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Feed the Need Live-a-thon Recap

In late March, I was invited to be part of an amazing event hosted by my good friends Kay & Shi. The Feed the Local Need Live-a-thon was a benefit that addressed a host of needs we ALL have right now, including

  • The need for human interaction and light-hearted connection.
  • The need to share ideas on how to adapt businesses and strategies.
  • The need to provide hot, healthy food to healthcare professionals working tirelessly on the front lines of the pandemic.
  • The need to support local families whose jobs have been impacted by this challenge!


I was so excited to be on set from home highlighting a few of my favorite El Dorado County and Reno wineries. Below are a few of my favorite clips as I talk about one of my favorite topics (wine + helping others!) with two of my favorite people!





Together, it’s SO important to #FeedTheLocalNeeds of our community and show that while we may be socially distant, we are all still so connected.

Holidingo Fun in Midtown


I had a blast this past weekend playing Holidingo in Reno’s Midtown District. Wow, what a day Jorja and I had shopping, sipping, and supporting our community! We hit ten local businesses and have another 13 more to visit.

Want to play Holidingo, too? You can collect one stamp at each business and you only need to collect five to enter to win fabulous prizes including $1500 in gift cards. Don’t panic – you have until December 22!

I encourage you support our local businesses for your holiday shopping, entertaining and enjoying time with family and friends. Not just today but every day. You can see all of the spots we hit in the video. In the spirit of friendly competition, we’re determined to hit the final 13 because we want to WIN!

Our first stop was Mari Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant and our final of the ten stops was the 40 Mile Saloon, a fun rustic local bar. I loved that 40 Mile Saloon makes craft cocktails and had Tahoe Blue Vodka, one of my favorites. Can’t wait to return!

If you’re feeling hungry for some chicken wings, then Arario MidTown is the place. A real bonus for me was discovering that they were serving yummy cocktails with the brand-new, much awaited Frey Ranch Estate Distillery Whiskey! We also loved running into Jaci Goodman and Amanda Burden with Edible Reno-Tahoe Magazine.

We also loved stopping by one of Reno’s newest local Hot Spots, The Emerson Bar where you can enjoy delicious fresh hand-crafted Cocktails made just for you as you sit back and relax! Bonus finding out I could ask for one of my favorite local spirits, Theory Gin by Old Trestle Distillery!

Stay tuned for my report on the final 13 stops!

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Celebrating National Dairy Month, Nevada-style

If you know me, you know that I love good food. You may not also know that I’m a huge fan of all things dairy, especially cheese. (Also, ice cream.)


So, I was thrilled to be a part of National Dairy Month in June, organized by the Nevada Dairymen & Dairy Council of Nevada®. Who wouldn’t love a chance to taste a variety of dishes created by local chefs especially for Nevada Dairy Month?


My wing woman Jorja and I visited four different restaurants last month, each offering a unique dish that was only available for Nevada Dairy Month. Spoiler alert: those dishes are no longer on the menu; you can find the recipes for them at the end of this post.


We began at Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint with the Cheezeno Burger, which included grilled paella cheese on a potato bun with mixed artisan greens and a homemade chipotle crème. Owner and Chef Anthony Fish said he was inspired to participate in National Dairy Month to support his favorite Dairy, Sand Hill in Fallon.


  The Perla di Zafferano at Liberty Food & Wine Exchange was almost too pretty to eat!


Next, we headed to Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, where we sampled a delicious and unusual dessert, the Perla di Zafferano. Chef Katie said she was inspired to participate in National Dairy Month to showcase her creativity using spices that are not usually found in desserts.  The Perla was a delicious and light dessert that’s perfect for summer. Chef Katie won’t give everything away, but she did tell me that ingredients include milk, along with cardamom and saffron, which give it a surprising flavor.


I always love visiting Two Chicks in Midtown, since it means I get to see Jessie and Haley!


After that, we visited Two Chicks in Midtown for breakfast. But not just any breakfast, mind you. We got to try their special Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Quesadilla!


Haley (Red Chick) and Jessie (Yellow Chick) and I go way back. They both made sure they spoiled my dad, Papa Tony, and me during every visit. Both are Nevada natives and Reno enthusiasts. Best friends and co-workers for over a decade, they’re more like sisters.


They’ve been in the cheese business since they were kids, so it made sense to capitalize on what they know best! The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast quesadillas featured Sand Hill Dairy serrano white cheddar, scrambled eggs, ham, salsa verde, and avocado. Check out my interview with them below!



My final stop for National Dairy Month was The Slanted Porch, where Jorja and I enjoyed chatting with Chef Steve Hernandez and Owner Dawn Whitten. Oh my goodness, the Sand Hill Dairy Mac and Cheese was the BEST! The creamy freshness brought back memories of being on my family’s farm in Nebraska.  This is the perfect down-home, farm fresh, locally sourced mac and cheese made with Sand Hill whole milk, cream, and three kinds of Sand Hill cheese!



If you didn’t have a chance to try these dishes last month, you can in the comfort of your own home, since the chefs kindly shared them. Let me know how the dishes turn out, and which one was your favorite!


Nevada Dairy Month Recipes

Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint Cheezeno Burger 

Liberty Food & Wine Exchange Perla di Zafferano

Two Chicks Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Quesadilla

The Slanted Porch Mac and Cheese

Fountainhouse at Victorian Square

I recently had the opportunity to tour the new Fountainhouse Apartments in Victorian Square in Sparks. It’s so nice to have such wonderfully appointed luxury in an unbeatable location! The close proximity to shopping, dining, and entertainment makes it ideal for anyone who wants to experience urban living without a lot of driving. It’s my latest #DebsPick

Be sure to stop by and take a tour of these gorgeous apartments. Who knows, we might end up neighbors! Learn more at fountainhousesparks.com