Taste of the town: Pete’s Meat BBQ food truck, Shanty Dolan’s Nog Off, and more!

Happenings 

The Nog Off returns to Shanty Dolan’s at 211 Keystone Ave., in Reno, at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2. Guests can enjoy music, raffles, food from the Silver Rush Grill food truck, and a photo booth. Toy donations are encouraged. Buy tickets ($30 in advance, or $40 at the door) at Shanty Dolan’s, and follow along for updates on the bar’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/shantydolans. 

Craft Wine & Beer, at 22 Martin St., in Reno, is hosting a Vintage Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16. Guests can grab a drink from the main shop and head to Craft’s back room to peruse gift items from a selection of vendors who specialize in vintage clothes, books and accessories. Learn more at www.craftreno.net. 

The Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory is hosting a Winter Wonderland celebration at 611 Highway 395, in New Washoe City, from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16. This free-admission event is family-focused, and guests are encouraged to bring cameras, because Santa Claus will be in attendance. From more information, find the details on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-nugget-winter-wonderland-tickets-741688047917 

Openings 

Popular local breakfast and lunch spot Squeeze In has announced that it will be ringing in 2024 with a new restaurant in Fernley, specifically at the Fernley Village Marketplace, 1480 Highway 95A North. The location marks the seventh Nevada location—with more planned—in this independent chain that originated on Main Street in Truckee. Learn more at squeezein.com. 

Coffeebar has opened its newest location in the Northstar ski resort at 3001 Northstar Drive, in Truckee. The expansion marks the ninth Coffeebar location in Nevada and California. The newest location features the café’s signature items such as locally roasted coffee drinks, tea, pastries, breakfast burritos and frittatas; www.coffeebar.com. 

Truckee’s newest ramen spot, RAKKAN Ramen, has opened at 10001 Soaring Way, Unit 160, serving all plant-based broths. “We’re thrilled to bring the authentic flavors of Japan to the North Tahoe food scene,” said Ryohei Ito, the CEO and founder of the international chain, which started in 2011 in Tokyo. “The team put so much effort into every aspect of the restaurant. We are happy to invite the Truckee community to try the rich flavors of traditional ramen cuisine.” Get details at rakkanramen.com. 

The Pete’s Meat BBQ food truck, equipped with state-of-the-art smokers, recently celebrated its grand opening, offering Texas-style craft barbecue to the Reno/Sparks area. Visit petesmeatbbq.com to learn where the truck will be will be serving meals in December.  

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, at 111 Country Club Drive in Incline Village, has debuted its “Bubbles by the Lake” Sunday brunch under the direction of Istvan Erdos, the new executive sous chef of Lone Eagle Grille. The menu offers a three-course brunch with lakeside views, for $70. For more information, visit www.loneeaglegrille.com/restaurant-menu. 

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village now serves a three-course “Bubbles by the Lake” Sunday brunch.