Create, taste at Edible Book Festival
Chefs and tasters are needed for Incline Village Library’s 2018 Edible Book Festival, a culinary celebration of literature and the birthday of French gastronomist and author Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin on April 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
All ages are welcome to participate. There are adult and youth categories for Most Creative and Best Tasting. Entries are based off of literary puns, recipes from books and title interpretations. Do not use raw meat or eggs in the entry. Each entry should contain 24 to 36 servings. Participants and guests should bring a healthy appetite for sampling lots of different books. | Register email@example.com
Walk for wine
The Shops at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe offers a Wine Walk on March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. For a $20 donation, participants can sample wine crafted from Amador County Vinters Association, enjoy food specials and chances to win prizes at every location visited. Proceeds will benefit Christmas Cheer of Lake Tahoe. Future wine walk dates are on May 24, Aug. 23 and Nov. 29. | theshopsatheavenly.com
Play to get s’more
Get s’more out of Saturdays by visiting 12 participating Kings Beach restaurants and retailers on March 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. 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. | northtahoebusiness.org
Brewing for a run
South Lake Tahoe
Spring Loaded’s Brew Fest and IPA 5K Run is at the Shops at Heavenly Village on March 30 and 31. The Brew Fest presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing company starts on March 30 at 3:30 p.m. with a tasting. Music by Sierra Nevada DJ will be from 3:30 to 6 and Connor Party from 6 to 9 p.m. On March 31, the 5 km and fun run start at noon. The Beer Festival starts at 1 p.m. and includes a homebrew contest, a brewery speaker series every hour, a cornhole tournament and music all day from 1 to 8 p.m. | theshopsatheavenly.com
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. on March 30. Meet Your Maker gives the public a chance to meet the people who grow, raise and make our food.
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
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: Yucatan Pop-Up on March 23 and 24, Italian Easter Pop-Up on March 30 and 31, and My Big Fat Greek Easter on April 6 and 7.
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Perfect pairs for child safety
Pairings for Pediatric Trauma Prevention fundraiser for child safety is hosted by Kiwanis Club of Downtown Sparks on March 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Taps and Tanks in Reno, Nev. Appetizers from Tahoe Meadows Community College and Job Corps culinary programs and from community supporters, will be paired with beverages from Nevada’s best wineries, distilleries and brew houses. The night will include a silent auction and entertainment. Proceeds will fund bike safety and health programs for community youth. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. | kiwanisbikes.org
A sparkling gala
Tickets are available now for the 19th annual Best of Tahoe Chefs food and wine fundraiser, held annually at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. The theme for this year’s event is Silver & Gold Gala and it will be held on June 1 at 5:30 p.m. Each year a sell-out crowd gathers for an elegant evening of fine dining and dancing in support of patient and family programs at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. These valuable support programs are offered at no cost to patients and their families.
Truckee-Tahoe’s best local chefs donate his or her time and talent to make the evening extraordinary with fabulous culinary creations, and also offer dining packages for the event’s auction. The event is presented by the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. Tickets are $175 per person. | bestoftahoechefs.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. The next event is on April 5. | calientetahoe.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.
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.
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 April 20 and May 19. | renoriver.org
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 April 6.
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 April 7.
Mardi Gras Tahoe-Style
A New Orleans-inspired spring festival, the Truckee Craw Thaw, Beer & Music Festival will bring a diverse lineup of American roots-inspired musicians, Cajun cuisine and family fun to historic downtown Truckee on April 27 and 28. Festival goers will enjoy a feast of Creole- and Cajun-style cuisine, as well as a Bloody Mary bar, New Orleans-style craft cocktails and beer by Lagunitas. Kids’ activities will include craw fishing, races and other games. Daytime performances will include Truckee High School band and local kids’ dance troupes. Evening performances will include country and jazz bands, solo instrumentalists and ski films from local filmmaker Tim Manning. | truckee.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 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
Celebrating food, farm and community
Sierra Valley Farms presents its Dinner in the Barn series this summer on July 21, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8. The all-inclusive four-course meal of farm-fresh food, wine and beverages with live entertainment is presented by executive chef Mike Trombetta with guest chefs. The dinners start at 4:30 p.m. and cost $130 per person. | sierravalleyfarms.com
Community that dines together…
Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s annual Community Table is on Sept. 7. The 2018 event will be at the private, historic Shakespeare Ranch. The Community Table is a unique wine and food experience attended by Tahoe’s most influential and serious diners. Each year an award-winning chef is invited to be the guest chef — to be announced in late March. | parasol.org