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Crawl Back in Time Pub Crawl

Delta SaloonVirginia City’s own Christmas Nites, introduces the 1stAnnual Christmas Crawl Back in Time pub crawl event on Saturday, December 18, 2010 in Virginia City, Nevada.  Ten participating saloons and bars will have drink specials for your enjoyment, as well live entertainment.   Participating saloons include:  the Bucket of Blood, Delta Saloon, Mark Twain Casino, Old Corner Bar, Old Washoe Club, The Palace, Ponderosa Saloon, Silver Queen Bar, Red Dog and Union Brewery.  Local hotels, The Silverland Inn & Suites, Silver Queen Hotel, Sugarloaf Mountain Motel and Virginia City Motel will have special room rates for participants.  There is a $5.00 donation, which will be given to our local Community Chest to help with their annual Christmas food baskets for  Storey County families in need during the holiday season.

There will be costume contests around town for Best Western Costume (male and female), Best Saloon costume (male and female) Best western costume couple, best saloon costume couple, and best group.  Participants need not dress in costume to participate in the pub crawl.  There are raffle prizes for the participants at some of the locations which include bar tabs, meals etc. 

Upon completion of the pub crawl, having visited all 10 saloons, participants will be entered into a drawing.  Prizes will include hotel stays, meals, bar tabs etc.

Signups are at 6:00 p.m. at the Silverland Inn & Suites, Silver Queen Hotel, Sugarloaf Mountain Motel and Virginia City Motel.

For questions or more information please call:  Jett at the Union Brewery 847-9016, Loren at the Red Dog Saloon 847-7474 or Cherrie at the Ponderosa Saloon 847-7210.

-Cory Y. Wood

Still Uniquely Unpretentious, See TESLA at Silver Legacy

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Multi-platinum pop-rock revolutionaries and Northern California Natives TESLA are bringing their unique music style to Silver Legacy Resort Casino on Friday, November 19.  From die-hard fans to newcomers who probably already know a few songs, TESLA will play both their acoustic and hard rock favorites in the Grande Exposition Hall starting at 8 p.m.

TESLA was formed in Sacramento in 1985, named after the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, who pioneered the radio.  They quickly scored a deal with Geffen Records and released their debut album, “Mechanical Resonance” in 1986 with hard rock hits and crowd favorites “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi.” But it was the follow-up album titled “The Great Radio Controversy” that truly broke the band. The first single, “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out),” was a hit with hard rock audiences, setting the stage for the second single, a comforting ballad called “Love Song” which substituted a dash of hippie utopianism for the usual power ballad histrionics.

In keeping with their unpretentious, blue-collar roots, TESLA responded to stardom not with the glam theatrics of their tour mates and peers of the era, but by stripping things down. The idea behind 1990 album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” was virtually unheard of—a pop-metal band playing loose, informal acoustic versions of their best-known songs along with a few covers.

TESLA’s music was sturdy enough to hold up with audiences and helped directly inspire a new movement in music.  Its relaxed vibe had enough edge to prove acoustic music could sound vital and energetic. The album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” is credited for starting MTV’s “Unplugged” craze of the ‘90s which included artist like Eric Clapton, Nirvana and many others following suit with acoustic live albums.

Next up came “Psychotic Supper” in 1991, spawning the greatest number of TESLA hits like “Edison’s Medicine,” “Call it What You Want “ and “What You Give.”  They followed up with one more album in 1994 before internal problems caused the band to split.  The band reconciled after years apart and created a new album filled with original music in 2004.  

In 2009 TESLA released their newest album “Forever More” which gives the audience a look through their 25-year musical journey.  Prepare for the album’s self-titled track to open the show on this tour along with singles “I Wanna Live” and “Breakin’ Free.”  The band now owns and operates under its own record label, TESLA Electric Company Recordings.

