PHOTO COURTESY OF BUTCHER BOY: Butcher Boy teamed up with Imbib Brewery to make beer brats, made with antibiotic-free Berkshire pork and Imbib beer.


Fire up the grill! Butcher Boy, at 530 W. Plumb Lane, in Reno, is offering specials for July 4th, including American Wagyu from Fort Klamath Ranch, raised exclusively for Butcher Boy; beer brats, made in-house with antibiotic-free Berkshire pork and beer from Imbib Brewery; and ready-to-eat smoked briskets that are brined, seasoned and smoked in-house (preorder recommended). Butcher Boy is now offering local delivery, and customers can order online at, with free delivery on orders over $150.

The Lavender and Honey Festival in Idlewild Park will take place Sunday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. With a wide variety of infused food and drinks, plus arts and crafts, music and demonstrations, this is a scent-sational event highlighting local vendors and artisans. Learn more at

Vampires beware! The fifth annual Reno Garlic Festival takes place Saturday, July 29, at Dick Taylor Park, 1140 Beech St., from 3:30 to 8 p.m. At this free-entry Artown event, guests can enjoy a spectrum of garlicky eats and drinks like garlic ice cream, garlic smoked hot dogs, and even garlic beer and margaritas. Find more information at

The ninth annual Biggest Little City Wing Fest will happen Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, outside of The Row on Virginia Street, from Second to Sixth streets. With more than 20,000 pounds of wings slathered in sauce, as well as live entertainment, a craft fair and best wing competitions, this event is a crowd-pleaser. Get the details at

Truckee Thursdays, Truckee’s summer street festival, is under way! Through Aug. 10, enjoy Thursday evenings with a food court, beer garden, live music and artisan vendors in historic downtown Truckee. Find out more at

Openings + Shifts

Belleville Wine Bar has opened at 400 W. Fifth St., in downtown Reno. Bringing the casual elegance of a Parisian wine bar to Reno, the location will feature a variety of sommelier-curated wines and artisan small plates. Learn more at

The Cheese Board is opening a second location at 15435 Wedge Parkway, Suite 100. The menu will have many of the same signature dishes in addition to some unique to the new location. “We want this new location to take on its own energy and vibe of the south Reno community while still holding the integrity of The Cheese Board brand,” says co-owner Caitlin Fletcher. It will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with dine-in, takeout and online ordering;

Noodle Box Kitchen is opening at 490 S. Center St., next to The Discovery museum in Reno. The concept comes from the team behind Rice Box Kitchen, at 555 S. Virginia St. The menu will, of course, be more noodle-centric than that at Rice Box Kitchen, featuring Thai-style street food noodles. Watch for updates.

Reno’s first halal supermarket, Silk Road International Market, has opened at 1300 E. Plumb Lane, in Reno. The market carries a wide variety of imported pantry items and halal meat, and serves ready-to-eat food like halal kababs and freshly baked goods. Call 775-410-9981 with questions.

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Maude Ballinger is a food writer who grew up in Reno, studied communications in San Francisco, and earned her master’s degree in Global Communications in Paris, France. She is the founder of Fork Me,...

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