For ‘Hamilton,’ special food and drink — and a food drive

Plus: holiday cookies, housing help, capital sips and tennis diversity

To celebrate the Nov. 3-14, 2021, run of the Broadway hit 'Hamilton,' the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno is offering a special beer and a special cocktail at its concessions.

‘Hamilton,’ the hugely popular Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, runs Nov. 3-14 at Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St. Here’s what’s happening in food and drink to celebrate the show:

•            Wild River Grille, across the street from the Pioneer Center, is offering a four-course pre-show menu, including choice of main course (duck à l’orange, Australian barramundi or cauliflower steak). Cost: $54 plus tax and gratuity. Click for the menu and for details/reservations;

•            At its concessions, Pioneer Center is offering its signature beer, the local Pigeon Head Brewery Fly by Night IPA, in 16-ounce cans for $9;


•            The concessions also are offering the Founder’s Fizz cocktail, a take on a gimlet mingling Bombay Sapphire Gin, simple syrup, lime juice and tonic water for $12; and

•            On show nights, the Pioneer Center is conducting a food drive to collect nonperishable items, with folks donating entered into a drawing for a limited-edition ‘Hamilton’ Reno T-shirt.

Gobble Wobble Wine Walk in downtown Carson

From 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 6, the Carson City Downtown Business Association is presenting its Gobble Wobble Wine Walk at various downtown locations in the capital. Check in from 1 to 3 p.m. only at Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., to redeem ticket for bracelet and glass. Tickets for $20 must be purchased here.

New foundation: Tennis is not just for rich kids


The Robert Unsworth Foundation, named for a Reno tennis player who died young earlier in 2021, is marking its creation with remarks beginning at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Washoe County Tennis Complex, 2285 W. Moana Lane, followed by a reception with light refreshments at Simon’s Café & Lounge, 6135 Lakeside Drive.

RSVP to or 775-848-6556.

Benefit helps house families and women in need

From 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 20, the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, a local nonprofit that helps provide equal access to housing and opportunity, is presenting its OUR Place to RISE gala at The Generator, 2450 Oddie Blvd., Sparks.

The event, a benefit for the OUR Place campus that houses at-risk women and families, features food, drink, live music, raffles, auctions and more. Tickets: $100. Purchase/details.

How to make and decorate fancy holiday cookies


From 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Truckee Meadows Community College EPIC department is offering its hands-on Holiday Cookie Decorating class, with instruction on airbrushing, stencils, fondant, molds and decorative packaging. Class also includes take-home box of treats. Cost: $49 plus $25 materials fee. Details/registration.

Johnathan L. Wright is the food and drink editor 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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