A baker, a brewer and a roaster
Three new startups are banking on Pioneer Trail locations with the sweet scent of cinnamon, spice and baked breads, the rich aroma of roasting coffee and the yeasty smell of ale. Master bakers Danielle Luchian and Kristy Kirsch recently opened the Sierra Bake House. Rich Backstrom and Travis Ganong are the brains behind Pacific Crest Coffee. They’ll be roasting java, and the grab and go establishment will make drip, pour over, press and nitro brewed coffee.
Truckee Brewing Company owner Dustin Hurley and master brewer Adam Lundy are focused on the Tahoe lifestyle brewing beer and hosting events. The pub boasts an industrial vibe where patrons can sit at a long wooden bar and check out the brewing facility while sampling 12 to 14 flagship varieties of beer in their tasting room. Pacific Crest Coffee and Truckee Brewing Company are set to open in March.
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New executive chef named
West Shore Cafe in Homewood has named Robb Wyss the new executive chef of the lakefront restaurant. Wyss will oversee all restaurant culinary activities including lunch and dinner service, in-room dining and West Shore Cafe’s banquet and catering offerings.
Wyss previously served as the executive chef at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge. During his tenure, he created dishes focused around the offerings of local farms and highlighting the seasonality of the Sierra. He brings more than 20 years of culinary experience to Lake Tahoe’s West Shore.
“I have come to love creating dynamic cuisine for people to enjoy,” Wyss said in a press release. “I am passionate about designing culinary dishes from local farmers’ products and exploring new cuisine that signifies the local growing region. When I put my creativity and passion into a dish, I feel like it translates to my customers and their experience and keeps them coming back for more.” | westshorecafe.com
Beers 4 Bottles
Conscious Container and Great Basin Brewing Company host Beers 4 Bottles: The Respectful Revolution Project Video Screening Festival of People Inspiring Change on Feb. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Great Basin Brewery in Reno, Nev.
Beers 4 Bottles events are two-fold. First about informing, engaging and incenting Northern Nevadans to reduce his or her waste by saving empty beer bottles for reuse while fundraising for nonprofits. For every 24 bottle case of empty 12-oz. brown long neck craft beer bottles brought to the Beers 4 Bottles event, attendees earn a free pint of beer (21 and older only). Additionally, locals can bring the same case into either Great Basin Brewpubs for a $1 credit. The evening also includes live music by The Birches, raffles and games. Beers 4 Bottles is an ongoing monthly event.
The Respectful Revolution Project will present a selection of short-form video portraits highlighting innovative, amazing individuals and initiatives from Northern Nevada and beyond which are sure to inspire everyone joining this festival. Suggested $5 donation for the event. | consciouscontainer.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 Feb. 24 and March 10. | RSVP (800) 403-0206
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 events are Feb. 23 and March 30.
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
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 Feb. 24, March 10 and 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. | northtahoebusiness.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 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 on March 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 March 2. | tahoehuskyrescue.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 March 3. | visitcarsoncity.com
Fridays are for tasting
Friday Night Tasting Notes at Plaza Bar is every Friday until 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 from 3 to 6 p.m. | squawalpine.com
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
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: Winter Series #2 Pop-Up on Feb. 23 and 24; Indian Holi Fest Pop-Up on March 2 and 3; Marchtoberfest Pop-Up on March 9 and 10; St. Patrick’s Day Pop-Up on March 16 and 17; Yucatan Pop-Up on March 23 and 24 and Italian Easter Pop-Up on March 30 and 31. | RSVP cedarhousesporthotel.com
Dinners with a mountain view
Northstar California presents Mountain Table Dinners, a unique dining experience in Zephyr Lodge. Each dinner will feature a winery, brewery or spirits company complemented by a menu featuring locally and regionally sourced produce and proteins. Guests will enjoy live music, as well. Seating for all dinners will be family style. This event is for ages 21 and older. On March 9, Rodney Strong Vineyards will be featured. | northtahoebusiness.org
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 March 17. | renoriver.org
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
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.
Scents to die for
The second annual Sierra Nevada Lavender & Honey Festival is slated for June 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Victorian Square in Sparks, Nev. This scent-sational event will feature all things lavender and honey along with arts and crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, entertainment, interactive free kids’ zone along with free train rides. This event is free for all ages. | Sierra NV Lavender & Honey Festival on Facebook