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Delicious event returns to the Nugget this Memorial Day weekend.
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May 25-26, 2019

 

The second-annual NuggetCuisine, Corks & Crafts Festival will be the taste of the town this Memorial Day Weekend. The two-day event returns to the Nugget’s expansive Convention Center May 25-26 and promises to be packed with all things culinary.

Here’s what you’ll find…

 

CELEBRITY CHEF SHOWCASE

Chef, restauranteur, author, winemaker, and TV personality Fabio Viviani will headline the entertainment lineup with his Pasta Perfecto! Performance, including a post-show Q & A session, along with a book and bottle signing. A limited supply of Fabio Viviani Wines and his book, Fabio’s 30-minute Italian Cookbook, will be available for purchase during the event. 

Best known as a fan favorite on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Viviani also is a pioneer in fast-casual Italian dining. His presentations are infused with warmth and humor. Check out a few Fabio's Kitchen episodes for a taste of what you might expect.

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Lara Ritchie, esteemed local chef, owner, and culinary director of Reno’s Nothing To It! Culinary Center, will open the Chef Showcase with her Small Bites, Big Taste program. Chef Lara promises to show you that there is Nothing To It when it comes to creating great appetizers! Be sure to check out Lara’s Nothing to It! booth at the Vendor Expo for the latest in cooking gadgets.

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BATTLE BORN BEST CHEF COMPETITION & BRUNCH

Local chefs participate in a fun-filled event hosted by master chef and culinary storyteller Clint Jolly. Come cheer on your favorite chef while you stroll past tasting booths and enjoy an exquisite Sunday brunch prepared by the Nugget culinary team. Last year’s champion, Darrin McKillip from US Foods, will lead this year’s panel of judges. The competitors will each receive custom handcrafted cutlery from the official Battle Born Best Chef Competition Sponsor, Town Cutler.

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WINE & SPIRITS WALKS

 Savor the flavor of an array of wine, spirits, craft beers, and foods while you explore themed tasting booths presented by Southern Wine and Spirits, Morrey Distributing, US Foods, and other local partners. You may even enjoy a sampling from Anthony’s Chophouse menu, an all-new steakhouse coming to the Nugget this summer.

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FREE CULINARY & CRAFTS VENDOR EXPO

 Visit a variety of vendor booths presenting an array of crafts and culinary products and engage in free stage demos with experts offering tips and how-to’s, 2 – 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday.

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Enjoy the exotic sounds of Spanish guitarist and DJ Milton Merlos.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 25

  • 2 - 9 p.m. FREE Culinary & Crafts Vendor Expo (Sierra Ballrooms)
  • 4 - 9 p.m. Celebrity Chef Showcase(Grand Ballroom - Festival Pass required)

Pasta Perfecto! – Chef Fabio Viviani

Small Bites, Big Taste – Chef Lara Ritchie

Wine & Spirits Walk (themed tasting booths)

Live entertainment with Milton Merlos

Sunday, May 26

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          FREE Culinary & Crafts Vendor Expo (Sierra Ballrooms)
  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.Battle Born Best Chefs Competition & Brunch (Grand Ballroom – Festival Pass required)

Culinary competition hosted by chef Clint Jolly

Sunday brunch buffet

Wine & Spirits Walk (themed tasting booths)

Live entertainment with flamenco guitarist Milton Merlos

TICKETS ON SALE NOW at NuggetCasinoResort.com.

 

1-Day Pass $45 (plus tax/fees) includes admission for all Saturday or Sunday events/tastings

2-Day Pass $80 (plus tax/fees) includes admission for both Saturday and Sunday events/tastings

 

* Vendor expo admission is FREE. Festival ticket required for these events.

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