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WRITTEN BY SUZIE DUNDAS

While tourists and locals alike have been hiking, mountain biking, and hopefully getting one or two beach days in, the professionals who keep Tahoe’s food scene lively have been hard at work. This summer, we saw a variety of restaurant openings, including some rather creative grassroots options run by longtime Tahoe locals.

In Truckee, it's been an active summer for restaurant openings and expansions, and several new offerings away from the main downtown area are drawing attention, including Drink Coffee, Do Stuff and Truckee Brewing Co. on Pioneer Trail. DCDS is the new endeavor from retired pro snowboarder Nick Visconti, who developed a love for coffee while sampling Swiss cappuccinos, espressos, artisan coffees, and more on a ski trip to the Alps. He spent five years on roasting apprenticeships with various Pacific Northwest coffee roasters, determined to roast his own coffee in his hometown. Now, DCDS brews seven various light and dark offerings, as well as a decaf, and is open for visits every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Nick Visconti, owner of Drink Coffee, Do Stuff. Courtesy photo

 

Read more: Sierra Scoop | Fall 2018

STORY AND PHOTOS BY SUZIE DUNDAS 

Edible Reno-Tahoe readers know there’s no shortage of wine-centric destinations in Northern California. Napa, Sonoma, and the burgeoning wine areas of Placerville and Apple Hill are popular destinations for Reno and Tahoe oenophiles, but there’s an even closer, albeit occasional, destination for trying the latest rosé that’s all the rage or Beaujolais du jour: Squaw Valley.

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Read more: Squaw Valley Alpen Wine Fest has more than the usual Napa Valley offerings

WRITTEN BY CHRISTINA NELLEMANN 

PHOTOS BY JOLENE COOK 

You may love the local food movement, but not everyone has the time to visit or tour their favorite farms and ranches. During the month of September, many locally grown foods are coming to several Reno restaurants as well as a special event at West Street Market on Sept. 13 in Downtown Reno. But first, you can brush up on the Northern Nevada farmers by watching a few videos.

Todd Avanzino Farms 

Avanzino Farms video from Meet Your Farmer

Read more: Meet Your Farmer Project continues with farm/restaurant partnerships

WRITTEN BY HEIDI BETHEL 

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It’s hard to sum up the serenity and history of a place that’s been on the map since the 1800s in just 500-ish words. Owners John and Patty Brissenden acquired Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley in 1982 and have the same affliction when describing the place. 

Read more: Sorensen’s Resort offers event-filled August and September

PLEASE NOTE: This blog post features an event that has already passed.

COURTESY OF NEVADA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

From the business skill sets needed to be a modern farmer, to Nevada's newest, and perhaps most controversial, cash crop, the Nevada Economic Development Conference is offering a unique behind-the-scene's glimpse at our local agribusiness economy. 

Edible Communities is a media sponsor for the Agribusiness track for the fourth annual event presented by the Western Nevada Development District that will take place Aug-20-22 at the Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa in Reno, Nevada. Registration and information is available at www.nvedc.com.

The agribusiness sessions will let you meet some of the creative minds that are necessary to solve our growing need for sustainable and affordable food sources, a topic we addressed in this summer's edible Reno-Tahoe magazine.  

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Read more: Agribusinesses Most Creative Minds Converge at the Nevada Economic Development Conference Aug 20-22

Longtime favorite market is rooted in community.

STORY AND PHOTOS BY TAMSIN EDWARDS

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Flowers from Sierra Flower Farm in Carson Valley

The Downtown Carson City Farmers’ Market recently earned the distinguished honor of being selected for National Farmers Market Week by the Farmers Market Coalition, making this Carson gem one of only a handful of markets in the country to receive such an honor. The annual event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serves to bring national attention to the importance that these markets play in the food systems of communities, states, and the nation. Held between August 5 and 11, the primary aim of the week (and of the FMC overall), is to strengthen these markets for the benefit of farmers, communities, and consumers alike.

 

Read more: Downtown Carson City Farmers’ Market Earns Accolades

Benefits of baking with local honey.

STORY AND PHOTOS BY JENNIFER RACHEL BAUMER

A cup of tea with honey and lemon soothes a sore throat and can suppress coughing at night. Spread on minor cuts and burns, honey (though sticky) works as well as, and in some cases better than, antibiotics; according to a March 2018 report by CNN, honey can promote healing, as well as battling H. pylori, the bacteria that causes peptic ulcers, and because of an enzyme bees add to it, it can also battle staph infections. (Just ensure it’s free of contaminants and toast crumbs.) Some even claim honey may help prevent or battle cancer and prevent heart disease because it contains flavonoids and antioxidants.

But beyond its many health benefits, honey's also just plain delicious. The following recipes contain raw Hidden Valley Honey — local honey, available at Hiddenvalleyhoney.com or at Raley's stores.

Read more: The Sweet Life

WRITTEN BY CLAIRE CUDAHY

Zucchini, pattypan, cousa, zephyr, eight ball — these are just some of the delectable (and oddly named) summer squash you have to play around with in the kitchen this season.

This month, I caught up with three regional chefs to see how they are cooking up summer squash in their restaurants.

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There are many varieties of summer squash to choose from at the farmers’ market.

Swap starch-heavy mashed potatoes for a lighter, caramelized zucchini purée, courtesy of chef Nicholas Hagman from Graeagle Meadows Restaurant. Try a bright and balanced pasta dish studded with squash, pecorino, and mint thanks to Calafuria’s chef Tim Magee. Or go full-on Southern with Homegrown Gastropub’s chef Sean P. Studds’ recipe for Fried Chicken Corn Bread Salad with Roasted Summer Squash.

Read more: Eat with the Seasons: Summer Squash

PLEASE NOTE: This blog post features an event that has already passed.

COURTESY OF NEVADA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Will community gardens supplant the clubhouse? Will fairway views fade into farmscapes, and the fast-rolling greens of the golf course become rows of kale, cabbage, and spinach?

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, new housing in Northern Nevada almost required that there be a golf course winding amid the homes.

But in recent years, many millennials, baby boomers, and retirees are seeking out neighborhoods that have more direct relationships to the land and to local food as urban landscapes turn into fresh-food deserts. An increasingly popular subdivision design called an agrihood is helping to fulfill this desire to connect more closely with community, nature, and our food supply.

The Fourth Annual Nevada Economic Development Conference set for Aug. 20-22, 2018 at the Atlantis Casino & Resort in Reno, and edible Reno-Tahoe magazine is a media sponsor for the event. This year’s conference will feature a presentation entitled Agrihoods 2.0 as part of its popular Agribusiness sessions. It will highlight the Corley Ranch in Douglas County as well as other agrihood developments that have sprung up around the United States.

Read more: Agrihoods: Your Farm to Your Table

 STORY AND PHOTOS BY SUZIE DUNDAS

It’s well known that Truckee and the North Lake Tahoe area can get pretty crowded on a Friday or Saturday night — which may be why so many locals decide to celebrate summer midweek at Truckee Thursdays, held every week until August 23.

Starting around noon in Truckee every Thursday, the downtown area on Donner Pass Road closes to traffic. Barricades and tents go up, a stage is assembled, and food trucks start rolling in by mid-afternoon. The community event is open to the public from 5 to 8:30 p.m. every evening and offers live music, a large beer garden and food truck area, and plenty of local vendors and artisans sharing their crafts in the pedestrian-friendly area in front of Downtown Truckee’s Merchant’s Row.

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Food-and-drink options are plentiful at Truckee Thursdays

 

Read more: Truckee Thursday Celebrates a Decade of Summer

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