WRITTEN BY ANNIE FLANZRAICH 
PHOTOS COURTESY OF TIM CONZACHI

Reno's biggest and best Mardi Gras party is back, and this year it’s on Saturday night, so you can keep the good times rolling all weekend long.

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On March 24, join the Rotary Club of Reno at the Reno Ballroom for food, fun, and philanthropy. This event is the largest fundraiser for the region’s oldest Rotary club and raises money for community and global service projects. With its proceeds and contributions from members, the club donated almost $200,000 to community and global service projects between July 2016 and June 2017.

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“We’re ready to kick it up a notch with this year’s event!” says event chair Mary Brock. “Taste the region’s best restaurants and all these unique spirits and be entertained for a night for a really affordable price.”

Alongside all that good work come good food, drinks, and entertainment! Here’s what’s planned for the night

 

The food

Bites

This year, Rotary Club of Reno is partnering with the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Eldorado Resort Casino, and Circus Circus Hotel & Casino to bring attendees Creole, Italian, Latin American, and Scandinavian cuisine. In addition, some of the city’s best chefs will be dishing up delicious bites for attendees to try, representing such local establishments as Bibo Freddo Gelato, Blend Catering, Harrah's Reno, India Kabab & Curry, Men Wielding Fire, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Sushi Pier.

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“The menu this year is impressive,” Brock says. “Attendees are going to have a huge variety of choices.”

 

The booze

Mardi Gras brings together many of the state’s top alcohol distributors and hundreds of wines, bourbons, and beers for sipping.

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“Reno Mardi Gras offers attendees the most diverse selection of spirits of any tasting event in the region,” Brock says. “This is a once-a-year opportunity to taste the best wineries, distilleries, and breweries that all the distributors in our area represent at one event.”

Wines

Returning this year are two special libation areas: Bourbon Street, with offerings from local and national distillers, and the Rue De La Brew, featuring beers from the region’s best breweries.

 

The entertainment

Costumes

In between sips and bites, attendees can bid on the wide variety of silent auction items — such as exclusive trips, one-of-a-kind experiences, dining, golfing, and more.

Acrobat

At the event, participants also can dance to music by DJ Fierce, watch acrobatic performances by the Siren Society, and interact with costumed characters from the Carnavale Costumers.

 

The details

March 24, 2018

7 – 10 p.m.

  • VIP tables can be purchased for $1,200. Each includes reserved table for 10 and recognition. Individual tickets to the event start at $75.
  • An exclusive, early entry, pre-event wine and food tasting takes place at 6 p.m. for sponsors.
  • Sponsorship packages include reserved seating, enhanced recognition, and other benefits. Prices start at $1,950.
  • For more information and to buy tickets or sponsorships, visit Mardigrasreno.com.

 

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