Get your tickets to see revolutionary pop-rockers TESLA perform live in Silver Legacy’s Grand Exposition Hall on Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from $45 with premium seating for $60.  Reserve seats online at www.silverlegacy.com.

-Diana Rogers

Great Seats Released for Dane Cook Show in Reno

dane cookFresh on the heels of the announcement of his Comedy Central special and comedy album, ‘ISolated INcident,’ comedian Dane Cook is currently on the road with the ‘ISolated INcident – Global Thermo Comedy Tour.’ Touted as the largest comedy tour in history, Cook is traveling within the US, Canada, Africa, Brazil, Australia, UK and Germany.

Guess which city is his last stop on the tour? Of course, Cook has saved the best for last – Reno, Nevada!

Cook is performing at the Reno Events Center on Saturday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Promoters announced today that they have released great, new seats starting at just $35.

For more information on getting your tickets to the show stop by the Silver Legacy Box Office, the Reno Events Center Box Office or Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

Giving Thanks in Reno Tahoe: Holiday Feasts, Donating Gizzards & SNOW

Fall leavesCan you believe 2011 is only seven weeks away?! Where has 2010 gone? Each year I find myself asking the same question. I’m sure  it doesn’t help that in Reno Tahoe there are at least 260 days of special events each year – helping the year just whiz by.

But the year is not over yet! With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to dust off those ski boots, dig out the winter gear from the basement and prepare to feast! If you’re in Reno Tahoe over Thanksgiving, the area has LOTS to offer. We’ve compiled a list of happenings in the area – enjoy! (Just a friendly reminder – as you’re digging for your winter duds, be sure to unpack the “comfy” pants for a more pleasant feasting experience.)

Let someone else slave over the stove: Don’t feel like whipping up a fabulous Thanksgiving Feast this year? DON’T! You’ve earned it! Let the chefs of Reno Tahoe do the work for you.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Give thanks with family and friends at the Nugget, where chefs will prepare Thanksgiving feasts to satisfy every taste. Holiday menus will be served on Thursday, November 25 only. 

Thanksgiving_BallroomFeast on limitless options at The Rotisserie and Convention Centerbuffets. From the salad bar, start with Peel and Eat Shrimp, Smoked Seafood Platter, Nugget’s Caesar Salad and Roasted Vegetable Salad, as well as tossed green salad and Asparagus Artichoke Salad. Entrees include Roasted Tom Turkey, Beef Sauté Hunter Style and Seafood Medley Sauté Rigatoni Alfredo. The Carving Station will serve up the Nugget’s Famous Rock Salt Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and Honey Glazed Ham. For dessert, choose from an array of pies, cobblers, fruit tarts, mousses, ice cream with toppings and options with no sugar added. The Rotisserie will be serving 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 3:30 pm. to 9 p.m., while the Convention Center buffet runs from Noon to 7 p.m. The price at both locations is $22.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 5-11.

A gourmet buffet at the impeccableRestaurante Orozkooffers a salad station which includes King Crab on Ice, Gulf Prawns, Marinated Grilled Vegetable Salad and Exotic Tropical Fruit Platter. The hot entree selections include Fresh Roast Tom Turkey with Sausage Cran-Raisin Stuffing & Giblet Gravy, Armagnac Glazed Short Ribs of Beef, Pistachio Crusted Lamb Loin with Mango Chutney, Sautéed Seafood ala Newburg and Grilled Medallions of Salmon with Plum Tomato Kalamata Olive Relish. There is a carving station and extensive desert selection as well. This special buffet will be served from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The price is $29.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 5-11.

The Steakhouse Grill will serve a limited specialty three-course menu, featuring Roasted Free Range Turkey, Crushed Pepper Crusted Elk Loin or Broiled Pacific Salmon Steak. The price is $34.95 for adults and $17.95 for children. The Steakhouse Grill will serve from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Trader Dick’s specialty three-course menu will feature an entree choice of Roasted Tom Turkey, New York Strip Loin Cantonese or King Crab Legs with Ginger Scallions. The price is $31.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 5-11. Dinner will be served from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Rosie’s Café will serve a three-course selection as well, featuring Roasted Tom Turkey, Honey Cured Glazed Ham or Seared Salmon Filet. The price will be $11.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 5-11. Rosie’s Café is open 24 hours, but the special holiday menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The regular menu will also be available.

