A Master of Tools … and the Kitchen

Randy Brown is an accountant by day, home chef by night. Randy Brown works as a certified public accountant for AT&T, and for nearly 25 years he’s served in various […]

Banking on a sure bet

A lifetime as a casino exec proved the best training for this food bank dynamo. “There was a time in my life when I bought a $27,000 case of wine […]

Learning by growing

Desert Farming Initiative primarily benefits students and small-scale farmers, but backyard gardeners can learn from the program’s years of high-desert research. Tucked into an unlikely urban area between I-80 and […]


Go-to vino Local wine experts recommend their favorite bottles. Are you looking for the perfect wine to take to a family dinner? Need a good bottle to pair with your […]

Winning With Style

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Meet the champions of the edible Reno-Tahoe Good Spirits Competition. For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of curating the roster of bartenders and spirits for the […]


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Learning the art of fermentation.   Fermented foods and drinks may have been around for hundreds of years, but they also are a growing trend that’s sweeping the nation. As […]

Cultivating Your Collection

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Experts offer tips for purchasing and storing wine vintages, for any budget. Some people collect art or antiques. For others, a wine collection provides an unending source of fascination and […]


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Use your spring and summer bounty to make fruit leather. As summer winds up, the lure of fresh fruit from your favorite farmers’ market is too strong to deny. It’s […]

Taste the Roses

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This flower’s distinct fragrance translates well to a variety of dishes. In May and June, Reno-Tahoe is coming up roses. But this mainstay of wedding bouquets and Valentine’s Day has […]

Not Your Grandma’s Potluck

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Chef-approved ideas for wowing guests at your next get-together. The two most loathed people at any potluck are Sally Store-Bought-Chips-and-Salsa and Charlie Can-I-Use-Your-Over-For-An Hour. Don’t be those people – and […]