Pop in for a Pop Up
Stella at Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee 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. The cost is $97 per person.
The series includes Taste of Persia Encore Pop Up on Jan. 13 and 14; Winter in Paris Pop Up on Jan. 19 and 20 and Eclectic Extravaganza Pop Up on Jan. 26 and 27. | RSVP cedarhousesporthotel.com
An executive chef with a view
Executive Chef Charles Wilson is assuming the helm for Edgewood’s three restaurants in Stateline, Nev., following the retirement of Frank Stagnaro, the executive chef for more than 25 years.
Wilson, a graduate of Le Chef Cordon Bleu Culinary College, has a long tenured career in resort destinations heading kitchens from the Caribbean to Chicago, Scottsdale, Hawaii and Newport Beach. For the past 13 years he called Las Vegas home base with positions at the MGM Grand, Paris, Bally’s Hotel & Casino, Caesars Palace and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
A native of Austin, Texas, Wilson said his passion for the culinary arts was formed early on with the tutelage of his mother and grandmother.
“They taught me the beauty of simplicity, using fresh seasonal local produce, and letting the ingredients speak for themselves,” Wilson said in a press release. “In coming to Tahoe, I’m stepping into a great culinary program with a bountiful local following created by Chef Stagnaro. In 2018, I’m looking forward to regenerating menus to give locals and our guests additional flavor profiles to choose from among the three restaurants.” | edgewoodtahoe.com
Dinner by the light of the moon
After the mountain closes and the winter moon rises, experience a snowshoe tour to the mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows. Enjoy an intimate seated dinner where guests will be served an Alps-inspired menu with dishes like potato cheese soup, chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel. Offered on Jan. 13 and 14, Feb. 17, 18 and 24, and March 10. | RSVP (800) 403-0206
Play to get s’more
Get s’more out of Saturdays by visiting 12 participating Kings Beach restaurants and retailers. Each will offer something unexpected and extra. Track three or more visits and redeem a play card for a free s’mores kit at Las Panchitas outdoor patio. This gathering location will be filled with heaters and fire pits for s’mores roasting and socializing. The more businesses visited and tracked, the more chances to win raffle prizes valued at $3,000 — including a pair of skis. Get S’more Saturdays will take place on Jan. 20, Feb. 24, March 10 and 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. | northtahoebusiness.org
Fridays are for tasting
Friday Night Tasting Notes at Plaza Bar is every Friday from Jan. 12 to April 20. Tantalize your taste buds with a tasting of craft beers or specialty spirits from selected breweries, wineries and distilleries from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Favorite local musicians will play every from 3 to 6 p.m. | squawalpine.com
Take a stroll along the river
The Downtown Reno Wine Walk along the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District is 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. Upcoming dates are on Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 17. | renoriver.org
Art of the Mixology
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe hosts Art of the Mixology during the winter. This entertaining, educational experience will feature freshly cut herbs, classic ingredients such as bitters and infused liquors to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. Dates are Sundays until April 8 from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Reservations are required. | ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe
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 April 15 through June 14.
Several restaurants offer an extended period until April 5. 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
Meet your (veggie) maker
New this winter at the Tahoe Food Hub Farm Shop is the Meet Your Maker series on the last Friday of every month from 2 to 6 p.m. until March 30. Meet Your Maker gives the public a chance to meet the people who grow, raise and make our food. The next event is Jan. 26.
Every Meet Your Maker will have two to three producers with samples and information. Other featured guests will include specialty food producers and other culinary artisans who make products such as pasta, cheese, sauces, jams and more. There will be shop specials, local music and, occasionally, the fun will roll into the evening with a cooking class, workshop or food film. | tahoefoodhub.org
Reno Beer Crawl
If you’re visiting Reno on the 4th Saturday of the month, you will inevitably, and luckily, enter the wacky world of the Reno Beer Crawl. Purchase a commemorative cup or glass and get drink specials at as many as 20 different locations. It’s an easy walk (or crawl) to each beer crawl location as they are all in the heart of downtown Reno. Upcoming dates are on Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 24. | renobeercrawl.com
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. The next event is Feb. 1. | 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 Feb. 2. | tahoehuskyrescue.org
Science-based mini bars
Incline Village, Nev.
Stir things up at the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center with The Science of Cocktails on Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be more than 10 cocktail stations that double as learning hubs with unique activities and demonstrations for adults. Tickets are $30 for appetizers and two drinks; additional drinks are $5 each. The proceeds directly support the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center’s innovative education programs. | email@example.com
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 Feb. 3. | visitcarsoncity.com
Perfect end to the day
Incline Village, Nev.
Diamond Peak offers Last Tracks Wine/Beer Tasting events on select Saturdays from Feb. 10, through the end of the ski season. Last Tracks participants have the opportunity to take advantage of a late-day lift ticket valid from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a final chair ride up to Snowflake Lodge for wine or craft beer tastings and appetizers. When the event is over, participants enjoy one final run down a freshly groomed trail. Last Tracks features a different winery, brewery or themed flight each week. Tickets are $54 and include a ski lift ticket valid from 2 to 4 p.m. Diamond Peak season passholders receive a $5 discount. Participants must be able to ski or snowboard down an intermediate run and be 21 or older to attend. | Tickets (775) 832-1253
Something to wine about
South Lake Tahoe
The Loft presents a Rombauer Winemaker Dinner on Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The $125 cost includes a five-course meal with wine pairings. Meet the Rombauer team and learn how the Napa Valley vineyard has won the hearts of wine lovers throughout the world.
Also enjoy Wine Wednesdays at The Loft include a free wine tasting of a featured winery every week. | thelofttahoe.com
Strange but tasty
The Brewer’s Cabinet Strange Brew Festival is slated for May 19. Buy a ticket now for $10 off the $55 ticket price. Most of the offerings from local breweries will only be available at this festival: uncommon beer, in many cases, specially crafted for the event. Strange Brew will be complimented with live music from local bands and a tasty barbecue. | thebrewerscabinet.com