PROVIDED TO RN&R: Charlie Palmer is one of the country's most celebrated chefs.

The Spring Celebration Dinner with chef Charlie Palmer begins 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the Crystal Ballroom of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. Second St. The evening features five courses paired with Robert Mondavi wines.

Pairings include grilled pork tenderloin and crisp pork belly with ’18 Private Selection Mondavi pinot noir, and seared filet mignon with ’16 Mondavi cabernet sauvignon. Cost: $195 plus ticket fees. Purchase/details.

Urban Roots class on starting garden seedlings

The Urban Roots teaching farm, 1700 E. Second St., is offering Starting Seeds Indoors, the second class in its Dead Plants Society Workshop Series, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26. The class covers planning, materials, temperature and watering for starting spring and summer seedlings indoors.

One randomly chosen student will receive an indoor gardening set-up (soil, seeds, spray bottle, heating mat, grow light). Cost: $15. Register/details.

Register for March cooking classes from TMCC

During March, Truckee Meadows Community College is presenting cooking classes through its Education Programs Inspiring the Community (EPIC). Visit here for class registration/details.

  • Sugar Busters runs 6 to 9 p.m. March 8. Class covers eliminating excess sugar from your diet, healthier alternatives, recipes and meal plan. Cost: $49. Register by March 1.
  • Wine and Cheese Pairing runs 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 22 through April 5. Class covers, through sampling, how to match wines with cheeses. Cost: $99 plus $50 materials fee. Register by March 15.
  • Gourmet Holiday Chocolates runs 6 to 9 p.m. March 23. Class features hands-on preparation of chocolate gifts. Cost: $59 plus $15 materials fee. Register by March 16.
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating runs 6 to 8 p.m. March 30. Class features hands-on decorating instruction (airbrushing, fondant, molds, stencils), decorative packaging and a take-home box of treats. Cost: $49 plus $25 materials fee.Having a ball(s) at Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

Having a ball(s) at Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

The 31st Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, a celebration of livestock testicles, runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 on C Street in Virginia City.

The event features cookers preparing their best testicle dishes as they compete for cash and bragging rights, with sample sac(k)s available for purchase. The event also features the Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl, costume contests and a parade.

Tickets/packages: $10-215, plus fees. Purchase/details/cooker entry information.

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.

Johnathan L. Wright is the former food and drink editor of Reno News & Review. During his career, Johnathan has won numerous awards for his work, including several Association of Food Journalists Awards...

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