Silver LegacySilver Legacy Resort: Chefs at the Silver Legacy are working overtime to make sure every guest enjoys a hassle-free holiday meal this November 25. Special menus have been created at Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Flavors! the Buffet and the Silver Baron Ballroom Buffet to appeal to every table.  Silver Legacy provides both casual and fine dining options serving traditional Turkey Day favorites as well as delectable specialty dishes prepared for those looking to truly treat themselves this Thanksgiving.

From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day the Silver Baron Ballroom will be filled for a Thanksgiving feast featuring classics like oven roasted turkey, candied sweet potatoes and holiday ambrosia and specialty dishes such as steamed snow crab legs, tortellini carbonara and honey stung chicken.  Don’t forget dessert!  A huge dessert spread will include Gran Mariner mousse, apple cranberry cobbler, chocolate fudge cake and of course, pumpkin pie.  Adults dine for $19.99 and children 6 to 12 eat for $9.99 in the Silver Baron Ballroom this Thanksgiving. 

Fine dining doesn’t have to wait, make reservations at Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse to experience an elegant Thanksgiving dining experience.  This four course menu starts with carpaccio of filet mignon or a shrimp cocktail and a holiday salad with fresh pomegranate or fall pumpkin bisque.  Enjoy a classic platter of turkey, dressing, yams, mashed potatoes and vegetables with homemade gravy and cranberry sauce.  A special dessert of pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon sour cream crust and warm fresh cranberry compote concludes the meal, served for $46 per person beginning at 5 p.m.

Flavors! the Buffet will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Fill your plate with favorites from the carving station and special dishes such as fresh seafood ravioli, steamed clams, autumn squash bisque and pork Milanese.  Keep to tradition with a platter of roasted turkey and honey ham, cranberry sauce and grandma’s apple sage dressing.  Save room for desserts like peach cobbler, bread pudding with rum sauce, brownies, chocolate fudge cake, pumpkin pie and more!   The whole family can enjoy this feast, just $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for children ages 6 to 12.

EldoradoEldorado Hotel Casino: From traditional dishes to dinners that put a new spin on everyone’s old favorites, the Eldorado Hotel Casino is the place to fill your plate this Thanksgiving.  Special menus and pricing will be available in The Buffet, Tivoli Gardens, The Prime Rib Grill and Roxy on Thursday, November 25.  Giving thanks never tasted so good!

For a creative take on a Thanksgiving feast visit Tivoli Gardens, where diners can enjoy a choice of Caesar salad or butternut squash and pear soup, turkey scaloppine a’la La Strada with roasted rosemary potatoes, acorn squash and a slice of pumpkin pie or tiramisu all for just $14.99 per person from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

The Buffet is serving all your traditional American favorites this Thanksgiving in addition to our popular peel and eat shrimp, mushroom ravioli and top class carving station.  The Buffet is your spot whether you’re in the mood for a classic turkey dinner with all the delicious fixings or something new like Dungeness crab, orange rosemary lamb, lobster bolognaise or roasted duck.  The chefs are also putting a new spin on some Thanksgiving favorites; with turkey chili, turkey pozole or a turkey pot pie The Buffet has everyone’s favorite flavors of the season.  Adults enjoy for only $22.95 and kids for just $11.50 on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. until close.  Club Eldorado Gold members and above pay just $17.95 for this amazing feast.

An unforgettable four course Thanksgiving masterpiece awaits guests at Roxy, where guests will enjoy cinnamon squash soup with cream fraiche, a butter leaf salad with blue cheese, persimmon, candied walnuts and a cranberry vinaigrette, house smoked ham and roasted Diestel turkey, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes, crispy green beans and pumpkin pie with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert for $35 per adult or $17 for children 12 and under.

