WRITTEN BY SUZIE DUNDAS
While tourists and locals alike have been hiking, mountain biking, and hopefully getting one or two beach days in, the professionals who keep Tahoe’s food scene lively have been hard at work. This summer, we saw a variety of restaurant openings, including some rather creative grassroots options run by longtime Tahoe locals.
In Truckee, it's been an active summer for restaurant openings and expansions, and several new offerings away from the main downtown area are drawing attention, including Drink Coffee, Do Stuff and Truckee Brewing Co. on Pioneer Trail. DCDS is the new endeavor from retired pro snowboarder Nick Visconti, who developed a love for coffee while sampling Swiss cappuccinos, espressos, artisan coffees, and more on a ski trip to the Alps. He spent five years on roasting apprenticeships with various Pacific Northwest coffee roasters, determined to roast his own coffee in his hometown. Now, DCDS brews seven various light and dark offerings, as well as a decaf, and is open for visits every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Nick Visconti, owner of Drink Coffee, Do Stuff. Courtesy photo
Drink Coffee, Do Stuff
12177 Business Park Drive, Truckee • Drinkcoffeedostuff.com
Truckee Brewing Company
10736 Pioneer Trail, Ste. 1, Truckee • 530-562-9569 • Truckeebrewco.com
If your beverage preferences are of the hoppy variety, stop by FiftyFifty Brewing Co.’s new 15,000-square-foot facility in Truckee, which celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 15. The brewhouse system is fully automated in the new, expanded space, allowing the award-winning brewery to continue to create the exact same beers it’s been producing, but on a larger scale. It replaced the brewing facility that was located behind the bar at FiftyFifty’s restaurant and pub.
The new FiftyFifty brewing facility in Truckee
FiftyFifty Global Brewing Facility
10434 River Park Place, Truckee • Fiftyfiftybrewing.com
Kitchen Collab also has opened, offering a dozen kitchen workspaces spread over 1,800 square feet, which are open to caterers, food trucks, and more. It’s run under the direction of chef Alex Tolger, who opened Kitchen Collab after several years at Truckee’s Drunken Monkey. In addition to offering versatile, multi-use kitchen space, Kitchen Collab will host themed pop-up dinners throughout the year, occasionally in partnership with local organizations such as the popular Tahoe Food Hub.
11357 Deerfield Drive, Ste. C, Truckee • Kitchencollab.com
In Downtown Truckee, Philosophy opened over the summer, serving local and organic foods whenever possible, as well as a robust menu of California beers and wines. The newly updated space has a modern and hip urban vibe that will play host to a variety creative events through the fall, including trivia, book clubs, and an ongoing classical music series.
10412 Donner Pass Road, Truckee • 530-536-5129 • Truckeephilosophy.com
Just down the street and also offering local and fresh cuisine is The Station, slated to open in September. The menu features such offerings as quinoa and cashew cream bowls, slow-cooked chicken sandwiches, and soba noodle salads. It’s the newest project from longtime North Shore chef Danny McCabe, a graduate of the Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts.
The Station in Truckee
10130 West River St., Truckee • 530-563-5285 • Truckeestation.com
Edible Reno-Tahoe readers know nothing beats a glass of wine or a hoppy brew next to a fire pit on a crisp fall evening. Fortunately, even if you don’t have a personal fire pit handy, you’ll find a handful of wine and beer events coming up around the lake to help you get into the fall spirit. That includes the Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop and Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest celebration in South Lake Tahoe, both on October 6.
Also, if you’re on Tahoe’s Nevada side, Thunderbird Lodge’s dinner series continues into the fall, with a special harvest-themed dinner and wine pairing on October 7.
5000 NV-28, Incline Village • Thunderbirdtahoe.org/dinner-events