Green Living, Good Living 
 Celebrate Earth Day by supporting local, sustainable businesses

Written by Erin Meyering

While we should perhaps be doing it year-round, April the time we, collectively, turn our attention to our carbon footprints, recycling habits, and overall resource consumption. It's also the month we ask ourselves how these methods affect our planet, local economy, and greenhouse gas emissions. Are we doing the best we can do preserve our earth and its wonderful landscapes? In conjunction with Earth Day events throughout the month, we published our first edible Reno-Tahoe Green Guide. It's full of suggestions and opportunities for you to live more sustainably. One easy way is to support local businesses that already have the environment in mind. 

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Tradition at its Finest 
Mark your calendar for the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Brunch

Written by Erin Meyering

It’s late June and the weather is unbelievably perfect — not too hot and not too cold. It’s derby day and everyone is wearing his and her best  — the ladies in beautiful, big floppy hats and the gentlemen in freshly pressed sport coats. As you walk along the large grassy lawn, you realize you’re in for a treat. Admiring horse royalty and witnessing each horse’s incredible athleticism is just one of the experiences on the docket. Enjoying expertly hand-selected wine pairings and local beer with your brunch is another.

In its seventh year, the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby will draw equestrian enthusiasts, families, and community patrons to picturesque Washoe Valley at Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility. One hundred percent of the funds from the event benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in providing assistance to more than 97,000 people each month. Read more about the cause and what the Food Bank of Northern Nevada does for the community here

Festivities will unfold throughout the weekend of June 25 – 26. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day and guests will be treated to a fun-filled weekend of equestrian excellence, as well as shopping, children’s activities, a Calcutta auction, and more. On Sunday, VIP guests will delve into a decadent brunch, organized by Blend Catering in Reno. Along with a variety of fresh, delicious breakfast and lunch items will be white, red, and sparkling wine pairings hand-selected by experts at Peter Paul Wines. Great Basin Brewery from Reno also will provide libations. 


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Sunchokes in Spring
Grow your own and try these savory sunchoke recipes

Written by Erin Meyering

Spring brings much to our table. We get a glimpse of the warm-weather fruit and vegetables available locally, replant our gardens, nurture them, and grow our own seasonal bounty. We celebrate and promote edible gardens for several reasons. First, gardening is fun! Seriously. Digging in the dirt while soaking up the sun's rays? What more could you want out of an April afternoon? Well, lemonade maybe. When you plant an edible garden, you're also planting seeds for future meals and culinary endeavors. Fresh fruit and vegetables can often pave the way for new ingredients and recipes to try. So why not start your edible garden with sunchokes (otherwise known as Jerusalem artichokes, earth apples, and sunroots)? Whatever you call them, we promise they'll be delicious, rich in that nutty flavor that goes so well in soups and sauces. 

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Peep Peep

Easter dining options bring brunch and benedict 

Written by Erin Meyering


There's much to look forward to on Easter Sunday. You may visit with family, you probably aren't working, and you may want to indulge in a grand meal and a few chocolate eggs. Easter Sunday (March 27) is right around the corner. Below you'll find some stellar options for the perfect celebratory meal. 

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Got Beer, Corned Beef, and Cabbage?

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and we're getting ready!

By Erin Meyering


On St. Patrick's Day, we celebrate our Irish heritage (if we have any) and we have a legitimate excuse to pinch people if they aren't wearing green. Then we eat rich, delicious food and drink beer! 


Photo courtesy of F5Paper website. 

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Raise Your Glass!

Virginia City Brewery & Taphouse celebrates its 1-year anniversary!

Written by Erin Meyering


Virginia City Brewery & Taphouse celebrated its 1-year anniversary this Saturday with a house full of patrons, some good ol' fashioned grub, and LOTS of beer. Virginia City's rich history motivated several partners and a brew master to build a brewpub that both locals and out-of-towners could enjoy. Based off of the brewpubs in the state during the 1860s, Virginia City Brewery and Taphouse is the first brewery to operate in the town since 1995.


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Imbibe and Enjoy

Enjoy our picks for upcoming local drink events!

By Stina Fausone 


Like most, we love a nice stiff drink at the end of a long day. We even devoted an entire issue to exploring our local drink culture. It's March, and we're still keeping our drink tab open. Check out these upcoming drink events, offering everything from a beer crawl to painting a picture while sipping locally-made whiskey. 

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We love Pi(e) pi

Monday, March 14 is Pi Day!

Celelebrate by doing baking math and enjoying PIE!

Written by Erin Meyering


Pi is a mathematical constant, and represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, approximated as 3.14. Pie, on the other hand, is a delicious dessert. Although I acknowledge pi, what I really want is pie. There is some math and number awareness in measuring ingredients when baking afterall. 

Are you a lover of pie with a perfect lattice top and flaky crust like I am? I appreciate taking spring and summer's bounty of fresh fruit, baking it, and transforming it into a delectable dessert. There's a song that says, "if heaven were a pie, it would be cherry." I must agree wholeheartedly. Nothing beats homemade cherry pie to commemorate the start of warmer days.


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Blast From the Past

We're revisiting some of our favorite spring stories

Written by Erin Meyering


Spring is nearly here... the season and our new issue, which hits stands in early March. To prepare, we're taking a stroll down memory lane to share some of our favorite spring stories from previous years. 

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Hard-working women impact the local and global food scene

Written by Erin Meyering


We're counting down the days until March, which is Women's History Month. One can argue whether or not women have always been an intergral part of farm/ranch life, but now there is no denying that they are now major players in local food production. According to the United States Department of Agirculture, the number of U.S. farmers operated by women over has tripled in the past 30 years. And did you know, on average, women currently represent 43 percent of the world's agricultural labor force and 47 percent of the global fisheries labor force (according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization)?

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