At The Prime Rib Grill chefs have created a delicious Thanksgiving menu with extra flair for just $22.95 per person beginning at 4 p.m.  Start with a butternut squash and pear soup and a trip to the famous salad bar.  Then enjoy roasted turkey carved to order and topped with fixings including apple-sage dressing, homemade gravy, yam and sweet potato mash, green bean casserole and fresh cranberry sauce.  A special holiday dessert will also be presented by the Eldorado’s expert bakers. 

KhanDonate your gizzard: If waiting in ungodly long lines before the sun rises the day after Thanksgiving isn’t your thing, pack up the family and head north to the Animal Ark to see Mother Nature in all her natural glory. Plus, if you have any raw turkey necks and gizzards left over from your holiday meal, the critters at the Ark will be very grateful for the donation. Check out the coyotes and bobcats as they put on their gorgeous winter coats and witness as the bears prepare for their long winter hibernation.

Tap into your creative side: Let’s be honest. For some of us, the day after Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of recovery. Rather than stay at home tempted by the lure of leftovers, why not explore Reno’s arts and culture? There is less than one week remaining to check out Pablo Picasso’s Musical Instruments exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art. Or jump right into the next holiday with the Eldorado Hotel Casino’s newest musical production – Christmas on Broadway.  Shop for unique gifts at John Ascuaga’s Nugget and Williams LTD ”Crafts for Christmas event November 26-28 at the Nugget’s Rose Ballroom. The event is free and will feature more than 100 Christmas craft and gift booths.  Had enough arts? Watch the Nevada Wolfpack as they take on Boise St, or catch the Reno Bighorns in action against Bakersfield. The leftovers will always be there, these exhibits and sporting events won’t.

Snow BranchLet is snow, let is snow! This weekend the daytime highs in Reno are falling into the mid-30s and the National Weather Service is calling for a 70% chance of snow Saturday and Sunday! Skiers and boarders across Reno Tahoe will be donning a permagrin in anticipation. A handful of ski resorts are preparing to open for the 2010-2011 season! After loading up on a delicious Thanksgiving feast, you’ll be sufficiently fed to shred the slopes!

Alpine Meadows – opening December 10

Boreal Mountain Resort – open to the top

Diamond Peak – opening December 16

Homewood Mountain Resort – opening TBA

Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe – opening November 19

Northstar-at-Tahoe – opening November 19

Royal Gorge Cross Country  – opening TBA 

Soda Springs – opening TBA

Spooner Lake Cross Country – opening TBA

Squaw Valley USA – opening November 20

Sugar Bowl – opening TBA

Tahoe Cross Country – opening TBA

Tahoe Donner Cross Country – opening TBA

Tahoe Donner Downhill – opening December 10

Happy holidays from all of us here at Visit Reno Tahoe!

Tia Fuller Quartet Brings Exceptional Jazz to Reno December 2

Tia FullerJazz saxophonist, educator, bandleader and composer supreme, Tia Fuller has rocked the White House, toured the world with Beyoncé, performs with such other luminaries as Ralph Peterson, T.S. Monk, Wycliff Gordan, and Nancy Wilson; earned her master’s degree summa cum laude, and recently graced the cover of JazzTimes Magazine. Infinitely talented and thriving, as JazzTimes noted, Fuller “emits diva energy in the best sense of the word!”

Fuller is bringing her dynamicQuartet to the Performing Arts Series at the University of Nevada, Reno, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in Nightingale Concert Hall, joined by her Beyoncé bandmate, drummer Kim Thompson, bassist Miriam Sullivan and Fuller’s sister, Shamie Royston on piano.

