Reno Mardi Gras brings more food, spirits and philanthropy to 2017 event
Reno’s biggest and best Mardi Gras party is back on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Reno Event Center with more restaurants, spirits, and entertainment. The event, the largest fundraiser for the region’s oldest Rotary club, raises money for community and global service projects.
More than 20 restaurants will attend the event and serve bites to the more than 1,500 expected attendees. The event, presented by Rotary Club of Reno, brings together six of the state’s top alcohol distributors and hundreds of wines, bourbons and beers for sipping.
“Reno Mardi Gras offers attendees the most diverse selection of spirits of any tasting event in the region,” said event chair Phil Mahoney. “This is a once-a-year opportunity to taste the best wineries, distilleries and breweries that all these distributors represent at one event.”
The event begins at 6 p.m., Feb. 28, and lasts until 10 p.m. A special VIP tasting hour from 4-6 p.m. includes exclusive wine tastings. Individual tickets to the event start at $65, and prices increase to $75 on Feb. 1. VIP tables of 10 and sponsorships are available starting at $1,200.
For more information and to buy general admission or VIP tickets, visit renomardigras.com.
New this year is Bourbon Street — an exclusive area of the event where local and national distillers will serve up tastes of bourbon. Organizers also added a beer garden where attendees can taste offerings from the region’s best breweries. Confirmed restaurants and food vendors include Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Harrah’s Reno Hotel and Casino, India Kabab & Curry, Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, Men Wielding Fire, Mix Cupcake Co., SoDo, The Depot Craft Brewery and Distillery and Wedge Cheese Shop.
For this year’s event, organizers plan to transform the Reno Event Center into a New Orleans street scene, featuring music by Fierce Entertainment, acrobatic performances by the Siren Society and appearances by Reno’s Carnavale Costumers.
“We’re putting together a great party for attendees,” Mahoney said. “When else can you taste the region’s best restaurants, all these unique spirits and be entertained for a night for such an affordable price?”
Rotary Club of Reno distributes all proceeds to local and global services projects. In its 2015-2016 fiscal year, the club gave more than $155,000 to organizations and projects such as the Rotary Club of Reno Sculpture Park in Bicentennial Park, Truckee Meadows Community College, Dorothy Lemelson STEM Academy, Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Sierra Nevada Journeys, KNPB Public Television and more. Globally, Rotary is committed to eradicating polio worldwide. Along with its partners, Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since its first project in 1979.
The event includes a silent auction with items such as NASCAR Driver For a Day, a New Orleans jazz and dining package, and seven nights at Big Sky Montana Retreat for 10 people.
“Our goal with this event is to raise more money so that we can keep supporting important projects in our community and around the world,” Mahoney said.