Fall flings: beer, tequila, rib champs and art

Plus: Oktoberfest, rib win, Truckee wine, Food Bank help, the art of journalism

PHOTO/PROVIDED TO RN&R: Folkloric dancing is among the live entertainment at the Mexican Independence Day celebration hosted Sept. 16, 2021, by Mari Chuy's Tequileria y Botanas in the Village at Rancharrah in South Reno.

Mari Chuy’s Tequileria y Botanas, just launched in the Village at Rancharrah, 7500 Rancharrah Parkway, is presenting a Mexican Independence Day fiesta beginning 4 p.m. Sept. 16.

That date honors Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain, specifically the moment Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang his church bell and gave “El Grito de Dolores” (the Cry of Dolores) call to arms that triggered the Mexican War of Independence.

The event features a taco plate, choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink, tequila tasting, live entertainment (including folkloric dancing), restaurant tour, and tequila basket raffle benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Tickets: $40 (raffle tickets extra). Purchase/details.

Leading local artists create works to support local journalism

From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, the Reno News & Review is presenting its RN&R Art Talks Benefit, a fundraiser for the Independent Journalism Fund. The IJF helps pay for independent local journalism in Northern Nevada and California, journalism that is not beholden to hedge funds or faceless corporate overlords thousands of miles away.

The Quick Draw portion of the event features prominent local artists creating works of art in 90 minutes. The Boneyard is a silent auction of works donated by artists and supporters. Guests at the benefit can watch the Quick Draw artists as they work, then bid on these works and on works in the silent auction. Appetizers and beverages will be offered.

The event takes place at the home of local businessman and philanthropist Jim House, 175 Juniper Hill Road in West Reno. Suggested ticket donation: $50. Visit here for details/tickets.

To donate by credit card, visit the website of the Independent Journalism Fund, then click on the Donate button. Or mail a check made out to IJF/Tides Foundation, with Reno in the memo line, to P.O. Box 7474, Reno, Nev., 89510.

Git-R-Smoked of Reno wins the big one at Nugget Rib Cook-off

PHOTO/PROVIDED TO RN&R: Kevin McFarland, owner of Git-R-Smoked barbecue of Reno, celebrates his winning best ribs at the 2021 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off in Sparks.

Git-R-Smoked, a barbecue competition and catering outfit owned by Kevin McFarland, took the first-place best ribs trophy at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off over the Labor Day holiday in Sparks. Git-R-Smoked won $10,000 for besting nearly two dozen other cookers from across the country.

This year was only the second year McFarland and his outfit competed in the cook-off. In 2019, Git-R-Smoked won best sauce. McFarland, a fourth generation Nevadan and third-generation pit master, describes his sauce as “more of a sweet heat.”

That stein is mine: The Depot hosts Oct. 2 Oktoberfest event

Beginning 2 p.m. Oct. 2, The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery, 325 E. Fourth St., is presenting its Oktoberfest gathering with German-inspired food, 2 steins of beer (you keep the stein) and a T-shirt. Cost: $75. Purchase/details. The Depot is housed in a beautifully renovated 1910 railroad building.

Wining, walking, and shopping in historic downtown Truckee

The 18th Annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop runs noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 in historic downtown Truckee. The event brings together folks to sip wine, sample food from local restaurants and shop at retailers along the town’s historic section of Donner Pass Road .

The afternoon benefits local nonprofits. Tickets: $10-65. Visit here for purchase/details.

Food Bank seeks volunteers for survey and produce for seniors

PHOTO/PROVIDED TO RN&R: The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is seeking volunteers to pack produce bags that are distributed to seniors in the Truckee Meadows from the Produce on Wheels truck.

For the Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s Feeding Our Community Survey that gathers information about the state of regional hunger, volunteers are needed to provide clerical support and to encourage survey responses, including responses in rural communities. Email vfisher@fbnn.org for clerical volunteering. Register here to help with the survey.

The Produce on Wheels program distributes fresh produce at various locations to seniors in need. Volunteers are needed to pack produce bags, consistent with COVID-19 protocols, that seniors choose from the program’s new farmers market-style truck. Register here to assist with produce distribution.

Johnathan L. Wright is the food and drink writer for Reno News & Review. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsJLW or on Facebook personally or at @FoodNevada. Sign up here for the Reno News & Review free weekly newsletter highlighting our most recent stories.

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