As an aspiring young musician, Fuller moved to Jersey City, New Jersey two days before the events of September 11, 2001. She used the tragic event as a reason to succeed and assisted with fundraisers in the New York and New Jersey music community to help others. She got her first gig playing in a big band at a fish fry. Brad Leali, who was playing in the Count Basie Orchestra at the time, spread the word that Fuller was a skillful saxophonist who also played the flute. This brought her to the attention of others in the jazz community, including Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Don Braden and Don Byron, which led to her performing with a number of luminaries in the world of jazz.

Chosen to tour and record with R&B star Beyoncé and her all-female band, Fuller has played throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards and Total Request Live, as well as at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Most recently, she also performed as the featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Obama at the White House.

An accomplished performer in her own right, Fuller has recorded three CDs with her quartet, including her recent “Decisive Steps,” which has received numerous kudos and high acclaim. Fuller also performs regularly with such bands as the Ralph Peterson Septet, the T.S. Monk Septet, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, the Rufus Reid Septet, the Sean Jones Quintet, the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra, and Wycliffe Gordan Septet.

 As an educator, Fuller credits her passion for teaching and inspiring students to her musically minded parents, who were educators/administrators in the Denver Public School District. She has lectured and taught ensembles and masterclasses at Stanford University’s Jazz Workshop, the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, New Mexico State University, the IAJE Jazz Convention, Purchase College, WBGO’s Children in Jazz Series, Duquesne University and Panama Jazz Festival.

In advance of her quartet’s performance Dec. 2 on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, Fuller will appear as a guest artist with one of the University’s student groups, the University Big Band, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Nightingale Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more about Tia Fuller, visit http://www.tiafuller.com.

Tickets: Adult $24/ Senior $20/ Student $12/ UNR Student $5 Photos available at the series website: http://www.unr.edu/pas/media.html

Tickets may be purchased in person at Lawlor Events Center Box Office, 1500 No. Virginia St., lower level, open weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are also available online with a convenience fee at http://www.unr.edu/pas .

-Andrea Turman & Sarah Purdy

MARK TWAIN’S 175TH BIRTHDAY BASH IS NOVEMBER 30 IN TAHOE

Mark TwainOn the occasion of Mark Twain’s 175th birthday, the Mark Twain Cultural Center will host a celebration and the old boy himself (impersonator McAvoy Layne) will hold forth on the balance of the autobiography that Twain asked be withheld for 100 years after his death. 

The celebration, which honors one of Lake Tahoe’s most well-known writers and pioneers, takes place Tuesday, November 30, 7 p.m., at the new Mark Twain Cultural Center at 760 Mays Boulevard, Suite #10 in Incline Village, Nevada. General admission tickets are $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for students.

For 20 years now, in more than 2,000 performances from Leningrad University in Russia to C-Span, McAvoy Layne has preserved the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain. McAvoy is also the author of the soon to be published, Becoming Mark Twain, and winner of the Nevada Award for Excellence in school and library service. He portrays the ghost of Mark Twain in A&E’s “Biography of Mark Twain” and in the Discovery Channel’s Cronkite award-winning documentary, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

For more information about Mark Twain’s 175th Birthday Bash and to purchase tickets, click to ww.GhostofTwain.com or call 775-831-2820.  

For general information about North Lake Tahoe’s special events, along with weather, lodging, recreation and the best deals, click to the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus’ website at www.GoTahoeNorth.com.

North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village.  The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.

-Pettit Gilwee

Spunky, Adventurous Songs from Sara Evans at Silver Legacy

Sara EvansDescribed as strong, versatile and spunky, Sara Evans plans to present her latest “Greatest Hits” album to fans at Silver Legacy Resort Casino on Friday, November 12.  The country singer takes the stage in the Grande Exposition Hall at 8 p.m. with chart toppers like “A Real Fine Place to Start, “Suds in the Bucket” and “No Place That Far.”

