A Hot Ticket: Dine the District Sells Out

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Reno, NV - With maps in hand and tastebuds ready, hungry diners hit some of the hottest restaurants by the Truckee River.

"We're getting to taste samples of food from gourmet restaurants down here in downtown Reno," says Sheila Bell, who was participating in the Dine the District food tour. It's like the Wine Walk that goes on every month, but this one shines the spotlight on food.

"I was able to try out some new restaurants that I'd never been to and get a little taste of everything," says Halley Picton, who was also dining her way through the event.

More than 30 restaurants in the Riverwalk District took part. Everything from Java Jungle to Campo to Chocolate Bar.

"Oh, it was fun. We had a great time. There was probably about 500 people that came in," says David Siverts, executive chef at Chocolate Bar. So what small plate did he pass out to diners? Bourbon glazed shrimp with baby arugula and chocolate bacon.

"I decided to put the chocolate element in. We are the Chocolate Bar, so I wanted to put the chocolate in the bacon. Everybody knows bacon is making a comeback and I definitely want to play with that in the kitchen," says Siverts.

And participating chefs are hoping that what they created in the kitchen today will get more people to come back to the area for a second helping.

"We need to work to promote this area," says Bill Gilbert, owner and chef of Beaujolais Bistro off West Street. "A lot of people who lived here for years even gave up on this area a long time ago."

But on this day, 500 people got a taste of what's really going on here these days. And they walked away knowing money raised from the walk is going to help support more development in the Riverwalk District.

"It's been a great thing for this area. It's brought a lot of people down here and we're really enjoying ourselves," says Sheila Bell.

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