I belong to a cohort of friends who meet at a different restaurant every week for heavy appetizers paired with drinks and gossip. It’s our way of supporting local restaurants, which need that custom more than ever after surviving the pandemic.
LuLou’s, Von Bismarck, Saint James Brasserie, Whispering Vine, Wild River Grille, the terrace at the Shore and Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen are among the places we’ve gathered in recent months. Two weeks ago, we stopped by Washoe Public House, which none of us had visited since well before the start of the pandemic.
Pork belly egg rolls, fried golden and sliced on the bias, didn’t need mustard dipping sauce to succeed. A splendid selection of local charcuterie arrived on a board shaped like Nevada. Sticky Thai chicken wings were so good we renewed our order. The standout? Irish nachos, a rich crisp-chewy-creamy-salty Brobdingnagian heap of waffle fries, bacon, cheese blend, sour cream and chives. (You’ve had enough; pass the plate.)
Several of our number enhanced their grazes with lavender Earl Grey lemon drops garnished with a bobbing marigold. For once, I didn’t suck down vodka martinis. I stuck with pinot grigio — I needed a clear head later for my online mah jongg group.
3 festival evenings in downtown Truckee
Truckee Thursdays, a summer street festival, runs 5 to 8:30 p.m. July 15, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9 in historic downtown Truckee. The event features a food court, children’s activities, artisan vendors, shopping at downtown merchants and a stage with live music. Details on the street life.
Annual Basque Festival returns to Idlewild Park
The Reno Basque Festival returns for its 54th running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 17 in and around Idlewild Park’s California Building, 1000 Cowan Drive. The event features food and drink, folk dances, musical performances, weightlifting and wood chopping demonstrations, and more. The event is part of the Artown festival. Details here.
Nearly $40,000 donated at youth barbecue event
Mark Estee, one of Reno’s leading chefs, recently joined with Greater Nevada Credit Union, ZLine Kitchen and Bath, and Reno Food Systems to present the Art of Barbecuing, an event for youth residents of Eddy House, a Reno nonprofit that helps homeless and at-risk youth achieve independence.
The day of ‘cue, at Eddy House near downtown Reno, featured Estee teaching about 30 youth from the House how to prepare foods on the grill. Greater Nevada donated the grill, while ZLine Kitchen provided the food.
At the event, Greater Nevada presented Eddy House with a check for $30,700, representing a contribution of $100 from the revenue of every mortgage and mortgage refinance in April and May at the credit union. The contributions, through Greater Nevada’s Keys to Greater program, will continue. Since January, nearly $65,000 has been donated to Eddy House.
Also at the event, the credit union donated $7,500 to Reno Food Systems so it can add Eddy House to its food distribution list. Reno Food Systems advocates for healthy local food and community food programs.
Are you hungry, Reno? Then Fourk it!
Hungry in Reno, an organizer of local culinary events, joins with Fourk Kitchen on Aug. 23 to present the latest outing in Hungry’s Supper Club series. The dinner runs 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the restaurant, 4991 S. Virginia St., in the Nordstrom Rack center, and features charcuterie and one glass of beer or wine during happy hour and a four-course meal with wine pairings.
Cost of $150-250 includes gratuity and taxes. One hundred percent of net ticket income will be donated to local charities (select one during purchase). Tickets/details at Evenbrite.
Johnathan L. Wright is the food and drink writer for Reno News & Review. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsJLW. Sign up here for the Reno News & Review free weekly newsletter.