A Booneville, Missouri native, Sara Evans grew up one of seven children and began singing country music with her family’s band when she was five-years-old. By the time she was 16 she landed a gig singing regularly at a club in Columbia, Missouri. Evans made her way to Nashville where she got her first break.  Legendary songwriter Harlan Howard heard her amazing voice and tapped her to sing his demos. A deal with RCA Records followed soon after.

With numerous Number 1 hits, Evans has become one of the most successful female artists of her generation.  She’s won numerous accolades, among them the Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year and the Country Music Association’s Video of the Year for “Born to Fly.”  She was named 2006 Female Vocalist of the Year in the R&R Reader’s Poll and has been celebrated as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.”

Of the five albums Evans has released, her sophomore set, “No Place That Far” has been certified Gold; 2001’s “Born to Fly” is Double-Platinum and 2003’s “Restless” and 2005’s “Real Fine Place” are both Platinum.  Those successes have now brought on a new album, “Sara Evans—Greatest Hits,” a 14-song collection featuring 10 of Evans’ signature songs as well as four inspired new songs.

It’s the ability to write songs that connect with the heart of her audience that has made Evans such a successful artist, and it’s her willingness to take risks and embrace a challenge that has widened her following. “Some things just feel right,” she says, citing her participation in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” “It totally, totally changed my career. It was one of the best times of my life. I loved it.”

Get your tickets to see this multi-talented, multi-faceted country singing superstar in person at Silver Legacy Resort Casino on Friday, November 12 at 8 p.m.   Tickets are available from $35 with premium seating at $55.  For more information or to reserve your seats visit www.silverlegacy.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

-Diana Rogers

Travel Channel’s Food Wars takes on the Awful Awful

The date was June 30, 2010.

The place – Rosie’s Cafe in John Ascuaga’s Nugget – day one of a three day shoot with the Travel Channel’s “Food Wars”.

Travel Channel WelcomeThe Travel Channel journeyed to Reno, Nevada to find out where locals would rather eat an Awful Awful burger – at the Little Nugget Diner in downtown Reno or John Ascuaga’s Nugget? In this week’s episode of “Food Wars, host Camille Ford faces a fifty year battle between two casinos.

The original Awful Awful Burger was created by Dick Graves and featured two quarter pound beef patties topped with American cheese and a special sauce served on a mountain of fries.  Graves served his trademark burger at his casinos in Idaho but when gambling was outlawed in the state in 1953 he brought his slot machines and burger south to Reno.  Within two years Graves had opened both the “Little” Nugget Casino and the Nugget in Sparks (now known as the John Ascuaga’s Nugget) and served his signature burger at both.  The two casinos have been battling for the best Awful Awful burger ever since.

“This is huge for the Little Nugget Diner. People come from all over the world to have the Awful Awful in town, and the burger is finally getting the exposure it deserves,” said George Buddy, General Manager of the Little Nugget Diner. “The Awful Awful is really something special. It’s a fantastic deal and the Little Nugget Diner is one of the few places where you know you’re getting exactly what you ordered.”

“We’re obviously thrilled to have the Travel Channel here at John Ascuaga’s Nugget once again. While the main focus will be our signature burger against another, the larger view allows the country to yet again see our area as a fun, quirky and unique destination,” said Michael Traum, Public Relations Manager of John Ascuaga’s Nugget. “One premise of “Food Wars” is to invite viewers to come to Reno and decide for themselves which burger they like best, and that’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

he Food War between the two Awful Awful burgers is a true celebration of all things fantastically funky in Reno Tahoe USA, home of the burger as big as your head.

Catch the episode Wednesday, November 11, at 10:00 pm ET on the Travel Channel. The episode will include Reno foodie Barbara Mills of Back of the House Culinary Adventures (http://backofthehousecooks.com/) and  Josh Ozersky, burger virtuoso and author of “The Hamburger: A History”.

