Nev.
Gold Hill Hotel offers “Bats in the Belfry” on Oct. 16 and 30. Enjoy a dinner at the Crown Point restaurant at 7 p.m. and then take a ghostly ghost tour of the haunted rooms at the Gold Hill Hotel at 8 p.m. The fee is $40 per person. | RSVP (775) 815-1050.
Pop in for a Pop Up
Stella at Cedar House Sport Hotel offers a Pop Up Dinner Series several times per month. Designed and formatted like a spirited dinner party, a Stella Pop Up event is an exploration into creative cooking. Guests are encouraged to walk around the kitchen, joining conversations that are free flowing and educational. There is one tasting menu for each gathering, seating is communal and each course is served at the same time with commentary from the Stella kitchen team. Persian Feast Pop Up Dinner is on Oct. 21. | cedarhousesporthotel.com
Gather ye nuts responsibly
The 2017 pine nut harvest season kicks off on lands managed by the Nevada Bureau of Land Management and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Both agencies are working together to ensure the public is safely harvesting pine nuts and knows the regulations. The length of the pine-nut harvest season varies depending on crop quality and weather conditions. It is generally September to late October.
Individuals and families may gather up to 25 pounds of nuts per season, per household without a personal use permit and at no charge. Anyone who would like to gather more than 25 pounds must contact the local BLM or Forest Service office.
Personal use harvesting is allowed anywhere that pinyon pine trees may be found on BLM managed lands.
On the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, personal use harvesting is also allowed anywhere that pinyon pine trees may be found on the Austin-Tonopah, Bridgeport, Carson, Ely and Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger Districts, as well as the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Visit TheTahoeWeekly.com for recipes for roasting pine nuts and boiling pine nuts. | blm.gov
Break the chain, eat local
The fifth annual Reno Bites week continues until Oct. 15. Explore Reno’s distinctive culinary culture at locally owned restaurants and venues citywide. Dozens of participating chefs and restaurants offer specialty items, price points and signature events for the week. The chef showdown on the last day is not to be missed. | renobitesweek.com
Dining by district
Reno’s next Dine The District Food Tour is on Oct. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a variety of eclectic culinary options, spanning from Thai cuisine to pizza in the Riverwalk Dining District where foodies come to feast on the many options of culinary excellence located in the heart of the city. The tour includes a raffle at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. | renoriver.org
Take a stroll along the river
The Downtown Reno Wine Walk along the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District on Oct. 21 and Nov. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. Every third Saturday of the month, visit any of the participating Riverwalk District merchants to get a map of Wine Walk merchants. Go to the participating merchant of your choice, and, for a $20 wine-tasting fee and valid photo ID, receive a wine glass and an ID bracelet to sample wine at any participating merchant. Strollers and pets are not advised because of large crowds. | renoriver.org
Crawl, don’t walk
Reno, the crawl capital of the world, hosts upcoming crawls including the Reno Zombie Crawl/Thriller Dance on Oct. 21 and Pajama/Onsies Crawl on Nov. 18. The Steampunk Stroll will not take place this year. | Register crawlreno.com
Incline Village, Nev.
Battleborn Beerfest and Chili Cook-off is on Oct. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Chateau. Sample local craft beers and taste chili from favorite restaurants. There will be country western music and line dancing and games for children, too. This fundraising event is sponsored by Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline to support youth and education in Incline Village, such as the Boys & Girls Club North Lake Tahoe’s After School Program in its new location in Incline Village. Tickets are $40. | tahoeinclinerotary.org
Caliente offers tequila tastings on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary if you purchase one full-priced cocktail from the bar before the tasting. Participants must be age 21 and older to attend. Complimentary appetizers are included. Next event is Nov. 2. | calientetahoe.com
Huskies like hops
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom in Truckee hosts Hops for Huskies on the first Friday of every month from 3 to 8 p.m. Stop by and enjoy the local brews and $1 from every beer purchased benefits Tahoe Husky Rescue. The next event is on Nov. 3. | tahoehuskyrescue.org
Oscars come in chocolate
Incline Village, Nev.
The 29th annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival will be on Nov. 4 at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. This favorite community event brings supporters together for an evening of chocolate created by Lake Tahoe’s culinary artists, wine tasting from California wine regions and live and silent auctions. This year’s theme is A Night at The Oscars.
As Tahoe SAFE Alliance’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the event supports critical, life-saving programs in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee including the 24-hour crisis line, the Mt. Rose Safe House, services to children affected by family violence and violence-prevention education to local schoolchildren. Tickets will go on sale on Sept. 5. | tahoechocolatefestival.org
Downtown Wine Walk
Carson City, Nev.
Take pleasure in a stroll through historic downtown while enjoying a wine walk on the first Saturday of every month from 1 to 5 p.m. The next event is on Nov. 4. | visitcarsoncity.com
Passport to yummy
Crystal Bay, Nev.
North Tahoe’s most flavorful fundraiser, Passport to Dining, benefits North Tahoe Business Association, a nonprofit community benefit organization. This fall social gathering will take place on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino. The event features up to 35 tasting stations from restaurants, caterers, breweries and wineries. The raffle and silent auction features Northern California Getaway packages and many valuable items. A portion of the net proceeds will go to Project MANA. Advance tickets are $40 and include unlimited, responsible tastings. Tickets are for age 21 and older with a valid ID. Day-of-event tickets are $50 and are only available at the venue starting at 6 p.m. on a first-come, first served basis. | northtahoebusiness.org
Not just gingerbread
Carson Valley Arts Council’s Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is held at Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The annual contest is open to individuals, families, organizations and clubs. Entries can be classical gingerbread houses or unconventional, using other media. An exhibit of the entries will open on Dec. 3 and winners will be announced at an artists’ reception on Dec. 17. Applications and complete rules are at the community center, museum or Copeland Cultural Arts Center. | (775) 267-5635 or firstname.lastname@example.org