About Food Wars: There’s a debate brewing across the country, and it’s taking place in Everytown, USA, with legions of loyal fans passionately defending the local eateries and the iconic dishes that make their towns famous. Host Camille Ford, travel enthusiast and lover of all things food, sets out to find the country’s most celebrated dishes — foods that define destinations and create local rivalries spanning generations. From family feuds to stolen recipes to secret ingredients, Food Wars pits the nation’s most famous culinary rivals against one another for a final showdown, where a blind taste test will settle the debate: Who makes the Best Dish in Town?  To learn more about the hit series Food Wars click here: http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Food_Wars.

About the RSCVA: The RSCVA is the primary tourism agency supporting convention and tourism business for the Reno Tahoe region.  Reno Tahoe supports unlimited possibilities from outdoor recreation to 24-hour Nevada style gaming and entertainment. 

For more information about Reno-Tahoe call 800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366) or visit www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.

Virginia City Salutes Veterans With Traditional Large Parade

Veterans Day Parade VCVirginia City will hold its annual Salute to Veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11 with the Veteran’s Day Parade. John Koch, a Virginia City man who served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, will be the grand marshal.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., in recognition of the date and time the Armistice was signed ending World War I, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th year. Lineup will begin at 10 a.m. at the Fourth Ward School, 527 South C Street, Virginia City.

A free spaghetti lunch for parade participants will be held at the Storey County Senior Center, E and Mill Streets, following the parade. Also, all veterans with ID will receive free admission to the Silver State Peace Officer’s Museum on B Street.

Koch was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Los Banos, Calif. at 17. He was drafted in 1941 and was assigned to an anti-aircraft 90 mm gun unit in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Koch participated in the battles of Attu and Kiska, and stayed in Alaska until the end of the war.

Thursday’s parade will feature many veterans groups as well as about a half-dozen high school ROTC units and two marching bands, the Carson Middle School Band and the Dayton Intermediate School band.

To enter the parade, call 775-691-5687 for a parade form, or e-mail your entry to comstockwriter@yahoo.com.   You may also find an online form at www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or register at www.VirginiaCityNews.com using the guest book section. Those entering should include their name, address and phone number and a brief description of their entry for the parade announcers.

To be part of the advance lineup, entries must be received by Nov. 10; however, late entries are welcome and will be placed at the end of the parade.

This is a large parade and advance entries help things run smoothly.  After the parade there is still a lot to do in Virginia City. Stop at the visitor center to purchase your Silver Line Express discounted attraction passes and tour the town.

For overnight accommodations and more information on this and other events happening in Virginia City, log on to www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Visitor Center at (775) 847-4FUN (4386) or (800) 718-SLVR (7587).

Only Two Weeks Left to See the Show Everyone is Talking About

Le Grand CirqueThe Eldorado’s acrobatic spectacular “Le Grand Cirque” is being extended through November 13 by popular demand!  Don’t miss the show everyone has been talking about!  Voted “Reno’s Best Show” in the 2010 Reno News and Review’s reader’s poll, “Le Grand Cirque” is one of the most awe-inspiring performances to ever hit Northern Nevada. 

“Le Grand Cirque” will captivate you from the beginning with death defying aerial stunts and mesmerizing feats of human strength and grace.  Audiences of all ages are raving this is a show that keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat one moment and gets you laughing the next. 

Garnering stunning reviews around the globe, “Le Grand Cirque” continues to amaze audiences’ right here in Reno.  “The show is joyous… packed with athletes that are at the top of their class.  Colorful, quick and exciting!” says Mel Sheilds of the Sacramento Bee.  “Le Grand Cirque” smashed box office records at the Sydney Opera House and now brings the same electricity to Northern Nevada. 

Join us for a spellbinding performance of “Le Grand Cirque” now extended through November 13 inside the Eldorado Showroom. Tickets start at just $19.95 each with dinner and show packages starting at only $34.95.  Reserve your seats for this awe-inspiring show today; you can visit our Box Office to purchase online at www.eldoradoreno.com or call 800-648-5966 or 775-786-5700.

-Diana Rogers